Let’s talk about self care! This is a time that we can really focus on fulfilling our body’s needs and trying new beauty routines to show ourselves some love. I understand no one’s beauty routine is perfect, especially right now, and that’s ok! Even I get lazy some days and skip the routine. That’s part of self care too 🙂
I am here to inspire you to find a few ways to really nourish and take the best care of yourself during this crazy time. Especially now when beauty treatments like Botox are unavailable, I have been experimenting to find substitutes that make me feel my best! And I’ve found some products that really work. I don’t use too many things for my beauty routine, but I can really swear by the ones in this blog post. Let’s dive in!
As I have experimented with skin care products over the years, I’ve found I really enjoy face creams and super cream moisturizers. My 98 year young grandma in-law recently passed, but my favorite memories with her have been learning all of her beauty and fashion secrets that made her so gorgeous. She had incredible skin her whole life and I asked her what her skin care secret is, and she shared that moisturizer has always been her biggest focus with skin care. Ever since she shared this with me, I’ve been using a lot of moisturizers in my routine!
I recently discovered this La Mer Eye and Expression Cream and OMG. It is like Botox in a bottle! With healing hydration, it leaves skin conditioned, lifted, and firmer, with expression areas like forehead and smile lines just fading away. I use this everyday and it has been a total game changer! It is an expensive investment, but in times like this when we can’t do Botox or other beauty spa treatments, this is the life saver. After I use this “Botox in a bottle” product, I use simple Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream for an extra round of moisture and care. This product is super affordable and does the job! Keihl’s also has amazing anti-aging products. The next product I just ordered to try is the Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial™ Mask. I have heard some raving reviews about this mask that battles dark spots, uneven skin, fine lines and wrinkles. It is super lightweight and removes dead skin cells, I can’t wait to have baby soft skin after trying this!
Over the past few years I’ve really noticed a difference in my skin when using a face mist in my beauty routine. They offer powerful benefits of hydration, allow moisturizer to absorb even better, smoother application of makeup, leading to more radiant skin. My favorite facial mist is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater.
I love playing around with different makeup looks but as a working mom, my daily makeup routine needs to be pretty quick. Some days I just throw on lipstick and run out the door! In my post 8 Tips to Always Being Stylish I explain why just wearing lipstick can be your entire look. Even now, during quarantine at home, I am not wearing full face of makeup but I love to wear pretty pink lipstick or lipgloss for that extra beauty kick and to feel put together in one easy step. My go-to is the Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil that I have in a few colors, but I wear the bright pink coral the most!
Living in Chicago the weather fluctuates quite often, which can be tricky on skin especially lips. Not to mention, I love to wear lipstick but it can sometimes be a bit drying to my lip area especially after using red lipstick. LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask has been my saving grace! It is a sleeping mask for night and I wake up with smooth refreshed lips, but I also use it during the day when I need some added moisture. I’m always looking for ways to keep my lips well moisturized and this serum is an affordable game changer. Since I started using it my lips have been so smooth all year long. Even Katya is obsessed with this product! She literally begs me to use it every night before bed.
Hair can really make-or-break, so it’s so important to take care of everyday! Olaplex No. 7 Oil keeps my hair smooth and shiny, protects against heat tools, and protects color. This styling oil changed my hairs life! Another way I like to keep my hair fresh and easy to style is with OUAI Super Dry Shampoo, that absorbs oils, keeps color safe, and adds extra volume and texture.
Fragrance is the finishing touch and cherry on top of my beauty routine! Most days, it’s Le Labo Santal 33 that I am using. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stopped by friends and even strangers asking what scent I’m wearing! It is such a classic and the smell just makes me so happy 🙂 I even wear it at home.
There you have it, this is my updated beauty routine to keep everything smooth, bright, shiny, and smelling good. Leave me a comment with your favorite products!
Stay safe and stay gorgeous!