I have to confess: I’ve been slackin’ when it comes to my hair, makeup and other beauty routines.
Earlier this year, as my wedding approached, I was on it. I carefully washed my face every night, moisturized, used eye cream. I kept appointments for regular haircuts and highlights. I even used those Crest whitening strips to help brighten my smile.
But sometime this fall, all of that went to pot. I’m not sure if I’ve been busier, or the cool weather makes me want to snuggle in bed too long each morning, or I’m simply lazier! And then my blow dryer broke around Thanksgiving, and I finally replaced it just this weekend. Yup. Two weeks later. It just seems that I’ve … let myself go.
So I need to take a little more time for myself each day, because that’s really what it comes down to. It’s not that I feel like I have to style my hair or wear eye makeup or keep my eyebrows teased. I actually want to. When I am more groomed, I just feel better about myself. It’s how I feel about a great outfit — I just walk a little taller when I want to show off a great look.
Here’s how I plan to get back on track, beauty-wise:
1. Tweeze ’em, cut ’em, color ’em.
Ugh. Hair. It is such an ongoing battle for women to tame any unwanted hair, while also controlling the rest of it with pretty styles and color. I absolutely hate tweezing my eyebrows, so I often let them get a little too unruly. I’m not a huge fan of waxing; a beauty editor at a magazine once told me that pulling on the skin when waxing can cause your skin to droop overtime … which would be terrible above your eyes! So I recently started doing threading, and it’s pretty affordable! I go to Lush Threading Hair & Spa in Hoover near the Galleria, and to get your eyebrows done, it’s only $8.
I also need to maintain my hairstyle a little better, because right now my highlights are growing out and it looks pretty tragic. I plan to gradually get rid of my highlights, so I no longer have that expense to worry about. But in the meantime, I need to visit my stylist at Morgan Ashley Salon out on Hwy. 119 for a trim and plan how I can get these highlights to go away subtly.
2. Minimal daily makeup.
I know myself: I’ll never put on a full-face of makeup every day before work. It just won’t happen. What I can do is use my favorite Mac Studio Fix foundation powder, a little blush, mascara and lipstick. That’s enough to keep me looking polished and a little more “done” than just rolling out of bed!
I really need a new lipstick, though, and I’m debating about this shade. What do you think?
3. Wash up!
While I may have been slacking a bit on my beauty routine, I’ve always been clean! Don’t worry, I’m not rolling around looking like Pigpen.
But I do crawl into bed some nights without washing my face, and for someone who’s prone to breakout on her chin once or twice a month, that’s a no-no. I’m going to restart the good habit I established earlier this year of washing and moisturizing every night, including eye cream.
I’m also going to start doing other treatments, such as the whitening strips and exfoliating, on a more regular basis.
Do you find yourself getting lazy with your beauty routine sometimes? What one or two things do you have to do every day, or every week?