Audrey Hepburn and I have similar beauty philosophies: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
That said, I do acknowledge that my skin is changing as I tiptoe into my 30’s and that my skin will be with me for a lifetime. I want to do due diligence – taking care of my largest organ and creating good habits that my daughters can emulate as they grow up.
As it stands, I would describe my make-up style as “minimal.” I prefer the rosy-cheeked, natural look AND I prefer products with a short ingredient list.
Here’s a peek at my beauty routine at age 31.
BODY MOISTURIZER: Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil
My sister-in-law bought me a big jar of organic virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe’s about a year ago. I now use it as an all-over body moisturizer about every other day. I apply it right after I get out of the shower – with extra attention to my elbows, knees, and heels. Sometimes I slather it generously on my feet and then wear socks to lock in the moisture overnight. The smell is lovely.
Though titled a “day & night moisturizer,” I typically only use this moisturizer at night – often right after a shower. It’s super “light” feeling – not at all greasy or thick. Perfect for my combination skin. I’d like to get in the habit of using it 2X/day. It came with a miniature booklet of facial exercises to help build tone and prevent wrinkles, but I haven’t had the time/interest to add them into my routine.
As summer approaches, I like the look of bronze skin…but I also want to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Skin cancer remains the most common form of cancer in the USA and I do my best to avoid direct sun at midday. The true natural brand of self-tanner is a breeze to apply and looks ultra-natural. Best of all, it’s vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free. Though not completely scent-free, it’s also not stinky. I especially make it a point to apply self tanner before heading to events or media appearances where photographs are likely. A warm tan can do wonders when you’re behind the camera.
DEODORANT: rubbing alcohol & cotton balls
After trying a number of different deodorants and antiperspirants, several Facebook fans recommended alcohol. Yes, alcohol. The kind you get for under $5 a bottle at the grocery store. I apply it at least once daily with cotton balls, swabbing generously. It’s strong enough to kill bacteria and doesn’t “trap moisture” in my body like antiperspirants do.
HAIR PRODUCT: Curling Custard by Kinky-Curly
Since my hair is naturally curly, my hair care routine is about two minutes. I don’t even own a blow dryer, curler, or bottle of hair spray. On most days, I just scrunch my hair with gel straight out of the shower and let it air dry. This tub o’ custard by Kinky-Custard is pretty amazing, creating defined ringlets with very little effort. Even my husband noticed the difference in my hair when I switched from Herbal Essences to Kinky-Curly.
After reading that most women ingest 4-9 POUNDS of lipstick over a lifetime, I switched exclusively to the “long-lasting” varieties many years ago. Revlon ColorStay and CoverGirl Outlast are my go-to brands because of affordability and ease of use. The colors are great and they really do last. I typically have to “scrub” the color off of my lips in the shower at the end of the day – which means I’m not eating (much) of it. Yay.
MASCARA: In search of a new favorite
In my current season of life, I only wear mascara about once a week. Maybe less. My most recent purchase was lash fusion blast by CoverGirl, but I’m non-impressed. Which mascara is in your cosmetics bag?
While wandering the beauty aisles at Target a few days ago, a beautician in black asked me if I needed any help. I blinked and nodded, explaining that I was looking for a BB Cream. Up to this year, I’ve always opted for a tinted moisturizer – or nothing. Lately, though, I’ve been wanting to try something with a little more coverage. She introduced me to No7 True Identity Foundation and let me try it on in-store…so wonderful for this “clueless in cosmetics” woman. So far, I really like it. Easy to apply. Exactly the right color. Light coverage. I’m happy.
If you don’t have a favorite brand of tweezers, you’ve never tried Tweezerman. The points are super sharp. The handle is easy to grip. And they’re pretty, to boot!