I’ve missed writing the kinds of posts that I like reading on other people’s blogs, but somehow, I don’t ever seem to have the time anymore to sit down and write. So, I thought I’d write a lighter kind of post, but which still gives that glimpse into my life which I’m always trying to find on other people’s blogs.
Joanna’s blog is one that I’ve read for years and one of the more recent series that I have enjoyed has been her interviews regarding other people’s beauty routines, products and thoughts on rituals. Beauty rituals are a topic that I have come back to again and again in my mind over the past few months, as I made an effort to carve out some “me time” away from my two busy roles as parent and also full time employee.
This year, in an effort to get back into yoga, to get fit and to also spend some time together as a family, all 3 of us joined the gym and I have been doing yoga as well as a family swim altogether. One of us goes to the gym (or a yoga class) whilst the other looks after Pip, we then meet in the pool for family swim and then that person takes Pip to get changed and to have a snack in the cafe whilst the other works out and has some time to themselves. Not perfect, but it’s helped.
Anyway, I’ve been observing the other women in the gym, and in the sauna, which is situated in the women’s changing rooms. Everyone seems to have their own routines, and rituals, some of which people even seem to carry out in the sauna (oiling their hair seems popular, although I did see someone last week in exfoliating gloves, which I hope they had been using in the shower beforehand rather than in the sauna) and I started musing about rituals, and where we learn them, and what messages I am consciously or not passing on to Pip.
Seeing as I’m never going to be interviewed on this topic by anyone else (!) I thought I’d follow her questions but answer them myself across a series of posts.
What’s your daily beauty routine?
I like to prioritise sleeping, so I don’t have an extensive morning beauty routine. In the morning in the shower I use Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel (which I bought in Paris from CityPharma but you can also buy on Amazon). I found that Pip likes to share my products, so we now only use things we are happy for her to use as well. The one that suits us all best is Mustela Dermo-Cleansing Gel which smells amazing but is completely hypo-allergenic, which is great as Pip occasionally suffers from eczema flare ups, and I like the pump.
I have very long hair and am thinking of having it all cut off. I oscillate between shampoos but I can’t wait to try John Frieda Sheer Beach Blonde Cool Dip Shampoo again, after waiting what feels like a decade for it to be re-issued. I am told I should be using silicone free conditioner, which I am sure none of these are, but somehow that seems exhausting. Maybe my hair would thank me for it? Has anyone any recommendations? I have tried Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo which I liked, but after a while I found my hair wasn’t looking great.
I then use a toner on my face, put in my contact lenses, and apply moisturiser. I am using either a Cowshed or a heavier Jurlique one depending on how cold and dry and what part of the month it is. I find that I get very dry and itchy skin around my period, and so I also sometimes slap on moisturising cream or lotion (or even oil) to my back and legs. I like Aveeno Moisturising Cream which is also good for the face (and I use it on Pip too); other favourites include Green People which is good for Pip too and an Elemental Herbology one from SpaceNK which I was given for my birthday.
In the winter, I do blow dry my hair, using some kind of spray (mostly from goody bags and my BirchBox samples) if I remember. I am lucky that I don’t need to wear much makeup as I am naturally lazy and never have enough time.
My usual routine is to apply some BB/DD tinted moisturiser which seems to cover most blemishes. At the moment I am using Green People’s new one, which I really like. (They have a 20% discount code at present – use DDLAUNCH at checkout until 28 February across their whole Age Defy and Make Up). I use my BeautyBlender (it seems expensive but it is also amazing – I got mine with my BirchBox although am tempted to get another) to apply it.
Some days, that’s all I use. Other mornings, when I’ve a bit more time, I put on blusher, eye shadow, maybe a bit of under eye concealer (I use Touche Eclat which I bought in duty free alongside the mascara) and sometimes some eyeliner (black, usually whatever I last got free in a goody bag or BirchBox) and then some mascara. Takes me about 3 minutes, longer if Pip tries to get involved. I’m thinking of getting her a cheap pink sponge to mimic the BeautyBlender as she is obsessed with getting hold of it!
Whenever she sees me putting on makeup she asks if she can “paint her face” too. It’s a bit of a dilemma as to how to discuss this with her – I don’t have a problem with her seeing me wear makeup and she doesn’t see me apply it religiously. When I go for a night out, I will wear more. I just got a new lipstick which I am obsessed with and have worn to work a couple of times this week. Nothing like a good pop of colour to liven up grey days and my usual uniform of grey/black/navy. Pip will comment on it though, noting that I am wearing it and playing make believe with whatever she can get her hands on. When M bought me my lipstick, he bought her a lip balm. A good compromise I thought, but still doesn’t help me with what I should say to her. Has anyone given this any thought yet?
I have only listed products I use & love. Some were discovered by freebies, PR samples and goody bags, others I have bought myself. This is not a sponsored post although does contain some affiliate links.