I will be the first to admit that I am pretty high maintenance. I like make-up and having my hair done nicely, even just for a low-key day. Part of it comes from the fact that I always do my hair and makeup so when I don't, people assume that I am sick. I guess I have set the expectation that I always look "put together" so when I don't, people really notice.
I am also interested to see how my routine changes with the added responsibility of a baby. People tell me I will barely have time to shower and lucky if I can run a brush through my hair some days. I am determined to not have that happen to me- at least not on a regular basis.
I have a lot of beauty products- some I used religiously every single day, others I use only on special occasions or if needed. For the most part this post is about my regular daily routine.
1. Moisturizer. Living in Calgary, you need this badly, especially in the winter. It is so dry here. If I don't put moisturizer on 2x a day, my face flakes off- literally.
|Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion|
From right to left (since this is the way I put the products on).
Right Bottom- Prime Time eyelid liner (helps prevent eyeshadow from creasing)
Right Middle & Top- Eyeshadows- I have many, many more colours that I alternate through regularly.
Centre Right- Eyebrow pencil, eye liner crayon and mascara
Centre Bottom- Skin Colour corrector- I only use the green colour in this wheel. It helps cover up my red undertones so I look less like a tomato!
Centre Top- Liquid foundation. Evens out my skin tone and covers any imperfections.
Centre Left- Highlighter- I use this under my eyes to mask any dark circles that I get from lack of sleep. I use one from Lancome. Love it!
Left Bottom- Bronzer- gives me that summer glow even in the winter! I feel so pale without a bit of bronzer every day
Bottom Top- Blush to add a bit of colour back into my checks (after I covered up my natural rosiness that I don't like!)
This makeup routine generally takes me about 10-15 minutes to do.
3. Hair Routine. There are two hair routines that I follow. First is if I shower at night (which I do during the week- saves me time in the AM) and second is if I shower in the morning which happens more often on the weekends.
Shower at night- My hair is dry but all over the place since I probably let it air dry over night while I slept. The easiest thing for me to do is pop my hair into hot rollers as soon as I get up so they can set while I do my makeup.
|Love my hot rollers!|
|Extra hold hair spray|
Shower in the morning- since I have to blow dry my hair anyway, using hot rollers doesn't save me anytime. Plus it's nice to have some variation in hair style!
|Hairdryer, round brush, flat iron|
I use a few more products on the straight days because I need to protect my hair from the heat of the blow dyer and flat iron (Bumble and Bumble Styling lotion), hairspray to keep everything in place and Redken Outshine lotion to smooth, and reduce frizz/static.
Using the hot rollers is definitely the lazy way around doing my hair, but it looks dressier and as though I put more effort into it!
On a regular work day it takes me 30-40 minutes to get ready. Showering at night really helps save time!!
Are you high maintenance and not ashamed to admit it?? Did you "beauty routine" change once you had children?