Raise your hand if you’ve tried Sheswai nail lacquer. No? Get on this polish! The formulas are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dbp’s, and the color selection is too fun. Speaking of fun, you’re going to love this routine from the founder of Sheswai. We can’t wait to meet her at A Night For Green Beauty. Join us there!
Name: Debbie Leavitt
City: Los Angeles
Current Weather: sunny; perfect
Skin: clear for the most part, subtle suns spots,
Hair: dark, wavy, shoulder length, medium fine
Favorite Star From the Past: Angelica Houston
The night before…
I prefer to cleanse my skin at night before bed and keep it simple in the morning. A few nights a week I use my Clairsonic and mix up my cleansers from time to time, I’m currently using John Masters Rose Foaming Face Wash. The nights when I don’t use the Clairsonic, I like to use May Lindstroms Clean Dirt, I dig the gritty-mouse texture. Before applying moisturizer I do a spritz of toner and am currently using John Masters Rose & Aloe Hydrating Mist, the sweet scent is lovely.
While my skin is still damp I may use a bit of Lina Hansons face serum, and a moisturizer created by my nearly 90 year old friend from Russia; she calls it ‘rich cream’ and although it can leave a bit of a greasy sheen on the skin it absorbs quickly and leaves my skin truly soft & subtle with a glow.
Mind & Spirit…
I believe the most important way to start the day is with the thoughts you think. I’m an early riser and I love the stillness before the hustle begins. I like to take this time to count my blessings / meditate and create the tone for my day. I believe this all makes a difference in ones beauty.
Movin’ & Shakin’
I like to get the blood flowing and some fresh air in the morning… whether it’s a yoga class, circuit training, or a walk with Mick, my awesome dog. Before I head out the door, I’ll splash some cool water on my face, brush my teeth, apply a small amount of my ‘rich cream’, and drink a glass of water, (sometimes with lemon).
Body – Inside & Out…
My mornings can vary depending on my work schedule, but when I have time I like to have a soothing soak in the tub. A handful of Epsom salts and energizing essential oils like eucalyptus & ylang ylang, or a blend by Hope Gillerman makes for spa-like aromatherapy. Before I hop in the tub or shower I’ll do a quick dry-brush and swipe coconut oil from feet to neck.
About once a week I make a sugar scrub using organic sugar and olive oil with a few drops of lavender. Before entering the water I stand in the shower to scrub from the feet up. It’s a classic DIY that anyone can make for a simple exfoliation. I love the healing rituals of the Korean Spa and try to go every couple of months to soak and get scrubbed to a rosy glow.
I like to moisturize with a variety of oils and creams. I could spend hours in a natural food store just testing all the body products. I always have coconut and olive oils on hand; I prefer coconut oil in the spring/summer, and sesame or olive oil in the fall/winter. I use olive oil to remove eye make-up and to hydrate feet & hands.
The body moisturizers I use go through a steady rotation of “a little of this and a bit of that”…currently I’m using ‘The Super Salve Co – Combo Cream’, it’s a luscious mix of the last 2 inches remaining at the bottom of the barrels in 4 of their others products, I also like the sweet vanilla scent in John Masters Organics – blood orange & vanilla body milk, and at times the rich earthy scent of Dr Hauschka – Lavendar Sandalwood body lotion. I really like pure shea butter and will use it at night before bed.
I prefer essential oils to perfumes and will combine a couple of different oils depending on what I’m feeling. I LOVE patchouli but usually cut it with another oil so it’s not too potent.
I believe in the magic the earth provides and like to drink herbal brews and fresh pressed juices regularly. My preferred tea is the Detox Tea by Dr Schulze; it has cleansing herbs that heal from the inside out. It truly creates a glow and brightens the eyes. I always notice a difference when I drink this regularly.
Hair & Make-up…
I wash my hair a couple of times a week, usually at night to avoid using the hair dryer. I use a leave-in spray conditioner by ShiKai. For styling, I use a wide barrel curling iron to tame frizzes and create a smooth tousled bend in my hair.
I like to keep make-up to a minimum, so after my sunscreen and moisturizer settles in, I use a tinted foundation to even skin tone. I love a rosy glow and will use a lip/cheek stain lightly on my cheeks. I like lush lashes and will use mascara to open the eyes. For lips I could go anywhere from a bold bright fuchsia red, to a stain of barely there. I always have a few lip glosses & balms in my bag to freshen up.
Time for a mani-pedi! What Sheswai colors do you love or have on your wish list? We’re loving “So Cute”, because duh…
We love S.W. Basics for its uber simplicity and gorgeous ingredients. Hey, not all of us are divas when it comes to a beauty routine. It’s fun to see how much brand founders and their products are alike, and Adina’s morning routine is the perfect example of this. S.W. Basics will be bringing the best of Brooklyn to L.A. for A Night of Green Beauty one month from today!
Name: Adina Grigore
City: Brooklyn, NY
Current Weather: Global warming uber storm
Skin: Eastern European aka I blush and burn easily
Hair: Long, brown, and has a mind of its own. Some days curly, some days straight, some days both in different parts.
Favorite Star From the Past: Liza Minnelli
Let’s be real, I wouldn’t be the founder of the simplest skincare line in the universe if I had a really complicated morning routine. Wouldn’t that be kind of weird if I created a line of eight products, all with five ingredients or less, and then every morning I used and did fifty different things? It totally would. I’ve never really told anyone this, but the company was partly born out of my laziness. I just couldn’t bring myself to commit to multiple-step routines that seemed required to have really nice skin. I wanted to use one or two awesome ingredients every single day and be done with it. You heard that right, that’s what I wanted for the whole day.
So my morning routine is not super impressive. I wake up and double fist coffee or tea with a big glass of water, because I’m really bad about water intake, and as all good NMDL readers know, good skin comes from the inside out. Then I brush my teeth. I rotate between gross Sensodyne (I have super sensitive gums and still can’t make my mind up about flouride!) and super hippie toothpaste like Earth Paste, Tooth Soap, or one of my DIY concoctions. Sometimes I’ll even brush with just water or sea salt or a touch of baking soda, or I’ll spritz just a touch of Weleda Ratanhia mouthwash straight onto my brush. It’s super refreshing! For my face, I wash with water. I count out twenty splashes and then gently pat dry with a towel.
On my best mornings (2-3x per week), I work out before going into the S.W. office. These days I’m really into T25, and I love getting really mad and yelling at the host Shaun T a lot. It puts me in a great mood. I get drenched from the workout so I’ll shower, which currently includes a rotation of Acure Argan Oil shampoo, Goldie’s clary sage shampoo, and Aubrey Organics Green Tea Shampoo. I do not usually condition, that’s a once a month occasion and right now I like Acure’s mint conditioner. I use S.W. Basics body scrub and hibiscus mask about once a week, otherwise I just vigorously scrub my face and body down with… water.
When I get out, I tie my hair up into a bun, coat my face in S.W. cream, coat my legs in S.W. unscented body oil, or if I’m out I use plain olive oil, and that’s it! I am obsessed with Aubrey E plus high C deodorant, not the spray one, only the roll on. I swear by this deodorant. If I have a meeting I’ll use Maybelline mascara and I love Sumita eyeliner, but even that is pushing it.
Like I said, I am super low maintenance (don’t worry, I make up for it in a million other ways. My personality takes up too much space for my looks to get in the way). But with insanely sensitive skin, this super simple routine is what works for me. It’s the calmest and happiest my skin has ever been!
Have you tried S.W. Basics? Tell us what you love!
If you’ve never tried something from May Lindstrom Skin, you must. This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve encouraged you to do so, as all of us here at NMDL have a favorite (or three) product from this gorgeous line. May is participating in A Night For Green Beauty for the second year in a row, and we can’t wait to pick her brain about what’s next… we heard there’s a jasmine mist and a new website on the way!
Name: May Lindstrom
City: Los Angeles, California
Current weather: Hot hot hot, with some wild wind tunneling through the open windows of my studio.
Skin: Sensitive, reactive, prone to rashes and various forms of eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and bouts of hormonal acne (post-pregnancy and breastfeeding related). When in balance, my skin is one of my best physical traits. When out of balance, it’s a painful nightmare.
Hair: Thick & curly lion mane. My hair is several inches past my shoulders, is totally untamed and big, and I let my spirals go wild. I have quite a lot of silver at my crown which I embrace. I can’t wait until my whole head turns white like a unicorn!
Favorite star from the past: Not too far in the past, but I’ve had a girl crush on Laeticia Casta since I was about twelve. She oozes the kind of confidence in her skin and her own beauty that you can’t help but love. Glowing skin, lush hair and an insane body ripe with curves doesn’t hurt!
I wake much too soon with my early bird daughter. She’s almost two now, and finally learning to sleep past six am. Just barely. We start the day with cuddles in bed with papa, drinking water together out of a quart mason jar I always have at my bedside, or jasmine green tea if the day begins cool. Once we are up, we take our giant yellow lab, Rex, and our little (so far) black rescue potbelly pig outside for some morning sun.
In the shower…
As an overly busy mama with sensitive skin and hair that dries out very easily, I only shower every couple days at most, washing my hair maybe once or twice per week. When I have time, I love to dry brush before I step into the water. It makes my whole body feel tingly and alive — great for mornings following not enough sleep.
In the shower, I wash with Yarok Feed Your Volume shampoo (or Alaffia, which is a great budget-friendly alternative that you can find at Whole Foods), and condition with the matching conditioner. I leave the conditioner in until the last minute of my shower to really suck up all the goodness. While the conditioner is sinking in, I exfoliate my face, neck, shoulders and chest with The Clean Dirt. I keep this in the shower to make sure I always remember to use it, being careful not to let water into the bottle of course. This also stays on my face until my final rinse. Now, scrub my body from the toes up with a rough little scrubby mit (no soap) and if I have time, a quick shave wherever necessary using Dr. Bronner’s in Rose or Almond. A little massage to my face as I rinse The Clean Dirt, then turn water to cool to rinse my conditioner. Wrap my hair up in an old tshirt or microfiber towel to speed up the drying time (I always air dry), and I’m out.
Out of the shower…
I skip towels — except for my hair — entirely. While my skin is still dripping wet, I massage either The Youth Dew or The Blue Cocoon (or both, if my skin is asking for it) into to my face, neck and decollete and then fill my palms with The Good Stuff. One quick sweep from my toes all the way up my legs, over my belly, chest, arms and down my back and I’m hydrated head to toe. Wet skin makes this so much easier, extends the use of your oils and the water allows for deeper penetration. It’s a win win. Plus I find towels full of bacteria to be a pretty unattractive thought! :)
Once my skin’s needs have been met, I let my hair down and scrunch my ends up to restore their curls. I just started using the Rahua hair wax, and so far I’m really liking it. It’s wonderful blended with a bit of The Good Stuff for extra moisture and shine! I will admit that I don’t wear sunscreen. I haven’t found one that I love yet, and so I really do prefer to just cover-up and avoid the high sun times of the day as needed. This is what works for me and my particular skin. My very, very white husband and baby girl are another story. I’m definitely on the lookout for a better solution for them. What are you liking?
I used to make my own deodorant for myself and my husband, but as life has gotten busier, I have gotten a little lazy. I usually skip it altogether, but if I reach for something it’s a stick by Nourish in Vanilla Almond. It’s a little sticky, but it does the trick. I finally just got around to trying Soapwalla (which seems to be everyone’s favorite), but the verdict is still out. I don’t love the actual scent of the product, but I don’t stink when I wear it either. We will see where this progresses… My teeth get brushed with my favorite toothpaste – it’s Jason Sea Fresh and it does not have SLS or Fluoride. It tastes great and works. I highly highly recommend.
Most days, I try to let my skin breathe as much as possible. I’ve found that the more I commit to my overall health and wellness, and to deepening my own skin care ritual, the less I desire to hide. There is something freeing about going bare, if a little vulnerable. A touch of RMS Un Cover-Up in 22 or Kjaer Weis cream foundation in Just Sheer or Illusion evens out any redness that I am prone to. The Blue Cocoon really helps with this as well, and it’s gorgeous beneath makeup of all kinds.
I love a flush of color on cheeks and lips and I’m a big fan of products that can multi-task. A few favorites are Vapour’s Courtesan or Intrigue, Revolution Organics’ Blushed, RMS Sacred or Sublime and Kjaer Weis Goddess, Passionate, Romance, Blossoming, Romance and Desired Glow (think I have enough?!). I use everyone’s lip and cheek products interchangeably. Oh – I also do love Ilia’s lip crayon in Karma Chameleon and Dress You Up and Arabian Nights lip conditioner. RMS Living Luminizer is a must for a pretty glow that fakes perfect skin and a long night’s sleep. I wish Rose-Marie made this in a golden tone, I would be all over it because the formula is perfect. I only recently began wearing mascara again after several years of not. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find my perfect match. I use Kjaer Weis (cannot resist her packaging), but it does flake a bit on me – as they all do.
A quick mist with my soon-to-launch The Jasmine Garden, and my look is done. Despite the long list of products I covet, this is usually a less than five minute process. Cover, color, glow and go.
I’m usually pretty wiped out by the end of the night but I do try to make time to wind down with my skin and my self before bed (and my beautiful family of course). When I put in the extra minutes to really enjoy my self care experience, I actually sleep better and feel more rested and healthy when I wake – which ultimately saves time getting ready in the morning! If I can carve out some quiet for myself, I love to submerge in a hot bath, salty as the sea, with a few drops of essential oils added just before stepping in… blue tansy, blood orange, palo santo, cedarwood, eucalyptus, lavender… so many favorites that are incredibly different from each other and I always adjust to either the current mood, or the mood I am desiring.
While I soak, a masque of The Honey Mud blended with The Problem Solver is my favorite treat of all time. There really is not a better combination – you still get a little heat from The Problem Solver and the incredible anti-inflammatory benefits, but also the nourishment and coziness of The Honey Mud. It’s perfect and you just have to try. If I’m limited on time and there’s not space for a bath, a quick wash with The Honey Mud takes away the grit of my day. A couple pumps of The Youth Dew and a bit of The Blue Cocoon and I am sent to bed with all the nutrients my skin desires. An extra touch of The Blue Cocoon around my eyes and over my lips is the perfect night treatment.
My hair usually gets a bit more of The Good Stuff finger combed through my wild waves and into my dry ends before bed, but if I’m looking to switch things up, I do really love La Bella Figura’s Bohemia Verde hair oil. It has a beautiful scent. I want to try Rahua’s finishing treatment as it looks promising – has anyone tried it? Or have any other nourishing treatments to recommend? I would especially love to discover a detangler that actually keeps wild hair like mine from tying itself up in knots!
Thank you so much for letting me share. I have followed this series for what seems like forever and delight in discovering new treats through this rich and engaging community! I really could not be more excited to take part. Love love love to all of you!
Here’s a lovely routine from one of our readers, who also happens to have her own blog called Well Beauty. We love her range of choice and her description of the konjac sponge—like washing with fluffy clouds. Yes! Read on.
City: Phoenix, Arizona
Current Weather: warm and sunny, highs in the low to mid 80s
Skin: fair and neutral-toned. I’m dry in the winter and combo in the summer, so my skin is transitioning into being a little more oily but still pretty dry on my cheeks.
Hair: Naturally blond and curly. Since making the switch to let my curls run free, it is a lot healthier and softer!
Favorite star from the past: It has to be Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot is one of my favorite movies
Every day starts with Greens First! While it’s not a beauty product, I believe that beauty starts from within and I have to start my day with a healthy drink. I just whisk it with some water, add a couple of ice cubes and its ready. For breakfast, it’s usually just two eggs.
After breakfast (and Greens First), I brush my teeth with Earthpaste in Cinnamon. I was hesitant to give up the traditional foaming toothpastes (even the all-natural kind), but I LOVE Earthpaste. I’m on my 4th or 5th tube of it. Since cinnamon oil is naturally antimicrobial, I have been sticking with it rather than the other flavors.
In the shower, I have been alternating between two shampoo/conditioner combos: Rahua and Surya Brasil Color Fixation line. They are both great, so I alternate back and forth to keep my hair from getting bored. After shampooing, I apply the conditioner and let it sit a few minutes while I finish the rest of my shower routine. While I’m a big fan of bar soap, lately I have been using Gabriel’s Seaweed Body Wash—it has a really clean, green smell to it (NOT seaweed-y at all). It cleanses well and doesn’t dry out my skin. It works really well for shaving too! Since discovering the Natural Konjac Sponge company, I’ve been loving body washes because I get a ton of suds and the konjac sponges are like washing my body with little puffy clouds. They are WAY better than the traditional plastic shower poofs (or whatever you call them). After rinsing out my conditioner, I wash my face with ARCONA’s berry bar and will use the face wash to also wash my neck, chest and upper back to prevent any breakouts. A few times a week, I’ll use the Clarisonic with the sensitive head on my nose, chin and forehead.
Once I’m out of the shower, I’ll towel dry my body but I use the DevaCurl towel to lightly dry my hair. Since going curly, I have to be sure to not be too rough with drying my hair. Using the DevaCurl will prevent it from being dripping wet, but not more than that. I then spray my hair with Surface’s Trinity Protein Cream and comb my hair with a wide toothcomb. I’ll then loosen it from my scalp a little with my fingers, being gentle not to disrupt my hair too much.
While my hair is air-drying, I apply Blissoma’s Smooth A+ serum all over my face and then ilike’s age defense bioflavanoid moisturizer, focusing on my drier parts of my face.
With my face taken care of, I apply Farmaesthetics Midnight Honey Oil to my arms and legs and anywhere else that needs some extra moisture. While it says midnight, I have been using this every morning and love it. The soft, rich honey scent is calming and not too heavy and the oil is really moisturizing and sinks in quickly. I then apply deodorant, which lately I have been alternating with Schmidt’s Lavender+Sage, Colorado’s Pit Stick or Primal Pit Paste in Thyme & Lemongrass, all three work great.With my hair having a little time to let the protein cream sink in, I gently scrunch it using the DevaCurl towel again and then don’t touch it until it is dry. I found that to be the best way to get great curls—touching my hair as little as possible.
Now for the makeup! I have to start with mascara because I make a complete mess with it! I like Jane Iredale’s Longest Lash mascara, it adds a lot of thickness to my lashes. After applying (and cleaning up) my mascara, I apply foundation. My go-to foundation is Jane Iredale’s BB Cream, I use BB3. I usually prep my skin with Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair primer than apply the BB cream with a beauty blender sponge. The beauty blender sponge is seriously the best invention ever; it makes my makeup look flawless. With my fair skin, I need blush to put some color on my face. I really love Nvey Eco’s blush in 957—it’s a great neutral pink that gives me natural color.
If I’m in a hurry, I will just leave it at that, but if I have some extra time I will apply eye shadow and liner. If I do wear eye shadow, I apply Tarte’s Clean Slate eye primer. While not the most ‘green,’ it is better than some others and works really well (and if you have any recs for more natural eye primers—I’m all ears!). I’m always changing up which eye shadows I wear (because I own a LOT and am getting new ones all the time), but my go-to ones are Silk Naturals. My favorite colors are Purrr, Naughty and Fete. For eyeliner, I use Au Naturale’s in Coco if I want to use a brown or Living Nature’s midnight if I want a black. They are both great eye pencils.
I usually don’t wear lipstick to work, unless I have an important meeting, so I just swipe with some lip balm. I have been using MVO’s Pacific Lip Treatment and it is seriously amazing. Super moisturizing and I swear has even plumped up my lips a little too! For perfume, I have been reaching for Honore Des Pres Love Coconut lately. It’s a great scent for spring, very fresh with a true, just opened coconut—not the fake coconut smell like suntan lotions can have.
Then it’s off to work! Once I get to work, my hair is all dry so I use Max Green Alchemy Pomade to define my curls and add shine, and then spritz with Intelligent Nutrients Hairspray to keep my curls all day.And voila! I’m set for the day.
We enjoyed this routine so much, especially Michaelle’s alternate universe self. You’ll find so much to love, so read on!
Name: Michaelle (pronounced like the guy’s name Michael)
City: Whispering Pines, NC
Current Weather: Up and down — today high of 36*F with cold wind & rain all day but then the weekend is forecast for sunny and high 60′s. No humidity. Yet.
Skin: Pale & cool toned with some sun damage spots on forehead and sides of cheeks and some visible redness around nose. After years of battling a really oily complexion and always a blemish somewhere, the switch to green beauty back in ’08 has steadily made a huge difference to now being fairly normal — oily thru t-zone in summer and then sometimes a few dry patches in winter.
Hair: Brown naturally curly, fine textured but a decent amount of it. As of last November, I stopped doing salon color and just did my first at home Henna color about 3 weeks ago.
Favorite star from the past: I’ve never watched too many old movies so I don’t think I have one. (We chose Lauren Bacall!)
I do the warm water and lemon thing and I also fill my tea tumbler with my Bija Body Daily Beauty tea. If any of you have yet to hear of or try this tea, ya need to get on that stat! It was created by Melissa Piccoli, an esthetician, specifically with skin in mind! After that, my routine can vary drastically. I’m a wife and mother of 2 small beautiful boys and the older one goes to preschool during the weekdays. I am not a morning person, so if I’m not going anywhere else after dropping him off then it’s just a quick swipe of Simply Divine Botanicals Gypsy Rose Tea Toner with an organic cotton pad and a quick brush with Periobrite toothpaste on my Sonicare toothbrush before we are all out the door by 8am! Once the little one and I are back home and I’ve finished my liquids, I do my best to follow Kimberly Snyder’s advice about easing your digestion into the day by eating light to heavy. I’ll have some fruit and perhaps a small bit of Purely Elizabeth oatmeal or some Ezekial toast with coconut oil and raw honey. I have an Omega juicer, so most days a green juice is a player as well! (sidenote: I would love for NMDL to request reader’s fav juice recipes! I thrive on inspiration!)
Now, if I do need to be somewhere… Holy Moly! Depending on how long I put off dragging myself out of bed, tea may come before or after I shower. If I have leftover juice or a Suja handy in the fridge, I may take one of those into the bathroom, but it’s always liquids first thing in the morning no matter what. Once or twice a week, I mix up a bit of May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt and gently work that over my face while the shower is warming up. In an alternate universe, I also dry brush my entire body, head to toe and apply a deeply stimulating body mask like Isun’s Himalayan Body Wrap then slowly sip my tea while that dries before gliding into the shower…
In the Shower…
I grab my Sonicare toothbrush and Periobrite and into the shower I go! I also often use EcoDent toothpowder on top of my Periobrite and I go ahead and brush while getting wet. Next I either exfoliate my Clean Dirt off, use my Clarisonic with Tata Harper’s Refreshing cleanser, or I rub some raw Buckwheat honey into my face to wash with. It just depends on my skin or what I feel like using. Then, if I’m shampooing that day, I’ll get a pump or two of my current brand, A’kin rosemary shampoo and work it in, rinse, then A’kin jojoba & lavender conditioner, and rinse. I use Eco Tools exfoliating gloves and The Body Deli Rose Absolute body wash on my body, but this also changes regularly between Osmia’s bar soaps (Zucca Spice & Chamomile Sun), Strange Invisible’s body washes, Red Flower’s Ocean body wash, or whatever else I’ve discovered. If I’m shaving, I use a Preserve razor along with whatever body cleanser and that works great for me. My alternate universe self works that awesome body mask deep into the skin then gives herself a nice long head massage while the conditioner is still on, then delicately combs it through as it detangles her hair. Ahh, that was great.
Out of the Shower…
Depending on whether or not I had one of my sweet peas in the shower with me, (hey, some days, if I want a shower, then at least one is coming in with me to ensure no cataclysmic disaster befalls before I get out) I try to rub in a body oil quickly before I’m dry. Right now, I have either May’s The Good Stuff or Osmia’s Stream. Next, I slap a cloth diaper on the youngest because past experience has taught me, unless you wish to be treading in a warm river on your bathroom floor then you best be wrapping that up pronto. Undies and Plum Pretty Sugar robe on, next I’ll spritz with a mist, and oh how I love a good mist! My go to is still Tata’s Hydrating Floral but I’m also rotating thru La Bella Figura’s Jardin de Fleurs, One Love’s Vitamin D, The Body Deli’s Cucumber Elixir or Rose Absolute mist, or a sample of R.L Linden’s Thousand Petal mist. I’ll immediately follow with either One Love’s Morning Glory (am) or La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate (pm). Originally, I used just LBF’s MRC day and night, but I found it to be so effective (like for reals, y’all) in fading my sun spots that I’ve started using it just at night most days to help it last longer since it is a bit pricey (but so, so worth it, I promise you!)
For my eyes, it’s either Simply Divine Botanical’s Pack Your Bags Eye Gel (am) or LBF’s Decouverte (pm). Next, I apply, what has got to be one of my all-time fav products, LBF’s Daily Elements Defense oil. The smell, the ingredients, the consistency — all fantastic! Love it, love it! For my hair, I spritz some Intelligent Nutrients Detangler into my palms and work that into my ends if it’s tangly and comb it out. Then I use IN’s hair gel mixed with a teeny bit of Dr. Bronner’s lavender hair cream and scrunch it in ends to roots (winter) or 2 sprays of IN’s volume spray into my palms with or without a bit of LBF’s Bohemia Verde and scrunch that in ends to roots (summer). I quickly apply Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen. I then get dressed, get the boys fed and dressed, and then back to bathroom to blow-dry with a diffuser. Alternate self is leisurely massaging her body oil, head to toe while sipping her second cup of Bija tea and listening to Adele on her iPhone. I think I hate her just a little.
I apply RMS Uncover Up in 11 to my inner and under eye area, around my nose, and my chin. Next, some Bare Escentuals liner powder that I’ve had for, like ever, to my outer brows. A bit of Alima Pure’s Milkshake eye shadow to my lids, and then I select a blush based on what I’m wearing from either Kjaer Weis Blossoming, RMS Sacred (which I prefer on my cheeks) Vapour multi in Intrigue, or Nvey Eco in 951 — one of the most flattering powder blushes I have ever used—gives a perfect fresh face glow!. If I have time, I’ll use some liner, either Dr.Hauschka kajal 03 eyeliner (neutral green-gold), Jane Iredale’s Mystikol in Dark Topaz, or Lily Lolo in khaki, all of which work well with my hazel eyes.
Next, the ever illusive, mascara! I use, and have been using Coleur Caramel’s Cils Long Mascara in black for quite some time and sincerely LOVE it! It can have a tendency to transfer at the outer corners, but I’ve mostly found that happens if I’m too oily there, either from too much concealer or face oil. When I remember to dab a bit of Alima’s finishing powder in Keiko there, then I’m good. Also, the positive effect it’s had on my lashes, as in they are thicker and longer the way they were when I was young, just can’t be beat. It has improved the natural state of my lashes. I also have Jane Iredale’s Pure Lash in black ice on hand when I want added drama. And, yes, I have tried Kjaer’s and Ilia’s mascaras and did not like them. At all. I think I’m old school when it comes to the wand.
Last touch is perfume and those pretty much have to take a number, because I love perfume, therefore I own enough to scent the entire British court. Tsi-la’s Saqui or Kesu, LBF’s Barcelona or Positano, Strange Invisible’s Magazine Street or Fire & Cream, Osmia’s Posso, Tata’s Love Potion or Stress, Red Flower’s Ambrette, Persephenie’s Kildren or Datura, In Fiore’s Ambre, Roots Rose Radish rose frankincense & patchouli… yeah, I know. It’s bad. My alternate universe self? Who knows. She’s probably doing trust-falls with her Yoga instructor or still in the bathroom applying self-tanner. I know this reads like a lengthy routine but typically I’m done in under 50 minutes from my fanny leaving the bed to walking out the door with both kids in tow. Also, I was an esthetician before my first son was born, so I’m never going to have a bare bones routine because I love the world of green beauty and all it has to offer!