Great routine, Lauren. And fun writing! Enjoy, everyone. (You know what’s hard? Choosing just one image of Jane Birkin. But the summer mood won here.)
Current weather: Sunny and getting pretty warm, sometimes in the 80’s
Hair: Shoulder-length, medium-fine, which nature made essentially devoid of color (mousey brown?) but currently is a patchwork of some red “glaze” from 6 months ago, that I am now trying to disguise with blonde highlights. Ombre is in, right?
Skin: Skin is definitely on the dry side. By the end of the day I can’t wait to get home to dunk my face in toner and oil. Pale with freckles. Starting to get some fine lines on my forehead, and crinkles around my eyes. I used to have some acne along my hairline, but since I cleaned up my diet (mainly cutting out junk food and sugar), this is much improved. The thing that still annoys me is the somewhat larger pores I have around my nose. I continue to search for toners/anything that will make those smaller!
Favorite star or icon from the past: Jane Birkin
In the shower…
WELL. If I am being good, I will dry brush first. Then I will take the smallest amount of coconut oil imaginable (like ¼-1/2 teaspoon) on a spoon, add some oregano oil, and “oil pull” by swishing that around in my mouth for the duration of the shower. I have a dream that I will do this every shower, and that it will result in white teeth and a perpetually clean mouth, but apparently I have a very strong gag reflex that is triggered by oil, which makes this something of a challenge. So, once in the actual shower, hair wet, I shampoo with Griffin volumizing shampoo (which is fantastic and I love it) and condition with Acure moroccan argan oil and stem cell conditioner. If I shower at the gym I use the Intelligent Nutrients PureLuxe shampoo and conditioner, which leave my hair smelling divine, but not quite as soft as the Acure. While the conditioner is working its magic, I suds up with Dr. Bronner’s bar soap in peppermint– I just love how tingly and fresh it feels. If I’m at the gym, I use Keys Windsurfer Biodegradable Sports Citrus soap, which smells like lime and is also very refreshing. I cleanse my face with the My Skin and Bones cleanser, which has a very sexy, almost masculine scent (but holds back from being too manly with a hit of ylang ylang) and little jojoba beads in it. If I shave, I use Dr. Bronner’s shave gel in Lavender. Oh, and after spitting out the coconut oil, I use a tongue scraper and then brush with Jason peppermint flavored toothpaste.
Outside the shower…
The first thing I do outside of the shower is apply the Acure Ultra Hydrating body lotion all over. I try to do this mostly on wet skin, because I read that it is even more moisturizing to do so. If I dry brushed before the shower, then I massage in Spiezia Organic Body Firming Oil into my legs– death to you, cellulite! This is one of the products I will definitely re-order when I run out. Once I’ve towel dried my hair a little bit, I run about two pumps of the Griffin leave in conditioner through my hair, focusing on the ends. Then I massage the My Skin and Bones moisturizer on my chest and neck for some extra anti-aging and good-smelling action there. Lately, I’ve also been dabbing my wrists with ylang ylang essential oil and then rubbing them behind my ears. Even if I add perfume later, this makes the shower part of my morning feel very luxurious. Then I spritz my face with the Berkana Way Venuceane Urban Skin Protection Facial Toner, and follow with the Keys ProBiome Anti-Aging Serum. I’ve tried many serums, and will continue to try out others, but I always go back to the Keys one in between experiments. It’s still the gold standard for me because it feels hydrating and my skin looks great when I use it consistently. Sometimes I will add an extra serum, the Sun Sense booster from Grateful Body, which is supposed to help the skin protect itself from the sun without any actual sunscreen– pretty cool.
Through trial and error, I have found several natural deodorants which are really effective and good-smelling. I mostly alternate between the Silver Body Deodorant by Berkana Way, and the Erbaviva Jasmine-Grapefruit one.
I aspire to someday have a really chic look for my hair, but for now, I almost always just let it air dry and put it in a bun. Once in a blue moon, I will massage some Yarok mousse into my roots, a very small amount of Yarok oil on the ends, and blow dry with a big barrel brush, and it looks crazy good. But I’m too lazy to do it all the time, so I tell myself that it’s for the best that I don’t heat-treat my hair normally.
My dad had skin cancer before I was born, so it was ingrained in me to always wear sunscreen (although recently, I’ve been laying off on my arms so that I can get more vitamin D). The two best natural ones that I have found (so far) are the Devita Solar Body Block, and BurnOut Eco Sensitive Clean and Clear Sunscreen. I love that they really go on like a lotion, don’t leave me chalky colored, and don’t feel like they are leaving a residue. I try to re-apply frequently on my hands, since they are in the sun pretty frequently, and hands can really show your age as you get older.
Now that it’s summer, I like to smell like Hawaii, so I frequently roll on Kai perfume, but I doubt that it’s clean. I have purchased samples of almost every perfume on Spirit Beauty Lounge in my quest for a clean signature scent. The one I’m circling in on buying is One Seed in Courage, which smells like apple cider from heaven.
I usually do a very basic makeup routine. For foundation, I use the Marie Veronique Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 20, in the lightest tint. It’s really great– but you have to use oil under it or it will sort of crumble off (based on my personal experience). My favorite makeup item of all time is probably the Vapour Aura Multi Use Stain in Lure, because it’s so versatile and flattering. I swipe some across my cheeks, blend just a tad, and do the same with my lips. If I have any blemishes, I use RMS un-cover 11 . It’s a bit too thick for my taste as an over-all foundation (I don’t want to rub too much) but just right for cover up. Finally, if I decide to get fancy, I’ll curl my eyelashes and apply some Zuzu mascara.
The things I really want to try are cleansing with manuka honey, body scrubs with coffee, and seaweed baths. In terms of makeup, I want the Vapour stains in every color, Kjaer Weis mascaras, the new Ilia lip crayons, and RMS Un-Powder. I am also excited to try Dr. Alkaitis’ Herbal Toner and Nourishing Treatment Oil– I am always drawn to the products that seem like they will be “hardcore” and effective.
Finally, I hope everyone enjoyed reading my routine, because I love reading everyone else’s. Thanks!
Sooooo. Routine. I’m kinda terrible at it! For those of you familiar with ayurveda, I have pretty typical vata tendencies (and just by the by, I’m meeting with an ayurvedic doc next week and planning to pick up some tips to share). What this means is that I don’t wake up or go to bed at the same time every day; I can go from being ravenous one week to skipping meals the next; sometimes I’m strong like an ox and full of energy, while others times I feel frail and sensitive. Needless to say when it comes to my beauty rituals I change my products with great, and erratic, frequency. This isn’t exactly the worst thing when your job is to try new stuff, but it’s not the best when you’re also trying to assess results. Just another reason me and the blondie make such a good team!
So here’s a current snapshot…
Age: Old enough to actually forget that I’m 32
Current weather: Dry, sunny, 80ish
Hair: Thick, coarse, curly, with lightened tips (that I still love!)
Skin: A little congested right now but pretty consistent these days, more dry than oily (was once the opposite)
In the shower…
I probably only shower about three times a week if I’m being honest. I also don’t wash my face most days—which is something I’ll get more into in another post. But generally, my transition to clean has ended up with me being, well, dirty. I love water but I don’t think that the stuff coming out of my shower head is necessarily doing me that many favors. I live in a super arid climate and as we’ve discussed in the past, some folks think water in and of itself can exacerbate dryness. I usually take off my makeup with some kind of oil or oil cleanser like this Spieza Organics one. And because I don’t wash my hair, every day is not a new battle to “reset” my curls as it once was—but enough excuses!
Outside the shower…
Hydration is my big move in the morning. Sometimes I spray myself with one of the wonderful hydrosols from Kahina or Tammy Fender and then I reach for the richest cream or oil I have on-hand. I’m out of Tammy Fender Repair Balm, which is nothing short of tragic. I also just finished this incredible eye cream from Odacite that I was using as an all-over face moisturizer—upon the founder’s recommendation—and LOVING (full review on this delicious line to come!). So this morning I opted for a sample of neroli oil from Hope Gillerman. Have you ever used neroli? It’s a new one to me, but it felt nice.
The finishing touches…
Probably the thing I do with the most consistency if I’m leaving the house is my makeup routine. Right now my skin is a little tanned so I’ve been trying to pull off a summery bronzed look. I am completely mad about the RMS Beauty lip shines, especially the “moment” one which I use as a cheek shine. I’ve run out of my beloved Jane Iredale concealer but I’m loving this new one I have (which I’ll tell you guys more about in another post) and use it under my eyes, around my nose and for any other discoloration. If I wear any I’m still partial to my Laura Mercier waterproof full-of-chems mascara. But my most exciting summer makeup discovery has been this Ilia lipstick called Bang Bang. On my lips it reads as a bright, almost electric pink—a color I never thought I could wear—and it’s a total revelation. It goes on all creamy but somehow the color actually holds, even after its wiped off a bit.
As far as my hair goes, you guys know the drill I think. Water and conditioner if I shower, and lately a little bit of this curl cream.
Finally, crucial for a girl who doesn’t wash that often is perfume! As of last week I’m using Honore Des Pres’s Chaman’s Party, which is this woodsy, earthy, spicy scent (with notes of clove and basil) that I simply can’t get enough of. And it’s Soapwalla all day for my pits.
There you have it. Keep sharing your routines in the comments—and by golly I hope to hear from my fellow non-washers!