To me, beauty begins with what you feed your body + mind. What you put on the outside simply smooths it out + gives it a graceful polish.
I take the natural + organic route when it works for me, but I also use plenty of conventional products too. I pick my battles and I’m not obsessive about any one thing — you never know when you’ll learn something new and it’ll change your outlook.
Here’s my beauty + well-being routine, plus a few products I love sprinkled in.
My quickest fix, when I’m feeling a little off? Hydrate, sleep, or laugh. Works just about every time.
In the morning, I drink warm apple cider vinegar mixed with lemon juice and water. I’m not going to lie, it’s gross. But the long-term energy it gives is totally addicting. It also does wonders in keeping my skin healthy and warding off infections + illnesses. I also take Ashwaganda to help me stay sharp + energetic all day.
When it comes to fitness, I stick with things that make me smile — which is usually things in the yoga + dance category. I tried to get myself into distance running and Crossfit, but it turns out, I don’t like them. So why force it? There are plenty of other activities I’d love to do.
Right now, I’m having a blast doing PiYo — it’s one of those home DVD workouts, and I have to admit, I felt goofy the first time I did it. But it’s got that graceful Yoga thing I love and it’s crazy challenging. All those flowing moves are making me stronger than I’ve ever been.
After I’m finished with the PiYo course, I’m planning on enrolling in a hip-hop dance class (I’m terrible at dancing, but it’s about having fun, so who cares, right?). Then later on, I want to challenge myself to take a yoga teacher training course.
To me, the best thing I can do for my body is appreciate it. There are plenty of things I don’t love about myself, but I refuse to trash talk my own body. That kind of negativity is poison — and totally within my control. The things I tell myself can either feed insecurities or starve them. I choose to starve ’em.
If something about the way I look is really bothering me, I consider what it would take to change it and then make the decision from my heart. If I decide to change it, great. If not, I decide to change my mind about it. Moving on + enjoying life.
At one point, I tried to get my makeup bag down to just 5 items. Having less stuff invites peace into my soul, so I figured I’d apply that principle to my makeup bag.
But, after a little while, I realized that it’s more useful + practical to have the right amount of stuff instead of having a minimal amount of stuff for the sake of minimalism.
This is true for capsules too. I think numbers can be helpful guidelines when we are experimenting with smaller wardrobes, smaller makeup bags, etc., but the right amount will be different for all of us. It’s more about inviting peace into our souls than meeting a number.
Anyway, one of my goals for 2016 was to slowly replace my makeup with safer alternatives — that actually perform well. So far, I’m about halfway there, and I’m totally celebrating this progress because small change over time = big change.
Here’s everything I’m using these days:
I begin and end the day with Trilane Moisturizer. My mom introduced me to it last year while we were living with my parents + renovating our home. It’s a super light oil and it feels amazing. My skin loves this stuff and a lot of my little wrinkles and sun spots have vanished since I started using it.
For foundation, I use Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream. Word to the wise: a little goes a long way. This stuff is super saturated and a tube can last forever — it’s more of a true foundation than a BB Cream.
And! It’s rated 2 / low hazard on EWG’s Skin Deep Guide — hooray!
The only drawback with this BB Cream is that it must be mixed with a primer or else it’s super chalky. I use MAC essential oils primer — it’s light + fresh. Again, a little goes a long way. I’ve got all the coverage I need if I use less a pea size dab of BB cream with just one or two drops of primer (depending on how dry my skin is that day). I mix them in the palm of my hand and use my fingertips to apply it.
EDIT: I recently started using a Beauty Blender to apply my Jane Iredale BB Cream, and guess what? It works even better than mixing it with primer! Now I don’t have to use a primer unless I feel like it. Pretty excited about this. (Here’s how to use a Beauty Blender if you’ve never used one.)
For blush, I use Beauty Counter Cream Blush Stick — rated 1 / low hazard on EWG, for the win!
For my eyes, I use Tarte Eyeliner and Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara. I always have trouble with smudging on my eyelids, but these stay put — little to no smudging. I have yet to find a low hazard eyeliner + mascara that don’t smudge. Know of one? Share away!
When I’ve got the urge to shop for clothes I don’t need, I turn my attention to my hair instead. I mean, mastering a new hair style is kind of in the same vein as getting new clothes — it can completely change my look, but without spending money.
Right now, I have four go-to styles for my hair: half up / half down, a messy low bun, a topknot, and loose waves.
I like an imperfect + undone look and I don’t really use product in my hair, but I do use a handful of tools. To get loose waves, I use a one inch tapered curling wand that I got from Target for $30 (here’s a similar one for even less). For a topknot in 30 seconds, I use one of these spongey donuts. And for the half up / half down look, I love using this cool circle clip.
I wash my hair about once or twice a week now. Once I stopped over-washing, my hair got stronger, shinier, and it actually started growing faster. If I find my hair is getting a little oily between washes, I use either Herbal Essences tapioca-based dry shampoo or my own DIY-ed natural dry shampoo.
Instead of conditioner, I use the tiniest bit of grape seed oil on the ends of my hair. Bonus: it also works as a body lotion and shaving cream.
And that’s it! That’s my happy blend of naturalness + made-up-ness. My own way of celebrating life + honoring what I’ve been given.
Got any specific questions about anything mentioned here? Ask away! I’d also love to hear about your beauty routine — share away in the comments!