To me, beauty begins with what you put inside your body. 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.
For example. All-natural makeup doesn’t really do it for me, so I wear plain ol’ drugstore brands because I like them. But I’m not passionate about coloring my hair or having my nails painted — so I don’t right now — and I celebrate having a few less chemicals on my body.
Here’s my beauty routine + a few products I love sprinkled in.
In the morning, I dab on rose water to tone my skin and give it a bit of radiance.
If it’s a workout day, I immediately wash my face afterwards with Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Face Wash + warm water + clean washcloth.
At night, I cleanse my face + remove makeup with Burt’s Bees facial cloths (the sage + cucumber is heavenly). Then I moisturize my skin with my personal secret weapon — Medicine Mama’s Sweet Bee Magic. I can’t say enough good things about it. It only has 6 ingredients and it’s an anti age cream, an eye cream, and a healing cream — skin damage and sun spots literally fade when I dab it on. Don’t be afraid to use it even if you skin is oily — it can actually help your skin regulate it’s oil production.
Usually, my real life makeup routine consists of eyeliner + mascara + lip balm.
But when I want to get fancier, I wear Tarte brightening primer + NARS sheer glow foundation in Fiji applied with an egg sponge + Tarte cheek stain in Exposed + Maybelline gel eyeliner + Jordana mascara (so cheap, so good) + Burts Bees lip balm + Burts Bees lip shimmer in Champagne. All together, it takes about 7 minutes and I spend most of my efforts on my foundation and eyeliner.
In the morning, I take Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with lemon juice and water. I’m not going to lie, it’s rough. It brings out my sailor mouth for a minute, but the long-term energy it gives is totally addicting. It also does wonders in warding off infections + illnesses.
I keep my teeth white + purge toxins from my body by oil pulling with coconut oil a few mornings a week.
The best things I do for my body + beauty? I stay hydrated + I get good sleep + I sweat regularly + I laugh a lot + I stay away from sugar, dairy, and flour.
It’s taken about a year for me to get consistent with these habits — and of course, there are still days when things get crazy and I let them go — but my skin, body, and brain are so much happier when I stick with them.
(Want a kick in the pants when it comes to habit building? Read The Compound Effect. Changed my life.)
There are plenty of things I don’t love about my body, 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 the little bastards.
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.
I wash my hair about twice a week now. Once I stopped over-washing, my hair got stronger, shinier, and it actually started growing longer. I’ve been reading up on natural shampoo alternatives — everything from vinegar to baking soda to just plain water. I’m about to try baking soda for a while. Have any of you tried it?
If I find my hair is getting a little oily between washes, I use Herbal Essences tapioca-based dry shampoo.
I use grape seed oil instead of conditioner. Bonus: it also works as a body lotion and shaving cream.
I have three go-to styles for my hair: a messy braid, a topknot, and loose waves. I don’t use any styling products in my hair, but I do tease my hair a tiny bit to get more volume + get curls to stay. To curl my hair I use a Revlon curling wand I got from Target for $30 (here’s a similar one). For a topknot in 30 seconds, I use one of these spongey donuts.
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.
I love what Danielle LaPorte says:
“Love yourself enough to give a damn about looking your best. It’s all a sacred celebration.”
Do you have a beauty tip or trick that you swear by? We all want to hear it! Share away in the comments section.