Friday, December 21, 2012

Working on my beauty regime.

Happy end of the world, everyone!
Okay, if this *were* the end of the world, then you wouldn't be reading this and rolling your eyes that I made an end of the world joke, so we are all better off, right?

Back to business...

As you all may know by now, I'm not a real girlie girl. I rarely wear make up, or paint my nails or get my hair did. Up until 5 years ago, I didn't wear dresses or skirts regularly, and I still have a hang up on heels. I walk a lot and you try walking two miles in 4" heels. But I digress.

I have wanted to try and at least attempt to be more, not so much girly, but more in control of my grooming. Let's face it, do any of us really need to shower on the weekend?...TMI?

For starters I'm making myself pay more attention to my skin regime. I do have one, but I'm very lax on it. Washing my face, applying sunscreen, grooming my eyebrows so I don't look like Frida Kahlo...I get lazy, which seems to be the largest obstacle in my beauty regime, and I just say, "Screw washing my face, I'm going to sleep!" Yeah, that's not the best idea.

I still get brake outs at 35! (Just had a birthday last week). No, that's lame. Not the birthday, the brake outs. I knew what I needed to do was just get my face on a schedule.

So along with getting more sleep, drinking more water and washing my pillow cases regularly, if I was going to do this right, I was going to do this vegan. I have never been a big fan of 'product of the week' stuff, as you can tell from an earlier post. I'm a very natural girl and wanted to dip my toe in natural products. Like, make at home natural products. I found a great recipe online (it was like 4 ingredients, so not much of one) for a salt scrub. Perfect, I thought.

I mixed some jojoba oil, some sea salt I bought just for this (before I was using my kitchen sea salt and mad that I was running low on baking supplies), and I bought some essential oils to spice things up. This current mix is using lavender oil. The jojoba oil is a necessity to make the salt stick to your face.

My face really isn't that red after scrubbing. See below.

I've been doing this scrub before bed for about a month and it's really exfoliated my skin and not in a harsh way. I gently scrub for a few minutes and then wash my face with black soap. I then do a splash of Thayer's lavender toner, and I sleep like a baby. All in all it's five minutes of time. Not too shabby for clear skin.

I've even gotten compliments on it, that was something I was not expecting!

This has also made me want to stop being lazy about my style. Cold weather seems to do that to me. I just throw on what is clean (in most cases) and shimmy out the door. This now is my lazy look:

One of my tie sweaters, a long sleeves shirt that I altered, some jeans that I made, and a hat (I made this velvet beret). Oh yea, and white socks with dress shoes. I gotta stay classy.

And to top off the look, my vintage Tom and Jerry scatter pin set.

What I'm realizing is all of this 'effort' isn't taking up that much of my time. My lazy time seems to be what is the waste. I mean, don't we all want to fill every part of our time with something useful or beneficial? I know I do, no matter how small.

Okay all, have a great weekend!!

*random cat photo*


Lisette said...

This past year I lived with someone who made all her grooming products and she always looked great! Glad to hear it is working just as well for you :) And I LOVE your shoes.

MistressCatgirl said...

I've been using rose hip oil at night have noticed that my skin is a lot smoother and moisturized. By the way, you don't look 35. I thought you were in your 20's.

Shelley J said...

I have essencial rose oil but I find it too strong smell wise. Making your own products is super easy. :)

Pam said...

I love your sweater and Tom and Jerry set. .

Love it!!

SJ Kurtz said...

Okay, folks, from the almost 54 gal who only looks like it because she has teenagers: Moisturize. Even if you have oily skin.

Now I have to go back to making it look like a holiday around here. Got stuck on Spoonflower for the last week (which is dumb: I won't see any of this fabric until February at the earliest).

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