Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Week 30: Daily Routine

Week 30 in the 30 Week Writing Challenge

Before we get into the subject of this week, 
I have to give myself a big fat gold star for completing this challenge. 
I started it when I was struggling with writer's block, 
but getting pregnant quickly fixed that issue. 
Regardless, I've had a lot of fun babbling about these little topics. 
And may be some day when I'm not gestating a human 
or on 24/7 breastfeeding call, 
I'll do another. 

Back to the final topic...

Daily Routine

I've already documented this previously 
with a day-in-the-life post 
and our life hasn't changed much since. 

Therefore, I opted to take a different route: 
My Beauty Routine

As anyone can tell with one glance at my preggo pictures, 
I am no beauty blogger. 
So please bear with me as a shuffle through this, 
in the most messy way possible. 

It may shock you to learn that I am NOT a clinique rep. 
Perhaps I should be?



In the shower: 

Shampoo / Conditioner - any drug store brand. 
I switch up my brands every bottle, 
and am absolutely 100% NOT loyal to any one brand. 

Soap - same as above.  Zero loyalty. 

Wash face - Clinique Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser 
(because of my rosacea) 

Wash "ahem" down there - Summer's Eve Unscented 

After shower, I wrap my hair in a towel, 
wrap my body in a robe, 
and get Aaron up and dressed. 
By the time that process is done, 
my face is sufficiently dry 
and my hair is on the way to being dry. 

Back to the sink... 

Exfoliation - Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion 
(mildest possible, for the rosacea)

Probiotic Calming Cream - Clinique Redness Relief Daily Cream 
(again, the rosacea)

Lotion - Either 
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel 
or (in super dry winter time) 
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Primer - Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base 
(all hail that rosacea!)

Foundation - Clinique Even Better 
I'm not crazy about this foundation, 
but I've stuck with it out of laziness.  
I am keeping my eyes open for something better. 
I am HORRIBLE at matching foundation to my skin, 
and thus any new foundation requires a trip to the department store beauty counter 
to beg the experts to determine the shade.  
Any recommendations? 
Particularly for someone with redness and sensitive skin? 

Concealer - Clinique Advanced Concealer 
Just like my foundation, I'm keeping my eye open for new options. 
I read a rave review on Cupcakes and Cashmere about 
BareMinerals Complete Coverage Serum Concealer 
which I'll try when my concealer is out. 

Setting Powder - Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder 
This is my first try with this powder and so far it's decent
but I am open to options. 
In her 2015 Beauty Favorites
Estee Lalonde talks about Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder
I like that the shade "Diffused Light" has a yellow tint to offset redness, 
but I am struggling with using a presser powder versus a loose powder to set. 
Any input here?

Bronzer and/or Blush
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Aruba
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Rose Petal

Brow Liner - Clinique SuperFine Brow Liner 
I have insanely thin brows, 
thus filling in my brows is my #1 concern every day. 
Even if I skimp on other steps, this always gets done. 

Optional - Eyes 
I LOVE eye makeup 
and I used to be quite adventurous with different color pallets, 
I learned the hard way that I am prone to clogged eye ducts. 
Once, I had to have my under-eye sliced-open to drain a duct that had backed up into a ball (the size of a pea) under my eye. 
Since then, I very rarely do eye makeup unless it's a special event 
(aka: something besides work 5 days a week). 

Eye Liner - Clinique Quickliner in Really Black 

Eye Shadow Base - NYX HD Eye Shadow Base 

Eye Shadow: 
Since I so rarely do eye shadow now, 
I am not very adventurous. 
I've stuck with the same combo for a few months now, 
and really love it. 
Lids in Laura Mercier 'Caviar' Eye Stick in Rosegold 
(easily the most beautiful shade I've EVER seen)
Crease in Clinique Chubby Shadow Tint in Lots o' Latte

Eye Highlighter: 
MAC Eye Shadow in Nylon 
One of the first makeup tips I saw on pinterest was that this is the perfect highlighter. 
It is.  

Mascara (only after Setting Spray below): 
Because of the infrequency with which I use mascara, 
and how quickly it expires (3 months!), 
I stick with only the free samples. 
I have no preferences at this point. 

As long as I have even a shred of makeup on, 
I ALWAYS ALWAYS finish off with...

Setting Spray - Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray 
I'd read about it from multiple sources and finally gave it a shot. 
OMG, it has definitely changed my makeup routine. 
I used to do my makeup immediately before an event, 
because it would slide/flake off shortly thereafter. 
But NOW I can do it hours in advance and it will hold. 
I bought my sister the oil-control one since she has that oily teen face, 
and she raves about it too. 
Seriously, changing lives!
Ok, done raving. 

Looking at this list, 
you'd think my routine takes me forever. 
As long as I'm not doing my eyes, 
it takes me about 5-10 minutes. 
Eyes adds another 5 minutes to let the eye shadow base dry. 



Makeup remover: Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser

Eye makeup remover 
(hardly ever used, since I so rarely do my eyes)
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Cleanser: Liquid Facial Soap 
although I'm thinking to switch to exclusively the Redness soap above

(all below is same as morning)

Exfoliation Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion 

Probiotic Calming Cream - Clinique Redness Relief Daily Cream 

Lotion - Either 
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel 
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief



This is a new category I'm just starting to explore. 
Having rosacea is super tough. 
My skin can simultaneously flake off in dryness 
while my nose/chin are covered in blackheads. 
It's infuriating. 

One of my BFF gave me a paper-mask for Christmas
(paper mask = totally makes anyone look like a KKK member)
For the life of me, I cannot find it ANYWHERE online. 
But I love the burst of hydration I get the day after using it. 

I just placed an order for two masks: 

1. Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask 
- recommended by Pardon my French 
and it's under $10
This is supposed to be amazing for blackheads, skin-clearing, 
so I'm hoping for T-zone improvement! 

2. Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask 
- recommended by Este Lalonde
Hoping this will add a burst of hydration. 


And that's that! 
Whew, that was long. 


  1. I do think this is really interesting, actually! Our only overlap is the Bobbi Brown bronzer (though I'm sure my shade is called "ghost" or something else really pale) :)

  2. Oh, and congrats on completing the challenge and encouraging me to do the same!

  3. This post actually made me laugh and consider using something different for "ahem" down there.

    And thanks to your inspiring Week 19 our Star Wars movie date was not a complete disaster. Thanks :)