As a mom, I find that sometimes the “clutter” that really gets to me is not just physical messes all over the house, but a hectic and scattered schedule. I think that when we are seeking to declutter, we should really reach beyond our environment and into every aspect of our lives.
This week, I’ve decided to focus on ways to declutter your schedule and tips to avoid getting burned out.
For me, a perfect place to start is morning routines! It’s been a hard road trying to simplify my morning routine as a new mom and I’m not quite there yet.
But one thing I feel I’ve been pretty successful in is cutting down my time getting ready in the morning.
I know a lot of women whose makeup collections make me feel downright frumpy and overwhelmed. Though I admire these women for the true artists that they are, makeup isn’t something I like to spend a lot of time on. Nor is it something I really have the time for. But I’m only human and I do want to look and feel my best. So in my efforts to still look somewhat put together with as little effort as possible, I’ve adopted the phrase “Less is more” and simplified my makeup routine as much as possible.
I used to have a lot of makeup that just sat around unused and expired. And I mean really expired…Gross. Then I threw it all out. I whittled down my makeup products to about 10 items and my routine takes less than 5 minutes on most days.
Five minutes is really the most I’ve ever been willing to devote to any beauty routine. Anything more than that, and I’m likely to forego it all together and just rock my naked face. Which I feel completely comfortable doing now. Still, for days I want to put more effort into it, it’s nice that I don’t have to take too much extra time.
Read on if you’re interested in what I do to simplify the makeup routine.
I focus mostly on skin care and living a healthy lifestyle to promote healthy and clear skin. Here are my tips for healthy skin:
Drink water. Dehydrated skin is the worst! Drink plenty of water during the day to stay hydrated and to flush out toxins.
Eat healthy foods. Your diet can really affect how your skin looks. If you’re eating a well-balanced diet full of healthy, enriching foods, your skin is more likely to look its best. If you’re eating fast food and sweets a lot–not so much.
Cut out nasty chemicals in your products. This one is HUGE and I don’t think enough people realize the harmful ingredients that are in their makeup and skincare products. There are a lot of brands that advertise their products to be healthy for your skin, but upon digging further, a lot of it is really deceiving. It takes a lot of researching to find products that don’t have ingredients that are known to be harmful or are just questionable.
The nice thing is, you don’t have to buy expensive organic products in order to avoid those chemicals. Although you could. I’m too lazy and cheap, so I bypass a lot of this headache by using what I have at home. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer and makeup remover. Sugar and oil (coconut or olive) make a good scrub for my lips or as an exfoliator when my face is getting flaky. I also use apple cider vinegar as a facial toner.
I know it might seem like it’s not a big deal to use products that have chemicals in them, but after having done my own research, I’ve decided it’s not worth the risk. I have to say, my skin has been so much better since then.
I haven’t gotten to a point where I’m motivated enough to make my own makeup. Maybe someday I will live my other dream of opening an Etsy shop with organic makeup products.
For now, I still buy makeup products for when I want to get glammed up. Or just not look like I only slept 4 hours. I am just really selective about what I’m putting on my skin.
There are a lot of good brands and companies that make products that avoid harmful chemicals and are designed to be good for your skin. I’m sure you could find lots of bloggers who review these products.
I have not tried that many because I’m cheap. I once bought a mascara for $25 (a moment of madness) and went through the full grieving process when it ran out. Having learned from that, I’ve tried to hunt down the best makeup for my skin for a price that doesn’t make me feel like I’m selling my soul.
In case you are interested, I currently use products from Physician’s Formula because they are designed for sensitive skin and avoid those nasty chemicals I was talking about. Also, I can find them at my local drugstore and they aren’t really expensive. I’m always researching better options, but right now, they work for me! I also like Burt’s Bees for their lipsticks and balms and Hurraw! Lip Balm’s black cherry lip balm.
When I get ready, I slap on some tinted moisturizer, cheek tint, tinted lip balm, fill in sparse areas of my brows, and maybe apply mascara. Nowadays, I’m likely to skip the mascara and just simply use my eyelash curler alone. And that’s it really.
I don’t think more than that is needed.
I’m all for embracing your natural beauty and using makeup to enhance what you already have. Having a minimal makeup routine allows me to spend less time and money on my appearance. I can still look and feel good without stressing out about it. It’s also helped me to be more comfortable and accepting of myself.
What do you think about having a minimal makeup routine?
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