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How do you start your day? Are you putting self-love on the first place?
As women, we are very intriguing, we either spend too much time or money on our appearance – which most people categorize as too much ego, or we spend too little. This ‘too little’ is categorized as low self-esteem and not so much self-love. We give and care too much for others and there is no time and energy for our own self.
Are you finding yourself in the same boat?
There were mornings when I really had no desire to pick out the best outfit, or wake up a bit earlier to wash my hair, or take a second to apply lipstick. Then, I would be miserable all day long because ‘I look terrible, look at my hair, what was I thinking with this outfit?’ – the answer – I was not thinking at all.
As you know, I am in love with self-developing books and one thing that I keep on seeing everywhere is the importance of self-care. The small things we do each day, for ourselves are the ones that boost our confidence, give us more energy and strength, attract better people in our lives and – my favorite part – help us increase our paychecks! It is all about feeling good – feeling beautiful – feeling perfect! And these feelings are only achieved if we care for ourselves, from the first moment we open our eyes in the morning.
Nowadays, I strive to look impeccable and feel amazing every single day! How do I do it? – with the right attitude, some good music playing in the background and, of course, cool products and items that make my routine a lot easier!
I do not know about you, but after my alarm rings, I like postponing it for 10 more minutes which gives me time to cuddle with my boyfriend, to think about what an awesome day I am going to have and to check my Facebook account. After I finally get up, I start my beauty routine: washing my teeth, cleaning my face and applying moisturizer. Then I do 10 minutes of Yoga and hop in the shower. Most of the time, I would not wash my hair because it takes forever to find the right shampoo (that would not dry my hair excessively) and have time to blow dry it.
This month, however, I got in the mail the Target Beauty Box and was excited to try new products and experiment with new things! So I started a challenge to look fabulous every day – no more excuses!
Luckily for me, my daily shower experience improved massively with the SheaMoisture Renewal System Shampoo. I wash my hair every other day, but now, I am not stressing over it because this shampoo has what I most value in a product:
- made with natural and certified organic ingredients
- provides sulfate-free cleansing, anti-aging benefits, color protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, anti-stress, manageability and softness without build up
There is nothing better in this world than organic ingredients! Plus, this shampoo is perfect for my hair’ type cause I have a dry, dull hair. The smell of it and the idea that it provides my scalp and hair with such healthy benefits puts a big smile on my face!
But this does not solve all of my problems. Ok, I got the right shampoo, but what about the time to style my hair?
And, once again, my prayers got listened to and in my Target Box there was also a TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray. I know it is a product a lot of people use, but to be honest I had not used it before, actually I don’t use hair sprays at all. (This is why I love the idea of a product box, because it gives you the chance to try new products and experiment with what you might like, at a fraction of the price)- plus, the joy of receiving new products is priceless! It is like Christmas morning but on a monthly basis! Who would not love this?
Anyways, regarding the TRESemmé TRES Hairspray, what I like about it is that it gives my hair a lot of shine (exactly what I needed!) and – the most important part – it’s a medium hold spray! When you want curly beach waves or a more natural look, always opt for medium hold!
So now, I blow dry it in around 10 minutes (I just received a rotating hair brush) and then apply some hairspray and I am done – volume, shine, softness. I feel pretty good about myself!
After my hair is done, I usually go make some tea and prepare my morning protein shake. It takes another 10 minutes and while I enjoy my drinks, I choose my outfit for the day. I always start with the shoes, depending on the weather and how much I have to walk or stand, I pick the right pair and build my outfit from there. I am a skirt and dress lover, and after the shoes have been picked, things move very quickly. My protein shake is almost done and I am about to be late if I do not hurry, so let’s get moving with makeup.
Besides my daily moisturizer, I have not used any other products, but in the Target Beauty Box I got the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream and of course I was dying to try it and see if I like it. It is fast absorbing Fragrance-free, Oil-Free, Dye-free and Non-Comedogenic! I do not have wrinkles, yet, but I am glad to have a product that I can use for my skin around the eye area –which is very sensitive and you should not neglect it. Since you cannot use regular cream on your eyes and although I have always thought of myself as ‘being young and not needing eye cream’ I was curious of using this one.
The result: my eyes look a bit brighter – or bigger, I don’t know how to explain it in words, but I like it! Plus, I am happy to know I am finally taking care of the skin around my eyes!
After applying my Neutrogena gel, I use some concealer, compact powder, foundation, a bit of bronzer and illuminator. I love taking care of my brows and I do it all the time. I then apply a black eyeliner and mascara to make my eyes pop and voila – I am done.
My daily makeup lasts for about 8 hours, but there are days when I get home after 13h or more and you should see my face then! I love using L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set (another cool item in my Target Beauty Box) because my makeup is kept fresh, no more melting, fading or touch-ups necessary – yay!
The last thing I do is to apply a lip balm and get out the door. All this morning routine takes me around 90 minutes from the moment I hit snooze, but getting out the door feeling like a million bucks, each day is priceless.
Oh, and I was about to forget one thing, for years I have stopped using lip gloss (although I always loved it!) because my boyfriend did not like it, so I started abusing my lip balm. But, when you get a new Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color in your mail, you cannot just not use it (thank God for this!), so now, before getting out the door I also apply some lip gloss, which has the touch of a lip balm, but with a vibrant color. Very happy and excited to start the day!
Is this how you feel in the morning? Share your personal morning routine in the comments below and let me know if you are curious as well for trying out the Target Beauty Box!
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