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With a plenty of beauty hacks on the internet, it is easy to feel like a guinea pig to expensive products and extensive beauty practices. I want to have that Beyonce’ “I woke up like this” experience, especially when kicking off the workweek. So how do I do that? A good night’s sleep and a several glasses of water for starters. There are several benefits of getting a good night’s sleep but before I even make it to bed, I have to get through my bedtime routine. In the past two years, I have started to really put an emphasis on self-care and investing in oneself. As goal crushing women who are busting career barriers, making smart money moves, living the fab life, and trying to thrive in their relationships, sometimes it is hard to take a moment for oneself. I wanted to share my beauty routine that costs less than $100.00 and takes less than an hour.
Take Off Your Day. I start my wind down process by washing my face with unscented activated charcoal soap that does wonders for my eczema since it is also loaded with moisturizing oils like avocado and jojoba. The soap I use is about $8.00, but it lasts so long, especially when you cut it in fourths and use a section at a time. I then put on a rose infused face mask and let that sit while I prepare myself for my relaxing bath.
Take A Relaxing Bath. During the hustle and bustle of the week, I don’t have time to take a long relaxing bath, but on weekends, I make the time. I run a long hot bath and let 2 cups of Dr. Teals Soothe and Sleep Lavender dissolve into the water while I pull my hair into a top knot. Since Epson salt is known to relieve sore muscles and lavender is used in the treatment of anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia, all of which I experience from time to time, it is the perfect relaxing combo to add to my beauty routine. With all of the lights turned off and nothing but candlelight, I soak in the tub while watching bad reality television.
Oil Up. I have been obsessed with growing my eyelashes naturally and I started brushing my clean natural lashes with Argan oil every other night. I use an old mascara wand (that has been cleaned, of course) and carefully moisturize my lashes. After that, I drink one last glass of water and then put on the best lip balm I have ever tried. It is a citrus balm for the brand, Oh Honey and it leaves my lips feeling moisturized throughout the night for less than $4.00. After applying the balm, I usually kiss the Mr. good night so he can feel how soft the lip balm makes my lips.
Positive Vibes Only. While it may sound counterintuitive, I have to fall asleep with the television on. To increase the chances of good dreams, I try to go to sleep to something fun and lighthearted like my favorite show, Modern Family as background white noise. It is part of the process to help me fall asleep faster.
After a relaxing bath, a face mask, along with moisturized lashes and lips, I am ready to get a good night’s sleep. Although these are not the traditional beauty hacks that people usually share, these are my go tos that keep my skin supple and healthy.