As many of you may know, self care is a big deal for me. I have an extremely bad habit of getting distracted and forgetting to take proper care of myself. That means I’m constantly on the lookout for new and improved ways I can keep up with maintenance on myself. You can check out my Tips of Daily Care for more ways I found that help me, but today I wanted to focus on some beauty-related tips because lately I’ve been noticing some new things I thought some of you would find helpful.
- Pick a scent
As I mentioned in my Fall Beauty Essentials post, I like to pick a scent. Right now I’m sticking with honey, because I love the products I’ve found, and the scent is literally so nice. Doing this makes me enjoy the products I’m using, and gives me a weird sort of peace of mind that all of my beauty products smell the same. You can take it a step further and pick a scent that ties into aromatherapy. I know many people choose peppermint, or other essential oils to help them with things like anxiety, depression, or energy.
While we’re on the topic of aromatherapy, I know of this brand called Monq. They have these diffusers for essential oils. They have blends that are supposed to help with things like providing energy, making you feel vibrant, and other peaceful things. You can check out their website here.
- Determine your favorite products
There are certain things I’ve noticed that when I wear them, I instantly feel better about my appearance. This gives me a sense of security because I know that I love the way I look. Personally, the redness of my cheeks makes me really insecure. Also, since I have really bushy eyebrows, it’s easy for them to get out of control. And then, there’s my constant worry of having chapped lips. Although the thought of wearing a full face of makeup everyday seems amazing, it also isn’t practical, at least for me. So I’ve caught myself thinking “Just do your eyebrows”. Sitting down to do my eyebrows also makes me take a second to realize I have time to put on my concealer, and my lip balm. Doing these tiny things everyday has helped me feel more confidence in my appearance, which makes me feel better in general. It’s step in making more time for yourself in the morning, as well getting to use your beauty products on a more day-to-day basis.
I used to not be a believer in exfoliation, but now I’m a diehard fan. I love exfoliates so much, it’s gotten to the point where I don’t even want to buy the soap unless it has sugar crystals, microbubbles, or some other form of scrubby substance. Ever since I began using exfoliates on my face, I’ve noticed a drastic difference in the way my skin feels. My face is soft, smooth, and I can tell all the oils and pollutants have been removed. You can use an exfoliating wash on your dry areas like your knees, elbows, and the bottom of your feet. I like to use a body wash with sugar crystals to make sure I’m soft all over. I even use a lip scrub from LUSH, which has definitely played a part in the smoothness of my lips this season. Click for their Honey Vanilla scrub, but they also have seasonal flavors like Sugar Plum and Santa Baby. I want to finish out the one I have before buying another, but it’s really tempting.
- Do (or do not) paint your nails
Painting your nails is a good way to make sure you feel proud of your look. It’s just an extra sum-sum to say BAM! But really, when that color starts chipping and my nails start breaking, my self esteem is an ugly sight. I can’t stand to see the tips of my nails all chipped and torn. Or when you’re painting your nails and nail polish gets all over the tip of your finger. Don’t you just hate that? What I’m saying here is: if you’re going to paint your nails, make sure you’re gonna keep up with it. When the paint starts chipping, remove the polish. Trust me. Just do it. I have a bad habit of letting my polish chip all the all down to my cuticles, and I feel bad about it the whole time. I hate when I’m feeling bad and boujee, only to look down at my hands to realize they look like s**t. Paint them. When they chip, remove the polish. It’s time consuming, but it’ll make you feel better.
- Wear perfume
Honey, do you wanna feel extra? Wanna walk around with that little kick in your step? Sprints on some of your favorite perfume. Every now and again you’ll get a whiff of it and it’ll remind you of who you are. You are the little lady or gentleman that smells goooooooddddddd. It makes a difference. You’d be surprised.
My last and biggest beauty care tip is this:
Understand and appreciate yourself. Some days your hair is going to look like a mess. And sometimes, there’s just nothing you can do about that. Somedays, you really just aren’t going to want to take off your nail polish, and you’re gonna have to just say “I’m doing what I can”. I don’t always feel like putting on concealer, or maybe I simply don’t have the time. But that’s okay. The tips above are just little things you can incorporate into your life if you’ve been feeling a little down. Add one or two into your daily routine. It may turn some days around for you.
I hope this helps y’all little spirits out there. We’re all beautiful in our own ways, taking each day one step at a time. I like to share my tips as I see them making my life flourish, and spread as much help as I can. Thank you for reading. Until next time,