I’m starting a new series called “My Beauty Uniform,” in which I’ll interview women (or men if I can find some guys willing to be interviewed!), about their skin care routines, how they choose their wardrobe, and about how they would describe their “look.” Today, I’ll share MY beauty uniform with you.
What is your morning/evening skincare routine?
I keep my skincare routine very simple. If my skin is dry, then I simply “wash” my face with a dampened Norwex body rag, and moisturize with Acure’s aromatherapeutic rose, moroccan argan oil. If my skin is oily, I’ll wash it in Origins Checks and Balances face wash, followed by Thayers Rose Petal witch hazel, and use the same oil as moisturizer (it’s for all skin types). I do this for both my morning and evening routine.
If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Mascara. I love how it instantly brightens my eyes. But my eyebrow pencil is a close second. I inherited my dad’s brow line, which starts out strong, but goes out for coffee somewhere along the line and never comes back, if you are pickin up what I’m putin down.
If you could only use one beauty product for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Body powder. It is my secret weapon. I’ve only ever found it at Lush, but I’m sure other brands are out there. But seriously guys, it’s amazing. Smells so hippy-dippy good, works as deodorant in a pinch, and leaves me with a freshly-showered feeling all day long!
Do you have a signature scent?
Yes, two. I wear Calvin Klein’s Euphoria on a daily basis, but I wear Chanel’s Mademoiselle when I’m feeling fancy. I think every woman should own a bottle of Chanel ;-). If I’m not wearing perfume, however, I have a sandalwood scented oil stick that I dab on for just some extra smell good power.
Lipstick. Yes or No?
Yes. Absolutely yes. Most days my makeup “look” consists of nothing more than: mascara, pressed powder, and maybe some lipstick. You would be amazed at what just those three items will do! Plus, lipstick is just so lady like and wonderful. I love it to pieces.
Shower or bath?
I take several baths a week. It’s my happy place. But most mornings are too rushed, so I shower instead.
How do you put together a head-toe “look.”
Creating a capsule wardrobe has really changed how I get dressed. I love how every item in my wardrobe is a tried and true piece that I not only enjoy wearing, but also looks good on my body. Part of creating a capsule wardrobe is choosing pieces that work well together, so getting dressed most days is pretty painless. I do still like to pick out my clothes the night before (dork alert), including everything from socks to accessories to shoes. I can’t/don’t always do this, because some days I never really get dressed, but by and large this is a practice I adhere to on a regular basis.
Dresses, skirts, or pants?
I’m a dress girl. I hate how my legs look in pants. Plus, there is something so feminine and easy about dresses. But since becoming a stay at home mom, I’ve also really loved finding fun ways to pair a simple skirt with something more casual like a tank or tee. It helps me to feel feminine and put together, while keeping the fun and functionality that I need to keep up with my little ones. A cotton skirt, tank top, and tennies are kinda my jam.
What is one trend you love?
All the ankle booties I’ve been seeing. I own two pairs and I absolutely love them. They look adorable with any hem length.
What is one trend you hate?
I don’t know that this is a trend so much as just the ways things are, and have been for a long time, but it bugs me how casual of a society we are. I think it’s crazy that I literally can’t wear a very casual, cotton dress out in public without someone asking me “what’s the occasion?”. I love to look feminine and put together, and I happen to think that it takes very little effort and discomfort to do so. It saddens me that we don’t even get dressed up for birthday parties, dinners out, etc.
What is your definition of beauty?
Ok, I know I’m supposed to say something lame like “confidence” or some other such nonsense. Truth is, my definition of beauty is knowing how to highlight the good and neutralize the not-so-good. It means playing up your assets. It means working with what the Good Lord Gave You and not worrying about what he didn’t. It means knowing who you are and going full throttle with it. It’s wearing clothes that fit you well, makeup that highlights – not hides – who you are, and exuding the inner you through the clothes you wear to the words you speak.