Simplifying My Routine

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I’ll admit it – I’m high maintenance.

High maintenance as in my personal upkeep can sometimes get a little excessive. Nails, eyelashes, hair, tan, facials, workouts – the list can be an animal in itself, and seemed to get out of control the moment I found out I was pregnant.

“I’ll never have time to do this!” was my mentality, as if having a baby would suck so much energy out of me, that spending 30 minutes to get my nails done would be out of the question. I also thought there would a ting of guilt associated with spending money on myself rather than my child.

Well guess what, I was wrong. And dramatic.

The truth is – I still have time to do all the maintaining I want. I understand my overall wellness is important, if anything for the sake of feeling like myself and being a good mom. The difference is now it doesn’t take priority – spending 30 minutes playing with Jack sounds much more fulfilling than a visit to the nail salon. When I took a break from all the appointments and routine, I learned how much time and resources I devoted to maintaining. Pairing down was a welcomed thought.

With this simplified shift, I’ve found new ways to stretch each appointment and dollar. Don’t get me wrong – I still love a good facial and will forever highlight my hair – but this realistic approach to personal grooming keeps me from feeling like I’m on a never ending hamster wheel. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up to keep my routine easy and streamlined. They’re basic, but effective:

Nails: I love manicures – I use to visit the nail salon almost every 2-3 weeks to get a fresh coat and clean up my nails. This is the easiest to pair down – try spacing manicures to every 8-10 weeks. You can do it! Reapply a clear top coat to your fresh manicure every other day to prolong the color.

In between those weeks once the initial color wears off, I’ll clean my nails using a nail buff, cuticle oil, and the secret weapon: Dior Nail Glow. Y’all, this stuff is The polish adds a super subtle pink tint to your nails (which always makes me feel like I’ve just stepped out of the nail salon). This carries me over to that next appointment – and spacing nail salon time definitely makes you appreciate those few minutes in silence.

Hair: I will always be a slave to my hair color. Are any blondes low maintenance? This past visit, I asked my hair stylist to balayage my color – a painted technique that results in a sun-kissed, natural looking hair color. This method is more forgiving on roots, and allows you to go longer between salon visits.

I have also tried training my hair to survive more than 2 days in between washes without looking like someone dumped vegetable oil on my head. Call it gross, but less shampoos means color stays fresh longer. I use Oribe products to maximize each wash and style – their beach wave spray is the and keeps my waves intact days after styling.

Facials: Easiest way to prolong the time between facials? At home masks.

If you know me, you know I have a serious devotion to face masks. It’s like chugging a gallon of water for your face. A good exfoliation + mask session will help keep skin clear between facials. Here are my favorites:

Tan: Who has time to walk around in baggy black clothes waiting for a spray tan to dry? No-one I tell you, no-one. VersaSpa is great for a quick fix, but will always leave you with some kind of damage control. Airbrush tans are the most effective, but notably the biggest pain and time investment. Also, the line between orange and brown is a very fine one.

At the end of the day, my favorite tanning aids are the Tan Towels and In-Shower gel/gradual lotion. All three are super subtle, and provide build-able color that’s way less scary than those aerosol spray bottles. Here are a few of my favorites:

Eyelashes: RIP lash extensions. If you’ve never tried extensions – I seriously suggest a test drive. They’re light, made you look wide awake, and knock significant time your morning routine. Sadly, I developed some kind of allergy to the glue after 2 years of being a lash enthusiast. Le sigh. My rebuttal? NuLash. After a few months, my lashes were 2X longer and thicker – I’m also not complaining about crossing off those 3 week lash refill appointments – although great, they take up serious time.

That’s all folks! Happy primping!

Photo by Stephanie Drenka