With TSA limitations and a desire to carry on my makeup, I’m always looking for travel sizes, plastic tubes and a way to keep up my skin care. I tend towards dehydration when I travel. My skin seems thirsty and craves moisturizer. I continue to try to slim down what I use but when I pack, it seems like everything and the kitchen sink.
What do I use? My everyday routine is the same and I try for simple. Sunday’s routine is my pamper routine and a bit more complex. My Monday through Saturday routine begins with the basics
- Serum – I use the Chanel’s sublimage serum. I’ve used Chanel since I was in my twenties. My skin is sensitive to many ingredients and, in particular, some of the more natural ones. That’s unfortunate but rather than feeling like I’ve had a chemical burn and running for meds, I’ll opt for things that work for me.
- Moisturizer – My go to is Chanel’s le lift. Recently I’ve tried La Prairie’s Cavier for night. It is wonderful but a bit heavy for me.
- Eye cream – This is an everyday, morning and night, must for me. Carmen impressed upon me early on the importance of using an eye cream. I’ve tried many, including Le Mer and Chanel’s but my “go to” here is the La Prairie.
- Gel cleanser – I opt for the Chanel sublimage at night. I love the cleanser and it removes eye makeup easily.
- Weezie’s towels – I love the navy towels that are perfect for removing makeup. Plus, they are fun with the eyelashes embroidered on them.
- Toner – I follow cleanser with toner.
- Vitamin E gel – I love the Jo Malone vitamin e gel for my cuticles and hands, especially in the winter.
- Body lotion – I’ve used a range from Creme de corp to Jo Maone’s body creme. I’m not picky here. I confess that is because I’ve yet to find my “holy grail” of lotion. It is fun to continue to look.
When I travel, I focus on serum, moisturizer, eye creme and cleanser. I tend to use whatever the hotel provides for hands and feet. I also carry Chanel’s handcream in my tote. Carmen, at BG, is wonderful to me. She is always up for travel size samples to get me through TSA and travels. Thanks to her I can keep up my regime even when I’m on the go.
Each week I look forward to Sunday and Sunday night, specifically. I set aside Sunday nights to indulge and pamper and generally get ready to face the week. It might be something as simple as watching Downton Abby – uninterrupted- a bubble bath, a glass of wine and soft music, a long walk on a beautiful evening, a new book I’ve been dying to read, or curling up with the latest magazines. You get the picture, something relaxing, something fun that I enjoy, something I’ve not had time to do all week.
Tonight I’m going to have a bowl of chicken chili with a glass of red wine. I’m planning a long hot bath along with my usual Sunday night skin care routine and last, but not least, a couple of episodes of Madam Secretary. I can’t get enough of the show.
My Sunday night skin care routine is the definition of indulgent. I pamper my skin. A few years shy of eighty, my Mother has the most beautiful skin. She’s never worn a lot of make up but she always took care of her skin. I’m attempting to follow in her footsteps. My first “holy grail” of skin care is eye cream morning and night. I alternate between La Prairie and M-61 power glow eye cream but for Sunday night I opt for Sisley’s eye contour mask. The mask is a once a week thing for me and it is decadent. It is also the night to exfoliate. For my face, I opt for Channel’s Gommage Microperle Eclat exfoliant and for the body, Jo Malone’s vitamin E body treatment scrub. Last, but not least, is a conditioning mask for my hair. I opt for Moroccainoil intense hydrating mask. It makes my hair feel soft and healthy the entire week. I end with either Kiehl’s creme de corps or Jo Malone’s pomegranate body cream.
Now I’m ready to face Monday!
I’m on an organizing mission these days. The back to school, end of summer, beginning of fall is propelling me to get done those things that have languished on my to do list far too long. On top of that list is cleaning out my makeup drawer. Makeup has a shelf life, especially mascara and eye liner. One guideline for mascara and liquid eye liner is three to six months once opened. Lip gloss has a similar time line. Lipstick is a bit longer at six months. The danger here is bacteria which may cause infection. Since I wear contact lens, I’m very careful about my eye health and don’t care to take chances with my makeup. So, about every four months, I do a thorough clean out of my makeup drawer. The best part of this exercise is that everything is organized for ease of use and I have a clean space. This cuts down on my searching for something when I’m getting ready for work in the morning. Since I’m a night owl and not a morning person, this is a direct benefit to me.
Not only do I throw away products near their expiration dates, I also clean out the clutter. This means that eyeshadow that I thought I’d love but really don’t gets thrown out as clutter. I also wash my brushes. In the end I make a list of the things I need to replace. I generally buy my products from Carmen at the Chanel counter at Bergdorf Goodman. She is absolutely wonderful. She lets me know when there is a gift card event and is wonderful to send samples for travel.