I haven’t written in a hot minute. I could go on a diatribe about how busy I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, ect., but I’ll spare you that right now and just write another blog post later with some updates (because I have some great news!). I just wanted to get into writing what my Sunday night routine is. Honestly, I know appearance isn’t everything and some of this seems very shallow and appearance-focused, but doing this at the start of the week helps me feel more confident and put together. When I take my time to detox from the weekend and the past week, I feel like a brand new person which is honestly what matters the most.
Obviously, with a deployed boyfriend, I’m doing all the for myself and not to impress others. Don’t get it twisted.
Disclaimer: I am not a beauty guru and I can barely do my own makeup so take all this with a grain of salt. Maybe go watch what an actual beauty guru says.
This takes me about an hour and a half to go through all this (I’m including my shower in this time count) but I could probably do it quicker if I didn’t get so distracted and just take my sweet time.
First things first, I take all my nail polish off. I like to change my polish colors each week– but, let’s be real, it’s pretty much always a purple– and after a long week of guitar teaching, typing, opening jars because I’m an independent woman who doesn’t need a man, my polish is done for. I take it all off using a non-acetone polish remover to help save my nails. Even though I’ve taken my polish off, I don’t repaint immediately, we have a a few more steps to go through before I can even think of a new paint job.
Next, I like to apply my new favorite product: Lush’s Volcano Foot Mask. I have callouses all over my feet and they’ve been with me for years at this point. Dancing, walking barefoot all the time, tight shoes, wearing a lot of high heels and just being rough on my feet in general really did a number on my feet. My callouses were impenetrable and not even the most potent lotion could penetrate them. I had resigned myself to having ugly feet until a mistake on Lush’s part.
I had ordered a shampoo from them but they accidentally sent me the foot mask instead. When I called customer service, they told me to keep it and they would send me the right product free of charge. Well, if you’ve got it, might as well try it.
You slather a thick paste all over your feet, stick them in plastic to prevent drying out (I use grocery bags since those are what I have on hand) and wait 15 minutes. I’m really bad and leave it on for 45 minutes (I already told you I have thick callouses) but I promise nothing bad really happens. You feel a little bit of a tingle, but don’t be alarmed because that’s normal.
The pumice and kaolin penetrate your tough feet and take off all the dead, dry skin you’ve built up. Tomatoes and papaya help to clean, cinnamon to deodorize (which I need when I wear my Toms because yuck) and a dash of potatoes, tomatoes and essential oils to round it out. It’s super messy if you’re not careful but it’s honestly my favorite part of Sundays. I was so sad when I ran out and had to wait for my new shipment to come in.
After I slather on the mask and wait my 45 minutes, it’s time to shower. I use the Pumice Power soap from Lush to wash off the mask first thing because I’ve already left it on for 30 minutes longer than the label says to so I need it off ASAP. The smell of this soap is amazing. When you smell the foot mask for the first time you sit there and think “what am I doing to my body” but the soap smells exactly what I imagine heaven to smell like. It seems to get the job done for the most part, so I’m happy.
What I do in the shower is a routine all in itself– but it’s not exclusive to Sundays– so I’ll just breeze through it and maybe talk about it another day. I wash my hair using the Big shampoo from Lush. It’s a sea-salt shampoo with citrus a coconut oils in it to add volume, shine and to cleanse; I seriously love this shampoo because it does everything Lush claims it does. Is it expensive? Yes. Pretty expensive for the size but you really only need to use a little tiny bit to get amazing results. In fact, if you use too much, it doesn’t work as well.
After I wash my hair, I wash my body using either a Shea Moisture soap, or this or this from Lush (I promise I don’t work for Lush, just a super fan). I read somewhere that if you wash your hair and face before you wash your hair, then when you wash your hair, shampoo can run down and clog your pores. Ever since then, I wash my hair before anything else.
Once my body is done, I wash my face. Every other day I use a glycolic acid face wash; if you have acne, or acne scars or aging concerns, a glycolic acid cleanser is something you should introduce into your skincare routine. Dry skin shouldn’t use glycolic acid more than once or twice a week. If you’re an oily gal (like me), you can use it up to three times a week. In just two weeks, I’ve noticed my skin looks brighter, my scaring is going down and my zits are getting smaller. I absolutely love this one from Mario Badescu and it’s actually really affordable. My dermatologist recommended this one from Peter Thomas Roth but I’m not as big of a fan. On days I don’t use my MB glycolic, I use a charcoal wash from Biore; if you use the strips from them they include a $2.00 off coupon. I shave my legs, underarms, and other parts of my body and that’s pretty much the shower.
I know I said I would breeze through it and that was me breezing through it. Showering only takes me 15 minutes, total, every night anyways.
When I get out, I put my robe on and start to finish up. We’re already an hour into our routine, 30 minutes left!
I like to use a Biore strip on my nose right after I shower. I stick that sucker on my nose and get to work on my hair while it dries. I don’t like to use a lot of heat on my hair. I have natural waves that I try to protect as much as I can but I also have really fine hair that gets weighed down easily with product. The ogx coconut water spray is my holy grail right now. I spritz it on my ends and then brush my hair. After I get all the knots out, I do a loose little braid and call it a night. By the time I’ve gently worked all the knots out, my Biore strip is dry and ready to take off. After I remove the strip and all the gunk, it’s time to tighten the pores. I really enjoy using this mask from Target since it has witch hazel and tea tree oil in it. It soothes my skin and if you seal it up right, you can get three uses out of each little packet.
While I’m waiting for the mask to dry, I put lotion on my freshly-shaved legs. I like to use the Aveeno lavender lotion because I can feel it on my legs the next day, all day. After I wash my mask off, I use my MB aloe lotion and my acne serum, top it off with a vitamin c oil. Finally, I paint my nails using an Essie polish (I love their color selection and the formula stays on my nails without a base coat or a top coat sooooo yeah). After that, I call it a day.
I don’t usually wear makeup on the weekends so I can give my face a break and time to breathe. If I do, I take off my makeup before my shower with a micellar water. Just wanted to add that.
I know, it’s a lot. It’s a very long process that takes forever to go through. I could cut the time down by a lot if I didn’t keep the foot mask on my feet for so long. I enjoy it though and I’m always really excited to get ready for bed. I feel refreshed and energized the next morning when I wake up and I feel ready to take on the world.