Whenever I clean up after Christmas, it usually spills over into a mini-house-cleanout. The change to a new year provides the perfect opportunity to look through your cabinets, drawers, cosmetic bags, and shower (*gulp*) to do a little detox on your beauty!
Get rid of expired products
You've likely gotten some new goodies for Christmas, so even out the influx of stuff by getting rid of some things, too. Almost-gone tubs of conditioner or lotion, or makeup products that you've kept because they're not quite done yet but you might want to use them later (but you haven't touched them in a year) - TIME TO TOSS! Other culprits include old mascara (3 month shelf life), ancient eyeshadow, goopy nail polish, or items that have developed an odor like lipgloss or liquid foundation. Anything that doesn't fit into the toss category but still doesn't need to be cluttering up your drawers, donate to friends who might enjoy trying those products.
Clean & organize what you have
Put loose bobby pins into a cute mini glass jar, clean out your hairbrush (because really, when was the last time you did that?), get a new toothbrush, and put like with like (all lip things together, all brushes together, etc). Any powder compacts or palettes that you have (blush, eyeshadow) - spritz with 70% Isopropyl alcohol to kill any bacteria that might be lingering around, and let dry. It'll put a little pep in your step to enjoy where you get ready, knowing that everything is clean and organized!
Winterize your routine
It's helpful to have a different skincare, makeup, and hair routine for the cold winter months! The cold air outside and dry heat inside zaps our skin and hair of moisture, and our skin looks lighter! I vary 1-2 shades in foundation from winter to summer, so I have a separate lighter foundation for winter. Consider getting matched to your current skin tone for your winter shade. Avoid using a powder, since skin doesn't get as shiny in the winter, and the powder will pick up any dry flakes on your skin. Use a nourishing, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and air dry whenever possible to maintain moisture. Use a rich body cream all over, including the tops of your feet and backs of your hands, and apply as soon as you towel off after a shower, and every day between showers. My favorite body lotion for winter is Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming. Consider using a facial oil (my favorite is No. 3 Balancing Oil from Beautycounter - serious life changer) and a moisturizer for day (like Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion) and night (Beautycounter Rejuvenating Night Cream is my favorite right now.)
Purchase items free of toxic chemicals, parabens, & sulfates
If you're purchasing any new items, please consider doing a little research about the toxic chemicals that are present in many of our beauty and body care products in the US! In the EU, over 1400 ingredients are banned from cosmetics and skincare - in the US, only 11 are banned. The last time our Congress passed a law to ban certain ingredients from cosmetics was 1938. Not even joking. I am super passionate about raising awareness of this very REAL issue as a professional in this industry, so you can make informed decisions for yourselves and your families! Consider reading these two easy-to-follow posts from HuffPost: here and here, for more info! I have decided to partner with Beauty Counter in particular, a line that has a list of over 1500 ingredients they refuse putting in their cosmetics, hair care, and skin care - and they are fighting to have Congress update their regulations on cosmetics and personal care products for our safety. Plus, their products work beautifully!! If you want any recommendations of Beauty Counter products that would be great for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below!
Go with less!
One of my favorite things to do in the winter is to up my skincare game, and do less everywhere else. Airdry your hair, and avoid using heated tools. You may also consider using a serum, such as Repair & Nourish Split End Serum. Go as many days as you can without wearing any makeup (or at least no foundation) to let your skin breathe and rest - and just to reset on remembering what really makes you beautiful. Let your nails get some time to breath (on your fingers and toes) without any polish on them for at least a week, focusing on filing, buffing, and oiling instead. Try French Girl Organics cuticle oil for a luxurious treat for your nails!
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Here's to a happy, healthy, beautiful new year (and perpetually organized cabinets : )