My husband leaves for work at 4:45 a.m. I roll over and try to return to sleep. Typically Little Sister wakes up before 6 and my day officially begins. Brother awakens on his own about six. By 6:15 I wake up Big Sister, and the three children and I have a simple breakfast together. By 7 we head out the door for the bus stop. I hop in the shower upon returning home so we can get Brother to preschool. I always dry my hair before leaving the house. After I dry my hair, I get dressed and put on a bit of make-up. Shoes on...and we're out the door. No time to fuss.
Most days I wear at least a bit of make-up. In the picture below you see the facial products I use.
Every morning I wash my face in the shower. For more than a year I have used an Equate Age Resisting Classic Cleanser. (I don't know if it is truly "age resisting;" I just like how it cleans. I use it before bedtime, as well.) I've also used the Olay version and like both.
Even on days I do not wear make-up, I still take the time to moisturize my skin. Several years ago my mother-in-law introduced me to Lancome daily moisturizer. I loved it, but the cost made it difficult for me to always purchase it. A friend mentioned L'Oreal may be similar. Now I use L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle and Firming with SPF 15 Day Lotion. Affiliate link. (Once I purchased a different L'Oreal moisturizer and disliked the scent. It was also a bit oily. This moisturizer's scent is subtle and it is not oily.)
Every day I use lip moisturizer. I use Chapstick and Nivea. The Nivea is my favorite. (Little known fact about me: From junior high until my second or third pregnancy I carried Chapstick-or its equivalent- in my pocket. I stopped when I ruined a load of clothes when it went through the dryer.)
Most days I wear a mineral foundation, but cover up and blush are not a daily ritual. I often need the cover up for blemishes or red spots. Blush helps add some color to my pale face. I use the L'Oreal True Match line because it works and I can almost always find a good coupon for it.
Until recently I really didn't wear mascara or eye liner. (Actually, that's not true. I wore A LOT of eye make-up in high school. I should show you a picture some day...you won't recognize me.) I wanted to look nice on my own. (My husband is not a fan of heavy make-up.) However, as I age, my already-puny eyelashes are getting punier. My glasses make my eyes appear small. And, well, I'm often tired. So in the past couple of months I bought some eye liner and mascara. (I'd really like a recommendation for mascara that separates eyelashes but doesn't cost a lot. I don't think this mascara makes my eyelashes look like spider legs, but it could be better, too.) I only wear eye liner and mascara a couple times a week, but they really wake up my eyes.
I don't have time for a lot of make-up. This routine works well for me. Occasionally I wear lipstick, but not often even though my lips are nearly flesh-colored. Do you have a recommendation for a brand that won't be flaky?
I don't know if I'd look nicer with more make-up. I do know I would look different...maybe too different. Once upon a time during my teenage years I wore a lot of make-up. At some point I realized when women where heavy make-up (especially around the eyes) they look like a different person than their true selves. I don't want someone to not recognize the true me.
Cleaning my face daily is a must. Having a clean bum is just as important. As part of my morning routine I appreciate Cottonelle's Flushable Cleansing Wipes and Clean Care toilet paper. Together they complete the morning routine and, appropriately, make me feel clean. They are safe for septic and sewer systems. The cleansing wipes can sit on the back of the toilet for easy access. The upright container blends right in, which I like. When these are gone, I can simply buy refills for the container.
I bought my Cottonelle Cleansing Wipes and Clean Care toilet paper at my local CVS with a coupon. They were both on sale. Between the sale and the coupon I saved 49% according to the receipt. Quite honestly I have used the same brand of toilet paper for more than ten years. I have always been satisfied with it; I wasn't sure what I'd think of Cottonelle's Clean Care toilet paper, but I like it. I appreciate that it cleans effectively and does not leave fuzzies behind. (Ha!) Any change takes some getting used to, but I think the Clean Care TP will remain an option for our family. The cleansing wipes are a refreshing change. (Pun intended!)
Have you considered using a wet/dry combo for cleaning? If it works on children, it can work on us, too.
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