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Belle's Sunday Night Beauty Routine

Like many professional women, I don’t know what my weekday evenings will be like. 

Will I get home at 6:30 or will it be closer to 10:00? 

Will I need to meet a colleague for a drink or attend an event with my Boss? 

Will I simply be so wiped out from a marathon committee hearing that I don’t want to do anything but sit on the couch and sulk? 

It’s tough to predict.

To combat this uncertainty and start the week off on the right foot, I like to hit the proverbial reset button on Sunday night.  I clean my apartment.  I do my laundry.  I empty the refrigerator of all the expired food.  I set my DVR for the week.  And I tend to all of my personal grooming. 

Here’s my Sunday Night Beauty Routine:

Shower.  This is my time to deep condition my hair.  Shave my legs very well, and exfoliate until my skin begs for mercy.  Products of choice include PhytoCitrus Restructuring Mask ($38), Philosophy Coconut Salt Scrub ($25), and, instead of spending money on shaving cream, I use cheap conditioner.  Works wonders, and it’s…well, cheap.

Hair.  Once I’ve rinsed the deep conditioner and dried my hair, it’s time to trim the split ends.  I like to use an eyebrow scissor for this instead of a regular shear because this is a precision operation and control is key.  After that, I apply Moroccan Oil ($30) on the ends and give it a good once through with a paddle brush.  This massages the scalp and evenly distributes the oil. 

Face.  First, I apply GlamGlow or Borghese to refresh my skin and deep clean my pores.  Then I apply a 24k gold collagen mask and relax for an hour ($21 for 5). 

When the mask is done working its healing magic, I apply a liberal coat of Ole Henriksen Truth Serum ($48) for vitamin C and then add moisturizer. Once this is done, I break out the tweezers and clean up my eyebrows. 

Teeth. While my face mask sets, I also whiten my teeth.  I like Crest Whitestrips ($28) professional series in Vivid White for Sunday nights.  And I use GoSmile ampoules for touch ups during the week.

Clean Up.  While I wait for my facial mask to do the voodoo that it does so well, I like to clean my brushes, my makeup bag and my Clarisonic.  For a tutorial on brush cleaning, click here, but note that I now use organic baby shampoo instead of brush cleanser. 

I wipe down the makeup bag and brush case with a disinfectant wipe.  And I soak the Clarisonic brush head in vinegar to kill the bacteria while I clean the device with warm soapy water, paper towels and Q-tips.

Nails. I usually paint my toenails every Sunday.  This involves scrubbing my feet with a Ped Egg (yes, it works) and moisturizing my heels well.  Nothing is uglier than cracked heels poking out of cute sandals.  Proper foot maintanence is important. 

And even though I don’t usually paint my finger nails, I always clip, file and trim the cuticles. Because there’s unpainted and then there’s unmanicured.  The former is a choice, the latter is laziness.



  1. Michelle at Chellbellz says:

    glad to find another blogger in DC, seems so rare, anyway I need some sort of Regime these days! My skin is so crazy because of the summer sun! I have pimples that aren't even coming up to the surface of my skin. I really want to try that gold facial mask! I've heard great things about it.



    July 6, 2011/Reply
  2. Jessica says:

    Wow, I'm impressed and amazed by your beauty regime. I'm lucky if I remember to paint my nails on the weekends and wash my face before bed.

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  3. AD says:

    Belle! It's like you were reading my mind. I've been wondering how others clean their clarisonic brushes to keep from having to buy new ones so often. Thanks so much for the tip.

    Also – the 24K gold collagen mask reminds me of Olmec from Legends of the Hidden Temple 🙂

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  4. Jessica says:

    I'd actually been wondering what your routine was that you reference so often and had been tempted to e-mail. Thanks for sharing!

    For curiosity's sake, how long does this process take?

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  5. Belle says:


    If I do the gold mask, I like to leave it on for an hour so two hours. If I don't, I can usually be done in an hour. But sometimes, I lose motivation and trudge my way through it at a snails pace.

    Fast completion is all about maximizing time, while the mask sets I clean brushes. While the toes dry, I do my eyebrows, etc.

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  6. LS says:

    I second Jessica's comment, wow! Thank you for sharing your routine. I'm out of town so frequently that Sundays are normally hectic, but I'm a bit more inspired now.

    Question: Do you clean your makeup brushes during the week? If so, what do you use? I've been looking for a quick way to remove excess foundation. I tried baby wipes, but the wipes dried out very quickly. Thanks!

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  7. Katherine says:

    This is so motivational! I used to do a similar routine on Sunday nights but have gotten out of the habit. I'm going to start it up again.

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  8. VA says:

    Amen to the amazing powers of the Ped Egg. I was so doubtful about it at first but I'm a complete convert now.

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  9. BB says:

    Wow! I enjoyed reading about your beauty routine but for any working woman with kids, there is no way we'd have this kind of time. An hour to relax and enjoy a face mask? I'm jealous!

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  10. amy b.s. says:

    i am totally stealing much of your sunday night routine.

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  11. ProfessionGal says:

    I swear by my Moroccan Oil and my Ped Egg even though my boyfriend makes fun of the latter! He can laugh all he wants. It works wonders! Totally using your routine as inspiration to NOT be so lazy on Sunday. 🙂 Adding one more thing to the list: leisure reading even if it's one chapter. I love to read, but it's hard to find time. For some reason I always find Sunday night to be the perfect night to go to bed early with a good book.

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  12. R says:

    Thanks B. The Mia suggestion was so mega-super that I now plan to print this and try all.

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  13. Belle says:

    The Mia suggestion is fab, so fab in fact, that even though I have a full size, I'm tempted to buy the hot pink Mia for sale during Nordstrom's Anniversary sale. That way I have one for travel. So addicted.

    July 6, 2011/Reply
  14. R says:

    Stopped at walgreen's on my way home. Ped Egg is awesome. I feel so enlightened now.

    July 7, 2011/Reply
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