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.
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.
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.