My Morning Routine

Hi, lovelies! One of my fav posts to read on other blogs is the “Day In The Life” posts. I’m nosy so I love to know what everyone else is doing. Sooo… I’ve decided to do my own version of a day in the life and start it off with my AM routine. Obvs. not every morning is the same. Some days I hit snooze 7 times and scramble to get ready and other days I have more time then I know what to do with, but this is the usual routine I stick to.

7:00AM | Alarm Goes Off

I tend to usually wake up about 5-10 minutes before 7 just due to my body knowing it is almost time to get up. If it is before 6:30, I’ll try to fall back to sleep for a little while, but this seldom happens. Right when I wake up I’ll grab my phone and check out my social media and emails. This usually takes 10-15 minutes to go through my insta’s and snapchat. Next, I’ll spend a few minutes kissing my girls good morning and reminding them how much I love them and that they’re my best friends 🙂

7:15AM | Get Out Of Bed

Around this time I usually saunter my way to the bathroom to wash my face, brush my teeth and fix my hair. I have a really bad habit of not taking off my make-up before bed, so I always have to do this in the morning. My tried and true make-up remover wipes are Nuetrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I’ve used them since high school and I just haven’t found a better brand that is as gentle and effective. Next, I’ll brush my teeth and floss. It was a March goal to start flossing more, which I have been pretty successful at sticking with. I use the little flosser sticks and I love them. People always tell me they hate them because they always break mid-floss, but I’ve never had that problem. I just feel like they’re so much easier and more convenient than regular floss.

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I only wash my hair once a week because it goes through so much in the color process. This really helps me cut down on how long it takes me to fix it in the morning. Since I curl it on Monday’s, that the longest it takes me to get ready. I usually will wear it down, so all I have to do is brush it and fix any pieces that look too straight. I used to live in braids and I got really quick at doing a lot of different types, so whenever my hair is looking a little too greasy for dry shampoo to fix, I’ll throw a braid in my bangs real quick. Other than that, I keep my hairstyles really simple.

Next I just rinse my face with water and apply some moisturizer. I have been loving the Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer recently. I have normal-dry skin, but I react pretty easily to putting anything on my face. I like this moisturizer because it helps alleviate the dry patches, but doesn’t make my face feel weighed down or cause any red spots/pimples.

7:30AM | Make-Up Time

Next is beating this mug into something presentable. I’ve done a post on my can’t-live-without make-up products, so I’ll try not to repeat myself too much. I start with priming my eye lids with Smashbox’s 24 Hour Photo Finish Primer, then use this concealer, powder and bronzer. I don’t use foundation because, again, I have super sensitive skin and it will irritate me all day and then I’ll break out. I usually use either the Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow palette or the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette. I’ve been using the Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Eyeliner, but have mixed feelings on this product – so I’m not sure I will buy it again. Then I apply my absolute favorite mascara’s – Too Faced Better Than Sex and Benefit Roller Lash – for my top and bottom lashes, respectively.

7:45AM | Get Dressed and Take An OOTD Pic

I try to always pick out an outfit the night before (even if it is just in my head) because I am infamous for changing my clothes 5 times and ending up in the first one I tried. After I decide on what I’ll wear that day I take a couple of different shot for my OOTD post for Insta. I try to take these in a few different ways/angles, but usually it is just a body shot or a mirror pic. It honestly is so hard not having a glam squad and personal photographer around 24/7 …

8:00AM | Coffee & Off To Work

I have to be in the car and on my way by a few minutes after 8 since I have about a 20 minute commute to work. If I leave 5 minutes too late, the line at Dunkin will be a mile long and I will definitely be late for work. So I kiss my girls and I’m out the door! I stop by Dunkin to see my friends (who aren’t really my friends, but since I see them everyday I feel like we’ve known each other for years), and I head to work!

That’s a typical morning in the life of this girl. What do your mornings look like?

With love & lilies,

Lauren

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