Hi, I’m EG & I’m a recovering glam-aholic…
I’ve come a long way since my days of being the totally done-up beauty queen, complete with full hair & makeup in order to step one toe outside the house ((even to go to the gym in my early twenties, if you can imagine that excruciating thought!))
Alas, I’ve transitioned into more of a natural beauty these days… a true sign of the times! Spackling on the perfect foundation + contour to run to Trader Joe’s only to cover your artistry with a mask & further perpetuate that dreaded maskne is now a side-eye worthy faux pas, and rockin’ a fresh face has never been more IN.
But if you’re anything like me, we don’t want to leave our beloved glam routines in the dust entirely, just because we’re bored in the house and we’re in the house bored…
Getting ready each day makes me feel good about myself! And call me crazy, but it’s almost like a sacred meditative time for me. I take pride in taking great care of myself, and I think that if doing a few lil things here and there makes us feel prettier & more glamorous, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! The thing is, my new and improved beauty routine to get ready for the day doesn’t even include makeup… *Gasp!* Yes girl, you heard that right.
Read on to find out all of my new secrets on how to achieve a gorgeous everyday look & feel pretty af without makeup! ♡
☆ SKIN ☆
I’ll never stop saying it: SKIN IS EVERYTHING! Improving your skin is the best beauty investment that you can make for yourself, and you’ll thank yourself in the long run! First & foremost, I think that getting your face in the hands of a professional is a fabulous idea. Not only do they take the guesswork out of it ((so often we’re spending hundreds of dollars on products that aren’t even going to make a dent in our skin concerns, making it a huge waste of $$$)) but in my experience, getting professional treatments has been the ONLY thing to give me drastic noticeable results!
6 months ago, I started seeing Nicolette with Innovative Skin Health and she has absolutely changed my skin & has helped me feel so much more confident going bare-faced! We started with a dermal-infusion facial to kickstart my skin journey with her. We went over my skinsecurities and then set up a treatment plan for me to get the dream skin I’ve always wanted! More on my skin journey with Nicolette here.
For at-home skincare ((oh girl, y’all know I could go on for days about this!)) I think that the most important thing besides the basics is to find an ACTIVE INGREDIENT that your skin loves, and work it into your nighttime routine to wake up with fresh, plump, glowing skin, daily! I’m personally obsessed with AHAs, and love to alternate Good Genes & Jet Lag every other night. Don’t forget to bring your skincare products down the neck + décolletage, as well!
Daytime skin is all about nourishment for me, my current faves are: vitamin C, hyaluronic acid serum, and a bomb moisturizer. For a bit of a cheat if you want a sheer coverage, pop on a touch of tinted moisturizer. My holy grail is this one, so undetectable, weightless & contains skin-perfecting ingredients!
☆ GUA SHA ☆
I…. I…. I have no words for how insanely effective daily gua sha is. I am literally astounded by the snatchedness ((yes it’s a word, okay?!)) I have achieved from, well, massaging my face with this fancy rock all over my face for 20 minutes a day, LOL! Yes, there is definitely a method to the madness. I learned everything I know from @noyskincare on IG. It’s basically a daily lymphatic drainage massage + workout for your face, all in one. Think: a chiseled supermodel jawline that could cut glass, cheeks and brows lifting to the gods, fine lines smoothing and plumping, and improved skin texture from the increased blood flow. I mean, it makes sense, right?! Highlyyyy recommend looking into gua sha. I use this tool + this heavenly facial oil.
It’s no secret that I’m a bigggg believer in Botox ((shoutout The Glam Nurse!)), but to be honest, with how much time I’m spending at home I have been allowing more and more time to pass between appointments these days! No point. I feel like committing to a gua sha practice has massively helped soften fine lines and keep me looking generally more snatched, sans injections!
☆ A GOLDEN TAN ☆
Everyone looks more gorgeous & healthy with a lil sunkissed glow! For best results, get your booty out in the sunshine here n there! But if that’s not your thing, here’s my fake tan routine, in full. For bonus points: these face drops are everything! I get the dark one. It evens skin tone and just generally makes your skin look bomb… Such a good lil cheat!
☆ LUMIFY ☆
You don’t know you NEED these drops until you try them & are quite literally like, “WTF?!?! How does this simple lil trick make me look SO much better?!” Within 1 minute of application, your eyes are vibrant, bright, crystal clear, with the whites as white as snow! Something you gotta see to believe. A best-kept celeb secret, revealed!
☆ LONG LUSCIOUS NATURAL LASHES ☆
Grande Lash, nightly will rock your world. I started using this serum 6 months ago & had to stop, only because they made my lashes too long… Which is really the best “problem” that I could ever think of! Lol. Seriously, they started hitting my brows. I started seeing results within 1-2 months of use. Utterly obsessed with this product, it works! I previously used R+D Lash Boost, and I prefer Grande Lash. I didn’t experience any irritation, and even though I now only use it 1-2 nights per week, my lashes are still AMAZING!
How to instantly glow up: curl your lashes! It opens up your eyes & makes them look so flirty and feminine. Bonus: add an inconspicuous coat of mascara to darken & add a touch of fluff-factor. My all-time favorite has been & always will be: this. I feel like I have the look of lash extensions with this holy trifecta combo, and that makes me feel put together, without makeup!
☆ WHITEN TEETH ☆
Nothin’ like a bright, white smile, baby! I keep my teeth white with: this + this. I’m also addicted to this lip plumping gloss and apply it 24//7! I am a firm believer that lips n lashes ((okay & a sunkissed glow, too!)) is all you reallllllly need! I swear to you I’ve never had filler, yet my lips have mysteriously gotten bigger & poutier over the past year or two! I think my addiction to collagen + plumper are most definitely to blame 🙂
☆ JEWELS ☆
A simple diamond stud in the ears brings a necessary lil sparkle to the face. I won’t be caught dead without a pair on! I’m also obsessed with the glam factor of a diamond tennis bracelet. This one is as close as you can get to the real thing & doesn’t tarnish! I never take these jewels off, they make me happy.
☆ STYLE YOUR HAIR ☆
Even doing a little something to your mane makes a world of difference & creates such a polished, put together appearance. It only takes 5-10 minutes for me to revive stale, sloppy hair with an amazing dry shampoo ((this one changed my life)) oil on the ends, a quick hit with the blow drier to activate the products, and to run a big curling iron through to smooth it all and flip the ends under to hack a blowout & it makes me look 100x better. I think that a beautiful blowout or styled hair + a fresh face with all of the natural enhancements listed above truly is the prettiest, most elegant, clean look!
☆ ELEVATED ATHLEISURE ☆
“Getting dressed” now means changing from pajamas into lululemon for me! But honestly, even that slight contrast changes my state of mind and the way that I feel. Pajamas are… oh, they’re my favorite thing in the world! But to stay in them all day makes me feeeeeel lazy and sloppy. I invest in high-quality, sexy athleisure because A)) It’s insanely flattering and makes me feel confident B)) I wear it every single day. I’ve purchased 100+ lululemon items over the past decade and every piece has maintained perfect quality even after dozens of washes and workouts! Worth it because it never falls apart, always keeps its shape, vibrant color ((no fading, ever)), and I buy fabrics that don’t pill or ball up ((Post on all of my lululemon faves here!!!)) Upgrade your “comfies” wardrobe & start your collection of quality athletic wear that you can love for years to come! ((Oh & make your booty look like a million bucks, nbd))
☆ A SEXY LIL ROBE ☆
Alright, now when we’re winding down for the night ((or getting ready, sippin’ our bombshell coffee in the morning)) GLAM IT UP in a sexy lil robe or nightie!!! No, you don’t have to toss all of your raggedy xl stolen boy’s tees or embarrassing oversized pajama pants from Christmas 7 years ago, but… once you start to feel those GODDESS VIBES that arise from lookin’ sexy in your downtime, even if it’s only for your own damn self, you won’t look back! Here’s the reality: the pretty lil silky things basically have the same shape as your favorite big tee… But they’re a trillion times more attractive! If you wanna keep wearing granny panties & a tall tee, do your thang girl, but if you’ve been feeling a lil down on yourself and just want to feel prettier… this helps a ton, no lie!
Now that I’ve shared my favorite tips for feelin’ glam at home, come share yours with us over in our girl group, Basic Repellent, where we are always sharing our best-kept beauty secrets! ♡