In general, I’d say I’m a pretty all-or-nothing person. I’d rather wear a full face of makeup and do the whole shebang or nothing at all, but sometimes, I just don’t have an hour to spare painting my face. Particularly in the humid summer heat, when I’m with my boyfriend, or when I’m simply just lounging around, there doesn’t seem to be any point in loading on the foundation and powder. I already have quite oily, sensitive skin, so putting on tons of makeup on a daily basis isn’t exactly prime for my skin, either. 

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Anyway, today I’m going to guide you through how I personally do my makeup in around ten minutes. It doesn’t feel (or look) as glamorous as a full face beat, but it gets the job done for me!

No matter what day it is, even if I decide not to wear any makeup, I will always apply moisturizer in the morning and evening. I used to think it was silly to do so, since my skin is already so shiny and oily, but I actually feel like constantly moisturizing has helped to combat my acne a lot. Right now, I’m using a couple of moisturizers by Soap & Glory. I use the ‘For Daily Youth’ moisturizer in the morning, and ‘The Fab Pore’ in the evening. If you are also interested in using those two products, keep in mind they are fragranced and may not be ideal for all skin types!

The next step for me is to prime my face. Priming only takes two seconds, and doing so will prevent the minimal makeup I’m wearing from sliding around or wearing off throughout the day. The primer I’m using right now is the Dermablend Insta-Grip Jelly Primer, and I’m really impressed with how it works. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I’ll probably buy it again because I think a good primer is a reasonable investment. I just coat my face with a thin layer of this primer, and that’s all I need to keep my face looking fresh all day.

When I don’t feel like putting on a full face of foundation, I’ll usually opt for spot concealing instead. My face does have a few acne scars after years of cystic acne, so I like to even out my skin tone by using a bit of concealer in those areas. The current concealers I use right now range from tarte Shape Tape, a classic, to cheaper alternatives, like the Covergirl TruBlend concealer. I should probably use a color corrector as well to combat some of the overall redness, but I haven’t found a brand that I’m satisfied with yet. Let me know if you have any recommendations in the comments.

Brows are one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine, and I also think it’s the step that really cements everything. Because my brows are so short and sparse, it really makes my face feel clean and pulled together to throw on a couple of good brows. Right now, I’m using a reddish colored eyeshadow to fill them in, and that’s it. I don’t really go in and conceal them unless I’m planning on doing eyeshadow and face makeup as well, so I can skip that step for now.

Sometimes I’ll go in with a little liquid liner and give myself a little wing, but other times, I’ll just use some brown eyeshadow and apply that to the other corner. I don’t like to add a lot of liner to my eyes unless I’m wearing shadows as well, because I think eyeliner alone makes my eyes look tiny, so I try not to go too ham with the pen. Today, as you can see, I went a little bit over the top. Of course, I also follow that up with a couple of quick coats of mascara. In particular, my go-to is the Covergirl Lash Blast mascara, because I’ve been using it for years and I really appreciate the intensity of the color. 

The last two steps for me are a few coats of lip balm, and a few good spritzes of setting spray. Setting spray will lock my makeup into place and keep it from fading off, and lip balm, of course, will help keep my lips hydrated and shiny throughout the day. I’m using Morphe setting spray right now, but I have to say, I’m not a fan of the pink bottle they released with the Jeffree Star collection. I like that they tried to go for a strawberry scent in theory, but I honestly think it just smells like cough medicine.

Anywho, that’s how I do my makeup in about ten minutes! I hope you guys found this article helpful and informative. Let me know what makeup you’ve been loving lately in the comments below.

7:40am: Most weekdays, I wake up sometime between 7am and 7:40am. Today, I was able to sleep in until the latter time because it’s Thursday and my internship doesn’t start until 10am. The first thing I do when I wake up is shut my window, because I usually prefer to sleep with it open (until I wake up freezing!). Then, I get up, wash my face, brush my teeth, and do all those general hygiene things. Because I shower at night, I don’t have to spend time on that in the morning.

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That early-morning train life.

Surprisingly, I am able to get up relatively quickly without feeling groggy or tired. This is probably because I used to suffer from severe insomnia, and now that I’m getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, my body is SO happy to get up in the morning feeling rested and grateful. Anyway, after I get dressed and do all my bathroom stuff, I will usually put on a quick face of makeup. I love making time to put on a full face of makeup in the morning, because it really feels like “me time” and it helps me to relax. This morning, I listened to “The Vanished” podcast while I got ready.

8:40am: A little before 9am, I walk to my college’s closest shuttle stop so I can get to the train station for work. The train isn’t too far from my dorm, but while the weather is still cold and slushy, I definitely prefer to take the shuttle instead of taking the walk. I haven’t eaten breakfast yet because I’m not really hungry when I first wake up, so I had some orange juice instead while I waited for the train. My train commute is about 30 minutes or so, and then I walk an additional 15 minutes to get to my work.

9:45am: I usually get to work about fifteen minutes before my shift starts so I can make myself a cup of coffee and wake up slowly for the day. As many of you probably know, I prefer to drink my coffee hot and black, and I also had a CLIF bar for breakfast. Now that I’m settled into work, I’m ready for all of the meetings, marketing projects, and writing assignments coming my way!

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1:00pm: I have my lunch break at 1pm. Because I work in a building that is also a school, we get free lunch every day at the cafeteria! Today I’m eating sesame tofu, mixed grilled veggies, and raw broccoli for lunch. Raw broccoli is my favorite vegetable, so I tend to eat it A LOT throughout the week. I had a great conversation with my co-workers about queer theory as well, so that was really awesome. 

4:00pm: I wrap up my work for the day at 4:00pm on the dot, so that I can book it back to my university before the sun goes down. I always love my commute home for some reason; obviously leaving work is a nice weight off one’s shoulders, but for me, I also find the walk at sunset extremely calming and reflective. I definitely associate this walk with good energy.

6:30pm: Depending on the day, I’ll eat dinner between 5:30 and 6:30. Today, as you can see, I went a bit later than usual so that I could eat with my friend Arria. My dinner tonight was definitely not well-balanced; I had a handful of raw cauliflower and half a slice of pizza. Nonetheless, I was happy to catch up with my friends, socialize, and share gossip with each other. 

7:30pm: I don’t actually have any homework due tomorrow, so I’m able to relax and leisure for the rest of the night. Sometimes I’ll go over to my friends’ dorms to hang out for the evening, but tonight my social battery was low and all I wanted to do was watch Netflix in bed. I also take my nightly shower sometime between 7pm-9pm, so that my hair can air dry while I’m sleeping.

11:30pm: I take all of my medications and supplements around 11pm or so, including my melatonin and unisom, so that I can fall asleep instantly by around 11:30 or so. I’m definitely a night owl, but my rest is very important to me. I like to have audio on while I’m falling asleep, and lately, I’ve been listening to Poppen Atelier doll repaint videos. Goodnight, everybody!

My morning routine came out last week, and genuinely had such a good time putting it together, it seemed right to make a nighttime routine as well! Just like my mornings, my nighttime routine can vary daily depending on the day. Sometimes I like to pamper myself with bubble baths and movies before beds, and other times, I’m out late with my friends and the only thing I bother to do before getting into bed is just taking off my makeup.

Taking off my makeup, actually, really is the only task I will do FAITHFULLY. There is absolutely no way in hell I will get into bed with makeup on my face, no matter how tired I am. I also absolutely cannot go to bed until I’ve taken all my pills, because even forgetting them for one day can give me really aggressive side effects. If you’d like me to put together a complete article all about Lexapro and how it has affected me, let me know in the comments!

Anyhow, like I said, removing my makeup and taking all my pills are the two most essential steps in my nightly routine. My current favorite makeup wipes are these Crystal Melon ones by Pacifica, which is a vegan beauty company based in Oregon. The wipes smell truly amazing, like some kind of fruity smoothie, and they remove even the toughest mascara and full-coverage foundation off of my skin. After that I’ll do just normal bathroom washing, like brushing my teeth and washing my face. And if I discover I have a pimple, hey, I’ll probably mess around with that for ten minutes or so.

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Something I did tonight (Tuesday the seventh) that I usually only do once a week is straighten my hair. Like I said last week, I only wash my hair on Tuesday nights, and after letting it air dry for a few hours, I give it a really solid flat ironing. I have a lot of hair to flat iron, and it usually takes around 30-60 minutes, so I like to pass the time by listening to audio books and podcasts. I talk a lot about self-care and pampering on this blog, and for me, doing my hair is just another relaxing way for me to take care of myself.

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Before…and after.

The next thing I’m doing tonight, and what I do on many nights, is fill my oil diffuser with water and essential oil- usually something relaxing and sleepy, like lavender. Surprisingly, even though I have an anxiety disorder, I actually sleep very well throughout the night and can fall asleep very easily. I partly (mostly) attribute this to having ASMR/Bob Ross videos on, but additionally, I think aromatherapy can really help in aiding with sleep. Tonight I used Silver Fir essential oil in my diffuser, because I’m feeling very nostalgic for the winter months. If you’re interested in getting an oil diffuser, I’ll leave the link to where I got mine below.

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I don’t do this every night, but I try to sit down with my crystals and cleanse them at least a couple times per week. If you are an avid crystal user like me, then you know that stones need constant cleansing to restore their energy and help deplete them of any negativity they may have picked up. You can do this by using water, sunlight, moonlight, or just focusing positive intentions on your crystals. Depending on which stones I’m cleansing, I like to use a mixture of all four of those methods. I also occasionally like to set up crystal grids, and hand-pick the crystals that I think will particularly aid me for that week. If you’re unfamiliar with crystal grids, I’ll leave a link to a great video below that describes the concept very well. The crystals I have chosen for my grid this week are selenite, citrine, emerald, clear quartz, smoky quartz, hematite, and black tourmaline, which will harmoniously work together to detox and energize me. At least, I sure hope it will, because I’ve been needing energy to get through the intensive new workout regime I’ve started this summer!


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I love having my plants right above my bed on my windowsill!

The last thing I do before bed is water my plants, assuming they’re dry and they need a drink. My newest sprouts, which are tomato, sage, sunflower, and silver daisies, get generous water every night. My succulents only get watered once a week, because over-watering those types of plants can effectively kill them. I’ve been absolutely obsessed with plants lately, as you may have guessed, and I truly get excited when I see them growing with my love and care. I’ve heard people say that positive reinforcement can help plants grow, so while I water them, I like to remind my plants how beautiful they are and how big and strong they’re going to grow. Am I a weirdo?

That’s more or less everything I like to achieve in a calming, restorative nighttime routine. Every night is a little different, like I said, but my main goals are to take care of everything around me, like my crystals and plants, and most importantly, take care of myself. I have four favorite channels that I rotate listening to before bed: Bob Ross, WhispersRed ASMR, Vsauce, and The Buddhist Society of Western Australia. I think tonight is going to be a Bob Ross kind of night, and honestly, I think my plants feel relaxed by his voice, too.

That concludes my average nighttime routine. Goodnight, sleep tight, and I’ll see you all on Thursday!

(Note: I don’t think I officially announced this yet, but my summer posting schedule is going to be Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a few extra articles sprinkled in!)

Oil diffuser: https://www.amazon.com/Diffusers-Homeweeks-Colorful-Essential-Adjustable/dp/B01NBH66QV/ref=asc_df_B01NBH66QV/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167159788949&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4216281603644499064&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001922&hvtargid=aud-643574997066:pla-310552205223&psc=1

More about crystal grids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RMW6cbwwiQ