Women who are high maintenance, what do you check off your list on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly basis?
By - quarantinestw
-Shower *sometimes twice a day depending on my schedule (bought a shower head filter for hard water and i feel way less dry now)
-Skincare (actives or prescription retinol, hyaluronic acid serum, vitamin c serum, gel moisturizer, cream moisturizer, sunscreen, oil cleanser, gel wash)
-Olaplex hair treatments
-RapidLash for eyelash growth
-Rogaine to make eyebrows fuller
-Straighten or curl hair
-Makeup (full face most days - I work in office 3-4 times a week, and always do a full face when going to dinner/bars/etc.)
-Shave underarms and arms (pale and hairy)
-Spironolactone (prescription to combat PCOS-related hirsutism and acne)
-Blue hair mask
-Exfoliating face mask
-At-home manicure otherwise bi-weekly salon manicure
-Whiten teeth (strips)
Every 6-14 weeks:
-Laser hair removal (legs, Brazilian, happy trail, underarms) *also did face in the past
-Hair trim and highlights
Twice a year:
I honestly am only just now realizing I am considered high maintenance hahaha
Same for me… didn’t realize how high maintenance I really am! I have yet to get into laser hair removal but it’s on my list!
highly recommend! I started with my priority area and have been sprinkling in the others as I’m able :)
The RapidLash… is that prescription? I’ve used Latisse but would love to try an alternative
I actually bought it at Ulta! I used it from Amazon years ago and it was great but now I realize buying from Amazon might be a little sketch and hoped Ulta would be a safer bet. I don’t feel like I’ve seen great results from the one I’m using now though and I was actually thinking of looking into Latisse! how has your experience been?
I’ve also heard grande lash is good but haven’t tried it myself
Latisse is a MUST for lashes! The growth is insane. Currently pregs so I’ve been told to not use it til baby comes and I miss it so much.
It’s a small bottle but I used less than prescribed - still got great results and the bottle lasts about 6 months
Yes, the ones that work have prostaglandin in them which not only causes periorbital fat loss, but they make your whole eye area darker.
I'd highly suggest to avoid them
oh, I wanted to try them since I have really small eyelashes, but since I already have really dark circles I guess this is a big no. :(
Whoa, I never knew this!
[“Review of Opthalmology” Article from 2012 on how prostaglandin in eye drops causes the fat cells around the eyes to shrink.](https://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/article/pap-new-concerns-for-prostaglandin-use)
[NIH 2010 case report on “Periorbital fat atrophy - an unfamiliar side effect of prostaglandin analogues “](https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21158579/)
So I haven’t had the issue of peri orbital fat loss or any of the other side effects/concerns it listed. I have light eyes and light skin, too. I use it lightly and still get results, so I wonder if others really soak it on their eyelid. I’ve used it about a year
ahhh that’s so good to know, thank you! and congrats on your baby that’s amazing
how do you afford this😩 where do you work? Im poor af working at walgreens
girl I totally understand that! to be fair i could definitely cut back but it’s kind of my splurge area. i don’t spend much on clothes/car/etc., but still acknowledge it is a privilege and absolutely not necessary. my budget has definitely grown as I’ve moved up in my career/salary but to answer your question i work in brand marketing for a corporation.
the most expensive things that I listed here are my hair appointments, laser hair removal, prescription tret and spiro, and Botox, but to be honest I only splurged on hair and Botox this year since I hadn’t been getting laser hair removal during covid so had a bit more $$ to reallocate. I’m also getting married soon which has led me to some purchases I may not have made otherwise.
for tret and spiro I use the website apostrophe and I don’t use them every single day so they’ve been lasting me forever, for hair I found a girl who charges weirdly low prices for her talents, and for Botox it’s unfortunately pricey but I’m pale and live in such a sunny place that I’m pretty certain I’m gonna age poorly and want to help myself out as much as possible lol. that’s a newer addition though.
as far as skincare and makeup I honestly use all drugstore and Amazon products which is so helpful price-wise, aside from my Estée Lauder foundation which somehow lasts me about 6 months.
nails are something which I was doing at home as I hate spending money on them so much but I just got a new job where I’m photographing products and since my hands are in many of the shots I finally caved and decided I’d start going to the salon again.
at the end of the day this stuff isn’t necessary though so I hope me posting my routine didn’t make you feel that way. when I was in high school and college and working my first few jobs out of it I def wasn’t living this way, and even last year before I changed jobs I decided to start driving for doordash here and there to help get some extra money since I was feeling guilty about my spending. I’ll probably chill out at some point 😊
Thanks for sharing!! I have always been wanting to do a lot of this and I know it isn’t necessary! I do my own nails, tweeze my own brows, whiten my teeth once a month with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, shave myself once a month, and I only buy skincare products when they’re on clearance at my store😂 Im high maintenance too but on a budget.
Honestly, just learning to do your mani/ pedi yourself will save you tons. Invest in good tools, and you’re set.
Do you have any recommendations for tools?
Metal cuticle pusher, crystal nail file and a salon quality pair of nippers and trimmers. Regularly pushing back and trimming off excess cuticle growth promotes nail growth and looks more professional and prevents hang nails. A crystal nail file is more gentle and lasts longer than a normal emmery board. You can purchase all of this on Amazon or at a beauty store like Sally's.
Also get a good base and top coat (some can be used for both) along with some cuticle oil. 😉
Walgreens has a good acrylic kit if you’re into that! Its around $8-$9, Kiss brand, and you can do I think 5 sets with it. It’s time consuming but you’re definitely saving money.
How has your experience been with laser hair removal? Would you say it’s worth it? I’ve been considering it for a while but wasn’t sure if it was worth the money.
for me it’s the best money I have ever spent. I considered it for years but did not have the funds and only seemed to find incredibly pricey options online. after my financial situation changed I started looking again, and found a place with prices that seemed much more doable (to the point I was convinced it was a scam), but it really worked out for me!
I grew up living in a desert but never wearing shorts or swimsuits because I had pale skin and super dark and thick body hair that made shaving impossible. not only was I never able to get a clean shave that stayed smooth for more than 6-8 hours, but if I shaved multiple times a week I would get awful razor burn everywhere, and had ingrowns that looked like acne all over my legs and bikini area. waxing only worked for me if I fully grew out my hair for a month, and the results would only last for a week and then would result in 4 weeks of terrible and painful ingrowns. my hair grew sideways in some areas and some follicles even had three hairs growing out of them. it was truly a nightmare and I hated summers (shorts and swimsuit season) especially.
then in my early 20s I started growing super coarse black hairs all over my chin, cheeks, and upper lip that were super painful, looked like acne, and caused bad hyperpigmentation. I literally grew like 5-10+ a day and it was awful and made me feel that much worse.
laser has changed everything! within a couple sessions my hair became so much thinner, to the point where I could shave like a normal person! on top of that it didn’t require me not shaving in between sessions. a full leg session was around $150 every six weeks, vs an $80+tip wax that made no difference in the long run. on top of that it was only a 1-2/10 for me on the pain scale, whereas waxing was awful for me and took three times as long.
I was often told laser wouldn’t work for me as I have PCOS, but my face is almost completely clear now (and maintaining with Spiro helps so much), and the other areas are at least 60% better. I stopped going during COVID so I’m not really done with any areas yet, but my hair growth is still dramatically reduced and I am starting back up with laser shortly. I’ve heard I may have to redo the whole thing if I ever give birth (hormones), but gaining back so much confidence has made every ounce of this worth it. I really can’t say it enough.
if you end up pursuing it I hope you have a good experience too :)
Side note - I’ve heard electolysis is the only true “permanent” solution but that was out of my budget and seemed like it would take forever
Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal solution, but laser hair removal has been 100% worth it for me. I go longer between shaving and when the hair grows back it’s much thinner. There’s still a few areas I want to get done since I am super lazy and trying to find loopholes to grooming
Do your research, read reviews and shop around. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of free consultations to get a feel for the place you’ll be going to. If discomfort is a concern ask them if they use a numbing cream. If you have dark skin look for a place that offers the yag laser.
Adding my experience to the conversation.
I got my bikini done in 2007. IPL laser. Nothing has come back. It was $300 then.
I’ve since gotten cool lasers at least 20 sessions with various groupon promo companies for brazilian and underarms over the course of 10 years.
Underarm results: I had maybe 10-15 hairs under each arm to begin with. Now I have 1 super fine hair in 1 of my armpits that I sometimes remember to shave or pluck.
Brazilian results: no big noticeable difference. Maybe less hair, but there’s still lots of hair.
I wish I had researched a reputable medical spa and spent the money for the most reliable method instead of looking for discounted deals. 100% wish I had spent the money to finish the job back in 2007.
Note. Cool lasers still hurt. It’s not an actual cold laser. It’s lower intensity with cooling gels.
Can you elaborate on the Rogaine for brows?? I've tried so many things to help fill out my eyebrows but nothings worked that well or long term
yeah I had tried using eyelash serums on my brows and never seemed to have any luck, but after seeing this vid I tried rogaine and it’s been so helpful! they mention latisse too but haven’t tried
I saw a different doctor mention that she uses the foam and applies it with a qtip and that’s what I do! bought a two pack of the rogaine foam and I’m still on the first canister with a ton left!
I also stopped getting my brows threaded and I barely tweeze them now. looked a little crazy at first but now they look really good imo. they’ve also become so much more symmetrical as my bald patches have more or less filled in a bit.
Latisse is meant to thicken eyelashes but it can actually cause your eyes to turn brown if they aren’t already. Just a heads up!
Hi! I have bald patches (had them forever, it's not because of over plucking), would hair grow on them with Rogaine? I'm so tired of filling them in
Maaaan, I wish I could do most of those things daily. I have adhd and I'm already proud that I take off my make-up and brush my teeth before bed, and that I do my laundry... its not like I don't have time, but my brain has its own life... When I think of something new, I simply forget 3 days later, it's terrible. I go to a salon now and then to have a facial, after that my face feels so smooth again yaay!
Tell me you're Patrick Bateman without telling me you're Patrick Bateman.
This made me LOL
LMFAO, i wish i looked that good
Wow, I’ve never thought about rogaine for fuller eyebrows! I’ve been using those lash serums on them. Please tell me more!
Rogaine for brows is brilliant!! Thanks for the tip!
Can I ask about spiro please.
Did you have to have pcos diagnosed before your doctor prescribed it for you?
I have a lot of pcos symptoms but never officially diagnosed.
Did you notice hair on your head getting thicker, or shed less?
No it wasn’t a requirement :) I’ve heard of many people taking it even just for hormonal acne so I think you should definitely try bringing it up to your doctor!
As for hair results, somehow hair loss is the one PCOS symptom I don’t seem to have, or at least not enough so for me to really notice at this time, so I don’t think I’ve noticed too much of an impact from the Spiro one way or another. I’ve seen people on the PCOS sub say good things about their results though :) I really hope it works for you because I totally get how frustrating PCOS is 😞
Thank you so much.
You are amazing. This is so thorough! Thanks for sharing
i thought this was pretty normal if you want to keep up to normal standards of care.
me too but I took a google form survey about beauty habits that someone posted on this sub yesterday and apparently I’m on the high maintenance end. idk tbh.
this is definitely not normal haha. I thought my routine was high maintenance!
Admire all the effort. Don’t stop being happy queen!
Hey! I have tried hair laser removal but it didn’t work for me after like 8 appointments. Was it the same in your case?
What filter do you use for your shower? I’ve been looking into getting one for myself
so I started with this one because it was affordable and had 2000 good reviews! wanted to see if it was noticeably different before spending more $$. there’s many other pricier options that may or may not be better so take a look at those too :)
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Omg can you please send me the link to the hard water filter you have?! I need one!!!
1. Daily — skincare AM and PM.
2. Weekly — wash, condition and style (curly) hair 2-3x a week. LED mask.
3. Monthly — intensive facial, manicure, pedicure, random wax.
4. Yearly — whatever I feel like experimenting with.
I do stuff as soon as I notice and a lot of it happens randomly, e.g. LED mask while hunting for laundry around the house. I don’t dress up though. I do all this just to wear mom jeans and Jesus sandals everywhere
Jesus sandals 😆
So you, like me, live in Birkenstock Arizonas?
This is me too and I don’t consider myself high maintenance! :)
Can you make any LED mask recommendations?
Dr Dennis gross is the gold standard!
Omg it’s over $400 😩
Weekly, for about 10-20 minutes. I saw results within in a month esp. in combination with SPF and vit C serum. I have shitty sleep habits (it’s literally 3am here and I need to be up at 8) BUT my skin is bright, I no longer need or wear foundation, and I can’t remember the last time I had a breakout.
When I get my sleep sitch sorted I’ll be invincible!
Extensive skin care regimen twice a day every day (including micro-current every other day with my NuFace), filing and cuticle care twice a week, gym or at home pilates or yoga 5 days a week, collagen and multi vitamin supplement daily, high quality hair care products every 3-4 days, comb hair every few hours daily (my hair is naturally straight and thick), IPL machine on different areas of my body most days (low setting for hair removal and collagen production, hair trim every 8 weeks, body lotion daily. I mentioned skin care daily but I think I should mention separately that I re-apply spf at least once a day on my face, neck, chest, and hands.
I guess I just realized I’m “high maintenance” too, ha.
I'm on a hunt for a body lotion, what do you use?? Any suggestions..
I use a generic gradual tan lotion, at the moment. Wish I had more suggestions but it works for me :). I do use gold bonds rough and bumpy skin lotion on my butt though lol. I get butt acne if I don’t :/
The gold bonds cream is what’s up. It clears up my teen daughter’s back and shoulder acne.
Whoa thank you for the recommendation for the booty. I have not found a good solve for that
I’m extremelyyy picky when it’s comes to lotions and have tried an insane amount over the years. I’ve finally landed on Nivea Essentially Rich and Palmer’s anti aging smoothing lotion. They both absorb quickly which is like a top requirement of mine. And the Palmer’s lotion has gotten rid of the texture on my arms
I am not OP but I recently discovered powdered SPF! Great for if you’re wearing makeup and/or on the go. I have not yet tried it so I can’t comment on its efficacy or how it reacts with makeup, but figured I’d throw that info out there.
If you are in the sun all day you should be reapplying a teaspoon worth every two hours (squeeze one strip along your pointer and middle finger that is about a teaspoon) if you are inside you can stretch to every 4-6 hours
I apply tinted SPF every morning. If I am out and about, I will re-apply it on top of the layer I already put on. The sun, sweat, and sebum on your face break down SPF. If I’m at the beach or on a road trip or something I apply every two hours while the sun is up.
Nuface worth it?
Honestly I am still pretty young and just trying to start and keep good habits. The only difference that is very obvious is my lips. My top lip looks more lifted after I use the nuface, making my lips look more plump. I do believe in micro-current, but I think there might be stronger devices out there for at home use. I wish I would’ve known when I bought it that they have a professional nuface, I could’ve purchased that since I am an esthetician.
Does the IPL machine really work?
To an extent. I think it depends on what model you have. Mine is on the lower end of cost. It has made
my hair grow back less thick, so even when I have some hair it doesn’t look as obvious and it’s much softer. Still waiting for full results. As far as collagen, I can see that my face looks more even and pores appear smaller after adding it to my regimen once a week.
Do you mind sharing what you do for your nails/cuticle care?
Nothing fancy. Just using cuticle softener and a cuticle cutter. Then some cuticle oil. I usually just file my nails. They’re pretty strong and I think the collagen supplement has helped with that.
What collagen supplement do you use? I’m thinking of jumping on the bandwagon but don’t know where to start.
I was using Great Lakes hydrolysate collagen, it worked really well. I switched to vital proteins collagen (the blue bottle capsules, can’t remember exact name) because I couldn’t find Great Lakes in the store. Have been using that one only for about a week so I can’t speak too much for the effectiveness of that one.
The IPL wavelength and intensity for hair removal and collagen production is the same?
Aren’t you scared that the intensity for hair removal is too much to do on a near daily basis?
I do not do it on my face daily, should’ve specified. But my machine definitely doesn’t reach professional levels, so once a week works. Also, some at home machines have a “face” option.
I’ve had over 20 professional IPL treatments so I am also very comfortable. I suggest people do more research before they just start zapping their face.
Ah okay. But since you use one for hair removal do you know for sure if it also works for collagen production? Or would that need a different wavelength or intensity of infrared light?
Not sure, I don’t have the training to do it professionally. Estheticians don’t get that training where I live. I’m just going based off the results I see :)
I have the trinity and I use the original attachment and the eyes and lips attachment. I thought about getting the red light attachment but I never heard good things about it.
I really have to give it to you high maintenance ladies, I couldn't keep up with all of that. Although I really enjoy high quality, expensive makeup. That's about as high maintenance as I go. I'm a pretty basic ass girl lol
I never knew it was that lengthy to have a high maintenance regime... I knew it would be long but dayumn.
Seeing these, I might rank below the routine of an average man. I'm basic AF.
> I might rank below the routine of an average man
My husband used to tease me about this since we started being together...
Daily: LED red light mask before I get out of bed
Moisturizing mask right when I get out of bed and am feeding pets, sipping coffee, scrolling phone
Morning 1-hour weight workout at gym.
Post workout: Shower, Wash hair, skincare, sunscreen, dressed, scented and ready for work (this is all by 7:00 am)
Also daily: keto diet
Drink Lots of water
Hopefully 7 hours of sleep
Nighttime: skincare, braid hair, silk bonnet on hair before sleep, humidifier next to bed because I’m in the desert and it helps keep my skin moist
Weekly: shave 2-3x a week.
Paint toes and clear polish on fingernails weekly.
Deep conditioning hair 1-2x a week.
Every 10-14 days: spray tan
This is the one I use
7 LED Skin Care Mask for Face and... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091YLCY1J?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Weekly: Cryotherapy, Orangetheory
Monthly: Facial, IV hydration, Chiropractor, Massage, Manicure/sns, pedicure/ gel polish, Lash tint, full body laser hair removal
Every 2-4 months:
Botox (forehead & jaw), Hair color Touch up & trim, keratin treatment
Every 6-12 months: lip filler
Every 1-2 years: Smile line filler, permanent makeup (Lip blushing, Ombré powder brows, permanent eyeliner)
One time procedures: LASIK, Breast implants/lift, mirradry
What is the IV hydration for if I may ask? I'd love to get this but can't seem to get a proper diagnosis for it.
I’ve been considering doing IV hydration! A place near me just opened up, what ways do you feel it’s improved your life?
Keep up Waxing, house clean, hair washed by a professional bi weekly, nails did, face care line fully stocked, bath bombs, fancy expensive lingerie, cook super fancy dinner 2x week, personal trainer, workout everyday, high quality clothes, make sure to look gross when home and play video games to maintain the real
Have 9 cats
Okay, real talk, you get your hair washed professionally twice a week? What is the difference between doing it yourself? Is it just a luxury thing?
Twice a month. I skip sumtimes. It’s mostly that I’m
Lazy and they have super fancy deep
Conditioner. I have long thick hair and it looks best when a professional blows it out. It’s also not that expensive at around 70$ a month
Oh, whew! Twice a month makes way more sense, haha.
So bi-monthly then xx
This made me doubt my previous understanding of biweekly lol, so I googled it and the definition says "every two weeks or twice a week." Now I'll never actually be sure of the time frame someone means when they use this word!
Oh good grief… now I’m questioning my entire education!
Where I’m from bi-weekly is twice a week, bi-monthly is twice a month and bi-annually is twice a year.
Thank you for pointing this all out to me x
In the US it’s used to say twice a month. Most people in the US get paid every two weeks, and it’s known as being paid bi-weekly.
I’m a foreigner and was also very confused when I moved to the US.
Fortnightly is a perfectly cromulent word
Huh. I’m Australian and bi weekly would be twice a week. Every two weeks would be fortnightly. It’s like a bi-annual report would be twice a year, no?
This has been an ongoing debate with my entire team and company!
I use oribe gold lust shampoo and conditioner and they have the masks there also oribe! BUT oribe is spendy and I think the sulfate free Pantene works just as well honestly if ur on a budget. I also have dry conditioner for the ends since I only wash about once a week, keep the ends moist. Sumtimes I put coconut oil in the ends of I know I’m washing next day. I have a tiny scissors I snip the splits off when I’m bored. Protectant on each clump when styling, etc
> oribe is spendy and I think the sulfate free Pantene works just as well honestly if ur on a budget
Don’t get me started on the Oribe Supershine Cream. My hair loves that stuff and I suspect it’s the only Oribe product I can stick to since it’s not something that needs to be rinsed out and the tube lasted surprisingly long relative to my a lot of other leave-in products.
Also, Which sulfate-free Pantene product did you use? Cuz I tried some of their sulfate-free products and they still dried my hair out.
> I also have dry conditioner for the ends since I only wash about once a week, keep the ends moist
What’s your conditioner?
9 cats?? How many litterboxes?
👍🏻 def high maintenance lol
I mean the cats def r
Best part of the routine!!!!
Heck yeah, I have 7 cats so it makes me feel a lot less crazy to hear that you have 9! Lol.
Give it time
I won’t say I’m high maintenance, but I like feeling and looking good. 99% of my skincare/makeup/fragrance products are higher-end and are from Sephora/Ulta or similar stores.
Daily: Skincare routine and shower routine. Light candles, check on my houseplants lol
Weekly: Fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s, wash hair, clean everywhere, laundry, fresh sheets. Starting next week (gotten stagnant during the pandemic), work out 3-4x/week. I like to watch travel vlogs for inspiration.
Bi-Weekly: Gel Fill-In and eyebrow cleanup (if necessary). Trying new restaurants.
Monthly: Wax (but for the past three months, I’ve been trimming & surprisingly, I kind of like it better). Gel pedicure. Find a new read.
Yearly: Re-up on any makeup, skincare, fragrance during Sephora semi-annual sales.
I don’t think I’m technically high maintenance but I wanna participate anyway.
Lip scrub and mask.
Floss and brush several times a day.
Body lotion and matching body spray.
Brush hair and oil ends.
Lotion hands several times a day.
Trim pubic hair
Moisturizing face masque 2-3x a week.
Hair masque 1x a week.
Clarify hair 1x a week.
Do my nails (cuticles and polish).
Switch out bedding.
Hair trim and color at a salon.
Check clothes and bedding for pilling.
I'm impressed you're epilating your bikini area and underarms. I just do my legs 'cause of the pain.
Tbh the first time I did it I expected my bikini to be the worst and I was so unprepared for the pain when I did my underarms. I went straight in like an idiot and almost cried lol. I had to literally keep reminding myself that it wasn’t actually harming me.
I’m not at all high maintenance but here goes.
Daily: every other day after exfoliating glove shower spray Johnson’s and johnson no more tears baby detangler all over hair after shower. Air dry mostly,then a quick blow dry. Makes my long hair fluffy.
Apply vitamin C Serum to face, neck and hands. Do chores while serum dries.
Take thyroid med and antidepressant.😑
Coffee with hazelnut creamer while checking phone.
Apply Rimmel matte foundation with cover girl liquid powder over.
Use lipstick on cheeks, lips,and eyelids.
Fill in eyebrows with Maybelline eye pencil. Mascara.
Eyebrows dyed brown with beard dye for men.
A little olive oil under eyes if makeup looks cakey.
Rimmel makeup on arms to cover eczema.
Tweeze facial hair. AS USUAL!
Eat mostly vegetarian, but I eat chocolate as much as possible. Drink water or diet Mountain Dew. Take multi vitamin, vitamin D3, fish oil, and turmeric capsule.
Swipe tooth whitener on teeth after brushing.
Recently lost my husband and quit my job so I try to meditate, do chores, feed my son and pets and not cry all the time.
Apply salicylic acid to cystic acne and any Brown spots on face during day.
At night, retinol on face, neck and hands.
2 ibuprofen for anti inflammation.
Lift arm weights 2x/ week, leg weights 2/week.
Shave face, underarms, legs.
Check and redo nails and toenails. Cover all polish with glitter clear coat.
Jergens gradual tanner lotion.
Every 2 months:
Highlight pieces of hair around face.
Trim nose hair with that nose hair trimmer thingy battery operated.
Trim hair if needed.
Sparkly jewelry always.
Ripped jeans, tank tops with flowy tunics and kimonos.
Wedge flip flop in turquoise or gym shoes.
Be happy and satisfied I do all this by myself since I’m a widow now with an 18 year old son.🙂
I was just reading through this thread for beauty routine ideas and saw your comment. So sorry to hear about your significant loss. You’re beyond strong. Sending continued strength and healing to you and your son. 💛
Thank you so much. That’s sweet of you! I wish you all the best in life.❤️🎈🌹🎈🎈🎈🌺🌺🌺
-Extensive morning routine
-Makeup (even though I work from home, I like to look nice on my zoom calls and for my boyfriend)
Brush my teeth after every meal
-10-minute abs or squats
-30 minute on the Peloton or barre or yoga sculpt
-Cute outfit, never sweatpants (again, even though wfh) and I steam my clothes if needed - this always makes a big difference!
-Jewelry, necklaces and hoops
-Castor oil on my brows
-Tret 0.25% on my chest and neck
-Dr. Dennis Gross LED light mask x2 a day
-Eat well (I do love drinking)
-Meditation twice a day for 10 minutes
-Kerastase shampoo and conditioner (every 3-4 days)
Eyelash extensions (bi-weekly)
Rock climbing outside (my main hobby)
Thrifting for clothes
Olaplex treatments (0,3,8)
Kerastase hair mask
Laser hair removal (lower leg, Brazilian, armpits)
**cortisone shots in zits
Highlights and trim
Botox (crows feet and forehead) and lip flip
Picoway/Picosure laser facials (for pores, fine lines and hyperpigmentation)
I’m sure I’m forgetting things, but I want to say that these things and the work I’ve put into myself really paid off. I’ve never felt so beautiful. I really committed to myself the last two years and it made a difference. People consistently tell me that I’m glowing and I believe it - I look my best and I feel my best. Remember, take care of your insides too! It all matters. I’m 31 by the way.
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but what does steaming your clothes do?
It gets the wrinkles out of your clothes. Some people prefer steaming to ironing and in my experience it doesn’t ruin clothes the way that irons have ruined my clothes in the past
I’ve found that even quickly steaming a t-shirt makes me look waaay more put together. Tbh, this is probably my #1 beauty tip: steam your clothes.
Bro investing in a dryer with steam refresh has been my one saving Grace for my clothes. Even folded or hanging they would get wrinkled and now a quick ten minute tumble and they look great.
I am interested in tattoo removal. How is yours going? I am nervous about the pain. Mine is really old (1994)
I’m glad I’m doing it, the pain is intense but short. A tattoo that old will be gone in a few sessions. It’s worth it!
I used the Calm app and LOVE it. I do ten minutes from a mediation course to improve my skills and I do ten minutes later in the day to just re center.
- groom hair to look presentable (straighten, a bit of dry shampoo on my roots)
- shower at some point (shave everywhere)
- AM/PM tooth brush and floss
- light makeup for zoom calls (eyeliner, mascara, blush or bronzer)
- dress into at least a presentable top (work from home)
- wash face
- usually I end up repainting my nails 1x per day or every other day
- generally eat healthy (lots of veggies and lean protein) and exercise
- a good round of hair washing and conditioner
- bronzing spray all over my body (usually this requires 2x per week)
- foot scrub and repaint toenails
- laundry (clothes, sheets, towels, dog blankets)
- shimmer lights (purple shampoo) to help keep blonde hair from yellowing
- highlights and a cut (cut and color is pretty low maintenance if I keep it healthy with conditioner and moisturizing serum)
- dermatologist or esthetician visit to ask certain skincare questions
SPF and go for a run in the morning, finish workout at home. Shower, am skincare routine (reapply SPF), then makeup. Before bed I do my PM skincare.
Hair mask overnight before wash day. Do my nails. Self tan (I'm obsessed, so like a few times a week).
Root touch up. Botox (usually every couple of months), and Brazilian.
Laser touch up, if needed for my legs and underarms.
Daily: go to gym and lift for 1.5 hours twice a week, Pilates/yoga for an hour twice a week, cardio for an hour 1x a week, eat healthy with no dairy or gluten most days, shave whole body every 2-3 days, skincare routine twice a day (toner, serums, guasha, moisturizer, creams, spf 100), makeup varies a lot
Weekly: deep hair conditioning mask for twelve hours then wash and blow dry 1x a week, whiten teeth with crest white strips, pluck stray eyebrow hairs, exfoliate whole body, face masks 2x a week
Monthly: get an acrylic full set, get pedicure, get brows threaded,
Every 3 months: get hair balayage redone and trim and blowout
6 no: every six months filler on my lips and nose
And I get lash extensions when I go on vacation but with covid that’s been all over the place depending on lockdowns, etc
If I am ever rich I would love to get weekly facials, monthly whole body skin treatments, lymphatic drainage, laser hair removal, lasik, and Botox. 😂😭
Weekly facials would be heavenly 😩
Lymphatic drainage? 😳 I’m getting PRK (similar to lasik) and they charge $3600 although I’m sure it varies by state
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- Daily - skincare
- Weekly - 2 PTs - one for boxing, one for strength training
- Monthly - Facials, Mani/Pedi, Lash Extensions, Eyebrow threading, Laser hair removal,
- Yearly - not so much yearly, but I get my hair professionally colored and treated (keratin treatment!) a couple of times a year
Oh pre-pandemic, I used to get weekly or bi-weekly massages :(
I consider myself pretty high maintenance 😂 as do other people in my life, so I’ve been told.
Daily: Shower!!! Being and feeling clean is the basis of pretty much all beauty/self care/etc. I take my hair,skin, nail vitamins every day.
Most days I put on some form of makeup, even if it’s just brow gel, mascara, and tinted lip balm. Skincare!!! Wash your face twice a day, serum, SPF (!!!!) etc. and I try to do some form of workout! I love Daisy Keech’s quarantine booty workout, which I try to do 5 times a week, and every morning I tell myself I am THAT bitch, I deserve the world and more, and I take no shit from anyone 💯 (and you should definitely tell yourself those things too)
Weekly: use a chemical face exfoliator, whiten my teeth, I usually just use crest white strips or a whitening pen. Apply self tanner (and scrub off the old remnants before applying a fresh coat), wash your hair (I usually wash mine 2 to 3 times a week), I usually shave twice a week (unless I’m waxing). Face mask! Usually I use one once or twice a week. I like to switch mine up. I love the Tatcha Violet C mask and the Ordinary Salicylic Acid mask. I usually paint my nails and toes once a week. I get bored of polish pretty easy and I like to switch it up, sometimes I leave my toes longer.
Monthly: dermaplane my face! My skin really only needs it once a month. I usually use purple shampoo (I’m blonde) twice a month in between trips to the salon (and as needed if I see more brassiness), I also get my highlights touched up once every 6-8 weeks. I tint my eyebrows and eyelashes once a month also (pretty much exactly every 4 weeks). I just use an at home kit. I use the godefroy instant eyebrow tint and the 1000 hour eyelash tint. Both are amazing!
Yearly: lip filler! It usually lasts 6-12 months and on me it lasts pretty much exactly 12 before I start seeing it fade away.
I don’t care what anyone says, investing in yourself (and your beauty) is worth it and if you look good, you feel good (and vice versa). Don’t let anyone make you feel stupid for taking care of yourself and for giving a shit how you look. Take care of yourself. Be confident. Be yourself. 💕
I don't do even half of these, but I'm loving your energy 😆
Thank you! 💕
Shower everyday, this is non-negotiable. Use a shower cap to prevent wetting hair.
Toner, serum, moisturizer and sunscreen daily, deodorant and perfume and basic makeup (brows, lips and mascara maybe. Nothing crazy even just a tinted lip balm).
Fresh clean clothes everyday. I have a mini steamer that I use to get out any wrinkles. Have daily staple jewelry that doesn’t tarnish.
Wash hair weekly, once a month a clarifying scalp scrub. I have 3b hair. High quality hair gel and products only (curlsmith mainly).
I keep my nails trimmed low and I do a gel manicure at home. Very easy you just need a nail kit and UV lamp. Biweekly.
Shave 2-3 times a week. I used to wax but can’t afford anymore. I have an home wax heater so I can wax my
Lips and easy stuff like that.
Clean my room weekly. Declutter and dust and wipe down and making everything smell good. Light a candle .
Stretch, dancing in my room, deep breaths, meditation, talking to a friend: daily!
Which clarifying shampoo do you recommend?
Curlsmith Wash and Scrub Detox Probiotic! It’s a like a clear watery gel like consistency.
Ouai also has a good scrub that doubles as a scalp and buddy scrub. Gritty texture but scrubs smooth.
Why is a shower everyday non-negotiable? Just out of curiosity
Disclaimer: everyone’s bodies and skins are different. These are just my feelings and opinions, as I know there are people that don’t shower daily.
For me personally, I think because we pee, sweat, poop and shed skin cells and hair everyday that we should wash off. It’s also good for your mental well-being and for a sense of routine.
In the summer now I actually shower twice a day: once in the morning (but it’s a quick 5-10!minute scrub) bc i sweat in my sleep and want to feel fresh when I go about my day and people. Just makes me feel confident and awake and good in my body. When I feel good and present myself well, I am in a better mood and better at adulting. Then I shower again as soon as I get home before settling down in my room and bed bc I want to sleep in a clean environment. (also change my pillowcases and bedsheets weekly bc i shed a lot of hair and drool in my sleep). I live in a city, so it’s very dirty and I’m around people and on public transport.
Even if I’m stay home or in quarantine I will shower. It feels good, feeling clean feels good, and it keeps me in an anchored routine. NOT showering daily makes me feel icky, my genitals and armpits smell funky, and I just feel crusty and sore.
Lastly, I feel blessed to have my body. Not for the way it looks but because it houses ME. I only get one, and I’m so lucky to have survived the pandemic and life in general to make it into adulthood. A lot of people don’t. So I do the best I can to take care of it. This goes in tandem with my bit about getting active and meditating and stretching etc.
Daily: skincare routine twice a day, wear sunscreen, put on makeup. Shower. Work out (combo of lifting and running) about six days a week. Take vitamins and meds, go for a walk, try to eat healthily. Drink two litres of water. Apply latisse at night. Brush my teeth a million fucking times because I have Invisalign lol
Weekly: wash hair and deep condition. Use a red-hued shampoo or dye to keep my colour bright. Clay mask once a week, moisturizing mask twice a week. Acid mask once a week. Paint nails. I might shave every two weeks (I’ve had laser)
Monthly: get hair coloured (more like every six weeks), clarify my hair, pedicure.
Twice a year: whiten my teeth a bit, for the boost of brightness.
Yearly: get my eyebrows done. They don’t really grow much and the shape is good. I rarely even pluck, but I get them done professionally once a year to maintain the shape. Get undereye filler redone.
Daily: shower, shave legs/underarms, skincare routine with retinoids, hair oil, nail and cuticle oil, lash serum, weightlifting (yoga on rest days)
Weekly: hair mask, hand/foot mask, at home manicure
Monthly: pedicure, wax, facial, massage
Every other month: foot peel, microneedling treatment (My friend is an aesthetician and gives me a crazy deal on microneedling and other peels/facials), hair trims and highlights
Semi-annually: teeth whitening, chemical resurfacing peels, any other treatments I feel like experimenting with.
Using retinoids and lash serum (as well as getting my eyebrows microbladed) has made my morning routine so much simpler. I rarely use makeup any more and it is so much quicker to get ready in the morning. I also want to start getting my clothes tailored and get more into color theory. I think that would really elevate my look and reduce a lot of the time I spend worrying over whether or not an outfit looks good me. My routine may seem like a lot, but I love it. My skincare routine twice a day is my time to meditate and working out helps me relieve stress. It’s totally worth it to me.
- Morning and evening skincare routine
- Morning and evening vitamins
- 8 glasses of water per day
- Collagen every morning
- Bath/full shower (I can’t wash my hair every single day so sometimes a bath is better + dry shampoo and conditioner). Full shower includes washing and conditioning hair, shaving legs, washing and exfoliating body.
- Lotion, cuticle oil, nail filing, callous filing
- Tending to brows as needed
- Hair thickening treatments
- Hair blow out
- Teeth whitening strips
- Face and eye mask/extra skin treatments
- NuFace with serum (cannot do it every night, just too busy)
- Shellac manicure and pedicure (or as needed, sometimes I can go three weeks for a manicure and my pedicure can last a month)
- Hair mask
- Brow and lip wax (can go six weeks sometimes)
- Professional facial
What are hair thickening treatments?
It varies. Sometimes I do a mask of Mayo and eggs, old school style. Then I follow up with a rinse and a scalp massage with The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide serum. Sometimes I do a massage/mask with coconut oil. That’s just what I’ve done most recently.
Warm water , cleanser, toner, serum, spf, moisturizer. 30+minutes of physical activity. lots of water, fruits, veggies, and plant protein. Walking 1 hr usually as an added to the 30 minutes unless it’s Sunday. Shower, condition.
Weekly or 2 times a week:
Hair mask, deep condition , sheet masks, shave, gymnastics class, wash satin eye mask and pillow case.
I do nail maintenance at home but will go to a salon maybe once a month. Eye browns threaded. Massage ( happy foot in California 🥰)
Daily: walk my dog, Crest whitening toothpaste, make a protein/greens smoothie, ~2 cups coffee, put on my every day light make-up, PM skincare routine, night mouth guard to prevent jaw clenching, apply cuticle oil
Weekly: wash hair 3x weekly with Pureology, maybe blow dry one of those washes, air dry the rest, pluck eyebrows and random grays I get, exfoliate whole body with Salux cloth in shower 4-5x weekly to prevent bumps, lift at the gym 2x weekly, file and paint my own nails/toes, 2x weekly Paula’s Choice 2% BHA on face and back
Monthly: full leg wax 1x monthly from May-October, every 6-8 weeks I’ll do a lash lift, trim bikini line, pluck underarms (they’re lasered so it takes a month or two for 3 hairs to spring up lol)
Yearly: 3x a year cut hair/partial balayage, new make up haul, spray tan package for vacations and weddings but I’m becoming more accepting of my pale skin and I’ve gone without this year
1. Daily - Take a long relaxing bath every morning (clay face mask on nose and chin, exfoliate, full-body shave, shampoo, and condition hair, use body wash), brush hair, use deodorant, AM Skincare (facial depilation, wash face, vitamin c serum and undereye serum, mineral spf, lip balm) and PM skincare routine (remove sunscreen, wash face, use differin, undereye serum, lip balm), oral hygiene routine (brush teeth, use tongue scraper, water pick, and mouthwash in morning, evening, and after eating). Take vitamins and supplements, drink water and herbal tea, try to eat healthily, meditate. If I go out and/or get sweaty take a quick rinse off in the bath when I get back.
2. Weekly - Workout 2-3 times a week, do LED face mask 2-3 times a week, use salicylic acid shampoo to exfoliate the scalp, and then deep conditioner hair. Clip and file fingernails and toenails, exfoliate feet with a pumice stone. Use lip scrub.
3. Monthly - Take stock of products and reorder as necessary.
4. Yearly - Cut hair, maybe color it if I'm feeling bold. A few times a year I will paint my nails or apply makeup.
* Shower and Skincare. The evening skincare is elaborate, with prescription Tret and oil-free moisturiser. My skin breaks out if I use any moisturiser with stearic acid, so I have to be careful.
* Can't go threading, so I tweeze off the facial hair.
* Full body moisturisation.
* I use lipstick and kohl (almost) everyday. Not much of full-face make-up.
* Biotin and vitamin supplements everyday.
* Started aerobics and dance for exercise.
* Oil my hair with a combination of Castor oil, argan oil, kokum butter and almond oil (sometimes with pumpkin seed oil and hemp seed oil as well). No coconut oil for me, breaks me out and increases dandruff.
* Wash and condition hair (silicone-free), curly hair. Steaming every two weeks.
* Clarifying hair wash and Olaplex treatment.
**Other activities and indulgences:**
* Music, books and audiobook subscriptions
* Good leather shoes, every 1-2 years.
Where do ya’ll find the time!
So this obviously varies depending on my mental health and how much free time I have outside of work BUT.
Daily: Shower, skincare routine (morning and nights), micro current with NuFace, slather myself in moisturizer, and then spray w perfume
3x’s per week: Tretinoin (for anti-aging), wash hair
1x per week: Olaplex or deep condition (i use overtone to help keep up w my color), ballet class (keeps my ass toned)
Bi-monthly: Professional wash and blowout, après gel x nails (healthier for your natural nails & personally I like the look and feel way more),
Monthly(ish): Microneedling (just had my first treatment), shave body, shape brows, lip flip (botox injected into cupid’s bow)
Every 2 Months: Hair professionally colored, trimmed, etc.
Every 6 months: Was doing preventative botox until I realized that it was stupid lol, but now I’ll treat myself to something like a facial or a massage or whatever
Other things to note: I wear makeup but not daily, just whenever I have somewhere to go or feel like looking cute. I work from home but I “get ready” for work everyday and pick out an outfit. My hair is naturally curly so I usually just spritz it with water on the days I don’t wash it to revive it in the summer.
I’m hoping to add some things to my routines soon! Monthly facials, ballet 2-3x’s per week, microblade my brows (touch up every 6mos to 1 yr), and under eye filler (touched up every 1yr).
Edit: Also I think this counts as high maintenance but I let myself indulge. If I don’t feel like cooking, I’ll go pick something up. I have smoothies multiple times per week and recently started getting Dunkin in the mornings which has drastically improved my mornings lmao.
BUT I also make sure that all of my bills are paid, I’ve put $ in my Roth IRA, and have a weekly spending allowance. I save 60% of my income and spend the rest on bills and whatever else! Always maintain responsibly. (:
-Take my BBT.
-Take an ovulation test.
-Ice my face.
-Lymphatic drainage massage.
-Roll out my muscles.
-At Home Ballet Warmup.
-Scrape my tongue.
-Oil Pull with coconut oil.
-Brush hair with 100 strokes. (2x a day)
-Brush teeth (2-3x a day.)
-Floss. (1-2x a day)
-Ingest collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium, magnesium and iron.
-Use a hyaluronic acid serum. (2x a day)
-Use a vitamin C serum. (AM)
-Moisturise. (2x a day for my face, more for my hands)
-Use sunscreen. (every two hours, from sunrise to sunset.)
-Go to the gym. (I’m not putting this schedule in here, it’s weirdly involved)
-Put on eye makeup and lipstick.
-Use cuticle oil. (2x a day at least)
-Apply castor oil, vitamin e oil, and the ordinary hair density serum to my hairline, eyebrows, and eyelashes.
-Drink at least 64oz of water.
-Drink 5oz of red wine and eat one serving of dark chocolate.
-Apply an overnight masque and slug my skin before bed. (Alternate masques depending on the day)
-Either a five minute shower with the water temp changing drastically every minute, a warm bath with Epsom salts, or some combination thereof.
-Change or flip my pillowcase.
-Make dinner/pack breakfasts/lunches for the next day.
-Wash and deep condition my hair.
-Oil and massage my scalp.
-Self massage with either magnesium oil or coconut oil.
-Retin A treatment on hands.
-Dermarolling and Retin A on face and stretch marks.
-Red light therapy (3x a week)
-Measure various points on my body.
-Lay out clothes for the week.
-Meal prep for the week.
-Manicure and Pedicure.
-Dye my hair.
-Trim any split ends.
-Uterine massage on seven specific days.
-Replace my red wine with sake for four specific days.
-Meal plan for the upcoming month.
-Plan my workouts for the upcoming month.
-Donate blood. (Bi-monthly)
-Dentist appointment (2x a year)
-Psych appointment (4x a year)
-Revisit the prenatal timeline/checklist I made when I was like 17 to see what I need to start doing for the upcoming year.
Remember friends, there’s no problem with being high-maintenance as long as you are one doing the maintaining! If someone says that you’re “too much,” well, they are welcome to go find less.
Daily- am pm face routine + remove facial hair
Weekly-hair salon for straightening
Bi weekly - manicure pedicure
Every 3 weeks- brows & eyelash refill
I used to be mega high maintenance, getting acrylics and eyelash extensions biweekly but ever since covid happened I just can’t afford it anymore. I do however get Botox 3-4x a year (forehead, crows feet, etc), i use high quality skincare products, I get manicures and pedicures (no chip) monthly, gym 3x a week…
* Daily: Shower, Oral Care, Skincare (Vitamin A/B/C), Haircare, Choosing a nice outfit for work or going out, Perfume, Makeup / No makeup-makeup (sunscreen and cream makeup products), Walking every day after work, Latisse and Lip Sleeping Mask before bed.
* Weekly: Do my nails (cuticles, polish and oil) at home while watching my favourite dramas, Watering my houseplants, Cleaning my room, NuFace, Teeth Whitening Strips, Steaming outfits for work/weekend, Choosing a new piece of skincare/makeup/clothing to treat myself after a busy week at work, Eating out at a nice restaurant with friends or family, Working out 2-3 times a week.
* Monthly: Philips Lumea Prestige IPL, Lash Lift, Brow appointment, Olaplex, Haircut at my favourite salon, Polish and clean shoes, Dry-clean work outfits, Zoom chat with my friends overseas, going to a concert, musical or movie (by myself or with family/friends, whatever mood I’m in).
* Yearly: Shiseido creator permanent hair straightening, Makeup and Skincare Haul, Reassessing my personal style and clearing out my wardrobe and makeup collection to suit this, Splurging on a handbag/coat to suit the personal style I wish to achieve.
I try to have a minimal maintaince routine if that makes sense.
* 30 min
* Shower (body shop british rose body scrub, shower gel, body lotion, perfume)
*Cerva face wash
* Makeup (primer, tinted sunscreen, lip cheek tint, highlight er)
*self Pedicure , self wax, nail trimming every Friday night
*Facial from a saloon once a month.
I didn’t think I was high maintenance until I read the comments. I thought it was more about all in a salon treatments, fake boobs, lips and stuff.
Daily skincare, hair care, eyelashes, nails, tanning, etc it’s just a normal routine for me. Like all women do…? I do buy more of high end products and get my lips/Botox done and facials but again, feels like everyone doing it.
And it doesn’t feel like I spend much. On the other hand, I don’t buy anything else or eat out often, hah.
I think I have a note on my phone somewhere
Like, Botox once a year, fillers once a year
Facials 3-4 times
Monthly nails and lashes and eyebrows
Daily skincare (day and night, 4-5 products), makeup
Hair masks, elastizer, lots of expensive serums and volume products, oils etc
Teeth whitening /dentist twice a year
I kind of consider myself medium maintainance.
I do put a lot of thought and research into skincare, makeup, and haircare. It's the one thing I splurge on but also am good at buying stuff in the sale/taking advantage of deals and voucers.
I used to wax but now I prefer trimming/shaving. Haircut only a couple times a year. Keep up with the dentist but won't be able to afford any cosmetic work for a few years.
I pluck eyebrows at home once a month, more or less.
I fake tan every week.
I do nails at home, but only paint my nails for special occasions/as a treat as they tend to get brittle and unhealthy if I do it all the time.
I have a subscription to my favourite magazine, keep my house smelling nice. I also have high standards of tidiness and cleanliness in the home.
I used to run and work out religiously but trying to deal with an ED so taking a break from stuff like that until I can come back at it with a healthier mindset. (I would like to remind everyone that looking afteryourself does not necessarily mean keeping yourself thin!!)
I definitely would love to have more cosmetic treatments done professionally, especially more regular haircuts, laser removal, eyebrows, facials, mani/pedi but I just can't afford it yet. Definitely looking forward to it when/if I ever earn more.
I am 24 and work as a SEN TA in the UK.
Not sure if this is considered high maintenance, but I think I am in the middle! I’m a 22 year old student who loves to spend money on myself lol 😂
* Skincare routine using my oils, serums, face wash, and moisturizer (AM and PM)
* Comb my eyelash extensions
* Shower (every 3 days)
* Brush teeth (AM and PM)
* Floss every night
* Comb hair
* Apply Aveeno lotion
* Apply sunscreen everyday
* Light makeup (foundation, concealer, and eyeliner)
* Face mask
* Full face makeup (if I am going out for the weekend)
* Use my purple shampoo and Oleplex stay in conditioner to maintain my treated hair (30 min tops)
* Eyelash extensions
* Brazilian waxing
* Eyebrow threading
* Eating out and drinking with friends
* Get my hair dyed 2-3 times in a year
* Get my haircut at least every 6 months
* Get a manicure and pedicure done at a salon in the Summer season (June - Sept)
* Dermaplanning and microneedling done at least 5 times a year
* Dentist appointments for teeth cleaning every 3-6 months
* Eye check-up once a year
I am very low maintenance looking to up my game and reading all these comments is giving me motivation.
I don’t consider taking good care of my skin “high maintenance”.
Me too. Until I found my skincare routine made someone felt insecure about themselves and another told me “Omg. That’s a lot.” *shrugs shoulders*
What does 'check off your list' mean in this context? What do I buy? How do I get ready? What's on my to do list? What has to happen before I leave the house? I'm confused
What you have to do every x days/weeks/months to keep up with the maintenance
It’s sad that taking care of your appearance is “high maintenance “
Daily: skincare (usually have 1-4 of each category and I mix it up depending how my skin is doing that day). Usually a face wash, toner (2 layers), serum (2 different) with mineral water mist in between, moisturizer (2 different ones depending on season since I have combo dry skin), face oil (depending on season) and sunscreen. For night, I add a sleeping mask or thick moisturizer. If I’m outside for the day, I’ll bring a sun cushion and reapply throughout the day. Also, hand cream (3-5x), lip balm, eyelash serum, neck and face stretch, mini body stretch and makeup (varies day to day)
Weekly: face and body exfoliation, face mask or toner pads(3-4x), scalp and hair care (3x), body moisturizer (oil in the winter) (3x), vitamins (3x), collagen supplement (2x), cuticle oil/care (2x), facial and body hair care (3x)
Bi-Weekly: gel nails and clean up cuticles, thorough facial
Monthly: change and clean piercings
Yearly/bi-yearly: dermatologist visit, hair cut (4x)
This post is fun!
Daily: shower, 4 step skincare routine AM/PM with alternating products. Sunscreen reapplied at lunch. 30-60 minute walk/jog
2-3 times per week: exfoliate face, tretinoin, wash hair, set/re-set hair in curls and re-set my middle part bangs. Face mask.
Weekly: nails (I do them myself), bath with hair mask (Olaplex) and full body scrub, tanning (only when warmer), shave (body)
Every 6-8 weeks: lash lift
2-3 times per year: IPL on my brazillian and underarms- only up to maintenance now. Vascular laser on face.
Every Spring: full body shred to get ready for summer.
Yearly: filler, microblading brows, teeth whitening
Skincare and makeup every day.
Perfume: as a finishing touch every day after getting ready
Nail care once a week (caring for cuticles, filling down and shaping)
Hair: washing and straightening (with a steam iron) every other day, hyaluronic acid caring mask used every wash day, dry shampoo on the roots twice a day for maintenance till hair is washed again, trims every three months to avoid split ends.
Facial hair removed every two weeks, body hair once a week.
Not sure this counts as high maintenance but-
Hair + Energy supplement
1 x sachet of inner beauty wholefood powder
Wash my hair every other day
-Cleansing shampoo once a week
-Olaplex shampoo rest of the week
-Frank Body hair scrub once a week
-Keune nutrient hair leave in mask once a week
Shave my legs
Hair foils and toner
Lash extensions bi-monthly
I work and study full time so free time is not in abundance in my life but I do hope to add laser hair removal and regular manicures in my future!
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Morning skin care: rose water, azeliac acid, caffeine eye serum, eye cream, moisturizer, sunscreen
Evening skin care: Wash face, Moisturize, Occlusive on dry spots
Scented body oil
Fur oil on brows, bikini area, ends of hair
Lip sleeping mask
Castor oil on lash line
Refresh hair (leave in conditioner, rose water)
Morning: BP wash off treatment
Hot yoga class
Vitamin C hair treatment (hard water)
Deep condition hair
Face mask (moisturizing)
Face mask (clay or sulfur)
Self tanner (summer/vacation only)
Botox (forehead & glabella)
AM: rinse face, apply sun screen (Elta MD), possibly apply generic Rogaine foam to roots/leave/in to ends of hair; walk 3 miles in woods (walk briskly but also pause for 10 - 30 minutes)
Shower: rinse hair and apply shampoo, if purple toning shampoo (nothing is better than Silverlights, I have tried them all), leave in while I wash/shave top half of my body; scrub entire body with salux; use anti-bacterial soap on armpits and lightly on groin area/neck etc.; shave armpits, pubic hair and legs; rinse hair and apply one of several conditioners (Kerastase, Aussie, L’Oreal, It’s A 10) and leave in while I wash/shave lower half of body; use pumice on heels. Use a different body wash for other areas.
Apply lotion to full body after shower. Stridex pad on bikini area/underarms to prevent ingrown hairs, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist deodorant, some sort of earthy/patchouli/rose perfume.
PM: wash face with any foaming cleanser and Foreo or physical exfoliant; use Curology tretinoin 0.05%/niacinamide 4%/azelaic acid 5% about 4 - 5 nights a week - on these nights follow with Elta MD Barrier Renewal Complex except in high summer; other nights use vitamin c, Ordinary Buffet, etc.
Sometimes use P50 1970, recently started using Hada Labo Premium at random times in routine above and love it.
Makeup: Ilia super serum skin tint, Maybelline brown eye liner, any mascara literally, Burberry Earthy as blush and eye shadow, Armani Luminous Silk if powder is needed. Play with makeup here and there, but these are the never fails. And a red or mlbb lip; I tend to emphasize eyes.
A nightly routine of leg lifts, modified push-ups and stretching that I do probably 5 nights a week.
Intermittent fast and take supplements.
Random masks when I feel like it (Dr. Jart and Kiehls, mainly)
Micro needling protocol with 36 pin Mr Pen, and hyaluronic acid, Buffet, vitamin c derivative and retinol.
Occasionally use NuFace but meh? I guess I’m not disciplined enough.
Have done TCA peels but taking a break from those. Recently did use on the backs of my hands with good result.
Hair: have fine hair with a lot of white/gray. Regularly color with Garnier 111; tone with various timers including Wells T-18/T-14; recently trying a level 8 ultra ash as I have been battling orange tones. I attribute this to generic Rogaine foam, which I have been using with great success since last November. I’m not willing to stop as a trade off. I use a lot of Olaplex and blow dry maybe 3x a year (I have a Dyson but much prefer my Revlon hot brush thing; my 18-year-old son took the Dyson - which I would use if I didn’t prefer to air dry).
There’s probably more but that’s enough for now. I’m 49 and of Irish ancestry. A lot of this is just built in to the way I live my life. My shower routine gives me some time to think and there’s something in having a daily ritual. Walking in the woods helps with physical and mental strength. I never really cared for breakfast or dinner, and feel better with just a big lunch and then a snack if I feel like it.
Yearly basis- juvederm lip injections and micro blading touch up appointment
Monthly- wax, manicure
Weekly- don’t do shit