A Sunday Night in the Life of…

I would consider myself a systematic person in most parts of my life.  I work full time, I am a full time doctoral student and I babysit for multiple families consistently; additionally, my friends and family enjoy the pleasure of my company occasionally. If I didn’t follow routines my life would be chaos and I would never get anything done.  They are what help me make it through the day feeling slightly less overwhelmed about everything I have going on.  It shouldn’t be surprising that these routines have followed me into my new found beautysphere. 

My night time routines are somewhat epic.  My friends like to tease me about these rituals and saying I only have time for them because I don’t have children.  I don’t think this is true.  I have always set aside enormous amounts of time for things that I enjoy, and I genuinely enjoy my skincare and makeup regimens.  What I don’t specifically enjoy is the weekly maintenance. 

Each Sunday I set aside time to take care of things that I have avoided all week.  Below is a “Sunday Night in the life…”.  I have detailed more or less everything I do to keep up the various beauty regimens (and their devices) I have in place. I have included links for where to purchase items from the products website, Ulta or Amazon!

I have been blessed (and at times cursed) with extremely thick, coarse hair.  Thank goodness my hair came from my mom’s side of the family or else this would be an entirely different blog!  One of the benefits of having hair as thick as mine is that it can hold a style for days.  I easily get away with washing my hair once a week and you would never know (of course, I take steps throughout the week to extend the life of my blow out, but I’ll save that for another time).  A major downfall of my hair is that it takes what feels like years to dry.  Every Sunday I take the time to wash and blow dry my hair.

Once my hair is washed and I’m out of the shower, I put on a trashy reality show that I have DVR’d during the week.  I choose shows like this because if I miss something I don’t particularly care.  Also, I can typically keep up just listening to the drama without ever watching it.  This week I “watched” the Teen Mom OG Reunion Special.

2. TeenMom

Next, I get my hair ready to be blow dried.  First, I spray It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Conditioner throughout my hair and then comb through it with a wide toothed comb.  Next, I spray my hair with Kenra Blow Dry Spray.  Not only does this product smell amazing, it speeds up the drying time and leaves my hair feeling super soft!  Because I know I will curl my hair at some point during the week, I sprayed it with Tresemme Curl Activator (this used to be fairly hard to find, but I can consistently pick it up, on sale, at Ulta).  Before blowdrying I pin back about half of my hair.  If I skip this step, the middle sections of my hair never dry!  Using my T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i hairdryer and Olivia Garden Fingerbrush, I blow dry the bottom sections of my hair.  I don’t do this neatly, I just need to get it dry.  Once 75% dry, I take down the top sections of hair and messily dry them.  I prefer styling my hair after one sleep, so I don’t worry about giving myself the perfect blow out.  I put my hair back and continue with the next task.

1.Blow Dry Hair

I am trying out new products and devices all the time. Because of this I take weekly pictures of treatment areas.  I like doing this as part of my Sunday routine so that the lighting and my rest levels are about the same.  Pictures are taken in the same area each week, right after I have showered and blow dried my hair. This helps ensure that I am adequately measuring the performance of whatever I happen to be trying.

Face

I love exfoliating my lips and look forward to doing it each week.  I have a number of different lip exfoliators but received the Pure Vanilla smoothing lip scrub as a gift and LOVE it!  Using the LUXE Satin Precision Brush Head for my Clarisonic, I rub the lip scrub over my lips, brush over it with my Clarisonic and then remove any excess product with a damp cotton ball.  Lip scrubs often remain on the brush head, leaving it grimy, so make sure you clean it right afterwards!  The final step is applying a moisturizing lip product.  I have recently been loving the Yes To Coconut Cooling Lip Oil!

3.Exfoliate Lips

After exfoliating my lips I apply the Aztec Indian Clay Healing Mask.  This is my absolute favorite mask!  Just mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and the mask powder, slap it on your face and feel the pulsating begin.  Although I love this mask it takes a tad more work than the others I apply throughout the week, so I save this bad boy for Sunday’s when I know I have the time!

4.5. Mask 4.Azec Mask

With Teen Mom playing and my mask tightening I begin my most dreaded chore: cleaning my brushes.  Words can not describe how much I hate cleaning my brushes.  Even though I am always excited to use my fresh brushes the next morning, I despise cleaning them.  To clean my brushes I use two items: a homemade solid brush soap and a Petmate glove (I would really love the Sigma Spa Glove, but can’t justify the purchase price.  I will happily pay $10 for this glove instead; it works great).  I wet my dirty brush, rub it into the soap and then swirl the brush around on the ridges of the glove.  The glove ensures that the soap is being applied evenly to all parts of the brush and provides a deeper clean.  Once clean, with the extra water is squeezed out, the brushes are inserted upside down into my brush tree to dry over night. I follow the same process with my various Clarisonic brush heads, aside from putting them in the Magik Drying Pro Brush Drying Tree.

I finish up by cleaning my Rodan and Fields** AMP (microneedling roller).  I simply add warm water and a purification tablet to the tumbler, submerge the roller and wait for the water to transform from blue to clear (approximately 15 minutes).

5.Wash Brushes 6.5 Rodan and Fields

After removing my mask and completing my skin care routine, I get out a power strip and charge my Clarisonic Plus, Clarisonic Opal and Philips Philips Sonicare Toothbrush.  Some of the devices can go longer between charges, but I wouldn’t be able to keep up with that, so I charge them all on Sundays.  Note, this is not the place where I normally charge them, but I could not get a decent picture from their “normal spot.”

6.Charge Devices

The final step of my routine is hand care.  A few years ago I was obsessed with nail polish.  I acquired it quickly and would spend hours looking up nail art.  Because of my love of all things nail related a friend of mine bought me the True Blue Spa 60 Second Manicure Hand Sugar Scrub for my birthday.  It is amazing and will completely transform the texture of your hands.  I follow this up with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and Julep’s Age Defying Hand Brightener (no longer manufactured).  As I have previously mentioned, I am not that into lotions, but I received this in a Julep Maven Box around the time I discovered the 60-second manicure and they seemed to work well together so I kept buying it.

7.Hands

That completes a Sunday night in the life of Jessica’s Gone Viral!  All in all I typically complete this process in the time it takes to watch one episode of trashy television!

*Whenever possible I provided links directly from a brand’s website

** I am in no way affiliated with Rodan& Fields, I just decided to purchase one of their products.

June Beauty Challenge – Week 1

Last week, a friend of mine suggested that we participate in @bellereneebeauty’s #JuneBeautyChallenge on Instagram.  I was instantly on board knowing that: (a) I love sharing my favorite products with the world, (b) I am obsessed with discovering new products and (c) it gave my friend and I something fun to do together, especially in the summer months when we won’t see each other as frequently.  The challenge is simple: each day you post a picture to Instagram with the hashtag #JuneBeautyChallenge that corresponds with that day’s theme (the complete challenge is shown below).  The rest is up to you.  Here are all of my favorite products (with links to purchase*) from the first week!

@ bellereneebeauty #JuneBeautyChallenge
@ bellereneebeauty #JuneBeautyChallenge

Day 1: Most Flattering Lipstick

As a self proclaimed lipstick junkie this decision was nearly impossible for me!  I finally landed on Mac Viva Glam Miley with the matching lipglass.  I have been obsessed with this lippie duo since the day it was released, and it is one of the few lipsticks that I will wear more than once in the same week.  Not only is it  flattering for my skin tone but is also bold without being too bright.  I can wear it anytime of the year and with almost any ensemble.  It has slowly become my signature color!

Day 1: Most Flattering Lipstick
Day 1: Most Flattering Lipstick

Day 2: Favorite Matte Product

I don’t have particularly oily skin but during a Texas summer, even the driest skin gets shiny.  For this challenge I chose two products that work together to keep my skin remarkably shine free.  The first product is Urban Decay’s De Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray.  I spray this on after applying my makeup and it keeps my shine down and my makeup in place all day.  This product alone keeps me happy most of the year, but now that the temperature is (finally) climbing, I needed a backup product; enter Mally Beauty’s Face Defender w/ Sponge

This product is a sheer, weightless, waxy consistency.  Using a sponge you apply the product directly to your shiny spots and your face returns to a matte-like state.  This is the perfect product to keep in your purse and use throughout the day.  It is an amazing product but I must be honest, there are a few design flaws with the compact.  First of all, it is really heavy and I can’t figure out why since the product certainly isn’t heavy.  My other concern is the sponge.  For some reason the sponge doesn’t fit in the compact (I don’t know who thought this was a good idea).  Because I don’t want a dirty sponge floating around in my purse, I usually pack up the whole box it came in, making it even heavier to haul around.  All in all, this does not change the holy-grail status of this product for me, so I make do and hope that they will redesign the product in the future!

Day 2: Favoritte Matte Product
Day 2: Favoritte Matte Product

Day 3: Favorite Body Lotion

I am not a huge lotion girl (I know I should be), so this was a little harder for me.  I ultimately chose St.Ive’s Naturally Soothing Oatmeal and Shea Butter and Ocean Potion Ever Glow.  Because I am not a connoisseur of body lotions I don’t know if either of these are any more or less moisturizing than other products but my skin seems to like them so I continue to replace them.  I do enjoy the slow “tan” that the Ocean Potion gives my fair skin.  I never turn orange and it provides a subtle change of color over time, so it isn’t too shocking!

Day 3: Favorite Body Lotion
Day 3: Favorite Body Lotion

Day 4: Purple

This was an easy decision for me.  5 days before (and way before I knew about this challenge) I dyed the tips of my hair a shade of purple.  This is something I had contemplated doing for almost a year but, due to professional obligations, wasn’t brave enough to try .  With summer here I felt like now was the ideal time and it worked out perfectly for the challenge!

Day 4: Purple
Day 4: Purple

Day 5: Two of a Kind

I went back and forth on how to complete this challenge.  As a product junkie, I couldn’t decide if I should show dupes, multiple items from the same line (i.e. my collection of Too Faced Melted Lipsticks), or items I have backups of.  Finally I decided to show products I have in multiple sizes.  I love to travel but never want to take 5,000 full sized products with me, so anytime I see a product I use in a sample or travel size, I snatch them up and throw them in my cosmetic bag!  Here is a collection of (some of) my favorite items in full and travel sizes. 

Philosophy Purity cleanser, Microdelivery Exfoliating face wash and Hope in a Jar moisturizer

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Conditioner

Kenra Blow Dry Spray

Urban Decay B6 prep spray, All Nighter setting spray and eyeshadow Primer Potion

Tarte Maracuja C Brighter Eye Treatment

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye and Your Skin But Better CC Cream

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Benefit Porefessional face primer

Day 5: Two of a Kind
Day 5: Two of a Kind

Day 6: Best Bang for Your Buck

I have had a longstanding love affair with witch hazel, making it an easy choice for this challenge.  Long before I had any sort of skin care regimen, I consistently used witch hazel.  I never knew what the purpose of it was, but my mom talked to me about it quite a bit as a teen, and it was the only thing product that ever stuck with me.  I have always used the store brand of wherever I bought it from but recently took the advice of a friend and tried Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel, I paid $9.80 on Amazon . As a fan of both witch hazel and rose petal water, it seemed like a no brainer.  Of course I tried it and fell in love.  I apply this product every night as a toner (I use it at different times, depending on the other treatments I use that night, but typically right after I wash my face) and each morning in lieu of washing my face.  I always apply this product with cotton pads and Ulta’s Exfoliating Rounds are by far my favorite.  Making these cotton rounds even better is the fact that they are often on sale!  They are $3.49, but the last time I purchased them they were buy 3, get 3 free. 

Day 6: Best Bang for Your Buck
Day 6: Best Bang for Your Buck

Day 7: Favorite Mask

I am a huge fan of facial masks.  They are my favorite part of skin care and I use about three a week.  Without a doubt my favorite mask is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask.  This stuff is amazing.  It comes as a powder which is then combined with Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.  You can feel the mask working instantly.  Not only does your face begin to tighten, it also pulsates as the mask penetrates deeply into your pores.  After 10-20 minutes the mask is removed and your skin may be red from the treatment.  When this happens I often spritz my face with Heritage Store Rose Petals Rosewater and the redness subsides within 15 minutes.  The internet is full of different recipes for this mask, which focus on specific skin needs, but I haven’t tried any of them yet.

Being the dedicated Amazon shopper that I am, I found a small bowl to make my mask with!  For less than $3 it came with a bowl, spreading/mixing stick, three sizes of measuring spoons and an application brush.  This makes the preparation of the mask even easier!

Day 7: Favorite Mask
Day 7: Favorite Mask

That completes the first week of the #JuneBeautyChallenge.  I can’t wait to continue this week sharing: mani Monday, repurchased products, favorite colored liners, red, all slammed up, what’s in my shower and best sun care! 

You can keep up with my challenge by following my Instagram: @JessicasGoneViral

*I have linked to the website of each product whenever possible.  In cases where the product is not sold directly from the brand’s website, I linked to Amazon.