Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beauty Regime Reminders

I am thrilled to answer a reader's question with a blog post. Keep 'em coming!

Just before the new year, Anonymous wrote:

One of my goals for 2016 is to actually stick to a beauty regime. I'm thinking a 1x weekly spa night in addition to daily basic upkeep, but would be very interested to learn what beauty reminders you schedule in your planner! 

I'm sure making written appointments with yourself helps you actually stick to your goals! I may have to try that, in pen, in my Lilly Pulitzer planner.

I always read that organized individuals love lists. They write everything down and your italiagal is no exception. Using lists is key to keeping track of my beauty routines. I check things off a couple of master lists rather than scheduling appointments. It's more flexible than how I accomplish my household chores where I both rely on lists and have developed habits on a set schedule. I will elaborate on that in a future post, hopefully to be published during February. 

I use both my phone and my planner to stay on top of beauty tasks outside of my daily routine.

My 2016 planner by Sugar Paper from Target on my desk.

I have five lists in a simple to do list app on my phone and they are: Chores, Weekly, Monthly, To Do, and Shopping List. My Weekly and Monthly lists primarily deal with my beauty regime. 

Under my Weekly tab:
  • Laundry (including washing pillow cases and shams that my face rests on)
  • Facial scrub first time
  • Facial scrub second time
  • Wash (and disinfect) makeup brushes
Under the Monthly tab:
  • Facial mask
  • Wash makeup bag
  • Hair conditioning treatment first time
  • Hair conditioning treatment second time
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Treatment of unwanted hair (I'm leaving this one a mystery on purpose.)
Also, I have the length of my hair trimmed 1/2 inch at a salon every 6 to 12 weeks.

These tasks and their frequency change over time and as needed. For example, I used to use a facial scrub three times a week because the text on the back of the tube reads, for best results use 3 to 4 times a week, but I cut down to two times as my skin doesn't need more exfoliation. I also used to apply a hair mask once a week until I switched to a product that yields better results. I am trying to only use my facial mask once a month for budget reasons, but tend to apply it twice a month since it works so well. After my 32nd birthday in April, I will likely start using a mild formula of an anti-aging retinol once a week. In addition, the seasons could alter my tasks too. A fresh pedicure is ideal for summer sandals, for example. I should add tasks like regularly washing my hair brush (rather than after I notice it's really needed). I believe in slowly adding more to your plate only after handling what you currently have well.

As I accomplish each beauty task, I mark it as completed on that master list in my phone app. This action shades the line item in gray and a line strikes through the words. I don't delete the task. I nearly always accomplish everything on these two lists by Saturday night or the last day of the month. On Sunday morning or the first day of the month, I mark each task as not completed and begin again. I believe that I get things done because they are written down/typed in some way. As a finisher, I enjoy checking things off as accomplished.

In addition to using my phone, I always write down the beauty task(s) I performed that day in the weekly section of my Sugar Paper planner from Target. Since I am goal-oriented, I try my best to sit down at my desk each morning and write down what I want to accomplish for that day (only). I will check it off when I do it or perhaps place a X beside the item I didn't do. I always write in pen. I am able to schedule an at-home manicure after work on any weeknight now that I've purchased a quick dry top coat. Half the time, I will write down the beauty task I just performed and then immediately check it off. A to done list. My beauty regime is not too scheduled yet, as in scheduling an appointment to exfoliate my face every Sunday night. Since my current flexible system works well for me, I'm not sure if it will become more scheduled. Although, a regular spa night does sound fun...

I tend to get things done as soon as the week or month starts. Work then play. For example, this past week, I used my facial scrub Sunday night, both marking it completed in my phone and writing facial scrub-1st-PM in my planner, and Monday morning, recording it as facial scrub-2nd-AM. Since I wear makeup every single day, I perform a facial treatment either early in the morning or late at night. I know it would be better to space out my tasks in order for them to be more beneficial, but right now, it's just important to me to get them done. In addition, I painted my toenails and applied my (first) facial mask on the 1st. This month, however, I did have to hurry up and get a few things done by the 31st. On the 30th, I treated my unwanted hair, applied a hair mask, and washed my makeup bag. Since I am what author Gretchen Rubin would call an Upholder, I respond to both inner and outer expectations, so I can hold myself accountable easily and regard both my week and month end deadlines as strict ones.

Let me know if you'd like to learn the beauty products I use in a beauty update post.

To my reader, thank you for your inquiry. I truly hope my explanation of what I do helps you in some way. Good luck in finding what works best for you.


  1. Of course, we want to know products! :) I really need to create a beauty routine of my own.

    1. I will publish a post on my beauty products then. I believe it's been a year since my last real beauty update and there are several new finds. In fact, I just tried a new hair conditioner this morning and love it so far.

  2. I love reading about other people's routines lol! I also would love to hear about your beauty products. One of your prior posts inspired me to do a hair mask & face mask last weekend :) Been a while since I did that.
    BTW Home Alone is finally in transit to my library ;) Surprisingly there were 3 people ahead of me on the waitlist. Guess I'm not the only one wanting to watch it!

    1. I'm happy you've enjoyed and been inspired by my posts! I will post about my beauty products, so stay tuned. I'll pick up a regular product that I'm out of on Sunday and then write the post sometime this month.

  3. If you are interested in retinol or, say glycolic treatments, I love love love the Nip & Fab line! I use their glycolic night pads and the glycolic fix serum, and am happy (my skin is brighter, looks more even, and overall clearer). The price is great too. I buy at Ulta, but I have heard some Target stores carry that line.

    1. Thank you so much for the suggestion! I haven't heard of that line. I read about Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream in a Real Simple article and found it to have a lot of great reviews, so was planning to try it soon. I see that this line has great reviews too, just not nearly as many, but it's cheaper. My Target seems to carry the Roc product, well, when it's in stock. I would have to order the N&F products online. I think I'll have to do a little more research and make a decision! Or at least have a fall back option if I don't like the chosen treatment.

  4. I love this. I also would love to know what products you are using. I cut down my exfoliation to 2 times per week also and my skin is much less sensitive.

    1. Thank you. It would likely be from a different perspective, which might be refreshing... I simply cannot afford some of the beauty products promoted by, say, Lauren Conrad, or even The Glamorous Housewife and The Daily Connoisseur. I made a few purchases of my regular products at Target today, so now I just need to start taking pictures and writing the post.

      I don't have sensitive skin myself, I just know that a 3rd rather harsh exfoliation is not needed.

    2. Looking forward to it. I just transitioned from working woman to housewife so I'm all ears with the Target recommendations.