When it comes to matters of the hands, specifically taking care of my hands, I'm no expert. I know what I like and why I like it, and that's about it. I've always loved doing my nails, although when I was younger I was pretty sloppy about it. I would let my nail polish chip away, loving the strange shapes left over. But after my crush called me out for my messy nails (I KNOW!), I definitely became more self conscious about it. Recently, I've been really into taking care of my hands and my nails for a few reasons. The first is that I fell in love with Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, which is the best hand cream I've ever used. It's thick but not greasy, gives you major moisture with only minor slippage. I can put it on in the morning and not reapply for the rest of the day if I'm not washing my hands a lot. The second reason is that I love Yana Sheptovetskaya (@gelcream) and the articles she does for Into the Gloss all about nail polishes and nail care. She's also responsible for my third reason for loving all things hands right now, and that's J. Hannah nail polishes. They're like the It Girl of nail polishes and really easy to apply. Ever since I started using them, I sometimes hold up my hands in the air to admire how beautiful they are. And when I'm ready to try a new colour, I just dip my fingers into Sally Hansen's Kwik Off. It's a sponge soaked in gentle nail polish remover and gets rid of nail polish in less than five minutes. When everything is quick and easy, messy nails aren't even an option.
When I think about the word ritual, I think of magic. Of manifesting a desire, of making space in my life for a myriad of possibilities. So when it comes to my skincare routine, I'm less concerned about how well the products are doing and more concerned with how using them makes me feel. Am I satisfied? Do I feel like I could be a glowing beast worthy of Kira Kira? My current skincare routine is making me feel so confident that the only makeup I've been wearing lately is a flick of liquid liner, some mascara and seven seconds worth of Boy Brow. Here's the lineup...
Toner/Essence. I love the Mamonde Rose Water Toner and Missha's First Treatment Essence. They both leave my skin feeling moisturized and prepped for the rest of my routine. Both are Korean brands, so they're a little harder to get but they're completely worth it.
Serum(s). I'm really bad at taking my daily vitamins and it never seems to make a difference, but with serums, it's a whole different ball game. I've tried a bunch in the past, but I found the game changer last September when I started using Drunk Elephant's C-Firma Daily Serum. It's the second Vitamin C serum I've tried and it's worked amazingly. I actually see a difference in my skin when I use it and when I don't. I use Sunday Riley's U.F.O. Clarifying Oil at night, and it's amazing for fresh breakouts.
Moisturizer. If there's anything in my routine I'm really picky about, it's moisturizer. I once had a bad reaction to a Nivea face cream and since then I've been super careful about my moisturizer, avoiding thick creams. However, I have recently fallen in love with Glossier's Priming Moisturizer Rich, which gives me tonnes of moisture without making me face feel like it's being smothered. Honorable mentions go to Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream and Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream.
Eye Cream. I have a love/hate relationship with eye cream. On one hand, the dark bags under my eyes say I desperately need them but on the other hand, my experience with them hasn't been exactly revolutionary. So far, most of the eye creams that I've found to be somewhat successful are mostly good for hydration and not much else. None have reduced the darkness or depth of my under-eye bags, so I don't feel the need to invest that much into it. The best one for hydration is Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
Sunscreen. I honestly hate sunscreen, especially on my face, but the EltaMD UV Daily is the best one I've tried and I don't want to try any others, because I know it works.
What products do you use? Do you think investing in skincare is a total sham? Or are you slowly working your way through Creme de La Mer? Let me know!