I have a public service announcement. I’ve been living in denial for many years of my life now, and I have a confession. I am more high maintenance than I think I am. I’ve spent the last 32 years of my life, thinking that I am a low maintenance person; because I don’t wear a ton of makeup every day. Even though that is true, I am still high maintenance.
I set up a couple of my friends on a blind date and afterward I ran into that same guy friend. I asked him how everything went with my other friend, and he informed me that she was “a little too high maintenance and that he wanted someone who could get-up-and-go”. I explained to him that every female requires some maintenance. Nobody, male or female, gets out of bed and looks magazine ready. After this conversation, I realized and started to see how I could be considered ‘high maintenance’.
Specifically, the girls that this gentleman likes are females who wear full faces of makeup every day with the whole nine yards: highlighter, contour, etc. It takes work for anyone to look like this every day. I expressed that he might need to change what he is looking for or be more realistic on what ‘get up and go’ actually looks like.
My personal philosophy is: how you do one thing, is how you do everything. For example, my Starbucks order is a grande-soy-blossoming-rose-tea-latte-with-green-tea-and-one-pump-of-sweetener. I can recall a time when I ordered this and confused the barista. Really if he asked me what it was again, I may not even be able to regurgitate it a second time.
I just recently came back from a vacation in (sunny, hot) Cuba, and personally, vacations take a lot out of me - physically and mentally. My skin dries up, my hair gets brassy from the sun, etc.
I personally take a good bit of time to get myself back to Canadian living standards.
As soon as I got home, I ran myself a hot bath to loosen the skin. In the bath, I use Epsom salt with ylang-ylang and vanilla. Which smells quite nice when I soak in the tub with it for about 20 minutes. In this 20 minutes, I am just sitting, relaxing and attempting not to think about anything.
After the bath, I do a body massage because my body has been so sore sleeping in another bed. Practicing yoga as much as I do, I rarely find my body sore. When my body is in pain I can not handle it very well. So I give myself a body massage after my body while soaking in the tub. While relaxing in the tub, it’s very easy to tell where the pain is coming from and where I need to focus on massaging. If you take the time to stretch and massage everything out you will feel amazing.
Next, I exfoliate my entire body to get rid of all the dead skin/dry skin. I can always tell within 12 hours of getting off a plane my body's moisture is sucked up completely. So to avoid looking like a lizard I try to exfoliate quickly.
While those two tasks are going on I also have a toner in my hair to rectify the brassiness I got while being on vacation. Even though I consistently use the right products and wear a hat, the UV index is so high in Cuba that my hair was still affected. I focus the toner on my roots and put a purple shampoo on my ends, letting it sit for 20 minutes.
I then gave myself a pedicure, washed my hair and placed a hair mask on. I put the hair mask on to rehydrate my hair from the direct sun.
I mix in the fanola no yellow shampoo with another mask called schwarzkopf color freeze. Both worked very well to rehydrate my hair.
Finally, after pampering myself, I went to yoga which included a meditation. That really put me in a good state of mind.
Afterward, I exfoliated again using an abrasive cloth to get rid of the extra dead skin so I can avoid breakouts.
I added in a chemical exfoliant to clean the surface of my face.
Alongside using an Australian clay mask, extracting my pores and tweezing my eyebrows, and put lemon juice on my blemishes. Lemon Juice is one of the best natural blemish correctors ever. It is an acidic fruit, but it balances out the skin and gets rid of blemishes in a short amount of time. After the lemon juice dries, your skin it just flakes away.
Focusing back on the hair, I place three different products in my hair. First, I place in nvenn’s 'volume' heat activated volumizer, then I use nvenn’s 'replenish' strength restoration oil, and finally, nvenn’s 'protect' heat shield. Then, I blow dry my hair to smooth out my hair.
Last but not least, I put lotion and serum on my face
All of this is finished in the first 12 hours of me coming back from vacation. I don’t think I am the most high maintenance person but that’s pretty high. I feel so enlightened that I now have that off of my chest. Whew!
Thank you for listening, I will see you next week. If you have any questions about my beauty regiment leave a comment below and make sure to subscribe to @nvennhairbeauty