The Anxiety Diaries Volume 11: Why Maintaining A Routine Is So Important

The headline shouldn’t scare you, but I’m betting it does. Let me start by explaining that I do not mean a to-the-t routine of the same manner every day. I merely mean small habits as part of a routine to help with anxiety. This is short one, but an important one for me.

Most of my days I wake up, have some sort of beverage be it tea, or coffee, and immediately stare at my phone for the next hour or so. I sort through my notifications, emails, and scroll through Instagram for a while. A few pauses to pet bae, or my cats but mostly focused on a screen. Maybe breakfast makes an appearance, a shower, and a bit of getting ready. By then, it’s time for more coffee, starting my work day (being a remote writer means I can work from bed tbh), and a long sigh translating to “we can get through this“. These tasks seem obvious I’m sure, but they are small pillars in keeping my day together. Finding new music, and putting on my make up are also a part of my day.

Variations of this morning make their way into my life as I travel, or find a new place to work. Again, these are foundations to my day, a way to control the overwhelming feeling that my life is crumbling each day.

These foundations extend into the evening and night too. Not only is a skincare routine important for your face but it helps me keep a hold on my night. Brush teeth, floss (jk no one remembers to floss), wash face and begin skincare routine.

“It’s all about balance” is a bullsh*t thing you hear often but it works. Let me know some of your routine foundations in the comment section.

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#BeautyOnABudget: DIY Night Serum

Not only are serums incredibly popular right now in skincare but they are so easy to implement into your routine. While you can apply serums nightly you can also soak a sheet mask in them for intense skin therapy. Everyone looks terrifying in a sheet mask and they are super easy to find to make your own on Amazon. I did some simple research and found this DIY serum recipe from Draxe for y’all.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ tablespoon jojoba oil
  • ½ tablespoon evening primrose Oil
  • ½ tablespoon pomegranate oil
  • 15 drops vitamin E
  • 20 drops lavender oil or frankincense oil
  • 10 drops carrot seed oil

Directions:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together into a dark glass bottle. Use every morning and night on face, neck, and chest.

GlamGlow Teams Up With Hasbro’s My Little Pony To Create My Dream Glitter Mask

If you thought I was hyped on a collaboration between Bretman Rock and Morphe you haven’t seen anything like my excitement for this glitter mask. Launching next month the brand that brought the ever Insta popular glitter peel-off mask GlamGlow is teaming up with Hasbro for a My Little Pony line.

Image result for glam glow my little pony maskThe line (that will now take up most of my bathroom space tbh) will feature the classic glitter black mask that is totally Princess Luna inspired, my go-to will which will be the pink #glittermask paying homage to Pinkie Pie, and a lavender Twilight Sparkle mask.

You can expect to see these all over Instagram, and be the new ISO in your local Bunz Makeup Zone too.

#BeautyBit: Top 3 Alternatives To Skin Cream

It can be quite difficult to find a lotion/cream that is light enough to not clog pores, wear underneath make-up, and not become greasy over time. But instead of avoiding it (which you should not, as maintaining a skincare routine is VERY important for women AND men!). I’ve compiled a list of a few alternatives to greasy, heavy lotion that can be used as a day or night cream:

1. Coconut Oil

This household item is a staple in most beauty routines now. It is great for hair, teeth, and skin!

$- 8-15 dollars a jar

2. Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil contain vitamin E, and provides more moisture than coconut oil!

$- 12-15 dollars

3. Biotherm Aquasource Gel

I’m pretty obsessed with this product tbh, the hydration it provides is insane.

$- 50 dollars