And, I for one, haven't made it a priority over the past year but I vowed to focus more on me and one of those ways is at the salon.
Maybe it's a biweekly nail appointment, monthly facial or massage but every girl has her beauty routine down to a science or is always looking for new ways to improve it.
Over the past few months, I've taken my pampering very seriously by scheduling shellac appointments, pedicures and a facial to get myself back in a routine.
I understand that due to my years of tanning every two days for about two years, I'm going to need some serious work down the road. I'm not opposed to plastic surgery. I'd do botox, fillers and I used to want a nose job pretty bad but I'm slowly getting over that one. (I have a bump and I don't love it and often think that a nose job would be a good solution.)
Anyway, from one girl to another, I thought I'd share my go to beauty team around Cleveland.
First, my hair. My friend Danielle has cut, colored, curled, straightened, shaved, and mohawked my hair for the past 10 years. I have a complicated mane that most hair stylists don't understand how to cut into it - I have serious horse hair. I have a lot of fine, thick hair and would need double the extensions to pull off any long hair look until my mane grows out. She is well worth the drive to the west side at the Lorain location at HeadQuarters Salon & Spa.
When it comes to my face, my friend Shawn fixes my skin on the east side at Studio MZ with facials and whipping my eyebrows into the perfect arch shape. I don't know about you, but I always read about how important your skin care routine is in your 20s, 30s, and beyond and how it's all about starting young. Like 10 years ago. Oops. Way back when, I always used Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion and an occassional eye cream but I went to Shawn and said, "Give me a damn facial routine - I need to prevent any wrinkles I can at this point." Did I mention I used to fake and bake.....
Her first thought, "Well, do you exfoliate?" No, no I don't. "Well, that's a great place to start......"
For the past two months, I've been using the products below for my facial routine and I seem to have less blemishes on my face all around. Every night, I wash my face with the Swell bar and then add a few drops of seabuckthorn oil at night. (Not going to lie, when she used it on my face, I was weirded out by the smell because it has this funky earthy scent but you get used to after a few uses. No worries.) And, as a bonus, Swell was created by a local Beachwood woman, Kelli Klus. Buying local my friends!
|Swell facial bar and seabuckthorn oil and GlamGlow|
|Sexy, right? Now THAT is going to land me a date, I know it!|
It's tingling - let's get that out of the way, the first time Shawn used it she had to fan my face because holy hell was it TINGLING. After about a minute, that burning feeling goes away and then you rub and exfoliate your skin. It has chunks of green tea leaves (yes, chunks) and I normally feel like I break out from exfoliaters but not in this case. No random break outs or little bumps anywhere. If it's possible, I think I have less blackheads but I'll have to defer to Shawn on my next facial visit where I'll know based on how much time she spends with that evil little tool.
Next on my list is to find a spray tanner in the downtown or west side area (use Callie at Glow Tan and Spa if you are on the east side) and a masseuse.
So, dear downtowners and west siders, any recommendations you can send my way? What is your skin care routine or products you can't live without?