Into The Gloss is a guilty online pleasure of mine that I turn to for no apparent reason, considering that the quantity of makeup I wear is generally zero. Edited by Vogue’s Emily Weiss, the site interviews different women about their beauty routines and features such absurdly self-indulgent commentary as Lauren Santo Domingo’s recent declaration, “I can’t even remember the last time I washed my own hair.” I wish I had an exotic routine to disclose, dear reader, such as “I steam open my pores and have a German shepherd exfoliate my face with its tongue,” but I’m pretty well an average Joe – a self-indulgent average Joe who, caught up in the spirit of The Gloss, has written an entire post about his “beauty” routine.
So no, I don’t really wear makeup – I dabble now and again in foundation, which I mix in with my moisturizer because I still have so much trouble with acne (sexy!) and sometimes want the extra coverage. My skin has always been prone to breakouts and while I know part of controlling that has to do with eating less chocolate or something, my diet is strictly off limits. I’m a topical person. Concealer is my other secret weapon (secret for a man), which I’ll use under my eyes when I think I look tired, or when I’m feeling bored and want to waste time in a pretty way. I know Jean Paul Gaultier introduced a line of Official Men’s Makeup a few years back and I think Clinique and a few other brands have, at the very least, tinted moisturizers, but I don’t want to pay extra for dark packaging. I want to get fresh like male models do so I stick with basics from inexpensive lines that have good-for-your-skin products (mineral whatsit, etc.). One of my favorite new products I’ve found is L’Oreal’s Studio Secrets perfecting base. It’s this little tub of putty-like stuff and it mattifies and minimizes. Hooray! My daily moisturizer is now Aveeno’s Clear Complexion – I used to use Vichy’s NormaDerm, but 1) I ran out and it’s only available in Europe and 2) I didn’t like it anyway. As you can see in the second picture I use Anthelios sunscreen, a dab every day. I picked that up in Italy, but I think it’s finally made it’s way over here. Or maybe it’s been over here for awhile…? The other thing I picked up that’s brilliant is this portable sunscreen tube. It’s the same product as the Anthelios, just easy to carry and in a stick, like oversized chapstick. It’s great on the go, but ironically because it’s smaller I sometimes forget about it.
When I was living in China I didn’t have access to a lot of products I wanted or felt a need for, so I ended up using Phyto shampoos. I actually really liked them, but now that I’m back in the States I don’t have easy access to them and have switched back to Kiehl’s, although I’ve been trying to go more natural and recently introduced David Babaii’s volumizing conditioner into the routine. Kate Hudson endorses it! All I ever wanted.
Speaking of hair, my beard has become a permanent fixture over the past few months. It’s funny, because it originally started growing out thanks to my laziness, but now I keep it trim and everyone seems to like it. I stopped shaving with a razor for the first time in almost ten years (no, seriously) this winter when I got an electric beard trimmer, and I have to say it’s just so much nicer…much easier to use. I feel like I’m just meant to have a beard.
I like to have shiny little things around just for fun, so sometimes I’ll pick up a bottle of nail polish and throw it in the mix. I bought three things of black polish in Hong Kong, but then every time I looked at my nails I felt like they just looked dirty. Has that ever happened to anyone else? So now I generally avoid polish…but it’s tempting. It’s just so shiny (and sometimes it sparkles!)
Since we’re in my bathroom I’ll go ahead and give a little shout out to the room itself. The room is still totally not done at all on any level, but I have ideas percolating and as soon as one or the other comes to fruition, you’ll know. I don’t need any more furniture or art in there, so I’ll at least direct your attention to some of that now. I keep my products on a tiered ladder shelf that I got from London’s Bathecary here in Charlottesville. The store location is closing and they’re getting rid of all their furniture – natch! The products are lined up on a rabbit fur throw I’ve had since I was eight-years-old. You know, just lying around. The marble base I’ve got the frags resting on is from The Curious Orange here in C-ville and yes, that Tom Ford bottle is empty, but I keep it around because I like its deco fanciness. And books are everywhere in my apartment, almost more so than shoes.
That about sums up me in my bathroom…what are
your y’all’ses routines?