One of my goals for this year was to become more mindful, not necessarily sit and practise mindfulness but just stop going about my day on auto pilot and be more present during my day to day routine. In spring/ summer I absolutely love the mornings and like to make the most of them…
6.30am – Rewind to December last year and I would start every morning by scrolling through Instagram/ twitter for around 10 minutes, now I’m slowly getting used to waking up and heading straight to the bathroom instead… I start by brushing my teeth using the White Labs Nano range*. I’ll be honest, at first I thought this was just going to be a pretty addition to the side of my sink, but using the mouthwash, toothpaste and floss (in that order) has definitely helped to whiten my teeth, and of-course it’s lovely and refreshing helping to wake me up.
6.35am – Time to shower… I thought this would be a good post to mention some of my hair care favourites, the Lee Stafford Fix, Build and Repair treatment has become a holy grail product for me. After bleaching my hair to within an inch of its life last year, this treatment has managed to restore it and keep the lengths and ends looking healthy again. The Tangle Teezer is also a must for me, compared to a regular hair brush it manages to remove all knots without breaking my hair.
6.45am – *Quickly boil the kettle so I can sip a cup of tea while I do my makeup – first thing I either go for lemon and hot water or stick to a good old english breakfast tea*
6.50am – It’s time to get dressed, although before this, I use the Mitchum 48h Advanced Control Deodorant – the best deodorant Ive ever used. Just after getting dressed I’ll light a candle and put some music on, I used to watch youtube videos but I’ve found listening to music to be really uplifting and put me in a good mood for the day. To save waking up the rest of the house I use the Sudio Vasa Bla earphones*, these are wireless and make listening to music a breeze (get 15% off with my discount code JMXO).
6.55am – Make myself look a little more presentable
SKINCARE, MAKEUP & HAIR
I love a fancy skincare routine as much as the next beauty blogger, but I tend stick to the basics in the morning. I simply wash my face, tone and moisturise. My go to moisturiser at the minute has been the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Gel Cream* moisturiser, this has a really refreshing scent and sinks into the skin quickly making it perfect to apply makeup over the top.
I switch up my makeup on a daily basis, but some products I can’t help but go back to. The Too Faced Hangover Primer has been a game changer for me, it’s incredibly hydrating and helps my makeup stay put all day long. Another essential is the Beauty Blender, I use this to blend my concealer –surprise surprise and finish off my foundation. Pricey and a pain to clean, but I’ve found no other sponge applicator that compares!
Honestly my hair routine is pretty basic. A product I’m really impressed with and use every time I wash my hair is the Schwarzkopf Got2b Mind Blowing Fast Dry Spray, I tend to wear my hair curled and this not only manages to speed up the blow drying time, but also gives my hair more texture…
7.30am – Breakfast
Now, this is where the majority of the mindfulness comes into play. It sounds odd at first, but I’ve started eating my breakfast in silence. Having 10 minutes to myself in peace before I leave for work really sets me up for the day. I find myself coming up with my best blog post ideas and being able to concentrate on my breakfast makes me appreciate it 10x more.
7.45am – A spritz of my favourite spring scent Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede, and I’m off!
Although I have quite a lot to do in the mornings in a reletively short space of time, there are definitely ways that I’ve managed to inject mindfulness into my routine and make sure I start my day in the best way possible.
Some other great mindfulness posts and resources I love:
Style Lobster: Mindfulness, the word of 2016 and what it means to me
Perfect for anyone looking into mindfulness for the first time
My favourite app when I want to actually practise mindfulness – Calm
Are you mindful while you get ready for the day?