Happy Monday! I'm over the moon to announce that I've teamed up with Clinique on their global #FaceForward campaign to talk a little about what I would tell my future self. Oh yeah, it's about to get real in this blogpost. I love that this campaign revolves around this question because I'm always so focused on what I wish I could have done for myself in the past, but since I don't own time travel machine…this is what I hope for my future.
It is summertime here in steamy hot Northern Virginia and it's the time of year when my beauty regimen goes back to the basics. What’s "the basics" you say? It's when my day consists of three makeup products, (mascara, cheeks, and lips) then cleansing and moisturizing morning and night - repeat the next day. That's the life. That's what I did back in the day when I started to create my beauty regimen. So that's what I love that about summertime, I give my skin and body the things that it needs without spending too much time in the mirror or over thinking things. That is something that I do well during this time of year and that I want my future self to know is that it's okay to remember to just keep it simple. As a beauty blogger and sometimes just as a girl, I feel the need to do so many beauty steps or use so many products on my skin, but I feel like the simpler I keep it, the happier I am. Simpler is just easier.
I can remember getting my first “grown up” skincare product in high school and it was the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. This oldie but goodie has been a lifesaver for my dry skin, especially when paired with the liquid facial soap and clarifying lotion in the Clinique 3-Step skincare system. This is my skin emergency kit in a nutshell. It tackles all my main skincare needs in a short amount of time and it's just so easy. My makeup from the day comes off my face within the first step. Then I get to see that by step #2 (my favorite step) the clarifying lotion removes any of the last bit of dirt in those hard-to-reach places and makes my skin feel squeaky clean for bed (I use a cotton pad here). The last step is my TBT Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion that has been loyal to me and my alligator skin over these last 10 years. My skin drinks it up! It's easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to skincare and this 3-step system simplifies it for me and works. That's why I'd like to tell my future self that keeping it simple really is the way to go.
Thanks to Clinique, I am now thinking of how I can continue to #FaceForward and it goes beyond what's on my sink counter. So besides remembering to just keep it simple, I will #FaceForward by...
Being comfortable in my skin. The most confident people are those who feel good in their own skin. It's an assurance that you feel acceptable and worthy as you are. Every person deserves to feel that way about themselves.
Treating myself. It can be something small, like getting my favorite coffee in the morning or buying a lipstick, but never to forget to reward myself. This life can be tough and it's nice to recognize ourselves for the good things and hard work we do.
Appreciating as much as I can. There is beauty all around you and try to remember to soak it all in. The people you meet, the places you go, the little details that can truly be spectacular. Don't miss out on any of it!
I'd love to know what advice you would give to your future self in the comments section below! How do you plan to #FaceForward? I can't wait to read your comments!
*This post was kindly sponsored by Clinique. All opinions are 100% my own and with brand partnerships I fully believe in. Thank you all so much for your support.