Showing up on time has never been a strength of mine.
To be honest, it’s a real struggle.
I’m always surprised when I give myself an hour and a half before I’m supposed to leave the house, and I still end up late. HOW?!
I read somewhere on the internet once that people who are always late are also more creative and optimistic. It’s not, not true. But my Research professor from grad school would want me to say, “correlation does not equal causation.”
Sometimes it’s optimism. Like when I think 5 minutes can be stretched into 10…if I was a wizard. Other times it’s my body sending me some kind of message that I’m ignoring for way too long.
Instead of speculating the root causes which I imagine would be a very expensive therapy session, I decided to look at the things that take me the longest to do before I leave the house. Turns out there were three things and here’s how I changed them up.
3 Things I’ve been doing differently
#1: Use micellar water instead of face wash
Edit on 8/4/18: I realized that this is what’s causing my eczema flare up around my eyes and eyelids. I wouldn’t recommend this if you have eczema prone skin. I will discontinue using this.
It’s debatable if this is even necessary to do. And honestly, it was terrifying to give micellar water a go. The whole swipe and go method just seemed to good to be true. If you know the struggle of washing your face over a sink and splashing water everywhere (including your rolled up sleeves) then you know what I mean. But after doing a little bit of research and reading about how life changing it can be, I decided to give it a go for the sake of saving time.
I picked up this Garnier one (SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser) and used it in the morning for a week straight.
The verdict: I love it and I’m not turning back. My skin still felt clean afterwards, and I wasn’t running to slather on moisturizer after. And, no more wet sleeves.
I’m not going to lie, I was definitely skeptical and a little afraid of how my skin would react.
Washing my face twice a day since middle school was how I made sure my face was clean, you know, back when acne was perceived as a dirty skin problem. Changing my face washing habit to reflect what I now know about acne was long overdue.
I’m going to continue to do this because it’s so damn easy. I’m still going to double cleanse my skin at night though because NYC pollution and subways. (Read my current skincare routine here).
#2: Build my outfits around what the day requires
You would think that having a clear sense of my personal style would make it so easy to pick out an outfit, but it’s not.
I get bored of wearing the same combination of things over and over.
So I find myself staring at my closet underwhelmed and wishing for something new. And because this took up too much of my time, I decided enough was enough.
I decided to change my perspective and dress for what the day required of me. The easiest way to approach this was starting with what shoes to wear. To me, shoes always define how comfortable or uncomfortable my day will be.
When I need confidence, I wear my silver boots. They honestly go with everything so grabbing whatever top and bottom is less of a concern when I know I want my boots to be the center of attention.
When I need to stay dry on a rainy day, I wear my pink rain boots. It just makes sense to tuck that into a pair of skinny jeans. And to not feel too restricted, I top the look off with a loose sweatshirt or sweater.
And when I need all day comfort, I wear my slip-on sneakers. I like to pair them with wider legged jeans and something a little more cropped on top to balance the proportions.
In the end, a little perspective change was really what I needed. I’ll save the style experiments for when time is a friend.
#3: Come up with a makeup routine
I like to look alive, refreshed, and like the best version of myself. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
I remember my college days when I would spend way too much time overfilling my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil. That was probably the #1 reason why I was late to my morning classes. Oops.
These days I don’t mess around with a pencil anymore. I go right in with Glossier boy brow. Brows handled in less than 2 minutes. Warning, all of the products I use are Glossier because they are just so damn easy to use.
I then use the magic that is Glossier Perfecting skin tint to even things out on my face, I swear it does something.
Then I go in with Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam because who doesn’t want peachy cheeks?
That’s not all, I also want that sun-kissed look (especially as it gets colder and gloomier outside) and Glossier Haloscope in Topaz does just that for me. I apply it only on the tops of cheekbones and sometimes on my lids if I’m feeling fancy, and it gives me that effortless glow that JLo has had since the early 2000’s. (Don’t fact check me on the time frame though).
To finish my I’m awake and I tried look, I curl my lashes and avoid the mascara because that just takes too long. And when that’s done, I’m out the door.
What helps you get out the door on time?
Feel free to leave me questions about anything I mentioned.
Thanks for stopping by and I will see you in my next post.
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