During the years I minimised my beauty routine a lot. When I was in my very early twenties, I used to do the all shebang (old expression that nobody has used since the 20s): I would never go out without makeup, my nails were always done and my (really patient) mum used to be my personal hairstylist, providing me with a perfect blow-dry twice a week.
I was used to care about how I stepped out my front door, mainly because every person I knew was. It’s probably an Italian thing I don’t really know, but people are terrified of meeting someone in a supermarket when they don’t look like their are going to meet the Queen. My mum was petrified by the idea of me having a hole in my socks because “What if something happen and you have to take your shoe off?”. Well, I guess everybody will know that I have a hole. In Italy people do what they can to look good, always.
The French beauty routine
Arriving to France, girls just seemed like they didn’t really care. Only after a while I will understand that the all point is to just look like you don’t, but that’s another post. I started to think that maybe I could leave my caramel-dyed straight hair behind and embrace my dark curls.
That it doesn’t really matter if someone sees you in a messy bun and yoga pants at the boulangerie. That maybe the scrubbing your face everyday and trying every single cream on the market makes your skin break even more. That too much make up doesn’t make me look prettier, it makes me look older (and like a statue). So I left my hair alone. Most importantly, I started to stick to the basics when it came to my beauty routine. It was impossible to say completely bye to the makeup and the desire of trying the products was too strong…they smell so good and they are so pretty.
Listening to my skin
I am still kind of a beauty junkie, but I am starting to understand what works for me. My skin loves oils for example. I would have never tried to put an oily product on my face until a year ago. Somehow, I was convinced that keeping my face dry was the only way I could get rid of breakouts. FALSE. Now I basically only use oil based makeup removers and night treatments. Incredibly, I get a lot less breakouts.
When it comes to beauty, less is really more, at least for me. Keeping my routine light has helped me so much…and has saved me so much time in the mornings! This year i would like to improve it even more trying more organic brands. I already love Annemarie Börlind but there a lot of new organic beauty brands that I can’t wait to try. If you have any recommendations, please share!