It’s very clear to me that a solid morning routine is vital for a successful and productive day, but in my opinion having an evening routine that winds you down afterwards, is just as vital. I love reading about everyone else’s routines, so I thought that I would share mine. My favourite time of the day is the evening because that’s when all of my workload is done, and I can relax and unwind. (I say that, but often I’m a night owl and end up writing until like 3am, but it doesn’t feel like work, so technically it doesn’t count, right??) Often if I’m working or travelling, I can get home really late, but essentially no matter what, I try to do all of these so that I can sleep feeling revitalised and relaxed for the day ahead.
SKIN CARE ROUTINE
The first thing that I do when I come home is to take off my makeup, and do my skin care routine. I use Micellar water to remove my makeup, as I find that it is really gentle on my sensitive skin. Then I use a toner, my favourites are the Liz Earle toner (quite pricey but it works wonders), but also one that I’ve been loving lately is actually a Superdrug’s own Tea Tree toner, for only £3! It has completely nipped any bad skin phases in the bud and smells delicious and fresh! After this I then moisturise, using Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Noir Cream. I’ve used this for over a year now and wouldn’t swap it for any other. It is all vegan and so soft and nourishing on the skin, and it smells incredible! It’s completely none-oily, and unlike a lot of moisturisers doesn’t break me out in the slightest. It used to retail for £30, but is currently only £12 so I’d definitely recommend it, I can’t see myself putting this one down any time soon!
After this, I have a nice long shower to unwind. Over the past four months I’ve been trying the ‘no poo’ method (shampoo before anyone starts)! My hairdresser recommended it to me after I started to get dry ends, and she’s told me that it’s working wonders. At first it was so hard depending on dry shampoo alone, and just washing my hair once a week, instead of every two days previously, but actually my hair has completely gotten used to it now, and I can’t tell you how nice it feels to finally wash it. I’ve started using Avon’s Argon Oil shampoo and conditioner, as well as Aussie’s colour protect, and they’re both so nourishing! I also have a terrible musical theatre session in the shower, but I mean who doesn’t? Twice a week after my shower, I will massage into my skin Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleep Mask, and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and nourished. (Can you tell I love this brand?)
Next it’s time for the comfy clothes. Isn’t it just the best when you can come home, take off your jeans etc and put on some pyjamas? I mean I’ll admit most of the time I don’t wear any (there’s actually health benefits I swear), but it’s nice to unwind feeling cozy.
LIGHT SOME CANDLES
As I’m in my room, I close my blinds, turn on my salt lamp, and light some of my favourite candles, from Yankee’s Linen and Lace, to Peony, and Primark’s Fig Blossom. This makes me feel all snug, and starts to unwind my brain after a long day.
I actually take this time to give my room, and the house a little tidy. I find it therapeutic to make everything look nice and neat and as it should, it almost declutters my brain by doing it to my room. I put away my university books, my clothes from the day, my laptop etc, and then I can relax knowing that everything is reset.
PLAN MY DAY AHEAD
Next I use my Career Girl Daily planner, to plan my tomorrow. I’ll be straight up and admit that I’m a planner addict, and the worst thing is that most of the time they come and they’re so beautiful that I don’t want to use them. This time I made sure to utilise this one to the max. Juggling work, auditions, films, a degree, a blog, and a long distance relationship by no means is easy but this planner helps to make it just that bit more manageable. There’s room to plan your food, workouts, water intake, and to do list and it really inspire me to tick all of the boxes and ace every day.
FAMILY & SELF-CARE TIME
After this has done, it’s time to fully relax and have some family and me time. I make myself a green tea, read a little, do the social media rounds, or watch some Netflix. I also try to make a real effort to sit with my family as everyone catches up on their day. Recently I’ve been loving: Making a Murderer, Alias Grace, and Unforgotten, and book wise I’ve found Sarah Knight’s ‘You Do You’, and Bernadette Russel’s ‘The Little Book of Kindness’ hard to put down! Before I sleep I also like to spray St Eval’s Sea Salt spray just before I sleep, which I bought in the Whitby Bookshop. I’m at my happiest when I’m by the sea, all of my worries drift away and this truly does smell so much of the sea air, it calms me instantly and off I go zzzzzz.
I’d love to hear everyone’s routine!