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Beauty Routine Overhaul: Tiny Tweaks, Big Results

By now, many of you have received your April Women’s Health Birchbox, so you know that this month is all about tiny tweaks, big results. In honor of that, our video intern, Charisse, is focusing on improving small things in her daily routine. She’ll be sharing the results with all of you, of course! Next up: her beauty routine.

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(Above: Charisse’s daily routine before, Below: Her updated, slimmed down regimen.)

Week Two: Beauty Routine

When I’m asked how long it takes me to get ready in the morning, my answer of two hours usually triggers a Liz Lemon-inspired "What the what?!" Taking a cue from these responses, I decided that this week would be the perfect time to make some tweaks to my beauty routine. Let me preface by saying that my two hour routine is something I truly enjoy. While it may seem excessive, I love having a leisurely morning without feeling rushed—but I will admit that I could use some more shut-eye. Read on to learn how I streamlined my routine! 

Day 1:

On a normal day, I use around 18 products, starting with my day moisturizer and ending with a final coat of mascara.  So it’s safe to say it was a bit rough trying to choose what was truly important to my beauty regimen. I started out by choosing between two primers. While I love the Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, I stayed true to my Benefit The POREfessional for the simple fact that it minimizes the appearance of pores.  Unfortunately, this was as far as my elimination process went.  I still had the urge to pick up every other product and applied them as I usually would.

Day 3:

Learning from my Monday and Tuesday failures of elimination, I set my alarm for a later wake up call than my usual 6:00am.  After allowing myself 30 extra minutes of sleep, I put in a quick cardio workout at the gym, jumped in the shower, and sat down to do my makeup by 7:30am.  With only an hour and a half to do both my hair and makeup, I was forced to say goodbye to some products.  I am proud to say that I have successfully eliminated all the products that seemed redundant. I added three eyeliners to my nix list (I can’t seem to remember how I used all three of these in one morning, but I’m sure I did) along with pressed powder, highlighter, cheek stain, and an eyeshadow stick.  

Day 7:

Daring to sleep in even longer, I set my alarm for 7:00am to put my new routine to the test.  With an hour to get ready, I said a final farewell to my MAC Skinfinish, moisturizer, bronzer, and one of my mascaras.  However, I will admit that I somehow found time to add in a brow pencil and brown eyeliner.  Over the course of this week, I learned to love palettes and multitasking products.  I am now left with a moisturizing primer, BB Cream, concealer, translucent powder, volumizing mascara, eyeshadow palette, brow pencil and an eyeliner.  Using just these products has shaved an hour off my morning routine. While I do miss my casual mornings of moving at my own pace, I’m loving that extra hour of sleep.  

—Charisse

Check out my fitness tiny tweak from last week here.

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