I recently wrote an article about my experimentation with makeup. And I have written a handful of articles on my skincare regimen. Needless to say, I’m pretty obsessed with beauty and beauty supplies. And I don’t believe this is coming from an insecure standpoint. At least, this isn’t how it feels to me. I don’t hate getting older, and I’m not trying to erase my wrinkles (okay, well, maybe sorta, but in a natural, embracing kind of way). I don’t want to be pretty and feel pretty because I tie my worth to that. Okay, maybe that’s not true either! I mean, if you’re a woman in this world, you have most likely learned early that the prettiest people win, across the board. It’s so unfair, but also the way it seems to be. So, I openly admit that there’s always going to be a part of that within me, driving me.
However, all that being said, I still feel really positive about my upkeep habits. And I just think it’s super fun, goddessy, and indulgent, and I love leaning into all of it. I actually found myself last night, pouring over all of my beauty supplies. And while doing this, I couldn’t help but wonder what other women keep in their medicine cabinets with regards to beauty and makeup. So, how about this. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!?
This is my non-fancy, fairly beat-up medicine cabinet. And I truly altered nothing to take this picture. Which is what I want to see from you as well! The real you! The only thing I did was turn the labels so they were facing out. More details to come, just keep reading…
WOMEN AND BEAUTY SUPPLIES
The more I pay attention to women, the more I love how different we all are. And at the same time, I also love where our goddess tendencies collide. I have found that for the most part, women of all shapes and sizes, all colors and ages, all seem to put some kind of effort into their appearance. Even if their effort is to avoid effort. It’s still a calculated decision.
Here are some of my favorite beauty YouTube channels that I love to watch to decompress.
Honestly, one of my favorite things to do when I visit my twin sister’s house, is to poke around her bathroom and see what beauty products she’s using. We are both SO different in our approaches to our own beauty regimens. But there is still some overlap with some of our beauty supplies. Which is why I find this question so fascinating.
BEAUTY AND GODDESS ENERGY
None of us can escape the fact that society has told us from BIRTH that our looks are tied to our worth. And we can spend most of our lives trying to sort that out and make peace with that. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t also participate in the madness. Although, I actually wouldn’t call this madness. I truly believe that our tendency to put the focus on beautifying ourselves has a lot to do with goddess energy as well. Aphrodite is literally the goddess of beauty and she LOVES being and feeling beautiful. Her pure existence is imbued with her concepts of beauty, the energy she puts towards her own beauty, and the power she wields with it.
In these articles, I give mad props to ma girl, Aphrodite: The Magic Of Flowers And Why I Need Them In My Life and Would Modern-Day Aphrodite Indulge In The Pleasure Of McDonald’s?
I also LOVE reading about ancient women and their beauty regimens. Cleopatra, especially. Why do I love this? I think because knowing another woman’s beauty routine makes me feel more connected to her. I feel like even though I don’t agree with you politically, or maybe we come from different countries, we still both wash our faces every night, and have some kind of beauty regimen in place. Because we’re women, and that’s what we do!
WOMEN MAKING AN EFFORT TO BE BEAUTIFUL
I contemplated the idea of effort the other day when I was reaching into my beauty closet (I have a closet and a cabinet!). And I wondered, if it wasn’t a thing for women to try and be beautiful all of the time, would we still try? Would we do it just for ourselves, even if no one cared? I know women like to say this all of the time. They say, “I get dressed up and look good for myself and no one else!” Maybe that’s true. But if you were stranded on a desert island, would you really get dressed up? I don’t think so. What’s the point if you don’t have a mirror? Or an audience?
However, if this desert island had a luxe closet with endless clothes and beauty supplies, maybe you would. Maybe I would. Although, I do think having a mirror is key. I think the feel of putting on clothes, and makeup, and products is one thing. But I don’t think we get that hit of satisfaction until we actually see it come to fruition in reflective glass. Am I wrong?
I think that wanting to be seen is a human thing, and it feels glorious when we put effort into our looks, and then someone notices. However, I also think that taking the time to think about our beauty, and what might make us feel beautiful, is a creative process. And this process feels really good when we let ourselves enjoy it. When we can indulge in it a bit, it’s so, super fun.
Women of means have massive bathrooms, and makeup desks, and wardrobes. And even women without means (like me) have sacred makeshift places set aside as kind of goddess beauty stations. We do this because it makes us feel good. At least, I do this because it makes me feel good. Is this why you do it? Do you even do this?
MY BEAUTY SUPPLIES
[The following beauty supplies are not sponsored and are only listed as a means of sharing and attempting to connect from one goddess to another.]
Well, I can keep asking questions to the ether, but I’m never really going to know until you write your own post and share with me (I’m listing my victims below)! So, I’ll just get right into the “I’ll show you mine” part of this, and hope that you’ll consider “showing me yours” as well.
FAR LEFT: DEODORANT
I am really scared of the dangers of deodorant, so I try to buy from non-toxic companies. I heard about this brand from Kate and Oliver Hudson’s Podcast, Sibling Revelry. Turns out, ads on podcasts actually work! I don’t love the smell because it’s super coconut-y and sometimes smells even stronger than my perfume. PS You won’t see any perfume in this cabinet. I store all of that in my beauty closet! So, for this deodorant, I try to wear very little, and sometimes none at all in the winter months.
SECOND FROM LEFT: SUNSCREEN FOR MY FACE
I love this company and have several products from Biossance. It rates very low (in terms of toxicity) on the EWG Skin Deep database, and NONE of their products have ever disturbed my sensitive skin. Except the oils, because all skin oils give me breakouts. This sunscreen goes on very nice and light and doesn’t feel greasy. However, I’m not 100% convinced that its very strong. So, I use this one in the fall and winter, and a stronger one in the summer.
THIRD FROM LEFT: EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
This is another product that passes the EWG Skin Deep test. It’s a gel formula that I like so far. I am not 100% sure since I only JUST started wearing makeup. Yes, at 42, I’m just beginning my makeup journey! Sometimes, I feel a bit of burning around my eyes when I use this product. But it only lasts for a few seconds until I rinse it off with water. It doesn’t take much to get rid of all of my eye makeup, and I haven’t had any other reactions so far. Yay!
THIRD FROM RIGHT: MORE SUNSCREEN FOR MY FACE
When in doubt, I always go for kids brands assuming they will be gentler. One of the women I follow on YouTube, Kackie Reviews Beauty used this on her channel and liked it. And they had it on the shelf of my local Whole Foods, so I nabbed it. It’s much thicker than the Biossance and is labor intensive to rub in. But I do feel better using this in the summer when the sun is so deadly strong.
SECOND FROM THE RIGHT: TONER / NATURAL HYDROSOL
This image is showing a bottle of Sandalwood hydrosol, but I am just using this because my Elderflower hydrosol has not yet arrived. If you have no idea what hydrosols are, check out my article: How To Navigate The Intricate World Of Medicinal Essential Oils. I swear by these products and recommend them to anyone interested in natural and holistic health and beauty avenues. I like both Sandalwood and Elderflower, but Sandalwood leaves me smelling a bit like a wet dog. Elderflower however is perfect, gentle, hydrating, and lovely! Moisturizer just does not take to my skin unless I apply this as a hydrating toner first.
FAR RIGHT: LIGHT FACIAL MOISTURIZER
Another EWG Skin Deep verified product, I use this right after I apply my hydrosol toner. It’s really light and good for the summer time if you want a non-greasy moisturizer. My skin is so dry that I need to apply this first as a base under my more heavy-duty moisturizer. I use this twice a day, morning and night after my toner, and I love it!
FAR LEFT: ALL-PURPOSE ASTRINGENT
I think this product is too strong for the face, and it contains alcohol, so I try to use it sparingly. However, I can’t really imagine never having it. It’s my GO-TO for burns and cuts, and I combine this with carrot seed essential oil for maximum effect. It’s very cooling and is my preferred way of treating minor skin issues. I also, for whatever reason, use this on my bikini area after I shave. Does this do anything? I have no idea, but I think it helps with razor burn, and again, feels very cooling.
**I love hearing how other women use products for no reason other than they’ve always done it, or their mother did it, or their grandmother taught them to. Does it work? Who knows? But maybe we like to keep the tradition because it makes us feel more connected somehow to our goddess ancestors. And sometimes we just do what feels right and good, and that’s okay too!**
SECOND FROM LEFT: PLANT-BASED RETINOL
I LOVE Herbivore Botanicals, and especially this product. I swear by this one, probably more than any others, in terms of wrinkle reduction. And I can’t bring myself to use an actual retinol. Retinols are really strong and are a possible cancer risk. So, I stay far away from the real thing. However, I love this plant-based alternative. It goes on kind of like aloe vera (slimy, yet smooth) and I honestly notice the effects after I use it. Since it’s a bit pricey, I don’t use it every day. And instead, I use it several times a week so I can make the product last a bit longer.
I also love their Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Mask and use it at least once a week. I don’t have it pictured here because it’s in my beauty CLOSET and not my beauty cabinet! 🙂
This and the bakuchiol serum above are probably my favorite. They are both luxurious, high-quality products that never irritate my skin and always deliver. This cream is unscented and thick. But it’s really smooth, like silk. And I use this all year round, after I apply my Pipette baby lotion on my face. This product is expensive as well, so I try to only use it at night, to make the product last longer. I would recommend this to ANYONE looking for a non-toxic, super rich face cream. Love it!
SECOND FROM RIGHT: FOUNDATION / CONCEALER
As some of you know, I’m a super late bloomer to the makeup scene. So, this is HUGE for me to be using foundation, what?! And honestly, I don’t really use this on my whole face. I use this more as a concealer under my eyes because it’s pretty thick. But, it really is the perfect shade and I’m liking it so far. No skin reactions!
FAR RIGHT: CLEANSER
Okay, this product carries an obnoxious price of $40 a bottle. I know! However, I use this twice a day and usually do a double cleanse with it. So, I’m basically using this four times a day, and it lasts for months! I only use a small glob and add a bit of water. It instantly turns into a liquid soap texture and is perfectly gentle on my face. I just rinse with water and my face feels super clean with no residue. Raw honey is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial and I can’t figure out why anyone would use anything else to clean their face. Unless their allergic of course!
CONTAINER FULL OF ESSENTIAL OILS
The bottom shelf of my medicine cabinet is made up of mostly my medicinal essential oils. You can see I also have a tube of mascara and a compact on top of the oils. But, I don’t want to talk about or recommend them because I don’t love them. Mineral Fusion mascara often melts down my face. It’s non-toxic, but doesn’t perform for me. Sorry Mineral Fusion! And the compact is a gorgeous, yet overly-priced highlighter by Westman Atelier. I don’t think anyone needs to pay $75 for a bit of shimmer on their cheeks. So, yeah no.
I’ve talked extensively on my blog about How To Navigate The Intricate World of Medicinal Essential Oils and I also share about My Top 8 Favorite Essential Oils, so I won’t get into the details of each oil here. However, this is how I keep my oils safe and sound. I store them in this bamboo box that I bought years ago from I don’t know where.
[Bamboo products are the future! They are super sustainable and always beautiful! And if you are in India, please check out the lovely products offered by my dearest blogging friend Moksha of The Moksha Life. She has a lifestyle brand focused on sustainable living and it’s gorgeous and amazing, just like her!]
Essential oils prefer dark and cool settings, and I can reach for them at any time when I’m feeling the need. I also have a post-it above my oils to remind me which oils are anti-inflammatory. Turns out, almost ALL of them are, because they’re amazing!
So, now it’s your turn to share about the beauty supplies hidden inside of your medicine cabinet! I simply cannot wait to know! I know my arsenal is extensive, and maybe a bit much. But I do believe that there is no right or wrong to this. If you only use three products, I wanna know which three and why! And if you have a ton like me, I wanna know that too! Tag, you’re it ladies…xo
Also, please don’t feel obligated to share or create a blog post about this. I know this isn’t everyone’s thing! But if you are up for the challenge, I would LOVE to read and see what you have to say! And if you are not listed below but are inspired to write your own article, please do, and let me know!
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