4 Easy Beauty Tips To Make You Feel Like a QueenMolly McAleer

Do you see how queenly I look in the above photo? It’s because I followed my Sunday night beauty regimen that I’ve been doing since Sex and the City was in its original run. For years, whether I had five dollars or fifty dollars to get my supplies together, I’ve been making sure that my final hours of the week are spent doing little things to take care of myself.

In my youth, I referred to nights like these as “Sparkly Plenty” nights, but for awhile I’ve known it as “the thing I need to do in order to feel like I’m putting any effort into my appearance”. This is, of course, the type of appearance that I need to maintain my own respect. This isn’t mandatory or something I do so that I can like, “survive socially”; it’s the kind of upkeep I like to do in order to walk out of the door with (almost) total confidence on a Monday morning.

Here are the four simple things I do to feel like a queen:

  • Wash, tone, and apply eye and night cream to my skin – This is technically something I do every night, but on Sundays I do this with extra care. The week makes your skin gross, but the weekend totally wrecks it. Even if you don’t drink or smoke, the extra time you inevitably spend in the sun and smog (if you’re an LA resident, especially) leaves your skin feeling nasty, whether you realize it or not. Daily moisturizing is important, but once you hit your mid-20s, you want to make sure that you’re using a night cream on your skin before you go to bed. I’m dealing with an epidermal Sahara desert, so I pile this stuff on. I also dab a tiny bit of eye cream on for preventative measures.
  • Deep condition my hair – I wash my hair and then comb some deep conditioner into it. I like Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask. It’s inexpensive, but has an expensive feel and the results are some of the best you can get from a drugstore brand. If you color your hair, you might want to try out L’Oreal’s new line of sulfate-free hair products. I bought the Everstrong Deep Replenishing Masque last time around and while it’s just okay, sulfate-free product is so much less damaging. What I’m using in this photo is a mixture of keratin and cholesterol that was made for me by my friend Sonny. He sold me half a Tupperware container full for a little bit more than it cost him to make it, but you only want to use this stuff once a month or so. (If you’re in the Los Angeles area and you want a great haircut or emergency kertain cocktail, email me at molls@hellogiggles.com and I’ll set you up with him.) After I apply the deep conditioner to clean, wet hair (avoiding the roots!), I wrap my hair up in a scarf and sleep on it. I read once in a magazine that Brandy does this, too, so I feel very close to her.
  • Lotion my joints – I cover my elbows and feet in a strong moisturizer and then slip my feet into clean white socks. Nothing’s nastier to look at than dry elephant elbows and busted-ass heels. I’ve been scraping my feet up on shoes (especially summer sandals) for years, and if I didn’t trap them in cotton/lotion combos every weekend, they’d be ten times worse. A little thing like this makes such a huge difference. Normally I use something like Bag Balm for this, but since I’m out, I used  Vaseline cocoa butter, which is so delicious smelling I want to put my foot in my mouth for a better reason than usual.
  • Put on some dangly earrings – When the rest of you is a mess, you can make yourself feel 100% better (okay, more like 45% better), by throwing on some fun earrings or lipstick. Since your whole face should be chilling under a blanket of moisturizer right now, skip the lipstick and throw on the biggest earrings you own. This looks unbelievably stupid to almost anyone else who might see you, but as long as you’re feeling good, who cares? Now, I’m serious. Go put on some long earrings (something sparkly!) and tell me you don’t feel way more fabulous! Don’t just remember this tip when you’re feeling gross with deep conditioner in your hair and socks full of lotion on your feet, either. At every job I’ve ever had, I’ve kept a tube of bright red lipstick in my desk so if I was having a bad day, I could go to the bathroom and turn it all around. I’m pretty sure that red lipstick is swagger’s godmother.

So that’s it. Of course I do my nails once a week and I try to shower as often as possible (LOL @ me bragging that I shower – my blogging age is showing itself) and some days I go all out and straighten my hair, but most of the time it’s just a challenge to get out of the door on time while making sure that the dog has water in his bowl. You can leave the house feeling just a little bit more fly if you try and take care of simple things like skin, hair and soul maintenance on a Sunday night while you’re waiting for Ice Loves Coco to come on.

Got any other lowkey beauty tricks that make you feel like a queen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaryJoe28 Maria Jose Rojas

    I really don’t like any domestic chore (duh! No one does) but I really hate doing the dishes,so what I do to make myself feel better about it is I put on my favourite very high white pumps.I may look like an idiot in my jammies and pumps,but it makes me feel better!After I’m done I apply a lot of hand cream because after all that water,le hands get very granny looking ;)

    Have a nice Wednesday!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18900644 Ramou Sarr

    Oooohhh, posts like this are one of my all-time favorite things. Definitely agree with the importance of moisturizing all over your damn self. Slathering your hair with coconut oil and wrapping it up for a few hours is a great way to get your hair feeling like butter. You can buy a jar for around $7-$10 and a little goes a long way. I’ve been trying to spread the word of the baking soda mask to everyone I come in contact with because it is an incredibly inexpensive and easy way to get your skin feeling like a baby’s butt: Make a paste with baking soda and water, rub it into your skin in little circles for 5 minutes, then let sit for however long you can stand it. Rinse, wash your face, moisturize and stare at yourself in the mirror in awe of your beautiful and soft skin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/priscilla.deana Priscilla Deana

    I do an aspirin & honey mask every Sunday. I put 2 or 3 aspirin on a paper plate, add a little bit of water and mash it up with a spoon to make a paste. Once the aspirin is pasty enough, I add a quarter sized drop of honey, mix it together and apply it all over my face (making sure to avoid my eyes of course). I leave the mask on for about 15 minutes, rinse it off and pat it dry. I follow the mask with Lush Eau Roma Water (toner) & Lush Skin Drink (moisturizer) and voila! My skin is soft, smooth and any redness that was there before fades dramatically.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trupoet Jerica Truax

    I love these kinds of posts! Does anyone have any recommendations for a good inexpensive night cream (and eye cream)?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18900644 Ramou Sarr

      I’m currently using Clinique Youth Surge at night and Sephora Collection Super Loaded Age Defy Serum in the morning over my regular moisturizer (also Sephora Collection if you’re interested). Clinique’s is $49.50 and seems as if it will last forever. The Sephora product is $32 and because of the price point and the fact that I have combo skin and this serum feels much lighter on my skin, I think I’ll be sticking with it for both night and day once I’m done with Clinique. But I recommend going into Sephora and telling them what type of skin you have and what you’re looking for. Everyone in there tends to be super helpful and knowledegable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lesliesaxman Leslie Saxman

    Molls, I love this post! I love it. I like to use an egg white mask. Just put some raw egg white on your face (sounds gross, I know), wait til it dries, then wipe it off with a warm wet washcloth and follow up with some moisturizer. Super cheap and easy and makes your skin look good. What kind of facewash/toner/eye cream/night cream do you use, Molls? I want brand names!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.lynn.cook Ashley Lynn Cook

    Aaaaagh, I’ve hit my mid 20’s! Time to buy some night cream! :-D lol Thanks for the awesome article Molly! <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/whatchamacarcass Karen Belz

    Now I finally have an excuse to buy night cream! (I always wanted to try it, but didn’t have a reliable review on it. Thanks Molls!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mnicolassanchez Mireia Nicolas

    I wish I could do this but where I live (Valencia, Spain, by the Mediterranean sea) it’s too hot in the summer to do anything else than lie on the couch and long for a weather where I can wear my hair down without dying.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mnicolassanchez Mireia Nicolas

      Promise I’ll do that during the winter though ♥

  • http://www.facebook.com/MelNerd5 Melissa K. Nodurft

    I think you forgot wine…

    • http://www.facebook.com/mollsmcaleer Molly McAleer

      okay, TRUE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000501203123 Alli Woods Frederick

    my ears are stretched…I miss dangly earrings…*sigh*
    If anyone knows where I can find killer and feminine dangly loveliness for a 4 gauge I would love you forever…

  • http://www.facebook.com/brittany.woodell Brittany Woodell

    I’ve been wanting to try eye cream for a while, but I’m so scared to put anything too heavy on since my skin tends to get a little oily (especially in the summer) and prone to breakouts. Has anyone tried the Garnier eye roller? I’ve heard mixed reviews but it seems like a good alternative to a cream.

  • http://www.facebook.com/megaounce Megan Younce

    i should REALLY start doing these types of thing. my broke ass has been spending tons of time in my room doing pilates and watching netflix.. a beauty routine should be incorporated! (although, thanks to GET YO NAILS DID i’ve been sassifying the shit out of my hands lately)

  • http://www.facebook.com/greenerie Colleen Collins Greene

    I heart Costco’s cheap fancy eye cream (store brand… Kirkland I think), which is under $20 and silky smooth loveliness. I also recommend a simply clay mask, and love the one at Threla.com, where you just buy the powder and add water to a teeny scoop when you want to mask it up. It lasts for at least 10 masks, and well under $20. Great topic!

    • http://www.facebook.com/stepharchie Stephanie Archibald

      An awesome face scrub that will cost you next to nix is lemon juice and sugar. You put some juice and sugar on a cotton make up pad and then scrub your face for a few minutes. Make sure your skin is clean from make up first and wet with warm water. It really works I swear and cruelty free. I do it a few time a week. Did I mention no beagles or bunnies were harmed in the process? Did you know cosmetic companies specifically use beagles because of their good natured, trusting personalities? It’s easier to apply cosmetics to their eyes. How screwed up is that? Buy cruelty free people :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/michele.honn Michele Hernandez Honn

    which eye cream and moisturizer do you use?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1346626935 Clementine Constantinople

      Whip up some egg whites to soft-medium peaks, then gently dab on crows feet and under your eye. Let dry for about 15-20 minutes, then gently rinse with warm water.

      Then gently massage a little olive oil, counter-clockwise, around the skin of your eye (use your ring finger, it’s the weakest, and therefore the best for this). Don’t put it directly on your lid, the skin around the lash line will pull the moisture to it, stop in the natural crease of your eye.

      Great stuff and EASY :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=515713261 Ali Berry

    Posts like these remind me of how much I suck at being a woman. God, I need help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642884470 Jennifer Usalis Randall

    I absolutely love the book “Ecobeauty” and making my own beauty products at home. Not only do I(a sufferer of hyper sensitive skin), but it makes the most amazing gifts for friends, or a fun girls night in making these products. The items used are super affordable and easy to find in local stores.
    Totally not spamming-just discovered the book a few months go and adore it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/alicemvaught Alice Vaught

      that book sounds amazing, I’m ordering it right now.
      Great tips molls!

  • http://www.facebook.com/heathernorman Heather Norman

    It’s not Sunday night, and even though I’m doing lawn work in the morning, I just got out of bed and did the foot treatment because I’M WORTH IT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1346626935 Clementine Constantinople

    I’m SO glad to see I’m not the only one! What started out as a mandatory, get-it-together-woman ritual, has turned into something wonderful that I look forward to refreshing/resetting myself with every week. I call it Hydration Sunday!

    I adore this book, Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles, and do the Mayonnaise Hair Pack (made from scratch with some powdered rosemary and sage for shine) every week, it’s AMAZING!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001211832605 Lani Anderson

    Ooh. Vicks vaporub applied to scaly heals and elbows overnight (socks applied) removes layers of dead skin. Reapply nightly for desired results. Better than any lotion I haver ever used.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1315703520 Stephanie Folger-Garate

    one of my greatest aspirations in life to be as stately as Molls <3

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