BEAUTY 4 Easy Beauty Tips To Make You Feel Like a Queen Molly 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?

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  1. Great post! I take a bit of sugar in a cup with me into the shower. After a few minutes, when my pores are open I add a few drops of water to the sugar and make a paste. Then I exfoliate! Rubbing in an up/outward circular motion. It makes my skin smooth, feel super soft, and gets rid of any dry skin on my face. It really helps with my dry areas (nose crease and sides of mouth), I’ve been doing this for years and it always makes my face feel like a new canvas to work on again and ruin with my make up. lol :)

  2. For dry elbows and scaly feet, I swear by Gold Bond Advanced moisturizing products. Also awesome for cracked winter skin. For face, you can’t go wrong with anything by Lush! I’ve also recently fallen in love with Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty skincare line; the night cream is heavenly. I use the whole lineup each night, and it makes me feel decadent and adult to actually indulge in a nightly skincare regimen!

  3. Molls, did you used to write for evil beet gossip?? If so, you were the only reason I ever read that site :)

  4. Love looking and feeling like a queen! Stunna!! Thanks molls ;)

  5. i am not sure i have seen someone more queen.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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

  12. which eye cream and moisturizer do you use?

    • 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 :)

  13. 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!

    • 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 :)

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. I think you forgot wine…

  18. 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.

  19. 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!)