I love to read books. Currently, I am reading Joan Didion’s ‘Slouching towards Bethlehem ‘ It’s beautiful. The words jump off the pages. The way she sees such beautiful things in everyday life along with the concerns of everyday life that seem to fall through the cracks is perfect. She provides a voice into a life that might otherwise never be heard. Simple stories about John Wayne even hold my attention. Which is hard considering I grew up with a Father whose favorite television genre was Westerns. Needless to say, I’ve seen them, and developed quite a knack for blocking them out. But, Didion’s words make me want to re-watch those old films and look for the same details she describes.
But, let’s be real… It’s is soooooooooooooo much easier to watch TV vs. reading a book. It’s even easier to watch bad TV instead of reading a book. Especially, when House of Cards has new episodes on Netflix.

And so, a lot of the time, I watch television because I am lazy.
This is nothing new. I am lazy as F$@#, and it doesn’t just affect my literary practices at night. It also affects my night time beauty routine.
I am no stranger to going to bed with my makeup on. It’s a terrible habit, one that I’ve tried to break a million times in an attempt to be an adult. However, nothing has really ever stuck.
Recently, I created a bare bones night time routine that takes less than 5 minutes. After binge watching 3 episodes or more a night, I’m tired. So tired that the idea of spending anymore time awake is a living nightmare. But, even I can manage this.

What you do:

Step 1 – Spray face with some rose water. I’ve been using Fresh’s Floral Toner. Works great.

Step 2 – Remove makeup with a wipe. I swear by the Physicians Formula Facial Makeup Remover Towelettes. I’ve used them for years. The actual tissue is softer than a lot of the others I’ve tried. It doesn’t scratch or irritate any little blemishes that I may have.

Step 3 – Rub Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins all over face and neck.

Less than 5 minutes. Promise.

***beauty always comes from within, photo by Amanda Teague, xoxo behind the mirror***
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