Let's preface this whole post by saying that I'm generally not a morning person. While I love to sleep in, that hasn't really been an option since my internal alarm clock always wakes me up around 8am every day. I blame it on the job I had this summer where I had to start every day at 7am! So my sleeping in is limited to the weekends (when I'm lucky enough to fall back asleep). Waking up early does have its advantages though, because I tend to be more productive when I get my butt out of bed earlier in the morning! And with the cooler weather coming in I love getting cozy in the mornings by lighting a fall candle and looking out of my window to a nice gray sky (my favorite!) while hanging out in my comfy PJs.
This is the general routine I stick to on weekday mornings when I have classes. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I have a class from 9-9:50 so the schedule just gets pushed back an hour or so until I come back home. On weekends I do try to sleep in a little bit, but lately I haven't been able to fall back asleep past 9:30!
8:00 am Wakeup
Like I said, my internal alarm is set to somewhere between 8-8:30am, so getting up this early isn't all that difficult when I wake up on my own. I normally spend a few minutes just laying in bed, stretching a little, and adjusting to waking up. I normally like to keep a water bottle on my nightstand to drink from, since I'm always so thirsty in the morning! Once I make it out of bed I light one of my candles to get myself in a cozy mood. Lately this pumpkin cupcake scent has been my favorite.
Also, yes, that is a Fluffy stuffed animal. I just got it as a gift from my Dad when my family went to Harry Potter World in Florida a few weeks ago. It's so cute and it makes a snoring sound that scares the bajeezus out of our dog Mowgli, it's pretty funny to watch him get mad at it! I like to keep it on my bed though as a nice little reminder of home. :)
8:15 am Brush Teeth/Wash Face
I honestly really look forward to washing my teeth and face in the morning. I love when my mouth feels extra clean, and sleeping always leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. So after I light my candle I head straight for the sink to brush and mouthwash.
After brushing my teeth I'll reach for my facial cleanser. I was recently gifted the Clarisonic Mia 2 Deep Pore Kit and I've been using it for two weeks now every day. I've been putting this little device through the ringer lately since my skin has been extra stressful due to midterms and papers! Normally during midterm season I get a lot more acne than normal and my skin starts to lose its natural "glow" so to speak. Although using the Clarisonic definitely didn't stop all the pimples from popping up (what can ya do?) it did still make my face look and feel better than I had been expecting. The kit came with a daily facial cleanser as well as a clay mask, and I've been switching between the two each day and I love them both!
The device is so gentle on the skin, and that's saying something because for some reason I was terrified the Clarisonic was going to rip off a layer of skin, don't ask me why. Anyway, my fear was totally irrational and using it feels just like you're rubbing in a face scrub, although the device does all the cleansing work for you. The Mia 2 has a pre-set timer for one minute, and washing my face has seriously never been easier/quicker. I think this would be the perfect gift for yourself if you're in the market for a new facial cleansing system, especially if you have sensitive skin and are afraid of devices that are too aggressive!
After washing my face I sometimes like to hop in the shower and rinse my face, but if I decide not to shower or it's the day where I have my 9am class I'll just rinse my face in the sink to get the remainder of the cleanser off. Then, because my skin is on the dryer side I also use a little non-scented lotion on my face to rehydrate after using my Clarisonic.
P.S. If you're tempted to buy one of these little life savers they're 15% off through the end of October with the code HERCAMPUS!
8:30 am Apply Makeup
I definitely don't wear a full face of makeup everyday, but I do wear eyeshadow, mascara and occasionally lipstick on a regular basis. It really doesn't take me that long to go through my makeup routine, since I typically do the same daytime look. It may take me an extra minute or two if I do something different, but my makeup routine normally lasts me under 5 minutes each morning. My go to look is a few of the neutral shades from my Naked Palette and then a few swipes of Urban Decay's Perversion mascara.
8:35 am Eat Breakfast
I love carbs at all hours of the day, but mostly during breakfast. Potatoes, toast, bagels, etc I will eat it. Normally I have some form of carbs and some sort of fruit in the morning if I have the time to actually make a meal for myself. On the days where I'm running out the door I'll either quickly eat a bowl of cereal (Weetabix or Captain Crunch if you're curious!) or grab a Luna Bar.
9:00 am Blog Work
I like to spend at least a small part of my morning catching up with blog stuff. I'll start by checking and answering emails from my work email and then move into social media. I go through my Facebook groups, go through Instagram and engage with other bloggers, and comment on other blogs. If I've launched a post that day (every Monday and Thursday, woohoo!) then I'll promote the post on social media a few times in the morning. If I have a lot of extra time I'll start taking Instagram photos for the next few days while the sun isn't too harsh coming through my bedroom window. Sometimes I just am overwhelmed with blog work, and I have to start working on it as soon as I get up or I'll push back a few things to make sure I get caught up on everything that needs to be done!
10 am Get Dressed and Prep For Class
I normally either have my outfits planned ahead of time if I want to look a little more put together or have something special going on that day, or I just throw on a pair of leggings and a comfy top if I'm headed out for a long day of classes or errands. Right after I get dressed I head downstairs pack up my backpack or purse with whatever notebooks and supplies I need and I'm off for the day!
What's your typical morning routine?
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