Daily Skincare • Makeup • Hair Care

Maybe you voted for this topic on Instagram or maybe you’re a fellow mama who just wants to feel semi put together and doesn’t necessarily now where to start. My daily routine is certainly not glamorous by any means but I like to think I take decent care of my skin and hair! I’ve struggled with acne over the years, I’m extremely fair, and have pretty fine hair, so obviously this is not going to work for everyone! I do feel as though most of the brands I will be talking about are pretty universal. Please know that what I do may not work for you and I certainly do not abide by all the “rules”. I would also like to highlight that 75% of what I use support local female business owners. I could have easily found slot of these brands online. I urge you to find people in your community that distribute or own businesses that carry health and beauty products. I think you would be extremely surprised to find out just how much is out there!

Let’s start with SKINCARE!

I had received a pretty large gift certificate a while back to Brilliant Bodywork (a local day spa) and haven’t looked back since. The esthetician I see actually specializes in acne and runs her own acne clinic. I started on a very basic regimen and within 4-6 weeks noticed an insane difference in my skin. Hyperpigmentation slowly faded, breakouts were few and far between, and I truly felt like I glowed!! I typically go quarterly for a facial and I also get dermaplaining done while I’m there. This also depends on my budget. Sometimes I go longer without a facial but I am very diligent with routine at home. I truly feel like this helps my at home products do a better job to penetrate the skin and work their magic! I use the Face Reality skin care line. I have everything lined up in order in the picture above. I cleanse my face,tone & moisturize both morning and night. At night before I moisturize, I use one pump of the mandelic serum all over my face. To some this may seem like a lot and to some it may seem pretty routine. If I’m going to make time for my skincare routine, it’s definitely at night! Some mornings I wash and just apply some moisturizer and call it a day! This routine has been working extremely well for me. I has occasionally will struggle with a hormonal breakout but am working on that as well (will discuss this at a different time). Lastly, whether I am wearing makeup or not, I always wear sunscreen. I really like the BEAUTYCOUNTER sunscreen! We use it for the whole family. Along with my skin care routine, I try to stay very hydrated, rarely drink alcohol, and let my skin sweat!


I’m sorry but this will be the least bit exciting. Being a mom and it being hot as heck right now, I keto things pretty minimal. At some point I will go into a more detailed and dolled up routine but for now you just get the plain and simple! After my skincare, I mix smaller then a pea sized amount of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector with either my sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, or foundation and apply all over my face and into my neck. I use whatever concealer I have out which today happened to be the NARS full coverage concealer and apply to any blemishes. If I don’t have any then I skip this step. I brush through my brows with GLOSSIER Boy Brow in the color brown. My brows are pretty light so when I don’t have them tinted I typically always will put some brow gel on to help better define them. Lastly, I apply a gloss or tinted lip balm. My go-to’s are Beautycounter lip sheer in Terra or the Glossier Glossy Gloss. If you were here for a full face step by step, I’m so sorry but this is the end of my daily routine 😄.


Unfortunately this will likely be extremely boring as well because I’m not going to be giving advice on how to achieve the perfect beach waves or how to get volume for days. I recently got about 6 inches cut off my hair because I just needed a hair reset. I typically always go to Melissa Anderson with Tease Salon it Kristyn Taggert with Salon Bliss. Both are phenomenal and book our quite a ways so i find myself jumping between the two of them hoping one has had a cancellation because I always seem to wait until the very last minute when I need to make an appointment. It’s terrible and I feel like even though I work in this industry, taking care of my own self is very low in priority sadly. I have a couple of amazing products for use at home. I use a lightweight shampoo and conditioner from MILKSHAKE every couple of days. once I’m out of the shower, I towel dry my hair and apply a leave-in product from Milkshake as well! I love that their ingredients are natural and lightweight! Lastly, depending on how sidetracked I get, I apply a moisturizing serum to either towel dry or completely air dried hair. Super boring I know. These products work so well with my hair and they smell HEAVENLY!! I really try to avoid using heat on my hair on a daily basis. For special occasions I will curl my hair but truly feel like my hair is so healthy because I use very little heat. I started getting grey hair at 25. Sometimes they just look like highlights but in some lighting I can really see the grey. I get my roots done and a trim about every 6 months. I probably need to go more often but I’m terrible with making appointments or making my hair a priority which is probably why I’ve always had a love hate relationship with it!!

As you can probably tell, my routine isn’t super elaborate but I am very diligent about using quality products, sticking to a routine, and taking good care of my skin and hair!

As women, I feel like we often out taking care of ourselves very low in priority and I’m working on being more intentional with my self- care. Sometimes self-care looks like sticking with a routine and using quality products!

Published by Kathleen Pielhop - Midwest Mama -Creator

I took over my father’s blog September of 2017 after losing his battle with mental illness. This blog was originally to share my journey through grieving, finding peace, and trusting God in the process...and in many ways is exactly that. This has evolved into life as a family of 4 with 2 dogs, living in the Midwest. I will cover everything from fashion to our family routines. Join us on this crazy adventure!

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