The Nanushka founder lays her morning beauty ritual bare
Beauty may not define us, but our morning rituals often have an important part to play in how our day unfolds.
My version of an alarm clock is my dog, Ginie the Bedlington. He wakes me up at 7am every morning and we take a walk by the river. Usually I go to the gym three times per week, where I either have a yoga class – usually on Friday mornings – or do some kind of weight or cardio exercise. After the walk or gym time comes my favourite part of the day, when I do my breathing exercise – it really helps me reconnect myself, evaluate my to-do list for the day and open up my senses. You might have guessed that I’m a morning person!
After my walk or exercise, I take a shower with Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Wash and I use the same brand for my hair. I love the scent of natural rose, it makes me feel nostalgic. I only use natural deodorant and I brush my teeth with David's natural toothpaste.
First off, I put on my LIXIRSKIN Vitamin C morning mask, followed by Pixi Retinol Tonic. I add a few drops of Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum and finish up with LIXIRSKIN Universal Emulsionmoisturiser. Even though it’s not part of my morning routine, I use Aromatherapy Associates Rose Infinity Eye Cream at night.
I prefer very natural makeup; I really know my face and have a preferred way of applying it. First, I use Giorgio Armani’s Crema Nuda foundation. Then I add a light brown eyeshadow followed by Yves Saint Laurent eyeliner pen and Glossier’s Boy Brow. I use Clinique's Lash Power Mascara as it has a small brush and I can work with it much better. Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzer is my ultimate go to product, I have been using it for over 10 years, I absolutely love it as it gives me a healthy tanned look.
I love Dyson’s hair dryer, as it’s very gentle and gives a great texture to my hair. I always centre part my hair and add some extra volume next to the part line with the help of the Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray. I love that it’s natural and organic! My perfume is Jo Malone Red Roses. It’s in harmony with the body shower. I also sprinkle pure rose water on my face now and then throughout the day. Home scent is just as important for me as my body fragrance, so I burn actual white frankincense resin. It’s so much more authentic than a diffuser. I guess I’m really lucky as I can cut out the morning commute from my day as my office is next to the building where I live with my fiancé, Peter. So, I have more time for my beauty rituals and to have a more relaxed breakfast at home. I will have a cup of green tea at home with my avo on toast, and I drink a cappuccino later in the office. I really like good coffee and we have an amazing coffee machine with great coffees in the Nanushka studio.