Happy Friday! I can't tell you how good it feels to be clacking away on my keyboard with a new post for Cute and Mundane! It's been a crazy quarter for me --- twelve (or more) hour workdays and six day workweeks do tend to wear on you after a while... and add a new perspective on life's little essentials, beauty and otherwise. With that in mind, I'm sharing my Friday Five list of staples that were worthwhile, despite a 5am start!
1. Coffee, stat
Given the circumstances, I got my hands on the largest set of Starbucks K-cups I could find (hello Costco!). I like to fix my coffee at home, for the sake of efficiency as well as my idiosyncrasies. I like mine with coconut milk (dairy and soy are on my ingredient sensitivity list), as well as a generous helping of organic cane sugar!
2. Perrier, to counteract the coffee
Perrier has become my signature drink, of sorts. You'll rarely see me without one! Staying hydrated was one of my new year's resolutions, however during a busy workday, it can be difficult to remember to sit down and drink a glass. With a lovely green bottle of fizz to look forward to, it's easier to do.
3. Instagram, for a quick beauty fix
Thirty seconds of snapshot surfing can do wonders. I've really come to enjoy Instagram as a way to get a quick beauty fix. I'll admit it's nice to live vicariously through others while my personal routine is on autopilot for the time being! A few of my favorite beauty bloggers on Instagram are Beauty Look Book, Makeup Magpie, Amyppl, Lenallure, and KarenMBB. You can of course find Cute and Mundane there as well!
4. A fast and furious foundation routine
Previously, I was all fingers when it came to foundation application. I've since become a Beauty Blender devotee! It's fast, adds a smooth finish, and doesn't require scrubbing all the extra residue off one's tips afterwards. In terms of product, I'm still loving CHANEL Perfection Lumière for it's long lasting finish.
5. Well groomed brows
... are not to be underestimated! Typically I use a touch of wax as well as tweezers throughout the week. However these past few months I fell behind a bit (in addition to being thwarted by a broken microwave) . The result wasn't terrible, as my brows are relatively fine, like my hair. However, I've realized that it's well worth putting extra time into my arches --- I just feel (and look) more alert.
Thanks so much for reading! I'm so glad you took the time to stop by! I'd love to know --- what are your busybody beauty staples? What are the non-negotiable parts of your beauty routine?