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“Good Morning!” Do you brush your teeth or run for your caffeine fix?!
Confession: Mornings have never been good for me. My mother claims I’ve been a night owl since birth. I’ve always felt most productive in the late afternoon and evening, and am pretty well known for burning the midnight oil on creative projects often.
But the older I get, the more I enjoy an early start and the energy it infuses into the rest of my day. Since starting my new workout program at 54D last month, I’ve been waking up with more energy than ever before. I even find myself waking up before my alarm clock… without hitting snooze 12 times. (Who am I even?!)
I cherish my quiet time in the morning when I sit in my kitchen (with Khloe on my lap) and review my schedule for the day, check emails and social media, and enjoy my breakfast before I really have to get down to business.
Starting My Day
Once it’s time to “get ready,” my beauty routine really depends on what the rest of my day looks like. The first two steps never change, though: brushing my teeth with Crest 3D White, followed by my skincare.
My smile is one of my favorite things about myself, and I take the time to care for it just like my skin. About a month ago, Crest sent over two of the newest additions to the Whitening Therapy toothpaste family–Charcoal and Coconut Oil–and I’ve been hooked on the Coconut Oil flavor ever since.
It has a really yummy vanilla mint taste that’s not as intense as other mint-flavored toothpastes. (Is there anything more offensive than a strong mint aftertaste followed by your morning coffee? I think not.) Whitening Therapy with Coconut Oil has the same benefits as my usual Crest toothpaste, removing surface stains and strengthening enamel to keep my pearly whites healthy and camera-ready. At $6.99*, it’s also probably the least expensive part of my beauty routine LOL.
Morning Beauty Routine
- Splash water on my face
- Brush my teeth with Crest 3D White Coconut Oil
- Tone with Caudalie Vinopure Toner
- Skinceuticals Serums (Custom Dose & CE Ferulic)
- Moisturizer with SPF 30+
- Eye Cream
- Face Oil if I’m feeling a little dry
On office days I skip makeup completely; if I have meetings lined up I like to keep it simple with just tinted moisturizer, concealer, blush and lipgloss; and if I’m shooting a TV segment or campaign that day I apply a full face of makeup.
If I have the time I’ll make a fresh green juice in the morning, otherwise I alternate between a couple of hardboiled eggs or veggie egg muffins that I meal prep on Sunday evenings.
About eight years ago, Kimberly Snyder’s book, “The Beauty Detox Solution,” completely changed my relationship with food and how I viewed eating. Since then, I’ve been a big fan of her Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS) recipe and have modified it over the years to suit my personal taste and dietary restrictions. Most days I just use whatever greens I have available at home, but here’s what I try to use –
- 1 ½ c. water
- 1 bunch organic kale
- 1 c. organic spinach
- ⅓ bunch organic parsley
- ½ organic pear, cored and chopped
- Juice of ½ organic lemon
- 10 mint leaves
- Fresh ginger to taste
This green juice is best when cold and consumed on an empty stomach. It keeps okay covered in the fridge for up to two days. (I usually get two servings out of this recipe.)
Veggie Egg Muffins
- 12 egg whites
- ½ c. water
- Your favorite veggies (tomato, spinach, onion)
- ½ c. shredded vegan cheese (I like to use Daiya)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Separate 12 eggs into large measuring bowl with spout. (I keep only 4 yolks.) Beat eggs and blend well with water. Add salt and pepper to taste, and your choice of shredded cheese; mix until combined.
- Chop veggies and divide into non-stick muffin pan. Fill cups about 2/3 full.
- Pour egg mixture into each muffin cup until it’s about ¾ full.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until muffins have risen and are slightly browned and set.
- Egg muffins can be refrigerated for up to a week.
How do you start your day? …I usually go for the caffeine first.