How much does your daily beauty routine cost? Welcome to The Klog’s Beauty Diaries. Inspired by Refinery29’s Money Diaries, we thought it would be fun to recap a day in the life of people with different occupations and highlight their beauty routines. Here, a woman who’s getting her medical degree in Hanover.
Occupation: Medical Student
Location: Hanover, NH
7:00 am – I’m in my last few months of medical school before starting residency, and I’m currently on a rotation in the hospital. I start seeing patients with my team today at 8:30 (much later than some other services!), and so I’ll aim to arrive at the hospital around 8:00.
I am not a morning person, and have always had trouble waking up early! *cue multiple alarms in different locations* I typically spend about 30 minutes getting ready from the time I wake up to the time I’m out the door, which means I have my morning routine down to a science. Also, because I am a student, I generally try to stick to a budget in terms of skin care and makeup and such.
I begin with brushing my teeth, washing my face with St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub ($4), and putting in my contacts. I then start my morning skin care routine with The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($6.70) around my eyes to help reduce puffiness and dark circles. I follow up with The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($6.80) for hydration before applying my moisturizer, Olay Complete Lotion All Day Moisturizer ($9). – $26.5
7:15 am – Now it’s time for makeup, which I can usually do in five minutes or less. I start with bareminerals Stroke of Light under eye concealer ($23). I then follow up with a quick swipe of Maybelline Define-A-Line Eye Liner in Chestnut Brown ($8). Next I brush on some e.l.f. Prime & Stay Finishing Powder ($2). Then I focus on my brows, which I keep simple with e.l.f Clear Brow & Lash Mascara ($2). I finish with Telescopic Original Mascara by L’Oréal Paris ($10). On some days, I’ll also use some coral brush or highlighter, but today I’m running a bit late so I brush my hair, get dressed, and head out the door. – $45
5:00 pm – I am done at the hospital for the day, and this weekend my boyfriend and I are traveling to Montreal! We get started with the three hour drive around 5pm.
8:00 pm – We have arrived at our cute Airbnb in Montreal and are getting ready to head out to dinner. My makeup from this morning has worn off a bit, so I reapply the concealer, eyeliner, powder and mascara that I used in the morning. I swipe a bit of benefit’s watt’s up! highlighter ($30) over my cheekbones. I also like benefit’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain mini ($12) and blot some of that over my cheeks. I finish up with Nature Republic’s Botanical Dot Lip Tint in Lovely Pink ($9). If I had had more time, I would have applied some MISSHA M Magic Cushion SPF50+/PA+++ ($19) foundation, but we are hungry and have poutine to eat! – $70
11:30 pm – We are back at our Airbnb after a lovely night of exploring Montreal. I hop in the shower and start by washing my hair with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo ($4), then condition with Garnier’s Whole Blends Legendary Olive Replenishing Conditioner ($5). I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash ($9), and then I wash my face with Neogen’s Real Fresh Foam Cranberry Cleanser ($19) which my lovely cousin Tess gave to me (She works at Soko Glam).
After that, I hope out of the shower and continue my skin care routine. I layer on some of The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% ($7), an antioxidant that improves skin tone and texture, and then some of The Ordinary’s 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil ($10) for hydration. I also apply some Missha Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule ($49). I finish up with some Dead Sea Anti-aging Night Cream with Dead Sea Minerals ($6) that I picked up from TJ Maxx and am ready to head to bed. – $89
Daily Total: $230.5
Hair, Body, Nails: $18
Skin Care: $107.5