Hey friends! And welcome back to another "episode" of My Beauty Philosophy featuring our favorite (legit) blogger Katy Tullos! Most of you who have been hanging with us for the past three years know Katy well. She has been a guest blogger/contributor longer than anyone else, and also happens to be one of my soul sistas. You are guaranteed lighthearted laughs as well as deep introspection when you read the words that God gives Katy to give to the world. So sit back and enjoy Katy as she shares her beliefs and routines for all things beauty.
1. Shower or bath?
I love the idea of baths, but there are just so many variables in play to make a bath happen, it gets into a little bit of a When You Give A Mouse A Cookie situation in reverse.
If you give a mommy a bath, she’s going to ask that she’s not alone in the house (because scary movie scenarios).
And if she isn’t home alone, she’s going to ask that the children be in bed (because they don’t understand that mommy needs her little luxuries).
And if the children are in bed, then husband will have to be working from home (because my man is SO FINE and also my best friend so if he’s hanging out then I’ll want to be with him).
But before she can relax she’ll have to clean the house and complete her to-do list, so she’ll need her dish gloves and multipurpose spray.
And once the children are in bed and the husband is protecting the clean house, she’ll ask for all the bubbles, bath bombs, and salts.
When you give her all the warm fuzzy smell goody things, she’ll ask that you give her plenty of time to soak.
Once she has adequately soaked and relaxed, she’ll want to actually get clean so she’ll need to take a shower.
She’ll sud up, wash, and shave and then dry off.
But before she can get into pajamas she’ll need body lotion, face lotion, anti-aging lotion, and stretch mark lotion.
And now that she has put in all that effort to pamper herself she’ll want her favorite pajamas, the ones that make her feel pretty AND like she is wrapped up in clouds of comfort.
And when she finally gets out of the bath and the shower and she’s all lotioned up and dressed in her favorite pj’s, she’ll wish the husband wasn’t working and children weren’t sleeping because her bath helped her relax and feel all the grateful feels and now she remembers how amazing her kids are and how in love she is with her husband and she’ll want them all to be awake and bustling around her.
So…..probably just a shower then.
2. What is your bedtime skincare routine?
My skin care routine is just like everyone else’s: little fairies use peonies and rainbows to wash my skin of make-up and grime. Then I moisturize with a mixture of rose water and the first happy tears a unicorn cries when a child makes a wish upon a star. After that I sleep peacefully and in the morning I wake up so refreshed!
JK. I do what we all do: I walk from the couch to my my bathroom resolved that I just can’t handle the work it takes to wash my face. Right when all I think I can do is pee and then flop into bed I remember that eyeballs-glued-shut feeling of waking up with crusty mascara and also that I’m 30 now and I have to be an allie with my skincare to win this aging thing. On a good night I was my face with Aveeno gentle scrub face wash. On a lazy night I just clean my face with water and then wipe all the gross away with either a Neutrogena wipe or a Yes to Tomatoes charcoal wipe.
3. My daily makeup routine...
...consists of pretty much whatever Camie has caught me red handed doing very wrong and then doing whatever she tells me to do. Which means that I use IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye, light brown brow pencil, a hodge podge of eye shadows (usually in cream/gold/brown/copper tones) always shimmery but never glittery. I recently took the plunge and switched from a mechanical pencil eye liner that even make up dummies like me can execute to a liquid liner. Since this is still new to me I’m sticking with Ulta’s liquid pen in Jet Black. I’ll never wear anything but jet black eyeliner and mascara because I just love Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor and Vivien Leigh and I know they would advise me this way. I recently splurged and gave IT Cosmetics mascara a try since my mascara had been smudging onto my under-eye concealer pretty badly. This is my very first big girl, non-drugstore mascara and I’m never going back. I love it! Volume! Length! Glamour! Va va voom! Lastly I usually use a little bronzer and a teensy bit of blush on the apples of my cheeks.
4. For a night time look...
I usually go one of two ways: 1. A dark smokey eye with nude lip color or 2. A fairly neutral color palette for my eyes and a little extra umph of mascara from my daily look and then a bright, bold, lip color. There’s this almost electric reddish pink that I love. But I never ever do dark eyes and a bold lip cause I don’t want to look like a lady of the night working the street.
5. The weirdest beauty regimen I ever tried...
...was “candying” my hair. Basically using my conditioner plus brown sugar as a scalp scrub--and ya know…..I didn’t hate it.
6. The biggest piece of advice from my mom that I still practice...
is that beauty comes from the inside out. And also--there’s a huge difference from being well known and well liked. Lots of people can put themselves out there and make themselves popular, but that isn’t the same as being liked, loved, or cherished by those who know you. I’ve found myself remembering this alot lately as I’ve been pondering on what my blogging purpose is and what my goals are and why I write. It’s so tempting to write for the masses and make your blog numbers jump, but I’ve found that doing so totally zaps my inspiration. So, just like in high school….at the end of the day I’d rather be well liked by a few than well known by the many. I have to write because that’s what is in me not for any other reason.
7. My number one piece of advice for looking and feeling your best...
...is to pursue a healthful attitude. Healthful means being intentional with what I eat and finding an exercise program that works for me. It also means figuring out how to rest and how to serve in ways that fuel me to have the best of myself to give for each day to the glory of God.
When Katy isn't stopping by the luxey blog to say Hi and drop a few lines, you can find her writing her guts out over at www.birdinatreeblog.com
!!! And don't forget to give her some love in the comments below. We are always tickled to hear the stories of similar routines, polar opposites, and quirky habits that we all share to take care of these wonderfully intricate facades that God has given us!
Much love to you my friends,