Not every part of my day can be completely relaxing, but I like to make my chores a little nicer. I live in a very small apartment so my kitchen does not have a dishwasher. I'm sure that I am not alone in saying that I dislike handwashing dishes because by the end my hands look like prunes and my skin gets dried out from the hot water. I finally broke down and picked up a pair of dish gloves and it has changed my life this winter. I splurged and got the ones with aloe vera so my hands are soft when I finish doing the dishes. I still don't love doing dishes, but I no longer dread doing them.
I always feel better when I look good so the first thing I do after getting out of the shower is to add a few drops of argan oil to my hair. It helps to control the frizz, adds a healthy shine, and makes my hair feel incredibly soft and smooth. I rarely am on top of beauty trends and I stumbled across argan oil completely by accident. A couple years ago I was visiting my sister in Atlanta and decided to get my hair cut at a salon there. The stylist put a wonderful smelling gel in my hair and it turned out to be argan oil! It is the quickest way I have found to make my hair behave and that puts a smile on my face.
One of the easiest ways to improve my mood is with a bit of sugar, but I have been trying to cut back on how much dessert I consume. My solution has been cinnamon almonds. They are satisfying without making me feel guilty about indulging and that makes me feel good.
In the past year and a half since I started a Birchbox subscription, I have started playing around a lot more with makeup and have discovered that red lipstick is a huge mood-booster for me. I used to only wear a bright lip color when I was going out to do something fun with friends, but I have decided that any day is a good occasion to wear something beautiful. Plus, it is hard to frown when you catch a glimpse of your bright red lips in the mirror.