Beauty Rituals Of 3 Total Babes

Routines get a bad rap. So often we're encouraged to "shake things up" or "get out of that rut." But, for many, these daily habits are necessary. They help reduce stress, keep us organized, and prepare us for what's next. You might even call these routines rituals, and they help us get through the day.
So, to get some insight into others' day-to-day customs, we tapped three inspiring women and asked them to share theirs. But, these aren't your typical beauty gurus spewing out a list of products. We chatted with three unique ladies — a model, a fashion designer, and an editor-in-chief — and took their days an hour at a time to learn what they do for themselves every morning, noon, and night.
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What we found was that while everyone's rituals were very different, they share one thing in common: They're a comfort and something that can set the tone and mood for the type of day or night you'll have in front of you.
The three ladies ahead even got us so inspired that we're on the lookout for more powerful women to share their routines with us. Keep an eye out for future Morning, Noon, & Night columns in the coming weeks.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Huffington Post.
Of course you know Arianna Huffington. Aside from being the cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, she has dozens of other pots on the stove, including her upcoming book, Thrive.

“My perfect morning begins the night before, with a good night’s sleep — which, for me, means seven to eight hours. The first thing I do is actually drink a lot of water with lemon in it! I then practice 20 to 30 minutes of meditation — it has long been an important part of my life. My mother taught my younger sister, Agapi, and me how to meditate when I was 13 years old. I also practice yoga most mornings, another discipline I inherited from my mother, who could stand on her head for what seemed like hours when we were growing up in Athens.

“A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do. When I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. I make sure I have my phones charging far, far away from my bed to help me avoid the temptation to check the latest news or emails. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.

“The connection that conscious breathing gives me is something I can return to hundreds of times during the day in an instant. A conscious focus on breathing helps me introduce pauses into my daily life, brings me back into the moment, and helps me transcend upsets and setbacks.

“I also take any opportunity to have walking meetings. [Silicon] Valley executive Nilofer Merchant calls this the ‘walk the talk’ method. I love that people can’t be checking email or Twitter during walking meetings. You’re awake to what’s happening around you, your senses are heightened, and you walk away with something office meetings rarely give you — a sense of joy.

“Checking in with my daughters when the day is winding down centers me like nothing else. Since neither of them are living in New York at the moment, I do this by phone, by text, or through social media; Isabella abstains completely, but Christina is an Instagram fiend!

“I also like to take a hot bath and read actual books I can underline that have nothing to do with work. As for products, I have a wonderful facialist, Mila Moursi, and I use her cleansing milk, toner, and serum.

“I have a specific time each night when I turn off my devices and gently escort them out of my bedroom, so if I wake up in the middle of the night I’m not tempted to look at my data."
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Photo: Courtesy of Norma Kamali.
Fashion designer Norma Kamali is known for her quirky designs. Case in point: She was the brains behind the infamous sleeping-bag coat. But, when it comes to her regular routines, Kamali's approach is surprisingly simple. In fact, we admire the balance between her natural, back-to-basics rituals and her creative, out-of-the-box designs.

“I wake up at 5 a.m., and I immediately turn my shower on so I can sit there and steam up. I love a good steam in the morning, especially when it’s allergy season. The steam in the shower is the best place to just cleanse inside out. While the water is running and warming up, I feed my dog — I’ve started to give him some probiotics because he’s getting older. Then, I’ll cut up some lemons and ginger and put it in hot water and sip on that before getting into the shower.

“Once I’m in there, I use more olive-based products. I use an olive soap that’s really great. It’s just the leftover paste from after they press the olives. I also use an olive-based moisturizer from my line. I like to use products that are very simple for your skin — no chemicals, just natural products.

“I use a tooth soap instead of a toothpaste — there’s too much sugar in toothpaste. The tooth soaps I use have olive oil and coconut oil in them. They’re great for oil pulling — I swish it around in my mouth, and it pulls the bacteria out of my system. I’ve gotten in the habit of doing that, and I really do think it makes a difference.

“I’m not a huge outfit planner. I don’t have rituals about getting dressed — it’s more about what I feel like that morning. But, one thing I always, always do is make my bed. I don’t know why, but I never leave the house without making my bed. I don’t like the idea of getting into a bed that isn’t made.

“My makeup is pretty simple. I use a moisturizer and Hurraw Lip Balm. The balm is made from fruit and berries, so it leaves a slight pink tint on your lips. Then, I put on some mascara, and I’m out the door. I never look in the mirror again for the entire day if I can help it. Even if I’m at fittings. I want to be involved in what I’m doing, not what I look like.

“I’m at the office by 6:15 or 6:30, so by midday, I need to get something in my body. I’ll usually just have a juice or some almonds if I haven’t had a breakfast, so around 12:30, I’ll get a salad. Around 4:30, I’ll go to the gym — I go every day. It’s another kind of reboot for me. By 4:30 or 5:30, whenever I can get there, I’ve mentally committed to everyone I’ve needed to meet with. So, the gym is my commitment to the physical, and I can give my mind a rest.

“I also always try to book a massage or some acupuncture whenever I can. I really think they’re both helpful — acupuncture is like a mini sleep treatment for me. The minute the last needle is in me, I feel my eyes closing, and I’m drifting away. When they come back to remove the needles, I’m so refreshed — it’s like a supercharge for me.

“Once I’m actually home at the end of the day, I don’t stay up that late. Before I get into bed, I spend a little more time in the bathroom, just kind of taking my time. I’ll tweeze my eyebrows, brush my teeth — whatever I need to do. Then, sleep is really big for me. I’m such a proponent for sleeping — I love how restorative a good night's sleep is. I really treasure it.”
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Photo: Courtesy of Molly Sims.
As an actress and model, Molly Sims has access to the best of everything when it comes to beauty. But, lately, her rituals have orbited around one thing: her young son. Even so, she still manages to find a little time for herself throughout the day.

"The first thing I do when I wake up is look at my baby monitor and see if my son is awake. I then make him a bottle while I make myself a cup of coffee. I like to sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon in it.

"I then get my son, and we flip channels on the television between his favorite monkey show and the Today show (my favorite). The monkey show usually wins. By now, my coffee is cold. So, I continue my morning routine.

"I brush my teeth, take my medicine, and look in the mirror and freak out about my hyperpigmentation. I then get in the shower. I color the shit out of my hair, so I use Terax conditioner to help keep it healthy. I'll either keep my son outside of the shower and make faces at him, or I'll bring him into the shower with me.

"For lotion, I love Vaseline Spray and Go. Then, I dry my hair, and I'm out the door!

"Midday, I always spritz on some perfume. I love Tom Ford Arabian Wood. I also like to light a candle midday — it's very calming and soothing.

"When I get home, I always have a glass of wine, usually white. I've been drinking Cakebread wine recently, but I also like La Crema. Before bed, I always take my vitamins, but I don't always take off my makeup. Then, I say a prayer, and my day is over."
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