8. Ignore anyone who says your skincare routine is OTT.
At this very moment, I have six creams, two mists, four serums, five exfoliants, three lip masks and sunscreen all in my weekly skincare rotation. Do you need this many products? Absolutely not. Is it over the top? Maybe. Do I care? Nope.
Let me tell you why: I’ve recently decided to make a career shift and in doing so, I’m pursuing my third degree and am now the 'mature age student' in a class full of 18 year olds. In my first tutorial of the semester, my peers began discussing who'd taken a gap year. When I informed them I was almost 30, they thought I was joking. That right there is how I know my skincare routine is working.
9. Once you've found products that work for you, stick with them.
As you've probably gathered from lesson eight, I'm OBSESSED with skin care. It's both my hobby and my job as a beauty creator to stay on top of the latest products, but chopping and changing all the time isn't always great for your skin. Even though shiny new products are enticing, stick with the products you know are working for you. That said... if you do wanna try new products, my advice is to finish the bottles or tubs you have before replacing them with a new one.
10. Learn to work with your hair.
In my early 20s, I decided I wanted to be blonde. Then red. Then I wanted pink highlights. All this bleach left my hair damaged and brittle.
Years of keratin treatments later and I’m much happier and confident with my natural colour (add or minus a few lowlights). Styling my hair with minimal heat with my Dyson Airwrap™ Styler Complete has been a game-changer too, you can read about why I think the Dyson Airwrap is worth the money in my review here.
11. Make time to work on side projects.
Back onto the life lessons: Set time aside for your passion project each week and keep working on it. Whether it's a side hustle or just for fun, you never know what it could become. When I started my beauty Instagram account @lishyglows, who knew it would lead me to writing for Adore Beauty!
12. Find yourself a great brow technician (and don’t let go!).
My brow guy Steve and I are in a long-distance open relationship. He flies 733km every two months to prune these monsteras back and honestly, it’s the healthiest relationship I’ve ever been in. Once you find someone who does your brows exactly how you like them, book recurring appointments and hold them close. The long-distance text messages are also pretty fun.
13. Say 'no' more often.
In my 20s, I said yes to everything. There was one year I spent EVERY weekend attending an engagement, wedding or baby shower. That’s 52 weeks’ worth of social commitments. You know what happened? I burnt out. Now, if there’s something I don’t feel like doing – I just say no, because giving time back to yourself counts as having plans.
14. Find your perfect red lipstick.
There's just something about a red lip that can make you feel powerful and confident. Find your shade and wear it with pride - stuff anyone who reckons a red lip is too much. TIP: Cooler skin undertones naturally suit blue-red based red lipstick, whereas warmer complexions suit brick and rust shades. My go-to is Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream in Sunrise Ruby but also, just choose whatever shade makes you feel like a 17/10.
15. Quality skin care over quantity.
Not everyone has the budget for an eight-step cosmeceutical skincare routine. Think of your skincare products like investment clothing items. One great coat, comfy black boots and a pair of jeans that fit you well are better than spending the equivalent on a bunch of cheap tops (even though the latter is more fun). Same goes for skin care. Invest in your core serums based on your skin concerns, and then pad out the rest with more affordable products.
You can learn more about starting a skincare routine in our beginner skin care YouTube tutorial below.