I’ve noticed that people are taking advantage of their work-from-home life by doing at least an hour-long skincare routine. Sans the commute, you can finally perform the multi-step regime that involves essence, lip treatment, and perhaps a glass of wine.
Some are going for leisurely showers or even drawing up a bath. Break out the body scrub and lotion scents you got last Christmas. Now you can let the scent of wild roses that transport you to sunny days in France. I’ve seen the Instagram Stories featuring a fizzling bath bomb one too many times to know I’m right.
This is why I asked DJ Alexandra of Bad Decisions to compose a playlist to enhance your self-pampering while in self-quarantine session. It will give you something to sway to while in your bathrobes. You’ll get songs to soothe you as you massage in that serum or to help you remember how long to keep that mud mask on.
I also checked in with the DJ what’s up with her while on lockdown.
What’s your current home routine? Any special task you’ve been liking?
On a good day, I’d wake up around 10 am. I’ve been really busy the past few months just before the lockdown, so it really feels good to wake up without an alarm.
I’d usually just lay in bed for a good 30 minutes, just scrolling on my phone or watching Netflix. Then I’d will myself to work out for at least 20 minutes and then make myself lunch. I’ve been meaning to cook for quite some time, but I never really had the chance to since I was busy with school and DJing. But with the quarantine situation, I’ve finally found the time to up my cooking skills. I cook while listening to new music or mixtapes made by my friends. It’s very therapeutic. I’ve been trying to educate myself with genres I’m not too familiar with and go deeper into genres that I am familiar with.
I also feel like working out and eating healthy is the best way to boost your health both physically and mentally, which we all need at this time. I also talk to my friends and family every day, just to check-in. I feel blessed to just be at home despite the current situation outside, so I just try to be productive as much as possible — it helps me stay positive. On that note, I’ve also been taking online French lessons which I think is really interesting. I’ve been meaning to get back to painting, so I’m excited about that too.
What recent music releases are now your favorites?
I’ve always been a fan of Jhene Aiko, and her new album ‘Chilombo’ just came out! They also released Mac Miller’s ‘Circles‘ album this year, which is just really beautiful. I’ve also been listening to Jason Dhakal’s ‘lovesound‘ album and “Checklist‘ by Kylo X, Malli and Hijo.
What’s your skincare routine?
For skincare, I usually just go with the bare minimum. Before going to bed, I’d wash up with my Shiseido Clarifying Cleansing Foam then apply my witch hazel toner. I’ve also traded my moisturizer for facial oils. I use either rosehip or sunflower oil. Then I apply my Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
On some nights, I’d swap my facial oil and eye cream with my Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, then I’d just rinse it off in the morning. The last thing I do is put on hand cream. I feel like it’s just a nice finishing touch. My current favorite is the L’Occitane Hand Cream in Cherry Blossom.