My mindful Sunday morning ritual – confessions of a beauty art director πŸ“–

March 2, 2020 0 By Bernardo Ryan


Good morning everyone. It’s a gloomy
Sunday morning in London and today I decided to show you how I take
care of myself on days like these. And yep, that includes my morning
skincare routine. Today’s video is a little different from my
previous ones, maybe more relaxed and not as informative, but I still hope you will
find some inspiration here, and even some some company if you’d like. I like to think of myself as a morning person. Back when I was in high school, I got into the
habit of waking up at 5am to revise my notes before class and to this day I still
love waking up before anyone else and just laying in bed in silence. I use this time to reflect on myself,
to plan the day ahead or to simply enjoy a moment of quiet. We’re so used to being constantly ‘busy’
or ‘in a rush’ that we often forget the value of quiet contemplation. From the outside, some people might think
I don’t do much on weekends, but every week I actually look forward to unwind and have
some healing time for myself. I’m not a major foodie so I don’t make myself
fancy elaborate breakfasts like most people show in morning routines videos, instead I’m happy with my simple bowl of whole grain corn flakes, strawberry and soy milk. It’s quick, it’s healthy and I use the time
I save to catch up with my favourite kdrama. I finally got around to watching ‘VIP’ lately
and oh my god, I can’t get enough of it. I only have a few episodes left so no spoilers
in the comments please! After breakfast, the first thing I do in the
morning, be it a weekend or or a work day, is wash my face. Maybe it’s because I use
sleeping masks at night, but I feel a bit uncomfortable if I don’t wash my face straight away. I personally like using a gentle cleanser in the morning. I know some people double cleanse morning and night but I have dry skin, so I don’t like stripping
my face of too much oil, especially around this time of the year. A great one-step cleanser that I can’t
recommend highly enough is Laneige’s Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser. I already talked about this cleanser in my
video on Skip Care and it’s probably my favourite product of 2019. I don’t like the expression ‘game-changer’
but this cleanser was definitely a game-changer for me, in the sense that I never experienced
a cleansing oil that made my skin feel so clean but at the same time hydrated and soft
to the touch – to the point that now I have a hard time going back to my other cleansing oils. This cleanser is really unique because
it doesn’t feel like an oil, it doesn’t leave any residue behind so you don’t need to follow up with a foaming cleanser. After cleansing, I use a toner to rebalance
my skin and hydrate it. The Mamonde Rose Water Toner is probably one of my top 5 favourite toners of all-time. It’s hydrating, but gentle and soothing at
the same time. Plus I find that it has an aromatherapy effect because it smells just
like a fresh bouquet of roses. I mentioned this a couple of times on Twitter, but rose water is one of my favourite skincare ingredients. I find that it works incredibly
well for my skin and it also has a nostalgic element to it because we have this iconic
rose water toner in Italy that dates back to the 19th century. I have memories of my
grandmother using this product from my childhood and I’m pretty sure it was the first skincare
product I’ve ever owned. So it’s not surprising that my serum contains
Rose Water as well. I bought the Rose Absolute First Serum from
Aromatica after falling in love with the toner from the same line last year
and I was not disappointed. I find the formula of this serum quite interesting,
it looks very thick and dense so you would expect it would take some minutes for your
skin to fully absorb it, but that’s definitely not the case. As soon as you apply this serum,
your skin drinks it all up and the best thing is that the moisture just stays there, it
doesn’t evaporate very easily and it also gives you a beautiful glow. Anyway, it’s winter so I still decide to follow
up with a moisturiser to really seal in all the hydration and be on the side. I recently discovered the Intensive
Nutritive Cream from History of Whoo, and I’m really happy with it so far. In winter it’s always a struggle to find a
good day cream for dry skin. On the one hand, I want something
with a formula that is rich enough to keep my skin hydrated for whole day, and on the other hand, I also want something
that feels very comfortable on the skin and I must say this cream has quickly become one
of my winter staples. The formula feels very nourishing but at the
same time it’s very smooth and velvety. When I apply it in the morning, I can sense I’m
wearing something on my skin for like 20 minutes and after that my skin completely absorbs
it and I forget about it, until I check back after a couple of hours
and my skin is still nice and soft, which is amazing really. Lastly, I’m going to apply Missha’s Soft Finish
Sun Milk to protect my skin. Yes, I do wear sun protection even if I don’t plan on going outside today and so should you. SPF is possibly the one skincare
product you should never skip. This sunscreen in particular is my all-time-favourite,
I’ve been using it for years and even though I try other SPFs from time to time, I always
go back to this one, I just can’t help it. The formula feels so comfortable on the skin,
it’s hydrating but not greasy, and it leaves your skin really velvety to the touch. I remember
the first time I tried it I couldn’t stop touching my face all day. Yes, it’s THAT good! As a finishing touch I spay some of this Jasmine
Green Tea Eau de Toilette from Innisfree and take some deep
breaths to calm my senses. I’m not majorly into perfume because I find most fragrances to be slightly artificial and overwhelming, but Innisfree has this line of Eau de Toilettes
made from Green Tea that I think most people who usually
stay away perfume would like. Now that my skin is nice and protected, it’s
time to make myself a cup of tea and do some morning studying. If you’re new to my channel,
you might not know that I work as a creative designer / art director in
the beauty industry (which is why I don’t publish as many
videos as I’d like to by the way). Anyway, when you work full-time, I find that it’s
easy to get carried away in your daily routine and sometimes you lose track of yourself and
who you are as a person. When you spend 8 hours a day working for someone else, part of you starts thinking of yourself in terms of what you do, or what your duties are and you
end up overlooking your own dreams and aspirations and this is why I believe it’s important to
have personal projects or things that you do just for yourself. For the past 5 years, one of those things for me
has been studying Korean. No matter how busy I get, or how tired I am,
I always make sure to spend at least 1 hour a day to improve my Korean. On a work day, I would usually study during
my lunch break and on the weekend I can dedicate more time to it and focus for a couple of hours. Once a coworker asked me if I spend my lunch
time studying Korean so that I can be more focused on work when I come back from my break,
but that’s not about it. I think investing in yourself and dedicating
your time and energy to something you truly love, with no secret agenda and no monetary
gain is perhaps the biggest luxury of all, and one money can’t buy. As someone who’s highly interested in beauty
and skincare, learning the Korean language has given me a deeper understanding of Korean
beauty culture and industry. I’ve only ever worked for Western beauty brands, but I’ve always known all too well about the incredible effectiveness of Korean skincare and about 10 years I decided I wanted to
learn as much as I could about it. Everyday I make a point to read the
latest beauty industry news from Korea so that I can always be up-to-date with the latest trends and
developments in K-beauty. Up until recently, this was just a personal interest and I didn’t do much with all the information that I learned, except maybe bore my friends with my ramblings,
but 6 months ago I started to translate and share Korean beauty industry news on Twitter
and the response has been phenomenal. I never fully realised how little professional
information on K-beauty is available in English. Most articles that you find in Western
magazines or websites, mostly seem to focus on the quirky or weird aspect of Korean beauty, when there’s so much more context and information that never seems to reach the English-speaking audience. I’m not a professional beauty journalist
or anything, but if you’re interested in bite-sized K-beauty updates, do follow me
on Twitter. I post almost daily there and even though I occasionally rant about Korean
politics and the questionable agenda of Kpop translation websites, I still try to keep
it nice and professional. Finally, I like to finish off my Sunday morning
by looking back at the week just past and indulge in some good old self-reflection. I’ve been keeping a journal ever since I
was in my teens. It’s not just a way for me to keep track of all my activities and
plans, but also a creative outlet I really cherish. I use it to make sense of the daily events in
my life and to reflect upon my journey: where I am, where I am going, where I want to go. My journal helps me to look at myself without
filters. I have friends and family that support me and listen to my concerns, but I always
feel like I can only open up so much with someone else and there’s always a part of
me that I keep to myself and myself only. My journal is the one place where I can be
completely honest about my feelings and fears, without the fear of being judged or misunderstood. Lately, I’ve been writing a lot about this
channel, about how happy it makes me and about all the things that I want to talk about and ideas
for videos I want to make this year. I want to do my best to produce original content
to keep you informed and entertained and I hope you will keep me company
along this journey. Until then, I will see you next time!