This week we're joined by 27-year-old Emii Lou Ryot, a content planner based in Glasgow...
Having spent two years working for a large cosmetics brand and now running her own indie beauty business and lifestyle blog alongside her job, Emii Lou knows a thing or two about the industry, and the pressures that go with it. “Working in beauty ends up giving you an unrealistic expectation of what you should be doing in terms of body admin. I have an ideal beauty regime I’d like to achieve but the reality is I don’t have the money or time to spend on it. I would still put myself at the higher maintenance end of the spectrum but I’m no Kardashian,” she explained. Here's what a week in body admin looks like for Emii Lou:
6 am: I'm woken up by the distinct sound of puppy whining, and realise my skin is somehow simultaneously dry and greasy. Note to self: drink more water, eat less rubbish. I head through to scoop up my puppy dog, Henrik, on the way to the bathroom. I tackle the grease first with Bobbi Brown Lathering Tube Soap (£22.50) before realising I've run out of moisturiser. I slap on some Lush Sleepy body lotion (£13.95) and pray that it won't make me break out. I quickly go over my teeth with my Superdrug Charcoal Toothbrush (£2.25) and accompanying toothpaste (£2.99) and then swish my mouth around with some Colgate Peroxyl Mouthwash (£4.49). I have it on good authority that this is used by the princesses at Walt Disney World to keep their teeth white.
7.30am: After returning from a refreshing dog walk in the delightful Scottish weather it's time for makeup. I skip primer because my face is still shining from the Sleepy lotion and go straight in with Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation (£26). For brows I coax the last it of powder from a very old Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings (£27) and brush through with a spoolee. Next is a quick slick of mascara using They're Real by Benefit Cosmetics (£19.50) and then a subtle contour with the Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette (£32). Final touches are from Marc Jacobs Spotlight Glow Stick (£32) and Lime Crime Velvetine in 'Dream Girl' (£16).
8.15am: Before getting dressed I swipe on a classic Sure roll-on deodorant (£2.00) and after dressing spritz a little too much Victoria's Secret PINK body mist in Warm and Cozy (£9.95). I also spray lots of this in my hair along with Superdrug's Volume Dry Shampoo (£1.49) because it REALLY needs a wash.
7.30pm: I get accidentally tipsy on three beers after work (it's been a tough week ok?) and have to take the dog for a walk. Feel like a very irresponsible adult at the dog park. Get home, put pyjamas on without hesitation and get into bed.
Somewhere around 9pm: I fall asleep without taking my makeup off or brushing my teeth.
6.30am: The puppy alarm goes off (he clearly did not get the memo it was Saturday) but on the upside I'm feeling refreshed from my early night. To make up for last night's beauty sins I brush my teeth furiously with my charcoal toothbrush and toothpaste whilst running a bath. I add some Lush Bubbly (£14.95) to the tub and grab all the things I need from the en suite while trying not to wake my boyfriend.
6.45 am: Before getting in the bath I wash my face with Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser (£32) and follow up with a mysterious product by NIOD called Mastic Must (£27). I got this during the peak hype around Deciem and gave it to my boyfriend because it smelled a bit odd. He never used it. I wash my hair with Dumb Blonde Shampoo by TIGI (£12.60) and follow with the matching conditioner (£17.65). The line is described as being 'for serial hair abusers' which never ceases to feel applicable to me. I wash with more of the Lush Bubbly.
7.15 am: I get out the bath and buff off the Mastic Must with a pink Primark facecloth (75p). My skin feels gloriously soft. I remember the moisturiser situation and use another unloved Deciem product, 100% Squalene Oil from The Ordinary (£5.50). After drying I put on some St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion (£9.67) and can sense it will smell like tan already.
8.15 am: I realise I have an hour until I'm meeting my friend for brunch so tip my head upside down and roughly dry my hair. After its dry, I tie it up and start my makeup. I prime my already glowy face with Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (£26.50). I'm in a rush so I do pretty much the same makeup as the day before that's still sat on my vanity. I quickly pull my straighteners through my hair, and it's time to go.
9.30 am: The brunch place we were going to isn't open, so we're forced to pop in to Lush for ten minutes. I exercise exceptional restraint and don't buy a thing.
11.30 am: I decided earlier in the week that I could probably do semi-permanent eyelash extensions myself so go to Sally's to buy the necessary items. The shop assistant helps me pick out a set of Ardelle Double Flare Duralash Lash Extensions (£8) and Ardelle Duralash Glue (£3.95). I'm gonna be looking G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S.
3.30pm: I'm in Lidl so decide to give their moisturiser a go. Since it's only £1.45 I buy two. I also get two new toothbrushes in a twin pack (£1.25).
6pm: I have no Saturday night plans so I run a bath and pop in a bath bomb from Ryot GRL (no longer on sale). One of the only benefits of having an unsuccessful product line is the excess to use for yourself. I wash my face with the good old Bobbi Brown soap and then spritz with Lush Tea Tree Toner (£4.45). I finish with a slathering of my new Lidl moisturiser which feels a similar consistency to butter.
6.30pm: Tie my hair up in a casual bun and order a Taco Bell on Deliveroo. Whilst waiting I iron my pyjamas. Possibly the most adult thing I have ever done and not something I do on the reg.
8pm: Feel the need to redeem myself from inhaling two burritos so I decide to do my lash extensions. The first problem is that there seems to be nowhere in the flat with good enough lighting. The large overhead light isn't ideal but its the best of a bad bunch. It actually goes pretty well, and I'm feeling very hopeful.
8.35pm: It's trickier than the first five minutes led me to believe and I realise I should have established some kind of placement system. I persevere.
9pm: I'm exhausted from the emotional stress of the lashes and get in bed to binge watch something on Netflix. Could I watch all 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries for the third time? The real question is of course, should I?
6.45am: Puppy alarm as standard but we're so busy today it is actually welcome. My boyfriend is still sleeping (like any normal person on a Sunday) so the en suite shower is off limits and I once again have a bath. The Bubbly is still sitting out from the other day so I squirt that in. I wash with a soap I got in the Bomb Cosmetics Advent Calendar (£18). I also shave pretty much my entire body using multiple disposable Lidl razors (£1.25) because there's a chance I might need to try on a bridesmaid dress today. The last time we did this I got roasted for having 'French' underarms. Get woke guys, it's fine now.
7.05am: I use some micellar water that I got in TK Maxx (£5) to surface cleanse then go in with Lush Dark Angels for a good scrub (£7.50). Spritz some Tea Tree toner, and use a little bit of the Lidl moisturiser.
7.15am: I spray myself with Vaseline Cocoa Butter continuous spray (£6.59) - this is fab when you're feeling a bit lazy to rub in your moisturiser. Whilst it's drying I curl my hair into loose waves using the new Wella Straighteners I got for Christmas.
7.30am: Gonna need some serious makeup today. I prime with Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops and the glow is UNREAL. I use Illamasqua Brow Cake in the shade Thunder (£18) with a little bit of water. This is my all time favourite brow product but it can be a bit much for everyday wear. I sculpt my brows further using Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (£22). Also spread this across my eyelid to prime, and put a little underneath my eyes to brighten. I do my eye look using Lime Crime Venus Palette (£34), and use Colourpop Liquid lipstick in the shade Up All Night (£5). Finish off by spritzing Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream (£49).
9.30pm: After a hectic day I take my makeup off with micellar water, tie my hair up and eat leftover Chinese food with my boyfriend while watching A Series of Unfortunate Events (it's very good).
7.30am: No puppy alarm. I go through and Henrik is doing a stretch as if I have woken him. He refuses to go for a walk so I just let him be and have a bit more time to get ready. I wash my face with Dark Angels and follow up with Buffet by the Ordinary (£13). Brush my teeth with the usual suspects but skip moisturiser today. My skin is looking pretty good so I skip my foundation too. I use a bit of Makeup Revolution Bronzer (£3) to add some colour, and Becca Champagne Pop as highlighter (£32). I don't need mascara thanks to the lashes and kind of wish I had a lip gloss to go with the natural look - who even am I? I use Lime Crime Buffy (£16) instead. Brush hair and the waves are holding up well so I just use some dry shampoo at the roots.
6.45am: I always feel mega tired on a Tuesday so I start the day with double coffee by using Lush Cup O' Coffee Face Scrub (£7.50). I wipe off with a face cloth for AGES as I have gotten so much in my hairline and up my nose. I make a serious error and follow with The Ordinary Red Peel (£6.50) - definitely should not have scrubbed first, ouch.
7.30am: Very basic makeup today. Pretty much the same as yesterday but I opt for a nineties brown lipstick by Tarte Cosmetics in Crop Top (£16)
7.30am: No puppy alarm and as a result I'm running late for an 8am meeting. An 8am meeting with a glamorous marketing gal that works in the beauty industry. Why am I like this? Wash my face with soap, brush my teeth, draw on my brows with a Sleek Brow Kit (£4.50), brush my hair and dash out the door. I am very grateful for these lashes that are making me look a little put together.
8pm: I run a bath as standard with one of the pink grapefruit Ryot GRL bath bombs, and discover another NIOD product I haven't used in a while, Sanskrit Saponins (£27).
10pm: I realise I'm getting gel polish on my toes tomorrow but still have the remains of some old gel polish which must be six months old. To avoid embarrassment I soak it off using the NAF! Stuff Soak Off Kit (£18). I also pop on a few more lash extensions. I can see this becoming a habit.
6.30am: Puppy has another lie in, and I get ready for the walk by washing my face and brushing my teeth. I also slather on a tonne of the Lidl moisturiser so it can sink in.
7.30am: My Fenty foundation is running low so I open an Illamasqua Skin Base (£32) I've had since Christmas and have'nt gotten around to using. I top with the Kat Von D contour kit, and whack on crop top lipstick again.
4pm: I head to NAF! Salon for my gel toes (£26), brow and lip wax (£12) and brow tint (£6). The whole process takes about an hour and I leave feeling like a whole new gal.
10pm: After four hours of coaching I'm exhausted. Good old Bobbi Brown soap to the rescue. I drink tea and eat my last Easter egg in bed.
1am: Force myself to wake up and brush my teeth.
I later question whether I did brush in fact brush my teeth.
Cost of skincare: £161.60
Cost of make-up: £373.45
Cost of bodycare: £204.34
Cost of haircare: £31.74