To maintain such a glamorous, perfectly-handed aesthetic, everything starts with moisture; thus it's excusable that I have four different hand options. For the whole area, I use either the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask–which I'm repurposing–or the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream. The Origins formula is the richer of the options, pumped with sodium hyaluronate (the cousin of hyaluronic acid) and apricot oil. The Caudalie doubles as my day time hand cream, thus making it lighter in consistency, although matching in the hydration levels to its thicker rival. The driest part of my hands, though is my cuticles, therefore, my eyes and raging perfectionist nature demand that I slap on the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme; I've tried other cuticle hydrators, but this is by far the best I've found. It never fails to shock me how polished my nail beds look the morning after use.
The cult, French balm, Homeoplasmine*, works cuticle duty, as well as general dry patch nourishment, whether said desert is on my arm, leg, hands, lips–just none on my feet (ballerinas don't moisturize anything on their feet). Nevertheless, I try to apprehend using this around my face (including my lips) because the ingredients and I don't get along–i.e. it normally makes me breakout. The safe lip option, as well as the one that I slap on morning and evening, is the Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip. I have the peppermint scent, so it's nourishing mousse-y–just like the name suggests–and goes along well with the toothpaste after-taste. To complete the winding down experience, I always keep a good read (currently, it's ELLE magazine, Kinfolk magazine, and Where'd You Go, Bernadette), as well as the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. This lavender, vetivert, and chamomile mist is as luxurious as it sounds, and whether it's a placebo or not, I like to think it helps me drift to sleep a little easier, as well. The next time anyone comments on my beauty habits in the pejorative, I'll say, "Shut up,"...then have some serious pondering on how to reduce my routine.