A lot of women think that a luxurious life is all about only having and using high-end products, but this is not entirely true. A life of luxury and elegance has more to do with thoughtful practices that make you feel grand. It’s never just about what you’re using or wearing; it’s how you value yourself and insist on what will bring joy and happiness to your life, be it in big or small ways.
So, if you feel like you’re in a rut and you long to be reinvigorated, here are seven easy things that you can do to feel luxurious every day.
Treat your skin.
One of the more noticeable differences you’ll observe in people who pay attention to their quality of life is that they typically look fresh and relaxed. This is because they take good care of their skin, since skincare is an important ritual of everyday life.
Here’s a vital principle to recognize when it comes to creating a good skincare routine: Go with what works for you. Don’t just follow trends, such as a 12-step skincare routine that a lot of cosmetic brands endorse; instead, experiment with products to see what will work best on your skin. Also, you don’t necessarily need to purchase your skincare items from a single brand. Don’t be afraid to mix both high-end and drugstore products if they work well for you.
But, all in all, love your skin, and you’ll feel more luxurious in your body.
Even if you don’t have to go anywhere, put on some makeup. The great thing about this is that should someone surprise you with a visit to your home, you will not only look ready to receive, but you’ll look fabulous as well.
If you’re worried that wearing makeup often would cause skin woes, know that top makeup artists recommend investing in luxury cosmetic products that you know you’ll use often. You can get a good deal on these when you buy makeup online. Plus, you don’t need a lot of makeup. You’ll survive with just a few items, such as a holy grail foundation from Makeup Forever, a four-pan eyeshadow palette from Lancome, a cheek palette from Benefit, four lipsticks from Dior (your classic red, pink, coral, and nude), and a mascara (which can double as a brow product).
Don’t just look luxurious; smell luxurious as well. Find your signature scent and invest in a big bottle of this fragrance since you will be using it to smell lovely every day. A study shared by Elle Magazine states that 90 percent of women said they feel more confident when they use cologne or perfume. This is because the olfactory system is connected directly to the limbic system, which is that part of the brain that interprets emotions and memories.
Therefore, when you wear cologne or perfume that you like, it somehow taps into your idea of what’s pleasant. Because of this, you feel pleased with yourself, and this is a sense of luxury in itself.
Fix your hair.
Make your mane your true crowning glory. Well-managed and styled hair is the perfect touch to complete a look. Avoid resorting to a bun all the time. Wear your hair down, curled slightly to give oomph to your appearance. You can achieve classy waves even if you only have a straightening iron at home. If you don’t like to keep your hair down, there are romantic up-dos that you can pull off easily just by having a few styling tools such as dainty hair clips, ties, and pins.
Most importantly, keep your hair healthy. Use the right shampoo and conditioner formula for your hair. Plus, treat your mane with masks and serum for shine and volume.
Dressing up is one of the quickest ways to feel fancy, and you deserve to feel this as often as possible. Of course, you don’t have to wear haute couture ensembles because you should never forget about propriety. The idea here is always to put thought into your outfits and make sure that they enhance your appearance while also serving your lifestyle well.
A long “shapeless” dress is nice enough, especially if it has a soft and flowy material and it creates the illusion of a more slender frame and taller height. Even a plain shirt and trouser combo can give off a vibe of being intentional about what you’re wearing.
Don some jewelry.
You’ll be surprised by how jewelry can elevate the way you look and feel. It may be because of the way they sparkle and shine. However, the fascinating thing about wearing jewelry to look put-together is that you don’t have to be fully decked out in gold and diamonds. A few pieces are usually all it takes to create a regal vibe.
So, if you have some fine jewelry in your collection, don’t just keep them in the box. Wear them to bring luxury to your overall everyday look.
Scent up your home.
Lastly, make your living space feel more luxurious by making it smell good as well. Why not purchase a few of those reed diffusers with fragrance oil or scented candles, which you can buy from beauty counters? You can also bring in fresh, fragrant flowers to decorate your home.
It’s incredibly pleasant to live in a house that smells nice and sweet. It’s a treat to the senses that doesn’t take much money or energy to produce.
See, it doesn’t always require a lot of effort and resources to create a luxurious life. Little things can do so much over time in achieving this enriching standard of living. Which of these are you thinking of implementing right away?
Nick Vinckier is Head of Growth at Chalhoub Group, the largest luxury retailer in the Middle East. In his current role, he focuses on taking Faces.com from 0 to 1, transforming the beauty retailer into the fastest growing online beauty platform of the GCC.