Whether you’re a morning person or not, there’s no getting away from the fact that a little routine in your AM time is as crucial to waking up as your double shot espresso. There’s also nothing we love more than finding out how other people tackle their hair, skin and makeup before leaving the house. So in the spirit of curiosity, we’ve asked our Glasshouse team to share their morning routines - the products, techniques, hints and tips that make getting out of bed that little bit more enjoyable. Featuring a whole host of natural and organic brands, we’re feeling inspired and armed with new ideas and brand recommendations. Scroll down to read how Glasshouse gets ready.
Rosie Herdman, Front of House + Creative Content Manager
My morning routine revolves around whether or not I actually manage to make it to the gym. If I do, I’m usually running late because I spend too long congratulating myself about it… Just kidding. Kind of.
Regardless, I like to keep things pretty simple. I have to wash my hair every day because I don’t feel clean if I don’t, and luckily Organic Colour Systems’ Power Build Shampoo is light enough to do this without stripping all the natural oils out. In fact, my fine hair has never had so much body - good old hard London water, eh?
I never used to use conditioner because I’m not a fan of that heavy, slippy feeling but I got told off so many times by the Glasshouse stylists that I thought I’d better start. I just go with Power Build Conditioner which doesn’t weigh my hair down (but doesn’t make it straw-like either).
I use a good ol’ bar of soap for my body and then a sulphate and paraben-free face wash from FaceTheory. I like the clarifying cleanser which has glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid in it.
After I hop out of the shower the first thing I do is I put on my facial oil (Balancing by Honest Skincare) and then the Natural Deodorant Co Vanilla & Manuka Clean Deodorant Balm IN THAT ORDER. I have this weird thing about never touching my face after using things like conditioner and deodorant which leave residue on my hands.
My favourite styling product to use in my hair is the O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz, sprayed in and scrunched through wet hair then left to dry naturally. It helps give me my dream beach-y hair situation without being sticky.
On to makeup, usually I want something very long-wearing as my skin can be shiny enough to blind a person by the end of the day. My go-to is Jane Iredale’s PurePressed Powder in Satin, followed by Pommisst Facial Spritz. Then, depending on the day, I either use RMS’ Promise Lip2Cheek on my lips, cheeks and sometimes eyelids, or I have this powder blush from a non-toxic brand called Osmosis which is the perfect shade of browny-pink. I put that in the hollows of my cheeks for some definition.
If I want to glow (obviously, I want to glow), I’ll put on RMS’ Master Mixer - cheekbones, cupids bow, inner eye corners, basically everywhere. Then I’ll use Glossier Boy Brow in my eyebrows and make them nice and sprouty, followed by a tussle with my eyelash curler trying not to squish my eyelid, and a few coats of Jane Iredale’s Purelash Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black.
After all this, finally I have breakfast which is usually a slice of the best bread in London - E5 Bakery’s Hackney Wild sourdough - with a soft boiled egg, avocado and Vegemite. Yum.
Matt Benns, Senior Stylist
First things first, I jump in the shower without fail. I love Sans [Ceuticals] pH Perfect Body + Hand Wash which I lather up all over my body. I usually then wash my face with Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel. I love using it because it’s super cleansing and not overly drying - which is important as I don’t use a moisturiser. Once a week, I’ll apply Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser - it’s a natural exfoliator that I find works best rubbed onto dry skin and left on the face for a couple of minutes. I then rinse it off with warm water. It polishes my skin to perfection without stripping natural oils.
Once I’m out the shower, it’s a generous application of The Natural Deodorant Co’s Unscented version of their amazing clean deodorant. This one is ideal for sensitive skin. After this, I’m pretty low maintenance - however I can’t live without a spritz of aftershave. A friend of mine bought me Jean-Claude Ellena’s beautiful smelling Angeliques Sous La Pluie from a store in New York, which I spray on liberally before I leave. I only wash my hair once a week; when I do it’s with Organic Colour Systems’ Aqua Boost range. On a normal day, a little bit of O&M’s Surf Bomb worked through my damp hair with fingers will do just fine.
Ashleigh Hornell, Senior Stylist
It’s straight in the shower for me and a dollop of Organic Colour Systems’ Power Build Shampoo worked into my hair, followed by O&M’s Fine Intellect Conditioner. The sweet almond oil in it makes my hair smell and feel amazing. I use Sans (Ceuticals) pH Perfect Body + Hand Wash as a shower gel - lathering up all over. Next up, it’s cleanse time. At the moment I’m using Honest Skincare’s Balancing Cleansing Cream, mainly because it doesn’t make me breakout and it keeps my face feeling so soft. Winner.
Out of the shower and on with organic brand Absolution’s Les Soin Regard Eye Cream. I’ve been using it under my eyes for a while now and it’s brilliant for getting rid of puffiness, adding brightness and (hopefully) preventing wrinkles…
To moisturise, I use cult brand The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors + HA - the hyaluronic acid protects and hydrates and it works well on my breakout-prone skin. A quick body moisturise with Sans (Ceuticals) Activator 7 Body, Hair and Face Oil and a scrunch of Organic Colour Systems’ Keep Curl Memory Gel in my damp hair - left to dry naturally for perfect waves.
For makeup, I start with Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser in Light/Medium. I always apply this with their cruelty free Blending Brush, swirling all over my face. I can’t leave the house without filling in my brows and making them even with Jane Iredale’s GreatShape Brow Kit and the PureLash Lash Conditioner is also a makeup bag staple of mine - I apply a thin coat and then follow with Ilia Beauty’s Mascara in Nightfall, both top and bottom lashes. For a final flourish, it’s back to Ilia and their creamy, highlighting Illuminator in Polka Dots & Moonbeams, I dabble a bit just above the cheeks and rub it in lightly. The rosehip oil in the formula is also super soothing on the skin. With a last minute face spritz of Jane Iredale’s Pommisst Hydration Spray, it’s away I go!
Lucy Vincent, Business and Communications Manager
I never used to be a morning person, until I got a job right opposite my house. For the last three years, I’ve been smugly relishing in the no-commute life which means a) more time in bed and b) more time spent languidly doing my hair and makeup before I dart across the road to the salon. I rarely ever wash my hair in the morning (it’s naturally poker straight and looks better on a night’s sleep) so I hop straight in the shower and reach for the cleanser. At the moment I’m using Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil - oil and balm cleansers are best for my combo skin - and wash my body with Organic Colour Systems’ Power Build Shampoo. Yep, you heard it right, shampoo as a shower gel. It’s a trick that Glasshouse founder Olivia shared with me and it saves me bathroom space, time and money. Thanks Olivia!
Once I’m out it’s time to moisturise. I often get sent lots of lovely products but I’m trying my hardest to not switch up my skincare so much. So right now it’s BYBI Beauty’s Supercharge Serum which has been plumping and hydrating my post-holiday skin beyond belief. I find it works best when left to settle for a bit - at this point I usually put the tea and toast on and watch the news, have a morning gossip with my flatmate or listen to Oasis very loud (mood-depending).
I’m a sucker for makeup and pretty much wear the same everyday, starting with Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals Foundation in Warm Silk - an insanely hydrating, nourishing tinted serum. I pump twice on my hand and break up the particles with Ilia’s Foundation Brush. This soft, angled miracle worker buffs the foundation in with total ease (I can do this bit without even looking in a mirror). Any blemishes or redness are covered with Jane Iredale’s Disappear Concealer in Light and then a dabble of RMS’ Master Mixer gets me glowing. My eyebrows are my “thing” and my face just doesn’t look right if I don’t brush them through and use Jane Iredale’s Great Shape Brow Kit in Brunette to tame them and fill them in. Natural and defined is the aim of the game with my brows.
I’m pretty lazy with eyes but have formed an emotional attachment to RMS’ Eye Polish in Lucky. I wish someone had told my 17 year old self that a thin line (I use a cotton bud) of something coppery and metallic is 100 x more flattering than a full lid of smokey eyeshadow. Sigh. One coat of Jane Iredale’s Lash Conditioner is non-negotiable for me as it genuinely makes my short eyelashes look LONG. Then I grab whatever mascara I have on hand - I’m not fussy and find that the lash conditioner makes any old mascara work so much harder. If I have meetings or am feeling sassy, I pucker on Ilia’s Multi-Stick in I Put A Spell On You. It’s taken me 25 years of life to discover that coral is “my” lip colour and I am never turning back. If I’m rushing, I adore The Gentle Label’s Organic Healing Balm - the ultimate nourishment for dry lips. Hair brushed, I’m out the door and in Glasshouse quicker than you can say “commute”.
Lucy Rickard, Junior Colourist
I usually set my alarm for about an hour and a half before actually getting up because my bed is too comfortable and I spend a bit of time doing an impression of a starfish. I then jump straight into the shower and use my Wake Up plant-based body wash - I’m not sure if it actually does wake me up but it smells nice and there are no nasties in there.
I brush my teeth, then, when I get out of the shower, I sit in my white fluffy dressing gown for a while (you can tell I’m not a morning person) before brushing my hair. I don’t usually wash my hair in the morning as it can be quite fluffy just after I’ve washed it because I’ve had it lightened a lot and have done for years. Washing it in the evening gives it a chance to calm down and distribute some of the natural oils through while I sleep.
Makeup-wise I’m pretty pared-back - I start with Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Primer followed by their Dream Tint Tinted Moisturiser for a bit of light coverage that just looks like my skin but better. Then I give my lashes a good coating of Jane Iredale’s PureLash Lash Conditioner before I put on my Ilia Mascara in Nightfall - this combination is my go-to for super long lashes and no smudges under my eyes after a long day. Then I fluff up my eyebrows with some Jane Iredale PureBrow Clear Brow Gel and that’s me pretty much done! The last step is to put on some deodorant (Natural Deodorant Co’s Vanilla & Manuka), clothes and jump on my bike!
Melissa Bresnahan, Stylist
In the morning I get up (always a good start) and have a shower where I cleanse my face - I use the Medik8 poreCleans Gel which is a sulphate-free cleanser that I like because it cleans my skin without drying it out.
I then wash my hair using Organic Colour Systems’ Power Build Shampoo and I like to do a treatment because my hair is blonde and damaged. I use the Revamp protein spray treatment which I’ve found really helps the condition and strengthens my hair. Then, to lock it all in, I condition with O&M’s Fine Intellect Conditioner. I love O&M because they have natural sulphate and paraben-free formulas, but they still feel nice and cosmetic, which is good for me because my hair is curly and I need something that will make it feel soft. When I hop out of the shower I put some RPR Tangerine Soufflé leave-in conditioner through my ends and then my Natural Deo Co Lemon & Geranium Deodorant.
Makeup-wise, I tend to just do base and mascara for day-to-day. I start off with Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals foundation in Satin because I really like the feel and it’s not too heavy, plus you can build it up if you’re going out after work or just put some powder over the top. I follow this with their PurePressed Powder and a spritz of the Balance Facial Hydration Spray to set everything.
Then I just use Jane Iredale’s GreatShape Brow Kit and finish with a lick of the Longest Lash Mascara which is great because you get so much product in the tube and it gives you nice fat lashes. If I happen to have any spots or break-outs, occasionally I’ll use RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-Up in 22 and that’s about it! I like to keep it simple.
Olivia Crighton, Director & Owner
First thing in the morning I have a celery juice, and then I do some dry body brushing before a bath. I find dry body brushing really improves my circulation and helps stimulate the lymphatic system, plus it leaves me with soft skin.
In my bath I normally put some epsom salts, and I cleanse my face with Honest Skincare’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm, which has a really nice base of avocado, shea and cocoa butter. I use Organic Colour Systems’ Power Build Shampoo on my hair, and also on my body as it’s a brilliant, gentle body wash too. I follow with Power Build Conditioner, and then when I’m out of the bath I pop on some Natural Deo Co Lemon & Geranium Deodorant.
I slather some Aqua Boost Leave-In Conditioner through the ends of my hair to protect them throughout the day, then use my Tangle Teezer to brush so my hair doesn’t snap when it’s wet. I brush my teeth using one of the Morihata charcoal-bristled toothbrushes and Dr Bronner toothpaste.
On my face I use the RMS Beauty Oil, followed by Jane Iredale’s Liquid Minerals in Golden Glow and their Purepressed Powder on top to set it and add a bit more coverage as the Liquid Minerals is quite sheer. I love a bit of RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Curious, a bright coral colour, and finish off with a lick of brown Ilia Beauty mascara - all done in about five minutes flat! Finally I have breakfast with my baby daughter Sadie - I try to have a lemon water, then I’ll eat wild blueberries and a banana with her. If I have time I take a herbal tea with me to sip on the go like a lemon balm, nettle leaf or raspberry leaf tea.
Mia Waldern, Stylist
Most mornings before work I go to the gym, so I need to wash my hair every day. I use the Power Build Shampoo which, as a frequent washer, I like because it cleans my scalp without over drying and adds a bit of protein to my hair to keep it strong. I follow that with the Fine Intellect Conditioner from O&M - I only need to use a tiny amount and it leaves my hair feeling really soft and looking shiny.
Then on my face I use Therapi’s Orange Blossom Hydrating Toner, followed by a facial oil that my friend Celine makes under a label called Wolf and Bear. It’s a customised Certified Organic face oil which is catered seasonally to your skin, so she hand makes them according to what your skin needs every season. The one I’m currently using is called Summer of Love and contains jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, evening primrose and a whole bunch of other lovely organic oils.
For makeup, usually I’ll do a drop of the Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream mixed with the Smooth Affair primer for oily skin - I’ve literally had the Glow Time for a year, it goes such a long way, and mixed with the primer it lasts me a long, busy day. The highlighter I like to use is Master Mixer as it has a subtle warm reflect, and I use it on my eyelids as well as my cheekbones. For my brows my trick is to use Jane Iredale’s Brow Gel in blonde - even though my brow hairs are dark. Often I find brown brow products have a very warm undertone, whereas the blonde is cooler so it just adds a bit of subtle colour, helps them stay upright and fluffy, and adds a shadow underneath the brow hairs without being too harsh or obvious.
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