Nina Zilka, Alder New York's CEO's, Morning Routine

Nina Zilka, Alder New York's CEO's, Morning Routine

First of all, weekday mornings and weekend morning are 2 totally different things. I have a good routine going most weekdays down to the supplements I take, and then if it’s Saturday I just forget it all.

But assuming it’s a weekday and I’m on top of it, I usually wake up and first thing drink a glass of water, because it’s really important to hydrate after 8 hours of sleep. Your skin shows it, and your other organs need it too. I take a vitamin D3 vitamin with it, because I recently found out I'm way vitamin D deficient and this is what my doctor recommended, and a probiotic supplement.

I’m a night time showerer, and I always wash my face in the shower- I use Alder New York’s Face Cleanser and then I use this little scrubby silicone brush I read about on The Strategist. It’s a game changer. I used to use a Clarisonic but changing the brush was such a pain. This scrubby is naturally antibacterial and it’s the best. I love using it with the cleanser- the combo leave my skin very soft.

Nina Zilka's Morning Routine

So anyway, I don’t wash my face again in the morning 'cus I don’t want to overdry it. So I usually just get up, use Alder New York’s Everyday Face Serum, a bit of ANY moisturizer and then, if I’m just working at the office and we don’t have any big meetings planned, I’ll just dab on a bit of Super Goop’s Mineral Sunscreen- I like that it’s matte and adds a bit of color to my face. If I'm going for full makeup, I use Juice Beauty's foundation. That's one of my clean beauty secrets. A while ago we had an intern who was very into makeup and when I first wore the Juice foundation, I walked in and she was like, is that NARS? That was the ultimate clean beauty stamp of approval in my eyes. Under my eyes I use Kevin Aucoin concealer- I was using Juice Beauty’s and I really strive to use fully clean cosmetics but I got this sample of Kevyn Aucoin’s and not gonna lie, it just works so well. Right now I'm doing a sparkly eye thing, and I like MAC's color pallet in warm gold- I'm less stressed about super clean cosmetics for products I don't wear as regularly, and MAC's not too bad anyway. And they just do really good pigments. Sometimes I'll use Milk Makeup's pink sparkly eye shadow- that's super quick to apply and very fun. But it makes me feel a little, young, maybe, and that's generally not what I'm going for for meetings with editors or buyers. That's maybe more of a weekend look. For eyebrows I'm using YSL's eyebrow pallet and Bobby Brow's brow shaper in brunette. Some people swear by Boy Brow, but I think Bobby Brown's is more pigmented and stronger holding, and creates more of a look, at least for me. I use Chanel eyeliner in a chocolaty brown, and then finish it all with Benefit mascara, whichever the newest one is. That's the mascara brand I am ride or die about. They just make my eyelashes look so thick. For lips, I swear by Burt's Bee's tinted lip balms. It gives just a little bit of color, the perfect amount.Nina Zilka's Morning RoutineI don't wash my hair that often- it's thick and curly, so most days it’s just a bit of Texture Powder at the roots to keep it looking nice. Legit, that's why we made Texture Powder- I never wash my hair and couldn't find anything that was clean that I liked to use. After I wash it, when it's wet, I use a bit of Oaui Curl Jelly- really liking that right now. It keeps it frizz free but not crunchy at all. And then I’ll use DivaCurl Set it Free if it’s humid out. I hate, hate, hate the packaging for it- obviously I like sleek packaging, and this isn't good packaging. I have to hide it. But it works. 
Nina Zilka's Morning Routine
Then I usually drink some coffee my husband made- he’s a coffee person, so it’s always something nice and fancy like Hart’s in a Chemex. I’m truly a Café Bustelo girl- I genuinely like how it tastes, but I also am happy to drink nice coffee if it’s made for me. Splash of almond milk, and then I’ll usually make us a smoothie- spinach, banana, orange juice, tahini, and frozen mango. And then that’s it! Usually I'm done and out the door five minutes later than I’d hoped but oh well.


That’s awesome Annie! We hope you love all your picks.

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