Mornings In Russia

Wondering about Russian beauty routines? What beauty products do women use in Russia? And what's the typical Russian breakfast? Click through for one Russian woman's beauty tips and favorite breakfast!

Name: Varvara Lyalyagina
Hometown: born in St.Petersburg, currently live in Nizhny Novgorod
Age: 31
Occupation: Human Resources manager

My alarm is set for

7.00 am. I use the smart alarm which is supposed to wake me up gently depending on my sleeping cycle (usually starting from 6.30 am). It doesn’t help – I am totally not an early bird. So, I hardly pull myself out of bed at 7.15 am and I have just 30 minutes to get ready before I leave.

My Russian breakfast

I don’t usually have time to have breakfast at home, so I pour tea into my tumbler mug and sometimes grab the bottle of drinking yogurt, so I can drink it on the way to work. When I have time (or during the weekends when I am not in a rush) I spoil myself and have porridge with fruits and berries or fried eggs with sausage.
Wondering about Russian beauty routines? What beauty products do women use in Russia? And what's the typical Russian breakfast? Click through for one Russian woman's beauty tips and favorite breakfast!

My Russian beauty routine

My makeup routine is usually pretty quick. I exfoliate with Natura Siberica (the label says it contains pips of arctic raspberries. Who knows? I like how it takes care of my skin). I put the Estee Lauder Idealist as a base, then Kiehl’s BB cream.
Lastly I take care of my eyes. First with Estee Lauder Eye Cooling under my eyes, then I curl my lashes (I can’t live without it!) and I put the Trish McEvoy mascara (it’s just AMAZING but I have to confess I bought it in London as it’s not sold in Russia).
Who am I kidding? I don’t always have time for make-up, so I take it all to work and do it quickly there (I am lucky to have the mirror in my office). My passion is my hair. I wash it every second day (and my fringe every day) and I straighten it with my pink hair iron.
Wondering about Russian beauty routines? What beauty products do women use in Russia? And what's the typical Russian breakfast? Click through for one Russian woman's beauty tips and favorite breakfast!Wondering about Russian beauty routines? What beauty products do women use in Russia? And what's the typical Russian breakfast? Click through for one Russian woman's beauty tips and favorite breakfast!

My Russian commute

Right now, I work in a factory in the industrial zone outside the city, so I have to take the bus. Fortunately, the company has the bus is waiting for me outside the front door each morning. The drive takes 45-60 min depending on the traffic and makes me fondly recall when I worked in Moscow and my commute was an eight minute walk.

Thanks for sharing, Varvara! Any other Russian readers? What’s your morning routine? 

P.S. My 3-product makeup bag!

photos by haylee // anton novoselov // indi samarajiva // jeffreyw // denna jones

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