Finding My Routine

by Danielle Romanetti of fibre space


When I hit forty, I realized that I really needed to start paying attention to my daily cleansing and moisturizing routine. I stopped into Bellacara for some help and to try out a few products. I am always looking for clean cosmetics, so their team pointed me to Indie Lee and Maya Chia. I had assumed my skin was oily because it had been two decades ago, but their team pointed out that now, it was dry. I had been using products for the skin I had in my twenties! I tested a few products and settled on the following routine.



Quick wash with Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, followed by their Superfruit Facial Cream mixed with Coola Full Spectrum Sunsilk Drops for sun protection. I also mix in Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, which is a small, tiny pot of super thick foundation that you can mix into your face moisturizer for a bit of tint and coverage. I love this product because I can use a lot for photoshoots or tv appearances or just a little to even out my skin tone.


Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser 


Coola Sun Silk Drops


Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer




I start with Maya Chia Nourishing Supercritical Cleansing Oil. This oil cleanser smells amazing and also removes eye makeup better than anything I’ve ever used. I massage it all over my face and eyes, making sure to get all of the makeup off before putting a little water into my hands and rubbing that in as well. The mix of oil and water pulls all of the dirt and grime out of your pores. I then use Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser and water. To moisturize my face, I spray Maya Chia The Optimist Hydrating Brightening Essence all over my face. My next step is to apply a serum. I chose the Maya Chia Superblend Pressed Serum Concentrate. Unlike other serums, it is not a liquid but a thick balm that melts in your hands and really provides amazing moisture and nutrients to the skin. I follow this with the Indie Lee Superfruit moisturizer. When I wake up in the AM, my face is bright and glowing and ready for makeup!


Maya Chia Nourishing Supercritical Cleansing Oil


Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser 

Maya Chia The Optimist Hydrating Brightening Essence

Maya Chia Superblend Pressed Serum Concentrate


Indie Lee Superfruit Moisturizer



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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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