Angelique Cabral on Icy Face, Full Moons, and Why She’s No Longer Training Two Hours a Day
It may be summer, but Angélique Cabral’s schedule is busier than ever. “It’s been such a fun time for me,” the 43-year-old mother of two shares from her “quiet place” in her car. “I have two shows right now! On two different platforms!
Programming: Season 2 of Fact on Amazon Prime, which Cabral considers a project very close to his heart, as well as the “surreal” single-camera comedy, Maggienow available on Hulu.
“I have such a big attachment to these two shows, but they are each so different,” she shares. “They’re especially special to me, because I’m very spiritual and I meditate a lot and that’s something that both shows work in. I’m very proud and it’s a really fun time – I don’t really think that, professionally, I have never heard a moment like this.
I like how you said you meditate. How does wellness and self-care work for you with two young children?
“Oh my God, I think there’s a Saturn, and a retrograde, and a huge full moon entering this very powerful new moon right now. Let’s say I’ve been very high. There’s been a lot of stress and strong emotions and things happened with the two children. There’s a lot going on and a lot of moving parts.
But I’ve found in my life that saying “no” to things, like commitments that don’t serve me or things that spread me too thinly, is key. This summer, I’m really trying to have fun with the kids and my family and put them first.
For me, meditation is very important; I am a Kundalini practitioner, and have been practicing Kundalini for 13 years. It’s something I start my day with, and it’s something I come back to throughout the day. I play mantras. I take a few minutes several times a day to ground myself, focus, go within, and breathe. Literally everyone who knows me well knows the mantras, because they always play in my car, they always play in my house. I wear a bracelet on my left wrist which is a Kundalini bracelet. I’m a very deep practitioner, to the point that I can’t really go through my day without it. I find that if I can just get back to my breath and come back inside and come back to myself, I can navigate through anything.
But, yeah, there are a lot of moving parts – the kids, my husband, my house, those two shows, social media. It can seem very overwhelming. It can sometimes seem overwhelming, but I find that if I just put one foot in front of the other, I anchor myself and things align.
Good solid advice.
“I guess my other thing is that I have to train every day. It’s a real thing for me. I have to exercise every day.
That was my next question. I know you like fitness a lot. What does it give you at the moment on a daily basis?
“I like what you say at present, because it has changed so much since COVID and so much since my second child. Pre-COVID, pre-kid, I was running marathons or doing yoga or Tracy Anderson. I did Tracy Anderson for about six years, two hours a day. Very hardcore. With COVID I’ve taken a step back from such a rigorous routine and now I walk and run on my treadmill every day for about 30 minutes and then maybe go for an evening walk with my kids or running around with my kids or making fun out of exercise, instead of being pretty rigorous and strict and regimented. It’s much more fun and easier.
And I’ve had people tell me I’ve never looked so beautiful. I don’t know if it’s true, but I think there is an ease for me; I know I’m more relaxed now than I’m thinking, ‘I have to do two hours! I have to burn those many calories! I must be a psychopath for that! It’s definitely more fun now.
But, every day, I have to do something. I absolutely have to move my body. My husband and I joke about it: if we haven’t worked, you’re going to find slightly more nervous versions of us. Let me run and sweat – I’ll feel better, and when I feel better, I’ll be a better mother and I’ll be a better wife. I also like to sweat; I make a sauna or a sweat bed. Usually at night once the kids are in bed I do this about two or three times a week just to distribute the toxins and detox.
So you like to sweat… and skincare?
“Well, I love a face roller. Like an ice cream roller. Every morning before I go on set, I have to do a face roller. Usually in driving, I have an ice cream that I I bought on Amazon.There are also some fancier ones that look like jade or whatever, but this thing works.It moves your face and wakes it up, exercises it, and also helps makeup stay on longer.
I also love the Skyn Iceland eye gels. These are great. I use them every day. I also use iS Clinical, they have some great serums. I love a serum before applying my makeup; I used Meaningful Beauty for a long time because I was one of the faces. I love a good base serum to help smooth out tiny pores and help makeup stay put.
“And then I love a ChapStick. I always just have an old Strawberry or Original ChapStick in my bag between takes, so my lips are moist.
I would also say other things I’ve learned is that sleep is so important to my beauty routine now that I have two kids. I can never be too tired. I go to bed between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and sleep seven to eight hours. It is enormous. That should have been the first thing I said!
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