5 Time Saving Beauty Products to Try This Year

Time Saving Beaty Products to Gift This holiday season

 Time Saving Beaty Products to Gift This holiday season

Today I am sharing my favorite time saving beauty products in collaboration with Ulta.

Time Saving Beauty Products

    1. T3 Curling Wand

      The T3 hair tools are definitely an investment, but I’ve been using mine a couple times a week for a year. I DEFINITELY feel I’ve recouped my investment and it’s my one of my BEST time saving beauty products.  I have the T3 Twirl Trio (which offers 3 different wand barrels) but I use the 1″ straight barrel attachment most often.   How does it save time?    The curls last!!!!   With the other wands I have tried, my curls fell out the same day.  I curl my hair with my T3 in about 10 minutes and then I don’t wash my hair for at least 3 days.   I air dry my hair, so investing just 10-15 minutes in curling my hair twice a week gives me great hair with no effort.

    2. Dry Shampoo

      Getting your hair to look good between extended washes is a process.   The less you wash it the less quickly it gets greasy.  There are about 2 weeks where you might want to throw in the towel but stick it out.   My hair gets greasy around day 2 or 3.   I find Batiste Dry Shampoo works as well as the more expensive spray dry shampoos.   I also love a dry shampoo paste mentioned in this blog post.

    3. Vinylux Nail Polish

      My Facebook followers turned me onto this nail polish and I haven’t been to the nail salon since!!!   As a mom, I was paying $40 in babysitting, in addition to $72 for a gel mani/pedi with tip.    Nail maintenance was really pinching my time and money and I am SO HAPPY to have found a polish that lasts.   My favorites shades are the “Romantique” and “Cream Puff“.   You will need to use the Vinylux topcoat to make the polish last a week.  The polish and topcoat combined cost less than my babysitting fees for one trip to the nail salon.

    4. Lash Serum

      I never had lash extensions, but that’s another appointment you can skip out on if you grow your own lashes.   I have been using lash serum for probably 9 months and the difference is amazing.   It takes about a month of nightly application to see the difference but then – suddenly – your lashes will appear to have almost doubled in length!

    5. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

      Since becoming a work at home mom, I sleep less than before.  My uninterrupted work day starts at bedtime so I keep late hours.   I have tried LOTS of concealers to hide my tired eyes and Shape Tape is my favorite.   What I love about this concealer is that it doesn’t easily rub off or smudge your other eye make up.    It goes on a bit “wetter” than some other concealers so my initial reaction was that the coverage would be too thin.  I lightly spread it in a pie shape under my eyes and let it dry for a minute while I apply other makeup, and then go back and blend it out.  I have the shade “fair neutral” for when I am pale, and “light-medium honey” for when I am tan.   One tube, used EVERY DAY has lasted me nearly a year.   A little goes a long way.

must try time saving beauty products

Holiday Beauty Sets

I also want so share some goodies I grabbed at Ulta to amp up my holiday makeup!   On an everyday basis I don’t wear a lot of makeup so it’s fun to glam up for holiday events.   I grabbed a Tarte Holiday Gift set that included a bunch of eyeshadows, bronzer, blush and lip paint.   Tarte is my overall favorite beauty brand and this set bundles a lot of great products to try at once.  I have hooded eyes so I only wear eyeshadow for special occasions – like holiday parties.   I like that this set lets me try out shades I wouldn’t otherwise pick out individually.   If anyone else has hooded eyes and wants a post about makeup tips – drop a comment below!

Are you die hard for a certain mascara?

The holiday beauty sets that come out this time of year a great way to try new products and tools from brands you love.   I think this mascara set is a great stocking stuffer.   These two products combined hold their own against most high end mascara favorites.   What’s your favorite mascara?   I was finding my favorite, “Better Than Sex” was drying out too quickly but a few people told me you can refresh it with a drop of saline (contact solution).    Someone told me they extended their tube almost a year with this beauty trick.   NYX “Double Stacked” mascara is another great product.   It adds a lot of length and volume and doesn’t flake off.  Speaking of NYX, I also love their Butter Gloss which is super moisturizing for the Winter.  I have shades “strawberry cheesecake” and “cremè brûlée”.

Are you asking for any time saving beauty products ?   Or other beauty gifts?

Did you make any beauty purchases during Cyber Week?  I purchased some new makeup brushes to start fresh with in 2018.  I am also wondering if any of you have tried this straightening brush, or another?  I have heard great things.

Please share your favorite time saving beauty products in the comments below so we can all learn from each other!   Thanks for stopping by!!!   Have a great holiday season.

Thank you to Ulta for sponsoring this post.

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  • Kim
    December 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Yes please on the hooded eye tips!

    • Rachel
      December 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      on it!!! thanks Kim

  • Sara
    December 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Hey! I’d love a makeup tutorial for hooded eyes!!! Thx!!!

    • Rachel
      December 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      thanks Sara! will do

  • Sherry
    December 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I love better than sex mascara!! I buy the small travel size tubes that are $12.00. They never dry out and I find them easier to apply. I normally stock up when ulta has 20% off sale.

    • Rachel
      December 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Sherry!
      I did the same thing. I still thought it dried out fast so I’m gonna be using that refresh trick with the saline. it’s such a good mascara. Happy Holidays!!!