Like most mom’s (or people in general) I hustle to get out the door in the morning. Whether I’m off to preschool or heading to the office I try to put on a fresh face and neaten my hair before I head off to start my day. I am sharing my favorite beauty tools and tricks for making the morning beauty routine fast and efficient.
It feels funny to write a beauty post because I do not wear much make-up or do anything fancy with my hair. I sometimes feel like my beauty routine is a bit lazy but my style is a more natural look. I also put a lot of (over) thought into the ingredients of each product I use. I am particular about what brands I like to support and what ingredients I will put on my skin. The Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetic Database of beauty products is what I use most often to see how chemically ridden my cosmetics are. I know many people don’t think chemicals in cosmetics and pesticides on foods make much of a difference but they are a concern to me and I make a conscious effort to avoid as many chemical as possible.
- HAIR: I can only speak to what I find helpful for MOSTLY straight hair. My hair is fine but I have lots of it. It is straight besides some random kinks so it is only sleek and smooth if I make the effort to style it. One trick (that I hope my boss doesn’t read) is to shower at home and bring my blow dry brush (under $30) to work with me. By the time I arrive at office my hair is mostly dry so I can fake the look of a timely blow-out in under 5 minutes. I have a friend with very curly hair who used this dryer to straighter her hair as well. If I shower and head to bed with a wet mop I love the In-Styler Max Curling Iron because it has a rotating brush that gives more of a polished look rather than something a little more stick straight and choppy like my other straightener.
- Skin: My skin is dry in the winter. I love the Bare Minerals Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (a fancy term for tinted moisturizer). It’s a quick and easy way to smooth you skin with light coverage and no need for fancy tools, just your fingers, to apply in a hurry. I then use my favorite creamy under eye concealer (I have the Vanilla shade) which is a splurge for me but lasts a very long time. It’s thick so it provides good coverage and doesn’t seep into the growing fine lines around my eyes. It makes me look less tired than coffee and costs less than a few lattes at Starbucks.
- Cheeks/Lips: I love a lip/cheek combination pencil in a nude shade (I like Soul) to bring some natural color to my face. Using one product in both areas saves time and makes your make-up natural and cohesive. The pencil makes for easy application using only the addition of my favorite make-up tool – my fingers! I also love this Tarte matte bronzer (in shade Park Ave. Princess) which I started using at the suggestion of my make-up guru friend. Outside of a couple summer months in Connecticut my skin gets easily washed out.
- Mascara: I need your help here! I am not devoted to any particular mascara. After looking online I was thinking about trying this mascara because it has relatively clean ingredients and includes castor oil which is supposed to help your lashes grow. Right now I am using the L’oreal telescopic mascara which I do like (not love), but the EWG ratings are not great, so I’m trying to find something better.
- Clothes: of course who doesn’t know to lie out your clothes the night before if you know you have an early morning the next day. It shaves a few minutes off your routine so I figured it was worth mentioning the obvious. Oh, and pack your lunch! I always fail at this and end up crawling into the cabinets at work desperate to find anything to eat.
What are your favorite beauty products? I’d love to know! It’s definitely not my forte – so I’d appreciate hearing from you!