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8 Beauty Products to Speed Up Your Routine

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**You may notice some of these links come from the blog maskcara.com. I just want to clarify that everything I know about makeup I learned from her and I love her products. I am not affiliated in any way but highly recommend her for makeup tips, advice, and amazing products. There are also Amazon affiliate links for some of these products. That means, if you choose to purchase a product through one of my Amazon links, at no additional cost to you, I will receive a small commission. Ok…on to the good stuff…

I feel like people are finally realizing that not everybody has an hour to get ready everyday and products that speed up that process are hot right now. There are more than ever before. Here a few that are my go-tos currently.

hac pack1. IIID Foundation

This is the holy grail of contouring for busy people. If you think highlighting and contouring will take too much time, watch this video and see if it doesn’t convince you. It’s so easy, you don’t need anything underneath it and it makes your face look like you have the perfect lighting following you around all day. I seriously love this stuff and the fact that the palette includes foundation, blush, and illuminator means you don’t need much else in your makeup kit. You can use the cream blush on your lips for a little color and the contour color on your eyes if you want. It’s so quick! If you feel intimidated, check out this post.

Hac brush2. 30 Second HAC Brush

This brush is on my list to purchase next time I refill my IIID foundation. It is dual-sided with one side short and dense for your contour color and the other side more like a foundation brush for your highlight color. With such a large surface area on each side, your foundation would have to go on super quick!

bb cream3. Loreal BB Cream

If you aren’t interested at all in highlighting and contouring, a BB Cream might be your answer. You put it on like you would moisturizer and it evens out your skin tone and gives you a little color. It’s the quickest all-over face option. You can get them with SPF which is super important to your skin health. I sometimes use this one under the IIID Foundation if I feel like I need a little more coverage.

maybelline mascara4. Define-a-Lash Mascara

Using just a touch of mascara really makes my eyes pop and makes me look awake and alert. Even without any other eye makeup, this one makes the biggest difference. I like this one because it doesn’t smudge and it makes my lashes look super long and separated, without making them spidery. Not only that, but it’s a steal at less than $6.

brow duo5. Anasastia Brow Duo

Most of us underestimate how important our brows are. I suggest getting them professionally shaped and then working to maintain that shape by tweezing on a regular basis. Then you can quickly fill them in where they need it. Here is a great post about eyebrows. I have found that using a brow shadow is the quickest way to fill in my brows on a regular day.

makeup organizer6. Clear Makeup Organizer

To make painting your face even easier, get something to organize your products and tools that is super easy to navigate. Since this one is clear, I can always see where everything is and it makes it so simple to grab what I need and get on with life. It sure beats digging through a makeup bag.

round brush7. Ceramic Round Brush

I used to dread using a ceramic round brush because my hair would always get stuck in the crack between the barrel and the handle and it was excruciating to pull it out! I decided to invest a little more in my brushes and found this jewel. My hair never gets caught and it gives my roots crazy volume. Not only that, it does it all in under 6 minutes for me!

batiste8. Batiste Dry Shampoo

I have super thin hair and so a good dry shampoo is imperative for me. This stuff is super cheap and I love the way it covers up my thin spots. I have a cowlick in the back of my head and my hair always parts there. I used to use the brown bumble and bumble dry shampoo to help camouflage it but at almost $40 a pop and only a handful of places in the state to buy it, it wasn’t realistic. This is the perfect dupe and you can buy it almost anywhere.

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What products do you use that make your beauty routine quicker? Do you use any of these? Do you like them?

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15 Minute Get Ready Routine for Busy Moms

Get Ready SquareLook, I feel you. What is the point of spending an hour every morning to blow-dry your hair, primp your face, and style your OOTD just to stay cooped up inside all day chasing around crazy little monsters? We all know there is no point in wearing stylish clothes when they’re just going to be pooped on, puked on, and covered in sticky who-knows-what. I mean, this isn’t 1950 and we all know it isn’t our “womanly duty” to look sexy for our husbands before they get up in the morning until after they go to sleep.

When I was young and single I had a discussion with a friend about the controversial “getting ready every day” idea. She said, “Oh please tell me you are not going to be one of those moms who takes her kids to school in her pajamas! That is so embarrassing! Please tell me you will not do that to your future children!” I laughed it off at the time and said, “Yeah, I probably will. I don’t care what people think of me.”

If you know me, you have likely seen me in paint-stained yoga pants and a holey t-shirt with my hair smashed on one side from sleeping on it the night before and zero makeup, walking down the aisles at Walmart. I would give my old friend nightmares if she saw me now. 

But let’s face it ladies, while we may not care what people think of us, we should care about how we feel about ourselves. The truth is, when I spend even 15 minutes to get ready and put on jeans instead of paint-stained yoga pants, I feel so much more confident, productive, and more like myself. We all have 15 minutes in a day to get a little bit ready. Everybody’s routine is going to be different but here is what I’ve found works.

Hair3 7 Minute Hair

I tried, for an entire year, to like my hair long. I am obsessed with pictures and tutorials for long, beautiful hair. I tried really hard to take care of my hair and grow it out. Then I realized one day, I’m not meant to have long hair. Not only is my hair just too thin and long hair definitely does not flatter me, I was not willing to put in the work to style it everyday. 

So, I found a cute short haircut, got it cut a few months ago, and am in love with it! It’s definitely a “mom cut” and I don’t even care. I can style my hair from soaking wet to done in less than 7 minutes and it looks like I spent an hour. I know this because my four-year-old son always tells me how nice my hair looks when I’m done, and we all know kids never lie about your looks. It has lots of layers and I use a round brush and hairdryer. If you have more hair than me, you can probably get away with not washing it as often and just use some dry shampoo to revive your hair from yesterday. 

Whatever your style is, if you can’t make it look decent in 7 minutes, it may not be worth it. 

Items of business:

1. Is your current hairstyle serving you? Can you make it look good in 7 minutes? Can you go a day or two without washing it and still fix it to look nice? If not, look for a new style. I would say that most of the time, shorter styles are so much easier. There is just less hair to deal with. If you’re super attached to long hair, learn some quick braids, easy up-dos, or hairstyles you can keep alive for several days. This is an amazing tutorial (hair starts around 5:45 minute mark) for long hair and if you can get away with it, go for it!

2. Keep your tools easily accessible. If you’re like me you might have curling irons, wands, flat irons, hair dryers with different attachments, and all manner of combs, picks, and brushes.  Maybe you are a product hoarder and have 20 different bottles that you rarely use. Find what you will need on a daily basis and set it apart from the rest. Easily accessible means less fuss and less time.

Makeup35 Minute Makeup

I am known for being an all or nothing kind of girl. Some people may say that I either look like I’m dying or I’m going to the Prom. So it’s hard to prioritize my makeup routine sometimes. For a long time it was either my whole face or nothing at all. In the last year or so I have been better about trying to put on the essentials most days and I always feel so much better and even accomplished. I know it’s ridiculous to say that putting on makeup makes me feel accomplished but it does.

Again, everybody’s routine will be different but I have found that for me, only a couple of essentials changes my whole attitude about how I feel about myself. On regular days, when I don’t necessarily have anything to get dolled up for I wear a highlighting and contouring product (in lieu of foundation), blush, mascara, and lip gloss. Sometimes I quickly fill in my brows. I can easily do this in under 5 minutes. Now that I try a little harder on most days, my kids will sometimes notice and say, “Are we going to church?” Ummm…no honey, mommy just decided to stop being a slob. 

Two things to figure out what your routine is: 

1. Experiment with what products you feel like you need the most. What are your absolute essentials? What can you get on your face, to make you look the best, in five minutes flat? If you are really struggling, do a little research and you’re bound to come up with some excellent tutorials. I love this one from maskcara.

2. Keep those products separate from the rest of your makeup. Maybe in a small makeup bag or a clear makeup organizer. If you don’t have to dig through compacts and tubes to find those essentials, it will cut off a significant amount of time.

clothes main3 Minute Outfit

I realize paint-stained yoga pants are comfortable, really I do. Especially when you are on this upward climb in size and you don’t want to buy new clothes because, really, what a waste of money. You’re going to lose that weight and then you’ll buy a whole new wardrobe. But for now, the only pair of jeans you can get on are dirty and these paint-stained yoga pants are calling your name. Ok, maybe not everybody wears paint-stained yoga pants. You might just wear nice yoga pants. If you feel good in them, go ahead. But if you feel more put together in at least some jeans, try it for a while.

For Christmas my husband took me shopping. He lovingly told me that he appreciated how I always bought him and the kids clothes but that I never bought myself clothes. I started in with the, “when I lose some weight…” He cut me off and said, “But you need clothes now.” So he bought me four pairs of new jeans. They were knock-offs and super cheap but they feel so nice to wear. They actually fit and I feel so much better when I’m out in public and don’t have to worry if the checker at the store is wondering if I can afford clothes or not. Again, lovingly, my husband told me, “I swear, if I see you wear those paint-stained yoga pants again…” It was a loving warning I suppose 🙂

How to get there:

1. If you don’t already own enough clothes that fit for a week, get some. There is no shame in buying secondhand, as long as they actually fit. Or buy from a discount store where there are last season’s brand names. If all you own is yoga pants or basketball shorts, that is all you will wear. Try wearing some nice fitting jeans one day and see how you feel.

2. Set out your clothes the night before. It’s weird how the night before it will probably only take you 2 minutes, supposing you have clothes to choose from, to figure out what you can wear tomorrow. If you wait until morning, when you’re kind of groggy and disoriented, it could take a whole lot longer. Also, wear a cute apron when cooking and feeding kids, it keeps your clothes so much cleaner!

Have I convinced you that you can do this yet? Try setting a timer the first few times for each phase of your routine to push yourself to do it quickly. I promise, you’ll see. You’ll see how nobody can justify not using 15 minutes in the morning to looking and feeling 100X better for the rest of the day. Let me know how it goes, I’m excited to hear about it!

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Special thanks to my gorgeous sister Amie for being my model. Truth be told, she doesn’t even need 15 minutes to look this stunning!

So are you one of those people that is always put together? Or do you gravitate toward the “I don’t really care” side? What are your tips for getting ready quick?

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10 Favorite Winter Skin Products

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Even though we are hopefully on the downhill slide of winter, I want to share with you my favorite winter skin products. In fact, I use these products all year round but they are especially important in the winter when my skin is much dryer than normal. Most of them work lovely with sensitive skin, such as mine, and help me to avoid that dry, flaky skin look that I have struggled with most of my life. If you haven’t tried these products, give them a try. They just might be the answer to one of your dry skin issues.

**I have included affiliate links to these products. Meaning that if you choose to purchase any of these products through the links I provide, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

1. Cetaphil Daily Cleanser

After trying so many different kinds of cleansers through the years I am seriously impressed with this one. It is gentle enough to not dry my skin out but strong enough to take off most of my makeup. I still use a makeup remover for eye makeup but I have to do that with pretty much any cleanser. The best part about this stuff? It costs like $11 and lasts for a really long time.

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

My skin is really weird and one day it seems super greasy while the next day it’s dry as a bone and flaky. I used to use an acne preventing moisturizer but realized it was really drying my skin out in the winter. So I switched to a super moisturizing night cream at night but used it during the day too because it kept my face so moisturized. Well, at $15 for a small bottle I was going through it really fast. I picked this up since I was such a fan of the cleanser and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. A huge bottle that I use morning and night and it is seriously dirt cheap. $11 for a huge bottle that lasts forever. I’ve had mine for over two months and haven’t used even a quarter of it.

3. St. Ives Lotion

I am really picky about lotion because I hate the kind that is super greasy and doesn’t absorb but then there are also the ones that feel like they evaporate on your skin and leave it feeling dryer. This one seems to be an affordable medium ground. I use it all over my body everyday after showering and it keeps my skin smooth and moisturized. It’s only about $4 for a big bottle and smells delicious!

 
4. Body Shop Body Butter

I have a ritual when I get into bed. I ALWAYS put some kind of lotion on my feet to avoid cracking soles and heels. When I can afford it, I love Body Shop Body Butters. They are silky smooth, smell amazing, and a little goes a long way. This container is about $14 but I am yet to find a body butter that absorbs like these ones. If you know of a less expensive option that works great, let me know in the comments.

5. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Cracking cuticles are the bain of my existence. Maybe it’s partly because wearing gloves to do the dishes is kind of a pain in my butt. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it but my cuticles always pay the price. This cuticle cream smells amazing and it feels so good to massage it into my nail beds at bedtime or after cleaning. At about $7 it seems pretty pricey but a little goes a long way.

6. Super Glue

Here is an extra little tip for bleeding, cracked cuticles and any dry cracks on your skin. I use super glue on those cracks until they heal up. It creates this waterproof barrier that allows the skin to heal and stops the constant pain every time you dip your hands in water or the freezing cold air hits them. I’m not kidding about this. My husband works outside with horses all day and his hands always have several cracks in them. Super glue is the holy grail of healing them.

7. Oil of Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion

After seeing all the raving fans talk about their clarisonic I was itching to buy my own. But at $150 there was no way I could justify that kind of a purchase. So I started looking for a cheaper option and after reading the reviews for this Oil of Olay Pro-X Microdermabrasion kit I decided to take the splurge for less than $30. I love it! Now to be fair, I can’t compare it to the clarisonic because I’ve never owned one, but it seemed to do the job for me. It makes my skin super soft and even and everything I put on afterwards seems to absorb and blend flawlessly. I use it a couple of times a week and the microdermabrasion product only once a week. My makeup always looks amazing after I use it.

8. St. Ives Apricot Scrub

When my skin feels like it has some buildup and I just don’t want to take the time to use the Oil of Olay Pro-X, I default to my oldie but goodie apricot scrub. It’s a quick exfoliation that removes the gunk and reveals softer, smoother skin. If your skin is starting to flake from dryness in the winter, use this and then a good moisturizer (like the cetaphil) and it is usually enough to stop that before it gets out of hand. For like $3 I would say this is a steal!

9. Bath and Body Works Shea Cashmere Hand Cream

This is another one of those, when I can afford it I love this luxury. This hand cream really does feel like cashmere, or what I would imagine it to feel like. If you can’t tell by now, I’m a super cheap girl and cashmere has never been part of my wardrobe. However, this stuff is like liquid gold for your hands. It smells absolutely incredible and feels amazing when your hands are dry and cracked from the cold. At around $9 for a small bottle, it’s an investment.

10. Burts Bees Lip Balm

I use this stuff religiously. Ask anybody who knows me and they will tell you I carry chapstick with me absolutely everywhere. Even in high school my friends made fun of me because I always had to have my chapstick. In fact, I think I’m addicted to it. For real. When I don’t wear it my lips turn into lizard scales and crack and bleed. I’ve changed brands a lot throughout the years but I love Burt’s Bees, especially the pomegranate one. And since I can find this on Amazon subscribe and save in a 4-pack, I literally get it almost every month and put each one in a different location so I’m never without it. Kind of pathetic I know. Did you know there is a Lip Balm Anonymous website for people addicted to chapstick? I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be for real.

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Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these products and like them or if you have any other products you would recommend. We could all benefit from a little TLC this winter I think.

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