How to Cut Your Morning Beauty Routine in Half

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You’d love to have time to sip your coffee while reading the morning paper or cook your kids a homemade breakfast, but alas, time is not in your favor. Unless you want to look like you just rolled out of bed at work, the fun morning rituals have to go. Not true! Here are eight great ways to cut your morning routine dramatically, so you can fake that Mad Men-era high maintenance and spend more time doing what you really want or need to do.

1. Dry Shampoo – I usually only wash my hair every two to three days. In between, I use a dry shampoo that prolongs my blowout or other styling, keeps hair smelling fresh, prevents oil and adds volume. Tips: Buy a travel size to keep in your purse for after work touch ups. Also, spray under the hair at the roots instead of on top to avoid visible powder splotches, or if it’s in a powder form, spray into your hand first and then work it through your hair. Two brands I use: Pssssst (best budget buy) and Klorane (non aerosol)

2. Microfiber Hair Towels – On the days you do wash your hair, this hair towel will dramatically reduce your blow drying time. Tip: Do not wash it with fabric softener because it will reduce its moisture wicking capabilities.

3. BB or CC Cream – A tinted moisturizer, skin protectant and serum all in one. I use Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45. It provides more coverage than many of the other brands, gives my skin a dewy glow and has a high spf. While it isn’t cheap, I figure I am still saving money by not buying two other products to complete my skin care routine.

4. Spray on Body Moisturizer – Quicker than applying regular moisturizer, just hold your breath! I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds good and they claim it’s absorbed within 10 seconds.

5. Skip Eye Cream – Despite the claims, most eye creams rarely do more than your regular moisturizer. Plus, the area under your eyes needs spf protection too and not all eye creams offer it. Warning – don’t go too close to your actual eye that the product gets in your eye, even if it’s eye cream.

6. Lip & Cheek Stain – Multi-tasking stains save time and money. Stains also last longer (less time spent reapplying), give you a more natural, flushed look and are perfect for travel (one less product to squeeze into your zip lock bag). I use Benefit’s Benetint.

7. Mascara  – When applying mascara, position the wand at the base of the lashes and gently wiggle it back and forth. This deposits a coat of color that mimics eyeliner, so you can cut eyeliner out of your routine. I love this mascara and think it performs better than most department store brands.

8. Perfume – If you have to skip a shower, don’t forget perfume. Stash a roll-on in your purse to apply on the go without disturbing your neighbors. Here’s an application tip: apply your perfume in the crease of your arm or behind your knee. These areas help emit the fragrance like your neck or wrist would, but don’t expose your jewelry to the perfume compounds and oils that often cause chemical reactions, resulting in jewelry tarnishing.

For other great beauty buys and tips, check out our past posts:

– How to do no chip manicures at home

– Great beauty travel gadgets

– The best drugstore beauty buys

Photo source, with my words.

Jonathan Adler for bareMinerals

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One of my favorite designers has teamed up with bareMinerals to create a limited edition collectors set. The set contains bareMinerals silky smooth Deluxe Original Powder Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and a brush for easy application all together in a keepsake box. Love the pattern! Wouldn’t this be the best Valentine’s Day gift for the beauty obsessed girl in your life? Read more about Jonathan below.

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Gift Guide 2012

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For Her: bareMinerals White Hot Palette $39 / Custom Insta Watch (uses Instagram photos) $44 / Ali’s Collection Circle Bullet Earrings $55 / Loeffler Randall Mini Convertible Crossbody Bag $450

For Him: Cole Haan Men’s Air Colton Wingtip with Color Pop Laces $198 / U.S. Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club $38.95/month / Carbon Audio Zooka Bluetooth Speaker and stand for iPad & computer $99 / Luxe Bespoke City Guide Box Set $55 for 5 Guides

For Both: Seriously Simple Parties $24.95 / Fellina Sok-Cham Espresso Set $65 /Book of Mormon Tickets

Crate and Barrel Ombre Ornaments (at the top) $6.97

The holidays have arrived and gift shopping is in full swing. To help alleviate the stress of finding the perfect gift for all those special people in your life, I have compiled a list of links to the best online, gift guides. Browse my picks above and click away below to find gifts for every budget. Happy Holidays!

A beautifully edited gift guide by the folks at Rue.

Find great art for everyone on your list with this 20 x 200 gift guide via Oh Happy Day.

Net-a-Porter’s gift guide is perfect for stylish family members and friends.

This gift guide by To and From is full of chic finds!’s gift guide has cool things that are environmentally friendly.

Cnet’s gift guide has the solution for the tech lover on your list.

New York Magazine’s gift guide has something for everyone and so does Time Out Chicago’s guide.

Urban Outfitters has some fun stocking stuffers.

And last, but certainly not least, Refinery29’s Chicago Holiday Shopping guide. It features two boutiques that carry Ali’s Collection, Cerato and Handle with Care!

Japanese Beauty: shu uemura

I spent last week traveling throughout Japan and was greatly inspired by the Japanese use of color. Color is deeply rooted in Japanese tradition, as reflected in their art, dress and rituals, and when it comes to beauty, Japanese pigments reign supreme. I have been a long-time fan of shu uemura, an exquisite makeup and skin care brand founded by the late Shu Uemura in the 1960s. Shu Uemura elevated makeup artistry to an art form and the brand has long been known for its unparalleled pigments and finely crafted tools.

False Eyelashes / Eyelash Curler / Eyeshadow & Blush Palette / Blush/Power Brush

Since 2004 the brand has collaborated with other world-renowned artists to push the fusion of art, beauty and fashion to a new level. Their most recent collaboration is with legendary fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld. The collaboration grew out of 20 years of friendship and mutual admiration between the two men, who were both leaders in their respective fields. Inspired by Shu Uemura products, Japanese traditional culture and contemporary art, Karl Lagerfeld created a new icon, the  “mon shu girl”, who became the inspiration for the new collection. The mon shu girl collection is a delightful fusion of Japanese pop and European chic, with all color selection and packaging design directed by Karl Lagerfeld as a touching homage to Shu Uemura. My picks are above and you can see the details on their Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale below.

The Best of this Week

I love this quote because it suggests both inspiration and rebellion, which I feel are often one in the same. I hope your weekend is full of some of the greatest pleasures life has to offer. In the meantime, here are some links to help the week pass faster.

10 very helpful travel sites.

A chic wedding

Top drugstore beauty buys. You can view my picks here as well.

Amazing home goods store.

DIY Modern holiday decorations to get you in the spirit.

H&M’s new designer collaboration.

Some chic blazers.

The coolest flatware.

Comfort food.

Quote by Walter Bagehot discovered via Pinterest.