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
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