If you are a busy mom like me, you probably have a hard time finding 15 minutes in your day to put on makeup or fix your hair. Taking a few minutes to put on things like mascara will help you feel more like *YOU* and in turn will help you have a better day. You should never feel bad about taking a few minutes to yourself because self care is important! You aren’t selfish for taking a moment to fix your hair. Little things like makeup and a good hair day can have a dramatic affect on how we feel about ourselves. I’m sure you can all agree that if you look good, you feel good too. The good news is, you don’t need to spend an hour on your makeup to look fresh!
Here are a few tips and tricks to look fresh in 15 minutes or less…
1. Start with a clean palette!
A nice, clean face is makes everyone feel fresher! Take a few seconds to use a cleansing cream or facial wash to remove oils from your face. Wash off with warm water and pat dry. Now you are ready for a moisturizer! Choose a skin-quenching serum packed with omega-rich superfoods that promote smooth, luminous, healthy-looking skin. Sounds awfully specific, right? That’s because I’m talking about using NUDE Skincare ProGenius Omega Treatment Milk. This stuff is like a nutrient-packed super smoothie for your skin. It’s an incredibly lightweight serum that soaks in quickly, yet delivers intense hydration and nourishment for tired, thirsty skin. This fast-absorbing formula delivers a soft, natural finish to your face that lasts all day and helps you look fresh without the need for a heavy foundation.
2. Cover imperfections without drowning your skin!
Some of you may find that an amazing moisturizer like the one above is all you need for day-to-day wear. Other may find the need to cover imperfections and redness. You don’t want to drown your skin with a heavy foundation or take 20 minutes applying a powder foundation. Instead, opt for a light-weight yet effective foundation like PÜR COSMETICS Air Perfection Cushion Foundation SPF 50. This amazing foundation offers amazing coverage that’s lighter than air! Because of its innovative liquid-dispensing cushion, Air Perfection delivers high-quality results with sheer to medium coverage. The unique, mousse-like texture of this foundation is easy to apply and is so light, you won’t believe it. Best of all, this foundation is built for fast, flawless blending in a portable compact that you can easily take with you and apply in the car while you are in the parking lot at the grocery store. Not saying I have any experience with this kind of scenario…. Um, yeah. So if you do find yourself in this situation or something similar, you’ll be glad you have this amazing liquid foundation to at least solve some of your problems.
3. Mascara is a must. Always.
If you could only put ONE makeup product on for the rest of your life, what would it be? My answer is always mascara. It makes the biggest impact in the least amount of time. I wouldn’t want to be stuck with just ANY mascara though… I’m extremely picky about my mascara. (Being a beauty blogger will do that to ya!) I demand big, bold, look-at-me lashes with no clumps, no flaking, and absolutely no smearing. Nobody wants to be Joanna with the “gross mascara goop thing in the corner of her eye”! (Friends fans will remember that episode with Chandler!) If you know me at all, you know that I’m a diehard Covergirl Lashblast fan, but recently I’ve been loving PÜR COSMETICS Volume Vixen Mascara. If you want the kind of volume false lashes give you without the fuss, then you will want to try PÜR’s latest mascara innovation. Huge volume, separation, strength and length straight from the tube with no fancy tricks or college degree required! This powerhouse mascara infuses your eyelashes with nourishing hydration for visibly thicker, fuller-looking eyelashes. You can even layer this stuff for even more volume without worrying about clumping or extra weight. I also love the advanced application wand, which is another thing I’m super picky about. This one is a win all around and a must-have for all makeup bags. One and done.
4. Line those little peepers!
What good are big, beautiful eyelashes without a little eye liner around the bottom, eh? Busy moms don’t have time to watch youtube videos of 20-something beauty bloggers who spend hours in front of the mirror everyday. Ain’t nobody got time for dat! You are smart woman who wants to save time, so you get a two-in-one product like PÜR COSMETICS Double Ego Dual Ended Eye Liner. Running out the door to pick up the kids from school? Use the dry mineral tip on one end to get a perfect, smudge-proof line and be done with it. Got a few extra minutes on your hands? Use that same end to create a dramatic smoky eye look in seconds or flip it over to the liquid liner end for a bold, intense line. This superb formula glides on with ease so you can create that classic cat eye like a pro! PÜR Cosmetics’ hit it out of the park with this one by combining their two most popular formulas into this amazing multitasking tool that is a must-have for beginners and pros alike. (I recommend Madagascar or Swiss Alps for everyday use.)
5. Hair? HAIR?! You mean I have to fix my hair?!
The task won’t seem so daunting if you don’t have to spend 10-15 minutes blow drying it with a round brush followed by another 10-15 minutes perfecting the ends with the flat iron. I know how much time it takes to style your hair is highly dependent on your hair length, style and thickness. I personally have short hair right now, but I’m Italian and my hair is super thick. Every hair dresser I’ve ever seen always comments on the unfathomable amount of hair I have. “It’s enough for 3 people!” is what I am accustomed to hearing. So needless to say, it takes me a LONG time to dry it and a long time to style it. On a good day, I can do it in less than 20 minutes, but most of the time, it’s at least a 30-45 minute project from wet to finished. I recently discovered the InStyler MAX rotating styling iron and it’s seriously cut my styling time in half! I can let my hair air dry and then quickly curl or straighten it with the InStyler. I can hold it one way and get body on top, rounded ends in the back and straight pieces in the front, all with one tool!
Now I’m not saying, “Wow look at how amazingly awesome my hair looks today” because the picture above does not depict me at my best, but I did want to show you how I was able to easily style my hair with the InStyler, including the back! I will be the first to tell you that I SUCK at styling hair and I honestly should have long hair so I can wear it in a ponytail and not have to worry about styling it, ever. That said, with my meager and most unprofessional hair styling skills, I was able to get my hair from looking like a guinea pig to being more than presentable in less than 15 minutes.
6. Nude Nails
Keep it simple ladies. Nude nails are super popular right now and let’s face it, when nude nails chips, nobody knows but you! It’s clearly the color of choice for busy moms. Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel in “Birthday Suit” is clean, classic, and oh-so-shiny with the Miracle Gel top coat to top it off. Get up to 14 days of wear with no LED lamp required! Miracle Gel applies like regular nail polish but wears like a gel. Plus, it dries fast and is affordable. If you are going to take a few minutes to polish your nails, make the most of your time by using Sally Hansen Miracle Gel so you get long wear and super shine for up to 2 weeks!
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