Just like with our style refresh, I’m not means an expert on this area, I just know what works for me. As a mom of three kids under 7 I have oh, about ten minutes a day where someone isn’t pulling at my shirt or fussing and yelling for me! Like many of you I had to tweak my beauty routine as life “happeneed” to make it work for me and I have to say I have it about down to a science. For me the key was making things as easy and fast as possible.
Many of you might not realize that I have extremely curly hair. About a year and a half ago shortly after my third son was born (and my husband was still deployed) I took the plunge and had it straightened with keratin. Life. Changing. Seriously. I was very nervous because I loved my curls but wrangling three little ones left me zero time for the styling it required…not to mention that the baby grabbing a fistful usually meant a frizzy spot until my next shower! For me, having the keratin treatment means my hair is literally wash and wear now. It’s taken a huge amount off of my styling routine!
I do have to say that once my hair was straight I had absolutely no idea what to do with it at first!
Luckily I stumbled across The Small Things Blog where fellow North Carolinian and Pinterest Super Star Kate shares her ah-mazing hair tutorials! She literally taught me everything I know about how to do my hair now! Some of my favorite tutorials of hers are Loose Waves, Casual Half Up, Bouncy Curled Under, and Not Just a Ponytail. If you haven’t been to her blog you absolutely MUST check it out!
Now for makeup….
I am absolutely one of those women that will forget to put on makeup all day. I’m doing errands, hanging out with the kids, and it just doesn’t cross my mind. I usually remember about ten minutes before my husband walks in the door and I scramble to go “pretty myself up” before he gets home! (Or like a couple of days ago he comes home to me scrubbing the floors because I had been sealing the tile all day and had no time to shower, my hair was a rat’s nest and of course there was no makeup! You win some, you lose some!)
In order for me to motivate to put my makeup on each day I have to have a super streamlined routine. My must have beauty products are:
Smashbox Primer (so my makeup actually stays on once I apply it!)
Neutrogena Eye Brightening Eye Illuminator-it actually makes me look like I got a full night’s sleep!
Benefit High Beam to add some highlights to my cheekbones and give a bit more youthful look (cause I need that!)
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation-it’s light and helps me even out splotchiness
Mary Kay Cheek color in Citrus Bloom is a nice sheer but bright pink
Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara-I have really sensitive eyes and this is one that doesn’t irritate them at all
Since I am by no means an expert I decided to ask two of my favorite beauty bloggers their advice too:
My favorite beauty site is MaskCara. Cara is unbelievable and I love that she is a mom too-so you know she knows how to get things done quickly!! She’s a knockout and her blog’s voice is so uplifting and positive that she makes you believe you can be a knockout too! She has the absolute ultimate guide to Contouring and Highlighting on her blog that is a must-read! This woman shows you how to work magic with some bronzer!! I asked Cara what her top tip would be for looking good without a lot of time were and she had great advice:
My biggest tip would be to use a brightening under eye concealer. Get a color a touch lighter than your natural skin tone with a yellow undertone and instead of dabbing it directly under your eyes (which can create a raccoon effect) create a triangle from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner and down towards the side of your nostril. In seconds you will feel polished, awake, and bright eyed!
I also asked my amazing friend Tiffany (who blogs with her friend Sarah over at Offbeat and Inspired) for some tips. Tiffany is one of those amazingly multi-talented bloggers that shines at everything-beauty, fashion, recipes, decor, she has it all! I asked Tiffany for her top products for getting a great look fast and here’s what she said:
My favorite thing right now is Dr. Jart BB Cream. Using a GOOD BB cream saves a lot of time because it’s a moisturizer, primer and foundation all in one. This particular one is my favorite because it gives solid medium coverage, unlike others I’ve tried that really don’t cover much. The formula is crease-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about touching up throughout the day. My favorite tool for on-the-go eyes is a good fluff brush. Eyeshadow can take forever, but with a good blending (fluff) brush you only need a highlight color and a crease color to add definition, and you can apply them both with the same brush! A good eyeshadow duo makes this part quicker too — I love the Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Ivory Shimmer/Light Beige Shimmer. The formula goes on silky smooth and the shades are great for almost any skintone. I just apply the darker tone on the outer half of my lid, and the lighter tone on the inner half and browbone, all using the fluff brush. After that I just add some mascara, blush and lipgloss, and I’m out the door! The whole thing can take under 5 minutes but it looks like you spent a LOT more time on it.
Thank you so much to Tiffany and Cara for offering that awesome makeup advice!!
Are you a makeup maven or do you struggle like me? I’m going to try to take the advice of Cara and Tiffany and really work on getting in the routine of putting it on each day-with tips like theirs there is really no reason not to!
Thanks so much for following along with me this week, don’t forget to enter to win one of two $175 gift cards and be sure to pop back by next week because I have LOTS of Springtime crafting and decor ready to share!