August 20, 2013

beauty tips for an easier morning

I always don't put a full faced makeup everyday. There are days I'm just feeling lazy, and there are days I just don't have the energy to be perfecting my contour or blending my eye shadows perfectly well or drawing my eyebrows to the shape I want. And of course there are those days, hubby and I just need to get out of the door and start our day! Even though he has been very patient, waiting 30 minutes to an hour for me to be ready, I still feel bad that he falls asleep in the couch waiting.

And so I started looking around, what can I improve and change with my routine. I have been reading a lot of articles online and magazines, and watching beauty gurus see if I can get some pointers on how can I have a faster routine in the morning, and still looking put together and not missing any eyebrow or cheek color in the process. 

After trying out a few, here's what has worked for me:

  1. Giving myself a "Get Ready" bin on my makeup table, makes me not fumble around on what should I use for  that days look. This is just a small plastic ware for now, where I will put all the makeup products I will be using for the morning. I fill this out the night before, just like how I get my outfit ready for the morning the night before, just to get 5 more minutes snooze time OR 5 more minutes in front of the mirror!

  1. The makeup brushes that I will be needing for the products I have on my bin are placed in a cup (shown in the picture below). I have my face brushes in a glass jar on top of my table, but all my eye makeup brushes are in a makeup folding case, so I like to take out what I need already so I don't need to go through it in the morning. 

  2. When in a hurry, I have learned that using multi-purpose beauty products cuts half the time of my routine! 
    1. Such as a BB creams - I was not a believer of this since I have so many skin problems (acne scars, redness and blemishes). If you have been reading my blog, I have been using my Physician's Formula Super BB Powder which covers well! I do still need to use a concealer under the eyes and some problem areas but this versus a foundation that needs to be buffed and evened out and maybe need another layer afterwards, I will go with the BB powder.
    2. Maybelline Color Tattoos - When in a hurry and I just need some color on my eyes, I will just swipe this all over my lids. This is also great as a base for loose pigmented shadows. I pair my "Bad to the Bronze" Maybelline Tattoo with the Mica Beauty Shimmer Powder in Bronze and it gives my eyes that "just-came-from-St. Tropez (I wish!)" eye look! It keeps the shadow all day and no creasing either! No need for a primer with these Color Tattoos, so one less product cut off the routine, wooot!
    3. Cheek and Lip Stains in one - such as Benefit's BeneTint and Josie Maran's Color Sticks. Both can be used as cheeks and lip stains. If you need to touch-up your look, all you need to have in your makeup bag is this product! You don't have to worry if you forget to grab a lipstick that day, this will cover that!
    4. Long wearing, smudge-free, waterproof mascara: This may not work with everyone, but I have noticed that waterproof mascaras have been holding my curls better and lasts all day! I don't wear fake lashes so anything that will keep my lashes looking long and curled all day is a must-have in my books! And if you do, cutting out the time you put on some fake lashes is another time-saver! Unless you are a super pro at it and that only takes you a minute or less!
  3. I wash my hair the night before and I usually don't style them anyways. But if I do want some voluminous, curly hair for the next day, I will spray some of the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray on my damp hair, put it in a bun after air drying it a bit and just finger comb it in the morning! I add some hair serum to my ends to tame the frizziness.
You are probably thinking, I am one of those girls that packs for a vacation, days before than the last minute. Yes I am! I really don't do well the last minute - that has happened to me and my luggage was a mess and I did not even wear half of the outfits I packed then! 
Funny story, when hubby and I went for a two week vaca in Hawaii, I made an excel sheet for my outfits for every single day! Different outfits are needed for sightseeing, walking around town, beach days and romantic dinners! I need to see what accessories and shoes to bring with every outfit! I don't travel a lot so when I do I like to be prepared. 
For me being prepared just helps to get me out of the door faster. I end up with a makeup look I really like and pairs well with my outfit, and hubby is happy and still awake! 
You can try it out yourself and see if it helps. If there's something that I need to try that you guys do, please comment below, I would like to know!

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