As much as I would like to put a full face of makeup on everyday and do new things with my hair, the quick makeup and hair is the go to these days.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner I wanted to show some of my favorite beauty products that would make an AMAZING gift for any mamas out there. It’s not your typical gift, and can actually get a ton of use. (Or you can treat yourself… 😉 ) As a busy mom, I really don’t have time for a full face makeup and hair routine everyday. As much as I would like to, it’s just not in the cards for me. I typically rely on my quick makeup and hair look that’s under 20 minutes.
QUICK HAIR LOOK:
The most common question I get asked is about my hair. I mostly wear it curly, but lately discovered the T3 blowdryer (see previous post for more details) and it has saved me tons of time. If I blow dry my hair straight, I can run this new straightner through it in under 10 minutes. I start with spraying on a heat protectant. Then, section your hair in half. Use the clips to clip up the top half. Start at the root of your hair and straighten down. You only need to leave the tool on your hair for a few seconds. It works so fast. Then I do the second half, and spray with a gloss. It’s really that quick and easy!!!
Lately I’ve been more health conscious and Tarte cosmetics are all formulated without the use of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten, just to name a few. They are also cruelty-free and the packaging is so adorable. I like to give it as gifts, because of the packaging. All but two of my everyday products have been Tarte.
For some reason, my skin has been INSANELY dry this second pregnancy. I’m constantly working to combat the dry skin issue. So some of these products are geared towards that. Also, here are a couple things that I use before the make up starts. I constantly am changing up my skincare routine, and I plan to post soon about my full skincare go to’s.
I was wanting to switch to an aluminum and alcohol free deodorant for a long time, but was hesitant that a natural deodorant wouldn’t work. Several of my friends have stopped wearing deodorant all together because of the harsh chemicals in most brands. However, I spend my days chasing Georgie, and that’s not an option for me! If you are looking for one, I can tell you this natural one WORKS. I highly recommend.
Along with the extreme dry skin, my lips have also been so dry and chapped. So I’ve been conditioning them with this lip scrub and it’s really helped a ton.
To help the tired mom eyes look (not cute) I’ve been using an eye brightner. It mainly helps with the puffiness. I need all the help I can get in that department.
QUICK MAKEUP LOOK:
First, I start with this foundation it is lightweight, but still full coverage. Since I have this major dry skin going on this pregnancy, this hydrating formula really works for me.It’s made with 20% water that helps quench that dry skin. I always look for a foundation with some built in SPF, and this has SPF 15. Sponges have been the best way to apply foundation for me. The beauty blender works the best. Also, a makeup artist friend recently told me to get it slightly damp first and then use it. Life changing.
Then sweep some bronzer over your cheekbones and VERY lightly on forehead, nose, chin, and chest. A little really goes a long way. I then sweep a small amount of highlighter on the top of my cheekbones and nose. It gives it that little extra glow. (This is the shade “Stunner.”) Highlighter is basically a way to trick people into thinking you have it all together. 😉
Next, I do a SUPER quick eye. A girlfriend of mine and total makeup junky, Mallory Ervin, introduced me to the “one sweep” eye. It’s a cream shadow that you put over just the lid of your eye. I prefer the shade “Marie Antoinette.” This one really doesn’t crease, but if you are really looking for long wear, then you can use an eye primer over your lid prior to applying this cream shadow.
I run a quick swipe of eyeliner in my waterline. This was one of Allure’s best of beauty products this year. The other end is a liquid eyeliner, which I will use for a full face on days when I actually have time or for a night out. Then, I apply a light layer of mascara on both my upper and lower lashes. I do usually get lash extensions, so when I have those I don’t put much mascara on the top lashes at all.
After I’m done with this I brush off any excess powder and then apply concealer under my eye. (This is CRUCIAL for a mama like me that has some major dark circles.) Another celebrity makeup artist friend of mine recommended this concealer as the one must have to put in your beauty bag, and I couldn’t agree more. Apply this under your eye in a triangle shape. Blend well using the sponge.
You can really look so much more put together with some color on those lips! I line my lips with this lip liner in deep nude. Then apply this quick dry matte lip . This shade is deep nude. I’m a long time addict of this rosebud lip balm and I top the color with that.
I finish up the look by spraying on one of my absolute favorite products lately has been this radiant skin mist. It hydrates and works as a make up refresher, but the scent is sooo amazing. It’s like an instant re-boost. This is a traveling must have.
I know everyone is busy these days, so I hope this quick makeup and hair look saves you some time!