Life is busy! Work, school, play, relationships, kids, dates, meetings, errands… whatever the activity may be that calendar fills up fast! If you are anything like me you may have a hard time saying no to commitments and one of the first things to suffer is our “me time”. The hair goes in a pony, we are lucky if we have washed our face and sometimes that shirt that is conveniently lying on the floor next to the bed that we had on yesterday goes back on our body. Then we run around looking and FEELING haggard! How depressing!
I discovered that part of the reason I wasn’t taking the time to do my makeup everyday was because I kept thinking I needed 30-45 minutes of kid free time in the morning. Not likely for me! I was in an “all or nothing” mentality. One day I was attempting to put on my face but the baby woke up early, one of the kids couldn’t find their other shoe and one was still in bed when he should have been almost ready… rushing everyone out the door I made it to work just before my client. Usually I would be 30 minutes early, have my tea and get settled in. She walked in the door and I apologized for still organizing my station and she said “oh don’t apologize! You look GREAT!” I looked in the mirror and realized I never finished my makeup! UGH! I disclosed this fact to her and she laughed… “well I guess you don’t need all that makeup to be beautiful!” She was right… why was I stressing to put on a full face? I mean sure I love makeup and I have fun putting it on when I can focus on it… but why not have a routine that suits those super busy days? Now that I have the option laid out in my head I feel so much better. I packed a small bag that stays in my purse with these three products in it so even if I don’t have the time to put it on before I leave the house I can do it in the parking lot or the bathroom wherever I am. I walk through the day feeling better about myself, more put together and more prepared. As women I believe we should feel just as beautiful without any makeup on, but for me a little make up is like the difference between yoga pants and my favorite pair of jeans. No makeup is ok and comfortable, but a little make up is empowering and mood boosting! So here are my faves…
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
I love this product so much! I use it year round. It’s great in the summer because it allows your natural, sun kissed glow shine through and is “sweat friendly” not leaving streaks or smudges. It’s also great in the winter with just enough moisture to give a healthy looking luster to the skin. I apply it with my fingers, adding two or three layers for more coverage. The tint does mature after you have rubbed it in so be sure to do a color match before you purchase it. Apply a small amount to your jaw line and wait 3-5 minutes to get a true match. I purchased one too dark for my face by not doing this. It looked great at first and when I looked in the mirror when I got home I looked like a peach! Also having the added benefit of SPF 20, this moisturizer gives protection to the face from sun and light exposure. It’s very breathable and easy to wear!
Smashbox X-Rated Mascara
I found this product through my ipsy subscription. It has a beautiful dense pigment concentration, goes on very smooth with no clumping. The trial size lasted me almost two months and even at the end it was still luscious and creamy. It is a perfect mix, addressing fullness and length, a single coat is appropriate for day wear and multiple coats take your look from day to evening. It doesn’t flake or run but comes off nicely with a makeup remover wipe.
Butter Tinted Lip Oil
I adore all of the lip products from this company… they feel exactly like butter! Super rich, creamy and soft. The oil gives the added benefit of moisture. It seems like no matter what I do for my lips they are always dry and peeling. I have tried exfoliating, moisturizing, sleeping with extra cream on them and still I wake up with the same result. Have you ever tried to put lipstick on lips that are peeling?? Gross! It looks like fish scales! Not with these oils! They leave my lips looking fabulous and the color choices, although few, are beautiful on all shades of skin! Another great year round product!