I can’t even believe I just used the term beauty routine—but there it is, gunking up the blog title with its associations of frippery and vanity and a general disregard for the Important Things In Life.
Well, what can I say, I rely on a little primping before I greet the outside world. When I have a little time to devote to some monkeyish self-grooming, I feel better about myself. The truth is, a portion of my self-confidence comes from Sephora—whether it’s right or wrong, I subscribe to the I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, my blemishes are mostly concealed mantra.
Now that I’ve got a toddler to wrangle in the mornings, I’ve had to streamline my getting-ready routine. For instance, I’ve learned that it’s hard to linger over my hair when I’ve got a 2-year-old standing in the bathroom doorway yelling “ALL DONE MOMMY! ALLLL DONE!” (not a fan of the hairdryer sound, my son). So, on the mornings when I’ve got about ten minutes to spiff myself into a reasonably presentable shape, here are some products I rely on:
• Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Yes, this sounds like the stupidest makeup product known to mankind—it’s a clear goo you smear on your face before you put on the actual makeup. But I promise you it will change your whole face, in subtle, happy, smoothing ways. I use this instead of moisturizer in the morning.
• Bare Minerals Foundation. I just can’t say enough good things about this makeup. It goes on in a flash, and covers everything. It covers my pregnancy zits, my incipient rosacea, and leaves a smooth and natural finish. (A while back I reviewed it here, and I even included before and after shots, that’s how much I love this stuff.)
• Bumble and bumble’s Hair Powder. I know all the beauty magazines say it’s actually healthier to not wash your hair every day, but they never talk about how some people turn into an oil slick if they skip a day. My hair gets greasy and flat and all-around unpleasant on the days I don’t shampoo, so if I don’t have time for the whole shower/drying routine, this product saves my day. It somehow absorbs the oil and provides body at the same time. Brush hair, spray roots, quickly style into place, DONE.
• Bronzing powder. I like Benefit’s Hoola, because it’s not sparkly. Dust a little on your cheekbones, a little more on the brows of your eyes, and voila—you’re somehow more polished and pulled together, without having to bother with shadows and liners and crap.
On a related note, my bathroom counter is often a mess, and that always slows me down in the morning as I look for this or that. When it’s actually organized and the stuff I always use is within easy reach (yet out of reach from a certain Kabuki-brush-stealing small boy), it’s much easier to find what I need and finish up.
How about you, do you have any advice for getting ready in a flash? Products you can’t live without, routines that really help?