Everyday. Every day. Every Freakin’ Day!
It takes a lot to get ready in the morning, especially before an long day at work — it takes a bit of motivation. But let me give you my top-secret plan to get you pretty (fast!) from top to bottom.
Hair: Sitting in my shower now is BANGSTYLE Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner ($15 / $16). This stuff is amazing! The scent reminds me of cotton candy and completely wakes me up in the best way possible! The shampoo contains Keratin Amino Acids and the conditioner is chalk full of avocado oil and shea butter which make the perfect moisturizing combination to keep hair soft and smooth all day. BANGSTYLE products got it right — paraben-free, sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free and even contain sunscreen to protect hair from UV damage. Also — if there are days when i am need of some hair inspiration, BANGSTYLE has an app for that! Users all over upload their own database of kick@ass hairstyles! Where culture meets quality — you will find BANGSTYLE.
Eyebrows: I’ve been testing quite a few brow products recently and I’ve got to say, Prestige Cosmetics make a top of the line kit. Their brow shaping studio ($9) to professionally shape and fill in brows. They even have an overlay of exactly the size and shape one would want. Tweezers are included (great for when I am on the go!) and brow powder to fill in and thicken the appearance of brows. And remember, brows are the single most defining feature of one’s face. Your brows are one piece in the puzzle of giving shape to your face and a must-have to accentuate your eyes and give you the appearance of being awake, alert, and gorgeous!
Eyes: I have a horrible tendency of sleeping in my makeup… and I swear that even when I wash it off at night, some still resurfaces in the morning. Don’t you hate that! Well right now the trick to getting me looking morning ready fast are the IntensivEye Anti-Wrinkle Makeup Removing Eye Pads ($4.49). They are a super gentle way to remove makeup, even waterproof mascara without a greasy residue. And I have tested these babies — I will wash my face with a traditional cleanser (and pretty expensive to boot!) — and then use the pads on my “clean” skin. Well, wouldn’t you know — more makeup is still taken off.
Then all you need is a touch of eye-shadow and a bit of mascara and your eyes are done.
Face: I have struggled with feeling like I have dull skin for the longest time. My face peels more in the winter than it does in the summer! Dry patch with dark cirlces under my eyes — need I say more! Thankfully I’ve stumbled upon Enza Sustaining Glow Creme ($60) and it is worth every penny! Carefully formulated with Mag C and co-enzyme Q-10, this cream brightens the natural glow of environmentally stressed skin. Sustaining Glow Crème combines glycoproteins derived from yeast as well as licorice and yucca extracts to polish away discoloration and early signs of aging while hydrating and brightening your skin. Natural plant squalane protects normal to dry skin.
Lips: I’m a lip gloss girl, a lipstick girl — the brighter the better! But sometimes my lips need a break. Thanks to First Aid Beauty (aptly known as FAB) and their “Ultra Repair Lip Therapy”($12) softens and nourishes lips like non other. Ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal and shea butter pack in the moisture big time! My favorite little super-ingredients also included are licorice root, feverfew, and white tea give dry winter lips the extra antioxidants they need to keep healthy! First Aid Beauty keeps it safe with no parbens, no chemicals or colorants either.
Body: Even in the dead of winter, you can’t ignore your body! Thanks to California-based Daily Concepts getting your body scrubbed til it glows is easier then ever. A good exfoliation is necessary not only on your face on a weekly basis, but good heavens your body needs it as well! The “Your Exfoliating Gloves” ($16) does just the trick! Pop these babies on your hands and rub all over! They are soy-based, environmentally friendly, and even have built-in antimicrobial properties. Saves time and keeps your body fresh and summer ready — even in January!
Then to moisturize…. oh crap, I forgot. or did I?
Lotion — I don’t really use it much. I like oils — they are fast they soak in quick and moisturize beautifully. As for being portable — not so much! That’s why I now stock my car with the full line from Lotion Lab ($6). No shame in it ladies — as I drive to work and hit stop lights, I may or may not whip out a moist towel and wipe along my arms, legs, and neck. Think “Wet Wipes” with luxurious oil-based lotions — like argan oil, shea, and cocoa butter. I girl needs to moisturize — and thankfully Lotion Lab made it oh so easy.
These are my favorites! They all pack a punch and should be your top 5 focuses when you wake up in the morning! Once you have this routine down pat, you will be able to maximize your precious time in the morning without sacrificing your final gorgeous look!
Take notes ladies! If I can do it, you surely can as well!