You know those times in life when things are so harried that you just don’t have a single ounce of energy left in your bones to deal with a beauty routine? I’m in one of those phases, friends. And yet, there’s no denying my looks need some energy spent on them. I’m past the point in my life when I can just rush out of the door, fresh-faced and damp hair, and trust that all will be well. (Boy, you don’t realize how much you’ll miss those days until they’re gone. College self, you really should have appreciated that more.)
On the days that a full-blown foundation/cheeks/liner/lips/blowdry/flat iron routine seems, well, roughly on par with scaling Kilimanjaro, I’ve found myself relying on a few grab-and-go goodies that are making my life infinitely easier.
Ojon Rare Blend Oil is a blend of 3 different oils – they separate in the bottle and look super cool. You shake it up, put just a couple of drops on your hands, and rub into damp hair. I find I’m using this instead of any other product now. It sort of returns my hair to it’s soft, pre-grey days. Yes, I still have to deal with my bangs. But this leaves my hair is fairly well tamed without a blowdryer, and also does a fantastic job of moisturizing/protecting when I do get up the energy to flat iron. Also, it smells unbelievable. Seriously. I may or may not be using it as hand moisturizer, and sniffing my wrists all day.
Mascara is always a tricky one for me. I don’t love waterproof formulas, and I hate flakes, raccoon eyes and spider lashes. Tall order. But Origins GinZing Mascara is proving pretty effortless to apply, not causing any of the above, and is super easy to remove at the end of the day. The brush is a little bigger and scarier than I might like, but I’m learning to harness it’s power.
I can throw my hair up in a bun, and I can skip the mascara, but if there’s one thing I’m no longer leaving the house without, it’s concealer. Lately, my lazy self has been loving this By Terry Touche Velouté (don’t you feel fancier already?) – the brush is built right in, so you just click to get a bit of concealer and start applying. One click pretty much takes care of undereyes and a few little extra problem spots, and you’re done – and the coverage is impressive, without looking too “done”.
And if all of that leaves me wishing I’d had a few more seconds, I throw on a few dabs of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. Don’t even need a mirror for this stuff – put a dab on your fingers, rub all over, done. I can’t quite put my finger on what this does, but it seems to help with redness, add moisture and just generally perk things up a little. It’s also a great primer, but who has time for that? I’ve taken to keeping it in my bag – it’s excellent for applying at stoplights.
Any quick-trick beauty secrets you’re relying on these days?