Speed DemonPosted: August 19, 2010
I would like to preface this post by saying that I feel like my run of approximately twenty yards from my recycling bin to my front door was an all-out sprint and that the nomer of speed demon is entirely appropriate. I majorly busted butt, y’all.
Thoroughly exhausted from all that effort, I had big plans to spend my afternoon catching up on Google Reader. I proceeded to do this until about 11:50…when my phone lit up with a text from my man asking if I wanted to catch lunch at 12. My scraggy, unshowered self definitely wanted to, even though I wasn’t sure how I would pull myself together in 10 minutes.
Showering, teeth brushing, and a quick wardrobe raid ate up five minutes, leaving me with five to pull on a face. Thankfully, I’d taken a few extra seconds to exfoliate in the shower, so my skin was fresh and glowy. I actually find that just a bit of table salt mixed into your basic face wash works nicely to scrub off some dead skin without shelling out the cash for a separate product, so long as you don’t store the salt in your shower (the water will make it clump.)
A good tinted moisturizer is key here. Look for one with a SPF and in one swipe you’ve knocked out your sunscreen, day lotion, and a base in one. Since foundation tends to look cakey and a tinted moisturizer is sheer and sinks into skin much easier, it looks far younger and fresher to boot! My pick is Covergirl’s AquaSmoothers. The best part? It’s cheap and easily available (under $7 at Target!).
Genetically, I was blessed (if that’s what we want to call it) with mayjah undereye circles. My aversion to sleeping may make them a bit more noticeable, but thankfully, Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat highlighter/concealer hybrid is a genius at camouflaging them. Since my circles are a force to be reckoned with, I layer it over concealer for a bit more coverage, but the light-reflecting particles in the cream make me at least look like I’ve slept in oh, the past year.
When I’m in a time crunch, I like to play up my complexion. Most days I focus on my eyes, but when there’s no time for an elaborate shadow routine, a warm flush brightens up the whole face and looks fresh. Since powders feel a bit mask-like and require a brush for application, a cream is ideal – it also doubles as a lip color! Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouges are my cream blush of choice – not only are they HUGE containers that will last a lifetime, but they’re not as dry as others and melt beautifully into skin.
Add a quick swipe of mascara and you’re good to go! Just don’t forget to take your time and enjoy yourself once you get where it is that you’re going 😉
What’s the fastest you can get dressed? What are your time-crunch beauty essentials?
P.S. – Be sure to pop in tomorrow for a reader-requested discussion on how to avoid conflicts of pettiness and jealousy when living with other women. I’m sure we’ve all been in a position where the estrogen takes over and things get nasty! Dorm dwellers especially won’t want to miss this!