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5 Beauty Essentials For Busy Days

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I am extremely optimistic person, which is great most of the time, but when it comes to time management my eternal optimism is a detriment. I am so certain that I always have enough time to do something or be somewhere…until moments later when I realize I will be late or barely arrive on time.

Being late stresses me out. It’s rude to arrive late and feeling a need to rush, whether in traffic or through whatever activity I was previously doing takes away from the joy and presence of that moment. So I’m trying to be better about time, and have created a few little on the go beauty tricks and essentials that help me to look as though I had all the time in the world to get ready…instead of tearing out the door with 1.5 seconds to spare.

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1. Skip the daily shampoos. Every hairdresser will tell you to go as long as possible without shampooing, usually asking clients for 3-5 days in between shampoos. Your hair needs those natural oils, which make your hair softer, shinier and healthier. Invest in a good dry shampoo. Even when your hair is used to going without shampooing, it helps to have a dry shampoo to touch up after a sweaty workout or if you are feeling less than fresh. I am obsessed with this dry shampoo, which gives fluffy hair but does not leave a sticky or flaky residue.

i must have flowers, always, and always Claude Monet2. Shower at night. I love to do this for many reasons, including the time saved in the morning. Showering at night is relaxing and it gives me time to think about the day while I decompress in the hot steam. Afterwards I take my time to  let my favorite lotion sink into my skin, indulge in a face mask occasionally, thoroughly wash my face, and finish with my regimen of creams and oils. By the time I am done (usually about 45 minutes) I am so relaxed I barely make it into bed. All these steps would be rushed or neglected in the morning, but at night they are a calming indulgence.

3. Keep a beauty bag in your bag. I always keep my favorite brightener and a concealer for touch-ups, hair ties and bobby pins for a quick topknot or messy braid, and pink lipgloss to instantly give a finished look. All these little touch-ups take less than five minutes.

4. Sunglasses. I keep two classic styles with me at all times – mirrored aviators for a relaxed vibe and oversized black cat-eye that channel Audrey Hepburn/Holly Golightly.

5. Statement jewelry. While I love to pile on bracelets or layer necklaces, sometimes I just don’t have the time. I’ve found an intricate cuff bracelet and cocktail ring take no time at all to pop on and are instant attention-getter’s, elevating a simple look to something special.

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