Time-Saving Beauty Tips

Here are a few of my favorite tips to spend less time in front of the mirror and get more beauty sleep. (Lately, for class, I do well just to get some moisturizer and mascara on.) Depending on your school and jobs, who believe less is more, these tips may be beneficial to you and allow more shut-eye.

Skip the Morning Shower
Studies are being shown that your natural oils are actually better for you than scrubbing it all away in the shower. Not only that, many gallons of water are saved. Oily hair? Dry shampoo is a great solution. Even cheaper (possibly household) solution?: Baby Powder.

Try: Pssst Dry Shampoo

No Foundation
Let your skin breathe, don't cake product on all day every day. (Especially in warmer weather!)  Try a tinted moisturizer (even better, an energy-boosting one) Treat problem areas with concealer.

Try: Origins VitaZing Moisturizer.

2-in-1 Products
Look for products that serve multiple uses. cheek highlight & eyeshadow, bronzer & contour, double ended products, etc. Use a peachy blush, or something a little darker than your skin tone (depending on your coloring), that can give the right effect and look like you applied contour, bronzer, and blush.

Try: MAC Blush in Margin

Don't Layer Products
"This product lengthens, this one volumizes" etc.  This is especially the case for mascaras.  Look for mascaras that are all-in-one products and provide everything they advertise.  Layering products means you have to take the time for the first layer to dry/set.

Try: L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara

Blank Canvas
Most places actually frown upon colored eyeshadow and eyeliner.  It does make your eyes pop, but it is also somewhat distracting, especially if it's not done right.  Applying six eye shadows and getting it perfectly blended does take a lot of time; save these looks for nights out.  Skip the eyeshadow altogether if you can.  If your eyelids are red/purple because of veins.  Get a cream matte eyeshadow that matches your skin tone. Most cream products can stay without primer.

Try: MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
Brightening Effect
If you still need/want that extra pop in your eyes, try a champagne/nude metallic (rather than white) eyeliner in your inner corner and waterline.  This can give a subtle widening effect for sleepy eyes.

Try: MAC Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick
Skip the Brushes
Grab products that are a in a twist-up, pencil, or wand form. Some people are grossed out about applying product with their fingers, if that's the case, keep it minimal. It takes a lot of time to switch back and forth between brushes, then even more time to clean them at the end. Pour brush cleanser into a spray bottle rather than the regular bottle it comes in to save product and avoid excess mess.

FOTD: Nearly Natural

Face: Origins Vitazing Moisturizer, MAC Margin Blush
Eyes: MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering, MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot, MAC Technakohl in Graphblack (waterline & tightline), MAC Eye Kohl in I Get No Kick (inner corner), L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense (lash line), L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara
Lips: MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick (lightly applied)

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February Favorites

"Favorites" posts/videos discuss the products (and other misc things) you loved for that month. The products can either be purchased that month or (old) "rediscovered" items. Favorites are published at the end of the current month or at the beginning of the following month."

Coach Poppy
I was surprised I liked this because I'm usually more into somewhat masculine meets sexy scents. This one is completely girl - floral, fruity, summertime.  I loved the sample so much I had to purchase the full bottle.

Eco Tools Travel Brushes
Great set of travel brushes, pretty high-quality brushes for the price.  More in-depth review to come.

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick
This is my first matte lipstick.  I had to step away from the viva glams because I used the B2M program for this.  Supposedly it's a dupe for the color Megan Fox often wears.  It's a very light brown.  It's one of those the color-of-your-lips but better shades.

MAC Well Dressed Blush
A pale baby pink in the pan, but a gorgeous color once it meets the skin.  Perfect for everyday wear.

OPI Fiji Weejee Fawn
I think this has made my favorites the past three months?  I constantly reach for it.  A champagne/nude metallic.

OPI Teenage Dream
A fun pink, it takes 3-4 coats to match the bottle though.  Maybe more practical over another shade.

Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Vegas
Dupe for Bobby Brown Shimmer Bricks, I would always use a pigment for highlight; powder is so much more practical, especially when in a hurry.  Gives a nice glow.

Tweezerman Tweezers 
I never understood what the point of purchasing $20 tweezers was, all tweezers do the same thing, right? Wrong. Hair literally jumps into these tweezers! I can get rid of hairs that I couldn't even see to begin with. They seem to be less painful, too.  You can send them and get them sharpened at any time.

Zoya Remove Plus
The best nail polish remover I have ever used.  Plus, the no-spill bottle pump is a major plus. It is acetone but it's moisturizing at the same time.  It can even get glitter polish off.  It smells good, too... lavender meets a male's shaving cream.  I will be repurchasing the huge refill bottle!

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Maximize your MAC Palette

I've seen a few blogs and YouTube tutorials on this.  My first thought was I'd never "ruin" my palettes (pop out the insert) because I feared my eyeshadows would not stick and break.  But when I realized I was about to have to purchase a third palette, it was time to do something.  With this method, your palette will hold 26 eyeshadows, almost double the original 15.

First, empty out your palette. You will pop off the plastic insert by wedging a butter knife between the 6 clips. (Marked below.) It should easily pop off.  Then you will have to glue the magnetic insert at the bottom down. (It's not attached.) Keep the 15 plastic insert, you can easily clip it back in if you change your mind.

Next, arrange your eyeshadows however you want them.  For the maximum 26, use the guideline below.  Remember, you're not only limited to MAC eyeshadows you can now put any size pan with a magnet into this palette. 

Optional - you can put the names in the case.  This is especially great if you do tutorials often.  No more picking up the pan and occasionally chipping it to see the name on the bottom.  Some people just use labels.  I think the picture method looks a lot neater.  How to: take a picture of your eyeshadows.  Upload it to your computer and open it with any photo editor (Paint, Photoshop, even Word.) Resize the picture to 7.25"x4.75" (it can be a little smaller, just don't exceed this measurement or your palette won't close properly.) Use the text box feature to add the name over each eyeshadow. (My original template is above, click to enlarge.) Print, cut out, then attach it to your palette... I used photo splits to attach mine; double-sided tape would work too, you could even glue it if you know you won't rearrange your eyeshadows.

Before (July 2010 click here) original 15 eye shadows to After (now) 26 eye shadows.

I really do like having more eyeshadows in the same palette.

-It saves time because I'm not switching back in forth between multiple palettes.
-Before the eyeshadows were just spaced too far apart.
-The powder usually made a mess getting all over the black insert making the palette look completely messy.
-Save Money (you can almost fit double the eyeshadows into one palette, saving $15), buying pans is also cheaper. Click here for a price comparison.

-Not travel-friendly.  The pans just don't feel secure to travel often.  You should probably pick up a few MAC quads, or even better, a Unii Palette (click here.)

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