Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Morning Time Saving Tips

I'm not a morning person. And I don't mean the type who needs four cups of coffee before their brain is functioning. I mean the type that just does not want to get out of bed and loves the snooze button. For that reason I need to have a pretty quick morning regime to ensure I'm out the door and on the train before work sends out a search party. Today I thought I'd share some of the tips I have when I'm rushing out the door and I'm short on time.

Body lotion is probably the first step I'd skip if I was short of time but with the current introduction of spray moisturisers I don't have to. Vaseline have recently reformulated their Spray Moisturiser and I've been using them as part of my morning routine - even when I have time to spare. It'll be no surprise that Cocoa Radiant* is my favourite, the scent is delicious. Aloe Soothe* is perfect for applying if you've hastily shaved your legs (and works amazingly if you're really short for time and need to 'dry' shave) and Essential Healing* is a good old rounder so whatever your preference there is certainly something for everyone in the Vaseline Spray Moisturiser range. I'm sure it doesn't need saying but you simple spray, rub and go. It absorbs quickly enough to put on clothes seconds afterward and doesn't leave any greasy residue. Even as I'm writing this post I'm spraying them on arms and legs to familarise myself and am still able to type without fingers sliding off the keyboard. My only criticism is that my enthusiastic spraying does seem to use them up quite quickly.

Many of you I'm sure are lucky enough to goes days without washing your hair, I'm not so lucky and will where possible always wash my hair through traditional methods during the week. At weekends if I'm simply pottering about at home or running errands I do try and give hair a break and reach for the dry shampoo instead. Battling against my usual Batiste and Collab is TRESemme Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo*. I really love the smell of this dry shampoo and that's surprising as it's not something I usually notice or factor in when purchasing or reviewing even but this has a fruity scent I enjoy. I was ready to be extremely critical and see powder in my hair but there was none to be found. I'm definitely happy having this in my line up.

If the reason for your late start is lack of sleep them may I suggest Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Pencil in Nude*. This is one of my holy grail products and I gave a little jump for joy when I received this as I've managed to lose mine and hadn't managed to replace yet. White eyeliners are too stark for me but this nude liner manages to give the appearance of eight hours sleep even when I've had much less. Add some mascara and you're good to go.

I'm a fan of putting my make up on whilst travelling into work by train. Frowned on by some but for me it's essential for those precious extra minutes in bed. Whilst I'm not against getting out a big blusher brush on the train cream blush is much less likely to get glares from your fellow commuters. The Nars Multiples* are perfect for this job and I much prefer the shade Orgasm in cream form than it's powder original. It has enough of a shimmer to save time on highlighters and leave skin look fresh but no excessive sparkle that the powder left me with. You can use the Nars Multiples on your lips and eyes, the former I found too drying but quite liked the subtle tone on my eyelids. Not something for every day but in a pinch works a treat.

Finally we turn to nails. An important date, meeting or event and you need to paint your nails? Typically I would turn to a stash of press on nails in a pinch but as happened to me last week sometimes that stash can run out. Thankfully many brands have brought ranges such as Barry M's Quick Dry*. I have the shade Pit Stop which is a perfect grey nude which will work for any occasion. I put my door keys and train pass on the side, paint my nails and then walk out the door.  By the time I'm sitting on the train my nails touch dry and I can begin scrolling through my Twitter feed.

There you have some of my time saving tips, what are yours?

*This post contains press samples

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  1. The nude eyeliner sounds fab! I haven't used a nude eyeliner in forever so really must try it - would be nice to have a change from my normal black shade :)

    The Belle Narrative

  2. Having dry hair I'm lucky enough to only have to wash it every 3rd day, which is very useful when I have to get up at 5.15am; My hair is washed in the evenings, if I wanted to wash it in the morning I'd have to be up by 4.30am! x


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