The Busy Girl’s Guide to Looking Good in a Pinch

BY Alexis Farah · February 29, 2016

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Even as the practice of being more mindful and present becomes trendy in 2016, it’s hard to deny that our lives can often resemble a Tasmanian Devil-style scene from Looney Tunes. But between work, carpooling, events and regularly checking phones that are attached like an extra appendage, beauty routines can often seem like another daunting chore. To streamline the process, use these beauty products that deliver fast solutions to all those pesky beauty dilemmas so you can spend more time trying to cram one more thing into that schedule. Or not.


1. Quickly Mop Up Smeared Eye Makeup

It’s probably safe to say that no one has time to start over on eye makeup that’s been smudged or smeared. For easy cleanup keep DHC’s Olive Virgin Oil Swabs on hand, which are individually wrapped and pre-filled with olea europaea (olive) fruit oil. Use one side to clean up or remove the smudge and the other side to blend out and soften up the shadow or liner, suggests celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman, who works with Camilla Belle and Taylor Swift.

2. Revive Hair That’s Fallen Flat

If your hair is looking as tired as you by 4 p.m., quickly infuse life with a reviving spray like Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Non Aerosol. The nonaerosol mist features oat extract and micronized powder to absorb grease and sweat and add volume to limp and lifeless locks. And did we mention it also leaves your hair with a fresh, baby-powder scent? To use, flip hair over, spritz the formula evenly and give it all a good shake, concentrating on your roots for added volume.

3. Eliminate Dragon Breath

Even though dentists advise brushing regularly, sometimes you just need a quick fix to get rid of bad breath. Enter Supersmile Powdered Mouthrinse, a single-use mouthwash that’s ideal for women on the go. Add water to powder in the packet, swirl and rinse the mixture in your mouth and toss the packaging.

4. Stamp Out Shine

Left your blotting papers at home? Go to plan B to beat shine ASAP: a toilet seat cover. It’s almost the same material as rice paper blotting sheets, which draws oils from the skin, says Freedman. Just make sure to use a blotting, not wiping, technique. And for everyday use, stash jane iredale Facial Blotting Papers in your purse.

5. Enlist an Instant Pick-Me-Up

The fastest way to perk up your look is with an all-in-one product like RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Smile. Make sure to choose a great juicy shade to pop cheeks and lips, says Freedman. Apply this nourishing, all-natural stain to lips and cheeks, and then blend with your finger for that natural-looking, just-blushed look.

6. Wipe the Stink Away

There’s nothing quite like a few spritzes of your favorite scent to give you that fresh-from-the-shower feel. But if you don’t feel like toting around your expensive bottle of perfume, consider a fragrance wipe, like Nomaterra Miami Fragrance Wipes. Each individually wrapped perfume wipe features the equivalent to 6 spritzes of Nomaterra Eau de Parfum. Sweep the wipe across your neck, wrists and other pulse points to keep you smelling fresh while on-the-go.

7. Add Brilliance to a Dull Mani

Before running into that big meeting or date, swipe a clear topcoat over days-old polish for a fresh look. Try Laqa and Co. Nail Polish Pen Topcoat. It’s a cinch to grip and allows for a neater application than a clunky bottle. Hello, glossy finish!

Alexis Farah

Before becoming a freelance writer in Los Angeles, Alexis was the Senior Beauty Editor at Everyday Health in New York City. She started her career as the Associate Beauty Editor at Women’s Health magazine and... Read More >

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