How-To: Sleep In and Still Look Pretty!

01 March 2013

I just have a quick announcement to share with you guys- sparkle & mine has joined the twitterverse! I'll be using Twitter to share blog updates and other randomness so be sure to follow s&m and say hi!

Aaand moving on, I don't know about you guys, but I love my sleep. And as much as I always plan to get up early the next morning to curl my hair or do a full make-up routine, I end up hitting the snooze button about 10 times. After doing that for years, I've finally mastered a routine that allows me to get a little extra rest on those early mornings and still look put together for the day. So here they are, my morning time-savers for hair and makeup!

Time Saver #1: Prep Your Hair the Night Before
On days where I know I will have no time or energy to do much of anything with my hair, I stick to my tried and true beachy waves. Before bed, I shower and let my hair dry about halfway. Then I put in some product to hold the waves in place (I use Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Styling Cream), and braid my hair into one large center braid. And that's it! I wake up, take the braid out, and I have really natural looking waves with almost no time or effort.

Time Saver #2: When In Doubt, Go With A BB Cream
If I don't have time to start messing with a primer, foundation, concealer, etc., I just smooth on some BB Cream (Maybelline's Dream Fresh BB Cream is one of my favorites). Although my skin may not look completely flawless, it will give light coverage and SPF protection.

Time Saver #3: Multi-Purpose Products
One of the best time-savers I can suggest is to find a product that can be used in lots of different ways. Like a pigment eye shadow that can also be used as liner, or a lip stain that can also be used for cheeks. My go-to multi-purpose product when I'm tight on time is Benefit Posietint. It's definitely pricey, but it has beautiful color payoff on both lips and cheeks and really does last me all day. Plus, I can just throw it in my purse and put it on in seconds with no fuss or extra stuff needed.

Time Saver #4: Make Time for Mascara
If you only have time for one eye product, make it mascara. I can't even tell you what a difference it makes in a girl's face. One of my favorite everyday mascaras is Maybelline Full & Soft. With just a few waves of the mascara wand your eyes will look bright and wide awake!

I'd love to hear any other tips you guys have for getting ready in a hurry!

P.S.- Be sure to check out my new YouTube channel! I make beauty and style videos, and I'd love your support! ♥


  1. One thing that I've found is to make time once a week to give your hair a really good curl, generally on a Monday, or Tuesday. Then for the rest of the week, or until my next wash, I just sleep with my hair in one French braid down the back. Voila! Pretty hair every morning.

    1. That's a really good idea Sarah, thanks for the tip! :)

  2. Do you have a BB cream preference for oily/acne-prone skin? I'm 30. So along with anti-aging battles, I'm still battling skin that acts as if it is 13! I'm SO paranoid about causing additional break-outs that I just use moisturizer and nothing else.

    Also, I am IN LOVE with Benefit's They're Real! mascara. It always makes my eyes look amazing even if I have nothing but mascara on. :-) That's my tip for when I don't have time to do full eye makeup- a couple swipes of that mascara!

    1. Thanks for the Benefit Mascara tip Talltash, I will have to try it out!

      As far as a BB Cream that controls oil and helps with anti-aging, I would say your best bet is Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. It's definitely on the expensive side, but I've tried it out and it works incredibly well for controlling oil! Plus, it claims to also contain anti-aging properties that combat lines and wrinkles. So I'd definitely check it out! Here's the link: http://www.sephora.com/camera-ready-bb-cream-spf-35-P300339

  3. if you want really good mascara, use this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007152I9S/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A26O8TOJFTP2IL
    it lasts all day, is waterproof but removes easily, and once when i forgot i had it on, i cried and rubbed my eyes crazy, but it did not come off. at. all.


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