Hi everyone, hope all of you are doing well. I know I have been missing from this space lately but I am back and have loads of stuff planned in December. So without further ado, let me talk about 5 must have beauty products for working mothers!
Women in general and working mothers in particular are forever short on time. “Oh, I have enough hours in the day”, said no woman ever. With several demands on our time, what gets sacrificed most often is me time, self care and beauty regimen. I thus believe that it is very important to select our beauty products with care. Each needs to be a workhorse – either excellent at their job or a multitasker and be very easy to use! These are my 5 must have beauty products for working mothers.
1. Dry Shampoo
I am not being dramatic when I tell you that this one product has changed my life. I have oily scalp and washing my hair everyday or every alternate day has been a huge challenge all of my adult life until about three years ago. That was when I tried dry shampoo for the first time. There are many brands in the market that do dry shampoos but the one I like best is Batiste. I love the classic and floral fragrances. The only bummer is that the large sized cans are not easily available in India. I always stock up on these when I travel. They are much more expensive in India. I have also tried the BBlunt dry shampoo as an alternative but I like Batiste a lot better!
Mommy Tip: If you are out of dry shampoo and have no time to wash and dry your hair, then get some baby powder and apply to the root of your hair. Baby powder soaks up excess oil from your scalp better than anything else but it also leaves the hair looking grey. For dark hair, add a little cinnamon powder or cocoa powder so that it blends well with your hair colour
2. Bright Lipsticks
Never ever underestimate the power of a bright lipstick. If you find the right shade for yourself, it can work as a facial! No matter what your skin tone is, no matter what your favoured colour is, no matter what your budget is, you would be able to find a bright lipstick that would add a twinkle to your eye and make you look put together. Trust me, after owning about a 100 lipsticks since I began wearing makeup, I know. For my skin colour (a warm toned NC41), I really like a bright pink like Sugar Cosmetics Matte as Hell lip crayon in Mary Poppins and MAC Chilli or MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo for red. For an easy put together look that you can sport everyday, just do your base, mascara on the eyes and a bright lipstick. You can just alter the colour of the lipstick to have a different look everyday without spending more than five minutes on your makeup every morning.
3. Face Mist
I must admit that this is a recent addition to my beauty stash and I have mentally kicked myself for not trying it before! I actually thought that face mist was the most useless product but oh boy was I wrong. Face mists give your face a boost of hydration while making you feel fresh instantly. It is a great on the go product and one you can use even when you have makeup on. I especially like products like Mac Fix+ that double up as a makeup setting spray or Exel Herbal Purifying and Toning Lotion that multi tasks as a toner too. A light spritz of these will soften your makeup and give you an instant pick me up.
Mommy Tip: Mix 2 parts rose-water with one part glycerine and add it to a spray bottle for a cool DIY face mist. This one smells divine and I bet you would not be able to stop yourself from using this multiple times a day
4. Powder Foundation
Powder Foundations are a blessing for touch ups on the go. However, many pressed powders like MAC Studio Fix and NYX Stay Matte are good enough to be used on their own. Cream and liquid bases take a while to blend. Powder goes on much easier. If you are worried about your skin going dry or appearing cakey, just spritz some face mist and voila! You have your base done in a matter of seconds. Most powder foundations will not last you the day though. You will most likely need to nip to the washroom for a mid-day touch up.
5. Cream Concealer
This product has been my makeup workhorse and I kid you not. I use Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer by Benefit and love it to bits. I can use it in the under eye area, to cover blemishes and even use thin layer buffed into moist skin as a foundation. As far as multi tasking products go, this one really takes the cake for me. In fact, if I had to go somewhere with just enough room to carry two makeup products, I would carry this and a bright lipstick. That is it!
So that is it. Those are my 5 must have beauty products for working mothers. If you are an Indian girl and are wondering why Kajal or Kohl did not make it to this list, there are several reasons. One is that if worn heavily on the lower waterline, kohl drags the eye down and can make you look sleepy instead of fresh and awake. The second is that it smudges. During the course of a working day, you want to avoid constantly looking at your kohl. Lastly, it needs to be removed at the end of the day with a proper cleanser and eye makeup remover. Removing kohl is a lot of work! So, if you are short on time, give your trusted kohl a miss and go for some mascara or liner instead. The products I mentioned here work for anyone generally short on time but more specifically for women who are trying to juggle several balls at once.
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