Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Beauty tips for busy moms

Yesterday I found myself having to get ready for the day in a hurry, and I ended up employing almost all of the timesaving tricks I've managed to find in the past few years of motherhood.

  • Dry shampoo. My favorite brand is Dove, as I find the Suave brand makes my hair kind of tangly. With dry shampoo, I can wash my hair every-other-day and, in a pinch, even go two days without washing.
  • Curling wand. I picked up a travel-sized curling wand last summer and it is a helpful styling tool. The curls last really well. It gives my hair some body and texture to style into an updo on day-old hair. I have very thick hair so it takes me about 20-30 minutes to curl my hair, so I don't do this all the time.
  • Straightening iron. Pregnancy has left my hair sort of wavy, sort of straight, so if I just let it air dry with no styling it looks pretty awful. This is what I try to do on days I don't have time to curl it. I can straighten my hair in about 10 minutes or so, and then that will last into the next day.
  • Good quality bobby pins. I learned the hard way that it's better to just plunk down a little extra money for a product that works. I've been buying my bobby pins at the drugstore for years. I finally bought some more expensive ones at Sally Beauty Supply and the difference was immediately noticeable. It saves me time when I don't have to struggle to get my updos to stay in place.
  • Good quality haircut. A good haircut also makes hairstyling easier and faster.
  • Simplify. I've always been an all-or-nothing kind of gal when it comes to makeup, but I am learning to just do what counts when I'm in a hurry. For me, that is under-eye concealer, eyeliner and mascara, and some natural-colored lipstick. It definitely makes me look more lively and awake than nothing at all.
I could write about clothes, too, but dressing as a mom is a topic complete unto itself. :) What are your timesaving beauty tips?


  1. Oh, great post!!! My personal favorite is vintage-style hair accessories. I'm lucky enough to have curly hair, so I don't need to do much to make it presentable, but it helps enormously to clip it back with barrettes. I've hot-glued several pair with bows and fake flowers. If I don't feel like barrettes, I'll do a colorful scarf. It's a great morale boost to have dressed-up hair!

    I don't do lipstick often enough. I have bright reds on hand, but you've reminded me that I need to buy a more natural shade for those days when I don't want to call the world's attention to my mouth. What lipstick do you use?

    1. Oh, that's a good one! Just yesterday I pulled out a hair scarf/headband I had made years ago from some cotton scraps and hadn't worn in ages. I didn't have time to straighten or curl my hair so I just teased the back a little and it had a cute '60s vibe (I hope!). ;-)
      My favorite natural-colored lipstick is Lancome's "Vintage Rose." I think it's been discontinued, but my friend Cheri alerted me to the fact that it can still be purchased on eBay (at a better price, I might add).

  2. These are great! My pregnancies have left me with half wavy half straight hair, too! Ugh!

    1. Haha, so glad to hear I'm not the only one! Oh well, there have been some beauty benefits to pregnancy (completely clearing up my skin, for one) so I won't complain. ;-)

  3. Hi Laura!

    That travel curling wand looks great - I have been trying to track down a battery powered curling iron for my upcoming trip to England so I don't have to have it plugged in all the time. Does this one work on batteries?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Katrina, no, unfortunately this one does have a plug. Good luck with your search! I'm so excited for your upcoming trip. :)

  4. Thanks!
    I'm only 17 years old and even though I'm not a busy mom, I found these tips really helpful!
    Thanks once again!

  5. These tips are great for college students, too. I appreciate them as I can easily "let my appearance go" all to often. Sometimes I'll remember to put in some cuter/elegant earrings than just plain diamond studs, or wear a scarf that goes well with my outfit.