As much as I love to devote a lot of time to perfecting my beauty routine every day, sometimes during the hectic phases of our life all we want to do is just get up out of bed and go straight to work. Well, I’d love to. The thing is, I’ve become so fixated and obsessive over taking care of my skin, body and hair every day that going to work or going to bed without doing at least SOMETHING for my skin and hair is a thing of nightmares for me.
I know I’m speaking everyone’s language here! We all strive to work towards creating the best beauty routine for us to use daily, which usually involves so many products that it can sometimes feel like one of the biggest cost and time burdens in our daily lives. Well, this post is for those times when you want to make sure your skin, body and hair are still ‘in good nick’ throughout the day without spending loads of time and using about 17 products a day. Simplified beauty routines are attractive for me not just because they can help you save money on products, but to me the most important thing is the time it saves. Lots of time. This is a post for when you want tips for a low-maintenance routine that still makes you look put-together.
1. Simplify your shower
Okay, I am so guilty of this. Does anyone else’s shower resemble a supermarket beauty isle? Mine does, and sometimes it can get out of hand. Just recently I decided to a perform a ‘shower inventory‘. I just made that up. But the reason I did it was because I wanted my shower routine to be as simplified and calming as it can be. Walking into a heavily stocked shower with dozens of half-empty products not only creates confusion as to what you should actually use on the day, but we all know that a cluttered environment can lead to cluttered thoughts. And who wants that first thing in the morning?
When I performed my inventory, I catalogued 4 different sets of shampoo and conditioner. Four! Well, you might say, sometimes your hair needs to be treated for something different to the wash before. You might have needed a hydrating shampoo last wash, and now you want something clarifying. Fair enough, if that was the actual case. But looking at my shower, I saw the usual suspects. Every set was designed for the purpose of lifting up flat and fine hair. Excessive. I removed three sets and then chucked in a hydrating hair mask for days when I need extra hydration. So instead of having 8 bottles of hair product, I now had three. Same thing goes for body washes. If you have multiple sitting in your shower caddy, and haven’t used one in the last two weeks, remove it and stick to the one you use mostly everyday.
Another good thing to do is to get rid of your shaving cream, because hair conditioner is one of the best ones out there! Having products which can serve multiple purposes is space saving, and simplifying. If your partner likes to use his own products for showering, a multi-purpose cleanser for hair, skin and body is a great way to simplify his showering routine as well, and there are plenty around!
Things like these seem so simple, but you’ll be surprised how much more streamlined and simplified your showering experience will be. Sometimes, less is more. Sometimes.
2. A hair oil will be your saving grace
I’m such an advocate for hair oils! I’ve literally swapped out all my leave in conditioners, shine sprays, smoothing sprays and have replaced them all with a hair oil.
A hair oil serves so many purposes! Without the creamy, heavy filler ingredients some leave-in treatments/conditioners can have, hair oils have molecular sizes that are smaller in size and thus able to reach the inside of the hair shaft for better delivery of hair nutrition. Hair oils are incredible for keeping your strands hydrated as we all know. But they are also amazing for adding shine to your hair, and keeping your hair styles polished by smoothing down hairs. If you’re worried about your hair looking oily, add in your hair oil when your hair is still wet after washing it, and blow dry smooth. You’ll be satisfied to see your ends feel soft and smooth, and fly-aways are reduced. Or, if you want to use it daily on dry hair, apply it at night before bed and you’ll wake up with hydrated strands that don’t look oily.
You can cut down on your hair styling steps and products just by using a good quality hair oil! I recommend the Natura Siberica Oblepikha Oil complex for Damaged Ends* (remember to use my code ‘BEAUTYGEEK’ for 15% off the website Natura Siberica. It has a silky finish and is easy to spread throughout the hair. My favourite way to use it is by smothering my ends in it before bed so I wake with soft, smooth and hydrated hair.
3. Spot conceal to perfect your complexion
Ahh, the beautiful spot conceal. Confession, I don’t actually wear that much makeup on a daily basis. For my work days, you’ll see my complexion either layered on with a light sweep of mineral powder, or just spot concealed. In saying that, give me a night out on the town or a day of winery tours and I’ll be dousing myself in makeup!
Spot concealing is a fantastic way to simplify your daily makeup routine. It’s easy, economical and so quick to do. Just make sure your concealer is matched perfectly to the skin on your face. The only issue with this is if you’re someone who fake tans. Your face will then be a totally different colour to the rest of your body and spot concealing will just emphasise this. For me, as someone who doesn’t use a lot of fake tan, spot concealing was one of the best makeup techniques I’ve ever learned!
Choose a shade that will work for both under eye discolouration and blemishes/uneven skin tone. Because you’re not wearing a full face of makeup, it’s not imperative that your concealer shade for your undereye area is one or two shades lighter than your foundation because your face will retain it’s natural dimension if you’re just spot concealing. I’m actually pretty impressed with the new CoverGirl Outlast Stay All Day* concealer. It’s a runnier consistency that still delivers the coverage I want and doesn’t leave a cake-y finish on my bare skin. And it’s surprisingly brightening for my under eyes!
Melissa Alatorre on Youtube speaks about spot concealing in many of her no makeup-makeup looks, she’s one of the best at it! It helps in the morning when all you need is a concealer and setting powder for your complexion! Simple and quick, yet effective!
4. Use a tinted lip treatment for adding colour as well as delivering lip hydration
I am lipstick fiend, so this tip was a little harder for me to achieve myself. But I found that when I spot conceal, I don’t want a full on lipstick. Rather, I prefer sheer lip colours or lip treatments with a tint, because you get the pop of colour you want with fresh-faced makup but you are also treating your lips to some hydration and nourishment. You all know that I was utterly obssesed with the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils*, and I still am. The shade ‘Tangerine’ adds some much needed oils and hydration to my lips whilst also giving my lips a slight warmth with a reddish tint.
I also recently came across a new brand of tinted lip treatments, Concrete Minerals. For those who are conscious, they offer vegan (candelila wax instead of beeswax) and cruelty-free lip tints that are formulated with a bunch of oils to keep your lips smooth and plump, such as olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil as well as Vitamin E. I have the shade ‘Karma’ a deeper nude shade that goes on sheer to give your lips a beautiful light brown tint to your lips.
Tinted lip treatments are a great way to add colour to your lips and hydrate them at the same time. As they are more sheer and forgiving, you can be messier with applying these and a mirror is not a necessity. Something you don’t get from using a high pigment lipstick where you have to be so careful to stay in the lines of your lips!
These are my latest tips for making your beauty routine more simple and streamlined for days when you just can’t be bothered. Or, if you are that type of person who just likes to have a low-maintenance lifestyle, perhaps you’ll pick up a few tips, or new products to try.
*PR samples for editorial consideration. All material presented is genuine and my own. As always, The Beauty & the Geek AU is no expert, so please do not substitute my opinions for professional advice.