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Makeup · June 29, 2017

How to Streamline Your Beauty Routine and Make the Most Out of Your Morning

In Your Shower

Get You a Body Wash That Can Do Both
Save water, save time, and cut down on the number of products in your shower caddy when you add a two-in-one body wash and shampoo. You can, in fact, use the same product on your scalp and your elbows when you use a formula like Davines SU Hair & Body Wash. As a shampoo, it cleanses, conditions, and repairs damaged strands. Customers have told us it hydrates and detangles their hair so well, they didn't need to use conditioner afterward. So, you can imagine how amazing it feels as a body wash as it calms any inflammation (hello, sunburn) and drynessideal if most soaps irritate your skin.

Hydrate Skin While You're Still in the Tub
Once you turn off the water, you only have a few minutes before the moisture in your skin begins to evaporate. Before you even step out, douse yourself in this antioxidant-rich body oil serum from One Love Organics. It protects against environmental aggressors and dryness, leaving skin supple. Fun fact: Oil absorbs better and faster when applied on damp skin, so no need to dry off afterward. You'll not only be practicing better time saving skills but also proper skin hydrationit's a win-win!

In Your Medicine Cabinet

(Dry) Shampoo and Style at the Same Time
If you woke up too late to wash your hair (it happens to the best of us), you can still make second day strands look clean and freshly styled with a spritz of Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray. Part dry shampoo and part texturizer, it absorbs oil to instantly refresh your scalp and gives hair a bit more oomph thanks to patented polymers. Spritz on concentrated areas or mist all over for a perfectly undone 'do. Some of us here at Birchbox HQ even like to use it as a finishing spray for more hold and grit on newly-washed and blow-dried strands.

Incorporate a Multitasking Moisturizer
Between toners, serums, moisturizers, sun protection, primers, and more, the steps that follow washing your face can seem never-ending. Opt for a moisturizer that can check more than one capability off the list. Murad's Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ controls oil production for up to eight hours while still deeply hydrating skin. It also leaves a velvety-smooth matte finish that never looks dull or flat, making it a great primer under makeup.

Apply SPF That's Formulated for Both Your Face and Body
Protecting your skin from sun exposure is non-negotiable but isn't always pleasant or convenient. Supergoop!'s Perfect Day 2-in-1 Everywear Lotion SPF 50 + Mint Condition Lip Shield SPF 30 is an oil-free formula that's safe and designed to work for both face and body. It can be applied all over, from your head all the way down to your toes. The on-the-go-sized tube makes reapplying throughout the day a breeze and it even features a hidden lip balm underneath its cap, so you can shield that delicate skin as well.

In Your Makeup Bag

Ditch Your Powder Shadow in Favor of a Creamy Stick
When you're really in a pinch, applying powder shadow with a brush takes up more time than you probably have to spare. Opt for a shadow stick instead to create your eye look. They're extremely easy to use and are often formulated for longer wear. Manna Kadar Cosmetics' Eye Candy Priming Shadow Stick is not only foolproof and handy, but it also features a combined primer and pigment formula, so it has tremendous staying power and saves you that extra step of applying primer to your lids beforehand. The colors are versatile enough to fill in and line eyes plus highlight your inner corners. The Honey shade also doubles as a highlighter to add a little extra glow on the high points of your face.

Consider a Makeup Palette
With a blush in one pot, highlighter in another, and bronzer in its own compact, you probably spend more time finding and opening each individual product than you do actually applying them to your face. Don't underestimate the value of incorporating a solid palette into your makeup routine, especially rms beauty's Signature Sets, which feature some of the brand's iconic formulas and finishes in one sleek white case. You can make cheeks pop, contour and define, highlight, and moisturize lips for a complete face look all thanks to one compact.

Use a Mascara That Gives You 360 of Fringe Benefits
Don't let your top lashes have all the fun. You can give those little bottom ones some love too thanks to MAC Cosmetics' Bold & Bad Lash Mascara. The two-in-one product is designed with two brushes and formulas for both sets of fringe. The smaller brush for lower lashes allows you to be more precise so they don't get clumpy while the larger brush for upper lashes fans them out and adds length for your most voluminous ones yet.


Alexis Bridenbaugh