Ladies, let’s face it – Momming is hard stuff! When I had my babies, I’m not gonna lie – it took me a LONG time to come out from underneath my yoga pants, slippers and bathrobe. I was like Stella…trying to get my groove back. It took me a while, but I finally realized that I needed beauty products and routines that simplified, saved time and still made me look and feel like a million bucks.
My pre-child health and beauty routine had about 25 steps and 30 different products involved. Now – I am lucky if I have 15 quiet minutes to shit, shower and shave my legs in peace. I don’t have time for all the steps! And I definitely don’t have time for all the products. I am so envious of all the social media mommies who look perfectly put together All.The.Time! How do they do it?! No, really…how?
Over the years, I have discovered what products and beauty hacks work best for me. How can I consolidate my routine (and the number of products I have to use) to get ready quickly and still feel great about myself? My hair is long and thick, so I don’t have to wash it every single day. Because it’s easy and trendy, I tend to rock a lot of side braids (channeling my inner Elsa) and top knots. I like to wear fun workout clothes, leggings with oversized sweaters or distressed denim and boyfriend tees. I feel put-together… and comfortable! Bottom line is, I have figured out what works for me and what makes me feel good and beautiful. I challenge all of you Motherluckers to do the same!
These are my top (can’t live without) mama must-haves:
Dry Shampoo – This one has been a complete game changer for me! I used to wash my hair every other day. Now, I can usually get 2 solid days out of my washed hair and then an extra day with dry shampoo. This stuff is AMAZING. My favorite is Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo.
In-Shower Moisturizer – I used to skip moisturizer when I would get out of the shower because I just didn’t have time for the extra step. My skin paid heavily for it. Now, I moisturize IN the shower (crazy, right?!). All I have to do it pat dry, get dressed and go!
Gel nail polish – How in the hell did I ever wait for regular nail polish to dry?! I opt for a salon gel mani over doing my own, but that’s just because I suck at it. Whether you have professionally done or DIY, gel polish is long lasting and completely dry when you are ready to head out the door. Such a huge score for moms!
Razors with gel shave bars – The Venus Spa razor is my ultimate fav! Makes shaving comfortable, quick and easy. And, my husband really appreciates me not looking like Chewbacca all the time.
Coconut oil – We all know the million and one uses (and benefits) for coconut oil. I keep a small jar of it in my bathroom and use it as my eye makeup remover, as well as my under-eye moisturizer. It’s natural and affordable.
Whitening mouthwash – If you have read my bio, you know that I am obsessed with red wine and coffee! Neither are easy on my pearly whites. I don’t have hours to spend whitening with at-home kits, nor do I want to spend the money for professional teeth whitening. Whitening mouthwash is so fantastic and time friendly. Use it just twice a day, and it helps to remove surface stains so you can keep that million dollar smile!
I would love to hear about YOUR favorite must-have products and beauty hacks! Share them in the comments below. Cheers to a beautiful and healthy 2017! xo