It’s pretty easy for me to get ready for work in most gym locker rooms. Step 1: Shower using whatever products the gym provides; Step 2: Shove sweaty gym clothes in those free plastic bags gyms give out; Step 3: Use whatever body lotion the gym has on my body and face (is that bad?) Step 4: Tie hair in wet bun; Step 5: Leave. It’s not that I believe my natural beauty to be so outstanding that I don’t need make up or a blow dryer, it’s that I don’t leave enough time for that sort of luxury and don’t know any quick make up tips.
When I think of spending money on “beauty,” I want products that make my hair and skin look good on their own, not something complicated that can leave me looking blotchy or messy (or that I’ll probably mess up).
Here are a few products that I swear by and that make my life a hell of a lot easier. (Oh, and that don’t require watching an instructional video on YoutTube.)
- Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. I’ve always wanted to live in a world where my hair could air dry frizz-free. This product has made that dream a reality. I wish this existed when I was in sleep away camp. I put a fair amount of this cream in my hair when it’s wet and my hair dries softer and less frizzy than it would on it’s own. I just squeeze a little more than a quarter size into my hands, rub them together, and put it all over my hair (I go light on the roots). When I first started using it, I was too light on my pour so the product didn’t do much. Now that I’m more comfortable, I use a more liberal serving, and it makes a big difference.
- This miracle chapstick by Neosporin. I went on a blistery run and when I came back my lips were very chapped. I tried regular chapstick and even regular Neosporin. (Is that gross? Should I not have done that?) Neither made a big enough difference. I was perusing the aisles of Duane Reade (as one does) and picked up Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy. The package says it takes 3 night to see a difference but I saw massive improvement after the first night. You just slather it over your lips before you go to bed. It’s a little bit white in color and Matt said it looked like I was “foaming at the mouth.” But you’re just going to put it on before bed, so I really recommend it. My lips are smooth and I’m very happy. It also cost less than $5.
- MegaFood – Skin, Nails & Hair supplement. I don’t usually take any supplements or vitamins (should I?) but I read about this one on Rachel Mansfield’s blog. In a vanity-driven attempt to make my hair grow faster, I ordered this and have been taking them when I remember to so, like once or twice a day. (You can take these vitamins up to 3x a day.) I think it may be making my hair thicker and my skin looks pretty good, but I also switched to the very pricey SK II,Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, so if credit is to be divvied up, I’m not sure where it goes quite yet. (I want to use the cleanser for a bit longer before I recommend something that costs $75 for less than 4 ounces. EEK!) My nails and hair are absolutely growing at a faster pace than usual, especially since it’s still winter.
- Every Haber shower has one of these over-sized hanging combs. My mom got me hooked on them and they make detangling your hair a breeze. The post-windy run dreadlock is a real life problem with which I deal.They cost around four smackaroos.
- Not beauty related, but this post on How To Change Your Eating Habits by Zen Habits is genius. Leo at Zen Habits is so wise and seems to always be thinking about how to solve my latest problem. Maybe my problems aren’t so unique 🙂
What are your favorite beauty products? Are there staples you always have in your cabinet?