I gotta say I will not be sorry to see the end of this month. As of Nov. 1st I had a husband who had to go to the hospital for a busted toe, I had a chipped and cracked front tooth, and my 10 month old came down with bronchialitis. Add all this to the typical chaos of running a busy family of three plus two dogs and a cat and I am EXHAUSTED!
During these times of stress and never ending appointments a lot of people will question why I even bother to put on make-up. My response is that just because I feel weary doesn’t mean I have to look it. I find that there is nothing more dispiriting then catching a glimpse of myself in a mirror and thinking ‘Wow – I LOOK tired’. I don’t like it – so that’s why I’ll take five minutes to slap on some make-up. If I can brush my teeth while holding and comforting a sick baby I can also entertain her/ cuddle her while I put on a bit of mascara and under eye concealer.
Below you’ll find the six essentials I used during the past three weeks of never ending appointments and being a nurse maid for my family. These products can all be opened up and applied with one hand. While they didn’t make me look stunning they made me look human while I was operating on very little sleep and time!
Stay All Day® 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm
I know I’ve mentioned that this stuff is amazing but it totally proved it’s $50 CAD worth to me this month. I used this in place of moisturizer/ primer/ and foundation. I could get off the cap, apply, and blend one handed. It worked beautifully on slightly damp skin and on bone dry skin. It blurred imperfections and perked up my otherwise natural blueish sallow skin tint that happens when I get tired. I could also layer it to cover up my red tinged nose and red blemishes. I had been debating whether or not to purchase another tube of this pricey BB, but after this month I think it’s a must have in my make-up drawer.
This concealer gets the job done in one easily bendable swipe. While it doesn’t offer ‘industrial strength’ coverage like the BOI-ING concealer from Benefit, it is beyond easy to use and blends in so easily that you barely need to blend it in. I get dark bruises under my eyes and on the bridge of my nose in times of stress (this is especially distressing for my husband since it looks like I’ve been punched in the face … I also had a chipped front tooth at the time so it was awkward!). So this stick was amazing. I could apply it directly to my skin with a baby on my hip and ‘voila’ dark circles were, if not gone, then significantly faded. Basically it made the difference from looking like a slightly tired woman (which I was) to someone who had recently joined a fight club! The fact that I could apply it and blend it with one hand made it the winner for this crazy month of November!
Clinique Cheek Pop
I realize this is another product that I’ve mentioned before but, hey, in times of high stress you go with what you’re comfortable with! I truly think this is one of the best blush colors around. The product is sturdy (I know because I dropped it twice and my daughter kicked it out of my hand once) and it is so buildable that it is almost fool proof. You will be hard pressed to apply too much of this pretty pink to your cheeks. Because I had no time or motivation to contour I swept this over my cheek bones and the bridge of my nose lightly and then focused on applying extra to the apples of my cheeks. The result of using this product was the most dramatic. I get so pale when I’m stressed that I could give a vampire a run for their money (I think I really should’ve been goth in high school instead of preppy and sporty!). This product brought ‘life’ back to my face. I feel that by applying this blush, I allowed the medical practitioners I had to see a chance to focus on the issues rather then worry about me. (Seriously I didn’t bother to apply the blush one day, and the nurse pulled me aside to ask how I was coping with everything … meanwhile I’m like ‘Thank you for your concern – I’m good! focus on my baby! … she was a very nice nurse though … and she also taught me the importance of blush lol!)
Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Glow
This champagne pink color is an eye-lift in an convenient pencil. I would deftly swipe this in the corners of my eyes and under my waterline as well as under my brow bone. If I was looking particularly bruised and tired I would swipe it on my upper lid like an eyeshadow. This product is quick, easy and beyond brilliant. I also enjoy how natural looking it is. It’s a slight boost without any pretense at being fancy. Perfect for doctor appointments!
Kat VonD Immortal Lash 24 Hour Mascara
For anyone who has as little time to put mascara on as to take it off, do yourself a favor and get this brand. Honestly this stuff lasts through intense humidity and extreme cold. The brush allows it to be practically clump proof (including lower lashes!) and it wipes off with 1-2 swipes of make-up remover. Or if you forget the make-up remover it washes off with face cleanser and water in the shower. For $25 CAD it is, in my opinion, this is the best mascara for that price range. An added bonus is that it is infant resistant … my daughter held on to the tube for most of the morning and it was fine … what can I say? Sick babies get to hold on to what they want – even if it’s mommy’s favorite mascara for the morning!
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
This sheer bronze nude is the perfect neutral lip color. It plumps up dehydrated lips and the color goes with any outfit. It kept my lips hydrated and comfortable during two lengthy sessions in the dentist chair to get my tooth repaired. It has a sweet, but not sickly scent that my husband approved of. It added just the right amount of color to my lips so I didn’t look like a ghost and has the added benefits of a balm. Plus I’d argue that it is universally flattering.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my 5 minute make-up routine. I know it was cathartic for me to vent about this ker-azy month! I’m happy to report that everyone is doing better. My husband no longer requires a cane to get around the house, my dentist is a miracle worker and even I can’t see the damage to the tooth, and the baby is back to her usual bubbly self. I’m certainly looking forward to a happier December!
Cheers! — Missy