Beauty Cheat Sheet


Staff meetings, PTA forums, doctors’ appointments…it feels like the women of today’s world have everything going for them – except time. Alas, tending to things like our nails, hair and skin seem to take a backseat to all the other tasks that need to be checked off of our to do lists. But why should it be this way? How is that fair?

Well it’s not. And it doesn’t have to be this way.

I think that the saying, “when you look good, you feel good” is especially true of the modern day woman. Why not put our best selves forward? We should be muses to our families, coworkers and friends, inspiring everyone around us in as many ways as we can – and being busy shouldn’t keep us from doing so. Being the woman that I am, I refuse to believe that we can’t have it all. Feeling beautiful included.

Below are the top 4 tricks of my trade that I’ve compiled through the years…

Glue-on nails These gems were popular back in the day when most of us wanted the acrylic asthetic sans acrylics, and they’ve made a fierce comeback. Glue on nails are the quickest, easiest way to a clean looking manicure, and they now come in much more wearable and trendier designs than their french tipped ancestors. Added benefit? They give you longer looking nails without the incredibly damaging effects of acrylics. The nails in the picture above are actually my own after removing a glue on set – and they were healthier and longer. The trick to keeping them from popping off is to apply the glue to the edges and center of both your nail and the nail you’re applying, then pressing hard for at least 10 seconds to secure. Don’t go the press on route, as those little sticky sheets won’t last more than 20 minutes. My favorite ones to use come from the online boutique Nail Hur. They have tons of colors, designs, lengths and nail shapes to choose from.

Overnight Braids Because I relax my hair, I find it difficult to find ways to style it that don’t include breaking out those oh so damaging heat tools. My favorite technique? One that works for all hair types, be it curly and textured or thin and wavy. Post washing/conditioning, I detangle my hair using a wide toothed comb and distribute a thick creme or serum (one of my favorites is the ever popular Biosilk). Then, after smothering a bit of curling lotion throughout, I part my hair into four sections and braid each section with a simple, traditional braid, securing the ends loosely with a hair tie. It doesn’t matter what curling product you use here, as long as it’s not a mousse or gel – this will create a stiffness and crunchiness that you want to avoid. Place a bonnet over your head to keep flyaway’s at bay while sleeping, and wah-lah – you’ll wake up in the morning with beautiful, thick waves. I like to separate mine out after releasing the braids to create a fuller look.

Vitamin C Serum When it comes to your face and skin, there is one high powered ingredient that packs a punch – vitamin c. Not only does it have powerful anti aging properties, it also works as a skin firmer, brightener, and sun screen. If you have time to apply only one product to your skin, make it a product with a high volume of vitamin c – it’s a miracle worker. At only $15, Foxbrim is a high quality and well priced solution to try.

Self Tanning Lotion Yes, we’d all love the luxury of vacationing in St. Bart’s and building up the tan to show for it – but being the busy bees we are, the chances of that happening anytime soon are pretty far off. And so God created self tanners. While I really disklike the general ickiness of self tanners, my tried and true favorite is the Sally Hansen Tanning Lotion . It leaves you with a pretty, natural looking glow, minus the streaks and orange tint. Just rub it in evenly after you shower, let it dry for about 5 minutes and you’re good to go! Use it a good five days in a row for a color that will last twice that.

These four tips have gotten me through some rough patches when time and money were short but I still wanted to feel glam. Nothing makes you feel more put together than when your hair is glossy, nails pretty and skin glowing.

Have you given any of these products a go? How did it work for you? Do you have any alternatives to share? Please let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new products to try.






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