hat: j.crew factory | scarf: old (similar here) | sweater: aeo | lips: sheer berry c/o rachel mccarty lips
emery: jacket: carter's | bib: copper pearl | bow: sweet little soul (use EMERY20 for 20% off purchase until 11/30)
So you know that friend that you are ALWAYS waiting on no matter what the circumstance? The friend that is at least five minutes late to everything? I hate to admit it, but I am that friend. I'd blame it on having a baby, except for that I was the perpetually late friend even before getting pregnant and having Emery and that was with friends that already had kids so.... I basically have no excuse. It's just one of those things where I am always running late because of who I am as a person, and it's definitely not my finest trait. Since becoming a nanny and mom my lateness has become even more cumbersome than before because babies and toddlers HATE waiting more than anything in the whole world, and my entire life now revolves around their eating & napping schedules that are imperative to keep close to unless I want to deal with the meltdown of the century. Over the years I've worked really hard to try and fix my punctuality problem to no avail, but I have however become quite the master of a few really quick and easy beauty secrets to help keep my getting ready time in the morning to 15 minutes tops. Less time taken getting ready in the mornings equals more playtime for the kiddos and more time to get other things done, and I'll take all of that quality time that I can get! Also, in addition to my 15 minute beauty secrets I also have a great discount code AND a giveaway opportunity for one of my newly found/favorite makeup brands, so keep reading and as always share the love with your friends! :)
Tip #1: Embrace cute hats and dry shampoo. This tip is first because it probably saves me the most time overall. Not only do I save time on not having to wash my hair as often (any new moms out there that can't remember the last time you showered relate??) and it saves me time in the mornings while actually styling my hair because I'm not always having to style from square one. My natural hair is curly and thick and takes SO LONG to style out of the shower, so I love being able to just spray some dry shampoo in my hair in the mornings, brush it out, and then throw on a hat to cover any waves that I don't feel like straightening! The nice thing about hats to is that there is literally a hat for every season: wool hats for fall, beanies for winter, and either baseball caps or floppy hats for spring and summer! Believe me when I say I take full advantage of this beauty secret all year round and LOVE the time that it saves me!!
Tip #2: Versatility in your closet is crucial. There was a time in my life where I literally owned closets full of clothes. You read that right, closets, and in more than one. I seriously love shopping, and the mountains of clothing in my house were proof of my addiction. The problem with having so many clothes though is that it would take me FOREVER to figure out what I wanted to wear in the mornings. I tried picking out my outfits the night before, but that wasted twice as much time because I'd spend an eternity deciding what to wear the night before and then would inevitably change my mind by morning and have to start the whole process over again. I finally couldn't take it anymore and switched to a wardrobe capsule, donating over five garbage bags of clothes in the process. You don't have to give away all of your clothes if you don't want to, but I would highly recommend making sure that the clothes that do live in the main portion of your closet are so versatile to the point where you could literally grab any top, bottoms, and shoes and be happy with how they look together. If there's something that doesn't quite go that you can't let go of, put it away somewhere where it won't be seen and save it for a special day when you need a little pick-me-up or a special occasion outfit. Being able to get dressed in less than two minutes and always feel comfortable with how my clothes look together is a huge time saver, plus has made me a smarter shopper as well. If you're curious to learn more about this system, go ahead and check it our here.
Tip #3: Make smart make-up choices. My make-up was probably the hardest part of my morning routine to cut time on because I feel like I need a minimum amount done to my face to feel presentable to the public. My ultimate solution was to prioritize what my most important make-up items were, and then to make sure that the products that I use last me all day long so that I'm not losing time throughout the day reapplying. My top make-up items that I can't go without are foundation, mascara, and lip color. I use Clinique for my primer, concealer, foundation, and powder, then use Too-Faced mascara for my eyes. For my lip color, I've recently become a HUGE fan of Lip Sense's complete lip kit including color stain, gloss, and the remover. I will admit that it took me a really long time to try Lip Sense because the price is comparable to lipstick sold at Nordstrom and Sephora, and I am normally REALLY weary of MLM's, but since trying it I am seriously amazed at how well it works. This stuff literally stays on ALL DAY LONG, and I LOVE being able to wear lipstick on the daily without having to reapply! Even with how much I love the product I have no intentions of becoming a distributor (and honestly still kinda hate the fact that it is an MLM) BUT I am dedicated to sharing 100% honest opinions with you all on brands & products that I try and I really do love this one! Also, because I am all about sharing the love, I have teamed up with Lip Sense distributor Rachel McCarty to offer all of my readers an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT AND GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY!! From now until November 30th 2016, you can receive 10% off of your entire Lip Sense order done through Rachel by mentioning the code LATEFRIEND10 when you message her your order! On top of that, everyone of my readers who puts in an order with her by November 19th will also be entered into a giveaway for an extra surprise color free of charge!! If you were like me where you've been wanting to try Lip Sense but have maybe been hung up on the price, this is the perfect time to give it a shot! Not only will you get the discount off of anything that you buy, but can also have the opportunity to win an extra color! For any wanting to take advantage of this deal, you can contact/follow Rachel to order through Instagram or Facebook.
Hopefully some of these tips are able to help anyone out there that is a little like me and has a hard time finding time to get ready! I may forever be running late, but at least by saving time where I can I'm able to put more time into the things I love, and that my friends makes for one happy baby and mama! :D Do you have any fun beauty tips or routines that help you get ready faster in the mornings?? If you do be sure to drop them in the comments below! Heaven knows that I need all the help I can get when it comes to being on time and I'd love to hear what works well for all of you!! Cheers!
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.