Five Fast Festive Fixes


It’s at this time of year that we all seem to lose time, we had enough of it last week but suddenly the day is half as long as you’re not getting nearly as many things checked off your list. For some of us soon the kids will be home from school and that day will get even shorter.. these are 5 products I rely on when I have next to no time.

1. Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes

For all of the obvious reasons, quick makeup removal/skin cleanse whether you’re home or away. I know it’s not the ideal way to cleanse and I could preach to you about oils and balms and how you MUST use a hot flannel twice a day but most of us, let’s be honest.. can’t be bothered. Most of the time I’m good but I’d say 2 days a week (more so right now) I rely on a speedy routine in bed before I pass out. These wipes are the most gentle not only on my eyes (which have become quite sensitive of late) but also on my skin.. not at all dehydrating in the way many others tend to be and they leave my skin feeling super clean.

2. Estee Lauder Double Wear

I freaking love this stuff! For a long time I assumed it would be super heavy and look cakey on the skin but I’m a total convert. I only apply a little and blend it out for my daily base but it can double as a concealer if you layer it up and over winter I don’t even find that I need to powder. The finish is so natural, not dewy, not too matte but also pretty good for oil control so if you’re oily like me I think you’ll love it. Pricey but totally worth it in my opinion and since I apply with my fingers it’s a 30 second job.

3. Essence Make Me Brow

I assume this is their dupe for Benefit’s Gimme Brow and if you’re expecting that you might be disappointed but for a pretty opaque brow gel it’s very nice. I recently had my brows waxed and tinted and am trying to go au natural for a while to see how long I can get it to last and this is the perfect product for that. If you don’t need much filling in but want to look a little more polished or have thick brows that need to be tamed a quick swipe of this and you’re done.

4. Essie Metallic Polishes

These were from the metallics collection of 2012 and are still going strong. I think I have 4 colours and they’re my go to when I want to paint my nails but have zero time to let them dry. Too often I’ve attempted a last minute paint job just to smudge and smear my nails to ugliness, these foils dry almost instantly and are opaque in one stroke. I actually used this one on my daughter this morning before her school party, she agreed.. fastest mani ever.

5. Cutex Ultra Cleansing

And finally a slight segway in to nail polish REMOVING via this new bottle I just picked up from Cutex. I didn’t really think it mattered which brand I used, I assumed they all did the same thing but this Ultra Cleansing version does exactly what it says on the tin. I use a very thick top coat and removing my polish can take AGES but this makes super fast work of even glitter removal.. two thumbs up from me, especially over Christmas when I want a new, glitzy polish every day!

So they are my five fast festive fixes.. I couldn’t resist all the f’s, sorry. Anything that saves time is a winner for me so feel free to share your own favourites below and hopefully you will try some of mine!

Miss BB

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