- BareMinerals Foundation- This one is bit pricey ($25), but I get a good year of use out of each tub and nothing covers up better. This covers my current acne and my residual scars, in addition to my major mommy under-eye circles. Your mileage may vary of course, but roughly $2 a month for a quick and easy face fix is not too bad.
- Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish- Good selection of colors, usually a nice mix of trendy and classic. This polish really does dry in a minute. I love it for my toes since you can slap a coat on and it will be dry by the time you finish brushing your teeth. Lasts well on fingernails too, though I don't do them as often.
- Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara- Very inexpensive (I paid $.75 for mine thanks to a coupon), but it does a great job of making your lashes pop without looking clumpy or fake. On any given day I brush on some foundation and slap on a layer of this...that usually makes me look put together enough to face the world.
- Suave Rosemary and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner- Smells and cleans just like the Aveda version for a fraction of the cost. I also use Suave mousse and hair gel if I feel so inspired. The products work well and I don't feel too guilty for investing a grand total of, maybe, $25 a year on my hair care.
- Eye/Make-Up Pallet- Get one with tons of colors. I got one like this from Sephora with a gift card, though having had it for a while, I would pay for it if needed! The colors may seem crazy, but I have actually used them all and had a great time doing it.
- Revlon Colorsilk- I have dark hair, so matching a basic dark brown is easy, the dye does a great job of covering my grays (I would look shockingly like the Bride of Frankenstein if these were left unchecked) and the color doesn't look too "flat."
- Nads Facial Wax Strips- Sure the name makes me giggle like a 12 year old, but these babies work! Quick and easy, very effective and for less than $5 a box I can get 3-4 rounds of ensuring I have two shaped eyebrows and no 'stach.
- Burt's Bees Lip Balm- Just the best, that is all.
- Heel Balm- Any one will do. I got the Flexitol version from a friend who worked in a cosmetics QA lab, but Target makes a great generic. Rub this on your feet every now and then for no more callouses or blisters.
- Sunscreen- This last one comes as no surprise,and is an area where I often fail, but get some on whenever you head out. I like this Cetaphil Moisturizer with SPF for my face. You are putting on your kids, so do your own arms while you are at it. This will help you look good for years to come. For bodies I get the Target Baby Sport ones, but go with whatever you like for maximum SPF.
17 May 2010
I know it is a timeless cliche, but man it is easy to just look like a hot wreck all the time when parenting is your primary job. This applies to anyone with kids since even if you work in some other capacity, you are a full-time parents and that can take a toll. To try and look a bit more human more of the time, I have found a few products that give you a bit of help. As an added bonus, since I am so loathe to spend money on things that seem a frivolous as beauty products, most are very wallet friendly and/or I can promise you that the few pricier items are really worth it.