As a woman, looking my best is part of feeling my best.
As a busy young professional, I don't have the time to spend hours on drawn-out beauty routines and, even if I did have that time, I'd rather spend it on something else. That's why my beauty routine is all about speed, simplicity, and efficiency!
Here are my top five beauty essentials for travel, home, and day-to-day looking well and feeling well in under five minutes.
My Top 5 Beauty Essentials
As a healthy twenty-something, there's no need to spend $80 on a beautiful vial of whatever potion is supposed to give my skin magical powers of luminosity. Instead, a simple light daily moisturizer keeps my skin hydrated while the bit of SPF coverage is something your future self will thank you for.
1) Olay SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer
I like Olay SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer because it has what I need, isn't heavy or greasy, and only costs $5-$10 per bottle!
2) Labello Cherry Shine Lip BalmEspecially when traveling (airplane air is so dry) or in the winter, my lips get chapped! Chapped lips aren't cute or comfortable and Labello lip balm makes my lips soft and supple with the application ease of Chapstick.
I like the Labello Cherry Shine Lip Balm, because it does the double duty of adding a touch of natural color in a non-dramatic way.
3) MascaraDarkening your lashes makes a big difference in pulling the attention to your eyes and also adding some color differentiation to your face, so you look less monotone. Especially if you have a face that looks a little tired without any makeup, a little mascara can perk you up without taking a lot of time or makeup, or making you look overdone.
I'm still figuring out which mascara is my favorite, but I'm a fan of Physician's Formula Fake Out Mascara, Maybelline Great Lash, and NYX Va Va Voom for now.