Here is my dirty little secret: I haven’t washed my hair in four days. Let me start this by clarifying I did shower over these past four days. I’m not THAT dirty. Being in the barre3 studio three days in a row kind of makes it unavoidable to shower. I honestly didn’t have any intention of going this long (although I do routinely skip washing my hair every other day) but with a jam packed schedule on Sunday by the time I got back from studio I realized I didn’t have time to wash, dry and style my hair before church. Luckily I’ve found the most amazing dry shampoo that leaves my hair looking clean AND with plenty of volume. Added bonus: it smells great and is totally affordable! We’ve all read the memes about moms living on dry shampoo and I am now a testament to that. So without further ado I thought I’d share some of my favorite beauty products that I use to both treat myself and are great time savers (win win!).
Not Your Mother’s Beauty Babe Dry Shampoo – $4.79
You’ve already read how this has got me through FOUR days! What more is there to say?
Impress Nails – $7.99
I’ve always enjoyed having my nails done and used to be a frequent to the salon for an acrylic set (I know really bad for your nails). But I just can’t justify the cost. It’s a luxury and not a necessity and to be frank I’d rather spend the money on something else indulgent – like copious amounts of Starbucks. So when I saw our fabulous freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez post about how these were a cheap fix when in between manis it piqued my interest. And I LOVE it! I get nearly 2 weeks of a manicure with no chipping and minimal nail damage for less than $10! I’ve also found these at Fred Meyer for as low as $5.99. And after turning my co-worker on to them she has taken advantage of Impress online BOGO promotions.
Rodan and Fields Foaming Sunless Tanner – $27.00
First, I’m not a RF consultant and have no personal investment in this recommendation (I know were all inundated with MLM promotions and are skeptical because of it) but this product has really delivered for me. It’s a little pricier than a lot of beauty products that I use but with how infrequently I use it and how well it applies I think it’s worth the expense. It does have a SLIGHT tanner smell to be completely transparent but the color lasts longer and goes on a lot more even than any drug store options I’ve used. It’s also way cheaper than going in for a spray tan and of course a much healthier option than laying in the tanning bed. It helps me prep for a special event or beach vacation without adding a trip to the salon on my to do list.
Valjean Labs Facial Serum – $25/2 count
I actually stumbled across this product after a co-worker told me about using oils on her skin. She blends her own but that seemed to be a big risk to me as I already have combination skin and didn’t want to chance a breakout. So I ended up just going to Marshall’s with some girlfriends and as I was perusing the serums another shopper RAVED about Valjean Labs. That was enough for me and I took a chance. I am so glad I did! My skin has never been in better condition. My breakouts are near gone, my skin tone is so much more even and I just got a compliment about my skin glowing – that was without makeup! My skin has been in such great condition I no longer use any type of foundation or concealer. This simplifies my minimal makeup routine and allows me to run out the door much faster.
So there you have it! Some of my go to products for getting out the door quick while still feeling fabulous. It’s a form of self care in the most minimal of ways but it delivers a big punch. What would you recommend to help a mama feel her best?