7 ways to look beautiful when you have no time

Recently a friend told me my hair looked nice. “Have you done something with it?” she asked, to which I replied honestly “well yes. I’ve washed it”.

That’s pretty much how I roll nowadays – a hair wash is a luxury.

(Understandably) there is no way a toddling 18 month old is going to allow me the time to carefully blow dry my hair every morning.

Usually it’s a hair wash at 10pm when the husband gets home and then a damp pillow all night and a tie back in the morning – sound familiar?

This ongoing saga doesn’t make me feel particularly cheery, so I have come up with a few time saving beauty tricks to help me make the most of the little time I do have to spend on myself.

1) Use dry shampoo

I recently discovered this gentle plant based Klorane dry shampoo
that works wonders in the morning and gives a bit of volume and bounce back to my hair. Most importantly it gets rid of the greasy “I haven’t washed my hair for 3 days” look.

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2) Mini hair wash

With little hands often playing with my hair, I find that the front sections get the most grimy. If you’ve got no time for a shower, simply wash your fringe or front sections over the sink and blast dry in two minutes. You’ve just skipped hair washing day! Voila!

3) Book a haircut

I went without the recommended bimonthly haircut when I first became a mum. But when I finally did get round to a chop, I felt so much better for losing those dead ends . Happy mum – happy baby!

My advice: don’t put it off. Book an appointment and a kind relative to take on the babysitting duty.  Or, if you trust your baby to nap when they’re supposed to, find a good mobile hairdresser, who can pop round when whey are sleeping.

4) Cleanse your skin

Hormones and sleepless nights take their toll on skin – so be kind to it. Remove your make up every night. I’ve recently discovered that coconut oil is the best eye make up remover you can buy. Cleanse every night (morning as well if you can) to prevent clogged pores– these In Transit facial cleansing wipes are BRILLIANT.

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You probably won’t have time for a facial… the next best thing is Ren’s Night-Time facial. Apply it as you would your usual moisturiser at nighttime and its 3-phase treatment promises to leave your skin looking radiant by morning.

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5) Quick coverage

I wish I was blessed with a natural bronzed glow all year round but sadly my Norfolk skin is quite dull and pasty, so I need daily coverage.

However, I am not a fan of thick foundations – I usually opt for a tinted moisturiser – but during the winter these can still leave me feeling naked.

So I was really chuffed when I came across Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation. It is so natural-looking, moisturising and contains an SPF.

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6) Groom your eyebrows

Ungroomed eyebrows are a sure sign of a new mum. No wonder, though, when there is no time for eyebrow waxes.

Personally my eyebrows are a nightmare – they are dark with gaps and curls, so need some serious maintenance. I have tried all the recommended products: pencils, Vaseline etc but then I discovered Benefit’s Gimme Brow and haven’t looked back!

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This is a gel based product that subtly builds the brows and holds them in place. It instantly makes them look fuller and neater.

7) Get a free make-up session

New make-up was pretty much bottom of the priority list whilst we were buying baby items.

So by the time I faced the world again after having my little boy, my make-up bag looked rather uninspiring. But thankfully I had the perfect excuse to get it sorted – I was asked to be a bridesmaid.

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So I booked myself in for a free make up session with Benefit as I needed a bit of a refresher course on make up application. It was fantastic. They took me through all the products and how to apply them. Bobbie Brown do similar complimentary sessions (there are concessions in John Lewis). These only take 20 minutes and can really help you get back on track.

That said, some days I do just take the approach – “don’t look in the mirror – then I won’t know what anyone else can see!”

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