As women of the twenty first century, our responsibilities span far beyond those of merely managing a manor or being ladies in waiting sausaged in organ crushing corsets and starched petticoats on our front porches, sweet tea in delicate gloved hands. We hold down high powered jobs, raise families, nurture romantic and platonic friendships, lead fruitful social lives and are expected to do so all while keeping up with societal (and sometimes completely unrealistic) beauty standards. We barely have enough time to squeeze in a workout before fighting our way through our monotonous morning commutes, let alone pamper ourselves the way we definitely deserve having survived a 55 hour work week, complete with tyrant boss and tuna fish eating cube mate. Since we are so great at multitasking all day long, why wouldn’t we craft up clever ways to put our beauty products to work while we cash in on those six holy hours of sleep before that dreaded alarm sounds and we do it all over again? Along with slathering my eyelashes and lips with Aquaphor before bed every night (except when I’ve slipped into a wine induced coma), I also have discovered a slew of products designed specifically for all of us sleeping beauties. And wouldn’t you know? Sleep happens to be the perfect time to refresh, rehydrate, and recharge both inside and out.
1. Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue, 2. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, 3. Sarah Chapman Overnight Body Treatment, 4. Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, 5. Bliss Fat Girl Sleep, 6. Murad Acne Complex Overnight Soothing Gel, 7. Le Couvent Des Minimes Lavender & Acacia Soothing Night Hand Cream, 8. Sachajuan Over Night Hair Repair, 9. James Read Sleep Mask Tan, 10. Mederma Intensive Overnight Scar Cream, 11. Morning Glamour Satin Pillowcases
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You’ve packed your weekender, polished your fingers and toes and gotten that dreaded Brazilian (you have, haven’t you?) Get thyself to a waxer, woman. The next hurdle you’ll face over the holiday weekend is preparing the perfectly equipped beach bag. There’s nothing worse than trotting all the way down to the beach, finding the perfect spot and then realizing you forgot your sunscreen. That’s a valuable fifteen minutes of Vitamin D and boyscouting that you’ll be missing while fetching your forgotten goods. Below I’ve created the First Aid Kit of beach bags so you can spend more time playing beach blanket bingo with that babe on the chaise next to you and less time retrieving your lip balm.
1. Mar Y Sol Caracas Basket Tote, 2. Yves Saint Laurent Oversized Round Sunglasses, 3. Henri Bendel Wet Bikini Bag, 4. Jonathan Adler Stepped Diamonds Earbuds, 5. Miracle Skin Transformer Lip Rewind Advanced Peptide Lip Treatment SPF 20, 6. Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30, 7. Henri Bendel Under the Sun Towel with Strap, 8. Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist
A crucial step you may be missing (as was I for the majority of my makeup wearing life) is something that happens before the rouge, before the mascara, and even before your foundation. This very imperative, but often neglected step is the application of a little something called primer. Primer should be applied the moment you are done moisturizing so as to “lock” in your moisturizer and create the smoothest “canvas” possible. I know, I know. It’s starting to get steamy outside, so the last thing you feel like doing is adding another layer to your fabulous face. You’ve worked awfully hard getting that face painted to perfection, so applying a primer to prevent your face from melting off seems like a worthy cause, no? And here’s the best part: many primers have added benefits like built in SPF or anti-aging ingredients.
1. Cover FX Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum, 2.Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, 3. NARS Pro-Prime Multi Protect Primer, SPF 30, 4. Amazing Cosmetics Anti Aging Face Primer, 5. Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish
You’re in your prime, lady.