I’m so excited to be working with Aveeno once again — they’re launching a Beautiful Change Challenge, and once I saw the topics, I jumped right in. The great thing about projects like this is that it’s not about hyping or reviewing a product…it’s about starting conversation.
(Full disclosure will come at the bottom of this post, but per my policy: I have been compensated for this post and all opinions are mine.)
For the Challenge, I’ve been tasked with revamping and renewing my beauty routines. And round 1 is all about morning primping.
6 months ago, my routine was much different. I’d linger over coffee, do intricate make-up and hair, actually iron (ha!) my clothes, answer a few emails before starting my commute, etc.
These days, I’ve added a baby into the mix, including nursing, diaper and clothing changes, packing her bags, etc. It’s a lot. And I try to get out the door as early as possible so that I can leave work as early as possible in the afternoon.
A general schedule for me now:
- 6 a.m. alarm goes off and I spend a few minutes rubbing my eyes, checking email, turning on the TV and watching the headlines
- 6:15 a.m. I actually get out of bed and brush my teeth, jump in the shower, etc.
- 6:30 a.m. get dressed, hair and makeup
- 6:55 a.m. start to wake the husband and baby
- 7:00 a.m. nursing in bed while watching Today (husband brings me coffee, that angel)
- 7:25 a.m. downstairs to pack bags (my lunch, her bottles, pumping bag, laptop bag)
- 7:45 a.m. in the car and headed to daycare
- 8:00 a.m. back in the car and headed to work (I usually slam down a granola bar or protein shake)
- 8:15-8:25 a.m. arrive at work
It’s kind of a rush. I used to wake up earlier when I was in hardcore run training, but while breastfeeding, that’s just not feasible (or comfortable). There’s also not a lot I can cut out. I already do a lot of prep work at night: cleaning bottles, prepping bottles for the next day, etc.
So, for the Challenge, I decided to see if I could do my hair and makeup in 15 minutes or less. I started with the makeup, setting a goal for a 5-minute “look.”
Luckily for me, we’re a pretty business casual office, so I can roll in with wet hair or minimal make-up if I want, but I like to try and get as dressed up as possible.
I hope you’ll watch the video (it’s short!) but if not: I didn’t make it. I almost doubled my goal time for makeup alone. So, a few thoughts:
- I need to try and shower at night. My hair is very thick (and falls out, thanks to hormones) so it’s easier if I just wash it and let it air dry, and then I just have to run a flat iron through it or do a creative braid. That will save me a TON of time. While I didn’t shoot video, I did set a clock on my morning hair routine: drying, flat ironing or curling and doing a final “style” took almost 20 minutes. Crazy.
- I won’t ever walk out of the house with no makeup — it’s just not me — but I can definitely do a more natural, neutral look most days and then I won’t have to spend so long blending. I think I could get down to primer, foundation, basic eye makeup and blush and come closer to 5 minutes.
- Five minutes may not always reasonable for me on makeup, but if I am doing a less-basic look, I need to keep my hairstyle a little simpler.
- I can probably save a few minutes by picking out my clothes the night before — I do that for the baby but I have gotten out of the habit of doing it for myself.
I thought this was actually a pretty good challenge. I have a moment every day in the daycare driveaway after dropping Audrey off where I just have a heavy sigh…I often feel that by 8 a.m., I’ve already done a day’s worth of work (and yet, there are so many hours still ahead!). So while I didn’t find a lot of extra time, it’s kind of like running — shaving even a few seconds off every mile counts toward a faster finish.
Now to the fine print:
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Aveeno via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Aveeno.