As much as I’d like to say that I’m good about prioritizing my time, sometimes I let some things fall through the cracks. There are weeks when I put off doing the laundry one too many days. Nights when I just really don’t feel like washing my face. Days when there are enough hours, but I’d rather spend them frivolously. Sometimes responsibility isn’t fun– and isn’t it great when there are some little tricks to lessen the blow.
When You Do Have the Time: Clarisonic
When You Don’t Have the Time: Face Wipes
I love my Clarisonic. I was actually really lazy about a month ago and just didn’t charge it when it died… dumb laziness. It’s charged again and my skin and I definitely missed it. It’s happily back in my skincare rotation (no pun intended). But some nights, I just don’t really feel like spending the two minutes washing my face. I never go to bed with my makeup on (you’re asking for breakouts and poor skin!) so makeup wipes for sensitive skin will do the trick. I always look for wipes that remove waterproof makeup to save even more time!
When You Do Have the Time: Liquid Liner
When You Don’t Have the Time: Pencil Eyeliner
I’m a big fan of the “cat eye” look recently and (per some amazing recommendations) I started using the Stila Liquid liner. The end result is out of this world… but I’ve been known to spend ten minutes per eye perfecting the little flair end. I really have to commit in the morning to doing the cat eye and there are mornings where I either don’t have the time or the patience to get it done properly. The Stila pencil is a good alternative for a regular eyeline (no cat eye) and it’s basically dummy proof.
When You Do Have the Time: Tide + Iron
When You Don’t Have the Time: Wrinkle Release
This has been my dirty little secret since college. I like folding laundry, but I absolutely hate dealing with the laundry machines in my building. There are only two washers and two dryers and you can’t have all four on at the same time… the entire building shares it and if you can’t be there to move your laundry the minute the cycle ends, some stranger will move everything on their own accord. Ugh. If laundry day falls on a busy day then I sometimes push it a little bit. Downy wrinkle release is the best little trick! You spray the piece of clothing, give it a little tug, and let it dry. It doesn’t work miracles or anything, but it does make a huge improvement.
When You Do Have the Time: DryBar 3-Day Bender
When You Don’t Have the Time: French braids
I only do my hair every other morning, but on days when I’m extra tired or lazy (and don’t have a meeting or anything), I skip the extra tools and just go for a French braid. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the way my hair looks all curled with the DryBar 3-Day Bender… but I don’t love spending a lot of time actually curling it. Some mornings, there’s nothing more glorious than a quick-and-easy French braid. (Cute ponytail holders are a plus.)
When You Do Have the Time: Trip Starbucks
When You Don’t Have the Time: Iced Coffee Drink
A new trick in my book! Starbucks has these ready to go Iced Coffee drinks you can keep in your refrigerator. Going to Starbucks when I’ve been trapped in my apartment working all day is a fun little break for me. It’s just down the street from me, but it’s still nice to stretch my legs a bit. However, when I’m on the go and don’t have time to pop in (or simply want to be able to reseal the drink), these are THE best. I find mine at Duane Reade and my parents buy their stock by the case from Sam’s Club. So genius. (PS They really taste better in my opinion than iced coffee from the store. Perfect blend every time.)
Do you have any tips and tricks for when you don’t have time?