time-saving beauty tips (so i can sleep more.)

by Janetha on March 18, 2013

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remember how i said this time change is kicking my butt? how i am over-sleeping every morning? and how i was hoping this week would be different??

whelp, i was wrong. i still couldn’t drag myself out of bed on time this morning! guys, it’s bad. the doggie daycare workers have even started commenting on the fact that i am running late (since i have been dropping the pooches off later than usual.) something’s got to change!

since i am having such a hard time getting up in the morning, i have had less time to get ready. as a result, i’ve been going into work looking like a hot mess. minus the hot.

luckily, i’ve been put up to a challenge that is very timely with my new found over-sleeping situation! as a glam publisher, i have been asked to take the beautiful change challenge this month.


this is a four-part challenge with two mini-challenges this week and two mini-challenges next week. each mini-challenge focuses on a different aspect:


for the beauty challenge, i have been asked to find ways to shave time off my morning beauty routine—and feel better for it! i was also asked how i would spend that extra time saved.

like i said, this challenge was very timely for me since i feel better when i get more sleep. clearly i will spend any last saved second snuggling in bed with pen & rand. it’s a no brainer. sure, i could go to the gym in the morning.. but i figure i can always go after work (oh, the joys of not having any kids of the human variety yet) so using my extra time to sleep in is way more beneficial to me.


change 1: multitask in the shower.

two ways to speed things up:

way 1: use a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner.

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fun fact.. this challenge i am participating in is actually a campaign by aveeno. when i went to the store to buy a 2-in-1 conditioner, THIS is the one i picked out. it was the best of all the options! i bought it and was on my merry way before i realized that this campaign is for aveeno’s pure renewal line. and, no, it’s not required for me to talk about this stuff in the post or to use it! kinda random. and pretty cool that i picked it out!

way 2: brush my teeth in the shower!

i know it doesn’t save a ton of time, but something is better than nothing.

change 2: speed up the hair process.

two ways…

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way #1: for days i wash my hair, i bought one of these towels that soak up more water which, in turn, reduces the time it takes to dry my hair! they’re cool little things and they work. i had one when i studied abroad in london (a DECADE ago.. yikes, feeling old.) i first purchased it when i went abroad because they are really small and didn’t take up a lot of space in my luggage. but then i realized how effective they are—these towels drastically cut down on hair drying time! i forgot about them completely and then remembered them when brainstorming ways to save time for this challenge.

way #2: i like to wash my hair nearly every day (i know, you’re not supposed to, but i do it.) i am hoping dry shampoo will allow me to go an extra day or two without washing it. i am new to dry shampoo, so i don’t know which brand is the best. i just picked up a couple samples at sephora and will see how they work. one bonus of having bangs is i can wash only my bangs, style them, then dry shampoo the rest of my hair. this should surely save me some time.

change 3: get eyelashes!

source: glamcheck.com

this change is actually one i have had scheduled for a couple of weeks now. some of you may laugh or roll your eyes at the idea.. but i am pretty stoked! my friends kristen, kerryne, and amanda all have eyelash extensions and i am mesmerized by them every time i see them. they are beautiful! but what’s even better is that they don’t have to do eye makeup anymore. no eyeliner, no mascara.. which also means no eyeliner or mascara removal required. this shaves time off the front and back end of my beauty regimen.

ever since i laid eyes on my friends’ lashes, i have been wanting to get them myself. i made the appointment awhile back and it just so happens i’m getting lashes at 4 PM tomorrow! i am excited.. i have always wanted thick, long eyelashes. this will be a fun thing to try. who knows how long it will last, but at least i can see how i like it!

oh, one way i am already saving time in the morning is with my foundation, so i wanted to mention it.

i use this foundation that is also a moisturizer AND a sunscreen. three benefits bottled up into one product. i highly recommend it! i don’t like thick foundation, so this light coverage is perfect and i don’t have to mess with an additional moisturizer or a sunscreen.

and, finally, one thing i have been thinking about doing, but haven’t actually done: laser hair removal. i have a few friends who swear by it. some have only had their armpits or bikini area done, other have had all their leg hair removed. i have to admit, it would be pretty awesome not to shave.. but laser hair removal is pricey. it’s definitely something to consider, though.

so, those are my simple ways to shave time off my morning beauty routine.. and hopefully get a little more shut eye without being late for work.


1. what time-saving beauty tips do you have?

2. how long, on average, does it take you to get ready in the morning? (not counting breakfast/meal prep/etc.. just the get-ready regimen!)

3. would you get/have you had eyelash extensions or laser hair removal?

xo. janetha g.



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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.


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lindsay March 18, 2013 at 6:54 pm

i need that towel. And I braid my hair almost everyday now to save time. I know, lazy here!

Janetha March 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

you always look so naturally beautiful. you need zero makeup.

Jenna March 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I LOVE Turbie Twist! I have used it for YEARS and it was something my boyfriend had to get used to seeing me wear around the apartment after I shower… but it HELPS :-)

I have been meaning to try that particular dry shampoo that you showed above… Hope you let us know how it works.

Janetha March 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Haha no shame in the hair turban game!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for the Turbie Twist reminder! I wore through mine in college and might need another.
My biggest time saver, honestly, has been to not wash my hair every day. I have huge, giant, Jew-fro hair and on days I wash it, my morning prep time is almost 3x the days that I don’t. Sulfate-free shampoo/conditioner has been a lifesaver! My hair doesn’t even get greasy until day 4! (Don’t worry, I still shower, just no hair washing)

Janetha March 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

haha jew-fro.. i love you. and i LOVE your hair!! it’s sexy.

sherice@foodieluvsfitness March 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

funny I was just saying I want to get some of the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer today.

One thing with the laser hair removal your hair has to be semi dark.. light or blond won’t work. It has something to do with the pigment and the laser being able to see it.

I mix coconut oil with vitamin E oil and Lavender Essential oil and whip it in my kitchenaid and I keep a jar of it in my shower. I wash my face with it and put it on my body before I dry off.

Janetha March 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Oh that is good to know! I have suuuper light hair so maybe I am not a candidate?

Oh my gosh.. I am SO trying that coconut oil concoction. It sounds amazing! Does it stay liquidy??

sherice@foodieluvsfitness March 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

you want the coconut oil to be at room temp (hard) when you put it in your mixer add in about a tsp of vitamin E oil and about 10 -15 drops what ever Essential oil you like mix it until the coconut oil becomes whippped a couple mins. put in a jar.. in the shower mine stays hard but once you get some into your hand it melts. I also keep a little jar of baking soda in the shower as well and every couple days I add a little B.S. with the coconut oil and wash/exfoliate my face. Works great and it’s gentle so you don’t have to worry about scratching your skin.

Carly March 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

This is just what I needed. I have totally been feeling like a mess after time change. My friend has fake eyelashes and they’re gorgeous, but I just don’t think they’re for me. Hope you love them, I’m sure they will look great!

Ps I feel like I haven’t commented in forever and ever, but I’m always reading!

Janetha March 18, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Hi, Carly! Always love hearing from you :)

I know, I am sort of thinking they will be hard to get used to (not rubbing my eyes) but we shall see!

Stephanie March 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I had laser hair removal a few years ago and LOVE it! I swear it’s the best thing I’ve done for myself. It took quite a few sessions to get the job done. (I was dark and hairy thanks to my dear ole dad.) I had my legs and armpits done. Before laser hair removal, it could be a sunny, 85 degree day and if a semi-cool breeze came along and I got goose bumps, it would give me razor stubble. My legs were so prickly I used to joke with my husband that they were a deadly weapon. Now, nothing but smooth! I highly recommend it. Huge time-saver and I love my smooth legs!

Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness March 18, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I normally get home from the gym late at night so I after I shower I usually braid my hair while it’s still wet and hope for cooperative curls in the morning. I have started to just use a dab of blush for color but other than that I don’t wear much makeup. I think I spend more time playing with Bentley and eating breakfast than I do getting ready.

Kristina March 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I use the same Laura Mercier moisturizer – LOVE it!

and I did the laser removal… it is The Best Thing ever invented!! I absolutely love it.

in skin care school I learned how to apply eyelashes… temporary – eyelash extensions – these last a while, yes? tell me more! I have pretty long full lashes, but I always want MORE. :D

Janetha March 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I will let you know how it goes!

Liz March 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I LOVE turby twists!! Seriously the best hair invention ever! It takes me forever to blow dry my hair, but these do most of the work for me. I’m obsessed. It usually takes me 45 min-an hour to get ready in the morning, but thats if I’m showering…otherwise I can squeeze it into 15 min!

Maria March 18, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I workout in the evenings, so I shower after my workout and usually right before bedtime. I wash my hair and let it air dry while I get ready for bed, watch TV, read, etc. I’ll usually finish it up with the dryer if it’s still wet. Then, in the morning, I just run the flat iron through it if needed, and keep a simple makeup routine: mascara, blush, moisturizer…and I’m out the door. Also, I try to pick out an outfit the night before, but we know how that goes.

Christie March 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I actually just started laser hair removal on my armpits and am so excited about it! I took advantage of a groupon/living social type deal (I bought 2) and have my second apt in 2 weeks. I can already tell it will be worth while, especially since I have to base when I shave around what my running schedule looks like (if I shave within 2 days of a long run i’ll chafe).

I’d say keep an eye out for similar deals, maybe even contact some local places to see if they plan to run any deals in the near future (or if you missed one already maybe they’ll still give you the deal price).

glidingcalm March 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I got lashes a few weeks ago for the first time and OMG, i love wearing LESS MAKE UP! it definitely saves HELLA time. I actually dont like how eyeliner looks now that i was going without and with JUST the lashes…. it looks so natural and amazing without it!! i only started wearing eyeliner and mascara (which they dont recommend) again recently since now a bunch of the lashes have fallen out (im getting my 1st fill tomorrow!). It’s pricey, but i definitely feel PRETTY (the first day you will feel like BAMBI.. as Erin describes on her blog) and i can run out the door like WHATEV.

also i got a sample of that tinted moisturizer at Sephora too and it;s purty good! however, I like covergirl’s brand better because (um it’s cheap AND) they have different shades and the laura mercier one that i was given as a sample is a little dark, but yeah! tinted moisturizer is the shit.


Linz @ Itz Linz March 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

i’d be curious to see what eyelash extensions would look like on me. my eyelashes are pretty long and dark naturally. i’m all about laser hair removal. and permanent make up. yes, you read that correctly. i have eyeliner tattooed on my eyes :) :) most people are shocked, but honestly it’s super thin and light and i usually put more on when i go out. but i don’t have to since i do have it. itz not weird to me at all since my mom and grandma both got it done forever ago. :)

Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama March 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I love that Aveeno shampoo and conditioner!
As much as I want to shave time in the AM, my routine is pretty short. Shaving is one of those things that I DO NOT like doing… someone mentioned laser hair removal and I second that idea! I had it done (on the girly bits) and it has saved a lot of time!
Now, getting my son up in the morning is definitely a chore! ;)

Stephanie @ Wholesome By Design March 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I highly recommend laser hair removal. I did this back in ’07 when it didn’t cost as much because the laser tech wasn’t as advanced as it is now. But it was worth every penny. I only shave my legs once every 2 weeks. Yes, I still have to shave every once in a while. It doesn’t remove the hair completely if you are blonde and fair-skinned. I also got my bikini line and arm pits done. Better results in those areas. Can’t remember the last time I shaved under my arms. Maybe last July? Such a time saver!

hellonheelshon March 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I totally hear you on the waking up late thing! I have been having the same problem, lately. One thing I like to do is shower the night before and blow dry my hair and then put it up in a clip. Running a simple brush through in the morning is a lot easier than fighting with frizz and stress in the morning!

Kristina March 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I’ve done Latisse, but never extensions. You are going to LOVE your lashes! My girlfriend has them and she doesn’t even touch them in the morning and they are perfect.

Laser hair removal is a god send. Seriously. It’s worth every penny. Although, you should definitely get a consultation. The laser picks up darker pigmented hair, so it might not work for you.

To save time, I use the same Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer as you, and I also get Brazilian blowouts on my crazy curly hair. Otherwise I’d spend way too much time with my flat iron :)

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 19, 2013 at 1:02 am

That towel looks ingenious.

Including shower I can be done in 15 minutes.

I’ve had laser hair removal and still need to get a few more sessions but it has worked exceptionally well and I would def recommend it.

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 19, 2013 at 2:14 am

I cannot wait to see what the eyelash extensions are like!! Post pictures, will you?! I totally had a turbie twist as a kid. So fun. And I’ve heard of brushing your teeth in the shower but have never done it . . . hmmm . . . not sure how I feel about it. Seems a little weird. ;)

Erica March 19, 2013 at 3:09 am

I actually kind of love brushing my teeth in the shower :). Josh does the 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner. I will buy that one for him. If I don’t use separate conditioner, my hair gets to knotty. I am excited to see the results of your eyelashes

Sara March 19, 2013 at 4:17 am

I’ve been dying to get laser hair removal but my hair is very light blonde so I’ve been told it won’t work. Boohiss. Surely one of these days they’ll make lasers that can find blonde hair! If you get it (and have blonde leg hair) let me know how it works!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles March 19, 2013 at 5:05 am

I’m excited to see what the eyelashes look like!
And I’m definitely intrigued by laser hair removal…it just seems like such a time saver. Plus, I kind of hate shaving my legs :-p

Rebecca March 19, 2013 at 5:05 am

just an FYI: i have red hair and tried laser hair removal for my bikini line, i did 12 sessions and saw very little difference…at that point it wasn’t really worth continuing to pay…they did tell me it would take longer than people with dark hair but i was expecting to see more drastic results :(

Bekki March 19, 2013 at 5:07 am

I have had a lot of laser hair removal done. I would pay anything they ask…I have had my underarms done, face, and bikini. I have an appointment Wednesday for some pregnancy touch up! Try it you will love it!

Michelle March 19, 2013 at 5:25 am

I’m curious about the eyelash extensions too and what they cost, if you feel comfortable sharing. I tinted mine for a while but it wasn’t enough of a substitute for mascara. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) March 19, 2013 at 5:29 am

That towel sounds ideal!! My hair is thick, which means it takes forever for me to blow dry. Which means I almost ALWAYS flip it up in a ponytail (boring, I know!) Anything that could cut down on the drying time, I am all for! :D

Cancan March 19, 2013 at 5:58 am

Ha haaa you are too funny. I am not nearly as in shape as you are and I am battling the worst case of sugar addiction –I will break it one day. But I am a freak about being on time. Although we too have been running late lately. So I wake up at 4 30 am to get in a decent 1 hr + workout (involving cardio and free weights in my basement) I have to get my three kids up (aged 4,6, and 8) feed them, get them dressed (or at least check to make sure they are dressed OK the older two have uniforms that they wear) get snacks and lunches ready, shower all the while down about 8-12 cups of black coffee… Finally get everyone in the car and then drop the youngest one off at his school, drive the older two to their school and then get to my full time job downtown Baltimore park my car and then pretty much run about 4 blocks amid the homeless and the drug users begging for money etc. TMI? I know a bit. We make it work though. We do. Sometimes I yell a lot and other days we are right on time. This morning we were a bit late which means I get to work later than usual but the kids are on time. This morning I was yelling a lot :( And then I apologize in the car and make sure everyone is happy again :) I explain to them how important it is for everyone to finish eating on their own and brush teeth etc. But I am definitely looking for that hair towel up there. Definitely! Thanks.

Corey @ When We Wander March 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

I recently decided to try and skip more shampoos per week, and since I’m not a fan of dry shampoo, I’ve been using this stuff called cleansing conditioner and it is AMAZING. I wrote a post about it….


betty March 19, 2013 at 6:19 am

ohhhh! i want eye lash extensions SOOO bad! a girl at work has them, and i always comment on hers! i tried some of my own for new years and it was a terrible mess! i LOVE the turbie twist!

and i’ve had laser hair on some of my face. i got a great groupon deal, ( and i always see them on living social) so keep an eye out on them! i would love to have my legs done.. that would be amazing!

i think the best i do at multitasking is conditioning while shaving or brushing my teeth while giving scout his morning loving :)

LG March 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

I use Got 2 Be Powderful hair powder in the roots of my of my long, straight hair between washes. It was $5, compared to the Redken Powdergrip ($20), and does an excellent job at de-greasing/volumizing my hair. It does make itfeel dry (even though it’s not – it’s the silica), but I like the look of it!

Sara March 19, 2013 at 6:52 am

Love the eyelash extension idea! You should definitely post photos and let us know how they turn out.

Meghan @ After the Ivy League March 19, 2013 at 6:55 am

I’m with you…every last ounce of sleep I can get in the morning is awesome to me. Something that helps me save time is always making sure I make my lunch and prep my coffee the night before, major time saver in the morning!

kristina March 19, 2013 at 6:57 am

I did laser hair removal and it minimized the hair, but definitely did not make it all go away- still have to wax or shave. I don’t know if I would recommend it to a friend or not.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 19, 2013 at 7:18 am

Oh, yeah. I love my turbie twist! I don’t use it at home much, but ALWAYS bring it with me when I shower at the gym or travel.
I take about 30 min from shower to walking out of the bathroom to get ready (which includes drying my long hair!). I try to remove all the water I can from my hair and then let it air dry while I’m putting on make-up. I don’t wear a whole lot of makeup, but keep everything in one place so I can grab it easily. By the time I’m done with my face, my hair is already about half-dry, so it takes a lot less time with the blowdryer.

CrystalB March 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

This post is so funny to me because I have never taken a long time to get ready unless it is a super special occasion. Currently, I get ready (including shower and getting dressed) in 18 minutes. Which, coincidentally, is exactly the amount of time a Yo Gabba Gabba episode lasts. My hair is generally pulled back (habit from ballet days) and I don’t wear makeup (allergic). I think the longest thing is brushing my teeth which takes waaaaaay longer now that I have braces.

Good luck on streamlining your routine!

Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut March 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

I feel like I need to go the opposite nowadays…school has made me lazy with my beauty routine! I definitely use dry shampoo (works great) and I kind of don’t shower on days I don’t workout (or don’t noticeably sweat). I never blow dry my hair, which is totally fine with me. I have my makeup down to about 2 minutes!

One thing I probably wouldn’t do is give up my mascara OR use 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners. I like actually washing my hair and then conditioning it. ;)

Alyssa March 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

I needed a great new affordable shampoo option. Love the Aveeno 2 in 1!

Melissa B March 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

i wish i didn’t have an obsession with washing my hair everyday. but i have fine hair and it looks dirty if i dont, plus, i feel like my head sweats a lot when we work out. Can your hair stink from sweat? i just assume so and wash it every day! haha

so excited to see your eyelashes! i want thicker ones, mine are long, but not thick. AH! i’m so excited to see you! one week is too long!

as for getting ready…i’m a slow poke, the only thing that i do to cut time is not doing my hair and putting it in a pony. i take 45 minutes to get ready (without getting my lunch and breakfast made!). yeah i suck!

Janetha March 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

6:30 can’t come soon enough!

kristen @ livinlifeinlouie March 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm

FOr work I usually get up at 5:40 and I am out the door at 6:20. But of course I eat breakfast first, and hopefully Ill have time for makeup haha

Lisa March 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Great post!
I’ve gotten laser hair removal and it’s amazing! It does hurt, but it’s totally worth the pain in my opinion.
That’s one of my favorite foundations, I just switched over and am really happy with it.
I’ve had eyelash extension before, and while I did really like them while I had them, I didn’t like when I couldn’t afford them anymore because without them my eyelashes were totally damaged (kind of like when you do fake nails) and a bunch of them fell out, it took a while to get back to normal, not always the best thing ever;)

Barbara@proteinandpushups March 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Wee, I finally made it through your blog!
Great tipps btw. I have to watch out for those towels, they sound rad.

Naomi(1fitfoodie) March 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

tinted moisturizer for SURE!!! I use this every single day!! I Also love the product “high beam:” made by the brand benefit. It is a undereye highlighter and you can also put iton your lid for a beautiful light shadow! I am obsessed!!!

Janetha March 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm

checking it out!

Neil March 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I always brush my teeth in the shower to save time. I’ve always been too embarrassed to admit this to any other person. Thank you for freeing me from this. I also stretch. Seems like a nice, warm place to do it. Sorry for the mental image.

Meg March 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

Oh my gosh …. I have got to get me one of those hair towels!

I used to regularly dye my eyelashes black and I loved it but now I would rather just use mascara. My timesaver is a tinted moisturizer from BobbieBrown and laser hair removal. The longest part of my routine is the hair drying and curling but my whole routine is 45 minutes if I already have my outfit picked out :)

Meg March 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

Oh and for dry shampoo, I like Rockaholic. It is the best of the 4 I have tried but it evaporates sometimes if it gets too warm in the bathroom so I store it in the hall cabinet. Kind of annoying.

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