I don't know about you, but I never seem to have more than ten minutes in the morning to get myself ready and out of the door. After five and a half years of being a mummy, I've managed to work out the 'prepare the night before' motto, so it really is mostly about how I manage to shower, dress, make up, dry and style hair, all in those ten minutes!
And yet I can manage it.. just!
Here are my 5 quick tips to looking great, however much time you have!
1. Waxing. It's not for everyone, but if you can find the time to wax (legs, bikini-line, underarms, wherever!) regularly, you save the time during the daily morning rush otherwise needed for shaving those parts! I'll be honest, this is a do-as-I-say tip. I am too much of a girl to go through the pain regularly, and personally prefer to spend the 2 minutes shaving. But it eats into hair styling time, and I never get chance to straighten it. Either, Or folks. Either, Or.
2. Great Hair Cut. Invest in a great haircut, and go back and maintain it regularly. Again, this is one of those tips that simply shifts the task from being a daily flog trying to make a grown-out style look stylish for work, to a trip to the hairdresser every three months. I'm not great at this one, but I do go for a bob style that I can make look reasonable without any product, just a decent brush and years of blow-drying practise. If I have a bit of extra time I use Tigi BedHead's After Party Smoothing Cream just to finish the look.
3. Accessorise. Adding jewelry always makes you look like you made far more of an effort than it actually takes. It's the same effect you get adding house plants to a lounge where the incremental effect is far greater than the effort put in (that is unless you kill them like I do. The plants; not the jewelry)
Silver, plain, classy styles work well. Real diamonds aren't necessary; there aren't that many people that can really tell the difference anyway. Crystal looks good and doesn't have the diamond price tag. Try Swarovski.com
4. Multi-task. If you can brush your teeth whilst rinsing the shampoo off in the shower, then go for it. If you can get the children to brush their teeth at the same time you do yours, brilliant. If you can sip coffee whilst popping sandwiches in a lunch. Great.
5. Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise. If you can drink plenty of water and also find a good night cream, and preferably an eye gel to go with it, you can wake up with glowing ready-to-go skin which will save you time having to cover up imperfections. Using moisturiser just after you bath is effective. And don't forget that Johnson's baby oil isn't just for babies. Smoothing a little of the oil on wet legs after bathing locks in the moisture and ensures silky soft pins!
Bonus Tip! Teeth. As the celebrity teeth whitening craze shows, white teeth give the illusion of health and beauty. So what's not to like! Regular twice a day brushing and use of floss and mouthwash will keep them looking good.
You'll need to try harder to keep them white if you like your coffee or red wine, both of which are great at staining anything, not just teeth! I love both, and have tried numerous whitening toothpastes, as well as considering getting them professionally whitened. But in the end, I found that chewing on sugar free gum helped the most. Saliva is the bodies natural soldier against plaque, and chewing gum helps it to get moving.
With all this time you've saved yourself in the morning, you can enjoy more beauty tips on how to keep your skin fresh and dewy even in the winter.