5 must-haves for when you absolutely have 0 time for makeup

5 must haves for when you have 0 time for makeup | Emily Gets ElegantYou’ve seen the videos on YouTube:

  • “How to do your makeup in 5 minutes”
  • “Do your makeup when you’re running late”
  • “Look made-up when you’ve just woken up!”


With 5 minutes, you still have time to actually sit at your vanity/stand in front of your bathroom sink.

You have a freakin’ MIRROR.

Some of us can’t afford those luxuries when you decide to commute with your husband to work and you woke up at an ungodly hour. Did you even get time to shower? … And FORGET the hair. But luckily you somehow managed to grab a few makeup items on the way out.

Sometimes, I’m doing my makeup at 70 mph on the highway (disclaimer: in the passenger seat, y’all)

Sometimes, I’m doing my makeup in the parking lot.

And by now I’ve gotten pretty good at doing my makeup super-fast and still look decent.

So ladies, pull down your visor or aim your rearview at that pretty face. Here’s how to do your makeup when you are squeezing every moment out of the 0 time that you have.

What’s in the bag?

1. Spare sponges

Do yourself a ‘fave and the next time you’re at the store, purchase those triangle-shaped makeup sponges.

They are useful for EVERYTHING. You can use and throw away and not feel bad, because they start at $2.

2. Light coverage foundation — preferably with its own applicator

Last thing you want to be doing is applying anything with your hands or touching your face in this unsanitary environment (I am SO against touching the face with hands. Oil, dirt, grime and God-knows-what-else can be on your hands).

Makeup with its own applicator is a win. Plus, less to carry.

I prefer L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation because it goes on with a nice, light coverage, makes you look fresh (see: Lumi), and comes with its own super soft sponge applicator.

If you want to use a different foundation without its own applicator, grab one of those spare sponges you bought and blend away!

3. Eyelid primer

Eyelid primer will ensure a smooth color on your eyelids, whether or not you have time to dust on eyeshadow or not. A quick swipe with a sponge on both eyelids and you’re good to go.

ELF’s Eyelid Primer is one of my makeup essentials. And it’s about $2, found at most big box and drugstores.

4. Gel eye liner

In my extensive experience with eye liners, I’ve found that a gel-based eyeliner works best as far as easy application and staying power. Once it’s on, it can essentially be smudge-proof. Just let it dry thoroughly after applying (fan your eyes a bit).

Coupled with the eyelid primer (and maybe some eyeshadow, if you have some, you lucky dog you), the eyeliner will frame your face nicely. If you try to use eye liner without primer, you can end up with an oily eyelid and smudgy lines. Yuck.

DO take a bit of time on applying this as you MUST have even lines, otherwise you’ll look like you had 0 time to put your makeup on (see what I did there 😉 ).

I’ve been using Marc Jacobs High Liner Gel Crayon in Black that I got as a sample from Sephora.

5. Tinted lip balm

There’s NO time to make sure you get the perfect pout (maybe after lunch?), so glide on that tinted balm, like CoverGirl’s Oh Sugar!

You’ll get a hint of color, moisturize those lips, and no need to worry about lipstick on the teeth or bleeding color ’cause, ****, by this time you’re already late! 😮

Ok, so you need at least 30 seconds to 1 minute for this makeup routine…

But anyone can do this while sitting in their car, at a red light, or running to the bathroom before being seen by co-workers!

Do you often find yourself doing your makeup at the last minute? Let me know in the comments below!

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4 ways to save time doing laundry (and maybe enjoy it too!)

4-ways-to-save-time-doing-laundryLaundry is everyone’s least favorite chore. Laundry is the “Neverending Story” as an adult. It feels like every time you’re ahead, you’re behind.

Here are some tips and tricks I’ve found over the years that have helped cut down on this dreaded task.

1) Sort – the (very) first step. Ok, this seems like a no-brainer, but it’s really important. I have found that having separate bins for lights, darks, towels, and delicates really helps when it comes time to do laundry. So when you change clothes, you can throw the dirty ones in the corresponding bin, and when you go to do laundry, the sorting is already (hopefully) taken care of (unless you have a husband that sometimes just throws his dirty clothes on any flat surface – get to training ladies!).

2) Do at least 1 load of laundry per day. Laundry sucks, I know. But if you do at least 1 load every day, you can get through it a LOT quicker. That huge, menacing pile of dirty clothes is no longer an issue if you take care of 1 measly load a day. I drown in laundry after a few days, and I only have a husband and a cat. I can only imagine if you have 4 kids, a husband, 2 dogs, 3 cats, what that’s like. So do yourself a favor and do 1 load a day.

3) Get to know your appliances. Your washer and dryer should be some of your best friends. We recently just bought a house and got brand spankin’ new appliances. We got a high efficiency, WiFi-enabled, gadgets-out-the-ass washer and dryer from Samsung. When I first started using them, I just used the Normal settings on each, because I was either in too much of a hurry or too lazy to really learn how to use them (because who has time?). But one day I got a wild hair and read through the different options. Now I know which settings are the most efficient for different loads and types. Take one evening and really get to know your washer & dryer. Trust me, you will thank yourself.

4) Fold & Put Away. This is the part that really frustrates me. I despise folding. But I found different ways to make it more enjoyable and more efficient:

  1. Firstly, I like to fold laundry on our bed. So make the bed: it will create a nice, clean space for you to work, and clean up the room.
  2. Watch TV or a movie while folding.
  3. Talk to your spouse.
  4. Listen to cheery music.
  5. Drink wine! Wine makes everything more enjoyable.
  6. Place “like” items together. Duh, everyone knows this. But I want you to get really detailed: place each person’s “hanging” items on top of one another. Then grab a bunch of hangers. Put a hanger in each shirt, and as you do so, fold the shirts down on top of each other. Then when you’re done with the pile, grab the whole pile by the hangers and hang them up all at once. Easy!
  7. Save socks for last. If folding laundry sucks, folding socks together has to be the most mind-numbing task ever. So save it for last. I throw all the socks back in the laundry bin and put everything away before going to the socks.

So there you have it! Methods I’ve found that have cut time on laundry and made the task just a bit more enjoyable. I hope you have found these helpful. What are some ways you save time on laundry? Leave a comment below! 🙂

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