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When I was younger, I was always annoyed at all the beauty articles in the magazines. If I was to do everything they said I should do, I would have to spend almost an hour and a half in the bathroom each day.  

I didn't especially want to do it when I was single and with a simple job. Once I had a family and a business to run, it became simply impossible.  

So I ended up looking at beauty advice in the same way that I look at all other activities in my life: What is the return on the time that I spend? how much time is necessary for me to look the way I want, and how much is just nice to add, but doesn't make that much of a difference? Then I started to collect my time-saving beauty tips, using them first for myself, then confirming their universality with my clients.  

Here are my top five, that have allowed me to go from bed to fully ready in just a half hour:  

•Take a shower rather than a bath – it's always faster.

•Get a great haircut. I discovered how priceless the right haircut is when, for the first time in my life, I found a hair stylist who really knew how to cut my hair. Thanks to that person, my hair routine is: wash my hair every other day; put leave-in conditioner; let dry on its own. When I need to look more professional (I have curls, so my hair naturally looks relaxed rather than slick), I just tie it in a loose ponytail for the first 45 minutes, and it comes out smooth and looking perfect. How’s that for saving time?  

•Use double-duty products as much as possible. For instance, I have found that a hydrating shower gel keeps my skin well-hydrated, to the point that I need extra body lotion only on the coldest days of winter.  

•Use forgiving, fudge-proof make-up: tinted moisturizer; powder foundation; a lip gloss; etc. For instance, using a tinted lip gloss instead of a lipstick allows me to be ready in 10 seconds, since I don't need lip pencil or brush I would need for lipstick. In a pinch, it can even double as a blush stain for my cheeks.  

•Once a week (or whenever you want to) pull out all the stops and indulge in the full-blown, long version of getting yourself ready... After all, we're girls, and it's sooooo fabulous to pamper ourselves. Just not when we need to get the kids to the bus and ourselves to work.  

The funny thing is, since I started to apply those tips a few years ago, I have received more compliments on my look than I had before! I attribute it to the fact that, thanks to my short routine, I can sleep longer... sleep is one of the most effective beauty-enhancers. Makes your face looks fresher, more radiant, smoother all by itself.  

Yours in Daily Mastery,
Fabulously40 Time Management Expert

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