How to Streamline Your Beauty Routine (and Make the Most Out of Your Morning!)

Whether you’re an early bird or not, mornings can be stressful. And when hectic ones cut into your get-ready time, it’s crucial to optimise those few moments you have to focus on putting yourself together. An easy solution? Incorporate products that work just as hard as you do. From a two-in-one primer and colour eye shadow stick to a texturising spray that also acts as a dry shampoo, we’ve compiled the tricks and formulas for each part of your routine that will get you ready and out the door fast and feeling your best!

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In Your Shower

Hydrate Skin While You’re Still in the Tub
Once you turn off the water, you only have a few minutes before the moisture in your skin begins to evaporate. Before you even step out, douse yourself in the ELEMIS Japanese Camellia Body Oil Blend. It’s a nutrient-rich blend of camellia and sweet almond oils to keep skin supple and deeply hydrated. Fun fact: oil absorbs better and faster when applied on damp skin, so no need to dry off afterward. You’ll not only be practicing better time saving skills but also proper skin hydration – it’s a win-win!

In Your Bathroom Cabinet

(Dry) Shampoo and Style at the Same Time
If you woke up too late to wash your hair (it happens to the best of us), you can still make second day strands look clean and freshly styled with a spritz of amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. It absorbs oil to instantly refresh your scalp and gives hair a bit more oomph thanks to patented polymers. Spritz on concentrated areas or mist all over for a perfectly undone ‘do. Some of us here at Birchbox HQ even like to use it as a finishing spray for more hold and grit on newly-washed and blow-dried strands.

Incorporate a Multitasking Moisturiser
Between toners, serums, moisturisers, sun protection, primers, and more, the steps that follow washing your face can seem never-ending. Opt for a moisturiser that can check more than one capability off the list. Amie Skincare’s Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser controls oil production while still deeply hydrating skin. It also leaves a velvety-smooth matte finish that never looks dull or flat, making it a great primer under make-up.

In Your Make-Up Bag

Ditch Your Powder Shadow in Favour of a Creamy Stick
When you’re really in a pinch, applying powder shadow with a brush takes up more time than you probably have to spare. Opt for a shadow stick instead to create your eye look. They’re extremely easy to use and are often formulated for longer wear. The LOC One & Done Shadow Stick is not only foolproof and handy, but it also delivers up to 11 hours of creaseless, waterproof colour – saving you that extra step of applying primer to your lids beforehand. The colours are versatile enough to fill in and line eyes plus highlight your inner corners.

Consider a Make-Up Palette
With a blush in one pot, highlighter in another, and bronzer in its own compact, you probably spend more time finding and opening each individual product than you do actually applying them to your face. Don’t underestimate the value of incorporating a solid palette into your make-up routine, especially the Manna Kadar Cosmetics Day Dream Palette, which feature six universally flattering eye shadows, a blush, a bronzer, and two highlighters. You can make cheeks pop, contour, define, and add glow for a complete face look all thanks to one compact.

For more time (and space) saving products, discover our new Multitasking collection at The Birchbox Shop!