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Since Nate and I joined the YMCA most of the time I’m getting ready for the day right there at the gym. This comes with pros and cons. The cons are mostly straight forward. Obviously, getting ready in a locker room is the biggest con, in and of itself. Not always the cleanest place to shower, dress, and put on ones makeup. I will say that I’m pleasantly surprised and happy about how well maintained the locker room is at the branch I go to. The biggest pro is I can get ready without trying to keep an eye on my kids. I leave them in the child watch the extra 20-30 minutes it takes me to get ready after working out. However, after taking the time to get ready I feel a bit funny walking out of the gym dressed up. Anyway, I thought I would share the quick and easy beauty products I use.

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These products are pretty cheap too. This isn’t the best of faces, but I feel put together and a bit more polished. I start with NYC’s primer. It may be cheap, but even a cheap primer makes a big difference. It helps minimize the appearance of the size of pores. Using a primer also benefits my oily skin by keeping the oil slicks at bay.

E.L.F. makes quality products for a fraction of the price. That means they are PERFECT for locker room beauty routines. I use three of there mineral items for when I’m at the gym. Mineral foundation and eyeshadow. I love the way the go on. Smooth application and great pigmentation. To help fight eyeshadow creasing I use Maybeline’s taupe tattoo eyeshadow cream as a primer of sorts. 20120419-093526.jpg

After applying both shades of mineral eye shadows, I use E.L.F’s felt tipped liquid eyeliner to line my upper lids. I then sweep on two coats of Maybeline’s lots of lashes mascara. Voila! A quick, simple, and cheap post workout makeup routine. After all, your locker room beauty products should be working as hard as you just did.

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I’ve simplified my basic everyday routine down to five of my favorite products. They also happen to combine to make simple look in minutes flat. I know not everybody is adding a baby to the family like myself and these ladies, but nearly everyone is looking for ways to get out of the door faster. Without further rambling, here are my top five fast and easy beauty products. 

fast, easy beauty productsWet ‘n’ wild intuitive blend primer/foundation, E.L.F. Eyelid Primer,

E.L.F. complexion perfection, Maybelline Falsies mascara, E.L.F. felt tip eyelinerbeauty products Wet n wild intuitive blend primer/foundation

I start my routine by smoothing on the Wet n Wild primer/foundation. To keep it quick and simple I just use my fingers to do this part. I really like that I don’t have to have agonize over picking out a perfectly matching foundation for both spring/summer and fall/winter. Since this one self-adjusts I can typically get away with the one level all year long. When I want extra coverage I apply my liquid foundation after this step. It helps even things out a bit when used as a foundation. When used as a primer it helps my foundation last all day long.

beauty products ELF complexion perfectionNext, I use a fluffy brush to apply e.l.f.’s complexion perfection powder. I have issues with redness, and this helps cover that up a bit more than the primer/foundation does. It also helps to set my foundation without adding a lot of weight.

beauty products, elf eyelid primerNext, I use the sponge applicator to apply E.L.F.’s Eyelid Primer from lash line to brow bone. This helps my eyeshadow (step not included) from creasing.beauty products, E.L.F. felt tip liquid eyeliner

The reason I really like the E.L.F. felt tip eyeliner, is you can easily make your line as thin or dramatic as you would like. It gets bonus points for not needing to be sharpened. I hate sharpening liner pencils.beauty products Maybelline Falsies mascara

I’ve mentioned this beauty product before on the blog. Maybelline Falsies Volume Express Mascara is my all time favorite mascara. As far as beauty products go it is fairly inexpensive, and can be found at all drugstores.

beauty products review, make upThere you go! Know you know my top five beauty products, and the run down of how I use them. Even with Lyla’s interruptions this takes me less than five minutes. WooHoo!

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