I wasn’t sure if I was going to call this blog post 5 Beauty Products Every Busy Girl Needs or Every Lazy Girl Needs but it works for both.

Whether you have a few minutes to get ready to leave the house because you slept too much or because you’ve already been working all morning below are the product I have been loving when I need a quick beauty routine.

1.It Cosmetics CC Cream (HERE)

This is everything I have ever wanted in a foundation but never managed to get. It offers good coverage but doesn’t look heavy on the skin and the Colour Correcting quality means it really reduces time concealing the skin. If I’m in a rush I apply this quickly with my fingers and need only a little concealer and powder on top to get my desired look. It also has SPF 50+ so I don’t even bother applying another suncream (unless I’m going to be outdoors for a prolonged period) and if your skin isn’t too dry I think you might even be able to skip moisturiser some days as it’s hydrating without being oily too. I’ve had this for about three weeks now and haven’t used anything else. I can’t recommend this product enough and I’m very excited that It Cosmetics is now available on Selfridges.com and will be available in store at the end of the month!

2. Soap & Glory Spritz Me Quick (HERE)

Moisturising my body is one of my all-time least favourite tasks. Bodies are so long and there is so much area to cover.

However, my skin has been so dry since I’ve been away and not moisturising at least my limbs hasn’t really been an option. Before this arrived I’d spend ages trying to rub in butters and creams but this has made the whole process far more enjoyable. It has a spritz pump which sprays out a light mist which is easy to rub in, smells amazing and is very hydrating. I’ve never really fallen in love with the Soap & Glory body creams as the process has always been a little long for me but with this one you can apply it any which way (and the pump still works), rub in, get dressed and go. It also has the Original Pink scent which so many people love from S&G which does actually linger as my boyfriend told me I smelt nice walking down the street when all I was wearing was this.

3. Benefit Gimme Brow (HERE)

An oldie but a goodie.

Okay, not that old and in fairly new packaging but such a goodie! Also, not photographed as it seems to have done a runner and needs to be replaced asap.

If I’m in a rush I always reach for this product, for me, it’s all I need. It adds a bit of volume where I’m a little sparse as it contains tiny microfibres, it adds a little bit of tint and holds my brows in place. I use this almost every day (when it isn’t lost), if I’m not in a rush I’ll team it with Benefit Good Proof Eyebrow Pencil but even if I don’t have time for that this adds the perfect amount of definition.

4. Vo5 Dry Backcomb Spray

On days that I’m strapped for time, my hair suffers most. If I’ve only had time do add a little dry shampoo and not give my hair a proper wash then my hair gets extremely flat. My most recent discovery is the VO5 Dry Backcomb Spray, there are other great once but a lot of the other ones I have tried are quite pricey (Oribe texturing spray- great but £££). It adds a nice amount of volume and texture to the hair but isn’t too sticky or heavy so doesn’t weigh down my hair even more. It’s also great if you want nice, voluminous, beauty waves!

PS. This seems to be sold out online, I think it’s coming back but in a slightly larger bottle.

5. Neutrogena Visibly Clear In Shower Mask (HERE)

I have been doing a slightly better job of using masks this year but I don’t always have 10-15 minutes to wait around for a mask to dry and I always worry getting a knock at the doorbell and having to answer with a green face.

That’s why I was really drawn to this in-shower mask but I was initially a little worried as I have combination skin and this mask is supposed to help mattify skin. That said the refining pore element really appealed to me so I gave it a go. It’s a bit of an exfoliator and mask in one which only requires 60 seconds and it leaves my skin feeling exfoliated and healthy without stripping it.

What are your favourite quick-to-use makeup products?

blog loreal clay mask blog loreal clay glow mask Blog Loreal Clay mask 1 blog loreal clay mask 3 blog loreal clay mask 2At the beginning of the month I decided that I was going to revisit one of last years beauty resolutions, which I didn’t stick to. I decided that this year I was going to start using face masks more often and it’s been going pretty well! I really want 2017 to be a good-skin- year and I find that masks make a huge difference. To kick it all off and help my skin though January, I’ve been turning to my trusty L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks. Almost a month into my resolution I am impressed that I have both stuck to resolution and that my skin has changed so much in the course of a month.

There are three different masks to choose from Detox, Glow and Purity. You can use one by itself or use a few at a time on different areas of the skin, which is great if you have combination skin like I do.

The Detox mask is a black clay mask with charcoal, great to detoxify and clarify, it’s my favourite one to use on my often congested t-zone. The skin on the rest of my face is quite normal but I always like to add a bit of a glow, which is why the red clay Glow mask is great, it has algae and exfoliating seeds to brighten and smooth the skin. If you are more oily and are looking to purify and mattify the face then the Purity one is the mask for you. I’ve been enjoying the whole ritual so much, it’s a great opportunity to have some me time and there is something about face masks which automatically make me relax.

I’ve been using mine 2-3 times a week and have already started to see a difference. They’re also very affordable if you’re watching spending this month and are currently on offer although even the usual £7.99 RRP is a great price!

How have your beauty resolutions been going so far?

*Post sponsored by L’Oreal, but like always thoughts are my own.

5 to try july

Olay Featherweight Moisturiser- I haven’t tried too much from Olay in the past but after a friend recommended this moisturiser and have been so pleasantly surprised! It’s light-weight but still very hydrating, even on my usually dehydrated skin, it has SPF15, is great under makeup and is really affordable. My mum has also started using the Olay Regenerist range and although she was initially very worried as she has very sensitive skin, she has been won over and converted over to Olay after many years of never switching creams!

L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks- I went to the blogger launch of these a few weeks back (join me on Snapchat for more event fun- alittleobsessed) and was initially very impressed by the price (currently just £5). They have released three new pure clay masks; a purity, a detox and a glow one which allow you to either use the one best suited to your skin or mix and match for people with a mixture of skin concerns. I’ve tried all three on different parts of my skin and really liked them, I woke up with far more brightened skin, which also felt well hydrated!

Benefit Brows– It’s taken me a little while to finally talk about the new Benefit Brow product properly as I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of new releases, but I’ve started to give them a go and there are some real gems! My favourites are Goof Proof Brow and Ka-Brow, I love how natural but defined you can get the eye with both of these products.

MAC Fix + An oldie which I have never tried but with so many rave reviews I just had to give it a go! I don’t think it’s an essential but it’s a great product to set makeup and help it look somewhat more natural, I think I’ll be using this all summer to help my makeup last and look better.

Batiste Stylist Hold Me Hairspray- Batiste Dry Shampoo will probably always be my favourite but I hadn’t tried much from their styling range. I have a few new bits but my favourite has to be the dry shampoo, it isn’t too sticky, offers the perfect amount of hold and the aerosol disperses the product really finely and evenly. I’ve been using it non-stop and it’s only £4.49!

What 5 products have you been loving recently?

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I was sure I wasn’t going to have any resolutions this year and this isn’t really a resolution as such but just more of something I am going to put a little more effort into.

I’m awful at using masks and last week during my clear out I noticed that they had all really started to build up. I’m not sure I have ever finished a mask in my life which means that either a) I have too many and too much choice or b) I don’t use them enough. Actually I think it’s probably a combination of the two.

I think I am yet to find a mask that really caters to my skin and needs, plus I just don’t like how messy they are or that they have a time limit- I’m pretty much always late too everything, including removing the mask which often leaves me with ridiculously dehydrated skin.

I’ve tried lots of masks, especially cult classic mid-priced masks. Two of the most famous ones I have tried are Glam Glow and Sisley Black Rose mask, both of which were just okay. The Glam Glow Exfoliating Mud Mask is a great one for anyone with oily skin but since I have quite dry skin it was probably a silly option for me however I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Sisley Black Rose Mask is far more catered to my skin type and I like it, it does what I want it to but it doesn’t do anything to warrant the price tag of £95.50.

My current favourites would probably be the Liz Earle masks, they’re reasonably priced and …. but just not quite enough for me to want to spend 10 minutes and getting my hands dirty.

But the quest continues…

Last night I used Argan 5 Lift & Renew Clay mask followed by Neal’s Yard Antioxidant facial mask and have been really impressed with the results. Although my skin is dehydrated it can be quite congested which is why clay masks work great, I just Neal’s Yard Antioxidant facial mask which might become my favourite mask as it really added life back into my skin. I did apply with a foundation brush and I think that would probably help me use them more.

What masks have you tried recently? What would you recommend?

Although I had heard lots of people rave about the This Works In Transit Camera Close Up I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with it. I’m not really a huge believer in primers and had never seen a huge difference when I wore them, until now.

Sold as a primer, moisturiser and mask in one, when I first apply it I find that it hydrates my skin beautifully just like any good moisturiser would. It absorbs quickly and although they sell it as a mask it is also very light and I use it every morning.

The best part about it, is how long my makeup lasts when I use this. Usually my foundation slips a little bit, my blusher fades and any redness starts seeping through within 6-8 hours however with this product under my foundation it lasts all day. Numerous times I have gone to touch up my makeup and found there was no need as this had locked everything in place.

It’s also a great one to take away on holiday as it does so much, you could even apply it as a mask on the plane by simply applying a thicker layer than usual which I haven’t tried but will be doing so soon.

A great product if you have a foundation you love but that doesn’t last all day, I can no longer see my makeup routine without it. It’s the best.