Just ‘coz u can’t be asked to move your butt from that same spot on the couch for hours on end, and all your weekends pass in a blur of sleep induced fuzziness, you’ve still got to make it seem like you’ve made some effort to keep yourself looking good, right? We get ya! So this post is dedicated to all the #LazyGirls out there who, like me, need a cheat sheet to looking good with the least possible effort made! After all, the sofa snooze fest is just too precious!
Here are some tried and tested tips and tricks that I promise will make you look and feel glam!
A regular beauty product loving girl will have an array of products, a different one for every inch of her face. But you, my lovely lazy girl, can make do with just a handful! The trick lies in picking products that are masters at the art of multitasking, just like us!
This Nivea Visage Pure Effect Total Face Cleanup claims to do not one, but 5 wonderful things to your skin!
Get yourself a tinted moisturizer of BB cream (depending on how much coverage you need) that contains SPF of 30 and over. No matter how lazy you are, you’re NOT allowed to skip the sunscreen!
Benefit’s Bene Tint Lip & Cheek Stain has seriously changed my life! Yes, it is pricey, but it lasts for ages! I’ll probably lose or break the bottle before I finish its contents!
Then there’s the trusty bronzer palette! Every celebrity’s favourite makeup product! Can be used as an eyeshadow or to contour your cheekbones or to highlight sexy cleavage.
And don’t forget good ‘ol Vaseline! Works as a lip balm, holds unruly eyebrows in place, adds a bit of sheen to your legs on a party night, rescues dry heels; this one’s a true magician!
On days I’m super lazy to get around to putting on full makeup for a night out, I take the easy route. BB cream, generous lashes of mascara and bright red lipstick! A red lippy just brightens up the face and immediately makes u look glam! The shade I absolutely swear by is MAC Viva Glam 1, totally perfect for the Indian skintone.
Get the Goop Off!
One thing I absolutely hate, and am guilty of skipping way more than I should be, is taking makeup off. You come home with feet aching from wearing heels all night and a lot more wine in your system than there should be, you just can’t be bothered! You know what I mean, right?
So what I now do is, plop on my comfy bed, use makeup removing wipes to mop up all the goop on my face, concentrating most on the eyes. Then a quick rinse off with water and I’m ready to hit the sack. My little trick is, I now keep a pack of wipes in my bedside drawer!
I’ve tested several brands, but I’ve found that Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Towelettes can handle all levels of waterproof makeup, without having to rub and scrub too much. Handy tip: I’ve found that the oil-free ones don’t work as well so stick with the regular blue packet. And as with any wipes, you’re better off buying smaller packs to make sure the towelettes don’t dry out once it’s been opened up.
Too much effort to wash your hair? While we’re totally anti gross-ness, postponing a hair wash for an extra day is something we’ve all done. Often! It’s easy enough to get away with it if you’ve got access to a good dry shampoo. I prefer the sprays to the powders; somehow feel like I can control the residue better. I’m using the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo that I bought after reading several fab blogger reviews, but I’ve seen many other brands that are available in India like Dove and Tresemme which should do the trick too.
And if nothing else, just put your hair up in a cute little bun and spritz a bit of body mist and no one’s going to know (and we’d never tell!)
Once you do get around to washing your hair, while it is still damp, tie it up in a loose braid or bun before you go to bed and wake up to soft beach curls the next morning! Work in some curl enhancing serum and you’re done!
Sloppy grooming habits? This one we’re not willing to let you get off easy with! In India, it’s easy! Just call your trusty ‘parlour waali‘ for treatments in the comfort of your own home on days when you just want to watch back to back episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. It’s far more cost effective that going to the salon and no one’s going to try sell you extra products or memberships that you really don’t need (so annoying, right!). But the most important thing, that sofa loving butt need not budge an inch!
Hard as Nails
Opt for long wear nail paint and don’t forget the top coat to make sure you don’t have to end up spending time changing your nail paint every few days… I’ve just tried the Sally Hansen nail paints and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed! It’s been over 8 days now and no sign of chipping or fading!
If you want an even more foolproof option, get a Gelish manicure. It’s not great for your nails so don’t do it too often and always make sure you go to a salon with trained professionals to do this for you. Remember to slather sunscreen on your hands before you expose them to the UV light used to set the nail paint.