The 20 Minute Morning Routine

The 20 Minute Morning Routine


Waking up late is the WORST.

At first you’re confused, then you panic, then you run around in a circle for a second, then you start to move at 90 miles an hour trying to get yourself together and out the door.

I do this a LOT. I’m always late. If I have any extra time before I go somewhere, I fill it with a bunch of things which makes me late anyway. Waking up way before I need to go somewhere in the morning is a bad idea. I’ll still be late.

Yes, people hate me. It’s selfish to be late, quite honestly. Waking up late, though. There’s just nothing you can do about it when it happens.

The good news is that you can cut down your morning routine by A LOT and not look like a hot heavenly mess when you get to work, school or that meeting you were supposed to be ALREADY on your way to.

Here’s how:


1. Skip the Shower.

Welcome to the “I woke up late” way of showering. It’s all about baby products. Wipe yourself down with baby wipes, clean any leftover makeup off your face and powder yourself in any area you’d like (go overboard if necessary).


2. Spray the Hair.

If you haven’t met dry shampoo, today is your lucky day. It’s amazing. I use the Suave brand and it’s the best I’ve used so far. Best part: It’s cheap. Tease your hair, add some spray and throw it up on a high ponytail. If you have short hair, dry shampoo it, touch it up with some spray or a flat iron and spray the crap out of it.


3. Minimize the Makeup.

It’s not a fashion show. It’s a quest to get out the door looking fresh-ish. Many times, just focusing on your main features is the way to go. Put away the special moisturizing routine, the seven billion face brushes and the four colors of shadow you normally use. It’s time to pretend we’re at the beach. Make that look clean. If you’re quick with foundation, slap it on. If you’re reaching for a foundation brush and a blending sponge, think again. You are LATE! Opt for BB cream. Then, quickly add some eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss. If you have a little extra time, blush or a cheek shimmer may be a good touch.


4. Simplify the Outfit.

A dress is the most simple thing to wear. By doing so, you are grabbing one thing and not having to add a bunch to it. Again, if you have an extra minute, add a belt and a cropped jacket or scarf.


5. Forgo the Fancy Coffee.

Today is not the day for a trip through the drive-thru. Keep some quick coffee solutions on-hand or make coffee before you’re rushing through your 20 minute routine so it’s ready when you’re headed out the door. May I recommend some Starbucks Via or the pre-made iced coffee? Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.

We get that it’s not all ideal but at least, by following these steps, you’ll avoid smelling like sour laundry while you run your fingers through your greasy hair because of your massive caffeine craving.

Anything else you’d like to add? Comment below!

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Makeup a Mess? Turn to Alcohol.

Makeup a Mess? Turn to Alcohol.

Everybody’s got their favorite eyeshadow, blush, etc., and with the cost of makeup getting crazy, some of us hang on to them until the bitter end, even if you have to chase the broken pieces around with your brush or you have to undo two rubber bands holding the thing together before you use it.


Although these tips to extend the life of your makeup may not be new news to the makeup experts out there, we thought they were pretty handy little tricks. Since I came across these ideas in various forms several places in my search, I apologize for not giving credit to any one blog or website as the original source. The photos credits are mine – again I apologize. (My images suck, but I’m practicing and I promise they will improve).

How to Fix Broken Eyeshadow or Blush:

Makeup Collage

  1. Gather up all your old, broken or wonky eye shadows or blush.
  2. Add some drops of good ol’ rubbing alcohol.
  3. Chop up makeup and mix and stir, adding additional drops of alcohol if needed, to create a paste.
  4. Smooth the mess out and then pat and press with a tissue to make it all pretty. Let dry.

How to Make Mascara Last Longer:

Grab some saline solution or eye drops and squeeze a bit into your dry old mascara tube. Stick the brush in and stir it around. BOOM! You’re good for another few days.

How to Fix a Loose Makeup Brush – then Quick-Clean It:

To Fix: With a needle-nose or regular pliers, crimp the metal neck/sleeve of limp, lifeless makeup brushes. It packs the bristles together, flattening the head and making the brush denser and easier to control.

To Clean: Squeeze hand cleaner into the palm of your hand. Swish your brush around getting the cleaner on all the hairs. Let dry.

Do you have any quick-tricks you can share? Comment below and let us know!