Last night I was feeling particularly tired having got back late from work and all I wanted to do was shower and get straight into bed! I love spending time removing my make up and doing a face mask when I have the time (normally twice a week) but generally I like to keep my evening routine pretty simple to maximise the few hours I have to relax before going to bed. Getting up at 5.30am each day means that I try and be in bed between 9.30 and 10pm but I really have to be strict with myself to make that happen! So I thought I would share the products I instinctively reach for when I'm pushed for time.
Let's deal with hair first. Yesterday was a hair washing day - I always have a rough I idea of when I want to wash my hair because it does add a fair bit of time to my evening routine - and even though my hair is quite fine, I have a lot of it so it takes a while to thoroughly wash and dry it. When I want my hair to be its most manageable, I use the Aussie Three Minute Miracle Reconstructor Conditioner because it works super fast and leaves my hair feeling softer and smelling good in an instant. Then because I don't want to be wasting precious time trying to comb through my wet hair (even though the Aussie does make it slightly easier) I use my Tangle Teezer which is a life-saver for easily combing through wet or dry hair without causing any breakage. I know a lot of people who own a Tangle Teezer, simply because they're so compact and easy to use.
When I've had make up on since around 6am, I really can't wait to take it all off when I get home. I don't tend to wear a lot of product on my face but I do like my mascara and this can take a bit of work to remove properly. It's just not worth leaving make up on overnight, no matter how tired you may feel! It's bad for your skin and you'll only have to remove it in the morning anyway. The quickest way to properly cleanse my skin that I've found is the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I take a small amount in my hand and massage it onto dry skin as a first cleanse. I use the cloth that comes with it, soaked in hot water, to make sure I've removed as much as I can the first time round. I use the exfoliating side of the cloth to really get into every pore. The I repeat the same step which is more pleasurable because the make up is practically gone and I can really enjoy the relaxing smell of the balm and really spend time massaging it into my skin. Again, I rinse this of with a cloth making sure all traces of make up are removed. For a quick and effective treatment to ensure my skin is looking less tired than I feel, I use the Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads. Each pad is enriched with salicylic and hyaluronic acids which deeply cleanse your pores. It also contains witch hazel to help reduce the appearance of imperfections. I gently swipe one of this pads on my face and neck area and follow with my regular eye serum. This morning I woke up with much smoother, more hydrated skin and I know it's down to these pads. You get 60 in a pot so if you use them a couple times a week they will last you ages.
After that I get all snuggled up in my bed and catch up on any YouTube videos from the day, read a few blog posts and check my social media before reading a couple chapters of the latest book I'm reading to help send me off to sleep. I'm trying to limit the amount of time I spend on my phone before bed so if you see my posting an Instagram late at night please tell me off! I'd also love it if you followed me on Bloglovin here, to keep up to date with my daily posts. Have a great day!
What products do you use when you need something quick and effective?