10 Beauty Products Every Low Maintenance Girl Needs
Being low maintenance doesn’t mean that you don’t want to look good, it just means that you want to spend less time (and maybe less money) on looking your best.
Not everybody wants to spend two hours a day in their makeup chair perfecting their contour. While some products are clearly made for the girls doing makeup tutorials, other products are made for those of us who want to keep our beauty routine down to 15 minutes or less. Here are some of our favorite products for the minimalist who still wants to make a big impact.
Although at first we were a bit confused about the click-stick aspect of By Terry’s Rouge sticks, we kinda grew to love them. The product is applied as easily as chapstick, and it lasts all day without drying out your lips. So drink your Starbucks and eat your kale salad, the color you choose (and there are a lot to choose from) will still be flawless at the end of the day.
Wouldn’t it be nice if blow drying your hair meant it would look like you got a blowout? Unfortunately, when you blow dry your own hair it ends up looking like a frizzy mess and you’re forced to pull out the straightener to go over it, elongating the entire process and making you late to work. But that might not happen if you use a pre-blow dry treatment like this Blowout Créme by Alterna. If you apply this stuff to your mane, you can blow dry and walk right out the door.
Having perfect nails 24/7 takes so much time, effort, and money that half the time you end up leaving your nails bare. But if you still want a durable nail look without wasting time and money in a salon, you should try OPI’s Infinite Shine line. The line is a three-step system that boasts 10 days of wear and a gel-like effect without a professional light. The line just released 30 new colors, and they’re only $12.50 each!
Okay spending $60 on a pillow sounds a bit ridiculous at first glance, but hear us out. First of all, have you ever slept on a silk pillowcase? You’ll wake up and hardly have to brush your hair because the texture of the pillow keeps your hair in place (a beauty trick I learned from my grandmother). This Iluminage pillow takes the silk pillowcase one step further and works on your skin too. If somebody ever told you that beauty sleep wasn’t a real thing, this pillow will prove them wrong.
The less time you spend on your evening skincare routine, the sooner you can get the fuck to bed. This cleanser cleans your skin after the day’s wear and also removes your makeup, which seems almost too good to be true.
Upgrade your strawberry scented shave cream for something more upscale. This Pearl Polish works as a body oil, a cleanser, and a shave oil, which is basically three products in one. Instead of using a body wash and then applying shave cream, you can kill two birds with one stone and use this. Plus, oil guarantees a closer shave than a cream.
7. Maybelline BB Cream
If you’re low maintenance, you probably don’t bother with foundation, powder, highlighter, etc. So when your skin needs a bit of coverage or smoothing, a BB cream is exactly what you need. This Maybelline cream is a fan favorite that’ll remind you why some products don’t need to be pricey.
Okay, so this product isn’t technically low-maintenance, but sometimes a girl just needs a bit of color in the winter when there’s no sun in sight. We like this product because it’s meant to be used with a special mitten (sold separately) so that you can avoid having streaky orange hands. It’s also easy to throw on after a shower or before bed the same way you would with a moisturizer, only this will make you glow.
Even if you don’t have the time (or will) to style your hair, this product will make your strands softer and smoother with a quick spritz after your shower. You no longer have to fear that your bae is going to run his fingers through your hair and get his hand stuck. Yay!
Even if you’re not all about the fancy pillowcase, this product can help you save your skin while you sleep. If you’re clueless about skincare (like I was just a couple months ago), now you know that you should be using some type of retinol on your face to avoid wrinkles later in life, and to make your skin smoother in the near future. Just pop this sucker on after you wash your face at night, it’s as easy as that.