Beat rush hour

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Beat rush hour

Every­one has days when they can’t get out of bed. Here are a few tips to speed up the morn­ing beauty regime and help beat the rush. AD­VANCE PLAN­NING. If you’re con­stantly late run­ning out the door, your hair­cut may be to blame. In­vest in one ap­pro­pri­ate for your hair tex­ture. For ex­am­ple, for­get a fringe if your hair is curly. Ask your stylist for long lay­ers that are slightly curved in at the ends and then ap­ply a fin­ish­ing cream to the ends. John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Se­cret Weapon ($20) is a good one to try as it re­places the oils lost in daily styling and quickly smoothes fly­aways. A heavy, blunt cut is al­ways a good op­tion if your hair is straight, as the weight will make it eas­ier and faster to style. Also con­sider a fast-dry spray such KMS Ther­mashape ($34), which wicks away water, speeds up blow-wav­ing time by as much as 50 per cent and acts as a heat pro­tec­tant. STOCK UP ON MULTI-TASKERS. Prod­ucts like Es­tee Lauder’s DayWear BB Creme SPF35 ($86) aren’t cheap but they’re ge­nius at pro­vid­ing the multi­ben­e­fits of foun­da­tion, an­tiox­i­dants and se­ri­ous sun pro­tec­tion all in one. Inika’s Cer­ti­fied Or­ganic Lip & Cheek Cream ($44) is silky smooth, packed with mois­turis­ers and gives sum­mer lips and cheeks a sub­tle, rosy glow. Liv­ing Na­ture’s Skin Re­vive Ex­fo­liant ($45) cleanses and ex­fo­li­ates; Avon’s Ara­bian glow Multi-Stylo ($17) adds bronzed colour to lips, eyes and cheeks. SELF-TAN TIME-SAVER: Ap­ply self-tan to your face be­fore go­ing to bed. As counter-in­tu­itive as it seems to put on makeup be­fore hit­ting the sack, you will con­grat­u­late your­self when you wake up look­ing fresh and healthy with a light golden tan. Clin­ique’s Self Sun Face Tinted Lo­tion ($45) is a sheer gel, tinted to pre­vent un­even ap­pli­ca­tion and re­duce blotches, that de­vel­ops into a nat­u­ral-look­ing tan over two to three hours. And on the sub­ject of be­fore-bed time­sav­ing op­tions, con­sider ap­ply­ing an­tiper­spi­rant be­fore slip­ping be­tween those sheets. Prod­ucts like Rex­ona’s Clin­i­cal Pro­tec­tion An­tiper­spi­rant Deodor­ant ($15) are de­signed to sink in at night (when your sweat glands are less ac­tive) and will still pro­vide cov­er­age that lasts all of the next day. DRY­ING TIME. A good dry sham­poo is the ul­ti­mate time-saver. But here’s a trick: spray in a good one like Batiste’s Heav­enly Vol­ume ($12), as soon as you roll out of bed and give it plenty of time (shower, eat break­fast, etc) to ab­sorb be­fore styling. It works much bet­ter. Tracey Strange

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