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Beauty in a pinch

     Everyone likes to get a few extra minutes of shuteye when rain pellets are beating against your roof and the sky refuses to brighten.  Many of us hit the snooze button over and over, which inevitably leaves us late and  rushing around to get ready for the day.  There are a few tricks and must have products that every woman should know that can have you  bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in a flash.  These basics can have you looking presentable whether you're in a hurry or on the go.

Freshen up your dirty do.

     Dry shampoo is a necessity for when you just don't have time to wash your hair but you're feeling a little greasy.  Aquage dry shampoo can extend the life of your hairstyle by using botanicals and minerals to absorb your hair's natural oils.  A teasing brush (like the one pictured above) can be used in conjunction with the dry shampoo to camouflage any funny cowlicks or kinks at your crown that are a result of day two hair.

Create a flawless flush.

     To be minimal with your face, all you need is concealer, blush, and possibly bronzer if time allows.  A good concealer should successfully hide any under eye circles and blemishes adorning your face.  My personal favorite is Aveda's Inner Light concealer because it covers up my imperfections better and longer than any other concealer I have previously tried.  A sweep of bronzer across your forehead and cheeks along with some blush on the apples of your cheeks can leave you with a healthy flush.  Some color on your cheeks makes you appear as though you are awake and active.

Line those lashes.

     Mascara opens your eyes up and gives you more of a wide-eyed appearance.  For a defined look, you can line your eyes focusing on the outer corners to make them appear larger.  A dot of white eyeshadow on the inner corners will give your eyes an extra pop.  Depending on your familiarity with liquid liner, a cat eye is a quick and easy way to look flirty without spending much time in front of the mirror.  If you don't have much experience with liquid liner it can be a bit tricky so don't try to incorporate it into your on the go routine until you've had some practice when you're not in a hurry.

Pop your pout.

     Whether it be a bold or neutral shade, lipstick is a great way to polish off your look.  A bolder color turns your lips into the focus of your face, which is great when you haven't spent much time on your other features.  Check out some of the season's trendiest hues here.  http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/New-Spring-Lipsticks-2015-37117470#photo-37117470  One of my favorites is Aveda's Nourish-mint lip color in Magenta Berry from their spring 2015 collection.  Aveda's lipstick is very creamy and won't dry out your lips.

     Next time you're running late, don't fret.  Just follow these steps and you'll look fresh faced and ready for the day.  Those extra 15 minutes of slumber can stay your little secret.