Express Beauty to Love

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I am all about multi-tasking when it comes to beauty. Yes, there are days when I indulge and can spend as much as 45 minutes pampering my skin, but there are also days when I’m short on time. 

Back in High School, I was obsessed with teeth whitening strips. My teeth were SO sensitive, my gums were hurting from using them, but I didn’t care. Well, those days are gone, thankfully. For years I loved using the Smile Brilliant system, but nowadays I really like Tarte’s Pearly Girl Teeth Whitening Pen. First of all, you can use it when you’re waiting for that face mask to dry, when you do your hair in the morning, etc. Second, it doesn’t leave my sensitive teeth in pain, and third, well… it brings instant results. What’s not to love?

A few weeks ago I mentioned Static Nails* in one of my Lovin’ Lately posts. I was so pleasantly surprised not only at how nice they looked (you definitely can’t tell they’re “stick-on” nails), but also at how long they stayed on. Of course, I had to mention them in this post- so quick and easy to use when you don’t have time for a manicure. 

I have so much love for MAC’s Strobe Cream and use it nearly daily. The new Strobe Body Lotion is just as beautiful and works perfectly for when you’re short on time but want to give your legs, arms, and decollete a little glow. The only thing I noticed is that the body lotion doesn’t feel as hydrating as the OG Strobe Cream, but that will not stop me from repurchasing.

Glossier’s Boy Brow– another great product to reach for when you have no time to get ready. I have both versions- clear and brown. I love that these don’t feel sticky like some brow gels and tints tend to do, and they don’t fade throughout the day or tint your skin. Just the brows.

Okay, the next “express beauty” product on this list is probably the most expensive. I mean I can’t believe that I was willing to spend this much on an eyeliner (almost 60 bucks), but guys, Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen, is pretty incredible. When I’m in a hurry, the last thing I want to reach for is an eyeliner, but this pen just does all the work. It’s so smooth, doesn’t tug on the skin and is very easy to use. Shadow Sheilds also come in handy if you’re struggling with eyeliner.

Of course, I also have to mention a few lip care products- I love the buffer + lip plumper duo from BYBI Beauty* And, of course, there’s Laneige’s Sleeping Lip Mask. Yes, this is more of a nighttime product that helps moisturize your lips and get rid of any flakes overnight, but I found that it works really well when used in the morning too. I just apply a thick layer, leave it on for a few minutes, and wash off with a washcloth.

Last, but not least, I have to mention Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Creme. This stuff is so lightweight and instantly brightens up that delicate area under your eyes that tends to look dark and puffy at times. I’m extremely picky when it comes to eye creams and generally don’t find them to do much, other than irritate my skin, but this one gets two thumbs up.

What are some of your favorite “express” beauty products to reach for when you’re in a hurry?



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    Christine C.
    May 1, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I’m going to have to try the nails out! I havent had a lot of luck with stick on nails, but these look beautiful and I totally trust your opinion! Also, that Tom Ford looks so beautiful!!!

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    Lisa Autumn
    May 1, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    The nails really look amazing and so easy!

    x Lisa |

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    May 2, 2018 at 12:21 am

    look nice and amazing

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    Laura @laurantaina
    May 2, 2018 at 1:38 am

    I’ve been DYING to get the Tom Ford eyeliner. It looks so gorgeous! He has also released some khol eyeliners for the Summer which look so stunning, but haven’t been released (yet) at my local counter. I will need a lot of self-restrain haha!

    xx Laura / Laura Loukola Art & Beauty Blog

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    Linda Libra Loca
    May 2, 2018 at 6:17 am

    How come I have never heard of the Ole Henriksen eye cream? It sounds perfect.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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    Danielle Alexa
    May 2, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    So many amazing items here, I always leave your blog wanting to treat myself to some new products!

    Danielle xx

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    Dagmara Klich
    May 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    The fake nails look so pretty! I recently tried some fake nails for the first time in forever and I loved the look of them but they didn’t stick completely to my own nail and were super annoying when styling my hair, LOL!

    That Ole Henriksen eye cream sounds lovely, I’ve never heard of it, it must be new? x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @
      May 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Ohh I can imagine how annoying that must have been, haha! These are actually great, I was surprised myself!

      Yes, it is new! Really nice for daytime!

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    May 3, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    I have yet to try them but have you heard of those fake eyelashes that are magnetic. Yes, I said MAGNETIC! I had a friend show me her’s and she could literally put them on and take them off no problem and they looked just as good as real ones. But no messy glue! That would be perfect for express beauty days! …still a little weird though right? I mean magnets? So crazy! 😝

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      Paula @
      May 8, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Whaaat!? Now that is something I need to look into, sounds so interested, but also a little weird. The future is now haha!

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    lawler || yvettemypet
    May 3, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Okay so I bought that Tarte Whitening Pen and haven’t worked it into my routine yet. Good to know it doesn’t bother sensitive teeth, because that was my fear.

    I really want to try Static Nails. The packaging is so much more elegant than the other options we grew up with. And I just am far too lazy to paint my nails on a regular basis. :)

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      Paula @
      May 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Yes, love that the pen doesn’t irritate my gums or teeth! I was so surprised by how well the nails wore and how great they looked!

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    Naya //
    May 5, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Wonderful selection of cult-products here; I must say that I never thought about trying Tarte’s whitening solution for teeth, but now I am like “okkk!” if it gives instant results – I am in! Thanks for sharing this post; I hope you’re doing well Paula xx

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      Paula @
      May 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you so much, Naya! I really like that pen, especially the fact that it doesn’t irritate my gums!

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    Natalie Redman
    May 27, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Ooo those nails look stunning!

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