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Even though I'm no longer in school and don't have children, it seems that without fail my life gets dramatically more hectic after school starts for everyone else. It seems to be back to the grind for everyone this time of year. While I see so many things for girls going back to school and tips for mommies with kids going to school, I can't help thinking that the adult modern woman could use a little encouragement for this busy time of year too. This is for you, busy ladies! Here are my time saving beauty recommendations! All of these products are what I use when I have to take my makeup on the go. These are easy to work with and aren't fussy.

The Wet Brush
The Wet Brush is an item that I got rather recently and I don't know what I have done without it for so long. If you have hair that tangles or breaks easily, or if you just need a brush that easily glides through your hair wet or dry, then this is for you. Brushing through my hair takes no time now. I have the mini size for on the go.

Moisturizer with SPF
This has got you covered with your sunscreen and moisturizer. It's just one step and you're done with moisturizer and sun protection. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair SPF 30 and Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer With SPF30 for Sensitive Skin are two of my favorites. I like the Neutrogena for the colder months and the Olay for during the warm months.

Powder Foundation
I don't think all powder foundations are created equal, but the Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder is so amazing. The loose powder is also great, but the pressed form is more convenient for how I use it. My Wednesdays are so crazy that I have applied this in my car before. (Not while it's moving, though! Don't do that!) It always looks great. I just apply it with a flat top brush, and it looks beautiful. I don't have to think about it at all, and it saves so much time!

Natural Looking Blush
I prefer a nude blush when I'm on the go because it can also double as a bronzer in a pinch. Nude goes with any eyeshadow or lipstick you apply. MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul is my favorite right now. It's a little shimmery, so I don't need highlighter at all. This blush is really quick and easy, and it goes with any eyeshadow or lipstick.

No Budge Cream Eyeshadow
The Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks are my favorite quick and easy eyeshadows. This one in Copper is the perfect color that goes with anything. The Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows are another favorite. I love this one in Birthday Suit because it looks beautiful on its own or as an eyeshadow base. Both of these products set and will not budge until you remove them.

Easy to Wear Lipstick
When you're constantly on the the go, you need lip products that apply quickly and easily and can be reapplied without too much trouble. Revlon's Lacquer Balm in Provocateur is my red of choice when I travel. It's easy to apply, and I don't need a liner. The Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie is a product that I like to throw in my purse and take with me because it's easy to apply, and this color goes with everything. The same thing can be said for the Rouge Coco Shine in Fetiche. It's a great natural looking color.

Nude Nails
I always opt for nude nail polish when life gets a little crazy or if I'm traveling. Nude nails are appropriate for any season and occasion. It's a wonderful color to go for when you are traveling a lot because it is not as noticeable if it chips. Chanel Frenzy is a favorite in my collection because it always looks great. For those of you on a budget, I think I have found a dupe! Covergirl's Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Always Naked is a very close match to Chanel Frenzy! OPI Tickle My France-y is another nude that has been in my collection for long time. It looks great on fingers and toes.

Travel Size Body Spray or Perfume Sample
I'm not a huge fan of body sprays, and I really prefer a fine fragrance. There are some days that I have to take a body spray with me to freshen up before the end of my day. It's just enough fragrance without being too much. You could also take a perfume sample, but for me, it's too much to reapply an eau de parfum before an evening rehearsal. It would probably be appropriate for a different work environment. I have been taking Paris Amour from Bath & Body Works with me a lot. It smells really watered down to me, but it's just enough to get me through the end of the day.

These are just a few of the products that I use when I am in a rush. What products do you use on busy days? Leave a comment, and let me know! Make sure to enter my cleanser giveaway before you go!

-xoxo Lauren

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