beauty advice

Guest Blog: A Real Mom’s 10-Minute Beauty Routine

October 27, 2010 at 9:47 am , by

audrey-about-us-2009This week’s guest blogger is Audrey McClelland of Mom Generations.

I love all things beauty and fashion related. All my life it’s been this way. But it’s funny, because there are two definite versions of my fashion and beauty self: the one before kids and the one now, after kids. Running my fashion and beauty blog for moms, Mom Generations, and also being the Beauty/Style editor on Lifetime Moms allows me to share (and truly understand) the need for beauty routines that don’t take much time. We’re talking 10 minutes, tops. As a mom of four young boys (ages 2, 3 5 and 6) and a 50 percent work-at-home mom/50 percent work-out-of-the-home mom, I’ve had to simplify my beauty routine down to minutes. I no longer have the luxury to be in the bathroom for 30 to 45 minutes prepping and beautifying. I need to act quickly, and that means finding products that work well for me and apply easily. I have blogs to write and deadlines to hit by 7am. And, of course, my mom duties! When you have four boys asking to help them get dressed, put toothpaste on their toothbrushes, brush their hair, find socks that match, tie their shoes… you can see that my morning beauty routine is constantly being interrupted. But, you know what  It’s okay. This is why I have my beauty routine down to a well oiled-machine. I’ve come to rely on 6 products that save me every single morning and make my beauty routine, well… an actual beauty routine.

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1. Olay’s Deep Cleansing Face Wash This face wash leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh and soft. It’s the perfect way for me to start in the morning.

2. Lancome’s Imanance Tinted Moisturizer I love this product because it moisturizes my skin beautifully, but also leaves it with a wonderful tinted glow. Imanance also stays on all day long, which is a huge benefit because I’m usually running here, there and everywhere all day.

3. Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess I never, ever leave home without my “goddess” on. This is my hands-down favorite and must-have beauty essential. I love the pick-me-up that the bronze powder gives my cheeks. It’s ALWAYS on.

4.  Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil It’s amazing what a little eye makeup can do. It literally makes eyes come alive… even on mornings when you were up all night with your baby (or in my case, babies…).

5.  By Lauren Luke’s My Glossy Lips This gloss is utterly amazing. I’ve never had anything condition my lips the same way. It’s smooth and soft and gives my lips the ultimate shine.

6.  Dove Cream Oil Hand Cream Don’t laugh! I’m obsessed with this stuff! My hands are always dry. They’ve been this way my entire life. Add 4 little boys, washing, changing, laundering… you get it! This cream is my saving grace in the morning after I apply my makeup and all day long. It leaves my hands amazingly soft for my little guys and for me!

Insider Makeup Secrets With Armani’s Tim Quinn

August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm , by

Have you seen the new September issue? It’s full of fun beauty tricks, especially our Beauty Lessons story. (Think of it as a back-to-school primer for grown-ups.) To get beauty director, Erica Metzger, and myself ready for the shoot, we enlisted the help of the fabulous Tim Quinn, Armani Beauty’s celebrity makeup artist, whose handiwork you can watch, above.

Lucky for you, Erica and I didn’t hog all the advice Tim gave us that day.

Tim’s Tip: Before applying foundation start with eye makeup, since it tends to be messy. This saves you from applying–and reapplying–foundation, concealer, etc.

I love, love, love navy eyeshadows for fall. Try L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Color Smokes Eyeshadow in Cobalt Smokes.

Tim’s tip: Mix eye cream in with your concealer to keep the area really hydrated.

There’s nothing richer than Neutrogena’s Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream, but it also sinks right in. (Important when using moisturizing products near your eyes for daytime; you don’t want your mascara to smear!

Tim’s tip: When using a lip pencil, stick to one shade that matches your lips instead of buying multiple pencils to match each lipstick.

Fill your entire lips with pencil, then top with lipstick. I think the plummy Rouge d’Armani shade #603 is the most to-die-for lip color this fall.

Beauty Coach: How to Wear Blue Eye Shadow

March 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm , by

“Can I really wear blue eye shadow?” When LHJ’s very own oh-so-stylish fashion editor Sue asked me this question yesterday, my first reaction was, Yippee! and Hooray! I love talking about our gorgeous spring runaway trend story with makeup pro Mathew Nigara. My second reaction was to invite Sue to the beauty closet to prove that yes, she absolutely can wear blue. Here’s how it went down:


Before: Sue without eye makeup


Step 1: Prep with a neutral base

The first trick to wearing colorful eyeshadow: Prep your lids! I applied a little eye primer and then blended a tan eye shadow over Sue’s lids as a base color. Read more

After The Makeover…Beware Of Compliments and Snoopy Neighbors

September 25, 2009 at 11:09 am , by

Mindy LeeIt’s funny when we approach women for makeovers. Often, a kind relative or friend has suggested to us that she knows someone who would look better without her mom jeans and a more flattering haircut. It then becomes my job to approach the woman and tell her how amazing she would look in the hands of our fashion and beauty teams. It’s really quite a thrill.

Getting to the salon for a transformative cut and color appointment is always fun, and working with a makeup artist to highlight beautiful eyes or great lips is exciting, too. But the most rewarding part of the process is checking in with our ladies after the makeover has happened. The confidence gained throughout the process carries over into real life and continues long after the shoot. Here’s a juicy little bit from one of our recent makeovers:

Mindy came to us ready for some big changes. Most notably, stylist Valery Joseph cut six inches of hair and a few caramel-colored strands. For the very happily married Mindy, she returned home, pleased with the results. Several weeks later, a pair of widowed neighbor ladies approached Mindy’s husband, inquiring about the younger woman with lighter hair that had been going in and out of the house. The neighbors were concerned that Mindy was “another woman,” when in reality, she had made a few style changes and had confidence through the roof.

Maybe it was time for the nosy neighbors to get a new eyeglass prescription.

I’m in the process of planning for our next makeovers. Think you—or someone you know—needs a style tweak? Send me a line and a few pictures at I’d love to hear from you.

Pretty vs. Tough: A No-Compromise Hand Soap

September 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm , by

Motif familyI tend to be obsessively clean and find myself washing my hands after nearly every task throughout the day. (Although my office desk does not appear this way, so please don’t judge!) Of course, I love a sweetly scented hand soap and indulge in anything that veers on the feminine side: a frothy cream base, heady floral fragrance and intricate bottle. At home, I would indulge in this seemingly simple treat, but can’t completely partake because I live with my boyfriend. He doesn’t allow the girly stuff. No, he thinks a hand soap is more akin to dish soap: It should strip hands of oil and wash everything clean.

So when I recently snuck in a bottle of this gorgeous Motif soap, I was worried that it would be booted out of the bathroom because of its chic, graphic label and sophisticated scent. Surprisingly, he told me that he liked it. He was drawn to the cypress; I loved the subtle pear note. I think it’s kind of like the Goldilocks of hand soap: not too girly, not too manly, but just right. Another thing we can both agree on? The $4 price tag. Find more scents from Motif at Target.

And now it’s my turn to snoop in your bathroom. Are there certain beauty goodies that you’ve had to compromise to make a shared bathroom a more peaceful place? Or is there something that you just won’t give up?