Smart Beauty Time-Savers
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Smart Beauty Time-Savers

You can look polished and pretty even with that endless to-do list. Just replace some of your time-consuming beauty steps with these faster options.
Skip: Shampoo

Save time with: A revitalizing mist
These lightweight sprays contain botanical extracts and essential oils that instantly refresh and condition slightly dirty or rumpled hair without making it greasier.
What we like: Aveda Light Elements Reviving Mist, $21, with odor-absorbing essential oils and lavender water to clean hair and scalp; Jonathan Product Redo, $18, a second-day style reactivator with cleansing botanicals and conditioning extracts.

Skip: A Colorist Appointment

Save time with: Temporary hair dye
Apply where roots are most noticeable, such as around the hairline and where you part your hair, and enjoy your fresh roots until your next shampoo.
What we like: ColorMark, $19.95, available in 12 shades to cover grays; FanciFull Touch-Up Stick, $4.99, a temporary color crayon available in four shades.

Skip: Mascara

Save time with: An eyelash curler
"All you need is an eyelash curler to create the illusion of longer lashes," says New York City makeup artist Laura Geller. It also saves you the extra step of having to wash off your mascara at night.
What we like: Sephora Eyelash Curler, $16, which gives you the perfect amount of pressure for lifted lashes; N.Y.C. Eyelash Curler, $2.99, with no-stick silicone pads to prevent lash breakage.

Skip: Eye Shadow

Save time with: An eyeliner with a built-in smudging tool
Apply a thick line along the lash line and use the tool or your finger to blend it over the lid up to the crease. It gives your lids a lined and shadowed effect in one step!
What we like: Origins Automagically Eye Lining Pencil, $14.50, available in eight shades; Merle Norman Automatic Definitive Eye Pencil, $12.50, available in 15 shades.

Skip: A Manicure

Save time with: Cuticle oil and a buffer
Massage cuticle oil and gently buff nails for shine, says Jennifer Leung, owner of Lavande Nail Spas, in San Francisco and San Jose.
What we like: Creative Nail Design Solar Oil, $9, with jojoba and sweet almond oils; Dashing Diva Essential Buffer, $4, with three sides to file, polish and buff nails.

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, December 2006.

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