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4 Quick Beauty Tips for On-the-Go Girls



1. Oil Blotters Are Your Friend.

Have you ever felt grimey halfway through your day? Noticed unwanted shine appearing on your face? Oil blotters will be your new BFF.

I always keep a pack of oil blotters in my bag for those occasions when my face gets oily during the day. Instead of applying more makeup or washing your face, use these for a quick touch up. They even make oil blotting sheets that won’t disturb your makeup. My personal favorites are Palladio Rice Paper Powdered Blotting Tissues – they have a small amount of powder on them which further combats facial oil.

2. Invest in Minis.

Mini Products
Left: Buxom City Slickers Mini Lip Color Collection Right: BareMinerals Mini Mascara & Eyeliner Duo

I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for tiny mascaras and lipglosses simply for their cuteness, but they do have an actual function! Minis are so easy to fit into your bag or even your pocket, making them perfect for girls on the go.

Personally, I’ve attempted in the past to haul around some of my full-sized beauty products and found it was not only messy, but the chances of losing a normal-sized tube of mascara or lipgloss increased. Now, I skip those headaches and just carry mini-sized versions of my favorite products in my purse. Mini nail clippers are also awesome for getting rid of pesky and painful hangnails during the day.

3. Learn to Fishtail Braid.

Fishtail Braid
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There’s no doubt that the fishtail braid is the chicest new take on a regular braid. The fishtail braid adds instant style to your hair and can quickly update your ‘do – plus it’s perfect for mornings when you need to do your hair fast! I really enjoyed the tutorial from BellaSugar, which gives you step-by-step instructions with photos.

4. De-puff Your Morning Eyes.

It can be frustrating trying to cover up puffy eyes – waiting around for them to deflate is less than desirable, especially when you have a busy schedule. A roll-on gel is my favorite way to battle puffy eyes on a time crunch. Make sure to look at the ingredients in the product before buying or using it – some of the ingredients and fragrances used can irritate your eyes. Try Clinique’s De-puffing Eye Serum – it’s Allergy Tested and 100% fragrance free.

Want more tips on de-puffing your eyes and looking wide awake in a hurry? See our post on the best eye brighteners!

What Do You Think?

What are your tips for on-the-go beauty? Do you like the look of the fishtail braid? Do you use oil blotters or beauty minis? Let us know what you think in a comment!

Posted on on April 12, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “4 Quick Beauty Tips for On-the-Go Girls”

  1. 1
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    If you’re ever in a bind without your trusty oil-blotting sheets, the disposable toilet seat covers in any restroom will remove oil from skin without disturbing your makeup. (obviously practice good hygiene- wash your hands and all that good stuff first) :)

  2. 2
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Is there going to be a post for the Seventeen “No Makeup Day”? It actually seems like a really great idea and I think CollegeFashion would have something great to say about it!

  3. 3
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Instead of spending all that money on eye serum just keep a spoon, coke can, etc in the fridge and when you wake up in the morning place the spoon on both eyes for a couple seconds. It takes the swelling down almost instantly! :D

  4. 4
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Thank you so much fr the fishtail tutorial! I agree that they are super chic!

  5. 5
    April 12th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Love the hairstyle!..

  6. 6
    April 12th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I love the Clinique eye serum! It might look expensive but that little tube lasted me for just under a year and it really works ^-^ My dark circles aren’t as noticeable and it’s refreshing to feel more awake in the morning.

  7. 7
    April 12th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    The depuffing eye serum sounds like a great idea! :o

  8. 8
    April 12th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Love the fishtail braid! I made one this morning for the first time in ages by coincidence – excited to check out CF just now and see it here!

  9. 9
    April 12th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Fishtails are cute but they take me forever!!!

  10. 10
    April 13th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Shloka-you are so right! i take a bunch of toilet seat covers and stick them in my purse! may sound weird, but they work, and they’re free.

    E.L.F. also has a package of 50 oil sheets for only $1!!! that’s what I usually get.

  11. 11
    April 13th, 2011 at 2:14 am

    I love wearing fishtail braids! I’m wearing one now in fact :) Though honestly they take me awhile, definitely longer than a normal braid because of the small sections of hair. While the look is cute, I wouldn’t particularily consider it quick!

    I love wearing them when my hair doesn’t feel as fresh, like when I get home from school and I know I’m going out in the evening. I also love the idea of the eye de-puffer! I’d love to try the Garnier one.

  12. 12
    April 13th, 2011 at 7:05 am

    That fish-tail braid looks amazing! I’m going to attempt it, but my curly hair is crazy!

  13. 13
    April 13th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I LOVE the fishtail! I always get compliments on it, even though it is my lazy-day hairstyle.

  14. 14
    April 13th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    For the puffy eyes portion, I also learned that you can stick a spoon in the freezer or run it under cold water and hold it to your eyes for five minutes. It de-puffs them without costing a lot of money.

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    April 15th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I second the toilet seat covers as oil blotters! They work great in emergencies.

    Though I don’t agree with fishtail braids. My mother put those in my hair in the late 80s/early 90s and I remember HATING it so much haha.

  16. 16
    May 11th, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I love fishtail braids! My mom used to do that when I was a kid, now my hair is too short for me to braid. When it grows out some I’m definitely going to try to learn how to do this though.

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    July 5th, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Since i have still am perfecting my own culinary skills, I appreciate you sharing these with us! I have an apple slicer/corer that i use almost every day to break up apples for my girls and for me personally, and I also make use of a mini food processor (with regards to $30 at Target) pertaining to quick chopping and dicing. My hubby asked for a forged iron skillet for Holiday (my parents offered him one), and he swears because of it. Asking for cookware as a gift is not during my future:). Jeannie Gumaer

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