If you've got five minutes, you have all the time you need to look great. This week, I've rounded up the top ways to save time and still splurge on looking gorgeous.
Lash out (just a bit)
No need to fully lash out to get the gorgeous benefits of enhanced lashes. Adding just a few lashes at the corners can open up your eyes, taking years off the face while serving up a side of sexiness without the overdoing the va-va-voom. Head to your favorite local lash expert and ask for cat eyes, a quick application of semi-permanent lashes to just the outer corner of eyes that can cost from $30 to $75. Or, DIY at home with Ardell Accent Lashes, available at drugstores for $3.49 a pair.
Some experts swear that elbows give away the age of many a well-maintained woman. What to do when you hit a dry patch, be it on elbows or knees? Head to the kitchen and grab a slice of fresh lemon. Add a dash of brown sugar to the top of the lemon and give dry elbows (or knees) a quick scrub. The fruit acids in the lemon will exfoliate skin and, over time, even lighten dark patches if needed.
Get up and glow
When time is not on your side, you can get up and glow with a solid yet simple makeup routine. Minute 1: Clean, smooth skin is a must, so start with a 30-second facial with the help of Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate. Minute 2: Brush on a multi-tasking foundation, powder. I like Jane Iredale's PurePressed Base SPF 20. Minute 3: Brighten your face (and take the attention off tired eyes) with a quick and illuminating pink blush applied to the apples of your cheeks. Try Maybelline's Fit ME Blush in light pink, medium pink or deep mauve. Minute 4: Slick on a nude lip pencil followed by a bright hue of lipstick in a vivid red or crisp hot pink. Minute 5: Light up eyes with several coats of your favorite mascara.
A pimple pops up
Oh, the horror of a shiny, new zit on an important day. Celebrities may head to the derm to get a quick cortisone shot, thereby banishing unwelcome big-day blemishes, but most of us don't have skin doctors that make house calls. Not to worry — all you need to blast blemishes on the fly is Zeno's FDA-approved Hot Spot ($39.99 at myzeno.com). Just hold the heat-therapy Zeno up against the zit you want to zap, and after a single 2 1/2‑minute treatment, most pimples disappear within the day.
Blame it on a late night out or simply falling victim to a bad hair day, but there are some days that fabulous hair just isn't in the cards (or on the schedule). Help is on the way. All a girl needs to banish bad hair days is dry shampoo to refresh tired and dirty locks and Goody's magical Spin Pins to create a quick, easy and elegant updo. Head to your local drugstore for the supplies you need to save the day — and your 'do.
Here's your heroic hair list: (1) A set of Goody Spin Pins ($6.49); (2) Psssssst Instant Dry Shampoo ($6.99); and (3) if needed, a toothbrush and hair spray to tame fly-aways. Refresh hair with a quick spray or two of Psssssst, then twist hair into a low bun. Secure the bun with a pair of Goody spin pins by simply twisting the pins at the base and top of bun. Then, apply a dash of hair spray to the toothbrush and use it to brush down any stray hairs. Chic and quick!
Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.