10 Time-Saving Beauty Buys for Busy Moms

by Hilary Braaksma

10 Time-Saving Beauty Buys for Busy Moms
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Moms make a ton of sacrifices. We’re constantly overbooked, overworked, and under-rested, so it’s understandable that some of us chuckle at the emphasis the rest of the world has seemingly put on self-care these days. But taking time to feel your best has major benefits, including improved confidence and self-esteem. If you’re looking for little ways to upgrade your beauty and grooming routines without sacrificing more than a few minutes of your time, these beauty buys are for you.



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Drybar The Double Shot Blow-Dryer Brush


Who has time to blow dry first and style second? Honestly, we barely have time to wash our hair in the first place. Make the most of that freshly washed mane with Drybar’s blowout tool, which dries and styles at the same time. Drybar has made a name for itself by delivering fast, fabulous blowouts—and if you don’t have time for a salon appointment, this at-home device doesn’t disappoint. The best part? It delivers enough volume that your hair won’t fall limp two (or even three) days later.

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Dorco Tinkle Eyebrow Razor Trimmers


Sure, the brand’s name is a little funny, but the usefulness of the Tinkle razor more than makes up for it. It’s described as an eyebrow trimmer, but beauty insiders have long been using the tool to shave their whole face—yes, the whole face. Female facial hair is super common (we all have that chin hair), and getting it removed shouldn’t require regular salon visits. Save your time, money, and sanity by getting rid of that ‘stache with a quick swipe of this affordable pastel razor.

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Slip Pure Silk Hair Turban


Go ahead and sleep on your hairstyle. Seriously: Think of this silk turban from Slip as a protective sleeping bag for your hair. The smooth, silky material keeps friction from frizzing and flattening out dry styles, which means you can wake up, take off the turban, shake out your gorgeous locks, and go.

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Slip Set of Six Skinny Silk Hair Ties


Speaking of keeping your hair fresh, Slip has a solution for the dreaded ponytail crease, too. You think you’ll throw your hair up just to run a few errands or play with the kids for a couple minutes, and you end up with an indent that keeps you in a pony or a bun until you have time to heat-style again. Don’t let a scrunchie have that much power—try these silk hair ties designed to prevent that problem instead.

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Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus and Gel


Just because we don’t have the time doesn’t mean we don’t want amazing brows. Using a brush and powder or pomade to fill in eyebrows can be super tedious and time-consuming, but pencil alone feels a little bit too ’90s for those of us who actually lived them. Put your best face forward with this time-saving eyebrow “stylus” (very professional-sounding, no?), which deposits pigment directly from the eyebrow brush-shaped tip. On the other side, there’s clear eyebrow gel to lock those puppies in place all day long.

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Glossier Boy Brow


If you want an eyebrow product for everyday use that’s even more low-maintenance, Glossier’s Boy Brow is your new best friend. If you know how to swipe on mascara, you know how to apply this: Boy Brow has a wand that brushes out hairs and distributes smooth, natural-looking color to create a brow that looks fuller, fluffier, and expertly groomed in under 30 seconds.

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Mane Club Cha Ching 5-in-1 Deep Conditioner Mask


Skip the expensive moisturizing, strengthening, and repairing hair treatments at your next trim or color touch-up, because Mane Club’s hair masks make at-home treatments easy and insanely affordable. A 5-minute hair mask in the shower will save you a ton of time, and your hair will look just as good. Who has time for another salon service? Not us.

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Gennyue Artificial Acrylic Nails and Glue


Please hear us out: These aren’t your middle schooler’s press-on nails—these are a much more grown-up version. A quick look through customer reviews and photos will show you that these DIY fake nails can actually look super mature and pass for a salon job when done right. They’re a great solution for special occasions like weddings, family photos, or date night.

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Sephora Collection Foot Mask


No time for a mani or a pedi? Never fear. The hardest part of a pedicure to recreate at home is the baby soft skin that magically replaces the calloused, cracked heels of a mom constantly on the go, but thanks to this moisturizing foot mask, you can have that freshly sloughed feeling anytime you choose. Seriously, kick your sock-masked feet up and see if it doesn’t change your life.

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Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Spray Moisturizer


Keeping your body moisturized is an important but often overlooked part of self-care, so we’ll use any product that makes it easier. But we’re going to be upfront: Using this moisturizer can feel like you’re spritzing yourself with cooking spray. If you can put aside the weirdness of feeling like a greased cookie sheet, you can save a lot of time and manual labor with a bottle of spray-on body lotion.