Wow, thank you everyone for taking the time to write out so many awesome tips and points of view! I really appreciate it and find it so helpful! I wanted to clarify that I don’t do a full face of makeup on a daily basis nor do I do my hair every day. I do all those things when I know I’m going to be out and about all day and I want to look especially nice, and during holiday events which is when I’m visiting family. I mainly want to cut down my getting ready time for those times, because on a daily basis when I’m just heading to the store or something I don’t wear much makeup at all and don’t do anything special with myself. I’m at home most of the time and therefore don’t get dressed, put on makeup, or do my hair most days so when I have the opportunity I enjoy it and I probably tend to do too much. 🙁
annabananabee : barbyq : You guys brought up the clothes. I know this takes a large portion of the time. The situation with the clothes is that several times in my life I have had to ditch most of my clothes (moving overseas with very limited space) and my weight has also fluctuated through the years about 20-30 pounds. When I came back from living overseas jobs were difficult to come by in my region of the US for my field and when I did find one I was making very little and couldn’t really add to my wardrobe. So I have a lot of clothes that I’ve had to mend over and over, stuff that doesn’t fit right, stuff that isn’t fashionable, stuff made for different body types that I picked up overseas. I gain and lose weight constantly so when I lay stuff out the night before and I put it on the next day I’m finding that it either looks too baggy, too tight, ill-fitting, there’s some hole that I haven’t noticed, etc. When I’m going to family events, I have a difficult time because most of the women in my extended family are gorgeous thin blondes, successful and wealthy. They have amazing clothes and look like models and I always feel dumpy, ugly, and motheaten by comparison. So I tend to take a lot of time trying to look as good as I possibly can because I know that if I don’t I’ll be uncomfortable all day.
I know the answer here is that I need to drastically cut down my wardrobe and only keep things out that I KNOW look nice and fit well. My favorite pieces. If there are less choices then it will be easier to figure out outfits. I will be working on that, thank you for pointing out that it’s something that really needs to change.
mcoutinho : xraychick01 : brokebee69 : I think I’m probably wearing too much makeup. When I’m going out for family events I’ll wear moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer (2 different types – undereye and face), powder, contour, highlight, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow (like 3 colors blended), shadow or liquid eyeliner, coat after coat of mascara on my thin lashes with a further coat of tubing mascara or I’ll look like a racoon, and sometimes lipstick. I promise that I don’t look like a clown! I use neutral colors and blend a lot.
On a normal basis if I am wearing makeup at all I wear bb cream, concealer, bronzer, blush, 1-2 shades of eyeshadow and shadow eyeliner, mascara. It’s totally unnecessary for me to wear so much makeup I think and I’m also completely over contouring and most highlighting.
I think what I need to do is go more vibrant with some aspects of the makeup so I can tone down others. I have a good complexion and don’t really need much on my face, but if I go with a red lip or more vibrant eyes I feel more done up. I can then feel ‘done’ but with less product and work.
mcoutinho : xraychick01 : katebluestone : I hear you on washing hair at night. I am making this change immediately and I think it will REALLY help.
baileybagels : zzar45 : You guys are onto something with doing most of my makeup and hair in the room. I don’t usually bring a good mirror with me which is why I use the bathroom. I think that this will really, really help in combination with showering at night. I don’t think I will ever be one of those lip gloss and mascara girls for events, but there’s a LOT I can cut down on.
jellybellynelly : I’m sure you are gorgeous!
bibliophilacticbee : Thank you so much for detailing specifics about what I can do. I am in AWE of a 5 min shower! I can’t imagine even shampooing and conditioning in 5 min much less the rest! The rest is pure gold, thank you.