Remember my single mom beauty tips?
I used to post beauty tips back when I had more time because I realized that nothing can be more frustrating when you’re a single mom than buying a beauty product that is a big fail. There are a few reasons for the frustration – if you’re like me getting to the store solo is a luxury so many of my personal purchases are made in a rush and then there’s the money you wasted.
We are also the busiest creatures on Earth, so single mom beauty must be fast and easy to apply. This single mom beauty tip is courtesy of Sheila, a friend of mine and fellow single mom blogger who I first met at my play date with Matt out in Los Angeles. I absolutely adored Sheila and we’ve been in contact ever since. That’s why I was so excited when she told me about a brilliant blog dishing out real, sponsor-free beauty tips for moms called the Painted Ladies.
Check out the Painted Ladies blog for all kinds of beauty secrets like detailed and real-life 5 Minute Make Up routines by moms like us. LOVE it. But first… a tip for your sweet face.
Wet N’Wild Eye Expressions
By Sheila of the Painted Ladies
As a single mom who works full-time, blogs part time, and has full custody of my two year old son, I’m always on the lookout for beauty products that save time and save money. It’s a daunting duty, but there are many products that will primp and prime to perfection without costing a pretty penny.
Just because many of us solitary mamas are lacking in time and disposable income doesn’t mean we have to give up our little cosmetic thrills – makeup, as silly as it can seem in light of much bigger problems, can bring a smile to your face, highlight your features, and give you that little mental boost that we can always benefit from during our long and busy days.
Remember Wet n Wild? The brand we used to wear back in our middle and high school days? Little known fact: it’s one of the best makeup brands out there in terms of quality, bar none. Wet n Wild cosmetics are the underdog of the beauty industry, in my opinion, and they make some really great products that won’t cost an arm, leg, and most of the rent money.
One of my favorite items they make is a multi-tasking product that gets half of my makeup done for less than $5. Can’t be done, you say? Well, you might not have been down to the drugstore lately. The Eye Expressions #399 is a hand-sized palette with four cream shadows and one cream blush.
The colors are sectioned off for specific areas, but there really are no rules in makeup and you can use the blush as a lip color, on your eyes, and even use the eye colors as a cheek highlighter above your blush. Just blend away, and you’re set for the day, and it’s so portable and easy to reapply, that you can always keep it in your purse and reapply when needed.
Since I’m oily, I used a translucent powder under the cream eye shadow to anchor the color – it helps keep the shadow on your lid longer without having it crack or fade. You see the little sponge/brush they so kindly put in the case? Throw it out! Your (clean) fingers are the best applicators, and that’s another reason why baby wipes come in handy.
The best part about this cute little product is that it retails for $3.99 and there are often buy one get one 50% off specials for Wet n Wild products. It’s an affordable treat, and like the old ad slogan goes – you’re worth it! You are an amazing single mother … do something nice for yourself.