Beauty Life Savers

Photography: Chris Klemens [infobox subtitle="For the Days You Just Can't" bg="green" color="black" opacity="on" space="30" link="no link"]Beauty S.O.S.[/infobox]

On those days when it seems like nothing is going right (alarm didn't ring, missed breakfast, shoes have gone missing, just can't be bothered… anything sounding familiar?), the last thing we want to is worry about our beauty routine. Yet, it seems like those trying days are the ones with the most beauty emergencies (hello, dark eye circles on the day of a big interview!).

Worried? Don't be! These beauty life savers are here to save the day.

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For Your Eyes

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I am notorious for my awful sleeping habits. While I like to think that I can survive off very little sleep, reality comes back to haunt me in the form of dark eye circles. A while back, a close friend told me that to reduce puffiness induced by a lack of sleep, I should freeze two spoons and lay them over my eyes (seems silly, right?). I still haven't figured out if she was playing a prank on me (the pictures and experiences were well worth the laugh), but the cold metal spoons ultimately did nothing.

Unfortunately, we can't turn back time and get more sleep, but with three simple products, we can look more awake. Eyeko Hyrogel Eye Patches are like magic and reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. Pair them with a handy Eyelash Curler and Dior's Diorshow Maximizer Lash Lumping Serum and those gorgeous eyes of yours will say, "I am alert!"

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For Your Lips

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Is there such a job as lip balm critic? If there is, please forward over the application! For years, I've obsessed over finding the best lip balm, and it seems like the lip-Gods have finally heard my pleas and created EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm. Apply after using Mally's Perfect Prep Lip Scrub for the softest lips you could ever dream up.

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For Your Hair

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With blow dryers, straighteners and curlers, we cause so much damage to our hair on a daily basis. I shudder to think of the amount of heat my hair withstands every day so much so that I've become reliant on Bumble and Bumble's Pret-a-Powder and Bumble and Bumble's Hair Mending Masque. I alternate between these products (in between using Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treament) in an attempt to salvage my hair. I love these products, but not much more than I praise the magical invention that is dry shampoo (when I said alarms not ringing are a problem, these babies are the ultimate saviour). For the best ones, we suggest Batiste Dry Shampoo and Macadamia Natural Oil Volumizing Dry Shampoo.

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For Your Skin 

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Taking care of your skin should be the most important part of your beauty routine. With constant exposure to the ever-changing elements, this may seem like a daunting task. Stock up on Josie Maran's Argan Daily Moisturizer (a moisturizer with SPF is essential), First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream (for dry skin during the harsh winter weather) and Boscia's Green Tea Blotting Papers (for oily spots) and you will have the basics down. For bright and soft skin, we also recommend GlamGlow's Supermud Clearing Treatment.

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For Your Nails

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If I am ever nervous, my nails become the brunt of my anxiety habits. It is a struggle not to destroy them every day, but I'm slowly learning to channel my anxiety without the use of my nails. If you have the same struggle, give yourself manicures every week (Seche Vite dries them faster than any other top coat) and care for your cuticles with Dior's Apricot Crème For Nails and Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream-- your nails (and anxiety!) will thank you.

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What are your beauty life savers? Share with us in the comments below!

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