The subject matter for this post were first discovered after a somewhat wild, wig-filled night wailing away in a karaoke bar (B52’s Love Shack is ‘my song‘; me on the female lead and my best mate of 20 years on the male vocal, what a babe). After a night like that a 15-step cleanse, tone, moisturise and everything in between routine just isn’t going to slide so if it’s a late one I strip the beauty bumf down to basics, the multitaskers and the timesavers in a bid to get my head to pillow in two minutes flat.Â OK, so by the time you’re eyeballing this post, it’ll be too late to undo last night’s amaretto-filled escapades but here’s a product selection that it may be worth noting down for next Sunday’s 3am bedtime…
First up, I like to tackle my smudged and sweated out smokey eye – now hold onto your hats here because there is a rave and half coming on. I first used the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover* in a beer-goggled state and was quite frankly amazed. Off came eyeliner, waterproof mascara, eyeshadow – the lot, in one clean sweep, just like in the movies. The next night with a somewhat more focused mind I used it again, same results and it’s been a constant in my routine since. I swore I’d store it away and save for heavy-duty days but I can’t help myself grabbing it daily – it’s waterproof mascaras new worst enemy. Cheesy, but true. To simplify the skincare right down, I do a bit of cheating and give myself an Alpha H Liquid Gold* night. No fussing with a dewy glow in the morning – sorted. To finish off, I dab on a touch of eyecream, Clark’s Botanicals Anti-Puff Eye Cream* is doing it for me right now and then it’s time to hang up the towel.
The next task may seem laborious but you’ll be thankful the next day; a quick brush out of any knots created while whipping your hair back and forth with the forever awesome Tangleteezer followed by a blob of hair mask, in my case Redken’s Colour Extend Rich Recovery Mask, through the lengths will save you from the ‘birds nest’ vibe. Smooth up into a bun for ultimate bedtime sophistication. Now when it comes to battling that slightly mussy feeling I’m a big believer of Berocca. Down and you’re done. Roller onÂ This Works Deep Sleep StressÂ Less onto pressure points and your pillow and you’re ready to whip off your blue wig, fight off your strappy shoes and retire.
It’ll probably be the summer before I drag my Grannie Annie ass out on the tiles again, but at least I’ll remember my Saturday night saviours to halt myself from looking like it’s the morning after the night before, the morning after the night before.Â