Sometimes the whole two-hour long weekend pamper extravaganza just isn’t feasible. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So in my noggin I’ve got saved four five minute fix routines that I work through when time is a little thin on the ground. Sometimes I tote them up into a 20 minute speed sesh or I just focus my TLC on one area and then I’m free to cuddle up on the sofa with Pam, Jim and Ben and Jerry in no time at all (sorry got The Office on the brain still, season 6 is being devoured at lightning speed)…

The souped-up skin mix. With the sweat-inducing weather now in full swing, I’ve stepped down the oil intake in my skincare routine with my own glands stepping up their production of the stuff. But that doesn’t mean I can cut it out completely; being combination categorised my skin needs a nudge of nourishment every now and again. So in dry times I complete my usual skincare steps in the evening, but as a final hurrah add a drop of oil into my moisturiser mix. A blob of Chantecaille’s Magnolia, Jasmine and Lily Healing Emulsion with a bit of NUDE’s ProGenius Treatment Oil* blended together and applied is my current glow-giving jam when I’m in a squeeze.

The hair help. When it comes to locks – I’ve got a few quick-fix options as my hair likes to very helpfully shift unexpectedly from dry tipped to lank and greasy in a matter of hours – nice, right? For when I’ve neglected masks and treatments *slaps wrist*, I massage in a hefty dollop of Macadamia’s Healing Oil Treatment through the ends and whip into a bun to soak in until its next wash. For frazzled ends when I still need to look presentable (a.k.a without an oiled-up pineapple on my head) I use the tiniest amount of Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream through the ends. If it’s on the other end of the spectrum and my roots are looking like you could fry a full English on them, and the rest of my nest is looking a little ‘blah’, a spritz (or five) of Oribe’s Dry Texturising Spray does the trick.

Pretty paws. I dread to think if added up the time spend lacquering on polish a year how high that figure would be. Possibly a full 24 hours? But even Seche Vite can’t whittle down a full polish removal/cuticle work/base coat/colour/high shine finish mani into a five minute job. So when things are looking shabby on the tips, I admit defeat and whip out a bottle of nail polish remover, soak my cuticles in warm water for three minutes, push them back and pile on the Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. Done.

A body buff. I’m a bath gal till the end, but I’ll begrudgingly partake in a standing soak when time is of the essence. I always find a quick buff and moisturise does the job, so I scrub away with the St Tropez Tan Build-Up Remover Mitt – the scouring pad of the exfoliator world. Then I step out of the shower, slather on Nivea’s In-Shower Moisturiser*, before jumping back in and rinsing it off. Now I wouldn’t suggest this as a permanent swap-in for a more traditional moisturiser; with mineral oil as one of the headlining ingredients it’ll leave you feeling smooth but won’t do much more, but as a quick fix and the fact it leaves your limbs looking a little J.Lo-like, I’ll allow it.

With my nails currently looking pretty mangled after multiple attacks of lacquer this week (yep I’m still working my way through every single pinky/red/coral colour possible), I’m picking my beds to get a short but sweet seeing to. Five minutes on the clock. Go.

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  • Line

    I want to try the Nivea In-shower moisturizer so much! I’m so bad at applying moisturizer and I would love if I could skip a step by using this in the shower :) x

    http://www.picturenoergaard.blogspot.com

  • Breanne

    Perfect post with perfect photos to accompany! I really want to try the hand balm but I don’t think they sell it where I live!

    http://a-beautifulheart.blogspot.com/

  • Maddy Cane

    This is such a good idea, I feel like I need all of these products to do it now! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    ♥

  • Elle

    I definitely need to try these as I never have time for a long pamper session :(

    bisouselle.blogspot.com

  • Just A Spoonful Of Sugar

    Great pictures!! The resurrection balm is amazing!
    http://justaspoonfulofsugarblog.blogspot.fr/

  • http://www.anarrangementofnotes.wordpress.com/ sopheekay

    This is such a good idea, you always have such fresh and original features on here! I really think this is the best beauty blog around. :) I think my face might be getting a seeing to today, the combination of hayfever and muggy weather is not making it happy.

    Sophie | An Arrangement of Notes

  • Denise F.

    oh yes, I also don’t allways have the time to do this whole long routine! NIce idea!
    <3

  • http://seasidebeauty.blogspot.com/ Helena Whitehead

    The treatment oil looks really good!

  • http://zeeblikesit.blogspot.com/ Nicky Zeeb

    Great post! I love other peoples quick fixes! Mines are never that quick! haha

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

  • Millie Robinson

    I’m dying to try out the Oribe texturising spray, sounds amazing! Great post :) ♥

    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.daisybutter.com Michelle

    Ah Anna, I’ve already snapped up most of these after reading and scribbling away with my notebook in hand, but uh, can I just hand you my payday pennies and you can become my personal beauty shopper?! ;) Loved reading this as ever. x

  • Anna Blush

    These are all great ideas for when time is of the essence!

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • http://alittleboatsailing.blogspot.co.uk/ Amy

    That hand balm is now very much in my list of wanted items, I hate my cuticles as they tend to look a bit messy and I don’t know why :/

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  • Celina

    I want to try the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray but I have no idea where it would be available in Canada. It seems to work wonders and sometimes I wish I could fly to the UK just to pick up all these UK-only products. xx

    http://thecelution.blogspot.ca/

  • Daniella

    I love the texture spray by oribe!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  • http://www.mascarawarrior.blogspot.com/ mascarawarrior

    Having these tiny routines must be really helpful! I know that I would just probably panic if I was ever in a situation in which I’m short on time. I love taking my time while getting ready, but I guess things happen! I’ll keep your little routines in mind next time I find myself in a bind.

    ♥ Em from Mascara Warrior

  • http://www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk/ Anya

    I love little posts like these! The Phyto hair cream sounds right up my street. I’m sat thinking of my little four minute wonder routine…

    http://www.crazylins.blogspot.com

  • Lois

    Such a brilliant idea! xx