A Tired Mama’s 5 Beauty Must-Haves

Pretty sure I could just call this “A Mama’s 5 Beauty Must-Haves” and leave it at that (you know, because “tired mama” is redundant). Either way, as mamas, we could all use a little help. I know I need it.

Recently, I’ve gotten some requests for a beauty routine post, which is kind of funny because these days I don’t have much of a routine. (Well, except the routine of sprinting downstairs to make my coffee the second my eyes open. I could write a blog post about that, if you want me to…?) 

I used to be diligent about showering every day, doing my hair and makeup, getting dressed. You know, pre-motherhood stuff. These days, I’m lucky to get the bare minimum done. 

Maybe I should’ve called this My Bare Minimum Beauty Routine. Hmmmm. Catchy. 

So, come into my bathroom with me (but not in a creepy way) and I’ll walk you through my “beauty routine” these days. 

Thanks for stopping by, friends!


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If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know my deep, deep love for this spa water. You guys. It’s a miracle-worker. Why is it perfect for a tired mama? Because using it means you don’t need to wash your face at the end of the day. DUDE. I’m not sure about you, but that’s a GAME CHANGER. I mean, who has the energy for all of that face-washing nonsense if you’re not in the shower? Since I started using this 5 years ago, my skin rarely breaks out and I NEVER go to bed without using it. 


You guys. I use this tinted moisturizer every single day and I absolutely LOVE it. As a tired mama, I feel run down and my sometimes my face shows it. This stuff gives me the little glow that I need. The best part? It doesn’t feel greasy at all and almost like satin. It’s amazing. I use it daily underneath my foundation and when I feel like I need some extra moisturizing, I mix it with my daily face lotion. It’s lightweight and perfect. 



This concealer is one of my newer discoveries, and I can’t believe I’ve lived life this long without it.  (Can we even call that living? This is hands down the BEST concealer I’ve ever used. It’s creamy, so it doesn’t get cakey or settle into those fine lines. It brightens without giving you that fake tan goggle look. YAY.



...like this one by Bare Minerals. True story: my husband looked at me the other day and said “Babe, you look refreshed!” which was probably the funniest thing he’s ever said because I had woken up no less than 4 times with the baby the night before. So, if it can work for me, I’m telling ya, it can work for you, too, mama.



OK, I won’t be offended if you file this one under DUH. I mean, we all know the equation: coffee + dry shampoo = motherhood. Right? Right. I realized very quickly into this motherhood gig that my shower is the first thing to go. (Next? Eating an entire meal.) Enter: dry shampoo. It’s especially a lifesaver after a workout when I’m all sweaty and gross and need to look like a human.


(And of course, don’t forget the coffee.)



  • Ashley houston

    This makes me so happy to read. I swear since becoming a mother I basically look like a homeless person every day and less I have an event to go to and miss the days where I look put together. It’s so hard to spend that extra time getting ready when you could be doing other things like sleeping, eating or taking care of your house when you’re not With the kids.

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    This is a great post! I need to grab that concealer and that mascara, I love bare minerals! That essie nail polish is amazing right?!

  • Maggie

    I love this post!! The Essie Gel polish is my absolute favorite!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

  • Nataly

    These are such great tips! You look beautiful!

  • Annie

    Nars concealer is the best and dry shampoo is a MUST!

  • Laura Leigh

    Adorable post momma! I definitely need to pin this for the future. Thank you for sharing!

    xo Laura Leigh

  • Ashley

    I’ve been wanting to try the Essie Gel polish!! Definitely going to pick some up in this gorgeous color!

  • Stephanie

    I might not be a mama, but I’m pretty much always tired, so these beauty hacks are a must! I love my Essie gel polish!

  • Hillary

    You can never go wrong with a good concealer and mascara! I love white nails! I need to try that gel one!


  • Jenni LeBaron

    I’m a huge fan of everything by Nars. I love their foundation and blush but have yet to try their concealer.