Multitasking: Beauty Products that Pull Double Duty

Beauty, Living


It’s not easy to find the time for career, hobbies, friends and family, let alone look amazing while doing it all. For today’s busy gal on the go, your beauty products need to work just as hard (sometimes, even harder) than you do.

So we found a round-up of beauty products that pull double duty. Each one of these must-haves manages to help your hair, skin and nails glow and keep you feeling pulled together 24/7.

Elta MD Facial Sunscreens

Photo: EltaMD

Photo: EltaMD

Uses: Sunscreen, BB Cream, Tinted Moisturizer

EltaMD is a line of skincare and sun care products to assist in the maintenance of healthy skin. EltaMD Facial Sunscreen helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to breakouts, rosacea and discoloration. Opt for EltaMD UV ClearBroad-Spectrum SPF 46, which contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. Very lightweight and silky, it may be worn with makeup or alone. Opt for the tinted version to replace your BB cream or tinted moisturizer, as the formula also contains zinc-oxide and antioxidants to help absorb free radicals ($24, 1.7 ounces).

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser

Photo: Pond's

Photo: Pond’s

Uses: Makeup Remover, Moisturizer, Facial Cleanser

Unlike ordinary cleansers, Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser is actually 50% moisturizer. I grew up seeing this in my mother and grandmother’s bathroom, but they both had great skin so they were definitely onto something. Pond’s deep cleans and removes dirt and makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara, while infusing your skin with moisture in one simple step ($7.99, 9.5 ounces).

Nars The Multiple in Orgasm

Photo: Nars

Photo: Sephora

Uses: Eyeshadow, Blush, Lip Tint

If you want a product that, quite literally, does it all, NARS The Multiple beautifully highlights, sculpts, and warms the eyes, cheeks, lips, and body. Available in an array of shades, from sheer accents to mauve and bronze, this pretty pink tone is practically one size fits all for any season ($39, .5 ounces).

Benefit Lollitint

Photo: Benefit Cosmetics

Photo: Benefit Cosmetics

Uses: Eyeshadow, Blush, Lip Tint

I love all of Benefit’s whimsical, brightly packaged cheek and lip tints, but Lollitint is one that winds up in my makeup bag again and again. The “candy-orchid”tint treats lips & cheeks to a “pop” of color and in a pinch, can even brighten your eyes as a makeshift shadow, too. The best part is that it’s long lasting, so a small bottle will go a long way ($30, .4 ounce).

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Photo: Laura Mercier

Photo: Laura Mercier

Uses: Facial Moisturizer, Foundation, Primer, Sunscreen

I’m all about budget beauty, but there are times you want to treat your skin to something special. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 offers sheer coverage and  a hint of color that can be used in place of foundation. It gives skin a natural appearance while adding a healthy glow to your complexion, negating the need for heavy foundation ($44, 1.7 ounces).

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes

Photo: Neutrogena

Photo: Neutrogena

Uses: Facial Cleanser, Eye Makeup Remover, Skin Soother

If there is one beauty product I am never without, it’s Neutrogena’s Cleansing Towelettes. The ultra-soft conditioning cloths are cleansing and hydrating, making makeup removal a cinch at the end of the day. If I’m too tired to wash and moisturize, these wipes dissolve dirt, oil and makeup while leaving skin feeling soft and conditioned. They’re also a must for travel or to keep in your purse to refresh your makeup in between work and a night out ($6.99, 25 towelettes).

Organic Bath Drenched Body Butter

Photo: Organic Bath Co.

Photo: Organic Bath Co.

Uses: Full Body Moisturizer, Lip Moisturizer, Cuticle Cream

There is something about the idea of ‘body butter’ that feels like the ultimate indulgence. This organic body butter from the Organic Bath Co. is as versatile as it is hydrating for all areas of the body, from your hands and feet to your lips to your cuticles. Use it after a bath or shower and let its blend of exotic Moroccan Argan, Jojoba and Almond Oils deeply hydrate skin, leaving it supple and smooth ($29, 6.2 ounces).

Coconut Oil

Photo: Trader Joe's

Photo: Trader Joe’s

Uses: Full Body Moisturizer, Hair Product, Hand Cream, Makeup Remover, Facial Moisturizer, Cooking Agent

Martha Stewart editors sing the praises of coconut oil in the kitchen for better baking, but coconut oil has been proven to hydrate skin, hair nails and lips, from the inside out. Sneak it into your favorite recipes or apply it topically and enjoy smelling like summer vacation to paradise ($15, 16 ounces).

Garnier BB Cream

Photo: Garnier USA

Photo: Garnier USA

Uses: Foundation, Facial Moisturizer

A favorite among many of my female friend, Garnier BB Cream is a perfect ‘throw in your bag’ beauty solution to hydrate your skin midday or use as a foundation before you apply the rest of your makeup. My mom friends love BB Cream because for those days when you aren’t leaving the house, you can swipe a on a little tinted cream and some mascara and you’ll feel a little more human ($12.99, 2.5 ounces).

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge/h3>

Photo: Bobbi Brown

Photo: Bobbi Brown

Uses: Blush, Lip Tint

I’m a sucker for most Bobbi Brown products, but so many of them are so versatile. For years I’ve been a slave to Bobbi’s Shimmer Brick for face, cheek and eyes, but recently found a new obsession in Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge. Where Shimmer Brick gives you a little extra glam for a night out, Pot Rouge in Blushed Rose is the perfect multitasking cream tint for lips and cheeks on an everyday basis ($29, .13 ounce).

Rosebud Salve

Photo: Smith's

Photo: Smith’s

Uses: Lip Tint/Moisturizer, Hand Cream, Cuticle Cream, Skin Soother

Rosebud Salve is a staple in my purse, especially in the winter months when the harsh air and freezing temps can be rough on on our hands.  Easy to find at just about any drug store, Rosebud Salve is great on dry or cracked cuticles, perfect to add a rosy tint to lips and can even extend your mani if you apply daily on your cuticles ($6, .8 ounce).

Dr. Jart’s BB Beauty Balm

Photo: Sephora

Photo: Sephora

Uses: Sunscreen, Facial Moisturizer, Tinted Moisturizer

If you’re smart, you’re using an SPF product daily and Dr. Jart’s BB Beauty Balm is a one-step balm that perfects the appearance of skin while protecting it from the sun and environmental factors. With SPF 45, you won’t need to reapply sunscreen and with a tinted appearance, you can skip the foundation, too ($39, 1.5 ounces).

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