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Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Fast & flawless beauty

Most of us barely have time to eat breakfast in the morning, let alone put on a full face of makeup and style our hair before leaving the house. Here are a few multitasking beauty products aimed at saving you time while getting you gorgeous.

Multtasking beauty products

1Streamlined shower

If you're really in a rush, avoid switching from product to product and just use one to wash your hair and body. Philosophy's Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath ($16) is the busy girl's dream. The gentle formula leaves skin supple and hair healthy looking. Try Orange in Bloom for a subtle citrus scent.

2Speedy skincare

Why wash and exfoliate separately when you can do both at the same time? We fell in love with Bliss Fabulous Foaming Cleanser ($22) a long time ago, and the affair continues. The fresh scent wakes the senses, the cleanser leaves skin dirt and oil free and soft exfoliating beads do a great job of sloughing away dead skin.

3Multitasking moisture

Save time and look great with Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare's All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15 ($44). Though a bit pricey, this product packs moisturizer, sun protection and sheer tint all into one powerful package.

4Hair helper

On days when you're really short on time (e.g., the alarm didn't go off), skip the shower altogether. Instead, use a dry shampoo to breathe new life into last night's blowout and get rid of oily shine. Try Refresh Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($25), which cleanses hair without water and adds volume and texture.

A few more ways to save time in the a.m.

  • Do more the night before. Figure out what you want to wear the night before so you're not wasting precious minutes staring at your closet in frustration. In fact, anything you can do the night before will make mornings easier -- from making your lunch to getting your kids' backpacks ready.
  • Focus on your best features. Rather than trying to put on a full face of makeup, concentrate on what you feel is your best feature (eyes, lips) and work on playing that up.
  • Less is more. Skip foundation in favor of tinted moisturizer so you don't have to spend too much time getting gorgeous. Apply concealer only where you need it and set with powder.
  • Simple, sexy hair. In the summer, think about skipping the blow out and opting for beachy waves instead. Check out our guide to getting the look.

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