I love dreams. Since I’ve been on Lexapro for the last year, my dreams have become creepily vivid. Like almost-can’t-tell-the-difference-between-dreams-and-reality kind of vivid. So that’s why when I’m in the middle of a ballet performance on a Broadway stage, I am perplexed to hear the all-too familiar sound of my phone telling me it’s 9am. Without breaking my form, I slide my finger across the screen to make the obnoxious beeping stop and return my attention to the final turn sequence. As I complete my last pirouette and gracefully step out to take a curtsey, the audience’s cheers fill my heart with incredible joy. I stop to pick up one of the bouquets thrown on stage before taking my exit.
The next thing I know, I’m opening my eyes to the bright sunlight pouring in through the window and the fat cat butt sitting to my left. Slowly, I become more and more aware of my surroundings and the fact that it’s Tuesday morning. Tuesday. I have class at 11. Suddenly my recollection of the 9:00 alarm is coming to mind and a sense of panic surges through my body as I reach around to find my phone. 10:32. I’m supposed to be leaving my house in 13 minutes.
I strip down all of my clothes on my way to the bathroom, where I simultaneously brush my teeth and roll some deodorant under my arms. I throw on the first t-shirt and pair of leggings I see and check to make sure all of my books are in my backpack. Before I head out the door, I grab a few things to help me look like I at least somewhat have my life together. Here are my top 5 I’m-running-late products that I go to for mornings like these:
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – $12-24, sephora.com
Sitting at a stoplight is the quintessential moment for mascara application. Unfortunately, though, most stoplights don’t stay red long enough to do the whole eyelash curler + multiple coats of mascara thing, so that’s where this particular tube of mascara comes in handy. The shape of the wand lifts the ends of your lashes while also making them appear longer, so it eliminates the need for that weird eye cage-looking mechanism. It doesn’t give me the va-va-voom look I usually go for when I have time to actually sit down and get glammed, but when I’m in a pinch and need to not look so sleepy, it does just the trick.
Batiste Original Scent Dry Shampoo – $7.99, ulta.com
I’m not sure why I hadn’t discovered the miracle of dry shampoo until a couple years ago, but hot damn it’s about as revolutionary as sliced bread. The first one I ever tried was by Dove and it left a weird layer of grit on my scalp that just made me want to shower even more – kind of counterproductive. Then I was on the Batiste train for a solid time but after a while I felt like I wanted to explore my second-day hair options. One day in Sephora I splurged on the Living Proof Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo. Much to my frustration, the $22 price tag didn’t offer results that were any better than my long-time drugstore fave. So, back to Batiste I went. At less than half the price of most high-end dry shampoos, this one does an amazing job of eliminating oil without making you look like you just walked through a waterfall of baby powder. Suddenly not having time to shower doesn’t seem like that big of a deal at all.
Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes – $5.99, ulta.com
What is kind of a big deal, though, is the fact that I didn’t have time to wash my face. I was gifted with very low-maintenance skin, but I know all good things must come to an end – hence my preoccupation with preventative skin care. I have gotten into a pretty good regimen – cleansing and moisturizing every morning and night – so when I have to skip washing my face it bothers me to no end. It’s kind of like that feeling you get when you know there’s something you forgot to do but you’re not quite sure what that something is. You can’t quit thinking about it and the harder you try, the more futile your efforts become. So, when I actually need to focus on my class discussions, I snag one of these face wipes and cleanse the oils that had built up over the night. It’s not quite the same as actually washing my face, but it’s a pretty close second.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer – $24, sephora.com
As any dutiful face-washer knows, cleansing without moisturizing afterwards is like only putting on one shoe… You’ve made it halfway but you’re not quite there yet. I’m very picky about my moisturizers and even lotions in general. I need the Baby Bear equation of hydrating but not too greasy and fragrant but not headache-inducing. I hate it when my face feels oily right after washing it, and thankfully that is not the case with this moisturizer. I just slap a little bit of this on after using one of the towelettes and I’m good to go.
EOS Tangerine Medicated Lip Balm – $3.49, ulta.com
A strong trait that has been passed down the Norton lineage is an insatiable addiction to lip balm. My dad and grandpa both have an affinity for Original Chap-Stick while my sister prefers the tingly Burt’s Bees variety. As for myself, the little pods of holiness that come from the EOS gods are unparalleled. On days when I’m running late (or even later than late), I absolutely cannot live without something to keep my smoocher ready for smooching. (Kidding, Dad.) What it really comes down to is this nervous habit of mine where I pick at the dead skin on my lip until it bleeds when I get anxious. Running late causes anxiety, which leads to bloody lips… not cute. To combat my own impulses, I keep this in the side pocket of my backpack for quick access.