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8 Easy Beauty Upgrades You Can Make in 5 Minutes or Less

by Kristin Granero January 14, 2022

8 Easy Beauty Upgrades You Can Make in 5 Minutes or Less

Photograph by Alex Bohn for Tush Magazine

There’s nothing like a confidence boost to kickstart (or restart) your day. The good news is that you no longer need to spend hours in the bathroom or at the salon in order to look and feel your best. 

From adding the sparkle back to your smile to reviving oily, lackluster strands, read on for eight foolproof (and fast!) beauty upgrades that you can sneak in before going out or in between Zoom calls. 

Whiten your teeth

Coffee stains got you down? Try scooping up a speedy whitening toothpaste. vVARDIS's toothpaste provides an instant brightening boost and promises to whiten your teeth up to 10 shades. The brand also offers a full oral care collection for those who are able to carve out a bit more time.


vvardis teeth whitening


Give yourself a facial 

If you’re looking to restore your glow, look no further than this multi-tasking mask  from Josie Maran, which works to smooth texture, boost radiance, and hydrate skin in a matter of five minutes or less (the brand recommends applying it weekly for optimal results). We also like to stash  these hydrating eye patches in the fridge for early mornings and late nights.  


josie maran facial


Get a wax

Managing unwanted hair can be a timely (add to thatcostly) process, which is why we can appreciate these  easy-to-use wax strips from Flamingo. Just rub the pre-waxed strips together with your hands to warm them up and they’re good to go (no heating required). These ultra-precision tweezers from  Tweezerman are another savior when it comes to de-fuzzing on the go. 


flamingo wax strips


‘Wash’ your hair

Don’t have time for a shower? Fake it ‘til you make it with a hard-working dry shampoo.  Crown Affair is one of our top picks for absorbing oil and restoring body in a pinch—just apply the formula to your roots, rubbing it into any trouble spots for quicker absorption, brush through (we suggest doing this with your hair flipped upside down for added volume), and your strands will look like new!



crown affair dry shampoo


Get a blowout

If you have a few extra minutes, try upping the ante with a heated brush. The best-selling Dyson Air Wrap has garnered a cult-like following for its ability to deliver salon-worthy results in a cinch (we suggest focusing on flyaways and your ends for more targeted styling).  


dyson air wrap


Wake up your face 

A little color can go a long way when it comes to reviving your skin, not to mention your mood. Keep it simple (and clean!) with a multi-tasking stick like this one from  ILIA. It glides on lips, cheeks—even eyelids—like a dream and stays put throughout the day (available in 8 shades).


ilia multi stick


Refresh your mani

Don’t stop with the face! Try refreshing your nail color for an added pop of color and instant polish. Our  new Champagne Toast shade is perfect for a touch of glam that translates from day to evening. 


emilie heathe champagne toast


Reframe your eyes 

Last, but certainly not least, one can never underestimate the power of a strong brow when it comes to framing the face. Try our  Full Up Brow Powder for a natural look and long-lasting finish (it’s packed with nourishing ingredients for added self-care). 


emilie heathe full up brow powder