Doing Make Up in the Car

With a lot of life changes this year, I’ve found it necessary to squeeze getting myself ready in pockets of the day. One of the little systems I have found useful is having a mini make up kit set apart from my other stash. I’m not trying to win any awards for make up application here, but using a little make up in different ways means I can do it in the car (not while I’m driving!) in between my heres and theres. I think that is what I find the most challenging about productivity: it’s the go-here-and-be-there that often define my days. I do get those stretches of time now my kids are all at school, however the time between drop off and pick up goes so fast. Each day is a little different for me, and below is a little snap shot of a day at my place.


5:30-6:00 am – Wake up. First thing: head to the kitchen to make coffee. I really enjoy starting the day this way.

6:00-6:30am – I go back to bed with my coffee and take the time to wake up and psych myself up for the day.

6:30-8:00am – Kids get up and everyone eats breakfast and gets ready for school. I dress in my exercise gear and throw a change of clothes in my backpack. I like to have a glass of Vital Greens with breakfast.

8:00am – Leave for school.

8:00-8:15am – Drive to university (where I work and study) and park. Need to get there early to get a park.

8:15-9:30am – Write a list for the day. Writing a list is such a helpful tool for a productive day. Then make a phone call, and start on emails & social media work.

9:30-10:30am – Gym class. Then have a shower, get changed and throw on a bit of make up. I often do this in the car before I head out to the next place I need to go.

10:30am-1:30pm – Find a spot in the library to work (usually eat lunch while I work).

1:30-2:30pm – Meeting

2:30-3:00pm – Physio appointment

3:00-4:30pm – Pick kids up from school and do errands.

4:30-5:30pm – Homework/Housework

5:30pm – Get older children off to an event

5:30-7:30pm – Dinner and bedtime routine (for younger children). Dinner this night was pasta with zucchini ribbons, spinach, garlic & bacon.

7:30-9:30pm – Older children home and I chat to them. Work/study again. Often my teenage children will have work to do also, so they sit with me at the table and we work together.

9:30-10:30pm – Downtime/chat with husband

10:30-11:00pm – Sleep

Make Up Stash for The Car

I put moisturiser on in the morning so my face is  ready for make up. Below is what I keep in a container that I can just grab and throw in my handbag when I head to the car.

  • Foundation: for travel, I find cream foundation in a pot great
  • Concealer: again, in a pot is great for travel
  • Mascara
  • Eyebrow pencil: brown
  • Lipstick pencil: this is great for travel because it’s easy to use 
  • Lip gloss: always like to have lip gloss with me
  • Bobby pins & hair band: in case I need to throw my hair up

I use different products in various ways. It takes me only a few minutes to throw it on using the revision mirror in the car and onward I go.


  1. Eyebrow/eye pencil: I use on eyebrows (which are so naturally bushy – need another wax – so don’t need filling just a bit of extension), as eyeliner, contour under cheekbone, on the outer corner on my lid/eye crease and to add depth to lipstick.
  2. Concealer: Apply under eyes.
  3. Lipstick pencil: A big lipstick pencil is ideal for the handbag. I use it as blush and lipstick.
  4. Foundation or BB cream: For face.
  5. Mascara
  6. Lip Gloss

It stays on pretty well for light make up (as you can see in the afternoon pic). As I mentioned, I’m not putting this out there for the flawless-make-up award, but if you do like to wear a bit of make up, and like me, end up doing it mostly on the run, it’s good to have options up your sleeve. 

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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