A busy schedule is something that takes some getting used to. Throughout college, as well as now, in my professional life, I was able to adapt to an on-the-go lifestyle with the help of a few necessities.

Finding the right products and the ones that worked perfectly for me and my life was a process that definitely took some trial and error.

To make it easier on other women, I decided to share my must-haves for a busy life here on Haute Mess! I truly believe that the secret to a happy life is a busy life.

Erin Condren LifePlanner: Staying organized is *so* important–and so much more so when you are always on the go! My LifePlanner helps me keep track of literally everything.

I looove that it has an overview of each month, as well as weekly spreads with room for more details. This setup is essential for me; I won’t ever buy a planner that is not in this format. LifePlanner also comes equipped with tons of useful stickers that help me on top of everything.

The best part? These guys are completely customizable. You will feel like you’re treating yourself when you order your personalized LifePlanner (but you won’t feel guilty because it’s something important that you will use day after day)!

Unlike planners from office supply stores or chains like Target, Erin Condren’s are top-quality, so they will actually last the entire year without getting worn and torn. The thick paper, durable covers and strong spirals are ah-mazing. Prices vary, Erin Condren

Pop & Suki Leather Notebook: When I say that I would be nowhere without my Leather Notebook, I mean it. I cannot do anything work-related without it. From brainstorm and creating lists to writing first drafts, I put it all in my P&S Leather Notebook.

I am really old-fashioned in that I just *have* to have everything written down. It helps me think more clearly and stay more organized in general. Plus, being able to physically cross something off my list is so satisfying and makes the task so much more rewarding. $40, Pop & Suki

Jao Refresher: Fellow Glossier Rep Amy Serrano introduced me to this product a couple months ago, and now I am a changed woman!

I used to be completely against hand sanitizers; not only are they extremely drying on the skin, they kill *all* germs–even the good ones.

But, when I began taking the train to and from work every day (while spending 8 hours in Manhattan in between), I quickly realized that I’d need to swallow my pride and pick one up.

Jao is a lot chicer than Purell, so I don’t mind keeping a larger one at my desk and a smaller one in my bag. Prices vary, Jao

Glossier Balm Dotcom: If you don’t have a bedside Balm, a vanity Balm, a car Balm and a purse Balm, what are you even doing? I’ve talked about this cult-favorite universal skin salve ad nauseam on here, so I am doing my best not to go to in-depth on here.

But, Balm Dotcom is hands-down the best lip balm I have ever used–and I’ve tried pretty much anything. Now, I don’t want to try anything else!

A little goes such a long way with this product, so one tube lasts forever. Plus, it is extremely long-wearing (even through intense workouts), which is a must for me and for anyone else who is super busy on the reg.

It comes in five yummy flavors, plus Original, which is unflavored. The Cherry and Rose flavors have a red and pink tint, respectively, while the Birthday flavor is un-tinted with a subtle holographic shimmer. I love them all. Currently in my bag? Coconut and Mint. $12, Glossier

Micellar wipes: Whether you are taking your makeup off, or you just need to refresh your face on-the-go, micellar wipes are a must!

I use Bioderma’s because that’s a brand I know I can trust. Sensible H2O Wipes are extremely saturated (so just one works wonders); they are spa-quality at an affordable price. $9.90, Beautylish

Facial spray: Soothe tired, irritated and dry skin easily and quickly with a facial spray! There are so many great options on the market.

You guys already know how much I love Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea, as well as Lush’s Tea Tree Water toner. Because they both are available in multiple sizes, there is definitely one that will fit in your purse. Currently, I am keeping the smaller Tea Tree Water in mine because I know it has the power to fight all that NYC pollution and bacteria. $11-$23, Lush

Teeth whitening pen: This product is a godsend, so thank-you, Tarte! Not only is it vegan, it’s bleach-free, so it is gentle on teeth and actually protects the enamel.

Pearly Girl perfect for keeping in your bag post-lunch or post-gym (or post-wine). Don’t be that person brushing your teeth in a public bathroom. $22, Sephora

Glossier You Solid Perfume: We’re not in middle school anymore, so I forbid you all from keeping actual perfume bottles in your bag. Time to invest in a solid perfume like an adult.

Because I’m a Glossier Rep, I am way partial to You Solid; it smells exactly like the original You (only a bit stronger because it’s more concentrated), but it is much more travel-friendly. I love how the waxy formula melts into skin, leaving the clean, warm and sparkling scent behind all day long! $22, Glossier

Portable charger: Don’t get caught waiting for the train, the bus or an Uber without your phone! People hate on smartphones, but in my opinion they are necessary for safety and for life in general in 2018–especially if you rely on public transportation like I do.

I am all for leaving your phone in the hotel when you are on vacay or in your bag when you are out with friends, but during the work day, there is no question that it is an essential. So, invest in a portable charger if you are out of the house all day, every day!

This one from Free People easily slips into my smallest bags. (It’s also gorgeous.) $24, Free People

Sensible shoes: Don’t get me wrong–I love getting dressed up and wearing heels to work as much as the next 20-something. But oftentimes, I trade my heels for a sleek pair of sneakers or my Gucci loafers.

I’ve never been a ballet flats type of gal; I don’t like how they look at all, plus they’re not supportive and they do very little to shield your feet from the elements. That’s why I picked up a timeless pair of black Horsebit loafers from Gucci.

The style I chose can be worn as standard loafers, but the backs can also be folded down so that they become slippers. I love how versatile they are, and I know I will gave them forever.

Umbrella, sunglasses and other practical accessories: For me, accessorizing has always been about practicality, not fashion. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look good while being practical.

To avoid a major wardrobe malfunction (like being soaked to the core during an unsuspected rain shower on the way to work), I always keep an umbrella in my tote–particularly, my Little Brown Umbrella from Bloomingdale’s.

Other notable items? Sunglasses, of course, as well as a water bottle by S’well.

Moon Juice Power Dust: I picked this up during a recent sale at Free People on somewhat of a whim.

Moon Juice Beauty Dust and Sex Dust have been all over social media lately, so I’ve definitely been wanting to give the brand a try. Because I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I decided to go with Power Dust.

Basically, you empty a pouch (or two!) into water, tea or even pancake batter to reap the benefits. Power Dust has an interesting (but not unpleasant) taste. $35, Moon Juice

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Turmeric is one of the most underrated ingredients out there! It has a ton of health benefits and it adds a comforting flavor to all your favorite recipes; it works perfectly on meat and fish as well as veggies.

This herb is also recognized for its ability to nourish the skin and hair. Sites like Pinterest are full of DIY turmeric masks for nourished, glowing skin and strong, glossy hair. I rounded up my go-to recipes and masks because I want all my readers to love turmeric as much as I do! You will quickly realize it is *such* an easy ingredient to add to your lifestyle.

Turmeric latte recipe

Turmeric lattes are an easy and healthy treat to make at home. Naturally sweetened and warm, a turmeric latte is a comforting way to consume vital nutrients and nourish your body from the inside, out.

Indulge guilt-free while enjoying the benefits of turmeric, as well as ginger, which acts as an anti-inflammatory and treats nausea, and black pepper, which heightens turmeric’s healing property.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (or 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • Raw honey to taste

Step 1: Warm milk in a saucepan; do not boil.

Step 2: Add turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Stir continuously.

Step 3: Once mixed evenly, combine coconut oil and black pepper with the mixture. Continue to stir and heat until melted.

Step 4: With a wire whisk, create the frothy consistency of a latte. Stir until heated through.

Step 5: Pour in a mug, then add honey to taste. Top with ground cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Turmeric veggie bowl recipe

When I was away at college and had little time, money and energy to cook for myself, I always turned to various quinoa-veggie bowls with turmeric. Protein-packed quinoa and chickpeas, and fibrous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower are super filling, while turmeric provides essential nutrients and simple spices like garlic and chili powder bring some life to the dish.

This recipe requires little cleanup and it’s easy to make in bulk–perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle and low budget who likes to stay healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup raw broccoli florets, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup qunioa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Chili powder to taste

Step 1: In a small pot, heat 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add quinoa and reduce to a simmer. Cook until almost all the water boils out.

Step 2: While qunioa cooks, add chickpeas, broccoli florets and olive oil to a large mixing bowl. Mix until the olive oil is evenly distributed.

Step 3: Coat mixture in the ground turmeric, then pour onto a baking sheet and distribute evenly. Cook at 425 farenheit for 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Pour the quinoa into a bowl. Mix in salt, garlic powder and chili powder to taste (you can also add a little low-sodium soy sauce). Top with cooked chickpeas and broccoli.

To make this dish more filling, you can add black beans, shelled edamame, roasted kale or any other roasted veggies you’d like! When I make it in bulk, I store the cooked ingredients in separate containers, then mix some of each together when I’m ready to eat.

DIY turmeric face mask

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric is ideal for treating acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. It also exfoliates the skin to improve texture and reduce pigmentation, evening skin’s tone. Turmeric is high in natural antioxidants that slow down cell damage and may even reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

You’ll need…

  • 2 tablespoons ground oats
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 3-4 drops raw honey

Mix ingredients together throughly, then apply a thin and even layer to the face. Let dry for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Scrub gently to exfoliate. Pat the skin dry, then finish with your moisturizer of choice.

Or, try this turmeric face mask from Yllo, or this one from Kiehl’s.

DIY turmeric hair mask

  • Equal parts turmeric and honey OR equal parts turmeric and olive oil

Mix ingredients together thoroughly until a thick paste is formed. Apply an even layer all over your scalp and roots. Massage the scalp, then let the mixture soak for 1-2 hours. Rinse with lukewarm water, then wash and condition your hair as usual.


What are your favorite ways to use turmeric? Definitely let me know in the comments below, or hit me up on any of my social media! 🙂

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I am such a sucker for pink-nude-brown lip colors! They are all so gorgeous, and I can’t get enough. Not only are they super flattering–I love how they enhance my olive skin–these lip colors go with anything from bold, night-out looks to subtle office styles.

There are so many different formulas, as well as finishes and undertones, on the market, and I’ve tried quite a few of them. Turns out, I absolutely love every one of the pinkish, nude-ish, brownish shades in my collection, and I find myself reaching for one or the other most days (or nights!) of the week.

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Persistence: This one is so good that I actually have an entire post devoted to it, so I won’t go into too much detail here; I put it together in early fall when I first picked this shade up. I have’t put Persistence down since!

Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew: I am obsessed with Bite’s Multisticks! All Bite products are great, but these definitely take the cake (or the Cashew) for me! They’re easy to apply without a mirror, super pigmented (1-2 swipes is enough) and long-lasting–even through drinking and eating.

Cashew, a rosy taupe shade, is perfect for those “no-makeup” makeup days. And because it doesn’t need a lip liner or any other babysitting, it’s a great one to keep in my bag 24/7. (Plus, because it is a Multistick, it’s safe for the cheeks and eyes, too!)

Note: This is the lip color I am wearing in all the selfies. 🙂

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb: If you’re looking for the smoothest, creamiest, most comfortable lipstick ever, I’d like you to meet Amuse Bouche. This award-winning formula has been recognized by the biggest publications in the beauty industry for its gel-like consistency and high-impact color.

For me Honeycomb is the perfect mid-tone nude; it’s not too pink or too gray. I like to dab it onto my lips for a lived-in, French girl-inspired “melted” look. Speaking of Melted…

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua: You guys already know how much I love this formula; it has been in my collection since 2014. But last year during Sephora’s VIB sale I decided to pick up this bold nude-y shade. I already owned Melted Violet and Melted Nude, which look glam and are perfect for more formal events, but I wanted something I could wear on a day-to-day basis.

Chihuahua is such a gorgeous shade! It’s bold and sophisticated, but still plain enough to be considered a neutral. I love pairing it with a bronze eye and bronzed skin.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Oh Snap: This was one of my first ColourPop purchases over a year ago when I was a broke grad student looking for an affordable option to the trendy pink lipstick tones.

Dark, dramatic, vampy lips had been popular for so long (and I still love them!), but I hardly owned any natural-looking lipstick shades until I bought this one.

I was so pleasantly surprised with this product! The color, a muted, dusty rose, was exactly what I had in mind, and the long-wearing formula wasn’t drying at all despite its matte finish. In terms of lip colors, the Lippie Stix is by far my fav product from ColourPop.

Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Sydney (no longer available): I was so disappointed when I started putting this post together and couldn’t find this shade for sale anywhere–not Ulta (where I purchased it), not Sephora, not even Buxom.com! This is definitely something I was hoping to restock when I ran out.

The three-in-one formula is unlike anything I’ve tried before. It has a pointed tip for lining the lips, but you can also angle it sideways in your hand to fill in your entire pout more quickly. And like most Buxom products, Full-On lipstick has a tingly plumping effect.

On the website and on the packaging, this products claims to have a matte finish. And while it isn’t super shiny by any means, to me it seems to have more of a satin finish, which I looove much more so than matte lipsticks. Sydney, a pink-nude, is my go-to my-lips-but-better shade.

Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit: I received this (along with an Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush that I *looove*) as my VIB birthday gift from Sephora last year, and I am so, sooooo happy with it! I’ve tried a number of different matte liquid lipsticks (including Kylie Cosmetics and NYX Lip Lingerie) over the past few years, and this is by far my fav formula.

Like most liquid lipsticks, it’s matte and long-wearing, but it’s not streaky or crusty whatsoever. The light pink-nude color is also perfect–not too light, not too pink, not too nude. It looks great with fresh-faced, rosy makeup, and it looks great with an intense smoky eye.

Glossier Generation G in Leo: The one and only Gen G in my collection (although, I’ve had my eyes on Crush for a while now)! I absolutely love this warm cocoa brown shade, which was named after everyone’s favorite 90s heartthrob. Leo instantly warms my complexion and I love it!

You know the drill with this formula: layer 1-2 swipes for a sheer look, or 3-4 swipes for stronger color payoff. (I almost always go with the latter because I just cannot get enough Leo!)

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu: NYX Butter Gloss is the best lip formula at the drugstore, hands down. It’s seriously shiny–never sparkly–but don’t be fooled by the name: these guys are ultra-pigmented.

There’s a rumor among the beauty community that Tiramisu is a universally flattering shade, and I definitely believe it. The brownish undertones mixed with a dusty pink base (topped with a glossy finish) give me all the Em Rata vibes. I love wearing this shade for subtle sexiness on a night out.

ColourPop x Kathleenlights Ultra Glossy Lip in Moon Child: Just the best lip gloss ever! I mentioned Moon Child in my February favorites a few weeks ago, and I am still loving this lippie as much as ever. Because I’ve already talked about it on here, I won’t go into too much detail in this post–you’ll have to peep my Feb favs if you want to know more 😉

But, I will say that Moon Child is so gorgeous over a pinky-nude lip liner (like ColourPop’s Oh Snap Lippie Pencil), but I’m sure it looks great paired with pretty much anything. Aaand, like ColourPop’s entire range, it’s super affordable and amazing quality.

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Disclosure: I am a Glossier Rep, and I received this product as a gift from Glossier. All opinions are my own, and I am not required to post about the brand or its products at any time on any of my digital platforms. 

From left to right: Moon, Fawn, Slip and Herb

Meet Glossier’s latest release: Lidstar, glistening eye glow. This buildable, pigment-coated formula comes in six gorgeous shades, all with multicolor floating pearls for the ultimate shimmering effect.

Much like Glossier’s Generation G lipsticks, Lidstar is designed to give you a soft, diffused wash of color. Less shadow, more glow.

While all six shades are stunning, I have been loving four in particular: Moon (cream base with blueish opalescent glimmer), Slip (baby pink with golden highlight), Herb (smoky green with yellow-gold pearl) and Fawn (cool, smoky taupe with violet and neutral gold pearls).

I created this look using the lightest and darkest shades, Moon and Fawn (my two absolute favs). And I am so happy with how it turned out! I covered the lids in 2-3 coats of Fawn; it was super easy to blend. Then, added Moon to the brow bone and inner corner. (I am also wearing Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium, Boy Brow in Brown and Haloscope in Moonstone, as well as MAC’s Pervette on my lips.)

This look is all about the shimmer, and I am really digging the grungy-glam vibes it gives off. Lidstar is perfect for day or night, and it can definitely be dressed up or down. It has that effortlessly glamorous touch for which Glossier is known. I can’t wait to continuing playing with all the shades in the weeks to come, so stay tuned for more Lidstar looks!

Shop Lidstar, as well as the rest of Glossier’s range through my Rep page by clicking here! When you do so, you will receive 20-percent off your first order + free shipping every time you spend $30/£25. 🙂

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Monthly favorites posts are my fav to read and watch, so I am super happy I’ve been able to keep up with doing my own this year–granted we’re only two months in. But so far, I’m two for two.

While I’m still into fall/winter styles (think: knitwear, tailored pieces and plaid, as well as dark, vampy and grunge-y makeup), Spring has been on my mind this month (if you couldn’t already tell by the insane number of Polyvore sets I’ve been putting together lately). I’ve been doing my best to transition these styles for the upcoming season.

Beauty-wise, I’ve definitely been loving things in the affordable range. My usual Glossier suspects make up the bulk of what I’ve been reaching for, but there are also a few new bits from ColourPop thrown into the mix.

ColourPop Stippling Brush: Until I purchased this brush, I didn’t get the hype around Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer. I’d been using Shape Tape for months, blending it with my fingers, which gave me good coverage but didn’t “wow” me in the ways that I expected to be wow’d by one of America’s top concealers.

ColourPop’s Stippling Brush has seriously made all the difference; I seriously wish I discovered it sooner. I apply Shape Tape with its doe-foot brush, tap gently with my fingers, then blend and buff with the Stippling Brush for virtually flawless coverage that looks almost airbrushed. I can’t get enough. $8, ColourPop

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighters: I am so addicted to these! I ordered ColourPop’s Super Shock Highlighter in the shade Off Tropic after Christmas when I had a little extra cash, and since then I’ve invested in three others: Might Be, Flexitarian and Over The Moon.

Off Tropic and Flexitarian are perfect everyday shades for me; I keep Might Be and Over The Moon for more fun looks.

Not only are these highlighters super affordable–like, under $10 affordable–they are amazing. They are so smooth that in the pan, they almost feel wet. And they definitely give your face that delicious “wet” look. All four apply so evenly and intensely, either with a setting brush, a fan brush or the ring finger. $8, ColourPop

ColourPop x Kathleenlights Moon Child Lip Gloss: Another ColourPop pick! I promise this post isn’t sponsored in any way; I genuinely love this brand and its products so much.

I am a glossy lip gal; I can never fully get the hang of matte lipsticks despite their popularity. So when I say that Moon Child is hands-down the best lip gloss ever, don’t take it lightly, because I’m not exaggerating.

It has a medium-coverage crème finish (that is the perfect light pink-y nude color) with the tiniest gold flecks. I love how it makes the lips look slightly juicier in the subtlest, most natural way. $6, ColourPop

OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème: After being pretty unhappy with the previous two eye creams I’ve used, OLEHENRIKSEN’s Banana Bright is so refreshing.

I had previously used Youth To The People’s eye cream, which I honestly kind of hated. Other than the creamy formula, it pretty much sucked. It failed to do virtually anything, and it stung my eyes like crazy almost every time I used it.

After I (finally) finished YTTP’s, I picked up an anti-aging eye gel from OLEHENRIKSEN. While I saw some results with this product, especially as I got towards the end of the container, I didn’t like the gel texture at all.

As soon as I ran out, I ordered OLEHENRIKSEN’s newest cream formula that I’ve heard so much about! And this eye cream is definitely living up to the hype; the texture is amazing, it wears flawlessly under makeup and, so far, it works!

Although the container is small (most eye creams are), a little goes a really long way with Banana Bright. I spread it thin in the morning before makeup, then layer it on thick before bed. $38, Sephora

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller: I can’t believe I went this long without using a jade roller! I am so in love. It’s great for getting serums, moisturizer and eye cream deeper into the skin after applying. And when the roller itself is cold, it feels so soothing.

Because I’ve only had it about a month, I can’t say if it truly has any long-term benefits. But I am looking forward to continue use! (Let me know in the comments if you would like an update down the road!) $25, Herbivore Botanicals

Blazer dress from Amuse Society: Like I said, I am all about tailored pieces right now, so a post on how I style this piece is coming soon! I love how versatile this blazer dress is; I can style it for work, a night out or anything in between. It is equal parts serious and sexy. $75, Amuse Society

Gucci Brixton leather Horsebit loafer: I’ve had my eye on these for over a year, so when I landed a new job a few weeks ago, I finally splurged. They are practical, comfortable and so gorgeous. Plus, they won’t ever go out of style. They basically haven’t left my feet since I got them.

There are so many Gucci loafers and slippers to choose from nowadays, but I opted for the pair that can be worn as both. The convertible back can be folded down and flattened, transforming a classic pair of Horsebit loafers into slippers. $730, Gucci

Byredo candles in Peyote Poem and Woods: I mentioned that I’ve been wanting to try these scents in last month’s favorites, so on Valentine’s Day I treated myself to them (after a couple glasses of red).

Can’t decide which one smells better! Both have the musky smell that I love in a candle and in perfumes. (Honestly, everything I’ve smelled from Byredo smells heavenly.)

Every night I’ve been burning one or the other four about an hour to an hour and a half while I read so I don’t go through them to quickly. I can’t live without candles, and these are definitely top-notch. Prices vary, Byredo

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