Nicole, 33, Mother of a Toddler
Nicole's beauty stats: Red, medium-length layered, straight hair; fair skin tone, green eyes; beauty addiction is buying different-width Hot Tools curling irons — she has four of them so far.
"Since I'm the mom of a toddler, I don't have a lot of time in the morning; therefore my beauty regimen is designed to be quick, but it still allows me to leave the house feeling fab and not frumpy."
Hot Tools Professional Spring Curling Iron
"I like to wear loose curls to break up the monotony of having naturally straight hair. I've used 'drugstore' brand curling irons in the past only to find that it takes much longer for the hair to curl and often has to be redone a few times before the curls stay in place. A few years ago I splurged on a Hot Tools curling iron. I couldn't believe the time I saved since it operates at a much higher temperature and ultimately allows me to set my entire hair in curls in under 10 minutes. Now, if I'm buying a hair dryer or straightener, I always visit a beauty-supply store to get a salon-quality tool because I know that that extra chunk of money will actually save me time in the morning."
Hot Tools NanoCeramic Hair Dryer
"With my hair wet, I moisturize the ends with just a drop of Moroccan oil rubbed into my palms. This adds shine and keeps my ends from getting dried out. Then I dry my hair with my Hot Tools hair dryer. Before I start curling, I clip up my dry hair in sections and use my 3/4-inch Hot Tools curling iron to create 'barrel curls' section by section, starting at the root and winding completely around the iron."
Garnier Fructis Hairspray
"It's important to let your hair cool to set the shape so while I'm waiting, I apply my makeup. I spray Garnier Fructis aerosol hairspray all over and then run my fingers gently through my hair to pull apart the barrel curls and create a loose, tousled look."
Origins Nude and Improved Bare-face makeup with SPF 15 Sunscreen
"The same quick and easy principle applies to my makeup. I try to use products that have two-in-one benefits. For foundation, I use Nude and Improved foundation by Origins, which shows my freckles, moisturizes, and provides an SPF 15 on a daily basis for my fair skin."
Origins Eye Shadow
"I apply Origins Harvest Brown eye shadow dry with an eyebrow brush to fill in my brows but I also use it to line my upper and lower lids using a wet liner brush."
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
"Unlike my curling irons, I buy my mascara at the drugstore because I haven't noticed a huge difference between high-end mascara and good old-fashioned Maybelline Great Lash. I swear by it!"
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Sangria
"For my lips, I recently got hooked on Revlon's ColorStay in Sangria. I can't believe how I don't have to reapply it throughout the day: It really does stay on! Which is perfect for a busy working mom."