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10 Weird But Surprisingly Effective Summer Beauty Hacks

10 Weird But Surprisingly Effective Summer Beauty Hacks

As I am at the seaside with my friends at the moment, I decided that it would be interesting for all three of us try different beauty hacks. These are some weird beauty tips that are said to be truly effective by numerous websites. Let’s see if they really work.

1. Squeeze lemon juice onto sweat stains before laundering to remove the stain completely

This one seems legit. I wasn’t planning on washing my clothes while on vacation, but I really wanted to give this a try. Sweat stains are a problem because they can destroy your favorite shirt — along with the majority of your clothes.

I took a white shirt with a stain and squeezed lemon juice onto it. Immediately, I put the shirt in the washing machine. When the shirt dried, the stain was really gone. This time, science prevailed – lemon acidity removed the whole stain.

2. If you apply dry shampoo to your roots at night, it will absorb oil and sweat by morning

We have an air-conditioner in our room, but we made a sacrifice to test this out.

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My friend with oily hair applied the dry shampoo to the roots of her hair before she went to sleep. The next day, my friend’s hair was neither oily nor sweaty, so this one was also a success.

If you suffer from oily hair, I recommend that you try this tip out during the warm summer nights. You’ll find you won’t need to wash your hair every morning before you go out anymore.

3. Apply coconut oil to your skin after shaving

I have a really sensitive skin, and I tend to use a lot of homemade creams for sensitive skin. Girls with the same problem know how much trouble it can be to live with skin that gets easily irritated and red.

After shaving, I applied coconut oil, and it really made my dry and sensitive skin smoother. It calmed my skin and subdued any redness. Also, after drying in the sun, there was no oily residue left behind.

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4. Put nail polish in the fridge to avoid bubbles when painting your nails

Nail polish ingredients react with the heat, which makes your nail polish thick and bubbly. By putting the nail polish into the fridge for an hour, it’s said that you can avoid this consistency.

When I tried this tip and applied the nail polish, it didn’t have bubbles, which didn’t really surprise me all that much. However, I was surprised by how quickly it dried. This is very useful during the summer days, as you don’t need to wait so long for it to dry.

5. Coconut oil will make your hair softer and healthier

This is advice that I stand by. I have curly and dyed hair, and on top of that it is dry. Before I went to sleep, I applied coconut oil to my hair, and in the morning it was softer. However, it didn’t have quite the same effect as the homemade masks, which are made of olive oil, honey, and some other ingredients. Although, the effect seemed to amplify by doing this for a few consecutive nights.

6. Baking soda will whiten your teeth

This is one that you have probably heard before. As a smoker, something I’m not proud of, I have been using this method for a couple of months to deal with stains from smoking. Baking soda both cleans and whitens your teeth, but be sure to use it just once a month, as it can be quite abrasive.

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Mix baking soda with water until it reaches a paste consistency, and brush your teeth as you brush them with regular toothpaste. Give it a try and after some time you’ll see the results, but don’t expect to see them after one day.

7. Use baby powder remove the sand after a day at the beach

We all hate it when we go from the beach to the café and the sand on our feet comes along with us. So, I was really happy to try this tip.

When I applied baby powder to my legs, I was able to easily wipe off the sand. At first, it seemed that I would make a mess, but the powder actually absorbed the sweat and saltwater quite well. It made walking after a day spent on a sandy beach a lot easier.

When doing this, know that people will look at you strangely, but also know that the comfort you’ll gain from being sand-free will be worth it.

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8. Treat sunburns with aloe vera gel ice cubes

I have very sensitive skin, so I am very careful when it comes to getting sunburned. The day before, I put aloe gel in ice cube trays, as it is said that aloe vera works better when it is cold. After, I went on a hunt to find someone with a sunburn. Luckily, a girl on the beach agreed to give it a try.

She used the aloe vera ice cubes to treat her shoulders. The next day, she reported that it helped her get rid of the pain and calmed the redness. Another success.

9. Put your razor in olive oil to keep it from rusting

It is easy to spend a fortune on a good razor for summer vacation. Luckily, it’s said that keeping your razors in olive oil will keep them in good condition. I’ve been trying it for a few days, and it seems to be working so far. In addition, you can make a shaving cream with the olive oil.

I find this very useful, as many infections can occur due to rust, and this also protects your skin from getting nicked.

10. Use hairspray to avoid melting your eyebrows

Using a pencil to draw in your eyebrows can be disastrous in the summer heat. Melting in the sun can leave you looking like you just came out of a horror movie.

One night, when we were going out, my friends and I decided to risk our appearance by trying this tip out. We shaped our eyebrows with a pencil and used hairspray to keep them from melting. At the end of the night, we still had our eyebrows in exactly the right place.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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