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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 November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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