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10 Smart Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

10 Smart Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

Are you always on the look-out for new beauty hacks you can use to save time or improve your make-up game? Check out 10 handy hair and beauty hacks, from how to make sure you have perfect foundation to how to curl your hair in under 5 minutes.

1. Tie your hair in two ponytails to create a bun that won’t fall out

Tired of having to re-do your bun because it has become loose? Try trying your hair in two ponytails at the base of your hairline to create the perfect bun that will stay in place all day. Tie the ponytails close to each other to make sure the ponytails are hidden, then twist the ponytails around each other and secure with a third bobble.

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    2. Avoid messy mascara clumps with tissue and a clean mascara brush

    If you hate clumpy eyelashes this beauty hack is perfect for you. Get natural looking eyelashes easily by lightly wiping your mascara brush with a tissue before you apply the mascara. You can also use an old, clean mascara brush after applying mascara to get rid of any clumps.

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      3. Mark your eyelids with dots for identical cat-eyes

      Cat-eyes used to be known for being notoriously difficult to do evenly, but with this beauty hack you can make sure you always have matching cat-eyes. Simply draw a dot on each eyelid where you want the flick to end, and then fill in the space between.

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        4. For flawless skin start by applying foundation at the centre of your face

        Too much foundation or power around your hairline and jawline often looks cakey. Make your foundation look natural by applying the foundation to the middle of your face, then brushing the foundation outwards evenly.

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          5. Save time when curling your hair by tying it up first

          Curling your hair the normal way can take over half an hour, but with this beauty hack you can have beautiful, wavy hair in less than 5 minutes. Simply tie your hair into a high ponytail and separate the hair into three sections, or four for thicker hair. Curl each section in turn and then let down your hair for stunning, wavy hair.

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            6. Use different types of lighting in your home to check your make-up

            Make sure your make-up is looking flawless and natural before leaving the house by checking your face in the mirror using the light on your phone. The bright light will show you any foundation that needs blending in.

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              7. Use coconut oil to moisturize

              Coconut oil can be used in many ways to improve your beauty routine. You can use coconut on dry skin as a moisturizer or as a hair mask to achieve healthy, shiny hair. You can even rub some on your legs before shaving to use as a moisturizing shaving cream!

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                8. Moisturize dry feet while you sleep

                If you struggle with dry skin on your feet, massage them with moisturizer or Vaseline before you go to sleep and then put on some socks to sleep in.

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                  9. Use liquid eye-liner on your lashes for a no make-up look

                  If you have fair hair and you want a natural and easy make-up routine for day-to-day wear, try using liquid eye-liner on your eyelashes instead of mascara. Simply run the pen across your eyelashes to tint them.

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                    10. Save time on an early morning by washing your fringe

                    Try this beauty hack if you don’t have time to wash your hair every morning before work. Simply wash your fringe and parting line in the sink and blow dry the wet parts – the grease in your hair will actually make it easier to style, and no-one will have any idea that you didn’t wash your hair!

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                      Last Updated on October 15, 2018

                      Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                      Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                      “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

                      While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

                      1. Dehydration

                      If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

                      If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

                      You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

                      2. Lack Of Exercise

                      A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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                      Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

                      3. A Poor Diet

                      The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

                      An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

                      Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

                      4. Skipping Breakfast

                      Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

                      Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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                      Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

                      Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                      5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

                      We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

                      TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

                      Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

                      Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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                      6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

                      Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

                      Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

                      If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

                      7. Depression

                      Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

                      Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

                      Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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                      8. Hypothyroidism

                      If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

                      Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

                      9. Anemia

                      People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

                      However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

                      While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

                      10. Cancer

                      While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

                      Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

                      Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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