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10 Quick Ways to Give Yourself a Mini Makeover

10 Quick Ways to Give Yourself a Mini Makeover

Need to look your best for an unexpected photo op? Woke up with just few minutes to spare before you have to leave for work? Running late for a very important date? Don’t worry, just check out these tips for all sorts of mini makeovers you can do in a flash!

1. Hair

Two words: dry shampoo. If you wake up without time to shower or you just get stuck too long sweating in the summer humidity, dry shampoo will save the day. You can apply it on unwashed hair as it absorbs the oil right up. Plus, it comes in powder or spray forms that you can even carry in your bag or store at work for emergencies. Never fear, with dry shampoo, clean hair is here! Honestly, I can hardly believe civilization managed for so long without it.

2. Eyebrows

These days, eyebrows are all the rage.  Scientists have even shown that eyebrows are your most crucial feature for communicating – I guess it’s because they’re so expressive! Truth be told, if you don’t have time to do justice to your eyes, sometimes it’s better to skip over them entirely and just focus on brows. Thankfully, taking just 10 seconds to apply some brow wax or liner can give amazing brows that will make your eyes look great, too! I can’t deny how cute my sister looks with those.

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3. Lips

If you want to make a statement with your look in about three seconds flat, grab a great lipstick. In less time than it will take you to read this sentence, you can swipe on some color that will have your friends and coworkers – heck, maybe even some smitten strangers on the street – covering you in compliments. Get a gorgeous lipstick that you can rely on for all occasions. Keep in your bag for touch ups or so you can apply it even on the go!

4. Skin

There’s a reason contouring is the latest craze. Have you ever seen one of the Kardashians? Their skin looks flawless, their cheekbones are on point and all of their features pop. All you really need to do is a contour with a contrasting shade of makeup-cream or powder – so that you can create highlights where you want to draw attention and shadows for things you want to fade out a bit.

With a bit of practice, you should be able to do a basic contour in just minutes! And even if you’re not up to adding it to your everyday look, trying it out for special occasions will make a world of difference. You should contour before you go anywhere where people will be taking pictures of you – the photos always end up looking so good as if you have photoshopped it!

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5. Nails

Another thing that’s small but always noticeable is your nails. Whether you’re waving at a co-worker or just clutching your morning coffee for dear life, they’re always there making a statement. If you need to spruce up your nails but don’t have time for a manicure, you’ll be amazed by how much of a difference you can make with just some simple filing and cuticle care.

6. Perfume

If you simply don’t have time to look your best, then try playing with the other senses. They say scent is actually the most important sense for attraction. Apply just a spritz or two of a nice, classy perfume before you rush out the door and be guaranteed that you’ll at least smell gorgeous.

7. Clothing

You may be tempted to dress down on days when you didn’t have enough time to do your usual hair and makeup routine, but that’s actually a huge mistake. Instead, pull out your most dazzling dress or that cute new skirt. Not only will you look better, but studies have actually shown that your mood will improve, too!

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8. Jewelry

You don’t need a lot of jewelry to make a big difference. Just adding some classy earrings or a big statement necklace is enough for people to notice the difference. If you’re like my sister who wants to sleep in as much as possible, you can even consider laying out your jewelry for the day ahead of time or tossing it in your bag to put on at work. If you need to draw attention away from a blemish or a stain on your shirt, jewelry is definitely the way to go.

9. Posture

It will sound like the 1900s etiquette book, but it’s true – posture can make or break your look! I’m not asking you to walk around carrying a book on your head, but you really can change so much about how you appear to others just by straightening your back or relaxing your shoulders. Good posture can make you appear taller, thinner, and more confident!

These days with people spending so much time hunched over computers or craning down at their smartphones bad posture is a bigger problem than ever, but that’s all the more reason to make sure you stand out in a good way by fixing yours!

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10. Attitude!

You’ve heard it before, but I’ll tell you again – confidence is the key! If you go out into the world thinking you look gorgeous, chances are people will believe you. It’s like some kind of Jedi mind trick, but there’s even research to back it up. So, if all else fails, just give yourself some positive affirmations before you leave the house and soon you’ll go from faking it to making it!

If you need to look good and you’re really, truly pressed for time, don’t spread yourself too thin by trying to fix everything. Instead, focus on one or two features like your lips or your outfit and really do them right. People will notice your gorgeous lipstick or stunning blouse and be totally distracted from anything amiss.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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