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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 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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