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5 DIY Beauty Tips For A More Stunning You

5 DIY Beauty Tips For A More Stunning You

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a cabinet full of facial treatments, clay masks, cleansers, tooth whitening gels and expensive deep conditioning treatments in your bathroom, and you may have had mixed results with them. Expensive products are bought, tested a few times and then abandoned in the bottom of your drawer. Or maybe you love your moisturizing routine, but you can’t keep springing for the expensive lotion you’ve been using.

Chances are, you have some natural ingredients at home that can do the job of many of these products, or you have some hidden multi-taskers you didn’t know about. Rather than forking over tons for products that may or may not work, try some of these DIY beauty tips for a more beautiful, stunning you.

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1. Brush your teeth with baking soda

Baking soda is a natural whitener. It’s used in laundry detergent, natural shampoos, and toothpastes. Rather than purchasing a tub of toothpaste, however, consider making a home-made baking soda paste to whiten your teeth gently and naturally. Baking soda is a mild abrasive, so it gently scrapes off the plaque and food stuck to your teeth while lifting old stains, revealing a nicer, brighter color after regular use.

To make a baking soda paste to use on your teeth, mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with an ounce or two or water or lemon juice. Dip your toothbrush in the paste, then brush your teeth as usual. You should use this paste once a week; in between, use your regular toothpaste. You’ll find your teeth naturally whitening after a couple weeks of sticking to this routine.

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2. Use lemon juice to lighten your hair

People are quick to recommend using lemon juice in DIY projects on your skin, usually as part of scrubs or dark spot treatments. That’s actually a bad idea, as citrus oils can leave your skin more sensitive to sun damage and the acid can cause long-term harm. However, lemon juice can be immensely helpful for naturally lightening your hair color.

On a bright sunny day, take one cup of lemon juice, dilute it with a few tablespoons of water, spray the mixture in your hair until it’s thoroughly dampened, then spend an hour or two outside. Wash your hair and apply a moisturizing conditioner, as lemon juice is drying and your hair will be sapped of moisture. The result should be a few shades lighter than your original hair color. You can repeat the process every few days until you get the results you want. Although it won’t be as effective or as strong as bleaching, you can get natural sun-kissed highlights using this technique, particularly if you have brown to medium blonde hair, without overly damaging or drying your hair out.

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3. Use coconut oil as deep conditioner

If you suffer from dry hair, you’ve probably spent tons of money on hot oil treatments and expensive deep conditioners, but those are unnecessary. The best and easiest way to deep condition your hair is to use a natural, fatty liquid like olive oil or coconut oil. Take whatever natural oil you have around—you don’t want to use vegetable oil for this. Take two to six tablespoons of oil, depending on how much hair you have, and lather it into your hair after dampening it thoroughly in warm water. Wrap it up in a hair wrap and leave it in for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight if that suits you. Use shampoo and warm water to rinse it out. Your hair will be moisturized, shiny and soft after this treatment.

4. Shave your legs with conditioner

Shaving cream is the biggest scam of the 21st century. Most people can easily replace it with a wide variety of household items that are cheaper, more efficient and more effective. Shaving cream is messy and easy to run through quickly. The other expensive option is to get laser hair removal by experts. But rather than spending money on an unnecessary expense, use conditioner to remove your hair. It helps by softening the hair follicles and moisturizing your legs, making the razor run smoothly and without excessive clogging. Be sure to shave at the end of a hot shower, so the warm steam can open up your pores, giving you a closer shave.

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5. Use raw honey to treat your face

Raw honey can be an immensely helpful face treatment for everything from soothing irritation to clearing up acne to moisturizing. This natural anti-bacterial makes an excellent cleanser, mask, and exfoliant for your skin. Make sure to get the good stuff—raw, unpasteurized honey—as regular old honey won’t have any of the natural benefits that raw honey has.

To clear up daily grime or to exfoliate, apply a layer of raw honey all over your face and massage gently for two or three minutes into your skin. To exfoliate, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then gentle rinse it off with warm water for refreshed, moisturized plump skin.

Beauty treatments don’t have to be expensive, and they don’t have to come from a store. Natural homemade products can be just as effective at a fraction of the cost. Raid your closet, fridge and pantry for secret, effective beauty supplies.

Featured photo credit: Mario Antonio Pena Zapata via flickr.com

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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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