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22 Beauty Hacks You Have to Try

22 Beauty Hacks You Have to Try

The summer months are drawing to a close, meaning the return to classes for some and simply the transition to a new season for others. Whatever it means for you, it's a perfect opportunity to hack your personal grooming for a revamped beauty routine. Some of the tips on this list are specifically for warmer weather to get you through the last of these sweaty summer days. (You're welcome.) Enjoy!

1. Eliminate permanent sweat stains

    2. Vaseline prevents messy self-manicures

    manicure tricks

      3. Use a spoon for an easy winged eyeliner guide

      Use a spoon to get the perfect wing shape for your eyeliner.

        4. Make lips pop by using a highlighter pencil/cream

        Use that same highlighter to accentuate your lips.

          5. Cool down sunburns with frozen aloe vera gel

          aloe vera

            6. Make your lips look plump with this shimmer trick

            Use pale frosted eyeshadow to get fuller, 3D lips.

              7. Clean up your self-tanner mistakes with baking soda

              diy baking soda

                8. No more clumpy mascara!

                  9. Prevent shoe blisters with gel deodorant

                  blisters final 25 Beauty Tricks to Know By the Age of 25

                    10. Easily paint french tips using a rubber band

                    Touch up a French manicure with a rubber band.

                      11. Use white eyeliner pencil as eye shadow primer

                      Color your entire lid with white eyeliner to make eyeshadow colors POP.

                        12. Use a detachable shower head stand for hands-free blow-drying

                          13. Bubbly nail polish? Put it in the fridge

                          nail polish hack

                            14. For nail art use a metallic sharpie, let dry, then add top coat

                              15. Save your old mascara brush and use to apply eyebrow color

                                16. Give yourself a quick split-ends trim

                                split ends

                                  17. Highlighter above you brows = instant eye lift

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                                    18. Curl lashes and apply eyeliner in one go!

                                    Clever! Eye Makeup Tricks - Must Know - Beauty Point Of View

                                      19. Fix a broken lipstick tube with a lighter and your fridge

                                      how to fix broken lipstick

                                        20. Get the perfect lash curl with this technique

                                          21. Heat your curler to make it more effective

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                                            22. For natural & effective makeup remover, use coconut oil!

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                                              Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                                              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                              Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                              Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                              1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                              This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                              In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                              The result: no more mental stress.

                                              2. Unplug

                                              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                              How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                              3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                              Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                              • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                              • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                              • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                              While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                              The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                              So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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