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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

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        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

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                    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

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                              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

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                                      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!

                                              Featured photo credit: Behind the Scenes with Aveda/goMainstream via flic.kr

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                                              Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                              1. Work on the small tasks.

                                              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                              2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                              3. Upgrade yourself

                                              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                              4. Talk to a friend.

                                              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                              7. Read a book (or blog).

                                              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                              8. Have a quick nap.

                                              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                              9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                              10. Find some competition.

                                              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                              11. Go exercise.

                                              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                              12. Take a good break.

                                              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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