You are a very busy woman – constantly on the go. Work. Meetings. School. Dates. Family. Plotting world domination – the list goes on. With all of the things that you have to do , your beauty and well being shouldn’t have to suffer or take a back-burner to the other important things in your life.
The following tips are not exhaustive however they can definitely begin to help you fine tune your lifestyle routine by taking some time out at the beginning of your week to plan accordingly. You can even do these things at beginning or end of your day.
1. Select your clothes at the start of the week. Think of coordinates that you can mix and match and do double duty such as a three piece suit that you can break down into separate outfits or tops and bottoms that are interchangeable. Consider any activities or events taking place that you may attend so that you can plan those outfits accordingly. Make sure all your underwear, accessories, shoes, etc. are prepped – polished, cleaned, ironed, etc. and ready to go for the upcoming week.
2. Choose a couple of hairstyles that you can do quickly and flawlessly, especially if you don’t have a short hair cut (which actually still takes a lot of maintenance). Whether you wear your hair in a top knot, chignon, braids, weave or other type of style, it is important to figure out what are the best methods, techniques, products and tools for your hair. It may mean you prep your hair at night before you go to bed.
3. Decide on a few simple make up looks. Some weeks it gets super intense so all I have to give to the world is a cat eye and a red lip (supported by a good foundation, lashes and blush). If foundation isn’t your thing, think in terms of a
- lightweight tinted moisturizer like Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer,
- BB Cream from Bobbi Brown or Smashbox or
- if you need a product that is going to correct complexion issues, consider a CC Cream from Cover FX, Clinique, or Smashbox
Also, I am quick to turn a purple eyeliner into a lipliner and add gloss so also consider makeup and other beauty products that can multitask such as
- Nars Multiple which can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks
- Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer which is a sheer illuminator, available in several hues, which gives skin beautiful radiance. It can be used alone on the high points of the face (think center of forehead and nose, cheekbones, chin as well as cupid’s bow) or mixed in with your foundation or face moisturizer for an all over glow.
- Smashbox Always Sharp 3d Liner – it is always sharp with the twist of the cap and the creamy formula can be used as an eyeshadow base.
- Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment and even Rosebud Salve which not only heals and soothe skin but can be used on brows, lids, or mixed with powder shadow to create a creamy shadow.
In addition to using products that multitask, make sure you are working from a well organized space and/or set up your products. To save myself time in the morning, I line up my jewelry and makeup, including makeup brushes, on my vanity so I don’t have to shuffle, rumble and fuss my way through my morning beautification process.
4. If you take your lunch, consider prepping it at night and put your keys in your lunch bag (just don’t forget where your keys are when it’s time to leave in the morning). You can also prep your meals for the week on your day off. This will take some discipline and planning ahead but can save you some time and money at the grocery store as well. Also think of quick breakfast options which you can find Pinterest and even here.
5. Create a to do list. Get a notebook, planner or use your phone to write down the important tasks that need to get done the upcoming week and break that down into daily goals. Have a perpetual grocery list and a personal items list so that you don’t forget anything.
6. Don’t wait until the last minute to get up in the morning. It is extremely tempting to hit that snooze button and roll over however train yourself to get up when the alarm goes off. In addition, give yourself extra time to read, pray, meditate, workout, etc. It makes for a smoother transition in the morning.
Nothing is more heartbreaking than to see a woman hobble around town with ill fitting shoes.
Shoes. A many splendid thing. They have the ability to make or break an outfit and elicit squeals of sheer delight from die-hard shoe fanatics (myself included). But what do you do with that one pair of new shoes that are a bit too tight or slip up and down off of your feet because you are “in between sizes”. Or what about the pair of shoes you own where the soles are too slippery and you have to tip toe around with the stiff walk, hoping you don’t fall? Do you take the shoes back? Throw them away? Give them away? Just deal with it? Not necessarily. There are a few solutions to these commonplace shoe issues.
If your shoes are too tight:
Use shoe stretch spray or liquid which can be purchased from a drug store or shoe repair shop or even Amazon. While wearing the shoes, spray or squeeze the solution on the shoe where you need the stretch and walk around for a few minutes. Repeat if necessary.
Use a hair dryer with thick socks. It may be a bit uncomfortable at first to stuff your feet in your shoes with your socks on but you can deal with it. Start with your hair dryer on a medium setting and put the nozzle where you need the stretch for a few minutes until you feel your shoes become less tight.
Take your shoes to a good shoe cobbler. Cobblers, for a small fee, can perform various miracles on shoes with their equipment.
Freeze them with 1/4 filled sandwich bags. Yes – fill two sandwich bags with water a quarter of the way and stuff them in your shoes (be careful to zip the bag all the way). Put your shoes in the freezer (if you are concerned about putting your shoes in the freezer, wrap your shoes up in a plastic bag) After the bags freeze, let them thaw then take the bags out. Repeat if necessary.
If your shoes slip up and down off of your foot:
Use Insoles. These can be purchased from places such as CVS and DSW. You can choose from gel inserts or foam-like inserts. If your heel is slipping, use heel inserts which have an adhesive backing that will adhere to the inside heel portion of your shoe. Or you can use sole inserts which can also provide some cushion for the balls of your feet. Try either or both because your shoes, especially a pump, should not wear like a flip flop (INSERT POST LINK)
If the sole is too slippery
Use super grit sand paper to rub along the sole of the shoe so that the sole is not so smooth anymore, thus creating traction.
Purchase non slip grip pads (from your local drug store or shoe repair shop) that adhere to the bottom of the shoe. Beware that eventually the grip pad may come off.
Take them outside and scuff them on the pavement.
Take them to the cobbler to get ribbed nylon bottoms put on the soles.
Use a strip of masking tape on the soles.