Cheer up, FAST

Feeling grumpy? Sometimes its hard to keep the pep in your step, especially when you’re short on time. Maybe its raining, maybe its Monday, or maybe you just want to crawl into a dark hole and eat an entire chocolate cake. Whether you’re grumpy for a reason, or just feeling sorry for yourself, here are some quick last-minute fixes to turn that frown upside down.

    1. BLAST your fave song

Whether you’re at home, in your car or even at work. Take a minute pop on your fave feel-good song, (skip the Bon Iver and Radiohead) and put it on… high! Some of my all-time faves include:

Please try and listen to these songs and A. not dance or B. not crack a smile. Put on that song you cant help but dance to, Nicki Minaj always does it for me.

  1. Lace up your sneaks

 Exercise is so amazing for a grumpy gus, like you. Pop on your sneaks and either head to the gym, go for a run, or go for a walk. Get your blood pumping and get the endorphins going. The other great thing about working out: it helps you zone out. You can blast all your fave tunes, and get your mind off whatever is bugging you.

  1. Carb it up.

For me, its hard to be grumpy with a huge bowl of carbs in my face. But, its not just me, carbs are actually scientifically proven to improve your mood. According to an article on the Independent: “a diet high in carbohydrates, for example, such as bread, potatoes, pasta and cereals, can have a positive effect on one’s mood.” Yes, you just got a justification to chow down and a bowl full of your favorite pasta to improve your mood, go nuts!

    1. Caffeinate

Ohh coffee. Most of us can’t even open our eyes without a cup in our hands. If you’re feeling a little down in the day, a cup of joe will not only wake you up, it may also improve your mood! Authority Nutrition lists 7 reasons why coffee is amazing. One of which is, ‘many controlled trials have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that caffeine can improve mood”. Just another way to justify your Starbucks habit!

  1. OMG Cuuuuute!

The internet is chockablock full of memes and cute photos. If you are in a Debbie Downer mood, pop “puppies” in the google search bar. Then look at pictures of adorable little balls of fluff, doing adorable little fluff ball things. If you are not smiling and cooing, you may just be made of stone.

Cheer up, grumps! It’s not so bad. If all else fails, hop in bed and take a quick nap. Then, repeat steps one through five and get back to your usual peppy self!

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Behold the Power of Baking Soda

I have already discussed my irrational love of Vaseline, now, my 2nd love: Baking Soda. The eternal love of baking soda has been passed down from my mother; who uses it for just about everything. Here are a few of my favorite uses:

  1. Teeth Whitener

I am obsessive about the color of my teeth, mostly because my favorite things stain them: coffee, chocolate and red wine. Baking soda, which costs less than $1, packs a powerful punch in the fight against yellow teeth. I keep baking soda in the bathroom and dip my toothbrush in for a little extra whitening power. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Baking soda teeth whitening does take a bit of time.

2. Remove Excess Buildup

Everyday I use hair spray, moose, heat protecting spray and dry shampoo on my poor hair. All these products lead to build up on your scalp. The solution? Add a quarter sized portion of baking soda to your shampoo and massage into your scalp. You will be shocked at the difference. This method is well documented on sites like Livestrong. Gina Florio on HelloGiggles even started using Baking Soda as a shampoo substitute and had great results.

3. Squeaky Clean

Stain removers pack a bunch, but mix in some baking soda and you are bringing your stain fighting power to the next level. Baking soda is a mean stain fighter whether its in your laundry basket or on your kitchen counter.

4. Bye, Bye Zits!

I have pimple prone skin and have sworn by Baking Soda’s magical powers many a time. The website Bona Fide Skincare offers several ways to make your skin super clear using baking soda. I am a fan of the spot treatment which has been a lifesaver more than once.

Super cheap and effective in a million different ways, if you don’t have baking soda in your house now, run out and get some. You’ll thank me later.

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Why Vaseline is Everything

My friends always make fun of me for my love of Vaseline. I am quite literally obsessed, and for good reason. Over the years I have found roughly a million uses. Below are a few of my very favorites.

  1. Make-up remover

Did you know Vaseline removes makeup? Welp, it does. And honestly, it does it better than anything else. The best part: it is not full of harsh chemicals and leaves your skin supple and mositurized. Oh, and its DIRT CHEAP.

2. The ultimate lip balm

I use a lot of different lip products: from lip stick, to lip gloss, to scrubs, you name it. Every single night before I go to bed I apply Vaseline to my lips. Since I began, I have never suffered from dry, chapped lips. I’m serious, it’s amazing. My favorite is the Vaseline Lip Therapy mini tub.

3. Super Charge your moisturizer

Living in a cold climate can wreak havoc on your skin. I add a dollop of Vaseline with my moisturizer and it makes it so much for powerful. Perfect for after the shower.

4. Zap your dried feet

I am a weirdo and I sleep with socks on. However, if you are a tad more normal, you can pop a dab of Vaseline on your dried winter feet and pop your socks on during the day or for a few hours before bed. Your dry skin will improve incredibly.

5. Cuticle Care

Hang nails are the devil. After the shower, or whenever, smooth some vaseline over your cuticles. If your cuticles are moisturized, they are much less likely to crack and turn into hang nails.

6. Look Younger

Once you hit late 20’s, you realize wrinkles are on their way. Apply Vaseline to wrinkles every night to reduce their appearance. My aunt swears by it, but so does Jennifer Aniston.

There you have it. If you haven’t yet, order a tub and start reaping ALL the amazing benefits. Cheap, effective and easy, don’t miss out.

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Get Ready Faster

If you are a last-minute girl like me, you are always rushing out the door. After years of rushing, I realized the tools I need to help make my rushed look just a little bit less… well, rushed. Here are my go-to beauty tips for any time crunched girl.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a little slice of heaven sent down from the gods above. It not only saves you wash time, it saves you dry time and style time. Dry Shampoo makes the last-minute girl’s hair go from greasy mess to ‘oh hell yes’. I have used a million different kinds, from the cheapidy-cheap to the high-end and I have a few faves. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo is amazing, and really does the job. However, as a blondie, I have also had luck with Batiste Dry Shampoo: Light & Blonde. Batiste is definitely less expensive, and they have products for different hair colors to reduce the appearance of roots. LIFE SAVER.

BB Cream

Now, I am not a foundation person. I never got into it. I used to dab a little coverup under my eyes and then on any pimples I may have at that given time. For me, foundation seemed like a lot of work. BB Cream has changed the game, it goes on smooth like a lotion and gives you a flawless effect. It’s perfect to rub on your face quickly to make it look like you weren’t doing the 100 yard dash out the door. As far as recommendations, I don’t really have any. I kept it cheap and have been using Rimmel Match Perfection BB Cream. I think trial and error for your skin tone is necessary.

Master a Messy Bun

There isn’t a hairstyle much easier than a messy bun, when it comes to sprinting out the door. They look adorable, and they are incredibly quick. If you are someone who likes to sleep in: spend 10 of the 200 minutes you typically spend on social media pinning easy messy bun tutorials. Pinterest has a million, and they can help you look like a civilized human rather than a rushed mess. Here’s one I tried and loved.

Do your hair in your sleep.

Back in the day our moms and grandmas didn’t have badass curling irons and straighteners. They let their beauty sleep do the work. There a million ways to do this, from going all origami with bobby pins, to banana curls. Check out some boards here.

LBD Glory.

The LBD has saved me on more than a handful of occasions. If you stock up with a few with different sleeve lengths, you have so many options. Pop on your LBD and some tights, and accessorize. Even if you wore the dress yesterday you can add a different necklace, different tights, a cardigan,  a scarf, colorful shoes, or even funky earrings to mix it up. If anyone notices, that’s on them.

Simplify your makeup routine.

You’re beautiful. Most likely, you don’t need to bring a full face of makeup everyday. In order to get out of the door quickly, decide what makeup is absolutely essential. For me: its the aforementioned BB cream, mascara, bronzer and lip gloss.  Bronzer and lip gloss you can apply when you’ve already stepped out the door. Easy peasy. Everyone is different.  Find what works for you. If necessary, stash makeup  essentials at your desk at work.

Okay, so there you have it. Shave 30-40 minutes off your morning routine by trying some of my tried and true products and practices. Let me know how it goes!