Day: 4 September 2014

#4 FALL BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS

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4 FALL BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS

Ah, Fall. It’s the transitional season that you can’t help but love! Not only are you changing your style and revamping your beauty selections, but nature is also giving you new hues for inspiration. Every season I like the idea of a refresh. A time to reinvent yourself and play up your favorite features. Now that many of you are locking down your school style, there is no better time to set a few fall beauty resolutions – the perfect excuse for exploring a new beautiful you and building a few habits along the way.

If you’re at a loss for what to tackle this fall, I’ve got you covered. Here are 4 commitments to keep this season.

Fall Beauty Resolutions

Moisturize Daily – As much as you think you’re regularly nourishing your skin, you may be skipping areas that really need hydration. With a little summer damage done and winter soon to dry out your skin, now is the time to build the habit. Every day after a shower make sure to lotion your entire body. Pay extra attention to the areas that are exposed to the elements, like your face, neck, hands, elbows, and feet. And remember to transition your products for fall as well!

Select a New Nail Color – A new rich hue or some graphic nail art – either way a new nail look will give you an edge like no other. And if you’re stuck with uniforms and minimal makeup at school, a dreamy emerald or popping plum will let your personality shine without breaking the rules. A new signature nail look can make you feel more alive and ready to take on anything. Darker hues and detailed nail art aren’t very forgiving, so use this season to perfect your application and you’ll be left with a perfect polish from here on out. No one likes tinted cuticles!

Regularly Make a Statement – You’ll already be rocking knock out nails, so why not be bolder by playing up some of your other features. During the fall you can start with an au naturel look and then change one characteristic for a dreamy, but fierce, finish without packing on a full face. Less sunshine and thicker clothes immediately makes me think of more statement eye makeup. Play around with the thickness of your eyeliner or make your brows the focal point of your look. Either way, be daring with something a little more eye-catching (pun intended). 😉

Incorporate More Oils – Sometimes the greatest way to revitalize our locks, calm our minds and clear our skin is with the help of just one ingredient – oil. Try a more natural approach to beauty this fall and save a little money (the gift giving season will be here before you know it) by learning about the many uses of coconut oil, or by adding another beauty-benefiting oil to your routine. Once essential oils and beautifying oils are added to your arsenal, you’ll be able to DIY masks and select products that are right for your skin and hair type with ease.

What will you change this season? Have any habits you’re hoping to build?

Sara Dal Monte

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HOW TO STAY ORGANIZED

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HOW TO STAY ORGANIZED

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to rethink priorities – either you’re just getting into the swing of things with school or kicking it into high gear at work after a summer of travel or possibly other interruptions. The truth is, staying organized is never as easy as it looks, even if you’re a total Type A. From time to time, even to-do lists can get muddled and calendars messy and overwhelming.
When you feel that start to happen, you can use these tips to regroup and refocus.Make Reasonable To-Do Lists – To-do lists can be lifesavers, but they can also be your downfall if you don’t keep them realistic. If your to-do looks more like the start to a novel, you may need to consolidate. Try focusing on the MOST important 3-5 items before even writing other tasks on your list. That way, you don’t look at a full page and feel overwhelmed, which often leads to more worrying than getting things done!

…But Make the List – When you don’t make a to-do list at all, it’s tough to get your thoughts straight on what must be done. If you aren’t much of a list maker, I suggest at least jotting the major priorities down, so you don’t get sidetracked.

Prioritize Regularly – The hard part of any commitment is that priorities change. There isn’t a job or class I can think of that doesn’t deal with interruptions. So, unfortunately, reprioritizing is often necessary to organization. Stay on top of it by regularly scheduling “check ups” with yourself to go over priorities. Maybe you’ve spent the last month staying after school with a math tutor, but now you’re falling behind in English. It could be that this part of your English course is more difficult for you than math, so you need to focus on that instead.

Compartmentalize – Who else hates seeing a binder overflowing with papers and sticky notes? It always made me a bit nervous. Instead, group things into main categories (and just like with to-do lists, you don’t want to break them down into too small of pieces), which will make it easier to divide and conquer tasks. That way, when it comes down to completing an assignment, you can pull out that piece exclusively – you’ll never lose items or have unwanted distractions in the way.

Choose Tools that Work – For some, a plethora of office supplies like color-coded tabs, sticky notes, and index cards, eases anxiety. But for others, this method only adds to the clutter. If you’re unsure what your perfect work environment is, try a few organizational supplies for a month. If, for example, you find that after a month keeping a daily planner isn’t effective, there’s no point in keeping it as your method of organization.

What’s your best way to stay organized? Share it in the comments below.

Sara Dal Monte

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