Makeup Storage: Acrylic Organizers

Looking for a new way to store your makeup? Acrylic organizers are super sleek, modern and practical because they are colorless so you can see all your products right in front of you making looking for products easier. You can organize your makeup in a few ways

  • Acrylic Drawers
  • Acrylic Organizers
  • Acrylic Lipstick/Lipgloss Holders

For drawers check out Muji drawers. Very affordable for acrylic drawers (some are $100+) and you can stack them. I have a 5 drawer and a 2 drawer stacked on top of one another. Muji has some stores in big cities but I had to buy mine online here

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Next i’d recommend getting some acrylic vanity organizers for lipstick and every day products! These are great for products you use on a day to day basis like foundation, concealer, brushes, every day lip products, etc because they are easily accessible. You can even stack them on your acrylic drawers to save space! These come in all shapes and sizes and you can get a large selection at Homegoods, Marshalls and Bed Bath & Beyond or online. These are pretty affordable and easily accessible by googling “vanity organizers”.

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anonymous said:

I'm just starting to run - I really want to do it for my health, since I need to lose weight. Do you have any advice on running? I'm using a couch to 5k app to get me started. Thanks!

Hi there, 

It’s great that you want to start running because honestly it’s one of the best exercises you can do!

Warm Up and Stretch. Light walking before you stretch can prevent you from warming up ‘cold’ muscles, which can at times be stiff, and cause injury. Always remember to stretch before participating in exercise. 

Stay Hydrated. We use water to sweat, lubricate joints, tendons, and ligaments, and to carry blood efficiently to major organs. This is why water is so important to us, this is why it’s important to stay hydrated!

Listen to Your Body. Run at a steady pace, if you feel your legs buckling under your body then reduce it to a slow jog, to a walk, stop and have a break, really whichever you feel most comfortable with. As you continue to jog, your body will become healthier, fitter, and you’ll be able to run for longer!

Find What’s Right for You. As I’ve said countless times before, each body is different and what’s right for one person may be completely wrong for the next. Find out when is the best time to go running for you, find out where is the best place to go running (treadmill, or is it outside?), find out what your body can handle then you’ll be fine!

Stay in Control. Run at your own pace, if you see someone next to you who’s running as if a pack of angry lions is following them - don’t feel inclined to do the same. 

Be Patient. Your body will take time to adjust to running, you may be out of breath, sweaty and frail once you finish your first run but that’s okay! As you keep going, you’ll keep improving. These things don’t get easier, you just become better. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient People

Plan

When people don’t plan, they become slaves to something else. Demands of others, money, or even unimportant distractions will manage a person without a plan.

The software engineering industry saw a revolution with a new team management methodology called “Scrum” or “Agile”. Scrum became so popular because a team working within its structure was able to produce a software product at a much higher pace. Iterations happened every two weeks instead of three months. The principles behind “Scrum” weren’t too complex, but they are a witness to the importance of planning. The following is a loose outline of how Scrum management functions:

A team dissects a broad goal for the next two weeks into small bite-sized action steps
Each team member takes a set of bite-sized action steps and commits to have them done by the end of a specified time period.
Every day starts with a brief “stand-up” meeting where each team member reports what they’ve accomplished, what they plan to accomplish that day, and mentions any road-blocks they face.
Each employee goes off to accomplish what they said they would do.
This structure can be easily applied and adapted outside of the settings of software development and business teams.

An efficient person knows the value of a plan and fights unproductivity with written daily priorities, appointments, and goals. These goals should line up with short-term and long term goals.

No Hesitation

Perhaps one of the best venues to observe a “no-hesitation” attitude is in the armed forces of the United States. Our troops learn lessons about team work and efficiency out of necessity. Tasks both big and small must be executed with impeccable timing or the team will lose lives.

In an average work-day, there should be around 10-30 small tasks to accomplish. Hesitating to jump right in at a high pace will cost time and cause you to miss some items on the to-do list. If you find yourself waiting too long to jump in, you might want to spend a little more time on the first habit of planning.

Say No

Life simply demands too much. Everyone has an optimum work output that they can give. Anything that takes away from the optimum pace must be placed on hold. Many business leaders and entrepreneurs want to be the hero that gets everything done. However that simply is not possible.

Efficient people have a strong sense of what their responsibilities and purpose is and they clear everything from their plate that doesn’t qualify for their time. Some emails will have to be left for later, some clients will have to wait for an appointment longer than they would like, and some company recreation will have to be skipped.

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When you commit to doing something, you make a promise to yourself. And when you break that promise out of laziness, discouragement, or fear, you are only cheating yourself. You are not ‘getting away with something.’ You are only getting away from your own potential. When you commit to making your dream come true, that is the promise you simply decide to never, ever break. It doesn’t matter how many times you get discouraged, or exhausted, or frustrated, you just remember that you have not given yourself the option to quit. That is what commitment is — when the idea of ever stopping your efforts simply doesn’t exist. You have infinite patience and resilience because there is no other option. You have the ability to bear the pain and frustration because you must find a way to beat it. It doesn’t mean it won’t feel hard to press on — it might feel impossible, and yet you still find a way to keep going. You simply always press on. At a certain point, all your effort and energy and power is only directed towards your dream, and you no longer have to waste any energy on trying to motivate yourself to keep going.
—  Andrew W.K.
Tips For a Better Weigh In

1. Plan Your Weigh Ins

You shouldn’t be weighing yourself more than one a week, the less the better. 

If you have a rest day at least once a week, then that’s the best day to weigh yourself on. Otherwise, if you are most likely to go out on the weekend, and stray from your regular healthy eating - weigh yourself on the Thursday or Friday before that. Try to keep it consistent.

2. Weigh Yourself in the Morning

It’s best to weigh yourself in the morning before you eat/drink, or workout. 

3. Wear as Little Clothing as Possible 

Yup, excess clothing is just excess weight. It’s a good idea to weigh yourself in your underwear, or even better - naked! But if you’re not comfortable with that, make sure you are wearing light clothing when you weigh yourself! 

4. Make Sure You’re Drinking Enough Water

Making sure you’re drinking enough water will help your body release toxins and will prevent additional water retention. 

5. Don’t Weigh Yourself When You’re on Your Period

This is because your menstrual cycle can cause temporary water retention, all that excess bloating is not your friend!

6. Don’t Weigh Yourself After a Binge

Even though it’s just water weight, seeing the number on the scale will probably make you feel worse!

7. Don’t Let the Scales be Your Only Form of Measurement 

As I’ve said before, changing clothing sizes, feeling better and preforming better are all signs of progress. If you really wish to 

12. Don’t Let it Become an Obsession 

If you find yourself stepping on the scales several times a day, or after you have eaten, put the scale away for a bit. It’s not healthy to focus so much on your weight, it can lead to eating disorders and unhealthy eating overall. Don’t let a number control how you feel. If you can’t step on a scale and see the number without it effecting your mood, don’t step onto it at all. 

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6 Ways to Strengthen Your Willpower Muscle. Like a muscle, willpower can be strengthened. With practice and resistance training, our ability to control our impulses in pursuit of later, greater goals can grow, giving us the energy to easily resist that cookie and promptly file those taxes or starting to workout. Here’s how to increase your reserve.

1. Monitor your behavior: It’s hard to practice self-control if you aren’t cognizant of your current behavior and routines. Want to lose weight? First you need to be aware of what you eat on a daily basis. Want a healthier bank account? You need to understand your current spending habits. DeWall’s friends who have kids often recount mindlessly eating their children’s leftovers – a Chicken McNugget here, a few French fries there. “Do that for two or three meals a week and you’re adding several hundred calories to your diet which will translate into multiple pounds every year,” says DeWall. Write down what you eat. Monitor your finances. Keep track.

2. Form healthy habits: At first, going to the gym will require self-control. You may to fight the urge to sit on the couch and watch TV. But over time, as going to the gym becomes a habit, it’s going to require much less willpower. It will start to feel automatic.

DeWall, who frequently runs ultra marathons over 100 miles long, recounts multiple conversations he’s had with fellow competitors. “They don’t believe that what they’re doing requires self-control,” he says. To them, it feels natural. As once hard activities begin to feel routine, they require less willpower; you have to fight yourself less and that frees up valuable energy that can be spent elsewhere.

3. Practice every day: Just like practicing self-control in one aspect of your day (resisting a brownie, say) depletes the entire well, it also strengthens the entire muscle. “If I’m practicing self control in any domain, it should help me in all the others,” says DeWall. Multiple studies have illustrated that when you exercise self-control in one area of your life — such as brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand — you can exert more willpower in another area, such as suppressing aggressive behavior. The two behaviors may be very different, but they share a common energy source.

4. Control your environment.: Grocery stores are designed to play off our depleted willpower. “They don’t put produce by the checkout for a reason,” DeWall says. “They know you’ve just made a bunch of decisions; they know you’re exhausted, so that’s where they put the junk food.” You can’t, of course, change your supermarket’s layout, but you can control the environment at your home and at your work. It requires far less energy to resist a cookie if you know it’s not sitting in your cabinet. No solitaire on your desktop? Resisting starting up another game is instantly less of a struggle.

5. Make contracts to avoid arguing with yourself: Decision-making can be exhausting. Fighting with yourself to go to the gym lots of work. DeWall suggests making contracts with yourself, thus taking the conflict out of difficult activities. “If I do this, then I’ll do that,” he says. “If I get home from work, then I’ll exercise for 10 minutes. It essentially takes you and your arguments with yourself out of the equation.”

6. Achieve balance: Because on any given day we have a finite amount of willpower, it’s important that we don’t deplete the well too soon. Instead of simply writing down obligations on your calendar, rank them in terms of the energy or self-control they will require. “Become mindful of how much extra energy you are going to have to exert,” DeWall says. Catching up with a well-liked friend won’t require much exertion. But visiting your less-than-welcoming in-laws for the weekend? That may really sap you. If you know that in advance, you can adjust your week accordingly.

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