The Ultimate Beauty Hacks To Make You More Productive

The Ultimate Beauty Hacks To Make You More Productive

Because less time in the bathroom equals more time on the sofa.

By Siobhan Taylor | 31st May 2017

When it comes to beauty routines, we are really fond of any hacks that will save us time in the long run. The shorter we can make our beauty upkeep, the happier we are. After all, time is money. The less time you can spend managing thick hair or taking care of your skin, the more time you can spend working on projects, enjoying your hobbies, sleeping in, or watching Netflix. You know, the things you really care about.

Microblading

Beauty insiders and make-up gurus have been obsessed with microblading for a minute. If you're tired of scouring the aisles of Mecca and Sephora for the pencil, powder, gel or stencil that will change your eyebrows for ever, then maybe it's time to consider microblading. Less permanent than cosmetic tattooing, microblading offers full, shaped brows with minimal upkeep or grooming required. Using small, precise strokes to mimic the effect of real hair, microblading results in an unequalled natural finish. If you're spending 10-30 minutes each morning shaping your brows, imagine how much time you could save after a two-hour appointment?

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IPL Hair Reduction

It is a truth universally acknowledged that shaving is the absolute pits. From ingrown hairs, nicks and cuts, and the constant, never-ending regrowth, it's easily one of the most exhausting aspects of a beauty routine. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light, for those in the know) is a non-invasive, broad-spectrum, light-based technology that can permanently reduce unwanted hair. By targeting the root of hair shafts, IPL effectively destroys the hair where it is produced. Evolve Medispa is a luxury boutique spa in New Farm which offers IPL to clients who seek a permanent solution to hair growth. With leading technology and some of the most gifted professionals available, Evolve Medispa IPL is suitable for a wide range of hair colours, thickness and skin types. IPL is the MVP beauty treatment to hack your life and save time and money. Put down the razor, you won't be needing that any more.

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Minimal Makeup Movement

If you've considered the makeup-free movement (à la mega babe Alicia Keys) or even just minimising the frequency with which you wear makeup, maybe it's time to take the dive. Applying a killer cut-crease, false eyelashes, and full contour (while masterful and impressive to behold) can be a real time suck. If you're happy to spend 30+ minutes each day doing your makeup, then more power to you! But if you are looking for a way to save time (and bulk up your morning sleep-in) then it's not crazy to consider going minimal.

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Lemon Water

We all know the healing properties of water and the importance of keeping up your intake. It keeps your skin plump (meaning fewer wrinkles), it flushes impurities and toxins out of your system, and it helps to keep your skin fresh and blemish-free. If the idea of drinking 2L of water a day sounds impossibly dull, then pep your water with lemon slices for extra benefits, such as aided digestion, detoxification, bulk vitamin-C intake, and boosted collagen production (translation: smoother skin!). Drinking water is one of those things you kind of have to do anyway, but putting in a little extra effort will definitely pay off long-term. Also, it's absolutely delicious. Experiment with different fruits for tropical flavours and delicious combos.

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Keratin Treatment

If your hair is kinky, frizzy, difficult to manage, and damaged by years of heating, then you need to be introduced to the magic of keratin treatments. Keratin straightening treatments fill the porosity of your hair, fill the cuticles with protein, and smooth the texture. There are so many different types of treatment, so be sure to get advice from your stylist first to avoid any post-treatment blues! Opt for a natural formula where possible. Blissfully smooth hair and minimal styling time? This is a game-changer!

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Dry Shampoo

Regularly washing your hair has been proven to strip the hair of natural oils, dry it out, and (just as important) make your shower so much longer. Maintain scalp health and minimise your downtime cleaning and drying by opting for dry shampoo instead. Skipping the lather-rinse-repeat nonsense for four days at a time can dramatically help you save time while also improving your hair health. Not to mention, messy beach-chic waves are totally on trend. Without having to wash and dry your hair as frequently you can spend more time sleeping-in or on the sofa watching Netflix. A good-quality dry shampoo will leave your hair just as fresh and manageable as actually washing it. Well, almost.

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Eyelash Extensions

If you haven't been #blessed with long, luscious lashes, then you would be familiar with the struggle of short lashes: clumpy mascara, looking tired even when you're well-rested, and the expense of buying new mascara at least every three months. Even the most low-maintenance among us could benefit from a full set of lashes. They make your eyes look wider and more awake, are completely water-resistant, minimise the number of products you put on your skin, and of course, are critical at saving time in your beauty routine. Not to mention, they look stunning.

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Article by Siobhan Taylor

Brisbane gal through and through, Siobhan is an avid cider-enthusiast and a keen believer in brunch (house deposit be damned). When she's not at the beach, she can be spotted lusting after makeup she can't afford, re-watching The Office (the US version, obviously) or annoying her friends with her insane astrology theories (she's an Aquarius, FYI).