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Small things that help make you always look polished?

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MeIAm Sun 03-Jul-16 12:17:23

It takes a lot of effort and time (both of which are in short supply at the moment) for me to even look presentable enough to leave the house.

I'd love some quick, easy tips and tricks to make me look even slightly 'done'. Right now if someone knocked on my door I wouldn't answer it just because I look a state, my hair is fuzzy and everywhere, skin is not looking it's best, eyes are dark, body is dry and flaky, nails are long but discoloured, toenails have chipped, week old polish on them - you get the idea!

I'll go to work tomorrow looking presentable but as soon as the make up comes off it just seems to highlight how bad other parts are!

I have a busy month ahead so will be doing the bare minimum but after that will be able to invest more time in myself. What things do you do to make walking past a mirror first thing in the morning more bearable?

OrlandaFuriosa Sun 03-Jul-16 12:40:07

Well, I don't , but what I notice in others

Glossy hair. Next time you are washing it, towel it to remove the worst of the water, then rub a little coconut oil into it, or Moroccan oil. Instant natural shine. 3 seconds.

Brushed hair. Brush with head upside down as well as head upright, with bristle brush. Keeps scalp in good condition. 45 seconds to 2 minutes, per day unless your hair is really long.

Hair either well cut or pinned out of the way. 1 hour every. Six weeks or 20 seconds every 6 hours

Nails, either good nail polish or none.
Cuticles managed. 30 seconds per day, ie 3 seconds per nail, with cream and orange stick.

Shoes clean. ( distinct fail here). Wipe over every night, 2 mins

Eyebrows tidy. 2 mins per week
Eyelashes, if you can afford it, get them died.

Ironed shirt (another fail). Don't worry about trousers or skirt, people don't notice those so much.

If no small children, 1 piece of jewellery, eg necklace. 2 seconds.

Sorted handbag or rucksack, ( third huge fail) . 3-15 mins.

Most important of all, stand up straight and smile. Breathe slowly. Cost and time, nothing

Now if I do all these...

NakedMum33and3rd Sun 03-Jul-16 13:05:34

Eyelash extensions have mad my life so much easier!

mrssmith79 Sun 03-Jul-16 13:14:54

Gel polish
Groomed eyebrows
Bit of mascara
If those 3 are in place I'm pretty much happy to face the world (or the newsagents at least grin ).

3littlefrogs Sun 03-Jul-16 13:15:10

I think a good haircut is essential. You can get away with most clothing if your hair is tidy, but the smartest outfit will look bad if your hair is unkempt.

I was watching Shirley Williams on TV last night (?) and thinking that she has finally found a hairdresser that can give her a decent cut.

MeIAm Sun 03-Jul-16 13:15:55

Lots of quick fixes so far! Can definetly do a few minutes every day.

Love good eyelashes and have considered some extensions before. How long do they last until they start looking a bit odd? Do they actually look a bit odd after a while? (Do the lashes fall out in clumps or just like natural lashes?) Do your natural eyelashes fall out with them? Most important question - how often do you need to get them done and how long does it take?

Sorry for all the stupid questions but these are things I'd feel silly asking the beautician, I feel I should know the answers blush

MeIAm Sun 03-Jul-16 13:19:29

Already get my nails shellac'd (took it off on Friday though I haven't had time to get them redone and my appointment isn't until this Friday, the regrowth was bad!) Maybe I should look into have toenails done too but would have to sort my feet out before I let anyone see them!

DrHarleenFrancesQuinzel Sun 03-Jul-16 13:37:54

I asked something similar a few months ago.

The best answer I remember was to not rush about. Glide not stomp about in a rush. Think about your posture too.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 03-Jul-16 13:39:37

Minimal subtle make up.
Hair styled
Nails painted

BananaChew Sun 03-Jul-16 14:08:31

When I watch TV at night I take off my nail varnish, file my nails and repaint in a nude colour, with a clear coat on top. Makes me feel very together.

Try to streamline your wardrobe so that your stuff all works well together, and your outfit appears thought- out.

Skin. Even-toned skin helps loads

ElspethFlashman Sun 03-Jul-16 14:13:30

I find a luminizer helps a lot. I whack on that L'Oréal Lumi Magique stuff over my moisturiser (I keep them side by side) and I look instantly less knackered even bare faced.

Oh and a good tip is to put deodorant & perfume side by side as you end up using perfume every day.

Also serum on soaking wet hair. Every single time!

wobblywonderwoman Sun 03-Jul-16 14:21:52

I am trying to look a bit more polished. Past 2.5 years have been crazy

I got a good haircut yesterday and some clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner.

This morning I bought St. Tropez one hour tan and an airbrush primer, lipbalm with pink stain and I am going go use my teeth whitening trays for the next two weeks that I haven't used since my wedding.

I also got a foundation sponge so might improve the make up.

Would love more tips

gettingtherequickly Sun 03-Jul-16 14:23:41

Good haircut and pressed clothes.

If you dye your hair regular maintenance on the roots.

Now if I could only follow my own advice.......

ElspethFlashman Sun 03-Jul-16 14:30:48

Also I bought that Bluesky UV lamp on Amazon. Comes with a Base coat and top coat for 20 something quid. Doing your own nails at home = win.

Oh2beatsea Sun 03-Jul-16 16:41:18

If you want a quick but amazing fix for your Newton's Chiropody Sponge from eBay (<£2) and when you've used it on dry skin, apply Flexitol Heel Balm (Boots or chemists). Works really quickly on the driest of skin!!

NakedMum33and3rd Sun 03-Jul-16 17:47:53

I get my eyelashes done filled in every 3 weeks. It takes about 45 minutes. They look fine when coming out and have never looked particularly odd. You have to make sure you get a good person to do them because it is quite a delicate procedure. Also as long as you don't pull them off it doesn't harm your eyelashes.
I get so many compliments about my eyelashes. People think they are real as they don't look fake at all.

fastdaytears Sun 03-Jul-16 17:50:55

I've had shellac for years and years but only recently started getting my toes done too and it has made a huge difference. I hate hate hate my feet so always left them til last (which means never). Now I can wear flip flops at short notice! It's a life changing move...

Jmangel Sun 03-Jul-16 17:51:42

Well I was the opposite of polished today - I had intended on a beauty night last night but felt like a cold was coming on, so spent the night on the sofa drinking wine and watching a girly film instead - big mistake! Had to attend a holy communion and village festival today and looked and felt dreadful. I should have coloured my dark roots, done an exfoliator and fake tan and a manicure/pedicure and an eyebrow tint. Because I didn't, I had shocking roots, was as pale as a ghost which meant I was limited in clothing choices and had to sweat it out in a cardigan and covered shoes as my feet also awful. It has all put me in a bad mood all day and I could kick myself for sobbing out last night. Does anyone else find looking polished exhausting?!

Jmangel Sun 03-Jul-16 17:53:02

That was slobbing although felt like sobbing today when the sun came out and I was caught out.

zippyswife Sun 03-Jul-16 18:19:08

I agree with posture (I am trying... When I remember). People look really put together when they don't slouch.

redhat Mon 04-Jul-16 08:25:36

I am going through a slump atm and so don't look my best but when I am more organised I do a different thing each night in front of the tv

face mask
hair mask

BlueEyedWonder Mon 04-Jul-16 13:59:33

Regular haircut and highlights

Keep finger nails short and clean. Quick coat of Dior nail glow.

Regular eyebrow threading

Pressed clothes in simple, plain designs and neutral colours.

Good tan leather tote.

redhat Mon 04-Jul-16 14:24:30

Ive just been prompted by this thread to paint my nails when i ought to have been working

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Mon 04-Jul-16 15:00:26

Hair for me.

My hair is curly so brushing doesn't work and I don't like coconut or Moroccan oil. I have a go to style (basically up but with the front pinned up separately for some volume) which looks nice and as 'done' as my wild curls will ever look!

I like to have my nails done as well and I would sooner take it all off than have chips. But well fitting clothes are the best thing. Tops that don't require hoiking to cover bra straps, trousers that don't have hems falling down, that sort of thing.

JapaneseSlipper Mon 04-Jul-16 21:24:25

Re. nails - stash one of these in your handbag for almost instant glossy nails with no drying time.

You use three sides in order to buff your nails to a glossy shine, perfect for when you are running late but want your nails to look (literally) polished. Provided your nails are naked, it's the kind of thing you could conceivably do on a car (or a bus, provided there is no one sitting next to you to be weirded out). It's not like nail filing, you don't really shed particles everywhere, so not gross.

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