Like millions of women around the world, I feel the need to be like the Energizer Bunny. I plan absolutely everything, I make goals which I feel are realistic and I sign up for activities because it seems my help may be needed. It’s wonderful that I do these things-but then I forget to plan the time to get these things accomplished. I once had my doctor tell me that I needed to work harder on my treatment regimen and I told her that’d be totally doable if she was going to put more hours in my day! (she didn’t give me any more hours nor did she revise my regimen! ☹)
I finally came to accept that I fit in with probably 95% of all women all over the world. Ask any woman how they are doing and if they are completely honest with you, they will tell you that they are tired. I decided to take a harder look at my day to see where some adjustments could be made. I was not a happy camper when I didn’t find much moving room. I’m thinking you probably won’t, either. So what’s a gal to do?
After not being able to add more hours to my day, and not being able to really take any activities out of my day, I decided to work with what I had left: my appearance. Here are some of the things I have found helpful:
- Figure out your face shape and use it to your advantage. I think long hair is beautiful. I always had long hair in my younger days. But now, long hair does something to my face that I can’t deny-it makes it look droopy and accentuates the puffy bags under my eyes (which I’ll address later). I have found that a chin-length bob works best for my oval-shaped face. From time to time-particularly in the hot, humid summer months-I’ll grow it past my chin but I usually feel like an old hag-and I’m sure I look it, too! So I finally just had to accept that even though I think long hair is beautiful, it just does not work well with my facial structure. Added bonuses to shorter hair: a) short hair elongates your neck which gives the illusion of additional height! I’m 5 feet so I always love to look taller – and thinner!; b) less hair products to use; and c) less hair to clog the drain (which makes my hubby happy!)!
- Learn your skin tone and use it to your advantage. I’m fair-skinned and freckle easily. I figured out that soft colors look best on me. When I’m under the weather but have to keep it going without the world knowing, I opt for soft pastels in pink, lavender or blue. If you aren’t sure of which colors suit you best, you can go to Wiki.com and search for “How to Choose Colors That Flatter Skintone”. Or, you can have a little fun and try different colors and see how many compliments you get from close friends and/or acquaintances. We all have those best friends who will tell us like it is!
- The eyes have it. This is a two-part section. For starters, learn which eye shadow colors work best for you. I have blue eyes so I prefer browns or maybe a brown with a pink undertone. I love color, so in my younger days, I played with many different colors. Over the years, I have also learned which colors do NOT work well: purple and green; blue I use in extremely small amounts. (This is very unfortunate because I really love purple eye shadow.) You can go to Google.com and search for “eyeshadow colors for eyes” which pulls up many articles to help you figure out which colors work best for your eyes. I have always enjoyed playing with colors on my own!
- I suffer from sever under eye dark circles and puffiness. There are some mornings I honestly wonder if my husband hit me while I was sleeping! I have spent tons of money on products for this, but I have found two rather cheaper alternatives that I now turn to: a) Preparation H; and b) Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel. Preparation H can be found in any supermarket but be careful to not over use it. I will usually use it only a couple of nights a week. I’m sure you can use it more, but I just simply choose not to. As for the soothing eye gel, I found it at my local Walgreens for less than $15. It is a known fact that cucumbers are a miracle cure for puffy eyes. After only two nights of using this gel, I could tell a difference in my “eye bags”. You can actually use it morning and night if you’d like. For my dark circles, I use my Estee Lauder Advanced Eye Repair in the mornings under my make-up. It really is a little expensive, but a little goes a long way so I really only buy a jar every six months.
There are so many other things to try-and believe me, I’ll keep trying different things! Actually, while I was getting this article together, I came across several things I want to try myself. I hope you’ve found this article helpful. Feel free to comment with what you’ve found helpful as we keep moving on!
Thank you for reading!
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