Ten-hour days full of mind-numbing meetings, stodgy emails, cranky customers, tired feet and too much traffic. You may not be tripping at the Oscars or having a massive wardrobe malfunction in front of millions of people, but you still deserve a break. Here are our top ten party tricks for every aspect of your life.
1. Skin Care
For busy women (um, hello, ALL of us) BB Cream is your best friend. In one step it combines moisturizer, SPF, antioxidants and tint to blur blemishes for a finished-yet-natural look. Try Diorskin Nude BB Creme ($45 at Sephora) or Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Protector ($8.99 at Ulta Beauty).
For the price of two lattes per month, you can get access to on-demand TV shows with a Netflix subscription. Satisfy your need for nostalgia by binge-watching “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” or opt for a lavish period drama like “The Crown.”
A pouty red lip is classic for a reason: it brightens the face and polishes a look with a quick swipe. The secret to pulling it off is a smooth and moisturized base, so pre-treat with a conditioning balm or try Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Poppy Pop ($18.50), which combines balm with unstoppable color.
4. Hair Care
The next big thing in hair care has arrived: cleansing conditioner. Cleansing conditioner, or co-washing, is a true 2-in-1 system that cleanses hair like shampoo without drying it or stripping hair of natural oils. It’s especially great for unruly hair that wakes up like a fire-breathing dragon. Try WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner ($32 at Sephora).
Track your steps, sleep habits and personal goals with the cute activity trackers from Kate Spade. From a sleek black and gold scalloped design ($98) to a sweet rose-colored bangle ($128), Kate knows how to make a girl look good and stay fit at the same time.
Outsource your style dilemmas to Stitch Fix. The online service acts like a personal stylist, delivering five pieces of clothing or accessories to your door that are tailored to your size, shape, budget and lifestyle.
Nothing says “promote me” quite like a good handbag. Try the Transport Satchel in English Saddle by Madewell ($188). It keeps you organized (or hides the fact that you aren’t), it has some structure, it’s big enough to haul your tablet or Macbook Air and it matches everything.
The Nest Cam Indoor camera ($199) could get you one step closer to being Super Woman. Stay in the know even when you’re not at home by remotely monitoring for intruders, watching your baby sleep or telling your dog to get off the couch with the built-in speaker and mic.
Remember when you dropped your first smartphone in the pool and you desperately hoped a bag of rice would save it? The iPhone 7 takes all of that anxiety away. Faster, stronger and waterproof, the iPhone 7 is the “real deal,” according to Wired Magazine. Plus the 12-megapixel camera will make you forget about digital cameras for good.
10. Social Life
Weary of your co-worker’s gossip? Amp up your social life with people who are actually interested in the same things you are. Visit Meetup.com to find groups in your area, or create your own.
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