Make up in minutes

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Bouncing out the door with a full face on every morning might be the dream but whether its for a business meeting or baby group, a little bit of make up can go a long way to making you feel like you and ready to face the world. Fill your make up bag with hero products which have multiple uses to save on precious minutes.

Keep to a core everyday palette and mix it up with a bold eyeshadow or a different lipstick depending on your mood and you’ll be ready for anything.

Lipstick one handed with little human in the other is just about manageable….now if only we knew the secret to one handed eyeliner, we’d have it sussed!

For make up in minutes here are the YOU ARE YOU top five hero products:

  1. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks £33. For a sun kissed glow this compact is perfect swept over the cheekbones plus the individual shades also look great on the eyes. http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/products/14022/Makeup/Face-and-Cheek/Shimmer-Brick
  2. Nars The Multiple Multi-purpose Stick £29. For eyes, cheeks and lips.  Quick and easy to apply without precision as it’s blends beautifully. Only difficult bit is choosing which shade!  http://narscosmetics.co.uk/en_GB/copacabana-the-multiple/0607845015017.html#start=1
  3. Wild About Beauty Eyeshadow Pencil Duo £14.50. One end is a crease free eyeshadow, the other a high pigmented eyeliner (some shades could even work on the eyebrows too!). http://wildaboutbeauty.com/eyeshadow-pencil-du0
  4. Mac Lady Danger Lipstick £15.50. The ultimate red lipstick. When in a hurry, if you time for nothing else, a slick of this scarlet hue will take you places. http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/products/spp/shaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT168&PRODUCT_ID=PROD310&SKU_ID=SKU2280
  5. Vaseline Original £1.95. An old school staple that can keep eyebrows in place, add a sheen to the lips, define eyelashes and soothe any dry skin. What a true hero. http://www.boots.com/en/Vaseline-Lip-Therapy-Original-20g_1421?cm_mmc=Shopping%20Engines-_-Philips-_—_-Vaseline%20Lip%20Therapy%20Original%2020g/

 

Don’t get comfortable…

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It can be a challenge in itself actually getting ourselves into a routine, holding it together, being Project Managers to our own lives.  It can feel like a never ending hamster wheel of keeping up with the to-do lists, family events, staying in touch with friends, being a supportive partner, all whilst trying to stay in employment and living in a fairly respectable, clean and tidy house (maybe evenings only) all at the same time.

And yet, we are surrounded by inspirational quotes everywhere, telling us to challenge ourselves by taking a step out of our comfort zone, try new things, pursue new interests and break from routine.

But being within our comfort zone offers security and  steadily gets us through life with hopefully minimal stress as we seek to accomplish and achieve what we know and feel comfortable with.

However, there are studies to suggest that stepping out of our comfort zone and increasing the levels of anxiety we feel, makes us able to maximise how well we perform and motivates us to push to the next level.

Too much anxiety though can lead to a negative effect, causing too much stress to perform – so it’s a fine balance.

I was recently asked to do something that pushed me out of my comfort zone which involved public speaking.  Now, to many this is something they do regularly and relish the opportunity.  Having been put on the spot, my heart was racing and a sea of faces looked on expectantly, awaiting to hear me deliver a (completely unplanned) speech on why I was there.

I started small, tried to relax and as I went through it found myself talking for a few minutes on a subject I am very passionate about.

Despite feeling I was out of my comfort zone, I did start to enjoy it!

Yes, I sat down afterwards feeling like I could have elaborated on some points, articulated my views a little better but I tried to remain unfazed and calm. The best part… I had a number of people from the audience come and seek me out afterwards to say they found my words inspiring.  This made me feel completely different about being out of my comfort zone.  I left feeling like I had achieved something that day and learnt that when you speak from the heart, you are you, stripped down, open to all and sometimes planning isn’t needed when you speak your mind.

Increase your sense of achievement and try to step out (or at least expand) your comfort zone every once in a while and see what it teaches you.

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For when those inspiration quotes spur you onto to embrace something new, here are our YOU ARE YOU top five tips:

  1. Switch up the everyday routine.  This could involve taking a different route to work or taking your kids to a new playground.  Refresh what you see on a daily basis to keep your senses stimulated.
  2. Change your pace.  If you are rushing here, there and everywhere it can feel uncomfortable to slow down a little.  If you take a different pace you have more time to observe and think.  Allow yourself thinking space and discover how you really feel or react to the world around you.
  3. Identify your fears. If you know what you dread the most, you can start to challenge whether that is something you would like to change. Take small steps, it doesn’t have to be a big jump.  If you find you are socially awkward or shy, aim to chat to one other person before you leave, not everyone! Remember, that it’s not about making mistakes or failure, it’s about trying.
  4. Learn a new skill or language.  Setting ourselves goals and trying something new means we venture into the unknown and learn what our likes/dislikes and strengths/weaknesses are.  Look for a local art class or book club to see if you could find a new interest.
  5. Utilise the YOU ARE YOU community for support with life coaching.  Improve your lifestyle through many different therapies and support groups which can help banish fear and anxiety over anything from public speaking to career changes.

 

 

 

Dressing by numbers

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Getting dressed seems impossible sometimes, right? Staring at the wardrobe willing for something to magically jump out (and hoping that when it does, it’s a completely awesome, stylish outfit too).

When we’re tired from a late night having just “one more drink”, nosying around instagram or having been up all night with the little people again, it can be difficult to engage the brain and think about what to wear for the day ahead.  Couple that with needing to catch a train/get to a baby massage class/present at a client meeting/tackle the school run (insert daily life goals here), time is not on our side.

We have precisely 12 minutes to get out of the house looking like a presentable pulled together member of society – and for some of us, with minimal porridge in our hair and accomplishing the task with a little one hanging off one leg demanding that we STOP trying to get dressed and pick them up immediately.  For no other reason, other than to make sure they are centre of our world. AT.ALL.TIMES (which of course they are, but really, darling, now isn’t a great time).   With nothing ironed, shaving err… overdue and the sun taking his hat on and off (someone else also seemingly struggling to know what to wear?), it’s all too much trying to find the right outfit.

So, on autopilot, in order to avoid having the whole “what? these aren’t my pjs, didn’t you know, lounge suits are everywhere this season but please excuse the fluffy slippers” awkwardness, we reach for the trusty jeans that are slung over the back of the chair, hoping they survived yesterday’s dinnertime food frenzy, if not the next step is to go looking for our uniform black leggings (gals, maybe not the guys) or in desperate times the dress/suit/onesie we wore 3 days last week and really hope noone notices.

If it were a race between going out of the house naked or throwing on the first thing we can find, the latter usually triumphs (thankfully!) but style can sadly be left stalled at the gate.

Once out of the house, in our mostly clean, uncrumpled outfit we rush to get on with our day…….But how do we feel?

Ready to take on the world?

Ready to handle colleagues/friends/little humans confidently?

or…..a little harassed, slightly awkward, wanting to go unnoticed and willing for the day to be over?

The clothes we wear can really represent how we feel, so what do you want to say?

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When thinking is just too much and dressing by numbers would be helpful, here are our YOU ARE YOU top five tips:

  1. FOCUS: Work with a narrowed selection and the thinking part is done for you.  On Sunday evening pull out 7 outfits that you like and that are suitable for the activities/schedule for the week ahead and cover all eventualities weather wise. Think complete looks head to toe from accessories to shoes.  Keep them hanging in your wardrobe in one place and only choose from these outfits Monday to Friday.  (we suggest 7 outfits for 5 days to offer some variation and choice dependent on your mood). Change it up week to week.
  2. INSPIRE: If you see outfits that you like in magazines, on pinterest or out and about window shopping, use these as inspiration for when thinking up an outfit is just too much.  Take your print outs, photos or tears (that’s industry speak for taking the pages out of a magazine) and hang them on the inside of your wardrobe.  If you have similar styles already in your wardrobe you can start to experiment with what works for you.
  3. ORGANISE: Sure, maybe it’s a little ambitious expecting something to jump out at you, but if you have an unorganised wardrobe, it will make finding the right item much harder.  Try grouping tops/dresses/trousers etc by item to start with.  Then order them into smart/casual/occasion.  You can even go one step further and organise by colour for a complete rainbow effect.  Whatever you feel works for you, but keeping all of your clothes and accessories organised will make life a lot easier when you need to grab and go.
  4. PREPARE: Now, it may not be the highlight of the week but having outfits clean and ironed, ready to go is essential.  Do not attempt to iron your chosen outfit first thing. We repeat: Step away from the iron! Pick a night, designate it to getting washing and ironing up to date. You will then have plenty of options available when choosing what to wear rather than pulling a shirt from the bottom of the laundry basket and hoping for the best.
  5. EDUCATE: Finding your personal style is a game changer.  Knowing the shape, cut, fabrics, proportions and scale which work for you and is the key to dressing well.  Unlock your true potential by booking an “Introduction to YOU” session with us. Contact: info@you-are-you.com and find out more over on the SERVICES section of the site.