The Career Advice You Need to Hear, Based on Your Enneagram






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Our careers make up a large part of our lives. We go to college to get a job, we spend time (and money!) to perfect our resumes to land our dream job in our field, spend 40+ hours a week trying to build our portfolios and make a name for ourselves, devour all the career advice we can—and we still have more than 30 years to go before retirement. So we might as well make it as good as it can be, right?

Career advice is some of the most sought after here at The Everygirl, but it’s not one-size-fits-all. Not all of us struggle with the same issues, and what some of us have figured out keeps others up at night. But we found the best way to give targeted career advice to a large audience: the enneagram! Our favorite personality test might be the best way to learn how you can boost your career, improve your productivity, and reach all of your goals. 

 





Ones are all about improving themselves. They’re called The Perfectionists because they want everything around them to be good and done correctly. They’re responsible and detail-oriented, making them strong candidates for jobs that require precision and accuracy. As an employee, you can count on them to turn in quality work.

With their perfectionist nature, they are their biggest inner critic. They worry that their work isn’t good unless it’s perfect, which can disrupt deadlines or cause issues when working with a team. Understand what makes you a strong employee and leader and own it. Growing your confidence in the workplace will improve your quality and quantity of work. 

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Relationship-oriented, caring, and supportive, twos are all about helping others. They make amazing coworkers and team members because they’re all about being there for every member of the group.

When you’re creating friendships at work, make sure you set boundaries. Is this person just a work friend? Are you going to talk about work outside of the office, or is your friendship and work relationship separate? Keep these questions (and answers) in mind for a seamless relationship that is beneficial at work and at happy hour. 

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I’m sure there are a lot of threes reading this right now. They love leadership development and being the best employee or manager they can be. They’re always trying to level up their career, and they take a lot of pride in being career-focused. They’re goal-oriented and feel accomplished when they are appreciated and praised at work.

Focus on building your career by finding your niche—where do you fit in your company? Are you the one who’s known for amazing customer service and personality? Or do you excel at following data leads and executing projects? 

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The Romantic is idealistic and seeks meaningful experiences, especially in their careers. They long to create and show their artistic expression through their career, which makes them perfect for roles that require thinking outside of the box and discovering unique ideas and solutions for problems.

Find ways to keep your productivity up to tackle your biggest goals, especially if a side hustle is on that list. Fours struggle with balancing their emotions with their logic mind, so focusing on your overall career goals instead of your goals within your current company will allow you to broaden your horizons. 

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If you’ve ever sat in your office and thought about how much more productive and efficient you’d be if you were at home, odds are, you’re a five. Fives are analytical and enjoy having time and space to themselves to work.

Focus on building up your home office space (whether it’s a room with a view or your bed). This will give you the privacy and energy you crave to accomplish tasks and complete projects on your own time. 

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If you’re in an industry with a lot of competition, you’ll want a six on your team. They are trustworthy and loyal and will work hard to discover the strategies to accomplish team goals.

Sixes are hyper-aware of what’s going on around them, so they have a sense of perception that others might not understand. However, this can also make them quite pessimistic and anxious, often causing them to focus so intently on their main goals while forgetting the small ones necessary to get them to the end. Look at your goals closely to discover the small steps you need to achieve them. 

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Sevens are amazing at staying in the moment, which allows them to be optimistic and adventurous. They’re the employees who will gladly take up new opportunities to travel to another office or try out that new productivity app that everyone is buzzing about.

They love thinking ahead to future plans while keeping a fast-paced mindset on achieving and setting new goals consistently. All this can lead to burnout quickly, and the last thing a seven wants is to feel unmotivated and bored at work. To combat this, delegate tasks that bore you as much as possible and work on new, interesting projects as much as you can to get you excited again. 

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Competition is a daily source of motivation and drive for an eight. In the workplace, they’re leaders who take charge and ask the necessary questions to propel their careers further. They’re always looking for the next opportunity, whether it’s a raise, a promotion, or a new leadership role.

Keep your career thriving by asking for more duties at work. This initiative will certainly impress your boss when it comes time to discuss raises and promotions later in the year.

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Nines are all about going with the flow, and when it comes to their career, they seek to harmonize and work with others as much as possible. They are easygoing and empathetic, so they understand and see all sides and possibilities of a conflict.

While twos are typically considered the people-pleasing type, nines can often get caught up in trying to keep the peace in situations that actually call for a little productive conflict. Your relationships won’t suffer if you speak up about something that is bothering you—remember that, and you’ll start to feel more respected and confident in the workplace.

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8 Dupes For This Year’s Best Fall (and Winter) Fashion

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If I had to narrow my life resume down to one singular skill, it would be my ability to find any look for less. I make it my personal mission to find the most affordable option for anything I’m buying because your girl is ballin’ on a budget. When it comes to fall fashion, there are so many new styles of jackets, jeans, and boots every year that I simply must have—so I take to the internet and shop for items that are both trendy and affordable.

Of course, I’ll invest in a piece I know I’ll wear forever from time to time, but when searching for seasonal items that tend to stay in style for a shorter period of time, I much prefer my budget-friendly options. It might take a lot of patience and determination to find these dupes, but the satisfaction I feel when I do outweighs the time and effort.

Here are the best invest vs. save options for this year’s most popular fall and winter fashion finds:

 

1. Cozy Shacket

Shackets are a wardrobe essential that is here to stay this year, so chances are, you might already own a nice plaid one in a wool-like material (which we still love, by the way). But if you’re looking to expand your shacket collection, a cozy, boho-esque option just might be perfect for you. These look so cute with everything from jeans and booties to leggings and sneakers.

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Free People Ruby Jacket

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PacSun Button-Down Jacket

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2. Chunky Lug-Sole Boots

We started to see the chunky, lug-sole boots becoming extremely popular over the past couple of years—but I would argue that they are the boots of the season this fall and winter. Every time you open Instagram, you’re bound to see a blogger rocking a pair in their most recent OOTD. The options are endless, but it’s good to know that there is a pair for every budget.

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Marc Fisher LTD Padmia Chelsea Boot

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Madden Girl Cindy Chelsea Boot

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3. Fall Floral Midi Dress

OK, so the invest option here is definitely an investment, but you can’t deny that you’ve been seeing these designer dresses all over your Instagram feed. Dark fall florals in chic, feminine silhouettes like a long-sleeve midi dress are popping up everywhere (and in every price range). Pair one of these with chunky boots and a leather jacket and you’ve got the fall look of your dreams.

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Veronica Beard Sabina Silk Minidress

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Mango Floral Print Dress

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4. Textured Knee-High Boots

While over-the-knee boots have pretty much phased out of our fall wardrobes, knee-high options are hanging on tight—and are updated with stylish new touches like rich textures, deep browns, and ‘90s-influenced silhouettes. The right pair of textured knee-high boots can instantly take your outfit to the next level.

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Vince Camuto Phranzie Knee High Boot

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Franco Sarto Gardenia Boot

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The Aerie Crackle leggings have been my fall go-to for a few years now.

 

5. Faux Leather Leggings

We’ve been talking about faux leather leggings for years now, but they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. The trend has now expanded into the ever-popular leather pant, but we still believe that faux leather leggings are an essential wardrobe staple. Many of our editors swear by both of the options below.

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

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Aerie Crackle Leggings

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6. Quilted Jacket

I discovered this Target dupe for a popular quilted jacket last year, and I am beyond excited that they brought back an updated version for this season. Throw on one of these cozy-chic jackets to make your leggings, hoodie, and sneakers combo immediately go from boring to fashion-forward.

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Free People Dolman Sleeve Quilted Jacket

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Wild Fable Hooded Quilted Jacket

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7. ’90s-Style Jeans

It’s no secret that ‘90s-inspired fits have been the stand-out denim trend of the year. They’re not only flattering, but they also tend to be more comfortable than our denim selections of the past as well. Lucky for us, our reader- and editor-favorite pair of ‘90s jeans will not break the bank.

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Agolde ’90s Pinch Waist Jean

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Abercrombie ’90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans

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8. Sherpa Clogs

We’ve seen the return of the clog this year, and before you dismiss them as “ugly,” hear me out: Celebs and supermodels are being spotted everywhere wearing these, and if wearing shoes that are basically slippers out of the house is now considered chic, why wouldn’t we embrace it?

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See by Chloe Gema Mules

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Time and Tru Sherpa Clog

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Inside RFLCT, a Skin-Care Line by Gamer Rachell Hofstetter

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By the time you read this today, you probably have already spent several minutes — nay, hours — staring at a screen. You may or may not know, however, that hours spent looking at your phone or computer might come with some unexpected consequences for your skin. New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Kenneth Howe, M.D., previously told Allure that constant exposure to blue light, the bright light emitted by our electronics' screens, may cause the skin to develop fine lines prematurely (alongside all the effects it can have on your eyes). 

After spending "thousands of hours being in front of a screen" and having only the protection of blue light glasses for her eyes, Rachell "Valkyrae" Hofstetter, a gamer, entrepreneur, and content creator, sought to create RFLCT, a skin-care line dedicated to defending the skin from the effects of blue light. 

"When I first started streaming, I was in front of a computer for maybe six to nine hours a day. My face was melting, covered in acne," Hofstetter recalls of what she says was a very tough time. "Sometimes I wouldn't even want to stream with a webcam because I would feel so insecure [about my skin], and I realized it was affecting my performance — if I felt like I didn't look good, I just wasn't performing as well as I wanted to." 

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Thus, after two years of development in partnership with brand incubator Ideavation Labs, RFLCT was born. "I really wanted something that was unisex and for everyone to use, no matter what gender or what age… something very basic," Hofstetter recalls. That's exactly what she's delivered.

The collection, which launched on October 19, currently consists of five staple products, each of which Hofstetter says "[have] a very unique blend that is a BLPF (Blue Light Prevention Factor)." The blend is "specifically designed to block blue light." Although we can't be privy to the exact ingredients found in this proprietary (read: top secret) BLPF, cosmetic chemist Ginger King clarifies that "only iron oxides, titanium dioxides, and carotenoids have the ability to fight against blue light." That said, we still recommend wearing a daily physical sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher — yes, even indoors — alongside this line for maximum protection. 

Like Hofstetter, I've also experienced some serious eye strain after mindless Instagram scrolling sessions and have even invested in a pair of prescription blue light glasses. That being said, putting this skin-care line to the test was an absolute no-brainer. 

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Eye masks are admittedly one of my favorite skin-care products, and not just because they make for a fun photo op. They're also fantastic for hydrating the undereyes before applying concealer, so I always have one on hand when I'm doing my makeup. This mask's key ingredients include the brand's proprietary BLPF and brightening caffeine, which work together to reduce the appearance of undereye fatigue. 

Per the brand's instructions, I let them sit under my eyes for a good 10 minutes while I was doing my eye makeup. Little did I know that wearing this eye mask would be like letting ice cubes sit on my face, but I didn't mind one bit. Luckily, the skin under my eyes was happy, too, because no creases were in the making after putting on my concealer. 

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There can never be enough lip balm in this world, especially for someone like me who has extremely dry skin. So, of course, this lip balm was up next on my to-try list. Thanks to shea butter, which, King says, "provides intense hydration," I no longer had the urge to incessantly lick my lips after the first use. It's not often that I come across a lip balm with a strong, earthy scent, and this potent, refreshing smell put me in relaxation mode ahead of a good night's sleep. 

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I'm really not one to reach for acid-based gel cleansers, but I was in for a pleasant surprise when I tried this one. The cleanser features a blend of lactic and glycolic acids, with the latter being my initial concern. Pittsburgh-based board-certified dermatologist Lindsey Zubritsky, M.D., previously told Allure that using too much of a product that contains glycolic acid may cause a host of skin issues such as irritation or dryness, which has happened to me a few times when getting overzealous with a skin-care product. 

Because I now take a less is more approach to skin care, I didn't experience any problems with this cleanser. Better yet, my skin felt smooth and soft post-cleanse, a sensation I only usually encounter after moisturizing. 

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If you're not so keen on using eye masks or are a fan of eye gels and creams, RFLCT has another treatment for tired undereyes. Prickly pear extract, the hero ingredient of this undereye treatment, is "an antioxidant that [calms and moisturizes the skin]," says King. I like applying under-eye treatments at night, and I love that the clear formula doesn't leave behind any residue once morning comes. Plus, my dark-tinged undereyes always enjoy a pick-me-up, especially because it's one of the driest areas of my face. 

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I think my skin drank this moisturizer up because all of my dry patches that were once parched are now satisfied. Certain areas of my face — my cheeks and chin especially — are dry all the time, but now their pleas for hydration seem to have disappeared. This is probably due to the ingredients sodium hyaluronate and glycerin, which hydrate and repair the skin barrier, respectively. 

Like I said earlier, this skin-care line might provide some defense against the effects of blue light using a sunscreen every day is still the best way to protect your skin against any sort of light. But although the science of blue light protection in skin-care products is still a little up in the air, RFLCT lives up to its definition in many other ways. From the cool-toned color story of the packaging to the ingredients, the brand makes comfort and relaxation a top priority. 

If you'd like to try RFLCT for yourself, the collection retails for $12 to $24 and is now available at rflct.com — it will also be available for purchase on ulta.com starting October 24. Let the games between your skin and blue light begin.

The Simple Saving Strategies That Actually Helped Me






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Financial experts note that people tend to fall into two categories: savers and spenders. I’m the latter; I have a habit of making purchases based on what I want instead of what I need. To curb my impulsive “I can afford everything” buying mentality, I tracked my spending decisions over the past 30 days. Here’s what I learned—and how you can use these saving strategies to allow your dollars to add up in a more impactful way over time.

 





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1. I stopped buying coffee every morning

I’m a self-proclaimed coffee junkie. I love the smell of freshly ground beans, the first hot sip of french roast on a blustery winter day, the icy jolt from a tall glass of cold brew. I also love the ritual of stopping at a coffee shop on my way to work. It feels like a special treat, just for me, before diving into the hurried tasks of my day. Oh, and I’m a mom to a nine-month-old for whom sleep is optional, so there’s that.

However, the cost of each barista visit adds up quickly. I realized that I was easily spending around $2-6 a day. On a beverage! If you do the basic math, that is something like $500-1500 a year. Considering that is the cost of a super sweet vacation, I challenged myself to stop buying coffee for 30 days and simply make it at home.

The first week sucked. I longingly stared out the window at my favorite cafe every time I drove past, and then took a sip out of my to-go mug of coffee made at home, which was… fine. It still got the job done; I mostly experienced the natural lows that occur from being disciplined (sigh) instead of spontaneous (yay!). Instead, I saved coffee purchases for meetings or dates with other people—moments when I could linger, chat, and truly enjoy my beverage with great company. This resulted in many upsides, such as a reduced caffeine reliance, more money in my pocket, and a better appreciation for treat yo’ self days. (Hint: it’s not a treat when you get it every day!)

Monthly savings: $60-180

 

2. I limited dining out to special occasions

Growing up, my family usually went out to dinner to celebrate specific events: birthdays, relatives in town, Christmas Eve after late night mass. We ordered pizza a few times a year on Friday nights, complete with watching new episodes on ABC’s TGIF and drinking Pepsi out of the can. If that sounds lame, it wasn’t—because I knew that dining out marked a special occasion. Somewhere along the way I forgot that, and eating out became the norm due to a hectic schedule, lackluster cooking skills, and a taste for convenience.

Typically, I eat out for lunch 1-2 times a week, and my husband and I either pick up dinner or visit a restaurant 1-3 times, mostly on the weekend. That can cost anywhere from $8-15 for a single lunchtime outing and $20-75 for take-out or a sit-down meal, not to mention the fact that labor costs are rising, which has led to restaurant prices inching up. To save money for 30 days, I made a conservative choice to limit weekly dining out to one lunchtime outing on my own and one weekend dinner out as as couple. I wanted to see if I could retrain myself to view dining out as a special, cherished event, rather than an everyday occasion.

The result? I didn’t notice much of a difference; I simply needed to do a bit more meal planning for work and home. I also felt better health-wise and had more energy. Sure, pulling out a tuna sandwich and an apple at my desk felt less exciting than the Whole Foods salad bar—but spending the extra cash on a nice steak dinner with my husband and our favorite bottle of pinot noir later that week was worth every penny.

Monthly savings: $32-60 (by dropping one individual lunch per week) and $80-300 (by dropping one dinner for two per week)

 





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3. I stuck to a list

Otherwise known as, “how I avoided accidentally spending $100 at Target on shit I don’t need.” Even though the dollar section always calls my name and insists I need new notepads or decorative candles, I’m learning that if I actually stick to a legitimate list of items, I end up saving money. This approach proved useful at any store; before going on errands, I wrote down my list of items and then did my very best to only purchase those specific things. If I walked down an aisle and thought, “Oh! I forgot that I needed shampoo!” I asked myself if I was legitimately out of shampoo or if I was just running low. I discovered it was often the latter, and realized I could put shampoo, for instance, on my next shopping list. And at the grocery store, I learned that having a list kept me from buying (usually unhealthy) splurge items (like large packages of sour gummy worms).

Was it less fun to shop that way? Well, yes. It feels limiting to buy what’s on your list rather than view a store as your oyster; however, I’m not made of money and need to stick to a budget. This helped, immensely. One surprising perk: I also saved a lot of time by sticking to a list because I didn’t aimlessly wander around the store every time; I got in and got out with the things that I needed.

Monthly savings: $10-100

 

4. I remembered how to have old-school fun.

Once I became an independent adult, my idea of fun shifted to events that pretty much always cost money: drinks, dinners, concerts, plays, vacations, classes, parties… it all had a price, and I wanted to see if I remembered how to have fun the old-school way. You know, for free. Turns out there were plenty of things to do, like walking around the local art museum with a girlfriend, or running an informal 5k with my sister instead of signing up for an official race, or watching Netflix at home with stovetop popcorn.

At first, it felt a little boring, but mostly because my expectations were accustomed to thinking about activities as being Instagram-able first and foremost. I also felt a little self-conscious and lame by offering up alternative suggestions to friends who wanted to go out. But I got over it, and my friends never honestly seemed to mind because they just wanted to spend time together.

There’s joy in the simple things, like hanging out with the people you love with no agenda or timetable or required five-course meal. At the end of the 30-day period, I desperately felt ready for a nice glass of wine at a fancy bar; I wanted to fill up my calendar with everything fun. However, this exercise taught me to be more creative, more present, and more appreciative of people instead of things.

Monthly savings: $15-200

 





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5. I took a break from my phone

Earlier this year, I received a serious lecture from my husband about the fact that I went over our data plan pretty much every single month. This had become a massive habit of mine, and an expensive one since most cell phone carriers charge $5-15 for each GB of overage. To mitigate these unexpected costs, I forced myself to shut off cellular service for all applications unless I had access to Wi-Fi.

I soon noticed that I absent-mindedly checked my phone alllll the damn time. Usually for no good reason whatsoever. Additionally, I used GPS when I didn’t need to (I mean… I know how to get from my sister’s house to my apartment) and browsed Spotify to my heart’s content during long car rides. And social media? I opened those apps constantly, just to look and basically distract myself from real life whenever I felt bored, lonely, or anxious. I also, gulp, came face-to-face with my penchant for grabbing my phone while driving, which is incredibly unsafe. I thought I was being quick at a stop light to glance down at my email, when I was really just making life on the road unsafe for myself and others.

By putting my phone down, leaving it in my purse, or setting it aside, I not only saved money each month, I also had the opportunity to be much more aware on a daily basis. My emotional state improved, since I wasn’t continuously comparing my life to virtual reality. The data savings were great, but I felt grateful to kick a bad habit along the way.

Monthly savings: $5-20

 

Cutting these five items from my monthly budget taught me valuable lessons and put hundreds of dollars back into my bank account. Most importantly, it reminded me to make more meaningful, thoughtful financial choices, such as making extra student loan payments, money saved for a down payment on a house, and more bulk to my savings.

 

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The Best Trader Joe’s Desserts, Ranked





When I walk into Trader Joe’s, I mostly go for the same items and rarely (if ever) try something new (and I know I’m not alone in this), especially when it comes to Trader Joe’s desserts. I’m a picky eater, so the thought of buying something new isn’t my first instinct. What if I don’t like it? I could just stick to eating the mini frozen bananas and gluten-free cookies for the rest of my life. However, I’ve made it a goal for myself to try some new dessert items lately, and let me just tell you: It has been life-changing.

I’ve discovered amazing, sweet new items like the chocolate-covered pretzels, Scandinavian Swimmers, and—I can’t forget to mention—the mochi! Everyone deserves to indulge in something good, especially after a stressful week filled with work and Zoom meetings. Although this may be a bit controversial, I set out to try 17 (yes, 17!) different Trader Joe’s desserts. Here they are, ranked:

 

17. Speculoos Cookie Butter





I know some people love this product, but personally, it just doesn’t do it for me. I’d rather use Nutella; this product just tastes too sweet. Although it does sort of taste like a gingerbread cookie, I don’t think it should be used as a spread. 

 

16. Apple Cider Donuts





Since there are so many other good fall items on the list, I have to put these toward the bottom. I’m more of a glazed donut gal, so these sugary-filled donuts are definitely not my vibe. However, if you’re in the mood for something sugary, you can try these as a morning treat. 

 

15. Vanilla Cake Mix





If you ever feel the need to just bake a cake, this vanilla cake mix is totally worth it. It can be hard to find a cake with the right amount of moisture and sweetness, but this one is the right mixture of both. Top it with your favorite frosting and sprinkles and you’ll be good to go. 

 

14. Chocolate Lava Cakes





Have you ever wanted to make your own chocolate lava cake at home without the hassle of trying to find a good recipe? Well, look no further. They just don’t taste as good as the real thing in my opinion, but they are pretty easy to make in a pinch. All you have to do is heat it up in the oven. If you’re a chocolate fan, then you will definitely love the gooey chocolate filling in the middle. 

 

13. Half Moon Cookies





Growing up in a Jewish family, I have developed a love for black and white cookies. These mini black and white cookies from TJ’s might not taste as good as freshly made ones from a deli, but they still taste pretty good for being store bought.

 

12. Dozen Macarons Variés





No need to travel far to find some good macarons. Coming in a box with six different flavors, these frozen macarons are so yummy and worth the purchase. The flavors are fig, lemon, apricot, coconut, pistachio, and salted caramel. Although I like the various flavors, I kind of wish there was just plain chocolate and vanilla ones included in the box too.

 

11. Scandinavian Swimmers





I’ve always seen these right by the register, but I never actually tried it until one of my roommates started talking about how much she loves them. If you’re a big fan of Swedish Fish, I would definitely recommend trying this alternative. They also come in a sour version for those who love sour candy. 

 

1o. Pumpkin Flavored Joe-Joe’s





Would it even be right to make a whole list of desserts at Trader Joe’s and not include their signature cookies? When fall comes around, it’s hard not to get excited for the pumpkin-flavored Joe-Joe’s. These cookies come with a pumpkin-flavored creme filling—almost better than regular Oreo cookies. I put this mid-way on our list because, as much as I love them, they aren’t sold year-round, which is definitely a bummer. 

 

9.  Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins





Raisins by themselves aren’t super flavorful to me, but with chocolate? I’m sold. Sometimes I even eat this as a quick snack in the afternoon when I want something sweet but not super full of sugar. 

 

8. Pancake Bread





Trader Joe’s can do it all, even when it comes to mixing together the taste of pancakes and coffee cake into one sweet, delicious bread. I can only eat this in small amounts since it is really sweet, but I do love how it tastes. If you are a fan of coffee cake, then I recommend trying this. It may be a bit sweeter than your usual, but it’s definitely worth it.

 

7. Milk Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels





This is my go-to late-night work snack. They are covered in a lot of milk chocolate, so they’re a great dessert option that helps satisfy my sweet tooth whenever I need it. Plus, they are mini, so if I end up eating a bunch in one sitting, I don’t feel too bad. 

 

6. Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones





I’ll come home and my parents will literally have three boxes of these in the fridge. Like many other people, my parents and I are big fans of these mini ice-cream cones that not only look cute but also taste like heaven. On the outside, they have a chocolate coating, but once you bite into ’em, you’ll find vanilla ice cream. Yum!

 

5. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups





Who needs Reese’s when you have this mini alternative? These peanut butter cups are covered in dark chocolate and filled with peanut butter. Pro-tip: They taste even better when you put them in the fridge. Put a few in a bag and take them with you wherever you go as an on-the-go dessert option.

 

4. Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts





One word: yum. This is definitely one of the best pre-made dessert items at TJ’s. It has the perfect amount of sweetness and a soft texture that makes your mouth water just thinking about it. I like how the nuts balance out the sweet flavor of the banana bread—it’s perfection.

 

3. Mochi





If you were like me and also had no idea what mochi is, it’s rice dough with an ice cream filling (usually vanilla). Although I’m normally not a huge ice cream fan (I know it’s strange), TJ’s mochi is so flavorful and definitely worth the try. Plus, it comes in so many different flavors, including the Ube flavor everyone is obsessed with. I’m a strawberry fanatic so I opted for the strawberry flavor, which was amazing. 

 

2. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies





I am not gluten-free, but these chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite items from TJ’s. Crunchy chocolate chip cookies just hit differently—and these have the perfect amount of chocolate without overdoing it. Personally, they taste even better than the original Tate’s cookies—that’s how good they are.

 

1. Mini Frozen Bananas





Warning: These are extremely addictive. Without a doubt, this is the best dessert TJ’s has to offer—I’m seriously obsessed. They are coated with the perfect amount of dark chocolate. Once you eat one, you can’t stop eating them because they are just that good. 

 

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Billie Eilish’s Self-Titled Fragrance Is Sweet, Musky, and “Mentally Sexy”

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Some people have such a distinguishable image that you can just look at them and know exactly what kind of scents they like to wear —  at least, that's the vibe I get while talking to Billie Eilish during a brief chat over Zoom on October 8. We're meeting to discuss her first-ever beauty product, a fragrance aptly named Eilish, which hits digital shelves in November. A combination of sweet, musky, fruity, and woodsy notes, the debut scent is a direct reflection of the singer's music and personality: mysterious, sensual, and a little bit melancholy (but, you know, in a cool way). 

Straight out of the bottle, Eilish hits you with an intense wave of sugary vanilla that calms down once settled into the skin. That overwhelming sweetness quickly transforms into something indescribably intoxicating as soft tonka bean, cocoa, musk, and berries make their way to the surface. The best way I could describe it is the kind of fragrance you'd wear underneath the coziest cashmere sweater while staring out the window of a dimly lit coffee shop on a rainy evening. Or like sleeping in late on creamy silk sheets. Or a sexy marshmallow — the exact kind of scent I had anticipated from Eilish. 

The fragrance, the singer says, is purely a creation of her own necessity because she desperately wanted to wear something that didn't exist… yet. "I had the idea [to create a fragrance] million years ago. I've always wanted to do this," Eilish tells Allure. "I was chasing this one scent that I had in my head of vanilla, amber, musk, cocoa, rose, and wood."

This olfactory idea was just as much about the feeling it could evoke as it was how it actually smells. Inspired by human bodies, Eilish aims to create a sense of intimacy between the person wearing it and everyone who can smell it on them. "I've always been infatuated by necks and collarbones and back muscles and shoulders and armpits. I've always thought they were really beautiful," she elaborates. "I wanted to accentuate that beauty without making it about [sexualizing bodies]."

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In Eilish's own words, "It's not really supposed to be physically sexy. It's almost supposed to be mentally sexy." She approached a plethora of perfumers to help her nail down that vibe, she adds, but nothing turned out the way she'd imagined until 2020 when she crossed paths with fragrance development company Parlux, which has helped develop fragrances for Paris Hilton and Sofia Vergara among other celebrities and fashion designers. 

The pairing was kismet; Parlux's team nailed Eilish's vision on the first try, to her extreme delight. "I described in detail what it is that I wanted, what I loved idea-wise about it, how I wanted it to feel, the kind of warmth that I wanted it to have, and the memories that I have in the vanilla world," Eilish recalls. "When they first sent me the sample to smell, I almost cried because it was so perfect. It was wild."

Eilish's hyper-specific wishes for her first-ever scent don't end at formulation, of course — the bottle it comes in ties it all together. Shrouded in metallic gold, Eilish's bottle is basically a miniature bust sculpture, depicting an anonymous person from the breast-up with their head turned to one side. The very top of the bottle cap has a diagonal slant, cutting off the head right above the nose. Most of the detail sits in the neck and clavicle, where you can see the hills and valleys of tendons. Much like the fragrance itself, it's an ode to being human and feeling an intimate connection with your own body (or someone else's). 

And, at the end of the day, that was all that Eilish wanted. "[I want it to be] personal and relatable and intimate," she concludes. "I just want everybody to be able to see themselves in this bottle and see whoever they wanted to see in the bottle."

Eilish retails for $68 for 3.4 fluid ounces and will be available on billieeilishfragrances.com beginning this November. 

Bella Hadid Looks Like Leeloo Dallas’s Twin With a Neon Orange Bob

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It's par for the course when you're a model to wear every hair color, cut, and style under the sun. Bella Hadid sure knows this; we've seen her in bleach-dipped baby bangs, porcupine-inspired updos, larger-than-life curls — and, of course, her signature black-brown hue that's shiny enough to blind passersby. Hadid's latest hair experiment, however, might be one of her boldest. On October 19, the model snapped a quick selfie in very low-key makeup and a very high-key wig in a neon shade of orange.

"Should I," Hadid captioned the post. For the record, Bella, our answer is a resounding yes! and it seems like Instagram is in mass agreement… that is if fire emojis alone are anything to go by. As makeup artist Mary Philips pointed out in the comments, Hadid bears a striking resemblance to Leeloo Dallas (played by Mila Jovovich) from The Fifth Element in the photo — the wig is, after all, nearly an exact match to the character's iconic orange bob and baby bangs.

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Obviously, this vibrant new hair color is the temporary result of a wig — Hadid's worn many of them while on the job on shoots and runways. She has in the past, however, dyed the front portions of her real hair a coppery orange hue in December of 2020, so we know she's no stranger to permanent bright colors, too. 

Real hair color or not, we're willing to bet that some screenwriter somewhere out there is looking at this photo of Hadid with neon orange hair and plotting a 2022 remake of The Fifth Element. And even if that's not the case, internet searches for "Leeloo Dallas Halloween costume" are definitely about to spike. 

The Most Effective Drugstore Anti-Aging Skincare Products

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Skincare has seen a lot of wild trends in recent years—from the obsession with Korean “glass skin” to peel-off masks to snail mucin, it’s safe to say that we’ve all tried just about everything imaginable in the pursuit of perfect skin. Everyone has their own reasons to care about their skin, but there is one commonality among all of us: We just want to look our very best. Because we all share this common goal, the conversation around anti-aging skincare has started for the better.

We’re a far cry from never again worrying about a smile line or crow’s feet, but the messaging that younger is better has finally started to soften, and we’re seeing less and less focus on eternal youth. Brands and media are embracing skin that’s more “lived in” and less on what was once before perceived as flaws: fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, etc.

So when you see us discussing “anti-aging” skincare here at The Everygirl, we want to emphasize that the point isn’t to further stigmatize the aging process. For those who are no longer worried about acne and instead are onto the next phase of their relationship with their skin, here’s a list of drugstore products whose key ingredients are meant to nourish and protect your maturing and gorgeous complexion.





Versed

Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

good for: beginners to retinol

This is The Everygirl’s best-selling retinol product, and we like to think it’s for a good reason. If you’ve never tried retinol, this is ideal for beginners. It’s a small percentage of encapsulated retinol that’s gentle yet effective at resurfacing skin and preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

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L’Oreal Paris

Retinol Serum

good for: experienced retinol users who want a product that packs a punch

This product contains 0.3 percent of pure retinol, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Don’t get me wrong though, this product contains hyaluronic acid (a powerhouse hydrator that you should always combine with your retinol) and glycerin to moisturize and plump while it exfoliates.

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CeraVe

Anti-Aging Retinol Serum

good for: sensitive skin

This retinol serum incorporates niacinamide, a soothing anti-inflammatory, and ceramides that lock in moisture and keep your skin barrier in tact. If retinol scares you and your reactive skin, think again—this moisturizing, skin-soothing formula was made specifically for you.

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LilyAna

Naturals Retinol Cream

good for: dry skin

With over 30,000 reviews on Amazon, this little bottle’s gotta have magic in it. Obviously, you’ll find retinol on the ingredient list, but it’s also packed with all the good stuff dry skin needs to feel hydrated and plump, like hyaluronic acid, aloe, jojoba oil, shea butter, vitamin E, and green tea. As one reviewer said, “With one use, I could tell this was different. I’m addicted now and have a hard time finishing up my other products! People at work ask me what I’m doing to my skin. They tell me how super soft, supple and radiant my skin looks.” *adds to cart*

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Neutrogena

Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream

good for: plumping existing wrinkles and fine lines while preventing more

This cult-favorite product actually targets existing fine lines and wrinkles, not just prevents new ones from cropping up, thanks to a slow release retinol, hyaluronic acid, and Neutrogena’s proprietary glucose complex. We love that this rich cream comes in a fragrance-free version that’s safe for sensitive skin.

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RoC

Retinol Correxion Night Cream

good for: smoothing fine lines

RoC is a household name in drugstore retinol for their exclusive formula and mineral complex that boosts hydration, doesn’t clog pores, and visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

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RoC

Line Smoothing Anti-Aging Retinol Eye Cream

good for: reducing crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes

This eye cream truly does it all. Formulated with retinol to reduce puffiness, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten dark circles, it’s the makings of a perfect eye cream. Reviewers even call it a “miracle,” and we’ll take their word for it.

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Olay

Regenerist Cream

good for: dehydrated skin

This moisturizer is like a tall drink of water for dehydrated skin. As we mature, our skin tends to produce less natural oil, leading to a drier complexion than you may had been accustomed to in your early 20s. You’ll want to swap your lightweight cream for something richer, but that doesn’t mean it has to be thick and heavy. This contains a host of hydrating ingredients—peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3—that add moisture, rivaling creams over $200.

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Good Molecules

Super Peptide Serum

good for: anti-aging in your 20s

You don’t have to incorporate a bunch of intense actives to get a head start on your anti-aging regimen. Incorporate a peptide serum, like this one from Good Molecules. Peptides send signals to your skin to keep producing collagen and elastin, which are the main factors that lead to sagging skin, wrinkles, and dullness. This one (that’s under $15, might we add) offers two peptides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin to moisturize the layers of your skin from top to bottom.

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The Ordinary

Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

good for: smoothing texture

Antioxidants like resveratrol are important for protecting your skin from free-radical damage (which can lead to dull, sagging skin) and brightening and revitalizing dull skin.

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Derma E

Vitamin C Concentrated Serum

good for: brightening dark spots

Vitamin C is probably the most common antioxidant, and it’s known for its ability to brighten and add radiance to dull complexions. Opt for this if you’re looking to fade dark spots (perhaps from all that sunbathing you did as a teenager before you discovered the wonders of sunscreen). While you wait for it to work its brightening magic, you’ll get a glowy complexion thanks to aloe, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E.

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No7

Restore & Renew Face & Neck Night Cream

good for: fighting tech neck early

If you’re currently laying down with your neck creased, say I. If you’re focused on anti-aging, you’ll want a dedicated cream for the delicate skin on your neck that’s prone to creasing and fine lines much before your face. This lightweight cream won’t feel sticky or goopy when you apply, and you’ll wake up with smooth, plump skin after continued use.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Cashmere Sweaters

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There’s nothing quite like those first chilly days of the fall season, when you finally toss your T-shirts aside and throw on a cozy sweater for the first time in months—especially if it’s a tried-and-true cashmere one that you look forward to unpacking from storage year after year.

It’s no secret—or surprise, given the vast differences in sweater prices—that some sweaters last longer than others. If you pick one up for $10 at a fast-fashion store, it’s probably going to survive one season of wear, but if you choose to invest in higher-quality ones, you might not have to buy another sweater for years. And those higher-quality ones? They’re likely made of cashmere.

Cashmere has a reputation for being one of the softest materials ever, but what exactly is it, how much is normal to be spending on it, and most importantly, once you own it, how do you take care of it? We’re giving you the ultimate deep dive into cashmere and how to make the most of the chilly season’s best material.

 

What exactly is cashmere?

Cashmere is a form of wool, characterized by the fineness of its fibers, according to Masterclass. It’s widely considered to be one of the most high-end fibers and errs on the more expensive side due to its production process in which fibers are separated by hand from the molted coats of goats. 

Cashmere comes from two places: cashmere goats and pashmina goats. The fibers are generally taken from the underside of goats or near the neck region. Once the goats shed their coats, their wool is gathered, and the cashmere is combed out of it.

 

How to take care of cashmere

Once you have cashmere in your wardrobe, you don’t want to make the wrong move and risk shrinking it or harming the fibers. Luckily, taking care of cashmere isn’t as hard as you might assume and definitely shouldn’t be a deterrent from buying it. The idea that you need to dry-clean cashmere every time it needs a wash? Also a myth.

The safest way to wash your cashmere is by hand, with a detergent that’s specifically formulated for cashmere and wool. 

  • Fill your sink or a bucket with lukewarm water, then add a squirt of cashmere-specific detergent
  • Submerge your sweater (or any cashmere piece) and gently swirl it in the detergent-filled water
  • Let the sweater soak for up to 30 minutes
  • Once it’s been soaked, rinse it with clean water (that’s lukewarm or cool, not hot)
  • Avoid wringing it. Instead, remove the water by pressing the sweater into a ball. After the excess water is out, lay it flat and allow it to air dry





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Be sure to give your cashmere some TLC between washes. Even when you’re being careful and hand-washing, over-washing your sweaters can lead to the fibers wearing down more quickly. Only wash them when you absolutely have to.





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Our favorite cashmere

Yes, cashmere is on the pricier side, but that doesn’t mean a sweater needs to run you hundreds of dollars. Our favorite cashmere sweaters run the cost of a couple of your fast-fashion ones, but with a little care, these will last you years longer.

 

Under $100





NAADAM

Crewneck Cashmere Sweater

4 colors available

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NAADAM

V-Neck Cashmere Sweater

4 colors available

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Under $150





J.Crew

Cashmere Mockneck Sweater

4 colors available

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J.Crew

Featherweight Cashmere Sweater

4 colors available

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Madewell

Plus Resourced Cashmere Sweater

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Nordstrom

Cashmere Sweater

5 colors available

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Nordstrom

Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

10+ colors available

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Madewell

Plus Donegal (Re)sourced Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

2 colors available

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J.Crew

Cashmere Classic Sweater

10+ colors available

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J.Crew

Cashmere Collared Sweater

3 colors available

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J.Crew

Cashmere Crewneck Sweatshirt

3 colors available

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Everlane

The Cashmere Polo

4 colors available

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Nordstrom

Essential V-Neck Sweater

4 colors available

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Under $200





J.Crew

Ribbed Cashmere Oversized Sweater

4 colors available

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Everlane

The Cashmere Square Turtleneck

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17 One-Minute Habits That Will Change Your Life






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So you want to get healthier, achieve your career goals, and feel happier? Sounds nice, but it’s always easier said than done. Where do you even start making such major changes? If lofty goals and ambitious resolutions feel overwhelming, know that you don’t need to immediately rearrange your entire life, spend $$$, or have unlimited time to achieve your best life. In fact, you need just one minute. That’s right: The difference between who you are and who you want to be might be just 60 seconds. Try these one-minute habits that will transform your life when done consistently. You can add in lots of habits throughout your day or start with just one, but either way, one minute is all you need to change your life.

 

1. Get out of bed right away

If I have one weakness (besides a good cheese plate *swoon*), it’s scrolling through Instagram after waking up. While it seems like a harmless habit, the body won’t fully wake up until you get out of bed and move around. Also, you lose that full 10, 30, or 60-minute morning routine before you open your laptop for work. Get out of bed as soon as you wake up and fill your mornings with as many peaceful, productive, and fulfilling minutes as possible. Your inbox, TikTok explore page, and iMessage app can wait.

 

2. Breathe deeply

Deep breathing (or diaphragmatic breathing) is crucial for mental and physical health, but many of us never focus on our breath. If you think about it, oxygen is the one thing we can’t even go minutes without, so making sure we’re getting more of it can only be beneficial. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, take a few deep breaths to get more oxygen in the lungs and slow the heartbeat, which can help with anxiety. Try it right now (yes, I mean right now): Slowly inhale, count to five, and then exhale, relaxing the entire body. It’s like instant medicine, right?

 

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3. Take movement breaks

Whether an hour-long workout is a daily essential or you barely have time to change sweatpants before work starts, the body isn’t meant to sit for hours at a time, much less all day long. At least once every hour, take a minute to flow through yoga poses, do some stretches, or turn on your favorite song and dance. 60 seconds of movement is enough to energize the body and reset the mind and will help you focus better for the rest of the day. Plus, if you don’t think you have time to work out, one-minute periods throughout the day add up.

 

4. Add lemon to your water

Squeezing a lemon into your go-to water bottle takes a couple of seconds but can result in lasting benefits. Lemon packs nutrients like vitamin C, which plays an important role in the immune system and can boost skin glow. Stefanie Wilkerson, RDN, explained, “Vitamin C helps produce collagen and works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals that can damage our cells.” Hello supple, smooth skin! Bonus: While it is acidic, lemon has alkalizing effects in the body, meaning it might help balance pH levels. A squeeze of lemon basically turns a glass of water into a cocktail of super nutrients. As if you needed more convincing, adding delicious lemon will make you want to drink more water, and staying hydrated always comes with health perks

 

5. Mute negative social media accounts as they pop up

It’s time to rethink whether the bloggers, celebrities, and brands we follow on social media make us feel inspired or just bad about our lives. Want to feel instantly happier? If an account or post pops up on your feed and doesn’t leave you feeling inspired, happy, or confident, you know what to do: unfollow (or mute). That also means muting or unfollowing the frenemy you had in high school or your sorority sister’s ex-boyfriend’s cousin you met a few times. Instead of watching other people live their lives, you can actually go live your own. Use social media to make you better instead of worse by replacing negative accounts with accounts that inspire you or bring you positivity whenever you’re tempted to scroll (like, IDK, @theeverygirl, for a totally random example).  

 

6. Tidy up before bed

You only need 60 seconds of tidying up to make a major difference in your life. Whether it’s clearing the dirty laundry off the chair in your bedroom, organizing the bedside table, or wiping the kitchen counter, do a super quick decluttering or cleaning before hitting the hay. Not only can a cleaner environment help you sleep better, but you’ll also wake up feeling stress-free and ready to start the day. That pile of dirty laundry on the bedroom chair really knows how to harsh one’s mellow (if you know, you know). 

 

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7. Express gratitude (out loud)

You probably already know that gratitude is the secret to boosting mental health and fostering healthier relationships, so practice it beyond gratitude journaling in the morning. For example, whenever you say “thank you,” reflect on how grateful you feel instead of just going through the motions. If your work wife offered to help with a big project, let her know how much you appreciate having her support, or if your roommate cleans your dishes, tell them how much it made a difference in your busy day. But it doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t be) just the times when you’d say “thank you” anyway. Text your mom out of the blue to thank her for being there for you or let your partner know how much you appreciate having them in your life. Express gratitude wherever and whenever you can, and watch how your life transforms. 

 

8. Add a finishing touch to your OOTD that makes you feel confident 

Whether you’re dressing up in business-casual, rocking a button-up and sweatpants (for Zoom meetings, of course), or never bother changing out of your pajamas to start the day (no shame), try adding one finishing touch that makes you feel like the badass you are. Depending on what makes you feel good, try a fitted pair of jeans, a swipe of mascara, or a trendy hair clip to add a little something to your OOTD. The goal isn’t to look better, it’s to feel better, so play around to find what small touches make you feel more confident, energized, or motivated. Never underestimate the power of a structured work blazer or swipe of red lipstick. 

 

9. Check your bank account

Self-care doesn’t always mean bubble baths or face masks; sometimes, self-care means being an independent adult and doing what you can to feel in control of your finances. While having a detailed financial plan and setting goals can help you reduce money-related stress and achieve what you want out of life, feeling in control of your finances doesn’t always require a lot of time and energy. Every few days, take a minute to glance over your bank account and credit card statements. Getting in the habit of frequently checking can help identify fraud early on and will also give you a good idea of where you’re spending and where you can be saving.

 

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10. Use visualization

Do you get nervous before a first date or big presentation? Do you ever lack motivation with health goals or feel stuck in your career? The fix to any negative thought could be as easy as visualizing an alternative. We get nervous, stuck, or unmotivated when we visualize the worst-case scenario: a bad date, a failed presentation, a boring job, or too-difficult workouts. So why not replace the thought with a more positive one?

If you’re feeling nervous, imagine yourself acing the presentation or being your charming self on the date. When you lack motivation, visualize that you are the kind of person who prioritizes workouts and loves eating nourishing foods. And if you’re feeling stuck? Think about what you want the outcome to be, and then picture what that looks like. Visualization may be another name for imagination, but it can serve as the minor confidence boost you need to achieve the desired outcome.

 

11. Make your bed

At the risk of sounding like your mom, we’re telling you that making your bed every morning is crucial. Not only will it feel good to get into a made bed at night, but it’s also important for the success of your day. Making your bed first thing every morning means one small win before you even have a cup of coffee, which subconsciously will motivate you to achieve thousands of small wins throughout the day (and you know what they say about small wins—they lead up to big ones). As if that wasn’t reason enough, Gretchen Rubin found in her research that it’s the easiest and most common daily habit you can do to boost happiness.

 

12. Fix your posture

Bad news for all the other slouchers out there (guilty): Your posture might be affecting your physical and mental health. Practice better posture by straightening your back and relaxing your shoulders (and stop looking down at your phone, damn it!). Did you sit up taller just now? Good. Improve your posture throughout the workday (yes, even while working from home) by setting reminders with phone alerts, sticky notes, or as your phone wallpaper so you remember to correct your posture whenever you check the time or read a text message.

 

13. Set an affirmation or intention

Everyone has an intention, whether we’re aware of it or not. It’s that one phrase you hear in your head over and over or what you tell yourself repeatedly. Many of us are plagued by phrases like “I’m not good enoughor “Something is going to go wrong.” We hear these phrases in our heads so often that we believe them. So what if we could replace these thoughts with phrases that are not only better for us but can also help us be more confident, feel less stressed, and live our best lives? Every morning, pick an affirmation or daily intention and write it in your daily planner so you don’t forget it. If you find one phrase you particularly relate to, repeat it to yourself whenever you’re feeling stressed, scared, or not enough.

 

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14. Apply a layer of SPF at the end of your skincare routine

It’s easy to remember SPF when the sun is out, the temperature’s warm, and we’re spending all day outside. But in cold weather or when we’re spending all day indoors, we can forget how important the last step in our skincare routines is. To set the record straight once and for all, yes, you still need sunscreen when it’s cloudy outside and even when you’re indoors. Wearing a daily SPF is good for skin glow (prevents aging and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure, keeps an even complexion, etc.) and crucial for your healthClick here to find the perfect sunscreen for your skin, and click here for non-toxic options

 

15. Add leafy greens to your meal

Being healthier does not have to be a dramatic transformation. It’s actually more sustainable when it’s a gradual series of small habits. The best way to start achieving a healthier diet is not by cutting out entire food groups or limiting what you “should” and “should not” eat (which can lead to bingeing or an unhealthy relationship with food). Instead, start transforming your health by adding a handful of leafy greens to your meal. For example, add spinach if you’re making an omelet, throw kale into a pasta sauce, or order a side salad when you’re eating out. Not only are leafy greens superfoods that pack a lot of benefits and are easy to fit into the meals you’re already used to, but small, non-restrictive tweaks can snowball into an overall healthier diet and lifestyle. 

 

16. Set your alarm 60 seconds earlier 

If your mornings feel more like a race against the clock than the peaceful start you want, the fix is waking up earlier. However, a full 30 minutes—or even 10 minutes—might seem like you’re missing out on too much sleep. Instead of trying to transform your wakeup time (which would probably just make you hit “snooze” a couple more times), set your alarm one minute earlier every day. While it sounds like a small change, after 10 days, you could have 10 extra minutes in your morning without even noticing it. Whether you spend that time meditating, indulging in a luxurious skincare routine, or just brewing a cup of coffee with a moment of silence, you won’t miss the 10 minutes of sleep.

 

17. Master the art of listening

Perhaps the #1 life hack and most life-changing habit? Listening. And I mean really listening. Caring about what other people have to say can transform your personal relationships and strengthen (or build more) professional relationships. Your communication will be more effective and you’ll experience more meaningful connections. You’ll feel less self-conscious when you’re less focused on yourself and gain more clarity when you look for answers outside yourself. Of course, utilize important cues like eye contact and follow-up questions, but the best way to listen is to genuinely get curious about what other people have to say. Empathy, understanding, and curiosity will not only transform your life but will also transform the world too. 

 

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