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It’s human nature to want to look good, but when you don’t have an extra cash flow, everything else can seem far more important. If you don’t feel great within yourself, you’re not going to be the best you can be. It’s worth finding ways to make yourself feel better and if that happens to be switching up your look, then don’t leave your happiness on the back burner to melt away. Here are four simple ways you can look and feel good on a budget:
Be like the Cheshire Cat
Looking for a super simple way to improve your look without spending a cent? Smile. Smiling not only makes us more attractive, but it is also scientifically proven to improve our moods. Smiling is also great for meeting new people, as others are more inclined to approach you if they think you’re friendly. If you’re not overly confident with your grin, invest in some teeth whitening. It’s relatively cheap and can make a big difference.
Get your hair done
For many, there’s no better feeling than strutting out of the salon with a new do or some highlights. Don’t deny yourself this simple pleasure just because many stylists can be pricey. There’s actually quite a few budget options out there and, surprise, the hairdresser at the place that wants $50 went through the same training as the one at the salon that wants $500. If you really want a change but don’t want to drop the money on it, get a good natural box dye, but just be sure to follow the instructions exactly and get a leave-in treatment to repair your hair afterward.
Update your wardrobe
Updating your clothing can make a big difference in how others view you, and, more importantly, how you view yourself. Everyone should have their staples that define the basis of their look and a few timeless fancy outfits (hello little black dress / perfectly tailored suit) in their repertoire, but sometimes you just need to mix things up a bit. If your bank account is telling you that the stars just won’t align for a trip to the mall, consider hitting up your local thrift shop. You can often get tip quality for bargain prices and even find clothes that are on-trend but not identical to what everyone else is wearing at the moment.
Are there things you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had the time or motivation? Make time, get out there and do them. People who are happy and fulfilled naturally look better so even if the only thing on your self-care to-do list is to have a bath once a week, make sure you do it. Building a bucket list and actively working towards it is another way to fulfill this tip. What matters most when checking off bucket list items is how it makes you feel.
Looking good doesn’t have to mean spending the big bucks, it can be as simple as getting up a little earlier and giving your hair a deep treatment before work. We all strive for perfection but once you realize that the way you are is perfect for you, everything else should start it fall into place naturally. Do your best to change anything you don’t like, except that which cannot be altered and get out there and live your best life.
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