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    44 Low-Effort Tips To Help You Look *And* Feel More Put-Together

    me: *wakes up on time* *expects round of applause*

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    1. Set alarms to make sure you're sticking to a schedule! This is especially great at forcing you to sign on *and* off at the proper times whilst working from home — it can be easy to chip in longer hours when you're not commuting ("I'm going to get a head start" I've often said at 7 a.m.), but setting a strict schedule will help you set boundaries and get more done.

    a list of alarm notifications for 7AM labeled "wake up", 10AM labeled "start work", and 6PM labeled "stop working".

    2. Throw on plaid knit leggings for a look that one-ups your favorite black yoga bottoms (but is still significantly more comfortable than any of the denim residing in your Ikea drawers).

    A reviewer's photo of them wearing the pants in glen plaid

    3. Make "cleaning" as easy as one, two, spritz with a no-scrub Wet & Forget cleaner. This no-rinse product should be used weekly to keep your shower free of mildew, which basically means it will take all of two seconds to feel like you've deep-cleaned the place in which you bathe.

    4. Swap running sneakers for a pair of faux leather loafers and voila! You're suddenly a stylish extra on the set of Emily in Paris. These have double-padded memory foam footbeds for maximum comfort, but the pointy toe (and wide variety of prints and hues) keeps you looking extremely trendy.

    reviewer wearing leopard print loafers

    5. Obtain the ballerina bun of your dreams by way of these Goody hair pins — just one pin can do the work of up to *20* hair pins. How does it work, you ask? Just secure your hair into a ponytail, pull it into a super tight bun, spin the pins into place, and BAM! You've got yourself the perfect updo.

    6. Cackle in the face of coffee rings by way of a reversible waterproof desk mat — because if you don't have a space large enough to accommodate a fancy WFH set-up? Well, same. But slapping this bebe on your living room coffee table at least gives the *feeling* of typing away at a genuine office desk.

    Reviewer pic of the rectangle desk mat in blue with laptop, coffee, mouse and pen on it

    7. Bliss = being able to remove the plastered pet fur on your black leggings within seconds. Pick up every speck of gunk that's attached itself to your clothing via this lint remover, a beast at making plain black tees look crisp and straight out of the dryer.

    8. Pair a plain tee with high-waisted palazzo trousers, pants guaranteed to make you feel ~trendier than thou~ whilst you strut to your corner deli. These are available in neutral and vibrant hues alike, making it look as if you didn't snooze through your alarm this morning.

    Reviewer wearing lilac pants

    9. Turn breakfast into a priority! Starting your day with a prepared meal = guaranteeing that you wake up on the right side of the bed. This Dash rapid cooker takes the ~hard~ work out of egg-based dishes, or you can add some Julie's Real cinnamon vanilla bean almond butter to a fruit bowl (or toast!) and call it a day.

    10. Enlist the help of a cotton T-shirt when you're drying your 'do! It provides a gentle alternative to hot tools that will reduce frizz and minimize damage.

    11. Apply a pea-sized amount of of Glossier Skin Tint, which is known for having a breathable formula that blurs pores and lightly covers redness without feeling feeling like your typical foundation — in other words, this doesn't feel like you're wearing a layer of product. In fact, it feels like nothing at all.

    12. Look stylish *and* put-together with polished lace-up sneakers, worn by one reviewer for an entire day at Disneyland with no discomfort (which says a lot). My piggies immediately feel sore when I think of that three-hour Splash Mountain wait. 🙃

    reviewer wearing white lace-up sneakers

    13. Another way to ensure a quick breakfast (unlike those irksome TV characters who have a bite of toast and say "gotta run" to the parent who has just prepared a gourmet meal)? Prepping frozen fruit every Sunday — just measure ingredients, pop 'em in a reusable Stasher bag, and store in your freezer! These smoothie recipes are delicious, simple, and will take no more than a few minutes to prepare.

    14. Vacuum up grease because tbqh, it's been 84 years since your last proper shampoo, with Act+Acre Plant Based Dry Shampoo. Rice powder and fulvic acid absorb oil and detoxify the scalp, plus rest assured this won't clog hair follicles (and prevent new growth) thanks to its lack of talc, alcohol, and other no-gooders.

    before and after photo of reviewer with greasy hair on left and visibly cleaner hair on right

    15. Scoff in the face of deep wrinkles with a mini fabric steamer. Yes, you just pulled this button-down out of the hamper! No, you don't have anything else to wear! A quick run with this steamer (it heats up in 90 seconds flat) means a crisp blouse that looks as if it were just picked up from the cleaners.

    16. Opt for nonconstrictive support with a Hanes wire-free bra — it's designed with a second skin feel so comfortable, it *will* be worn all the time. Willingly. Like, you will actually want to wear this.

    17. Give yourself a lovely flush of pink *and* non-sticky moisture thanks to the vitamins A, C, and E found in Nooni Appleberry Lip Oil. It's even packed with apple water and raspberry extract to slough away the dead skin that would inevitably result in a chapped pout.

    18. Swap sweats with fleece-lined faux leather leggings that look so. damn. chic. Mama loves comfy clothes that fool the masses into thinking I tried (mama in this context = me), and these provide a top quality dupe for more expensive versions.

    19. Sitting for 8+ hours a day does not do the body good (shoutout to everyone who has worked from home since March). Carve out a chunk of me time and dedicate it to exercise — this 20-minute workout is fast, easy to follow, and doesn't require any equipment.

    20. Enlist the help of L'Oreal Paris Makeup True Match Lumi Glotion to brighten your complexion in a jiffy. This glycerin- and shea butter-infused formula is super lightweight and hydrating, while an illuminating tint adds instant glow.

    21. Lounge in luxury via this matching set comprised of a cropped, bralette-inspired top and (more importantly) uber fuzzy shorts. What shall we be wearing to the 90th Harry Potter marathon of the year with our significant others? The below. Obviously.

    the gray top and pink bottoms

    22. If you *must* wear jeans in order to feel put-together, wearing these pull-on Levi Strauss ones will do the trick! They look like your typical hunk of denim, but you'd be surprised to know they are shockingly comfortable (and ensure you can wear jeans sans button digging into your belly button).

    23. I think I speak for all of us when I say blessed be the TikTok. Try out these simple hacks to instantly upgrade your 'fit. Example one: Tuck an oversized sweatshirt into a sports bra for a chic cropped silhouette.

    24. Or! Try this simple method for effortlessly cropping the oversized promotional tops and random graphic tees you bought at PacSun 10 years ago but have yet to part with. All you'll need is a rubber band and a dream.

    25. You're not ready to retire the Ugg boots you purchased seven years ago? Fair enough. Use this four-sided cleaning brush to remove the scuff marks and salt stains that have invaded your suede shoes for an instantly more polished look.

    26. Prevent clutter in your living space (and stop telling yourself you'll "do it later") by following the one-minute rule. Basically, this motto means tackling mundane tasks that take 60 seconds or less — whether that's making your bed or putting that coffee mug in the dishwasher.

    27. Nip brassiness in the bud with a cult-favorite Fanola purple shampoo. The violet pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your 'do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits — and the benefits of that are two-fold. You'll save a ton of money on appointments, plus won't have to subject your hair to additional bleaches and dye that will (I'm sorry to tell you this) cause additional damage.

    three photos of reviewer hair showing the loss of brassiness from left to right

    28. Tackle one dreadful organization task a week and check the interwebz for any shortcuts. Personal example: My bookshelf has been a disaster since 2003. Organizing by color (or taking the minimalist approach) is shockingly easy and takes *checks watch* no more than 15 minutes.

    29. For the person who'd rather do one million push-ups than wait for lacquer to dry, give yourself an at-home mani with Kiss nail adhesives. Just peel, press on, and that is it. No more sitting in salon chairs, no more bed sheet marks because the polish never properly dried.

    reviewer wearing red press-on nails

    30. Throw on a ribbed V-neck top to look très chic while exerting no effort to get there. This baby is practically *begging* to be worn with high-waisted leggings thanks to its cropped silhouette.

    reviewer wearing the taupe top

    31. Blur pores and stop greasy T-zones in their tracks with Wowder Finishing Powder, which provides a dewy finish that's not *too* dewy. And unlike most setting powders, this mattifying formula won't settle into your pores for that dreadful chalky effect.

    before and after photo of model with and without Wowder

    32. Doing the dishes is the bane of your existence! I get it! I'm right there with you! But household chores become much less daunting when you have a designated time for 'em. Instead, come up with a weekly cleaning routine to cut back on work day distractions (and write it down on a magnetic whiteboard).

    33. Wear some no-show socks to prevent clashing fabrics from peeking out over the top of your lace-up sneakers! These comfy bad boys even have a silicone backing on your heel which translates to 👏 no 👏 more 👏 slipping 👏 socks 👏.

    34. Use a cable management box to hide unsightly wires that cause heartache by just looking at them. The tangles! The never-ending tangles! They're more than I can personally handle, so I will be hiding them with this box: It's the more efficient tech equivalent of "the chair."*

    before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater

    35. Get glossy, frizz-free curls on second (or third or fourth or tenth) day hair with Cake Beauty The Curl Friend Defining Cream. A blend of shea butter and lightweight natural oils provide a ton of moisture but thankfully none of the weigh-down.

    36. Quickly touch up your brows with a Schick dermaplaning razor, a tool sent from heaven for people who are done with the pains of plucking and the expense of waxing. This quickly rids stray brow hairs and unwanted peach fuzz (while ridding your complexion of dead skin to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion), that way you know you're beginning the day with perfectly-groomed facial caterpillars that only took three seconds to tame.

    reviewer before and after photo of eyebrows with stray hairs on left and no more stray hairs on right

    37. Turn any bra into a no-show racerback with the help of these handy dandy adjustable clip holders. Long gone will be the days of —> put on shirt —> bra shows —> take off shirt to change bra —> put shirt back on again. Not to be dramatic, but these clips will change your life when you're in a rush (which is always), not to mention these will make any ensemble will look 10x more crisp without colorful straps peeking through.

    model before and after photo with bra straps showing on top and not showing on bottom

    38. Up the WFH 'fit ante with this linen jumpsuit — it's designed with an adjustable tie-waist and snazzy pockets, the latter of which is great for ensuring that your cell phone remain neatly nestled beside you (no more disappearing between couch cushions and under pillows because OMG, that frustration).

    39. Plain black leggings? Your old high school gym tee? Fancy it up by way of a cotton sweater-blazer, here to make it look like you put actual effort into your appearance this morning. Snooze? Never heard of it.

    model wearing the black blazer with pockets and two buttons

    40. Take yourself from bedtime ready to professional chic by layering this removable collar under any comfy old sweater. So simple, so transformative, and the gorgeous embellishments give you just a hint of sparkle.

    41. Tame baby hairs in a jiffy with this plant-based gel cream, which ought to tame the pesky flyaways that no amount of brushing can get rid of. The best part? This formula is non-greasy, completely transparent, the mascara wand makes it super easy to apply, and will make your 'do look more polished with basically no effort required.

    42. Or! Try an An edge control gel to help lay your edges and slick back baby hairs with just a few flicks of product. Major bonus points: It won't flake or leave behind any residue, which is *heart eyes* the definition of perfection in our book.