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    24 Ways To Look More Put-Together Without Investing Much Time, Money, Or Energy

    These things literally take just minutes to do!

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    1. Make any top look extra chic with a waterfall hem, long-sleeved cardigan. Stocking up on some solid colours in particular will take you a long way.

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    Most buyers have remarked on how soft it is, and how well it drapes.

    Price: $22.69+ (available in 21 solid colours, three patterns, and sizes S-2XL).

    2. Got a piece of clothing that you love, but it's covered in lint and looks worn out? This USB-powered lint remover will have your sweaters looking brand spanking new.

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    Its shaver head has three settings to prevent snagging while removing pilled lint of any size. The package contains the lint remover, an extra blade, a plush drawstring bag, a cleaning brush, and a one-year warranty. Buyers say it's life-changing.

    Price: $16.98.

    3. For flyaway-free hair, use a microfibre hair towel when you shower. It dries your hair faster and has anti-frizz qualities, so you don’t necessarily have to blow dry (or it won’t take as long to blow dry).

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    These towels are especially great for curl maintenance.

    Price: $18.49 (comes in two colours).

    4. For added frizz control, massage a smoothening serum into wet hair. Pick one depending on your hair texture, and avoid the roots.

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    Users advise that a little goes a long way, so don't drench your hair.

    Price: $11.47.

    5. To look like you put more effort into your ’do than you actually did, make a statement with these trendy geometrical metal clips.

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    Price: $1.99+ (available in eight shapes).

    6. Use a makeup remover pen to quickly and precisely correct mistakes, and get the most polished looking eyeliner wings of your life. Nobody needs to know how many tries it took!

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    You can even use it to throughout the day to correct eyeliner smudged by oil production on your face, or liquid lipstick that feathers out around your mouth after lunch.

    Price: $10.34.

    7. To make your makeup last longer, spritz your face with a setting spray. Setting sprays make a drastic change to the longevity of your makeup, and make everything smudge-resistant. Your masterpiece should be preserved for at least one whole day, right?

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    Many buyers prefer the Wet n Wild option over the iconic Urban Decay All Nighter.

    Price: $6.47.

    8. Invest in a pair of comfortable, solid colour ballet flats. With a couple of pairs in your shoe rack, you're good to go for most outfits — casual or formal.

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    Ballet flats are a blessing when it comes to comfort AND saving a look. When it doubt, pull them out. To make your flats last you a while, pair them with sheer, low-cut invisible socks.

    Price: $24+ (available in six colours and sizes 5-13).

    9. A hair bun-making tool can significantly reduce the time and product you spend on styling — and it turns out sleeker than usual, too. Say goodbye to sore arms and unkempt hair buns!

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    It's a No. 1 bestseller among hair tools, and has rave reviews from users. The set contains three French twist bun makers and 10 bobby pins.

    Price: $14.99.

    10. A classic watch can make you look well-dressed in seconds. Seriously, this is a game-changer.

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    Vintage Casio watches are easy on the wallet, and go with just about anything — a dress, a T-shirt, pants, a suit, literally anything. People who own it have had it for years, with little to no maintenance or trouble, as per their reviews.

    Price: $25.74.

    11. Stick on some elegant gold nail stickers to make your manicure look professional and expensive.

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    These thin, dainty snowflake stickers come in a box of 90. Put them on a solid-colour nail, and follow with a glossy top coat for maximum glam.

    Price: $3.99.

    12. If you're not that into nail polish, a buffer can make you look manicured in minutes. It leaves your nails looking super shiny, even without a top coat.

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    Adding a topcoat will increase the longevity of your lustre.

    Price: $6.99.

    13. Just being adequately moisturized is an underrated grooming hack. Now that the winter months are closing in, prevent ashiness on exposed (and unexposed!) skin with an intensive care lotion.

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    Pay extra attention to your elbows, hands, and knees. Body spray/mist sticks better to moisturized skin too!

    Price: $4.98.

    14. Hack your pants into fitting you better, and look extra stylish with a no-buckle elastic belt. Buyers say it helped them with the dreaded gap-at-the-back thing, too!

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    It looks super cute and requires far less time than putting on a traditional belt. This one comes with a metal clasp attachment, making it wearable on dresses and other items of clothing that don't have belt loops.

    Price: $14.99.

    15. A decent set of cufflinks will go a long way when it comes to formal or semiformal wear. They're literally like earrings for your shirt.

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    Cufflinks have long been associated with well-dressed and ~expensive~ clothing, but you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on them at all. Also, they're unisex. Wear them with your button-downs, do whatever you want, and look like a whole cutie.

    Price: $17.99+ for five pairs (available in two sets).

    16. If you have thinning hair and find yourself spending too much time making it appear fuller around the scalp, try using hair building fibres to finish off your look.

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    This works really well for events where you know you'll be photographed, and requires only minutes of touching up before you leave the house. As someone who has had alopecia and diffused hair loss, I give Toppik a whopping five stars.

    Price: $10+.

    17. Metallic ear studs are the perfect accessory for anyone who feels overdressed with dangly earrings. They frame your face in an understated, yet refined way.

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    Despite my large earring collection, I find myself reaching for plain metal studs most often because they make me feel more ~put-together,~ as compared to ~going to a whole wedding~ like dangly earrings often do.

    Price: $14.99 for six pairs (these come in two shapes, and three colours).

    18. A high quality eyelash curler will help you use way less mascara than you usually do, and make your lashes look fuller for longer.

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    You may be using a great mascara but not getting the full effect. I was introduced to using an eyelash curler two years ago, and it drastically changed the way my mascaras performed. This ones comes with six additional rubber pads, which is the best thing ever since many an eyelash curler has been tossed in the bin after the rubber pad wore out. Most users love this one because it doesn't pull any surprise tugs, and curls lashes uniformly.

    Price: $9.99.

    19. Speaking of lashes, this mascara is known to be a dupe of a more expensive cult favorite.

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    Paying attention to the eyes can minimize the amount effort you need to put elsewhere. I don't like buying mascaras that are too expensive, because they have to go in the trash in three months anyway. L'Oreal's "Lash Paradise" is economical and truly volumizing. Reviewers vouch for it being a dupe for its, uh, more expensive (and extremely similar looking) counterpart. 👀

    Price: $7.18

    20. Get a more natural finish on your foundation, while preventing a grey cast, redness, and cake face with colour correctors — blessing for anyone with hyperpigmentation.

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    You'll end up saving foundation and concealer because you no longer have to pile it on to cover pigmentation around the mouth and under your eyes. A little goes a long way, so just tap a tiny bit on to the areas you need more coverage, and then apply foundation. Less product = a more natural finish!

    Price: $14.95

    21. Rejuvenate your old shoes by scrubbing them with a shoe cleaner. The transformation is unbelievable, and now you have more wearable shoes than you did before.

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    I'm guilty of not taking care of my shoes at ALL, but cleaning them once in a while honestly does wonders, especially if they're just dirty and not torn up.

    Price: $24.97.

    22. Fit essentials into a little crossbody bag when you don't really need a huge bag (which is wayyy more often thank you think).

    This is a life hack for me because, apparently, I'm VERY passionate about putting 23 lip products I won't be using in a huge handbag, and then spending 10 minutes sifting through everything simply to find my phone. No huge bag, no clutter. 🙃

    Price: $18.65 (comes with a detachable 48" shoulder strap, and in twelve patterns/colours).

    23. Facial razors are amazing at grooming your brows, saving you money, giving you results quickly and painlessly, and making makeup go on smoothly.

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    If you aren't fond of peach fuzz, or if your brows grow too fast for threading appointments, try a facial razor. These are also known to have an exfoliating effect on your skin without irritating it, and, oh my god, makeup goes on like butter afterwards. Your skin will thank you, and so will your wallet. Read the reviews from loyal shavers and well as first-time users.

    Price: $5.99 for a set of three.

    24. If your hair gets greasy as quickly as mine, you may benefit from the miracle of dry shampoo. Batiste is one brand everyone recommends for a reason — it's really frickin' good.

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    My hair gets oily 0.03 minutes after shampooing it, and overly washing it tends to make it oilier and rougher, but dry shampoo has been saving my days for the last six months, and honestly my LIFE HAS CHANGED. It allows you to extend mid-wash time, and that has reduced breakage for me immensely. But if you don't want to take my word for it, read the reviews. This is the best dry shampoo most people have ever tried.

    Price: $7.47.

    Go on now, live your best life.

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