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If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love a good life hack. I literally brag about being lazy, so any moment I can work smarter, not harder, I’m going to take it. I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks throughout my 29 (+1) years that have made me transform from just a normal girl to a hot girl. And no, I’m not talking about appearance (it’s 2023, people), I’m talking about being confident and resourceful AF. Let’s use our brain power for important things, like ranking things the Kardashians do.
But don’t worry, bestie, there’s no gatekeeping here. All I want in this world is for us girls to work a little less because life is hard enough already. And by no means am I an expert or always right (don’t tell my husband), but I’m pretty sure these hacks will elevate your life in ways you didn’t even know existed.
The LBT (Little Black Towel)
Everyone is constantly talking about “little black book” this and “little black dress” that but what about a moment for the little black towel? You can’t tell me you’ve never completely ruined a perfectly good towel with mascara after a menty b. Earth to all makeup wearers, you should be using a black towel to wash your face to avoid having to get new towels every few months. I will never go back to a makeup-stained white towel again after spotting these at an Airbnb last summer.
Burn A Candle Properly
I hate admitting when my mother is right, but my mother was right about this one. If you’re not cutting the wicks of your candles before each burn, you’re doing it wrong. It helps the candle last longer and burns evenly so you can actually enjoy the $40 you shelled out for a scent that promised to take you to Capri (eyeroll). Also, you’ll look mysterious and chic AF with this on your coffee table.
Do You Want Straw For Hair?
This is for my girlies with color-treated hair, or honestly, anyone who just wants to keep their hair nice but still enjoy a dip in the pool. Chlorine will wreak havoc on your tresses if you let it, so just don’t, okay? Rinse your hair with cool water and use a hydrating conditioner like this one before jumping in the deep end.
Always Be My Baby
News flash: A lot of baby products aren’t just for babies. One of my best-kept secrets for hydrated skin in the summer is using baby oil right out of the shower. After taking your “everything” shower (IFYKYK), gently pat your skin with a towel and then apply a layer of baby oil while it’s still damp to lock in the moisture. It’s a game-changer.
Become a Hands-Free Girl
We all know summer is the season of concerts — plus with both Beyoncé and Taylor on tour, you’re bound to be going to at least one. But, one thing I hate about concerts is having to bring a clear bag (it doesn’t belong to any Era), or worse, shoving everything in your pockets. So, what’s a girl to do when she needs her credit card to buy every piece of merch offered? Put an adhesive card wallet inside your boot (or the back of your phone).
I went to Miami recently, and what sucks about going to a beach town without being able to pack up a car is not being able to bring a cooler to the beach. How else am I supposed to drink my Faux Pas? ICYMI: They make cooler backpacks now. Use the backpack as a carry-on for your flight and then use it as a cooler for your beach trip. Your tote bag could never.
One of the world’s most-asked questions: How much orange juice should you put into a mimosa? While IDK if that question will ever be answered, I can tell you the best way to deliver said orange juice. In ice cube form. Freeze your OJ in an ice cube tray like this and let your friend decide how many cubes they want while keeping your cocktail as cold as your heart.
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