Beauty bribery, babe. It’s the key to getting sh*t done, I kid you not.
If I find myself dragging my feet or otherwise struggling to finish a task, I dangle the idea of getting a little beauty treat if/when I finish, like a carrot in front of a horse’s eyes, and 99.9% of the time, it works.
Of course, you have to be strict with yourself here. I mean, if you don’t finish the task, you don’t get the treat.
The trick works particularly well on household chores (like one lipstick for cleaning two toilets), tasks that require standing in long lines (go to the DMV, get a new nail polish) or any activity tied to sweating (30 minutes of exercise for a new body care product).
And the treat doesn’t have to be a brand new product. It can be a special treatment, like a relaxing bath or manicure, with something you already own.
Like this week, the only reason I exercised at all was Dolce & Gabbana!
I tell myself that I only get to take a shower with Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Energy Body Bath & Shower Gel ($35) after I go for a run.
Seems to be working.
And after I dry myself off, I follow up with Light Blue Refreshing Body Cream (a $51 splurge, albeit a wonderful one).
Both have the same crisp, fruity floral scent as the regular Light Blue fragrance, one of my staple perfumes.
On me, Light Blue is refreshing like a resort vacation, with jasmine, apple, orange and musk notes. If you like light, summery scents like MAC Turquatic and Bobbi Brown Beach, you might lurve Light Blue.
There’s also a Light Blue deodorant, by the way, and sometimes I wear that, too.
When it comes to getting things done, don’t overlook the pure motivating power of a good beauty bribe.
PRICE: $35 for a 6.7-ounce bottle of the Shower Gel, and $51 for a 6.7-ounce bottle of the Body Cream
AVAILABILITY: Available in the permanent line now at Dolce & Gabbana counters, stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. It’s movie night! I’ve been pushing to see Insidious: Chapter 2, you know, in honor of Friday the 13th (BOO!), but El Hub really wants to see Riddick instead.
I liked the first one, Pitch Black, but the second one…not so much.
What are you up to tonight? I hope you had a good week.