10 Fast Ways to Look More Polished Every Day

Updated 01/28/18

As everybody knows, January can be a tough month to make yourself look polished, but we've found it pays to be extra kind to yourself. And if you can hit the snooze button once or twice in the morning and still make it to work on time, where's the harm? 

But if one of your resolutions is to be taken more seriously at work this year, you might want to think twice before you sink back into that pillow.

It makes sense that the more rushed we are in the morning, the less time we have to focus on the task at hand: getting ourselves ready for the day ahead. But if you've got a meeting first thing, or are worried that you're stuck in a work-look rut, spending a few extra moments to put yourself together before you leave the house will surely make a difference. 

Click through for our favourite speedy tips to polish up your look. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brush (7B) $14
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Even if you don't fill or powder your brows, a quick brush will help tame and shape them. 

Beauty Blender Blotterazzi $14
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You might leave the house looking perfect, but feel shiny by the time you've reached the office. Don't panic, just stash this reusable oil absorber in your bag.

Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File $12.50
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Whether your nails are long or short, always use a nail file to shape and smooth away any rough edges. Crystal is a hygienic and hard-wearing choice. 

Morgan Taylor Renewing Cuticle Oil $11
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Rough or red raw cuticles won't make for a very impressive handshake, so add a swipe of oil throughout the day to keep them nourished.

Lano-Lips Rose Hand Cream $9
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The lanolin in this sweet-smelling cream will stop your hands from cracking and chapping in this cold weather.

Leighton Denny Under Cover Base Coat $12
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If your nail colour is prone to chipping, avoid anything too bright or eye-catching. A softly coloured sheer base coat is far more forgiving. 

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream $6.50
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If cuticle oil is a bit messy for you, try this nourishing cuticle cream that will make your hands soft and smooth.

Beautyblender Liner Designer $14
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Nothing looks less professional than badly bodged eyeliner. This clever guide is designed to make sure you get it right every time. 

Nails Inc Express Nail Polish Remover $8
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You might not notice your nail polish is looking worse for wear until you're already en route, but stash this handy pot in your bag or desk drawer and you won't have to worry about hiding your hands all day. 

Silke Hair Bands $21
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Not all hair ties are created equal. These are designed to hold the hair firmly without creating a kink so you can wear a polished ponytail all day and let your hair down come home time. 

What little tips help you feel polished every day? Let us know in the comments below. 

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