3 Easy Ways For Entrepreneurs to Get Self-Care Every Day

As most of you know, Windy City Cosmo embraces the hustle and self-care. As a female making their way and building their career in the entrepreneurial world—I have to! From frequently attending networking events to appearing on the radio, the freelance life can definitely take its toll.

In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to neglect taking care of yourself. Every now and then, we have to pick our heads up from the daily grind and spend some time on ourselves. Over the past few years of living and learning as an entrepreneur in the city of Chicago, I’ve developed a few healthy habits of my own. Call it self-care or a healthy lifestyle. There are a lot of things that you can do for self-care like take a bubble bath or get your nails done or take a walk with a friend but I’ve found through looking at other entrepreneurial sites like Thrive Global and Shopify, that there are some easy ways to incorporate self-care every day that won’t get you out of your workflow – rather improve it. In order to help out those of you who are just starting out or may be struggling to make it to the next level, here are my top 3 health tips.

1. Have a bedtime routine. I set my phone so it tells me when I should go to bed to get 8 hours of sleep. I’ve had issues falling asleep and having a routine has helped me to make bedtime something I look forward to. I usually do a little cleaning, take a hot shower, do my face wash routine and then make hot tea, stretch and heat up my sleeping mask (yes you heard that right!). If I’m still not tired, I try to catch up on articles or read a book in bed.

2. Work out. I’m not saying to work out to lose weight, work out to become mentally strong. When you dedicate time to challenge yourself and commit to moving your body, your whole day is changed. I’ve had many issues with working out. I’ve tripped over the concrete while running at night. I’ve missed waking up early for a spin class, and I’ve forgotten to repack my gym bag. If you have an hour lunch, I suggest working out for lunch.

It helps in four ways

A) it helps you move your body and feel refreshed after sitting

B) it helps you bring your lunch instead of wasting money on eating out

C) it helps relieve stress

D ) it helps you stay focused. When you only have 30 minutes you work out and give it your all.

3. This may sound silly, but make sure you smile every day. It changes everything. I got a positivity journal and it takes 5 minutes to fill out. In the morning you write down what will make today great and at night you reflect. Practicing gratitude and thinking positively is so important. Don’t neglect your thoughts and how you’re feeling. Spending time turning negative thoughts into positive is life-changing. This is one of my personal favorite tips, and it even caught the attention of others as it was included in an infographic (see below) by Elysium Health.

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As you can see, there’s more than one way to work some type of wellness routine into your daily life. Also, everyone is different so something that works for me might not work for you. You can check out the infographic to see even more advice from others as well as some science-backed advice from Elysium. For those of you looking to dive even deeper into the more scientific aspects of healthy living, you can check out this resource on NAD+ and how it’s connected to our health.

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Meet the Chicago Entrepreneur Behind The Beauty App, LISA

There’s a lot that goes into getting ready for an event. And by event, I mean there’s a lot that goes into getting ready for a week. Is your hair done? Did your gel manicure start to peel?

The more that I attend parties and grow in my marketing and blogging career, the more I realize that it takes makeup and maybe a straightener to get good photos – not just Snapchat filters. And most of all, putting on your best face and looking good not only presents a better image for you and your brand, it also makes you feel more confident.

One platform that is here to help is the LISA App, the first open marketplace mobile application that connects clients to artists in the beauty industry by allowing them to schedule high-quality personal services whenever and wherever they want them, at a price that suits their budget. I had heard of the LISA App from The Tape Play’s launch party and from Chicagogrammers first birthday party and then at the Chicago Yelp Drink and Learn event at Workspring. 

After meeting some of their stylists and having my own hair and makeup done by some of the beauticians through the LISA App, I reached out to the founder, Lisa Nation to learn what inspired her to start this beauty on demand business, the apps that help her streamline her business and some of her secrets to B2B (business to business) success.

How did you get the idea for your business?

It was my husband’s idea, he had that ah ha moment driving to work one day. I’ve been a licensed hairstylist for over 23 years but for the past 17 years I have worked independently due to the commission split salons take from each service provided. When he explained his early concept, I jumped in head first and started to build out the infrastructure from the Artist’s perspective.

How long did you sit on the idea before taking steps to make it a reality?

September 24th, 2014 was when we hashed out the primitive idea, three days later he quit his job and we were off to the races.  We raised our first $100,000 in 2 days with just the concept of LISA, although the app was nameless at the time.

What were some of the steps that you took to create your business? Did you survey people? Did you seek out investors? Did you start solo?

Neither us knew one bit how to build an app, but, we are both resourceful. We strategically put the right people together and started whiteboarding. Once we felt we were in a good spot we held an investor presentation for 60 potential investors. We raised 1mm within 24 hours.

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Lisa Nation, Founder of The Lisa App.

How did you attracts stylists and beauticians?

At LISA we believe that anyone who can use scissors, a brush, chemicals or nimble fingers and make someone look and feel good deserves to be coined an Artist.

How do you build a platform for a community that doesn’t even realize a disruption is needed?

You have to listen to the people who live it everyday, what are their struggles, what would they like to see changed. That’s why LISA is a company that was built by the Artists for the Artists.

Before we began development, we invited 30 Artists to a summer camp in Florida. For 5 days 30 strangers came together to tell us what they would need if an app were built for them. We listened! You cannot build something if the people who are going to use it do not believe in it.

Can you tell me more about your business and the services you offer?

LISA is the first ever, true, open marketplace in the beauty industry that connects consumers and Artists in real time. LISA’s #1 focus is the B2B marketplace. LISA helps over 100 corporations supply beauty and wellness perks to their hardworking employees. LISA has designed software to assist these corporations to make it user-friendly for not only the back office (HR, Benefit Directors) but also for the employees to easily book in office services via the app. As we continue to grow our B2B efforts we will slowly start to promote the B2C marketplace in order for the employees to bring these services home with them.

Where’s your favorite part of getting ready for an event – makeup/hair/nails?

That’s a tough question to answer, I spend so much time making other people look and feel good, I rarely take the time or enjoy getting myself ready. If I had to choose, it would be hair.

What’s the hardest part of owning your own business?

Accountability. No one cares more about your business than you.

How do you distinguish yourself from competitors?

The goal is not to be first and best, the goal is to be early and better. We studied all of our competition and simply did it better. We learned from their mistakes and created features that they did not have, ie; open-marketplace, B2B strategy and all around Artist functionality.

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Do you use any apps to manage your business? If so, what are your favorites?

MailChimp, I use it to view report. Grammarly. Email tracker pro (I’m always watching to see who has opened my emails), Trello; this is how our team shares updates and stay organized and Zapier, I get a notification every time a consumer requests an Artist for a service.

What, do you find, is the hardest part of starting a business?

Prioritizing. Staying with your mission. There is such a temptation to sway from your original concept. DON’T. It will cause you to lose focus.

How do you network as an entrepreneur? Do you use LinkedIn? Do you send emails? Do you go to events?

It’s all about networking. I have joined many groups that inspire me and help me grow as an entrepreneur. I go to and participate in as many events as I possibly can. (get some networking tips here)

Sometimes I’m so tired, I don’t want to go, but I know I have to because it takes only one person and a 3-minute conversation to open a new door for you and you never know who that may be.

Since we are heavily focused on B2B, I’m on LinkedIn more than I am on FB or Instagram. LinkedIn is a terrific resource to learn about companies and the people who work there. Most of my business is email. One thing I have learned through this process is though is to avoid emailing Monday’s and Friday’s.

Windy City Cosmo experienced this first hand and was part of the LISA app’s promo video with Tape Play. (see video below).

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Move Over Vanilla: You Can Now Literally Smell Like Mimosas

Nothing gets you out of bed quite like Sunday brunch. I’m pretty sure that was the logic behind the latest trend – turning brunch into a fragrance. I know – there’s a line of brunch scented deodorants that launched this summer.  But it just might be the best smelling deodorant.

We’re not talking about avocado toast scents; we’re talking the best part of breakfast, and that is brunch cocktails. Yes, I thought smelling like alcohol was a bad thing, but now it seems that people are lining up and trading lavender or cucumber scents for mimosa antiperspirant.

And because it’s trendy yet could be categorized as hipster, this new brunch scented line of deodorant from Native, is also all natural and aluminum-free.

Using essential oils, Native creates what might be the best smelling deodorant – boozy scents which include the ever so popular, Rosé,  along with the standard Mimosa, and more of a later brunch crowd favorite, Sangria.

So, now whether you can afford a $50 brunch at SoHo House or the cinnamon rolls at Ann Sather’s, you can always make it smell like your favorite part of the week. With a slogan like “Invest in Yourself” maybe it’s better to do that than invest in another cocktail when you’re still working on your summer body goals. 

Bottoms up, or should I say arms?

 

 

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The Cycles of Beauty

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Remember that 30 Rock episode where Liz Lemon’s boyfriend, Dennis, reminded her that “technology is cyclical?” While bringing back Motorola’s is obviously a terrifying prospect, there’s definitely “cycles” in beauty and fashion. Consider that weird 60s revival we had in the early 2000s or the 90s influences that are starting to trickle in now. To some degree, we all ride the waves of fashion and beauty trends.

Even plastic surgery isn’t immune. As this article in New Beauty points out, we’re in the midst of something of a sea change in the field. As celebrities and the general public gradually become more open about having plastic surgery, the aesthetic trends guiding surgeons around the world are changing, too. A new emphasis on creating natural-looking results via improving proportions and embracing the individual is here, and it’s making a lot of people reconsider their long-held opinions about plastic surgery.

Let’s start with the matter of efficiency. Plastic surgery is no longer associated with long recovery periods, hyper-bandaged heads, and tight, unnatural contours. Aesthetics are big business, and new techniques and technologies are emerging quickly to meet the demands of savvy consumers. More refined surgical techniques reduce the need for a long recovery time. According to the website of Northbrook, IL plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Sisco, breast augmentation patients can count on being back in the office after only a few days.

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Injectable fillers are another good example of the rise in efficiency. In the past, patients who had injectable treatments could count on results that lasted for a few months or so. But just this year, the FDA approved a new filler from Allergan (maker of BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®) with results that are purported to last up to 18 months. We’re always looking for ways to do things better, faster, and with less effort, and beauty is certainly no exception.

The “look” is different too, which is most exciting to me. Today, we can look back on the trend of overly made-up, uniform faces — the models in the Addicted to Love music video are probably the best example of this trend — and laugh from a distance. Today the emphasis is on the individual, celebrating diversity in ethnicity, gender, and identity at every turn. In the makeup world, the focus is on fun and experimentation, while plastic surgeons report a demand for “natural-looking” teardrop-shaped breast implants in conservative sizes.

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This all makes me wonder who’s guiding these changes -is it us or them? Do marketers, developers, and researchers answer our call, or do we build our tastes based on what’s given to us? I want to hear what you think about this topic, and I want to know what you think the next beauty trend will be. Will there be a backlash to our present worship of natural individuality? Or have we turned a completely new corner, never to return to our old ways?

This post was written by health and beauty author, Emmy Owens.

 

 

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Yes, Adults Need Bedtime Beauty Routines 

I think one step to becoming an adult is one of the most basic parts of being a kid. And that is getting ready for bed.

Somewhere in between cramming for exams in college and binge drinking on Fridays, I feel like we forget that having a nightly routine is actually necessary to our sanity, if not our health (yes Mr. Dentist, I am working on flossing my teeth). In fact, a lot of adults struggle with going to bed and actually have to prepare themselves to get some sleep.

So, I’ve gone back to the basics and taken into consideration a lot of night time routines from celebs like Khloe Karadashian and beauty and health experts like Arbonne and Mojo Spa, and I’ve created my own zen bedtime routine.

Altogether it takes about 20 minutes to get ready for bed (add 10 min for a mud mask).

I encourage you to use this as a guide and make up your own bedtime routine because you’re farce and your teeth are worth it.

I start with playing hip hop music. It helps motivate me when I clean and whenIm at work and especially as I get ready for bed. The next step is to remove my make-up. Now, for the longest time I used a cleanser, but I realized I also had to use an eye make-up remover and another make-up remover because make-up is hard to take off – east to smudge, but hard to completely remove. I use a wet beauty cleansing cloth like this Collagen Cleansing Cloth that reduces fine lines and wrinkles. This is a pretty though formula for my skin and a lot of my friends like the Beauty 360 cleanser. I remove my make-up first before showering.


Then, I take a hot shower. And, get ready to put on my facial mask. I recently started using Borghese’s mask – it was inspired by a princesss and you can get it a bourgeois price at Ross or a higher price at Macy’s.


It takes about 15 minutes for the mask to dry before I remove it. So, I move onto lotion. I’m in love with Manuka Honey body butter. It smells like honey, and I love the texture and ease of spreading it all over my body – especially in the winter  when my skin is dry. Bonus: it’s not greasy.


Next, I slip into my Victoria Secret’s kimono.


Then, with my face mask still on, I brush my teeth. I recently discovered the power of using an electric toothbrush, which you can get for under $10 at Walgreens. I’ve also experimented with whitening toothpaste, but I find that Crest and mouthwash not only smell good and refresh my mouth, but also are effective preventative treatments.


Now it’s time to remove the green face mask.

 

My face is now clear and ready for more treatment. It’s time for sprays and facial products from Arbonne. I start off by spraying the toner twice on either side of my face and rubbing it in.


Then, I apply the Arbonne Intensive Renewal Serum. I got the age-defying beauty line because I don’t want to get Botox but I also don’t want wrinkles. The struggle is real.


Next, I put on eye cream. I use a thicker eye cream – anti-aging eye balm -at night from Mojo Spa in Wicker Park. During the day I use a light eye cream from Arbonne.


Next in my nightly routine is Arbonne Night Repair Crème. I like it because it is smooth and easy to spread on my face and neck. I’ve also tried Trilipiderm Rehydration Night Crème. I really like that one as well because it is soothing and calming with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and vitamins A, C, D and E.


Then, I comb my wet hair and either braid it or scrunch it. And I take generic lip balm and hydrate my lips. Note: I use to use a Mary Kay lip mask and that also helps with dry lips.

Finally, I just started using a lavender face mask that I got for 99 cents at Ross. It’s completely changed my sleep. I can heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds as I grab water.


At this point, I’ve turned off my music and I either write an article or read a book or text a boy. And then, namaste – hopefully I fall asleep.

This can seem like a long bedtime routine, and I’m not going to lie, it took awhile to get used to it and to fund and to find the right products. But, it’s helped me make my health and sleep a priority – no matter how many events I go to or how much work I have to do.

What’s your favorite nighttime beauty product?

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