Five Easy Tricks To Look Instantly Fashionable
May13

Five Easy Tricks To Look Instantly Fashionable

You want to look like you came out of a fashion editorial spread, but don’t have the time or the resources to keep a team of stylists making you look flawless every second of the day. Don’t worry, most of us are in the same boat. Luckily, all those people working in fashion magazines came up with a bunch of tricks to make models look fantastic that require virtually no effort at all. And you are about to find out what they are. 1. Roll up your shirt sleeves Go to your closet and throw away all your short sleeved shirts. Just do it. If it has a collar, it needs to have long sleeves. Of course, this doesn’t mean your poor arms have to endure the summer heat all covered up. Simply roll your sleeves up. But don’t just do it willy-nilly, there’s a proper way. Fold the sleeve in half and then roll the fold up the arm until it’s just below the cuff, that should be sticking out. You will look more polished and chic than by sloppingly rolling up the whole sleeve. 2. Push up your blazer or jacket sleeves It is extremely flattering to push up the sleeves of your blazer. It is extremely un-flattering to be fiddling with them all day because they keep coming down. The solution? A couple of humble hair ties. Place a hair tie (or rubber band) around your elbow over the sleeve. Push up and gather the sleeve so it falls over the tie, hiding it in a natural way. 3. Roll up your jean cuffs Fashion is all about tucking and rolling. Next time you pair up your favorite pumps or stilettos with a pair of jeans, roll up the cuffs. It will make the jeans look more tailored (especially if you are wearing “boyfriend jeans” or looser cuts) and draw attention to your pretty shoes. Fold the cuff up a couple of inches and then fold again to leave only a little bit of the hemline visible to get that “flawlessly flawed” look. 4. Only tuck the front of your shirt If you want to show off your belt or jeans without looking to “stuck up” or prim, do a “mullet-tuck”. Simply tuck in the front half of your shirt, leaving the back half out. This look works best with jeans and collared, long-sleeve shirts. You will get an informal look that will flatter your figure and won’t make you look sloppy. 5. Tuck half of your shirt Another improvement to the regular tuck. Simply tuck in the side of your shirt that is under the...

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How To clean Everything In Your Makeup Bag
May09

How To clean Everything In Your Makeup Bag

You probably never thought about all the germs and bacteria that can accumulate in your makeup products but the truth is that you are definitely not cleaning them as much as you should. And cleaning and sanitizing everything in your makeup bag is not only, better for your health, it is also super satisfying. Eyelash curler – After many, many uses, your eyelash curler probably has a good buildup of old mascara, even if you rinse it a bit after every use. But you can wipe all that gunk right off with the help of a lighter. Hold the flame near the curler to heat it up for a few seconds. Then, wipe it off with a tissue. The heat of the flame will melt the old mascara so you can wipe it off, but it will also kill all the bacteria living in it. Of course, this method will not work with plastic curlers, as they can melt. Metal only! Lipstick – You don’t need to “clean” lipstick so much as “sanitize” it. Lipstick is a great place for virus and bacteria to hang out, multiply and get you sick. This is why you should freeze it. Once a week or so, stick your lipstick tube in the freezer overnight to kill all the bacteria and germs. The next morning, take it out and leave it until it reaches room temperature before applying it. Pressed powders – For obvious reasons, you won’t be able to wipe your pressed powders clean, but this doesn’t mean you can’t disinfect them. Find a small spray bottle and fill it with regular rubbing alcohol. Spritz it (lightly!) on your powder cosmetics and leave them to dry to disinfect them. Now you can put them on your face without worrying about germs. Makeup brushes – Good quality makeup brushes can last a lifetime, but this doesn’t mean you should deny yourself that “brand new” feel. Mix two parts of baby shampoo with one part olive oil. Pour into a small plate with a little bit of water and pick up the mixture with your brush. Swish it around a bit to get a nice lather going and then rinse thoroughly with water. Gently squeeze the excess water out and then let air dry, propping the handle of the brush so it’s higher than the bristles. As good as new. Metal tools – Scissors, tweezers, pencil sharpeners, clippers and even nail files. All your metal tools should be disinfected. You only need rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs and patience. Use the swab all of your tools with alcohol, making sure to get all the nooks...

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Blow-drying Hacks For Fabulous Hair
May05

Blow-drying Hacks For Fabulous Hair

Blow-drying feels like an essential part of almost any beauty routine, but it can seriously damage your hair. Not to mention that it takes so much time and it can get tedious and make you late for work or that party. Follow these brilliant hacks to blow-dry your hair like a pro. Minimize heat damage by cutting your blow-drying time When you get out of the shower, squeeze the excess water out of your hair and then let it air-dry almost completely. Then, while your hair is still damp, but no longer wet, use your blow-dryer to dry it completely and style your hair like you usually do. If you don’t have the patience to air dry, use a microfiber towel to pat your hair dry. Microfiber is twice as absorbent as cotton and it’s gentler on your hair. This means that your hair will dry faster and you’ll minimize breakage. In a pinch and no microfiber in sight? Paper towels. Pat your hair with paper towels to dryi it up 30% faster. Always use a heat protectant Heat from the blow-dryer or other styling tools will dehydrate your hair, which will not only cause frizz, but also make it brittle and prone to breakage. Have a heat protectant at hand before drying and spray it on the section you are working on. This will keep moisture in your hair and maintain your locks looking healthy and shiny. Flip your hair for instant volume If you are trying to create volume and texture, flip over your hair and dry it using only the blower and your hands. You will get that wild “I’ve just been driving around my convertible” look in record time. Angle the nozzle straight down If you are blow-drying your straight hair, always angle the nozzle from the top-down. Blowing your hair from the roots will not only train it so it’s easier for you to style it straight, but it will also be gentler on the cuticle of the hair. When you blow-dry from the bottom-up, you will end up ruffling it and causing annoying frizz. Embrace the diffuser If you have wavy or curly hair and are looking to dry your locks and define them, a blow-drier can be a nightmare. Until you meet the diffuser, that is. Use one with a low heat setting to distribute the heat evenly throughout your hair without dehydrating it as much. You will get defined curls with no frizz in record time. Get a hood-drier effect at home Instead of going to the salon, put your hair up in velcro rollers, poke a few holes in a...

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Easy Hacks To Make Your Thin Hair Look Thick
May01

Easy Hacks To Make Your Thin Hair Look Thick

We all want that luscious, thick mane of shampoo commercial hair that the media tells us is the ultimate symbol of femininity. However, some of us are more genetically challenged and no matter what we do, our hair will remain thin. Don’t worry, though, you can still make it look thick, and nobody will even notice. Learn how to care for your thin hair A lot of the beauty tricks making the rounds on the Internet work great… for thick hair. Thin hair has different needs and you need to cater for them. For example, silicone and oil coatings (such as the magic coconut oil) will do nothing but weigh your hair down, reduce volume and make it look even thinner. Steer clear. You should look for sulfate-free shampoo, which will be gentler in your hair and prevent breakage, as well as be mindful of how bleach and color can damage your locks. In the same vein, be careful about heat drying or styling your thin hair. Avoid it if possible and if not, invest in a good, light protective coating. Furthermore, over-stretching your hair with irons or brushes can reduce its natural bounciness and change its texture, making it look thin. Find a hairstyle that works for you Super-long hair can look nice if properly cared for, but this is very difficult with thin hair. Damaged ends and brittle texture will make you lose hair, which will make your mane thinner. Besides, the weight of the long strands pulls them down, taking away from your volume. You should also figure out and embrace the natural texture of your hair. If you have thin, curly or wavy hair, work those curves! Give it more volume instead of straighten it every day, which will also damage it. Flip your part Style your hair on the opposite direction of what you usually do it. Your hair actually gets trained to fall a certain way when you part it in the same place for a long time. Shake your hair’s world and flip the script. Apply a teeny bit of hairspray on the root to keep the flip in place and voila: instant volume. Pancake your braids Braids are beautiful but if you have thin hair they can look almost sad. Not anymore, with the magic pancaking technique. Once you finish the braid, simply pull each loop on one side. Gently, only a tiny pinch will do. Bam, you have that Elsa braid going. Prop up your ponytail With the help of a couple of bobby pins, your ponytails can look instantly thicker and fuller. Tie your hair up and use two...

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Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Self Esteem
Apr28

Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Self Esteem

Social media is part of our lives, there’s no denying it. It has become one of the pillars of our culture and it’s the easiest way to share your life with people. However, researchers are finding that excessive use of social media may lead to low self esteem and depression, especially in young people. And it’s not difficult to see why. When we spend a large amount of time staring at other people’s seemingly perfect lives, some insecurities are bound to arise. Why not me? What am I doing wrong? How can I compete with that? The good news is that you can still enjoy social media without taking a hit for your self esteem. It just requires a little shift in perspective, and you will end up more confident as a result. Have you ever heard the phrase “The reason we are insecure is because we compare other people’s stage performance with our behind-the-scenes”? This is doubly true for social media, because people curate the best moments of their life to post about on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other site. Nobody Instgrams a picture of that bunion they are taking care of or posts a Facebook status on their grocery shopping. (And if they do, they are annoying contacts and you probably block them). So keep this in mind: Nobody’s life is as good as their Facebook timeline. Another thing you have to keep in mind is that happiness is not a limited resource. And neither is success. Other people’s achievements do not diminish your own, and just because somebody has a happy life, that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy as well. Now, being aware of those simple truths, you can start shifting your attitude towards social media. Turn comparison into inspiration. Instead of beating yourself up because your makeup is not as great as that one girl’s, pinpoint what is it that you like about it, and think of a way to incorporate it in your life. Instead of criticizing yourself for not volunteering at a pet shelter like that old friend of yours, ask him how you can get involved. But the most important thing you can do is focus on your life and be proactive. Realize you have things to be happy about too and be grateful for them. Researchers show that gratefulness is one of the things that set happy people apart. Make a list of all the things in your life you are grateful for. Make it a habit to remind yourself of them when you are feeling down. And maybe post about them on social media! And if you still...

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