DIY Bling To Shine Like The Sun
Jun19

DIY Bling To Shine Like The Sun

Feeling like upgrading your jewelry game but don’t want to spend too much money? Make your own bling! Explore your creativity and get some awesome accessories that will make you shine. Five-minute necklace This is probably the easiest DIY you will ever make. All you need is an old chain necklace that you want to spice up, gold and silver work best, and nail polish. Use two or three colors to paint a portion of the chain in a pattern that you like. Let it dry. That’s it. This is a project that you can complete while you are deciding what to watch on Netflix, it’s that fast. Just be careful not to smudge the polish while it dries. Turn your old tees into bracelets All you need is old t-shirts that you don’t mind completely destroying and some colorful electrical tape. And god, sharp scissors. Cut all the seams off the shirt and then cut long strips out of the fabric. Make sure they are around one inch wide. Grab both of the extremes of each strip and pull until the fabric rolls on itself. Separate the strips into groups and just braid away. You can experiment with traditional braids or fishtail, depends on the texture that you prefer. After you are done, use the electrical tape in a complementary color to tape the extremes of your braid and bring them together to make a necklace or bracelet. That’s it, it’s the perfect accessory for a music festival outdoors. From twig to bracelet Summer brings out the nature lover in all of us, so why not use that to your advantage? Go outside and find some thin and fresh twigs. Make sure they are pliable and long enough to bend them around your arm. Now, bend them to form a bracelet big enough to slide your hand inside. Use a hot glue gun to secure the bracelet and get rid of stray splinters or growths. Use a sharp scissor to cut the excess so you end up with a single (almost) perfect circle. Now you can spray-paint it with some gold or silver paint for the finishing touches. You will have a new nature-chic accessory that took you no time or effort to make. You can use the same process on a smaller scale to make matching rings and complete the look. Your ears need love too Find some inexpensive hoop earrings that are a good size for you and find embroidery thread in colors you like. Now, with patience, wrap the thread around the earring until it’s completely covered. You can use multiple colors to create patterns...

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5 Beauty Apps To Guiltlessly Edit Photos On Your Phone
Jun12

5 Beauty Apps To Guiltlessly Edit Photos On Your Phone

Instagram is old news. Filters are nice, but there’s much more than that when it comes to editing photos. And for those moments when you need to post a perfect pic online but are away from your computer, you can rely on these beauty apps to edit photos on your phone. Do this shamelessly, guilt-free, and enjoy being plastic! I mean come on, it’s fantastic! VSCO (Android and iOS) This free app features an almost endless selection of filters and special effects that you can mix and match to reach just the right mood for your pic. Every effect has a slider so you can control its strength and the correcting tools are easy to use and precise. If you are not satisfied with the selection, you can buy more filter and effect packs from the app itself. One of the best things about this app is its connectivity. Once you are done editing, you can directly publish your images on Google Plus, Facebook, Instagram and other social media. It even has its own photo publishing platform. Snapseed Mobile (Android and iOS) This is the app for the fashionista on the go. For those moments when you took the perfect selfie and want to publish it quickly, this free app has you covered. It features “autocorrect” and “one touch enhancement” to make your photos look instantly great with just one finger. Of course, if you are so inclined, you also have access to more advanced tools to tweak the picture to perfection. You can even apply a tool or an effect to one area of the picture while leaving the rest untouched. Adobe Photoshop Express (Android and iOS) When it comes to editing pictures, Adobe Photoshop is still king. This is the free mobile version of the popular software, with all the basic tools you expect on an editing app and then some. You can correct red eyes and balance color with a touch, correct exposure, brighten shadows and even apply filters. Once you get comfortable with the free tools, you can get more advanced ones through in-app purchases. A noteworthy feature of this app is that it lets you share the picture on social media, through messaging apps or upload it to your favorite cloud storage service. FaceTune (Android and iOS) This is the selfie app. Instead of offering a wide array of filters and tools, this app focuses its resources on making your selfies and portraits look as perfect as they can be. For $2.99 you will get access to touch-up tools specifically designed to enhance faces. You can whiten teeth, correct red eyes, erase gray hairs, remove...

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Get The Perfect Ponytail With These 4 Easy Tricks
Jun09

Get The Perfect Ponytail With These 4 Easy Tricks

Ponytails are the best. They are an easy way to keep your hair out of your face, they work great for summer days, they are perfect for bad hair days and they take no effort. However, even something as simple as a ponytail can end up looking underwhelming. Or boring. Here’s how to get the perfect ponytail for the occasion. 1. Stack two ponytails for a fuller, longer look. You heard me. The magical double ponytail will give the illusion of thicker, fuller and longer hair, and all you need is two hair ties. Just divide your hair in two, get the top half out of the way and tie the bottom half up in a low ponytail. Now tie the top half in another ponytail, in a way that it covers the other hair tie. You can tease or texturize your hair for better results. This trick works great for curly hair and it will give the illusion of a longer mane. 2. Prop up your ponytail for better height All you need is a butterfly hair clip. Tie your hair up in a ponytail and separate a portion from the top. Place a tinny butterfly clip as close to the elastic as possible and let the top portion fall on it to conceal it. This works best if you tease the hair a little bit. The result is a taller, fuller and bouncier ponytail that looks natural as well. Another way to prop up your hair is to use two or three bobby pins. After tying your hair up, slide the bobby pins down, straight through the elastic on the bottom. The ponytail will hold up and keep its height better throughout the day. 3. Get the perfect wrapped look If you want to get a flawless look for your wrapped ponytail the secret is a curling iron. After tying your hair up, use a curling iron for that little strand before wrapping it around the elastic. If you don’t have a bobby pin handy, you can also get the wrap around ponytail on the go. Once you tie your hair up, separate a strand and wrap it around the elastic. Now, pull a portion of the elastic at the base to create a gap and slide the hair there. Pull it tighter and enjoy your wrapped around look. This method will last even longer than a bobby pin and you won’t run the risk of the pin falling out or poking you in the head. 4. Use the power of braids If you have layered or short hair, chances are tiny strands of hair keep falling...

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How To Get Rid Of The Most Difficult Stains In Your Clothes
Jun05

How To Get Rid Of The Most Difficult Stains In Your Clothes

Nothing is worse than coming back home from a nice day out and discover that you’ve unwillingly added a new pattern to your beautiful white shirt. Food, make-up, sweat or grass can end up ruining your clothes. Luckily, these tricks will help you get rid of the most annoying stains in your clothes. Crisis averted. Sweat Summer is the sweatiest season of the year, which means you’ll avoid wearing certain tops because you know they’ll end up with pit stains. Don’t worry, because there’s a way to get rid of them. Simply rub a dry bar of soap on the stained area before washing. If it is discolored, soak it in a mixture of white vinegar and hot water for a few minutes and then wash as normal. Foundation Nothing worse than taking off your shirt and staining it with make-up. For foundation, there’s an easy trick. Apply shaving cream to the stain and let it sit for thirty minutes to break down the foundation. Then, just wash as usual and be amazed at the results. Grass Grass is one of the trickiest stains to get rid of, ask any mom. If you enjoy outdoor activities but don’t enjoy the additional green spots in your clothes, try this trick. Apply your favorite pretreater to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes so it works its way in. Then, scrub the stain working from the center outward. Wash as usual. Blood It happens. Don’t let it ruin your underwear. If the stain is fresh, apply a pretreater and follow up with a solution of water and ammonia. A paste of lemon juice and table salt works too. If the stain is dry, soak it in cold water (never use hot water to remove blood) before treating it. Wash in a cold setting. Grease If you touched your clothes with greasy fingers, don’t panic, there’s actually an easy way to get rid of grease stains. Apply a bit of dish detergent directly on the stain and gently rub it in to treat the area. After that, wash as usual and breathe in relief. Dish detergent is made to break down grease, that’s why this trick is so effective. Dirt Why is nature so dirty? When you come back home from that hike, brush off excess dirt form your clothes and soak them in a mix of warm water, white vinegar and dish detergent. Rinse it all off and dab rubbing alcohol in the parts that are still stained. Rinse it off and wash as you normally would. Ice cream We all scream when our cone falls right on top of...

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Get Kylie Jenner’s Hair At Home With Professional Results
Jun01

Get Kylie Jenner’s Hair At Home With Professional Results

Gorgeous at 17! The youngest of the Kardashian clan is becoming a celebrity in her own way. The key ingredient in her rising success is that anyone can relate to her. Kylie could be the girl next door and her very stylish not so pretentious locks could be easily imitated at home. No, we’re not kidding, you can totally do this at home! Getting Started Trim your hair: the perfect hair coloring will only be reached by allowing your precious hair to recover from previous bleaching. So chop chop the ends and get ready to pick a hairstyle that suits your face shape and facial features. Although a DIY hair-dying venture surely involves working on your own most of the time, you might need an extra pair of hands to reach where you cannot, guaranteeing a better outcome for your hair style. Color wise, the two main things to take into account are not only the color chosen but also which product brand you will trust. You can take your pick from a wide range of alternatives such as Wella, Majirel, L’Oreal, Lush, Garnier and Manic Panic which carries a vast array of colors that go from neon to pastel, to super bright, to tame and sultry. Down With The Bleaching This is an easier step for natural blondes. Most stylists suggest you resort to a purple shampoo which will eliminate any orange‐range hair residue in your hair which might alter the color you are after. Now, if you’re a dark‐haired beauty, you will need some extra help from a mix of powder bleach and cream developer. The powder bleach has a color stripping power while the cream developer will enhance the power bleach qualities to get rid of your original hair color. Cream developer options vary from 10 to 40 volumes, with 10 being the slowest lifter to 40 being the fastest and therefore the most abrasive one. If your hair is thin then 20 is highly recommended. If your hair is too dark and thick, you should begin with a 30 volume developer. Stay Alert! This is the most challenging step in the process which blondes have it easy again. Bleaching will test your limits and you may have to do it more than once if your hair is dark. Mix equal parts of 30 volume developer with bleaching powder, until you lighten your hair to a really light blonde shade in about 40 to 50 minutes. After this, the hair will break, so stay alert and keep checking up on the mirror until you’ve reached the desired shade of blonde in order to dye it green afterwards. Apply the mix on your ends and middle parts. Put on a TV show episode that lasts 20 minutes, and set up an alarm...

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Instantly Look More Charismatic With These Few Tips
May21

Instantly Look More Charismatic With These Few Tips

If you are worried about that presentation at work, defending your thesis or nailing a job interview, then this will help you out. When it comes to charisma and confidence, the old adage “fake it till you make it” holds true, but how exactly do you fake charisma? It’s easier than you think, just keep these things in mind. Smile – This is a common suggestion for a reason. Smiling will make you look approachable and friendly and it will give more warmth to your voice. Even better, smiling will actually release chemicals in your brain to make you feel happier and more confident. You don’t have to be smiling maniacally without blinking all the time, of course, your smile should be natural. If you are not a naturally “smiley” person, try to smile every time you greet someone or answer a question. Keep a consistent tone – If you are going to be speaking in front of an audience, in a meeting or an interview, try to keep a consistent tone of voice. This doesn’t mean monotonous, just try to avoid “umms”, “errs” and unnecessary pauses. Don’t have large changes of pitch in the middle of your speech either. A consistent tone will make you look more confident in your words, people will pay attention and perceive you as having strong ideas. Practice in front of a mirror before your big event so it’s easier for you to control the tone of your voice. Show empathy and respect – Being polite will make people see you more positively and it will be easier for them to agree with you. Avoid putting others on a pedestal or knocking them down. Treat everyone as equal to you and it will be easier for others to relate to you. You will be seen as confident yet humble, and people will respect you as an equal as well. Finally, showing empathy lets people know that you relate to them. This doesn’t mean that you should feel sorry for people, only that you should reinforce their feelings as valid and try to understand the position they are in. Pay attention to your audience – Charismatic people can read their audience and change their behavior to suit them without even realizing it. Until you learn to do it subconsciously, you will have to make a conscious effort. Pay attention to other’s behavior, language, conversation and gestures. Try to change your own demeanor to better fit the environment you are in. This isn’t about faking a new personality, but simply about adapting your own. Maintain an open posture – Don’t stand with your hip or...

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