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How to layer your skin care products before bed?

A good way to ensure your skin looks its best is to start a skin care routine that suits your life style and skin care needs. Here are some smart tips to help you layer your skincare products better before you go to bed.

Cleanser – To deliver ingredients to your skin, you will need to ensure your skin is clean and free of dirt and makeup. Start off by using a good quality cleanser to remove any dirt, sweat, and makeup from your skin. Look at investing in a gentle cream, gel, or foaming cleanser.

Exfoliate – Avoid exfoliating daily as this can cause the surface of the skin to get damaged. Look at exfoliating your skin twice a week to gently remove dead skin cells and dirt that may block pores.

Treatment products – If you suffer from stubborn acne, age spots, uneven texture look at investing in a few facial treatment products. Look at products with benzoyl peroxide, retinoid, topical acne medication and prescription creams to treat your skin while you sleep. To provide intense treatment for scarring, consider applying a mask at least twice a month before bed.

Serums – Serums are great to provide concentrated treatment to smaller areas on your skin.

Eye creams – Eye creams can brighten and boost collagen under and around the eye. Remember that the skin near your eye is thinner and delicate so always use your ring finger to apply creams in gentle strokes.

Moisturizer – Look at applying a light daily moisturizer and a heavier night cream to give your skin the moisture and the ingredients that it needs to look its best.

4 lessons everyone should know about makeup

When your makeup goes on right, you will be on cloud nine, but there are days that putting on your liquid liner can take forever. Here are a few tips to help you get your makeup right; every time.

Invest in great tools – Expensive makeup brushes are well worth the cost as they will help you apply your makeup better. Here are the eight brushes you will need; Foundation brush, Concealer brush, Fluffy powder brush, Blush brush, Small blending brush, Flat eyeshadow brush, Precision angle brush and a Lip brush. Not only will your makeup glide on smoothly, but you will also use less makeup.

Mix primer with your foundation – If simplicity is key, look at mixing your foundation and primer to ensure you have a more natural look that still covers your imperfections. If you have oily skin, look at using a damp sponge to apply your foundation. The damp brush will apply less oil from the foundation on to your skin, making your skin less oily.

Conceal your flaws – If you want to conceal your flaws like acne, redness or dark circles look at applying opposite colors to the areas you want to change. For example, for redness look at green concealer and for dark circles look at orange concealer.

Flatter your face shape – Learn how to contour your face to enhance its shape and features. As a rule, remember that anything lighter in an area will make it more prominent and anything darker will make that area recede.

 

The girl’s guide to face masks

Including a weekly face mask to your skin care routine can help all types of skin conditions from dry, oily, acne-prone, and aging skin. Here is a list of three different facial masks that can help with different skin conditions.

Clay and charcoal masks – For those who have oily or acne prone skin a clay mask is a good choice. Clay masks are good for drawing out impurities, detoxifying, and deep cleaning your pores. However, for those who have dry or combination skin, a clay mask will tend to dry out areas cause peeling. For those with acne-prone skin look at clay masks with natural tea tree oil to kill bacteria and soothe acne.

Exfoliating masks – To remove dead skin cells, look at exfoliation masks that require physical rubbing. Some masks may contain chemical exfoliants like lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid, which are good at removing dead skin cells. If you are looking at a product that is more natural, look at an enzyme masks, as they eat away dead skin cells from your skin. Exfoliating masks are great to tighten, brighten and slow aging while removing excess oil which reduces acne.

Sheet masks – Sheet masks are disposable masks that are pre-cut and are made with fibers or gels and include ingredients packed with collagen, retinol, and peptides. Such masks are great for aging skin and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Sheet masks will also brighten, tighten skin, hydrate and clean out pores.

10 secrets to long, thick, shiny hair

We all know that hair takes a long time to grow, but if you want to jump start the process here are some simple tips that will help you grow your hair faster.

Go sulfate free – Choose a sulfate free shampoo formula as it contains less harsh chemicals that will help preserve your hair’s natural oils. When lathering your hair, concentrate on the scalp and less on the hair.

Stimulate your scalp – Increase your scalp circulation, by massaging your scalp for at least 30 seconds before washing your hair.

Condition – When hair is well hydrated, you will have less split ends which will mean you will need fewer

Brushing – Avoid brushing your hair as it can create more split ends. Look at combing your hair with a wide-tooth plastic comb and using a round brush when blow drying.

Stop sizzling – Hot tools will fry your cuticles and cause damage to growth. Instead look at using ceramic irons that give you the chance to regulate heat settings.

Flatten it out – To fake length, blow dry your hair and straighten it for special occasions.

Choose products wisely – Less frizz may make your hair look longer.

Clip it in – Hair extensions are a great affordable alternative to add Just make sure that the ones you choose are similar to your hair’s texture and avoid going too long on the length.

Steer clear of scissors – Haircuts will not increase growth, instead wait as long as you can between trims.

Restore with Keratin – Keratin will smooth out your hair and add a protective layer to reduce further damage.

The seven sins of style

Article written by Sid Solomon

Style changes according to our personalities and bodies. However, there are a few style sins that will always apply to everyone. Here are the seven sins of style.

Sin 1 – Dressing inappropriately – It is important that you dress according to the occasion. For example, it does not show respect to the bride and the groom if you arrive as a guest to their wedding wearing denim. Therefore be mindful of the occasion and when in doubt ask the host.

Sin 2- Quantity over quality – You may feel that you have accomplished a lot when you walk out of a store with bags of items that are cheap. However, you will save a lot if you spend money on quality pieces that will last you a few seasons.

Sin 3 – Being uncomfortable – If you find it hard to walk in a sky-high pair of heels or a dress that is a few inches too short, it is best to wear something else and feel comfortable.

Sins 4 – Following every trend – Do your research on a new trend, if you find yourself rushing to buy new fashion trends and then realizing that it doesn’t suit you.

Sin 5 – Wearing the wrong size – Avoid buying clothing that is a size or two too small or too big as it will only end up in the donation pile.

Sin 6 – Dressing without balance – It is a good rule to remember that if you are showing the upper half of your body, make sure your lower half is covered and vice verse. This will make balance your entire look.

Sin 7 – Showing up ungroomed – Outfits can look horrible if you have not shaved, show up with messy hair or makeup or your nails are chipped.

 

6 Street style trends that are worth wearing

Adapting new trends can be expensive, since trends often move out as fast as they came in, leaving you with little time to wear your pieces. However, here are a few trends that are simple and well worth your investment.

  1. Silk pieces – Silk pieces are on trend this season and come in the form of cami’s or slinky slip dresses. Pair your pieces with a leather jacket and girly curls to give your look a bold yet feminine look.
  2. Mom jeans – Moms jeans are back on trend. Look for denim that is straight legged, distressed, ankle length and waist high. The added benefit of owning these jeans is that they are very flattering and can be dressed up with ankle boots or dressed down with sandals.
  3. Cold shoulders and one-shoulders – This fall trend is flirty and comfortable. Look for dresses and tops that show off your shoulders, in printed and striped fabrics.
  4. The flat mule – The flat mule is a convenient shoe that is great for cooler or warmer months. Look for them in neutral shades to match your mules with almost anything.
  5. Circle bags – These bags are chic and will elevate your entire look. For those who need more space, opt for a large circle bag that will fit almost anything.

Chokers – The 90’s have made a comeback with the arrival of the choker. Find yours in black velvet, skinny, gold, or layered. Wear your choker with a T-shirt, blazer or a slinky dress for instant sex appeal.

6 Tricks that will make your hair look fuller and thicker

If you have hair that often looks limp and lifeless, here are 6 tricks that will give your hair a serious boost that will last throughout the entire day.

Use an egg-size amount of mousse – Mousse is a great way to add volume. Avoid the crunchy feel of mousse by applying it on wet hair, starting from the base of your hair. Then finish off by working your mousse from root to strands.

Use your fingers when blow-drying your hair – Start blow-drying your hair with your fingers, to get the majority of water out of your hair. Once your hair is 80% dry, finish off your style with a brush.

Switch your part for an instant root lift – Try switching your part to give your locks an instant lift. If you part is to the right, simply flip your hair over to the left.

Condition your hair before you shampoo – Sometimes soft and sleek hair can make for hair that has less hold and volume. Therefore either condition your hair before you shampoo or omit the process entirely.

Tease your hair in small sections and spray it with hairspray – Teasing is a great trick to create volume at your roots. Start by holding hair in small sections and then back comb gently towards your head.

Twist your hair in small sections and pin it up while you sleep – Twist your hair with bobby pins or hair ties overnight. Simply blow dry in the morning and take your pins/ hair ties out. Then style with some hairspray to hold your volume.

 

6 Ways to store your winter clothes

Winter clothes can take up a lot of your closet space and therefore leave little to no space for your summer items. Here are a few tips on how to store your winter clothes.

Cut the excess – Use this time to evaluate what winter items you wear. If you have not worn an item during the winter months, it is best to get rid of it.

Stash the sweaters – If your cardigans are taking a lot of your space, hand wash them and fold them away. You can look at storing them in vacuum sealed bags that will leave you more space for storage.

Store heavy coats – Hanging your heavy coats in garment bags are best, but if you are short on space, you should dry clean your pieces and place them flat at the base of your wardrobe.

Stay organized – Getting organized can be very addictive. Look at ways to organize your wardrobe that includes storage shelving and baskets to keep your winter items well stored.

Boots – Tall boots need to be stuffed with newspaper or boot forms to keep your boots in shape. For those who prefer ankle boots, store them flat in large zip lock bags, and they should keep their form and have less damage.

Lighten up – Invest in winter pieces that are neutral and versatile, ss these will mean that you will need to stoe less in your wardrobe.

Evening Wear Makeup Tips

A night out on the town means finding the perfect look for that special occasion, which means creating a great look with your makeup that will have you looking like a million bucks and turning heads everywhere you go. The following guidelines will ensure that you get the most out of your look and impress everyone in attendance.

Time Is On Your Side

Perfection cannot be rushed and for the best look attainable, remember that a bit of time is well worth investing for that perfect makeup finished. Once you have selected the right clothes and accessories, next turn your attention to the makeup you want to wear to complement everything perfectly. Are you going full on glam or sexy and subtle? Your makeup should suit the occasion and it is up to you to take the time to research every aspect of your look to look as put together as possible.

Long-Lasting Makeup

We all know that a night out can last for several hours, which means that your makeup should last for at least as long. To prevent your finely applied makeup from running down your face during the night, use only the best products available and ensure you enjoy every minute out.

Flawless Foundation

Treat your face like the canvas it is and apply a foundation that provides medium coverage and be sure to blend in well. Applied correctly, skin imperfections and spots are eradicated for the night and your base is solid and ready for any embellishments you decide on.

Facial Focus

Bold lips? Then downplay cheeks and eyes. Bold eyes? Give the rest of the face the night off more or less. It is better to look ready than like a sidekick clown when it comes to too much makeup!

Bio: Follow Dev Randhawa to learn more. Dev Randhawa blogs about her passion for hair and makeup in guest posts and at her own blog.

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How to take your work wear into the weekend

Article Written by : My Cherry Pop

Maintaining two different wardrobes, one for work and the other for weekends can be costly. Here are some items that can be worn to work and on the weekend.

Wide legged trouser – If you don’t work in an office that is denim friendly, the wide trouser is a comfortable alternative for days that you have to deal with multiple meetings or when you have to head out of the office. This versatile trouser can be pulled over to the weekend by matching it with a simple tank or printed top.

A lightweight jacket – A more refined option to a cardigan is a cotton light weight jacket. A lightweight jacket is a good wardrobe staple and looks great on weekends as well. Just pair your jacket with jeans or short denim

A sheath dress – Sheath dresses skim the body and can be layered with a blazer or a cardigan as work wear or dressed down with a chunky necklace and sandals for the weekend.

A wrap around skirt – A wrap around skirt which hits your knee, will look smart with a white shirt tucked in as work wear. Change this look, by wearing your skirt with flats and a simple sleeveless top for a weekend at the beach.

Simple Tank – Tanks in neutral shades are perfect for pairing with a blazer and look great on the weekend with a pair of denim shorts or a skirt.