Wait, You Got That Glow

Wait, you got the glow! Yes, my goal in the winter season is to keep my skin still glowing.

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I am an avid skincare addict. You can ask anyone who knows me about how I cherish my skincare collection. I have different skincare routines for each season. Let's not forget my first piece on skincare in back in winter 2016; HELLO WINTER AND DRY SKIN.

I love to try new products and figure out what works best with my skin for the colder months. Everyone knows I love anything Glossier, Origins, and Kiehl's.

Over the last few weeks, my skin has been having severe rough patches and mini breakouts. Lately, I’ve been adding Thayers Witch Hazel toner and cocoa butter to my routine for extra moisture to my skin.

In the morning, I am an avid user of Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser, Glossier Vitamin C Serum, Kiehl’s moisturizer and Olay. Yes, I double up on moisturizer for my morning routine.

At night I am all about hydration. I use a face mask depending on the day. It could be Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay or Origins Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. After the mask, I apply Thayers Witch Hazel toner to even out any discolored areas.

After the toner, I uses the Super Bounce or Super Pure serums, depending on my skin needs. If I feel like I’m going have a mini-breakout, I use the Super Pure serum.

After all the serums, I apply Cocoa Butter all over my face and neck to keep my face extra glossy. I also apply Origins Night cream and Glossier priming thick moisture.

I know it seems like a lot of over moisturizing . . . but my skin is begging for the hydration in the winter.

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Another great tip is to drink lots of water with lemon and tea.

What are you go-to skin care routines for winter? Let’s talk about it!

Basic Rules for Healthy Hair

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We all wish we could have Hollywood hair: the perfect, thick locks, voluminous long hair and shiny highlights for the perfect finish. But the secret is: the celebs have an entire team of people who are only dedicated to keeping them looking good, and we have to do all of that on our own. For starters, we have to understand that no matter our genetics, any type of hair can look good – it’s all about the routine we put in place. So let’s take a look at some of the rules that you should religiously stick to if you want the best from your hair.

Careful with towels

Most of us have the habit of getting out of the shower, grabbing a towel, rubbing our head with it to get some moisture out and then wrapping our hair in a tight turban until we’re ready to dry it. This is just about the worst thing you can do for your hair. Instead, swap out that towel for an old T-shirt. It will dry your hair as much as a towel, but it will prevent frizz. Secondly, instead of rubbing, just dab your hair lightly with the shirt and then wrap it lightly. Tying a turban that is too tight can pull the hair strands straight out of your head, especially because your hair is weaker when it’s wet.

Use the right products

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There are numerous people whose hair has been completely destroyed because they have been using the wrong products to care for it. Firstly, you always want to use organic products, those that contain only natural ingredients that nourish your hair deeply. Secondly, you want to find the right product for your specific hair type. There is a reason why there are different shampoos for straight and for curly hair – it’s not only to sell more products. Using the right products can make a day and night difference in the quality of your hair, and you should start to notice it right after the first or second wash.



Inside out

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Having weak, brittle hair might be seen as a cry for nourishing masks and conditioner, but that’s actually not the first place you should be looking at. Our hair, just like every other part of us, is conditioned by the state of our body. The way we nourish our body from the inside shows on our skin, hair, and nails, so if you feel like your hair is not holding up to a standard, trying multivitamin hair supplements can help you get to that thick, shiny hair you’ve been aching for. You should also get some bloodwork done to see if there are any other nutrients that are missing that you could then replenish through your diet.



Protect from heat

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Heat is the biggest enemy to your hair, and you should avoid it whenever possible. Time your hair washing so that you can let it air-dry and skip the blow-drying to prevent damage. If you’re used to using tools like hair curlers and straighteners to style your hair daily, look at no-heat alternatives that will give you a similar result without all the damage. If you absolutely must use a heating tool, make sure you spray down your hair with a heat-protective product.

Be gentle with your hairdos

Just like when you’re drying your hair, putting it in different hairstyles might look nice, but it’s actually harmful. For example, when you’re working out, try to braid your hair instead of putting it up in a tight ponytail. The looser texture will prevent the hair strand being ripped out, and you generally want to avoid pulling your hair too tight. Additionally, you want to pay attention to the types of hair bands and pins you’re using. Try the spiral bands that don’t rip out your hair and make sure all of your bobby pins have little balls at the end of them to soften the edge. When you make a hairstyle, if you feel like there is any place that is being pulled tight, loosen it up.

Taking good care of your hair is the only way for it to look good. It sometimes might seem like it’s a lot of work, but stick with it. Remember that your hair will reflect how you feel inside, so when you’re sick, you might have less volume, but it will bounce back as soon as you are feeling better. Stick with these rules and stick to a solid hair care routine to have the perfect ‘do in no time at all.



New Consumerism and Fashion Industry

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By now, the fact that millennials will become one of the most influential consumer groups in the world has become well-known. However, these youngsters are redefining the world in many ways. They represent a group of people who are fierce advocates for environmental and socio-political causes, as well as gender equality. Their impact is strong and their high-numbered voices are heard by many, fashion industry included. One garment at a time they are paving the way for new consumerism, and being one of the most powerful consumers, the industry has no choice but to listen.



The pillars of sustainability

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Fast fashion is convenient and affordable, that is true, but what goes behind closed doors? Factories, the production and treatment of fabrics, the pollution that comes as a result of processing a massive amount of fabric, as well as working conditions and fair wages for manufacturers of the goods are just some of the concerns that the new generation has, and that were discussed at length during the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Caring for the causes as much as they do, millennials demand transparency in terms of where their clothes come from, who makes them and how much manufacturers earn as well as the working conditions they’re forced to endure. So, one of the ways the millennial generation as well as gen Z’ers are reshaping the fashion industry is by forcing them to take pledges, vow to provide more transparency, and foster an ethical supply chain. That way we can know that we are on the path towards sustainable fashion, one that will perhaps cost more but that will have a longer lifespan and not end up on landfills and add to the already massive amount of pollution.

The companies who listen

There are already strides made in terms of sustainability. H&M’s policy is one great example; namely, they offer discounts for every shopper who bring in old clothes, regardless of which brand they are, and the clothes are then recycled for the purpose of making new ones. Primark is another brand setting a good example for the rest of the fashion industry as they have made the effort to track down all the countries and factories their fabrics and textiles come from. Also, they have been generous There are already strides made in terms of sustainability. H&M’s policy is one great example; namely, they offer discounts for every shopper who bring in old clothes, regardless of which brand they are, and the clothes are then recycled for the purpose of making new ones. Primark is another brand setting a good example for the rest of the fashion industry as they have made the effort to track down all the countries and factories their fabrics and textiles come from. Also, they have been generous enough to provide full disclosure for the public and their consumers. Let’s just hope that a handful of companies who foster ethical practices will be followed by even more influential powerhouses.



The pursuit of authenticity

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Millennials aren’t what you would call regular consumers, as their focus has increasingly been shifting from material goods to experiences, the pursuit of wellness and general enjoyment of life. Aside from that, the career-hunting and the student loans don’t leave much room for closets full of disposable items, so this generation takes on two seemingly diametrically opposed directions when it comes to shopping, which are in fact quite similar. One is to tackle secondhand and vintage stores that not only allow them to save their wallets but also allow them to foster their sense of style and pursue authenticity – which is still highly important to them. In vintage clothes stores they can hunt for buried treasures and at times find one-of-a-kind high-end gold that costs a fraction of the price. Now, as not everything can be found in these stores, they will resort to high-end stores. Particularly those who not only offer supreme shopping experience and great customer service – another important factor in attracting younger audiences – but that will also provide them with high-quality garments that will last them a lifetime. This is why, instead of the fast-fashion version, they will often opt for the custom-made one. A gown from a small local designer or pricier but trendier high-quality designer bikinis will not only stand the test of time, but also allow them to show off their personal sense of style.



In case you haven’t noticed

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One of the reasons that both minimalism and athleisure are two trends that will be sticking around for a very long time is the fact that they offer what millennials crave most (aside from sustainability, personalized items and quality), and that is comfort. If you have recently kept an eye on the street style sections or even the latest shows during London and New York fashion week, you have noticed that a great number of designers are ditching stilettos and uncomfortable clothes and creating both footwear and clothing garments that are an amalgamation of comfort and style. The new generation is tired of the old trends and conventions – they’re even reshaping the office dress code. The sneaker has become the ultimate choice of footwear and athleisure and minimalism rule all. When it comes to minimalism and capsule wardrobes, the reason they’re so popular among younger generation is simple – the clothes are perfectly tailored, they mesh well and you don’t have to spend a million to look great every time. Don’t be fooled, millennials have a taste for the finer garments in life, but what they are realizing is that quality comes before quantity. They will rather spend more on one item that will go into their capsule wardrobe than purchase five items that will be ready for the trash bin in three months’ time.

As long as they keep their ears and minds open, companies will be back in millennials’ good graces. All they have to do is abide by the rules of the new consumerism that this powerful generation has imposed, and they will be happy to spend their hard-earned money in those stores again. Until then, the millennials will show loyalty to those who have already heard their voices and are helping them pave the way to new consumerism, and that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.





Pre-wedding Beauty Routine: 7 Top Tips to Look Amazing

Wedding planning can be both wonderful and stressful. Though your wedding is mainly about you and your loved one, you spend so much time worrying about the guests, venue, caterers, etc. that it’s easy to lose track of yourself. Your wedding day is one of the most memorable events of your life. It’s a day where you want to look and feel your best. Take a step back and try some of these top 7 tips in your pre-wedding beauty routine to look amazing when you finally say ‘I do.’

Get Active

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Exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy, right? Getting in shape and exercising doesn’t have to mean losing weight or starting a diet. Embrace your body and use workouts to give you a boost of energy and alleviate stress. Start going running, rollerblading, hiking, or any other activity that gets you moving. You can also join a gym if you want a more structured way to work out, and hey, you might even meet other brides to motivate you. Try yoga if you want to get in some activity and meditation time to calm your potential bridezilla nerves.

 

Treat Yourself!

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Take a step back to focus on yourself every once in awhile. Even a monthly massage can help alleviate the tension building up in your body. Manicures are a sure way to keep your hands looking fresh to show off that ring, but your toes are important too! Focus on the parts of your body that no one will see. Use body scrub and moisturizer for soft skin and head to the salon for any hair removal needs. The last things you want to worry about while prancing around on your honeymoon are prickly legs or ingrown hairs.

 

Face It

Try a  weekly exfoliation or treat yourself to facials every so often to keep your skin fresh and glowing. Don’t forget about your lips! Keep them moisturized to avoid chapping on your big day. Maintain those pesky brows with professional help. While you may be used to plucking your own arches at home, reach out to a local esthetician to help get your desired eyebrow shape.

Hair Care

While you’re up there working on your face, remember to take care of your hair. Work with your stylist to trim your locks so that they and healthy for your wedding updo. Once you decide on your hairstyle for the big day, come up with a plan to keep it shiny and hydrated through regular trips to the salon. Avoid excessive dye jobs that can dry out your hair or drastic cuts that can’t be reversed before your wedding.

 

Eat Healthier

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Late night seating charts might have you reaching for a bag of chips or opting for coffee over breakfast the next day. Even while celebrating with friends and family you might find yourself eating or drinking out more. While there’s nothing wrong with a dinner at a restaurant or an occasional junk food snack, they shouldn’t be daily habits. Food that’s low in nutrition, processed, and full of sugar might taste good, but will have you feeling mentally and physically sluggish.

 

You don’t have to diet in to eat well. Simply choose more wholesome foods to eat. Instead of chips try sweet peppers with hummus, air popped popcorn or a handful of nuts. Even those with a sweet tooth can find solace in dark chocolate or fruits. Browse around different sites to find food inspiration and ideas without the extreme diets.

Cut The Drinks

A champagne toast for your engagement is obligatory, but a bottle of wine frequently is not. Along with eating healthier try to be more mindful of your alcohol consumption. Drinking dehydrates you, causing your skin to get dry and puffy. Also, you’re more prone to eat that box of mac and cheese or four slices of pizza when you’re buzzed.

 

Get Away!

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No one wants to be a tired bride. Sometimes to get a rejuvenated look, you actually need to take a break. Go away for the night or a weekend if you can spare. You can either bring your loved one along with you or take the time to unplug and unwind. Even if you can’t escape your house, then plan a night in to relax with no wedding planning allowed! Catch up on that novel you’ve been dying to read or your guilty-pleasure DVR shows. And yes, wine is allowed!

Consider some of these tips to give you the energy and confidence you need to plan your wedding while feeling and looking good at the same time.

 

Does Cocoa Locks Slay or Nay?

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After months of seeing Cocoa Locks online, I finally decided to give this new hair formula a go. Trust me, I love a good hair product, and if my hair can get thicker I will be more than happy.

Once I got my first Cocoa Locks package I was excited. It had a decent taste to it. Honestly, the chocolate smell was the best part! I liked the packaging, and it was easy to transport from home to work.

First of all, I should tell you about my hair type and condition. Currently, my hair is free of having any relaxer in my hair aka what makes your hair super straight and knock out all your natural curls. At this time the only chemical I have in my hair is my beautiful jet black dye color. I would love for my hair to stop shedding. I am tired of picking up hair off my bathroom floor.

Week 1, I didn’t notice any changes at all, but good things take time.

Week 2 and Week 3 I felt like my hair shed less than it has in the past few months. Over the next few week, I felt that my hair was thicker and my curls were more defined. My curls were less frizzy and even when I wore my hair straight you can see more volume.

Overall the first month was worth it! My hair felt thicker and less shedding. I felt like my hair growth was minimal. I am going to do another month to see more results.

I am looking forward to having this apart of my self-care routine. Gotta keep my locks slayin! Make sure to follow up with us next round to see my hair!

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Fashion and Beauty Industry: Between self-empowerment and social pressures

Today’s society has created a certain expectation of the perfect image one must attain. This has led to people setting unrealistically high standards for themselves, which is especially the case with young women. The problem that arises when people are unable to live up to such expectations is the loss of confidence and the feeling of being rejected by society, both of which tend to lead to severe mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. For most of their lives, women have been taught to compare themselves to one another, instead of respecting and honoring their individuality. Thankfully, times are changing and the fashion and beauty industries are changing with them. The focus is slowly shifting to acceptance and celebration of women’s natural beauty and the use of these industries’ products for true female empowerment.

Beauty as a way of enhancing self-esteem

 

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When we are bombarded with hundreds of idealized images of women every day, it can be quite difficult to look in a mirror and remain unaffected. However, what we really need to do is learn to define our self-image based on our own criteria of beauty, instead of the ones imposed on us by our culture. You need to take a long, hard look at yourself and realize what it is about your physical features you like the most, and then focus on enhancing those. Use makeup to your advantage. Never try to hide your natural beauty with a mask of heavy makeup; rather, use it as a tool to highlight the most attractive aspects of your face. When you start feeling more beautiful on the outside, you will soon realize just how quickly your confidence can grow and how your inner beauty shines with it. If, however, you are unable to focus on anything but your flaws, perhaps a makeover would be a brilliant idea. Try changing your beauty routine or getting a new haircut which frames your face in a beautiful way. A smile is arguably the most attractive feature any of us have, so why not take better care of it. If it is stained teeth that are bothering you, get them whitened. If they are crooked, try an impactful invisalign treatment. Only when you devote more attention to accepting yourself, can you truly let your power and confidence shine.

Fashion as a form of self-empowerment

 

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The true power fashion holds is the ability of empowering us both inside and out. Not only do our personal style and the clothes we choose to wear affect our mood, but they affect our overall confidence as well. We have all dressed up for a special occasion or wore an impactful suit to a business meeting at some point in our lives, and then realized that we hold ourselves differently, walk with more confidence, and even interact with people in a different way. The truth is, when we put on a piece of clothing, we subconsciously adopt traits and characteristics which are associated with it. But the clothing we wear don’t just affect us, they significantly influence the way other people perceive us as well. That is why it is crucial to devote some time to discovering your personal style. To feel more strong and beautiful, you must think about fashion every day and only put on clothes that give you confidence and power. Once you make your own rules, realize what works best for you and what makes you feel great about yourself, there is no denying you will truly look and feel like a superwoman.

The ethics of fashion are a feminist issue

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As members at the end of the fashion chain, we often tend to focus solely on ourselves and the impact clothing has on our well-being, but we rarely take a moment to ask ourselves where our clothes actually come from and how they are made. In most cases, on the other side of the world, another woman, not much different than us, made the clothes we wear; but her voice was suppressed and disempowered in the process. She worries whether she will get a fair pay, if she will be harassed, or if she will be safe in her workplace. To truly empower ourselves, we must also empower women like these by doing everything in our power to only support conscious and ethical clothing brands and make sure no woman gets abused in the process.

 

Why Is Everyone Talking About ThirdLove?

I wondered the same question.

After seeing the ads and watching the commercials I honestly thought what the hell makes these bras so different or better than ones I get at Victoria Secret or anywhere else?

You see I've had boobs since the 5th grade, your girl developed early, and from an early age I've had to buy bras that would:

  1. Last
  2. Provide support
  3. Be comfortable (no one likes underwires digging into their skin)
  4. Look cute

So just out of curiosity I decided to give ThirdLove a shot after seeing it blasted all over my social media. And since they have a money back guarantee I figured, "hey why not, I could always return it if I didn't like it." 

Let me just tell you I fully understand why this bra is getting all this attention. 

 

1. I've NEVER had a bra this comfortable. 

I'm not even joking. I'm in LOVE with their classic, t-shirt, everyday bra. Honestly, I put it on for the first time and was like, "oh, well this is new." The cups are soft and form to your breasts, the straps and band are incredibly comfortable and supportive. And get this, every time I put it on it's like memory foam and the bra conforms to me. I could wear this bra all day everyday and never feel uncomfortable or the need to de-bra as soon as I get home from work. 

 

2. I FINALLY learned my correct size.

A lot of people have trouble finding bras that are the right size, I know I did. For me, I've always had issues with straps falling down and the cup size fitting one breast better than the other. All this only added to the fact that my bras weren't that comfy to be in. Well what makes ThirdLove different is you take a quiz before you even purchase a bra that helps you figure out what size you should be instead of what you think you are. 

In fact, the first two bras I bought from ThirdLove were their classic t-shirt bra and their strapless bra. If you are a big breasted woman you know the struggles that come with a strapless bra. My thought was if I was going to find one to do the job my best bet was to start here. And I'm very glad I did. You see I ended up finding out that when it comes to strapless bras I actually should be wearing a smaller size! Now I didn't find that out by taking the quiz but from the friendly email I sent them saying that I thought the strapless didn't fit correctly. They walked me through how it should fit and we came to the conclusion that I should go down a band size from a 36C to a 34C. The return was quick and easy and I've been happy ever since. 

 

3. Heads up it is a little pricey. 

I'm going to be honest this great bra does come with a little bit of a price tag. For the classic t-shirt bra is costs around $65. Now for someone who has bought bras from Victoria Secret her whole life I'm relatively use to that price tag. It's still hard to accept when you start thinking that you will obviously need more than one or two bras and at $65 a bra it can definitely add up. So my only advice for you is to wait till there is some sort of sale. That is what I did and it made getting the bras easier on my wallet. If you sign up for their newsletter you will receive emails that tell you when you can expect a sale. 

 

4. So how does it truly compare with my other bras?

I'll put it to you this way. I have bras that range in price from $15, to $45, to $65. I can definitely tell when I'm wearing my $15 bra because it doesn't fit me as snug as my others and I de-bra as soon as I get home. My $45 bras, are comfy and fit me well. They are a little older and have been worn but still get the job done when it comes to feeling supported. The $65 ThirdLove classic, t-shirt bra is by far my favorite. It's like slipping on the most comfortable top ever. I feel supported, comfortable, and I never have to worry about underwires, or straps falling off my shoulder, or the band leaving imprints on my body after wearing if all day. 

 

My advise would be to give ThirdLove a shot. There is a reason why you're seeing and hearing all about this company. They make great bras! They also make a lot of other products that I haven't tried yet so if you know how they are please share!

How the Beauty Industry Is Adapting to New Consumers

Humans have always been obsessed with beauty. We’re either spending time and money trying to attain what we believe is aesthetic perfection (or its closest relative), or we’re learning about and reveling in its many shapes and forms. Aside from this universal quality of humankind, the beauty ideals have changed several times during our existence, and this fact has led brands to change their own approach in order to make themselves more alluring.

In the modern age, we have an entire industry dedicated to producing, empowering, and emphasizing beauty – from fashion, makeup, hair-styling, all the way to the cosmetic surgery. As a result, we’re always seeking new ways to boost our appearance and self-esteem. Change is once again afoot for the beauty industry and brands are doing their best to stay relevant in the game.

Timeless but trendy

 

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There’s a whole set of reasons to support the little black dress and the classic pair of jeans as some of the staples of timeless. They have earned this reputation many times over, and brands are utilizing these safe, long-standing preferences in an attempt to attract their audience. However, no brand can stick to these limited items forever, whether if it’s the red lipstick or the black pumps. Every company needs its own “edge”, something to appeal to what’s currently the hype and make some noise around relevant topics and trends.

Simply put, this means that modern brands need to be more flexible than ever. They need to stand the test of time without succumbing to dull repetitiveness, and they need to put their name of whatever trend is currently loved. For instance, although the idea of vegan and sustainable garments is still a novelty, Stella McCartney is able to make you feel as if you’re wearing a Stella McCartney dress, and not just a random eco-friendly dress that is in line with the latest trends.

Innovation front and center

 

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The changing tides of consumer desires have brought about yet another palette of adjustments in the realm of beauty. Reliability is no longer achieved by sticking to tried-and-tested, but by creating better, more efficient ways to achieve your desired look. From electronic muscle stimulation for an improved physique, to plastic surgery to get rid of what we perceive as imperfections, the modern consumer always looks for a better, more permanent way to tackle their issue.

For example, in addition to asking for a breast lift cost estimate, a modern woman would also look for an expert with experience to perform this procedure. Since it’s perceived as the most complex of all breast enhancement surgeries available today, the accent is not merely on affordability, but also on the quality of life after the surgery, that is, achieving the lowest possible level of scarring, and other related issues. Suddenly, the price range for such a high-end operation becomes irrelevant compared to an innovative approach.

Transparency breeds success

 

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As personal as beauty may be, ever since we have started living online as well as offline, the way beauty brands communicate with consumers has changed drastically. Having a brick-and-mortar store is no longer as imperative as having an online one. Moreover, enabling feedback is a must for all beauty brands in the industry.

In fact, the more a brand is open to criticism and responds in a way that shows their willingness to change for the better, the greater are its chances to create a strong reputation. Since we’re so attached to our appearance, it’s no wonder that the word of other customers shared online matters much more than a posed model video that advertises a product.

The changing values

 

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As Millennials and other younger generations slowly take over the market, brands need to listen to what they find relevant in order to appeal to them. As we’re witnessing the rise of the green movement, we can also notice the way beauty standards as well as brands are shifting.

The need for organic, sustainable, cruelty-free, and vegan options has grown together with our changing values and in the face of the many dangers our planet is in. It’s no coincidence then that a more natural, makeup-free look has emerged in response to these circumstances, and that more brands are taking the sustainable, fair-trade, all-things-green route.

Influence in the hands of mortals

 

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On a final, but no less relevant note, once upon a time, beauty was defined solely by celebrities, and people in positions of power. Nowadays, social networks, widespread connectedness, and the rise of transparency have empowered the ordinary person to take charge and dictate trends as well as sales.

While brands will never cease to collaborate with celebs in an attempt to attract their audience and build a reputation, they are also becoming more open to working closely with digital nomads, amateur artists, single moms, and people from all walks of life. The question remains, where will these new tides take us in our never-ending chase for beauty?

 

'WHITE IS THE WOMEN'S COLOR'

Hey ladies! Do you remember Alice in Wonderland story? I'm sure you do! 

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Well, something really deep and symbolic is hidden inside that story which every woman on Earth should know. It's about the real possibility to make true our life's dreams. 


So, let's recall what happens. While about to sleep, Alice sees a WHITE RABBIT running fast with a clock in his hand. Being intrigued by this unexpected vision, she stands up and instinctively follows him. And guess what? Just doing this, she embarks on her fantastic journey. 


Now the question is: why the rabbit? And why the white color?
As a very fertile and prolific animal, a rabbit is linked to the Earth-mother divinity and the symbolism of the regenerating water. In the most ancient cultures, such as the Aztecs, it is associated with the afterlife world. The connection with this animal indicates the path of improvement towards a higher personal dimension. In Alice's story, the rabbit is the manifestation of a sudden event that opens the mind to a higher understanding, and immediately brings down the whole system of false beliefs that obstacle one's goals. To follow the white rabbit means to open to the opportunities of life. 

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Regarding the white color, there is much more to say. White is a royal color, the primary one containing all the others. Because of its purity, it is the symbol of real power. It is the color of light, meditation and spiritual rebalance. White places help to listen to the inner voice that leads to reaching trust and hope. White stands on the opposite edge of the black color, which is the negation of color and symbol of rejection, rebellion, and aggression. The boundary between these two opposites marks the beginning of the critical phase. White evokes noble feelings related to self-confidence, self-esteem, dignity, virginity, integrity, spirituality, divinity, and is a symbol of paradise and eternity. Those who are attracted to this color have a creative, imaginative and high-minded nature, an attraction for new things and a constant desire for changing and improving. In tantric cults, white is associated with the seventh chakra, called Sahasrara, the crown chakra, which governs the cerebral cortex, the central nervous system, and the pineal gland. It is connected to the most profound spiritual part of our being. White light clears the mind and brings revitalizing energy to the whole organism.

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Hence, that's the point: all women on Earth are potential Alices fascinated by white. Such as Alice, ever since the very first Eve, all women have an innate curiosity, fast instinct, and poetic soul. All these virtues are essential to enable the journey out the owner, completely unexpected, Wonderland.

My wonderful women, what are you waiting for? The future is a new revolutionary age: the new Bianco Avant-garde* of beauty, awareness, and happiness. Let's start to bloom into white; time runs fast as the rabbit, catch it now, and color the world with your unique, bright whiteness!

*Artistic-spiritual movement born in Italy and United States in opposition to the dictatorship of induced and manipulative consumption. It declares the inalienable right of humanity to practice self-consciousness and the full recovery of the autonomous perceptive faculty. 

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The Asian Fashion Weeks’ Vibes

Just when you think that you’ve seen everything after having scrolled through the street style section of the major fashion capitals as New York, Milan, and Paris, and get it into your head that it doesn’t get more stylish or experimental and at times downright outrageous than that, the Asians come with their light-years-ahead almost impossible to copy styles and remind you that there’s still plenty to learn. The people of such capitals as Japan, Seoul, and Tbilisi that are fashion-wise iconic in ways that we can’t even imagine, let alone execute, take fashion to a completely different realm, and as outrageous as their outfits and fashion state of mind is, we can and definitely should pick up a lesson or two from them. You don’t have to emulate their style as much as you can let yourself be inspired by their creativity and allow yourself to experiment and play with clothes more. So, let’s see just how good the Asian fashion game is and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

All the way from Tokyo

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Everyone in the world is familiar with the iconic Harajuku style that is still one of the most fascinating things you’ll see in Tokyo, but as westerners, we’re not quite ready for that amount of quirkiness. Granted, the Tokyo fashion week will lead you to believe that the two styles (Harajuku and FW street style) are nothing short of identical, but trust us, as bold as this fashion is, it’s much more toned down, so let’s see what dominated the streets outside the runway venues. One of the most dominant and abundantly present styles was athleisure, in different shapes and forms. We had oversized monochromatic suits topped off with a fanny pack and running shoes, gender roles broken with men in millennial pink suits – again spiced up with a touch of athleisure and bold sock choices and of course; larger than life tracksuits and bold oversized shirts – athleisure in its original form. It’s safe to say that Tokyo does athleisure better and bolder than us, but that’s not all they have to offer. The matchy-matchy style is taken to a whole new level with pink suits in vibrant florals and clunky floral shoes, but there was some classic elegance in the form of satin midi skirts and simple jean jackets – though spiced up with platform ankle boots, because classic here doesn’t have the same meaning as everywhere else. There’s plenty more to cover, but a book could be written so we’ll leave you with highlights as we move on to the next fashion capital.

Too cool in Seoul

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The South Koreans are simply cooler than us and we have outfits and palpable swag to prove it. First off, there is the love of pastels, which is something they have in common with the rest of the world, although their ‘rendition’ of the look is immensely different. Pastel satin track pants are not paired with simple tees but rather with black fishnet tops, silver bomber jackets, metallic fanny packs and berets – because there’s no such thing as too much. A touch of casualness lives in Seoul and it features a fairly simple stone-washed mini denim skirt and a pink graphic tee. It doesn’t stop there as mid-calf sports socks are present as well, along with a pair of Converse All Star sneakers and a black leather jacket. This is as casual as it gets. Pattern-mixing is huge in Seoul, and not only in a single outfit but a single garment, and it makes one wonder where they get these pieces. The general tendencies lean towards oversized garments, which is one of the versions of athleisure here, because the tracksuits and dad sneakers were present here as well. So, if in the upcoming spring you want to channel these athleisure vibes at the beach, the super sexy and bold Mint Athletic athletic swimwear line will be here for you. Traditional elegance, the one present in, say, Paris, was at large, but the preppy style was spotted here and there. , For the future colder season, think of preppy when you attempt to master chic layering. In case you had any doubts, logomania is alive and well in Korea, too, and spotted on everything from sweaters, bags, and jackets, so that’s one thing we have in common. Finally, when in doubt, belt your trendy blazer and make sure you add a broche or two, all the while keeping in mind that there is no such thing as too much.

Somewhat subdued Tbilisi

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More than anything else, the fashionistas of Tbilisi are giving us major polka dot envy. Carolina Herrera has given us the ultimate new – the dots are back, but we don’t seem to be rocking them as much as the gals here. From oversized wide-leg trousers paired with an equally oversized blazer in a poignant emerald green hue to chic polka dot dresses with orange pumps for a touch of drama, these ladies sure know how to rock the dot. On the other hand, a plethora of boldness was present in the form of neon orange sporty ensembles and these definitely make for a strong look, although we’re not sure we want to look like a traffic cone, but to each their own. Casual athleisure, quite similar to the one the rest of the world rocks was here, too, in the form of graphic tees, dad sneakers and high-rise wide trousers in Pantone’s color of the year, along with power suits that are probably just a tad too oversized for our taste, but do make for a statement look. Finally, there was the rocking of two bags, which Madonna used to do back in the day, so if you’re feeling like one is not enough, you can always add one more.

These Asian styles vibes are definitely food for thought, and you’ll probably be tempted to pull off at least certain elements of these looks. If not, at least these styles will help you shed your fashion inhibitions and help you experiment with more confidence.

 

Summer Skin

Welcome to Summer. 

Summer can either be your best friend or your frenemy when it comes to how summer treats your skin. I believe that with each season you need to update your skincare routine. During the summer, your skin needs hydration and protection. 

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Protection! Please do not forget to put SPF on your skin! All complexions should be avid SPF users! I used SPF infused products on my skin all year long! I suffer from hyper pigmentation and using SPF has helped ease the light spots on my face. Also, make sure to add SPF lip balm to your routine, no one wants dry and crusty lips.

Hydration is key! You need to make sure your skin hydrated. I am a true believer in using, face masks, serums and rich creams. I am a skincare addict, so anytime I found a suitable mask or cream I am all about it. 

For myself, I always feel like my skin is super dry and craves hydration. Even when I’m having a mini hot flash from the heat, I feel like my skin is super thirsty and is on the verge of breaking out. It could be that my PH Balance is off or I'm just a sweaty mess. 

In this case, I love to make sure I use an acne fighting products to combat clogged pores. Look out for ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to target this new acne. Its a new acne compare to winter acne, trust me. 

Here are my favorite products:

Comfort and Fashion Correlation

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Once upon not such a long time ago, the word ‘comfort’ and ‘fashion’ couldn’t be found in the same universe, let alone the same sentence. Exuding power, confidence, capability and being alluring to the opposite (or same sex) came with a price, and that price included wearing uncomfortable clothing we were all dreaming about taking off the minute we get back home. Then, when we were safely hidden away from the rest of the world – dating, corporate and all other worlds – we were able to wear our worn-out track pants, tees and hoodies.

All kidding aside, wearing a hoodie outside your home or the gym environment was considered the equivalent of giving up on life – for further proof check out any rom-com scene in which the main guy or girl are going through a breakup or an existential crisis. If you can’t remember any, here are two examples – Tom in 500 Days of Summer and Bridget Jones in, well, all three movies. So, what happened that resulted in comfort clothing not only becoming acceptable but one of the most dominant types of clothing that is having brunch next to you at a cool restaurant, strutting down the runway or performing at Coachella? That is what we aim to find out today.

First came millennials

 

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It is no secret that the power of the millennial consumer is a mysteriously large one. They have officially this year become one of the most powerful consumer groups in the US alone. Also, as you may or may not know, this is a generation that doesn’t care for discomfort and when it comes to dressing, they’re all about breaking rules. You might think, okay – millennials refuse to be pigeon-holed and are becoming more androgynous, but what does that have to do with comfort? Well, first of all, yes, they are a generation that places authenticity high on the style priority shelf – it’s all about looking unique. However, this is a generation that has been a huge factor in the overall lifestyle changes and the need for attire that would match that lifestyle arose. What does the lifestyle entail exactly? Tons of errands, a rich social life, career-hunting and pursuing wellness and fitness goals. We only have 24 hours to do all that so what do we do – we turn to comfort, and older and newer generations follow. We start getting out of suits and putting on comfortable pants and simple tees matched with comfy oversized blazers or even hoodie-like cardigans; we replace the high-heels with stylish Nike shoes, put on a pair of quality leggings and even the notorious hoodie and realize we look darn good, and more importantly, we can do almost everything there is to do in a day without having to change. There are even studies that show that people now put comfort (movement, fabric and fit) first and that the purchasing decisions are heavily dependent on whether garments fit the comfort bill.

Then came the A-listers

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Whether or not non-celebrity millennials would have eventually pushed the industry towards what is known and beloved as the athleisure trend had there not been a flood of rule-breaking and dressing-for-comfort celebrities, remains unknown. However, once we were able to see stars such as Bella and Gigi Hadid as well as Kendall, Karlie Kloss and numerous other celebrities including Beyoncé and Rihanna stepping out of their homes, walking around airports and generally just popping up everywhere in sportswear as well as slouchy and comfy jeans and regular tees, we felt courageous to do the same. And of course, as it always happens in fashion, the power of celebrity prevailed and the luxury brands caved.

This marked the official birth of athleisure – a trend that is a mixture of athletic and leisure wear, and one that is changing and evolving every day.

Then came the millennials again

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Millennials are often mentioned as one of the driving forces behind the major shifts that are happening in the corporate world. Not only are they changing the career game in terms of wanting to work for a company with a purpose and one that shares their values, but they also want to work in an environment that has ‘loosened the strings’ in terms of dress code, and many companies have actually listened. It’s not like we can go into most offices in yoga pants just yet, but things have certainly changed. Even people such as Debra Bar, the head of marketing at Bank Leumi in New York, has ‘purged her closet of business suits, replacing them with colorful dresses that she enjoys wearing more. Her heels are gathering dust in a desk drawer while she dons flat shoes, and even sneakers, since injuring her knee, and no one seems to care. In fact, she simply gets complimented on the way she looks. If the Wall Street is open to change, everyone is.

The industry completes the circle

 

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If you look at the recent collections by famous designers, you will notice that comfortable is the perfect way to describe even some of the haute couture lines. There is less constriction; hoodies, crocs, sneakers, they’re all present on the runways, and even the glamorous dresses have taken on a new shape, allow for more movement and provide that general ‘feel good’ vibe. So yes, there is now an inextricable link between comfort and fashion. Don’t expect the runways to be overflowing with tracksuits just yet, but at least comfort is a part of the industry, a part of the conversation, and that is a pretty good start.

Empowering Fashion Choices

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No matter what people may say, this decade is all about female empowerment and helping women feel great in their own skin, and we can all agree that it can be a quite challenging and extensive task. However, no one says that it’s impossible to accomplish, and one way to successfully do that is through your fashion choices. Just keep on reading if you want to learn how to get it done, because we have four amazing tips on how to achieve that. Check them out and enjoy!

Enough with the torture – put your comfort first

Helping women feel comfortable in their own skin is an essential aspect of empowerment, which is exactly why women from all across the globe are changing the rules of fashion and adjusting them according to their own standards. Remember chief Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy who fiercely ditched her high heels and proudly chose her old hospital crocs that were against the rules? Well, that’s exactly what you should look up to if you want to put your comfort before anything else. Yes, people have always been telling us that high heels are a symbol of femininity and elegance, but you 

Helping women feel comfortable in their own skin is an essential aspect of empowerment, which is exactly why women from all across the globe are changing the rules of fashion and adjusting them according to their own standards. Remember chief Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy who fiercely ditched her high heels and proudly chose her old hospital crocs that were against the rules? Well, that’s exactly what you should look up to if you want to put your comfort before anything else. Yes, people have always been telling us that high heels are a symbol of femininity and elegance, but you know what? There are a lot of fashionable yet feet-friendly flats out there, so pick them and you certainly won’t regret it!

 

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Come up with elegant yet comfy corporate outfits for all occasions

Speaking of your outfits appropriate for the business environment, we should say that the corporate dress code has already started to loosen up a little bit. However, there are still some unwritten rules you should follow when picking your professional work attire, which is particularly important in big companies with a strict dress code. If you’re one of those ladies who always love to show that they really mean business both when it comes to their jobs and to their personal life, you should definitely choose a powerful suit. No matter which style you opt for – from fitted monochromatic ones to oversized checkered suits – you surely won’t make a mistake. And why is that? Well, mostly because suits look quite bold and edgy as they’re inspired by menswear; however, these are adjusted in accordance with the feminine silhouette, which is why they look even more powerful and stunning.

Make up your own rules

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A lot of ladies often claim that fashion is a great tool when it comes to making them feel more confident and powerful, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that they follow its rules blindly. On the contrary, empowerment is all about self-assurance and making up your own rules, which is exactly what you should do if you want to feel as comfortable as possible in your own skin. For example, if wearing white jeans with wide straight legs is your thing, you should definitely wear them no matter what other people may say. The same goes for any other garment, so don’t be afraid to experiment with trends and make up your own rules if that’s your cup of tea, because it’s exactly what empowerment is about.

Always opt for a statement piece that elevates the whole combo

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If you’re a huge fan of monochromatic clothing combos, but you still need an extra oomph that’s missing, we strongly recommend incorporating one statement piece into your overall outfit in order to elevate it in the best possible way. For example, accessorizing is definitely a fantastic way to accomplish that task, so be sure to choose the right pair of shoes and a matching bag in the first place. Even though bright colors like hot pink, turquoise blue, and fiery yellow aren’t really appropriate in the formal business environment, you can always pick your accessories that feature such shades and therefore upgrade your overall corporate look.

Needless to say, getting a designer bag is definitely one of the best choices you can make, especially if you pick a versatile piece you’ll be able to match with literally anything from your wardrobe. Even though these can be quite pricey, you should know that such bags are a fantastic investment simply because they will send a powerful message and show everyone that you really mean business – both in your professional and your private life!

As you can see, there are a lot of amazing ways to get empowered through your fashion choices, so remember to always pick your outfits wisely if you want to feel as comfortable as possible in your own skin. Besides that, these tips will help you look extremely stylish and trendy at the same time, too, so bear them in mind and you’ll see a fabulous improvement in the blink of an eye!

 

 

Australian Girls' Beauty Secrets

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We all love and admire the Asian ladies who have somehow tricked the universe to stop time in their part of the world and remain radiant for decades. Then there are the equally impeccable beauties from Scandinavia whose piercing blue eyes and incredible fitness levels keep the rest of us in awe. However, the laid-back, flawless Aussie girls are an even greater mystery with their tip-top complexion and beachy style.

If you’re too far to travel all the way Down Under, then you can perhaps let some of this country’s beauty spirit come to you through their best-kept beauty hacks. Let’s see what we can do to follow in their lovely footsteps!

Sun-safe every day

 

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If anyone knows the importance of sun protection, that would be Australian women who spend most of their time soaked in sun, whether it’s on the beach, or on their way to the office to nail the next client pitch. However, even if you don’t live in such a sunny land, any exposure can do some damage to your skin and lead to premature signs of ageing, not to mention other dangers of harmful radiation.

When in doubt, ask your beauty-loving Sydneysider and they’ll tell you that some of their tried and tested Sydney-loved favorites include brands such as La Roche-Posay and Clinique among others. If you want to prevent skin cancer, early wrinkles, spots, sunburn, uneven skin tone, or any other skin irritation, this is a must in your purse for every day.

Wave-inspired locks

 

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For naturally curly gals among you, kudos on such amazing hair, we hope you’re doing it justice with proper care and nourishment! On the other hand, the rest of us mere mortals who want to achieve the same beachy effect, there are a few simple tricks to keep in mind.

For example, you can use the Beachwaver Pro for that effortless look and feel, and it’s best paired with a quality shampoo and conditioner to keep your precious locks sun-safe and prevent dryness or split ends. A touch of a styling product can be more than enough if your hair is obedient, so you can squish those locks in place in no time!

Flaunt your pearly whites

 

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In addition to their amazing bronze tan, beautiful blond mane, and stunning blue eyes, Aussie gals are also well-known for their drop-dead-gorgeous smile! They take care of their lovely teeth in several ways, from basic hygiene, all the way to regular trips to the dentist and keeping those teeth clean and white.

However, these dedicated ladies tend to go a few steps further in their dental care, so using porcelain veneers in Melbourne and other major cities has become one of the Aussie-favorite ways to not only “hide” stains and imperfections but prevent them as well! These dental covers are extremely helpful when it comes to providing extra teeth strength, but they also provide a natural white look to give you a truly extraordinary smile!

Think oily

You’d be surprised by the number and diversity of facial and entire-body oils can be found in an Aussie’s beauty repertoire. Despite living in such an arid climate, when we know that it’s best to use lightweight moisturizers, Australian women have found a few oily alternatives that provide insanely great results. A local favorite is their Emu oil, ideal for swelling and minor imperfections, and they love to use Tea Tree oil to fend those insects off in the evening.

Then there’s their wrinkle-fighter, also known as rosehip oil, which is exceptionally light on the skin and won’t clog your pores. There are a whole variety of oil mixes designed to treat various skin issues, from putting off those ageing signs, all the way to treating irritation and keeping your skin hydrated and elastic. Find your favorites and use them to cherish your pores!

Nourish from within

 

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Australian women have a distinct preference for healthy foods, and their culture cultivates diversity and ample options to stay healthy and beautiful, from within. Simply put, ladies choose the best and the most helpful ingredients in their meals with their beauty in mind – that is why they love their antioxidant-packed berries, and omega-3-rich seafood choices.

They also know how to steer clear of those addictive nasties such as refined sugar and junk food, because they know these bites are only a zit-attack waiting to happen. It’s all about commitment, so learn from the best to tailor your own perfect menu!

 

So, there you have, ladies, try to introduce these Aussie beauty tips into your own routine, and do your best to discover what gives you those coveted results. With a bit of imagination and consistency, and your skin and hair will love you for the Aussie-inspired effort!

 

Thirst Trap

Praise to Rihanna.

She has done it again. Besides making the Met Gala look damn good, best clap backs, summer hits, slayin in the beauty industry she just added a new lingerie line.

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Fenty Beauty has been an eye-opener in the beauty industry. She has showcase a beauty line that can be used for all complexions in the mainstream beauty industry. It has been praised by critics, beauty insiders, and fans for its diverse collection. 

Now Rihana is here to show us how to do lingerie RIGHT.

Let me honest; I am not a huge lingerie fan. Its a struggle for me to find bras that fit right and I am the girl who loves to sleep in a big shirt to bed. Well, things have changed, I legit almost spent most of my paycheck for this new lingerie collection. 


Welcome to the world, Savage X Fenty. It's not just another lingerie brand it a lifestyle. This line is for all sizes, complexions, needs, summer nights and anything your imagination will take you. (hint the handcuffs). 

You can be any size in this lingerie and shake that ass in the mirror and still look like a snack.  Rihanna inspires women to embrace their extra curves, your little booty, beautiful hips, thigh gaps while singing ‘Rude Boy.’ 


We finally have lingerie that can fit every woman needs. Finally, a nude bra that can match every complexion instead of the primary ‘standard’ nude bra. We now have options. 

Here are my favorite looks:

Is Savage X Fenty our generation new lingerie lifestyle brand? 

Avoid These Outdated Makeup Trends That May Make You Look Older Than You Really Are

The best part of makeup is how it can help you disguise what you want to hide. Those dark circles from a too-late night or worrying about a sick child? Makeup can help perk you up. The uneven tone from some early adolescent hours spent in the sun, unprotected, makeup can help smooth that out, too. 

    But sometimes the makeup trick you want to work, how those products and techniques can help you look younger, turn out to work the opposite trick and make you look older. That’s why it’s important to understand what’s happening, and what to avoid. 

    For example, the wrong foundation can be a dead giveaway to older-looking skin. That includes too much or too little foundation, or simply the wrong color. Instead, you need to find a tone that really matches your skin color. What else matters? This graphic can explain it and help.
 

Fashion Must-Haves for Spring and Summer Season

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These two are probably the favorite seasons of a vast majority of people. The sun, the anticipation of the summer holidays, the splash of color that enters our wardrobes – what’s not to love? The collections brilliant designers have presented on the runways for these seasons are absolutely amazing, and it’s difficult to choose which trend to give a go. We have done our due diligence in bringing you some of the absolute must-own pieces and all you have to do is pick the ones that call your name. You know that feeling, right – when you see an item and it’s almost like it’s speaking to you, whispering ‘take me, I’m so you’. Well, we dare you to limit yourself to just one, because with a plethora of choices, each more brilliant than the other, you’ll find yourself almost perplexed.

Give it up for the Color of the Year

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Every year the Pantone Color Institute releases a report on the color of the year. Given the social and political climate, the fact that the choice came down to Ultra Violet doesn’t come as a surprise. Aside from making a powerful statement about issues and representing hope and a commitment to grandeur and excellence, this color is just plain stunning and makes a strong impact however you wear it. It’s a bold choice, so if you’re not ready to go with something like a metallic violet dress, there is always a more subtle way to make your outfit pop, one of them being a great bag. Since the current trends are inclined towards solid and geometric shapes, we suggest a bold round crossbody bag that will enrich even the most casual of outfits.

A Tough Choice

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With both minimalism and maximalism engaging in what can only be described as a fashion clash of the titans, picking the ‘it’ shoe is a really tough choice. The new line by Tom Ford suggests that the animal print is back, and pointed-toe shoes with a snake or leopard pattern can look incredibly chic with an outfit that is otherwise composed of neutral hues. They’re edgy and give you just the right amount of confidence and trendiness, plus, fast fashion retailers such as Zara have already come out with their own versions of the shoe so you don’t even have to break the bank to be on point. However, there is the white boot and shoe trend that has no intention of surrendering, and given the fact that a non-color can bring such pizzazz to an outfit, it’s a really tough call. As someone once said – when in doubt, be generous, so if you can afford it, treat yourself to both.

The Cool Factor

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If supermodels like Bella and Gigi have taught us anything, it’s that even the most casual or even sporty of outfits can be brought to new heights with the use of mighty specs. Of course, the nature-loving and protection-obsessed women of Australia have been rocking sunglasses for ages, and Australia is one of the few countries to actually have a sunglass standard, which is why Aussie girls make it their business to pay a visit to their go-to optometrist in Burwood, where they can find not only in the coolest frames but the best lenses as well. Staying cool and trendy is great, but make sure you choose your specs taking the protective factor into account, even if it means you invest in one pair only.

An Eternal Must-Have

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Assuming you already own the edgy fashion chameleon that is the leather moto jacket, it’s time to invest in something that also possesses a timeless quality – a great trench coat. Such powerhouses like Burberry have made it their business to never let the trench go out of style, but if you’re looking for elegance with a twist, there are now PVC, patent leather, deconstructed and even embroidered versions of the cult classic garment that will allow you to be even trendier, and dare we say, edgier. The spring weather can be shifty, but you’ll be there to weather the spring storms in style.

Still Mad About It

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We are very grateful to see that the plaid trend isn’t going anywhere. An oversized double-breasted plaid blazer is the obvious choice, as it allows you to play with different styles and create super versatile looks. You can wear it with a belt in a bright color like Carolina Herrera taught us for a more polished and chic look, or you can take the athleisure route and pair it with cool jeans and a hoodie. If blazers aren’t really your thing, there are high-rise pants and pencil and pleated skirts, so just take your pick, but don’t let your wardrobe be deprived of something plaid.

Speaking of Athleisure

There is no way you can get your trendy swag on without a cool hoodie. Now, we know that the choices are endless, but in light of the fact that the color-blocking trend is up and about again, we definitely suggest a splash of color when it comes to this piece. You’ll basically be killing two fashion birds with one stone – color-blocking and athleisure. The best part, with a piece as colorful and poignant as this one, you don’t even have to put much effort into the rest of the look because the hoodie will say it all.

We’re well aware that a hard choice is in front of you, so just close your eyes, listen to your style persona and go with the pieces that truly call out to you and that will allow you to remain true to your style while still being on trend.

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Scarlet is a passionate writer, interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

How Does Your Style Affect Your Success?

Just like actions speak louder than words, which is cliché for a good reason, your style of choice is worth more to your potential employer or future client than any promise you make.

As a key part of your non-verbal communication, your wardrobe plays a pivotal role in defining your reputation, the famous first impression, and how others will continue to perceive you in the work you do.

To quote yet another classy cliché, you truly need to dress for success, no matter your field of work or level of expertise. In order to create the perfect professional dress code that still leaves room for a personal touch or two, let’s see how you can master the art of dressing up for the sake of your career.

Neatness before price

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Although a fashion enthusiast will spot the difference between a fake and a real Gucci purse, brands and price tags have little to do with the impact your appearance can have in business. Sure, they might be impressed by your choice, but it will have no relevance to the impression you leave, especially if what you’re wearing isn’t spotless.

And by spotless, we don’t mean just free of marks and blemishes, but with no wrinkles, loose buttons and threads, free of anything that might signal a messy, disheveled persona hiding behind a fancy suit. A “brandless” blazer and a pencil skirt that suit you well can be a more appropriate solution that an entire seemingly elegant pantsuit ensemble that is shabby despite its quality.

Accessorizing with style

 

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There are divas out there who will be tempted to embellish their regular work attire with a slew of lovely gems and jewels, just to keep things lively and in their own style. However, the office doesn’t typically appreciate a flashy approach, so little can go a long way to achieve the same authenticity goal.

For instance, a pair of classy ladies’ shoes can instantly elevate your entire look, especially when they combine a basic nude shade and an accent one for effect. Solid hues still work well with floral blouses and fringed bags, but you can also go for a fun texture such as suede or velvet. When it comes to your baubles, pick less conspicuous earrings such as studs, or a delicate layered necklace for a crisp white shirt. Of course, the red lip is always welcome, even in the world of business!

Makeup or nude?

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While we’re on the subject of lips and tints, you might be wondering what elements of your makeup kit are welcome in the office, and which ones you should leave for your night out. First of all, a touch of the right makeup is more than welcome, since studies have shown that you are perceived as more competent and likeable with it.

Since just a dab will help you look refreshed, stick to a bit of blush, mascara, and steer clear of too much dark-toned eye-makeup. These bold looks are more appropriate for cocktail parties, not the office. Anything neutral and skin-toned such as pale pink or nude looks wonderful, just make sure that it fits your overall look.  

Size does matter

 

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Even if you do work in a casual office where jeans and sneaks are the go-to meeting attire, leave your oversized sweaters at home. Apparently, what you wear has the ability to affect your cognitive processes and your mood, so those who feel unhappy tend to stick to their comfy college hoodies, while on a good day, they’d opt for well-tailored garments.

Trick your own mind into feeling better and working better, by putting on a combo that will inspire you to take action – and that massive pullover can only put you in instant hibernation mode. Form-fitting, but not to tight, and definitely not too short or revealing is the best option for your day at the office to increase your productivity and create the right image!

Colors for confidence

 

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Just like colors affect our mood, they have the power to boost our confidence. For instance, wearing something red can inspire you to take initiative, or express yourself more assertively, since it’s considered a color of power and domination.

However, it’s important to have a low-key palette that you can wear every day, with a few accent pieces in bolder shades, including red, purple (or ultra violet for 2018, according to Pantone), green, and royal blue. Of course, you can opt for a whole range of other colors, as long as you’re skilled at mixing and matching efficiently

References:

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-your-clothing-impacts-your-success-2014-8

https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/impact-womans-personal-style-career-success

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/02/26/dress-for-success-the-psychology-of-style-and-professionalism-in-college/

Beauty Choices You Might Regret

We are slowly but surely becoming obsessed with the way we look. And it’s hard not to be since we are bombarded from all sides by images of what we’re supposed to look like.

And while it’s perfectly fine for anyone to seek out different procedures, products and ways to make themselves look however they imagine their best selves, the outside influences often push people to do procedures that aren’t completely safe and that can possibly have lifelong consequences. So, what are these mistakes that you might regret in the long run and how to make sure you don’t actually make them?

 

Changing hair color

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It seems that every new season brings a new tone for our hair that would suit us just perfectly. Or perhaps it’s the new celebrity who is breaking down the walls by having electric blue hair? We all have phases when we want to change our appearance to look more like what we imagine ourselves to be, but the trend of rapidly changing hair color can leave your hair damaged, weak and falling out. If you do choose to dye your hair – and especially if you are bleaching it – make sure you are using generous creams and masks to nourish it. It would be best to go to a professional hair salon and let them do it, because they will use high-quality dyes, make sure your hair is able to take it.

 

Brows and lashes

For who-knows-what reason, we really like to experiment with the hair on our bodies. But the problem is that trends come and go as fast as celebrities on social media. But while most of the hair on our body will naturally grow back after a while, if you constantly remove it from a certain place, it just won’t come back. So, if you were a part of the late 90s and early 2000s ultra-thin eyebrow trend, you’re probably now having trouble growing back enough hairs for one regular brow – not to mention achieving a full, bold brow that is so popular right now. Similarly, we usually want to extend our lashes as far as they go. And, today, we have the option of extending our eyelashes and having them look perfect from the moment we wake up. But, it takes a toll, and when the false extensions come off, you will find yourself with shorter lashes than ever, and it will take a long time and a lot of care to regain their previous length.

 

Fillers and procedures

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Cosmetic surgery definitely has a place in today’s world, but with the rise in popularity of different procedures, brought to the spotlight by celebrities and influencers, more and more people are going for it blindly. And there are serious risks of having any procedure done in an environment that isn’t professional and the medical staff isn’t fully trained. And why are we so obsessed? Experts say that lip fillers are so popular due to social media filters, which allow us to see our faces with all of these enhanced features, such as full lips, large eyes and perfectly clear skin. To make sure your procedure doesn’t backfire, do your research on the clinics, procedures and potential risks, and pay special attention to the procedures which are irreversible. For example, on Medisculpt clinic's website, you can find answers to some patients’ questions and get specifics on some procedures before you book the consultation.

 

Tattoos

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Body art has seen a massive surge in popularity in the past few years, with more and more people of all ages – and especially younger ones – getting tattooed all over their bodies. And while some stay true to their choices and cherish their tattoos forever, others realize that they might have rushed into it without thinking about it being a permanent thing. If you don’t have any tattoos and are considering getting one, try imagining yourself with the tattoo for a while first: either by drawing it on yourself every day or by photoshopping it onto a picture and placing it as your phone background. Only when you are sure you won’t get bored of it and change your mind, you can go ahead with the design. Do thorough research to find a good artist and be prepared to pay a lot of money for good quality tattoo.

 

While some of these are reversible processes with effects that will disappear with some time, effort and funds, some of them are completely permanent, so before you do any procedure or treatment to make yourself more beautiful, think twice about whether it’s worth the risk.

Newest Ways to Show Your Skin Some Love

We are bombarded from all sides by the media telling us that there is a certain way our bodies should look.

But, in reality, nobody can reach that impossible standard, because it is entirely made up and heavily photoshopped. It’s important to remember that every single person is beautiful, and that someone else’s beauty doesn’t take away from your own. However, it’s perfectly fine to have your own idea of how you want to look and feel in your body, and the beauty industry is there to help you out. So what are the newest trends in body care and what are all the ways we can pamper ourselves this year?

 

Inclusive makeup

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Finally, every person, no matter their skin color, can find the shade that perfectly matches their skin. The archaic excuses of “dark doesn’t sell” are no longer valid, proven by the major success of Rihanna’s new inclusive makeup brand. Whether you want to find the perfect concealer, foundation or nude lipstick, they’ve got you covered. It’s a great step towards making beauty and style available to everyone, and an open letter to people of all skin tones, saying, “Welcome, we’ve missed you”.

 

Masks


There are few things more relaxing than a spa day, especially if you don’t even have to leave the house to do it. And this year is bringing us more of that. There are more and more masks developed for us to enjoy – and they’re not just limited to the face, either. Specialized masks for the neck, chest, and arms are all hitting the market, allowing you to have a truly tailored experience. Of course, they come in all varieties and treat different things, from aging lines and dehydrated skin to blackheads and pigmentation issues. When choosing a mask, make sure it’s good quality and dermatologically tested, so you know it’s feeding your skin instead of hurting it.

 

Face treatments

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We put a lot of care into making the skin on our face appear – and more importantly, be – healthy and glowing. And there have been some breakthroughs in this area as well. Laser skin care has been one of the leading innovations, as it is a non-invasive way to treat a lot of skin issues, as well as remove any unwanted hair, leaving your skin beautifully smooth. Some laser clinics in Sydney already offer this service to their clients. Another method that has turned quite a few heads is micro needling: a process where microscopic wounds are made on the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process and help it regenerate and fix up other problems on the skin as well.

 

Bespoke makeup & skincare

Everyone is beautifully unique and their own person, so it’s quite a crazy notion that the same makeup will suit everyone. And while we’ve had products for different skin types for a long time, there is so much more to different skin types than normal/dry/oily/combination. Well, the time of custom-made skincare is here. Yes, it’s pricey, and it might not be a perfect match on the first go, but when you do find that perfect item, it will all be worth it.

Oils are the new best friend

 

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We’ve spent a good few years trying to get oils as far away from our face as possible. But new research has confirmed: oils are what we’ve been missing. But oil clogs your pores and makes you all oily and shiny?! Not really: the new way to cleanse your skin is by using oil cleansers, which, despite sounding completely ridiculous, do wonders with both removing makeup and hydrating your skin. No wonder the best DIY makeup remover is pure olive oil. And when you’re done with that, the next step is a daily face oil, there to heal, hydrate and protect your skin. But don’t take our word for it, try them yourself and then apologize to oils for hating on them all those years.

And now, armed with an arsenal of new information, technologies and products, it’s time to show your skin some serious love. Remember that it doesn’t matter how other tell you to need to look: it’s your body and you’re the only one that makes the rules and sets the standards. So go out there and look like the best you that the world has ever seen.

How to Match Your Fashion Choices to Your Body Type

First of all, no matter your physique and body shape, we know that you already own an entire selection of dresses, jeans and sweaters that make you feel incredible about yourself, comfortable, and they serve their purpose – and they don’t need to be replaced.

However, getting to know your body and finding the best fashion features to emphasize what you love most about yourself can be handy in creating your style.

That said, remember that few of us look exactly like the shapes we use for reference, from the famous hourglass, all the way to a banana – we’re all somewhere in between, whether your waist is just a tad wider than your shoulders, or your legs are long and curvy, but your shoulders pop as well. All of that makes you unique and lets you find fun ways to tailor your fashionable self-expression!

 

Slim legs and a heavier middle

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The closest shape that would describe you would be an apple, and since your waist might not have that slender curve, the best way to go is to focus on bringing out your lovely gams and maximizing your shoulders. This will help make your waist look more proportionate to the rest of your body, and you’ll still have plenty of room to play with your look!

Consider adding flowy kaftan to your wardrobe, which will give your upper body a more elongated appearance, while dresses and skirts with asymmetrical lengths can also divert attention from your midsection. Try to avoid using belts, waistbands and high waisted pants, simply because they add volume to your tummy, while well-fitted clothes made of softer fabrics give you plenty of wiggle room.

 

Hips wider than shoulders

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So many lovely divas such as Rihanna and Beyoncé proudly strut their tailfeather, and you can even rely on some of their own outfit choices to make the most of your shape. Whenever possible, you can do your best to bring out your shoulders, with off-shoulder tunics and dresses, especially if they have some flare at the bottom part, to let your curves balance out your look.

When summer comes, spaghetti straps and tastefully bringing out your cleavage can also do wonders for your figure, while chunky necklaces, layered jewelry, and other upper body details will give more substance to your style. Rich patterns such as florals and animal print are an excellent way to shift the focus to your hips, while colorblocking can also be used to achieve a similar effect!  

 

Hourglass

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The perks of this figure are ample, just like, most typically, your lovely bosom and your hips, but depending on your overall shape, it can be tricky to style. The key guideline to keep in mind is that you can always focus on emphasizing your narrow waist, and the rest will come together more easily. Stylish pencil skirts and high waisted pants and jeans help accentuate your curves, while wearing wrapped dresses, belts and other details to direct attention to your midsection will look wonderful all around.

You can think in a similar manner when it comes to more revealing options during summer, as a Brazilian-style bikini will perfectly follow the natural curves of your body. Fitted jumpsuits (which are all the rage this season), form-fitting long dresses and high waisted jeans paired with tight tees will fully accentuate your figure. All sorts of knots, bands, belts and bows are more than welcome around your waist!

 

Shoulders, waist and hips in line

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When you don’t have than many curves to flaunt, and your measurements are roughly the same all over, then you’re closest to what’s called a rectangular shape, or in fruit terms, a banana. Think Natalie Portman and Nicole Kidman, both of whom are gorgeous, but their distinct body shape has taught them to dress smart. That means that just like hourglass-shaped gals, you should focus on your middle to create curves even if there are none!

Avoid sharp cuts both for your neckline and your waist, and add more round cuts such as V and cowl neck, and a high-waist everything will give you a better-defined middle segment. Shirts and tunics should be cut in such a manner that there’s some extra flare below the bustline, so as to create the illusion of greater shoulder-width. You can also work with tops that have different lengths in the back and the front, because a few more inches to the back of your dresses and shirts also adds volume to your shoulders and gives some flow for creating a nice waistline.

6 Dos & Don'ts For Waxing Down There Your First Time

So I know we've all thought about it at one point or another.

Some of us have taken the plunge into getting regular bikini waxes and have never looked back. While others have wondered yet haven't gotten up the nerve to do it. Well ladies I'm here to make this experience just a little more comfortable especially if you're thinking about getting your lady bits waxed for the first time. 

Here are some Dos and Don'ts.

 

THE DON'Ts

  • DON'T TRY TO DO IT YOURSELF.

Girl are you crazy! Have you not seen the episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashian's where Khole tries to wax herself for Lamar with an at home waxing kit? Umm it didn't turn out well to say the least and it looked extremely painful. Please ladies be smart and leave this type of waxing up to the professionals. Wax your own legs, arms, eyebrows, or whatever but leave your vagina alone.

  • DON'T GO CHEAP.

So I don't know about you but I'm not about to Groupon a random bikini waxing spot just to save a few bucks. My lady business means more to me than to have a rando down there not knowing what they are doing. In my eyes if you're going to do this type of waxing you might as well spend the money to make sure you are at a place that is reputable. Do your research, ask some friends, or hell yelp the damn place. Make sure you are comfortable with the establishment you choose.  

  • DON'T SHAVE BEFORE YOU GO. DUH!

Seems like a no brainer right?! Wrong. Some people will shave a week or a few days prior to getting waxed. Don't do that. Obviously your hair has to be long enough for the wax to adhere in order for it to work. The general rule of thumb for first time waxing is that your hair be about 1/2 inch long. Another thing to remember if you're use to shaving down there is that you're skin may be a little more sensitive in the fact that the redness that happens after waxing may last just a little longer. This happened to my sister, an avid shaver, when I took her to get waxed for the first time.

 

THE DOs

  • DO FIND A PLACE THAT WAXES WITHOUT STRIPS.

I promise you will thank me for it later! This one factor was key to me even trying waxing at all. I've heard so many horror stories from other friends who would go get waxed for their wedding and they would always tell me, "Never the f*uck again!" Come to find out it's different if you go to a place like the European Wax Center. In which they use wax NOT strips to complete the process. Trust me this is 1,000 times better because the wax only adheres to the hair and not the skin, unlike waxing with strips which takes your hair and the top layer of skin with it. Plus the European Wax Center refers to their method as the "Comfort Wax System" so you know it's not that bad.

  • DO EXFOLIATE

This is more of a tip for afterwards. Through my own experience I found it very helpful to exfoliate down there while in the shower. Just like you would exfoliate your face to remove dead skin that could clog pores you would want to do that down in your bikini region as well. Now I'm not saying exfoliate to the point of irritation but just enough to clean the area. If you do decide to go to the European Wax Center they do have products there that you can choose from that will help with exfoliation and in grown hair. However, I've bought and tried those products and they don't work all that well for me. This why I normally just use a small facial buff sponge and my Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash which works fine.

  • DO EXPECT SOME PAIN

I'm not about to lie to you and say this process is painless. However, I guarantee you that the pain isn't as bad as what you are thinking it will be. Trust me this is playing out way worse in your head. The first time will be the hardest just because you don't know what to expect but the good news is the more you do it the less and less it will hurt. I truly mean that because when the lady did my waxing for the first told me that same bit of info I thought she was trippin but it turned out to be fact. Obviously this all depends on your individual threshold for pain but I promise you've experienced more pain in your life than getting waxed.

in those jeans

 In those jeans not to be confused with by the hit song by Ginuwine In Those Jeans.

Jeans have been my favourite pair of clothing for decades. I have always been the girl who would instead put on some jeans than a dress. I am an avid jean lover. 

I believe that every girl should have at least two pairs of good fitting jeans in their collection. We all have those jeans that fit too perfect, let me lose 5 lbs jeans, too loose or the PERFECT fit. Once you find the perfect fit, I call it a true blessing.  I can remember my go-to PERFECT fit was my True Religions (2 Chainz for the culture) jeans in college. Oh, I wore those jeans out and once it was time to let go.  I couldn't find a new pair that fit the same again. 

I am not going lie to you at this moment, I have over 20 pairs of jeans in my closet, and most of them look alike. I am a jean hunter I can either save or cash out depending on the style I am looking for at the moment. 

My go-to outfit is a pair of good denim jeans and a shirt. You can never go wrong with jeans you can either dress them up or dress them down. (wow that sounds cliche). 

I love a good pair of distressed jeans. I use to love skinny jeans just because I have short legs and regular jeans flood on me. Currently, I am love with the Not Quite Skinny, Not Quite Straight jean look. 

I am also feeling the fringe look at the end of your jeans. It could be because I love me some messy but put together look all too well. 

I have four brands that I love to shop for jeans. They flatter my shape and makes me instantly look toned. It also gives me a little booty. These brands come in wide range of sizes that are perfect for any body type! 

My brands:

Paige

 

Urban Outfitters- bdg brand

 

 

Levis 

What is your favourite brand of jeans?

WHAT SHAVING MY HEAD CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT FEAR

I’ve been known to be “bold” and do things that makes ZERO sense to other people.

I’ve moved every 2 - 3 years living in New York City, Washington, D.C., Portland, OR, Boston, Massachusetts, back to my New Jersey hometown, and next up Southern California. I’ve quit my job without a plan TWICE. I’ve started my own online coaching business. This fall, I even purchased a ticket to Paris less than a week before getting there because I wanted to attend an event.

But I’d have to say, the boldest thing I’ve done yet was shave my head. Now I’m not talking part of my head, I’ve been there and done that. I’ve shaved the left side of my head, the right side of my head, both sides of my head, but on December 29, 2017, I shaved the whole enchilada. All of my hair GONE.

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As a woman, it’s natural to be attached to my hair. Personally, I’ve tied it to my femininity and sex appeal. I’ve always been super attached to it. Even when I had a pixie cut. But after starting my own business and creating video content on a weekly if not daily basis I found the daily grind of doing my hair so that it was “video perfect” time consuming and frustrating. I even tested having less than the perfect hair on videos and let me tell you, it drove me nuts.

I started thinking about what it would be like to be able to wake up and have to do a minimal amount of work before I went on video. On a phone conversation with a friend, I shared how I wanted to try microblading my eyebrows and eyelash extensions as a means to cut time from my daily routine. Then all of a sudden I found myself saying, “The worst is doing my hair, I should shave it off.” My friend said, “you should, I bet it would look good on you”. The next thing I knew I was on Pinterest looking up photos of women who have buzzed their hair off and two days later I was telling my hairdresser that instead of our scheduled blow-dry appointment I wanted her to shave it all off.

“You want me to what?”, she said. Now keep in mind, deciding I wanted to do something new with my hair is not surprising to her. She’s shaved one side, both sides, dyed my hair blonde, cut it into a pixie, supported me when I went natural, the works. But I have to say, I shocked her on this one. “Are you sure?”, she asked. To which I replied, “yes, I decided two days ago and it still feels like a good decision to me”.

While I seemed confident in my answer, the truth is my mind was racing with “what if this looks terrible?”, “Can I really wear a hat all winter if I hate it?”, “Will guys still find me attractive?”, and so on. Next thing I knew the barber working in the station behind us said, “shave it right down the middle so there’s no turning back”, and before I knew it, chunks of my hair fell into my lap. There was no turning back.   

The truth about life is, we all have fears and doubts. When we want to start our own business, quit our jobs, and even cut our hair. There will be thoughts that feel like alarms screaming “WARNING, WARNING, THIS COULD END VERY BADLY”. It’s normal, a part of our brains don’t want us to experience pain in any way, shape, or form. But those thoughts keep us in a comfort zone. It keeps us doing things that are “okay” but aren’t freaking FANTASTIC. Shaving my head was one of the most freeing experiences of my life. Even more freeing than quitting my job or moving across the country. It reminded me that taking a risk in order to do something or have something you really want is totally worth it. Even if it doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to. Doing something you’re excited and passionate about in spite of fear has you telling your inner fradie cat that you are strong, that you are bold, and that you are UNSTOPPABLE. All it takes is taking one small step at a time. Or having someone give you a little shove or in my case shave your head down the middle.

So take a few minutes and ask yourself, what have you always wanted to do but have been too afraid to do? And what step can you take today towards making it happen? You can live a life you’re MADLY in love with. Trust me, it’s possible.

And for anyone who is curious, I freaking love my shaved head. I’ve always wanted to know what the shape of my head looked like, and to my surprise, I have a pretty nicely shaped head, in my opinion anyway.