Saturday, September 14, 2019

4 Ways to Add a Personal Meaning to Gifts


With the holiday season soon to get underway, many of us are turning our thoughts to gifts we may want to buy for our loved ones. Given that most people buy gifts for the same people each year, coming up with new ideas can be rather challenging - especially if you, like many gift-givers, want to ensure that you choose something personal for each individual person. 

It is, however, possible to add a personal element to every single gift you buy this year and below, we have outlined four different ways that this can be achieved… 

1. Literally, personalize the gift 

The simplest way to personalize gift is to be literal. There are countless different options for gifts that can be personalized; you can add a cherished photo to a coffee mug or turn it into a jigsaw, gift a monogrammed diary or briefcase, and much more besides. It might be a relatively “route one” choice when it comes to looking for gifts with a personal touch, but it’s undeniably an effective choice. 

2. Find a deeper meaning

There are many giftable items that, on first inspection, do not seem to be particularly personal in nature: earrings and paintings, make for lovely gifts but can be somewhat “standard” choices that are suitable for a broad range of people. However, there are ways that such gifts can actually be far more personal to an individual; a friend who was born in February could be given amethyst plugs to honor their birthstone, while a gifting a painting of a city you have visited (or want to visit) with a family member transforms a generic gift into one that has a much deeper meaning. 

3. Look for an experience rather than a product 

One of the best ways to buy gifts is to know exactly what a person wants - and sometimes, what a person wants might not actually be a product, but an experience. Think back over conversations you have had with your loved one and look for mentions of things they have wanted to try; perhaps they’ve always wanted to see a Broadway show, try ziplining, or even just spend an evening relaxing and reading a book without any distractions. Such a choice is inherently personal as it is something that they have directly said they wanted to do, so turning it into a reality could be the perfect gift. 

4. Reflect their preferences 

Everyone has their own individual preferences, all of which are very different and entirely unique to us. It can be worth reflecting a loved one’s preference with your gift. For example, if they are a fan of a certain music act, you can center your gift around that act, or you could look to gift a decorative accessory that fits in perfectly with the rest of their decor. Anything that says “I saw this and thought of you” will always make for an excellent gift choice. 

In conclusion

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Hopefully, the above ideas will inspire you and ensure that you can find the ideal, highly-personal gift for your loved ones this forthcoming Christmas!

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Four Gifts For Beauty Fans

When you’ve got a beauty fan in your life buying presents should be a piece of cake but what if they have just about everything? How can you make your next gift the one that they remember and that stands out from the crowd?

In this blog we’re exploring some gift ideas for the beauty product princess that just seems impossible to buy for. Join us as we give you four of our top gift-giving ideas.

Go Novelty

We’re not talking cheap and tacky but rather products that combine other interests in their life. If your special person is a big fan of all things Disney, then they’ll go wild for this minnie mouse makeup collection. 

They’ll love anything that’s a little out of the ordinary so get searching for collections or custom made one-offs that lets them know how well you really know them.

Think Experience

Yes, your person might create their look flawlessly or spend hours in the bathroom working through their bedtime beauty routine, but who couldn’t use a little help? Why not treat them to a weekend beauty course, learning new techniques, finding out about the latest makeup trends and practising on themselves and others. Great fun, practical and a chance to make new friends, as well as get some new tips straight from the experts.

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Make it Personal

With products created just for them. Present them with a beautiful bespoke cosmetics bag, complete with their name on or go one step further and gift them a fantastic silver compact case and mirror engraved with a personal message and that can be used time and time again.


They’ll know just how much you care for them every time they go to open that one-off bag or mirror, so add that extra personal touch for a gift that keeps on giving.


Small But Perfectly Formed

That lipstick they’ve been after but costs way too much or those hair straighteners that you know would make their day. It doesn’t matter what size the present, if you know you’re getting something they’ve been craving for some time, you’re going to tick all the right boxes. From small mascaras to hairdryers, something thoughtful and uniquely them is going to make you the gift giver they can’t wait to open.

Choosing the right gift is hard work at the best of times but when you need to get it right then take some time to think about how you can make it unique. Choose fun products that makes them happy and feel special. Choose an experience that gives them more strings to their bow and helps them to feel they’re in the forefront of beauty style and technique or just choose something personal. A small but expensive gift, complete with a personal message that shows how much you care or that little item they thought was out of their reach.

Choose from any of these options and you’ll be on course for giving the best present yet. The only problem is how you’re going to top it next year.












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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Luxury Items You Should be Investing In This Year


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Think luxury, think to treat yourself, but also think to be smart with your money and invest it. But why invest in something boring when you could be indulging yourself with a
Rolex watch, some diamonds or a classic Chanel. So what are you waiting for? Check out this list to see what you should be investing your money on:


Colored Diamonds


According to the Knight Frank Wealth report, colored diamonds were very popular last year, and they are expected to continue increasing in price. Blue diamonds were at the top, and values of yellow diamonds weakened slightly, and pinks remained stable. You’ve worked hard for your money. So treat yourself to some colored diamonds and make some money while they sparkle for you.





Watches


Often when we think of luxury watches, it’s men’s watches which spring to mind, but why when there are so many fantastic ladies watches out there which could be on your wrist, making you look fantastic but also making you money at the same time? At the moment, Rose Gold is the way to go and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 series offers a wide variety of combinations including Everose gold, a unique 18K pink gold which was exclusively created by Rolex in 2005. Or you could opt for a VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS VINTAGE ALHAMBRA BRACELET WATCH which is perfect for jewelry lovers. Get looking around as there many timeless pieces out there.





Handbags


They’re not a waste of money, despite what anyone else says, buying yourself a designer handbag can be one of the smartest and most savvy purchases you’ll ever make. The Hermès Birkin is still topping the list of investment bags to buy. Named after style icon Jane Birkin, it is loved by many A-listers and will steadily increase in value every year. Another one is the practical Louis Vuitton Neverfull, which gets its name because it really is hard to fill. It is also considered a “consistent performer” by Vestiaire Collective and can recoup over 80% of its retail price.





Wine


Investing in wine does mean that you won’t be able to drink it, so make sure you buy some that you can drink as well. However, if you do want to have an impressive looking wine collection, even a wine cellar, then start finding out which wines are going to make you the most money. Buying and selling rare wines can be easy but they are not a quick investment, and it’s often recommended to wait at least five years before trading, and the best performing wines at auction have been known to increase 150% value - not bad. The most famous wines are the 1990 Krug’s Vintage Brut, the Petit Mouton by Chateau Mouton Rothschild from 2011, and the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Grands Echezeaux from 2006. If you don’t know much about wine, then it can be an excellent hobby to get into as well as helping with investments. You will meet new people, travel to new places, and learn about new things.





Art


If you’re going to get something to hang on the wall in the living room, then it may as well be making money for you while it’s there. In the past Art has usually be sold through galleries or at auction. However, it has become increasingly popular to sell Art online now. Remember that established artists will likely see more however you should also look at the current market to see what’s popular at the time, for example, street art is hot right now so you would make a pretty penny if you had a piece of street art to sell. Keep an eye on the market and see what’s happening so you can make sure you buy and sell the right pieces at the right time. Just like the other investment options, if you’re not clued up on Art, then it’s something that you should spend some time getting yourself familiar with. It can also be an excellent hobby to have and can open up opportunities for you; you never know how many new people you will meet and what they will add to your life. Also, if you’re looking for a way to personalize your home and make it unique then what better than a unique piece of Art hanging on the walls or as you go up the stairs.





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Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Ultimate Comfort Closet

There are so many benefits of relaxing; just taking some time out to rest your body and focus your thoughts can change your whole day. When it’s getting a little cold outside or your day isn’t going so well, changing into something soft and warm can transport you to a whole different place, and sometimes it really can be your outfit that has an effect. Snuggling up in the most comfortable clothing doesn’t have to mean you forget about style - with these tricks you can slip into something more relaxing whilst showing off your flare for fashion.














Tops


You have heaps of options when it comes to finding a comfortable shirt or sweater. Women’s tunics are often made of a soft thick material but have a cling free nature, keeping you warm without feeling heavy or constricting. They’re also available in various patterns and styles, making them a more individual choice that's easy to incorporate into any outfit. Opting for a woollen jumper or cardigan will give you that blanket like feel, and can even be knitted yourself if you have the time (and patience). Hooded sweatshirts are great for snoozing or if you’re really struggling to get a bit of personal space.





Bottoms


Some pairs of trousers make relaxing quite difficult - sharp buttons that dig into your tummy when you sit down, itchy stitching and tight fabrics make it impossible to get comfortable. A few of the best options are items like fur-lined leggings that are super soft against the skin or oversized sweatpants that give you space to feel free but snug. Opting for something without a tight waistband can help a great deal, especially if you’re going to be eating. Ice cream helps almost anyone to feel better, but not being able to digest it properly because of super cramped trousers leads to bloating (making you eventually feel a lot worse).



Footwear


One of the best feelings after a long day at work is sitting down to take of your shoes and pull on some soft fluffy socks. Letting your feet have some well needed rest after being stuffed inside your heels all day can make you feel like pressure has been instantly released. Knee high socks can really take you to the next level of comfort (perfect paired with shorts if you don’t want to be restrained by trousers but still want to be toasty). If you want something a little more robust, there are so many cute pairs of slippers on the market. There are also options with orthopedic benefits meaning you really will be able to release pressure, especially from your back and leg muscles.





Hopefully these tips will help you find some great comforting additions to your closet, perfect to wear on a stormy day whilst curled up with a mug of hot cocoa. Be sure to shop around to find the best quality available, and don’t scrimp on fabric conditioner when you do your laundry, as doing this can make your clothes more tough!




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Monday, April 1, 2019

How to Cheat Your Way to Full Lips

Full lips are a beauty obsession among many women – and some men too. Indeed, according to a survey from 35 different countries published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, the majority of participants agree that lips with a 1:1 ratio between the upper and lower areas are perceived as the most attractive shape. For anybody who doesn’t describe their physical features in geometric terms, full and sumptuous lips are the preferred shape, followed by pouts where the lower lips are fuller than the top – think Kylie Jenner and her surgically enhanced lips. Unfortunately, as if achieving the perfect pout wasn’t challenging enough, professional surgeons reckon that lips naturally reduce in size from the age of 28 onwards, as a result of lower collagen production, which means that you can’t rely on your natural beauty only to work your way up to full lips. You need to be creative and find cheats that work for you.



You can find a little help from the pros
Kylie Jenner was never shy about her lip injections so that when she went back to a more natural look post-pregnancy, her fans were quick to notice the transformation. She announced publicly that she stopped using fillers, leaving many young women without a role model. Those who were keen to try the look for were worried about a full-time commitment to the pout could reassure themselves; if Kylie can get rid of her filler, it means that the operation is not permanent. And indeed, a bit of research on the side reveals that you need to have your fillers redone every three to six months. However, to be on the safe side, you still want to read about your preferred surgeons – you can check most profiles online, including a celebrity-endorsed surgeon such as Marc Mani before making your decision. Indeed, even something as common as lip filler surgery can go wrong, so make sure to pick someone experienced!

It’s all about the lipstick
Did you know that your lipstick can dramatically transform your lips? For anybody who wants an easy cheat, you can find natural lips enhancers such as BioLips, which can create temporary fullness where you need it. Additionally, going back to basics, the way you apply your beloved makeup can be detrimental to the shape of your lips. A lip liner can naturally enhance the shape of your lips and keep the color rich and thick all day – or night – long. Opt for a liner which is close to your natural color – one shade darker is what you’re aiming for.


Your diet can make everything grow big
Last, but not least, the collagen in your lips creates the sumptuous round and juicy pout you love. You can stimulate the natural collagen production in your diet by focusing on food rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, sulfur and zinc. Besides, you can also naturally enhance your lips by increasing blood flow. Watermelon and cantaloupe are perfect for encouraging natural swelling by keeping your blood vessels dilated.





With a little bit of dedicated help, you can finally stop worrying about your thin lips. A plump and sensual pout is at arm’s reach if you’re willing to adapt your diet and use some clever cheats.



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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Is Lipstick Driving You Loopy?


In an ideal world, lipstick should make you feel beautiful. It’s any girl’s best friend, and it’s a supposed staple for days when you don’t fancy a full face of makeup. The trouble is that you’ve been trying to make lipstick work for you for more years than you can remember, and you’re on the verge of giving up. Far from helping your whole face to pop, it makes your skin look blotchy, and your lips look horrid. For you, it’s a full face of makeup or nothing. 

 But, a life with lipstick is no way to live. They’re right when they say that this is the one makeup item every woman should own. Instead of giving up, then, you might want to work out what you’re doing wrong. The chances are that your lack of success so far in this area has some easy enough solutions. And, once you get to the bottom of them, you’ll be able to rock lipstick with the best of them. 


 Of course, working out where you’re going wrong with makeup isn’t always easy. Lucky for you, lipstick mistakes are often widespread and obvious. If lipstick doesn’t light up your days right now, then, keep on reading to find out why. 


 Your application is all wrong.



An incorrect application is, by far, the primary lipstick sin. It’s simple; lipstick is simply never going to look good if you put it on wrong. Which is why your application processes should be the first to come under fire here. First thing’s first; you need to understand the importance of a lip liner. For those of us just entering the lipstick world, this may seem like an unnecessary expense. But, trust us when we say that it could change your lipstick game for good. No one looks their best when their lipstick feathers or bleeds, after all. A lip liner can stop that from happening, and keep your color in those confines all night long. Bear in mind that incorrectly applied liner is almost worse than none at all. Hence why you should also do your research before getting started here. Watch YouTube videos, or look up what you should be doing. As a general rule, you want a liner which is one shade darker than your natural lip color. Whatever you do, avoid distinct colors which will show through your makeup. Make sure, too, that you’re only following the natural line of your lips. If you try puffing things up by drawing outside of those lines, there’s no way lipstick will ever look good on you. Do this, and even liner won’t be able to stop bleeding from happening. Not to mention that you’ll look more like a clown than the glam queen we know that you can be. Note, too, that liner isn’t the only application secret. Exfoliating before the application is also essential for decent application. And, of course, using a setting powder saves you from that horrible half-off look halfway through the night.




Your mouth doesn’t look the part

It’s also worth noting that lipstick highlights your mouth. Obviously. With a bright color on your lips, you can bet that all eyes will be drawn here. That can fast turn to bad news if your mouth or lips aren’t your best features. The last thing you’ll want in that case is all eyes on the area. Even worse, fixing this problem isn’t as easy as buying a liner to cover things up. Instead, you’ll need to consider how to make your whole mouth a little more flattering. Of course, flaking lips are never going to look the part with lipstick. If your lips are always dry, then, this should be your first port of call. As mentioned above, exfoliating before an application can work wonders for clearing dead skin. Given that lip balm will be off your cards, you may also want to reach for moisturizing lipsticks. There are plenty on the market, and they could be the ideal compromise for keeping dryness at bay while providing that pop of color. Lips aside, your teeth may be the problem. The moment you smile with lipstick on, after all, these are sure to be on display for all to see. If they’re wonky or stained, the best lipstick going won’t look any good. In this instance, you may need to take much more drastic action. A trip to the hygienist could see your teeth sparkling white and ready to offset any color of your choice. Equally, heading to an orthodontist could be the thing to see those teeth straight once and for all. Of course, lipstick and braces are about the worst paring you could hope for. That’s why you should seek orthodontists who use services from a company like Ortho Select to guarantee fast treatment times. Before you knew it, this would see you with straight gnashers and an ability to wear lipstick like never before.

You’re choosing the wrong colors


Like foundation, lipstick colors are unique to each of us. An option which looks red on one person can look orange on someone with a different skin tone. Even worse, choosing the wrong color for you could reflect in your whole face. Orange shades, for example, often make those with warmer skin tones look a little orange all over. Get this wrong, then, and there’s no way that your lipstick will ever look luscious. Forget about picking any old lipstick on the shelf and hoping for the best. Instead, you need to get organized here. As with foundation matching, it’s essential that you know which colors work for you. Once you’re aware of that, you can pretty much guarantee success with every lipstick that you wear from now on. A good bet here would be to head to the beauticians in your local makeup section. As with foundation, they’ll be able to do some basic tests and point you in the right direction. Failing that, there are plenty of online guides which could serve the same purpose. For the most part, the secret is to find your skin overtone and work from there. Play around with the shades in store by using swatches on your arm. Believe it or not, even that simple guideline should be enough to show you whether a color is a match or a no-go. As simple as that, you could well find that you finally boss your lipstick game for good.

You’re pairing it with a heavy eye

They say that you should never wear bright lipstick with a heavy eye. And, while Madonna can pull that kind of thing off, you’re probably better steering clear. The fact is that bright lipsticks can look clownish if you pair them with eyeshadow and a thick liner. This is, of course, a trend which has come and gone a few times now, but it’s most definitely out at the moment. If you can never get lipstick to work, then, consider what you’re wearing on your eyes. If you have neutral eyeshadow and a light coverage a brighter lipstick can work well for adding some glamor. But, if you’re going heavy with the eyes, leave lipstick out, or opt for a fair tone which doesn’t distract too much. It’s a simple step, which can ensure that your lips never look alarming. And, it could make a huge difference in improving your lipstick look on the whole.

You never consider coordination


Speaking of pairing your lipstick with other things, it’s also worth thinking about your outfits. Too often, we pick up any old lipstick without sparing a thought for what we’re wearing. But, pairing your color choices to your outfits could well be the secret to your lipstick success. Bold colored clothes often suit pastel or bright pink lipstick tones, for example. By comparison, earthy color palettes in your outfit are sure to suit an orange-toned lip. Equally, we all know that red lipstick looks best with a slinky black number. The best way to get on top here is to play around. There’s no hard and fast rule about which colors work with which outfits. But, as soon as you start to test things out, you should come to have a pretty good understanding of what works. As simple as that, you’ll be able to reach for the right lippy every time you leave the house. And, when that happens, you can finally get a grip on looking your best while wearing lipstick.

Conclusion

As you can see, lipstick isn’t all that difficult to get right. It isn’t like eyeliner, where years of practice go towards drawing a decent line. Lipstick is more about getting a grip on some basic concepts and running with them. Note, too, that bright lips can take some getting used to. Even if you take care of all the above, you may want to wear these around the house before heading out for the world to see. Confidence in your look can, after all, take you far.



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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Making It As A Model


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Being a model is a dream job for a lot of women. But do you have what it takes? Before you invest your time and effort into embarking on this illustrious career you need to be aware of what it takes to make it in the industry. There are certain attributes that are deemed a necessity and if you don’t have these then your interest is misplaced. This doesn’t mean you can’t make it in the modeling industry, but you would be better off looking for a different way in the door. There are lots of models that don’t fit into the mold mentioned below, and they have made it, but it is difficult, so you need to be aware of what you’ve got so that you can plot the best route for your career.


Slim
When agents look for a new model they are very specific about the body type they want the woman to have. It is important to be of a skinny frame. This is not to discriminate against other body sizes; it is merely because designers believe that clothes and accessories are better displayed on women with a slim frame. Of course, you can get into plus-size modeling if you have a curvy frame, and there are some designers that are known to celebrate all body types.


Tall
In terms of height, you need to be tall. Generally, the rule is that you have to be between 5’8” and 5’11”. There are exceptions but you will find it more difficult to make it in the industry if you do not come in this height range. Rose Bertram, Kate Moss, Devon Aoki, and Liberty Ross are some famous shorter models.


Bone structure and knowing your angles
It is not enough to be pretty. Even the most stunning of girls can photograph badly. This is something that comes naturally and something you can perfect as well. It is essential to have good bone structure. This cannot be taught and thus relates to the natural point. If you have a good bone structure then the next thing you need to learn is how to use it. Practice, practice, and practice!


Winning smile
You also need to have a winning smile to make it as a model. This doesn’t mean your teeth have to be aligned in a specific way. There are lots of models that have made it with a signature gap in the middle. Nonetheless, you do need to maintain good teeth health. Toothbrush design can play a big role in this. Commit to keeping your teeth healthy and pearly white.


Posture and strong runway walk
Good posture is imperative because the majority of work models do is on the runway. Luckily, posture and a strong runway walk can easily be taught. If you have the other attributes mentioned in this article then having a poor runway walk should not hold you back. Spend hours watching videos of catwalk shows and perfect you walk day after day until you are sure you have made an improvement. It is always a good idea to video yourself so you can see how much improvement has been made. It is always a good idea to video yourself so you can see how much progress has been made.


Personality
Personality is important with any job, but even more so in the modeling industry. You need to be confident but you also need to be approachable. You need to have a strong character too. You are not always going to get every modeling job you go for so it is important not to get disheartened. You will need to develop a thick skin if you are going to survive.


If you can tick the five boxes mentioned in this article then you definitely have what it takes to make it in the industry. Remember when it comes to the likes of having a good runway walk and knowing your angles this is something you should practice on until you make perfect.

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