Monday, February 19, 2018

Brushing Up On Your Body

Your body is your temple, and a temple needs looking after. A bit of maintenance on the brickwork here, a bit of dusting out the corners there, and voila! It’ll look as good as ever! So when it comes to applying this metaphor to your actual body, you’re going to need to put some effort into your lifestyle to make sure you feel healthy and happy in it. There’s so much we can go through in a single day that can affect how we look and feel, so treat yourself right when you go to bed by trying out a few of these tips below.

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Start From the Inside

Starting from the inside means drinking as much water as you can and getting plenty of sleep at night. You’ll feel so much better from these two simple lifestyle changes alone. They are also a good platform into exercising with perhaps a bit of yoga to keep you supple or a bit of zumba for fun on a Friday night.

You’re also going to need to eat the right nutrients in the right amounts, so try and pay attention to your diet. Our bodies need food, there’s no arguing with that, but make sure any junk food is spaced out with proper meals and supplements. There’s no harm in cooking yourself a three course meal bursting with flavor but pay attention to the nutrient facts to makes sure your body gets what it needs after a full day at work.

Take Care of Your Skin

If you’re unhappy with the state of your skin right now, it’s time to fix that right up! There’s a lot you can do to improve how you feel and look, and your dry skin can be exfoliated and moisturized to create noticeable improvement. Try to do this at least three times a week, and be careful with any kind of lotion you use (some can lead to irritation if used too regularly, which is something a lot of companies don’t tell you).

Make sure you’re doing everything you can in your lifestyle to keep your skin glowing and healthy. You’re not stuck with the same skin for your whole life, seeing as we shed throughout our days! That means the other matters don’t have to be so permanent either: let’s say you have a tattoo and don’t want it anymore, you can always head to a laser tattoo removal clinic to clear your skin straight back to its natural state. If you’re not happy with something, look for the solutions!

Have a Snack!

The final, but one of the most important, steps! Eating a sensible snack a couple of times during a busy day will help to curb cravings, help you avoid junk food binges, and also help you to maintain a healthy weight.



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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Reassessing Your Style

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Reassessing your style might need to happen from time to time. This is not because you look any worse than you did, just that it might be fun for you to have a makeover once in a while. It can feel wonderful and refreshing to do this, and help you present yourself to the world in a way that keeps you perennial yet eternally confident. Why not have fun with your looks; after all beauty and fashion are nothing more than celebrations of life.

For some tips to update your look, consider the following:

Smile

Yes, the hidden things matter. Your smile matters, This might mean purchasing a new teeth whitening kit, heading to your local cosmetic dentist and getting their expert opinion, or using adult braces to straighten your teeth out - which is continually becoming more popular.

Hair

Yes, we all know that a change in hair can completely change our circumstances from a look perspective, but how different do you usually go? Do you usually go for a trim, or are you willing to chop your long hair off and sport a beautiful bob? Of course, whatever you’d like to do, long or short, some hairstyles are more suited to certain facial types. Look around for inspiration. Perhaps adding extensions to switch up your look or changing your hair color might give you the new look you’re craving.
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Taste

What do you truly like? What do you find is fun to enjoy? What, regarding your general styling, would you say you gravitate to? Could you turn all of that on its head? Or at least part of it? Of course something new doesn’t necessarily mean a massive change, just something that gives you that little extra beauty you’re looking for. Could it be that starting to wear brightly golden wristwatches, or simply wearing a little less makeup to let your beautiful freckles shine through adds a little extra?

You have likely developed many tastes and rituals in your beauty routine, from how you do your makeup to the color scheme you usually wear. Try being a little more ‘extra’ in your presentation, doing more pigmented colors with your makeup, and doing your hair in a manner that truly catches eyes. People exist out there with such a strong sense of style that it can be hard not to respect them. After all, we’re living in an age where individual expression beats conforming to the standard zeitgeist of culture.

Maybe your inspiration and ideas of what you could do to change your look is limited. In this case, maybe finding new beauty tutorials on YouTube could give you the chance to truly turn heads the next time you head out. Makeup vloggers are all over the internet these days, and they often offer some wonderful advice that you could use to update your look. It might also pay to follow certain subreddits like makeupaddiction and skincareaddiction, as these could potentially put you in touch with new products, new modes of perception and interest. Speaking of perception…

Perception

Take a good friend whose style you admire into your closet and allow them to plan a couple of outfits for you. Everyone perceives fashion, style, color, and how to put things together quite differently. This can open up a whole new world of options to you without spending a penny because your friend might think to pair pieces that never occurred to you. You can also try planning your clothing and makeup choices to reflect your mood or a certain theme to add a little fun to your beauty routine and switch up your style.



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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Face Up to Looking After Your Face


Maintaining a healthy complexion is all about the things that you do on a daily basis. If you really want your face to look its best all the time, you need to get into a routine that leaves it glowing. Here, we are going to talk you through a few of the main factors involved in this routine. None of these things seem overly complicated, to begin with, but together, they can combine to have a big effect on your most important feature.

Get into a Good Cleansing Routine

Despite common misconceptions, the more you clean your face doesn't necessarily mean the better it will look. In fact, over-washing could end up having a detrimental effect. Twice a day - once in the morning and once in the afternoon - should be enough. Deciding on which products you use really depends on your skin type and acne severity. As a great all-around solution, take a look at led-mask.com. If you have more sensitive skin, you should opt for a gentler product, and the opposite if your skin is not so sensitive. If you prefer an organic solution, lemon juice, dandelion sap, and honey are three ingredients which have proven to be effective.              

Moisturize Daily

Moisturizing on a daily basis is especially important if you have dry skin, but in truth, it is something that everyone should be doing regardless. The type of product that you choose really depends on your skin type. It makes sense that you moisturize once in the morning at once at night, just the same as your cleansing routine. When you are asleep, your skin cells are performing essential repair work, and the products that you apply before bed make a big difference to boosting their efforts.

Drink Water throughout the Day

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Your body needs plenty of water for all sorts of reasons, and keeping your skin looking at its freshest is just one of them. Get into a habit of drinking water on a regular basis. Maybe you could set a reminder on your phone to give you a little push in the right direction. Carrying around a refillable water bottle is also a good habit to form. Keeping well-hydrated helps to remove wastes and oils from your face. If you need a benchmark to aim for, eight glasses per day is a good one.

Don’t Touch Your Face

A lot of people touch their face without really thinking about it, but this is something that you should try to avoid as much as possible. The oil on your hands can end up clogging your pores and increasing blemishes on your face. If you catch yourself touching your face in any way, try to make a conscious effort to stop doing this. Another tip related to this area is to change your pillowcase on a regular basis. The oils that linger on the fabric can get onto your face during the night.

Look After Your Lips

It is especially important during the winter months that you use a hydrator regularly as this is when your lips are most likely to get dry and chapped. A simple sugar-and-water solution will remove dead cells and rejuvenate your lips. However, when it comes to chapstick, this is something that you should avoid overusing as much as possible. Otherwise, your lips will become so used to the chemicals that they will stop making any of their own!

Wear Sunblock on a Daily Basis

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 You may think that sunblock is only for the days that you are lying out on the beach for hours on end, but in actuality, you should be applying it on a daily basis. Continued exposure to UV rays will damage your skin over time in both minor and major ways. You should use a good sunscreen regularly, and applying makeup or moisturizer with an SPF factor ensures that you have that added level of protection. You could also cover up your skin with clothing to keep it out of the sun entirely.


So, there you have six ways that you can better look after your face. Though you may have already known about these techniques, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded, and it may have given you the push you needed to incorporate them into your beauty routine on a regular basis.  



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Monday, February 12, 2018

Are These Tips The Trick To Looking More Youthful?

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No matter what your age, we all want to look as youthful as possible. Whether you’re 25, 45, or 65, you’ll want to work with your looks to try and feel as good as you can. Sometimes, it can take a lot of work, but that’s not always the case. When you want to look and feel your best, you don’t always have to turn to things like surgery. Yes, you will want to start looking after yourself a little more, by eating right and exercising, but the rest of your decisions don’t have to be extreme. In fact, some of the things that you can do to get a radiant and youthful appearance are actually quite easy. So let’s take a look at what some of them include.

Getting In Shape

Nope, we’re not talking about physical shape here (although that won’t hurt). Instead, we’re talking about getting your eyebrows in shape. Because there are younger looking brow styles out there that can help you. And not only that, by actually working to shape your brows, you could take years off of your appearance. A fuller, well-shaped brow will frame your face and give the appearance of youth. So it looks like a trip to the salon is in order.

Keeping Them On

Think your glasses age you? Well, you’d be super wrong if you did. Because keeping them on can actually make you look younger. With the right style of frames like www.eyewearhaus.com/porsche-design-eyewear, not only will you look chic, but you’ll be helping your appearance too. Your nice eyewear will be stopping you from squinting, which in turn can help you avoid deep wrinkles forming.

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Smiling Right

From the eyes to your smile, now you’re going to want to make sure that you work on your teeth. Having a Hollywood smile not only makes you feel good, but you’ll look it too. With bright, healthy, and straight teeth, you’ll smile more and you’ll look more youthful. When you take care of your teeth, stay on top of your hygiene appointments, and focus on whitening, you’ll give off a more youthful appearance. And that’s definitely cheaper than a facelift.

Sipping Up

We’ve hit on three different ideas that target the face, but now we’re going to cover off two lifestyle choices that affect it from the inside. The first is water. Drinking enough water will be great for your skin as www.uwhealth.org/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/ suggests. You’ll appear more radiant and your skin will have a healthy glow. You’ll also have a better chance of fighting off wrinkles too.

Hitting The Hay

Finally, there’s sleep. And yes, that means you can get an early night without feeling guilty. Because when you sleep, your body repairs. This means that you can keep your skin looking healthy and youthful, just by getting a solid eight hours a night. There’s a reason they call it beauty sleep!



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Four Of The Worst Things You Can Do To Your Skin

Your face is a huge part of what makes you who you are. It’s utterly unique in its singular beauty and it is, for better or for worse, what represents you to the rest of the world. The world is tough on your face. Unlike the rest of your body, your face is under constant attack from the elements. Cold winds scrape at it. Rain and snow lash at it. The heat of the sun fries it and that’s before we get to the brutal regimen that many of us subject our faces to in the name of beauty. The fact is that the skin on our face may be resilient, but over time the damage we subject it to adds up. This can lead to that day we all dread when we look in the mirror and see a stranger who vaguely resembles one of our parents.



It’s an unfortunate truth that much of the damage we do to the skin of our faces we either do out of ignorance or in a misguided attempt to make it look better. Here are some of the worst things that we can do to our skin.

Using the same products all year round

Any skincare routine worth having will be attuned to the changing needs of your skin, depending on the season. Not only do you need to determine the best products for your skin type, check out www.faceserum.com for a useful guide to this, but they must also be chosen with seasonality in mind. Winter skin, for example, needs to be well hydrated and moisturized whereas in the spring your skin needs to be exfoliated and deeply cleansed to counteract the dryness of winter. Summer skin needs to be protected from the increased exposure to UV rays while fall skin needs to be well exfoliated to remove the sun-damaged skin from the summer.

Poor diet

Even the best skincare routine can’t counteract the damaging effect of a bad diet. Whatever your dietary requirements you need to load up on the foods that will keep your skin well nourished, hydrated and healthy. Aside from drinking 1-2 liters of water every day you should load up on leafy greens (full of chlorophyll for well-oxygenated skin), carrots and sweet potatoes which are full of naturally anti-aging beta-carotene and nuts and seeds which are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids to help our skin to retain the moisture it needs to stay plump, firm and youthful.

Alcohol


If you lead an active social life, chances are that alcohol may play a part in your lifestyle. There are many, many reasons why alcohol should be enjoyed responsibly and as part of a healthy lifestyle. Aside from being detrimental to your general health, excessive alcohol intake can dry the skin and cause it to age prematurely. This goes for the alcohol in the products you apply to your skin as well as the alcohol you drink.  

Over washing

We all want to be clean and hygienic but how much is too much? Some of us are so preoccupied with cleanliness that we forget just what a delicate organ our skin is. Washing several times a day with harsh soaps can strip our skin of the oils it needs, dehydrating it and causing it to crack leaving it vulnerable to infection.


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Achieving the Hollywood Smile

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There’s so much more diversity in the media nowadays. Celebrities’ appearances vary dramatically. Yet there’s still one trend that reigns supreme: white and straight teeth, otherwise dubbed the “Hollywood smile”. The unfortunate aspect of this? Very few people are actually born with the genetics that will result in this specific look. What’s more? Those of us have the potential lack the specialist help and knowledge that will help them to maintain the appearance of their teeth until adulthood. But not to worry. In both cases, there are ways that you can still get your desired straight, pearly whites. Here’s how!

Visiting Your Dentist

We are all well aware that we should visit the dentist at least once a year. But why is this? Well, an annual visit will give your dentist the opportunity to examine the overall health of your gums, teeth, and the rest of the inside of your mouth. They will be able to spot signs of gum disease, cavities, decay, excessive wear, and (for those in their late teens and early twenties, in particular) issues regarding wisdom teeth. If you do need further treatment in this regard, you can be booked in, and the problems will be swiftly rectified rather than being left to develop.

Visiting Your Hygienist

Your hygienist will often practice in the same place as your dentist. But you will need to book a separate appointment with this individual. Again, this should take place around once every year. Your hygienist’s role is to conduct a thorough cleaning of your teeth, removing plaque and tartar build-up, and reaching parts of your teeth that you may struggle to reach yourself. They will often finish the appointment off with a professional polish, leaving your teeth as clean as possible!

Visiting Your Orthodontist

Once your teeth are healthy and clean, you can start considering their aesthetic appearance. The majority of us want our teeth to be as straight as possible, equally spaced without large gaps. If your teeth are falling short of this aim at the moment, it’s time to seek help from an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dental professional who specializes in irregularities of the teeth and jaw. A preliminary examination will allow them to examine your dental structure and propose treatments that will allow your teeth to slowly align over time. For more information on the options available to you, take a look at https://www.teamdemas.com//cheshire-orthodontist//.

Maintaining the Results of the Work Carried Out

Once you’ve visited all of these professionals and have achieved the look you’ve dreamed of, you have to remember to maintain the results! This means cleaning your teeth thoroughly and regularly with the help of specialist paste, interdental brushes, dental tape and floss, and mouth rinse. If you have been given retainers to wear at night for your newly aligned teeth, make sure to use them and to clean them properly after each use.

As you can see, gaining the perfect smile is by no means an easy feat and will entail the help of various professionals from the dental field. But it is definitely achievable! So start putting the work in now!


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Adding Personal Style to Your Space

  Does your home's decor reflect your personal style?  Many people find it difficult to marry their personal style with their living space. Perhaps you love a glam style but you have small children and don't feel it would be functional, or perhaps you have a modern minimalist style, but it doesn't fit with the pieces you already own.   Here are some easy ways to add a bit of personal style to your home.
Here is a room in our home before I added my own personal style.

Color

You see it on every home improvement television show, and read it in every home decor article; paint really is an easy way to change the look and feel of a room. Find an inspiration piece for your room that you really love; a pillow, a rug, curtains, a throw, or some other special piece. Take the inspiration piece to your local home improvement store and find a few paint chips that match well with it.  Take some time to mull it over by bringing the paint chips home and putting them on the floor of the room that will be painted to see which colors look best with your current flooring.  Narrow your choices down to your favorite two and purchase two sample containers. Paint two swatches on the walls of the room you will be painting. Paint sometimes translates differently from a paint chip to a wall depending on the artificial lighting in the room, as well as the natural lighting from windows.  Pick your favorite from you two samples and get to painting.  A word to the wise: if you are a person who likes to change your decor often; consider more neutral toned paint. This will make it easier to transition to different accessories as the seasons change. 


Lighting
Lighting is so often overlooked when it comes to giving a room personal style. Don't just consider lamps, but also consider the builder grade fixtures that are already in your home. For a few hundred bucks, you can change the entire look and feel of the room.  Take the time to research tips on lighting your space so that you can make the right choice with your purchase. 

Fabric
Curtains, pillows, rugs, throws, are all accent pieces that can be found readily, changed easily, and bring warmth, texture, and style to a room.  If your space is a little black dress, then the fabric accents in the room are the jewelry that will make the outfit POP!  
For a more customized look try the following tips:
Hang curtains higher than your window.
For a more high end curtain look, choose panels that are longer in length than standard sizes.
Choose accent pillows for your sofa that are minimum 20" in size. 
The bigger the rug, the better. Choose a rug that is large enough to tie your furniture grouping together.


Here is the room after using color, lighting, and fabric to add my personal style to the space. 


Just like your wardrobe, your home is an extention of your personal style.  Take some time to pick out color, lighting and fabric that creates the look and feel you want in your space.  


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