Expert Beauty Tips for Every Day

Trying to look your best can be demanding, as there are so many aspects to keep on top of, and while the internet is full of great advice, there are so many tips and ideas out there that it can be daunting and bewildering to try to work out which advice you should follow. 

The best beauty tips come from those who work in the beauty business and are those that you can rely on every day without being related to fashions or fads. To make a meaningful difference, think about how these hints, tips and philosophies can upgrade or boost your beauty routines.

Health and fitness 

The foundation of beauty is in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Put simply, if you consume healthy foods and look after your body, this will be reflected in your appearance. The key to healthy eating is not fad diets or calorie counting, but to moderate your intake, avoid excessive junk food and try to get a balance of grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables, along with healthy protein. Exercise doesn’t have to involve a gym, but can be something as simple as opting to walk instead of driving. 

Hydration fixation

Most of us don’t drink enough water, and this has a range of health impacts, from affecting concentration to headaches and digestive problems. Water also plays a huge role in your appearance. Water keeps your skin healthy and nourished, helping to give it a healthy glow, while lack of water can leave you looking pale and drawn. So, drink plenty of water throughout the day, as many as eight or nine glasses, to help maintain your natural beauty. 

The importance of vitamins

There are many chemicals necessary for healthy looking skin, but few are more important than vitamins. The best way to get your daily dose of vitamins is to ensure that you eat a variety of fruit and vegetables every day, although it isn’t always easy to ensure you get all the vitamins you need in the right amounts. That’s why a vitamin supplement can be helpful in making sure you get all the necessary vitamins for a healthy and beautiful body.  

Natural hair care

Having soft, silky hair is an important part of maintaining a beautiful look, but too often many of us treat our hair harshly, using strong chemicals such as colorants and a variety of shampoos and conditioners. As an alternative some people are switching to more natural hair care products. The Viabrance system is a well-known range of hair care products and Viabrance has become popular as it focuses on natural hair treatments. Other natural treatments include opting for natural shampoos, such as eggs, henna, clays or even lemon juice, all of which can bring out your hair’s natural beauty. 

Never skip exfoliation

Exfoliating is one of the most important parts of any beauty routine. Exfoliating just twice a week effectively removes dead skin cells, which helps to counter-act skin discoloration and uneven skin tones. It also helps to keep your skin soft and smooth, reducing wrinkles. Exfoliating also has the great advantage of clearing your pores, which controls acne and provides a smooth, even surface upon which to apply your make-up. 

Cleanse, tone, moisturize

When you’re in a hurry, it can be easy to skip the cleansing, toning and moisturizing stage of your routine, but that is a mistake. Cleansing, like exfoliating, helps clear your skin, while toning provides nutrients for your skin and moisturizer replaces lost moisture. Opt for products that work well with your skin without causing any irritation or reaction. 

Soft and subtle

Your day to day make-up should be soft and subtle, rather than brash and confident. Go for neutral, soft tones, and don’t overdo the color or bronzing. This will make it easier to vary your style in subtle ways whenever you feel like it, and when you do really go for it, for a night out, party or a social function, you will be able to make a big impact. 

Exfoliate your lips

Yes really! This is an easy beauty tip that many people overlook. It’s simple to do. Slice a lemon in half, sprinkle some sugar on the fruit and apply it in a circular motion to your lips. This will help to remove dry skin and you can then follow up with moisturizer or lip balm. 

It is easy to over-complicate your beauty regime. The keys to beauty are not to be found in the latest foundation or the newest eyeshadow tips. By focusing on the principles above you will be getting the basics right and helping your natural beauty to shine through. 

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Discovering London’s Hidden Treasures

London is without a doubt one of the most exciting cities in the world – but when you’re trying to enjoy its attractions it can feel overwhelming! The Natural History Museum at a weekend is full to capacity, and if you take a walk through Regent’s Park on a summer afternoon it can be difficult to find the perfect available picnic spot.

Today we’re taking a look at some of the hidden treasures of London, to help you discover the corners of the capital that are less well trodden and can belong to you!

Getting Outdoors

One of the great things about London is that it has so much open, green space. The parks in the middle of the city can get very crowded, especially in good weather, but if you look a little further afield, you’ll find parks, commons and gardens that are free to use and packed with beautiful flowers, trees and ponds where you can relax and soak up some of the sights and sounds of nature even in one of the world’s most populous cities.

Wandsworth Common, for example, is over 170 acres of public common land, with open grassy spaces, woodland, and ponds. It’s also much less busy than the more popular Clapham Common just up the road – so if you’re looking for a less travelled place to spend a sunny day, it’s a perfect hidden treasure for you.

Taking Care of Yourself

London life can be as stressful as it is exciting, so you need to know the places you can go to relax and restore yourself. If you’re in need of a moisturising facial then Skinsmiths’ Skin Clinic London locations offer a respite from the stress of city living. Finding some specialists to help counteract the effects of late nights and pollution on your skin can be the key to truly enjoying life in London, not just by making you look your best, but also putting you at the peak of your confidence.

Museums

One of the big attractions of this city is the cultural life it gives you access to: museums and galleries containing some of the world’s most extraordinary relics and artworks. Unfortunately, at peak times they can be so overwhelmingly crowded, it’s hard to appreciate the beauty that’s in front of you.

There are two London life hacks that can help you enjoy more art and archaeology! Firstly, you can look further afield. Smaller collections are often less busy than the Tate Britain or Victoria and Albert Museum: the Wallace Collection lies a few streets back from Oxford Street, and is one of a large number of smaller but nonetheless beautifully stocked galleries where you can escape the crowds and drink in some of the most awe-inspiring artworks from across the world and history.

The other secret treasure London offers that you need to discover are museum and gallery lates! Most of the major museums and art galleries in the city open late at least one night a week, with some of them simply offering more time to enjoy their collections and others offering talks, events, tours and refreshments. They are hidden treasures that add a whole extra dimension to the cultural life of London!

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Cologne vs Perfume: What is the Difference?

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Most people will discuss perfume as being a female scent and cologne being a male one. However, nothing could be further than the truth. In fact, both men and women can wear cologne or perfume. Why is this the case? Let’s take a look at the difference between them.

Just a Percentage

All scents are simply diluted versions of perfume oil. We could not use the actual perfume oil as our scent as it would be far too overpowering; even a single drop would go a very long way. Producing 100% perfume would also be ridiculously expensive. To drive costs down and make scents more affordable, perfumiers dilute the oils down to make a selection of concentrations which you have probably seen listed but may not have completely understood.

Perfume

Perfume, sometimes also called parfum, is the highest concentration of perfume you can find on the market. The percentage of perfume oil is between 15-40% and the scent ranges anywhere between 6-8 hours. This does, however also make it the most expensive and the rarest. Not every fragrance on the market will have a perfume option and it needs to be worn carefully if you do buy one.

Eau de Parfum

The most common description of women’s perfume is often eau de parfum. This usually has a concentration of 15-20% and lasts around 5-6 hours. It is one of the most readily available types of scent. If you are looking for a women’s fragrance which will last a serious length of time, the eau de parfum is one you want to check out.

Eau de Cologne

This is the concentration most often talked about when discussing fragrance for men. Coming in with a percentage of 2-4%, it only lasts about 2-3 hours on the skin and it is significantly cheaper than any of the others on this list. If you are buying an eau de cologne, it is extremely important that you don’t expect much longevity from it as this is not what it is designed for.

Who Can Wear What?

At the end of the day, the concentration of perfume in a scent is in no way tied to gender. If you are a woman who wants to wear eau de cologne then go ahead! Likewise, if you are a man who wants to wear a perfume, there is nothing to stop you from doing so. Investigate which styles of scent might be best for you and try it out on your skin.

The percentage of perfume is truly what makes or breaks the fragrance. You cannot expect something which is only 2% perfume oil to last all day; especially when there are things on the market which contain 40%. Likewise, you might think that the high concentrations of true perfume are too much for you and decide you want to opt for something lighter like the eau de parfum. Experimentation is absolutely key here. Do your research and have a look around the market to see what might suit you the most. You need to always fully trial a fragrance before you commit to buying it.

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Why Human Hair Wigs Are Best

If you are new to the world of wigs, and are choosing your very first hairpiece, then you may well be wondering which type of wig will suit you best.

There are many different types of wigs on the market, which can make choosing your first wig a difficult and overwhelming decision. The first choice you have to make is whether a synthetic wig or a human hair wig is the right choice for you. Whilst each kind of wig has its pros and cons, there are many more benefits of choosing a human hair wig; here are just some of them!

Human Hair Wigs Look More Natural

If you want your wig to blend naturally with your existing hair, or replicate your natural hair colour and texture, then a human hair wig should be your first choice. Wigs made from human hair are glossier, have more natural bounce and shine, and generally look and feel much more like natural hair than their synthetic equivalents (because that’s what they are!).

Because they look and behave just like your own hair, human hair wigs can also be styled and changed, just like you would with your natural hair.

Human Hair Wigs are Easier to Maintain

Whilst it is not recommended that you subject your human hair wigs to extensive heat styling, or style it at a high heat, for risk of damaging the delicate fibres, human hair wigs are much easier to maintain than synthetic ones. Human hair wigs behave in a very similar way to natural human hair, meaning they can be curled, brushed and styled with ease. Styling synthetic hair is more difficult, because any heat could melt or warp the structure of the synthetic fibres.

Human Hair Wigs Feel Fantastic

If you’re new to wearing a wig, have a sensitive scalp, or live in a particularly warm or humid environment then a human hair wig would be the best choice for you. This is because human hair wigs feel much better on the scalp: they are softer, come with different scalp options to fit the shape of your heat, and won’t itch or become too warm like a cheaper synthetic wig. Wearing a human wig can feel so light and natural, that it’s easy to forget you even have it on!

Human Hair Wigs  Last a Long Time

Let’s face it, a good wig can be expensive, and choosing to wear one is an important investment. Whilst the financial outlay of buying a human hair wig is slightly higher than that of a synthetic wig, if maintained properly then they can last a long time (more than a year in many cases) meaning that you won’t have to reinvest in a new wig so regularly.

 

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Hairstyle: Guide for Bridesmaids

Nearly every girl dreams of the day her prince charming will sweep her off her feet so that together, they can begin a real-life “happily ever after.” Perhaps, you too were that girl, and now the day that you’ve always dreamed of is closer than ever before. You’ve worked hard to reach this point, going through that wedding checklist. Venue, menu, invitations, guest list, and more are ready to go. Fashion, however, might take some extra effort—especially when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding hairstyles for bridesmaids. But fear not: read on to find out all that you need to know about choosing the styles that best suit each bridesmaid—and yourself!

Any Hair Length Looks Lovely

Bridesmaids, of course, are unique and come in many shapes and sizes. They may differ in hair length as well. If you want their styles to match, it’s ideal for them to all have roughly the same hair length. Extensions are always an idea, of course, but that could add to the cost of your professional stylist bill. If the bridesmaids do not showcase the same hairstyles, don’t worry! They will still appear in flawless harmony as they wear your wedding colors. Below is a helpful guide to find the right hairstyle for short, medium, or long hair.

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Short Hair

Contrary to popular belief, short hair pairs well with several styling options. A short bob with soft curls that curtain the chin makes for a bridesmaid style both classy and cute. This hair length allows for many other cute bridesmaid hairstyles. Bridesmaids with short hair can also wear wavy curls, tight curls (also cute!), or hair down with a side part that spells stunning! Short hairstyles are often simpler than those of medium- or long-length hair, but try adding accessories such as flowered pins. In short, the right style and accessories will help short hair look stellar! (To view more bridesmaid hair ideas for this length, please visit weddingforward.com).

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Medium Hair

Not too long, not too short—for many ladies, medium-length hair feels just right. It’s long enough to work with many styles without being cumbersome. For an elegant look, try a waterfall braid that flows into a perfect bun just above the shoulders. Half-and-half styles can look magical too, especially with waves or loose curls. Looking for an edgier medium-length look? Consider a messy updo, which features a blend of flowing strands, braids, and loose curls.

Bridesmaid Hairstyles for Long Hair

You already know: long length abounds in style possibilities. With long hair, curls and waves can appear incredibly glamorous—in fact, glam Hollywood waves are a great option at this length. Take long, flowing curls beyond typical by swooping all the hair to one side (especially gorgeous with oval-shaped faces), or adding hair accessories like a boho flower crown. Long hair also looks great in an elegant bun because the buns have enough hair for maximum body and fullness. This style is also quite elegant and easy to manage because it stays in place.

Top Five Factors to Consider

So now that we’ve explored every hair length, let’s talk about some critical factors to consider when choosing bridesmaid hairstyles.

Dress

The most important factor to consider is the dress. Much like the bride and groom, the dress and hairstyle must look good together! They must function well together. Bridesmaid updos work well if the dress has an ornate design along the back. Is the dress flowy and elegant? Loose, flowy waves or curls compliment such dresses perfectly.

Budget

Weddings are expensive—surprise! In addition to all the other expenses (like musicians, cake, and dresses to name a few), professional stylists also cost a pretty penny. If you want your bridesmaids to have matching hairstyles, then proper etiquette is to pay for their hairstyles. This could turn into a huge additional expense, but there is a way to take the same-style route without leaving your wallet starved: choose student stylists or those still training. Excellent students will produce excellent work. Expect to save about 75% in price!

Weather

This factor is especially important for outdoor weddings. On a bright, sunny day with low humidity, curls will dance along to wind’s song. On the other hand, extreme humidity will hastily hurl curls out of hair and paste the hair to sweaty backs. In general, hair-down styles work well if the weather is fair or better; updos work well in precipitation situations. The season is also important to think about. For a winter wedding, hair-down styles will help keep the body warmer. If it’s hot outside, updos could be helpful.

Face Shape

Round, oval, heart, square, or long? Identifying face shape makes choosing a hairstyle much easier. An oval face looks lovely with hair down and a part in the middle. A square face (prominent jaw bones), on the other hand, looks great in a low bun with hair around the face to help soften the chin edges.

Venue

Will the wedding take place outside in a flowery garden or inside a gorgeous cathedral? Consider the formality of the venue. Updos often appear more elegant and work well with churches and cathedrals, for example.

Which style or styles will you choose? The special day awaits, and you have the information you need—so print your guide and prepare to decide!

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Which 10 Celebrities Do Women Look up to For Their Fashion Style?

The fact that women look up to celebrities in terms of sense of fashion is no secret. However, UK retailer Bonmarche wanted to know specifically which women were the greatest style icons, particularly for their target demographic, which is the woman over 45. They have revealed that women like Meryl Streep, Joanna Lumley, Helen Mirren, and Jennifer Anniston all score very high in the top 10.

Women all over the world look at celebrities to develop their own sense of fashion style. All women want to look good, but they have their own definition of what looks good and what doesn’t. While a lot of research has been done on which celebrities younger women look up to, older age groups are often left by the wayside. This is something that UK fashion retailer Bonmarche wanted to change, as their clothing ranges are targeted specifically at women over 45.

To complete their study, Bonmarche surveyed a cross-section of women from all over the United Kingdom, all of whom were at least 45 years old, with an equal representation in the 45 to 54, 55 to 65, and 65 and over age group.

What they found for the 45 to 54 group was that the top 10 celebrity style icons were:

  1. Helen Mirren, who 19.2% of women were inspired by.
  2. Jennifer Anniston, who 16.3% of women were inspired by.
  3. Meryl Streep, who 14.5% of women were inspired by.
  4. Joanna Lumley, who 13.5% of women were inspired by.
  5. Nicole Kidman, who 10.3% of women were inspired by.
  6. Elle McPherson, who 10% of women were inspired by.
  7. Julie Walters, who 8.1% of women were inspired by.
  8. Jane McDonald, who 5.9% of women were inspired by.
  9. Salma Hayek, who 5.4% of women were inspired by.
  10. Ruth Langsford, who 4.8% of women were inspired by.

What the research also showed was that women in this age category loved Helen Mirren for her sophistication, and Jennifer Anniston for her golden tan, shiny hair, and healthy living commitment. There were no differences between geographical regions.

In the next age category, the 55s to 64s, 20% of women preferred Helen Mirren as their style icon, followed by Jennifer Anniston in 15.5% of cases. Meryl Streep and Joanna Lumley both kept the same position. Again, there was no difference between the geographical locations.

Meanwhile, in the over 65s, there were some significant changes. Helen Mirren took on a firm first place in 28.4% of cases, and Jennifer Anniston dropped all the way down to fourth. However, geographical location made a massive difference here, as women over 65 in Scotland believed Jennifer Anniston to be the top celebrity fashion icon, cited by 27.8% of women.

Bonmarche’s online marketing manager explains: “As women grow older, their tastes and influences change, but one thing remains constant: a desire to look great”.

The results of this study are giving Bonmarche the opportunity to ensure their clothing collection is relevant to their audience. Because the same four women were named across all ages and geographical locations, they will ensure that the ranges they carry emulate their style as much as possible. Furthermore, Bonmarche was happy to see that women over 45 were not just interested in what someone wears, but also in how she carries herself and lives her life. Jennifer Anniston, for instance, has a very simple clothing style, but she has beautiful skin and hair, something she credits to her healthy eating habits. Clearly, once women reach a certain age, they want to not just look good on the outside, but feel good on the inside as well.

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6 Easy Steps For The Perfect, Glowing Face Makeup

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Healthy, dewy, even skin – although we wish we only had good-skin days, sometimes we all have to fight the symptoms of a long night or a stressful week and create a glowing makeup look that can hide the signs of exhaustion. Luckily, there are numerous amazing and super easy techniques that can do miracles to the skin, but it can be difficult to find our ways in the endless maze of makeup products. To help you out, we collected the six most important steps of creating a flawless, even face makeup!

Before you start…

Ensure your skin is prepared and ready for all the layers of makeup. Regardless of the quality of your foundation and brushes, foundation and concealer can easily cake up and look unnatural if your skin is not clean and moisturized beforehand. Gently cleanse your face, take off all the excess makeup and use a light, water-based moisturizing cream 10-15 minutes before applying primer and foundation, this way, you will leave enough time for your skin to absorb the hydrating cream and get ready.

  1. Prime & Moisturize

After your regular skincare regiment, continue prepping with a correctional primer. Besides making the makeup stay in place all day, the right primer for your skin can also help you achieve a flawless base and help your skin stay healthy. To find the one that works the best with your skin, take a minute to observe your skin type. If your skin tends to be dull and have dry patches on the cheeks and temple, search for a hydrating primer with a dewy effect, but if you would like to fight your oily, problematic skin and cancel out the shine, go for a balm textures primer with a matte effect. Make sure you always apply a layer before continuing with foundation or any makeup product. Not a big fan of primers? No problem! Help your skin out with a gel textured moisturizer or a refreshing, cucumber or rosewater toner.

Pro tip: Primer waters can be the perfect option for you if you are looking for something super light!

  1. Conceal & Colour Correct

Cancel out any discolouration and make your skin tone look even and with the help of colour correcting. Grab your concealer pens and use green for redness, orange and salmon for purple under eye areas and dark acne scars and purple for dullness. Don’t worry, you don’t have to apply every shade all at once to cancel out everything. Instead of going overbroad, focus on the one or two main discolouration problems and don’t forget to blend everything out precisely with a soft brush. If you are lacking a few of these concealer colours, a matte, cream or liquid eyeshadow will do the job perfectly.

Pro tip: Never apply too much concealer – a little amount will do the job and it will be way easier to blend things out.

  1. Cover Your Canvas

Now that your skin has been prepared, it’s time for the foundation. Just like the primer, it might take time and experimenting to find the right one for you. Before investing in a foundation, consider 3 aspects: its texture, coverage and shade.

While people with dry skin might want to say goodbye to powder foundations, women with oily and problematic skin should try out a light, gel or mousse texture. For everyday wear, our team recommends trying out a light to medium coverage ones, and to find the perfect shade, take time to find out your skin undertone. If you have really light, porcelain-like skin, cool undertone foundations will work the best, and if you belong to the group of girls with more orange and deep-toned skins, your dream foundation will be a warm under-toned one.

Pro Tip: If one layer is not enough, gently go over your skin with the remaining product on your blender or brush to ensure a fuller coverage. For night outs, you might want to double the layer of a light-coverage foundation, but always check the result in natural light before going out.

  1. Halo Highlight

The term “halo highlight” might sound familiar from hair salons, but after the popular balayage technique, halo highlighting has become the new favourite makeup trend of various makeup artists. While different highlighting techniques can be too complicated and overwhelming, following halo highlight will help you easily apply highlighter to the right places. The aim of the halo way is to emphasize the places where the light would naturally hit the face, creating a glowing, yet still natural effect. Grab a liquid highlighting pen or a cream highlight, and gently go the top and bridge of the nose, cheekbones, brow bones, temple and cupid bows to get the glowing halo effect.

Pro tip: For special occasions, add a cream highlighter or a shimmery body lotion to your collarbones as well!

  1. Rosy Cheeks

After adding the highlighter, it’s time to frame the face and give it more definition with the help of a blush and a bronzer. A light, pinky peach shade is perfect for the casual, busy every days, because although it is such a subtle shade, it still gives the skin that rosy cheek effect. After applying the blush to the apples of your cheeks, grab a warm toned, matte bronze and pat it through your cheeks with a big, angled brush. The bronzer with the blush will bring out the natural characteristics of your face and will emphasize the glow of the highlighted areas even more.

Pro tip: Don’t be afraid to use a hint of shimmer in your blush or bronzer, but try to always include at least a matte shade.

  1. Lock It In

Even, healthy, dewy skin – now that everything is finished, the last step is to fix your makeup so it will stay there all day and all night. For this, use a makeup setting spray (a refreshing spray for lighter days and a heavy-duty locking spray for night outs and super warm  days), but if you want to get a bit of an extra coverage, apply a powder on top of your liquids (such as a powder highlighter on top of your liquid one). Mixed with the setting spray at the end, this technique will beautifully blend and emphasize every little part of your makeup.  For those luscious lips, you could choose to go with a pop of colour, or a more natural look with a gloss or stain.  To complement your makeup ensemble, you could opt to add that extra sparkle by whitening your teeth , a look that never goes out of style.

Pro tip: Looks too much at the end? Makeup is all about experimenting – if you are not satisfied with the final look and you have a cakey feeling on your face, brush the excess of with a huge powder blush.

 

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Lingerie Shopping Tips – The Ultimate Revelation

Choosing the right and perfect lingerie is important as it defines your character, taste and your attitude. For women, lingerie is their ultimate love and passion, a new way to discover their sensuality. These days, there is a lot of trendy collections coming up in lingerie that suits for every body type. Lingerie is known to recreate the magic of love between couples, as it spices up the love life. Your partner might be having so much of expectations on how you look and what you wear, so choosing the best lingerie is really important. Women spend a complete day wearing them and sometimes it even hurts. Now, choosing the desired ones is difficult as you might be neglecting the basic rules on how to choose the perfect ones for yourself. So, here are some tips to consider before you spend the entire day on your lingerie shopping.

Know your body shape

Always go for lingerie that goes with your body shape. You might be having pear shape or hourglass or apple or anything, so evaluate the body shape properly. Petite or busty, plus-sized or lean or muscular, there are so many things to be considered. Also, check for the lingerie which highlights your assets.

Choose the right size

Now that you got to know the shape of your body, it’s time to figure out the perfect size of yours. Some women have mastered the trick of picking up the right lingerie without any hassles but there is over 60 percent of women who wears the wrong size. Pick the ones which look good and always go for trials until you find the perfect one. There might be body weight deviations and also the size differs based on brands, so going for trial is a must. A perfect bra should make you feel comfortable and it should fit properly. For the perfect underwear, always go for the ones that fit firmly, but again isn’t too tight.

Keep budget in mind

Lingerie is not always budget-friendly, the higher you invest the better you get. But there are many affordable pieces which look great and are also light on the pocket, so always check for the ones in your range. You can even shop online from sites like Jabong. It has an entire range of lingerie like bras, panties, sets, shapewear, nightwear, swimwear and beachwear and much more at very affordable prices. Also, there are lots of Zivame Bra Sale available to make lingerie shopping much affordable.

Lots of options to choose for

Women always have a love/hate relationship with their lingerie. But if they find the perfect ones, they will instantly fall in love with it. It is always advisable to avoid a wardrobe malfunction and make your outer clothes look great by skipping the wrong pair of lingerie. There are different bras like pushups, full support, garter belt, camisoles, corsets, bustiers, negligees and so on. Also, there are different types of panties like boy shorts, classic briefs, hipsters, thongs, G-string, the seamless ones and much more.

Check for the quality and comfort

It is very important to choose the lingerie which is of good quality. It is always better to choose breathable fabric. Go for cotton and high-quality silk or satin which are comfortable and soft. So, spending few extra bucks considering the quality of the lingerie will be worth it.

Here are few tips to remember before you go for lingerie shopping. Stay calm and stay confident.

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Swathi is a content writer passionate about food, fashion and music. She loves sharing her knowledge through blogging and yes she loves dancing too.

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5 Tips to Maintain Your Beard

Beards of all shapes and sizes have become a popular look for men. If you love the sound of a beardy style, you don’t need to sweat – beard grooming has never been easier and more fun. To ensure your beard doesn’t end up looking like an out of hand forest bush, keep these 5 beard maintenance tips in mind.

 1. Learn about your skin

Admittedly, your beard is going to take centre stage and amaze people with its luscious looks. But while the beard follicles will need to look the part and maintain a good composure, it all starts with the skin underneath. You must understand what kind of skin type you are dealing with in order to keep good care of it and to guarantee you don’t need to shave because the skin starts acting up.

So, find out what’s your skin type by visiting your barber or the local beauty store. Then you need to find the right moisturiser to support the skin. If you want to be clever, then just pick up some coconut oil from Holland & Barrett. It might sound weird, but the stuff is good for moisturising your skin.

2. Trim the right way

There are a few important things to know about trimming. First, if you’ve just started growing a beard you need to stay patient. You should never trim or style it in the first six weeks (if you are going for the full look). Trimming at this stage will make it trickier to find the right style and understand how fast and in which patterns your beard grows.

Once you’ve managed to grow a full beard, you should find the right cut based on your face shape. Birchbox has a great chart for understanding which cut fits what kind of shape the best. For instance, a round face looks better with a longer bottom and shorter side.

Once you have the beard and the right cut, learn to trim it at the right times. You want to groom it when it’s on the borderline of looking just right, but leaning on the overgrowth. What is the key to a good trim? A proper trimmer and the ability to use it. Throw away your old trimmers and scissors, and get quality products from specialist retailers like Shavers. With savings of up to 33% off shavers.co.uk, you don’t even need to worry about going over the budget with this one.

 3. Create a regular washing regime and stick to it

When you start growing it, you are going to encounter some itchiness. This is inevitable, but you will get over it with a few tricks. First, you need to create a regular washing and grooming regime and secondly, you need to stick with it.

Purchase a proper cleanser for beards and use it several times a week to properly scrub the beard. Make sure you wash away the soap with enough water (warm, but not hot). When drying the skin, just pat it as too much scrubbing can create more friction. Moisturise the skin properly with the coconut oil or any other chosen beard oil.

 4. Don’t just wash, but brush

Washing is not enough to keep your beard in good condition. You also need to regularly brush it. This is a great way of removing excess skin and dirt, but it also helps the hairs to grow in the right direction. So, if you have trouble taming it, the brushing will definitely help!

You can use any comb you want, but there are also special beard brushes available. If you want, these might be worth the cost. The Kent Brush line is especially good, but don’t feel like you need a specialist comb to do the job. You should brush the beard once a day – right after a wash and dry might be a good idea.

5. Fuel your beard with the right diet

It might seem like a cliché, but you truly are what you eat and this also applies to your beard. If you want to boost growth and to ensure your beard looks shiny and healthy, you need to be eating the right foods. Your beard is made from protein and fat, with tons of different nutrients supporting its function. By adding these foods to your diet, you’ll end up creating the beard of your dreams.

So, what should you eat for a strong and shiny beard? Add vitamins B5, B3, and B9 to your diet, along with protein and fats. This means eating eggs, drinking milk, and adding those leafy greens on the plate for once.

Growing a beard worthy of accolades will take time. But with the help of modern grooming products, even the most stubborn of beards can be tamed. Just add the above five tips to your repertoire and you’ll get a great beard!

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How to Spend Less on Your Children’s Wardrobe

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It is very easy nowadays to find affordable kids clothing brands. The majority of those are mass-produced and available in online stores, supermarkets, and retail stores. However, as available and affordable as these are, parents sometimes do feel under pressure to make sure their children look fantastic, wearing designer labels. Their kids, generally, don’t care as much about this, but parents do not want to lose face in front of other parents. The sad part about this, however, is that parents simply cannot afford the labels they would like, in the quantity the need. Luckily, there are a couple of ways to make sure your kids look amazing without landing yourself in debt.

  1. Resell Anything You Bought New

Kids grow out of their clothes very quickly. If you ever gave in and bought a true designer label, like Burberry Kids or other such brands, it is likely that by the time your child outgrows them, they will still be in excellent condition. Don’t throw or give them away, but sell them so that you have some money to buy something new.

  1. Shop Secondhand

It stands to reason that, if you will sell your old designer clothes that your child has outgrown, other people will do the same thing. And since you can see that the clothes you want to sell are still in excellent condition, you can safely assume that other people’s clothes are the same. The thing about real designer labels is that they are of excellent quality, and you won’t be able to tell that they have been worn by someone else before you. Naturally, the previous owner will have had to look after things properly, followed the washing instructions, and so on. But you can check this before you buy or, if you buy online, you can return items if they are not in the expected condition.

  1. Swap with Other People

Don’t be embarrassed about asking other people who you know who also have children to swap with you. You could even create a little clothing bank. If you were to invest in really expensive designer labels, you will find that those clothes stand out from the crowd, so you won’t be able to let your child wear them often, or people will start to think they only have one outfit! But if you swap with parents, it could mean that each of you only has to buy a single designer outfit, yet all of your kids can look unique regularly.

  1. Shop for the Right Designer

Does your child really have to wear Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, or Prada? Or will they be perfectly happy, and perhaps even cuter and cooler, in designer brands that focus specifically on children? These clothes tend to be a whole lot more affordable. Plus, they are made with kids in mind, which means materials will be slightly strong at certain pressure points (like the knees!). This is perhaps the best tip of all, as it means shopping affordably, but for high quality.

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