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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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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7 Inspirational Beauty Vloggers to Model Your YouTube Channel On

Michelle Phan is one of many Inspirational Beauty Vloggers you should emulate
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If you are a new to the vlogging scene, there’s so much to look forward to. Sharing your passion with the world is such an exciting endeavour, you never know where it will take you to next.

Being a beauty vlogger is one of those activities that require adequate preparation and if video editing is not your thing, don’t worry, there are many user-friendly apps that make it easy. Still unsure of how to go about your YouTube videos? Here are some inspirational beauty vloggers to benchmark your videos on.

  1. Estee Lalonde

The UK-based Estee is one of the internet’s beloved vloggers in the beauty scene. She’s best known for her friendly, girl-next-door online personality. She has a great resource for beauty reviews, and covers everything from dieting to interior design. You can pick a thing or two from Lalonde’s style diversity.

  1. Michelle Phan

Michelle began beauty vlogging in 2007, and has since gained millions of followers for her YouTube channel. Her videos are enhanced with colourful costumes and themes which give them a lovely look. Learn Michelle’s colour style and adapt them to your videos for effect.

  1. Nitraa B

Nitraa B’s videos stand out for their perfect combination of fun and information. She coined the term “purple glitter smokey eye” and it’s a hit among many millennials. Come up with your own distinctive names for makeup style and people with associate them with you.

  1. Samantha and Nic Chapman/Pixiwoo

These sisters are the talent behind Pixiwoo. Their specialty is recreating celebrity makeup looks. So, if you liked how Katy Perry looked at the last VMA awards, chances are Sam and Nic can show you how to recreate it. You don’t have to copy exactly, but you can borrow a page from their creativity and incorporate into your style. Their basics videos are great for newbies.

  1. Lisa Eldridge

This London-based makeup artiste has a celebrity client list as long as my arm. With the likes of Kate Winslet, Keira Knightly and Emma Watson in her portfolio, her vlogs are a go-to for professional makeup. She is also the creative director for British cosmetics brand No.7. Her makeup tutorials embody professionalism and elegance. Look up her “Ultimate Guide to Red Lips” video.

  1. Kandee Johnson

Kandee has such as big personality and throws it into her tutorials. People love to learn with fun and Kandee doesn’t disappoint. You don’t have to be a comedian, make your video interactive and viewers will be endeared. One of my favourite Kandee videos is “How to Do Pin-Up Girl Make-Up.”

  1. Felicia Walker Benson

Felicia does a lot in the beauty tutorial scene for people of colour, and her products are a favourite any day. If you plan to launch your product line someday, Felicia is a great resource for inspiration.

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Is a Breast Augmentation Procedure on Your 2016 Schedule?

Does a Breast Augmentation Procedure make sense for you? ... photo by CC user 27735730@N00 on Flickr

Deciding on whether or not to move forward with breast augmentation can be a tricky decision for millions of women.

On the one hand, countless women see such a procedure as helping them restore some of their outer beauty, along with even improving their self-esteem to a degree. On the other hand, opting for breast augmentation can feel a little overwhelming (even risky to some women), not to mention the financial costs that come with it.

So, where does that leave you if you’ve been contemplating having breast augmentation in the near future or later down the road?

Know the Facts Before Making the Decision

To start with, women across the country should make sure they gather as much information as possible about a Utah breast augmentation or wherever they might reside.

Unlike some other surgeries which are relatively quick and easy, breast augmentation is more involved, though millions of women do it on a regular basis.

Just like you would want all the facts (positives and any potential negative ones) on lap band surgery, knee or hip replacement surgery, even the aforementioned breast surgery, look at the following questions:

  • How do I stand to better myself by having breast augmentation surgery?
  • What are the potential medical risks from such a procedure, both now and down the road?
  • Is this something that I can afford right now (check to make sure your chosen surgeon has no hidden costs) or should I spend the money elsewhere?
  • How much time will I need to recover from the procedure and are there any long-term ill effects?
  • Can I expect to notice a difference in the shape of my breasts soon after the procedure or will this take a number of months?
  • Will this be a one-and-done procedure? Can I expect to go back for more than one breast surgery procedure during the remainder of my life?

Lifestyle Changes

Once you have the surgery, what potential lifestyle changes can you expect?

First, look at the possibility of becoming pregnant down the road after a breast augmentation.

It isn’t uncommon for many women to wonder how their bodies will change with one or more pregnancies in their near or distant future.

If you’ve had breast implants and decide to become pregnant not too far in the future, will the shape of your breasts change due to carrying and delivering a baby?

According to various medical experts, most women can expect their “new” breasts to stay relatively the same shape (they will in most cases though enlarge as normal) during a pregnancy. If a child is in your near future plans, it is typically thought of as best to wait until after childbirth to have a breast augmentation procedure.

Another area where lifestyle changes take effect with breast implants is when it comes to relationships.

It is not unheard of for a boyfriend or husband to pay for breast implants for his significant other, with parents sometimes even doing it for their daughters.

On the first option, the subject of breast augmentation surgery being discussed by couples is certainly not a surprise. While some men may push their wife or girlfriend towards such a procedure, the woman is ultimately the one who must decide if it is best for her physical and emotional well-being.

While having the procedure can certainly change a relationship to a degree, both parties need to be on the same page as to why the surgery is being considered and how it will impact the woman.

When it comes to parents wanting to fund a daughter’s breast implant surgery, a couple of factors come into play. They are:

  • Do it for the right reasons – When a parent or parents opt to buy their daughter breast implants, it must be done for the right reasons. With more female teens getting the procedure these days, keep in mind that young women in that age range have a lot to deal with already (both physically and emotionally). Giving breast implants as a graduation or birthday gift etc. must be in the best interests of young women, not because older adults think their daughter or loved one will look better with them;
  • Explain the procedure – While countless breast implant procedures are done on a daily basis nationwide, it is important that both parents and their daughters understand all surgeries come with some risks. Make sure all risk are clearly explained, along with noting that a young woman’s life will likely change with such surgery on a number of fronts. If there are any hesitations for either parent or teen, take more time to think the procedure through.

 

Whether an adult woman or a teen looking at breast augmentation, get the facts and find a surgeon who you can feel 100 percent comfortable with before opting for what many women is a life-changing decision.

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Easy Style Tips for The Common Man

Style tips for common man

We all wish we could look like James Bond but let’s be honest. Most of us cannot afford to drop a yearly salary on a suit. Do not fear, just because you aren’t David Beckham or 007, doesn’t mean you can’t look good. Here are some easy style tips for the common man on a budget.

Shop Smart
The pitfalls of most common man’s wardrobe isn’t the lack of money or variety, it is the lack of thought. Try and think of the last 4 times you went out. What shirt did you wear? What pants? What shoes? Why did you wear this outfit? If the answer is “it was clean,” “it was the closest,” or “I don’t know;” you are doing it wrong. If you want to look good, you need to put a little effort into it. This goes for dressing and buying. Your wardrobe should consist of clothes you picked for a reason, not t-shirts you’ve collected from various 5ks and pub crawls. So make sure you are making conscience choices when shopping and when dressing.

Buy a Suit
Style tips for common man

Even if you don’t work in an environment that requires a suit, you should have one good suit. There will likely be several occasions each year that you have been “getting by” in jeans and and a wrinkly dress shirt. Instead of doing the bare minimum at the next wedding or funeral, wouldn’t you rather have a sharp suit hanging in your closet and ready to go. If you invest in one good suit you will not regret. Going out to dinner with your girlfriend, impress her and put on your suit, see the look on her face. There are very few situations were you will regret wearing a suit and also don’t forgot it versatility. You can easily wear only the suit jacket or the only the suit pants to class up any ordinary outfit. So make the investment and have a suit tailored to you, as long as you choose a flexible style it will last you for years.

Good Shoes
“The Shoes Make the Man” or so they say. There is definitely truth in this idiom. Any stylish man will have a closet with at least half a dozen pairs of shoes. It is important to know what shoes go when. You shouldn’t be wearing the same pair of shoes to the gym that you do out to dinner. Under no circumstances are you wearing your dancing shoes to work.  Shoes can also make the outfit, if you want to make your suit more casual, rock a pair of classic tennis shoes. If you want to make your jeans classier, put on some leather wingtips.  Remember you can never have too many shoes.

I hope these easy style tips for common man inspired you to go out of you comfort zone and make some simple choices to up your style game. This small suggestions can pay off in a major way.

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