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  1. Face Masks: Learning To Love Your Look
  2. Be Proud Of Your Curves
  3. Little Fashion Problems For Little Fashionable Ladies
  4. The Essential Items Every Fashionista Needs In Her Fall/Winter Wardrobe
  5. Natural Ways You Can Enjoy Your Favorite Things
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Face Masks: Learning To Love Your Look

When you look at your face in the mirror, what is the first thing you see? Is it your eyes, sparkling back at you? Or maybe it’s your nose, the bridge of your face? Or maybe it’s the fact that you’re not smiling, because you’re looking at yourself in a critical viewpoint that you shouldn’t be. Whatever it is you notice about yourself, it’s time to change the way you see them.

 

When we really think about it, being proud of your appearance can take some effort. There’s a lot of thinking that goes into perfecting a style, whether they be positive or negative thought trains, and that means a lot of planning and preparation is taken in order to mask our faces from the world. This can make us feel better, or worse, but the thing is, we should only be proud of the art we can accomplish because of this. So here’s a few hints at how you can learn to love your look.

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Using Makeup as A Face Mask

 

We can think of our faces as a canvas, and that means we’re immediately doing ourselves a disservice. Remember you have features, and they’re called features for a reason as they make you you. Trying to cover them up, or mask them, can be a little trick we learn after years of painting on our daily makeup.

 

However, you can use makeup both lightly and heavily, and it’s a mix between these two that is going to give you the best impact. When you have a ‘no makeup’ makeup look for the workplace, or at college when you have the time or energy to do so, you can really amp up your face when it comes to parties or big hosting events. It’s time to break out the sparkly eyeshadow and get that contour on point!

 

When someone sees you outside of your usual look, they’ll be impressed by everything you have to show. Plus, it gives you a nifty little confidence boost whenever someone has that ‘wow’ expression, or compliments you on the dress or the smoky eye you’ve been practicing specifically for tonight. Trust me, you’ll be getting a lot of those!

 

Smile for Yourself to Break a Mask

 

Being asked, or told, to smile by other people can get very annoying. In a kind of reaction towards this, whether it be from a stranger on the street or your own boss, we take to not smiling. So we need to remember to smile for ourselves when we get home.

 

As demonstrated by https://www.psychologytoday.com/, smiling is a little magic trick that is an instant pick me up. Smiling releases endorphins, and that makes us happier. Even just trying to fake a smile sends our brains the right signals. If you need some happy feelings stat, put on something funny, or listen to some music, and laugh and smile at them! It’s a good use of your time, and it’s some pretty good self care at the end of the day.

 

Use an Actual Face Mask

 

So there’s been a big use of metaphor so far in this post, but it’s been for a good reason! When we think of a face we show to the world, it is a bit of a mask, so emphasising that can help us break free from it.

 

However, using an actual face mask can work wonders for our skin. There’s been a lot of debate over whether or not a face mask can actually help you in a routine, but they’re not going to hurt you if you do use them. So you can give yourself more a healthy glow by painting on a clay mask about twice a week, and then gently wash it away before it starts cracking. If you let it sit for too long it can actually remove the essential oils and make your skin drier.

 

A lot of the time people don’t get the results they want from an actual face mask, and that might be for a variety of reasons. However, give yourself a quick wash before hand, and exfoliate to get those pores nice and open for the mask to penetrate deeper into your skin. After that, face masks are suited to any type of skin, so you can just pop any type on!

 

Targeting ‘Problem’ Areas

 

When we think of ourselves as having ‘problem areas,’ we’re not going to do ourselves any favours. However, it’s hard to get out of this mindset; so this isn’t really much of a mask problem, but it can be considered something we do because we don’t like our natural skin’s appearance. However, there’s a bit of a causal effect there, as taking cosmetic steps towards self acceptance can help us to be more confident about ourselves!

 

If it’s something you’ve thought through, and know would make you feel a whole world of good, there’s no harm in going for it. If you have some dark spots on your skin that you’re constantly trying to cover up, you can go in for some removal with services such as http://www.dore.sg/face-whitening/. It makes a morning routine easier, and it can make loving yourself easier.

 

Don’t think of it as becoming the mask, or feel bad because you can’t face yourself without thinking ‘that’s a bad area of my face,’ as this can double the guilt and make us feel even worse on our road to self acceptance!

 

Self love is complex, and can be extremely tricky to get right. There’s so many ways you can do it however, whether it be faking it until you make it, or throwing on a good coat and strutting your way down a sidewalk. Either way, there’s a lot of ways to do yourself a little favour every now and then when it comes to looking in a mirror, so nurture some good habits for a more self esteem to do and wear what you want.

    

Be Proud Of Your Curves

 

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The media is constantly telling us how to look, what to wear, and want isn’t acceptable. But what people fail to remember is that no one is the same. All those slim, toned and bronzed celebs you see in magazines are, for starters, photoshopped. And they spend a lot of time and money to have their bodies look this way. Look at the Kardashians; each of them has had cosmetic surgery at least ten times.

 

And when you look at strong celebs like Zoe Saldana and Gal Gadot – they have pushed themselves and spent many hours (and a lot of money) with personal trainers to get the body they have in the films. Hollywood gives us an unfair view on our bodies – look at how much Christ Pratt has had to change to become Star-Lord, and how much he hates it.

 

It’s now time for you to love who you are – curves and all. Look at the golden age of Hollywood when Marilyn Monroe, a size 14-16, was the pinnacle of beauty. You are who you are, and no one can tell you that’s wrong.

 

Dress for your size and body shape. There are so many options out there for you to explore, and clothing lines specifically designed for the larger woman. You can also adapt some smaller sized clothes – use a waist extender on trousers, or learn how to let out seams on clothes. You should also think about what part of you to accentuate – curvy girls benefit from being larger in all the right places – so don’t hide it. We’re not saying to always go for the more exposing option, but don’t be worried about wearing something tailored and fitted.

 

While you’re out shopping, don’t let yourself dwell on the things you can’t fit into, and focus on what you can. No style is out of the question – you want to dress boho? You dress boho, and you’ll slay while doing it. Yes, there are some cuts that won’t be flattering on your body, but everyone has that issue no matter their size. Because everyone is different and don’t come in a set size.

 

When it comes to hair, you might find that playing with volume and curls really flatters you – it will frame your face perfectly and will show you pride at being big and beautiful.

 

Obviously, we want you to live a happy and healthy life, and being big does not mean that you can’t be healthy. A horrible misconception about larger people is that they do nothing and eat rubbish. The truth is that you can be just as active as eat just as healthily and still be curvy. There are some amazing and inspiring curvy women out there who win at yoga, who dominate the gym, and who dance ten times better than anyone else – all defying expectations and proving that you should be proud of your curves.

 

    

Little Fashion Problems For Little Fashionable Ladies

Shorter ladies are cuter ladies. There’s no denying there are plenty of benefits to being on the more petite side. However, there are also the drawbacks. Top shelves are an issue. But more of a problem is looking trendy without looking like you’re half your age. Getting asked for ID only remains flattering for so long. So, what do you do to solve the problem and look like the full-grown woman you are?

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Celebrate your shape

You’re a grown woman, so why not show it off a little? This doesn’t mean you have to always go for the more exposing option, but fitting your clothing to your figure can immediately make you look a lot more womanly. As Live About shows, there are plenty of different body shapes even for the smaller woman. A good tip, in general, however, is to always cinch above the waist. Beyond emphasizing some of your feminine aspects, it has the added benefit of adding a little more length to your legs.

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A little class goes a long way

Most women fight to dress in a way that makes them look younger, whereas you might very well have the opposite problem. Nothing shows maturity like a touch of class. For this reason, unless you want to look cute and current, it’s worth avoiding the graphic tee. A great accessory can add a lot of sophistication, too. The right eyewear, in particular, a good pair of shades, can make a big difference. A bold statement with a fragrant perfume that isn’t too saccharine can immediately add the air of a woman who knows what she’s all about, too.

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Shoes make a big, big difference

Opting for the kids’ sizes can definitely help you find clothes that fit you perfectly. While it might sting the pride, it’s an option worth considering. Except when it comes to footwear. Sure, a pair of kids’ size sneakers is fine for when you’re not too fussy about appearing like the classy lady like you are. However, when it comes to more mature flats and the godsend that is the height-adding heel, then it’s worth looking at designers particularly for the more petite lady like Pretty Small Shoes. Otherwise, it can be difficult finding the fancy footwear to complete your look.

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Don’t overdo it

You might want to look more mature to offset your natural tininess, but if that’s all you focus on, you risk over-egging the pudding and coming off as old-fashioned, instead. Again, the fit is the big issue. If you forego tailoring on all your clothes and choose only loose, baggy materials, you risk looking more conservative, and thus much older. Similarly, putting in a little too much work on the face, especially making your eyebrows too thin, can add a severe, aged profile.

Being short comes with its challenges. Some of them can be solved with a footstool. Otherwise, looking like a glamorous, sexy lady should definitely not be one of them. The tips above are going to solve that particular conundrum for you.

 

    

The Essential Items Every Fashionista Needs In Her Fall/Winter Wardrobe

Fashion might change with the season, but style is forever. Being able to piece together a show-stopping look is an art – one that’s made easier by having a few fashion staples in your wardrobe. The fall/winter season is a great one for fashion, with the chance to play with different accessories to create timeless, enviable looks. To make sure you always step out the door in style, here are some of the essential pieces every fashionista should have in her fall/winter wardrobe.

 

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The over-the-knee boot

The over-the-knee boot (or the thigh-high if you dare), is one of those looks that has stood the test of time, with many cool ways to wear the trend. Perfect with a sweater dress for cozy daytime chic or paired with a sexy black dress for cocktail hour – your over-the-knee boots will make your look. Choose a classic color like black or tan for an item you can pull on time and time again whenever you want an instant style injection.

The leather jacket

You don’t have to be a biker chick to wear a leather jacket well. As one item that will improve as it ages, your leather jacket will continue to look good year after year. Investing in a high-quality leather jacket from retailers like Evans Furs and Leathers will ensure you get a well-made garment and expert advice on care. A cool way to funk-up a pretty dress or complete an off-duty casual style, your leather jacket will be a reliable addition during the fall and winter months.

The perfect chunky knit

As it gets darker and colder outside, you’re likely to want to wrap up warm and be cozy wherever you are. A chunky knit adds instant comfort to your look but is also a major style favorite of fashionistas everywhere. Opt for oversized styles that can be worn alone, with jeans or to lounge around the house in multiple colors to match with your wardrobe. It sometimes pays to search the men’s section for the best styles that achieve the same on-trend look without the price tag that some women’s brands might charge.

A cross-body bag

What’s the one item a fashion blogger can’t live without? The cross-body bag. Perfect for completing an outfit, a cross-body bag or satchel is a timeless classic that is worth the investment you pay for it. If you choose to invest in a designer bag, the cross-body is one of the most versatile styles you can own that you can call on time and time again to create a great look. Worn with your off-duty style or with your favorite party dress, the cross-body is ideal for winter and will keep your hands free for those warming pumpkin-spiced lattes.

 

While every season brings with it a whole new set of trends, there are some things that will never go out of style. Investing in some staple items for your fall/winter wardrobe means you’ll always have reliable pieces that can make trends easier to pull off while keeping your basics looking polished. Build your essential fall/winter wardrobe with these great fashion essentials and get ready for your most stylish season yet.

 

    

Natural Ways You Can Enjoy Your Favorite Things

We all have simple pleasures that we love to indulge in. Maybe yours is eating chocolate or putting your makeup on in the morning. The problem is, with so many different products around today, it can be hard to tell which ones are good for you. You might enjoy doing something, but perhaps you want to do it in a more natural way. No matter what helps to relax you or sends a zing of pleasure through you, you can find healthier and more eco-friendly ways to do it. Have a look at these tips to change your way of doing things.

 

Pampering Yourself

 

Getting a chance to sit back and relax isn’t something that happens often. When you have a busy life, you have to make time for pampering yourself. If you love soaking in the bath or getting a facial, it’s a fantastic way for you to relax and let go of some stress. But plenty of the products you use for pampering yourself could have unwelcome ingredients. If you want to make sure you’re kind to your skin, as well as your hair and nails, you should look into more natural beauty products. There are lots of ranges that use simple and natural ingredients so you can avoid anything harmful.

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Drinking Juice and Flavored Drinks

 

Many people don’t want to drink water all the time. They want something that tastes good, instead of a drink that doesn’t taste of much at all. So you might enjoy having a soda or a juice when you’re thirsty. But many drinks can be full of sugar and have lots of additives in too. For a more natural approach, the best bottled water is flavored with natural fruit flavorings. So you get the benefit of drinking water without the boring taste. You need to watch out for anything that uses sweeteners instead of sugar because they can use artificial sweeteners. But the best drinks use natural ones for a great taste.

 

Cooking

 

For some people, spending time in the kitchen is a nightmare. However, plenty of people love to cook and use it as a way to relax and have fun. And one of the best things about cooking is that you get to eat what you’ve made afterward. But if you’re thinking of being more health-conscious and taking more of a natural approach to life, you might want to reconsider the way you cook. One thing to think about is the pre-prepared ingredients that you use. Do you know what’s really in them? There are likely some more natural alternatives. You can also think about switching to organic ingredients to help you avoid pesticides and other unwanted things.

 

Wearing Makeup

 

Putting your makeup on can be pretty relaxing too. Even if you don’t find it relaxing to apply, wearing it can make you feel good. However, like with bath products, you can find that you might be putting things on your face that you would prefer not to have on your skin. If you want more natural makeup, perhaps try a range that uses minerals and avoids using ingredients that could be bad for your skin.

 

More natural ways to do things are good for you and good for the environment. There are nearly always options to improve your favorite things.

    

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