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Update Your Wardrobe on a Budget

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We could all use some extra cash to buy things we need, but somehow all we ever do is balancing our budgets and trying to figure out ways to save money. However, life goes on and we occasionally find ourselves in a situation where we want to buy a nice piece of clothes, but we tell ourselves that we can’t afford it. Don’t worry, there are ways to save money on clothes regardless of the season. 526454690_ee12e4c427_z

Summer Collection by Muhammad Ghouri / CC BY

Don’t follow fashion trends blindly

Fashion is inspired by everyday life, and one interesting research has shown that French women do not really care about what is shown on TV or in a fashion magazine, but choose clothes based on what suites them and makes them look good. Besides, don’t you just hate it when you see someone else wearing the exact same outfit as you? With a lot of people buying what is considered ‘fashionable’ we end up with a lot of people wearing the exact same things like uniforms. Refuse to be blinded by trends and show how different you are.

Re-use your old clothes

We all have tons of old T-shirts we never wear and are sick of. Re-use your old clothes to make something new. There are dozens of different ways you can use an old T-shirt, and not to mention other parts of your wardrobe. Make stylish scarves, fashionable necklaces, trendy headbands, unique bags or even a sexy bikini using nothing but your old clothes. Have fun, be an artist for a day and save some money along the way. You will surely be one of a kind among your friends.

Out-of-season shopping pays off
Getting some new clothes and still staying on a budget is easy if you know when to go shopping. Postseason sales and clearance racks are simply the best times for you to spend less on new clothes. You have to be systematic and make a list of what exactly do you need for the upcoming year.

After you do this, make changes in your budget around seasonal purchases. Buy winter clothes such as coats and boots in late February, and remember that you can find a bikini online in the fall or in the winter and save a lot of money.

‘Spice up’ your outfit

One particular outfit can look elegant or casual depending on the accessories you decide to wear that day. If you have one particular blazer that looks good on you and you really like wearing, you can add a new statement necklace or a nicely coloured scarf, thus completely changing the way you look. Add colourful hats, statement necklaces and trendy bags to your wardrobe and wear different accessories every day to create different looks and stay elegant.

Buying gorgeous clothes on impulse just because they’re on sale doesn’t mean that you’ll save money. On the other hand, if you are about to buy a pricey item, try to save money by doing the following: get your money’s worth by investing in a classic shape and color. This way you can get more than a season’s wear out of it.

Written by Sophie Andersen
She is a author at High Style Life

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How to Get Longer, Sexy Lashes Naturally

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Who doesn’t want eyelashes like the ones featured in mascara ads? The models always have “come-hither” ones that are long, lush, glossy and voluminous. And even though we know that those lashes are the result of a makeup artist’s expertise or Photoshop, we still flock to drugstores and cosmetic counters anticipating the thicker, fuller lashes that makeup brands promise.

Los ojos de mi vida by Michael Sandoval / CC BY

If you’ve been blessed with a good amount of eyelashes, mascara can be a quick and simple fix if you want to give your lashes a little oomph. But what do you do if you don’t have much to work with? False lashes are an option, but who has time to apply them every day? And lash extensions can set you back up to $400 per session. If you want more dramatic lashes and don’t want to go to extremes, here are a few things that you can do to help promote eyelash growth.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Just like the hair on your head, your lashes can thrive if you nourish them from the inside out. By eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins, you can help ensure growth. You can also try adding a daily multivitamin if you don’t think you’re getting enough nutrients. A supplement that contains vitamins B, D and E is ideal. These vitamins are key for boosting growth and keeping lashes strong. Biotin is also another option. You can try a supplement or eat biotin-rich foods like bananas, pecans and sardines. Be sure to check with your doctor to make sure that supplements are right for you.

Groom Your Lashes

You take care of your hair every day. So start tending to those lashes. Try brushing your lashes twice a day with an eyelash brush. Brushing on a regular basis can help encourage growth. Add a little vitamin E oil to the process as well. Vitamin E oil is great because it prevents shedding. You can find vitamin E oil at a drugstore or health food store. Other options to try are castor oil and emu oil. Just lightly apply the oil of your choice to your lashes before bedtime, and avoid getting in in your eyes.

Always Be Gentle
When you’re taking off your eye makeup at night, don’t tug or rub your lashes. Use gentle strokes when using makeup remover or cold cream. And if you use lash curlers daily, you might want to take a break from them. Over time, they can weaken lashes and cause breakage. Try combing them instead for a neater look. If you’re looking for a more permanent lash growth solution that won’t break the bank, try everLASHing Lash Growth Serum from Verseo Beauty & Wellness. With this special blend of cell-regenerating peptides, botanical ingredients and lash conditioning elements, you can see healthier and fuller lashes in just four weeks.

Article written by Chris Miller; photo credit

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Tips to Prepare Your Skin for Winter Weather

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

As the first official day of fall is just behind us, this is the perfect time to start thinking about the changes to your skincare routine to keep your skin protected in the cooler months of the year.

Neutrogena-Moisture 1. Use a Good Face Moisturizer
One of the most important steps is to add a good facial moisturizer to your daily routine (if you aren’t already use one). Assuming you’ve already been using one, now is the time to switch to a deeper moisturizer. A great product for the coldest winter months is Neutrogena Deep Moisture Day Cream with SPF 20. Even though it’s cold outside, the sun’s damaging rays can still harm skin so don’t forget to wear sun protection!

2.Condition Before You Wash
Condition dry hair with a deep conditioner before washing. Use a shower cap and coat your hair with an intensive conditioner like Dove’s Intensive Repair Conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for 30 minutes to an hour to help retain moisture. Adding this to your routine once a week can help prevent dryness. Also make sure to use a moisturizing body wash such as Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash, to keep your skin hydrated.

3. Reduce Your Shower Time
Taking long hot showers may be tempting in the winter months, but the heat can strip your skin of the moisture that it needs most during this time of year. Try to keep your shower length to ten minutes and don’t put the water at it’s peak temperature.

4. Keep Your Skin Conditioned
Get a good moisturizer for your hands and body such as Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment. The moisturizer helps protect from drying effects of wind and cold weather. Make sure to keep a travel size product with you for when you are on-the-go.

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