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Sex It Up, It’s Springtime!

Ok ladies, it’s time to strip off those flannelette PJs, get rid of the winter hair growth and bring sexy back! In springtime there are plenty of things you can do to sex it up. It doesn’t matter if you are single or not, either. In fact, if you’re not single, you’ve probably let the winter funk take over far more than the single ladies out there.

Springtime is the best time to recreate your presence. Lose a few kilos or make that overdue appointment at the local beauty salon. If your a DYI type of lady, stock up on products that will get your body back into peak presentation. It won’t only make you look better but it will put the spark back in your step. A confident lady is a sexy lady.

Hair

While you’re recreating yourself, head down to the hairdressers and, instead of getting the same haircut, go for something different. Yes, it’s brave and bold but it can also make you feel awesome. Check out the latest styles before you go in and choose something that screams sexy. It’s a great way to get maximum impact for minimal effort.

If you are getting up there in years, shortening your hair can increase your sex appeal. Long hair on older ladies can age them. Sure, it may have looked hot in your 20s and 30s but, in your 40s, it might be time to consider a change. Speak to your hairdresser about a sexy, shorter style rather than layered length. Even hubbies that prefer long hair will be pleasantly surprised at how hot their missus will look.

Nails

Having your nails done isn’t as expensive as a lot of people think. It usually lasts up to a month and when you calculate it per day, in many cases, it’s cheaper than a cup of coffee! Instead of going for a subtle, winter tone, go bright and bold. Springtime is all about colour, so why not add some to your nails? If you are a little apprehensive, nail technicians can add just a small splash of colour to the tips, which can brighten your sexy spring look.

Makeup and tanning

Makeup and tanning is a big part of being female but most men actually prefer a natural look. If you want to look sexy, keep that in mind. Don’t overcoat the tan until you’re sporting a fake orange glow. That really isn’t sexy! Use the less is more principle for tans and makeup and that’s how a sexy look is achieved.

If you are unsure of how much is too much, spend a few dollars and go to a professional. They will know which colors suit you and can help achieve that sexy look without going over the top. Being sexy is about bringing out your natural beauty, so make sure you aren’t hiding it under layers of makeup.

Wardrobe

Now, the wardrobe… You could head back into the darkness and pull out last year’s spring fashion, but why not spend a few dollars and add some of this season’s flair. Most of us have plenty we can mix and match, so add a few really well-chosen items. Don’t forget about the shoes and accessories when you think wardrobe. Handbags, jewellery and new shoes can add a new dimension to your look.

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October 5, 2014

Makeup Tips For Sensitive Eyes

Anyone with sensitive eyes knows that it’s difficult to apply makeup without resulting in tears. Switch up your technique to keep makeup looking fresh and youthful without the painful application included. Abide by the following makeup tips to achieve a flawless (and pain-free) look in seconds.

Mascara technique

When applying mascara, don’t hold the wand on a vertical angle. Anyone with sensitive eyes knows that this method only scrapes into the eye, causing a large volume of pain for the individual. Instead work the mascara on the horizontal and from root to tip to achieve a voluminous result. Avoid clumps by cleaning the wand when there is just too much product lurking around.

Waterline

Don’t you hate when mascara or eyeliner leaks into your eye? What a pain it is to remove! You’ll want to avoid lining the waterline since this can cause infection if your eyes are supersensitive to the ingredients found in a product. Instead, use a blending brush and add some colour to the bottom lash line for a smokey look.

Au naturel

Similarly, leave the bottom lashes mascara-free. Unless you are using a bottom lash mascara, leave out this step since the brush can also rub against the delicate eye area. Avoid applying makeup onto areas which are extremely close to the inner corner of the eye – especially if your skin is prone to break out in rash or inflammation.

Under-eye concealer

To hide those nasty dark circles, use an under-eye concealer which cancels out these darker tones. Rather than using a foundation brush, take your ring finger and pat product into the skin. This is a gentle way to achieve a flawless finish after every application.

Avoid fibre-lash mascara

Fibre-lash mascara is amazing at lengthening those lashes, but can also get stuck in your eyes. Super-thin white fibres often get stuck on the wand, which makes it difficult to remove each time you apply the product. Stick to conventional mascara instead.

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August 8, 2014

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

Ever wondered why certain eyeshadows work for you, and others just end up looking plain jane? A sure way to make your eyes pop is by using the best shadows to complement your eye colour. The trick that many makeup artists use is by choosing shades on the opposite part of the colour wheel – this will ensure that whatever you put on your eyelids looks fabulous!

Blue eyes

Blue eyes work best with earthy tones which help to bring out any soft blue hues. Metallics, brown and slate are a perfect match for more serious makeup looks, since they make a dramatic juxtaposition when paired with blue. Other colours which are also ideal include rose, taupe and other purple-based eyeshadows.

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

Brown eyes

The beauty of brown eyes is that they work with almost anything! Although, stay away from earthy or metallic brown-tones since this will only blend in with your eyes. Opt for colours such as peach, coral and pink which are perfect to highlight and define the shape of your eyes. Green and blue are also fun shades which help to create an exotic makeup look.

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

Green eyes

Green eyes follow the same colour palette as blue – stick to warm brown shades which will pick up any lighter tones in your eyes. Other shades which will make green eyes pop include gold, copper and baked-eyeshadows with orange undertones.

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

Grey eyes

Should be treated like pale blue or green eyes. Avoid slate or pink tones.

The Best Eyeshadows For Your Eye Colour

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August 1, 2014

This Season’s Hottest Lipstick Shades

A great lipstick can spruce up even the most basic looks. If you’re a fan of a bold statement-lip, you’ll love this season’s trending colors. While it never hurts to consult the experts at your local cosmetics counter, we have some basic tips to help you pick the right shade for your skin tone.

Orange

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Orange appears to be the pick of the season, featuring in several runway shows for Spring/Summer 2014. If your skin has pink undertones opt for coral shades. Yellow-based complexions will suit bright, neon oranges, while those with olive skin and dark hair, like Camilla Belle,  should go for a true orange. Similarly, dark-skinned beauties should stick to warm colors.

Red

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The rest of your make-up should be minimal when donning a classic red lip. However, for a night on the town, you might want to pair with some dramatic eyes. For the best shades for pale skin, Jessica Chastain will show you how to wear pink and cranberry hues. True reds are better for medium-olive skin, while deep reds with blue undertones compliment dark hair and skin.

Neutral

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Natural make-up is back! To avoid looking washed out, a neutral lip colour should be slightly deeper or browner than your skin tone and worn with a gloss. Rihanna nails it every time.

Handy tip: Before applying, exfoliate and moisturize the lip. Then, outline the lip first using a lip pencil. For longer lasting lip color, use the pencil to fill in the lip, providing a base for the lipstick.

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August 1, 2014

Top 5 Spring Nail Trends

Your best and most stunning fashion accessory may just be at your fingertips. Literally. This spring, the top nail trends put your hands in the spotlight and feature quirky, colorful styles to suit every personality. As the weather warms up, try one of these fun new spring nail trends.

A Hairy Situation

The moustache trend has taken over T-shirts, barware, jewelry, stationery, and even the grills of our cars. It’s about time nails got in on the action! Top off your mani-pedi with some carefully crafted black handlebar accents or, for fail-proof perfection, try a set of ultra dapper mustache nail stickers to get the look.

Go Bold or Go Home

After an endless winter, uour favorite brands are turning out lines of vibrant hues that call to mind the rosy sunsets, exotic birds, and umbrella-topped drinks featured in the tropical getaways of your dreams. OPI’s latest Brazil collection features such vivacious shades as “I Just Can’t Cope-acabana,” “Toucan Do It If You Try,” and “Red Hot Rio.” Take the dare and opt for something that screams “Carnival” the next time you coat your claws.

What a Drip!

Throw caution to the wind and embrace a tip-topping trend that kicks French manicures to the curb. Draw outside the lines by adding a color drip accent to the top of nails. Have fun by first painting nails with different outrageous base colors of any kind then get to work creating contrasting color splashes on top. Big drips, little drips, dots, dashes, and more spring into action with the aid of a simple toothpick or try Sally Hanson nail art pens to really get your creative juices flowing.

Single Me Out

Add a little something special to your average manicure by letting one digit per hand stand out from the crowd. Paint both ring fingers in a shimmery or jewel-toned variation of the color you’ve chosen for your other nails. You can even experiment with intense glitter glazes like Nails Inc. Special Effects 3D Glitter Nail Polish or hunt down shades that play up the color of your eyes or match your birthstone.

Get Naked

Even in the midst of all these zany color choices, never doubt the beauty of the natural skin you’re in! Make like Zooey Dechanel and other trendsetting nail nudists by simply adding a layer or two of a quality clear base coat and decorating with a few, well-placed gold studs. It’s clean, classy, and gives your nails a little room to breathe.

 

March 18, 2014