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The Only Glowing Skin Guide You’ll Ever Need

Glowing skin is one of the most attractive ways to look pretty and healthy. But how do you find the line between glowing skin, and skin that looks like you’ve rolled in Wotsits? I’m going to tell you! Sit back, relax, and get your glow on…

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise

If you don’t already cleanse, tone, and moisturise regularly then you can’t expect to have glowing skin. You need to make sure that you’re doing this once in the morning and once at night for the best results. You should also ensure that you’re using products to suit your skin type, as products that aren’t meant for your skin type will only hinder your results. Check out reviews in magazines and online to see what products are the most effective too. For example, Alpha H moisturiser at Blow LTD has been in Vogue. With press like that you know a product must be good!

Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is very important. It helps to improve blood flow and circulation, as well as get rid of dry, dead skin. You need to exfoliate your face and your body for the best results. However, you should use different products. Products that are perfect for the body will not be great for the face, and vice versa.

Face Masks

Use a face mask once per week to get rid of imperfections and leave you with a smooth complexion. I usually find that my skin looks much nicer after a face mask. An essential part of any skincare routine!

Spot Sticks

Spots can make our skin glow, but for all the wrong reasons. You don’t want your skin to glow because it’s red and sore, do you? A quality spot stick should help when you have a break out. They usually reduce size and redness in a matter of hours.

False Tan

A light false tan is a fantastic way to fake a healthy glow. It can take a little practice to master, but it gives a lovely finish once you’ve got it right. Here are some tips:

  • Use a mitt to stop orange palms.
  • Start from your feet and work your way up.
  • Apply slowly and evenly.
  • Concentrate on areas that are easily missed, such as the back of the arms and legs.
  • Leave the tan to dry wearing dark, old clothes.
  • Shower off excess in the morning.
  • Moisturise afterwards for smooth skin!

Clever Makeup

Clever makeup is a way you can create the perfect glow too! Here are step by step instructions:

  • Prep skin with regular routine.
  • Apply primer.
  • Use coloured concealer to hide imperfections such as dark circles.
  • Apply foundation or tinted moisturiser.
  • Apply regular concealer where needed.
  • Lightly dust over some bronzer on the areas of your face that the sun naturally hits.

Food and Drink

To go with your new glowing skin routine, make sure you’re making an effort to eat and drink well too. Try to avoid pre packaged junk and only eat natural foods. Get plenty of vegetables and water in your diet for the best effects!

I promise if you use this guide, you’ll have the most radiant complexion!

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15 Money Saving Tips For Your Wedding Day

I love a good wedding, don’t you? They are happy, joyous occasions filled with dancing, alcohol, food, and cake. What’s not to love? I’ll tell you: If you’re the one putting the thing on you’ll hate the cost. Wowzers they are expensive. I mean really expensive. If you’re worried about the cost of your wedding, check below for some tips on how to save money.

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Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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Different places to meet people

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We all go through stages in life where we want to get to know new people, but it’s not always easy to find them. Depending on what work you do, you may meet new faces through work; perhaps going out with other colleagues after work and meeting people they know. And you could always run into a new acquaintance if you shop at a regular time and day every week in the same supermarket. Stranger things have happened, but that’s a bit of a long shot.

Of course, if you’re looking for romance, one of the simplest ways to meet a potential new partner is to join a dating site, but it’s not always a new partner that you’re looking for. Sometimes you just want to widen your social circle and make some new friends.

There are a couple of ways that you can meet people in different social settings than you might not have considered.

Online bingo

You might think of online games as being solo activities and when you play bingo, it’s just you taking part in a game that many people join in. However, the big difference in playing bingo as opposed to some other online games is that you have the option to get talking to other players in the bingo site chat rooms. All the bingo sites host chat rooms and each one is connected to a different set of games. While you’re playing your chosen bingo game, you can talk to any of the other players who are entered into the same game as you. It doesn’t even need to cost you anything; you can join a UK free bingo site and simply start playing a few games, entering the chat rooms and seeing who you meet.

Bingo chat rooms are a great place to meet people as there’s always a chat moderator present to make sure everyone in the chat room feels included. There are also mini games that you can play while you’re there, and that adds to the general buzz. If you hit it off with a particular person, you can always send them private messages, so you don’t have to share your conversation with everyone else. Of course, as with any other acquaintances made online, if you do get friendly enough with someone when you’ve been chatting while playing bingo to meet them in the real world, you should be very careful about how you set up that first meeting. It’s a good idea to meet in a public place and take a friend along with you.

Working out

The gym is somewhere you will encounter a whole range of different people, but at least you know that most of the people you meet there will have at least one thing in common with you – an interest in keeping fit and looking after yourself. You may not think that you’d make new friends when you’re all hot and sweaty, but if you’re exercising correctly on any of the gym machines, you should be able to hold a conversation easily while you exercise, so you can strike up a conversation with anyone working out on a machine next to you. You also might be able to start working out with someone, which will help motivate you both and encourage you to reach your next fitness goal.

At the school gate

If you have kids, you’ll probably have already discovered that children are great ice-breakers. It’s far easier to move to a new town if you have children who are in primary school. That’s because you generally end up dropping them off and picking them up at the school gates and you’ll meet other parents this way. We’re not saying you should have kids in order to make new friends, of course, but if you have them already, it’s just another way to widen your social circle!

You won’t make a life-long friend out of every new acquaintance that you make, but there’s no harm in making sure you meet new people every now and then. Friends can add to your life in so many ways and the best friendships can begin in the most unexpected places.

 

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Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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Cream vs Serum – Which should I use for Anti Aging?

Cream vs SerumThere are a wide range of anti-aging serums on the market and it can be intimidating to chose from many that promise you the world when it comes to looking younger. Among the anti-aging products out there, I have noticed that serums have grown in preference over the years compared to creams.

The main difference between a cream and a serum is that serums don’t include airtight moisturizing ingredients or mineral oils that stop water from evaporating. Serums are water based, eliminating oils all together like nut or seed oils. Truth is, you must understand your skin type to make the right decision whether serums or creams are better for you. Cream or crème is usually better for people with dryer skin and serum is better for people who do not have this issue according to this article.

Among skin care professionals, serums are a popular pick because they work better against oily skin. The lack of oil in the product does not further complicate the problem most people with oily skin face

Another recently popular ingredient among serums is the use of black diamonds. Skin care products such as Alleure’s Anti Aging Skin Crème include finely crushed black diamonds. They are helpful for your skin because they absorb light, which gives your skin a more resilient and glowing look. The absorption of light from these diamonds reduces the look of wrinkles.

The Alleure Anti-aging cream makes good use of the black diamond ingredient. They integrate it well with the rest of the formula they use to create a high end anti-aging serum. What I like about it is that it includes compounds like hydrolized proteins derived from natural ingredients that minimize the look of fine lines on the skin, especially around the eyes. hydrolized proteins, which are derived from plants protect the skin from hormone related damage, balances moisture, delivers helpful amino acids, and provides a very smooth look to your skin.

Although serums are known to be more costly, Alleure Anti Aging cream is considerably less expensive than other luxurious anti-aging serums out there. This is a cost effective product to buy, yet none of the high quality ingredients have been left out.

In conclusion I’m going to be trying this product very soon as I am particularly attracted to the black diamond ingredients in it. If you have used Alleure’s black diamond Anti-aging cream before, I’m super curious to know what your opinion is on this product. I know many people with different skin types are reading so it would be very interesting to see what people have experienced using it. Let me know in the comments below.

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Franca Sozzani: still ahead of the pack

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She never wears high heels. She doesn’t carry a handbag. She loves Kim Kardashian. She thinks Botox is repulsive. Deborah Ross meets the controversial editor of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani

Franca Sozzani is the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia (“The world’s most influential Italian fashion and style magazine”) and I spent a day shadowing her during haute couture fashion week in Paris. It was a long day, a hard day, a tiring day, a famishing day – no one in fashion eats – but an enlightening day.

We attended “an appointment” with the designer Giambattista Valli and another with Alain Mikli, “créateur de lunettes”. Having never met a “créateur de lunettes” before, I found I was rather stumped for conversation, but I think I pulled it off. And then it was the Valentino couture show, which was fabulously glamorous and exciting, and Kim Kardashian turned up, in the tightest, boobiest, bum-squeeziest dress you ever did see. I knew her bottom was big, I say to Franca as we left, but not that big. “Is massive,” she confirmed. I also noted, at the show, that if you are too far away to air-kiss someone directly, you kiss your fingertips and offer a little, fluttery wave.

I tried this when I got back home (London, N4), when I spotted people I knew on the opposite side of the street, but they just looked at me as if I was insane. The lesson learnt here is that what works in high fashion may not work elsewhere. You just seem mad.

We meet in Paris, at lunchtime, at the Hôtel Costes, which is one of those hotels that is so funky and fashiony that the reception is a bar, or the bar is reception, or there may just not be any reception. I certainly never find it. Eventually, I spot her. She is most striking; like a tiny mermaid doll, with crinkled, long blonde hair and azure eyes that match exactly the azure strap of her vintage Rolex.

I am about her height, 5ft, and, as an icebreaker – a good icebreaker, I had thought – ask if she finds it as difficult as I do to find clothes to fit, particularly trousers, with yards of material pooling at the ankle. “Not really,” is all she says, briskly. She is 64, untouched by Botox, which she finds repulsive. “It make you look like monster. Is not funny.” Do you mind ageing? “Is life,” she shrugs. “It happens.” You’re lucky, I say, to have such wonderful bone structure. I wish I had such bone structure. I’ve got a face like an edam cheese. She does not remonstrate. “Ah, yes,” is all she says. But your nails are terrible, I add, quite meanly. “I bite,” she says.

She is wearing a Giambattista Valli silk dress and tangerine, pointy-toed Manolo Blahnik shoes that are almost flat. She does not do high heels, she says, because “I cannot walk”. She does not carry a handbag, just a little pouch for her phone and keys. “I never carry handbag,” she says. “I don’t have make-up during the day. I don’t know what to put inside.” You’ve saved yourself a lot of money over the years, I say. “Yes,” she confirms. “I have saved myself much money. And now we will go see Valli and Mikli.”

Thank you, Franca, I say, for taking me with you today. If you are ever in London, I add, I will return the favour, and you can shadow me to Sainsbury’s then the post office, or it could be the other way round, depending on where we are in the day. One doesn’t want to go to the post office at peak times. She smiles, almost. I don’t think she is un-warm. It may just be that in an industry in which showing warmth is not valued, you can get out of practice.

We make for her limo. It’s only three steps from the hotel front but it is raining, so the driver collects her with an umbrella, which he holds over her as she does first step, second step, third step to the car. I decide to pay attention from here on in, as I would one day like my own driver with an umbrella. (Take that, N4!)

To my delight, I discover a dog in the back of the limo. This is Laszlo, her West Highland white terrier, whom I make to stroke, but I’m speedily talked out of it. “NO!” she cries. “HE BITE! DON’T TOUCH!” What, I suggest, if I let him sniff my hand first? “NO. I PREFER DON’T TOUCH! HE BITE!” She pulls him onto her lap while I cringe against the opposite door, avoiding his jaws. The traffic is gnarled. She speaks constantly into her phone. (Vogue Italia is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary and she has an exhibition to organise, she later explains.) I am left to watch the raindrops glide down the windows, and to occasionally interject a question between calls.

Which is the greatest fashion house of all time? “There are so many. There are some that really last for ever, like Chanel or Hermès. Prada and Gucci. It is difficult to say one. The point for me is not to make a good collection. The point is to last the years.”

Can anyone be fashionable? Could I? “You can become fashionable but it does not mean you can become elegant. You can have much money to buy the most beautiful dresses but doesn’t mean is good for you. Elegance is not how you dress. Is attitude.” Could I acquire that attitude? “Some people they have and some people they don’t have.”

Do you ever buy your own clothes, or do the designers just unload a ton of free stuff on your doorstep every morning, as I’ve always imagined happens with magazine editors?

“It depend. Sometimes they ask me if I want, but I like to be independent.” Are you a fan of any of the high-street shops? “I like Uniqlo.” So do I, I tell her. “But is not about fashion. Is about basics you can mix with fashion.”

Oh. Gap? Do we love Gap? I’m always in Gap. I practically live in Gap. “Sportswear.”

Franca Sozzani has been editor of Vogue Italia since 1988, and writes an online blog every single day covering everything from the Italian government to eating disorders and creativity. (“A true creative doesn’t need to overdo it, but to show that creativity can be useful and can open new roads …”) I ask, when I can, if she doesn’t get fed up of it. If she doesn’t wake up some days and think: sod the bloody blog. I’m going to say Laszlo ate it. “Many times,” she says. “It is huge work. I get tired. But there is a community of people waiting for this blog and I do not want to disappoint.”

Under her stewardship, the magazine has proved extraordinarily influential. Though its circulation of 120,000 is small (US Vogue sells 1.3 million), its website has 1.86 million page views per month, with half the traffic coming from outside Italy, and Vogue Italia is famed for its controversial images. She has taken on oil spills (astonishing pictures of models as slicks), rehab, domestic violence, plastic surgery (starring a semi-butchered Linda Evangelista) and racism. In 2008, she published an all-black issue which sold out and had to be reprinted. I ask her if the head honchos at Condé Nast ever get on the phone and say: “Franca, what’s wrong with a nice girl in a floaty dress on a swing, or carrying a basket of sweet peas?” She says this cannot happen: “I am editorial director of the group, so I would have to call myself.”

We attend our first appointment with Giambattista Valli, the Rome-born designer who lives and works in a beautiful 18th-century apartment. He is, when we arrive, in a state of great excitement. “I show you something amazing,” he tells Franca. He retrieves a copy of that morning’s Le Monde, which is carrying a front-page photograph from his show of the day before. “For me, is big day,” he says. Apparently, Dior also had its show yesterday, “but I am on the cover. Dior is not on the cover. Amazing!” I give a little clap, I’m not sure why. I think that may be the other fashion lesson I learnt: when in doubt, clap.

Franca and Valli sit and catch up in Italian, so I mooch among his rails. Astonishing dresses. Dresses with vast feather trains. Dresses covered with fabric 3D daisies. They may be the most fabulous dresses I have ever seen, and must cost a bomb. May I have one, I call over. “No,” says Valli. Please? “No,” he repeats.

I mooch back and ask if they consider themselves visual people. “Yes,” says Franca. “I have always been a visual person. Don’t ask me for a name. I just remember people and how they dress and what they wear.”

Valli says he studied art and his trouble is he knows too much about art; that in fashion, knowing about art can only lead to suffering. Or, as he puts it: “Sometimes, to be too cultivated is limited in the contemporary fashion panorama.”

“I agree,” responds Franca. “Everything is going so fast people don’t understand what they are doing.”

“There is,” continues Valli, “no time for the digestion. Everything is skin deep. So if you do something a little more intellectual …”

“People, they don’t get,” Franca concludes, sadly.

This seems to make them gloomy, so I wonder if I should do more random clapping, to cheer them up, but then opt for changing the subject altogether. I am fascinated as to how they might deal with everyday life. So I ask if either of them cook. I’m already quite hungry (a croissant on the train at 7am; no lunch), and it’s probably what’s on my mind. Here’s how that goes:

Franca: “No.”

Valli: “She can dress the table, but not the food.”

Franca: “I love to dress the table.”

Valli: “My grandmother say to me you just have to learn to do one thing the best. It’s enough. I have been living in Paris for 17 years, and I think I maybe ate 8 times at home.”

Me: “Your oven must be very clean.”

Franca: “I don’t like the smell of cooking in the house.”

Valli: “If it’s a summer holiday house, it can be nice to have that tomato sauce smell, but that is holiday.”

Franca: “That is different.”

Valli: “You don’t want all the smells.”

We watch Valli’s show from yesterday on his laptop. I do not have to do the clapping, as Valli himself does the clapping. I ask if they agree with Vivienne Westwood: that people should buy less, but buy better. Buy one good item rather than ten crappy ones. “Yes,” says Valli, “but people do not know what is the good thing, unfortunately.” He sighs dejectedly. Franca sighs dejectedly. I sigh dejectedly (don’t want to be left out). Then we leave, are umbrella-ed back to the limo, where she’s back on the phone so, again, it’s a matter of quickly getting questions in when I can.

Is Anna Wintour as scary as she looks? “She is very good mother. She loves her children.” You don’t ever get bored of clothes? Don’t you ever think: enough with the skirts, already? “Is always evolution.” What was your first experience of fashion? “My big love, when I was 17, 18, was Yves Saint Laurent and, later, Biba. I was crazy about Biba.”

Franca Sozzani grew up in Mantua, in northern Italy, where her father was a mechanical engineer and her mother did not work, but was chic. “She was very classic. Not so many jewellery, even in the evening. She was not wearing the make-up. Only lipgloss.”

Franca studied philosophy and languages at university, but did not expect a career. “I never thought to work. It happened because I got married at just 20 and I got separation after three months. I wanted to do independent.” You got married at 20? What were you thinking? “Probably, I thought we have beautiful party. I knew I didn’t want to get married any more, but it was too late. I went too far. It was decided. I thought it was a way to be independent. I was too young.”

Her first job was at Vogue Bambini, and she rose from there. Later, she briefly married again, and had a son, Francesco Carrozzini, now 31 and a photographer based in New York. You married again? “I think maybe I think another beautiful party,” she says.

She has, I discover, houses in both Milan and Paris, travels extensively, and I get the feeling she is through with men. Do you like to go out socially? “I no like to go out if it isn’t for work.” Are you ever lonely? “Yes.” I don’t quite know how to respond to that. There’s a silence, until I eventually say: well, who’d want you, with your terrible nails? She laughs, which may mean I’m getting somewhere. I’m not sure. Her big love is Laszlo, whom she bought on impulse, and adores. It’s her first dog “and I did not know I could care for a dog like this”. He sleeps on the bed? “Of course.” I am minded to ask if Laszlo wouldn’t be better tempered if he wasn’t cooped up in a car all day, but don’t want to show myself up. He’s a dog in the fashion world. This may just be how it is.

We visit Mikli, then it’s the show, with all its clapping and fluttery finger kisses. Valentino himself is there, as well as Kim Kardashian, who, it turns out, is a friend of Franca. “I went to her wedding.” Tell me, tell me! Tell me, now! “Nice wedding.” She is a big fan of Kim. “She is a nice girl and she knows how to behave and move. She’s an intelligent girl. Some people do not agree but they do not know her.”

We watch the show, which involves models stomping the runway like dead-eyed corpses. That’s what I think I saw, anyhow, but I may have been hallucinating, from the hunger. Still, I say to Franca afterwards, no black girls? Why? “I don’t know.” There must be a reason, no? “I don’t know.” Come on, I say, you’ve devoted an issue to this subject, so you must have thought about it. Is the fashion industry simply racist? “No,” she says. “Not at all. Lazy. Not racist. Absolutely not.” Possibly, if you are an image-maker, the image is everything, and the rest just gets rather lost along the way.

To the limo again, as she has kindly offered to drop me at my hotel. The limo glides. The raindrops slide down the windows. Laszlo eyes up my throat. It’s 8pm and I’m exhausted. “I’m exhausted,” I say. “The couture is not so tiring,” she says. “The prêt-à-porter. That is tiring.”

As we part, I thank her, then dash to my hotel room where I make for the minibar and mainline the peanuts and then the Japanese rice crackers and then the Pringles and then the cashews – I end up with snack dust all over my chin. Other lesson learnt, and it’s an important lesson: eat before you go …

This post was contributed by moneysavingblog.org who is a regular poster both here on their own blog.  You can catch them on twitter, facebook or even their very popular youtube channel.

 

 

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Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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It’s Never Too Late For These Life-changing Beauty Tips

Many beauty treatments and procedures can seem like they’re a young woman’s game. But there are lots of ways you can look after yourself or improve your appearance that anyone can do, no matter their age. It’s never too late to start taking care of yourself and taking what you want. From looking after your skin and putting on makeup to straightening your teeth, you can always do things to make yourself look and feel more beautiful than ever. There’s no time limit on changing your appearance, even if you’ll never look the same as you did twenty years ago.

Caring For Your Teeth

Ideally, our teeth will last us our whole lives and look great all the time. But this isn’t normally the case. There are lots of cosmetic dental procedures that you can have to improve the appearance of your teeth. Many people see braces as something that teenagers have to endure to straighten out their teeth. But if you missed your chance when you were growing up, there’s still time to straighten your teeth with braces. An adult with braces might be a rare sight, but it’s never too late to get the smile you want. Find an orthodontist Melbourne FL residents trust and talk to them about getting braces. You can also have other cosmetic dentistry procedures, including teeth whitening, veneers and crowns.

Skin Care

As a younger woman you might not worry too much about your skin, but as women begin to age they sometimes wish they had taken better care of their skin. But it’s never too late to start looking after your skin with a good skin care routine. As well as routine tasks like cleansing and moisturizing, there are treatments that can help you repair blemished or damaged skin. For example, microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells to help improve the look of your skin, helping with scars and fine wrinkles, among other things.

Getting in Shape

Although there are things you can do throughout life that damage your health, it’s always possible to improve your health and even reverse some of that damage. You can start exercising at any time, whether you’re 18 or 80. Just begin with a workout routine that’s appropriate for your current fitness levels. The same goes for your diet. You can change what you eat anytime you like and improve your health for the better.

Makeup

You’re never too old to wear makeup; the important thing is how you wear it. More mature women should certainly be careful not to wear too much makeup, but there’s nothing to say they can’t still wear it. You don’t have to stick with dull and boring either. You can still discover new colors and looks, having fun with your makeup. You don’t have to become invisible and fade into the background when you’re older, though you should also be careful about trying to look much younger than you are.

Whether you’re 20, 30, 40 or even 80, you can do whatever you want to make yourself look and feel more beautiful. All you need is the willpower and desire.

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Infographic guide to hair loss treatments

We’ve got a cool infographic for you today that could make all the difference when trying to deal with hair loss. There are so many products on the market that claim to produce positive results that it can be tricky to sort the wheat from the chaff. However, you should have a good idea which ones you should try after taking a look at all the information below. Before you do that, we’d just like to give you a brief introduction to some of the best hair loss shampoo products on the market today.

Anti-DHT Shampoos

While there are no studies that prove anti-DHT shampoos have a positive effect, many people buy them on a regular basis. Most of the products in this category work by allegedly inhibiting the conversion of testosterone in DHT by completely blocking the enzyme. Worth a try? We think so.

SLS Free Shampoos

The common foaming chemical known as sodium lauryl sulfate is known to irritate the scalp and encourage hair loss in some people. Indeed, it can even be poisonous in high doses. For that reason, you should seriously consider taking a look at some of the SLS free shampoos available on the market today. You won’t know until you try it.

Ketoconazole Shampoo

Ketoconazole has been proven to kill the common fungus that is known to cause dandruff. You should aim to use shampoos that contain this chemical as it can help to encourage a healthier scalp. While sole usage probably isn’t going to make your hair grow back, these products should be used in conjunction with alternative treatments.

Now you can take a look at the infographic and learn even more. Hair loss can be worrying for many people, and so it’s important you educate yourself today.


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Choosing your engagement ring

SolitaireThe excitement is almost palpable as you start to look in stores at engagement rings and browse online sites. Rows of sparkling stones set in precious metal, each one calling to you to be your lifelong choice to show your commitment to the one you love.

Unless you already have a very set idea of what you’d like your ring to look like, or you’re having a custom-made ring crafted, the selection can feel overwhelming.

However, take a deep breath and spend some time thinking before making a rushed decision; you don’t have to buy the first one you see and if you know a little more about the different styles available, you’ll have a better idea of how to narrow down the ones you’d like to try on before making one of the most important choices of your life.

Solitaire

The diamond solitaire is the most popular style for engagement rings. A simple band of perhaps yellow or white gold, diamond rings Houston by Whiteflash.com will certainly show you the reason why this style continues to be the number one choice for so many.

A solitaire diamond ring is designed to show off the beauty and rarity of a single diamond to its absolute best. It’s about seeing the facets glitter and sparkle in the light with it raised delicately above the finger. Owning a solitaire ring means you’ve chosen a design classic which will always  look amazing alongside any other rings you wear – whatever their design.

Halo rings

A style which first became popular in the 1920s, Halo rings – and their statement cousins the Double Halo rings, are now the hottest design in town.

A Halo ring encompasses a tightly enclosed gemstone which is then surrounded by a ring of smaller stones, or in the case of a Double Halo, two circles and this statement ring will usually have a round or princess cut stone in the centre. Owning this style oozes  undoubted sophistication and elegance.

Three stone rings

Three stone engagement rings are highly symbolic; they represent ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ and as well as being the perfect choice for an engagement celebration, they are also popular as eternity rings.

Three stone rings appeal to many people because of their general aesthetic look. They are also a practical choice for those who don’t want a particularly raised stone; often related to their working life where a stone set at height may become snagged in clothing or on equipment.

The range of three stone rings is huge and so there’s the opportunity to find one which has very personal appeal. Some are very simple designs with the stones cut in a clean-looking way and some are very ornate with the design extending to the band. There’s also the added option with a three stone ring to have all the diamonds the same size and shape in a row alongside each other of for there to be a raised stone in the middle which may be a different size or cut.

Choosing your diamond ring is a major decision so thinking about your lifestyle, your personal tastes and perhaps other jewellery you’ll regularly wear alongside it will all help you to hone in on the ring which really stands out. You’ll know exactly the ring for you when you see it catch the light in a way which outshines all the others around it – it really will be calling your name.

 

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Why getting your hair cut shouldn’t be a mundane experience

For many people, the opportunity to get their hair cut is not just about a quick trim – it is a step out of a busy day or week. It is a chance to relax, switch off and simply enjoy being pampered. Modern, unique hairdressers in Lichfield offer a hair cutting experience that is more than putting on the cape and taking a seat…

It starts from the moment you walk through the door…

In fact, you could take a step further back than that. A great hairdressing experience starts with the moment you make contact with the salon, whether that’s using the online booking facility that works without a hitch or the conversation you have with the receptionist.

pic 1It needs to be sleek and welcoming, professional and friendly. The service should be prompt and with a smile. Just as you would expect turning up at a high class hotel where you will be spending your hard earned money, you should be attended to immediately. Not left loitering by the door wondering when someone will come and ask you why you are there.

And don’t think that just because a salon is busy that is an excuse! Popular, trendy salons will be busy but this should not affect the quality of the service they offer.

The stylist

The front of house staff and their greeting should be spot on but your stylist should be too. They should be interested in you and what you want; they should listen to you but also make suggestions that may ring the changes for your cut and style.

However, if you do not like their suggestions say so, and do so without the fear of them having tantrum; many people like their hair cut ‘just so’ and are not open to having the latest trend.

The salon ambience

Salons can be busy places. With hairdressers, curling tongs, straighteners, hot water, chemicals and people the temperature can soon go up – and not just in terms of heat but just hoe the whole place feels.

Noise makes people shout; it can make everything seem so much more jerky and disconnected. People walking, slamming things, pushing things… none of this make for a pleasant, relaxing experience. And there is only one thing worse than a mundane hair cutting experience and that is one that feels pressured and zips along at a great rate of knots.

What can contribute to this is the décor too; what does that look like? Dated and peeling? Or fresh and looked after? Not all salons have to be cutting edge trendy, with clear Perspex coffee table and LED lighting – a clean, hygienic yet welcoming décor is just as important. This is essential a personal like and dislike – either you do or you don’t!

Staff team

You may speak to the receptionist and the stylist but what about the others? Do they all make contact at some point? Are they are all smart and friendly?

Some salons can come across to clients as being so busy that they feel rather lost in the whole scheme of things. The whole place should welcome you!

The extras

If you are to be in the salon for a few hours, you may find yourself gasping for a drink but some saloons will offer you one – but charge an extra £2.50 to your bill!

However, the mark of a good salon is when these extras are simply part of the service, form the brides and her party enjoy a glass of champagne as they are pampered and made ready for their big day, to the person enjoy a pamper session as a gift. Or to the busy lady who is having her haircut and enjoying a hot beverage as part of the session.

Looking at reviews of some of the top hair salons across the UK, it seems that customers appreciate many nuances to their visit;

  • A genuine, warm welcome and a smile all ranked highly when it came to trying a salon for the first time and for those customers who are regulars.
  • For those people opting for a new style they appreciated the gentle honesty with which the stylist and their team asked about their hair and their chosen new style
  • What was also important to many customers was the lack of criticism when things had clearly gone wrong with the previous cut and colour…
  • The range of magazines for people to read whilst they waited for their appointment or whilst their colour was being applied etc. The magazines need to be recent and appropriate titles for the salon.
  • Many people liked the idea of being able to pinpoint hairstyle from a variety of sources to show stylists, making use of online facilities in order to access ideas such as http://www.beautybloggers.org/top-summer-hair-styles-keep-trend-summer/
  • Customers also rated the hair washing experience highly, enjoying the head massage and it being unhurried and enjoyable
  • The feeling that the team knows that feeling good about their hair, is something that many people enjoy and should enjoy
  • And not feeling guilty or a nuisance when the customer asked for something to be changed…

Having your hair cut should be an all-round relaxing and enjoyable experience, not hurried.

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A Guide to Creating the Ultimate Beauty Regime

Every woman who wants to look her best should have some kind of beauty regime in place. So, we’ve scoured the internet and the beauty bibles to bring you five simple, but effective beauty techniques that you can implement right away.

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Get Your Beauty Sleep

One of the most important things you can do to beautify your body is to ensure you get plenty of sleep. Jennifer Lopez recently stated in a magazine that getting a good night’s sleep is like having an anti-ageing treatment. So, why spend your precious pounds on expensive anti-ageing creams when you can curl up in bed and get a good night’s sleep instead? The fact is, you could spend a fortune on such creams and lotions, but if you fail to get enough sleep, they simply won’t be as effective. Sleep is essential, not only to refresh our mind and bodies, but also to allow our skin to rejuvenate and repair. So, try and ensure that you get at least seven-eight hours per night. This will help to keep your skin at its bright and shining best.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking plenty of water is important for lots of reasons. It flushes out the system and helps to detoxify our bodies. Too many toxins can make our skin look grey and tired, and can even lead to health issues if we don’t act to redress the balance. So, try and ensure that you’ve always got a bottle of water on you, and take swigs at regular intervals. Staying hydrated will help to keep your skin glowing and your hair looking lustrous.

Moisturise Twice a Day

If you choose just to do one thing as part of your beauty regime, make it moisturising. The skin loses moisture as we get older. But our skin also loses moisture just as we progress through the day. Our skin goes through a lot on a daily basis, including exposure to the elements and pollution, as well as just general fatigue. Moisturising first thing in the morning and last thing at night is a very effective way of replacing lost moisture.

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Always Remove Make-Up

Not removing make-up before you go to sleep at night, especially if it’s heavy foundation, can be quite harmful to your skin. Your skin needs to breathe, and if your pores are clogged with foundation, you may find that you’re more prone to breaking out in spots. If money is an issue, there are lots of websites that sell cheap cosmetics from many of the top-name brands.

Take Vitamin Supplements

Lots of women swear by supplements such as cod liver oil and evening primrose for helping to keep their skin glowing, hair soft, and their joints supple and strong. The ‘golden rule’ when it comes to beauty, is that if you feel good, you’ll look good. So, if supplements give you a boost in energy and you feel better in yourself, it’ll outwardly show.

See? The secret to beauty doesn’t lie in fakery or trickery, it’s simply about looking after yourself, in order to make the most of the body that nature gave you.

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