July 2015 archive
Loving the skin you’re in is pretty difficult when it’s covered in blackheads and pimples. It’s like asking someone to appreciate the view of a tropical island when they’re boiling to death in a volcano.
The skin is a delicate instrument, and even the slightest change in your diet can turn it from smooth and supple to outright awry. Even a few too many choccy biccies could produce an outbreak of spots that’ll take weeks to remove.
Yet those people in beauty adverts always have flawless skin, as though wind had never brushed their cheeks. How do they manage it?
Ignoring photographic tricks, these preening pore perfectors have found the balance between exercise and diet to gain an ideal visage.
So what can you do to emulate them and love the skin you’re in?
Gaining clear pores feels like an impossible dream for some. But cast aside the snake oil they sell on the high street. Those lotions and potions promising “miraculous effects”, “overnight results” and a thousand more platitudes are (as a rule) about as likely to help your skin as sandpaper.
But some cleansing rituals are a cut above the rest. If you can find the cream of the crop (ha!) many of your skin troubles will be over. So shop around – who knows what will work for your skin.
Night time cleanse
In the night, your skin will become drier and less able to cope with the elements as you sleep – so it’s time to figure out how to fix yourself up.
First off, remove all your makeup before you head to your kip. That way, the cosmetics that could agitate your skin will be long gone. You won’t wakeup with extra spots.
Next, moisturise thoroughly. This should preferably be all of your body, but your face is the most important area. After all, it’ll be the only part of your body not covered.
Once you’ve completed your regime, you’ll be ready to hop into bed without worrying about waking up with skin like an arid desert.
Literal beauty sleep
People have been discussing beauty sleep since it was in fairy tales, and with good reason.
Scientists have found that the opposite sex will find you markedly less attractive without your average eight hours. Moreover, a lack of sleep dries up the pores and leaves you with flaky skin.
To help yourself nod off, avoid your phone, laptop or the telly a few hours before bed. Crack open a book instead and you’ll head for the land of nod in no time.
Looking beautiful is one thing, but making sure you look beautiful for longer is a totally different ball game. Looking beautiful in the long run takes commitment and consistency. Use these 7 methods if you think you’ve got what it takes to make your beauty regime stand the test of time:
Microdermabrasion is one of the best treatments you can give your skin. It helps to brighten and smooth the surface, giving you a radiant glow. It increases blood flow and circulation to the area, which helps it to look younger and healthier. Not only that, it can reduce wrinkles after a course of treatments. It’s one of the best ways you can keep yourself looking young without surgery. It isn’t painful either!
picture from Flickr
Take Care of Your Nails
Broken nails that are all odd lengths and shapes aren’t any good to anybody. Take care of your nails so that they look naturally healthy and pretty. They don’t necessarily need to be long, just the same shape and length. Buff them regularly to give them shine and encourage growth. Apply a protective polish to help strengthen and protect from the elements too.
Treat Your Hair
Treat your hair to intensive conditioning masks every now and again. This will help to lock in moisture, shine, and colour. You should also apply a heat defense spray to keep it healthy and stop it from breaking.
Have Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal can result in permanently smooth skin, no stubble to be seen! You’ll never have to bother shaving or waxing ever again, and can enjoy smooth skin forever more. You just need to make sure you avoid any snake oil salesmen and go to a reputable clinic, or you could end up with disastrous results!
Eating well is probably the best thing you can do if you want to look beautiful for longer. You can try all of the beauty products and potions you like, but eating well will make you beautiful from the inside out. Aim to eat mostly natural foods, and keep your consumption of sugary foods under control.
Exercise has so many benefits! You’ll stay looking younger right into old age, for a start. You’ll maintain your weight, and you may even find that your body shape changes. You’ll feel happier, and be so much healthier too. You really can’t beat it! It isn’t all about doing hours of cardio either. You can make exercise fun by doing classes and resistance training. Forget the treadmill! Simply keep up a routine 3 times a week and you’ll notice a big difference. It should only take 3 weeks for you to make a habit out of it.
Always Apply an SPF
Using an SPF is a must if you want to protect your skin from sun damage. You can’t always see sun damage, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to combat it. With an SPF, you’ll also fight premature wrinkles.
With these tips, you’ll keep your skin looking youthful, and everything else healthy and beautiful!
Today, consumers from China to Australia and India to Finland are ready to hit their local high street stores expecting to find off-the-peg versions of the new season’s designs from the world’s most famous fashion houses.
In the past, high street fashion stores tended to be made up of a mix of independently owned shops operating in one or just a small number of towns and cities, or national chains with outlets across a specific country. In more recent times, however, multinationals, stocking a combination of regional as well as global fashions, began to appear on high streets and in shopping malls.
More recently still, entrepreneurial investors have come to recognise the opportunities offered by the fashion industry, which is worth some £6bn in the UK alone and around US$1.5tn globally. As a result, some of the most iconic brands and fashion houses are no longer independent but are owned and controlled by wealthy capital investment companies. It is frequently the case that both established fashion houses and individual designers concentrate on the creative aspects of their business whilst neglecting financial and administrative tasks. As a result, despite being lauded for the clothes they produce, their business tends to be inefficient and less profitable than it could be. There is, therefore, an opportunity for astute investors, especially those with a knowledge of the industry, to step in and work alongside these highly creative individuals to improve profitability, maximise market share and grow their business.
For any partnership between investor and designer to work as effectively as possible, it is essential to develop an in-depth understanding of how to get the best out of a team of designers and how to provide an environment in which they will become as creative as possible. By minimising distractions and pressures, such as giving them unrealistic deadlines or asking them to design items using sub-standard materials in order to cut costs, and bringing in new ideas from outside the industry, everyone benefits. The designers are provided with a set of broad guidelines within which to operate; the brand has a unique range of styles that customers come to recognise and appreciate, and it will have a target age group.
A good example of how an investor can improve the efficiency of a high street fashion brand by implementing best business practices is provided by M1 Group, which, in partnership with L Capital Asia, recently completed the purchase of Pepe Jeans (a brand originally founded in 1973 by three brothers on a market stall in London’s Portobello Road) for a reported €900m. M1 Group, which is based in Beirut, already owns a number of fashion-related companies, including Hackett, the British menswear brand, and Façonnable, the high-end French tailors. Taha Mikati and his brother Najib, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, established M1 Group in 2007; Azmi Miktai, a Columbia graduate is now CEO and continues to successfully run M1 Group.
Investors from the Middle East have been quick to recognise the potential for growth in the high street fashion sector as the global economy finally begins to recover from the recession. As the emerging middle classes in countries such as China and India, along with fast-developing nations in Africa and South America, find their disposable incomes growing, demand for the latest fashions is sure to increase.
Going on holiday with the family is great fun, but the packing part of it isn’t quite as fun. It does need to be done though, so pack these things.
You have to think carefully about what clothes you pack when you’re going away. The weather is impossible to predict, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for whatever it might throw at you. You know roughly what kind of climate you’ll be confronted with when you arrive at your destination, but it can still throw up surprises.
Buying items like a Travel Cardigan can be a good idea. It’s a bag that can be turned into a cardigan, so you’ll be covered no matter what the weather is doing. This kind of versatility can be incredibly valuable. Waterproofs are essential too; it rains everywhere! Don’t forget that.
Cash & Travellers Cheques
It’s understandable that a lot of tourists are wary of taking cash with them when they go abroad. In a lot of cities, it’s tourists who are targeted most by thieves and pickpockets. It’s much safer to take a combination of cash and travellers cheques. Cash is important as the recent situation in Greece has shown. Cash allows you to be able to for things no matter what happens to the banks.
But taking cash alone might not be a great idea. Travellers cheques are great because they’re much more secure than cash. They’re pre-printed cheques for fixed about of money. A lot of people use them because they’re secure as they can be replaced if they get lost or stolen.
Use Clear Wash Bags
Being able to see through your wash backs and cases that you pack can save you a lot of time when it comes to packing up and coming home. That’s because you don’t have to unzip them and pour out their contents to see what’s inside them (and what’s not), you can just look through them.
These are very easy to find and they’re very cheap too, so invest in a few of them. It might seem like a minor problem, but it could save you a lot of time and effort when you’re rushing around, trying to make sure you’ve left nothing behind. And that’s something you can’t put a price on.
Take Sun Cream
You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting you and your family from the potentially damaging effects of the sun. If you don’t know whether they’ll sell high-quality sun cream at the destination you’re travelling to, it’s best to take your own with you. That way you’ll be sure to avert lasting damage to your skin.
It’s not just about the long-term damage the sun can cause to your skin though, getting burnt is no fun in the short-term either. This is especially true if you have young children. They will become easily irritated and uncomfortable if their skin is burnt for the duration of the family holiday.
If you pack each of these items, you won’t get caught out.
Image by StyleHub8 via Flickr
I love the look and feel of silk but I loathe having to deal with the inevitable problem of wrinkles. There were many times I’d go to put on my favourite outfit only to find that creases and lines had somehow gotten there before me. Clothes made with silk are simply stunning, yet I needed to know how to care for them properly so that dressing for a special occasion would remain stress free.
With the look and feel of silk ranking highly as a featured closet staple, I decided to learn some simple tips to make my fashion life a whole lot easier. What I discovered means I’m now able to wear silk without ever worrying about pesky maintenance or ruining expensive garments by making a rookie mistake. This common sense knowledge saves me time, money and energy. It also motivates me to share these tips with fellow lovers of silk.
So, how did this obsession with silken wrinkles begin? I recently purchased a gorgeous outfit from Peaches Boutique. They have an incredible range of prom dresses to choose from and I just fell in love with mine from the moment I first saw it. After looking through the wide selection of Peaches Boutique prom dresses, I finally found the one I wanted. I made sure that before prom night my dress was dry-cleaned and safely stored away. The next time I wanted to wear my gorgeous dress I took it out from the closet where it had been carefully hung. To my horror, it looked like some kind of evil wrinkle gremlin had been wrestling with my dress and the result was not pretty; more like pretty catastrophic.
Now, I’m much like every other girl out there (aside from believing in the existence of wrinkle gremlins) and can think of about a million or so things to do that are far more exciting to do than taking care of wrinkled silk. Finding time for the things that matter is important to me and I’d rather be out socialising than staying at home slaving over a hot iron.
A quick bit of research and a few phone calls to my more well-dressed friends gave me the answers I needed. The day was saved, my dress was a hit and without further ado I humbly present these five simple steps to wrinkle free silk.
- Removing wrinkles from silk is easy if you use steam. Hang your dress in the bathroom with a hot shower running. Close the door and window, leave the exhaust fan off and you’ll have enough steam to do the job in 15 -20 minutes. Leave it hanging in a sunny place to fully dry and the wrinkles will be gone.
- Use a clean iron on the lowest temperature setting with the garment inside out. Press the iron instead of sliding it and don’t stay in the one spot for too long. This method works well if the item is still slightly damp.
- Place a protective pressing sheet over the garment, perhaps a cotton bedsheet or an old t-shirt. This lets you iron the silk indirectly and avoids scorching or leaving shiny marks. Use thin, non-textured material that avoids leaving an imprint and doesn’t block the heat and steam. Spritz the sheet lightly with water to force steam through the material and drive those nasty wrinkles right out.
- If you regularly wear silk it’s definitely worth investing ing a handheld steamer that can be purchased for as little as $40. To avoid potential spotting from drops and spurts, tie a little fabric around the nozzle of the steamer. The drops won’t get through but the steam still will.
- Lastly, lightly spray a fine mist of water onto your silk clothing and use a hairdryer on the lowest setting to slowly dry it out. Keep the hairdryer moving so the garment dries out evenly.
Looking great is not rocket science and thankfully neither is removing wrinkles from silk. With these simple tips at the ready you’ll have all you need to say goodbye to wrinkles forever.
Having a breast augmentation can be an incredibly exciting time. However, that doesn’t mean it’s unusual to be a little frightened before you go through with it. This post should help to ease some of your fears. Here’s what to expect when you have a breast augmentation:
1 Week Off Work
You’ll need some time off work so you can adjust to your new breasts. You’ll usually only need 1 week off, give or take a few days. You may be drowsy from medication, so total relaxation is the best thing. It varies from person to person, but you may struggle to sit up on your own. You should have everything explained to you in your consultation.
Swelling and Bruising
You won’t be able to see the results of your operation straight away because of the swelling and bruising. They should settle down soon enough, so make sure you’re patient!
The level of discomfort you feel will vary from person to person. It may only be mild, depending on many factors. Either way, you shouldn’t underestimate it – some people reported it to be much worse than expected. You shouldn’t let this put you off, or make the decision to have a different placement based on the level of discomfort.
Help Dressing and Washing
As you won’t be able to move all that much, you’ll need help dressing and washing. If you can have somebody with you for 3-4 days after your operation to help you, that’s great! Your surgeon should be able to give you some more advice on how much help you’ll need.
No Heavy Lifting or Strenuous Exercise
If you enjoy going to the gym, you’ll need to wait for a few weeks until you can go back. Heavy lifting isn’t advisable for a good few weeks after your operation, and you’ll still need to be careful. If you work in a very physical job, you may need to explain the situation to them or have more time off work.
Don’t think that things won’t go wrong. Everybody thinks that it won’t happen to them. Even if you’ve spent lots of time picking a great plastic surgeon, something could potentially go wrong. You could end up with unsatisfactory results, odd shapes, or a more serious problem, like infection. Although this is rare if you do your research properly, it can still happen. Be prepared and have a plan, just incase!
More Surgery in the Future
Most people that have breast surgery will need more surgery in the future. Implants don’t last forever, so it’s likely you’ll need an operation to replace your implants in the future.
A good surgeon should answer all of your questions and be able to put your mind at ease. However, they should be honest about the risks and what you can/can’t achieve. Make sure you listen to their advice and take it all in so you can decide if having a breast augmentation is the right thing to do.
If you have lots of unwanted clothes, there are a number of things you can do with them. Although giving them to charity is a lovely idea, you could transform your old clothes right back into cash. The only problem is it can take a lot of work to get a decent amount of money for them. I’ve sold dresses that I’ve worn once, bought for £60 for £5! The tips in this post will help you to make sure everything you list sells, and that you get as much as possible for them:
Take High Quality Pictures
High quality pictures are essential for selling your unwanted clothes for a good amount of money. You could sell the exact same item for completely different prices if one listing has quality pictures and the other has blurry pictures. Your pictures should be clear, show the garment off accurately, and even styled up to look prettier. It won’t make a difference to the item you’re selling, but subconsciously, people will pay more.
Use a Model
By using a real life model or a mannequin, you can show how an item looks when worn. People prefer this to hanging it up, as it shows what it could look like on them. There are all kinds of models, from male mannequins to wire models. Choose one you think will show off your clothes best.
Write a Detailed Description
The more details you give in the description, the less you’ll be bombarded with questions. It also shows that you’re a completely transparent seller. You should say what the item is, the size, why you’re selling, etc. You could even give a tip on how to wear it. It’ll take you more time, but you’ll get more interest.
The buyer won’t know how you’re going to package the item before you do it, but if you package it nicely, you’ll make them want to buy from you again. You could just use some coloured tissue paper to make it look more attractive. Some sellers even include a small packet of sweets or a lollipop!
Focus on One Area at a Time
If you try to sell every single thing you own at one time, you can begin to feel overwhelmed. Instead, focus on one area at a time. For example, your dresses or your shoes. You can then work through everything you own until you’ve recycled everything and made a nice amount of money. Then you can treat yourself to a new summer wardrobe!
Sell for the Season
If you have winter coats to sell, wait until the weather cools down before you put them up for sale. If you sell these in summer, you won’t make very much for them at all as people just aren’t looking for them!
Check items that are the equivalent of yours and what they have sold for so you get an idea of what to sell for/hope for. Don’t set your hopes too high!