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Hair Extensions: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Hair extensions are perfect when you’re looking for a bit of a change or when you weren’t quite quick enough to stop the hairdresser cutting your locks really, really short! Of course, like everything in a girl’s life, choosing the right hair extensions can be a tricky business. What length to go for? Clip in or flip in? Virgin or Remy? How is a girl to choose?! Lucky for you, I’ve got some hot tips to impart.

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The Good

For gorgeous locks it has to be Remy Hair. Also called Cuticle Hair, Remy is a collection of real human hair from a single donor, picked one strand at a time (I kid you not!). The cuticles all point the same way, which means they don’t tangle and they can be blended seamlessly with your natural hair. Since it’s real, you can abuse it in much the same way you would your own hair; dye it, straighten it, curl it and it’ll bounce back quite happily.

The best origin for your hair really depends on your background. Peruvian hair blends well with Caucasian textures, whilst Brazilian hair is a great match for Hispanic tresses. A good hairdresser will be able to advise you on the best match for you.

Now, how to fix it to your head? Micro-bead technology is really clever and ridiculously easy to maintain. Best of all, it doesn’t damage your natural hair. These babies connect to your hair with a little bead on the end of the extension, are happy to oblige any and all use of heat-styling appliances and last for up to four months. Of course they’re pricey, but beauty is pain.

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The Bad

Not all human hair is as lovingly treated as Remy. In fact, you can get some really rather atrocious examples. A lot of the cheaper alternatives undergo machine processing that strip them of the cuticle, leaving them brittle, dry and prone to tangling. These guys do not take kindly to dying and heat-styling is a definite no no.

Glue in hair extensions definitely belong to the bad category. The glue used can cause your natural hair to break and the weight of the extensions has been known to cause actual hair thinning. Add to that the fact that you can’t get any conditioner or styling products on the glue or go anywhere near it with a curling iron and you’ve got one bad option.

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The Ugly

It really doesn’t get much uglier than synthetic hair. Artificially glossy, flame retardant and often heat resistant (no perfect curls for you) this really is a last resort.

You know what’s coming now right? Yep. Its the clip ins. Ignoring the fact that they are a pain to put in (they are) and that the clips hurt your scalp (they do) the main problem with this quick fix is that they tangle easily. Matted dreadlocks anybody? Even the most expensive hair isn’t enough to rescue the clip ins. More often than not, when you swish your flowing locks for all to see, everybody will also get a glimpse of the big old clips holding them in. Definitely ugly.

New Breasts Need New Clothes!

If you’re planning on having, or have had, breast augmentation surgery, one of the most fun things you can look forward to is planning your new wardrobe. After all, your body has changed shape, and you’ll probably find that most of your tops and dresses (not to mention underwear) doesn’t fit anymore.

But before you hit the shops, here are a few hints and tips you might want to consider while you are recovering from a breast augmentation.

Take your time

It can take a couple of months for the swelling in your breast or breasts to go down, so be patient. There’s no point spending a lot of money on new clothes, only to have to do it again once everything has settled down.

See what still fits

First, try on your old clothes to see what still fits and what doesn’t. If the fabric is pulling across your chest, buttons are popping open, or you’re getting gaps between the front buttons of a shirt, it’s time for some new clothes. But instead of throwing your old clothes away, consider donating them to a charity shop or organising a clothes swapping party with your friends.

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Get measured

As soon as you think you’re ready, make sure you get measured for your new bra size. Most department stores and underwear shops will offer this service free of charge. And there’s no need to feel embarrassed, they have seen all sizes and shapes before! It’s important to get your bra size right so that you feel comfortable, and your breasts are well supported. This is particularly important for sports bras too as you will need some extra support.

Experiment

Try on lots of different styles to figure out your new size – and to find out what flatters your new shape. If you’re used to wearing tight or low-cut tops, you may find that you now spill out of the top. So look for styles that accentuate your new bust without looking cheap or vulgar.

Avoid high necklines and double-breasted jackets as these can make you look top heavy. Also avoid fussy tops with ruffles or frills across the chest. Instead, try single-breasted styles or tops with a deep V-neck, which will elongate your body while also showing off your curves.

Take a friend – and a camera

Take a friend with you for a second opinion about your new clothes. It’s also an idea to have them take some pictures on your phone or camera, so you can see yourself from lots of different angles. Why not make a full day of it with lunch and some luxury beauty treatments too?

Swimwear

If your bust is bigger, but the rest of your body is the same shape, you may find it difficult to find one-pieces that fit. Instead, try bikinis or tankinis that allow you to buy different sizes in tops and bottoms. You may also want to go for a bikini top that has built-in support or underwiring.

Enjoy your new body

Most importantly, find new styles that flatter your new shape and make you feel great.

How To Choose A Good Plastic Surgeon

If you are considering undergoing cosmetic surgery, choosing the right surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will need to make.

To help you choose the best surgeon, we have put together a handy guide to help you.

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How do I go about choosing a surgeon?

Most cosmetic surgery procedures require a fully trained and highly skilled surgeon. It is important to consider a number of different factors when choosing your surgeon. One of the most important things to look for in a surgeon is medical training qualifications and surgical experience.

When choosing your surgeon ensure you pick one who has an excellent reputation and who you feel comfortable with. Breast enlargement procedures and tummy tucks require a long time in surgery, so it is important to fully trust your surgeon. As these procedures are performed in close proximity to some of your major organs, it is important that your surgeon takes extra care.

As each procedure requires a different amount of skill, it is a good idea to choose a surgeon who specialises in the procedure that you are having.

Do your research

Once you find a surgeon that you like and can trust, do your research on them. Ask around and if possible, get in touch with some of their previous patients. Speak to your doctor and ask whether they have heard of your surgeon before. If not, ask if they can recommend another reputable surgeon.

If you have a friend or family member who has had cosmetic surgery in the past, ask them to recommend the surgeon or clinic that took care of them. You will feel much more comfortable with your surgeon if a friend or family member can vouch for them.

Go for consultations

Before picking your plastic surgeon, go for at least three or four consultations. Look around each of the clinics and see what you think. Trust your gut instinct, if you feel uncomfortable with certain surgeon or at a certain clinic then choose a different one. There is no point feeling more anxious and uncomfortable before having a major medical procedure done. Choose a clinic that you feel completely comfortable at and a surgeon you know you can trust.

Ask lots of questions

Once you have picked your surgeon, go back and meet them a second time. Discuss your procedure, ask about your recovery time and the success rate of your chosen surgery. Before you come in for your procedure, ensure that you have all the plastic surgery information that the clinic can provide.

Ask how long the procedure will take, what aftercare the clinic will provide. It is also advisable to ask your surgeon about the process if your operation is not successful – do you have to pay for it to be redone? If your surgeon does not react well to these questions or refuses to answer them, then it would be a good idea to rethink your options and choose a different clinic or surgeon.

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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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.

Lady Rebecca

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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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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6 Cool Tricks To Make Your Beauty Regime Easy

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There is no denying it; being a woman is hard. It is insane how long we women spend on our beauty regime. Don’t we have better things to do? Spending hours every morning trying to look like a Barbie doll is pointless. Instead, make your regime quick and easy, so that you can get on with the most important things in life. On a day to day basis, you don’t need to go all out and give yourself a makeover each morning. Rather than doing that use some simple tricks that will keep you looking stunning, without even trying. Here are six cool tricks to make your beauty regime easy.

1. Get Your Eyelashes Tinted

If there is one product that most women use every day, it has to be mascara. Applying mascara when you’re half asleep and can barely keep your eyes open is no fun. How many times have you had to cleanse your eyes and start again, because the lacquer has clumped? That’s right, about twice every morning. Instead of bothering with that hassle, give your eyelashes definition by getting them tinted. Having your lashes tinted will cost you about $8 and will last for a matter of weeks, so you don’t have to bother with mascara for a while.

2. Get Laser Hair Removal

Shaving is the bane of every woman’s life. Remembering to shave your legs each time you shower is a pain. If you happen to have light hair on your face or neck, you may also have to spend time on a weekly basis waxing or using hair removal products. Having laser hair removal means that you can get rid of unwanted hair for good. You can throw away your razor right now.

3. Sleep With Braids In Your Hair

Straightening or styling your hair is one chore you just don’t have time for in your life. Instead, sleep in braids. Tie your hair in tight braids before bed and spray with a conditioning treatment. When you wake up in the morning, you will have beautiful wavy hair with zero-time spent on styling or taming it. Easy.

4. Use A Toothbrush On Your Eyebrows

This year it is popular to have a thick eyebrow. Models, such as Cara Delevingne, have made the look trendy. If you keep your eyebrows thick, though, they tend to start looking messy. Rather than buying expensive brow products, just use a toothbrush. A clean toothbrush will help you to tame your brow and is easy to use. Just make sure you don’t use the same one you brush your teeth with each morning. You can even use an eyebrow pencil for an extra luscious look.

5. Drink Lemon Water To Whiten Teeth

Lemon juice has natural cleansing properties. You can spend a lot of cash on having your teeth whitened or buying special bleaching products. Those products have harmful chemicals in them and are bad for you. Instead, drink lemon water on a daily basis. After a month, you will notice a difference in the color of your teeth and the glow of your skin.

6. Clean Your Brushes (Without Expensive Solutions)

It is vital that you clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis. Brushes harbour bacteria and so can cause you to have blemishes when you use them. Cleaning solutions for makeup brushes tend to be expensive and don’t always work well. Instead, you can use baby oil to clean your brushes. Soak the tip of the brush in baby oil for an hour and then rinse. The oil will break down the makeup and bacteria on the brush, and this will come out when you rinse.

Multiple Ways to Create Big, Bouncy Locks

Big, bouncy locks are what life is all about! Having thick looking, bouncy hair like Cheryl Cole is every girl’s dream. But just how can you achieve it? There are lots of ways! However, the way that works best for you will depend on your hair type. I have fine hair, so I need to use lots of product in mine to get it to last all day. Here are some ideas you can use to get that bouncy ‘fro:

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Use a Big Barrel Wand

A big barrel curling wand is my fave hair tool that I own. This is because it creates a gorgeous, bouncy wave, without being too tight or too loose. Just like Cheryl Cole! Make sure you curl away from your face when you’re doing the pieces closest to your face, and curl in opposite directions all over your head. Section your hair off before curling to make sure you curl as much as possible. Hair spray each curl as you go along.

Use a Hair Straightener

I’m no good with a hair straightener. Well, for straightening I’m OK. But for curling? Forget about it. You on the other hand, might take to this trick like a duck to water. The curls do look amazing when you can get them right. Hair Styling Girl recommends watching tutorials online to see if you can get the hang of it.

Use a Waving Iron

Waving irons are so easy to use, and they leave you with that boho-beachy-wave look. You literally could have just stepped out of the sea and onto a festival field with this look. So Vanessa Hudgens!

Scrunch It

Some people have naturally wavy hair. In this case, all you need to do is give it a good scrunch! You could use plain water, a mousse, or a salt spray to get the desired effect. Simply get a good amount of product in your hand and scrunch pieces of hair to get the desired look.

Plait It

Plait your hair all over, and then leave in overnight. Plaits are big news at the moment, so this shouldn’t be a problem for you. The next step is to shake out those plaits and reveal bouncy waves! It’s so easy, a monkey could do it.

Backcomb It

For the bouncy part, you might want to backcomb your hair at the crown of your head to get some height. This works really well on girls with round faces, who want to give their face a more ‘oval look’. I use this trick all the time.

Blow Dry It

If you’re skilled with a blow drying brush, you can blow dry your hair on a high heat, skillfully using the brush as you go to get that fresh out of the salon look. The great thing about this method is that the hair is always silky and shiny when finished.

Put in Some Rollers

Applying rollers like a true diva is another great way to get bounce and curls. This might be all you need to get that bouncy do!

Have you tried any of these methods? Leave a comment!