So Metallic!

There’s something beautiful about accessories, isn’t there? It seems no matter what you wear – be it a scarf, a necklace or a headband – your accessories can tell people a lot about you. It can show them whether you care about how classy you look, whether you love to stand out from the crowd with a splash of colour or whether you simply love to dress up a plain outfit or not. One of the only things that separates us women from the animals is our ability to choose and wear gorgeous accessories, and we should be making the most of this.

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You can dress up even the most boring of outfits simply by adding accessories. Swapping your usual uniform black heels at work for another, brighter colour like red or blue can change your outfit and give you some sparkle. The thing about accessories is that they show off your personality. Many clothes that are made for the workplace are quite uniform – and for good reason. The workplace is a professional environment and oozing sophistication is important to give a good impression. We spend most of our lives in the workplace, which loosely translates that we spend a lot of time wearing boring clothes! Jazzing those work suits up by switching plain stud earrings for dangly ones with flowers on them and adding brooches to your jacket are just the start. Work wear needs to be professional, but professional doesn’t mean boring. Loop that Hermes scarf into your belt loops instead of tying it around your neck, or wrap it around your wrist as a bracelet substitute. There are so many ways you can turn a work outfit into one that is unique and beautiful.

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Many people look for workout wear as the new year draws in, and neon shoelaces on your gym shoes can make workout wear look almost fun. While you cannot wear jewelry that is heavy or too big when working out, you can still change out your FitBit wristband to look funky and give your outfit pizazz. It’s all about working with colours and styles that suit you. Checking out the current accessories trends will also do you some favours so that you can be on point with your style solutions for your outfits. We all know that adding heels to a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit can instantly change how it looks, but it’s the same when you add a choker. Some of the most popular accessories are metallic at the moment. Think shiny gold belts and bronze gladiator sandals like these ones. Think unique necklaces of rose gold, silver and yellow gold and tear drop earrings with birthstones on the end. These sorts of accessories can change a whole outfit with just one addition, so don’t write it off.

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When you look at the accessories you use, do you find you’re sticking to the same styles and colours? Perhaps a change would be in order if you are looking to jazz your style. In the same way that you would dye your hair when you get bored of the colour, the way you accessorize has to evolve, too. When you were a teenager, you might have chosen to stick with delicate costume jewelry or big, ornamental hair clips in the shape of lizards or butterflies. The teenage years is where we develop our individual style and for most, discover the delicate metals that make our accessories sparkle that bit more. Thankfully, when we grow out of those years, we develop a better sense of personal style. Accessories help to accentuate that style and make our outfits a lot more glamorous!

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The best thing? Accessories don’t have to be expensive! You can make your whole look shine on a budget if you don’t have the money to throw around on pretty additions. You could even attempt to make your own accessories and there are plenty of materials and guides like this online where you can follow the steps and beautify on a budget. Whether you go for metal additions like necklaces and bracelets or cloth scarves and fake jewels, you can make your outfit stand out from the crowd. Never be afraid to be a little unique with your choices, as there’s nothing wrong with showing off your style. Accessories can give you confidence and help you to exude sophistication, so jazz up that outfit with a rose gold locket or two and watch those heads turn!

Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home with These 4 Common Tips

Who isn’t frustrated when it comes to having that perfect white smile we could flaunt around?

Every single day, after looking in front of the mirror enjoying that “me” time to brush your teeth, you get to imagine how ads and commercials make celebrities’ teeth whiter without edits. Let’s face it, for a lot of us, pearly whites have become more of a pastel yellow. Diet, age, and bad eating habits may seem to take a toll on our mouths leading to tooth decay and tooth discoloration. Whatever edits we do, even those who take very good care of their teeth could attest how it may sound impossible to retain tooth color back from when we were younger.

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The worst thing is even our teeth need a vacation from toothpaste and tooth whitening products because of its harmful side-effects. Why? Whitening toothpaste have some disadvantages because they don't essentially whiten your teeth. These products contain an abrasive that grinds away stains on the enamel, making our teeth shine brighter. Here’s a thing: abrasives in regular use could make your teeth an avenue to get stained more easily—leading to dulling of veneers and crowns.

But there’s always something to remedy this problem. A little help from homemade materials in this teeth whitening kit could solve it.

1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil doesn’t sound like the most pleasant thing in the world but it does make a difference in the color of your teeth. It is also supposed to promote gum health and help keep your breath fresh.

Coconut oil is considered to be one of the good agents in stain-decreasing products. In a research released, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a means to break down bacteria. Like apple cider vinegar, it doesn’t guarantee the immediate solution, so regular usage would definitely give the best effect. One of the safest to use—unlike baking soda-based whiteners—daily at any amount of coconut oil can work.

But for regular use, coconut oil, mixed with a few crushed peppermint leaves could greatly help eliminate some surface bacteria that make teeth yellow with a minty finish.

2. Baking Soda paired with Hydrogen Peroxide or Lemon Juice
Baking Soda isn’t new here. It’s very alkaline and basically balances acidic mouth levels to a good Ph and releases free radicals that break down stain-causing molecules on tooth enamel. As you should know, acidity deteriorates enamel when in high levels. Otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is mildly abrasive causing gentle grind son surface stains to return teeth to a whiter shade.

When paired with lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide, baking soda could reduce the acidity acting as a natural bleach of sorts.

You could make a concentrate to make a paste out of these two by combining about two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda and apply like toothpaste during your brushing hours. To make sure the paste isn’t gritty, use less baking soda.

Wait for the paste to stand for about a minute and then rinse so no distaste from either of both components could be left over.

Make sure to limit the use of your paste to two or three times a week as it would cause sensitivity when abused—maintain a regular non-excessive oral care regimen.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Of course, Apple cider vinegar has always been helpful.

It is a multi-use household product and Reader’s Digest recommends its usage for natural whitening. Using it in combination with baking soda helps erase stains and shines teeth. You can also gargle this solution regularly over time to answer other tooth discolorations. However, the results of using apple cider vinegar aren't instant but it will be worth it over a period of weeks.

To make a compliment with baking soda for your teeth whitening paste, two parts apple cider vinegar is ideal.For the second time, less is more when it comes to sodium bicarbonate. You could use this solution a few times a week or solely use the apple cider vinegar as a mild mouth rinse along with your regular oral care.

4. Whitening Strips
Everybody wants that million-dollar smile, and with this new teeth whitening product debuting in the market, it’s really one of the best options for everyone.

Whitening strips are over the counter which would contribute evident results as early as three days. On average, depending on teeth color, you can expect to see results in about seven days. After a full treatment, you can expect the results to last between six months and a year. You can also look at some before and after pictures of costumers so you know what works best.

Toothpaste is a typical, everyday item, but have you ever tried read its labels and contents? Commercial dental pastes usually comprise one or more of these damaging ingredients unknown to you or your teeth. These ingredients are there often set up in known natural brands of toothpaste. It is for you, a wise choice, to read all labels very carefully.

An example component is a fluoride; fluoride is fast being observed as the potentially dangerous element being sold under the show of “good for teeth”. Slowly but surely, a fluoride-free publicity is being put into order to ensure there is no more exposure to it. One very sad truth about fluoride, as of now, is dementia in humans. Due to exposure to fluoride, is said to double in the next two decades and triple in three.

Creating your own teeth whitening paste is enjoyable. It increases the glare of your smile and rounds the foods and drinks that are the worst in staining your set of teeth in the first place.

Remember that using homemade tooth whitening paste as your only oral care tool isn’t optimal for good mouth health. Keeping up with your normal routine of proper flossing and dentist checkups regularly is one of the best things to do in maintaining a healthy pearly smile.

If you haven’t had any routines at all, you can start using these tips as your whitening kit for your teeth as your daily, or if not, regular remedies. At all cost, stick to it, to have the glare that you wanted.

More so, it’s honestly common knowledge, and difficult to conquer in today’s world, but try to avoid dark drinks, such as coke and coffee that stain your teeth. Most of all, try to avoid using tobacco or cigarettes which induce tooth discoloration.

Just round about the corner and find your own homemade teeth whitening kit using these natural products.


Author’s Name: Crystal Evangelist
Author’s Bio: Fashionista and stylist with more than 5 years' experience in the industry. I adore a good bargain and love fabulous vintage wear as much as I do haute couture.

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Where The H*** Has My Hair Gone?!

OK, so hair loss is a bit of a sensitive issue. It can be embarrassing and really affect our self-esteem. But I'm here to tell you that it's not the end of the world. There are things that can be done about it. So even if you do find yourself looking in the mirror and saying: “Where the h*** has my hair gone?!,” you don't have to accept the situation.

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Firstly, before getting into the treatment of hair loss, let’s look at what can be done in the interim period. You can style your hair to cover that part that is balding. Also this need to be done carefully, as it can look a little strange.

The other option you may want to consider is wigs. Wigs are a truly fantastic invention that has been around for ever! Even folks that don't have hair loss wear wigs!

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Wigs are easier to style than your own hair, as you can do it when they are not in your head. You also get loads of variety if you are a wig wearer. Meaning you get to sport more outlandish styles and colors that perhaps you would do with your own natural hair.

There are two main types of wigs, ones made from real hair and synthetic ones. If you are going for a natural look, then a real hair wig is best. Although you can get that shiny look out of a synthetic one by soaking it in a bowl of fabric softener overnight.

Hair transplants
While you may be happy to wear wigs, that doesn't mean that you don't still want you hair loss problem sorted out. One way that you can do this is to go for a hair transplant.

A hair transplant a is a surgery where they remove hair from your body and transplant it into your scalp.It’s also known as hair plugs, and it's quite popular with celebrities and actors, which you can read more about here.

However, the problem, with hair transplants is that they aren't cheap. That means they are out of reach for many people. So if you have a hair loss problem, but don't regularly walk the red carpet what you can do?

Well, try looking at other products that are on the market, designed for thinning hair. You can get shampoo for hair loss now. Something that is super easy to maintain because you just replace your normal shampoo with it when you wash your hair.

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There are also some hair growth serums on the market that can be useful in this situation.  This is because they are designed to stimulate the follicles. Something that can encourage faster regrowth.

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Natural remedies
Lastly, if you're not so keen to surgery or commercial products then why not have a go at making some of your own natural remedies at home for hair loss?

Olive oil massages are said to help stimulate the blood flow in the scalp area, to help regrowth. You can even include aloe vera to this mix, as this will help to strengthen hair and reduces any irritation on the scalp.

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DIY Beauty Products: Are They Worth The Hype?

With so much emphasis on choosing cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly beauty products, more and more of us are turning to DIY beauty products. The fact is that a lot of products that are of a high-quality and are also cruelty-free and sustainable tend to be expensive, which puts them out of reach for anyone on a small budget. Then there’s the fact that we’re told time and time again that natural products are better for us, which is another reason that so many beauty lovers are now turning to DIY beauty.
DIY beauty products might be popular, but does that mean they are worth the hype? From DIY lip scrubs to homemade moisturizer, there are plenty of recipes available should you choose to swap to homemade beauty products - you can even make your own makeup. Making your own beauty products might seem like a good alternative to opting for branded products, but are the they worth it?

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What are the pros of making your own beauty products?
Control over the ingredients: One of the major benefits of making your own beauty products is the fact that you have complete control over what goes into them. You can choose where your ingredients come from, how they are formulated, and whether they are natural or not. You don’t need to worry about products packed full of chemical nasty's and their impact on your skin - find more info at - you have peace of mind that your products are free from chemicals.
Customized for you: When you make your beauty products yourself, you can customize them to suit your needs perfectly. Whether you’ve got dry, oily, or sensitive skin, you can customize your beauty products to be a perfect fit for your requirements. No more tingling from using products not made for sensitive skin. No more products that cause your skin to create excess oil. No more creams that claim to help dry skin but don’t. You can put whatever you like into your products.
Consistency: Never again will you need to worry about your favorite product being discontinued or reformulated. Whenever you are running low on a product, be it concealer or shampoo, you can whip up a new batch of it, ready to use when you need it.
Saves you money: In the long-run, making your own beauty products will save you a lot of money. Admittedly, at first you will need to be willing to invest in the ingredients, but once you’ve made that initial investment, making your own beauty products should save you a lot of money.
What are the cons of going DIY with your products?
It’s a case of trial and error: Unless you follow a recipe for a face cream to a T, it’s going to be a case of trial and error. This means that at first, your beauty products may not wow you and that it may take some time to get them right.
You will need plenty of storage: If you are going to stock up on all of the ingredients and equipment for making your own products, you will need plenty of storage space. So you will need to ensure that there’s somewhere in your home where you can store your supplies.
The pros of making your own beauty products definitely outweigh the cons. So the answer is yes, DIY beauty products are worth the hype.

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Cool Ways To Boost Your Weight Loss (That You Might Not Have Thought Of!)

When it comes to weight loss, there’s no substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. There’s no magic pill, you need to put in the hard work to create a calorie deficit through eating less and moving more. However, there are definitely ways you can help to boost your losses and get results that little bit quicker. And best of all, these things are nice ways to treat yourself for doing so well too. Here are just a few things to consider while you’re in the process of losing weight.
Get a Massage
The benefits of massage therapy on the body have been scientifically proven again and again. It triggers the release of endorphins making you feel fantastic, it eases stiff muscles which can help with pain and posture, and it improves circulation. Massage on areas of cellulite can help to remove the superficial fat from the skin, giving you a more smooth, toned and even appearance. Abdominal massage can help with stomach and digestive issues, reducing bloating and allowing your gut to work more effectively. Massage can also boost lymphatic draining, drawing excess water and toxins away from the tissues. Diet and exercise are still needed to burn the fat, but massage can help break up fatty deposits making them easier to eliminate, and also make you feel great too. If you’ve been upping your exercise routine chances are you’re a little stiff and sore. This is the perfect way to treat yourself without food or drink which will impact your losses.

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Sit in a Sauna/ Steam Room
Another relaxing and pampering way you can boost your weight loss is by going to sit in a sauna. Again it’s relaxing so promotes feelings of happiness and wellbeing, and the steam can help remove trapped oils and grime from pores helping with acne and leaving your skin clear and smooth. Because a sauna will raise your heart rate (due to the heat) and boost circulation, it’s another way you can help improve your losses. If you’ve done an hour working hard at the gym, treat yourself to some time in the sauna at the end. Use the sauna two to three times a week, for around fifteen minutes each time.

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Drink Green Tea
If you previously drank a lot of fattening but delicious tea and coffee drinks full of cream and sugar, a humble cup of green tea can be difficult to get used to at first. But stick with it, the health benefits really are incredible. Full of antioxidants it neutralizes ‘free radicals’ which are unstable cells leading to everything from aging to cancer. It contains a chemical called theanine which is a natural calming agent, perfect for winding down at the end of the evening. And best still, studies have shown that green tea can promote weight loss. As well as helping you up your water intake (essential to flush and clean your body when it’s burning fat) and it actually helps to boost fat oxidation rates too. Green tea pills are an option if you can’t get your head around drinking it. If you can, aim for two to three cups each day.

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Sleep Better
If you’re serious about losing weight, sorting out your sleep is something you’ll need to get onto as soon as possible. Tiredness can massively impact your hunger and fullness hormones, making your brain feel like it wants to eat- and then taking longer to recognize fullness. Plus your brain’s reward center revs up meaning that it’s actively looking for something that feels good. Unfortunately, high-energy, sugary, fatty and refined carbohydrate foods fit the bill pretty nicely. The combination of these things together is seriously bad news for weight loss. When you’re already eating less than what you normally would to cut calories, the last thing you need is to feel even hungrier. You’ll make your life that bit harder and be more likely to give into temptation and spoil your efforts so far. From a practical point of view too, sleeping for longer means less time to be thinking about food. Aim for up to nine hours each evening for better losses and better health overall too.

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Treat yourself with care when you’re on your weight loss journey. Taking the time out to do these things can help to create healthy habits and show yourself that you really do matter. This is particularly useful when you come to maintain your weight, since low self-esteem can quickly result in you returning back to your old ways. 

Tips to Get More Kissable Lips


Lips are one of a woman’s best features. Men love them, and women love having pretty full lip to show off in their selfies. Even if you don’t think your lips are particularly impressive, there are lots of things you can do to make them look more luscious and imminently more kissable, so that no one will be able to resist you.

Check out these tips to get more kissable lips:

Drink More Water

Lips need a lot of moisture if they’re going to look as plump and healthy as they should, which is why you should drink lots of water throughout the day to keep them hydrated. Being well-hydrated will also plump up and improve the appearance of your skin.
Lots of Lip Smacker

Unfortunately, the skin on our lips is quite thin, and it doesn’t benefit from any natural oils like other parts of the body, so it really is essential, if you want to have smooth, plump lips, that you apply moisture in the form of your favorite lip smacker on a regular basis. Lip balms that contain hydrating ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax are best.
Exfoliate Regularly

Because the skin on the lips is quite thin, you shouldn’t over exfoliate, but you should make an effort to get rid of dead skin at least once or twice a week, or if your lips are particularly sensitive, whenever you notice a real need to do so. Dead skin will start to flake if it isn’t removed and no one ever wanted to kiss horribly flaky lips.

Apply SPF
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Again, because the skin on the lips is thin and sensitive, it’s really important that you protect them by applying an SPF lip moisturizer daily. Even if it isn’t a sunny day, you still need to do this.

Apply a Hydrating Lipstick

If you want your lips to really look their best, steer clear of matte lipsticks which will dry out your lips and make them look dull and lifeless. Instead, find a great hydrating lipstick in your signature color and use that instead. If you must use a matte lipstick, at least a apply a layer of two of lip balm before you apply your lipstick.

Plump it Up

Lips that look naturally plump are so much more inviting than the lips, but you don’t have to have naturally plump lips to create the effect! Just apply a lip plumping gloss over your lipstick for a quick boost.

Take Care of Your Teeth

There’s little point making your lips look good if you don’t also take care of your teeth. After all, your lips look imminently more kissable when you smile, and if your teeth aren’t the best, that could ruin the effect.

If your teeth are missing or in really bad shape, consider getting the best dental implants you can afford, to transform your smile, otherwise, just doing the basics, like brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding excess sugar should be enough.

Do you have amazingly kissable lips? What are your top tips for creating lips that no man or woman can resist? 

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