How To Look Flawless On A Formal Night Out; From Head To Toe

If you’ve been invited to a formal event or evening (lucky you), it can feel a little daunting as there’s an array of things to consider before you go. Usually, the people, or person, requesting the pleasure of your company will have specified a dress code on the invite, or the theme of the party will help steer you in the right direction when it comes to your look. However, it’s important to prep and plan as much as you can beforehand; so you can get ready with ease, and your night will get off to the best start.

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Let’s start at the top; your hair. Whatever your hair type might be; you want it looking the best it can on your big night out. On the run up to the event, make sure you take some time to indulge in a hair mask or two, so you know your hair is as strong and conditioned as possible. It’s important to nourish your hair before any styling, straightening, or curling, as most of these techniques require the use of direct heat to your hair, along with products and sprays that you’re not used to.

Figure out if you’re going to use a professional stylist at a hair salon, or if you’re confident enough to execute the hairstyle of your choice yourself. If you’re going with the salon option, make sure you’re booked in as soon as you’ve RSVP’d to the invite. Give yourself enough time to get dressed and apply your make up after the stylist (whether it’s you, or somebody else) has worked their magic. If you choose to get your hair done in the morning, ensure your style is locked in with enough spray, and it will see you through until you get in the car to go home!

It’s always a treat to pamper your skin, but in the days leading up to the formal event; make sure you moisturize each day after your bath or shower. If you plan to apply a fake tanning product, it’s key that your skin is hydrated, particularly around your knees, elbows, and heels. Fake tan a couple of evenings before; so it looks as natural as possible, and there’s time to fix any potential mistakes.

If you don’t feel the need to change the shade of your skin in any way, ensure it’s looking as bright, soft and moisturized as possible. Applying specialist foot cream to your feet and toes, and popping some cotton socks on them, before bed each night will ensure they are soft and sandal-ready. The morning of the event is a great time to use a body scrub, to get rid of any dry areas of skin, and pop your body cream, butter, or soufflĂ© of choice on from head to toe.

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When it comes to doing your own makeup for an occasion, make sure you have several practice runs in the evenings, or the weekend before the event. You might need to brush up on your eyelash application or get that contouring technique perfected, so it’s worth remembering that practice makes perfect! Take a look on YouTube and Pinterest for some inspiration and tutorials on formal makeup looks, and test out what’s going to suit your skin tone, hair, and outfit choice.

Try and work out how long the makeup will take you to do, and give yourself some extra time, in case you need to correct anything or fix a smudge (it’s bound to happen). For some tips on achieving a flawless makeup look, takea peek here.

Just because you’re heading out to a formal event, doesn’t mean you have to feel completely uncomfortable, or unlike yourself. You can rock an outfit that fits both the occasion and your personal style; so bear that in mind when it comes to going dress or suit shopping. Thinking about the best color palette for your hair and skin tone is a wise place to start; you might think you’ve found the outfit of your dreams, only to find the color makes you look washed out and unwell. So, if you can eliminate certain colors and shades from your search, it will save a lot of time in the changing rooms.

Once you’ve figured out the best colors for you, think about what silhouettes complement your body shape. Be confident and embrace what you’ve been blessed with (while remembering this is a formal occasion and not a day at the beach). Try on different styles, in different fabrics; then take pictures in the changing room mirror, so you can scroll through each one and decide which makes you look the most fabulous.

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One of the best things about a formal event, aside from wearing beautiful attire, is completing the look with some jewelry. A special occasion is the best excuse to sparkle from head to toe literally, but make sure you don’t go too overboard (unless it’s an Elizabeth Taylor-themed evening).

Two to three key pieces are usually sufficient, and will create an elegant look; so, think about a set of earrings, necklace, and a ring for example, or perhaps you could swap the necklace for a bracelet instead. Think about what metal tones and gemstones will fit in will your look, and if you’re treating yourself to something new, take a look at sites like Silver Blings, which will help inspire you on what to choose.

Hopefully, you’ve already been moisturizing your hands and feet as discussed previously; but, now’s the time to add the finishing touches. You can further ensure the condition of your nails by using a cuticle oil on a regular basis before your come to paint them or visit the beauticians for a manicure.

When it comes to your nail polish choice; your options really come down to a neutral, nude shade, or a pop of color, that will stand out on your fingernails and toes. Classic berry tones and reds suit every skin tone, and will go with a huge variety of colors, ensuring your nails wouldn’t clash with your clothing; but, instead, would complement it. However, if you’re unsure and wary of looking too busy; pick a taupe or a pale pink shade, which will definitely go with your outfit, whatever the color.

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You finally have a legitimate excuse to go shoe shopping (yay); the first thing to make sure of is if you can walk in them. If you never wear stilettos or shoes with a heel higher than two inches, you’re unlikely to be able to walk and dance gracefully at the party, so try not to buy anything that will put your ankles at risk. Luckily, there are so many options when it comes to formal shoes, and they come in every heel height, style, and color imaginable; so you should be able to find the right pair for you and your outfit.

Make sure you try them on in the store and have a good walk around in them to make sure they are comfortable and don’t rub your feet. You don’t want your whole night ruined because your heels and toes have been in agony since half an hour in. You can wear your shoes around the house a little each evening to break them in and ensure they’ll be comfortable at your event. It’s always better to be strutting when you make your entrance, rather than hobbling!

Your bag needs to be big enough to hold your essentials; your phone, money, and any cosmetics that might need topping up throughout the night (breath mints and a comb also seem to come in handy). A clutch style bag is a great option, as it will hold all you need, but won’t be too heavy or cumbersome to carry around. Many clutches also come with straps and chains that can be folded away inside; so you can pull them out and pop your bag on your shoulder when you want to dance, take a selfie, or if your hands are full of canapes.

A beautiful bag is another chance to enhance your overall look, so consider the color and embellishments carefully. Think about metallic colors that will match your jewelry, a shade that will match your lip and shoe color, or perhaps the bag is where all the gemstones and sparkles can be in your ensemble. Check out what formal bags the celebs were wearing at this year’s Met Gala here:

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The main thing to remember, with any special event or occasion, is to enjoy the process. It’s not all the time that you have to choose something formal to wear and make yourself look and feel great; so see the invite as an instruction to do that and have fun. You don’t have to lose your personality and style either; it’s a chance to figure out what you feel best in, at formal events that you may not experience regularly. Embrace the challenge, treat yourself, and indulge in some quality pampering and shopping time (sounds pretty great).

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Stay In Style On Your Summer Vacay

Heading on vacation isn’t just about relaxing. You might also be eager to show off your sense of style and ensure you look stunning, whether you’re hitting the beach or the street. Do you ever wonder how the girls who look fabulous in the tropical weather accomplish such a feat? Well, there are multiple ways to enhance your summer style.

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Water Proof Makeup
You might be planning on hitting the water parks this summer. Perhaps you’re heading off to Orlando to explore the brand new Volcano Bay. Or, maybe, you’re simply itching to get down to the beach and work on your summer tan. Either way, you’ll almost certainly be getting quite wet. You don’t want to come out the pool looking like a raccoon or panda. You have two options here. You could go natural and opt not to wear any makeup. If you don’t have the confidence to do this, you might want to look at the waterproof makeup available from some of the biggest, best brands. They can provide you with everything from waterproof mascara to a waterproof contouring kit. You’ll never lose your summer style, even if you do decide to take a dip.

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Can’t See Past My Shades
Of course, if you want to look effortlessly stylish and chic at the beach, you just need to think about purchasing the right summer shades. You can find some of the best shades on review at sites like Beach Rated. There are various different types to choose from these days such as cat's eye sunglasses. These have come back into fashion of late and you’re certainly going to see a lot of girls wearing these around LA on the beaches.

Alternatively, you can opt for vintage pilot sunglasses that look absolutely awesome and will give your style a little bit of a retro vibe.

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Add some accessories to your outfit to make sure that you master that carefree, cool ocean style. You might want to start by purchasing some bangles and bracelets for your arms. Try looking for colorful varieties that will really stand out on a crowded dance floor. You can even opt for luminescent options if you like. Remember, summer is the time to be fun and adventurous with your sense of style.

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Show Some Skin
Finally, summer is the perfect time to show off a little skin in the heat and what better time to do this than on vacation? If you are confident with your body, you can think about showing a little mid-drift and don’t be scared of those short skirts or shorts. Summer is the time when everyone puts themselves on display. You can still be classy when showing off your body. Just look at some of the styles of the celebs to see how to do this.

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The Perfect Shoes
Finally, look for the perfect shoes to complete your summer outfit. In Europe, Roman sandals are all the rage, so perhaps you want to make this fashion choice. With the straps reaching up to your knees, these are incredibly stylish and will certainly ensure you stand out on your next vacation.

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7 Simple Beauty Fixes To See You Through Summer

When you love beauty trying new treatments and looking and feeling good there’s always a buzz in the air as soon as summer comes around. Of course, we all love the warmer months, longer days and lighter nights but when it comes to beauty, summer offers us something else entirely. We get to shake up our hairstyles, go breezy with the makeup, and have fabulous treatments that make our beauty routines even easier.

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If you’re wondering what treatments you should be trying to get yourself summer beauty ready, or what steps you should take to feel your more beautiful self, here are seven that you do not want to miss.

1. Hydrating Facial

The first thing that you're going to want to do is to focus on your skin. You may not notice it as first, but as soon as the weather warms up, we all get just that little bit more dehydrated in life. So not only do you have to drink more water during the summer months to keep your body happy and healthy, you have to pay a little more attention to your skin. Keeping up with your moisturizing routine is always good, but you might want to go that little bit further and apply a homemade hydrating face mask every week, just to make sure your skin is getting the care it needs.

2. Waxing

Even if you manage to go every single winter without shaving your legs (lucky you!), come summer, it’s one of those every other day chores, or sometimes daily) that we all hate. But, if you have super fast growing hair or dark hair, you might want to rethink that daily shower situation and opt for monthly waxes instead. If you get the right therapist, you’re going to walk away with super smooth legs and baby-soft skin.

3. Exfoliating

One way to help with that hair situation is to make sure that you exfoliate. It may not be something that you prioritize, at least when it comes to your body anyway, but during the summer months, it can be a beauty savior. When you exfoliate your body, you get rid of dead skin cells that can make your skin look dry and dull. You’re also ensuring that your wax lasts that little bit longer and the same goes for your tan - natural or otherwise. So, whether you choose to exfoliate with or without a scrub, you’re going to want to do this once or twice a week so benefits from healthy skin.

4. Hair Cut

Then there’s that all-important summer trim to think about. After winter, we can often be left with dry, dull looking locks. To make sure that they shine in time for winter, you’re not only going to want to up your conditioning and treatment game; you need to get all those dead and dry ends snipped off. Whether you opt for that simple trim or a complete restyle, you’ll feel like an entirely different person by the time you step out of the salon this summer.

5. Teeth Whitening

We all want a smile that we’re proud of. As a teen, if you went through that awkward, painful stage of wearing braces, you didn’t just do that to let your teeth go as you grow. Oh no. Especially if you’ve had braces regularly. Instead, you’re going to want to make sure that you not only keep on top of your oral health but that your teeth shine nice and white too. Whether you opt for professional whitening or use the incredible invention of charcoal toothpaste to get your smile up to scratch, summer is the perfect time to do it.

6. Spray Tan

When the weather warms up, and we all start to wear lighter layers and shorter lengths, we all want a nice tan to show off. You might not be hitting the beach anytime soon, but there are no reasons that you can’t look like you have. So, head to the salon and book in for a spray tan. That way, when you are wearing shorts and shorter tops, you’ll feel beach ready already.

7. Micro-blading

Isn’t it the dream to have flawless makeup all day, every day? If only we could wake up with a full face and get on with our day, it would save us a lot of time, right? Well, there is kind a way that you can. Semi-permanent makeup solutions, like micro-blading, give you beautiful eyebrows from the second you wake up. So if you want to go on vacation completely makeup free and still feel good, micro-blading is the answer.

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Beauty Bloggers Brawl 2017

The annual Summer Beauty Bloggers Brawl is nearing. This is my first time being a part of this Beauty Blogger collaboration and this should be fun since I get to review 10 top picks product of my choice and to give my honest opinion whether I like them or not.

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What is the Bloggers Beauty Brawl?
This is a group of beauty bloggers coming together to review 10 beauty products over 10 consecutive days starting on the 3rd of June 2017 until the 12th of June. For example, day one I can review my favorite liquid lipstick from any brand, day 2 my favorite or worse beauty buy product and the list continues until day 10.

List of Beauty Products types that the collaborated bloggers will be reviewing per day.
Day 1: Liquid Lipstick
Day 2: Brow Product
Day 3: Eyeliner – liquid or pencil
Day 4: Makeup Remover
Day 5: Nail varnish – summer colour
Day 6: Face Mask
Day 7: Primer
Day 8: False Eye lashes
Day 9: Hand Cream
Day 10: Bronzer

Products are chosen based on individual bloggers selection. Stay tune for each day to see my picks. I will also link back to participating beauty bloggers in my daily thread, so you will get an idea of the exciting products each bloggers are reviewing. The bloggers will also rate each product out of 100 by playing a virtual game of beauty Top Trumps. Bloggers are required to honestly and openly review each product type based on the predetermined list of criteria which includes product, price and packaging.

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How do bloggers get products for reviewing?
Bloggers can choose to buy their choice of ten (10) beauty products or they can source them from sponsors. Products can be budget friendly or high end product.

What is Top Trumps Cards and where can I find it?
The Top Trumps card app is available for IOS devices. Each blogger is required to download the app and create their unique cards with product, price and packaging rating and an image of the daily product that is being reviewed.

Are there any rules?
1)    Bloggers are required to review the same product type on the same day.
2)    Bloggers are required to review their products honestly and score fairly even if they don’t like the product.
3)    Bloggers must have their post published before 6pm each day.
4)    Bloggers must write an introductory post explaining what the Beauty Brawl is all  about.
5)    Products that are being reviewed must be new.

How do I join?
The collaboration is ran through a Facebook group called Blogger's Beauty Brawl 2017, send a request to be added.

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The Little Gifts That Mean A Lot

Sometimes, it can be hard to really personalize your gifts so that that the person you’re gifting them to knows you care. There are sites online where you can get words in scripted onto a glass, or a bracelet engraved with special words… but for the most part, you can end up feeling like a bit of a fraud for not doing it yourself. But don’t worry - there are certain things that you can make at home which really will have that magic sparkle to them without you having to break your budget.

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Cookies and Cakes
Baking your own creations and decorating them the way you want can be a super-sweet way to create a really bespoke (and yummy!) gift. If you know the favourite sweet treat of the person that you’re gifting them to, then all the better. This is a way to really cut out the cost of going to the bakery and hoping that they’ve got something similar in stock, or paying a professional cake maker to do it for you. Just make sure that you have enough ingredients to cover everything so you’re not popping back to the shop every couple of minutes for something new.

CDs and Vinyls
If you are a good singer/songwriter, why not record a song for them? There is nothing more personal than having a song composed specifically for you, and this is something that can be treasured for years to come. If it’s something that you’re particularly proud of, head over to Nationwide to ensure that you’ve got good quality CDs to hand out to your friends, family and maybe those even higher like music producers to listen to your tracks!

Art can be subjective, but as long as it’s focused around a subject that the receiver will absolutely love, then it’s something that will always go down a treat. As long as it doesn’t look like Phoebe’s creation ‘Gladys’ from Friends, it may even turn out to be something that will be hung in their home for years to come. Think about all of the things that make your friend smile and try to include them, however small the influence within your design may be.

There are some photos of yourself that you will have never seen. This is the same for any friends and family members who you hold close. If you are in possession of these photos, try putting them in an album or in a nice frame for them to receive. You could even add little beads and sequins to the spaces between people or on plain bits of background to really jazz them up a bit. It’s small memories like this which can mean the world to some people, and truly you don’t have to spend a lot on a gift for it to be something that they hold dearly to them. Just make sure that you have a spare copy of the photo if it’s one that you like as well.

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Big Night Out Without The Big Spend

If you’ve got a big night out planned, you want to be looking your best. You might be heading to the mall to find the perfect outfit and some fresh cosmetics. Maybe you’ve even got a salon appointment? Before you go and melt the plastic of your credit card, consider where you really want to be spending your cash? Do you need to spend big to have a big night out?

It’s always nice to buy everything new for a big event or night out. That doesn’t mean you have to if you would rather spend your hard-earned cash on the event itself. You might have a gorgeous dress tucked in the back of your closet that is begging to come out and be seen. If you’re worried someone might recognize it from last season, dress it up with fresh accessories and a different pair of shoes.

Don't spend hours in the mall at the cosmetics counter. Try hunting for make-up coupons that offer you great products without the hassle. Remember, your application technique is just as important as the product when you want to achieve that flawless look. Pop your savings in your purse to go toward your evening out. Would you give up the salon stylist and do your hair at home? The savings you make could provide you with a little extra cash to enjoy while you’re out.

If you’re worried about spending too much money while you’re out, why not give yourself a top limit? This will help prevent you going overdrawn or ringing up big bills you can’t afford. You could leave the credit card at home and only carry cash so you can see when you’re starting to run low. If you’re worried about this, you can try a prepaid card. Of course, you should never leave yourself too short to cover the cost of a cab home.

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Booking your venues in advance can sometimes save you a little extra cash too. If you know where you’re heading this evening, why not call and see what offers are available? You can use the savings for something extra on the night, or put it away for something else another time. Sharing a ride with the others in your party can help you all spread the cost of the evening too. Sometimes a hotel room shared with you is cheaper than the cost of a late night cab from the city.

Alcohol will always cost more than soft drinks. Why not alternate between the two? If there are a lot of you in your party, you could share a pitcher, or buy your drinks in advance on a tab that may offer a discount. What about dining? Some restaurants offer a set price per head when you book for the entire party in advance. This means you don’t have to limit yourself to a salad if your budget is a little tight.

You don’t have to spend a lot on a big night out to enjoy it. Sometimes the evening can be more fun knowing you’ve put a little away in savings too. Enjoy!

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