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Monday, 30 September 2013

Easy Tips To Have Perfect Skin Overnight


The first thing most people see of you is your face. It can shape your whole image and boost or crumble your self esteem. This is why this article was created: to give you a few tips on what you are able to do if you want vibrant and young looking skin.

After working out, you need to bathe so you get the sweat off of your skin. Using a washcloth to rinse off your face won't remove all of the pore-clogging oil and bacteria that comes with sweat. In addition, ensure that the water you use in your shower is warm.

It is never a good idea to go sleep without removing your makeup first. During this time is when the body and skin rejuvenate while repairing any damage that was done during the day. Keeping makeup on when you sleep does not allow the skin to properly breathe, meaning it cannot repair itself. Take the time to remove all of it before you head to bed.

Baking soda is something that you can use for skin care, as it is cheap and easily accessible. When mixed with water it forms a paste to treat dry skin areas or pimples, when applied overnight. You can also use a little baking soda and water to remove the scalp buildup caused by excessive hair styling products.
Improve the appearance of your skin by avoiding alcohol. One drink daily is fine, but it can enlarge pores and make skin oilier. Your pores can get clogged easier and you could break out from the excess oil.

If you have chapped lips, make a homemade lip balm to help them out. The recipe is simple. Crush cucumber and mix it with sour cream and honey, then gently apply to your lips and wait for 15 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with warm water, and seal in moisture by applying almond oil.

Do not forget to protect your lips with moisture too. The air may be quite dry during the winter. Lips can become dry and cracked if they are not kept moist and protected with lip balm or some other moisturizer. Cracked or chapped lips are painful and unpleasant to deal with.

If you develop some sort of skin problem that doesn't go away after a while, get a dermatologist in on the action. Dermatologist's such as Dr. Steppie MD can provide you with great dermaceuticals all designed specifically for the skin Many people do not take skin issues seriously and may end up causing more damage by applying self diagnosed treatment or delaying medical care.

Lemon juice is a natural way to bleach your skin. When applied to blemishes, dark spots and scars on the skin, lemon juice lightens them naturally. While each treatment only lasts a day, it's nevertheless a cheap and healthy alternative to chemical bleaching products.

If you have oily skin, use products specifically designed for that type of skin. Astringents and toners can also prevent excessive oil from building up on your skin. Moisturizers that are used for oily skin can also aid your face in staying oil-free.

Eat a diet rich in antioxidants to control the condition of your skin. Make sure that you're drinking green tea, eating fruits and even a little dark chocolate. These antioxidants can help protect your skin from damage caused by UV rays, stress and smoking.

What you eat can affect your skin. Contrary to popular belief, foods such as french fries and chocolate do not cause acne. However, there is a correlation between proper diet and healthy skin. Eat healthy things like fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and nuts. These foods have acne-fighting nutrients that will help reduce your breakouts.

If you use the things that were gone over in this article, you will have no problem having skin that's more beautiful than ever. Healthy and vibrant skin helps to project your good attitude to the rest of the world.

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Céline Cabas Zip Tote Bag Look4Less

A personal favourite of Miranda Kerr. I pretty much fall head over heals for everything she wears, she could wear anything and it would look effortlessly chic. A bag that is both functional and stylish at the same time. This bag features two zips to expand its capacity, meaning this bag would be the absolute perfect carryall. The Céline Cabas tote bag costs  1250. It's almost impossible to get your hands on one of these bags, they are permanently sold out. 

Unfortunately, my budget can't exactly take a dent like the one this bag would leave. The bag below may not be an exact copy but it definitely has all the same elements. I love absolutely this Look4Less which is available in black, white and red. It may not be leather but I know I have some vegan readers who would actually prefer that. The Zip shopper bag from Mango costs €40.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Discover your Style with Pre-Owned Designer Clothing

While most of us love the idea of owning the most stunning and stylish designer clothing, not all of us can afford the hefty price tags. However, a new industry is emerging to give us these high-end brands at a much lower cost. The designer consignment industry is a booming $13 billion dollar business and for good reason. People love designer products and are more than happy to find a great deal at a consignment shop. Being a savvy shopper means knowing what is out there in terms of types of pre-owned designer clothing as well as different styles.
Types of Pre-Owned Clothing
First, it is important to note that "pre-owned" does not mean "poor condition." Most boutiques and consignment shops will not take clothing that is flawed or worn out. No matter what type of clothing you prefer, expect to enjoy great style without going over your budget.

Clothing type is often divided up in a variety of ways. You can search according to things like color or material. Depending on your particular style, searching for clothing in this way may bring you the best results. You can also look for particular brands or designers. Some people prefer to follow trendsetters or celebrities and match their style. These are all different types of pre-owned clothing that can get you started on your low cost designer style.

Additionally, you can also look at specific pieces of clothing. Some examples include jackets, blouses, jeans, swim suits, and athletic wear. Sometimes a special dress or pair of jeans is all you need.

Different Styles
From sleek and elegant to edgy and modern, there are plenty of styles from which to chose. Chances are that you already have a style in mind. Find a way to express yourself through your favorite brands!

Second hand designer bags are an excellent way to define your style. There are many different designs to choose from, including clutches, backpacks, pouches, purses, shoulder bags, totes, and weekenders. Many people have more than one bag, depending on their plans for the day. The right bag can add refined elegance to a simple black dress, or even express a more casual tone.

Specific designers and brands can also influence your overall style. For example, some designers have a strong presence in the media. You see their brands in movies, music videos, and other media outlets. A couple of examples are Gwen Stefani and Coco Chanel. Others express a certain type of lifestyle, focusing on what people want. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and Phoebe Philo are all good examples. Find the designer that speaks to your sense of style.

These designers can all be found second hand, and for a fraction of the price. In fact, knowing the specific brand can make finding excellent deals even easier.

You can dress fashionably with name brands without spending huge amounts of money. The best way to do so is by finding pre-owned designer clothing. Know what type and style to look for, and you will enjoy the confidence that comes with self-expression.

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Burberry Prorsum Lace Peplum Skirt Look4Less

I love this Burberry skirt so much !!!! It is absolutely fabulous. This skirt strikes the perfect balance between feminine and powerful.The length, proportion and peplum are things I love most; it hugs every curve without giving away too much. This skirt will flatter almost any shape, it eventuates your waist and hides your tummy area, also the black is super slimming. The skirt below is from Burberry Prorsum and costs a staggering €830, it is available from the

The skirt below will give you the same look and save you several hundred Euro along the way as well. Score! I love this skirt so much, I might even love it more then the Burberry skirt. Now I'm just debating whether there is enough room in my wardrobe for yet another black skirt (I have so many now its getting slightly ridiculous) So, so gorgeous! Get this skirt now before it sells out! The skirt below is from Mango Outlet and is reduced from €60 to €40.


Maison Scotch Outlet

What do your clothes say about you? The clothes you wear say a lot about you. It is up to you to choose what they say. Your choices in clothing usually reflect your personality, lifestyle choices, career, and attitude about life in general. Your clothes can even reflect your mood for the day whether it is good or bad. 
It has been said that you should not judge a book by its cover. Your clothes are your cover and people do judge you by what you wear and how you present yourself. It is very important to remember that you never get a second chance to make a first impression so be sure to make the first impression count. 
Consider carefully what you want your choice in clothes to say about you. Let clothes from Maison Scotch outlet help you to strike the right note. Our choice in clothing is really a very personal and individual choice, No two people are alike and so your clothes should reflect the fact that you are an individual with your own taste and style. 
However, you still have to purchase clothes from a designer that reflects your taste and style in the clothes they design. You want to have a wide selection of pieces that can allow you to make the style pronouncements you desire while reflecting your flair and panache. 
It is easier to work with a designer like Maison Scotch Outlet that offers blouses, jackets, sweaters, pants, jeans, skirts, and dresses and anything else you can think of in between to allow you the flexibility to mix and match pieces in order to achieve your desired look.
You are not the sum total of your clothes. There is much more to you than what you wear. However most people you come in contact with may never get the opportunity to say hello to you or exchange any conversation with you. Their first and only impression of you is based on how you look. 
They decide to come over and say hello based on what you are wearing. The same is true in business and all your everyday dealings. People will make assumptions about you based on what they see. Your clothes serve as your calling card or introduction to the world around you. 
The clothing choices available at Maison Scotch Outlet can help you make a statement. They invite people to get to know you better or keep them at a distance. It is all up to you. The unspoken communication between your clothes and the rest of the world should also exist between the designer of the clothes you wear and you. 
In other words, their clothes should speak to you. You should feel some level of connection to their clothing. This way you will feel comfortable that the message being sent is exactly what you want to say and you will be confident in how you look and feel. 
It is important to follow trends without being a slave to fashion. Your clothes should reflect a conscious decision on your part to be stylish and modern. You want to look as if you know what the current trends are without looking as if you are trying too hard to be stylish. 
The clothing available at Sunday Best will get you noticed. 
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Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Aztec aesthetic: how to get the right look

The once mighty Aztec Empire ruled vast parts of southern Mexico and Central America for hundreds of years until one day the Conquistadors showed up and it all came crumbling down. The story of how a band of a few hundred men managed to take down an entire empire of millions of people is one of the greatest in history. Yet the empire, although officially destroyed, echoes today in Mexico and around the world.

This has become clear over the last few months with the emergence of the Aztec look on the high street. Using patterns and styles developed by the Aztecs hundreds of years ago, the Aztec look is bright, bold and bang on trend.  Aztec has taken the High Street by storm and there is not a single shop where it goes unnoticed.
The aesthetic is characterised by repetitive patterns in bright colours, including bright pinks and yellows. Zigzag tram lines are separated with other patterns of diamonds and squares, giving the appearance of traditional cloth. It makes a really eye catching material for a shirt, T-shirt, bag or many other accessories. Big, colourful and eye-catching best describes the essence of Aztec prints.
The return of the Aztec look highlights a new movement towards traditional and ethnic clothing. Although, as mentioned above, the Aztec empire still resounds through modern day Mexico and many of these patterns and colours are still used today.

The traditional Mexican blanket, characterised by brightly coloured stripes, makes a great picnic blanket. The material is also being used to make clothes and the design motif is copied in other materials.

One great way for girls to get the Aztec look is with some patterned tights. These bold patterned tights are really eye-catching and make a great vase for any outfit. Combine them with a plain, earth toned dress for maximum effect and you’ll look like an Aztec goddess.  If you don’t fancy such a heavily printed garment, why not try Aztec style jewellery?  It’s definitely a statement and guaranteed to dress up any outfit.
Or an Aztec printed t-shirt with a pair of jeans is perfectly in keep with the smart casual look, with just a little added audacity.  

For guys, the Aztec look works well for T-shirts and hats. The traditional Aztec patterns really stand out and Aztec detailing looks great on belts and bags too. Combine a shirt with a belt and bag for the complete look. The empire may be long gone but you can still look like Moctezuma!
You don’t even have to go the whole way with Aztec pocket detailing and other subtle touches really making a big impression. It’s a really popular look for this season and since it’s already lasted half a millennium, you can be fairly sure it’ll stay in style for the foreseeable future.

Next time you’re out shopping why not treat yourself to an Aztec inspired garment, you’ll love it and soon be pining for more items.

About the author:

Jim Rowland is a freelance stylist based in Australia who enjoys the latest in men's fashion. When he is not busy with photo-shoots and events, he loves to frequent his local cafe for a good cup of coffee.
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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag Look4Less

I have always loved the Rider bag by Loeffler Randall. I love the classic design, the size – not too big, not too small. It is the perfect essential satchel for everyday use and it makes luxury appear to be so effortless. Wear it with jeans, a sundress, leggings or whatever… this satchel goes with just about everything in a woman's casual wardrobe. This Loeffler Randall bag is made of saffiano leather so it will also be quite hard wearing. The bag may be cheaper then a lot of designer handbags but €490 is still quite pricey for an everyday handbag.

I just stumbled upon this super similar looking bag from Forever 21 which is a great alternative for Loeffler Randall's Rider bag. I really love a cross-body bag because it allows you to keep all of your worldly possessions by your side while having both of your hands free and available (for shopping of course). The bag below is made of faux leather but I think for the substantial price difference I can deal with it. This bag is from Forever 21 and costs just €26.90


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Quilted Chanel Ballerina Pumps Look4Less

These cute quilted ballerina pumps most definitely take the prize for most comfortable yet stylish footwear and are a personal favourite of numerous celebrities including Keira Knightley. Heels will always have a massive place in a woman's wardrobe, but ballerina pumps will always be a necessity. The Chanel Quilted Ballerina pumps below will instantly add a little bit of luxury and style to a simple pair of skinny jeans and a plain coloured tee. These fabulous Chanel Ballerina pumps cost approximately €490 depending on the finish and material you choose.

If you want a good quality pair of  pumps that will last but you are also willing to drop some cash, these pumps from Ann Taylor are for you. These pumps are well made and are definitely a good investment to take you into the Autumn. This Look4Less may not be identical to the Chanel pumps but they are definitely inspired by them. The Ann Taylor pumps below cost €67, they also come in black, navy and burgundy leather.


Saturday, 7 September 2013

McQ by McQueen Tartan Pants Look4Less

September is here, the Summer flew didn't it ? It's Autumn, which means it's time for tartan ! I absolutely love tartan, when its done right (not head to toe or an awful school skirt). And who does tartan better but Alexander McQueen.  These tartan pants can be worn with almost anything, they can be worn everyday with a navy blazer or with a silk chiffon top and heels for a night out. The tartan pants below are from McQ by McQueen and cost €320 they are available from If you too are a fan of the McQ trousers but don’t want to spend more than €300 on a pair of pants, below I have found a fab high street alternative.

As much as I love tartan pants, there’s no way I could justify spending such a huge amount of money on one pair so I went searching for a high street alternative. The trousers below are almost identical to the McQ by McQueen trousers, the only difference being the price. The tartan trousers below are from Riverisland and cost a much more reasonable €40.


Monday, 2 September 2013

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