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If there’s one thing at the very top of our wish list this festive season, it’s definitely flawless, glowing skin. We’re talking about the type of luminous that has your friends asking whether you’ve just had a facial or completed a raw alkaline cleanse. The ironic thing is, the time of year when we’re all lusting after flawless skin is often the hardest time to get it. From heavy sunscreens to late nights and the drying effect of the sun, we’ve got a lot to contend with in the warmer months.
Plus, much like a ‘summer body’, your perfect summer skin is created in the winter. If you’ve neglected your skin all year (whoops!), unfortunately, it’s probably going to be looking more lackluster than luminous. Thankfully, even if you’ve slacked on your skincare, not all hope is lost. There are a few handy tricks you can use to fake a flawless, Margot Robbie-worthy complexion at the last minute.
In order to achieve beautiful, radiant skin, you really need to nail your prep. If you get your skincare right, you won’t need to apply nearly as much face makeup. This will make it so much easier to achieve that summery, fresh-faced glow! Begin with washing your face with a radiance-boosting cleanser. There are plenty of cleansing products out there specially formulated to brighten your skin. Look for one that contains ingredients like vitamin C, wild rose or sea algae.
Then, it’s time to apply a balancing toner to your face and neck with a cotton pad. This will help reduce the size of your skin pores and soak up any excess oils. Determine whether you’ve got dry, oily, sensitive or combination skin and opt for a toner that’s specifically designed for your skin type.
The same goes for your moisturiser or day cream. Look for one that addresses your specific skin needs, but also contains the skin-brightening ingredients Glycolic acid or vitamin C. Make sure you press it on, rather than rubbing or lathering. This will stop you from going overboard with product and will also help you improve blood flow to the skin.
Lastly, finish with a spritz of face mist for some added hydration. Keep an eye out for one that includes rosewater, as it works wonders for both dry and oily skin. The rosewater melds in with your moisturiser and hydrates or absorbs oil on your skin’s surface as needed. This last step can be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to prepping your skin for flawless makeup.
Now that you’ve perfectly prepped your skin, it’s time to move on to your makeup. Start with applying a lightweight skin-brightening primer. Opting for one that contains light-reflecting particles will help give you that gorgeous lit-from-within look. Give the primer a minute to settle on your skin, then move on to your foundation.
This step can absolutely make or break your luminous skin look. There’s no point getting your skincare right if you’re just going to slather a heavy, cakey foundation over it. Plus, who wants to wear thick makeup when it’s humid and 30 degrees outside? Not us!
Instead, you need a lightweight foundation that still provides light coverage. We love the new Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation. Falling somewhere between a BB cream and regular foundation, it’s the perfect way to fake a flawless complexion while allowing your skin to breathe. The best part is: it’s completely shine-free. This means you can skip your finishing powder, which can often completely undo your skin’s dewy look. The foundation is suitable for combination skin and contains SPF 15, making it an ideal everyday product.
There’s a good reason highlighting is a favourite among YouTube beauty vloggers and makeup artists alike. This step is one of the most effective ways to take your skin from dull to “Damn, girl!” However, there is definitely an art to it. There’s a fine line between looking radiant and resembling a Christmas bauble. To get it right, you need to opt for a highlighter that is close to your skin colour and has just a hint of shine. Avoid any products that contain glitter, as they can look too unnatural. Then, it’s just a matter of being strategic with your placement. Highlighter should only be applied to the highest points of your face.
Lightly coat your pointer, middle and ring fingers with the product. Then, gently tap them up and down your cheekbones and dab the leftover onto your brow bones, centre of your face and the tip of your nose. Voila, you’ll look like a radiant goddess without anyone thinking you’ve arrived in costume as the Tin Man!
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We’ve already shared a collection of DIY Christmas tree ideas, so now it’s time to create some DIY Christmas ornaments for it. Check out the images that inspired us, and get creative! Whether you’re a sewing machine guru, or you can’t cut in a straight line for your life, you’ll find the perfect DIY project for you. So, head to the local craft store or use your Christmas card photos to make the perfect homemade Christmas ornaments just in time for the holidays.
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We know how hard it can be to get rid of those empty wine bottles. They are so pretty and you might need them for something later. But until that time they just take up space. So what can you do with them? There are plenty of ways to reuse wine bottles and craft them into handy tools or stylish decor. Below, we’ve rounded up some projects to make the most out of all your empty bottles. Spare yourself hefty recycling bins and repurpose wine bottles with these ideas. Wine bottles are the perfect receptacle for repurposing. You can do a myriad of different things with empty wine bottles.
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Throw a creative curveball into the traditional holiday mix this year with one of these merry and modern homemade wreaths. Start now and you’ll have a holiday wreath for every door in your house. We gathered up over 17 of the BEST DIY Christmas Wreath Ideas to share with you today! These ideas are easy to make and a beautiful way to decorate your front door for the Holidays. We can’t wait to try a couple of these creative ideas this year.
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Toner was once considered an essential in the basic three-step skincare regime (cleanse-tone-moisturise). Now, it’s often overlooked. Why? To be honest, they’re mystifying.
Case in point: I’ve been obediently applying a toner since I started caring about skincare, simply because a beautician told me to. But, what the heck does it even do? TBH, I’m not too sure. And, I bet I’m not alone.
That’s why I decided to call in the skin care gurus for the low down on whether you really need to use one.
According to FacePlus Medispa’s Advanced Dermal and Laser Therapist, Yvonne Culhane, a toner is used to complete the skin cleansing routine. “A toner’s main function is to regulate the PH levels of the skin post-cleansing,” she explains.
It’s fairly simple. Right after cleansing, use cotton pads to apply toner to dry skin. The cotton pads should come away completely clean. If you’re using a spray toner, apply liberally over the face. Spray toners can also be sprayed over makeup throughout the day to hydrate the skin, says Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica.
“Toners are designed as treatment products for specific results for the individual’s skin condition. However, toners or facial mists in general terms are designed to:
Like any other skincare product, the key to choosing the right toner is to pick one that’s suited to your skin type. As a general rule of thumb, avoid toners with alcohol and artificial fragrance, as they can be drying, warns Hobson.
If your skin is sensitive, Culhane recommends looking for ingredients such as aloe vera and rose water. Both of these ingredients have a calming and soothing effect. Dr. Spiller’s Aloe Sensitive Tonic and Sodashi’s Calming Rose Face Mist are great options.
For dry skin, water or Glycerine-based toners will help add moisture back into the skin, says Culhane. We love Trilogy’s Hydrating Mist Toner because it promises to deliver instant moisture. Similarily, Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion 2 is also formulated for dry/combination skin.
Normal skin types should look for cucumber in the ingredients. Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner combines Arnica and cucumber extracts to help keep skin smooth and refreshed. Meanwhile, Pixi’s Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner works to remove dead skin cells. As a result, expect a healthy, radiant glow.
If you’re on the oily end of the spectrum, a key ingredient to look out for is witch hazel, says Culhane. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner is jam-packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients, and it’s affordable. In addition, Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist also harnesses witch hazel, along with white oak and peppermint, to help balance oily skin.
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Gucci has attached embroidery to bags and placed it on denim jackets. Motifs track down the legs of slim jeans, embellish the shoulders of cotton shirts and add a statement to satin bombers. So just how should you wear the trend and personalise your look? We have some suggestions that will position you right on trend.
Playing around with the textures available this season will give your outfit extra texture and interest. Look at combining wool, cotton, leather, satin, velvet and denim to give your look a more individualised style. Whether you add texture for accents or as a focal point, your embroidery trend will be fresh and trendy this season.
The embroidery trend has tons of options available and we have selected some ideas to inspire you. How will you embrace the embroidery trend this season? We would love to hear how you adopt the look for your lifestyle. Whether you are off to work, a movie, gallery opening or Sunday brunches, there is a way to incorporate embroidery into your look. Work with the textures that are available to you to make a look that will see you at the front of the pack this season.
To add extra warmth for colder days and nights, look at the myriad of coat styles that are available this season. Choose well and this will help enhance your embroidered outfit, keep you on trend, and have the added advantage of keeping you warm!
Featured Image: Olivia Palermo has blended casual with a sophisticated edge that heroes her poplin embroidered shirt. Her cropped leather flares, brocade booties and suede overshirt, give this look a distinct edge to this season’s trends.
Cropped Leather Flares: Palermo x Chelsea 28, Floral embroidered poplin shirt: Zara, suede shirt: Tibi, Crystal heel booties: Sophia Webster, Pierce bag: J.W. Anderson.
This is a twist on this season’s monochrome look but with the addition of embroidered motifs on the mini skirt. Barbora finished this look with a simple black button through shirt, black handbag with contrasting gold chain, and a large brimmed hat to create a chic and feminine style.
Jacqueline Mikuta wears a pair of embroidered denims with chili and rose motifs down each leg. She wears an oversized grey sweater and keeps the look casual with a pair of white sneakers. The look is accessorized with an over-the-shoulder black bag that completes this super urban look, ready in time for Sunday Brunch.
Jeans: GRLFRND Denim via Revolve, Sweater: H&M, Shoes: Isabel Marant Etoile, Bag: Ganni.
Kayla Seah combines embroidered detail on this satin bomber jacket with a pair of rolled-up jeans and stunning flats in Bordeaux. She pulls her outfit together with a scarlet striped top, a pair of aviators and small neck scarf that takes this look from simply cool to uber-chic.
Bomber: Tularosa, Bodysuit: Flaire, Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger, Flats: Alexandre Birman, Bag: Gucci, Scarf: Tommy X Gigi.
Amiee Song combines some of this season’s hot-ticket items – leather, the mini and embroidered motifs – to present this cool and cultured look. An oversized blazer is paired with a grey tee, worn over this sassy leather mini with embroidered red roses. She completes the look with a pair of velvet Prada flats and the ultimate in style, a brown Birkin Bag!
Embroidered Leather Skirt: LPA, Blazer: (similar) Rag & Bone, Tee: Ragdoll, Birkin Bag: Hermes, Flats: Prada
Cheralee Lyle wears the classic combo of a crisp, white shirt and jeans, adorned with an embroidered floral motif that will keep you right on trend this season. The strappy heels add both a sexy and sophisticated edge to the overall look. She completes the outfit with a pair of aviators and a white chained bag.
Embroidered Mom Jeans: Topshop, White Shirt: DL1961, Heels: Steve Madden, Metropolis Bag: Furla.
Christine Andrews wears an uber-cool denim jacket with fabulous embroidered details on its back, sleeves and front. She layers the look with a white lace dress that is delicate and feminine and contrasts well with the grunginess of the jacket. She finishes the look with those glamorous must-have Gucci boots, black handbag and sunglasses.
Embroidered Denim Jacket: Gucci, White Lace Dress: Self Portrait, Embellished Boots: Gucci, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Bag: M2Malletier
Alexandra Guerain shows how to be chic, and on trend, during pregnancy. She wears an embroidered denim jacket with roses and butterflies across the sleeves and the shoulders. This is paired with an oversized black pull dress with its extra-long sleeves, a pair of simple over-the-knee boots and a croc skin purse to complete a comfortable, yet sophisticated look.
Black pull dress, Thigh High Boots and Denim Jacket – all by New Look.
Annabelle Fleur makes the most of the embroidered trend with the richly coloured flowers and butterflies across her Gucci Dionysus bag. Extra embroidered details are also found on the cuffs of her military-style jacket. The slim line jeans, scarlet shirt, trench coat and strappy heels all help to add a classy edge to the overall look.
Milford Navy Suits Jacket: Etoile Isabel Marant, Cropped Slim-Leg Jeans and Blouse: Frame, Tango Pump: Valentino, Oakland B Trench Coat: Theory, Dionysus Embroidered GG Canvas Shoulder Bag: Gucci, Set of 5 Rings: Rachel Zoe.
Lisa RVD wears a BoHo chic jacket with embroidered flowers on the sleeves and gold coin and flower motifs on the front. She keeps the rest of this look simple with a black knit and olive asymmetric mini, helping to emphasise the jacket. A great pair of Balenciaga boots give the outfit an overall girly grunge flavour.
Jacket: Desigual, Knit: Reserved, Skirt: Storets, Boots: Balenciaga, Sun Glasses: Céline, Jewellery: Ariane Ernst.
This little black dress has been given an extra dose of femininity with its all-over embroidered floral motifs. Brittany Xavier finished off this look with a pair of black ankle boots, burgundy croc patterned hand back and the Aviator glasses add an element of cool to the overall style. On cooler days add tights, a simple oversized scarf and maxi coat or suede leather jacket to keep the look feminine and fresh.
Isabel Sellés transports the embroidered high-waisted jeans into this season with this pair of mid-denims and their floral motifs, a basic men’s white tee and two-toned pumps. When the weather turns cold, simply add a stylish boyfriend cardigan, or camel maxi coat, and an oversized scarf for extra warmth.
Embroidery Mom Jeans: TopShop, Shoes: Loeil (last season), T-Shirt: Primark Men.
Nika Huk creates a fun, sexy take on the embroidery trend with this uber-cool satin bomber. She pairs denim cut-offs, a simple logo Tee and sexy black strappy sandals to finish the look. During the winter months, add a pair of ripped skinnies and heeled ankle boots to hero the jacket and keep warm.
Satin bomber: Shein, Tee: ASOS, Denim Cut-offs: Zara, Shoes: CMG, Watch: Marc Bale.
Pam Hetlinger rocks this outfit adding a simple cream jacket and ribbed top to a pair of colourful embroidered denims. She finishes the look with camel braided sandals, Chloé handbag and loosely tossed hair, keeping this look chic and fashion forward.
Jeans: French Connection, Top, Jacket & Sandals: Ann Taylor, Bag: Chloé, Watch: Chanel, Ring: Mejuri.
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Have you ever picked up a beauty product only to find that it’s anti-ageing, and you’ve put it straight back? I mean, “fights wrinkles,” “collagen boosting” “retinol repair” …those are words for old women, right?
It turns out us twenty-somethings should be perusing those aisles more often. In fact, according to the experts, it’s in these formative years that preventative care and early treatment can have the biggest effect on the ageing process.
To get the low down before it’s too late, we spoke to Dr. Ronald Moy, founder of specialist skincare brand, DNARenewal, and former President of the American Academy of Dermatology as well as Amie Skilton, herbalist and nutritionist at Bioceuticals. With one specialising in external care, and the other focused on internal health, they gave us a comprehensive guide to preventing ageing.
“UV damage is the most common cause of premature aging – in fact, 90% of overall ageing is caused by UV damage,” says Moy. “This happens because UV rays damage the skin’s DNA. Our body’s natural defenses are DNA repair enzymes but the amount of DNA repair enzymes we have in our arsenal start to significantly decline at around 30 years old.”
While baking ourselves in the sun is the number one culprit, Moy says other factors like smoking or pollution can also accelerate DNA damage and cause premature ageing. According to Skilton, nutritional deficiencies, poor gut health and excess stress can also play a role.
“Anti-ageing products work differently based on their ingredients so this is a fairly broad question,” says Moy. “Most anti-ageing products center around antioxidants, which is also a broad term for ingredients that are supposed to mop up free radical damage. This was a theory that came from the 50s, which has since been improved upon with major advances in research. Now we know that ‘free radical damage’ is actually DNA damage caused by UV damage, pollutants and other carcinogens and are more accurately addressed and repaired with DNA repair enzymes.”
“I recommend DNA repair enzyme creams like the ones in DNARenewal to patients of all ages. Your body is constantly using DNA repair enzymes to fight any sunburns or pollutants etc. so supplementing them early on will help speed healing and give your body a better overall defense,” says Moy.
He says this is especially important for people who are predisposed to skin cancer (those who are fair skinned or have a history of skin cancer in the family) or spend a lot of time in the sun. “Our repair enzymes are derived from marine material and our formulations are paraben and sulfate free so there is no danger in ‘over doing it’.”
Skilton and Moy agree that no matter your age, everyone should be wearing a sunscreen every day. “This is important at a young age to prevent premature aging or skin cancers and also at older age groups since your skin becomes more vulnerable,” says Moy. “DNA repair enzyme creams are also good for those who are in their 30’s+ or who have had a history of extensive sun exposure. But sunscreen is the most essential product across the board.”
“All products in a woman’s arsenal should have some kind of active ingredient otherwise there is no point in using them. The important part of considering a beauty protocol is thinking about what you are using and why. For instance, make sure you have a cleanser that has a gentle amount of an ingredient like glycolic acid like our Foaming Gel Cleanser. A mild formulation of an AHA will help exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells and dirt to make sure your other products are absorb fully. Most people’s next step would be a serum. Your serum should have active ingredients that are pure and concentrated like our barley derived growth factor that is bioengineered to stimulate younger and tighter looking skin. Basically, every product you use should have some element of anti-ageing properties since all of these products should be playing a part in your larger anti-ageing goal.”
According to Skilton, it’s not just what you put on your body that matters. Along with using sunscreen and other anti-ageing products, she says, “keeping inflammation, toxins and hormones under control will help to reduce the risk of skin concerns such as eczema and acne.” And making wise lifestyle choices can help maintain your youth.
According to Skilton, stress has a huge impact on our wellbeing, which manifests in our skin. “The hormones released in response to stress affect digestion, hormonal balance and the immune system – which all have a negative impact in the health and appearance of [our] skin,” she says. To combat stress-induced age-ing, one should aim to lead a healthy lifestyle by ensuring adequate sleep and exercise and partaking in calming activities such as meditation and journaling.
“Nutritional deficiencies (e.g. zinc, vitamin C, D and A) can compromise wound healing and collagen health,” says Skilton. In particular, she suggests we ensure an adequate intake of vitamin C as it supports the production of collagen within the tissues.
Probiotics taken orally or applied topically can help to make your skin look younger. “Topical application of a particular probiotic yeast (Saccharomyces boulardii) has been shown to stimulate collagen synthesis and smooth out the skin,” says Skilton. “Recent research also shows that certain probiotics, taken orally, reduce the impact of UV radiation on the skin. When combined with vitamin A (which supports healthy immune function along mucous membranes such as those of the skin) and Lactoferrin (which has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal activity), the three ingredients provide symptomatic relief of mild to moderate acne.”
“Sugar is extremely damaging to the whole body, but shows up quickly in the skin,” says Skilton. “Sugar consumption results in a process called glycation, in which the molecules attach themselves to collagen fibre causing the skin to become less elastic and more vulnerable to sun damage, lines, and sagging.”
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Spruce up your home with garlands this Christmas. Spread the holiday cheer with these indoor and outdoor decorating ideas using Christmas garland that you can make. They’re festive additions to your Christmas tree, staircase, front door or fireplace mantel. What better way to keep the kids occupied than to have them help craft up some festive decor for around the house? Check out these 19 creative tutorials for crafting fun and festive DIY Christmas garlands perfect for around the tree, down the banister, hung from the ceiling or even just taped on the wall!
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Decorating your home with your family is one of the most exciting things to do during the holiday season. Pinecones appear seemingly everywhere at our feet this time of year and yet we hardly notice them. Here are some creative and easy ways to bring nature home for the holidays. Here’s a roundup of pinecone crafts and decor you can start making today. If you want to have your home ready for the holiday and put those pinecones to good use, then I suggest you continue scrolling.
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