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Creative Ways To Make A Sundress

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creative Ways To Make A Sundress

If you are a person who loves to wear summer sundresses, you may find you can’t buy enough of them to meet your demands. Therefore, it’s nice to know that you can easily make your own with items you already have on hand. This allows you to make many different types and styles so you can wear a new one every day without spending a fortune at the store. Follow the tips below to make your own sundresses, even if you aren’t a professional seamstress. Use a pillowcase Some pillow cases have great looking flower patterns that would make a nice sundress. To make a sundress out of a pillowcase you like, follow these instructions: Cut open the closed end of the pillowcase and step inside it. Use pins to determine how much the upper portion of the dress needs to be taken in. Mark the parts you are going to need to cut, leaving about an inch on each side to allow room for sewing. Remove the pins, take the pillowcase off and turn it inside out. Cut off the excess and sew the edges shut. Take a piece of ribbon or other material being used as straps and cut them to the correct length to fit over your shoulders. Sew the straps on the dress and turn the dress right side out. Put the dress on and enjoy your new creation. Use a long t-shirt You can use a long t-shirt as a sundress and there is no cutting or stitching involved. To make a dress out of a t-shirt you like, follow these very simple instructions: Find a t-shirt with a loose collar and that hangs past your bottom when you have it on. Put the shirt on and pull each of your arms through the collar. The shirt will now be fitting you the same way a strapless dress would. Take the sleeves and wrap them around the front. Tie them together and use a couple safety pins to keep them in place. For a different style, you can tie the sleeves around the back and use safety pins to keep them in place. Your sundress is now complete and you can show off your creative idea to your friends. Both of these methods will open you up to endless designs and patterns. You will have a great summer wearing a new sundress each and every single day of the...

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Melasma And Other Facial Pigmentation: 3 Tips For Evening Out Your Complexion

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Melasma And Other Facial Pigmentation: 3 Tips For Evening Out Your Complexion

If you have melasma or any other type of skin pigmentation, such as post-acne spots, then you may think your only fix is to slather on facial concealer or foundation every day in an attempt to hide it. You then worry that sweat or a rain shower will remove your makeup and reveal the secret you are hiding. You don’t have to hide your skin any longer when you, instead, correct your pigmentation problem. Here are three ways to help eliminate stubborn facial pigmentation and even out your skin tone, so you don’t have to hide behind a face full of makeup.: 1. Look for These Ingredients in OTC Skin Products If you tried one skin product that promised to even out your complexion with no results, it may just have been the wrong product for you. There are several ingredients available over-the-counter to help even out your skin tone, so try another if one did not work for you.  Niacinamide is a member of the B-vitamin family, and it may also be labeled as Vitamin B-3 in OTC skin products. A 4-percent concentration has been shown in studies to help eliminate melasma and other skin pigmentation problems. Not only does niacinamide help fade pigmentation spots, but it also helps strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier and even has anti-aging properties, so if this ingredient works for you, then you can use it daily for as long as you want, because it is so good for your skin.  Hydroquinone is another ingredient that can help even out your complexion, and it is available OTC as 2-percent of a total product. This ingredient should only be used short-term until your skin is even-toned. Using it daily for longer than a few months is not typically recommended by dermatologists.  2. Ask Your Dermatologist About These Products If OTC solutions aren’t strong enough for you, then don’t worry, because your dermatologist can prescribe treatments that are stronger and work more quickly. One option is the same hydroquinone available over-the-counter, but instead in a 4-percent strength. Many dermatologists like to couple a hydroquinone cream with prescription tretinoin and have patients use them together as a potent melasma-fighting duo.  Another prescription option for hyperpigmentation is an azelaic acid cream, which has recently been shown in studies to work just as well at fighting melasma as hydroquinone. This is a great option for anyone who has melasma along with acne or rosacea, because azelaic acid is also effective at fighting those skin conditions, as well.  If either of those don’t work, or you want an even faster solution, then you can also ask your dermatologist about chemical peels, such as glycolic or TCA peels, that banish pigmentation very quickly.  If you have been hiding melasma or any other type of facial hyperpigmentation with a thick layer of makeup daily, then realize that you have many treatment options that can help you show your face again. For the best results, speak to a dermatologist about which solution is best for...

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The Braid: A Historical Twist That Unifies Us All

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The braid is one of the most loved hair styles, and also one of the oldest. When you think about professional hair cuts and styles, you might overlook the humble braid, but it is actually one of the most significant and culturally unifying technique on earth. For centuries, braids have played an important role in cultures all over the world, and still bring us together today. Africa Tracing back to the days of ancient Egypt, tribes all across the African continent placed great importance on a woman’s hair. Despite the differences among these tribes and through the centuries, tribal members still shared many beliefs about hair; for example, only one person could braid another’s hair, and women could not cut men’s hair. Since the days of early tribes, those of African descent have revered hair and especially braids. The significance of braids here in America is particularly important because of the damaging impact that the slave trade had on the self-image of those forcefully relocated to this continent. Braiding styles today both celebrate and revive the illustrious history of African hair culture. Some of the most sought-after traditional African braids include cornrows, box braids, and micro braids. Europe Ancient Europeans also placed great cultural significance on braids. The ancient Romans had a millennium-old tradition of selecting Vestal Virgins, six hand-picked ladies sworn to virginity and purity, to serve as the empire’s spiritual leaders; these women donned sini crenes braids as symbols of their chastity. Ancient Gaelic and Celtic tribes also attributed symbolism to their locks. The Celtics wore their hair long, which gave them ample strands to braid in elaborate twists enhanced with precious metals, like gold and silver. More recently, the most popular of all European braids, the French braid, came into vogue. Even though this twist is frequently attributed to France, it actually has its origins in northern Africa. Early European cultures, like Greeks and Celts, adopted this style early on, however, and it is now widely associated with the European continent. European style braids, including the French braid, Roman Vestal twists, and Celtic knots, are among the most popular styles here in the United States. These styles are elegant and feminine, and good to learn. Asia Early Asian cultures believed that hair–or the lack of it–symbolized social and political status. Loose hair symbolized freedom but also sorrow, bald hair and long hair both expressed power and strength, and the samurai topknot signified high social status and honor. The braided queue expressed many conflicting things across the continent, from submission to loyalty, but it remains one of the most recognized hair styles of the Asian empires of old. The Americas Native American tribes in both the northern and the southern hemispheres also incorporated braids in their traditional and culture. The hair traditions differed from tribe to tribe. For example, the Kiowa women either wore their their hair in two braids or let their locks flow free, while the Plains Indian women kept their hair short and reserved braids for the male tribe members. In the Quapaw tribe, braids were worn only by the single women. Today, Native Americans and their descendents still incorporate braids into their ceremonies and rituals. From simple braids to elaborate designs, these braids have deep spiritual significance still...

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How To Look Like A Million Bucks For Next To Nothing

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Beauty schools are a great resource for scoring affordable beauty treatments. You can even book an appointment online at a lot of beauty colleges. Be sure to sign up for their email or mailing list where you’ll find even deeper discounts during special events. While the services available at these colleges can be worked into just about any budget, here are a few tips to make sure that your new look turns out perfectly. Ask for a senior student Students who are in their last year of beauty school are going to provide the closest to professional-level services. These students know what their strengths and talents are, and will try to perform services in their areas of expertise. Senior students are more comfortable with each process and will take less time to complete your appointment. Ask for a student who specializes in or is considered gifted in the service that you are requesting You may have to wait longer to snag an appointment with a coveted student stylist or esthetician, but the results will be well worth the wait. Clients even follow these rising stars to their first spa or salon. You can get beautiful and creative results by requesting these students, as well. Leave more time for your appointment Services performed at beauty schools take longer than they would at a professional salon. This is because the students are trying to make their work perfect, as they are being graded for each service. A good rule of thumb is to figure on twice as long as your normal beauty appointment would take. Bring tons of pictures It’s a smart idea to bring pictures of the look you want when visiting any salon, but especially when you are soliciting the services of students. Bringing photographs will also help the instructor see if your student needs to make any adjustments. Don’t be afraid to ask an instructor to fix a mistake This is a learning experience for the student. Sometimes what should be an adorable bob turns out looking more like a pageboy. If you aren’t happy with the way the appointment is going or with your final results, don’t be afraid to have your student flag down an instructor. The instructors are there not only to help and grade the students, but also to make sure that you leave happy. With a little bit of planning and patience, you can be beautified and pampered for practically...

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Going With A Traditional Indian Wedding? A Few Tips For Picking The Right Lehenga

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The traditional Indian bride’s outfit consists of the lehenga (skirt), choli (top) and odni (scarf). The lehenga is a long skirt. It is heavily embroidered and pleated. You may choose to have a single layer lehenga, or one with many layers and different materials. Here are a few tips to choosing the right lehenga to make your wedding outfit look perfect according to your body type. Hourglass Traditionally the choli is a crop top, and the lehenga is worn on the hips, leaving your midriff and lower back bare. An hourglass body looks great in the traditional outfit. Wear a lenhenga with a wide band that hugs your hips. Mirrors, beading or heavy embroidery at the top band will accentuate your figure. Athletic To create the illusion of curves on a more rectangular body use a few layers in the lehenga. An underlayer of stiff netting or tulle that will make the lehenga fuller creates wider hips and a smaller waist. To enhance the illusion even more, go with a choli that is low cut. Now you can wear a cropped choli and look curvy and soft. Fuller Waist If you have a fuller waist than you would like to have exposed, you may go with a longer choli with a soft, flowing lehenga. The two pieces should be of the same material and flow together. Add a ruffle or frill at the bottom of the lehenga to add length to your lower half. You may choose to wear a crop top as well. In addition to the previous tip, add an odni that drapes from your one shoulder to below the opposite hip. The fuller gathering below the hip will make your waist appear smaller and draw attention further down. Top Heavy When the top half of your body is broader than the lower half, you need to wear a lehanga made of stiff material that is very full. However, this will not work unless you have the right choli too. Instead of wearing an odni, use a short-waisted jacket. The material should be soft so it does not add to your shoulders. In addition, make sure that the neckline is wide and scooped and to keep from making the shoulders look wide. Do not be afraid to experiment with different colors and materials. You can always add another layer somewhere to make a body area appear larger. Embroidery and other embellishments can also be used to draw attention away from a body part you want to down play. The traditional Indian wedding outfit is quite beautiful. Use these tips to ensure that it is just perfect for your wedding...

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Preventing And Treating Dark Spots On Your Face

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your face is one of the first things other people recognize about you so you want your skin looking its best. Dark spots caused by age, the Sun or acne scars can prevent your skin from looking healthy and vibrant. Learning how to prevent and treat these dark spots can keep your skin looking bright and beautiful. Protection For dark spots on your face, protecting your skin will serve as your primary line of defense. Make applying sunscreen a permanent fixture in your daily skincare regimen. One of the primary culprits of dark spots are the intense UV rays from the sun. Sunscreen serves as a protective coating that prevents the Sun’s rays from penetrating your skin and causing dark spots. When shopping for a sunscreen, look for a product that protects against both UVA rays and UVB rays. In addition to preventing dark spots, broad spectrum sunscreens also help prevent spots, wrinkles and lower your skin cancer risk. Exfoliate Exfoliating your skin is another method that can help you prevent and treat dark spots on your face. In many cases, the darkened area is nothing more than dead skin. Exfoliation helps remove these dead skin cell layers, revealing healthier and brighter skin. When looking for products that exfoliate, make certain you are choosing a product that has been designed exclusively for the face. Exfoliates designed for other areas of the body might be too abrasive for the skin on your face, so choose wisely. For most people, exfoliating one to two times a week is generally sufficient to help improve their skin’s condition. Medical Treatment If you have severe dark spots on your face and have tried other methods for removal with no success, a medical option might be something you want to consider. There are a number of prescription products that can help remove dark spots from your skin. Obagi Blender is one of these products. This unique formula contains a prescription strength dose of hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a chemical agent that is formulated to remove dark spots caused by the Sun, age and acne. Since this product requires a prescription, you will need to visit your physician and have your skin examined in order to determine if this is right for you. Dark spots on your face is not a skin condition you have to deal with. Make sure you are speaking with your physician to find the right solution for...

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Having A Homosexual Wedding May Be Easier Than You Think

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are still many places in the country where living a gay lifestyle is not accepted. If you are gay and want to marry the man or woman of your dreams, but live in a part of the country where it is not openly accepted, consider going to Las Vegas to tie the knot. There are many chapels in Las Vegas where you and your special someone can legally get married. Use the following guide to learn more about a wedding in Vegas. Legally Recognized A Vegas wedding is a legally binding wedding for gay and straight couples. If you move to a state that recognizes gay weddings, you and your spouse will be able to live as a happily wedded couple there. You will also be able to legally add one another to insurance policies, mortgage agreements, and other financial transactions. Various Options If you are a man that wants to wear a dress for your big day, finding one that fits you properly could be very expensive and difficult to do. If you get married in Vegas, there are wedding chapels that have a large variety of wedding dresses available that you can rent and wear during your big day. The dresses come in a variety of styles and sizes to ensure that you are able to find one that is right for you. The dresses are cleaned on a regular basis and look brand new so that you can look as good as possible in your wedding pictures. Witness Supplied If your family does not support your lifestyle, it may be difficult to find someone to serve as a witness on your big day. When you get married, it is required by law that you have a witness at the ceremony to verify that it really did take place. At the chapel, there are people available that can serve as a witness to your wedding so that you can rest assured that you can get married regardless of how your family feels about the decision. Being able to marry the person that you love will serve as a commitment to the unfailing love you have for one another. The chapel will give you a certificate to prove that you are married and pictures that you can hang on the wall in your home as a celebration of your special day. It will be a memory that you will be able to treasure for the rest of your life. If you’re looking for a Vegas chapel, contact A Little White Wedding...

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4 Beauty Salon Treatments For Men

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to the Small Business Development Center Network, beauty is a $20 billion per year business. If women getting their hair cut, styled and colored is your picture of what happens in a salon, think again. Men often use more than a basic barber service. Whether you’re starting your own salon, or you’re a man who’s researching grooming options or just interested in the hair-care industry, understanding how men fit into the beauty business may just open up options that you’ve never thought of. In what ways do salons serve their male customers? Individual salons typically have their own unique menus of services. That said, you may find some of these top options: 1. Haircuts. This is a no-brainer. Do you want a cut or trim? Obviously, you’ll step out to a salon. Keep in mind, some pros may specialize in men’s hair and care. These haircare experts are up-to-date on the current trends in men’s hair techniques. 2. Spray-tanning. Women aren’t the only sex who have a need to get a golden glow (minus the sun). Some beauty salons may also offer specialty spray-tan services specifically for men. This includes private spray tan booths or individualized applications by trained professionals. What’s different about a man’s spray tan? At the most basic level, it’s very similar to what a women gets. But, some men may want more definition or shading around muscle areas. A spray-tan make-up artist can add contour and definition. 3. Manicures. These really put the ‘man’ in manicure. This doesn’t have to include a coat of polish (or even a clear coat). A man’s manicure may just include a file, polish and cuticle care. Likewise, pedicure service may include the same methods of taking a man’s toe nails from rough to buff. 4. Color. Not only do men’s beauty salon services include hair color, but they also often cover grey (or change the color of) beards and mustaches. This service is completely tailored to men, and takes a pro who knows how to work with facial hair. Gone are the days when men went to a corner barber shop for a cut and a shave. While plenty of men still go for these types of basic services, there’s a growing number of men who are enjoying a full menu of treatments and applications. From basic cuts and color to manly manicures and spray tans, beauty salons services, like those at Academy Of Hair Design, now often include a menu that is solely for the male...

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