Curls Coils & Kinks: Protective Style Repair

Curls Coils & Kinks: Protective Style Repair

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Baby it’s cold outside!

Winter’s bitter wind & chilly temps have been attacking your tresses! Or perhaps you’ve had that protective style in so long you’re forgetting what your real hair looks like! These are the steps I take to repair my hair & give it a little TLC.

This is also how I do a wash & go in the winter -cause nobody got time for dripping wet hair during flu season!

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6 Halloween Essentials Everyone Needs

6 Halloween Essentials Everyone Needs

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It’s coming to one of my favourite times of the year… Halloween. It’s an excuse to dress up and play your favourite character. There’s food, parties that are usually held on 31st October which falls on a Saturday this year so great! All weekend to party! If you’re hosting a party then this article will give you a few ideas.

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Make sure you include these 6 essentials for your Halloween:

  1. A costume

If you want to have a full costume and full face of makeup, then go for it but if you want to save money, then why not dress as a ghost (white sheet with eye holes), or all in black and work wonders with your makeup. You could even go as a burglar… all you need is a stripy top and black trousers leggings!

 

  1. Drink

This time of year, people experiment with different flavours and ingredients. Why not try one? Blood-Orange Cocktails? Creepy Cocktails?

 

  1. Food

If you’re hosting your own Halloween party, why not make a few scary treats? Frozen Banana Ghosts, Spooky Eyeball Tacos, Day of The Dead Biscuits, Spooky Spider Devilled Eggs

There are so many Halloween recipes online.

 

  1. Decorations

Of course! A Halloween party wouldn’t be a Halloween party without decorations!

 

  1. Music

Have a play list of ghostly music playing in the background.

 

6. Pumpkins!

Make sure you have pumpkins! If you can’t carve, glue some crazy eyes and mouth onto the pumpkin!

 

Whatever you decide to do this Halloween, have fun!

Ciao!

Shelley

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Look After Your Hands This Winter

Look After Your Hands This Winter

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With everyone working and having busy hectic schedules, we tend to forget about our hands! This is definitely not intentional. We wash our hands so many times a day but majority of people don’t use hand cream after doing so.

We need to treat our hands like Royalty! They are our best friends and are doing what we need to do, every day without complaining! Not that they can speak but imagine if they could! Help me… I need some cream please or she’s forgotten to use the hand cream again!

Nowadays you can buy a travel size hand cream so there are no excuses of not being able to carry it, it’s too big and heavy, I’m afraid it might leak in my bag or my bag is too small. The caps on the tubs/sachets/bottle can be fastened on quite tight so they won’t leak. If you have a mobile phone holder inside your bag, you can always keep it up straight and it will ease your mind.

I like to buy the small size and keep the bigger size by my bed so every night; it reminds me to put my hand cream on. Also when you wake up in the morning, it’s usually staring me in the face! I do like to buy a few so I have them dotted all around the house… it’s great! My Fiancé has not gotten in the routine of applying hand cream… I knew he would copy me eventually!

Hand Creams

I have tried so many hand creams you wouldn’t believe it. Now I’m confident in the brands I know and would definitely recommend to you guys.

I have come up with 3 gorgeous hand creams.

L'Occitane Hand Cream

L’Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream

La Prairie Hand Cream

La Prairie Cellular Hand Cream

Dermactin - TS Restorative Hand Treatment

Dermactin – TS Restorative Hand Treatment

Enjoy and take care of your hands!

Ciao!

Shelley x

Single During Cuffing Season?

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Go ahead and call me basic, but Fall has got to be one of my favorite seasons of the year.

I can’t be the only one who loves when the leaves start changing color and the sweet scent of Pumpkin Spice Latte’s begins to waft out of every Starbucks within walking distance, can I?

Aside from my personal favorites, there are many other aspects of Fall that make it an exciting time of year for everyone. There’s the start of baseball season, football season and even cuffing season.

If you don’t know what cuffing season is, Urban Dictionary defines it as the time of year when, as the weather starts getting colder, “new relationships start and old relationships turn into engagements.”

To put it simply it’s the time of year when everywhere you turn, everyone is hooking up – except you.

Being single during cuffing season can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of benefits to being single that most people don’t notice because they’re too obsessed with the perceived notion of how great being in a relationship is when in reality….

Relationships are expensive.

When you’re dating another human being, it’s expected that you’ll dedicate at least a small amount of your time to enjoying their company.

While that’s nice and everything, think about how much money you could save on food, movie tickets, concert tickets and more if you were only buying for one.

It’s really a no brainer, when you’re single the only person you have to worry about treating is your self and wouldn’t you rather it be that way?

Relationships are restrictive.

Relationships are all about compromise, but there are times in your life when you may want to do whatever the hell YOU want to do.

When you’re single, you can do what you want, go where you want and even flirt with whomever you want.

Use this cuffing season to really find out who you are. When you’re not constantly trying to live up to the expectations of who someone else wants you to be, you are free to be yourself.

Relationships are fattening.

Let me clue you in on something, relationships make you fat. I say that because it seems like our dating lives are completely centered around food and no matter how hard we try, we can’t stop eating.

Whether you’re going to dinner, breakfast, brunch or lunch, when you’re in a relationship you somehow end up spending a large amount of time sitting across from each other at restaurants and a larger amount of time trying to fit back into your pre- relationship clothing, post breakup.

Okay I’ll admit it, sometimes being single sucks, but if you try to look on the bright side it doesn’t have to be all bad.

Are you booed up this cuffing season? Comment below!

Make Sure You Keep Your Skin Smooth and Healthy Looking By Exfoliating!

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Now the season is changing, be sure to exfoliate your body. Your body has probably been on show for most of the Summer and now it’s going to be covered up in the colder weather. Don’t think that because it’s now covered up, you don’t have to exfoliate! Exfoliation isn’t just about summertime. Your skin needs pampering all year round!

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Exfoliating your body is very beneficial to you and your skin. Here are the main benefits:

  • It relieves dry /rough skin
  • You can get a closer shave
  • Your skin looks healthier
  • It unclogs your pores
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Prevents your skin from breaking out into spots
  • Make your skin extra smooth and soft
  • Evens out our skin tone
  • Helps you apply your lotion evenly and therefore the lotion will be more effective
  • Also helps if you apply fake tan and prevents streaks

Try to exfoliate in the shower/bath at least once a week but don’t overdo it… this can cause irritation and dry skin.

Exfoliating is easier with the right products. Get yourself a lovely body scrub and some gloves.

With the benefits in mind, ensure that you stay exfoliated!

5 Reasons to Stay Fit During Fall

5 Reasons to Stay Fit During Fall

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Ladies, I know you’ll all pretty much agree when I say the Summer of 2015 is OVER. Now before you get all technical about it, I know that summer doesn’t officially end until September 22, but from what I can see all the signs point to it being just about gone. You know the signs I’m talking about, you can feel a slight chill in the air, school buses and kiddie carpools have taken over the morning commute and most importantly, you’ve magically put on a few pounds. 

At the beginning of the summer, we were all pretty much dead-set on having a perfect bodies. However by the end of the summer it was obvious the majority of us chose to forgo fitness in favor of food, friends and fun. The scary part about this is that if we continue on this way, by the end of the year (especially after feasting on all the amazing holiday food) we may be so far removed from our fitness goals that we won’t even be able to dream about fitting into a bathing suit next summer.
Here’s five reasons why you should keep your summer workout routine going into fall.
Get Better Sleep
Don’t you try to deny it, we both know you partied pretty hard this summer and there’s no judgement over here because so did I.After being on the go nonstop for about three solid months, it should come as no surprise that your sleep schedule is a bit off and you may be feeling a bit more tired than usual.
Exercise will not only help you fall asleep faster, but will also improve the quality of your sleep. My only advice is that you refrain from exercising a few hours before bed because it stimulates your body in a way that may actually prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression
 
This time of the year can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder in some of us and honestly we can all get a bit stressed out and down from time to time because we’re only human.  Instead of wallowing in your feelings however, perhaps maintaining an exercise regime can help brighten your days.
When you exercise regularly, your body releases tons of feel good endorphins which are perfect for improving your mood and reducing negative feelings and emotions. Exercises like yoga are perfect for this, but if you notice you’ve been feeling down for a longer period of time than is usual, don’t hesitate to contact a medical professional.
Better Sex Life
 
During the colder months of the year we may all want to spend a little more time under the sheets if you know what I mean and regular exercise can help make your time spent unforgettable. 
Increased blood circulation can improve your arousal and the increased strength and flexibility will have you doing things you’ve never dreamed of. As a bonus, your time in the bedroom can also count as a short workout session. Win!
Get Beautiful Skin
 
Beautiful skin is one thing that definitely shouldn’t be seasonal. Exercise increases circulation and reduces inflammation meaning that the improved blood flow will help carry waste products away from healthy cells and your skin cells will stay nourished and beautiful.
Increase Your Confidence 
 
I can list a million reasons for keeping your summer workout routine that will make you want to hop on a treadmill A.S.A.P, but the most important reasons is it will make you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Exercise doesn’t even have to be hard! All you need to see results is 45 minutes a day of moderate cardio, such as running or dancing, five days a week.

Autumn Is Coming! Autumn Tips!

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Sadly Summer is drawing to end and Autumn is fast approaching. Before you can even think about what to wear for Autumn, it’s already here! All your Summer wardrobe is thrown to the back of the closet to make way for your Autumn outfits.

Don’t panic that you need to go out and buy new clothes. Everyone always panics and thinks that all their wardrobe is just full of Summer outfits and that’s where you’re wrong! You can always recycle your clothes into next season!

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My main tips are:

  • Double up! Wear a vest or a cropped Summer top over or under your layers! This will keep you warm too.
  • Chunky jumpers and socks. You finally get to wear your cozy chunky jumpers and socks!!! Yay!
  • Wear tights. Shorts, skirts and dresses aren’t just for the Summer, wear  your cozy tights with them to keep your legs warm! You can even jazz up your dull outfit with colourful tights!
  • Wear knee-high socks over tights for contrast!
  • When it comes to makeup, you can keep your Summer colours for a night out in Autumn or even when you want to feel fab in the day… just wear it!
  • Wear your sandals with socks or tights. This is trending right now from the High Street stores to the Catwalk! You go girl!
  • Wear a hat – you don’t have to think about your hair as much!

So guys, like I said, don’t panic and recycle if need be!

Ciao!

Shelley x

The Best Modern Day Classic Scents

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Wearing a fragrance can complement your hair, makeup and outfit, as well as evoking particular memories. Finding your perfect scent can be easier said than done as perfumes tend to smell different on each person.

Did you know that fragrances fall into scent categories? Even classic scents, such as those that are well known in the beauty world belong to a certain group. Knowing which classic scents belong to which category will help you to find the best one for you. With that in mind, here are some popular classic scents that are well worth splashing out on.

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Tom Ford Black Orchid

Black Orchid is a luxurious scent that has captured the attention of the beauty world. Enriched with notes of black truffle, black orchid, black plum and patchouli, this sensual and timeless fragrance is a must have in your beauty closet.

Fragrance group – oriental floral. Oriental floral scents are extremely popular, especially in the fall and winter as they’re generally deeper than traditional floral fragrances. Created in 2006, this perfume will stand the test of time as a glamorous addition to your overall style.

Dior Miss Dior

A wonderful, modern scent for the young woman, Miss Dior contains notes of Italian mandarin, jasmine, rose, and musk. This romantic formulation was relaunched in 2012 and is an update on the original 1947 fragrance.

Fragrance group – chypre floral. Chypre floral scents make a beautiful daytime addition. Miss Dior represents elegance with a feminine edge for a traditional and wearable scent that will appease women from their teens upwards.

Ralph Lauren Romance

A modern day, romantic classic, Ralph Lauren Romance captures the essence of falling in love. Featuring notes of marigold, ginger, white violet, musk, day lily and sungoddess rose, this scent is perfect for an intimate evening.

Fragrance group – floral fruity. Floral fruity fragrances can be worn in the daytime or evening, depending on their blend. Ralph Lauren Romance, created in 1998 is a highly wearable floral fragrance that is comforting, yet sensual.

Chanel Allure Sensuelle

A fragrance list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of Chanel. Despite being underrated in the beauty world, Allure Sensuelle is a warm, powdery and sophisticated scent with notes of bergamot, mandarin, pink pepper, rose, iris, and amber. It’s ideal to wear in the colder months due to its spicy blend.

Fragrance group – oriental floral. Many oriental floral fragrances contain powdery bases with spicy notes for a sexy and deeper tone. Allure Sensuelle is perfect for those in their twenties and upwards who are searching for a glamorous and evocative scent.

Marc Jacobs Daisy

A fragrance that has become massively popular in the last few years is Marc Jacobs Daisy. Combining notes of ruby red grapefruit, violet petals, musk, vanilla, strawberry and white woods, this light and airy scent is perfect for young women in search of a summer daytime fragrance.

Fragrance group – floral woody musk – floral woody musk scents add a powdery dimension to a traditional floral composition. Daisy is a fresh and bright scent for those who like to wear a modern, juicy blend.

 

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Breaking the Rules: How to Rock White After Labor Day

Breaking the Rules: How to Rock White After Labor Day

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Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying for a three day weekend and luckily for me Labor Day Weekend 2015 was EVERYTHING.
Labor Day, which was celebrated this year on Monday, September 7th, is a national holiday honoring the American labour movement and all of the hard workers in the USA.
In honor of being honored, I spent the weekend hanging out with friends, having one on one time with Netflix and paying a visit to every barbecue within a three block radius.
While enjoying all of the deliciously free food at a friend of a friend’s poolside barbecue party, I overheard two women in an intense argument with a man who just spilled barbecue sauce on one of their all white ensembles.
The man, who was very apologetic I may add, asked the women why they chose to wear all white attire to a barbecue party (cause you know, SAUCE), to which they replied “We had to because these outfits are brand new and you can’t wear white after Labor Day.”
I nearly choked on my potato salad when I heard that one because I just couldn’t believe there were still people alive who followed this fashion rule. I mean really?
I’m the type of girl who believes personal style > every fashion rule to ever exist. So if you’re like me and you know you’ll be wearing white after Labor Day and any other day you choose, read below.
White Blazer
For me, blazers are a wardrobe staple. I like to mix them up with everything from body con dresses to skinny jeans for a trendy, yet classic look. Lately, I haven’t been very inspired by the blazers in my closet and I think adding white may breath life back into my style. The white blazer shown above, is from LucLuc. You can also get the jeans from Topshop and the shirt from Yesstyle.com
White Jeans
 
I actually haven’t worn a pair of white jeans since I hit puberty in fear of you know who. But now that I’ve put my childish fears aside, I’m ready to revamp my style and add a new level of chic. Wear white jeans with a denim shirt and bold accessories for a look that works day and night.
Little White Dress 
My closet is filled with more little black dresses than I care to admit to you right now. I used to wear them so much that they started to make me feel a little less than fabulous. When I decided to buy a little white dress I never knew just how much it would open me up to a new world of style possibilities. If you feel like I did, a Little White Dress can drag you right out of your fashion rut. Dress it down with a pair of Converse sneakers or dress it up with a pair of killer heels for instant versatile style.
Wearing white after Labour Day is definitely not as a big an issue as it used to be, so don’t be afraid to break some rules and have fun with fashion.
Comment below to share how you wear white after Labour Day!

Fall Beauty Trends

Fall Beauty Trends

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Fall is always an exciting time of year for beauty lovers. With Christmas on the horizon, you can expect many stunning beauty trends to follow. If you want to stay up to date with everything that’s happening on the beauty scene, then you might be interested in the trends for Fall 2015.

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Oh so flush!

This fall, you can expect to see less contouring and barer faced looks, as you are going to see flushed skin, instead of highlighting. If you love the typical English Rose look, or just a hint of blush then this is the perfect trend for you.

How to do it – keep your base natural and apply just a small amount of blush on to the apples of your cheeks. You could use a cheek tint, if it’s easier for you to apply.

What to useBenefit Benetint Lip & cheek Stain, Clinique Cheek Pop, Ben Nye Powder

Go gothic!

Gothic trends were all over the runway earlier this year, and it’s an easy trend to try out. Opt for dark lips and matte skin, or go for thick black liner.

How to do it – go for either lips or eyes as applying both dark lipstick and black liner will appear too heavy.

What to useClinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Blackmail, Kevyn Aucoin Liner

Back to the eighties!

An ode to the 80’s was a key trend at fall fashion week. Super bright eyeshadow is something that you might not want to try out, so opt for dark nude lips or shimmery eyes instead.

How to do it – wear a nude lip, or go for glittery, slightly metallic eye shades.

What to useUrban Decay Revolution Lipgloss in Kinky, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama, Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Cosmic

Smokey eyes with a twist!

Smokey eyes are always a popular trend at this time of year, especially for wearing in the evening. This fall, opt for dark grey or navy shades instead of brown and blacks.

How to do it – keep your lips simple and wear a dark, smokey eye with lots of mascara.

What to useMAC Eyeshadow in Deep Truth, Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Giove, Make Up Geek Eyeshadow in Stealth

Simple shadow!

If you lead a busy lifestyle then this is one trend you can get on board with. Eyes are kept really basic, with just a simple wash of color. Opt for a light or dark nude and swipe all over the lid of the eye.

How to do it – apply just one layer of color on the eyes. Keep mascara looking natural, and opt for a light pink or nude lip.

What to useMAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection, Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Hollywood red!

Red lips make a striking makeup look. Anyone can wear a red lip, you just need to find perfect shade and texture for you.

How to do it – scrub your lips beforehand and moisturize, especially if you’re wearing a matte red lip. Keep the rest of your makeup basic and focus your attention on the lip area.

What to useMAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, Smashbox Lipstick in Legendary, Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Color in Mightiest Maraschino

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Get That Summer Glow – No Filter

Get That Summer Glow – No Filter

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Being just a few days away from Labor Day, it’s safe to say the Summer is coming to an end.
That’s right ladies prepare to say goodbye to your bikinis and booty shorts and hello to sexy sweaters and leggings.
As we head into fall our skimpy wardrobes and beautiful beach days won’t be the only things we miss.
It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is like there’s just something about the summertime that brings out the glowing Goddess is in ALL of us.
If you’re interested in keeping your Summer glow all year around -without the help of a few Instagram filters- read the advice below!
Beautiful Skin Comes From Within 
The best way to make sure you get that perfect Summer glow all year round is by eating a diet rich in the vitamins and minerals proven to promote healthy skin and one of those vitamins is none other than Vitamin E.
Vitamin E is one of the most, if not the most, important vitamins for skincare. When taken internally it can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, fight free radicals and much more.
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This precious vitamin can be found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and avocados, just to name a few. If you can’t be bothered with all of that, you can pick up a bottle of vitamin E capsules from your local drugstore or supermarket.
Sweat It Out
Everyone knows regular exercise can provide a slew of health benefits including improved mood and increased energy levels, but did you know that it can also help your skin get that coveted Summer glow?
Exercise both increases circulation and reduces inflammation meaning that the improved blood flow will help carry waste products away from healthy cells and your skin cells will stay nourished and beautiful.
Exercise doesn’t even have to be hard! All you need to see results is 45 minutes a day of moderate cardio, such as running or dancing, five days a week. Within a few weeks you’ll be able to see the amazing changes to your skin.
Don’t Hate, Exfoliate
Another great way to get that glow is through exfoliation. Exfoliation is a process that removes dead skin cells  from the surface of your skin to reveal the beautiful glowing skin underneath.
Our bodies shed millions and millions of skin cells each day and naturally because we don’t see large sheets of dead skin all around us, it’s easy to assume that not all of the dead skin comes off.
To get rid of this buildup you can use anything from exfoliating scrubs to body brushes and chemical peels. It’s not “one-size-fits-all” so do a bit of research and find out which exfoliation method is best for you.
If You Can’t Join Them, Beat Them 
Surprise surprise I’m talking about make up.
Now I’m not saying to go and “beat” your face, but instead you should use a product that gives you sheer coverage such as a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, both of which cover skin imperfections and leave you with a natural, dewey look.
If you find it’s not enough glow or you, just add a little bronzer and you’ll be ready to go no matter what time of year it is!
If you follow these tips you’ll definitely have that summer glow all year round.
Do you have any tips for getting glowing skin that you’d like to share? Comment below!

by Natalia