positivePeople talk about how you can change yourself from the inside outward, that developing that sense of inner confidence will impact on how you externalize yourself, and yes, it’s true. But it is a long journey to undertake. It is a worthwhile journey, but in this world that looks for quick hacks so they can get onto the next thing, people are looking for ways to make themselves appear different. Confidence is all about self-worth, and there are ways to achieve it from the outside in…

Positive Self-Talk

It is a thing that you may think is usually reserved for sportspeople and “hippies” but having a round of positive self-talk in the mirror or away from prying eyes is a great habit to get into. While it may sound like it is a pointless pursuit, there is some science behind it! It is a fact that your brain cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is fake. You can, of course, but this is why people talk so much about the power of positivity and motivating yourself. And if you don’t believe me, why are there so many people that suffer from self-fulfilling prophecies? Because they believed that they couldn’t do something, so they didn’t! All you need is five minutes in the morning to repeat a little mantra to yourself (you need to say it loud, you can’t think it). Something as simple as “I am super confident” repeated over and over will make you feel pretty good, and you’ll see why athletes get so pumped before a game.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

A very common approach that people do when they don’t have the skills to get them through a key problem, whether they are running a business or they need to learn how to do something, many people really go for the “fake it ‘til you make it” style of learning. It’s all about projecting a certain image, and then eventually your brain will catch up to the notion and start thinking that way. It is in many ways an extension of self-talk, by dressing a certain way, or by holding yourself up higher in your posture you are communicating to the world that you are confident. Changing your image is one big way people give themselves an overhaul, and there are many ways people do it, from wearing contact lenses of different colours to changing the colour of their hair! These are things people do when they are unhappy with how they are projecting themselves to the world, and need to make a change to assert their identity. If you want to project something completely different to who you think you are being perceived as this is a perfect start to giving yourself that positive change internally. It is very hard to fake it at the start, but this is why you need to apply these two tools to your life if you want to change your image and your confidence.  

 

You don’t need to have a ton of money in the bank to look expensive when you leave the house. You can look more expensive with the 7 simple tips outlined in this guide. Take a look and see what you can do!

Fall In Love With Black

If you’re not a huge wearer of black at the moment, change your stance on it. Black can look super expensive, even if it’s super cheap. Make black your go-to color, whether you’re looking for a skirt, a plain top, trousers, a coat…the list goes on. You don’t have to dress solely in black, but wearing more of it will help you to look more expensive in a heartbeat.

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Focus On The Finer Details And Your Grooming

Focus on the finer details of your outfit, such as your socks. Yes, even your socks can make a difference to how you look! A huge trend at the moment: those fishnet socks, but you can get so many different styles depending on what you’re wearing. By focusing on the small details like this, you’ll really give your outfit a more expensive feel. Make sure you focus on your grooming too, such as your nails and your hair.

Incorporate Lots Of Texture

Adding more texture to your outfit is never a bad thing. You’ll notice that the most stylish, expensive looking outfits always have plenty of texture. Incorporate it in any way you can to stop your outfit from looking dull.

Wear Quality Jewelry and Accessories

Quality jewelry and accessories will add to any outfit, no matter how much it cost. If you’re going to invest in anything, then make sure you invest in these things. You can look at diamond pricing if you want a diamond ring or diamond studs to wear each day. Or you can opt for a second hand watch to add more elegance on your outfit.‌

Quality bags, shoes, and things like that are also important for enhancing your outfits. Make sure you know what counts as quality, and don’t just go for a brand name!

Go To A Good Tailor

If your clothes don’t quite fit you properly, then you need to visit a good tailor. Otherwise, how will you ever look as lavish as you want? It’s worth doing these with your more pricy items of clothing.

Invest In The Basics

Always invest in the basics, and do your best to avoid trends. Trends come and go, the basics are going to be in your wardrobe forever. Make sure you have a nice pair of trousers, jeans, and plenty of classic tops that you can mix and match.

Avoid Logos And Tacky Embellishments

Always avoid tacky logos and embellishments. They will cheapen your outfit rather than making you look more expensive. Always choose outfits like this carefully!

Use these 7 tips and you’ll easily be able to emulate a more expensive appearance day to day. You don’t need to have lots of money, just a keen eye for quality pieces and a willingness to invest your money when appropriate. Leave your own tips below!

You’ve found a new holiday spot that you love. Maybe you found it a while ago, and you can’t help coming back again and again. In fact, you love it so much that you never want to leave. No, really. How can you stay there forever? Sometimes you fall in love with somewhere so much that you start looking for ways to make a more permanent move, or at least to come back as often as you want. It might feel a little crazy at first, but it’s not an uncommon thing to do. So what do you do when you find somewhere you never want to leave? You might not be able to live there forever, but you do have a few options.

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Get a Holiday Home

The first thing that might come to mind is buying a holiday home. It’s a big step, but it’s also not the most drastic leap. If you keep coming back to the same place, it makes sense to have a base where you can feel at home when you visit. You can get a property somewhere with other holidaymakers, or it could be somewhere you can settle into local life. And when you’re not using the property, you could rent it out to others. However, you do need to check the rules about buying a property if you’re not a citizen and offering short-term rentals too.

Get Another Passport

On the other end of the scale, there are more drastic measures you might take. Returning to another country again and again isn’t always easy, as there are often visa rules about how often you can visit and stay. One interesting option requires you to have a bit of cash. If you are able to invest money in certain countries, you can effectively buy yourself citizenship. Another option for some people is applying for a second passport if they have dual citizenship but have never looked into having two passports.

Take a Working Holiday

Perhaps you’re just thinking about spending a slightly longer period of time in your favourite place. Much of the time, 90 days is the maximum you’re allowed as a tourist. But several countries offer working holiday programmes that allow you to stay for a year or more. There’s the UK, the US, Germany, Canada, Argentina, Denmark, and many more. You just need to check that people with your citizenship and age are eligible.

Consider Making the Move

If you love somewhere so much you want to move there, you don’t have to apply for citizenship. However, the process to start a life there could be long, and you’ll need to be able to support yourself. Of course, if your new favourite holiday spot is in your home country, it makes things a lot easier. But if you’re going overseas, it could take a long time to plan and execute your move.
When you’ve fallen in love with a place, you never want to go. But maybe it’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder?

unnamed (1)Self-esteem is a term used to describe your interpretation of your worth and value. Your level of self-esteem can have a profound impact on the way you live your life, and what you get out of life. If you have low self-esteem, this could hold you back. You may assume you’ll never get that promotion or land that job. You may see somebody that catches your eye in a bar but walk on by because you presume they wouldn’t be interested. If you lack confidence and self-worth, there are ways of building up your self-esteem and learning to love and respect yourself more. It’s time to stop letting a lack of self-esteem hold you back. Here are some simple ways you can increase your self-worth.

Cut off negative influences

Do you have a friend that always makes jokes about your appearance or your academic record at school? Is their banter always a bit close to the bone? Do they tend to try and bring you down by making themselves feel better? Have you got people in your life who are willing to take advantage of your understanding ear, but unwilling to do the same for you? Are you always there for others? Are they there in return? Friendship is so important and so valuable, but if you let the wrong type of people in, there can be devastating consequences. Some people build us up and make us feel better. Others can bring us down. If you have friends that make you feel uneasy or there are people in your social group that make negative comments about you, cut them off. You don’t need to be surrounded by people who dent your confidence.

Stick with your supporters

Everyone needs a cheerleader from time to time. When you’re having one of those days, who is there to cheer you up, and give you that pep talk you need? These are the people you need to cling onto and never let go. The friends who genuinely want the best for you, and will always be there to give you advice, and try and steer you in the right direction. It may be as simple as being able to pick up the phone and ask which outfit to wear for a date, or it may be that reassuring voice you need if you’re feeling anxious and you can’t sleep or think straight. Keep your supporters close.

Set targets

One of the best ways to build confidence is to set targets. It might be finding a job you love if you’re not happy where you work. It may be trying to hit a goal weight by the summer or learning a new language. You may want to complete a half-marathon or put a deposit down on a house. You may have a savings target in mind or be desperately hoping for good grades in your college exams. Whatever you’re striving for, whether it’s a personal or professional goal, keep moving in the right direction. Be patient, work hard, and don’t beat yourself up if it takes time to get to where you want to be. Be realistic, and take every day as it comes. Nobody can be expected to achieve results overnight.

Treat yourself as you would your best friend

Picture the scene. You’re getting ready at a friend’s house. You’re all doing your makeup, and trying your outfits on. How many times over the course of the evening will you tell your friends how lovely, pretty or slim they look? Here’s another scenario for you. Your friend is upset. They’ve not done as well as they were hoping in an exam and somebody has posted a mean comment on their Facebook photo. What’s your reaction? This is not a drill to see how brilliant a friend you are. It’s an example to show you how you should treat yourself. We tend to be our own harshest critics, and we’re much kinder to other people. When you’re having one of those days when nothing looks great in the mirror, somebody’s made you feel down or your day at work or college hasn’t quite gone to plan, don’t curse yourself. Be gentle. Sometimes, it’s really useful to give yourself a pep talk and try and motivate yourself to do more and push harder, but there’s a time and a place for tough love.

Give up on perfect

If you aim for perfection, you’re always going to fall short because it’s impossible for anyone to be perfect. Even Instagram models and Victoria’s Secrets angels aren’t perfect. They probably have body hang-ups, and they may also worry about their relationships with friends or their careers just like you and me. The moment you stop trying to be perfect, a weight will be lifted from your shoulders. This doesn’t just apply to your body or your face. It’s also relevant to your life goals. So what if you don’t own your own home by the time you’re 35, or you’re not married by 30? Life doesn’t go in the direction you anticipated when you were younger, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Stop comparing yourself to others

If your self-esteem issues are linked to your appearance, this piece of advice is particularly beneficial, especially if you’re a fan of glossy magazines or social platforms like Instagram. If you spend hours scrolling through photographs of leggy models emerging from the ocean at sunset with impossibly golden skin and not an ounce of body fat in sight, it’s bound to be damaging for your body image. It’s wise to remember that very few people actually look like the models in those photos, and that these people often have squads of makeup artists and professional stylists and photographers on hand to produce amazing images. There’s also the small matter of using filters and editing software. If you find yourself comparing your life to that of your Facebook friends, again, proceed with caution. Sites like Facebook provide only a snapshot of people’s lives. What happens in real life may be very different to what you see on your screen. Focus on what you’re doing, rather than spending time worrying about other people.

If social media gets you down, stop using it. It can be hugely refreshing and liberating to stop comparing yourself to others.

Get your body moving

If you’re looking for a quick and simple mood-booster, look no further than a walk, a jog, a cycle or a swim. Exercise is not just a great tonic for stress. It can also brighten up your day, make you feel happier, and give you more energy and confidence.

Low self-esteem is a very common problem, and it can have a damaging effect. If you lack confidence, it can hold you back and prevent you from living life to the full. It can also make you feel anxious and increase the risk of depression and stress. Building your self-esteem can take time, and there is no miracle cure. However, it is possible to increase confidence and make you feel more able to reach your goals. If you lack confidence, try and put these measures into place. Be kind to yourself, and choose your friends carefully. Strive to better yourself, and work towards goals. Stop trying to be perfect or comparing yourself to others. Focus only on what you want to do and what matters to you. If you’re feeling low, get your body moving, and try and adopt a positive mindset.

 

We all need some bling in our life. After all, some sparkle can make us feel like a million bucks. And we should feel like that when we are out and about. However, a lot of people get confused about how they can add it to their wardrobe. After all, you don’t want to go too OTT with bling so that your outfits look ridiculous. But at the same time, you need to add some sparkle so that you shine when you are out on the town. Therefore, here are some ideas of how you can add some bling to your wardrobe.

Go for a sparkly top

When we are thinking about adding some bling to our wardrobe, one of the first things you should consider is some new tops. After all, we tend to all go into a bit of a routine where we have the same old black and white tops we wear every day. And while they are useful, they are not adding any vibrance to our wardrobe. Therefore, it’s time to hunt down a beautiful sparkly top which will help you to stand out from the crowd. You could opt for something which has a sparkly neckline and sleeves to ensure it’s more of a subtle look. After all, you can then add some sparkle to your life without going over the top. Or for something more out there, you could go for a top full of sequins. It will ensure you sparkle when you are out at a club. Or you could even wear it to work to ensure you add some sparkle to your boring morning! And remember if you are going to opt for a sparkly top, it’s best to go for some black jeans or trousers to ensure you don’t go OTT with the sequins!

Opt for a sequin dress

A lot of us have our favorite LBD that we put on every time we go out with our buddies. After all, we know it looks good, so why break a winning formula. But it might mean we are falling into the background when we are out with our friends. Therefore, if you want to stand out and look like a million bucks, you should opt for a sparkly dress instead. And one dress which will definitely help you to look great is a dress full of sequins. After all, as soon as you hit the dance floor, you will definitely be shining. And you will turn heads with your beautiful design. It’s your choice when it comes to choosing how many sequins you want for your dress. You might want something which just has them down the sides to ensure it’s not too much. Or you might want to go all out and go for something which is all over sparkle. And your sequin dress can be used all year round; from your birthday party to the Christmas work do!

Go for jeans that shimmer

We all have a few pairs of jeans that we swap between on a daily basis. And we have some which are more suitable for night time. For example, I love my slim pair of black jeans that are perfect with a fun top. But when you are looking to add bling to your wardrobe, you should be changing up your jeans too. After all, there’s nothing better than having a shimmering pair of jeans for a night out. Therefore, go for a great pair in a metallic print that has gold studs down the sides. Your jeans will turn heads and will show you are the queen of the party! And studs will give you some edge when you are on a night out. Pair it with a crop top and a leather jacket to give you some style. Just be careful where you keep them at home. After all, you don’t want the studs from the jeans to cause damage to your other clothes!

Go for some grand jewelry

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There’s nothing that says bling than some beautiful jewelry. In fact, it’s one of the easiest ways to add some glam to your outfit. Even if you are in casual clothes, some grand jewelry can completely change the look! Therefore, it’s time to go for something classy when it comes to your jewelry. It might be that you opt for some gold hoop earrings; put your hair up and show these off to the world. And a statement necklace would also be a great way to add some bling to your wardrobe. Opt for something which is oversized and full of diamonds to ensure you look grand!

Opt for some sparkly heels

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While we might love our flats, when it’s time to go out on the town or to work, heels are definitely the answer. After all, they can give you the confidence you need when you are in these situations. But when it comes to choosing heels, a lot of us go for a similar patent black choice. Or even a nude which will go with all our outfits. But when it comes to our shoes, it’s a perfect chance to add some bling to our wardrobe without going over the top. After all, some sparkly heels can completely change the look of your outfit. You might be wearing a top and jeans that are nothing special. But the heels will show you are ready for a night out! Therefore, hunt down some sparkly heels that you will love to wear. And if heels are really not your thing, you might be surprised to know you can get some Converse which are sparkly. Or you could even do some DIY to add some shimmer and sequins to your fun sneakers!

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When we think about spring cleaning, we tend to go over the obvious that we have done in previous years. Clearing out the cupboards, wiping over skirting boards and door frames, cleaning window sills – it’s all the usual stuff. We wait for the warmer weather and have a little bit of a spurt of cleanliness, but there is definitely some stuff that we are missing out on that requires our immediate attention.

Clothes

Clothes that haven’t been worn in a while will eventually start to lose their fresh scent and can even attract moths. Take them out of the wardrobe and give them a once-over – especially if it’s something delicate that hasn’t been worn in a while like a good suit or wedding dress. Look up a clothes cleaning service near to you and send them off for a spruce. You could even clear out the clutter of the clothes that you no longer wear or need and send them off to charity or list them for sale as part of the process. It’s a double-whammy job.

Inside the Vacuum

What cleans the things that clean your things? Well, er, you do. Take a look inside your vacuum and give it a good wipe out. It sucks up all sorts of grime so that you don’t have to do the hard work, but a stipulation of this (unless you’ve got vacuum with disposable bags) is that you will have to make sure it is free of gunk every once in awhile. It stops it from building up smells and will keep it in better condition for longer.

Mattress

Did you know that you are meant to vacuum your mattress one a year? It helps to get rid of the majority of dust mites that may have made your bed their home, and generally freshens it up. If you haven’t replaced your mattress in the last 8 years, it’s a good reminder to do it to keep your posture great and give you a good night’s sleep.

White goods
Now’s the time to really go to town on your white goods and give them a thorough inspection. Take a look inside the drawer of your washing machine and get it out for a closer look – chances are that there is some sort of slime or mould growing towards the back that you had never noticed before. Instead of giving your fridge a quick wipe down, take out each shelf individually and soak it while getting in every nook and cranny within, including the seal around the door. If you have a tumble dryer, clear out the lint that has gathered towards the bottom of the opening. Clear out your microwave, deep-clean your oven and make sure that anything else you use for the preparation of food has a thorough scrub before you use it again. It’s amazing how much build up you can find – just take a look at the workings of  your can-opener for proof!

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A long-haul flight can have a few definitions, but it’s generally seen as being between 6 and 12 hours long. If you want to travel further than the countries closest to you, you’re probably going to have to take a long-haul flight. You might be travelling from Australia to Europe, from Europe to East Asia, or from the US to Africa. Wherever you’re flying to and from, there is one thing that everyone knows about long-haul flights: they’re expensive. It’s to be expected when you’re going to be spending hours and hours on a plain, and perhaps even taking more than one flight. But you don’t want them to stop you seeing the world because they cost so much. You can save money on long-haul travel, and here are a few ways to do it.

Go In the Off-season

It’s more expensive to travel when everyone else is travelling. If you want to take your trip during the most popular times, you’re going to end up paying more. When these times are can vary by country. First, you need to consider the weather, and what type of weather people travel there for. Sometimes they’re looking for sunshine, but people also go to places seeking out snow or even rainy seasons.

Then you have to think about holidays, which can require considering both your departure and destination locations. Some research into local holidays where you’re going could be necessary. There could be other reasons people travel during certain times too. For example, northern destinations are often very popular during the times when it’s possible to see the Northern Lights. If you travel during less popular times, it might mean missing out on some things, but it could save you a lot of money.

Pick Cheaper Destinations

Before you start looking at flights, it’s also worth thinking about where you want to go. Your trip isn’t all about how you get there, even if the flights will be a larger part of your budget. If you choose your destination based on how expensive it is to book accommodation, buy food, and do other things while you’re there, you could save yourself some cash. For example, maybe you’re planning a trip around Europe. You’ll spend a lot more money in Sweden than you will in Romania. It’s important to take this into account when you’re planning a long-haul trip.

Compare Flights for the Best Deals

Getting the best price for your flight is essential if you want to make long-haul travel cheaper. Being able to compare available flights is extremely helpful, but there are so many tools available and so many different variables that it can be hard not to get confused. One of the best tools to use is Google Flights, which gives you lots of filters and functions to narrow down your search and compare available flights. Here’s a useful guide that tells you how to get started with using it and how it can help you. You can also use tools like Kayak so you can find out the best time to book your flights. Sometimes, it’s months before you fly, and sometimes it could be mere weeks.

Use Airline Miles and Rewards

Another way to lower the price of your long-haul flights is to use any airline points or rewards you might have. If you fly a lot, you can collect them by being a member of an airline’s rewards programme. But even if you don’t fly that frequently, you might be able to collect some points you can use when you do travel. For example, some airlines offer credit cards that give you points when you spend with them. There are other ways to collect airline miles through rewards programmes or performing tasks online, from buying things to completing surveys or even entering competitions.

Check Exchange Rates

Another cost to consider before you book a long-haul trip is the currency you’ll be spending. You might get some cash exchanged before you go, take out traveller’s cheques, or use your card when you arrive. Whatever you decide to do, you want to make sure you get a good deal on the exchange rate. However, this can be a little tricky, as you can’t always predict what’s going to happen. Getting your travel money in advance can help, as you can exchange your money while the rate is good instead of risking getting less value for your cash when you arrive at your destination.

Understand Code-sharing

Here's How to Make Long-haul Travel More AffordableStill thinking about how you can save on your flights? Here’s another way you can do it: look out for airlines using code-sharing. You’ve probably noticed code-sharing flights before but not really thought about what they are. It’s basically when two airlines sell seats on the same plane, running the flight together. When they do this, they often offer different prices for the same flights. You can tell if a flight has seats offered by more than one airline in a couple of ways. When you search for flights, one might say that it’s being operated by another airline. You can also check flight times and the flight number to see if two different airlines match up.

Enjoy a Stopover

Long-haul flights can take it out of you. While transferring from one flight to another can leave you feeling exhausted, taking a bit longer for a layover can give you time to refresh. It can also make things cheaper. For example, both Icelandair and WOW Air offer flights from mainland Europe to the US via Iceland. You can even choose to stop for a few nights in Iceland before flying to your final destination. You have a chance to see a bit more while you’re travelling, or at least to catch up on sleep in a hotel for a night or two. Even just a transfer window of a couple of hours could save you money.

Try a Package Deal

Package deals can sometimes have a bad reputation, but they can often save you a lot of money. And they aren’t all cheap resort holidays, either. You can save on luxury travel if you know where to find the right deals. A package could simply include your flights and a hotel. Or you can book flights, accommodation, car hire, and maybe even choose an all-inclusive resort with meals and drinks included in the price. You can save a lot of money if you find the right deal, but you need to consider your destination, and what’s available that might suit you.

Be Careful with Your Phone

There are some extra costs you need to watch out for while you’re travelling. Staying connected has become more and more important to travellers. But you need to make sure you’re not doing it at great expense to yourself. Using your phone while you’re abroad can cost a lot, especially when you’re visiting long-haul destinations. You might be able to get a good deal on using your phone overseas from your provider. However, there are other options you can consider, such as getting a SIM card when you arrive at your destination. You can also seek out free WiFi, so you don’t have to pay to use the internet.

Set Your Travel Style to the Destination

When you’re travelling, make sure you match your travel style to the place you’re visiting. If it’s a more expensive country, you probably don’t want to take taxis everywhere. But there could be a very affordable public transport network. If eating out is expensive, it might be better to rent an apartment or stay in a hostel or hotel where you have the use of a kitchen. If it’s expensive to go on tours, organise your own things to do instead. In some countries, you’ll be able to do more on a smaller budget, but sometimes you have to rein yourself in.

Use Domestic Airlines to Travel Internally

If you’re planning to travel around a country by plane, you might be better off leaving internal flights until you get there. You can often find better deals once you’re in the country, whether you buy online, at the airport or at a travel centre or travel agent. Domestic airlines can often offer a cheaper deal on the same internal flights that international airlines might offer. You can also find domestic airlines that work in partnership with international ones.

Take Advantage of Free Offers and Bonus Buys

There are lots of times when you can get free or cheap things when you’re travelling, depending on which country you’re in. In lots of Asian countries, you might be able to get free nights for your accommodation. Many places offer buy one get one free on your stay so you can benefit most by staying an even number of nights. There are other times when you might be able to secure free or cheap meals, free transport, and other bonuses.

Long-haul travel doesn’t have to mean expensive travel. If you plan everything carefully, you could spend less than if you go somewhere closer to you.

It has become quite clear lately that using your fingers to apply and blend makeup just isn’t good enough. The makeup world is becoming more and more advanced, and even young teenagers have special brushes and sponges to apply their products. However, many people still get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tools out there. If this sounds like you, here are some of the most important beauty tools, explained:

The Beauty Blender

What is the actual point of a beauty blender? Actually, it has lots of points. You can use it wet or dry to apply foundation, helping to give it the effect you want. Wet gives you a more sheer look. Either way, it turns out flawless. You can use it for blending just about anything else, and even applying powder under your eyes to hide those pesky bags!

The Eyelash Curler

Seems pretty self explanatory, but if you don’t use one of these currently, you’re missing out. Try heating it up with the hairdryer for a few seconds to make that curl last. You won’t believe the difference, no fake lashes required!

The Large Fan Brush

The large fan brush is so fluffy for a reason. It can be used to apply highlighter, bronzer, and anything else you want to sweep over the face. You can even use it for getting rid of powder spills.

An Angled Brow Brush

Want perfect brows? Then you must have an angled brow brush. This will help you to get those glorious sweeping arches and defined tails that dreams are made of.

The Fluffy Eye Blending Brush

The fluffy eye blending brush can be used to apply shadow in the crease, or on its own to help blend out any harsh lines. It’s perfect for those who want to get their eyeshadow just right.

The Tapered Shadow Brush

The tapered shadow brush is better for applying shadow all over the lid. This gives you a beautiful, even sweep of color.

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The Powder Brush

The powder brush can be used to apply any type of powder. However, it’s probably best for your favorite finishing powder. Once your makeup is nearly done, swirl this brush in your powder, tap off the excess, and apply.

The Angled Face Brush

The angled face brush will give you chiseled cheeks that look as if they could cut a man. Just get that bronzer into the hollows of your cheeks to shade them, and voila! Just make sure you don’t go in with too much product at first, and blend like there’s no tomorrow. You don’t want your face to look dirty.

The Small Smudge Brush

The small smudge brush is just perfect for those who want to get the smoky eye just right. Simply apply your dark shade with it and blend, blend, blend to get the sexy, smoky look of your dreams.
Now you know what to do, get stocking up on the right beauty tools!

unnamedWe all have those periods where we lack self-esteem, it’s a natural part of life. However, a mistake that you don’t want to make is letting your lack of self-esteem become a big deal because that’s when it starts to impact your life more seriously. We should all make it our goal in life to ensure that no matter what, we always loved ourselves. After all, life is too short not to, isn’t it?

So, with that in mind, today I thought that I would share some hints and tricks in the form of steps to help you feel better about yourself. Believe it or not, each and every one of us deserves to love ourselves for who we are, which is why having self-esteem is so, so important. Or, at least, I believe it is…

To give your self-esteem a boost, take note of the three steps below and implement the ideas mentioned. Honestly, you will feel better for it – that’s a promise!

Step 1: Determine the cause of your lack of self-esteem

The first step to getting your love for yourself (and your appearance) back is working out what’s caused you to lack self-esteem in the first place. Could it be a comment someone made about one of your features, such as that your nose is a little pointy? Has the fact that you’ve gone up a dress size impacted how you feel about yourself? Are you self-conscious of your accent because you’ve heard someone make a comment about it? In order to feel better about yourself, you need to determine what’s caused your lack of self-esteem in the first place.

Step 2: Fix the problem

Once you know what the problem is, then you can fix it. So, you know what’s making you feel down, and now you need to fix the problem. Admittedly, in some instances, this is easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Say, for example, your lack of self-esteem is caused by hearing a hurtful comment about your appearance. You need to realise that just because someone has said something nasty, that doesn’t mean it’s true. Even if it is true – you do have a pointy nose, so what? Everyone is unique – that’s what makes the world such an amazing place. Or, say, for instance, your teeth are stained, and it’s getting you down, then undergoing teeth whitening could be the answer. It’s not about changing yourself for other people, it’s about being happy with who you are, and if that means making changes then so be it.

Step 3: Work on loving yourself for who you are

Last but not least, when it comes to being confident with who you are and how you look, you need to work on loving yourself. You can spend your whole life wishing you were someone else or that you looked like someone else, but it’s a total waste of your time because you are you and are always going to be. So it’s a much better idea to learn to love yourself and be more positive about who you are and how you look, else you will end up wasting your life wishing that you were someone else.

If you want to improve how you feel about yourself and make more of your life, take note of the tips above and implement them in your life.

maldives-travelThe world is your oyster and you have the passion and desire to explore it. The temptation to travel and to let your wanderlust be your only guide is an overwhelming one. When traveling is in your sights, it can be difficult to bring yourself back down to the earth of reality.

Yet without reality, any travel expedition is doomed to failure. To truly see and experience all the things that you want to, you have to be ready for them. You have to be careful. And, most importantly, you have to make your preparations.

To do it right, you have to have the correct equipment for the job. The dream of slinging the nearest rucksack on your back having thrown the items you think you will need into it and then setting off is unrealistic. So love your preparation – it’s the thing that, ultimately, lets you see the world as you want to see it.

You Need… A Strong Bag

All of the hassle, stresses and strains that you go through as a traveller are rough. Your hair messes up, you sweat far more than you want to and you pound unfamiliar sidewalks with every new place. All of the things that you go through are made rougher on the bag you choose to travel with.

This is not an area on which you can have your primary concern be finding a bag of a low cost. Money isn’t everything, but quality is – and unfortunately, most of the time, the two of them go hand-in-hand. This applies both to luggage you take and the bag you carry around for day-to-day sightseeing; they have to be robust. If they’re not, you could find yourself spilling items all over a foreign train carriage – or worse, finding yourself an easy target for pickpockets.

So look for quality in manufacturers, and brands closer to the high-end of the market. You’ll thank yourself in the future!

A Reusable Water Bottle

Buying bottled water is expensive wherever you go in the world, especially the small bag-friendly sized bottles. It’s far more cost effective to buy large bottles from supermarkets in countries where it’s not safe to drink the water. In countries where it is, then just use the tap in your hotel room.

Don’t be tempted to use these sources to fill an old plastic bottle. A good, solid reusable water bottle is an essential – and make sure it’s BPA-free for maximum safety. You can’t go wrong with stainless steel containers; they’re heavier, but they’ll never let you down.
Of course, these two items are just the tip of the preparation iceberg – but you’re off to a flying start if you focus on them. What do you consider to be a holiday essential?

If you are obsessed with the conviviality of Spanish food and believe that tapas is the best kind of food that you could find, then maybe you should plan a trip to Spain. There’s no denying that tapas have a lot to satisfy most hungry mouths, from the diversity of tastes and textures to the friendly atmosphere that they can create, so the best way to embrace your love for tapas is to go and try them in their natural environment, in Malaga where the country eats the most of these delicious little dishes. So get your best sunglasses, and prepare yourself for a taste of Malaga and its culture.  

Getting There

While Malaga is the fourth busiest airport in Spain, it is unfortunately only connected to European flights. If you are a long-distance traveler, you will probably need to look for a connecting flights. Thankfully, most long distances flights land in London, Zurich or Paris in Europe, and these airport offer direct connections to Malaga, so your trip shouldn’t be too difficult to organize. Malaga is part of the EU zone, consequently EU travelers, US and Canadian travelers won’t need any visa authorization to get there – at least for holidays of less than 90 days. While you will find public transport from the airport into the most local towns, most holidaymakers prefer to organize a taxi ride with a local company such as booktaximalaga, as this is the easiest way to get to your hotel or your rented accommodation. As late flights are not uncommon, you probably want to relax in a cab before getting to your hotel and going to bed: This is better than trying to find your hotel at night and on your own!

Typical Malagan Cuisine

The traditional Malagan cuisine follows the same principles than you would expect from any Mediterranean country: Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, good quality olive oil, and delicious wines, without mentioning the daily-baked bread that is almost mandatory in the south! But Malaga has also very typical dishes from the region, like deep-fried fresh fish, or pescadito frito, porra which is a soup consisting of tomato and bread, and the ajoblanco, an almond and garlic version of the famous gazpacho soup. Almonds are an essential part of the Malagan cuisine, and you find it everywhere from soups to cakes. You will also find fun wine tours in Malaga, especially a wine and tapas cycling tour for the foodies who love to stay fit.

Don’t Forget The Historic Pause

Finally, once you’ve tasted the delicious food and drunken the best Andalucian wine, it’s time to embrace the cultural side of Malaga. Indeed, as the birthplace of Picasso, you will find that the place has a lot to offer, especially with a museum entirely dedicated to the painter’s life. If you are after a historic immersion, plan time for a visit to the Alcazaba fortress, which was built by the Moors in 1040. The fortress is built on ancient Roman site, unfortunately the Moors have repurposed the Roman stones so the nearby Roman theatre needs renovation work to show its true splendour. It’s interesting to know that the term Alcazaba comes from the Arabic al-qasbah, which is the original name of the building. It means the citadel.  

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The Roman remains in Malaga

 

There is nothing quite like the feeling of new things in your home – be it clothes, dinner sets or furniture.

You unwrap the packaging, revelling in the smell, delighting in the excitement in how you will feel when wearing or using them. They are pristine to the touch, yet to be filled with the general grime of everyday life. It is a world of potential at your fingertips.

Okay, so that might be a little overly-romantic – but there’s still something to it. When things are new they are at their best… the unfortunate reality is that they will inevitably degrade.

When they begin to lose their new lustre, they begin to lose what makes them special and unique. They just become part of your everyday life rather than something special. That’s fine for general clothes that you just wear around the house, or for everyday crockery. For special items, you want to retain that feeling of them being special for as long as possible.

It therefore makes sense to practice good maintenance and management. So what exactly does that entail?

  1. Roll, don’t fold.

Furniture encourages us to treat our clothes badly. It’s all the furniture’s fault, Fashion Police! They made me do it!

Drawers are useful, but folding clothes into drawers is not so great for the clothes. If you fold in the same way every time, they can develop crease patterns which eventually become weaknesses in the fabric.

It therefore makes sense to roll your clothes when storing them in drawers. Not only will you diminish the chance for creasing, you’ll also find with a bit of practice that you can fit more into the available space. And when is more storage not a good thing?

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  1. Check your washing appliances.

A washing machine that isn’t functioning properly can quickly become a torture chamber for clothes. Similarly, a dishwasher that is running out of steam can ruin your best dinner set. 

Also think about the cleaning products you’re using in the machine. For example, fabric softener may make clothes feel new, but it’s rarely doing anything for the clothes. Instead, it’s just coating them in a very thin layer of softener that makes them feel soft to the touch rather than actually changing the state of the fabric. 

  1. Be careful of hangers.

Since drawers can be perilous, why not just switch to hanging all your clothes?

Because nothing in life is ever simple, this can be fraught with problems also. If you hang clothes in the same way, you can soon find weaknesses developing along where the hanger comes into contact with them. Soon, the force of gravity alone will stretch and misshape the material – especially if you leave them for long periods of time without being worn. Flocked or padded hangers will keep your clothes in better condition for longer.

  1. Use lining paper in cupboards

Merely being in storage can leave traces on your tableware. Being in contact with a surface through extremes of heat can lead to condensation settling and in time, bacterial deposits. By using lining paper on the shelves of your cupboards, you reduce the amount of maintenance you will need to do, and ensure that when you have company, a quick polish with a cloth will be all they need.

How often do you give a lack of time as an excuse? Have you delayed making that appointment for your health check or starting an exercise regime because you don’t have time. Or are you always grabbing food on the go because you haven’t got hours to devote to cooking at home? It’s true that many of us live hectic lives. But you should always find time for your health. If you feel like you haven’t got enough hours in the day, or you’re guilty of using time as an excuse, here are some useful tips and tricks.

Fast, healthy food

healthy food There’s an assumption that preparing healthy meals takes ages, but that simply isn’t true. You can rustle up a salad, warm up some soup, throw together a stir fry or grill some meat and vegetables in a matter of minutes. If you’re in a rush, you don’t have to rely on a takeout or a microwave meal. There are plenty of nutritious alternatives you can enjoy in less than 15 minutes. If your repertoire is limited, search online for inspiration. If you don’t have time to eat a healthy lunch at work, prepare your meals in advance. You can make sandwiches, wraps, soups, and pasta salads the night before.

Quick workouts

Are you one of those people who just doesn’t have time to exercise? If so, you may be doing the wrong types of exercise. Many people don’t have an hour or two spare to drive to the gym, do a workout, shower, and get back to the office. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t include any form of physical activity in your daily routine. You could cycle to work every day or swap gentle exercise for more intensive activities. If you do a 20-minute high-intensity interval training session, for example, you’ll burn as many calories as you would going for an hour-long jog. Another solution could be to invest in some home gym equipment. This way, you can get a workout in without having to add time to get to and from a gym or a sports centre.

No matter how busy you are, you should always make time for your health. These tips will help you to save time and boost your health.

Lots of us start a new health and fitness regime with good intentions but with daily life, such as work pressures, family obligations, and a busy social calendar, our vow to workout five days a week quickly falls by the wayside. While gym sessions, fitness classes, and running clubs are an excellent way to get yourself in shape, there are those of us that need, well, a little bit more motivation. We require someone that’s going to be in our corner no matter what and, unlike family and friends, feels comfortable pushing us past our comfort barrier to achieve results.

What was once a luxury only the rich and famous could afford, has become an everyday occurrence thanks to a variety of payment plans, session bundles, and individual programs. People are gradually cottoning on to what they spend on snacks, clothes and nights out can also be used to help improve their overall health and fitness. Personal trainers aren’t a new thing, in fact, athletes and sports stars have had access to a fitness coach for years, but for regular people, the novelty of a personal trainer means we’re hiring more of them than ever before. Ironically, thanks to technology the personal training of PT industry is performing better than ever. Fitness data is easier to access, interpret and share with the client while helping trainers pinpoint accurately what’s working well and what needs improving.

Studies have also shown that those who have access to a PT do better than those without but why is this? Firstly, trainers are personal and while they may have many clients on their books the time that they spend with you is solely focused on improving your fitness. Secondly, believe it or not, qualified personal trainers possess excellent communication skills, as well as an understanding of psychology that allows them to motivate, encourage and support clients. Lastly, they have a keen emotional awareness; trainers walk the line between pushing someone out of their comfort zone, and knowing when someone’s reached their limit. However, real results are often seen when both trainer and client work together having established a mutual respect and trust.

Perfect Match

Obviously, the best place to start is at your gym as most fitness centres have one, or more permanent personal trainers on staff at all times. Speak to them about your fitness goals; you’re not setting anything in stone here just having a friendly chat to see if you like them as a person. Don’t worry if you don’t get the right vibes, just move on until you find someone you click with. Why not speak to friends and family who already have trainers to see if they can recommend someone or check out fitness forums online where local trainers advertise. Arrange a consultation where you can find out more about their qualifications. This is absolutely vital as they’ll be the one in charge of your fitness program, and if they don’t know what they’re doing, they could seriously injure you!

20 Questions

Be honest about your current level of fitness while asking where they trained and how long they’ve been in the industry. Yes, they may have this information on their website, but it never hurts to have things explained in person. Try to find someone that has a national, or international accreditation as it often means that they’ve had more experience but understand that you’ll be paying a premium for that expertise. Look at what certificates they have, and if they’re up to date, an expired certificate or license is never good and make sure you check their workplace before you sign anything.

Look to speak to their manager or any previous clients to get a feel for how well they perform. Not all personal trainers are the same, depending on what fitness regime you seek some may decide you’re a better fit with a colleague, but don’t be afraid to give them a thorough grilling either. Experts suggest you ask questions about previous clients, their success rates, what their style is, how much their fees are and if they work just one-on-one or in small groups. The last thing you want to do is turn up to your first session, nervous as hell and be met with six other people.

Your trainer should have no issues with you watching a session either; it’s a great way to see how they work, interact with the client and what methods they use to reach the client’s potential. Avoid trainers who seem unusually vain, more into working out themselves, buying  

sports wear and showing off their Adidas originals shoes than putting clients through their paces. Another red flag is trainers who spend an inordinate amount of time chatting or who stop half way through the session. You need someone that’s going to be there alongside you every step of the way, not talking on their phone or drinking energy drinks every five minutes!

Get In Tune

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Once you’ve found someone you can work with now’s the time to talk about your goals in more detail and why you want to get in shape. Don’t be afraid to share personal weight issues, a good trainer will have heard many of them before and will reassure you. While it’s important to establish a great working relationship, i.e. Doing the homework they set you, turning up on time and wearing the right gear for fitness it’s worth remembering that they aren’t your friend. It’s fine to be friendly, but at the end of the day you are a client, meetings should be kept professional and only when you wish to no longer employ them should you consider approaching them in a social capacity.

A good trainer will understand your limits, any health concerns, and will work with you to achieve your fitness goals and will take the time to learn from you as well as leading the session. If something’s not working for you or you feel like a certain exercise is too risky a professional will quickly, confidently and easily adapt the session and later discuss how to get the around the issue.

After a long day, all you want to do is come home, kick off your shoes and relax. There’s nothing wrong with this, you should completely embrace doing nothing when you have the chance! Resting and relaxing can help to keep you productive, prevent you from feeling overworked and ‘burned out’ and is good for your health too. So creating a home that aids in relaxation is only a good thing. Here’s how you can go about it.

Achieve a Spa- Like Bathroom

Hot baths are a free and accessible way to completely relax. The hot water can loosen stiff muscles, lower blood pressure and give you a bit of quiet time to just clear your head. If you’re more of a quick showers kind of person, now’s the time to start embracing baths. Give your bathroom a refresh or even a full makeover if it needs it, this will give you the perfect surroundings to enjoy some me- time. At the very least, give it a good clean and buy some decent storage to keep clutter at a minimum. Pampering products, scented candles, a soft bath mat and large fluffy towels are all essentials. 

Make Your Bedroom A Sleep Sanctuary

Does your bedroom have more gadgets than a technology shop? Televisions, computers, speakers, phones, tablets- you name it. Blinking LED lights and the glow from screens have all been shown to affect a chemical called melatonin in our brain which is needed to ‘switch off’ at night and fall asleep. If you can’t move your technology out of the bedroom completely, at least make sure everything is completely switched off (and isn’t on standby) each night when you go to bed. Instead, it’s all about mood lighting, a soft glow where you can read a book or meditate to unwind in the evening. You could go with scented candles, or a lamp with a soft bulb. Another thing that can help keep your room relaxing is having a general declutter. A tidy room equals a tidy mind, when you’re surrounded by mess it’s a stressful environment and not the best when you’re trying to chill out

relaxation at home

Create a Comfy Seating Area

A comfy seating area is a must for those lazy evenings and weekends. Better still, upgrade your home entertainment system so you can watch box sets, movies and all your favorite shows in the best quality while you put your feet up. A large sofa or two or an armchair, lots of cushions and cozy throws for comfort and a footstool gives you the perfect chill out area. Go for the largest furniture you can for the size of the room, measure carefully to make sure you still have enough space to move around.

Is your home as relaxing as you’d like it to be?