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Now that spring is coming to an end and summer is almost on its way, it’s time to get serious about your summer beauty prep. Whether you’ve got a beach vacation coming up or want to feel good about yourself and enjoy the warmer weather, putting the efforts in now will make your summer beauty steps so much easier. From the perfect kind of hair removal to trying out new styles, grab your beauty kit, head into the bathroom and get ready to fill your days with pampering.

 

Get Super Smooth

 

First up, you’re going to want to make sure that you work on your body hair. We all feel better when our skin is silky smooth. Regardless of your preferred style of hair removal, long-lasting smoothness should be your priority. There are some great products on the market at the moment that allow you to get salon style results at home using a laser. So if you’re not a fan of wet shaving every few days, you’ve got the option to invest in something more permanent.

 

Exfoliate

 

To help your hair removal last even longer and to get your skin glowing, you’re going to need to exfoliate – and a lot more often than you would in winter. Whether you choose to make a natural product yourself or invest in a high street body scrub, you’re going to need to make sure you commit to a routine once or twice a week to notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. To start, body brush before you get in the shower, then use a loofah to apply your product in circular motions. Then, once you’re out of the shower, follow with a moisturizer to lock in the softness.

 

Take The Plunge

 

If you’ve ever wanted to make any minor adjustments to your body, or if you’ve been saving up for a long time, spring is a great time to take the plunge. One of the best ways to make sure you are ready or to find out if a treatment is right for you is to talk to a plastic surgeon. Booking in a consultation can not only help you decide whether something is right for you, but you can then go on to book your treatment if you feel it is right. Then, by allowing yourself the proper healing period, you should be all set for your late summer vacation.

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Book In For A Trim

 

Winter is always hard on our hair. When it comes to spring, you’re going to want to book in for a much-needed trim ahead of the summer months. And now is the time to do it. By getting rid of those split ends, you will be able to enjoy healthier hair or summer. Plus, when your hair is feeling healthy, your hairstyles will hold for longer.

 

Hit The Gym

 

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of exercise, you will always feel better ready for summer when you get to the gym. Moving more, pushing your body and getting the blood flowing not only makes you feel a bit better, but you will start to look it too. If you need a summer body workout plan, you can find lots of tips and inspiration to help you online. Whether you decide to head out for a run, join a yoga class, or try out some squats, you’ll feel ready to hit that beach in no time at all.

 

Kick Start Your Skincare

 

Just like the effects on the hair, winter can take its toll on our skin. Now that we’re well into spring and summer is on its way, it’s time to supercharge your skincare routine. Focus on exfoliating to get rid of any dead skin and moisture more if your skin is feeling a little dry. You might even be interested in booking in for facial so that a dermatologist can diagnose your skin type and recommend a flawless routine to follow. With only a few months to go before summer is in full swing, now is a good a time as any.

 

Try Out Some New Styles

 

When you’re starting to feel completely pampered, it’s now time to have a little fun. Playing around with hairstyles is perfect in the summer months. As the weather warms up, you might want to get a bit more creative with your locks. With boho vibes coming through, creating new styles like messy braids, long flowing waves and even adding in some cool and quirky colors, the summer is the perfect time to let your hair down and enjoy a new style.

 

When it comes to a happy time such as pregnancy, there are many good and bad parts to go along with it. One of the not so fun parts of pregnancy is morning sickness. The nauseous, queasy feeling can actually happen at any time of the day, and can begin as early as six weeks into pregnancy. For some, it can be one of the first early pregnancy symptoms a woman experiences. However, there are a few things you can do to help combat morning sickness during your pregnancy.

Eat Right Away: Place some crackers beside your bed so that you can get something in your stomach before you even get out of bed in the morning. Take your time, don’t just jump out of bed and get moving. Taking a few minutes to get woken up in the morning can help to settle your stomach.

Go Small: Eating several small meals during the day can help to regulate your blood sugar and can help you from getting too full or too hungry during the day. Also make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids during the day to prevent becoming dehydrated.

Go Bland: This isn’t the time to eat spicy, greasy or new to you foods. Stick with what you know, and stick with foods that are bland and plain. This will help to keep your stomach settled. Make sure to get enough rest, even if you need to nap during the day. However, you might not want to nap after a meal, because that could make you feel sicker.

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2017 is nearly upon us and once again, we have to try and think of resolutions. It’s a wonder we even bother, really – 92% of resolutions will not live to see the following New Year’s Eve. But it’s a tradition, a habit that we find hard to break and therefore is worth indulging in.

 

There are probably all kinds of areas of your life you would fix and resolve to change, but what about your beauty regime? If you’re passionate about cosmetics and skincare, it’s a good idea to dedicate some of your resolutions to how you will improve your regime in the New Year. If you’re tempted to try something different or just want an excuse to shake things up, then why not make 2017 the year when you finally…

 

… Stop Using Face Wipes

 

They’re quick, easy, convenient – and they’re going to make any facial skin problems worse.

 

Face wipes are the ultimate “too good to be true”. It’s simply not possible to achieve a thorough and proper skincare cleanse, tone and moisturize using them. They’re not on your face for long enough, they have virtually zero chance of exfoliating dead skin cells, and they may even make acne worse.

 

Are they useful? Yes, but if you’re honest, it’s not that much effort to grab a cotton pad and a cleanser and do the same thing. Your skin will thank you for it.

… See The Importance of A Two-Step Cleanse

 

The idea of a two-step cleanse is nothing new in the professional world of cosmetics, but it’s only recently burst into the mainstream. The idea is simple: your first cleanse – usually done with an oil – is to remove makeup and any dirt or pollution you’ve attracted during the day. The second cleanse is the one that actually works on your skin and tries to improve the feel, texture or whatever other problems you have.

 

The one downside of the two-step cleanse is that it’s something of a pain. If you resolve to try it, however, you will never have seen your skin looking so good.

… Use A Primer For Everything

 

Primer is a makeup step too far for some of us. It adds so much time to the process of getting ready. First you have to cleanse, then prime, then apply your makeup – who’s got time for that on a daily basis?

 

Well, you should make time. Get yourself to stores like thankyourbeauty and pick a primer that suits you. Some are colored, so if you have problems with redness – for example – then pick a green-tinged primer to cancel it out.

 

Not only should you use a facial primer, but ideally one for every type of makeup that you use. Eyeshadow primer will keep your eyeshadow from falling onto your cheeks; a specialist lip version will let you drink without worrying about imprints on a glass.

Even if you try the above and decide they’re not for you, then at least you have done something different. Beauty and skincare are there to be experimented with, so perhaps your resolution for 2017 should be to play and enjoy these areas as much as possible!

 

Everyone wants to get their makeup on fleek, but sometimes it harder than it looks. If you are struggling to look polished when you step out the door, it could be for a number of reasons that are actually pretty easy to sort out. So read on to find out why you look isn’t quite on point and what you can do about it.

 

Have you taken notice of this season’s trends?

 

So the number one reason why your makeup look isn’t quite on point is that you are wearing colors that are a little outdated. If you have has the same look for the last few seasons, then it’s definitely time to change things up a bit. Like all fashion and trends at the moment, makeup looks change fast, so it pays to be on top of them.

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For example, did you know that one of the key trends for the FW16 season’s jewel tone eyes? So if you are still wearing the powder blue from the 80’s. Or, a tropical twist from summer, get on the internet and check out some tutorials with this season’s tones instead.

 

Another massive trend this season is for the red lip. But before you jump up and down for joy because you have a red lipstick already, you need to know it’s not at all about fire engine reds. In fact, it’s about dark berry, even violet reds like raisin shades. Also, to be bang on the point you need it in a liquid lipstick, in either a matt or metallic shade. BTW a metallic shades mean something akin to a foiled lip, not that icky gloss with little flecks of glitter. Just so you know!

 

Are you rushing?

 

Another huge reason why you makeup might not be as on point as you would like it to be is that you are rushing the application. Yes, of course, time is limited in the morning before work and school, and you have to do your best to get your look together in the space you have. But rushing your makeup application can be disastrous.

 

Not only will you feel more stressed and are likely to make more mistakes, and have to start over, but it won’t set as well either. Think of your makeup as like a painting on your face. When you paint, you have to make sure that the layer you have previously applied is dry before you put the next layer on. Otherwise, they will run into one another, and all you will get is a sludgy mess. This is exactly the same as your makeup.

 

You need to apply a layer and then wait for it to dry before putting the next one on. That means apply moisturizer, then take a break. Then apply your foundation. Then a break, and then finish with powder. Then you can pick out your individual features like eyes and mouth, and do your contours. Make sure of the time by getting dressed and fixing your hair.

 

In a pinch, you can apply translucent pressed powder to set a layer when you need to, but this often results in a cakey finish so be careful!

 

Is your makeup disorganized?

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Another issue that can stop your makeup looking spot on is that all your products are so disorganized you can’t find what you need. So you just end up using anything you can get your hands on.

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This is like a lucky dip for you face, and it’s probably not a good idea unless you are really into that ‘clown that got dressed in the dark look.’ To combat this problem take a peek at some of the makeup organizers that are available. Then you can have all of your foundations together, and all your nail polishes in one place. Which means you will always get to choose exactly the colors that you want to use in your look.

 

Are you applying your makeup in the proper way?

 

Another problem that can lead your makeup to not look on point is if you are applying it in the wrong way. There really is no excuse for this as there are a plethora of brushes, sponges and blenders on the market to help you get a pro look at every application.

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Some of the latest developments include oval toothbrush shaped brushes with very soft bristles. These can help you get a blended airbrushed look very easily, and it what all the celebrities and makeup artists are swearing by this season. You can even get teeny tiny ones to apply your lipstick and eyeshadow with. Remember you can’t do a good job unless you have the right tools.

 

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