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When it comes to getting gifts, going down the route of fashion and beauty can seem like a daunting prospect. Even if you’re particularly savvy and you know your friend or family member’s style even better than they know it, you never know just how picky someone might be. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get them something for their look that they aren’t guaranteed to get excited by. Here are a few ways to pick those sure things.

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Improve the look, don’t change it

One of the issues of picking fashion items for someone is that they might think it’s a bit of a backhanded compliment of a gift. Some think of it as akin to getting them a cookbook of healthy recipes and wonder why you want to change them. Instead, you can help them get gifts that are about improving or adding more choice to their look rather than changing it. For instance, there are a lot of great beauty sets like the Julep Beauty Box that have plenty of options, instead of just imposing one thing on them. These boxes update regularly, too, so you can be sure that you’re getting them something in-season and in-style.

Something that’s so “you”

If there’s one part of the outfit that is most versatile in sticking through trend and season alike, it’s the right accessory. A pair of sunglasses, the bag that goes with anything, accessories are a girl’s best friend. But you can make an accessory much more than versatile. You can make it have a personal impact by going for a bespoke option instead of the generic. Options like a Soufeel name necklace are more than just versatile accessories. The level of personalization that goes into them can make them all the more emotionally valuable to the recipient. It’s your little way of celebrating them as a person. You can even get personalized items with both your names, making it symbolic of a friendship well worth celebrating.

When in doubt

There are few items that most women can’t really turn down. These are the staples of the wardrobe and getting them can help any friend or family member really complete their look. Such staples include a pair of good jeans, a leather jacket, or even a selection of ballet flats. They might not be the most inspired of gifts, but they’re also amongst the most budget friendly if you’re looking to save money. If you’re not, then you can buy a few staples at once and all of a sudden, you’ve helped your loved one really complete their wardrobe. It’s a great functional gift, which can honestly be of much more appeal to them than something out there.

You might very well have that one friend or family member that’s just picky enough to not fully appreciate the gift mentioned above. If that’s the case, why not treat them just by taking them out for an item of their choice? Sometimes, the experience of choosing can matter as much as the choice.

 

 

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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!

 

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