Diana Smith

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Monday, 28 January 2019 09:35

Hottest Beauty Trends All Around the World

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According to statistics, only in Australia, more than 4.1 million beauty related images are saved on Pinterest each month.

In general, women all around the world are obsessed with both following and setting beauty trends. From pink hair to balayage and flawless naturally glowing skin, we're bringing the top beauty trends women from all over the globe are going crazy for this year.

Spain

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Dramatic eyelashes are one of the beauty trends Spanish women have had their eye on for quite some time. They say “the more dramatic the better”, so they’ve taken it a step further and decided to go with Russian volume eyelash extensions. Thanks to this technique, you can get super voluminous lashes by applying up to eight superfine extensions to a single eyelash.

When it comes to hair trends, an old-Hollywood style of creating voluminous waves is a major hit in Spain. The ladies are all about getting that ondas al agua, i.e. “waves of the water” that’ll give them that vintage yet sophisticated look.

France

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Buns are the talk of the town in France. Whether you’re a fan of messy buns or braided ones, you’ll rock either of the two equally amazing. Curtain bangs are also one of the hottest hair trends.

When it comes to makeup, French women fell in love with brown eyeshadow hues, which give them that naturally flawless look. However, they have also become a bit more interested in artistic makeup.

Women in France are not afraid to take a risk and experiment with their makeup in more ways than one. From dramatic eyeliners to bold neon colours of eyeshadow and lips, they’re taking the skill of maquillage to an entirely new level.

Australia

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Flawless skin is the number one beauty trend in the Land Down Under. Healthy, naturally radiant skin is all Australian women are interested in and they know just how to get it. From basic exfoliation, to various cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion and light chemical peels you can get in every well-respected beauty clinic in Sydney, your skin will be clear, bright and tight.

After achieving that flawless skin, Australian women prefer to only add a few touches to their face, to create the irreplaceable no-makeup makeup look, which makes them look fresh and beautiful without the use of too many makeup products.

Mexico

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Balayage is by far the hottest trend in Mexico. Even though it’s been a while since the crowd all over the globe went crazy for it a few years ago, this year its popularity in Mexico has increased significantly. The lighter the highlights, and the more transitions from one shade to another there are, the better. What’s more, balayage on brown hair is trending much more than the one on other shades of hair.

Add sun-kissed ends to an entire combination and Mexican women will be in awe with how good their locks look.

Sweden

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One of the boldest hair trends which made it to the top of the list of the most popular trends in Sweden, and we’re talking precisely about pink hair.

We’ve seen Kylie Jenner rocking this fabulous shade on her locks, and the women in Sweden are not much behind, according to Pinterest statistics that show an incredible increase in pinned hair colours on the boards of the women all over Sweden.

South Korea

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In the land of impeccable skin, it would be virtually impossible for glowing skin to stay off the list of the hottest trends in South Korea. This Asian country is known for multiple skin care innovations, and the women in South Korea are doing their best to keep their skin flawless and spread the trend throughout the country and the rest of the world.

Aside from loving radiant skin, Korean women are also starting to be more open to hairstyle changes, with the perm being their number one hair trend.

South Africa

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We’ve seen so many ground-breaking nail trends throughout the years, but only one managed to win our hearts forever. French manicure brings a dose of elegance and simplicity to your nails, allowing you to wear it on any occasion. From everyday affairs to weddings and black-tie events, your nails will look classy and lovely with this manicure, and women in South Africa are making it a huge trend for the year before us.

From glowing skin to bold makeup and innovative hairstyles, we’ve seen plenty of eye-catching beauty trends all over the world.

If you’re having second thoughts about changing your image, just pick some of the current world trends and embrace the change because you only live once, and you can always go back to your old style if the one you picked out doesn’t work to your advantage.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 10:36

How to Bring Back the ‘80s to Your Style

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From vibrant colours, to shoulder pads and excessive ruffles, everything was on point in the 1980s.

Even though minimalism has been around for quite a while, we’re noticing the ‘80s roar, trying to make their comeback into the 21st century. If you've been looking forward to spicing up your wardrobe with fanny packs, classic t-shirts, or maybe scrunchies, this is the right time to do it.

Whether you want to play with colours, sparkle all the way with sequins or maybe ruffle the outfits up, we’ve got a few suggestions that’ll make you bring the ‘80s fashion back all the way.

Miniskirts

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One of the favourite pieces of clothing in the 1980s was, by far, miniskirts. Whether wool or leather, they were often rocked with leggings and a big jacket on top. Today, with an array of miniskirts, you can pair a black leather one with fishnet stockings and ankle boots, throw a leather jacket over a ruffled top and you've got yourself a true Madonna look.

Just make sure you crimp your hair, add bold makeup and you’re good to go.

Bring Back Ruffles

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One of the key looks of the ‘80s were precisely ruffles.

From tops and jackets to dresses, skirts, pants, and even shoes and bags, ruffles are everywhere today. That’s why you won’t have any trouble bringing the ‘80s vibe back to your outfit with structured ruffles on an evening dress.

Think about matching a blush pink top with thin straps with a pair of white trousers and a classy nude clutch to go with your nude sandals.

Nothing says 1980 as off-the-shoulder tops with a few ruffles on them, so consider this option as your go-to top choice for the evening.

High-waisted Denim

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Thank God for high-waisted denim, because it makes every figure look gorgeous.

No matter the shape of your buttocks, or the size of your hips – high-waisted denim will add a certain dose of sex appeal to your outfit while making you feel amazing in your own skin.

So, to make a statement with your ‘80s outfit, think about matching a classic telnyashka t-shirt with a pair of high-waisted denim jeans. Tuck the t-shirt in, put on a black belt with big buckle, and throw over a black blazer with shoulder pads for the ultimate ‘80s look.

Include Neon Colours

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Unlike today, people weren’t too afraid to experiment with colours and embrace the eccentricity back in the 1980s.

That’s precisely why everything from work outfits to gym wear was in bold neon hues. So, to make the ‘80s alive again, feel free to include vivacious colours into your everyday ensembles.

Let decadent designs become a part of the 21st century and have fun with bold colours such as gold, magenta, fuchsia, and cobalt. A magenta blouse matched with bold yellow trousers and fuchsia heels is all you could want for an extravagant ‘80s vibe.

Go With Sequins

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A little sparkle never hurt anyone, so bring back the glamour of the ‘80s with a lot of sequins.

What was worn as a night ensemble back in the day, can now be a gorgeous daytime outfit.

If you’re going for a unique and eye-catching look, a sequin dress is your go-to option. To make it stand out even more, match it with a pair of sneakers and throw on an oversized denim jacket. A white t-shirt underneath the dress plus a pair of ‘80s retro style sunglasses and you’ll pull off an outlandish look everyone will envy you for.

Fashion Accessories To Rock

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Aside from incredibly retro sunglasses, the ‘80s were also known for statement jewellery, fanny packs, bold headpieces and gloves.

The key for the decade was definitely silk gloves with layered jewellery, that added a certain dose of sophistication to an entire look.

For an extravagant ‘80s vibe, think about rocking a pair of oversized earrings along with a fanny pack and a statement pair of sunglasses.

Don't worry about going too far, because the ‘80s were all about taking the fashion to the extreme. You'll be able to tone all the accessories down with a neutral outfit and let the adornments speak for themselves.

If you’re looking for a decade to bring back to your wardrobe, the 1980s are definitely the most versatile one. From oversized accessories to bold colours and excessive ensembles, everything in the 1980s screamed eccentric. Therefore, if your wardrobe needs a bit of spicing up, dig into the ‘80s fashion and you’ll find a myriad of inspiration.

You should never hoard clothes or keep items that you no longer wear or like.

 If you used to shop for swimsuits only according to your personal taste and your body shape, it’s time you changed your strategy.

A fashionable bag that can easily transform a plain outfit into a cute and trendy ensemble is every woman’s favourite accessory.

However, a stylish bag can do much more than just turn you into a trendsetter. The right choice of bag can visually change your body proportions and balance out your figure, making you look thinner or even taller. Therefore, if you want to create a fabulous outfit, it’s essential that you know which bag will flatter your figure the most.

Short And Petite

Proportion is everything when it comes to tiny ladies. If you are short and petite, you should always go for small bags that won’t hide your body. If you carry a large bag, it’ll only make you look shorter than you actually are. A small, stylish bag that goes over the shoulder or over the arm should be your number one choice. However, keep in mind that over the shoulder bags should sit above or at your hip, never below it. Avoid slouching, big bags, and choose a vertical-shaped bag, an oversized tote, or a clutch instead.

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Tall And Slender

If you’re tall and thin, you’re in luck, because almost any bag will flatter your body type. From clutches, through shoulder bags to handbags, your figure will look amazing with any bag. However, you should be careful when choosing the perfect handbag. Stick to midsize or large handbags and avoid small ones, because you may appear too tall while carrying them. Bulky and floppy handbags are also a good choice, so feel free to invest in them as well.

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Athletic Body

If you have an athletic figure, never choose bags of rectangular shape - rectangular bags will add roughness to your body. Rather, you should go for bags that will balance out the angles. Plump, rounded bags such as backpacks are the perfect choice for you. Consider bags with embroidery or studs on the straps or handles.

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Apple Shaped Figure And Big Bust

Women with large bust should try to draw attention away from their upper body. Therefore, consider investing in trendy Italian leather handbags with long handles, messenger bags, or even elegant bags that will look amazing over the arm. Tote bags and bowling purses are also great choices that will balance your figure out. Cross-body bags and clutches on the other hand won’t flatter your shape, so it would be best if you stayed away from them.

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Wide Hips

If you have a pear shaped figure, shifting the attention away from your hips should be your number one priority. Bags with adjustable straps are the perfect choice, because you’ll be able to set the right length for your body type. In case of pear shape, the bag should fall between your hips and waist. You can also add clutches that you can easily slip under the arm onto your list of perfect bag choices. In addition, consider shoulder bags and satchels - they’ll flatter your figure too.

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Plus Size

Once again, proportion is crucial, so if you’re a plus size, you should only look for bags that won’t work against your body. Too small a bag will only make you appear even bigger, so invest in well-tailored bags that are proportional to your body and have short to medium straps. Consider large bags with bright prints and oversized clutches. A large satchel or bucket bag will also flatter a plus size figure.

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Just as each body type requires different wardrobe to look amazing, they also need different sized bags that flatter their figure. Aside from complementing your outfit, a stylish bag can also help you balance out the proportions of your body, so choose wisely next time you go shopping for the perfect bag. Keep the previously mentioned tips in mind, and you’ll never have to worry about looking too short or too big because of a wrong handbag choice.

Regardless of the current makeup trends, lipstick will always complete the whole look perfectly. Therefore, it’s no wonder that choosing the best shade of lipstick is such an important task for many ladies. However, it’s not all about choosing your favorite colour or formula. Unfortunately, some lipstick shades can make your teeth appear more yellow. On the other hand, there are also lipstick shades that will make your teeth appear whiter. With that in mind, you may want to pay attention to the following shades when choosing your next lipstick.

Timeless Red

The times they are a changing, but signature red lip will always be the queen among the lipstick colours. There’s nothing that can make your whole look as elegant and edgy as a vibrant red lip. However, you have to be very careful when choosing your perfect shade. If you want your teeth to appear whiter, stay clear from orange- and yellow-based red lipsticks. Instead, always opt for a red shade with blue undertones, since they will cancel out the yellow tones on your teeth.

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Innocent Pink

Pinks are also trendy among all age groups. Moreover, pink feels a lot safer compared to red, which is why so many ladies opt for this gentle shade more than something bold and vibrant. However, precisely because there are so many possible variations with pink shades, you have to be very picky. Basically, avoid warm and coral shades of pink and stick to the cool-toned ones.

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Elegant Berry Tones

If you like your pinks but also want to spice up your makeup look a little bit, slightly darker pink lipstick shades with berry tones are a perfect choice. Again, berry colours are cool-toned, with an obvious blue undertone that will make your smile brighter as well. However, purplish hues, in this case, may have a whitening effect that you want if you choose more moisturising lipstick formulas. In case of matte lipsticks, you may want to try them first, in order to see how they pair against your teeth when they dry completely.

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Seductively Dark

Dark lipstick trend is definitely one of the favorite makeup looks for many makeup lovers throughout the world. However, unless your teeth are already perfectly white, you still have to be very careful when choosing your dark lip color. In general, brown shades, no matter how gorgeous and unique, still bring out the warmth (any staining) in your teeth as well. Therefore, it would be wise to stick with dark purples and reds with a strong blue undertone. Luckily, there are plenty of these types of shades in the market!

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Nude Glow

As one of the most popular and iconic lip shades, nude lipstick colours are bound to find their way to your makeup bag. After all, nude lips are perfect for every day and match beautifully well with darker, smokier eye looks. However, make sure that you avoid “concealer lips” at all costs. Your nude lipstick should have some cool pink tones if you want your teeth to appear whiter. Ditch yellow and beige tones unless you’re happy with how your teeth look. Moreover, glossy lipstick finishes are a much better choice than dry, matte formulas in this case.

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What To Pay Attention To

Hopefully, the above-mentioned tips will help you choose your perfect lipstick shades for the most beautiful smile. Still, it’s worth mentioning that frosty shimmers and neons can also make your teeth look more yellow, so, if this is something that concerns you, steer clear from them as well. If you’re planning a teeth correction in the near future, you may want to check this Invisalign vs braces review but, in regards to wearing lipstick and rocking a gorgeous smile, nothing can beat the invisible Invisalign. Of course, don’t forget to take good care of your lips. If you apply a lipstick over chapped lips, it won’t be your teeth that are ruining the whole makeup look.

What to pay attention to

In the end, the most important thing is to feel confident and comfortable with the makeup you’re wearing. Be yourself and rock the looks that you find flattering – and take into account the mentioned advice when choosing your lipsticks. 

Written by Diana Smith

Friday, 08 September 2017 19:56

How to Look Amazing in a Short Jacket

Now that autumn’s just around the corner, it’s time to dig out our cardigans, scarves and jackets.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:17

How to Always Look Great at the Gym

Going to the gym may seem too hard work on its own, let alone thinking about what to wear while pumping iron.