There are many ways a woman can leave a fingerprint on the people she meets, but nothing is as persistent as the fragrance she is wearing. Indeed, it is said that a top rated perfume for women is the most intense form of memory, so I’m here to make sure you are thought of in a nice, sexy way.
This is why I am going to cover in this article the art of wearing perfume – because, believe me, it’s so much more than a puff sprayed onto yourself. It is about knowing where, when, how much and, of course, what fragrance to choose. So by the end of this article you will find out the most efficient and sexy way to apply that scent that turns strangers’ heads. Step by step, take my by the arm and accompany me through the world of scents. Disclaimer: may contain traces of roses and oriental wood notes.
Choose the right fragrance
Your perfume is an extension of your personality, so it has to stand up for yourself. It has to introduce you to the others before you even say a word, it basically has to be YOU. There’s no advice on how to see what perfume or cologne best fits you, you’ll know it when you feel it. Except, maybe, for the fact that it’s better not to wear any at all than wear one which does not represent you.
Oh, and one more thing. You might want to stay clear of very heavy perfumes, especially during summer, when floral, fresh fragrances are more appreciated. You don’t want people choking next to you.
Apply it on clean skin
Don’t want to be Captain Obvious here, but apart from the hygiene related reasons, fragrance is known to be more persistent when applied on just dried skin. Skin absorbs more after it is wet, so showering just before reaching out for the perfume can make it last longer.
Spray it the smart way
There are some key areas of your body that retain the scent better, or are simply involved in movements which help the floral perfume spread through the air more. These would be your wrists, the back of your ears, your chest, the back of your knees and your inner elbows. You don’t have to cover all these points, but if you do, make sure it’s just a touch of scent, otherwise you may fall into the most common mistake when applying perfume, which is overdoing it.
Carry a sample of your favorite perfume in your bag
If you know you are going to be out all day and you still want to look and feel fresh in the evening, pour some of your perfume or cologne in a small bottle (you can find these in dedicated shops). Or you can just buy a small sample of it if you can find one.
Do not apply it directly on clothes – there are great chances you’ll stain them. Also, don’t apply it on parts of your body where sweat is more abundant, like your palms or your armpits, as sweat can alter the original scent. Another area where spraying the perfume can have some drawbacks is the hair. Although going your hand through your hair can send a fresh wave of your sexy fragrance straight to your bystander’s heart, the perfume will surely load your hair.
Another sincere piece of advice would be not to mix several fragrances. Each perfume is a unique combination of subtle notes that will surely be ruined by adding a piece which disrupts their harmony. It’s better to leave each one of them to work its magic.
And, the most important advice of all, do not over apply! If you’re not sure how strong your new Versace perfume is, spray it first in a cotton ball which you can rub against the areas of your body mentioned above. Usually, perfume is heavier than cologne, as it contains more alcohol, but it’s better to test first. All the wonders that the right fragrance can do can be dust in the wind if you use it inappropriately.
I consider all these very important, because when the clothes are gone, everything that’s left of your style is your personality and your perfume. And now, before parting, I’ll leave you with a quote from lovely Marilyn Monroe:
What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course!
You are always busy, so it can be difficult to find time for just for you. There is always something to be done, right? You probably don’t usually have hours to go and sit in a hair salon, or $200 to cover the costs. It does not matter which hairstyle you choose, remember that when styling, try to embrace your natural hair as much as possible. Doing that will save you time, and earn you a lot of compliments. There are so many things that you can do with your hair, don’t limit yourself down to only a few- mix it up! Here are the top ten hair styles for moms in their 30’s (that means they’re all time and cost efficient, to make it easier on you).
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1) Classic Hollywood waves
Creativity Level: 40
Time: 10-20 minutes a day (Rank Number 9)
Loose braids for a day make for beautiful waves the next day. Be careful, though, because frizz is your enemy here. A little bit of low-strength mousse before you braid goes a long way. If that is not your style, try using a straightening iron to create beautiful waves that cascade down you shoulders. (Hint: while this hairstyle works well with all hair types, long hair does best)
2) Cut it short and dye it
Creativity Level: 90
Time: 10 minutes or less a day (Rank Number 1)
If you have a thin face and a creative personality, this is all you! Pixie haircuts can be very flattering, especially with long, sweeping bang (look at Anne Hathaway’s softened pixie). If you want to take it to the next level, or if you really want to branch out, try color! For those new to hair color, go with a temporary and natural hair color the first time. If you are doing it at home, you probably want a helping hand, because it can get pretty messy and difficult.
3) Half-up, Half-down
Creativity Level: 50
Time: 10-20 minutes a day (Rank Number 4)
This hairstyle is extremely simple to create. Embrace your natural hair- No need to cut or even style! Pull a little less than half of your hair (the top sections) into a bun or ponytail on your crown, securing with a ponytail, clip, or pin ( and with hairspray). After that you can a) leave it, b) use a hair straightener to flatten the bottom layer of hair, or c) Tease the back (just a little) out and upwards.This look goes well with all bang types.
4) Chin-length with fringe
Creativity Level: 70
Time: 10-20 minutes a day (Rank Number 5)
Go with this hairstyle to achieve a cute (and easy to maintain) beach babe look. Use a little bit of mousse, then hairspray. You can also put a spin on this look by braiding or curling your hair to add a little volume. Hint: this look looks better with no bangs (it also looks best about the length of a bob)
5) Straight ponytail
Creativity Level: 20
Time: 10 minutes or less a day (Rank Number 3)
Try a classic- A straight pony tail. Taking a hair straightener to your hair is step #1. If your hair is not straight naturally, use a straightening agent. Hint: brush your hair (such as a flat iron like prime hair tools ) once through after apply the straightening agent to prevent clumping. Pull it back tightly into a ponytail level with your ears.To add a unique touch, wrap a little hair around the ponytail holder and secure with a bobby pin.
6) Bob with straight bangs
Time: 10-20 minutes a day (Rank Number 6)
Bobs are actually really, really simple and adorable. Ask your hairdresser to cut your hair about chin length, and your bangs straight across. After that it is pretty straightforward. Hint: Get the bangs cut short ( so that they fall an inch or two above your eyebrow) and use a straightener for a more professional look.
7) Short curls
Creativity Level: 90
Time: 10 minutes or less a day (Rank Number 2)
If you have naturally curly hair, and are tired of all the arduous work, look no further. With this unique style, you can get all the beauty of the curl with 1/4 of the work. When you go to the salon, be sure to say that you do not want a precision haircut, because the look puts off a really sassy and vintage aura.
8) Curly and long
Creativity Level: 50
Time: 30-40 minutes a day (Rank Number 10)
The easiest way to achieve a sleek and perfect curl? An age old question. Honestly I much prefer a curling iron, with a high-strength hairspray to hold the curls in place. However, another neat and creative idea is crimping, which provides you with a tighter and unique curl. (BE CAREFUL: If crimping your hair, use heat resistant spray. Crimping can be very damaging to your hair)
9) Messy curls
Creativity Level: 50
Time: 10-20 minutes a day (Rank Number 7)
Just curl and tousle- that's it! If you so choose, there are products that can give you a more messy look. Option 2 is to use a hair straightener in place of a curling iron for a unique, more wave-like curl. And as far as bangs go, just about everything in the book works. If you are going with the classic look, side swept bangs are your best bet. Hint: curls look better on day 2.
10) Mid-length shaggy layers
Creativity Level: 70
Time: 10-20 minutes a day (Rank Number 8)
Ask your hairdresser for tons and tons of thick layers. This look goes pretty well with all bangs, but personally I think either thin and straight or parted bangs look best. Go with this hairstyle for a touch, ragged and rough look. Hint: to style to perfection, use a powerful hair straightener and add very low strength hairspray for volume.
I have recently surfed YouTube for some new make-up ideas. I have dark long hair and brown eyes and a warm skin tone – so I had to find something that suits my look. Until now, I used to apply the same make-up every day: foundation, blush, a nude lipstick and a little bit of mascara. I felt that it wasn’t enough, as I didn’t cover any imperfections or enhance my features in any way. To be honest, it was a plain boring makeup, applied in 5 minute tops. I know I can do better, so I want to learn.
Anyways, in my search for the best makeup brushes I made some cosmetics purchases: a new pinkish blush (kind of cool), a couple of lipsticks and a set of new makeup brushes from a local cosmetic shop. A very nice lady recommended them to me, as they “are marvelous”, but I came home and found out it was harder to use them than I thought.
So I’ve been doing a little research about makeup brushes, because I really want to learn to use them at their best. I’ve found out some couple of interesting facts. Here are the “must have” brushes for a perfect makeup:
1. An eye shade brush
Until now, I was applying my lid makeup with my fingers, applying and blending in the same time. It sounds worse than it actually was; it was actually a pretty even color of my eyelids. I used to apply a nude color at best, so I didn’t feel the urge to use something more complicated.
But now I can use an eye shade brush instead. The eye shade brush is useful for applying the lid makeup, but also to smudge the color under the lash line or to create a defined line in the crease of the eye (a very useful tip by the way to enhance your eyes).
2. Bent liner Brush
This brush is used for applying a gel or liquid eyeliner. The bent head is very useful for the makeup of the top of the lashes, because it glides easily. The tip that’s pointed is used for a perfect line for a cat eye makeup.
3. Angled Contour Brush
This angled contour blush is used to swipe diagonally from your check bone for flawlessly applying the blush on a single motion. It is useful because it’s designed for check bones only and it’s more precise than a normal average sponge or brush but not as precise as an airbrush makeup kit.
4. Beauty Blender
This isn’t an actual brush, but it’s a very cool tool used for foundation.
It’s an egg-shaped brush, ideal for applying foundation under the eye or other small spots on the face that are easily missed when you apply the foundation with a hand or a brush.
The beauty blender helps you to achieve an airbrush finish to your makeup and an overall “flawless” look. That is what we are after so I really need to test the beauty blender as soon as possible.
By the way, watch out for the fake beauty blenders, the original is about 20 dollars, the false one are cheaper.
5. The concealer brush
The concealer is usually a rounded flat shaped brush, used for hard to reach areas: under the eye, the inner eye and the lash eye. It’s a precision brush with synthetic bristles, ideal for cream and liquid concealer or foundation. If used correctly, this might be the perfect recipe for under-eye puffiness or dark circles.
6. The eyebrow brush
Pretty self-explanatory. A good eyebrow brush helps you to define your eyebrows makeup which, by the way, should be discreet. With a good eyebrow brush you can achieve a discreet contour of your eyebrows.
These are the top 6 brushes you need to buy if you want to achieve a flawless and professional makeup. Be very careful about the quality of the brushes, you will want to buy the very best. MAC has some pretty awesome brushes, but you can find some quality ones in local cosmetic shops.
If you want to learn how to use them, do as I did: watch make-up tutorials (videos are best) and practice, practice, practice. I think makeup brushes are a great tool in your beauty arsenal if you learn to master their magic.
Do you use brushes for makeup? Which is your favorite?
Women LOVE high-heels, partially because men love them too. Wearing a good pair of high heels help you to walk more elegantly, with your back straight, gives people an optical illusion of a slimmer us and boosts our self-esteem.
Although all of these facts make us love them, unfortunately, they come with a big problem: no matter how comfortable your shoes are at first, after a couple of hours (at best) you’re in pain. That kind of pain that doesn’t let you dance at parties or attend long meetings without feeling irritable. No more pain it’s our greatest desire when it comes to wearing our favorite pair of high-heels.
I have been doing some research lately about high-heel pain and I found out the most amazing tips & tricks for wearing gorgeous shoes without pain. Sounds too good to be true? Try these steps:
1. Buy only perfect-fitting high heels
If your feet are sliding to the front, the shoes are bad for your feet. End of story. High heels that don’t fit create great pressure and pain to our toes, making the pain very uncomfortable. You should check for narrow heels with a snug and your feet will feel so much better.
2. Wear protective silicone cushions
Buy protective silicone metatarsal pads for the ball of your foot. They are transparent and help your feet tremendously by absorbing a part of the shock and the pressure that come with wearing heels. It’s like having an extra fat pad on your legs.
3. For a better stability, wear a thicker heel
Thicker heels are the best option if you’re looking for more stability when walking or standing. Also, you will relieve the foot pressure by distributing the weight more evenly on your feet. Thicker heels protect your Achilles tendon, which might be damaged severely from years of wearing high and uncomfortable shoes.
4. Lose weight
Losing weight – our perpetual dream that makes our lives better, sexier and lighter losing weight has a great deal of benefits for your health and feet pressure is no exception. A lighter you has less lbs. that press on your feet, so you’ll be more comfortable wearing heels. Easy to say, not so easy to do ;)
5. Watch the slope (the pitch) of the heel
When buying shoes, you must make sure that the arch of your foot isn’t too abrupt. Four inch feels can give you a straight drop down until the flatbed of the shoe, while others can give you a gradual slope. Make sure the slope of the shoe is gradual, those shoes will be much more comfortable.
6. Take a break
When you wear high-heels throughout the day, you have to give your feet a little bit of rest from time to time. Ten or 20 minutes a day should be enough to rest your legs by taking them off (when nobody sees you ). Also, you can stretch your ankles and toes from time to time, when you remember. Some women do that unconsciously to relieve the pain and take the pressure off.
7. The more coverage on the top, the better
Have you noticed that high-heeled boots are more comfortable to wear than peep-toe summer shoes? That’s because the extra coverage help your feet maintain a steady position. You can try to wear in the summer shoes with ankle straps (if you have long, lean legs) or with wide straps on the top. They will keep your foot in place and be more comfortable than slim sandals or peep-toes.
8. Don’t go for cheap
There are plenty of gorgeous cheap shoes out there, but please resist the temptation to buy shoes on tight budget, especially high-heels. They are made from plastic or other cheap materials, that will make your feet swell. So don’t wear them.
Choose instead high-quality shoes with a leather lining, that are more supple and soft and won’t make you blister and swell.
Go for the quality and softness of branded products, because really, it doesn’t really matter how cool they are if only the thought of wearing them again make you cringe…
Test these pieces of advice and high-heels will be your friend in no time.
So, the most important thing you have to do is to make yourself as comfortable as possible when wearing heels, because we all know how fast they could ruin a seemingly perfect night. Why would you do that to yourself?
I really love fall because it seems like a new beginning in a way. Maybe it’s just me, but even if I’m sad to leave behind summer and all the fun I had, it’s nice to know that cozy times are approaching. In the fall, I spend more times indoors and I actually have more time for myself.
Fall is for drinking wine while reading a good book in a Wednesday evening, it’s about going to the mountains just to watch the early sunset and it’s about making plans for Christmas holidays.
And, of course, fall is about a new round of shopping :)
I have just made wish list for this fall. Pretty late, I know. So, items what I’d love to have are, in no particular order:
1. A gold bar necklace - one of my friends got one and it’s pretty amazing. It’s elegant and discreet and you can print your name or an inspiring message on it. I am definitely buying one soon.
2. A set of Gold Rimmed Glasses - to go with my golden necklace :) Kidding. I just have green eyes and I’ve tried one pair lately and they seem perfect for my eye color.
3. Scarfs, many scarves in warm colors, which keep me warm, in beautiful textures.
4. A pair of black classic boots that look exactly like these. I think they look gorgeous and they’re very versatile: you can wear them with jeans or skirts and you’ll look well anyways. I think these kinds of boots are an absolute “must-have” for this fall.
5. A pair of leather leggings, because they look hot and I love the special look and feel that wearing leather gives me. I feel more powerful, more feminine and sexier when wearing leather. It isn’t just me, isn’t it?
6. A nude pink cashmere sweater, because I love nude or pastel colors and cashmere is the best material you can possibly wear in the cold season. Makes you feel cozy and confortable.
7. An intense red color lipstick from Chanel. They have the most awesome tones of red.
8. A really good AHA cream, for exfoliation. AHA’s and BHA’s are fruit acids in various concentrations that actually do wonders for your skin. Creams with AHA’s and BHA’s help you with skin imperfections and your first signs of aging.
9. Some new earrings, because I didn’t buy any accessories lately and I might need some new stuff for my fall outfits.
10. A poncho, because I don’t have one and I think it’s a really awesome way to reinvent a boring outfit.
11. Two pair of jeans: one for boots and one for high-heels.
12. A SPA pass for an entire month.
13. A new gym subscription, with Yoga classes included (never went to one of those classes before).
14. A plane ticket to Caribbean Islands... for those days when rain puts me in a really bad mood. I would happily move to a sunny region on winter.
15. New books to read for evenings with a bad weather.
16. And a cooking book, for that matter.
17. A new to-do agenda. I have used my phone lately to write some tasks I need to do daily, but I simply prefer to write with a pen, on a special agenda that no one opens besides me :)
18. A new brown leather jacket – time to play more with warm colors
19. Some summer dresses, because they are on sale and I could pay even 90% less for each item, saving me a lot of money the next summer.
20. The Police sunglasses that I love so much and that are also on sale right now *wink*.
21. Scented candles, essential oils, Chinese sticks for aromatherapy. I love musk, lavender, cherry and vanilla. I like to use aromatherapy for my bedroom or while I’m taking hot long baths.
22. Hydrating serums and masks for my hair and skin for the same hot long baths that I love. I like pampering myself and doing beauty rituals that refresh and relax me.
23. Concert tickets and theatre tickets for me and my friends. There are lots of cool events this fall in my town. Can’t wait to go to all of them :)
24. A new blending machine for my lovely home-made smoothies.
That would be it. A pretty long one, isn’t it? What if your wish-list for this fall?
I am a big fan of summer fashion and I always get a little bit sad when sunny days are over. I love the colored dresses, the summer glow of my skin and the fact that everybody is having a lot of fun on summer months.
But fall has its own fashion advantages – you can be even more sexy, classy and well-dressed these months if you know the right tips & tricks. I’m about to reveal some fashion tips that will help you a lot in choosing your perfect outfits for this fall.
1. Follow the trends only if they suit your body-type
We are all different and following trends without paying attention to our body-type first is a very, very bad idea. What looks great on your best friend might be a bad fashion choice for you.
There are 3 body types that most women fit into: ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. Body types are all about proportion and dressing your proportions to look your very best.
Before buying new clothes for the fall, please read as much as you can about body proportions and the recommended clothing for each type. Measure your shoulders, waist and hips and then try to find out what flatters your body first.
Also, I know you intuitively know what suits you and what is not. I suggest double-checking your opinion with an honest friend first, because he/she might see something you don’t.
We are unique – our fashion style must celebrate and highlight our uniqueness.
2. Make sure all your clothes fit you perfectly
If you want to dress well, this is the second rule of success. Your jeans can’t be too long and your tops can’t be too loose. Make sure everything you wear is perfect for you. If not, don’t buy it, modify it with a professional or donate it. There are no excuses for a bad size.
3. Choose the colors that are flattering to your skin tone
Our body type is unique and our skin tone is unique too. Make sure you know what colors flatter your skin and make you shine. I’ll give you some ideas:
Blondes could wear emerald, baby blue or camel based outfits.
Brunettes will look their best with colors like metallic blue, dove gray or neon.
Dark skinned girls are flattered by cobalt, light yellow or red.
Of course, there are many colors that suit your skin tone besides those and you should try for yourself some outfits in different colors to see what makes you look great.
Please follow the 3 steps above before you buy new clothes for this fall.
As for the fall shopping, I would choose some of the fashion essentials listed above, with great attention to proportion, colors and fitting:
1. Boots with and without heels, in neutral colors and autumn tones, such as black, black grey and brown in different tones.
Light shoe colors can be flattering for some outfits, but they’re kind of a risky choice that depends a lot on every item you choose.
2. Leather jacket - black preferred. Any model that flatters you is great. The leather jacket is a sexy and versatile piece, so you might think about getting one if you haven’t got any in your closet.
3. Kashmir sweaters, because they are comfortable and premium quality, that looks very good even after multiple washings. You can choose the colors that suit your skin type of course.
4. Skinny jeans and straight trousers, in dark tones – because it’s the easiest choice to make when it comes to choosing what to wear.
5. Scarfs, in multiple colors- I am all about scarfs. I love them. Reinvent your outfit with the right one and you’re good to go and conquer the world.
6. Midi skirts – because they look classy on almost every figure I know and they’re decent and kind of sexy without revealing too much.
7. Tops and cardigans in neutral colors for your T-Shirts and shirts that can be used for layering in a very nice style.
8. V-neck sweaters in great colors.
9. The little black dress , just because it’s awesome.
10. High heels that will help you have a leaner figure, no matter what your body type is.
If you know your proportion, your skin tone and you buy the right fittings, every piece of clothing will suit your unique beauty. That is what we’re after. My outfit suggestions are useful for all body-types but your personal style and taste matter too.
TIP: do some wardrobe check and see if your clothes match the body-type, color and fitting criteria. After that, do shopping list for fall, choosing the essential items first (versatile and comfortable).
Then go shopping with a wonderful plan and a smart list.
What other tips do you have for fabulous fall outfits? :)
Casual Monday - office wear
Wearing business attires every day can become boring and uncomfortable. Thank God there are days when you can do your job more casually dressed, where you can shine in your own fashion style. Casual Mondays are fun and with some simple, easy-to-apply fashion guidelines, you can look amazing anytime, in no time.
A woman who works in a corporate environment has to be perfectly professional all the time: her make-up has to be discreet, but flawless. She must wear her high-heels and a dress or business suit in neutral colors and be amazing. There is no less than that, if you want to be perceived correctly.
While office fashion has its advantages (and sexy outfits lol), we SO need a bit of fresh air when it comes to fashion sometimes. This is what casual Mondays are for – pop-in with creativity, fashion style and awesome pieces of clothing!
So what to wear on Casual Monday? This is what I do:
Try to be comfortable. This is your casual day, so you’d better give up those high heels and crayon skirts for a day. You can replace them with flats (during summer), boots (during winter) or some Oxford Shoes (for in-between weather).
If you still like your heels, then wear your most comfortable shoes today – your back and toes will thank you for it.
You can also wear your favorite pair of jeans today with a layered top made from a cashmere sweater and collared shirt. You’ll look amazing without having to try that much.
In the summer, you could wear skirts and sandals, but of course, not too short and not too blatant. You don’t want to be way too casual or sexy-in-a-bad way.
For Casual Mondays, it is great to make an outfit from a midi skirt and a suitable neutral T-shirt or to try the little black dress that is never out of style.
Refrain from wearing leggings (they’re only for the gym), sneakers, loose pants or short skirts. None if this items is classy or appropriate for office wear.
At first, see what others are wearing.
I’m not advocating on copy-cats (avoid that by all means), but if you’re new at the office, you’d better wear something in-between office and casual for your first month of Casual Monday. When you’re new, you have to know some patterns and untold rules and be a little bit more discreet.
To be discreet is a sign of elegance and style and a sure way to avoid gossip. When you’re gaining some insight on the “fashion field of the company”, you’ll have more freedom and you’ll feel more comfortable.
Reinvent your outfit with some statement jewelries and accessories
A simple, almost boring outfit can be totally transformed with the right jewelries. I am sure that you already know that, but what to wear, exactly?
- Fashion belts for skirts
- Pastel contrast scarfs
- Statement jewelries, such as necklaces and bracelets
- Hair accessories
You can trust your creativity, imagination and sense of style for reinventing an outfit with special accessories.
Use a fresh and discreet make-up
Even if you have more freedom in choosing your outfits, it’s always better to keep you make-up discreet. Use a hydrating cream with SPF ten minutes before applying your favorite mineral powder or foundation and complete your look with just a little blush on your cheeks. All you need to do afterwards is to apply mascara and a nude or pink lipstick, depending on your skin tone.
Work on perfecting your natural make-up look, because is the ultimate tool in looking great in 10 minutes.
Easy tips for looking great in the morning ASAP
In the morning, I’m sleepy and almost always in a hurry.
If I have some extra time, I prefer preparing myself a nice coffee with a delicious breakfast and listen to my favorite radio station and NOT to try new outfits.
The best tip in the world for looking great in the morning is to choose your outfits the night before. Make sure all you’ll be wearing is clean, neat and ironed and that you have your perfect accessories for your clothing.
If you style your hair curly or straight, do it also the day before and style it a little more after applying your makeup. If you’re not in the mood, a ponytail could do the job
You want to have everything prepared and to get ready in 20 minutes and use the extra time on something you enjoy. Build your morning routine so you can be efficient when dreadful mornings come…
These are my thoughts about casual Monday. What do you wear on casual days at work?