5 Tricks to Boost Your Hair’s Thickness

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Fed up with your flat, lifeless hair? You’re not the only one. With the festive season fast approaching and plenty of parties on the horizon, it’s no surprise that you want to look your best. If your hair is getting you down, do something! These handy volume-boosting tricks will give you thicker, bouncier hair that that will leave you glowing inside and out.

1. Be blunt about it

A blunt haircut is perfect for making your hair look thicker. Giving the ends a good trim will clear any dead hair while also creating the illusion of fullness. You can still have your layers cut into it, but be sure to ask your stylist to blunt the ends. You can find some great inspiration for blunt cuts on Pinterest for all hair lengths.

2. Blow dry like a pro

If your hair looks amazing when you step out of the salon, but flat when you do it yourself – your blow dry game could be to blame. Blow-drying your hair properly can make it look much thicker, while also giving your style some hold. Add some volumizing mist to your roots and focus on adding some volume – a round brush works best for this. If you’re in a hurry, simply flip your head upside down to blow dry your hair for an instant volume boost.

3. Add extensions

For full-looking, glamorous hair, you can’t beat a set of hair extensions. If you don’t want to opt for bonds, then some tape in hair extensions are the perfect solution. Simply use them when you want a thicker style, and take them out when you’re ready. Hair extensions can be styled just like real hair, while others come in ready-curled and wave varieties. Tape in hair extensions blend easily with your own hair for a natural look that nobody but you will be able to detect!

4. Tease your hair

Teasing hair is a classic technique for adding texture and volume. Learning how to tease your hair takes practice, and all you need is a tail comb and some hairspray. If you’ve got particularly fine hair, don’t overdo it or tease your hair too often as you could end up causing some damage and thinning your hair even further. Remember to smooth down your hair after teasing and backcombing to keep it looking sleek.

5. Create a fuller up-do with a simple band trick

Ariana Grande is famous for her high ponytail style which looks thick and luscious – but seemingly impossible to achieve yourself. One simple trick for getting a fuller ponytail to separate it into two. When wrapping the band around your hair, only wrap the bottom half of your hair through the last twist – this will separate the hair to create a much fuller-looking ponytail.

 

Making your hair look thicker is just one A-list fashion hack that helps give them that star quality. Experiment with thickening products and different styling techniques to help you get thicker, luscious hair that will leave you feeling beautiful inside and out.

 

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Skincare 101: How to Start a Routine

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If you follow me, you know I am all about skincare. A good skincare routine is essential to keeping your skin glowing and looking as youthful as can be, no matter how many times you celebrate your 21st birthday.

Starting a skincare routine can seem daunting and very overwhelming. Do you need toner? Eye Cream? Retinol? How much money should your eye cream even cost? $10, $20, $80?

Let’s all take a deep breath together and I’ll break things down for you
& your very first skincare routine! Ready, let’s talk skincare!

#1 Cleanser – This is the base of your skincare routine. You want a cleanser that’s effective in removing your makeup and the days Friné from your face.

Depending on your skin tone, you’ll want a cleanser that targets a specific concern you have. For me it’s oil control & acne clearing. My favorite cleanser for this is Clean and Clear benzoyl peroxide wash. It keeps my skin clear & shine free.

#2 Toner – This is and should always be the second thing you do after washing your face. Toner helps to remove any final impurities from the skin while soothing and repairing. It also preps your skin for the next steps in your regime. I love this Witch Hazel toner, it’s the bomb.com.

#3 Serum – Here’s where you can apply serums depending on your skin’s needs. For myself, I focus on brightening and oil control. I love to add a Vitamin C serum with oil control benefits, followed by my FAVORITE serum from Clarin’s, their Hydra-Essential Bi Phase to give my skin a radiance boost. I swear this serum alone has made my skin glow, highly recommend. If you don’t know where to start, any serum with Vitamin C is a sure  bet. The serum will brighten your skin while helping fine lines and your tone. I love to switch my serums up depending on my skin’s needs that week and for my oily girls, no worries as adding an oil to your regime will NOT make your skin oilier. On the contrary, it helps balance our your skin!

#4 Moisturize – THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. IF YOU DO ONE THING, DO THIS. I cannot stress this enough, moisturizing is key to good skin. This step along helps keep skin hydrated, acts a barrier so daily irritants doesn’t enter your skin, and helps your skins tone & texture. It can also help keep fine lines at bay and balance your skin. Like I said, if you pick one thing from this list, pick this one! I love the moisturizer from Olay, it’s amazing and has added benefits like anti-aging.

#5 Eye Cream – I take my eye cream seriously as I do NOT want crow’s feet early on. When applying make sure to dab lightly onto your crow’s feet and under the eye area, DAB not rub. Pick a cream that’s on the thicker side as this hydrates the delicate eye area better. My favorite is this Olay one. (I swear Olay’s creams are the shiiiitttt)

#6 BONUS: Retinol – This is essential to good skin once you hit your mid twenties. Including a retinol in your regime does a ton of good for your skin. It helps control oil and reduce pore size; it also helps reduce fine lines and prevent wrinkles from forming. This miracle cream can also help fade discoloration and brighten your skin. Prescription strength ones work best, but over the counter options are just as good. Try this one from Peter Thomas Roth. Retinol will dry your skin out though so make sure to hydrate and moisturize your skin plenty!

If you want to add a weekly step to  your routine, make sure you are exfoliating! Doing this 1-2x a week will help slough off dead skin cells and reveal your radiant & smooth skin below. I’ve made my own using honey, brown sugar and essential oils.

Now you’re ready to take on the skin care world, one step at a time! What are your favorite skincare tips? Share below! xo

Fashion Hacks The A-List Love

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Although Hollywood is almost exclusively peopled by those who are genetically gifted, they are also helped every step of the way to look their best. Attended by an army of professional makeup artists, dietitians, personal trainers, hair stylists and – less openly – cosmetic surgeons, the already high stakes are raised even further, which can leave us mere mortals feeling as though they’re barely real. While you may not have access to the kinds of budgets that A-listers can work with, there are some simple styling tricks you can use to celebrate your figure.

Belt it Up

Want to lose a few pounds instantly? Who doesn’t! But we often overlook the simple slimming power of a well-placed belt, especially when dressing in bulkier layers during the colder months. A statement belt can instantly lift last season’s winter coat or add shape to an oversized sweater – and do a better job of defining your figure than a month on the 5:2 diet!

Flip Reverse It

Have an awkward neckline to deal with? Try wearing a top the opposite way to how it was initially intended. A scoop neck blouse can become a pretty backless top showing off a lacy cami underneath, and shirts can be half-way unbuttoned and pushed down over the shoulders to give a Bardot neckline. Think outside the box, and it’s amazing what you can create.

Stretch Those Tight Shoes

If you have bought a pair of shoes on sale that are just a little too tight, you could try this easy trick. Fill two ziplock bags two-thirds full with water, insert inside the shoe, and then pop them in the freezer overnight. The bags will expand as the water freezes, gently expanding the shoe and creating a bit of vital extra wiggle room for your feet!

Find Stain Removing Wonders

We’ve all been there –  a disaster when you get foundation, lipstick or even Sharpie ink all over a favorite piece of clothing. But it doesn’t have to be destined for the bin, or even a trip to the dry cleaners. You already have things lying around the house that can help! For instance, spraying a lipstick stain with hairspray before washing it will ensure it comes out as good as new, shaving cream can get rid of foundation stains and hand sanitizer can make short work of Sharpie stains. Bonus tip – a little Windex can restore the shine to faded patent leather accessories too.

Enhance Your Assets

Want a little more up top, but still unsure about that breast augmentation? There are some clothing hacks out there to cheat an awesome cleavage. Some girls swear by wearing two bras layered over each other – one a cup size smaller than usual and the other padded. Others simply twist the centre chest panel round a couple of times to get their bra to push up a little more.

There are so many fashion hacks out there, you could find a new one for every day of the year. What’s your favorite fashion hack? Share it below!