Ways To Energize The Ponytail

The classic ponytail. On any day of the week, it’s the perfect go-to hairstyle that can be done in seconds.

It’s perfect for the workplace, for school or for wearing around the house. It can be worn messy, or you can make it sleek and chic.

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If you’re ponytail is in need of some serious energizing, here are 3 ways that you can update the classic up-do.

ADD A BRAID | Whether you’re feeling a french braid or a fish tail, add one to the top half of your hair for an interesting twist to your ponytail.

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HAIR JEWELRY | Who knew? Be a trend-setter and accessorize your ponytail with cute AF hair jewelry. So dainty, unique and simple. Shop Hair Jewelry here!

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WRAP AROUND | It’ll take a sec! And it’ll add so much chic and minimalism to your up-do.

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4 beauty trends to leave behind in 2015!

If you’re a beauty buff, you know that trends come and go like no one’s business.

Yesterday contouring was all the rage, today it’s the lilac hair and tomorrow it’ll be baby hairs swirled ever-so-stylishly onto your face. It’s a fact: beauty trends are always changing and it’s hard to keep up with.

The bad news is that this blog today is all about reliving and (hopefully) laughing about the bad beauty trends that we shall never speak about again. The good news is that you don’t have to do the research – here are the 4 beauty trends that we’re definitely leaving behind!

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Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge
It was funny while it lasted and, as we all saw more and more Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge fail videos it became one huge face palm. Bruised mouths and bleeding lips is not what we want to see! And let’s be real, your lips are already gorgeous, honey!

Glitter everything
And we mean everything. Sure, a bit of shimmer on the eyes is fabulous, or some glittery highlight is hella pretty, but once your makeup sparkles like a disco ball, we see a big no-no!

Bad ombré
Okay, dark to light hair has had its fair share of popularity. We’ll admit that ombré is gorgeous when done right, but we’ll kindly decline bad and unblended hair color.

Sharp and boxy brows
Eyebrows were all the rage in 2015 (and still are!). Some people got it right and some people got it wrong. Everyone has unique brows, but let’s say goodbye to overly drawn on brows!

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Beauty trends to look out for in 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR, LOVE BUGS!

We’re kicking off this beautiful year with some beauty trend predictions to look out for. We’re taking runway style and inspiring and challenging you to incorporate these trends into your own everyday style.

Tweak your style a little and try something new this year. Maybe a new hair style and cut? Or maybe treat yourself to some bold and bright lipsticks?

Here are the beauty trends to look out for in 2016.

Feeling blue
It’s all about applying some blue around your eyes, whether that be an eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, or maybe even a hint of glitter? Make your eyes pop!

Line it up
Winged eyeliner is so 2015. This year, experiment with unique ways that you can line your eyes. Go a little cray with the liner.

Dewy glow
Makeup artists have revealed that the dewy look is in. They want you to achieve the look that appears as if the person has been out all night dancing!

Off duty hair
Slick hair is out and day old effortlessly casual up-do’s are in. Don’t worry about the wind ruining your hair anymore, because that’s sorta the look we’re going for here!

Lip smack
A classic trend that will always be in style. Vibrant lip colors are in, so there’s an excuse to spend some dosh on more lipsticks!

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4 Ways To Achieve Voluminous Hair

Let’s forget about teasing the crap out of your hair for a sec because there are other alternatives to getting big, sexy, voluminous hair without getting it tangled and damaged.

You don’t even need to hire the most expensive Hollywood hair stylist to achieve it – just spend a few dollars and get that voluminous hair, girl!

Dry Shampoo
Your savior for when you’re having a few lazy days off and you have last minute plans to go out. If your hair is greasy and in need of some seriously quick and easy glam, spay some good Dry Shampoo through your hair, give it a tousle and you’re good to go, girlie!

Drying your hair upside down
It’s a classic trick that some may know of, and it works wonders! Once your hair is towel dried, bend forward and let your hair hang over your head. Grab your hairdryer and aim it down so you’re drying from the roots to the ends.

Focus on the roots
Find your favorite volumizing hair product. If you don’t have one yet: go out, pick up a few different ones, try them and see which product works best for you. Once you’ve found the perfect product, try focusing the application of the product to the roots of your hair. This will allow your hair to react better to the product and do what it’s supposed to do!

Curls for life
If products ain’t your thing, you can always go for your trusty curling iron/wand (or straightener, even!) By creating soft, wavy curls throughout your hair, it gives the illusion of bigger and sexier hair! You’re just about ready to break hearts now.

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DAY TO NIGHT: Fashion and Beauty Tips

We all love going for cocktails with the girl gang after a big day at work and, some of us might have a cute date night after another shitty day in a classroom. Whatever you have going on, we could all use some helpful tips that help us go from day to night with ease!

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1. Change into a dark lip You should be moisturizing those luscious lips during the day with your favorite balm. Then when you go out for some fun during the night, smack on a dark lip for a quick, powerful and fierce night look.

2. Add statement jewelry Adding a few statement pieces to your #OOTN changes the whole game. It’ll transform your entire outfit – add a statement necklace for sophistication; stack a bunch of rings on for an edgy or boho look.

3. Smudge for a smokey look If you’re wearing a perfect line of eyeliner during the day, you’re already ahead of the night makeup look game. For a sexier and more night-time appropriate look, just smudge your liner onto your lids for that smokey eye look.

4. Swap your stud earrings for dangling earrings If you’re looking forward to partying at the end of the day, pack a pair of unique dangling earrings for that girly, eye-catching look.

5. Let your hair down Just like in the movies when someone lets their hair down after a lifetime of it in an up-do! If your locks have been up in a pony for the day, take your hair out and mess around with it for a bit of volume. An effortlessly casual party look!

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THAT BEAUTY HACK LIFE

A lot of us work around a busy schedule. We work hard until we’re the ultimate girl boss.

Naturally, we find ourselves without much spare time on our hands but at the same time, we all want to look fab. These days, hacks and beauty secrets can save your life! So whether you’re a busy werkin’ girl or chilled as shit, you’re gonna want to try these beauty hacks now!

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Out of Dry Shampoo? Put some Baby Powder in your hair to reduce the look of greasy hair.
Dry Shampoo alone is a magical thing to ever exist. Just spray some of that goodness into your “I’m too lazy to wash my hair” hair and people will never know about your oily hair! BUT if you’re out of Dry Shampoo, a bit of baby powder does the same job – just be sure to really work it in.

Add a few drops of Nail Polish remover to your Nail Polish’s that are drying out.
Make the most of your favorite Nail Polish. When it’s drying out, add 3-4 drops of Nail Polish remover, shake, and you’re good to go!

Add some Lemon Juice to your hair to lighten it up!
Picture yourself on a Summer’s day. Before your day gets hella busy sitting by the pool, apply some natural lemon juice to your hair and see it get gradually lighter over the Summer! Exposing it to the sun will give you an even better result!

For softer and healthier hair, shampoo the roots only and use conditioner on the bottom half of your hair.
Blake Lively swears by this one. Shampoo helps your hair to become less oily, and the conditioner helps your ends to stay hydrated and just plain LUSH.

After you’ve made a cup of Green Tea, use the used tea bag for under your eyes to get rid of dark circles.
Who doesn’t love a good cup of Green Tea? There’s even more reasons to love it because when you’re done with the Green Tea Bag, you can pop it under your eyes for a few minutes everyday and you’ll see those dark circles disappear!

After you wash your hair, tip your head upside-down and brush your hair forward for faster growth of hair.
This motion isn’t just plain magic unfortunately. By brushing your hair this particular way, you’re bringing forward the oils that help your hair to grow faster. You’ll have to be patient with this one – you won’t have Rapunzel’s hair overnight.

 

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CONCERT GOERS 101

People get pretty excited about concerts/festivals – they’re a pretty big deal. You get the chance to spend time with some friends and watch someone you adore perform for you at the same time – what’s not to get excited about? If you’re new to the scene, you’re in for treat! I’ve prepared the only thing on the internet you’ll need to read for everything you need to know to be concert ready.

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It’s a hot topic and a burning question everyone asks no matter where they go. I’ve got the perfect combination of items that you need to be carrying with you to your next concert.

  • A small bag or no bag at all
    If you have a small cross-body bag or a small backpack, bring that! It’s a perfect size for a concert because you should only bring the essentials. If you insist on bringing heaps, check if the concert venue has a Cloak Room so you can check in your goodies safely.
  • Leave your cameras at home
    Don’t be one of those party poopers who film and photograph the entire performance and forget to be in the moment. There’s nothing wrong with filming 1 or 2 songs and taking a few photos on your phone, but don’t watch the concert through a screen.
  • Did you bring the tickets?
    I’ve seen it happen before to other people – they managed to forget their ticket to the concert. Check at least 5 times before you leave the house if you have everything!
  • These are the essentials
    Phone, Wallet (Only bring what you’ll use!) and your ID. That’s it.

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No matter what genre of concert you’re going to – you’re probably going to want to get up and enjoy yourself, whether that involves jumping in sync with the crowd, getting up just to sing along or to dance with no rhythm. It’s guaranteed that you’ll be on your feet and moving all night, so it’s an absolute must that you rock up wearing something comfortable, but stylish (of course!).

  • Shorts are always a good option
    They give your legs some air to breathe and you won’t get suffocated by jeans. There’s so many kinds of cute shorts out there, so go ahead and treat your booty to something cute! You can always add stockings underneath for cooler nights.
  • Chuck on some leggings for the cold
    They’re the best bottoms to wear if you’re out on a cold night or you plan on sitting for the night. They still give you allowance to move around and they prevent you from freezing!
  • Comfortable shoes are a must!
    Sorry gals but it’s probably not the best idea to wear your new Jeffrey Campbells to a concert. Wear shoes that you know can go through a beating, but can keep your feet happy. If you want some added height, you’ll benefit out of investing in some comfortable Flatform shoes.
  • Don’t go overboard on accessories
    The last thing you want at the end of your night is knowing that you’ve lost your favorite ring, so I strongly suggest that you leave the expensive stuff at home. Everyone wants to enjoy their time and no one wants to spend the entire night having wrists with excessive bracelets and chunky rings waved in front of their faces!

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There’s probably no need to be all glammed up if you’re going to (TMI warning) sweat it off anyway, plus, it might be bad for your skin. But if you want to, then no one’s stopping you!

  • Try Waterproof makeup
    It’s supposed to withstand water, right? Why not give it a go and end the night still looking perfectly made up.
  • Use lipstick that will last
    If you want to smack some color onto your lips, then use a Matte formula lipstick or a lip product that you swear by. You don’t want to be smudging color all over your skin and clothes!
  • Tie your hair up!
    If you’ve scored yourself a spot on the floor, you’re bound to be pushed up against random people left, right, center, front, back and every other angle possible. Your concert experience will, no doubt, involve major movement and sweat. The last thing you want to add to that mix is hair drenched in sweat whipped right in your face.

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You never know what might happen at a concert/festival. You might meet some lovely random people or you might leave thinking it was the worst night of your life.

  • The floor is where all the action is
    If you’ve found yourself smack bang in front of the performer on the dancefloor, then be prepared for one hell of an experience. Prepare yourself to be pushed in every direction, drenched in water, alcohol and sweat. It might sound bad, but at least you can say “Remember that time when I was covered in sweat and beer? Good times.”
  • It’s gonna get loud
    And I mean, really loud. If you leave with a high pitched ringing in your ears – that’s normal; you’re doing it right.
  • Not everyone will be nice
    You’ll overhear some pretty nasty conversations since everyone’s standing or sitting so close to each other. Whether it’s about the supporting act or about someone standing right next to them, they’ll bitch loudly enough so be nice. If you see someone struggling, help them. If you accidentally fall on someone, apologize and shoot a smile!

 

Alissa x