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Beauty must-haves for winter

Dr-Mercola-Sunshine-Mist-Vitamin-D-Natural-OrangeA winter skincare routine is so important because your skin is exposed to low temperatures when outside then hot, dry temperatures from central heating when inside. These ups and downs can really affect your skin, causing it to become drier than normal. Not to mention the fact that we just don’t get as much sun during the winter and that vitamin D is so important. As well as drinking lots of water, you should pamper yourself. Get your hands on some new beauty products to help you through winter!

Here are some beauty products that will help you through the colder months. The prices of these vary but I’m sure you’ll all agree than none of these will break the bank. Check out the full Shoplinkz list for all the details.

With vitamin D in such short supply and due to the fact that we don’t produce it in our bodies, it’s important to get enough when the sun isn’t shining or when you’re spending a lot of time indoors. This is a non-aerosol spray that gives you a daily dose of vitamin D. This can help your skin health, slow down the ageing process and improve your immune system. $17.97 from My Natural Market.

CliniqueYou can still get sunburnt in the winter so it’s important to protect your skin from those harmful rays. Instead of remembering to put on sunscreen all year round, get into the habit of using a moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF). This will ensure you’re always protected. The Clinique Superdefense moisturizer is a great product that will leave your skin looking radiant and youthful while protecting you from the sun too. $48 from Izzy’s Beauty Shoppe.

EosIt’s really important to protect your lips during the winter. Central heating and biting winds can play havoc with our lips and this leads to drying and cracking, which can be as unsightly as it can be uncomfortable. Avoid this by applying a lip balm or chap stick throughout your day. Don’t just save it for when your lips are already starting to hurt.

Petroleum-free lip balms are best for protecting and nourishing skin. While petroleum products (like Vaseline) feel like they’re doing a good job, they’re just trapping what moisture is already there, rather than actively making a difference. Using petroleum products on your lips can actually stop you from producing natural oils from your skin. This means that once the product wears off your lips, they feel drier than ever.

This Coconut Milk EOS lip balm is free from nasty ingredients and is small enough to be popped into a pocket or handbag so you can use it on the go. $3.49 from Walgreens.

Three Rose BalmThis is a multi-purpose balm from a small natural beauty brand in the UK (but they ship worldwide). All Palm and Sole products are handmade with lovely, natural ingredients. The balms come in a range of scents and make great night creams. Use to moisturise dry patches, fight ageing or to soothe a weather-beaten face after a day out in the wind/rain/snow. $16-$25 from Palm and Sole.

What products are you loving this winter?

 

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The most creative Halloween costumes we’ve ever seen

I love Halloween, any excuse for me to dress up. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some creative ideas and here are a few of the most creative Halloween costumes I could find.

This amazing skeleton makeup is by Mademoiselle Mu. It’s a great way to  add something really special to an outfit. It’s not an easy look to pull off but with a bit of practice and a lot of blending, you too could be a skeleton for Halloween.

The Joker from Batman is another great costume no matter if you’re male or female. Check out this Joker cosplay, with some of the scariest makeup I’ve even seen, for inspiration.

Want to try this costume on a budget? Check out this guide to thrifting a Joker costume.

Another amazing creepy look for Halloween courtesy of the Saw films.

This comic book look has been done to death but that’s not to say you shouldn’t try it for yourself. Start with evenly spaced white dots then highlight your features with a simple black line. Feel free to add other accents like the gorgeous girl in this photo has done.

Finally, this full Weeping Angel costume (yes, there’s someone in there!) can be done at home. Click the picture to take a look at the full tutorial. This would be a great way to scare any Doctor Who fans.

 

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Fall trends you can try today

Fall is upon us so we’ve been thinking about the trends you should be wearing over the coming months.

Check out our full Shoplinkz list for lots of gorgeous items.

Leopard

LeopardI’m pleased that leopard print is here to stay because it’s one of those things that’s been so easy to get that I don’t know how I’d cope if it went completely out of fashion.

This print is surprisingly versatile. You can use it to add some girlie chic to a simple outfit or you can go all out rock and roll by pairing a leopard print dress with some big boots.

We’ve seen a lot of leopard print on the cat walk so you’ll be able to get your hands on this ever-popular style for a while longer.

Now’s also the time of the year where you can get your hands on a leopard print fur coat (faux of course). Orange2

Orange

This is a great color trend that’s bound to breathe some life into your winter wardrobe. Pair it with browns and other neutral colors for a fall look with a bright twist.

We’re loving this orange shirt from Topshop, the embellished collar gives just the right amount of glam. Wear it with a simple skater skirt or with some high-waisted jeans and heels for instant glam.

There are various levels of orange, of course. From the florescent to the more muted shades of fall leaves.

What you choose is up to you but feel safe in the fact that it’s okay to dress head-to-toe in orange shades if you fancy it.

Leopard wrap coatWrap coats

This leopard print wrap coat (two trends for the price of one) is a great example of this trend.

The catwalk was rife with over-the-top wrap coats so it’s nice to see it being done for the RTW market.

What I love about this trend is how flattering these coats are. They create a gorgeous hourglass silhouette. Not to mention the fact that big collars and hoods make these super-snuggly too.

Coats are a great way to incorporate two trends into your wardrobe. Go for an on trend shape in popular color. This fall/winter we need to be looking out for pastel pink, sapphire blue and, of course, orange.

Go for something simple and timeless if you want to try this shape but want your coat to last you a few years.

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The nineties-inspired grunge has brought the plaid trend full force into our wardrobes. Grunge can’t be pulled off by everyone but that’s no reason not to include some plaid in your wardrobe.

A plaid shirt might not be the best route to go down as they can look a little soccer-mom (if that’s the look you’re going for, though…) so try a plaid scarf or other accessory.

This dress can be worn in a number of different ways. Wear with a blazed and black patent court shoes for a librarian-chic look or you can wear it with Dr Martens, black tights and a leather jacket for something that’s a little bit more punk.

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Another warm, comfortable trend for this season. What you need to look out for is a short leather jacket with a shearling collar as this is the look for fall.

If you’re looking for something longer and warmer, go for a full shearling coat.

This look is so versatile. Wear with your most glamorous dress or wear when hiking in the woods over winter. You can look fashionable while wearing something that is practical (for once).

Oxfords

Oxfords2Menswear-inspired shoes are going to be big this fall too. When boots aren’t an option, go for Oxfords. These shoes can be chic, they can be simple, or they can be clunky and a little bit nineties. What you choose depends on your own personal style.

These Lanvin Oxfords would look great with a pretty shift dress. You can keep it simple and let the key parts of your outfit do the talking. These would also make fantastic work shoes. Wear them with black trousers, a well-cut shirt and a floral blazer for a look that’s professional but fashionable too.

What fall trends are you wearing?

Etsy picks: Fall treats

Treat yourself to something beautiful for your home this fall. It might be a beautiful little piece of home décor or it might be something a little more decadent.

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Velvet pumpkins aren’t exactly practical but if you like to decorate your home for fall or Halloween then these are for you. The velvet adds a very chic effect to these fall favorites. e2

Want to make your morning coffee for travel-friendly? Do it in style with this sugar skull travel cup!e3

Want to add something extra special to tea, sparkling wine or lemonade? Try these rose flavored sugar cubes. Perfect for parties.
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A pair of beautiful Moroccan ottomans are bound to add something special to your home. Go on, treat yourself!
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A lovely, understated Halloween decoration that’s a little bit more tasteful than lots of fake cobwebs and a plastic skeleton.
e6Finally, a print that would be perfect on any fashion lover’s wall. This might make a great gift for a fashionista! I think I’ll be treating myself to this lovely little thing!