Swimwear for Her

OK. Truth be told. In my home town today, it’s 50 degree’s. It’s the middle of May (almost) so what’s up ? So you say you need something to look forward to, like going swimming, poolside dining or just showing off your toned bod. Here are a few choices for you to ponder until it warms up.

High quality affordable eco swimwear bikini for all women by mimi & august — Mimi & August (mimiandaugust.com)

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Anthropologie 

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And if you can’t wait for warmer weather, there’s this:

https://www.roxy.com/

Just one of many styles for you to choose or not. Check out my Pinterest Swimwear collection at the link below.

Hey girl, stay warm !

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All the Retro ’70s Fashion Trends Making a Comeback

[Calling all fashionista’s, you won’t believe the latest retro trend. So how well might you look in bell bottoms? Here are a few of the trends making a comeback.]

Article by Lauren Adhav andRachel Torgerson for Redbook©

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“Everything that’s old is new again” is a common refrain, but it’s true. From chokers to wide-leg pants, there are so many fashion throwbacks happening all up in my shopping cart. High-fashion designers in particular are making a major case for a return to the ’70s, which was a wild decade full of disco and revolutions. Here, 17 retro fashion trends that are already back in style. Peep the outfits while clicking through for some groovy inspo.

Bell-Bottoms

Bell-bottoms are back, you guys! Rejoice! Take this pleated pair from Jean-Paul Gaultier’s haute couture collection.

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Bell-Bottoms

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In case you wanted to see how on Earth to wear these dramatic bottoms IRL, take a cue from this influencer with her wide-legged jeans and blazer.

Bell Sleeves

What goes nicely with a pair of flared bottoms? A top with bell sleeves, natch, like this one from the Telfar runway.

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Cara Delevingne’s sister, Poppy, opted to rock multiple ’70s looks here. Bell sleeves! Flowers! Patchwork! I stan.

Bra Tops

If you thought bra tops were popular thanks to Instagram, boy, are you wrong. They were beyond huge in the ’70s. This cream version from the Jacquemus spring/summer 2021 show is a modern take on the style.

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Pro tip: They look pretty fashionable with high-waisted pants and a blazer. So easy!

Clogs

I’m willing to bet that clogs will never go away. They’re just too comfortable! And versatile! Peep these floral Miu Miu ones from the designer’s spring/summer runway show.

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For extra retro vibes, accessorize with a bandana and sunglasses when you take your clogs out for a spin.

Crochet

Crochet is ev-er-y-where these days, from NYFW (see here at the Altuzarra spring/summer show) to the racks at all your fave stores.

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Gabrielle Union wore a see-through dress in the knit material and it just looks so summery and pretty!

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There’s more to check out. Click the link below and behold more ’70’s.

Source: All the Retro ’70s Fashion Trends Making a Comeback (msn.com)

These Haircuts Are Going To Be Huge in 2021

By Kaitlyn Yarborough  for Southern Living©

If last year focused on natural texture and no-fuss hairstyles, 2021 is gearing up to be all that and then some. Ringing in a new year calls for fresh starts of all kinds, making it the perfect time for new hair trends to guide us straight to the salon.

We’re taking last year’s low-maintenance styling up a notch with statement-making cuts that do all the work and call back to decades past—only the fashionable ones, of course. If you’ve been wanting to make a chop, there are shaggy layers, blunt fringe, and retro styles just waiting to be shorn. (We’re talking modern updates on vintage bobs, bangs, and long cuts, too.)

Here are the trendy haircuts you’ll be seeing everywhere this year.

Blunt Collarbone Cut

Credit: @hairby_Chrissy

A lob that hits right at your collarbone is *the* most flattering length. Full stop. That’s all we need to say on the matter.

Textured Layers

Textured Layers
Credit: @chrisjones_hair

You can add so much more texture to naturally fine hair using layers, layers, and more layers—focusing midway down the hair to the ends ensures you don’t lose too much volume. 

Short and Wild Shag

Short 'n Wild Shag

CREDIT: @SALSALHAIR

Nothing flatters a head full of curls like a classic shag. It’s definitely the cool girl cut of the bunch.

To see your next, maybe, hairstyle, click the source:

Source: These Hair Trends Are Going to be Huge in 2021 | Southern Living

I Agree With Gen Z: Skinny Jeans Are Over

TikTok has decided it’s time to retire this ’00s trend. Here’s what to wear instead.

By Samantha Sutton

Last week, I, along with many millennials, found myself down a TikTok rabbit hole, getting schooled on what’s ‘cool’ according to Gen Z. Long story short? Apparently, it’s time to stop side-parting our hair, using the laugh-crying emoji, and wearing skinny jeans — unless you’re OK with looking totally out of the loop.

Personally, I was surprised; the side-part is super flattering, and the laugh-crying emoji is still my go-to. However, when it comes to jeans, I have to agree. In my book, skinnies have been over for a while, and breaking up with this style was one of the best fashion choices I’ve made in a long time.

I can barely remember a time when people didn’t wear skinny jeans, but I can tell you about one of my earliest pairs, which I bought right when the trend started to rise in the mid-2000s. They were dark blue from dELiA*s (my go-to store in high school, mostly for the cute graphic tees), and I’m pretty sure I sacrificed a full lifeguarding check to buy them. At the time, I prided myself in being one of the first people I knew to wear all the things, so when teen magazines and CW shows signaled that skinnies were the new “it” item, you can bet I rushed to add them to my wardrobe (alongside super high-waisted shorts and pointed-toe flats, since this was circa-2006).

Of course, I’m also a firm believer in doing what makes you feel your best, so if skinny jeans bring you joy, don’t let the Internet trick you into giving them ’em up. (Admittedly, I’m still holding onto a single leopard pair that are just the right amount of stretchy and fun.) Now that I’m not in high school, I value personal style and preference over hopping on whatever is ‘hot’ for the moment — so, yes, I’ll continue parting my hair on the side and laugh-crying when it feels appropriate.

However, if you, like me, are actually kind of over skinny jeans, I have plenty of ideas for making — and nailing — this simple transition.

Let Loose

Jeans

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Opt for styles that are looser, much like the celeb-loved wide-leg jeans, boyfriend jeans, mom jeans, or even flares. There are tons of options out there, and all of them are just as versatile as your old favorite.

Worried about wind escaping up your pant leg without the protection of something skin-tight? Look for jeans that are in the carrot-leg territory, meaning they’re roomy up top but get thinner toward the bottom, providing a barrier on chilly days.

Keep ‘Em Cropped

Jeans

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As a petite woman, some of my favorite jeans are actually cropped or have a kick-flare design. Even Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan of these styles, since they tend to have a leg-elongating effect.

Remember to Roll

Jeans

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The good news about non-skinny jeans is that they’re easier to alter without the help of a tailor. If you have a boot-cut pair that seems a tad too long, or you want to show off your shoes a little more, roll or cuff your pants before heading out the door.

Start Wearing Socks

jeans

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Another big trend that won’t quit is showing off longer-length, chunky socks, which is easier to embrace with loose, cropped, or rolled jeans. Think of this look as the more modern but just-as-warm take on tucking your jeans into your boots (although, you can still pull that trick, too, by using bulkier boots styles such as Dr. Martens).

Find Versatile Footwear

Jeans

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At first, you may feel a bit stumped choosing shoes to wear with your wide-leg, boyfriend, mom, or kick-flare jeans. But, there’s no need to over-complicate it. I’ve found that most denim styles look great with a simple white sneaker or white bootie, but you can even dress up your look with heels or go super preppy with loafers. It’s all about experimenting, so leave some time to try on a few different pairs before heading out the door.

Source: Are Skinny Jeans Still in Style? What to Wear Instead of Skinny Jeans in 2021 | InStyle

Balayage For Strawberry Blonde

By by Maggie Mulhern for Modern Salon

Stephanie Shellenberger (@Stephanie_stylist), a balayage expert at Randy Currie of Currie Hair Skin Nails in Glen Mills, PA, says this first-time balayage guest came to her to transition from an all-over foil design. “I blended away her foil lines creating a seamless effect leaving her with a sunkissed feel at the root and bold blonde on her ends.”

Here, she shares the formula and HOW TO:

STEP 1: Blend Pravana Guy Tang Balayage Lighenter using 4-6 activator. Apply (using Framar brushes) in a heavy balayage placement as shown.

STEP 2: Process for 20 minutes and then rinse.

STEP 3: Gloss at the bowl with Redken Shades Cream 11/2 09na 1/4 09wb 10 volume.

Source: Balayage For Strawberry Blonde – Wellness – Modern Salon

The 25 Best Pajamas to Buy This Holiday Season

By Anny Choi, Madeline Fass writing for Vogue©

Slide 1 of 26: With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to shop for a set of cozy pajamas for yourself or someone else. Whether it be a floral and polka-dot-print Tanya Taylor set made with upcycled fabrics or a feather-adorned Sleeper number chic enough for a Zoom cocktail party, you no longer have to sacrifice style for comfort when it comes to sleepwear.  Cuyana’s cami sleep set is bound to be a hit come gifting season, with its minimal silhouette and its knit packaging. Swimwear brand Summersalt’s pajamas are so soft, you will never want to get out of bed—and the same goes for Lake’s green-striped classic Weekend set. There are also classic pipe-lined and silk pajama sets to hide out in for the foreseeable future. Planning a cheeky holiday photo shoot? Brands like Primary offer matching options for the entire family.  Whether you’re looking for a new set to add to your personal rotation for the long winter ahead, or getting a head start on your holiday shopping list, below are 25 of the best pajamas for women to splurge on now.

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to shop for a set of cozy pajamas for yourself or someone else. Whether it be a floral and polka-dot-print Tanya Taylor set made with upcycled fabrics or a feather-adorned Sleeper number chic enough for a Zoom cocktail party, you no longer have to sacrifice style for comfort when it comes to sleepwear. 

Cuyana’s cami sleep set is bound to be a hit come gifting season, with its minimal silhouette and its knit packaging. Swimwear brand Summersalt’s pajamas are so soft, you will never want to get out of bed—and the same goes for Lake’s green-striped classic Weekend set. There are also classic pipe-lined and silk pajama sets to hide out in for the foreseeable future. Planning a cheeky holiday photo shoot? Brands like Primary offer matching options for the entire family. 

Whether you’re looking for a new set to add to your personal rotation for the long winter ahead, or getting a head start on your holiday shopping list, below are 25 of the best pajamas for women to splurge on now.

Slide 2 of 26: $198, SHOPBOP. Get it now!

Sleepy Jones Marina pajama set

$198, SHOPBOP. Get it now!

Slide 3 of 26: $104, LAKE PAJAMAS. Get it now!

Lake pima short Long Weekend set in classic green

$104, LAKE PAJAMAS. Get it now!

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Erberjey Gisele piped modal pajama set

$98, NET-A-PORTER. Get it now!

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Uniqlo flannel long-sleeve pajamas

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Papinelle Mia cotton silk pajamas

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The Great the ballet pointelle knit cotton-blend pajama set

$305, NET-A-PORTER. Get it now!

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Pour Les Femmes piped printed cotton pajamas set

$275, NET-A-PORTER. Get it now!

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Summersalt the Cloud 9 pajama set

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Slide 14 of 26: $198, LUNYA. Get it now!

Lunya washable silk tee set

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OK. My coffee cup needs a refill now so I’ll leave a link to the complete story. BTW, I left the “Get it now” link in this article for your convenience. Let me know if it works for you, or if you would rather not see that link. There are about 15 more jammies in the article if you’d like to see more. Enjoy!

Source: The 25 Best Pajamas to Buy This Holiday Season (msn.com)

16 Best Leggings for Every Activity

BY Lexie Sachs, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE

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AMAZON, LULULEMON, NORDSTROM

It’s safe to say leggings are must-haves in your closet, but with so many styles to choose from (not to mention, a wide range of price points), it’s hard to know which ones are actually worth the splurge.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests leggings for things like durability, moisture management, comfort, and performance features, and our fashion editors weigh in with the most stylish leggings for everyday wear to find the best, longest-lasting, and most comfortable leggings out there. When you’re shopping for leggings, consider when you’ll be wearing them. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Workout leggings: Synthetic performance fabrics (like polyester or nylon) are ideal for workout leggings because they are stretchy, durable, opaque, and often moisture-wicking to help manage sweat. Look for flat interior seams to prevent irritation and friction.
  • Leggings to wear as pants: You can wear leggings as pants or even to work if they’re made of thicker fabric like ponte and faux leather. To make sure fabric isn’t see-through, try the leggings in natural daylight or under a bright light. Bend over in front of a mirror or check for show-through by deeply bending your knee.
  • Loungewear leggings: Don’t need leggings to be fully opaque? Opt for a plant-based fiber like cotton, lyocell, or modal if you want a super-soft pair to wear 24/7 or to layer under longer tops or dresses.

The leggings ahead are top-tested styles, staffer favorites, or popular picks with unique features. Here are the best leggings for women to buy in 2020:

1 BEST OVERALL LEGGINGS Align Pant LULULEMON

These leggings earn our top spot because they’re insanely comfortable (the lightweight, buttery smooth fabric has a barely-there feel) and they’re versatile enough to wear for pretty much any occasion. They’re equally useful as workout leggings, everyday wear, and loungewear. This high-rise waist is also flattering without digging into you or rolling down. On top of that, they’re available lots of different options with various colors and patterns, rises on the waist, and lengths on the leg.

2 BEST VALUE LEGGINGS Basic Solid Leggings LEGGINGS DEPOT

Leggings can get expensive, but this pair is a total steal. It’s one of the most popular leggings on Amazon with over 19,000 reviews from users swear they’re incredibly comfortable and opaque. They’re not your best bet for exercise, but they’re ideal for everyday use or lounging at home. This style comes in tons of color options and is available in three size groupings, including plus sizes for up to 32W.

3 MOST POPULAR LEGGINGS Live In High Waist Leggings ZELLA

These Nordstrom leggings have a cult-like following from users who swear they’re even better than styles pricier brands. They’re thicker than lightweight leggings, which helps them look flattering and feel a bit more compressive. Still, they’re moisture-wicking, stretchy, and extra soft so they feel equally comfortable to wear during workouts and for everyday use. They also come in a wide range of sizes for regular and plus size.

4 BEST LEGGINGS FOR RUNNING HeatGear Armour Leggings UNDER ARMOUR

Perfect for any exercise that involves lots of sweat and movement, these leggings are smooth and moisture wicking to help reduce friction. They’re also more compressive than other workout leggings, which can help with muscle fatigue from high-intensity exercise. We’re also big fans of the brand’s ColdGear leggings, which are fleece-lined for cooler weather, yet still breathable for running.

5 BEST LEGGINGS FOR YOGA Wunder Under High-Rise Tight LULULEMON

Lululemon makes our list again, this time for its tried and true Wunder Under Tights using the Full-On Luon fabric. These fan favorites are designed specifically for yoga and testers in our evaluation said they felt like second skin and stayed put throughout their workouts. They’re also flattering, breathable, and durable so you know they’ll last. On top of that, they come in lots of variations for different colors, rises, and lengths.

6 BEST LEGGINGS WITH POCKETS Salutation Stash Pocket Tight ATHLETA

Many leggings with pockets only have a small insert for a credit card or key, but these have deep pockets on the side that can fit your phone or wallet. Plus, the pockets lie flat against your legs so they aren’t bulky like pockets on jeans. They’re made with Athleta’s signature Powervita fabric, which is buttery soft and slightly compressive, making this pair ideal for yoga and studio workouts.

7 BEST LEGGINGS FOR WORK Ponte Leggings SPANXS

Spanx isn’t just for shapewear – the brand also makes super flattering leggings of all kinds in a wide range of sizes, including tall, petite, and plus. This pair in particular is made of ponte, which is a thicker, knit fabric that looks more professional than athletic materials. If you’re looking for something even more structured, check out the Perfect Black Pant, which looks like regular work pants but has a stretchy, legging fit at the waist.

8 BEST SUSTAINABLE LEGGINGS High Waist 7/8 Leggings GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

This pair proves you don’t have to sacrifice performance to go green: The fabric is made of recycled water bottles and users commonly call them the “best leggings ever.” They’re also compressive, making them ideal for high-impact exercise. Plus, they come in a wide range of sizes, including plus size.


9 BEST LEGGINGS ON AMAZON High Waist Yoga Pants with Pockets IUGA

Unlike our value pick above that’s an affordable everyday style from Amazon, these leggings are perfect for exercise because they’re made with performance fabric that’s stretchy, opaque, and comfortable to move around in. They’re also a fraction of the cost of other workout pants, yet verified reviewers swear they’re high quality. In fact, they have over 6,000 five-star reviews, and that number continues to grow.

10 BEST LEGGINGS TO WEAR AS PANTS Orion Legging II EPQOUE EVOLUTION

These leggings are unique because the fabric feels like a pair of smooth running tights, but they’re more polished withdesign features like flattering seams down the front of the leg and flared openings around the ankles. And if the legs are too long for you, you can use a scissor to trim the unhemmed fabric – no tailoring required (just make sure you cut in a straight line!). On top of that, the fabric is made using regenerated nylon from old fishing nets and carpets.

11 BEST COTTON LEGGINGS Go-To Legging PACT

This pair is certified organic, meaning the entire manufacturing process (not just the growing of the cotton) follows strict environmental standards. The brand is well-known for its sustainable fashion practices and these leggings in particular are best sellers, yet not too pricey. Just note that cotton leggings aren’t as moisture-wicking, durable, or opaque as synthetic performance fabrics, but they feel super soft.

12 BEST PRINTED LEGGINGS Tall Band Foil Print Leggings TEREZ

If you prefer something more fun than basic black leggings, Terez has options in tons of prints for every style preference. Several even feature colorful metallic prints like this one. The smooth fabric proved to be durable in our tests and though it isn’t as high performance as other workout leggings, it’s certainly the trendiest pair you can bring to the gym.

13 BEST ATHLEISURE LEGGINGS Elation 7/8 Tight ATHLETA

These leggings are versatile enough to wear from working out to hanging out. They’re incredibly comfortable thanks to the soft and smooth fabric, yet they stay in place, wick sweat, and have minimal seams for good performance during exercise. They have thousands of five-star reviews on the Athleta website and come in lots of variations, including more fashion-forward prints.

14 MOST FLATTERING LEGGINGS Perfect Control Leggings COMMANDO

With a built-in control top (like what you’d find in a pair of tights), these leggings have a smoothing and slimming effect. Most users agree that while they offer a tight fit, they aren’t restricting or uncomfortable at all. They’re also personal favorites of Good Housekeeping Fashion Director, Kristen Saladino. You’re better off wearing these for everyday use as opposed to workouts, but note that some users say they’re not as opaque as other leggings.

15 BEST FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS F aux Leather Leggings SPANX

Not only are these leggings on trend with their shiny, leather look, they’re also super comfortable and incredibly flattering thanks to their stretchy and smoothing waistband. And unlike true leather leggings, they’re machine washable for easy care. Not surprisingly, they’re also one of the most popular leggings on the market, and they’re available in plus and petite sizes.

16 BEST LEGGINGS FOR LAYERING Ultra Legging with Wide Waistband HUE

Cotton leggings are perfect for wearing under longer tops or dresses when you want them to be comfy but don’t need to worry about them being fully opaque. These leggings are a cotton blend and look more matte than shiny for everyday use. And unlike some other layering leggings, they have a wide waistband so you don’t have to worry about them rolling down.

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/clothing/g32884290/best-leggings/

8 Beauty Trends to Try—Even If You’re Only Wearing Leggings

Our team has discussed the death of the jean for quite a while now, and with winter ahead, the last thing any of us are putting on is real pants. But just because you’re in an exclusive relationship with your leggings doesn’t mean you can’t look amazing for every Zoom meeting and mirror-walk-by of the day. Putting on a fresh face and experimenting with my makeup looks and hair routine have pretty single-handedly given me something to look forward to and stay motivated throughout my day. Ready to try something new beyond your daily BB cream and top knot? Here are eight beauty trends anyone can wear that take your leggings and a tee to a solid 10/10:

1. Winged Liner

Source: @amyserrano

This trend isn’t going anywhere, and this fall, we’re seeing it in practically every shape, color, and finish. Now that we have a little extra time in the morning, it’s not the worst idea to finally master your perfect winged liner look. Then, you can experiment with different shapes, styles, and colors. I’m loving a classic, deep black wing when I’m just heading to the grocery store because it adds a little bit of interest to my eyes (the star of the show since I’m wearing a mask!) without taking too much effort. But I also love the metallic liner trend, especially for holiday. A wash of gold or silver looks cool and editorial; like you just stepped out of Pat McGrath’s chair.

2. Brushed-Out Curls

Source: @naeemahlafond

If you have naturally curly or textured hair, this is a breeze (although it might feel a little unnatural if you’ve abided by the “don’t brush your curls!” rules of the past). As a straight-haired person, I get the look by curling my hair at night with a small curling wand (my hair is fine, so I use a ½ in, but I’d say to go ½ in smaller than your normal-size iron), set it with a hairspray, sleep on it, and then brush them through in the morning. I’ll do it while I’m watching TV or listening to an audiobook, and then I’m guaranteed sexy, voluminous hair for days. I’m also loving this look with a ponytail!

3. Multi-Masking

Source: @summerfridays

So, you can’t *exactly* wear this for a work meeting, but I’d be damned if I left out one of the best WFH perks out there: masking while we work. I’m all for a self-care night filled with my skincare favorites, but sometimes my skin calls for an all-day mask situation. Something hydrating is great for dry, winter skin; you can opt for a depuffing, oxygenating mask with a facial massage in the morning with your coffee; or I swear by a purifying mask after a hot, steamy shower when I wake up with a breakout. I especially love this trick with undereye masks. The serum in an undereye mask stays on your skin, leaving it hydrated and plump for the entire day—why would I waste that when I’m just heading to sleep?

4. Beaming Highlight

Source: @sce.nic

There’s nothing like catching yourself in the mirror when your cheekbones are highlighted. And I’m not talking your run-of-the-mill highlight either; I mean “aliens up in space are discussing the beam of light coming from an undisclosed North American location” type of glow. When you’re wearing an otherwise understated look, adding a striking highlighter to your cheekbones can turn up your confidence and make a look seem a lot more intentional (when really you just rolled out of bed). I also love having a bit stronger cheek highlight for Zoom meetings—I typically powder more because the webcam can make you look shiny, so adding extra highlight makes it look like your skin is truly perfect.

5. Grey, Plum, and Taupe Shades

Source: @thelipbar

There’s no time like the fall and winter to dive into deeper makeup tones, and instead of opting for your usual pumpkin oranges and rich browns, 2020’s spin involves something a little cooler. Cool-toned makeup is slowly but surely making its way back in the hearts of makeup-lovers everywhere, and we’re starting with rich plums, taupes, and greys. An easy way to tackle the look is a cool, grey-toned purple lip—like this one from The Lip Bar—but if you have a little extra time in the morning, a swipe of a shimmery, taupe eyeshadow looks put-together, glamorous, and chic. Bonus points if the shade has a bit of sparkle too! 

Source: @arianagrande

Another iteration of this look is using matte shades for a more retro-style. Think Ariana Grande in the “Positions” music video. Create a wing with a cool-toned medium brown shadow (if you have a medium or dark skin tone, apply a white/cream shadow all over the lid to make this brown pop!) and a brush, and bring the wing over your crease. This look is actually pretty wearable, but looks so impactful (some might say West Wing worthy). 

6. Face-Framing Tendrils

Source: @aliana.king

The ‘90s have influenced the biggest hair trends of the last few years, and this one is in full-force right now. This look can be done many ways, whether it’s braiding your front pieces—like in the above photo—or pulling out a few pieces from a bun or ponytail. I love adding little braids to frame my face, and it takes seriously no time at all. Whether you have layers and shorter pieces cut already or you want to fake it, this look is probably the easiest on this list with some of the highest impact.

7. Monochrome

Source: @leahbaines_mua

One of the simplest ways to look put-together, in my opinion, is a monochromatic look. Whether you go for a light neutral eye look with a nude lip or opt for a pink cheek and lip, you’ll look like a professional makeup artist graced your face with seriously minimal effort. The easiest way to do this is using a lipstick and swiping it across your lids (use a primer and set with a translucent powder to make it stay all day with no creasing), on your cheeks as blush, and on your lips! A few shades to try this with include: red cheeks and lips; berry eyes and lips; taupe eyes and lips, rosey-brown eyes, lips, and cheeks; and cinnamon-brown eyes, lips, and cheeks.

8. Red Lip With A Bare/Natural Face

Source: @juliaadamsmua

This look has been around for decades, if not centuries, but it’s a gold standard of the life we’re living in 2020. A simple red lip can improve your mood ten-fold; plus, it makes even a messy bun and “I-was-too-lazy-to-put-in-my-contacts” look chic and intentional. Wearing it with a bare face keeps the look natural while also increasing the impact of the bold red lip.

Source: https://theeverygirl.com/beauty-trends-to-try/

No Shave November Beard Guide

How To Grow a Beard During No-Shave November

/SPY article by Jacorey Moon 

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Chances are that if you’re reading this, you are pondering your facial hair, or lack thereof, during the annual challenge known as No-Shave November, or Movember. Maybe you want to grow a beard, experiment with your first mustache or simply maintain the facial hair you already have. While some bearded guys take their facial hair for granted, what do you need to know if you’ve always been clean-shaven? To help guys wondering how to grow a beard, we put together a beard guide for No Shave November that will help you make smart decisions about your beard and how to maintain it during the impending cold months.

There is no set path to growing a beard. Mostly due to genetics, growing a beard is a practice of patience and good hygiene. As Ananda Tuyes, master barber and esthetician from Baxter Finley Barber & Shop in West Hollywood told us, products matter when growing a beard — just not the ones marketed for beard growth.

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“There aren’t any products that will grow your beard, but if you want a fuller beard, you can promote hair growth by stimulating the hair follicle through exfoliation [facial scrub] and also keeping the area clean — a clean environment is a healthy environment and a healthy environment promotes balance and growth,” Tuyes said.

We put together a list of tips that will help your beard flourish during No Shave November. We’ll go over the grooming tools you should use, what products actually help you grow a beard, and the best practices to adopt for a healthy, well-kempt beard. (See full article for beard products).

How To Grow a Beard & Mustache: Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1. If you’re looking to grow a beard, stop shaving. No, we’re serious. That’s the entirety of step one.

Often, guys rely on friends, relatives or social media to learn how to grow a long, healthy beard. It is a common myth that shaving off your beard will make it grow back faster or fuller. Like we said previously, growing a beard takes time and commitment. Don’t rush to cut off your beard because it’s not showing quick results.

Tuyes says that it can from 4-6 weeks to see growth when taking the necessary, specific steps necessary for your beard.

Step 2. Trim your beard as often as needed. 

Don’t get us wrong, you shouldn’t completely ambush your beard and cut it down to the subble, but you still have to trim it to keep it healthy. Trimming is an important part of the hair growth process. Trimming your beard can be the difference between a sloppy beard and compliments everywhere you go, so whether you want to keep a certain length or just get rid of flyaway hairs, keep those scissors at the ready.

Keep in mind regular paper scissors won’t cut it. You need scissors designed to cut hair.

“This is completely up to the individual,” Tuyes said. “Hair grows a little bit each day hence the ‘5 o’clock shadow’, so trim it when you don’t like the way it’s looking. For a fuller-looking beard, sharpen/clean-up the lines on the edges. It’s an optical illusion since the hairs look longer next to the smooth skin.”

Step 3. The right style can make you more attractive (not saying that you already aren’t). 

A great beard makes your face more symmetrical and helps to improve your attractiveness overall. The beard should help create an oval shape. If you have a more square-shaped face, then growing your beard longer will help. If you have more of a slender face, then growing your beard bushier will help. Tuyes recommends that you get this done professionally.

“If you don’t know what style of beard you want or what would look good on you, do some research and take photos of styles you like,” Tuyes said. “Then bring it to your barber, and they will customize the look for you based on your facial structure. You can then follow their direction at home for maintenance between barbershop visits.”

We’ve previously written about our favorite mustache styles, and there’s no wrong way to style a beard in 2020 — as long as you put the bare minimum effort into maintaining it and cleaning it. No one likes a sloppy beard.

Step 4. Beware ‘Beard Growth’ Products. Stick to Scrubs and Beard Oil. 

When it comes to products, we are typically told to slather on beard balms, priming oils, beard oils, and hope that these products will work. This is not the best way to approach beard growth. It’s important to tend to the skin underneath your beard, as Tuyes stated above. Exfoliators and light beard oils should be the two main products that you use on your beard.

“There are no miracle beard growing products. Save your money on the scams and just invest in good skincare and a lightweight beard oil [one that is non-comedogenic/pore-clogging],” Tuyes said. “If you clog the pores, you risk suffocating the hair follicle, which can slow/inhibit hair growth.”

Step 5. Don’t stress about the growth (or lack thereof). 

Stressing about the pace of your beard growth won’t help it grow. It’s best to let it (your beard) do its thing, and you help your beard along the way. Reducing your stress and anxiety levels will help your beard grow as well. Also, it’s important that you eat enough nutritious food so that your hair, in general, is nourished. Overall, don’t just take care of your beard; take care of yourself as a whole.

Your beard will grow in its own time. So if you’re stressing about how to grow a beard, take some pressure off of yourself. Facial hair is supposed to be fun!

And for all the guys participating in facial hair challenges, Happy No-Shave November!

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping-all/no-shave-november-beard-guide-how-to-grow-a-beard-during-no-shave-november/ar-BB1aR1s3?ocid=msedgntp