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Quick Fixes For Fashion Slip Ups

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Let’s be honest. You’re a bit of a clothing snob. When you see your friends and coworkers with a dab of foundation on their clothing, or a streak of deodorant, you feel a bit superior. You yourself would never let such a fashion flub go undetected – and then you do. Oh, the horror! Looking in the mirror at lunchtime only to realize you’ve spent the earlier part of the day with a stuck zipper, and you have the rest of the day to walk around helplessly displaying it. What will everyone think? Worry not! Help is here. Although the realization that you have already exposed yourself to some public humiliation may be upsetting, there are ways to do damage control. Here are some of the best tricks for fixing small wardrobe malfunctions that can put a big damper on your day.

Sweat Stains
Ah, the unsightly pit stains. Not only can sweat ruin your daily look, it turns yellow when it dries, and that can mean some long term damage- or so you thought. Soak the item in a solution of warm water and vinegar. Treat stains with a paste made of salt, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. Let dry, and your white shirt will be reborn and ready to be sweated in again!

Stuck Zippers
No one wants to hear ‘XYZ’ in the middle of the day and not be able to correct the problem. If you find yourself with a zipper that refuses to budge, try using a soap or window cleaner to ease it along. If the teeth of the zipper have become misaligned, try straightening them out with a pair of pliers.

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Foundation Stains
The transfer of makeup to clothes is easily done, and now it can be easily fixed. The first rule: don’t wet the stain, or you will have crushed any hope of rescue. Blot, do not rub, the stain with a dry paper. If that fails, try adding baby powder or talcum powder. White-Out can work on small stains. SImply cover the stain with the fluid and scrape it off. The foundation should be gone with the White-Out.

Deodorant Streaks
If its white, its sweat, if its dark, its deodorant. A damp washcloth or rag can remove deodorant stains, as can a wipe with nylons or a beauty sponge.

Painful Sandals
They felt so comfortable in the store! You can stretch out leather sandals by putting on a pair of thick socks and walking around the house with them to keep blisters to a minimum.

A Faulty Hem
Got a droopy hemline? Double stick tape to the rescue. Just tear off a piece and use it to secure the problem until you can get to a needle and thread.

Skip The Dressing Room
If the person in the dressing room before you seems like they’ve laid down tracks for the night, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo testing out the jeans you want to buy. Wrap the waistline around your neck. If it meets comfortably in the back, the jeans will fit your waist.

Do you have any tricks for fixing midday malfunctions? Let us know how your meet your unexpected fashion challenges to get through the day looking cool and collected.

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A Course Of Action For Flawless Skin

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Admit it. Anytime you hear the words Korean and beauty product in the same sentence, you start to drool a little bit. What is it about the Korean beauty routine that makes us all feel like we westerners just somewhat inferior? Are we just lacking that bit of Asian discipline that drives the Korean women beauty perfectionism? Is it the concept of superior Eastern wisdom which makes us believe the Korean women hold the secrets to great beauty? Or is it simply that the Korean women just look so darn good? Whatever it is that makes us westerners go so crazy for any information beauty related Korean women have to offer, get ready for some more of it. Here are some secrets to flawless skin from the women who wrote the book on it.

Steam Your Face In the Shower
Korean facial massage parlors are as commonplace in South Korea as Starbucks Cafes are in America. Use circular motions with your fingers and also light tapping in rotating patterns starting on the forehead, then continuing to the cheekbones and cheeks, eventually ending at the jawline. Use an oil cleanser for an added benefit.

Use A Charcoal Sheet Mask
The charcoal sheet mask is all the rage in Korea. Simply apply it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes and let it work its detoxifying and exfoliating powers.

Exfoliate with A Warm Damp Wash Cloth
Soak a washcloth in hot water, and massage your face using circular strokes. It’s a known Korean youth booster.

Layer a Facial Essence between Two Moisturizers
If you’re not Korean, you may not even use two moisturizers, much less a facial essence between them. Essences are mild solutions with nutrients to hydrate your skin after cleansing. Follow with a serum, and then add a moisturizer for elasticity and hydration.

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Blurring
Apparently, it’s not all perfect when it comes to Korean skin. The Korean blurring trick involves using one or more coverage products with a makeup brush to camouflage unwanted perfections. An air cushion foundation is the signature Korean cosmetic for blurring like a pro because it allows you to go from very sheer to very opaque coverage without looking heavy.

Use an Ampoule
Koreans describe the ampoule as a “serum on steroids.” It has the highest amount of active ingredients needed to do their work in the shortest amount of time. Apply a few drops before the essence to treat dullness, acne, and hyper pigmentation.

Use an Overnight Sleeping Mask
You know that your skin is working its hardest at cell recovery while you sleep, which makes it the best time to moisturize. Just apply an intensive sleeping mask before bed, and wake up to skin rejuvenation.

Mouth Stretches
Perhaps you can multitask in the car, by saying A-E-I-O-U in an exaggerated way three times on your way to work. It may improve circulation and brighten skin tone.

What tricks of the trade are you borrowing from the Koreans for flawless skin? Let us know what you think of the sage Korean beauty advice, and how much of it you’re willing to incorporate into your daily routine.

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Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

“In olden days, a glimpse of a stocking was something shocking, now heaven knows, anything goes!” And so it does. In an age in which actresses, where less on the red carpet than most did on the beach in the 1950’s, the idea that the slip dress may cause eyebrows to raise, seems almost quaint. Yet, it remains provocative. Just the mere fabric, the lace, the skimpy layer of silk and little else covering the skin, the straps, the cups, all enough to recall the bedroom; some might consider it sexier than wearing nothing at all.

The Underpinnings
It all started back in 1969 when Nova Magazine printed an editorial bearing the headline, “What are you trying to hide?” The gist of it is that the best response to keeping your underwear from showing itself from beneath your clothes was no response at all. “Show that you mean it,” the article declared. “Don’t count on your underclothes not showing, choose them so if they do, it doesn’t matter.” The article ran accompanied by a model wearing what would later become known as the “slip dress,” crediting Wool worths with its design.

The Big Debate
The debate arose in the years that followed over what constituted dress meant for the house and meant for the public. Was Riccardo Tisci’s 2016 slip themed dress too racy for a visiting dignitary at New York Fashion week? Ankle length slip dress was worn at Calvin Klein, and Burberry began contrasting the flowing silky dresses with chunky sandals and rucksacks.

Fall In Love With the Slip Dress All Over Again

The Approval Slip
As might be expected, Paris embraced the look. Alexander Wang’s last season of dresses for Balenciaga was filled with silk nighties and slippers, while Pheobe Phil’s lace trimmed numbers pushed the envelope on her normally subtle sexuality, bringing the slip dress, literally, out of the closet.

Rocker Courtney Love took the slip dress and tiara look to the next level, incorporating the rebellion of rock and roll with the sexiness of the boudoir. Celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Michelle Pfieffer, Rihanna, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor and even the sartorially irreverent Princess Diana were all among those to embrace the underwear as outerwear look. Edwina Ehrman, curator of the exhibition, “Undressed: A Brief HIstory of Underwear, sums up the slip dress as “a way of challenging contemporary morality. It represents the difference between what should be public, and what should be hidden, and the breaking down of those barriers.”

The Present Day Slip Dress
While in these days, in which naked body parts go swinging down runways, the slip is less than shocking, yet it is still known among high-end fashion buyers as “retail gold.” Says Bay Barnett, contributing fashion editor at Vogue, “You can have such different perceptions of the slip dress – in a tacky situation it looks terrible, but it can look incredible, too. Either East Hampton or totally grunge. to me, the appeal is to deconstruct the sexiness, to subvert it. The genius of Courtney Love in a slip dress was that she turned and essentially conservative and conventional item on its head. It’s the ultimate punk thing to lampoon something so commercial.”

How are you wearing your slip dress this year? Let us know what direction you’re taking the underwear as outerwear look this year. We love to hear it!

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Beauty Products That Can Be Used All Year Around

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The changing of the seasons can be nice. With each season comes new opportunities, and a time for new beginnings; however changing seasons can also be a time of great upheaval. A new season means a new wardrobe, new cosmetics, and a whole new lineup of cable television shows that we need to adjust our schedules, too. It’s nice to know there are a few things we can count on all year around. Here are a few staples of the beauty routine which don’t require seasonal adjustment, or resetting our Tivos.

Sunscreen
Even though sunscreen is often thought of as a product intended for use in the summer, you probably know that it is crucial to use sunscreen in all season. Although UV rays are less intense in the cooler weather, the general rule is: if there’s sun, there should be sunscreen. Look for broadband sunscreen, which provides protection against both UVA and UVB light, with an SPF of at least fifteen to avoid skin damage, sunburns, aging, and skin cancer.

Moisturizer
Although the reasons for moisturizer may differ from season to season, it is always a crucial component of the beauty routine. Summer heat and sunlight can dry skin, and winter’s low humidity levels and and dry air can rob skin of moisture, making moisturizer a must 360 days of the year. Omitting moisturizer can lead to deeper wrinkles later on, leading to low levels of chronic inflammation that eventually result in a breakdown of collagen and accelerated aging.

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Lip Balm
You may think of chapped lips as a winter only condition, but the truth is, lips can get dry and scaly at any time of year. Use a good lip balm, high in emollients. Look for petrolatum on the label, to lock in moisture, and dimethicone to seal off splits and cracks. Apply early in the day and often throughout, and keep a tube with you for frequent reapplication.

Primer
Primer is a beauty must-have that makes foundation and face makeup go on smoother or stay on longer, and can be a life saver in all types of weather. Extreme temperatures, wind, tearing eyes, perspiration, and traveling can all take a toll on makeup application. According to celebrity makeup artist, Joanna Schlipp, “No matter what the weather is like outside, this step (primer application) will save you a lot of time and effort.” Schlipp also recommends primers to help smooth fine lines, and conceal wrinkles and large pores. She recommends a green primer to help color correct redness from rosacea and acne.

Bronzer
Just because you put away your swim suit, it doesn’t mean you have to turn off your glow. Keep your summer edge with a light bronzer for fall to keep a natural sun kissed glow. Use with a highlighter to keep your face radiant all year long.

What skin products are you using 360 days this year? Let us know which products you just can’t live without, no matter what season we’re in.

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Step Up Your Glam With Press On Nails

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If you’ve seen the bejeweled, pierced, diamond studded, stiletto, glittered, floral patterned, plaid, William and Kate-themed, striped, French, ombre, reverse French, reverse ombre, rhinestoned, tribal, and Lady Gaga gone gaga manicures out there, you may be suffering from manicure envy. Do you ever want to return to a simpler time? A time when fancy nails were no further than your closest pharmacy? Press-On Nails may not be the latest in high-end fashion, but why go high, when you can go low? Just tell your friends it’s the “White Trash Manicure.” Besides, think of how much fun you’ll have gluing them on your little sister! If you want to amp up your mani on the cheap, here’s all you need to know about how to get the instant urban glamour of the Press On Nail.

Supplies

  • Full cover glue- on acrylic nails. The one hundred nail pack will give you enough for several applications with back up. Square nails are slightly more versatile because they can be shaped into rounded or pointed edges, whereas you can’t file the rounded ones into squares.
  •  Nail glue
  •  Metal Nail File
  •  Nail clippers
  •  Nail polish color du jour
  •  Top coat
  • Polish remover
  • Cotton Swabs

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Procedure

  • Experiment with the different sizes to see which fits each finger best, and line them up to correspond with your fingers. If you look at the back of the nail, you will see a tiny number which indicates the size of the nail. You may want to record the sizes in order so you will know which ones to use next time.
  •  Make sure your nails are clean and free of polish. Squeeze a tiny amount of glue on the center of you real nail and spread it using the tip of the bottle.
  •  Squeeze a bit of glue on the bottom of the fake nail, spreading it so that the glue covers approximately the same area as the size of your natural nail.
  • Press the fake nail to your real nail and hold for about five seconds. Nail glue is super strong, so err on the side of caution, using less rather than more. It’s simpler to reglue nails than get it off your fingers.
  •  Glue until all your fingers are covered. Expect the nails to look rather unnatural at this point.
  •  Cut file nails to the desired shape. For an oval shape, use clippers to trim away corners. For square nails, use clippers to cut nails straight across to your desired length.
  •  Use the metallic file to file nails into smooth shapes, running a file over nails in one direction. Avoid using a back and forth motion.
  • Paint nails in color of choice as you would with naturals nails. You will find polish dries much more quickly than it does on real nails and has a more opaque finish. Top with a Topcoat, and clean up any extra polish using a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. Give polish ample time to dry before using your hands.

What do you think of Press On nails? Are you willing to give them a go? Have you? Let us know how it went.

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Solutions for Those Suffering From Sensitive Teeth

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Ah, rocky road, your favorite ice cream flavor. The rich chocolate cream, the swirl of marshmallow, the slivers of almonds. You’ve been waiting for this for a while. You dig in and get a nice heaping mouthful. An instant rush of pleasure, as the sweet chocolate hits your tongue, and then- the pain; the sharp shooting pain of the cold ice cream hitting your sensitive teeth. If your teeth are sensitive, eating ice cream may not be the simple pleasure it is for most of us, but there may be relief on the way. Here are what some experts are saying about how the polyphenols in green tea might be just what you need to keep your sensitive teeth healthy.

Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity and toothache reportedly affect more than 25 percent of the people in the US. For those people, drinking or eating something extremely hot or cold can mean intolerable pain. While available treatments are often ineffective, and can even predispose patients to cavities and bacteria, researchers have now developed a new treatment for sensitive teeth using polyphenols from green tea.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel on the tooth’s surface erodes, exposing the bony tissue, called dentin. Dentin contains empty microtubes, and when the ends of these tubes are open, they let cold and hot liquids go straight to the nerve of the tooth causing a sharp pain.

People with sensitive teeth can also become prone to developing cavities when these microtubules are exposed to bacteria.

The current treatment for this condition is a material called nano-hydroxyapatite, which works by closing the microtubules, however, it is not resistant enough to block bacteria. Thus scientists have been motivated to find an alternate treatment.

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New Treatment
Dr. Cui Huang of Wuhan University in China is at the forefront of this new treatment, which adds a green tea compound to the traditional nano-hydroxyapatite. This compound is called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, (ECGC) which is the most active polyphenol in green . Using a technique called confocal laser scanning microscopy, researchers tested the newly developed biomaterial’s ability to block the formation of the biofilm that forms on the dentin’s surface.

Tests revealed that the new biomaterial was capable of successfully blocking dent in microtubules and reducing dentin permeability and could release ECGC for more than 96 hours. According to Dr. Huang, “…the development bridges the gap between multifunctional concept and dental clinical practice and is promising in providing dentists a therapeutic strategy for the management of the dentin surface to counter dentin hypersensitivity and carries.”

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? What do you think of this new treatment for tooth sensitivity? Let us know what this new development means to you.

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Summer Style That Works In Cool Weather

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Fashion world sophisticates know the value of swapping out their wardrobes each season. The savvy fashionista does not want it to appear that she can’t tell winter white from summer white, or spring boots from fall ones. However, lately, designers are changing things up. Now, if done the right way, summer and winter clothes can be worn together, but how can you make it obvious that you have purposely worn your sandals over your socks, and have not just walked out of the house to take out the garbage?If you’re looking to get some extra life out of your summer wardrobe, here are some ways you can make your summer fashions work in the cooler weather.

Socks Over Sandals
This is a trend popping up all over the runways. Athletic socks worn under high-end pumps, knee highs sticking out of the tops of boots and even thigh high or full on stockings worn under open toes. It adds a great touch to the layering look and provides a little extra warmth on a cool day.

Sundresses Over (Under) Sweaters
This can be a rather waif -like look. Pull a light floral sundress over a turtleneck, or layer a pullover over one your favorite strappy summer dresses. Add on some combat or cowboy boots with a pair of woolen socks sticking over the top to complete the urban chic style.

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Shorts With Long Sleeves
If you want to show your legs off in the winter without the fussiness of a skirt. shorts and long sleeves make a killer fashion combo. Pull a flannel over denim shorts and a tee to create a grunge look, or even pair tailored shorts with a button front for a casual look. Wear opaque stockings to keep your legs warm, and you’re ready to rock.

Kimonos
Kimonos are both fashionable and functional. They add a touch of hippy chic to an outfit while adding an extra layer of warmth. Kimonos are also a quick way to convert a bare shouldered look into something a bit more work casual and make an ethereal addition to elegant dresses and gowns.

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Scarves
Scarves can be appropriated to suit almost any look. From rock and rollers to theater goers, the scarf has been making great additions to wardrobes both summer and winter for years. Wind a glittery gauzy scarf around your neck over a tank top in place of a necklace to make a dignified fashion statement, and top with a blazer for a warm summer night.

Boots
Go biker chic with motorcycle boots and denim cutoffs, or rock some knee high platforms with satin disco shorts. Combat boots can make a great pairing with a sequined mini and band shirt, or punk them out with a tartan school girl skirt.

Slip Dresses
Lingerie worn as clothes makes a great “I just woke up like this” statement in the warm or cold weather. To make your slip dress work as a late night look in the winter, top it with a motorcycle jacket, heavy sweater, or fur, and add some textured stockings and killer heels. For the daytime, try pairing your slip or slip dress with a sweatshirt or sweater and boots.

Are you making your summer wardrobe last into winter? Let us know what improbable pairings are working for you.

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