Say Chic! Elegant Party Touches For Your Special Occasion


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When you’ve got a special occasion coming up, you can start to get super excited about all of the plans. Whether it’s a big birthday, anniversary, or milestone celebration, a party should always be in order. But, this can’t be any old party – oh no. It has to be a hit! So, you’re going to want to make sure that your party stands out. To do that, you should focus on a few elegant touches that can take your celebratory occasion from cool and casual to classic and chic in no time at all. And to do that, here’s what you need to set everything off in style.

 

Hire A Planner

 

Sometimes, it’s nice to plan a party yourself. But, you have to admit, it can be a completely stressful occasion. So, you might want to think about hiring an event planner. If you’re busy with work, it can be a lifesaver. Then, you don’t have to worry about decorations or music choices, because your planner can handle it all. And if you’re hoping for a theme that wows, your expert will have you covered.

 

Hire A Stunning Location

 

This is definitely something that your party planner will cover off for you, but you’re going to need to approve everything. They’re going to give you options, but you still have to make a killer choice. If you want to wow with your special occasion, you’re going to need the stunning location to do it from. Whether that’s a classic castle style hotel, or a sweet little barn in the middle of nowhere, just make sure it has an air of elegance, and you’re good to go.

 

Go All Out With Refreshments

 

As everything starts to come together, you’re going to want to make sure that some of the most notable parts are on point. And we all know what means we have to cover off the refreshments first. You might want to think about creating your own cocktail menu, but that’s not all. With a custom drinks design like Wine Design produces, you can personalize your wine bottles to really add an elegant touch. Then, your planner should be able to pull out all out all of the stops with a caterer too, meaning your food will be a sure fire hit all night long.

 

Get Creative With Gift Bags

 

If you want your guests to be super impressed, why not think about handing out gift bags and party favors too? With cute options to choose from that suit your elegant theme and venue, you’ll be making sure that your memorable occasion lives on forever, in your mind and in your guests’.

 

Pamper Yourself Pretty

 

Finally, you may want to think about your pre-party pampering prep on the run up to your special occasion. Every girl wants to look ultra glam when it’s their day, so you may want to work on your glowing skin, shiny hair, and even bright eyes too. Pamper away, get your nails done, and book a hair stylist for the day of the party. Then, you’ll feel just as elegant as your special occasion is going to be.

 

 

What To Look For When Hiring Professionals For Your Wedding


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When it comes to organising a wedding, some people will stick with friends and relatives. But there are some jobs that these friends and family can’t do. Unless you personally know a registrar, you’ll need one to legally get married. Then there’s the added benefits that come with a hiring a professional. They won’t get too drunk and forget to take photos for half the night, neither will they play an inappropriate DJ setlist in the evening.

 

That said, you shouldn’t just hire any old professional to work at your wedding. Research is important in order to get right individual for you. Here are some of main factors to consider when looking for wedding professionals.

 

Cost

 

Expensive rates don’t always entail the best service. It’s worth always collecting multiple quotes from different registrars, photographers, DJs and florists.

 

There are lots of cost-saving techniques. Getting married in winter will often get you less expensive rates as this is when there are fewer weddings, and so those in the wedding trade will compete against one another with deals in order to get business. Bundle deals can be another way of saving money, giving you multiple services at once.

 

Be aware of those that try and sell you extras. Do you really need flowers on every table, or will a large flower feature somewhere central do? Is champagne necessary on the exit to the ceremony, or can you wait until the meal and reception? A breakdown of all the costs can often be useful, so that you know exactly what you’re paying for.

 

Of course, if cost is your main concern, hiring friends and family to do certain jobs may be more sensible. Just be aware that you may not get the desired quality that you’re after.

 

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Reputation

 

Checking someone’s reputation is very important. Anyone can pass themselves off as a photographer or DJ, so check that they’re somewhat established (a good quality website and social media are good things to look for). Reading reviews can also help you to find someone that’s good quality. There are plenty of review sites online. Don’t disregard word of mouth too – reviews and testimonials online can be faked, but if you’re hearing it straight from a previous client’s mouth, you know that they’re worth considering.

 

Experience

 

Someone’s experience can also count for a lot. A catering service that have been cooking food for weddings for ten years may be better equipped than a brand new company. Relevant wedding experience is also important. Just because a DJ has been playing clubs for several years doesn’t mean that they’ll also be able to transfer their talents to a wedding setting, where the audience is different and children may have to be catered for. Many people in the wedding trade will keep a portfolio of their work, either as a photo booklet or online. Always ask to see this so that you get idea of the past clients they’ve worked with.

What Do You Buy The Stylish Man In Your Life?


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When there is an occasion, or any excuse, to buy a gift, it can often be something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it is great fun to buy gifts for someone close to you, especially if you are someone who prides themselves on being able to find amazing gifts without any trouble. But at the same time, present buying is something of an art which can take a long time to perfect. Depending on how well you know the person in question, it can be surprisingly difficult to find the ideal present for the occasion. When it comes to that stylish man in your life, you can at least make some pretty confident guesses about what he would appreciate. Let’s look at some pretty safe options.

 

Aftershave

 

It’s a classic for a reason: there is something about the wholly ubiquitous aftershave that makes it the ideal gift for that particular kind of man. Most men would admit to wanting to have aftershave in their cupboard, and the rest already have it, and either way they can usually benefit from another option. If you do decide on this route, make sure you spend your time finding the absolute best you can, as this is one of those purchases where the price tag does actually tend to make a noticeable difference in the quality of the product. Moreover, let’s not forget that encouraging your man to smell amazing is something that will benefit you as much as it will delight him!

 

Whiskey

 

What man of old-world style doesn’t enjoy the occasional tipple? Knowing that your man likes a drink from time to time is one thing, but getting that drink spot on is quite another, and the kind of gesture that is bound to be appreciated pretty well. If there is anything drinkable that is always going to go down well for the gentleman of a certain caliber, it has to be whiskey. As with the aftershave, you want to make sure you go for a trusted name like kikori world whiskey, as this will help to ensure that you end up buying the best possible bottle. You’ll know it’s the good stuff if he can’t even bring himself to quaff it, but instead savors it little by little, only to finish the bottle a good six months down the line.

 

Watch

 

It is quite incredible how speedily the wristwatch is losing its vogue. However, the less popular they become, the more credence they have in terms of achieving style points. For this reason, now might be as good a time as any to treat your gentleman to a stylish wristwatch. This is the kind of gift that makes an ideal birthday present, especially if it is one of the more memorable ones. You’ve got a lot to choose: from material of the strap to the size of the face, so make sure you find one that you think will really work for him personally. He is bound to appreciate it all the more, and you’ll know it’s landed if suddenly he’s looking at his smartphone a lot less in favor of his new toy.

4 Gifts To Give The Man In Your Life That Feeling Of 50’s Class And Dignity


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Both genders fantasise about a place in time they would have loved to have occupied, and often without thinking about the downsides of those times. For men, it’s usually 1950’s America. The feeling of post-war heroism and masculinity resonates with many men who feel like the modern service industry has led to less need for them to provide through intrinsically ‘masculine’ means, however that was defined back then.

 

However, that feeling of 50’s class and dignity has never left. The social progress of that time left a lot to be desired, but overall great economic growth and brilliant marketing allow that time to still carry a feeling of romanticism and ooze style.

 

If you have an important anniversary or birthday coming up for the man in your life, and you’re not sure what to get him, helping him feel like a bonafide 50’s figure will help him channel the inner mojo of Don Draper or Marlon Brando alike.

 

Leather Bound Journal

 

Every man could benefit from getting in touch with their creative side. As a general, loosely applied rule, women express themselves more than men and are much more likely to be creative literally and better and getting their thoughts down on paper. Encouraging your man to do so might help him work through the problems he might be facing at work, or simply help him reduce stress at the weekend by journaling for 30 minutes.

 

The benefits have been scientifically proven, so are valid. A nice leather bound covering will help the book like official, important, like the ideas written inside have weight to them. It will emulate the fact that from a product perspective, items were built to last in the 50’s.

 

A Nice Suit

 

If your man doesn’t have a nice three piece suit, now is the time. Heading to the tailors and helping them ascribe the fitting for a suit you’ve picked up from elsewhere can do wonders in giving your man that Humphrey Bogart look. Opt for browns or navy’s if you’d like to emulate that post-war time.

 

Whiskey

 

Most men enjoy a nice stiff glass of whiskey, either on the rocks or not. Doing so is an exercise in taste refinement and patrician deducing of what makes said whiskey work. You’re likely to see in Film Noir the elusive detective or private eye, sitting back in their office chair and sipping on a sharpener to get the facts of the case correct in their mind. Help your man emulate this sense of class, wonder and dignity by checking out this whiskey review website, and purchasing according to how you feel their preferences would be best applied.

 

Leather Boots

 

Every man needs a strong pair of boots that he can shine, repair and wear for years. Spend a little more money, and you’re sure to find a robust range of incredibly well-made boots, that can traverse most outdoor climates as well as look stylish in the inner city. Clothes don’t make the man (or woman,) but shoes can certainly help.

 

These gifting ideas will serve as a quirky yet dignified reminder of the love you have for the man in your life, be that a father, a husband or boyfriend or brother. Choose tastefully, and the gift will indeed be received well.

 

Photography: Do I Really Need A DSLR?


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It’s only recently that we all started carrying cameras around in our pockets. Much to the frustration of some purist photographers, smartphone cameras have been developing rapidly over recent years. If you’re getting into photography, you might think that the capability of your smartphone camera completely eliminates the need for a DSLR. While this isn’t going to be entirely true, here’s a closer look at the photographic capabilities of modern smartphones.

More Portable, More Sharable, and Less Noticeable

If you’re passionate about photography, then you’ll already know that the best shots can spring up when you least expect them. When you’re going out on a date or meeting some friends for drinks, it’s certainly better to have a smartphone in your pocket, rather than a big, bulky DSLR. As much as you might love photography, lenses, batteries, speedlights, and other gear can make it tough to get around, and make you look very awkward in a lot of situations! Furthermore, a big, expensive DSLR around your neck can label you as a tourist, and make you a target for pickpockets and muggers. Smartphones are also much more convenient for sharing. While there are some models, like the Nikon D3400, that have Bluetooth for instant copying to a smartphone, the camera on your phone is perfect for photojournalism or regularly updating your social media presence.

Less Functional and Versatile

One of the major things that separates DSLRs from smartphones is that the former has interchangeable lenses, allowing the photographer to change the way their device functions according to the photographic situation they’ve been dealt. Smartphones, barring a few tacky gimmick products, can’t accommodate for lenses. This means that with a Sony a6000 Silver, you can switch to a 50mm macro lens for taking portraits, allowing you to capture highly detailed images of people. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 only has a seven-megapixel front camera. Shooting in a dark environment or relying on a smartphone’s flash can also create problems, leading to red eye effect and dimly lit night-time shots. On the other hand, DSLRs have external flash, with a number of settings you can use to manipulate the feature. Finally, we have zooming. As you know all too well, when you try to zoom in on some distant detail with a smartphone camera, it quickly becomes blurry. A telephoto lens can actually magnify the camera’s view, rather than simply enlarging part of the image.

Limited Battery Life

Okay, battery life has always been a pet peeve for smartphone users, and these days portable chargers are a very common accessory. Even if you have a phone that’s great for battery life, this can make them impractical for a full day of shooting. You don’t want to get a handful of snaps in, then get the “low battery” message, and have to go a few hours with a bulky power pack hanging off your phone! Most modern DSLRs allow you to go for days on end with almost constant use, without ever having to charge or change the batteries.

 

Important Health Checks All Millennials Need To Consider


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Looking after our health is very important, and the best way to do this is to follow a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes that isn’t enough to combat certain health problems and conditions. In fact, to ensure you continue to have a clean bill of health, it’s important that you regularly attend certain health screenings and checks. It’s best to do these even if you aren’t showing any symptoms so that doctors can spot the conditions in their very early stages.

 

So, if you think you are due a health check-up, speak to your doctor to arrange one of the following. Every millennial will really benefit from all of these screenings!

 

Mental Health

 

Did you know that millennials suffer from mental health problems more so than any other generation at the minute? Many experts believe that is because of stressful work conditions and long work hours. Plus, the poor economy and current state of austerity are said to be having some effect on millennial’s mental health. It’s a good idea to get regularly checked out by a mental health specialist to ensure that you aren’t unknowingly suffering from some problems. The specialist will also be able to tell you various tips and tricks to help you improve your current mental health.

 

Sexual Health

 

If you are sexually active, then it is important you keep a check on your sexual health. There are many sexual health clinics across the country, so you don’t have to worry about seeing your usual doctor. It’s much better to visit a clinic rather than relying on methods like the ultimate herpes protocol scam. Even though there are many great ways to protect yourself during sexual activity, it is still important to get regularly checked out as no method of protection is 100% effective.

 

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Blood Sugar Levels

 

Millennials love to be on-trend, and that usually means being seen in the hippest and coolest cafes and bars. Unfortunately, all those flavoured coffees, sweet treats, and sugary alcoholic drinks will be bad news for your blood sugar. To ensure this doesn’t become too much of a problem and develop into diabetes, it’s a good idea to get your blood sugar levels checked out every couple of years. You should speak to your doctor to arrange an appointment.

 

Iron Levels

 

Another common health complaint among millennials is an iron deficiency. This occurs when an individual does not get enough iron in their diet. It’s easy to remedy, and you can choose to either take daily iron tablets or eat iron-rich foods such as red meat, dry fruit, and dark-green vegetables. There are a few different symptoms of an iron deficiency, so it is easy to spot. You need to look out for things like fatigue, shortness of breath, and pale skin,

 

As long as you get regularly checked out for all of the above health conditions, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. But remember, the best way to prevent them altogether is to try and lead a healthy lifestyle as much as possible.

Taking It Back To Basics: Easy Ways to Maintain a Stunning Smile


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Beautiful teeth will never go out of style, and looking after your smile not only makes you look more attractive but is important for your health too. These days cosmetic dentists can work wonders, and have a solution to just about any problem with the teeth. There are all kinds of weird and wonderful tips for making your teeth look whiter at home from using charcoal to strawberries, however looking after your smile doesn’t need to be complicated. Take it back to basics, bear these tips in mind and you will maintain a happy, healthy mouth year after year.

 

Good Oral Hygiene Routine

It goes without saying that an effective oral hygiene routine will keep your mouth at its best. Brushing twice a day, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash and flossing regularly will all help to keep bacteria down. This will prevent cavities from forming, remove surface stains and keep your mouth fresh and healthy. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, electric toothbrushes are great, but it’s possible to do a good job with a manual if you take care to brush properly. Brush gently but effectively, you want to remove debris and bacteria but without scratching or scrubbing at the enamel.

 

Regular Visits To The Dentist

Everyone should be visiting the dentist regularly. Even if you don’t have any pain and everything feels fine, dentists will be able to keep it that way by spotting potential problems early. If you’re worried about chemicals such as mercury being used in fillings (since this has been shown to be harmful to the body), you could consider a holistic dentist. They consider the wellbeing of the entire body when it comes to dentistry and can be a safer and healthier alternative. Regular scale and polishes help to remove tartar and keep the mouth feeling fresh, and your dentist can recommend any special care you need to take.

 

Eat The Right Foods

A healthy diet plays an important role for every cell in our bodies, teeth included. We all know how calcium is crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and bones, most people can get this in dairy products, but if you eat a vegan diet, you need to be wary. There are plenty of vegetables that are a good source of calcium, but you will need to track this (apps like MyFitnessPal can be useful for this) to ensure all of your daily needs are met. As well as protecting from the inside, what you put on your teeth is also important. Drinking lots of sugary or acidic drinks during the day can affect the enamel and lead to cavities. Snacking on sweets and sugary treats will have the same effect. It’s recommended that you keep sugar to a minimum and when you do consume it, do so around mealtimes rather than grazing throughout the day.

 

Protect Your Mouth During Sports

If you’re involved in sports, be careful of your teeth. Rugby, martial arts skiing, hockey, basketball, and gymnastics are just a few of sports where you run the risk of breaking or losing a tooth. Wear a mouthguard if the sport requires it, and be sure to follow the correct health and safety procedures to avoid risk and injury.

 

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7 Beauty Hacks To Brighten Your Smile

When you meet someone for the first time, what is the first thing that you notice about them? Their hair, their style, their eyes, their smile? For many people, the smile, mouth, and teeth, is something that many people do notice when they meet someone for the first time. However, a healthy smile can’t be instantly achieved if it isn’t already. There are several steps that you can take, though, to make sure that you do have a winning smile when someone meets you for the first time.

 

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Try Using a Berry Shade of Lipstick

 

If you have ever found yourself wearing a lot of yellow and find that it makes your skin look a little sallow, then it is because it reflects the yellow tones onto your skin. The same principle works with lipsticks or lip stains that have yellow tones. They can make your teeth look more yellow than they actually are. If you like to wear red lipstick, then this can be a good choice to help eliminate the yellowing look. If you’re not someone that likes to wear red lipstick, then choosing a shade, like a blue based pink, will make your teeth seem whiter and brighter. An easy win right there.

 

Use Highlighter

 

Highlighter often gets used for our cheekbones and perhaps the bridge of our nose. But you can use it to your advantage when trying to make your smile look better. When applying a lip liner and gloss on your lips, try using a light shade of concealer around your lips. First of all, it will make your lips look much more full. Second of all, it will help to make your teeth look whiter in contrast to the lips.

 

Eat Better

 

As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. So if you want a bright and happy smile, then you need to rethink what you are eating. More fruit and vegetables is a great way to do that, as well as drinking plenty of water. Did you know what strawberries are one of the best foods to eat that will help you to brighten your smile? As strawberries are full of vitamin C, they act as a natural teeth whitener as it will help to clear away plaque. Apples and celery are also good ways to naturally brighten your teeth, as they work as a natural astringent. Meaning that they help to remove stains. So if you need a quick boost for your teeth, chew on some celery!

 

Consider a Treatment

 

If you’re looking for something a little faster acting, then a treatment like teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry might just be the thing that you are looking for. If your teeth are quite stained from something like smoking, then having them whitened could give you a good base to work from. From there you can improve the look of your smile in more natural ways, but it might just help you to get started.

 

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Use Bronzer

 

A quick little trick that a lot of beauty experts use is adding some extra bronzer to help to contour your face. By using a matte foundation or a bronzer, that is a little darker than your normal skin shade; it can change the shape of your face and enhance your smile. The best places to use this is the bridge of your nose, as well as just under your cheekbones. Using bronzer also has the effect of making your teeth look whiter than they are, as there will be more contrast next to your skin.

 

Use Petroleum Jelly

 

Using petroleum jelly, or Vaseline, and using it on your teeth can give them an instant shine. It might sound a little odd, but apply a little on your teeth. It gives them an extra layer to avoid stains from things like lipstick or coffee, for example. Of course, it does give your teeth quite a shiny look, so it can be great on photos for giving your smile a boost. Just don’t go overboard with it or you’ll have an odd taste in your mouth!

 

Limit Drinks That Will Stain

 

As has been mentioned, drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine can really stain your teeth. So one of the best ways to reduce how stained your teeth will get is to limit how many of these things that you drink. Drinking through a straw is also a good way to reduce these kinds of stains, as well as avoid the corrosion of your teeth as there won’t be as much sugar near your teeth.

 

Rocking Your Outfit – Why Confidence Is The Best Item You Can Wear


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Outfits are never the be-all and end-all of looking great. They certainly do help, and the fashion world would be pretty dismal without the thought and attention that goes into the beautiful garments we have access to. There’s hardly a replicable feeling than finding threads that suit your physique, your look, and your general attitude down to the bone.

However, it’s easy to forget that wearing the right thing isn’t the only consideration to be made while looking good. Confidence is the glue that holds it all together. Confidence can mean many things, but in this article, we aren’t concerned with arrogance. We’re concerned with self-respect, self-acceptance, and self-love. Those three considerations constitute Confidence with a capital C.

Even a famed supermodel wouldn’t look right in designer wear if they didn’t have the confidence to pull it off. Summer, winter, white or black dresses are different on the surface, but all require that you rock them with that inner mojo that is relatively difficult to categorize, but very easy to feel. You’ll know when you have it. These following confidence tips will allow you to have it.

Stay Up-To-Date

Staying up-to-date is a vital component in staying confident in your wardrobe. This doesn’t mean you need to conform to modern fashions religiously, but it does mean adopting a few little modern chic styles here and there to give yourself a feeling of being current. Even if you theme yourself around an uncommon look, 50’s chic for example, there will be methods you can use to keep yourself looking fresh and well maintained. Modern makeup kits, skin care techniques and even exercise regimes or diets can keep you feeling on top form at all times.

Maintain

Maintain yourself well. Give a close watch on your figure and make sure you exercise enough to help relieve the stressors of daily life. Give yourself the room to introspect and reflect, meditating if needed to help you reduce self-critical thoughts, and give you the presence necessary to rock your look with attitude. Remember, no matter your age, you can look simply stunning and journey through life with an open and responsive attitude.

Don’t Judge

Judging yourself is a sure fire way to never feel happy in your skin. The only way we can ever feel confident is to look into the mirror and find no enemy. We’re not trying to downplay the genuine psychological impact your insecurities can hold. However, we are advocating you do everything in your power to shift those perceptions. You are much more beautiful than you know, and it’s likely that many people see you with absolute reverence.

Experiment!

Don’t be afraid to be a little ‘out-there’ in your wardrobe and fashion choices. What is normal? Ask one hundred people on the street, and you’ll get one hundred different answers. If you want to try a new style, get an experimental piercing, or dye your hair a whole new color, who has the right to stop you? As long as you adhere to a few simple style techniques like matching colors efficiently and wearing garments in good condition, you have every right to ask others to respect your styling choices.

These tips will help you feel like the confident, able woman you are deep down. Dressing considerations aside, you will no doubt be the belle of the ball wherever you go, at least internally. Most of the time, that’s enough.

 

 

 

Radiant! How to Get Glowing Skin!

Let’s be honest, we all want super soft glowing skin. We want to look like our best selves, and only have to wear the tiniest hint of BB cream, rather than a full face of foundation. But just how can we do that, especially as the years go by? Well, there are some tricks you may not know about that could help. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Good cleanser

 

 

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Number one on the list of tips for a radiant complexion is using a good cleanser. Yes, I know that you know all about how you have to take your makeup off, and how it’s not go to bed in it at night, because of it smothers the skin and stops it refreshing itself. But to do this, you need a kickass cleanser.

Some of the cleaning products out there are too wishy-washy, they just don’t have the guts to remove full coverage foundation or waterproof eye makeup. The problem with this is that you end up pulling your face about and scrubbing at it to remove your makeup. Something that is definitely not good for the condition of your face, or the radiance of your skin.

A good cleaner will be strong enough to remove all of your makeup, but will also leave you skin feeling clean moisturized. Remember having hydrated skin is one of the keys to radiance and your cleanser is a big part of this.

Microdermabrasion

 

Something else that you can use to get a more glowing complexion is microdermabrasion. This a treatment where the top layer of skin is removed to reveal the younger, fresher skin underneath.

Until very recently you have only been able to go for this treatment in clinics and spas, but now you can get at home microdermabrasion kits. These can work out as a lot more cost effective, than paying a spa to do it for you. As well as having the benefit of being able to do it in the comfort of your own home. Great for if you get a little red afterward, and don’t want anybody to see you until it goes down.

Antioxidants

 

 

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There are changes that you can make to your diet as well to help your skin glow with radiance. In particular, the consumption of food rich in antioxidants can be very helpful.

 

This is because these attach themselves to the free radicals in your system. Free radicals are associated with cell replication problems like aging. So by eating well, you can help minimize the aging of your skin.

Primer

Of course, there is nothing wrong with a little helping hand either, and that is where some of the makeup products on the market come in.

First, we have shimmering primer, designed to be applied before your foundation. This will smooth out your skin, as well adding a hit of radiance to your face.

 

 

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Then there are the ever popular highlighters and strobers that are around at the moment. These are design to provide reflection and give a dewy, youthful glow. Apply them to areas that would be naturally hit by the light for maximum effect and radiance.