From “9 to 5” to “After-Hours”

When you have a demanding job and an equally busy social life, it can be difficult trying to dress for both at the same time. If you need to put together an outfit that will seamlessly transition from “9 to 5” to “after-hours”, have a read through the following tips.

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Opt for Versatility
There are some garments that are much more versatile than others, and dresses are a great example of this. A dress that is paired with flats and a cardigan will work well for the office, and, once the day is over, the cardigan can be removed and the flats swapped for a pair of heels. A classic pencil skirt also works well in this way, as the look is sophisticated enough for a day at work, but sexy enough for an evening out. When it comes to versatility, denim is one of the most versatile fabrics out there, and if you are able to wear a pair of dark jeans to work, then this is another great option for both day and night.

Classic Cover-Ups
If you are wanting to wear a garment in the evening that is slightly more dramatic, and would not be suitable for work, then a classic cover-up is what you need. A slim tailored blazer is usually the best way to go, as this can hide any bare shoulders or revealing necklines during the day, and can easily be removed and stored away when you head out for the evening.

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Make the Most of Accessories
Accessories on their own can easily transform a conventional daytime look into a hot evening outfit. Swapping your large work bag, or even your briefcase, for a small and stylish clutch will instantly glam up your look, while adding a statement belt to an outfit will immediately give it more personality. Jewellery is another accessory that can quickly take a look from day to night. During the day, keep your jewellery quite minimal and conservative, but switch this up in the evenings with a few statement pieces, whether this be large graphic earrings or a chunky necklace. Sometimes, all that a conventional outfit needs to brighten it up is a bit of sparkle, so keep this in mind when picking out accessories.

Don’t Forget About Makeup
While your makeup during the day is likely to be relatively understated, this can easily be amped up for the evenings. The beauty of makeup is that it is so portable, and with a few swipes of mascara and lipstick, can easily dramatize a look. If you don’t have much time after work to re-do your entire face, then simply apply some red lipstick, as this timeless shade will work with just about every outfit.

If taking an outfit from “9 to 5” to “after-hours” is something that you need to do on a regular basis, it is always a good idea to keep a bag with a few accessories in your car or office, so that they are within easy reach when you need them in the evenings. By keeping your daytime outfit relatively simple, you will be able to incorporate statement accessories, such as chunky jewellery or colorful heels, much more easily, beautifully transitioning your look from day to evening.

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Choosing the Right Cover-Up

If you want your cover-up to look natural and flawless, rather than highlighting those very same issues that you were trying to hide, then you need to choose it very carefully. Not only do you have to pick the shade that will work best with your skin tone, but you also need to choose a formula that best suits your skin type, and, while it may seem difficult to achieve the ideal balance between the two, this is what you need for the most effective cover-up.

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Dry Skin
For those of you with dry skin, it is essential that the cover-up formula that you choose is hydrating, as your skin will need this extra moisture. Usually, the formulas that have the most moisture are either liquid and stick foundations or tinted moisturizers, so pick the one that will give you the level of cover that you need. There are also hydrating powders available, and these are blended with certain ingredients that deliver moisture to the skin whilst providing more coverage than regular powders would.

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Oily and Combination Skin
Powder foundations are usually best for those with oily skin, as well as for those with combination skin and an oily T-zone, as they will help to absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a matte finish. Liquid foundations can also work for oily or combination skin, but you need to make sure that they are oil-free.

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Acne
Using a cover-up is a great way to hide acne, but it can also make your acne worse, so you need to be extremely careful when choosing cosmetic products. Not only should any formula that you use be oil-free, but it should also be hypoallergenic, meaning that it will not cause an allergic reaction, and noncomedogenic, meaning that the formula will not block your pores. There are some liquid foundations that contain salicylic acid, which help to fight your acne while giving you coverage at the same time.

Choosing a Shade
It is not usually a good idea to buy a new shade online for the first time, as it really does help to try before you buy when it comes to cover-up. Many stores will have trained makeup artists that will be able to guide you in choosing a shade, color matching you to a few different options. When testing out different shades, swipe the cover-up onto your jawline, so that you can also compare it to the skin on your neck, which tends to be lighter than that on your face. The color that best matches your skin tone should disappear seamlessly into your skin. However, don’t forget to do any testing in front of natural light, moving to the store window if you have to, as harsh overhead lights can often cast shadows that make it tricky to really see how well a shade suits you.

Navigating through the many cover-ups available in order to find the best one for your skin can be tricky, but you will soon learn what you need to look for and the task will become much quicker. If you are new to using cover-up, it is always a good idea to visit a cosmetics store and speak to a trained beautician, as they will be able to give you some fantastic advice on products and techniques.

What to Wear in Mexico

Mexico is an extremely diverse country, and what you will be wearing depends largely on what you plan to be doing. However, there are a few general tips that you can always keep in mind, which is why OROGOLD has put together this handy guide on what to wear in Mexico.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Beaches
It goes without saying that no matter what your Mexico itinerary may be like, at some point or another you will find yourself on one of the country’s many beaches. A swimsuit is essential, as is a light cover up to keep your skin protected from the hot sun. If you are heading to a sandy beach, beach sandals will keep your feet from burning up, although if you are planning to visit a rockier beach with coral reefs, OROGOLD would advise that you wear sea shoes. If you plan to be taking part in water sports, it may be worth bringing your own mask and snorkel if you have one, because even though these are easy to rent, there is nothing quite like having your own mask that fits your face perfectly. You may also want to consider bringing a t-shirt to wear while you are snorkeling, so that you don’t end up with a sunburnt back.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Colonial Towns
Mexico is full of colonial towns, and most of these experience spring-like climates throughout the year. This means that it can often get chilly in the evenings, so OROGOLD would recommend wearing light layers that you can add or remove when necessary. The colonial towns are also famous for their beautifully cobbled streets, but these can be a nightmare if you are wearing the wrong shoes, so be sure to wear some good walking shoes when you know you will be exploring a certain area. The colonial towns are also home to many religious and indigenous sites, so remember to dress modestly and respectfully when visiting any of these. If you find yourself higher up in elevation, OROGOLD would suggest wearing a hat, as the mountain air can often mask the harshness of the sun’s rays.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Cities
Once you enter a Mexican city, the clothes around you will start to seem more sophisticated. Mexican cities are extremely cosmopolitan, and this is reflected in the attire that people wear. Casual yet trendy is key for during the days, and, if you are heading for a night on the town, feel free to go all out and completely dress up. Many cities are still quite laid-back, but the outfits worn are still much more stylish than those you will find outside of the city. OROGOLD also suggests keeping a raincoat or an umbrella with you, as you don’t want to be caught by surprise during one of the brief afternoon thunderstorms.

No matter what you may choose to wear in Mexico, OROGOLD reminds you that sunscreen is absolutely essential. With the right outfit, and your skin well protected from the sun, you will be able to make the most of all that this beautifully diverse country has to offer.