Anti-Aging Tips from the French

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With French women being known for their timeless beauty, it only makes sense to turn to them when seeking out some new anti-aging tips. From learning how they pamper their skin to borrowing some dietary advice, these tips will show you exactly how French women are able to obtain their naturally flawless complexion.

Regular Facials and Massages
Spas are extremely popular in France, and many women swear by regular facials and massages to help in their anti-aging quest. Thalassotherapy, a spa treatment that involves water jets, mud baths, seaweed wraps and sea-fog inhalation, actually originated in France, and is known for being able to tone muscles, including facial muscles, boost circulation, improve quality of sleep, and reduce cellulite.

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Less is More When it Comes to Makeup
The French have never been one to pile layer upon layer of makeup on their faces, and this goes a long way in keeping skin youthful and healthy. Instead of a heavy foundation, French women tend to go natural, opting for a small amount of blush instead, while those who do use a foundation will always apply it straight after their moisturizer, so that it blends in well with the skin to leave a soft, dewy and natural look.

Regular Exercise
While gyms may not be that popular in France, the French are still managing to maintain a regular amount of physical activity, and they mostly do this by walking. Rather than driving or taking a cab, spending half an hour walking to a destination is culturally preferred, with walking being a huge part of the traditional French lifestyle. While this may not seem like much, this regular physical activity is enough to bring about a wide range of anti-aging benefits.

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Eat in Moderation
With plenty of decadent pastries and hearty, rich meals, French cuisine is not usually considered to be particularly healthy. However, the French are experts when it comes to eating in moderation, and pay close attention to portion size. An emphasis is always placed on maintaining a steady weight, as drastic weight loss or gain is never good for the body. In addition to this, the French diet always makes use of fresh produce whenever possible, and is, in a way, quite similar to the Mediterranean diet in this sense, which is known for being one of the healthiest, and most anti-aging, diets out there.

A Strict Skin Care Ritual
Many cultures around the world often turn to skin care only when there is a problem with their skin, whereas the French recognize the importance of developing a strict skin care ritual from an early age, and sticking to it throughout life. They invest heavily in skin care products, with many bathroom shelves resembling a high end skin care boutique, and take the time to figure out exactly what does, and does not, work for their skin.

Every culture around the world will have their own beauty traditions and rituals, and the French have quite a few that are definitely worth borrowing. From developing an anti-aging skin care routine to pampering your skin with regular spa treatments, these tips will help you to maintain a youthful appearance for many more years to come.

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Skin Care for Better Makeup Application

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Skin care and beauty go hand in hand, because if your skin is in its healthiest state, not only will you need to use less makeup, but you will also achieve a much more flawless finish. From prepping your skin beforehand to enhancing your natural glow, keep these skin care tips in mind the next time you are applying your makeup.

Prep Your Skin
Whether you are off to work in the morning or heading out for a night on the town, your makeup will always look its best if your skin has been properly prepared beforehand. In order to truly start with a blank canvas, you need to first cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser, before applying a toner to rebalance your skin’s pH level, as you want your skin to be at its best before applying any makeup products. Next, apply your serums, eye cream and moisturizer, before applying a primer. While a primer is not essential, this will give your skin some extra nourishment and hydration, while filling in any fine lines and wrinkles and acting as a base onto which your makeup can grip.

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Don’t Forget Your Lips
Your lips are likely to be an important focus when applying makeup, but the skin on the lips is often neglected, making it important to prep your lips just as you would your skin. The best way to do this is by giving your lips a quick exfoliation, applying a gentle lip scrub in circular motions, before leaving it to rest for a few minutes. After rinsing this off, you will notice that your lips are so much softer and smoother, and a layer of a nourishing lip balm underneath your lipstick will help to keep them moist for the rest of the day.

Clear and Brighten Puffy Eyes
Rather than applying layer after layer of concealer to any under-eye dark circles, there are a number of ways in which you can naturally eliminate puffy eyes, making the rest of your makeup application much easier. The quickest way to do this is by performing a simple facial massage, rotating your ring fingers in the corners of your eyes near your nose in order to relieve any congestion, which is often the cause of puffy eyes. If you find that this is a frequently reoccurring issue that you have to deal with, then you should begin to look into the cause of your under-eye circles, whether this may be allergies or your sleeping position, and then work to change this.

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Clean Makeup Brushes
If you do not thoroughly clean your makeup brushes once a week, as well as give them a quick clean after each use, then it is likely that you are transferring bacteria onto your skin each time they make contact with your face. There are many brush cleaners available that are most definitely worth investing in, and not only will this make a difference to your face, but it will also make it much easier to achieve a more professional makeup finish.

There are many ways in which your skin care practices will have an impact on the way in which you apply your makeup, and you should ensure that the two of these are always supporting each other as much as possible. From cleansing your skin before and applying any makeup products to knowing how to de-puff your eyes rather than needing to use layers of concealer, these skin care tips can really help when it comes to makeup application.

Beauty Trends to Look Forward to This Fall

While it is usually the clothes that primarily dominate the fashion week runways, this is also where you can find plenty of beauty inspiration. From bold lip colors to fat lashes, these are the beauty trends that you can look forward to this fall.

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Bold Lips
Bold lips are a trend that frequently comes and goes, and while it is usually the reds and pinks that are emphasized, this fall sees lip colors that are even more daring. From shades of black burgundy to bright grape to pale peach, these are not colors that you may be able to wear on a daily basis, but you can expect to see much more of them this fall.

Fat Lashes
For those who have been using mascara for years, it is likely that you take great efforts to avoid any clumps. However, you can do away with that this fall, as one of the beauty trends, which was seen in full force on the Dior runway, was thick, fat lashes, achieved with a heavy-handed swipe of mascara. If this is the look that you are going for, keep the rest of your makeup simple, but do opt for a dash of bold lipstick to help your eyes really stand out.

Bold lips and glittery makeup

Sprinkles of Glitter
It can sometimes take quite a bit of practice to master glitter makeup, and, if you have not yet managed to do so, this season is a great time to try again. From a shimmery dust running across the cheekbones at Burberry to a sprinkling of glitter around the eyes at Jenny Packham, this fall will be bringing with it plenty of sparkle.

A Natural Glow
While contouring and highlighting may have been all the rage this year, these trends will be taking a step back this fall in favor of a look that is much more natural. From Gucci to Stella McCartney to Valentino, healthy and fresh skin was seen across so many runways, so try to keep your skin natural this fall. While there are iridescent powders that you can purchase to emphasize this glow, there is nothing quite like the radiance that comes from a healthy complexion, so give your skin some extra care this fall.

Graphic Eyeliner
The graphic eyeliner trend has gotten even more creative this season, giving you the opportunity to really use your imagination when it comes to your makeup. Rather than simply drawing on a couple of cat eyes, be more adventurous and add in some graphic shapes. When it comes to the eyeliner that you use, black is always going to be the classic choice, but, if you are feeling bold, reach for a few brighter colors so that you can truly express yourself, whether this be blue, green, yellow or pink.

Beauty trends are always fun to experiment with, and there are a few this fall that really give you the chance to be creative. From a dusting of glitter around your eyes to graphic shapes drawn with eyeliner to lip colors that are darker or brighter than you have ever worn before, take the time to really express yourself through your makeup this season.

Elizabeth Taylor’s Style Legacy

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While Elizabeth Taylor may be remembered for a number of different reasons, her fashion choices over the years are still proving to be inspirational for today’s generation. As a woman that managed to redefine style all over the world, Elizabeth Taylor was a true fashion icon who has left behind a one-of-a-kind style legacy.

Risk Taking
Elizabeth Taylor was known for taking risks when it came to her style choices, wearing pieces that would not have been at all conventional during those time periods. It was in the early 1950’s, when Taylor was making the transition from child starlet to an adult actress, that she began donning a few strapless numbers, which, at the time, was quite unheard of, and had never even appeared on the big screen before. Needless to say, this was something that changed quite rapidly after Taylor’s style influence, and women all over the world began to show off their shoulders in sexy strapless numbers. Taylor was also the woman that brought popularity to the plunging neckline, but did this in a way that was not at all vulgar, showing off just the right amount of cleavage in sophisticated dresses.

Cleopatra
Considered to be one of the grandest films ever made, Cleopatra starred Elizabeth Taylor, who kickstarted a number of trends after appearing in the movie, many of which are still standing strong today. From the stormy blue shades that were applied to her brow to the graphic eyeliner that stretched out from her eyes, all of these looks still feature heavily in stylish magazine spreads today.

White and Minimal
While Elizabeth Taylor may have been a big fan of sparkling diamonds, she also proved that minimal all-white looks could be just as glamorous. From a simple white slip to a curve-enhancing white swimsuit to tailored white dresses, Elizabeth Taylor showed women that style does not need to be all about sparkle. Rather than pairing these pieces with endless strands of jewelry, Taylor instead opted for statement lips and eyes, allowing her face and makeup to be the focal point of these outfits.

Showing Off Your Curves
Elizabeth Taylor had plenty of gorgeous curves and was never afraid to show these off. While her body may have been more shapely than other stars of that time, these curves are what helped Taylor to really stand out with her fashion choices, and experiment in ways that other women were not yet doing.

While Elizabeth Taylor may have been born in the UK, she exuded an aura that made her relatable to women all over the world. Voted as the most beautiful woman in the world in the 50’s, Taylor’s sense of personal style exploded after this, and she soon set new standards for what style really is. Even in Elizabeth Taylor’s last few years, when she suffered from a number of different health conditions and was confined to a wheelchair, Taylor still displayed the ultimate in style and fashion, cementing her reputation as one of the greatest style icons that the world has ever seen.

Outdoor Wedding Outfits

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Choosing an outfit for an outdoor wedding can be quite tricky, especially during the summer, because not only do you have to take into account the weather and the time of day, but you also need to make sure that your outfit is well-suited to the actual location. From the most breathable fabrics to the most suitable colors, here are some tips for putting together fabulous outdoor wedding outfits.

Breathable Fabrics
Enabling a good rate of air flow around your body is important in the summer, but this can only be done if your outfit has been made from breathable fabrics. A quality, lightweight cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics out there, absorbing moisture, while polyester should always be avoided, as its water resistant qualities mean that any sweat will be trapped beneath your clothes, causing discomfort and irritation. Linen is another natural fibre that will not cling to your body, whereas rayon is another synthetic fabric that repels water, meaning that any sweat will end up gathering in unsightly places. Silk and chiffon are also great fabrics to wear and are often more suited to a wedding than cotton or linen.

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Colors
For a summertime outdoor wedding, keep your outfit’s colors as light and airy as possible. Floral dresses are often an obvious choice during the summer months, but opt for pastels or bright colors rather than dark and moody prints, as these are much better suited to the happy ambience of a wedding.

Location of the Wedding
Of course, your wedding outfit needs to be well-suited to the actual location of the wedding. If it is going to be somewhere hot and dry, a breezy dress will work well as you will need help staying cool, while if the location is somewhere that is known to be quite windy and blustery, you will need to pick an outfit that will not be affected by any strong gusts.

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Accessories
When it comes to your accessories, as well as your hair and makeup, it is best to keep everything as minimal as possible. Chunky or large jewellery is likely to only end up irritating your skin in the heat, while any heavy makeup will just slide off, requiring plenty of tiresome retouching sessions.

Shoes
While stilettos may usually be your footwear of choice for a wedding, these will not work so well for an outdoor wedding, as they will cause you to keep sinking into any grass. If you do not want to wear flats, then look for some stylish wedges instead, as this will keep you steady on your feet while still giving you a bit of extra height.

Everybody wants to look their best at a wedding, but this can often be more difficult to accomplish when the wedding is being held outdoors in the summertime. Fortunately, by knowing which fabrics and styles to pick, you will be able to put together an outfit that not only looks stylish, but will also keep you comfortable and happy throughout the day.

Duty Free Shopping

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An average of $40 million is spent at duty-free shops each year around the world, and this number is steadily on the rise. Duty-free shopping has always had a certain allure about it, with duty-free shops able to promise big bargains, as they are exempt from paying duty, otherwise known as local import tax, on the goods that they sell. The duty-free shops that you find in European airports are also VAT free, giving you even more savings. The reason that these shops are allowed to be exempt from paying tax is due to the fact that they are selling goods to shoppers who are leaving the country, which is why the majority of duty-free shops are found in airports and ports.

What To Purchase
With duty-free deals flashing at you from all angles, it can be difficult to know which products are actually providing good value for money. Generally, while alcohol and tobacco products may not do much for your health, they are among the best goods to purchase from duty-free shops. There are also a number of great bargains to be had with makeup and skin care, as well as some luxury goods.

What Not To Purchase
While there are many great deals to be found at duty-free shops, there are certain products that you would be better off purchasing elsewhere. Electronics are one of these, as often the marked down items at duty-free shops will be older models, and the latest models can usually be purchased for a similar price online. The same applies to clothing that has been imported, although clothing that has been made locally is usually a great item to buy from a duty-free shop.

Remember the Limit
Every country will have a limit on the value of duty-free goods that you are allowed to bring in, and it is important to check these before you travel. If you find yourself to be over the limit, you will have to pay tax on the excess, which could mean that your purchases become more expensive than they would have been if you had bought them elsewhere.

While it can sometimes be tricky to work out whether or not you are actually buying an item at a reduced price, duty-free shopping is always fun, with an incredible range of goods from all over the world available to browse through. This is made even better by the fact that most duty-free shops are at airports and ports, providing the ideal way to pass some time while waiting to travel. If there is a particular item that you are hoping to buy, it is always a good idea to do a quick bit of research beforehand, so that you know the average price before visiting a duty-free shop. If you make sure that you are a savvy shopper, then you will easily be able to pick out the very best deals at duty-free shopping, enjoying bargains that you would not be able to find elsewhere.

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On-the-Go Makeup

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When the clock is ticking and you only have five minutes to spare, it can be seriously frustrating rummaging around an overflowing makeup bag, haphazardly applying products to your face as you come across them. This is why every woman needs to have a few go-to makeup products that she can quickly turn to and easily apply in just a few minutes, but which still guarantee a polished and well-groomed look.

Concealer
A concealer is definitely a necessity in an on-the-go makeup bag, and your favorite concealer is the best product to go with, as you will already be confident in applying it. If you usually use a brush to apply your concealer, this is not something you need to worry about when you are in a rush. Instead, use your finger to dab it onto your skin, because while this may not be as precise as a brush, it will blend into your skin much quicker.

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Mascara
Mascara can quickly brighten up your entire face by opening up your eyes, and it takes less than thirty seconds to apply. A no-clump formula is always best, as you need to be able to simply swipe on a couple of coats as quickly as possible, and if you can find one that also gives your lashes a bit of a curl, then this will do away with the need for an eyelash curler.

Dark Eyeliner Pencil
An eyeliner is always useful when you need to quickly enhance your eyes. However, when you are applying your makeup with one eye on the clock, a liquid eyeliner should definitely be avoided, as any mistakes will eat up valuable time. Instead, a dark brown or black eyeliner pencil should be used, preferably one that is quite soft, as this will slide on easily and can quickly be blended if you are wanting a softer finish.

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Tinted Lip Balm
You do not want to have to be dealing with lipstick when you are trying to be as quick as possible, which is why a tinted lip balm is a great product to turn to. This will keep your lips moisturized while giving you a subtle hint of color, and will only take a few seconds to apply.

Eyebrow Pencil
No matter how well-polished your face may be, untidy brows will always detract from your look, making an eyebrow pencil essential. Although a powder will give your brows a more subtle and natural finish, a pencil is much quicker to apply.

Needless to say, it is important to make sure that your go-to products are always in the best condition. This means keeping your eyeliner and eyebrow pencils constantly sharpened, and ensuring that no products are drying up or not working to their full potential, as this can be frustrating to discover at a time when you need them the most. Keeping all of your go-to makeup items together in a bag is the most convenient way to access them, and also means that the bag is easy to grab and take with you if you ever have to dash out in a hurry.

Results of Sleeping with Makeup On

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Everyone has made the mistake of falling asleep and forgetting to remove their makeup, and while this may not seem as though it has caused much harm the next morning, doing this repeatedly leads to a world of damage. From premature aging to a dull complexion, this will all quickly begin to happen if you make the mistake of sleeping with your makeup on one too many times.

A Dull Complexion
Every night while you sleep, your skin renews itself, shedding any dead skin cells to reveal the fresh skin beneath. However, by sleeping with your makeup on, you prevent this natural turnover from occurring, because the makeup, oil and dirt that has built up on your face throughout the day remains on your outermost layer of skin, blocking the shedding of dead skin cells. This results in a dull and rough complexion, likely leading to even more makeup the next morning in order to brighten up the face.

Premature Aging
As mentioned earlier, sleeping with your makeup on traps all of the dirt and impurities into your skin, and this will soon begin to cause oxidative damage to your skin cells, breaking down their protective barrier. Without this, the rate of aging is drastically accelerated, resulting in wrinkles and fine lines that will be difficult to eradicate. After a while of sleeping with makeup on, you will notice that your skin will start to lose its firmness and tightness, and this is because the makeup will have caused your collagen levels to deplete, leading to sagging skin that nobody wants.

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Pimples and Acne
Leaving makeup on your skin while you sleep will clog your pores, which, in turn, can lead to chronic inflammation, resulting in pimples. Those who suffer from acne will notice an increase in breakouts after sleeping with makeup on, as thorough cleansing is especially important for those who suffer from such skin conditions.

Infections
Since sleeping with your makeup on compromises your skin’s protective barrier, your skin will be much more prone to infections. This is especially the case when it comes to mascara, as leaving this on overnight creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and, if the bacteria is allowed to build up, this can soon lead to conjunctivitis. To top it all off, sleeping with mascara on will also cause eyelashes to become much more brittle and susceptible to breakages. Sleeping with other forms of eye makeup on can also lead to infections, as they clog the hair follicles and oil glands, once again creating the ideal environment in which bacteria can thrive.

All of the above issues usually arise after a more prolonged period of sleeping with your makeup on, whether this be a week or a month. While forgetting to remove your makeup for just one night may not cause any visible long-lasting damage, you should still be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly in the morning, before assessing your skin and examining its condition. A face mask is a great way to counter this mistake, as it will give your skin a deep cleanse, nourishing it from within, helping it to recover from the degradation that a night of makeup would have caused.

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.