5 post-work party hair looks from InStyleUK

Friday is coming faster then it might feel right now. Friday's are everyone's favourite day, after a long week you're finally able to relax and have some fun. But if you have a 9 to 5-job, it might be a bit tricky to squeeze in time to head home and change your entire look before having to leave for the night.
But no worries, here below you can read a bout 5 super easy hairdoes that will take your outfit to an another level.

Overnight beauty tips

Morning! Hope you all slept well, I for sure did. I've been dreaming a lot lately, wonder why...
Anyway, today I thought I'd give you some tips that will help you wake up with soft skin, bright eyes, perfect waves and more. The best part? All of the magic happens while you slumber, giving a whole new meaning to the term “beauty sleep.”

1.) Soften

For a pampering overnight treatment, apply Vaseline to the soles of your feet and put on socks before you sleep. The socks help bind the moisture to your feet and you’ll wake up to soft, smooth soles. A perfect cure during this time of the year!

2.) De-puff

If you constantly wake up with puffy, swollen eyes, try this simple switch: Add an extra pillow and sleep on your back. This will allow the fluids around your eyes to drain easier and keep the puffiness to a minimum.  And of course, don’t forget your eye cream. Look for creams that list caffeine as one of the ingredients—it will help keep fluids moving.

3.) Create waves

To wake up with perfect waves, simply shower at night and style your hair before bed. Allow your strands to air dry until they’re damp, and run some light styling crème through with your fingers. Depending on your hair type and what kind of waves you prefer, you can either sleep in braids or twist your hair into buns. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Bed head has never looked so good.

4.) Moisturize

Ladies with dry skin, take note: A humidifier might just change your skin forever. Turn one on before you sleep (this works best during colder months when the air is drier) and let it work its magic. It instills the air with moisture, which in turn helps plump your skin and keep it hydrated.  

5.) Prevent wrinkles

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can cause creases on your skin and create wrinkles. Instead, pamper yourself by investing in a silk or satin one. It will lessen the pressure on your skin and help prevent hair breakage. This is a tip I've recently started with.

6.) Whiten teeth

For an easy DIY whitening treatment, try brushing some baking soda on your pearly whites right before bed. Leave the mixture on for 5-6 minutes and make sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards. This is a perfect PM beauty treatment because in the waking hours, you would normally have to wait about 50 minutes before eating or drinking anything afterwards. Just make sure you are only doing this once a week; any more, and the acid in baking soda can wear down your tooth enamel.

7.) Brighten

It’s best to apply any face products that have brightening ingredients like retinol and vitamin C in them at night. Sunlight can actually deactivate them and prevent them from working to their fullest potential.  

8.) Lengthen lashes

Give your fluttery lahes some loving with a DIY lash lengthening treatment. The secret ingredient? Castor oil. This natural oil is rich in super-hydrating omega-6 fatty acids, which help moisturize your lashes and prevent breakage. Using a clean spoolie, gently brush the castor oil through your lashes each night. In the morning, just rinse with warm water and wash your face as usual. You should notice healthier lashes in just a few weeks!

9.) Repair

Smooth a leave-in conditioner into your locks before you snooze to wake up to shiny, soft strands. Applying it in the evening gives treatment more time to penetrate into your hair cuticles for optimum moisture. (For a great natural alternative, try coconut oil.)

10.) Smooth

Nail beds looking dry? Apply cuticle cream or oil before you sleep and slip on gloves afterwards. You’ll wake up to healthy, hydrated nail beds. Now you just have to decide on the perfect polish color…


What you beauty issues really mean

The other day I was doing a bit of research to figure out some beauty mysteries that have been puzzling me for ages. What I found was pretty interesting, so I decided to share it with you today. What I discovered was that it doesn’t take a private eye to realize that these issues might actually be your body sending you more serious messages. Here are the true meaning behind seven common beauty issues you might have…
1. If your nails are thick, brittle or yellow… It could mean that you need to take a break from using chemicals like soaps and nail polish removers on your hands. To fix this, wash your dishes while wearing rubber gloves and use polish remover without acetone. This symptom could also mean that you are not getting enough protein or iron in your diet.

2. If you have severe acne… It could mean that certain organs in your body need a little extra attention. When I say “severe acne,” I’m not talking about the occasional breakouts during that time of the month or hormonal pimples. If you have extreme acne that never clears up, it could mean you have certain food allergies, you’re not drinking enough water, or you’re eating too much junk food that’s upsetting your digestive system. Breakouts on certain areas of your face mean certain things (it’s called “face mapping”), see my post about it here!

3. If you have excessive hair growth… Might mean that you were blessed with fast growing hair (lucky you). But if you notice fast hair growth all over your body, it may be due to a serious medical condition called PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). This condition can mean you have a major hormonal imbalance, so if you notice extra hair showing up all over your body you might want to consult a doctor. But no need to panic either—everyone’s bodies are different.

4. If you have excessive hair loss… On the other hand, if your hair is thinning at an alarming rate (think an average of 100 hairs a day), the causes could be everything from your birth control to antidepressants to diabetes. If you eat a healthy diet and have a great hair-care regimen but notice tons of strands coming out when you brush your hair, you might want to see a doctor. If you’re on birth control or anti-depressants, they might tell you to switch to a different brand of medication. Excessive hair loss can also be linked to skin issues, so you might want to see your dermatologist too.

5. If you break out in hives… Hives that show up once in a while in the form of patches of a red, itchy rash can mean that you have an allergic reaction to food, lotions, or just about anything else your body has recently come into contact with. But chronic hives that never leave can mean a more serious condition. It could actually be the warning sign of a serious liver infection. If this sounds familiar to you, your first step is to stop taking antihistamines immediately, as they will overload your liver. Then, go see your doc ASAP.

6. If you notice small red bumps on the backs of your arms… You might have a stubborn rash known as Keratosis pilaris that is only treatable with prescription creams and lasers. But it could also mean that you are not getting enough omega-3 oils in your diet. Load up on omega-3-rich foods like salmon, olive oil, and avocados for a few weeks. If the bumps don’t go away, it might be time to make an appointment with your dermatologist.

7. If you wake up with dark circles under your eyes… It could mean you didn’t get enough sleep that night, that you have seasonal allergies or that you are very dehydrated. It's recommended to avoid salty foods, drink up your H20, and see a doctor about seasonal allergy medications if your under eye bags persist.


I hope I've given you some useful information that will help you with whatever problem you might have. The most important thing to remember is that you must listen to your body to really find out what it needs, it might help you make a quick fix and avoid a pricey trip to the doctor’s office. Also, all of the above explanations are simply possibilities of what your body could be going through. As with all medical issues, your symptoms do not mean that you 100% have one of these conditions.


How to fight static

When the winter rolls around, the heaters turn on, the sweaters come out, and sure enough, the flyaways go haywire. Static can singlehandedly ruin a good hair day. I recently learned that static happens when the dry winter air gives your hair a positive electric charge, causing hair strands to stand on end. Fortunately, I have some great tips that will help.
1. Oil Up.

Rubbing a bit of your favorite hair oil into your tresses will help to weigh down your hair and counteract the electricity. In desperate times, lotion also works in the same way. Just rub a bit on your hands as though you’re using it to moisturize, then smooth it on your hair. Just don’t use too much—you don’t want your hair to look greasy.

2. Go Every Other Day.

Just as hair oil will help weigh down your strands, going a day in between washes will allow the natural oils from your scalp to battle the static.

3. Use a Dryer Sheet.

According to Yahoo Shine, dryer sheets you use for your laundry can actually reduce static buildup in hair and clothes. You will almost always have one of these at your home and they are easy to carry with you in your purse.

4. Brush It Out.

Use a natural fiber brush with a wood handle. Natural fibers like boar bristles help distribute natural oils from your scalp to coat and protect hair.

5. Add In the Moisture.

Using a humidifier to add moisture back into the air while you sleep will leave you with calm, tame strands the next morning. And it will keep your skin dewy and hydrated in the dry winter months too!

What are your breakouts telling you?

I read about something called face mapping not too long ago, and was quite impressed by it actually. Face mapping is a combination of modern dermatology and and ancient Chinese medicine, and the idea is that there's a connection between your internal organs and different zones of your face.

Without further ado, ehre's what your breakouts are telling you in 5 zones of your face...
1. Forehead. Breakouts across the forehead are often triggered by stress or sleep deprivation. Make sure to get 7 to 9 hours of beauty rest a night to keep your forehead clear.
2. Above the brow. The area above the brow is affected by your immune system. Breakouts here tend to happen right before, after, or during a cold or flu. If you notice a breakout in this zone, slow down for a couple days, drink plenty of water and immune boosting foods like mushrooms, strawberries and carrots.
3. Between brows. Breakouts between the brows can be caused by overindulgence of unhealthy foods or a food allergy. Cutting back on sugar, dairy, rich foods, and alcohol can help clear up skin in this zone.
4. Cheeks. Your cheeks are linked to your respiratory system. Smoking or breathing polluted air can cause breakouts here.
5. Side of chin. The sides of your chin are affected by hormones. Breakouts here occur around the time of your period and happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.

6 gorgeous looks for New Year's Eve

This last minute make-up post is for all you who haven't really fully decided what to go for tonight. These 6 looks are inspired by 6 all time fashionistas, so I bet they know what they're doing.
Get your brushes out, make-up geeks!
Straightened hair, smokey eyes and natural glossy lips. Mila Kunis signature look is a perfect choice for New Year's!
Dark shades on the lips has never been hotter! Take Selena's example and go for a lipstick in dark purple or burgundy. Keep the eye make-up simple, with big lashes and a tiny bit of eyeliner. The hair can be in whatever do you'd like, here in a beautiful messy braid.
Taylor Swift's retro glamour hairstyle works perfectly with the light eye make-up in gold and a bright red lipstick. Perfection!
Get inspired by Amanda Seyfried's "Cat-eye" look. Let the eyeliner define your eyes! If you're a bit on the safer side when it comes to make-up (like me), you can still achieve the same effect, just go a bit easier with the intensity of the colors. This look is dramatic and festive, perfect if you want to put focus on your eyes!
Lea Michele looks gorgeous in dark smokey-eye make-up with metallic hues, wavy hair and bangs. Finish of the look with a nude colored or light pink lipstick. This is the best choice if you're dress is something that you want to be the center of attention, while still looking great.
Katy Perry looks astonishing in this party make-up! A sparkly version of a smokey-eye, with glitter eye-shadow and just a tint of black on the outer parts of the eye. Together with a darker pink/coral lipstick with a bit of gloss, you won't go by unnoticed!
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