2018 Make-up Trends

Fresh from the red carpet and New York Fashion Week, the biggest make-up trends for 2018 are already emerging.

These are the 2018 make-up trends you can start wearing today.

Rounded Eyes

The traditional cat-eye flick is getting a makeover. Instead of tracing an ultra-sharp wing, round-off the edge instead.

Try tracing the outline first before filling it in, or use a small makeup sponge applicator as a rounded stamp.

Metallic Features

Metallic makeup in all colours was a big trend in 2017 and shows no signs of slowing down. Try wearing it subtly by using a clear metallic gloss over your favourite lipstick.

You could also go for a bold metallic look by choosing a frosted or glittery lipstick in an unusual colour. A metallic shimmer also works wonders in a highlighter or eyeshadow.

Colourful Liner

One of the biggest trends this year is bright, colourful eyeliner. It’s one of the quickest ways to inject colour into a look.

Choose your preferred colour – all shades of blue are very on trend right now – and line your bottom lash line with either eyeshadow or a pencil liner.

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5 Tips to Dress for Less

Clothes are not just a basic human need, they are also a form of expression. From keeping up to date with the latest trends, to artistically showing your personality, clothing can get very pricey.

Here are five tips to make your money for clothing go further:

1. Buy the right size. Buying an outfit or item which is slightly too small, because we reckon we’ll lose some excess weight and enjoy it later, very seldom works. Buy what is flattering on you, right now.

2. Sell what you’re not wearing. Go through your closet and start chucking any items you haven’t worn in the last three months. There are a number of websites where you can sell clothes you no longer wear. You could also try asking your friends or on posting your ‘sale’ on social media. When you get cash for your old clothes, then you can buy some new ones.

3. Be creative. Altering and mending old clothes or clothes from the thrift store can be great fun, and give you a unique look. Try sewing some patches onto some jeans or a denim jacket.

4. Make sure you have the basics down. Get basic items like white T-shirts and skinny jeans that you can pair with other clothes and accessories.

5. Every time you think of buying an expensive item, think about a “cost-per-wear formula”: divide the item by how many times you think you’ll wear it over a certain period, for example, one year. This can help you decide if it will really be worth the expensive price-tag.

Refreshing Summer Smoothies

There’s no better way to cool down from the summer heat than a healthy but delicious smoothie.

Try one of these refreshing recipes:

Perfect Peach Smoothie

1 large ripe peach, sliced and frozen
1 banana, cut into pieces and frozen
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 sprig of mint

Toss all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth and drinkable. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Melon Lime Cooler

4 1/2 cups cubed honeydew melon
1 1/2 cups prepared lime jelly
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 fresh strawberries

Place the melon cubes onto a baking sheet in a single layer, and freeze until firm to the touch. Add the melon, jelly and lime juice to a blender and puree until smooth. Garnish with strawberries.

Cool Off Smoothie

2 cups strawberries, hulled
1 cup orange juice
2/3 cup strawberry yogurt
2 cups ice
1 banana

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until nice and smooth.

2018 Fashion Trends

Now that the Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows have wrapped up, the most popular and stylish fashion trends for the year so far have been set.

Here are the 2018 fashion trends that you can start wearing today.

Sequins

To say sequins and sparkles are a big deal right now is an understatement.

Choose one sparkly item as the showpiece of your outfit, and pair it with matte fabrics and plain colours.

Pastels

Whether lilac, pink, lemon or duck egg blue, pastels have taken centre stage this season.

Try choosing one pastel colour and using it throughout your outfit, or pair a few different pastel colours together for a soft yet striking look.

Sheer

Transparency has made a comeback this season, and gives you the option of showing off multiple layers.

Layer a sheer top over a button down shirt for a smart work outfit, or wear a sheer skirt with a matching monochrome pants layer underneath.

Image: Model wears pastel in Victoria Beckham’s 2018 Fashion Show [online image] (2018) sourced on 23 January 2018 from https://hips.hearstapps.com/harpersbazaaruk.cdnds.net/17/40/victoria-beckham.jpg?crop=1.0xw:1xh;center,top&resize=980:*

Tips To Revitalise Yourself

If you are feeling tired, sleep deprived and yawning at your desk, read here to transform your body into a fatigue-fighting machine.

Increase Your Magnesium Intake

Even if eating a balanced diet, you could still have a slight magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including breaking down glucose into energy. Therefore when levels are even a little low, your energy levels can drop.

The recommended daily intake of magnesium is around 300 milligrams for women and 350 milligrams for men.

Ways to increase your intake:
* Add a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or cashews to your daily diet
* Increase your intake of whole grains, in particular bran cereal
* Eat more fish, especially salmon

Walk around the Block

Though it may seem as if moving around when you already feel exhausted isn’t a good idea, the opposite is in fact true. Experts say that increasing physical activity, in particular walking, increases energy.

Walking is accessible, easy to do, doesn’t required training or equipment, and you can do it anywhere. In experiments conducted, it showed that a brisk 10-minutes walk not only increased energy, but the effects lasted for up to two hours. Furthermore, when the daily 10-minute walks continued for three weeks, overall energy levels and mood were lifted.

Take a Power Nap

Information overload and pushing our brains too hard can drain energy. Studies conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health found that a 60-minute power nap could not only reverse the mind-numbing effects of information overload, but it may also help us to better retain information.

Don’t Skip Meals

The theory exists that if you eat soon after waking up, it supplies your body with a jolt of fuel, which sets the tone for the whole day. Studies show that people who eat breakfast report being in a better mood, and having more energy throughout the day.
Refrain from skipping any meals, as this could lead to an overall feeling of fatigue by the end of the day.

4 Tips To Boost Your Memory

Your memory depends on the health and vitality of your brain.

Every day, your brain has the opportunity to grow new cells and form new connections, as long as you give it what it needs.

Here are four ways you can improve your memory:

Give Your Brain a Workout

The more you use your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember things.

Think of a new skill you’ve always wanted to learn, like playing the guitar or speaking French. As long as the activity keeps you challenged and engaged, it can help improve your memory.

Get Enough Sleep

With the stress and demands of modern life, it can be hard to get enough sleep. But, the truth is that most adults need between seven and nine hours of quality sleep every night to avoid sleep deprivation.

Research has also shown that sleep is necessary for memory development, with the most important stages occurring during the deepest stages of sleep.

Manage Your Stress

Over time, chronic stress can destroy brain cells and damage the parts of your brain involved in the formation of new memories and the retrieval of old ones.

Work at finding healthy ways to manage your stress, such as setting a balance between work and rest time, and setting realistic goals for yourself.

Eat Brain-Boosting Food

Just as the body needs a healthy diet, so does the brain.

Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for your brain and your memory, and are found in cold water fatty fish, such as tuna or salmon. It can also be found in walnuts, spinach and broccoli.

Try to limit your intake of saturated fat, as too much of this fat can impair your concentration and memory. You should also moderate your alcohol consumption, as too much alcohol can kill your brain cells.

3 Ways To Be More Approachable

Sometimes it can be hard to make friends or feel confident in social situations. A large majority of people suffer from some form of social anxiety or social awkwardness in large groups.

The first step towards improving your social skills and confidence is to become more approachable to other people. Here are three ways you can be more approachable:

Body Language

Adopt an open posture. Stand or sit up straight, with your shoulders square and your head upright.

Genuinely smile at others to make yourself appear open to conversation. If you’re struggling to smile, think of a happy memory, or a funny joke, to trigger a genuine smile.

Don’t cross your arms in front of your chest, or you will look closed off from others, and make sure you’re not slumped forward.

Put Away Your Cell Phone

Keep your phone out of sight.

Spending your time looking at your phone in a social situation may be viewed as incredibly rude. It means that people will be unlikely to approach or talk to you, for fear of interrupting.

You could also be missing out on glances, smiles, and other cues that could otherwise lead to a conversation.

Develop Conversation Skills

Nothing ends a conversation quicker than bland one-word answers to questions. When you’re asked about yourself, give detailed and interesting answers.

It’s also important to take an interest in others, and ask them questions about themselves, in order to keep the conversation going.

A good rule of thumb is that you should spend more time listening, than talking.

10 Interesting Facts about New Year’s Eve

Well, 2017 is almost over – and whether you had a fantastic year or a not-so-fantastic year, for a lot of us the new year couldn’t come sooner.

Here are a few fascinating, disturbing and downright weird facts about New Year’s Eve.

Ancient Babylonians were the first people to celebrate New Year’s, 4000 years ago.
When the clock strikes twelve in Australia, more than 80 000 fireworks are set off from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Making noise and setting off fireworks on New Year’s eve is said to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were believed to chase away evil spirits and bring good luck.
Italians wear red underwear on New Year’s Day as they believe it will bring them luck all year round.
Why champagne? The idea of drinking alcohol to celebrate religious festivities stems from the time when pagans made offerings to their gods with a special mead or wine. Champagne was (and is) known as the finest form of wine – fit for gods. New year’s used to be a religious celebration but has now turned secular – but the champagne remains (thank goodness).
In Thailand, people celebrate New Year’s Day with a state sponsored water fight.
More cars are stolen on New Year’s Day than any other holiday.
The top three places to celebrate New Year’s Eve have been voted as New York, Las Vegas and, of course, Disney World!
In ancient Rome, the new year started on the first of March.
The song that many people across the globe (but mostly in America and Europe) traditionally sing on New Year’s, “Auld Lang Syne,” means “times gone by”.

So wherever you are this year, we wish you a “Happy New Year”!

Five Funny Facts You Didn’t Know About Christmas

The festive season is finally here and everyone seems to be relishing in the festive spirit. And while everyone celebrates Christmas and the festive season differently, there are some rather interesting facts about the festive season that you may not have known.

Whether it’s got to do with Christmas trees, reindeer or good ol’ Santa, these are some of the most interesting and funny facts about the festive season.

Christmas trees have been sold in the United States and other Western countries since around 1850. Currently, there are about 21 000 Christmas tree farms in the US. Christmas trees also usually grow for close to 15 years before they are sold.

The first Christmas card was designed by John Callcott Horsley, a British illustrator and was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole.

During the festive season, LEGO sells around 28 sets of their popular building block toys every second.

In the previous century, it used to be a long-standing tradition to tell ghost stories on Christmas Eve.

In Japan, it is tradition to eat Christmas dinner at the local KFC. This is all thanks to a marketing campaign that ran 40 years ago. In fact, KFC is so popular in the country for Christmas dinner, that people have to book their meals at least two months in advance.

Christmas Feast: Potatoes For Everyone!

When it comes to festive season feasts – whether you do a lunch or a dinner – you’re almost guaranteed to find at least one potato dish at any typical household’s Christmas do.

And not that we’re complaining; potatoes are great. Not only are they versatile and inexpensive, they cater for both vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters.

Therefore, we decided to round-up our top three potato dishes that would be a hit at any festive season feast.

Gourmet Potato Salad

Ingredients:

6 – 10 medium sized potatoes

2 cups organic mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

1 cup chopped chives

½ cup chopped spring onions

2 tablespoons sugar

Start by peeling the potatoes and either boiling or steaming them until they are soft. Once they are cooked through, let them cool down to room temperature for at least 30 mins.

Proceed to dice your potatoes into cubes.

Once the potatoes have been diced, throw them all into a big mixing bowl. Then start mixing your sauce.

Start by adding the mayonnaise and the sour cream into a bowl and mix well. Then, once the mixture is smooth, cover the potatoes in the large mixing bowl with the sauce and mix well as to cover all the potato cubes.

Then, sprinkle two tablespoons of sugar over the potato mix and mix well.

Chop your chives and spring onions finely and add it to the potatoes and mix well.

Place in the fridge for about an hour and serve cold.

Classic Roast Potatoes

Ingredients

10 – 12 large potatoes

Olive oil

Sea Salt

Black Pepper

4 garlic cloves

1 cup chopped parsley

Start by cutting your potatoes lengthwise in half (you can do quarters if you prefer) and placing them on a baking tray or ovenproof dish.

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and coat them liberally with sea salt and black pepper. Make sure they are covered in seasoning on both sides.

Peel four, fresh garlic cloves and place them with the potatoes on the baking tray or in the oven proof dish.

Place the tray or dish in the oven and allow to slow roast for at least one hour. Check on your potatoes and if you want a more crispy skin, let it bake at a lower temperature for another 15 – 20 mins.

Remove from the oven ad sprinkle with more sea salt.

Finely chop a cup of parsley and sprinkle over the potatoes while still hot.

Serve hot.