Month: December 2015

Top Beauty Tips For 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, you may be thinking about the year ahead. You no doubt have some resolutions, and some of them may include looking good. So how can you look good in 2016?

How can you keep up with some of the beauty trends that are coming our way? Well, I’ve done a bit of research and I can give you a clue. Please bear in mind that these beauty tips are those which were found in December 2015, which means things may have changed a little before you read this:

Orange Lipstick

Orange lipstick is thought to be something that will prove popular in 2016. Although you may be horrified about the thought of wearing bright orange lipstick, the good news is there are many different shades. From bright orange to a dull orange and even pink or red, the range of lipsticks that are likely to be available, is set to impress.

Gray Nail Polish

Yes, you read that right, those in the know at Beauty Plus Salon among others, predict that gray nail polish will be the thing to wear next year. Gray is absolutely ideal for the cold winter months, and adds a touch of class to any outfit. There are lots of different shades of gray, (I know what number you’re thinking of), that will suit anyone, so why not give it a go, and add a touch of class to early 2016?

Buns in our hair

2016 looks set to be the year when we wear buns in our hair. Ok, so you don’t exactly have to go around sporting a hair style that’s reminiscent of Princess Leia (Unless you want to, of course). There are many Austrian-inspired designs that promise to be very popular. Sou may want to think about getting ahead of the crowd right now, and making your hair look great, if it’s long enough for you to do so in any case.

Facial Cleansing Brushes

Exfoliating is important, because it helps to rid the skin of some dead cells, and it can add a touch of youth to our faces. In 2016, facial cleansing brushes are going to be pretty popular, and they will even help you to feel better about your appearance. This is because you will notice a difference almost right away, thereby boosting your confidence pretty quickly.

We are aware that some of the fashions and trends that look set to be big in 2016 may never emerge. Or, they may not be as big as we anticipated. This is something that we cannot control, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them a go and see what appeals to you. Look good, feel good and shine through-out the New Year.

Tips for making your resume stand out

Applying for a new job is never as easy as we would like to think. It would be nice if we could apply for a job, get an interview and then be invited for the position.

The trouble is that things aren’t always that easy, but you can give yourself an advantage if you know exactly how to write your resume, and what to put in it.

Here are a few tips that could help your resume to stand out:

Include all of your experience

However irrelevant your experience may seem, you should include it in your resume. The more experience you have, especially if it’s even remotely relevant the better it will look. Don’t forget to add the correct dates and make sure that you include as much information about it as you can.

Don’t leave any gaps in your work history

Even if you have a legitimate reason for being out of work for however long, you need to include it in your resume. If you leave a gap you may be asked about it, so fill in the gaps, and it won’t look like you’re trying to hide anything. If you lost a job or you left it because you didn’t like it, you may want to think about adding that it was a temporary contract. Although this is a little bit of a white lie, there is some truth to it.

Include every qualification that you have

When I was a child I went canoeing in France and ended up with a canoeing proficiency certificate. Although this has never been relevant to any position that I’ve applied for, I have included it in every resume I’ve ever written. This is because it shows that I’ve taken part in events and worked with other people, and it’s this that prospective employers like.

Get help if you need it

Some people have no problem writing a resume, whereas others often struggle. You could always hire a resume writer to help you if you wish. Alternatively, you could get someone you trust to look over it and see where you could fill in the blanks so to speak.

Make sure it’s presentable

It doesn’t matter how much work experience you have, how many qualifications you have, or if you’re the best chess player in the North East, you need to have a presentable resume. No-one will want to read a resume that has been badly presented. Make sure yours looks good, as it will say a lot more about you than a badly presented one.

As you can see, the above tips have a real potential to make your resume stand out. Start working on it today, and add anything you think may be relevant.

What to consider when buying hair straighteners

Spotting a straightened hair is the goal of every woman who is into flawless hair. It is the reason why hair straighteners have become very popular across the globe. Essentially, hair straighteners feature several plates which after undergoing heating glide against the hair hence straightening it in the process. However, while heat plays an important role in the straightening of hair, it’s imperative to note that excessive heat can damage your hair and that is why experts stress on investing in the best hair straighteners for the best results. With this is in mind, what are some of the considerations when buying hair straighteners? What are some of the factors you need to take into consideration?

Materials used to make the plates

Unless it’s your first time using hair straighteners, you definitely know that their plates are made of different materials. The important thing here is to go for a plate that will produce the best results with your hair. Essentially, there are some plate materials that are efficient with certain hair types while there are others that simply don’t produce the desired results.

Depending on your hair type, you can go for plate materials made of solid ceramic, ceramic coated plates, tourmaline plates and titanium plates. All these plate materials have their own advantages that suit different types of hairs and therefore its highly advisable that you find out how beneficial each is or the merits of each before you make the final purchase.

Your hair type

You cannot afford to bury your head in the sand when buying hair straighteners. Buying a hair straightener without taking your hair type into consideration is an exercise in futility. This is very important especially if you are in the market to buy a hair straightener for personal use. If that’s the case, then you need to go for a straightener that will bring up the best results and make your hair look flawless after using it.

However, if you are in the market and seeking to buy straighteners for professional use, the logical thing to do would be to buy different types of them as you will be dealing with customers with different hair types. If your hair is thick and curly, you might want to buy titanium plated hair straightener as it boasts of high temperatures. On the other hand, if you spot hair that is medium thick and not difficult to style, going for a ceramic plate would be the logical thing to do as it is instrumental in keeping hair breakages at bay.

Temperature control

The best hair straighteners are those that make it easy for you to adjust temperatures as and when you require. The truth of the matter is that high temperatures produce excellent results in certain hairs while there are hairs that only require moderate or low temperatures. In this regard, you should go for a hair straightener with the right settings to enable you adjust the temperature according to your hair type. You definitely do not want a scenario where you spend a lot of money on a straightener that doesn’t fit your hair style and which has no setting for adjustment.

Life’s Little Luxuries

We all like life’s little luxuries, they are those things that make our day brighter, and keep us going. Everyone has their own type of luxury, from clothes to chocolate, from music to TV programmes. We all have our own way of getting a little bit of luxury out of life.

My younger brother plays on his games console when he wants a bit of time out. He will spend hours at a time shooting zombies. Little brother really does see this as a bit of a treat, a bit of luxury. It’s one of those things that makes you feel grateful for what you have, and it helps you enjoy life just that little bit more.

I know it’s not exciting…

I like to find have a coffee made in the Best bean to cup coffee maker, and a read of the local newspaper. I know this isn’t very exciting, but it’s something that feels like a bit of a luxury. It’s this getting away from the stresses and strains of life that does it for me. It helps me to switch off and forget my day. It helps me to unwind and think about something else other than work.

What about other people?

Some people would rather have a night out on the town, or go to the cinema. My parents like to go for a walk as they consider getting out and about, and away from home a bit of a luxury. They also like to have a good meal out somewhere too. After recently retiring, they now have the chance to enjoy more things, whereas they didn#t have time before. I guess that their retirement is their form of luxury.

My sister in law would count having a new handbag or pair of shoes as her little luxury. My brother in law considers a new piece of technology to be his, and my partner opts for a spot of gardening.

We all have our luxuries

We all have our ways to spoil ourselves, but we all have our ways of enjoying what life has to offer too. I think we all need life’s little luxuries, because they help us to relax, they make us feel special, and they really can make a difference to our day.

What is it that you like? What do you consider to be one of life’s little luxuries? Could it be that you enjoy reading a good book, spending time with those you love, or even just taking a long hot bath?

Whatever it is that you consider to be a luxury, give yourself time to enjoy it, as it is sure to make you feel better, and appreciate what you have.

Your unwanted Christmas gifts

If you’ve never had a Christmas where you haven’t received an unwanted gift, then you’re very lucky. Most people receive some sort of gift that they don’t really like or want, during the festive season.

Take my parents for example, someone has just given them a good hamper, and in it were some pickles, they don’t like pickles, and they tried to give them to me. Ok, so a jar of pickles in amongst a hamper of nice food isn’t the greatest example, but you get the general idea.

So what should you do with your unwanted Christmas gifts? Should you keep them simply because you know someone has spent time and money on them, or should you get rid of them?

Here are a few ideas that you may want to consider:

Give them to a charity shop

Charity shops are more than happy to receive anything you want to give them. If you do give your unwanted gifts to charity, please make sure that the person who gave you the gift isn’t likely to see it in the charity shop.

Giving to a charity shop will mean that someone else who actually wants the gift in question, will be pleased with it. What’s more is the charity shop itself will benefit from the sale of the gift too, soeveryone’s a winner.

Give them to someone from another social circle

This year, we’re recycling a Christmas gift that we got from my parents last year. It’s a wine bottle holder that we just don’t like. We would much rather have something from kayakspecialists, or anywhere else to be honest, but that’s what we were given. This year we’re giving that wine bottle holder to someone in a completely different social circle. We’re doing this so that my parents don’t know we’ve given it away, or to whom.

Sell them online

Although this may not seem a particularly nice thing to do, it could help you to increase your bank balance if you’re short on cash. Alternatively, you may want to spend the money that you make by selling your unwanted gifts, on something you actually want instead. This is a good way for you to get something you like, while also getting rid of something you don’t.

Keeping your unwanted gifts

If you don’t want to, or simply cannot give away or sell your unwanted gifts, there is an alternative. You could keep them somewhere so they can be seen/worn when the gift giver visits you. You’ve probably heard about people who only ever display a particular vase when the giver of the vase is visiting. You may also have heard of people who only wear certain clothes when the giver of the clothes is visiting.

I know this isn’t always ideal, but it could mean that you avoid upsetting the individual in question. Find somewhere good to keep the gifts, but make sure you can get to them easily, should you have a visit from the person who gave you them.

As you can see, there are different ways for you to deal with your unwanted Christmas gifts. Let’s hope that this Christmas is different, and you end up with something you truly like

How shops coerce you into buying products you don’t need

No matter what shop you go into, chances are you’re going to buy more than you planned. Shops are great at encouraging us to buy things we don’t need, while also telling us that we do actually need them.

So how do they do it? How do they get us to part with our hard-earned cash? Here are a few tricks that they have up their sleeves:

Promotion ends

When you walk into any store, you will no doubt see the offers and deals that are taking place. They want you to see these as soon as you enter the store, and they want you to think that these promotions are a great deal, and they could help you save cash, on products you probably weren’t going to buy anyway.

When you pick up products in store, a lot of the time they will have ‘Buy 2 for £10’ stickers on them, or something similar. This reminds us that there is an offer taking place, and that making the most of it will ensure we get a bargain – whether this is the case or not.

Money off coupons

Have you ever had money off coupons through your door, or had them handed to you at the check-out? These coupons are there to get you to spend money, whether you were going to spend it or not. Those ‘Spend £30, save £5′, coupons encourage you to spend a bit more cash, and increase the stores’ profits.

In-store advertising

Whether it’s the music being played, or the Buy One Get One Free deals, the in-store advertisements are there to remind you that they want you to spend cash. You could in actual fact save money online at stylethathair.com and other various sites, but the stores want you to forget about this.

Product demonstrations

When you see and hear product demonstrations in store, you know that they are trying to get you to buy the products in question. What’s more is they will also be offering you the lifestyle that comes with it. This is why a lot of people fall for the products they’re promoting, they make you think about what the product says about you. This is especially the case as we are now a consumer society who rather than uses our job as a reflection of who we are, but instead, what we aspire to be, and the products that we own.

As you can see, shops of all shapes and sizes, work very hard to ensure that we all spend more cash than we planned. It’s their way of increasing their profits, and it’s also their way of making us think we’ve got a good bargain, and will therefore shop there again.

Top up shops not monthly shops

The way that we shop has changed, gone are the days when we would do a monthly shop. We no longer seem to want to load up a trolley or two with a months’ worth of shopping, instead, we barely fill a basket and hope that it will make do.

The reason for the change in the type of shop that the British people now do, is because we have become a nation of savvy shoppers who want to save money when we can. This is probably something to do with the distinct lack of cash that the British people have had in recent years. We now shop in order to get a bargain, and we now visit more than one supermarket in order to grab that much-loved bargain.

Gone are the days when a monthly shop would do, and we’d have to steer our trolley around everyone else’s, now the top up shop is king. Stores that once delighted in offering us deals and bargains as part of our monthly shop, have had to change. We have seen convenience stores pop up all over the country, offering us the chance to lightly fill our baskets as we make our way home from work.

Many of us now shop online, and we use the internet in almost the same way that we used the supermarkets a few years ago. Websites such as Thebestkitchenknives.co.uk can offer us bargains and products that supermarkets can’t, and we have never been happier about it.

Going from one store to another

As an example of how British shopping has changed, let’s take a look at my shopping habits. It used to be that my partner and I would go to a specific supermarket once a month, and buy a lot of food and other goods in one go. Now, we do a lot of smaller shops, in a wide range of stores, and we know that going from one store to another, will result in us getting more for our money, and we can also get bargains in one shop, that we couldn’t get in another.

This is how shopping has changed in my household, and it seems to have changed in every household in the UK too. We don’t want to rely on one supermarket to give us everything we need, simply because we know we are likely to get a better deal elsewhere. This is why the top up shop has become the norm, and it’s also why we refuse to buy everything in one go.

More convenient

Purchasing goods on a weekly or almost daily basis, means that we have more choice, it makes it a lot more convenient, and we’re not tied to the same range of products day in, day out. What’s more is those of us who have less cash than we used to, now only buy the essentials that we need, rather than all of our groceries in one go, with a few treats on top.

Who knows if British shopping habits will remain the same? Only time will tell, but for now, those shopping baskets are now in more demand than ever, while supermarket trolleys remain largely unused, and out in the cold.

What to consider when buying hair straighteners

Spotting a straightened hair is the goal of every woman who is into flawless hair. It is the reason why hair straighteners have become very popular across the globe. Essentially, hair straighteners feature several plates which after undergoing heating glide against the hair hence straightening it in the process. However, while heat plays an important role in the straightening of hair, it’s imperative to note that excessive heat can damage your hair and that is why experts stress on investing in the best hair straighteners for the best results. With this is in mind, what are some of the considerations when buying hair straighteners? What are some of the factors you need to take into consideration?

Materials used to make the plates

Unless it’s your first time using hair straighteners, you definitely know that their plates are made of different materials. The important thing here is to go for a plate that will produce the best results with your hair. Essentially, there are some plate materials that are efficient with certain hair types while there are others that simply don’t produce the desired results. Depending on your hair type, you can go for plate materials made of solid ceramic, ceramic coated plates, tourmaline plates and titanium plates. All these plate materials have their own advantages that suit different types of hairs and therefore its highly advisable that you find out how beneficial each is or the merits of each before you make the final purchase.

Your hair type

You cannot afford to bury your head in the sand when buying hair straighteners. Buying a hair straightener without taking your hair type into consideration is an exercise in futility. This is very important especially if you are in the market to buy a hair straightener for personal use. If that’s the case, then you need to go for a straightener that will bring up the best results and make your hair look flawless after using it.

However, if you are in the market and seeking to buy straighteners for professional use, the logical thing to do would be to buy different types of them as you will be dealing with customers with different hair types. If your hair is thick and curly, you might want to buy titanium plated hair straightener as it boasts of high temperatures. On the other hand, if you spot hair that is medium thick and not difficult to style, going for a ceramic plate would be the logical thing to do as it is instrumental in keeping hair breakages at bay.

Temperature control

The best hair straighteners are those that make it easy for you to adjust temperatures as and when you require. The truth of the matter is that high temperatures produce excellent results in certain hairs while there are hairs that only require moderate or low temperatures. In this regard, you should go for a hair straightener with the right settings to enable you adjust the temperature according to your hair type. You definitely do not want a scenario where you spend a lot of money on a straightener that doesn’t fit your hair style and which has no setting for adjustment.

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