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Everything You Need To Know Before Thinking Of Botox – Farewell To Fine Lines!

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Everything You Need To Know Before Thinking Of Botox

One thing everyone dreads equally is aging. Another thing, women in general, dread is what comes along with aging; uninvited wrinkles and unwanted lines. Feeling young and rejuvenated on the inside count’s nothing when the fine lines on the outside say otherwise. 

Everything You Need To Know Before Thinking Of Botox!

How many of you feel the immense need to stop time so that you won’t age another day? Be it for living life, chasing dreams, making memories, or simply not see the aging marks you see every time you look in the mirror. The dreaded appearance of lines on your forehead, between the brows, around your eyes and lips, that goes deeper and stays longer, are inevitable. But there has to be some way out, right?

Everything You Need To Know Before Thinking Of Botox

Like all the other times, the beauty industry has answered yet another long term question of worry with a short term quick fix named botox. It is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment with more than 6 million treatments administered each year. The popularity of the treatment went up 700 percent since 2000, to 6.3 million in 2013. Let me educate you on everything you should know about botox.

Freeze The Time, Don’t Age Another Day

Botox is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions, and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. It is made from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. In simpler words, botox is the diluted form of botulinum which can be a temporary solution for those furrowed lines of worry that has stretched deep into your skin.

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The nerves should release acetylcholine [a neurotransmitter] at the junction where the nerve ending meet muscle cells in order for muscles to contract. Acetylcholine will attach to receptors on the muscle cells to contract. The injected Botox inhibits the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction, which paralyzes the surrounding muscles that produce lines and folds in the skin, thereby preventing contraction and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It basically prevents the communication from nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralyzing them. 

It is said to last for 4 months or longer while the results could vary from person to person depending on the age of the person, the depth and patterns of the wrinkles, muscle strength, and the quality and elasticity of the skin. As this was found in the 1980s, there haven’t been any reports of long term effects of it(1)

The wrinkles are of two types; static and dynamic. The static wrinkles are the ones that are etched on people deeply after years of laughing, frowning, and raising eyebrows. The dynamic wrinkles are the ones that appear while making particular facial expressions. Subsequently, the goal of botox treatment is to prevent the formation of static lines altogether. The most common wrinkles that Botox can treat are lines on the upper face, i.e., the “11” between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. 

I know how this looks, you will be cheating the aging process. I have done my share of judgments on people who go to the derm and go under the needle. Because I am perched safely on my chair of the 20s with baby-soft, wrinkle-free skin. But what about the time I start seeing lines forming on my face? Wouldn’t I like to not see them every time I look in the mirror?

Dig Deeper To The Base

Many of you stay unaware of certain facts about botox. I would like to shed some light on the lesser-known facts about botox and its various misconceptions. Keep scrolling!

Lesser Known Facts About Botox

  • Botox is used to treat excessive sweating. It will block the nerve signals responsible for producing sweating, stopping the sweat glands from producing too much sweat(2).
  • Enhance mood and help with depression – As emotions like fear, sadness, anger goes through the muscles between your brows, botox simply inhibits the muscle and calms it down. That will make it difficult for the person to feel negative emotions.
  • Other uses of botox are for treating chronic pain, chronic migraine(3), crossed eyes, spasm of the eyelids, neck and shoulder muscle spasms, overactive bladder, etc
  • Botox is temporary. If you want to try it, go ahead. You can choose not to do it after the effect wears off if you are not comfortable with it.
  • Continuous use of Botox for 10+ years will make your skin look brighter.
  • If you stop using botox after using for a few years, the wrinkles won’t start to appear again all of a sudden. With regular use of Botox, your facial muscles will be taught to not frown. The muscles will weaken from lack of use. Hence, if you stop using, the weakened muscles will delay the aging and slow down the formation of wrinkles.
  • There is no gender for botox. In fact, Botox is the most common beauty treatment among men. 
  • The average cost of botox treatment is $300 to $5oo. 

botox before and after

Misconceptions About Botox 

  • Make you stone cold with no facial expressions – It is only injected in discrete points, there are many muscles that are working perfectly on the face.
  • Eradicate wrinkles – It cannot completely eradicate wrinkles that have already been etched on the face, as it’s not iron.
  • Should be used continuously for years – Years of botox means fewer visits over time. 
  • Botox, if done with a higher dose, will stay permanent – After three months the effects of botox will wear off. 
  • Not safe – It is FDA approved(4) neurotoxin and is safe for cosmetic treatment as the surrounding muscles won’t get affected. Its dosage is highly monitored and the units are small that it can’t get beyond the muscle tissue.
  • Botox can help manage both pore size and sebum production – Botox is not FDA approved for this.
  • Botox and fillers are the same – While Botox is done to minimize lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions, fillers are done to add fullness to areas that have thinned due to aging(5)

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The Age-Regimen for Botox

Some dermatologists have suggested to not wait until the lines become static or deep to get the treatment. Because if you start to go under the needle early, you have a high chance to train your face to not form the lines at all. The treatment will limit the appearance of deep lines over time. They conclude to use botox as a preventive treatment as opposed to corrective treatment. 

However, many other dermatologists disagree with it stating the fact that your skin will get visibly thinner if you start at an early age. Young people in the early 20s is said to have prematurely thinner muscles and foreheads with the continuous use of botox treatment. As its effect doesn’t stay for not more than six months, you will book another appointment that comes with another one and another, and it goes on. 

One thing you can do here is the prevention of wrinkles from appearing before its official timing. Take care of your skin with the daily use of a good sunscreen [SPF 50] every time you step out in the sun, hydrating moisturizer, and vitamin C serum from the early 20s itself.   

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Beauty Demands Pain

You have heard the usual “no pain, no gain” strategic line when it comes to literally anything in life. Even removing blackheads demands pain. But does botox demand pain? Is it painful? 

The answer is, do you mind getting a pinchy feeling? Do you freak out when the syringe comes out? If not, botox won’t make you feel a thing. But if it does, think of the pain you have while being bitten by an ant. 

botox side effects

You won’t feel any pain except for a pinching feeling because of the needles being inserted. But you can always ask for a numbness cream, ice, or anesthesia. Botox is directed into the facial muscle by a very thin needle. The surgeon will mark some discrete points on the face where it needs to be injected. Then, it is carefully injected to fill up the wrinkles and help freeze the muscles to reduce the chances of them reentering. You might feel a tight feeling in the beginning, some say feeling like having duct tape on the forehead before the body adjusts with the toxin. Beauty without pain!

Can Botox be Corrected?

If you feel like a robot without being able to make any expression because too much has been used, it cannot be reversed. But don’t worry, it is not permanent, which is good news. You just have to wait until the effect is worn off which might take from 10 to 12 weeks. But weirdly enough there are people requesting a “frozen” look(6)

how long does botox last

On the other hand, if you think the outcome was not exactly even, with one eyebrow goes higher than the other when raised, it can be fixed easily. The surgeon can fix that by injecting a little into the stronger side. The toxin injected should be limiting muscle contraction. But if the muscles are contracting even after injecting, adding more toxin into the strong side will further limit the contraction. It is a common occurrence.

What To Do Before Going Under The Needle?

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  • Do your research.
  • Educate yourself about botox, its process, benefits, risks, and complications.
  • Ask yourself – why do you want this?
  • Search for the “before and after” pictures.
  • Find a good dermatologist with years of experience.
  • Talk to your derm about how you want it – options of it being subtle and obvious.
  • Confirm the units of dosage and cost.

Don’t Do It From A Shady Place

It is important to get the Botox treatment from a certified physician, preferably a cosmetic specialist. The place should be administered by license. Getting the treatment from a shady place is life-threatening. Be careful!

Botox for migraines

Don’t Ignore The Nasty

Now you know all the good parts of botox and many reasons you should do it. But do you really need it though? Let’s get to the nasty part of it. 

Though botulinum toxin type A was approved for cosmetic usage in 2002, you cannot ignore that it is a neurotoxin and is one of the deadliest and poisonous biological substances known to man. It is found in contaminated canned foods that have the ability to damage nerves and cause paralysis and even death(7). Botulism, an illness caused by botox, can cause respiratory failure and prove deadly. Just 1 gram of botulinum toxin could kill over 1 million people. Two kilograms could kill the entire human population of Earth. Doesn’t sound good, right? 

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Many studies have reported the safety of it. But concerns are still raised because of the long-term effects. There are many with uneven smiles and drooping eyelids who complain after the treatment. After all, there is nothing natural about botox. Other known side effects of it are reddening of the skin, numbness, headache, mild nausea, fatigue, blurred vision and decreased eyesight, etc. These are said to be temporary though.

Why are people obsessed with looking forever young instead of feeling forever young? How can you not show the radiant smile and laugh you have by being scared of a few lines that will show the life you are living? If you are that concerned about the wrinkles, try the sustainable skincare practices that will increase the blood circulation. Because when we look at skin aging, it is slowing down of blood circulation. If you can add more nutrients to your blood and release tension, furrowed lines can melt from the face, right? 

Live life slowly in depth.

RESOURCES

  1. Springer Nature Switzerland. (2019). Botulinum Neurotoxin: Basic Facts, Physiology and Pharmacology[online] Available at: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-29505-9_7
  2. SLUCARE. (2020). Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis. [online] Available at: https://www.slucare.edu/dermatology/hyperhidrosis/botox-for-hyperhidrosis.php
  3. WebMD LLC. (2005-2020). Botox Injections for Migraine Treatment. [online] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/botox-migraines#1
  4. FDA. (n.d). How Drugs are Developed and Approved. [online] Available at: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/development-approval-process-drugs/how-drugs-are-developed-and-approved
  5. Cleveland Clinic. (1995-2020). What’s the Difference Between Facial Fillers and Botox?. [online] Available at: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/whats-the-difference-between-facial-fillers-and-botox/
  6. American Psychological Association. (2020). The effects of BOTOX injections on emotional experience. [online] Available at: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2010-09991-012
  7. National Center for Biotechnology Information. (n.d). The story of Clostridium botulinum: from food poisoning to Botox. [online] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4953590/

How To Do Professional Pedicure At Home? Prep & Primp Your Sore Feet!

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Pedicure At Home

Hours spent at a spa for a pedicure are the golden hours of that day, especially the work loaded tiring days. But not the money that goes out of the wallet. A weekly spa sounds unwanted expense even if it sounds therapeutic and relaxing. Come to think of it, who doesn’t like their feet getting massaged and rubbed? I would love to get it pampered [once a month at least] by the hands of a pro. Unfortunately, not everyone has the budget to treat their feet with relaxed prep and primp because of the stack of bills that are due. 

How To Do Professional Pedicure At Home?

What if I tell you that you can do the magical work at home by yourself? Pedicure is one of the few beauty treatments that can be done at home without needing extra funds. An affordable yet luxurious gift you can pamper your sore feet in the easiest simple steps! It won’t take more than half an hour. Let me guide you step by step on how to do professional pedicure at home with a spa-qualified result. Keep scrolling!

Pedicure At Home

 

Perfect At-Home Professional Pedicure Steps

Before going down with the steps, gather the supplies you need to get the job done. While all of these are not essential and a few are optional, keep these in your home pedicure kit to be prepared.

Pedicure Kit

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Bowl or basin [enough to fit both feet]
  • Warm water
  • Epsom salt(1) [optional]
  • Liquid foot soap [optional]
  • Toenail scrub brush
  • Toe-cleaning tool
  • Scrub
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer
  • Toenail clipper
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle oil
  • Moisturizer
  • Nail polish [base coat, color, top coat]
  • Toe separator

Get rid of the Old Junk

Start with a clean sheet. You need to make sure that your toenails are polish-free. As cotton balls will most likely leave frizzies, use cotton pads instead. Saturate cotton pads with nail polish remover. One thing to keep in mind is to use a non-acetone remover as acetone remover can be harsh and weakens and dries nail beds(2). Then, press the saturated cotton pad on your toenails and soak in for a few seconds. Wipe off the polish with the pad. If they still leave traces, nail experts recommend using lemon juice to remove them completely. With a few tries of course. Once you get rid of nail polish and debris, wear your beauty cap. Here comes the fun part.

 nail polish remover

Give a Soothing Bath to your feet

Take the bowl or basin that can fit both of your feet, or not if you don’t mind switching them constantly. Fill it up with warm water to soak your feet in it. 

Adding Epsom salts or liquid foot soap to the water will add a lot to the whole experience. Some people even add bubble bath mix or soothing fragrances of their choice. After mixing the ingredients you want, dip your feet in, sit back and relax for the next ten minutes or so. You can soak them longer to enhance the softening process. This soothing bath will relax your senses and cleanse and soften your rough skin along with your cuticles and it will be easier for you to remove them. After you are done, pat dry your feet with an absorbent towel. Remember, the softer your feet, the better! 

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What else can you add to the warm water?

A capful of distilled white vinegar to cleanse and tone, a few drops of tea tree oil to kill bacteria, or a few slices of lemon to soften cuticles and calluses, and sanitize your feet. Everything sounds promising!

Clean the Toenails

While you are soaking your feet, you can clean each of your toenails in the water itself. Either use a toenail scrub brush or toenail-cleaning tool. Make use of soapy water to clean underneath each of your toenails. 

 how to do pedicure at home

The cleaning tool will have a small hook on one end and a point on the other. Gently slide under the white area of each toenail to remove the dirt. The key to making your polished toenails stay the same for a longer period is well-cleaned nails!

Scrub away the Dead Skin

Pat dry your feet. When the soles of your feet are soft enough, it’s time to scrub the dullness there. Exfoliating your feet will help you get rid of the dead skin on the surface of your feet, so healthier skin can be brought out. Massage your feet for 2-3 minutes each with the scrub focusing on the balls of your feet, sides, around your toes, and your heels.

 pedicure at home

Scrape and remove any dead or dried skin from calloused and hard areas until they feel smooth to touch. Don’t overdo it as that could end up irritating. Focus only on the rough part without removing too much skin. Make sure there’s no residue in your cuticles or between your toes. You can also use a foot file to run back and forth across your heels, soles, and sides of your feet. Then, rinse and pat dry.

Take care of the Cuticles

Did you know that cuticles are the barrier of protection for your skin around the nails from possible infections? 

So, you need to be extra careful while tending your cuticles, which is the next step. There is no hurry! For this, saturate a cotton pad with some cuticle oil and soften your nail bed. Give a massage on each of your toenails by gently rubbing the pads on them. When the cuticles are soft enough, go ahead and push the dead skin back with a cuticle pusher to get a nice shape. That will give your toenails a tidier look. 

How to do pedicure at home

Rub a little more cuticle oil in because it will make the pedicure last longer. Then, repeat the step with the next foot by giving each toenail the attention it deserves. Then, dab another cotton pad with saturated nail polish remover on your toenails to remove excess oil. Most of the salons and spas cut your cuticles for you because that is a part of the pedicure process. But it is not recommended to do it at home. That might cause severe infection or damage as you are not trained to cut your cuticles by yourself. 

Time to Clip, File, and Buff

Next, you will treat your toenails. Wait for at least five minutes to start trimming or clipping your toenails. Give your toenails time to dry up and harden for this step. Take your nail clippers [only if you have excess length] and clip your nails straight across to just above the skin in the desired length. Clip them with little snips rather than all at once to not risk breaking the nails. Make sure that you don’t cut too close or you might risk an ingrown nail. If you are someone who wears sneakers most of the time, it’s wise not to have long nails as they tend to get bumped in your sneakers, leading to bruising. 

Pedicure steps

Now, use the file to get the desired shape. Smoothen out the raw and rough corners and edges by working in one direction. Smoothen them until they are even and in the shape you desire. I would recommend a square shape with rounded edges rather than oval shape which has high chances of ingrown nails. 

Next comes the buffing block. After you are done with filing, gently buff your nail beds to smoothen out any ridges that will make the nail polish look uneven. That’s the end of toenail treating! This could be the regular spoiling of your tips and toes. 

Use Foot Exfoliation

As the saying goes, “you should put your best foot forward”, polish your feet regularly to make them as soft as a baby bum. 

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There are many exfoliating scrubs you can use to rub off the rough skin. Or you can make your own homemade DIY scrub mixes for an added softness and scent at the end. Gently exfoliate the paste in a circular motion on the pads of your feet, heels, and even your lower legs too. Rinse off all of the excess scrub and pat dry with a towel. This is an added spa experience that can even out the rough patches.

Simple DIY scrub – Mix one tablespoon of sugar with one tablespoon of baby oil.

Slather on the Moisturizer

The next important step, like any beauty treatment, is moisturizing the skin nice and smooth. Get a good moisturizer and work the product from your toes and all the way up to your calves. 

Pedicure

Choose a moisturizer that is not too greasy to avoid getting your toenails oily again. Also, make sure that the moisturizer is not a scented lotion to keep the nails from breaking(3)with synthetic fragrance in it. Besides, unscented moisturizer will help your skin stay hydrated and smooth. Replenish the moisture by massaging your feet which will nourish and hydrate the skin after all the soaking and scrubbing you have done. Pay close attention to every nook and corner like the arch and in-between your toes. Keep on massaging, who doesn’t like a good massage now and then!

Prep and Polish

And finally, it’s time to get it done! Before applying nail polish, grab another cotton pad and saturate it with the remover. Rub it over your toenails to get rid of the excess oil or moisturizer for the polish to stick better. 

Use the toe separator to make the application easier. If you don’t have one, roll a cotton pad in between each toe to prevent smudging. The order of nail polishing is applying a base coat, two coats of color, and a topcoat. Start by applying a thin layer of base coat to make the nail polish stick better to your nail beds. Make sure it’s a thin and smooth layer in three strokes; one up the middle and one on each side. 

Pedicure at home

Coming to the color coating, grab your nail polish and paint a thin and even coat. Start by the middle line to guide the other lines of polish on either side. Wait for a minute or two for that to dry and settle. If you are satisfied with it, add another color coat in neat and slow strokes. Make sure the tip of your nails is painted as well. 

And for the final go, apply a clear topcoat to protect the nails from chips, add shine and luster, and smooth away any flaws. Just one thin layer of it is all it takes to bring the glow. Thin layers will be easy to dry and will stay for longer. When you are done with the topcoat, you are done with the pedicure.

Now it’s time you sit comfortably and wait for it to dry. It takes nail polish longer than you would think to dry and give the shine, so be patient ladies! If you try to rush it, you might end up with an uneven, or worse, smudged finish. But if you do end up with rogue mistakes or errors, worry not! Use the saturated cotton pad to clean them up. 

Pedicure at home

Nail polishes are said to take 12 hours to harden(4). Hence, many nail experts suggest sticking your feet in cold water for a few minutes to help your nail polish solidify. Do not try to dry your nail polish with a hairdryer. Sit back and relax for 15-20 minutes and you will be done with your pedicure! If you could have anyone else do all this for you, that will be a therapeutic experience for real! Other highly recommended tips are using the cuticle serum daily to get the most of your pedicure and reapplying your topcoat every few days to avoid possible chipping. 

With these simple steps, you now know how to do professional looking pedicure at home. If you can do a spa-quality pedicure by yourself, why go to a nail salon and break your wallet?

RESOURCES

  1. National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine. (n.d). The use of Epsom salts, historically considered. [online] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1584988/
  2. Elsevier. (2018). Nail Disorder. [online] Available at: https://books.google.co.in/books
  3. University of Florida Health. (2020). Nail abnormalities. [online] Available at: https://ufhealth.org/nail-abnormalities
  4. ResearchGate. (2020). An Exploratory Study of the Factors That May Affect Female Consumers’ Buying Decision of Nail Polishes [online] Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307660759

Hailey And Justin’s Wedding – To Get Wedding Inspired Goals!

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Hailey And Justin's Wedding Inspired Goals

Who doesn’t dream of a fairy-tale wedding?

A wedding, far away, at a magical location with a breathtaking decoration in an equally breathtaking white dress with a train of veil sweeping the groom of the ground. Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s wedding was just the perfect fairy-tale wedding you and I dream of.

Hailey And Justin’s Wedding Inspired Goals!

Any woman can get inspired by Hailey-Justin’s wedding. Have you seen the wedding pictures? It was a beautiful ceremony that took the breath away from everyone present there. Friends and family, including many guests like Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Usher, Ed Sheeran, Jaden Smith, Joan Smalls, Justine Skye, Scooter Braun, etc. cheered and celebrated after the couple said, “I do”.

Hailey And Justin's Wedding Inspired Goals

They were legally wedded at the New York courthouse on September 13, 2018, after getting engaged in the seventh month of the same year. As Justin himself mentioned, seven is the number of spiritual perfections! And then, after a year-long waiting, on 30th September 2019, the pair celebrated a larger ceremony with 154 guests to toast along.

Hailey was a drop-dead gorgeous bride. From head to toe, she was graceful elegance molded into alluring beauty. There are many “wedding inspired goals” you can fish out from her wedding like these listed below. You can even try recreating at your wedding.

Destination 

The couple exchanged vows during the sunset in a ceremony at the Somerset Chapel, Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South California, a small beach town right off the coast of the state.

They chose South California and it looks just like a place from a Nicholas Sparks novel! Palmetto Bluff is the paradise of tourists around the globe with the massive 20,000-acre community along the May River(1).

Hailey And Justin's Wedding Destination

A divinely scenic place that is perfect for a tropical destination wedding. 

Palmetto Bluff is a resort, like no other, where you’d wish to go again and again because of its serene beauty and the warm feeling it gives to your memory.

Themed Pre-Wedding Party

It was definitely a Notebook-themed wedding in South California just like the movie itself! The guests were given a copy of the novel “The Notebook” as part of a special gift upon arrival. The couple even screened the 2004 movie – starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams – at the pre-wedding party. Hailey’s and Justin’s favorite movie, that is about love, loss, and love like the couple experienced in real life with an on-and-off relationship.

Hailey And Justin's Pre-Wedding Party Theme

The pre-wedding party, on the previous night at Moreland Landing, a banquet venue close to Montage Palmetto Bluff, was terrific apparently. A sleepover on Sunday night to make the wedding more memorable and fun with a carnival-themed party. Yes, all of our childhood-dream sleepover!

They gathered their loved ones together and hosted different games like bowling and capture the flag, put a whole spread of ice cream and candy, a giant dance party, along with the screening of The Notebook.

The best part of the night was the huge water-guns fight around 1 A.M. A cherry on the top for real!

Decoration

The chapel was decorated magnificently that can make anyone go awe in wonder.

The venue was beautifully decorated with lights and white flowers. This luxury floral decor was done by California based florist “Mark’s Garden”. There were many string lights hanging and lit candles along the length of the tables. It was a chic and white decored wedding.

Hailey And Justin's Wedding Decoration
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The guests were given personalized t-shirts and water bottles with personalized logo at the pre-wedding party. How creative!

Wedding Gowns

The best part of the wedding was the dresses Hailey charmed her way in. And it was not just in one dress, not two, but three.

She made everyone stare at her beauty in three different custom designer dresses on the big day! (2)

Hailey's Wedding Gowns

Hailey walked down the aisle with her father Stephen Baldwin in this bespoke mermaid style dress. It was intricately made entirely of pearl-embroidered lace to the length of her long sleeves too. An off-the-shoulder neckline dress with a daringly low scoop back that ended in a train that graced her walk. Hailey’s dream dress with a non-traditional look was created by Off-White designer Virgil Abloh.

For the reception, she chose a stunning silk halter dress with a thigh-high slit pairing with Jimmy Choo’s stiletto heels. This was designed by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo [British Luxury brand – Ralph & Russo]

As the reception slipped into the early hours of the morning, the bride slipped into another slip dress of beauty. Getting comfortable with just the dress was not on her mind, she got really comfortable into sneakers to rock the dance floor.

Cathedral Veil

Another stand-out feature of the wedding was the cathedral-length veil Hailey walked in. “Till death do us part”(3) was stitched at the end of the long veil. Cue the awws!

Hailey's Wedding Cathedral Veil
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Wedding Band

And we thought rocks of rings couldn’t get any bigger!

Hailey’s oval-cut diamond engagement ring is stacked between her two 18K wedding rings from Tiffany & Co.’s.(4) 

Check this out for a clearer and closer look.

Hailey and Justin's Wedding Band
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Makeup and Hairdo

Simple yet elegant. Hailey trusted her face with her favorite makeup artist Denika Bedrossian on her big day. She was given a simple yet radiant look with a glowy complexion, nude lipstick, brushed up eyebrows and curly eyelashes. Her hair was styled into a low bun with a few loose strands around her face by Jen Atkin [OUAI]. She wore pearls in her hair. Nothing was overdone and it was a perfect bride look. 

Look how gorgeous Hailey looked with that natural look!

Hailey's Makeup and Hairdo
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Jacket

Hailey's Jacket
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Another stand-out masterpiece badass accessory of the wedding was the black leather jacket Hailey wore. The sleek jacket had “wife” written across the back with icing stones(5). How loud is Hailey going to scream to the world of her new title! She even changed her Instagram username to @haileybieber. One can announce the world of new happiness in so many ways. 

Necklace

Someone, please give Justin a trophy for “The Best Husband”! Have you seen Hailey’s new gold chain necklace that spells “wifey” with diamonds?

Hailey's Necklace

It is a beautiful piece of ornament. Justin uploaded a story on Instagram to show us the necklace. A simple necklace that carries the heavy meaning of it. Wouldn’t you want to bask in the glory of marriage right above your chest every day? Oh, I would love to. 

That was the shortlist of inspired goals from Hailey Bieber’s wedding. Her wedding planner Mandy Weiss worked magic! You could choose any from the above to make your wedding dashing. If you choose the same destination, trust me you will love the pictures later. Because the place looks so heavenly. 

If you are going to stitch words on your veil, go for “til” instead of till as it is the wrong usage. Many fans have pointed that out already. Shush.

Don’t stop your celebration just in one dress, make it two or as Hailey did, choose the graceful three

RESOURCES

  1.  Luxe Recess, LLC. (2019). Finding our Family’s Paradise at Montage Palmetto Bluff. [online] Available at: https://luxerecess.com/montage-palmetto-bluff-montage-resort/
  2. Maeve Reilly. Wardrobe Stylist. @stylememaeve [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/stylememaeve/
  3. Penske Media Corporation(2019). Inside Hailey and Justin Bieber’s Star-Studded Wedding. [online] Available at: https://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/justin-bieber-hailey-bieber-2019-wedding-photos-details-1203330547/
  4. Condé Nast (2019). Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s Wedding: Everything We Know. [online] Available at: https://www.glamour.com/story/hailey-baldwin-justin-bieber-details
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Effective Yet Easy Mehndi Designs For Beginners!

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Mehndi Designs For Beginners

When there is a wedding coming around, you plan everything from pin to heels. You make appointments with your beautician to glow up before the big day and go for endless shopping to find the perfect dress. Now, it has become a historic tradition to have some mehndi on both hands for the wedding. 

Mehndi Designs For Beginners

You try to find the best mehndi artist out there to adorn your hands and feet. Not just the bride, but everyone from grandma to little kids running around needs a touch of mehndi. Started somewhere in the Middle East and Eastern countries, mehndi has now become a trend in Western countries as well. It’s never too late to start anything new, right?

Mehndi Designs For Beginners

Mehndi In India

Mehndi is as common as a cup of Starbucks coffee in Asian countries, mostly India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. A bride is said to be incomplete without that unique scent of mehndi surrounding her. Everyone needs to get a whiff of mehndi on the night before the wedding. 

Mehndi Night
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“Mehndi night” is what they call in India for the day when the bride sits on the decorated stage while having some mehndi artists neatly adorning her hands and feet. That will be a night of celebration with family and friends dancing to the rhythm of “mehndi songs”, every corner smelling that unique scent of mehndi, taking the elder people down the memory lane to their own mehndi night. Muslim women apply mehndi for eid, wedding, and other functions of celebration.  

Mehndi, more like a temporary tattoo, is usually put on both sides of the arms, usually till wrists, feet, and ankles. It is easy to make mehndi paste but what is said to be harder is getting the right consistency to design them neatly. 

After applying on your hands, mehndi’s color will change from moose green to black as it dries, and then the color will change to a maroon red in the next five hours. Mehndi is basically a dye that some people use it on their hair too. But there is mehndi paste that will not change the color in the Middle East. They stay black even after washing off and look more mesmerizing in the daylight. Organic mehndi cones are widely available now with differently scented fragrances. For a better stain, people use sugar mixed with lemon juice to apply on dried mehndi. Sealants are available.

Be a Mehndi Artist with Patience and Practice

In times you search for a mehndi artist and come out unlucky, you often envy those mehndi pros who can effortlessly work magic on hands with mehndi. With time, patience and practice, you can be one too! 

Although it might look difficult to try, with frequent practice you can see obvious improvements. All you need to learn is how to hold the mehndi cone in the right way. Which is, the way you hold a pen! Giving just a little bit of pressure with your thumb and forefinger is all the push it needs to flow from the cone to the palm in perfect little designs. 

easy Mehndi designs

There are many mehndi artists around the world now, all thanks to the internet, showing the world the beauty of mehndi. I have seen amazing mehndi artists like Emma Rose(1) from Canada and Joey Anderson(2) from Italy.

There are many beginners out there looking for hands to practice their designs to get them right and neat. You don’t always need palms, a newspaper will do the job as much. 

Start from the simple and basic designs to practice. The most important fact you need to stomach is, mehndi designs take time. It is not about how fast you complete the hands of a bride, it is always about the perfection of the designs. So, take your time and do it slowly and neatly and with you can bring perfection to every little design. For a beginner, using a stencil will help outline the designs to apply the paste accordingly. 

Easy Mehndi Designs For Beginners 

Here are some simple and beautiful mehndi designs for beginners to use and practice. 

Some girls and women don’t go overboard with a whole covered design. They might prefer mehndi on just fingers. Designs for fingers and toes are different from palm designs because of the lack of space.(3)

Easy Mehndi Designs For Beginners
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Easy Mehndi Designs For Beginners
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Indian Designs

Mehndi designs vary in style. Indian designs are more floral patterns with vines and leaves(4) (5)whereas Arabic designs are done in thin lines and abstract patterns with dots that are almost non-existent grazing the designs(6)(7). Indian bridal designs cover the entire length of the arm like a beautiful hand glove with designs. For a beginner, bridal mehndi will look like a confusing puzzle of a maze. But like I said, with practice and experience, anyone can make it look easy. 

Check out how these intricate designs are put into simple designs-

Indian Mehndi Designs
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Indian Mehndi Designs
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Arabic Designs

Arabic Mehndi Designs
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If you want to try a bridal design that doesn’t look complicated and hard-to-try, try this one. A simple yet bridal mehndi; repetition of a design in a zigzag pattern.

Arabic Mehndi Designs
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I have come across designs that are completely different and unique from Indian and Arabic designs through Dr. Azra Khamissa’s(8) Instagram page. A Dubai based artist, Azra’s simple yet complicated designs seem to carry hidden words and meanings. Carefully chosen from her number of works, here are a few simple designs any beginner can try.

Arabic Mehndi Designs
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For any beginner in mehndi, these designs will certainly help. 

  • Keep a cotton swab nearby when you work, if in case you make a mistake, you need to swipe that off because mehndi dries quickly. 
  • You can watch the videos on YouTube to see how mehndi pros are applying the paste to create beautiful body art out of a cone. 
  • If you are doing a floral design, work from the inside of the design to the outside to make it easier to apply.

Try mehndi and adorn your own hands in vibrant red that smells really good!

RESOURCES

  1. Emma Rose. Ontario, Canada. @rosemehndi. [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/rosemehndi/
  2. Mehndika Joey Henna. Northern Italy. @mehndikajoeyhenna. [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/mehndikajoeyhenna/
  3. Mendika. Calicut,kerala. @mehandibyliyah. Mehndi Designs for fingers and toes. [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/p/BdiFXSPFzQh/
  4. Henna Artist. West Yorkshire UK. @habeedashenna. Indian Mehndi designs. [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2meMRXleg-/?igshid=1tfpuxg2inh5j
  5. Daily Henna Inspiration. @hennainspo_ . Indian Mehndi designs. [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4UMJPigHq_/?igshid=180i7vdzwjvkq
  6. Arabian Henna (حنا). Birmingham UK. @nurahshenna. Arabic Mehndi designs. [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/p/Be3Vs8wlJYL/?igshid=1iajczjajnx6t
  7. Henna Tattoo & Mandala Art. @leedsmehndi. Arabic Mehndi designs. [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXUMBLUlKPu/?igshid=t6uh18b5x9b2
  8. Dr. Azra Khamissa. @dr.azra. Indian & Arabic Mehndi designs. [online] Available at: https://www.instagram.com/dr.azra/

What To Do On A First Date With A Guy? Unusual First Date Tips!

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What To Do On A First Date With A Guy

First date jitters are pretty normal. There are times we go search for books on the ideal or perfect first date. Most of us have more failed first dates than “perfect” first dates.No matter how many dates you have been to, chances are high you will feel nervous around the guy you are going to meet for the first time.

What To Do On A First Date With A Guy?

Being too nervous can go wrong in many ways. Some talk too much when they are nervous and not every guy likes that. No blame there, it can be annoying. On the other hand, some cannot talk when they are nervous. No guy will go for another date with a woman who won’t talk, thinking she had no fun. Nervous or not, talking is important on a date. I mean, isn’t that all we do on a date?

What To Do On A First Date With A Guy

I can help you with a few “do’s” on a first date so that you can relax and have fun. After all, it’s just one time! You might not even see the guy again. Care for my advice? Don’t overthink and make it worse than it already is. Chant this three phrased mantra in your mind before leaving – Relax, talk, have fun!

Choose an ideal dating venue where you can talk

What is the point of going for a date? It is for getting to know each other by talking. How would that work out if you go to some loud place where you cannot hear the other person talk? Or worse, where you will have to scream at each other to talk? No point. It’s completely pointless.

Choose an ideal dating venue where you can talk

A quiet place is always a wise choice for a first date. Where you can talk and listen to each other. It is also essential to keep it short. Imagine sitting with a guy for an hour you have no absolute interest over. Don’t kill yourself. Go for a coffee, because coffee is always the savior in disguise. Suggest a place where you can relax and relieve some pressure like bowling, art galleries, zoos, etc. And if you want to prolong the date, you can go for dinner later.

It’s better to keep the movies for a second date. You literally cannot interact with him there. The first date should be all about getting to know each other. Going to a bar that is packed with people where it’s too noisy and loud is the worst option to choose from. Imagine how embarrassing you is yelling at him about your week. Besides, you would want your first date to be with a sober mind. You don’t want to accidentally spill anything you will regret later on.

Clothe your personality while being comfortable

You might spend hours contemplating on what to wear and go hunting in the closet for the perfect dress. But I tell you, always, always dress comfortably. You will have a much better date if you are comfortable in what you wear. You should feel comfortable.

Dating Tips

Choose a dress if you are going to a fancy restaurant; a classy dress that accentuates your best features. But try not to wear anything too tight or that shows too much skin which leaves nothing to the imagination(1). Let him have something to think about. Cue the wink!

If you don’t like dressing up, don’t even bother playing dress up in front of your mirror. If in case the date ends up bad, you will be relieved about one thing at least. But you must put some effort. As the old saying goes, the first impression is the best impression.

A date is not an interview

The immense pressure of dates put you on an edge, just like how you go for an interview. There is this absolute need to be the best; you have to put the best foot forward, you have to put on your best clothes, you have to try to say the best things. If not the best, it is the “right” thing.

A date is not an interview

Be the right fit for the person sitting across from you. Just like an interview. They ask you questions and you have to stop for a moment and think, “what to say to make them like me?” But that is not how it is supposed to be. It should come with the flow, not with pressure.

Pro tip- be authentic but don’t try too hard.

Be confident. Be yourself.

Be confident. Be yourself.

A confident woman is a sexy woman. Guys love confident women. Someone who can speak out and outwit him. Someone confident in herself. In other words, be everything you are. Do not try to be someone you are not. Simple as that.

Let him know the real you on the first date itself. You don’t want him to see another version of you on the next date. Be as real as you can be. I know it’s hard opening up and getting comfortable on the first date itself, but it is always better to be yourself. For both of you. If he cannot handle the sass in you, he is not worth it. He won’t last much anyway.

Be silly, not uptight. Laugh your heart out

Give yourself a breather and loosen up. If you are having a great time with the guy, go be your goofy and silly self. Do not hold back thinking what if he doesn’t like you or there won’t be a second date. Make most of your first date then!

What to do on a date

Laughter is the key. Laughter goes all the way to the heart. When you laugh, you are in a good mood. When you are in a good mood, the person you are with feels good. Laughter is said to be contagious. Lighten up the mood by laughing at silly and funny stories. But please don’t fake laugh. It is honestly displeasing in every possible way. Bring the real you along with the real laughter in you. 

Your cheer laughter could be a turn on for him. You never know!

Stick to positive conversational topics and share details about you.

Stick to positive conversational topics and share details about you

Give him a chance to know about you and your life. Talk about what you love, which will give you a beauty only a beholder can witness. Talk about something you are passionate about, what you do in your leisure time, about your family, etc. Stick to the positive and light topics. You don’t want to talk about deep and heavy topics just yet. But be careful when you overshare to a douchebag. Keep a line that doesn’t cross too personal. 

Get to know him and listen to him

A woman is said to talk more on a date than a guy. Prove them wrong and give the guy a chance to talk. Learn about him and listen to him. Actually listen, for real. Do not interrupt him when he is talking. That’s plain rude. 

What To Do On A First Date With A Guy?

Ask questions if you feel he finds it difficult to open up, questions that can help you get to know more about him as a person. “What are you passionate about?”, “What are your interests?” Or lighter questions like, “How did your week go?” You can know what he did and how he looks at everyday normalcy in life. Show him that you are interested to know about him. He will open up more. Then again, don’t bombard him with unnecessary questions. To put it simply, don’t bore him to a point he won’t bother to mingle. 

If all goes well, pay him a genuine and sincere compliment. You will find him more confident which will give way to more interesting conversations. 

Be honest with him

If you are having a good time, make sure both of you are on the same page. He might be dipping his toe after a relationship and wants something casual whereas you are on the road of a long-term relationship. That will be disheartening if both of you don’t meet at the end of the road. 

Be honest with him

If you are having a bad time, make an excuse and leave. Don’t lead the guy and more importantly, don’t show the disinterest on your face. Give him a hint that there won’t be a second date. But do it politely, not bluntly. Blunt is a major turn off and rude.

Put your phone away while talking to him

If you didn’t know already, eye contact is the most important thing to focus on while having a conversation with anyone. Now you know how disrespecting and rude it is to keep your eyes glued to your phone while the guy across you sits uncomfortably. 

What To Do On A First Date With A Guy?

Throw your urge to check your phone every five minutes out of the window before a date. That will leave a bad impression on him. Younger girls are more prone to the screen time(2) phase. But do not bring your phone in the middle of a conversation. Excuse yourself if you want to use your phone for an emergency. After all, it’s only half an hour or an hour. 

Try not to avoid eye contact with him unless he gives you the creeps. Try not to stare anywhere else too much and just focus on him. 

It is not always “love at first sight.”

Don’t try to fool yourself. First dates are always nerve-racking and almost always ends up bad. There is no sugarcoating in that with fireworks and butterflies. And it won’t be love at first sight. But there are good first dates that will leave you with a warm feeling in the body(3). We all find “the one” through the first dates obviously. But that doesn’t mean that you will fall for the guy with just a smile. It’s not always rainbows and unicorns, duh. 

Dating Tips For Beginners

It takes time and effort to make the relationship work. Likewise, you both should hit off naturally and comfortably on your first date. A certain connection that will make you both want to spend more time with each other, again. That’s just a spark. Not love. You fall for the personality and not for the looks and beauty. We find people more interesting as time passes. We admire them later, if not on the first date. If he can leave a good impression on you on the first date itself, score!

Offer to pay, if that’s what you want.

What To Do On A First Date With A Guy?

If you want to pay, offer him. Or you can share the bill. This won’t leave a negative vibe. But if you don’t want to, you can simply be silent when the waiter comes with the bill.

Avoid hooking up with him.

If you are looking for something serious and long-term, avoid hooking up. Don’t be an easy chick. Let him know that it will take some time to get to the next step. It is always safe to be emotionally closer before getting physical. There is no need for rushing as we all know taking things slow is the wise option. It is not just a myth that guys love the chase. Because they do. So, let him work for it!

Avoid hooking up with him.

Flash news: guys want to take you home to mom, not to bed.

But if both of you need just a fling, you can ask him to come over after the date. Simple!

Let him know you had fun.

This is important. Leaving him without letting him know that you enjoyed will be a red flag. He will most likely think that you found him boring and is not interested in going for another date. Don’t dig a pit on your own.

Let him know you had fun.

Let him know. Linger by his car if he drops you off, and tell him you had fun. Gently touch his forearm(4). Tell him how much you enjoyed his company. Trust me, he will think about you and the date on his ride back home. Tell him you would like to give it another go.

Keep busy, don’t be desperate

If all goes well, wait for at least a day before contacting him. Who doesn’t like a chase! Prolong the chase and give him something to think about after the date. Keep yourself busy and distract your mind. Don’t be too keen on spending another day with him that you come off desperate. It’s mortifying after an extend. Give some time for him to contact you and let him know that you are interested in going for the next date.

What To Do On A First Date With A Guy?

Well, that’s it. I am not saying that first dates will be amazing for everyone but follow these tips for your dates to be not horrible. All you need to do is be the down to earth woman that you are and see who sticks with you for another date. Take your mind off from “what if’s”, it is not going to help you except make you more nervous than you already are.

“Relax, talk, have fun”, remember? Have fun!

RESOURCES

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10 Greta Thunberg Quotes For Inspiration That You Don’t Want To Miss!

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10 Greta Thunberg Quotes For Inspiration

“You are never too small to make a difference.”

Her daring and emotive words must have struck a chord strongly in every single one of us. Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg’s brave face will continue to swim in our minds for years to come. In fact, Time magazine has named Greta as the Time’s 2019 youngest-ever Person of the year.

10 Greta Thunberg Quotes For Inspiration

An activist from Sweden, Greta is the fearless young girl that has taken a huge step towards climate change that is not so slowly killing us all as we talk. She is the face of the global movement who is demanding governments to take immediate measures to save the young ones’ future that we adults owe them.

Greta pioneered the #FridaysForFuture(1) movement last year in August. She skipped school to sit in front of the Swedish parliament to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. After going viral, millions of young people joined her on protests with many children walking out of their schools to take part. The truth behind Greta’s words will not make us sit any easier.

The vegan environmentalist has given numerous powerful and passionate speeches articulating the immediate need for actions against climate change. These are a few among the powerful words Greta has thrown at us to ponder on. Get inspired by Greta Thunberg quotes:

Greta Thunberg Quotes

      “We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then maybe we should change the system itself.”

Spoken like a true prodigy. It’s not that we haven’t thought about this. Rather, we failed to acknowledge the solutions right under our nose again and again and now we have a teen activist calling us out(2).

Greta Thunberg Quote

      “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

Greta Thunberg’s quotes have reassured young girls that it’s never too early to use their voice and their age has no bearing on their ability to lead the change. 

Greta Thunberg Quotes For Inspiration

      People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.

In her speeches, she references scientific evidence that leaves no space for further excuses. She demands that world leaders listen to scientific facts instead of chasing after the money they won’t live to use(3).

Greta Thunberg Famous Quotes

      “Many people say that Sweden is just a small country, and it doesn’t matter what we do, but I have learned you are never too small to make a difference.” 

These quotes are from the collection of her speeches coming out in book form, titled “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.” 

Greta Thunberg Best Quotes

      “If a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to.”

This simply shows how powerful is just one simple act of speaking out, giving no difference to the age or the gender. One small step is a step itself, right?

10 Greta Thunberg Quotes For Inspiration

      “We are striking because we have done our homework, and they have not.”

Many students who witnessed Greta speak said that they felt moved by what she said, calling her “empowering”. She has moved the young ones and adults alike with her words that spoke the truth. 

Greta Thunberg Quotes

      “Why should I be studying for a future that soon may be no more, when no one is doing anything to save that future?”

If a child is more aware of how we focus on the profits of tomorrow and leave the sustainability of the future in jeopardy, we have so much to grow. And most importantly, be aware, understand, and change.

Greta Thunberg Quotes

      “Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago.”

Greta made this speech at the UN Climate Change Conference on 4th December 2018 in Poland. She bravely accused the assembled world leaders for not doing enough about climate change and for causing problems for future generations.

10 Greta Thunberg Quotes For Inspiration

      “The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say – we will never forgive you.”

This was said at the UN Climate Summit, New York on 23rd September 2019. These powerful words are taken from her speech delivered to world leaders. She has talked many times about how important it is for these world leaders to take action against climate change that is severely destroying the planet.

Greta Thunberg Quotes

“We are going to change the fate of humanity, whether you like or not it.”

She was not begging for action like everyone else who did before. She was merely promising the adults who have ruined the little one’s future that they will bring a change. Sooner than later.

Spreading awareness of the problem we refused to believe in, Greta first became interested in climate change when she was nine years old. After stopping eating meat and not buy anything that is not absolutely necessary, she changed her family too. Now they grow their own vegetables and use only solar power in their house(4). By then Greta was aware of the power her words held. This teen activist does not travel by plane due to their high carbon emissions. She actually sailed across the Atlantic to attend events in New York and traveled for 32 hours by train. All these shocking acts of a little girl leave no room for excuses but desperate actions from us. 

If a child is trying to save the planet, it is time you, an adult, put your green caps on. Listen to what Greta is screaming; save the planet before it’s too late. Let Greta Thunberg’s quotes inspire you like it did millions around the globe because the time has come to change and act.

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Quick And Easy Winter Hairstyles For Long Hair!

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Winter Hairstyles For Long Hair

We all know that when winter comes home, we feel high on the celebration. But our hair, on the other hand, feels the opposite. It’s the season when hair feels dull and drab. But no matter your hair texture or density or type, your strands behave based on the season. And most of you think long hair in the winter is a messy mess. Oh, I beg to differ.

Winter Hairstyles For Long Hair!

With the right way of caring, long hair listens to you perfectly. And there is a multitude of options of hairdos for long hair in the winter. Many celebrities on Instagram and the red carpet are bringing back the ‘90s styles too. But not all of us have the time or mood to style it leisurely. Do we?

Everybody needs a get-up-and-go hairstyle. An easy-breezy, time-saver style! Don’t you think? I certainly do, I’d rather sleep than style.

Winter Hairstyles For Long Hair

So, you need modern but easy hairstyles you can flaunt with on any occasion. Styles that are unique and bring out the charm and grace in you. Styles that can frame your face delicately or boldly. Styles with easy techniques that elevate a simple hairstyle. I found just about eight of such styles.

You long-haired ladies, here is a list of fabulous winter hairstyles for 2020.

Bang your Bangs

Winter is the best season to add cute little fringes for your everyday look. As Summer isn’t always the best time to sway with bangs, winter definitely is! Moreover, adding bangs is the best option for long hair, especially if its thick in volume. Thicker the hair, better the bangs.

Bang your Bangs

With the increased amount of sweat and oil, there is a high chance of your little fringes getting sticky on your forehead in the summer. Hence, the winter bangs! Your long hair doesn’t have to worry about sticky bangs in the front(1).

There are plenty of different styles to try in bangs -from something face-framing to heavy, full-on bangs. You can either put your long hair in a pony with bangs charming your face or leave them down, while bangs framing your face perfectly. Or, try braiding your long hair while leaving the bangs free. Choose which is best for your face and hair density because either way, you are going to rock it, long and loose!

High Pony with Retro Twist

Have you noticed Ariana Grande dashing by bringing back the ‘90s high ponytails?

I have to say that a high ponytail is extremely convenient in the winter. If you have long hair, you would want to secure your locks in a bundle without having them to get in your mouth with the heavy wind. Hence the high ponytail with a retro twist at the crown. An easy-breezy hairstyle you can pull within two minutes or so on a rushed morning.

High Pony with Retro Twist

All you need to do is flip your head over and gather hair high at the crown. Secure with an elastic band. Grab a ¼ inch section of your hair from the underside of the pony to wrap around the band. Then, you can secure with a bobby pin. Style your hair further by curling or straightening the loose long hair grabbed in the pony. Easy, but classic!

No-Heat Fairytale Rapunzel Waves

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair.”

If you are in no mood to take your hair drier or straightener, leave your long tresses out in the air. Curl the lower half of your hair in careful waves for a more luscious look. If your hair is naturally wavy, you save the time! You can part your hair in the middle or leave them as they are without parting. Run your fingertips over large chunks of hair if you want to go for a messy look(2).

No-Heat Fairytale Rapunzel Waves

Or for a better choice, cover the head with a beanie while leaving your hair down in the beach waves. That is if you get easily irritated with hair in your face. A quick updo anyone can do! 

Braid your Headband

You cannot miss out on this one on winter hairstyles 2020!

Braid your Headband

Tease the top hair to add more volume and texture. Take a section of hair from one side of the head and braid it across the head like a headband. Secure the braid with a pin at the other end. Ta-da! Your hair itself is the accessory here. Or be a little fancy by adding dainty hair accessories on the braid.

Low Pony with a Thin Braid

This sure is a cool and outstanding style that can make you stand out among a crowd. At first, you need to section your hair by leaving an inch of hair in the middle to braid. Start by placing your hand about an inch apart at the top of your head and trace your fingers straight down. Clip your side sections out of the way and secure the parted hair with a bobby pin near your ears.

Low Pony with a Thin Braid
@alexgaboury/Instagram

Create any braid you like with the middle portion. I highly recommend Dutch braid or fishtail and make sure to grab small sections to make the braid look sleek and pretty(3). Once you reach your neck, secure with an elastic band. And finally, bundle your hair in a low pony at the base of your neck.

Put a Pin on it

Put a Pin on it

You can ace this hairstyle doing it just by walking! Sweep back a section of your hair from either side and pin it there. Use anything from glittering bobby pins to vintage barrettes to pin back the front of your hair. Let lose the rest of your hair in its layering glory.

Lazy French Braid Bun

Another graceful winter hairstyle for long hair. It looks complex to achieve but surprisingly effortless to actually do it.

Lazy French Braid Bun

Start by French braiding from above your temple to the nape of your neck on either side of the head. Try to pull your braid gently apart to make them appear fuller. Bundle the braid with the rest of your hair in a low ponytail and secure in a band(4). Twist your hair in a loose and messy but smooth bun. Pull at your hair to add volume and make it look fuller.

Elegance with Bobby Pins

This is an easy and perfect hairstyle for a fancy party. All you need is a bunch of fancy bobby pins. Curling your locks will make this hairstyle more elegant. Pinch a small bunch of hair in the middle of your back, about your ear height, and insert the first pin diagonally downwards. Then, insert another one diagonally upwards creating an “X”. Insert fancy little bobby pins diagonally on both sides to complete the look. An absolute stunning winter hairstyle for long hair!

Elegance with Bobby Pins
@alexgaboury/Instagram

And there you go. Do a dramatic flip with those long locks!

No need to go anywhere else for winter hairstyles 2020. You have a list of easy hairstyles that are perfect for this sweater weather. None of these hairstyles takes much of your time and you can do this every day! Do not forget to graze your hair with some hairspray for a greasy look. Embrace your long hair with a flawless hairstyle.

RESOURCES

  1. Hearst Magazine Media. (2019).The Best Haircut Ideas for Winter 2019.[online] Available at:https://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/hair/advice/g4172/best-fall-winter-haircuts/#
  2. Alex Gaboury.Toronto, CA. @alexgaboury.[online] Available at:https://www.instagram.com/alexgaboury/
  3. Hearst Magazine Media. (2019).5 Easy Winter Hairstyles You Won’t Need To Hide Under A Beanie|elle.com.[online] Available at:https://www.elle.com/beauty/hair/g62/winter-hairstyles/
  4. Condé Nast. (2019).50 Cool Winter Hairstyle Ideas to Try This Season.[online] Available at:https://www.glamour.com/gallery/best-winter-hairstyle-ideas

 

A Winter Shower Routine That Will Save Your Dry Skin!

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A Winter Shower Routine That Will Save Your Dry Skin

It’s the most beautiful time of the year! Lights are blinding you, gifts are getting packed, and the most awaited decorated trees are up, with snowflakes paving your ways. It’s finally winter; the season of snow and love! With all the good that winter brings, one thing we dread is the itchy, flaking, dry skin. You, me, and everyone else.

A Winter Shower Routine That Will Save Your Dry Skin

Does your skin feel tight now? Well, winter skincare is no joke! 

You need special pampering care in winter because it takes away the natural oil from your skin leaving it dry. As the temperature drops, the humidity in the air also declines to result in the decline of hydration levels of your skin. All these do nothing to help your skin in any way, except robbing your skin of its natural moisture and natural defiance.

A Winter Shower Routine That Will Save Your Dry Skin

You are most likely quick to take care of your face when the snow hits the ground while forgetting the rest of your body. But let me tell you this, lack of attention to your limbs will make you regret later for the dreaded scaly, flaky legs. The chilly, drying wind around you can make your skin thicken with the dead layer staying on longer.

Your entire body needs your attention in the winter and everything you do and use deserves a revamp. And guess what, the experts say that these winter skin issues often start from the way you shower. So, it is essential that you bring a change in your winter shower routine if perhaps you are showering the wrong way?

Winter Shower Routine For Dry Skin

Before winter takes its toll on your skin, be prepared to prevent the dryness by following this effortless winter shower routine for dry skin.

Use A Dry Body Brush

Use A Dry Body Brush

If you have five minutes to spare, use a dry body brush every time before you step into the shower. Most of you must not have given a thought about using a body brush. But you cannot know the numerous benefits it does to your body. Along with helping in removing cellulite and dead skin cells, it boosts circulation, reduces ingrown hairs, and gives you smoother and healthier skin. Start brushing your body gently before showering to help your dry skin. It’s a win-win!

Say No To A Long And Hot Shower

I know that it is too tempting to take a long, hot shower when the temperature drops. To escape from the cold and shivers, you would want to stay longer under the hot water. But the longer you shower, the drier your skin gets. Taking longer showers will cause defatting of the skin -getting rid of natural oil(1).

Say No To A Long And Hot Shower

Do not, I repeat, do not shower in hot water. Hot water can strip the skin of its moisture resulting in dry skin whereas lukewarm water helps in retaining natural oil. You do not want to make your skin anymore drier than it already is. The ultimate solution is a 5-minute long shower in lukewarm water because you want to hold on to every bit of your natural oil.

Use A Gentle Cleanser

Completely avoid using those harsh cleansers because flash news, over lathering, will kill your skin!

Use A Gentle Cleanser

As you are aware that soaps tend to dissolve the skin barrier, avoid using the ones that create too many bubbles. The ingredient called surfactant does this. Read all the ingredients before purchasing your soap or body wash and choose “the one” for your body. Which is a less aggressive, moisture-rich cleanser made for sensitive skin for your winter skin.

Rinse Off The Soap Completely

Rinse Off The Soap Completely

 

Admit it, there are times you see a smear of bubble behind your ear after showering. You might be showering in a hurry. But dermatologists warn that not properly rinsing off the soap can make your skin dry and cause irritation(2). Especially if you are using a harsh cleanser for already dry winter skin.

Bring The Traditional Oil Massage Back

For restoring the lost moisture, bring back the traditional oil massage. You do not have to dip yourself into it, but a few drops of olive oil or coconut oil can work its magic. Massage your body gently with the oil before showering and let it sink in.

Bring The Traditional Oil Massage Back

Apparently, by applying oil before you shower you are creating a barrier between your skin and shower water(3). As crazy as that sounds, it actually makes more sense when you think about it. The oil contains occlusive agents that increase the hydration levels of your skin. Besides, massaging will get your body blood flowing which can warm you up!

Gently Pat-dry Instead of Roughly Rubbing

Gently Pat-dry Instead of Roughly Rubbing

After showering, some of you might roughly wipe off your body to get rid of the excess bubbles of water. Shivering can most likely make you do that. But how you dry your body is as important as how you shower or bathe. Because your skin will be tender after a shower, you have to leave it damp a little. So, gently pat dry your body with a soft towel without vigorously rubbing with it to prevent dryness.

Moisture Your Skin Deeply

Nothing is more important than moisturizing! Slather yourself with a thick moisturizer right after you pat-dry your body. Most importantly, moisturize when the skin is still warm and damp to seal in the moisture from the water rather than let it evaporate. You have a three-minute window from the shower to moisturizer for best and better results. Save your skin from dehydration!

Moisture Your Skin Deeply

Moisturizing is a significant key answer on how to take care of dry skin in the winter. The more you moisturize your skin, the better. A non-water based cream can deeply nourish your skin while helping your skin to be soft and smooth. A deep, hydrating moisturizing agent should be included in the winter shower routine for dry skin.

Tip: if you are in a hurry, use spray moisturizer to lock in the moisture to avoid those flaky patches you don’t want to see.

Exfoliate In Moderation

Exfoliate In Moderation

Preparing your skin by sloughing away the dead cells for the winter is a necessity. But do not overdo it, especially during the winter. You can do a mild exfoliation all over your body, after showering, to pat off the dead rough skin cells without forgetting to moisturize after the scrubbing. If your skin is too dry, avoid exfoliation altogether as it can dry your skin furthermore.

Day or Night?

Day or Night

If you have dry skin, showering at night is better than a day-time shower. It can help you relax your body and muscles. Curl up in your bed with your favorite book, after a cup of hot chocolate to end your day.

How often should you shower?

“Showering daily” is a new concept that can do nothing but harm your skin further. Did you know that showering daily will reduce your vitamin D(4) levels? Even if it sounds absurd, showering once every two or three days is the healthy choice for your skin. And in the winter, shower twice or thrice a week. You don’t sweat much in this cold and breezy days!

How often should you shower

Alright, I think you get the drill now. Shower [not too hot and not for long], pat-dry, and moisturize. This winter shower routine must have given you an idea on how to take care of dry skin in winter. The optimal shower length is five to ten minutes in lukewarm water. On the bright side, you can leave the shower without pruned fingertips. Avoid cleansers made with synthetic ingredients like colors or fragrances to dodge winter irritation. Don’t shower too often and moisturize to save your skin from looking dull.

That’s how you combat dry winter skin with ease.

Now, who wants dry skin? Not you!

RESOURCES

  1. Hearst Magazine Media. (2019).10 Easy Remedies for Dry Winter Skin.[online] Available at:https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/tips/a23739/winter-dry-skin-remedies/
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    .[online] Available at:https://www.wellandgood.com/good-looks/body-oil-before-shower-dermatologist-approved/

 

Winter Wardrobe Essentials For Working Women – Curate Your Closet!

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Winter Wardrobe Essentials For Working Women!

With the change in seasons, we see our wardrobe changing dramatically. We go from camisoles and shorts to wool coats and knee-length boots in no time. Don’t we? Trading many light pairs for thicker pairs, winter essentials take up the excess space in our wardrobes. Our clothes just get thicker and thicker with extra layers. But do we really need all of them?

Winter Wardrobe Essentials For Working Women!

Before the start of the cold weather, preparing yourself by stocking every essential you need should be your major concern. I mean, how many of you have time to stand in front of the mirror, every morning, to pick your outfit from the crazy number of clothes you own? For a working woman, it’s quite time-consuming to rifle through the wardrobe to settle on one outfit a day. While hustling to work, you don’t want unnecessary items stored in your wardrobe to confuse you. Right?

So, what do you do? You should declutter your wardrobe.

To put it simply, pack away the sleeveless tops and shorts and other summer items under your bed. Let your wardrobe be filled with only winter essentials. 

Winter Wardrobe Essentials For Working Women!

Ignoring the general never-ending list of winter essentials, partially because you don’t actually need all of them, you should make a checklist for what you really need. And for a working woman, you obviously don’t need heavy snow boots or bright colored puffer coats to fill up your wardrobe.

The exact definition of wardrobe essentials varies from person to person, but all these are a must-have! I’ve come up with a few basic essentials every working woman needs for winter, to work in stylish and comfortable outfits. It is not exactly easy to choose an outfit for a relaxed day in the office with an afternoon client meeting. You need professional and versatile yet comfortable items for easier picks.

Read further down and this list could be your final checklist of winter wardrobe essentials(1) for working women. Let’s kick things off by focusing on the little things.

The Coziest Beanie

The Coziest Beanie

Beanie is the ultimate savior of your hair! This knitted piece of functional item is soft and warm. Although a headwear, it can keep your ears too warm by covering them. Leaving your hair down will be the best option to opt for with a beanie, giving you a cool-girl look. You can style it with your casual work outfit and take it off once you are inside.

Gloves

Gloves

Having cold hands is not fun. You need to keep your hands warm from the breezy air. Hence, the gloves! While wearing them might be inconvenient at times, wearing them provides you all kinds of benefits. Cover your hands with waterproof gloves to prevent your delicate fingers from the rain and snow. This is as important as a coat for those in places where snow comes and stays.

Cozy Scarf

You need to create a pocket of warm air around you. Find the coziest scarves and get bundled up for the winter wind.

Cozy Scarf

You might often leave just your neck out in open while the rest of your body is securely covered. But a scarf can protect your neck with ease and comfort. It can most certainly go with any outfit while bringing you warmth.

Long Underwear

Long Underwear

In winters, long underwear can be a lifesaver. Also knows as long johns and thermal underwear, many people in cold countries wear this under their clothes(2). Mostly worn for another layer of warmth, this underwear can use trapped body heat to insulate against cold air. Go with long johns if you are wondering what to wear beneath unlined suit pants as it is a great choice of underpants.

Tights that stretch

Tights that stretch

Tights are truly a must-have for work. Besides them providing warmth, durability, opacity, and more, they are the ultimate solution to your winter wardrobe essentials quest. Make sure you buy tights of good quality because you cannot risk having them rip in the middle of a client meeting.

Pick thick and smooth tights which can do the double-duty of a shape-wear as well. Although they come in different colors, black or nude-colored tights would benefit you for your workwear. You can wear them under your pencil skirt in the winter for warmth without losing the professional look. What more could you ask for!

Tote-bag, an easy carryall

Tote-bag, an easy carryall

You need a bag that is light and easy to carry around but spacious enough to keep all of your essentials. The tote-bag; a professional, organized bag to safeguard your ID and whatnot along with your laptop [may be]. You can put anything and everything in it while running to and from work. An easy carryall for the rescue! Another relief is you don’t have to give much thought about it getting wet after rain on as they are durable. Consider a neutral color for work though.

Classic Coat

Classic Coat

Nobody is going to wear a blazer every day to work. Thus, having a classic overcoat is essential. It can take you anywhere- from workplace to grocery stores. This is often the first thing people notice about you. A must-have for warmth as well as style for those living in cold places.

Cardigans

Cardigans are a necessity in an overactive air conditioning office. Even if it doesn’t fit into modern looks, you can always wear this during a hustle day to keep you warm. Cashmere cardigans have the new urban look though.

Cardigans

Cardigans are designed to provide warmth while still appearing refined, worn over shirts or button-downs or shift dress. If you have ever heard of women talk about “desk sweater(3)” they usually mean the cardigans they take with them. It is a simple yet important women’s winter wardrobe essentials you shouldn’t miss out.

Blazers

Blazers

What is the first thing you buy for work during the winter? You guessed right; a blazer!

A well-tailored blazer is one of the winter wardrobe-essentials(4). It can effortlessly give the most unexpected office outfits an appropriate finish. Apart from keeping you warm in the snow falling, blazers can keep your looks on point as well.

Minimalistic Leather Jackets

Have you heard that leather jackets are the new blazers?

Minimalistic Leather Jackets

This is a little edgier choice for a formal outfit. But if you work in a laid-back and relaxed place, you can sass your way in this sophisticated piece of a jacket. It is smooth and comfortable to wear and has never gone out of style. It can keep you warm in the cold weather the winter brings. If you pick a black, minimalistic leather jacket, even better! You can up your formal style when you go for a public talk in a white tee and skinny jeans with this remarkable jacket. 

Stylist tip: “Put your white tee to work. It anchors statement pieces like printed shorts, colored denim, and layers perfectly under sweaters.” — Stylist Anne R. 

Sheath Dress

What is a checklist without this timeless piece? A must-own for the conservative office which practically serves as a touchstone for any wardrobe. Sheath dresses are an entire outfit in one easy zip, aren’t they? Completely stunning on its own!

Sheath Dress

 

Choose a simple silhouette to get most wear out of your LBD [Little Black Dress], with lightweight wool or silk fabrics. Don’t forget about the neutral-colored picks either. You can dress up with this well-structured and tailored dress. With a blazer on top or tights beneath it completing the look, this can make you look professional and stylish.

Who doesn’t want elegance and sophistication wrapped around you?

Button-Downs

A magical garment everyone should own for all seasons!

Button-Down

Probably timeless for a lifetime, button-downs are the everyday wear for any working woman. In any season I must say. Maybe not much in the hot days of summer. A great companion for any bottom wear throughout the week. They can be mixed and matched with the rest of your essentials for a formal look. You can choose any color without it being too casual. They are the foundation of effortless style and your wardrobe’s pinch hitter. I’d say button-downs are more reliable in the winter than blouses.  

Stylist tip: “Take your button-up up a notch by choosing one in a luxe material like viscose, Tencel or silk.” — Stylist Jennifer M.

Pencil Skirts

A knee-length skirt is your reliable wardrobe essential. Do you know why?

It is versatile enough to be casual, work-friendly and appropriate for formal wear(5). That’s a win, win, win!

Pencil Skirts

Storing a pencil skirt in your wardrobe is a relief. You can hurry to an important meeting in it without having to think twice before wearing it. Because it is the ideal choice for any formal event. For a more polished look, you can tuck your shirt into the skirt. I recommend stocking neutral colored skirts for work. You can pair it with everything from button-down blouses to blazer or cardigans looks. You can wear tights beneath it to be warmer.

Wide-Leg Pants

By tucking a tee or flowy blouse into high-waisted wide-leg pants, you can ace your style in formal wear. A must-have silhouette in women’s winter wardrobe-essentials.

Wide-Leg Pants

It is certainly “the style” to own the cold season! This polished trousers that are incredibly comfortable, all day long, is best suited to winter months for work. You have a ton of different options for pants, nothing can go wrong with it. You can even layer anything warm underneath it as it is a loose fit. An office-appropriate, high-rise pants that are the “comfortable magic pants” everyone happens to love!

Skinny Jeans are perfect for winters

Skinny Jeans are perfect for winters

A go-to jean that can kick just about any outfit there is. Nothing can beat this flattering pair of skinnies which is a multi-purpose purchase for sure! This will look great with boots, especially those knee-length boots. You can wear any shirt or top with this versatile skinny for your work. An everyday pair that won’t go wrong even for a formal meeting.

Suits

Suits

Nothing can beat a classic, well-tailored suit, that gives an oomph to your professional look. Suitable for any formal occasion, suits go way back. Choose a warm suit with a material that drapes well and doesn’t wrinkle to keep you warm in the coldest days of the year. Another foundation piece in your checklist of working women’s winter wardrobe-essentials.

Stylist tip: “Pointed-toe styles are pure magic when it comes to making your legs look longer (and leaner).” — Stylist Nanda G.

Warm Ankle Boots

Warm Ankle Boots

Get warm boots with enough heels to get you over melting snow puddles. Pairing with a little black dress, boots can elevate your sleek style while keeping you cozy. Wear them with a pair of boot socks for extra warmth. Highly versatile, it looks great with skinny jeans or tights too. A slip-proof is the ideal choice, especially if you are living in a place where the rain gets heavy in the winter.

Closed-Toe Style Pumps

Look for a closed-toe style pump if you don’t want to get your toes accidentally wet from the snow. Work with slippery pumps in this weather? You’d rather not. Besides, it is highly professional and fashionable.

Closed-Toe Style Pumps

You can wear it with both your suit and knee-length skirt while protecting your toes from freezing temps. You don’t have to worry about going for dinner in pumps as it is a mixture of casual and formal. Pumps are a real win-win!

Stylist tip: “Don’t be afraid to invest in these. A great pair will stay in your closet for years and years.” — Stylist Jennifer M.(6)

In the winter, layers are your best friend. And layering is the only key to staying warm in the coldest days of the year.

Dressing up for winter is fun because you get to be in cozy style and cool choices that your summer days won’t allow for. Even your everyday look of workwear changes a bit drastically. Stock up your winter wardrobe with all of these essentials to keep you warm throughout the days of cold air. Many well-made products in the market bridges the gap between professional and street-wear.

RESOURCES

  1. Lands’ End. (2019).5 Must-Haves for Your Winter Wardrobe.[online] Available at:https://www.landsend.com/article/womens-winter-wardrobe-essentials/
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10 Best iPhone 11 Pro Max Cases For Women To Shine With Class!

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10 Best iPhone 11 Pro Max Cases For Women

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the newest addition to the remarkable iPhone lineup. It is only fair to say that they are fascinating to look at, especially with its newly updated camera elements on the back. So, it is pretty obvious that you want to avoid accidental bumps and bruises which has a chance to give you a mild heart attack.

It’s 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display(1) and spectacular designs that leverage so many glasses gives you more reasons to protect your new iPhone at any cost. It has become even more important now to be extra careful to not bring any damage to it. That’s where the cases come! To safeguard your iPhone from unexpected drops, spider-web cracks, and painful scratches.

10 Best iPhone 11 Pro Max Cases For Women

With these advanced updates on the iPhone itself, its cases demand to be updated along with it. The cases have not only become stylish, but more functional than ever to ensure the complete safety of your iPhone. There are cases with a rubber layer for shock absorption and those with wireless charging compatibility which can be a lifesaver in need.

10 Best iPhone 11 Pro Max Cases For Women

 

Whether you want a protective case for a firm grip, a wallet case for slots to carry credit cards with you, or a clear case to let your iPhones shine in its naked glory, we have sifted carefully to find everyone’s pick.

Take a look at our list of 10 best iPhone 11 Pro Max cases for women. You can surely find the perfect case for your needs and style in different designs, vibrant colors, and alluring patterns. If you are someone who gets tired of using just one case for even a month or two, this can help you clear your head for the purchase of multiple choice.

Best Options

Did you know that numerous cases can give you a sophisticated and classy look? They say your case can say a lot about you. For that, you need to find your perfect case. And it is kind of time-consuming to browse in the maze of choices.

So, take the easy way out by reading our list of 10 best iPhone 11 Pro Max cases for women to show the world your charming personality through your pick!

Apple Leather Case 

If you are a leather lover, this is your perfect choice. Though many companies are making great leather cases, no one has been able to beat Apple leather cases(2) which are super-lightweight and slim. Apple uses a thin sheet of leather for this case to keep it lightweight. It is made of genuine leather that is soft to touch. There is a microfiber lining inside to protect your iPhone.

Apple Leather Case 

One fascinating feature is its protection of buttons with aluminum coat matching the leather. Touching the buttons might make us feel like touching them without a case. The screen will be surrounded with an elevated lip so that the screen won’t touch the ground in case of a fall or accidental drop. The case does not cover the bottom edge. There are different colors available like Meyer lemon, Saddle brown, Forest green, Midnight blue, black, and red. This case will give you a sophisticated touch with a unique finishing.

Price – $49

Case-Mate Waterfall Case

This case is for safety and sparkle at the same time. The new Waterfall Confetti case is glossily beautiful and it is well-built for your phone’s protection. It will give you a firm grip on your phone and help you avoid a possible dent in the corner. You can see the glitters moving if you shake the case upside down which is oddly alluring to watch. They use certified mineral oil that is completely safe for the dynamic effect of flowing glitters.

Case-Mate Waterfall Case

It has metallic buttons on the side that feels nice to click on. The best thing about the case is it is compatible with wireless charging even though it is suspended in the liquid between two layers of plastic. It can stomach 10 feet fall and give you back your phone safely.

Price – $39

OtterBox Symmetry Series Stardust 

OtterBox Symmetry Series Stardust 

They have a wide range of varieties to choose from. One among the bests is the shimmer cases that let your iPhone glow with glitters. Their Stardust’s case is an eye-catcher. You can keep staring at the beauty that complements your phone. The case uses a soft layer of rubber for shock absorption and hard polycarbonate for extra defense. The raised lip around the screen will protect your phone from a fall, both the front and the back. It is slimmer than the rest while maximizing the protection of your brand-new iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Price – $41.70

Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 

This is for someone who wants to accessorize. Do you want to ditch your wallet and put your card, ID, and phone in a convenient bundle? This is the one for you! These cases have a room for three cards which will, in turn, make them bulky. But their edges are angled making them slimmer by fitting right into your hands. The card pocket will not deform over time as it will remain the same size even if you don’t insert a card in it. The cards will be well-protected with raised bumps.

Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 

As you should know, these cases will be too tight for tight pockets. And these cases won’t support wireless charging because of the cards on the case. They are available in black, blues on the green, and purple. You can also customize any prints of your choice on the case.

Price – $23

Speck Presidio Grip

This is for the clumsy hands. If you happen to drop your phone more than often, its time you stop being paranoid. Use this case with a non-slip textured grip for extra protection(3). As you know such protective cases are often ugly. Like this one. Although it is tough, it is not particularly bulky as you’d expect. It is available in black, slate grey, skyline blue, coastal blue, and chiffon pink.

Speck Presidio Grip

It is a single-piece case with two layers; a plastic with a matte-finish exterior and a rubber lining that is shock absorbent. It guarantees 13 feet fall protection meeting military drop-test standards. Because of the rubbery backplate, there are high chances of attracting dust. One exclusive feature to beat that is the antimicrobial coating to help kill germs on the case.

I mean, how upgraded are the cases now!

Price – $24.95

i-Blason Cosmo Series 

i-Blason Cosmo Series

The positive reviews this brand has received for its durability and design are noteworthy. i-Blason offers a huge collection of iPhone cases that take the protection of smartphones to new heights. Especially with its full-body protection. It has a touch-sensitive built-in screen protector preventing cracks and scratches. Although hardly visible, it offers a protective scratch-resistant barrier on the back of the case with 10 feet drop protection. It is shockproof and is fully compatible with wireless charging.

This is a posh case with elegant designs that can match your outfit. It has a smooth and glossy finish to compliment your style.

Price – $28.24

Pelican Protector EMS Case + Battery 

Pelican Protector EMS Case + Battery 

All you need is a case with a battery when your phone is about to die. Though iPhones’ battery life is phenomenal you still need that bit of extra oomph. Pelican Protector Cases bring you a seamless solution once and for all. A 20,000-mAh magnetic battery pack attached to the magnetic backside of the case. Because it uses wireless charging, all you need to do is simply attach the pack when you need the extra oomph. You have to be careful as to not knock off the pack from the case. It is said that the case can deliver up to 38% of extra battery life. Besides the magnificent magnetic battery pack, the case is shock absorbent, has a grippy texture and sturdy in hand.

Who doesn’t need a case that can do this, all the while giving your phone the protection?

Price – $81.93

Henpone 

Henpone 

Henpone is an amazing choice from 10 best iPhone 11 Pro Max cases for women. It comes with a ring holder on the case. You can also use it as a kickstand for easy viewing in portrait or landscape mode. The ring will have glittering rhinestone diamonds to bring a glam. The case is super-lightweight and ultra-thin. Its precise cutouts allow quick access to all buttons and features. You will have to remove the case for wireless charging. Use Henpone’s case and free your hand!

Price – $17.98  

Lumarke 

Lumarke 

Are you a marble lover? Lumarke provides high-quality silicone classy cases that put some other brands to shame. With its glossy marble exquisite design along with golden geometric lines, you will love it at your first glance. It is scratch-resistant and can protect your phone greatly because of its elevated lips around the screen. So no, your screen won’t touch the ground in case it falls from your hands.

Price – $16.79

Case-Mate Clear Case

Case-Mate Clear Case

Case-Mate is well-known for its iPhone cases with its glittery glorified and minimalistic clear case. Clear cases can show off the frosted glass finish look of your iPhone 11 Pro Max(4) which is pleasing to the eye. Though translucent and clear, these cases resist discoloration over time. They are available in a variety of colors that gives their unique style. The case has air pockets in each corner which will give your phone the fall protection it needs.

Price – $17.57

Did you pick yours?

We hope our list of 10 best iPhone 11 Pro Max cases for women was worth looking at. Protecting your phone with a case is better than having to regret later for not having one. You don’t have to fear a drop if you put on a case with protective elevated lips around. You don’t even have to take your case off for charging as many of these are compatible with wireless charging. You can choose a stylish one, glittering just like you do.

Keeping aside the fact that we have absolute confidence in each of these aforementioned brands for their quality, your feedback is essential. Choose your case and tell us your experience with it.

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