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Mar 15

11 Ways To Feel Beautiful That Will Cost Absolutely Nothing

By Kelly Wilson

Beauty is big business — which means as we continue to fill our cabinets with lotions, potions and products, we’re depleting our wallets of more and more money. While buying a tube of lipstick or mascara isn’t going to break the bank, we need to remind ourselves that sometimes the things that make us feel the most beautiful don’t always come in a bottle. Our editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington certainly agrees.

Her number one beauty tip is getting plenty of sleep. “The most important beauty decision of my day is getting eight hours of sleep. It changes how I feel and how I look. And in fact, modern science backs me up.” “For example, a study in UK tested the effects of sleep deprivation on a group of 30 women. Their skin was analyzed and photographed after they slept for eight hours and then again after sleeping six hours for five nights in a row. Fine lines and wrinkles increased by 45 percent, blemishes went up by 13 percent and redness increased by 8 percent,” Arianna explained. “In other words, we wear our lack of sleep on our faces. Who needs Botox, just get eight hours of sleep!” To that end, here are 11 more ways to feel beautiful — free of charge.

1. Call your mom or your best friend for a good catch-up.

2. Get super dressed up for a casual lunch or dinner.

3. Dance in the mirror before leaving the house each morning.

4. Make sure to laugh (real belly laughs) as much as possible.

5. Wear your hair in a style that you usually only wear for special occasions.

6. Commit random acts of kindness.

7. Go for a run or walk and admire nature’s beauty.

8. Compliment yourself or write yourself a love note.

9. Watch a movie that makes you smile. (“The First Wives Club” is always on that list.)

10. Take a few selfies, whether you share them on social media or not.

11. Wear your best underthings under your everyday clothes.

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Feb 23

The Perfect Green Workwear Pants | Vancouver Beauty and Style Blog

By Kelly Wilson

Scotch and Soda gifted me these pants. There was no obligation to write a blog post about them, I just simply wanted to because I really liked them.

I remember when I got my first office job that I was so excited to finally be able to wear office-chic-outfits. I can recall getting my first pay cheque and going shopping for my new work-ready wardrobe. It was exciting – though, that excitement was shortlived.

The thing I realized quickly about office-styles is that a lot of them just aren’t that comfortable. The materials were often quite rigid, the shirts would be thin and therefore I was cold (like make thicker shirts, people! Office folk are subjected to sub 0 temperatures due to the AC), and overall I just was uncomfortable. 

Now, remember, this was almost 10 years ago and honestly, we have seen a shift in workwear. There are a lot more items that have a bit more stretch, and workwear, in general, has gotten a bit of a stylish (and comfortable) facelift in the last few years. 

Since I don’t head into an office day to day (I work from home), when I do have to go to a meeting, I tend to feel a bit stressed about what exactly to wear. It’s been quite a while since I worked in an office, many of my old office clothes have since been donated, and I tend to live in more casual basics nowadays – which don’t always dress up for professional moments.  Wait – Are my favourite ripped black jeans appropriate for a work meeting?   The Perfect Green Workwear Pants The Perfect Green Workwear Pants

Scotch and Soda reached out to me a number of weeks ago and asked if I liked any of their online styles, and these pants immediately caught my eye. Olive green is one of my favourite colours for clothing. In fact, after recently going all Marie Kondo on my wardrobe, I realized that like 90% of it is olive green – can’t stop, won’t stop buying and wearing olive green.

Also, did I mentioned that I absolutely LOVE paper bag style pants? 

Can we just get this out of the way: I’m a pear shape. No shame, no issue, but having bigger hips (and bum) and a smaller waist can make it somewhat of a challenge to find great comfortable pants – that is until I realized that paper-bag pants were the bees-knees. They are comfortable, they look professional, and I feel like they work great on all body shapes. 

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Jun 19

The Sexiest Celebrity Haircut In Hollywood Right Now

By Kelly Wilson

While “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” fans are buzzing about Marcia Clark‘s (Sarah Paulson) famous haircut, we’re gushing over Paulson’s actual hair.

The actress attended an upfront screening for the FX miniseries in New York City on March 30 rocking a bob that is now our summer hair inspiration. Full of texture, face-framing layers and just a hint of her dark roots, Paulson’s bob hairstyle enhances her cheekbones. Plus, it’s a look that can be worn in similar beachy waves, or sleek and straight.

Check out Paulson’s sexy, messy bob below and see which other celebrity beauty looks we loved this week.

    • Sarah Paulson
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Paulson’s textured bob is practically perfect, but what really makes this look a red-carpet win is her well-blended smoky eye makeup, expertly placed blush and nude lip gloss.Spritz your strands with a product like Davines Definition Mist to play up your natural hair texture without creating frizz.
    • Rihanna
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RiRi can do no wrong in our beauty book. We love how she styled her strands in loose curls and added a classic red lip to go withher fashion-forwardtake on the tracksuit. When using styling tools like a curling iron or hair straightener, be sure to prep locks with a heat protectant like Creme of Nature Heat Defense Smooth & Shine Polisher.
    • Melissa McCarthy
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There was nothing funny about McCarthy’s gorgeous hair and makeup at “The Boss” movie premiere in Westwood, California. The 45-year-old actress stunned with shoulder-skimming, ombr waves, bold brows and a hot pink lip. For a standout lip like McCarthy’s, swipe on Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Adorbs.
    • Amy Adams
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Is it just us or does Adams’ red hair look unreal? The actressrecently visited”The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and we couldn’t get over her vibrant hair color.A hair glaze treatment is an easy and affordable way to add shine to dull strands.
    • Hannah Bronfman
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When this socialite/DJ isn’t globetrotting across the world, she’s serving seriously stylish looks just like this one.Bronfman is all aglow with her glossy, brunette hair and luminous complexion.We recommend using an eyes-hadow palette like Chosungah 22 Dong Gong Minn Jello Color, as you can use the jelly like shades with a wet brush to intensify your eye makeup.

Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com

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May 25

What Your Manicurist Probably Hasn’t Told You About Acrylic Nails

By Kelly Wilson

Acrylic nails have been around for ages. Whether you sat down for the lengthy process to look picture perfect for your prom or to flaunt the perfect mani in a wedding party, these artificial nail enhancements are a rite of passage for so many women. 

“Good-looking” nails aside, nail artist and industry expert Jessica Washick believes a lot of individuals still wear acrylics because they provide “a quick fix to achieve a temporary nail goal.” This may include increasing strength, adding length or repairing splits or gaps. But at what cost to the overall health and condition of your nails?

We asked Washick and board-certified dermatologist/nail specialist Dana Stern to break down the potential hazards of acrylic nails. Read on to find out what we learned, and why you should probably reconsider getting acrylics the next time you’re at the nail salon.

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Acrylic nails are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer that creates a hard, protective layer over your natural nails.

What exactly are acrylic nails?

According to Stern, acrylic nails are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer that creates a hard protective layer over your natural nails. She adds, “The acrylics harden from exposure to air. The material is transparent and a nail polish is applied after.”

The acrylics will gradually grow out with your nails, and you will need to return to the salon or a nail professional in order to “fill” in the space. Keep in mind, this usually requires soaking your nails in acetone for 10-15 minutes in order to fully remove.

Are acrylics bad?

Dr. Stern told The Huffington Post that she generally isn’t a fan of nail enhancements such as acrylics for several reasons:

Allergies to chemicals (resins and formaldehydes) in the product can cause nail separation, burning, pain or swelling. Not to mention, you may inhale significant and potentially harmful fumes if the salon isn’t well-ventilated.

Acrylic nails are traditionally stiff, without any give. Nails are meant to have flexibility. Stern adds, “If the nail hits a hard object, it can more easily separate from the nail bed (onycholysis).”

Artificial nails may heighten risk of infection. “Bacteria that is not completely removed from a nail plate prior to the application of an enhancement can lead to Pseudomonas (bacteria that produces a green pigment, hence the term ‘greenies’) to grow in the space between the nail plate and the enhancement,” says Stern. “Also, damaged nails that have areas of separation can predispose a salon-goer to this issue.”

Are there healthier or safer alternatives to acrylic nails?

Stern believes there really are no healthy alternatives to adding a false “coat of armor” to your nails. Instead, she suggests taking a break from polish and acrylics in order to achieve strong, youthful nails.

When shopping for nail polishes that aren’t loaded with harmful chemicals, Washick recommends those that are are free of resins and formaldehydes. “You’ll usually be able to spot them because the product will boast something along the lines of “3-Free” or “5-Free.” That means that those polishes are free from known harmful chemicals,” she says.

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