It goes without saying, but shoes, often overlooked, make or break every outfit. Until recently, I had neglected the power of the shoe to elevate or condemn my OOTD. Little did I realize that my shoe choice was setting the entire tone for my fits: wearing a mini dress with crisp white sneakers says something very different than pairing the dress with slimming cowboy boots or dainty kitten heels. Once I came to this realization, I began my (seemingly endless) hunt for the perfect shoes. While I love a good thrifted or vintage find, the internet is brimming with amazing independent shoe designers crafting beautiful wearable art. And, being the gate-opener that I am, I have compiled a list of five brands to follow for epic shoe finds (or simply for endless shoe inspiration).
What To Know Before Dyeing Your Hair:
Although exciting, there are some dangers to keep in mind before making the decision to dye your hair, especially if it involves bleach. Bleaching your hair is not only about sitting in a chair for hours to wait for it to lighten to the preferred shade. Most of us forget that bleaching is easily one of the most damaging things we can do to our hair. As someone who has bleached and dyed her hair before, I am here to tell you the untold truths of bleached and dyed hair.
I first bleached my hair when I was in grade seven, the bleach wasn’t very strong, so my hair barely lightened up to a brown. I decided that brown was not going to cut it for me so I bought a box of bleach and made my hair blonde. My hair started cracking and snapping off so that I could barely comb my fingers through it without yanking pieces out. I didn’t realize that this was only the beginning of my extensive hair damage. I continued doing this around two times before I went to a hair salon to get it bleached for the third time.
Once they applied the bleach on my already very damaged hair, I knew something was very wrong.
Skin Care Tips:
Summer: a dreaded season for our skin. The season will make us shine like the sun and cause us an entire day of reapplying SPF. After living in a humid and tropical country for the first 17 years of my life, I have some tips for you.
During summer, skincare products tend to feel heavier as our skin continues to sweat and release its own oils throughout the day. To avoid this sensation, it is best to cut down the steps in your skincare without cutting out any necessities. You can simplify your skincare into having one serum, a light gel moisturizer, and sunblock. If possible, you can find dual-purpose skincare products, such as a moisturizer with SPF in it. Neutrogena has a lot of options for moisturizers that contain SPF, but it tends to be a lower SPF than the recommended level (you should look for products that have an SPF of at least 30). Layering up a lot of products can lead to more clogged pores or active breakouts. If you notice small bumps forming on your forehead, there is a high chance you are suffering from clogged pores. In this case, it is important to keep your skin clean by washing off your SPF products well. The most effective way of breaking down oils, makeup and SPF would be double cleansing. Investing in a cleansing balm will make your skin thank you. You can also try skipping moisturizer in the morning and opting for a light gel moisturizer at night if your skin isn’t too dry on its own.
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