November032017

Essential Holiday-Season Products

 

This year has gone extraordinarily fast, and already holiday season is quickly approaching! Here are some essential products to get you through the hectic months ahead…

 

Protection: holiday season in New Zealand can mean hot, dry days, and thanks to our lack of ozone layer, the sun is very dangerous. I suggest a light moisturiser that will keep your skin hydrated, and has SPF added in. This means you can avoid having to apply a greasy sunblock on your face, and stay protected.

 

Rejuvenation: between the Christmas stress and scorching weather, your skin will likely need some serious rejuvenation. Instead of having to fork out on a facial, face masks can help hydrate, tighten, and brighten skin. You can buy these in single sachets from any beauty store or chemist. I always opt for one with avocado oils to keep my skin looking bright and fresh.

 

Accentuate: 2017 has been the year of the highlight. Whether you’re opting for a full face of makeup, or wanting to go natural, adding some liquid highlighter to the top of your cheekbones will ensure you look radiant all day long.

 

Glow: if you would love a sun-kissed glow, but don’t want to lie out in the sun, opt for a tinted moisturiser for your tan. Not only will this stop your skin drying out, you get the benefits of laying out in the sun without any of the dangers!

 

Summer Secret: my secret Summer product is coconut oil. While this product has an array of uses – from cooking to toothpaste, it also can work as a moisturiser, lip balm, under-eye cream and more! This product is cheap, natural and is kind to your skin. I would recommend buying a jar of it next time you visit the supermarket – you might just be surprised!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July242017

Spring Hair and Beauty Looks

It’s hard to believe with all the shocking weather we’ve had lately, but Spring is actually on the way! Already the runways and stores are beginning to fill with the hottest trends for the Spring/Summer season, so keep up with the game by taking on board these hair and beauty styles.

 

Natural Brows

Natural brows are here to stay. Embrace your God-given brows and enjoy having a more natural look this summer. Ask your brow specialist for a tidy-up and gentle tint rather than an overly-defined style. You’ll save time and still look gorgeous!

 

Plaits, Plaits, Plaits

For simple spring and summer style, throw your hair into a messy plait. Side braids are a beautiful casual chic hairstyle, while a traditional braid softens the face and keeps things tidy. For a night out, why not try curling your braid into a bun, or pinning it around your head?

 

A Touch of Gold

Metallics are in this season, so add some shine to your appearance by using gold, bronze and silver makeup. Shimmery eyeshadow is perfect for a night on the town, while a little bronzer on the cheeks will give you the metallic effect in a more subtle way.

 

Free Locks

Summer in New Zealand is usually about beach hair, and this season it’s not different. Let your hair down and forget about fancy styles. Think soft curls and natural waves. Simple additions like pulling a section of top hair back into a small ponytail add a little more flair.

 

Pastel Perfection

Like metallics, pastels are here in full force. Enjoy the lighter things in life with tones of marshmellow, soft blue, mauve and mint. You can never go wrong with a gentle pink lipstick, but if you feel like branching out a little, give pastel eyeshadow a go.

December202016

Angela’s 7 Style Commandments

Fashion is fun, and it definitely doesn’t have to be difficult. With my 7 Style Commandments you’re sure to be looking and feeling fabulous everyday – without any stress!

 

1. Keep it Classic

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You can’t beat a classic, ladies. Think simple cuts, clean lines and plain colours. Build the basics in your wardrobe and go from there – trousers, blouses, skirts and sweaters in neutral tones. You can throw these staples on with just about anything, and they’re great for layering – with only a few classic pieces you can easily create a whole array of outfits!

 

2. Plan Your Outfits

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If you have somewhere to be, don’t leave it until that morning to decide what you’re going to wear. Prepare your outfit the evening before so you can get up, get dressed and get going looking amazing. An organised wardrobe is essential for easy dressing, so if you struggle to see all of your clothes when you open the door, it might be time for a clear-out.

3. Own Your Style

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Clothing is communication. It’s a representation of who you are, so embrace your unique style and show your individuality through fashion by wearing clothes you love. Whatever items make you feel comfortable and confident are the right ones for you. If there’s a trend you love, personalise it with your own touch – simple!

4. Quality, Not Quantity

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Buying good quality products is so important. It’s better to have a handful of well-made pieces than a ton of poorly-made ones. Choose items with good, non-synthetic fabrics and strong tailoring. Buying trusted brands is an easy way to ensure you’ll get what you’re paying for – there’s a reason brands like Levi’s are still so successful today.

5. Dress For Your Figure

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Knowing your body shape allows you to find the right items for your unique figure. When you dress for your body shape, you highlight your best features. This allows you to feel more comfortable and builds confidence – and as we know, inner confidence shines on the outside. Remember also to wear the right size for you – a lot of brands have different sizes so getting fitted is a good idea.

6. Attention: Accessories

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Don’t neglect your accessories! These beauties can make or break an outfit, so they deserve a little attention. Always remember to think about your shoes, jewellery and handbag when you dress. Do they fit with your outfit? Are the colours right? Do the textures complement everything else you’re wearing? I also like to take the less-is-more approach when it comes to jewellery – don’t overdo it, but don’t wear nothing, either. A watch, earrings and ring will do the trick, or a statement necklace and a simple bracelet.

7. Makeup Match

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Like your accessories, your makeup should match your outfit. Coordinate colours and intensity with your clothing. If you’re going for a casual look, keep the makeup simple. If you have a black tie event, smokey eyes and red lips might be appropriate.

December082016

Beauty from the Inside Out

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Beauty is an inside job. Yes, it’s as simple as that. As I’ve said many times before, when you feel good you look great. Who you are underneath your exterior and the way you feel about yourself are ultimately what is reflected on the outside. If you have a negative perception of yourself, it’s going to show. Enhance your self-respect and self-worth by reading my tips below.

 

Self-talk

The number one way you can improve how you feel about yourself is through positive self-talk. It’s about loving who you are and appreciating yourself. Most women have experienced thoughts of self-loathing at some time in their life. This could be criticising your body, telling yourself you aren’t good enough or questioning how others could ever perceive you in a positive manner. These kinds of thoughts are hurtful and self-destructive. When we think of ourselves poorly, we’re only causing damage. Negative self-talk inevitably results in low self-esteem, poor levels of confidence and unhappiness or dissatisfaction. You should never tell yourself that you are ugly, fat, useless or any other negative word. Similarly, you should never compare yourself to others. Every person we meet is at a different stage in their life to us. They are a different age or body shape; they have different experience and skills. Nobody is perfect, and comparing the things that you dislike about yourself to those that you see on other woman is only going to damage your self-esteem further. Beauty isn’t defined by the way you look next to another woman.

 

A Healthy Life, A Happy Life

When you have a balanced diet and regular exercise regime, you naturally feel healthier and happier. Eat nutritious foods and drinks lots of water to literally keep your insides thriving. Maintain consistent eating patterns and visit a nutritionist if you feel like your current diet isn’t really working for you. Exercise is a fabulous way to boost your self-confidence, so make sure you’re getting out there often and going for a walk, doing some yoga or hitting the gym.

 

Mind’s Eye

Do you feel that you’ve found inner peace? Are you content with your life and where you are going? Make a list of your values and goals and see if you’re actually accomplishing them. If you aren’t working towards them it’s likely you won’t feel completely fulfilled. Are you happy with your career, your friendships and relationships, your hobbies? When we love the life we’re living, we love ourselves. The key thing to remember is that changing your life is up to you – and it isn’t as hard as it might sound. Making the conscious decision to change is the first step. Once you’ve done that, the rest will begin falling into place. Remember also that even if there are things you dislike about your current position, there are good things in your life too. Don’t forget to focus on the good!

 

Confident Style

The way you dress reflects how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. Probably the best advice out there on this subject is to wear what you feel comfortable and fabulous in. Don’t wear something that makes you feel self-conscious, uncomfortable or unattractive. Dress to highlight your assets and boost your self-esteem. That might mean jeans and a blouse for one person and a fitted dress for another. The key thing to note is that you’re dressing for you, not other people. Wearing all of the latest trends won’t necessarily make you feel good, but wearing the jumpsuit you’ve had forever that enunciates your hourglass figure will. Confidence is sexy, so dressing in the clothes that make you feel the most confident is a winning solution! If you aren’t happy with your look, visiting a stylist is a worthwhile idea. It’s never too late to reinvent your look, and often this is all you need to discover your true style and feel sensational. On top of all this, make sure you show your confidence with a smile – a big, happy smile says a lot about a person.

 

 

 

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