Sunday, December 21, 2008

Charlie Green's Top Ten Makeup Tips

Pick the right foundation
A pretty face starts with the right shade of foundation. "Ask for assistance when picking a shade," says Green. "Try shades on your face and then walk out into the daylight. Colors look different in natural light, she adds, noting this photo of her client Jewel. Lastly, don't judge the shade by how it looks on your hand.

Forget Perfection
Though her clients like Tyra Banks always look flawless, Green says not to worry about perfection. "For example, when I do eye makeup, I line the eye first and then I find a complementary eyeshadow. When the pencil goes on, it doesn't look perfect, but then you soften it on top with the shadow—it irons out the irregularities."

Make Foundation Last
To help foundation last all day, start with a primer. Green, who has worked with Molly Sims, loves Smashbox Photo Finish gel. "You put it on after your moisturizer and under your foundation. It mattifies skin and absorbs oil during the day so your makeup holds for eight hours and you don't get greasy," she says. "You don't have to powder yourself later!"

Add Body Shimmer
Makeup is not just about the face! "The decollete, upper arms, back and shoulder blades are very important to accentuate," says Green, who has worked with Gisele Bundchen. "Exfoliate the area with a body scrub and then put on a gorgeous lotion with shimmer." Green recommends warm shades like gold, peach or terracotta bronze when it comes to shimmer and she makes her own! "I take a hydrating body lotion and put in fairy dust from the drugstore—half a golden shade and half an apricot-peach shade—and then I shake it up!"

Flaunt Your Lips
Makeup artist Charlie Green has been in the business for 20 years, prepping stars for the red carpet and readying models for magazine covers. Her honesty and creative approach to beauty makes her an ideal mentor for Blush contestants, so we asked Green to share some of her best tips, including how to get lipstick right like Heidi Klum. Green—who has worked with the model and TV host—says, "Start with a lip liner that's close to your lip color. Then apply the lipstick with the pinky finger, dabbing it on." Keep the eyes simple with this much color, she advises. "It can be too overwhelming."

Start With the Eyes
"Start with the eyes when you do a smoky eye," says Green of the popular look that she's created on stars like Kelly Clarkson. "Why start with your face when the dark shades will fall down on your canvas? Start with the eyes and do foundation and concealer afterward to create a clean area."

Blush Beautifully
"Blush is a secret weapon," says Green, who has applied it to Naomi Campbell's famous cheekbones. "To apply, look in the mirror and smile. Put a blob on the raised area and blend it with the fingers up to the hairline. Finish by blending with a cosmetic sponge." Green prefers cream blush in golden apricot shades, which she says are universally flattering.

Wear Color Shadow—Tastefully
If you wear color on the eyes like Green's client Adriana Lima, "keep it on the lid and contained—you don't want to extend it far up the socket to the brow," says Green. After applying a layer of shadow, "take a clean, dry makeup brush and blend it to soften the color

Take Makeup From Day to Night
If you go from work to a night out, bring makeup with you that complements but is heavier than what you already have on. "If you wear a brown or taupe during the day, bring a darker gray with sheen in it for evening or a beautiful violet," says Green, who has enhanced the eyes of stars like Avril Lavigne. "Top the lash line with liquid eyeliner and add another coat of mascara. Just remember to keep the same color palette and build on it."

10 mẹo trang điểm của chuyên gia trang điểm Holywood Charlie Green

Chọn kem nền phù hợp
Một khuôn mặt trang điểm đẹp cần bắt nguồn từ kem nền phù hợp. Hãy thử kem nền trên mặt sau đó bước ra ngoài ánh sáng mặt trời. Màu sắc thường thay đổi khi ở dưới ánh sáng tự nhiên, và bạn cũng đừng thử màu trên tay của bạn.

Đừng tìm kiếm sự hoàn hảo
Mặc dù khách hàng của bà, người mẫu Tyra Banks trông luôn tuyệt vời, bạn đừng bao giờ tìm một kiểu trang điểm hoàn hảo.Ví dụ, đầu tiên chuyên gia trang điểm kẻ mắt trước, sau đó tìm màu bóng mắt phù hợp. Khi kẻ mắt, đường kẻ sẽ không hoàn hảo, nhưng sau đó bạn đánh màu bóng mắt lên và trông đường kẻ sẽ mịn màng hơn.

Giữ cho kem nền được lâu
Để kem nền giữ được cả ngày, đầu tiên bạn đánh kem lót. Nhu Green đã trang điểm cho Molly Sims, bà đánh kem lót sau khi đánh kem dưỡng ẩm và trước khi đánh kem nền, như vậy kem sẽ hút dầu trên da và bạn có thể giữ được 8 tiếng mà da không bị nhờn.

Trang điểm cơ thể
Trang điểm không chỉ cho khuôn mặt. Bạn cần chú ý đến vai, cổ, lưng nữa. Hãy tẩy da chết cho các khu vực này bằng bột tẩy da chết, sau đó đánh nước lotion và kem có ánh lấp lánh lên trên, như Green trang điểm cho Gisele Bundchen.

Làm nổi bật đôi môi
Nhà trang điểm Charlie Green đã 20 năm trong nghề chuẩn bị cho các ngôi sao lên thảm đỏ hay trang điểm cho các người mẫu khi chụp hình tạp chí. Để trang điểm môi nổi bật như môi Heidi Klum, bà đánh viền môi gần giống với màu môi, sau đó dùng ngón tay út để bôi son lên môi, và trang điểm mắt đơn giản.

Bắt đầu với cặp mắt
Khi bạn trang điểm mắt màu khói, hãy trang điểm mắt đầu tiên. Vì khi bạn đánh mắt có thể phấn mắt sẽ rơi xuống da mặt. Đầu tiên trang điểm mắt, sau đó đánh kem nền và kem che khuyết điểm.

Đánh phấn bóng
Phấn bóng là một vũ khí bí mật, Green dùng phấn này cho gò má tuyệt đẹp của Naomi Campbell. Khi đánh phấn, bạn cần nhìn vào gương và mỉm cười, sau đó đánh phấn nước hoặc kem bóng. Charlie Green cho rằng màu bóng đẹp nhất là màu vàng đào.

Kẻ mắt màu
Nếu bạn kẻ mắt với màu như Adriana Lima, hãy chỉ đánh ở đường mi. Sau khi đánh một lớp bóng mắt, hãy dùng một chiếc chổi khô và sạch để chải làm dịu màu đi.

Trang điểm cho cả ngày và đêm
Nếu bạn từ chỗ làm đi chơi, bạn nên trang điểm thêm vào, ví dụ ban ngày bạn đánh mắt màu nâu, buổi tối bạn có thể đánh thêm màu xám sẫm hay màu tím. Đánh đường mi với kẻ mắt dạng nước, sau đó thêm một lớp mascara.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Coat trends - Xu hướng áo khoác.

The best are sewn on by hand and reinforced on the inside. Hilary Swank stayed warm in a satin Burberry Prorsum coat in bright turquoise; contrasting buttons added extra flair.

Don't bother with it. Simply knot the belt around your waist. Hayden Panettiere looked classic but youthful in a traditional Burberry trench cinched around her middle.

The warmest removable linings will take your trench from spring through the start of winter. For a spring-only coat seek a light lining or a double facing. Or, choose a winter-friendly trench with cold-weather details such as leather trim—like the Operation coat worn by Alicia Keys.

Updated versions of the trench may not sport all the details of the original, but the belt is a must-have. Renee Zellweger showed off her tiny waist in a belted patent trench.

Cotton gabardine is the classic. If you're looking for wrinkle resistance, avoid lightweight cottons; blends are often better. Kristen Bell kept her look crisp in a woven trench from Juicy Couture.

If you opt for them, make sure the coat fits precisely at the shoulders. Gwen Stefani made the scene in a trench with a flawless fit—and edgy frayed seams.

Rear Pleat
Make sure it closes easily. If it falls open the coat may be small. No one knows fit like expectant star Angelina Jolie, who was perfectly glamorous in a Loro Piana trenchcoat.

Áo khoác có thể mặc vào mùa thu và mùa đông, vừa đem lại cho bạn sự ấm áp vừa lịch sự, trang nhã. Bạn hãy xem các xu hướng áo khoác năm nay nhé.

Áo cài nhiều khuy Buttons (hình 1)

Loại áo khoác xịn thì cúc phải được khâu bằng tay và có miếng lót bên trong. Diễn viên Hilary Swank rất ấm áp trong chiếc áo khoác satin hiệu Burberry màu ngọc lam, với cúc màu đen nổi bật.

Loại thắt dây (hình 2)

Bạn chỉ đơn giản buộc thắt chiếc thắt lưng lại ngang eo. Hayden Panettiere trông cổ điển nhưng vẫn trẻ trung với chiếc áo khoác kiểu truyền thống hiệu Burberry và thắt lưng này.

Loại có lớp lót (hình 3)

Loại áo khoác có lớp lót tháo ra được rất ấm áp vào mùa đông, mà có thể tháo lớp lót ra để mặc vào mùa thu và mùa xuân. Nếu chọn áo chỉ mặc vào mùa thu, bạn hãy chọn loại áo có lớp lót mỏng hay loại may 2 lớp. Nếu chọn áo ấm, bạn có thể chọn chiếc áo khoác có lớp lót da này.

Loại thắt lưng (hình 4)

Loại áo này làm bạn trông thể thao hơn.

Fabric (hình 5)

Loại vải Cotton gabardine là loại thường được dùng nhất. Nếu bạn muốn loại vải chống nhăn, hãy tránh các loại cotton chất liệu nhẹ, vải tổng hợp sẽ tốt hơn. Bạn hãy ngắm chiếc áo khoác vải len dệt của Kristen Bell.

Có ngù vai (hình 6)

Nếu bạn chọn loại này, hãy chọn áo thật vừa với đôi vai của bạn. Nữ ca sĩ Gwen Stefani thật tuyệt với chiếc áo khoác rất vừa vặn với đường may sờn.

Recharge Your Relationship in One Weekend-Làm mới tình yêu của bạn

Do you have a great love life that's just become a bit stagnant? Give me one weekend. Follow my relationship advice, and you can say goodbye to the blahs. With these six simple steps, we'll give that love life — and sex life! — a boost into relationship bliss.
Saturday: Repairing Your Relationship
Get Real

Okay, I have to start with some very tough love, and you're not going to like it. But this is a fact: Your relationship will have the best chance of survival if you let go of your romantic illusions. I'm not saying relationships can't be romantic long-term, but — brace yourself — most of the time they're not. What confuses us is that the same partner that excited us in the beginning can now leave us bored stupid! It's this longing for the past that causes problems in the present.
Most relationships start with a heady infusion of intoxicating hormones: You're in a bubble built for two, and there's a feeling of oneness. Over time this extreme closeness would be suffocating, but at the start it feels bloody marvelous! We want that feeling to continue forever, and when it (inevitably) doesn't, we jump to this conclusion: We've picked the wrong person. But that isn't necessarily true. This happens to every relationship eventually. (Yes, even yours.) Real love is about leaving this fantasy behind. It might have felt like you were much more in love at the start than you are three, four or more years on, but it's actually a figment of your imagination. Real, long-term intimacy happens when the initial flush of hormones subsides. Only then are you able to see each other as you really are — and a deeper, more satisfying, realistic love replaces the romantic one.
Talk about this together, then make a pact to not expect the impossible from each other. Once you agree to be realistic about your expectations of each other, the relief is enormous! You'll feel like a weight has been lifted — I promise.
Find Out Who You're in Love With

Lots of couples talk to each other. Few listen properly and without judgment. This exercise teaches you good principles for both. It's also designed for you to get to know your partner as he is now, as opposed to how he was when you first met. That was probably the last time you allowed each other to talk uninterrupted, without making a comment or silent judgment about what the other was saying!
I've written the instructions of how it works from the perspective of the person doing the listening. And yes, this will have to be you at some point, so grit your teeth and volunteer to go first! Now, I'm going to be Ms. Bossy Boots for this one and insist you follow the rules, or it simply won't work.
• You each get a turn to talk to the other for half an hour — no more, no less.
• When you're talking, you can only talk about yourself, not about your partner or the relationship . Focus generally on your emotions, your needs, what you've learned from books or films, your friends, your job, what you like about yourself, what you don't, how you're enjoying life and how you're coping with life's struggles.
• You're not allowed to interrupt or even comment on what's been said. Your job is simply to listen and try to understand the person talking.
• Watch your facial expressions and body language . Nod supportively. Say, "Uh-huh." Smile encouragingly. Sitting there sulking or with a thunderous expression is going to thwart the whole exercise.
• If you really, really, really must comment on something your partner's said, wait a full 24 hours. Then, if you still can't help yourself, you're allowed 10 minutes max. One other catch on replying: The comments can only be positive. If you think there's a problem, for instance, outline it quickly, then spend the rest of the time talking about possible solutions. For example: "Your comments about your close friendship with your female coworker have made me realize we need to discuss boundaries," rather than, "I can't believe you've been spending so much time with Anna without telling me, you miserable bugger."
• After doing this exercise, don't be surprised if you both feel a little unnerved. You've probably just discovered things about your partner you didn't know — and that's why you feel slightly nervous. Who is this person? You thought you knew him inside out! What a shock, eh? But after all, you don't own each other and can't control how you both feel. Relax and go with the uncertainty. Taking your partner completely for granted is what kills most relationships. It does both of you good to not feel 100 percent sure of each other.
• Repeat this session once a week for a month, and you'll find you start to listen properly without it having to be a structured exercise.
Get Exactly What You Want

Another classic relationship mistake: assuming that because your partner loves you, he knows what you need to be happy. Sadly, love doesn't magically transform us into mind readers, so we rely on the next best thing: We assume that what makes us happy will make our partner happy. That, as you can imagine, predictably leads to unmitigated disasters. He gives you tickets to the playoffs for your birthday along with the latest Nintendo game. You give him an inspirational self-help book and dinner in a romantic (read: stuffy) restaurant. To completely guarantee a life of misery, we take this warped thinking even further. We assume that if our partner doesn't behave the way we would in a particular situation, he doesn't care about us. Cue typical couple arguments about things like anniversaries (some people place importance on them, others don't) and chatting up your best friend (seen as charming her by one, flirting by another). But happily, there is a way to fix this sorry situation. It's called being clear about what you both want. Sounds easy enough, right? Here's how it works:
• For the next month, you take turns having "me" days until the month is up.
• On each of your "me" days, you get to ask for something you'd like from your partner that makes you happy. It might be something as simple as asking him to please pick you up on time, massage your shoulders while you're watching telly or hold your hand while taking a walk.
• Clearly state what you'd like your partner to do, giving as much detail as possible. The idea is to get into the habit of asking for what you need and want in order to be happy, instead of expecting your partner to second-guess.
• Pay attention to what your partner asks for. Write down what he's requested, and you'll have a list of his real needs and wants, rather than what you think he wants or doesn't want.
Sunday: Your Sex Life
Don't Just Maintain — Nurture

When you start a new relationship , your focus is on nurturing your sex life. You're learning about your partner's body — what he likes and doesn't like — with beginner's lust fueling your curiosity. If you're like most couples, once you think you've got each other figured out, you move from nurturing your sex life into maintaining it. Six weeks into your relationship, the proportion is around 80 percent nurturing to 20 percent maintenance. Six years on, it's more like 0 percent nurturing to 100 percent maintenance.
To keep sex good long-term, you have to continue to nurture. This means putting thought and energy into sex — like you did in the beginning!
• Take turns with "sex spoil sessions." Every fifth time you have sex, one of you spoils the other with things you know your partner will enjoy. (Note the emphasis on what your partner enjoys, not what you enjoy.) This might be as simple as giving him a gloriously thorough working over with your tongue — or involve you packing a picnic to head off for alfresco sex.
• Take a sexual inventory. Write suggested sexual activities on two sheets of paper, then each of you rates them from hot (would love to try) to warm, lukewarm and cold. Add your own, but choose from things like spanking, role-playing, semipublic sex, tie-up games, blindfolding, talking dirty, anal sex and watching or making erotic films. When you're done, make note of the activities that scored high(-ish) for both of you. Try one every two weeks or once a month.
Turn Your Bedroom into a Sex Den

Sex in your average bedroom is a yawn. Sex in an erotic, exotic playroom is sexier than that recurring fantasy of your favorite celebrity walking into your bedroom just as you're reaching in that bedside drawer... You get the picture. Some essentials:
• Soundproof it for kids/roommates/your mother when she comes to stay. Heavy curtains and carpets soak up sound. If you're deadly serious, install sound-insulating board on any adjoining walls. A lazy but still effective option is to put in a sound system or radio. Music masks all sorts of happy noises.
• For the most flattering lighting, light from below or at eye level. Dimmers are the next best thing and can match whatever mood you're in. A simple, quick fix in the meantime: Put tea lights on saucers on the floor (keep them a safe distance from bedcovers or enthusiastically thrown bras, knickers or boxers).
• The simplest thing is to add mirrors to wardrobe doors so they can be angled to provide good views of the bed. Even sneakier: a full-length portable mirror, which you can move into whatever position grabs your fancy at the time.
• Everyone needs a special drawer within reaching distance from the bed. Fill it with massage oil, stockings and scarves for tie-up, sleep masks from your last plane flight to act as a blindfold, lubricant, condoms, erotic books or movies, sexy clothes, vibrators and other sex toys.
• A firm mattress makes for better sex. Clean, fresh, good-quality sheets lure you to lie naked on them. Cushions are a must for putting under hips, supporting limbs or making other places around the house sex-friendly.
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Bạn cảm thấy tình yêu của mình đã có đôi chút nhàm chán? Hãy dành hai ngày cuối tuần để làm mới nó nhé.
Ngày thứ bảy: Sửa chữa mối quan hệ
Hãy thực lòng.
Các cặp đôi đều nói chuyện với nhau, nhưng rất ít người lắng nghe mà không phê phán. Trong lời khuyên này, bạn sẽ học được các nguyên tắc nói chuyện với nhau và các bạn sẽ hiểu nhau hơn. Đây là lúc bạn cho phép đối tượng được nói mà không nghắt lời, không bình luận hay phê phán gì cả.
-Mỗi người trong các bạn sẽ được nói trong nửa tiếng, không hơn không kém.
-Khi các bạn nói chuyện, bạn nói về bản thân, chứ không nói về đối tác và mối quan hệ của các bạn. Hãy tập trung vào cảm xúc của bạn, bạn cần gì, bạn học được gì từ phim ảnh, sách vở, từ những người bạn của bạn, điều gì làm bạn hài lòng về bản thân và điều gì làm bạn không hài lòng, bạn đạt được những gì trong cuộc đời và bạn đang phải đối mặt với những khó khăn nào.
-Các bạn không được ngắt lời nhau, chỉ được lắng nghe và cố gắng hiểu bạn tình của mình.
-Hãy chú ý đến ngôn ngữ cơ thể của bạn. Gật đầu đồng ý, mỉm cười khích lệ.
-Nếu bạn bắt buộc phải nhận xét về một điểm nào đó trong câu chuyện của đối tác, hãy chờ 24h sau, và lời nhận xét đó bắt buộc phải là nhận xét tích cực. Nếu có vấn đề gì thì bạn chỉ nói một cách ngắn gọn và sau đó tập trung vào việc tìm ra giải pháp.
Sau khi nói chuyện các bạn sẽ thấy nhẹ nhõm hơn và cảm thấy khá ngạc nhiên. Hoá ra có nhiều điều về đối tượng mà bạn chưa từng biết. Bạn hãy duy trì việc nói chuyện vào thứ bảy cuối tuần trong một tháng và sẽ học được cách lắng nghe mà không ngắt lời hay phê phán.
Nói chính xác bạn muốn gì
Khi yêu, bạn có cảm giác rằng người mình yêu luôn biết làm thế nào để bạn được hạnh phúc, nhưng thực tế tình yêu không biến chúng ta thành những người có khả năng đọc tâm trí người khác. Vì thế chúng ta thường tin rằng những gì làm chúng ta thấy hạnh phúc thì cũng làm người kia thích thú. Vì vậy mà chàng cho bạn đi chơi game, còn bạn tặng chàng mấy quyển sách dạy cách sống và đi ăn ở quán lãng mạn. Vì vậy rất nhiều cặp cãi nhau về cách tổ chức các dịp kỉ niệm, quan điểm khác nhau về bạn bè... Thực ra để giải quyết vấn đề này cũng đơn giản. Trong tháng, bạn hãy đề ra một "ngày của bạn" và một "ngày của chàng".
-Trong "ngày của bạn", bạn hãy nói cho chàng biết và đề nghị chàng làm những việc khiến bạn cảm thấy vui, ví dụ tới đón bạn đúng giờ, massage vai cho bạn khi bạn xem tivi, nắm tay bạn khi đi dạo.
-Khi đề nghị chàng cần đề nghị đơn giản và đầy đủ để chàng có thể làm theo, không bắt chàng phải đoán.
-Vào ngày của chàng, bạn hãy ghi lại những gì chàng muốn và bạn sẽ có danh sách những điều yêu thích của chàng.

Ngày chủ nhật: ngày của sex
Hãy nuôi dưỡng cuộc sống tình dục của bạn
Khi bạn bắt đầu một mối quan hệ, bạn sẽ quan tâm tới việc thoả mãn bạn tình về sex, tìm hiểu cơ thể chàng, những điều làm chàng thích thú. Trong thời kỳ 6 tháng đầu của mối quan hệ, bạn sẽ 80% nuôi dưỡng tình dục và 20% duy trì nó. Trong 6 năm sau, bạn sẽ 0% nuôi dưỡng, 100% duy trì. Bạn cần nuôi dưỡng lại nó.
-Ví dụ, cứ đến lần yêu thứ 5, bạn hoặc bạn tình của bạn sẽ được người kia làm cho điều gì đó mà bạn/người kia thích nhất.
-Các bạn hãy viết những kiểu yêu lên tờ giấy. Sau đó hai người sẽ đánh giá từng kiểu một là nóng bỏng, bình thường hay không hấp dẫn. Sau đó chọn ra những kiểu mà cả hai đều đánh giá cao và thỉnh thoảng thực hiện.
Biến phòng ngủ thành thiên đường sex
Bạn hãy:
-Cách âm cho phòng ngủ khỏi con cái. Những tấm thảm hay rèm dày có thể giúp giảm âm thanh. Hoặc bạn có thể bật radio lên.
-Để ánh đèn thêm quyến rũ, hãy đặt đèn chiếu từ dưới lên hoặc ngang tầm mắt. Một cách rất nhanh là bạn đặt các ngọn nến đèn trà trong đĩa và thắp ở dưới sàn nhà.
-Đặt chiếc gương dài di động trong phòng để có thể nhìn thấy các góc của giường.
-Để một ngăn kéo trong tầm với của bạn trong đó chứa condom, quần áo ngủ sexy, đĩa CD phim gợi cảm, sách về sex, dầu massage...
-Giường đệm sạch sẽ và chắc chắn khiến bạn thấy an toàn hơn. Bạn cũng nên đặt nhiều gối trên giường.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Recycling Crafts - Tin Can Desk Organizer

Before discarding used cans, consider creating lovely decorations for your home with them. With just a bit of scrapbook paper and a few die cuts, you can give a can a face lift and make it into an organizer for your desk.
- clean small tin can for example 8oz can
- scrapbook paper in 2 coordinating colors
- textured cardstock in 2 coordinating colors
to match the papers
- Sizzix Sidekick
- Sizzix Sizzlet “Butterfly”
- double sided adhesive tape
- scissors
- quilter’s ruler and cutting mat
Tip: Always keep the beginning and end seams to the back of the can.
1. Cut the first strip of scrapbook paper to measure the width of the can plus 1 cm overlap and the height of the paper should be half of the can’s height.
2. Cut the second strip of scrapbook paper to measure the width of the can plus one cm overlap and the height of the paper should be half of the can’s height plus 1 cm overlap.
3. Place double sided adhesive on the short ends of both strips of paper.
4. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive of the smaller strip. Wrap this strip around the top half of the can, making sure it is is fitting tightly.
5. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive of the second strip. Wrap it now tightly around the can. This strip will overlap the first by 1 cm in the middle of the can.
6. Cut a strip of textured cardstock that is 2 cm high. Place double sided adhesive on both of the short ends and (keeping the seam to the back) wrap it over the middle of the can, covering the overlap of the scrapbook papers.
7. Cut a 1 cm high strip of the lighter colored scrapbook paper and lay it aside.
8. Die cut 5 butterflies out of the textured cardstock. Take now the 1 cm high strip and insert it through the butterflies. Once all butterflies are on the strip, place double sided adhesive on both short ends of the strip and lay in the center over the 2cm strip of textured cardstock from step 6.
9. Turn the butterflies to the left and to the right and bend their wings outwards for more dimension.

Maritime Crafts
This votive costs practically nothing to make. Recycle kitchen jars and combine them with vegetable netting which actually resembles fishermen’s netting to create this quick and easy summertime table decoration for your next outdoor party or get-together. Hot glue a few shells to give the votive the finishing touch and a maritime look.
Supplies Needed:
- Clean jelly or food jar, mustard glass or
other glass that can be recycled
- netting from vegetables - used for onions,
tomatoes, potatoes, etc.... or other
- collected seashells or other beach
- tea light
- transparent double sided tape
- hot glue gun
1. Clean your jars.
2. Remove any fasteners from the netting. Cut it to a length that will fit around the jar plus a little bit more. Try not to pull much on the netting as it stretches out of shape easily.
3. Cut a one centimeter or 1/2 inch strip of double sided tape the height of the jar and adhere the strip vertically down the jar. Take your netting, wrap around the jar, overlap the two ends and adhere them to the tape.
4. Add hot glue to the shells and adhere them randomly to the jar as desired. The hot glued shells are an additional help holding the netting to the jar.

Dark Nails

Best Shades for Light Skin
Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann says those with fair skin should opt for blue-based shades with soft shimmer, which will look crisp—not goth—even on porcelain hands like Liv Tyler's.

For Light Skin: Red
A hint of pink gives this crimson a pretty edge.
Essie in Lacy Not Racy, $8; buy online now at

For Light Skin: Purple
A feminine berry that's not too dramatic for fair skin.
Avon Nailwear in Vintage Vamp, $5; buy online now at

For Light Skin: Brown
An earthy chestnut looks elegant mixed with metallic.
Revlon in Crushed Crimson, $5; visit for stores.

Best Shades for Medium Skin
Look for gold flecks and warm undertones which make even tricky colors, like purple, flattering on Eva Mendes and all women with olive or tan complexions.

For Medium Skin: Red
Classic ruby red with a sexy metallic finish.
OPI in Bastille My Heart, $9; visit for stores.

For Medium Skin: Purple
Gold shimmer softens the look of deep violet.
Dior Vernis in Liquorice, $19; visit for stores.

For Medium Skin: Brown
The tiny flecks of copper make olive skin glow.
Orly in Golden Maharaja, $8; buy online now at

Best Shades for Dark Skin
Take the trend to the extreme, advises Lippmann, who suggests going for strong hues that border on black. Kerry Washington does just that with nails that match her noir dress.

For Dark Skin: Purple
The high sheen of this inky aubergine makes nails pop.
MAC in Illegal Purple, $11; visit for stores.

Holiday How-To: Beauty Looks for Every Occasion

High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens models five chic and easy looks for the holiday season, created by makeup artist Fiona Stiles and hairstylist Adir Abergel.

Family Gathering or Office Party
HAIR: Work a straightening balm through damp hair, then dry straight with a round brush. After creating a side part, smooth hair into a low ponytail with a boar-bristle brush for a bump-free finish.
MAKEUP: Start by dusting gray shadow over lids to give eyes depth. To give lashes a "light, feathery feel," Stiles says to add individual falsies at the outer corners of the eye, then apply mascara only at the base of the lash line. Finish the polished look with glossy nude lips and rosy cheeks.

Black Friday Shopping
HAIR: Overly done hair at all hours isn't necessary—or realistic. Simply tame flyaways with a silicone serum, like Abergel did here.
MAKEUP: Gorgeous, glowing skin is the key to this "easy five-minute look," explains Stiles. Brighten undereye darkness with a light-reflecting concealer, then even the skin tone with a translucent liquid foundation. Curl lashes and add a pat of sheer gloss on the center of lips. "Clean and simple," says Stiles.

Cocktail Party
HAIR: For volume at the roots and super smooth ends, blow-dry strands using a round brush, then run a flat iron from the mid-shaft down. The ideal finish? Glossy but not greasy. "The secret is not using too many styling products," explains Abergel. Mist a high-shine setting spray on palms, then work hands through straightened locks, starting underneath and moving up. "I feel ready for a night out with someone special," says Hudgens.
MAKEUP: Shades of plum and mauve look sultry when applied as a light wash all the way around the eye. "It's a little younger and lighter than your traditional gray and black," says Stiles about her take on the classic smoky eye. To keep lips kissably soft, top pink liner with a conditioning lilac balm.

Gift Swap with Girlfriends
HAIR: For a playful vibe, Abergel created a modern version of the half-up, half-down Brigitte Bardot style. To get the look, tease the roots gently before gathering hair at the crown and securing with pins. Piecey, face-framing layers give it an "effortless twist," says Abergel.
MAKEUP: "I love playing with bright makeup colors," says Hudgens. "That's, like, one of the best parts of being a girl." Kohl-rimmed eyes topped with electric-blue powder shadow is "an adventurous look you can get away with for day as long as you have the right attitude—and go easy on the mascara," says Stiles. Press the powder over the liner using a stiff angled brush. Dewy skin, flushed cheeks and peachy-pink gloss create a polished but not overly done finish.

New Year's Eve
HAIR: To achieve Hudgens's chic updo, create lift at the crown and an off-center part to "keep it from looking matronly," says Abergel. After loosely raking back hair—letting it cover your ears—secure it at the nape using four crisscrossed bobby pins.
MAKEUP: Vivid coral lips are a fresh take on classic screen-siren red. Prep lips with a clear balm, then use a creamy pinkish-orange pencil to fill them in. "I went with a pencil because the color stays brighter for longer," says Stiles. Add a pop of creamy pink blush on the apples of cheeks to give a luminous flush. Finish with mascara, focusing on lashes at the outer corners to create a cat's-eye effect. "This look feels young because it's not too done. That makes it fun," says Hudgens.

Finding the Right Lingerie for Your Gown

Want to look and feel super sexy on your wedding night? The perfect lingerie is your answer. Here's how to find it.
The right underpinnings can whittle your figure, lift your bust and enhance the line and fit of your wedding dress. But many brides don't know what pieces work best for their figure. With the expert advice of Jeanie Peterson, owner of the Sol Bride Catalog and, we'll help you select the bridal lingerie that makes the most of your figure -- and your gown.
Match Your Lingerie To Your Gown
Strapless Gowns: The bustier, often called a merry widow or a long-line bra, is the most popular choice for strapless gowns. While some brides think that strapless gowns call for strapless bras, the boning and construction of bustiers provide better support. Even brides with larger cup sizes can trust bustiers to keep them properly in place. And the snug fit of a bustier around your stomach and waist ensures that you'll have a smooth line under your gown. Full-figured brides or brides with large cup sizes should look for bustiers with extra boning in the bodice and in the cup. Strapless bras can be an option as well, but are only recommended for brides who don't need as much support and who have dresses with high backs.
Sheaths: While many types of lingerie will work with a standard sheath, brides who choose simple sheaths in delicate fabrics such as organdy, chiffon or silk must be careful. The beautiful boning, lace and ribbon found on many bustiers and bras can poke through, creating ugly bumps under the dress. Look for a seamless bodysuit, preferably in a thong style. Make sure to select a microfibre for the smoothest possible silhouette.
Sleeveless Gowns: Provided the straps are wide enough and back is high enough, almost any kind of lingerie can be worn with a sleeveless gown. Choose the body-slimming feel of a boned bustier, or the support of a traditional bra. The only thing you must consider is the weight of your gown's fabric. Lace or appliqué detail on your bustier may show through thinner fabrics, so if your gown is made of organdy or silk chiffon, look for a seamless style in microfibre.
Backless Gowns: The drama of backless gowns is unparalleled, but so are the problems they cause in finding the right lingerie. The best answer is often an adhesive bra. Look for one built with underwire for extra support, and make sure you choose a style with large adhesive tapes. With good tapes, adhesive bras should hold for up to 12 hours, even for brides with larger cup sizes or brides who plan to spend their wedding nights out on the dance floor. Remember to apply your adhesive strips to clean, dry skin, preferably swabbed with rubbing alcohol to remove any body oils or residual lotion. Brides should tape a U shape around their breasts, and make sure the tapes cover the entire bottom half of the cup. Brides with larger cup sizes should consider using two tapes per breast. Adhesive bras made entirely of tape are an alternative for brides in search of barely there support.
Lingerie Shopping Tips
Once you've decided what type of lingerie works for your gown, it's time to think through your shopping strategies. Remember to always have a photo of your gown handy when shopping online or browsing the boutiques. You should know how low the gown hits your back, and the silhouette you're looking for. Do you want maximum lift, or do you want to minimize your cleavage? Also make sure you shop with your gown's fabric in mind, and choose seamless lingerie for gowns in delicate cloths.
Fit No matter how clever the design or sumptuous the material, lingerie that doesn't fit is never attractive. We recommend having a professional fitting, or measuring yourself with the help of the Sol Bride experts and their unique fit guide. However, lingerie sizing differs greatly depending on the designer, so your best bet is to use your common sense. When trying on an item, stand straight in front of the mirror and examine the fit. Does the underwire of your bra fully cup your breast? Do your breasts spill over the top or sides of the cups? Do the straps sit squarely on your shoulders? Does the piece ride up or cut into your skin? How comfortable you feel is one of the best indicators of whether the fit is right.
Control The best way to get the control you want on your wedding day is to wear a bustier to slim your torso. It holds your stomach in and creates a smooth line under your dress, while providing the lift and support you want. Wearing a girdle is uncomfortable and unattractive, so if you crave extra support, simply pair control top pantyhose with your bustier.
Quality You found it, you love it, you're sold. Not so fast. Before you whip out that credit card, take a second to think about quality. Test the elastic first. Does it feel flimsy, or is it firm and resilient? Examine the underwire, checking that each piece is kept in place with two lines of stitching. Anything less, and the wires will wiggle and might poke out later. Most upscale retailers -- whether online or in-store -- only carry reputable designers, but it's important to ask. Remember that bridal lingerie doesn't have to be used only once. If the quality and fit are right, you'll enjoy wearing it again and again.
Once you've found the perfect ensemble, make sure you take care of it. Lingerie should be hand-washed after every use. If not, oil and dirt will accumulate on the fabric and the piece will loose its shape. Trust us, once you've found undergarments that you love, you're going to want them to last a lifetime.
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