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You might be having your photo taken for a wedding, for fun, for your loved one, or for work. Whatever the reason, it makes a lot of sense to be prepared for your photoshoot. And one of the essential preparations that always works wonders for your apperance in photographs is to get your eyebrows in decent shape.

Your eyebrows define your face. If you’ve ever seen anyone without eyebrows, because of an illness, because they’ve gone crazy with the plucking or someone has shaved them off in a drunken incident (it happens), you’ll know how odd it looks when they’re not quite right. And the camera takes no prisoners. If your brows look crazy, so will you.

During the 1970s women more or less shaved their eyebrows off then drew them back on with an eyebrow pencil, usually a lot higher up the forehead in a unrealistically curved arch. It looked dreadful, especially when the hairs started to grow back as dark stubble. Debbie Matthews from tutor group 5M in 1976, Kings Manor Comprehensive, I am mentioning you by name! I often wonder whether your perpetually-shaved brows ever fully grew back, or if you still look surprised forty years later.

Eyebrow fashions change, of course, but at times through history the trend-settters have dictated the most extraordinary and eccentric eyebrow styles. As a rule the natural look is always best, capitalising on their original shape and not taking too much off.

If you need to pluck your eyebrows, NEVER pluck hairs from the top of the brow. You will look like a Neanderthal. Only pluck them from the bottom, and take great care. Don’t get tweezer-happy or you could easily end up with that awful situation where you keep making them uneven, ending up with none at all. Rather like the old table leg joke, where someone keeps cutting their table legs in an attempt to get them the same length, until there are none left.

The latest eyebrow trend has been a good one. It’s hard to beat the sheer elegance and beauty of a well-proportioned, generous 1950s movie star brow, a la Sofia Loren or Audrey Hepburn. But plenty of people have taken it too far. When your hair is fair and you have whacking great black eyebrows an inch wide, you look like a space alien. Take it easy and you’ll look stunning: natural and sophisticated.

Mens eyebrows haven’t escaped the trend for big, bold brows. Luckily if you’re a bloke it tends ot be easier to get it right. You have lots of eyebrow hair to play with, all you need to do is tidy up the stragglers and get rid of the hairs in the middle that make you look like you’ve got a one-brow.

Eyebrow care and eyebrow trimming start with a good quality pair of tweezers that you can grip firmly. If your eyesight’s wobbly, wear glasses when plucking or buy yourself a decent magnifying mirror. If you have a tendency to over-pluck, get a friend to sit with you and curb your enthusiasm.

Eyebrow shapes come and go. Trends change. But you were born with the perfect eyebrow shape for your face. Go with the natural flow and make the best of what you’ve got. You will enjoy much better results that way than if you try to force your brows into shapes they don’t naturally fall into.

Eyebrow wax works wonders. But don’t DIY unless you are experienced and supremely confident in your abilities. It’s so easy to get it wrong. Unless you’re a natural, waxing eyebrows is a job for the professionals. If you have a photoshoot coming up, make your brows a priority. When they’re shaped by an expert they can make you look surprisingly younger and a lot happier.

What to do if you’ve trashed yours and it’s too late to make amends before the shoot? With a bit of luck you’ll be able to arrange your hair to hide as much of your eyebrow disaster as possible. Or use an eyebrow pencil to carefully repair their shape for the camera. A hat is always a possibility, and hair extensions are handy. But to be honest, it’s best to keep them in good shape and not go too far with the plucking at all times. If you’ve ever plucked yourself into looking like a total nutter, you will already have learned that vital lesson!

One last thing. Getting older isn’t all bad. Once you’re past fifty or so, your eyebrows will slow down and not grow so fast. I haven’t needed to pluck mine for about five years. The hairs themselves might be getting longer, thicker and madder, but the shape is lovely, the exact same shape I’ve been plucking them all my life. The hairs I have always plucked out have finally given up the ghost. Result!

Saving On Wedding Rings 2Most of the time this is something that could pressure a couple before their wedding day. Once the engagement is done and all the announcement for the wedding has been made, the wedding comes next in the agenda. You can’t get married without your wedding rings of course. Dilemmas like affordability has always been an issue with this thing and it are perfectly normal to think of. But don’t let it stress you out. You are getting married because you are happy with your love life and you’re finally going to be with that one person you want to be spending the rest of your life with. That should be your focus and not how much your rings would ruin your bank account.

I have here tips on how you could plan ahead in buying your future wedding bands. That’s right, it is not a bad idea at all to plan this thing. This would make you lessen the burden in the subject of paying for it.

1. It wouldn’t hurt to do your research early on pricing. There are actually seasons when rings make a price drop in a year. Learn about clearing out sales in your local jewelry shops.
2. Scout for discounts online. There are several sites that grant it, especially for their new subscribers. If you are really keen in finding an online store that sells rings like this, I’m quite sure you would be able to find a great deal as well.
3. Usually, gold is the element that people use for their wedding rings. That said, we all know how expensive these rings could get. You can go to stores like Tiffany and Co. or even Harry Watson way ahead of time and try saving for it. What I mean is do it about a year before you plan to buy it and you would be able to save for the said amount that you found.
4. Don’t buy wedding rings when they are at its peak like Valentine’s Day and the Christmas Holidays. For some reason, the price of these materials is so high and it is usually because of their demand from people who often buy them this time of the year.
5. You can also check out some vintage shops and stores that offer pre-loved items. If you ever want your rings to be even more historical and even have a little adventure or a good story that would go in acquiring it, I suggest try traveling to Asia. The airfare could be pretty expensive, but the adventure and the experience are priceless. And of course you would even come home with some good wedding rings.Saving On Wedding Rings 1

These tips could come in handy to those who are about to get married and to those who see themselves married. Be practical and follow these steps in order for you to save on buying your future weddings rings. Research a lot about online shops or visit this site, it deals wedding rings and I’m sure you will be able to find the rings perfect for your budget.

Sets Are Best For BudgetMost jewelries are really expensive, but you don’t have to break the bank just so you would look good and fab. You can always cut costs when it comes to your jewelries and accessories by buying them at the right place. Here you will find the many places where you could purchase jewelries that would be friendly when it comes to your budget. It is really how you would rock wearing it. The secret to style and glamour is usually the attitude on how you would your jewelry.

Because it doesn’t matter if your wearing a Harry Winston diamond necklace around your neck, if you are slouching and not confident wearing it, then it is going to be useless that it won’t really look good in you. It is all about the attitude (snap, snap). Today you will learn not just the place where you could find these affordable jewelries, I would even teach you how to wear them looking like a millions bucks. It is all about the art of styling and a little bit of mixing and matching.

Let’s talk about where you could buy inexpensive jewelries first. I suggest that you scout in your local flea market. They usually have a lot of gems in there and all you need to do is be patient in finding them. You would be surprised that most products could even be purchased for less than $10! It happens! The great thing about flea markets is you could do some bargain. If you think the price is still too expensive, you can ask for a smaller price and usually they would allow it.

Another place where you could find cheap yet still good jewelries are the thrift stores. They are usually pre-loved or pre-owned, but there is no denying that they could still be useful and some could even maintain their certain glow. If you are in the mood for some vintage jewelries, these stores are your best bet.

There are tons of designer jewelries out there from Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Tiffany and Co., and the list could go on, but let’s face it; not everybody could afford them. But there’s no reason to be downcast and just settle not looking good because you don’t have the money for them. The places I just mentioned could totally make you look fantastic whether you are just on a casual event or even some red carpet event! You would be surprised that there are celebrities who have worn and are still wearing some inexpensive jewels around their body and they all look fab because on the way they carry it.

The trick is to know which jewelries would match your current outfit. The colors, the cut and the style of your jewelry should be in accordance to your overall outfit. Don’t wear huge and chunky jewelries with rocks that are so colorful if you are already wearing a colorful and loud outfit. Minimalism is key!

Getting Married At A City HallNot all women dreamed of getting married in a church or in a garden, not even in an expensive hotel. Does it mean they are cheap? No. I say, they are just more practical. There is nothing wrong if you want to get married at a city hall. If you saw the movie “Sex In The City,” then you would appreciate my suggestion here. Carrey (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big got married in the end in a New York City Hall and guess what, that was even more successful and the drama was also less to none.

There is something appealing about eloping like that for some reason. Marriage is about two people who are going to be together for the rest of their lives and their loved ones are mostly just there to support their decision. But at the end of the day, it is the couple that would make all their choices in the lives that they decided to build. So I say, if you feel like going for a city hall to get married then do it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Here are the advantages of doing it elope style.

It is spontaneous. The spontaneity alone can be considered romantic. The spur of the moment would give both of you the adrenaline rush that you need to even keep your passion for each other burning. After all, isn’t that what marriage should do to a couple in the first place?
Fast and easy. You don’t need to wait for almost a year just to tie the knot. You can just march up at the nearest city hall and have everything in legal papers to be with the one you love for the rest of your life. The longest wait you would experience is if there are a lot of people lined up to get married that day, but still it is fast compared to waiting for almost half of the year.
It is no doubt affordable. You don’t need to pay for some huge reception and some rental to get married. You will just need to pay the government for the marriage license fee and you’re done. But okay, if you want to wear some good dress and suit, you can also do that. But seriously, I won’t advise you to wear an expensive designer gown because that would make you look kind of awkward in that place. Just keep your outfits simple and that is actually the beauty of getting married in this venue.

If you have guests who you would want to be witnesses of your wedding, you could still do that. The whole thing would be very quaint and personal, which makes it even more romantic. This is something that any couple could do, especially when they are on a tight budget. But just so you know, not all people who choose this style are broke. Some of them are just really in love and practical.

Men’s Shoes for WeddingI love to talk about shoes, especially if it is for a special occasion like this. If you think that women should only be the one taking shoes seriously, then you are wrong. I know a lot of men who are really passionate about their foot wear and it is good because that means they know how to value quality. I know how it could be hard to find the right shoes when you’re already pressured before the day of your wedding. This is why I’m here to guide you on the best shoes that you could probably ever wear by a very note-worthy designer.

I love designers who are almost famous for their work. I mean, I don’t usually go hunting for quality products from mainstream designers because I know how expensive they could get. I really usually go for upcoming designers who are already making some noise in the industry of fashion. This means that their work must be really good to at least make a name for themselves even when they are not exactly mainstream.

Right now I’m totally digging the designs and style of a Filipino designer Maco Custodio. You guys should check him out because his works are absolutely world-class! I didn’t just read about him, but I happen to have met him personally along with the shoes he has been creating. He is mostly known for his shoes for men and this is why highly recommend that you use his product for your wedding days.

His style is a little bit outside of the box and also somewhat eccentric because they don’t look like the typical shoes men would wear. But he does it with class and style that is at par with the works of Armani, Dolce and Gabbana and Versace, yes folks, he is that good! You can look him up online once you are done reading my article.

He has specific shoes that would be perfect for a wedding day for the groom. About the price, I would say they are reasonable. I know that he is also available to deliver worldwide and all you need to do is send him a request.

The passion of this dude when it comes to shoes just astounds me because his works are very intricate for the specific type of occasion that men would want their shoes to be used. He has corporate shoes that are fit for men with suitcases and coat and tie.

And then there are his wedding shoes. The one thing that I noticed when it comes to his wedding shoes for men is the fact that you could wear them whether you are in suit or tux. He also has some wedding shoes for those who would like to go achieve a semi-formal look. This means still no jeans but still a good top that says, ‘it is my wedding day.’

Check out the works of Maco Custodio and prepare to be amazed by his world-class taste on shoes.

The Best Affordable Makeups On Your Wedding DayI used to not be a fan of makeups until I have seen so many amazing YouTube makeup tutorials and I felt like I had an epiphany on how awesome these things could do not just on making someone more beautiful, but the amount of confidence one could get just by knowing how to put on make really amazed me. I grew up not loving makeups at all, but now I realized these things could really come in handy, especially on special occasions like a wedding. If you can’t afford to pay for a makeup artist, you can easily do this on your own and I’m here to guide you on the essentials that you must have in your makeup kit. Don’t worry, I made it sure that these are affordable, but still on their best quality.

Primer: this is what would keep your makeup in tack and it would prevent your face from going all cakey from the foundation that you will use. Maybelline has some good primers and they don’t cost too much. LA Girl also has one and it is only less than $5! It would give you the same result for day of using makeup, so I suggest you go with it. You must apply this before concealers and foundations.

Foundation (liquid): when it comes to this item, I go for full coverage and it is actually the only makeup item that I wouldn’t mind spending a bit more. I can recommend Revlon’s liquid foundation and they are mostly around $12 to $15. But since it is for a wedding, I think it is okay if you splurge on it just a little bit so I would recommend NARS’ liquid foundation. It is around $70, but there is no regret on its quality because it would look so light when you wear almost not having a foundation) and you would only need a few drops!

Mascara: I think the cheapest o far that I saw and it was really effective and it is not that bad for purchase is Maybelline’s Hype Curl. It is only $5 and I’m actually amazed on its results! The trick on not having to spend so much on Mascaras is to wear some false eyelashes. This stuff is so cheap like you could buy them in drugstores for less than $2 and you’re set!

Lipstick: Revlon has really good lipsticks along with MAC. You could buy these for about $12 and you’re good to go.

Blush On: Complete your makeup with a simple blush on from MAC and that would be less than $20.

Concealer: Revlon has some good concealers that could cost around $12 as well. You can hide those imperfections with this item and you could already look flawless on your wedding day.

These are simple makeups that would work on your wedding day. You don’t have to pay so much for these, and all you got to do next is watch some YouTube tutorials.

Tips On Handling Your Engagement or Wedding Rings OnlineWe are now living in a world where everything is sold online. From appliances, furniture, groceries, clothing, cars, houses and yes even wedding and engagement rings. But since it is the Internet, we can’t blame you if you are a bit doubtful if you will be able to get the product that you ordered. There are so may fraudulent websites claiming they are selling legit rings and in the end, they will just take your money and never deliver the rings that you bought. Now, before you give your credit details to an online store, we would like to educate you on how to determine an online store if they are legit or not. You don’t want to be wasting your money for nothing.

Research about the store carefully. We’re pretty sure that when you type the words wedding rings on the search page of Google, the results page will suggest you a lot of possible websites where you could buy it. But don’t just pick the one that is on the first page just because you easily thought it could be reliable.

Join forums. This is part of the research actually. Find forums that deal with rings that you can find online. Join topics and ask members where do they think they could find a reliable shop for the said subject. Once you interact with the members there, it would be easy for you to determine which ones are

Find reliable blogs. There are now thousands of bloggers out there who have dedicated their time to inform people about what website is legit for you to buy your most precious rings. Some of these people have become victims of such fraudulent acts online and they don’t want others to experience the same thing. Niche blogs who that focus on jewelries could help you be connected to the right online store, so it is best that you bookmark them.
Site directories. Just like the offline world, the online world also has directories where you can search and learn more about legit websites.

Stick to the known ones. EBay and Amazon are among the known online platforms where one can purchase jewelries. Now, not all sellers in that site could be trusted. In order to see which ones you could trust, you must take a look at the review section of the seller’s page and see if they do deliver. You will find some testimonials coming from the people who tried and have successfully made a purchase from them.

There is no doubt that the Internet is full of new opportunities to experience convenience, but you still have to be careful doing business in there without having to do your research well. I hope you find the perfect ring for your special occasion and may these tips guide you on not getting ripped off online. Learn from the stories of people who have experienced it, so you’d be able to spare yourself this kind of trouble.