How to Rock the Maxi Skirt Look

❤ A fashionista’s wardrobe should must contain a maxi skirt….whether it’s chiffon or cotton, it really is a Spring and Summer staple! Maxi skirts are awesomely versatile, they’re so easy to mix with different garment styles and the main reason it’s a girls’ most-loved fashion piece is due to it’s ability to give you a slimmer and taller look!.

❤ The right accessories can also help you create a lean, sleek silhouette. Wear a belt around the narrowest part of your waste to emphasize your shape, or simply add a jacket or blazer for structure.

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❤ Petite ladies can pull off small prints, but they should avoid larger patterns that can overwhelm their shape. Dark, solid colors can make anyone look slimmer, and they offer the most versatility in terms of where the dress can be worn.

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❤ Blake lively looks splendid in this lovely maxi skirt

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❤ Look out for pleating this season! A pleated maxi skirt looks chic and ultra-feminine. Pair it with a basic tee, ballet flats, and a compact handbag for an effortlessly stylish look.

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Molly’s Make-Over Story by A Beautiful Mess

I simply love Make-over Stories! I mean who doesn’t. Didn’t we loved the way Cinderella transformed into a princess. The before-after look is ALL about transformation which is what makes make-over stories really awesome. Do you have a make-over story that you would like to share? In pictures, better still! 🙂 Do post it on comments. I found a really interesting make-over story here!

When ABeautifulMess team asked Molly what her goals were for this project she said, “Change is a huge part of who I am, but when it comes to style I felt that mine had stayed the same since college.” Molly was looking to update her look, keeping her modern lifestyle in mind. Here’s her before look…

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I think the ABeautifulMess team did a wonderful job with Molly. I think Molly’s exuberant personality was getting dimmed in the earlier look. This really brings out her best! She looks quirky and super fun!! What do you think? Tell F n C in comments!

See all of BeautifulMess Makeover Stories features here.

Top 5 Yummilicious DIY Scrubs

Body scrubs are great for exfoliating: they slough away dead skin cells and nourish the new skin beneath, leaving you soft and glowing all over. Below are a few ideas for DIY scrubs you can make at home, instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money on them at specialty shops.

Coconut Scrub

Coconut Scrub

Melted Coconut Oil + Granulated sugar = Yummy Coconut Scrub! by Selina Lea Kerley

Sugar + Honey + Olive Oil + Lemon = Perfect DIY Scrub

Sugar + Honey + Olive Oil + Lemon = Perfect DIY Scrub

AWESOME! How to make a Layered Citrus Scrub with Sugar by @Smart School House #diy #scrub #mothersday

AWESOME! How to make a Layered Citrus Scrub with Sugar by @Smart School House

Source: Smart School House

#DIY Rainbow Body Scrub

#DIY Rainbow Body Scrub

Source: http://pinterest.com/teitloos/

sugar scrub display

For the complete recipe, visit PocketfulofMotherhood

Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express Mascara for the Drama Queens

 Maybelline - Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline – Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

What Maybelline says:

  • False lash glam, instantly!
  • Patented Spoon Brush fans out lashes from corner-to-corner, while our Pro-Keratin formula instantly builds volume without clumping
  • Unique flexible wand helps to lift and separate lashes to provide the look of 300% more visible, fuller lashes, no gaps from any angle
  • Contact lens safe and ophthalmologist-tested
  • Waterproof, also available in Washable formula

Expert Tip:

  • Hold brush with spoon side upwards against lashes and sweep from root to tip to fill in gaps and coat each lash   with Kera-Fiber formula. Repeat until false lash look is achieved.
  • Do not let dry between coats.
  • Removes easily with soap and water or Expert Eyes® Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover.

Why you’ll LOVE it!

  • Instantly opens your eyes
  • It is not flaky
  • Doesn’t smudge
  • Lengthens lashes
  • Super glam impact!

YIKES:

  • Clumps a bit!
  • Formula is a little too wet for me, I would not use it on an everyday basis!
  • Hard to remove

I was window shoppin’ at the mall today and stumbled upon Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express Mascara. I had been using Maybelline the Colossal for a while so I decided to try out the Falsies. My lashes are long, and it really does glam up the eyes but because it is waterproof, it takes ages to get off.  One application during day-time and you are done. Couple of applications for the evening and you are set for the party.

BB Cream vs CC Cream vs DD: Your know it all guide!

I can’t seem to open a magazine or turn on the television without seeing an advertisement for a BB cream. And just when I finally had a BB cream all figured out, I found there’s already a new cream in town. I guess I need to learn to keep pace with all these new beauty products. If you are as perplexed as I am about BB & CC & DD, read on for the complete lowdown!

What is a BB Cream?

BB stands for “Blemish Balm” or “Beauty Balm”.

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BB Cream is an all-in-one cosmetic beauty and skincare product. Depending on the brand you choose, this cream can act as foundation, concealer, sunblock, and moisturizer all in one go.

General Product Features and Benefits:

  • Produces a very natural, “no makeup look”
  •  Provides perfect coverage like a foundation would but since it’s not as thick, it doesn’t clog the pores
  •  Works pretty much like a tinted moisturizer
  •  Conceals all types of pigmentation, discoloration, acne and other blemishes
  •  Has healing properties that soften, smoothen and refine skin
  •  Contains UV Protection for healthy skin (SPF levels differ for each brand/product)

What is a CC cream?

‘CC’ stands for “Complete Correction” or “Color Control”.

What is a CC Cream

What is a CC Cream

It could be the hottest makeup trend of the year. And if BB promised to be everything — primer, tinted moisturizer, SPF — then CC promises to be all that super marvelous stuff! CC creams are described as ‘lighter in texture’ and ‘quicker to sink in’ than BB creams, which points to fewer or no silicones in the formulation.

General Product Features and Benefits

  • Sun protection
  • Better covearage
  • Improved treatment for uneven skin tones
  • Lighter texture
  • More smoother and less oily
  • Gives a flawless, natural, and glowing finish

Let me just surprise you (those who don’t know), next in line is DD Cream –

What is a DD Cream:

It stands for “Dynamic Do-All”.

DD Cream

DD Cream

It kinda sounds like a BB/CC hybrid. DD contains a dose of SPF 25 to protect delicate areas as it moisturizes, diminishes fine lines, and balances uneven tone. DD cream is ideal for you if you find that BB or CC creams don’t provide enough coverage over stubborn age or sun spots.

To pick the right one for yourself, refer to F ‘n’ C’s guide –

BB Cream, CC Cream, DD Cream

BB vs CC vs DD

Photographs Courtesy:

  • Feminspire.com
  • Dailymakeover.com
  • Newsok.com

Easy DIY Earring Holder for the Creatively Challenged!

This is one of those grab-and-go solutions for organizing your earrings and rings. 

I am not big on organizing stuff. Definitely not one of my strengths. My mum cringes because my stuff is sometimes all over the place, especially jewelry. I tried storing my earrings in a box (see below) but it’s so hard to find the pairs in this box. They get entwined into each other. It’s hard to match the pair. Until this weekend, I always had trouble looking for the right earring for the outfit. Trust me, I had a pretty strong earring karma. BUT, I decided to change it this weekend.

I decided that I need something to not only keep it organized, but where I could see it all: rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings together to coordinate quickly and easily. So, here is my quick-fix solution, which even the most creatively challenged folks can make. Actually, the wonderful thing is you don’t even have to make it. *wink*

my box

This is what we looked like before. Can you find a perfect match? :p

So, this is what I did –

I grabbed my mum’s old net Sari cover, printed with quilted fabric on top. Usually, It is used to hang a Sari so that the outfit can  be protected from dust & moisture. The pores on the net material are perfect for hanging earrings. So, there you go. It was that simple. I had to do NOTHING. I just hung the empty net cover on the wall of my wardrobe store and hung all my earrings. Now, it only takes me few seconds to spot the perfect earring to go with my outfit.

Additionally, I took some net and made small pockets on the cover to hold the studs and rings. 🙂 Now, I can happily dclare I am free of my earring karma. Are you?

Net Sari Cover

Net Sari Cover

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