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Sandra Bullok

Beauty

How Spray Tans Are Different From Lotions?

With the trend of fake tan spreading fast and wide, every girl wants to flaunt her perfectly tanned, radiant body by wearing trendy dresses and short skirts. If you too want to join this latest fad, then you have plenty of options to give your body a rich tanned look. The answer lies in the easily available and very effective fake tan products, such as spray tan kits, which you can buy and get the look you desire without stepping out in the sun. However, many people get confused while selecting the best fake tan product, as there is such an extensive variety to choose from. The biggest dilemma is faced while choosing between spray tans and lotions.

Although both these products are known to be great options for achieving a sun kissed look, it is important to be aware of the differences to be able to make a well informed decision and select the best one for you.

Spray tan is generally considered a safer alternative among these two. It is also a more natural way, than opting for tanning bed. Spray tans, as the name suggests, involve the use of a spray for applying colour on your skin’s top layer. This procedure is usually carried out in salons, but you can also do it in your home, with the help of spray tan kits. These kits are easily available in the market these days. If you are unable to find these in your local store, then you can order them online, as there are plenty of good sites which offer easy order placement and delivery.

Although spray tans are highly effective, still there are many reasons which make them less popular. Primarily, the spray tan does not last for very long, and if you require the tan to stay for more than two days, then you will have to apply it again. Along with that some people find spray tans to be messy, as the colour can come off and stick to your clothes.

Tanning lotions is another commonly used alternative, which has its own positives and negatives. A prime reason for the increasing popularity of tanning lotions is their low cost. Tanning lotions can be easily bought from stores, and you can apply them in the comfort and privacy of your home, without requiring you to go to a salon. These lotions are also ideal if you want to keep your tan for longer period of time, such as five to ten days. However, as these lotions involve the use of hand for application, thus it can change the colour of your hands as well. Also, the lotions are not considered good at giving a natural tan, as these lotions are said to have a slightly orange tint.

The bottom line is that both these products have their pros and cons. It is crucial to follow the directions and use the spray tan or lotion in the prescribed way to be able to get the best results, in the form of a tanned and rich coloured body.

Fashion

A Guide to Creating Beaded Jewellery Designs

Making beaded jewellery has become an extremely popular pastime recently, and for some people it has become more than a hobby. Plenty of people start to make their own beaded jewellery to save money on buying from shops, and create unique pieces for their family and friends. This is a nice way of creating individual gifts and unique keepsakes.

Some people then go a step further and decide to make some money from selling their own designs. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in you need to work out exactly what style you want to take before ensuring you’ve got all the necessary supplies to do the work.

Beads

Of course, this may sound like common sense but it should be the first place you start. Specialized retailers exist to ensure you can purchase beads in large quantities and there’s a wide range to choose from. Whether you’re hoping to make a specific type of jewellery such as shamballa, or a gemstone based product perhaps, you’ll be able to find a huge range online and spend hours poring over the beads which suit your needs.

jewellery kit

Most beads will be sized and measured in millimetres and the number shown on any product description will represent the bead’s diameter in this metric. The number of beads you buy will depend upon what your aims are. If you’re starting by making jewellery for yourself then just pick the beads you personally like, for example, whilst if making for a loved one then try and find out their tastes and preferences first.

Wire

Wire can be used both functionally and for decorative purposes when making beaded jewellery. There are a wide range of different types of wiring as there are beads, with different gauges, shapes, thicknesses, colours and metals. You need to ensure that the wire you buy fits the beads you purchase so check the measurements carefully. You also need to be sure that the wire is strong enough to support the beads you’ve chosen. You’ll regularly find alloy wires which can be used for daily wear jewellery.

Findings

Findings is the technical term for all of the metal accessories used in producing jewellery, including clasps, ear rings, posts, eye pins and other accessories. Again, you will find a wide range of different findings which are essential for producing certain types of jewellery, such as earrings.

Tools

The most essential tool for making beaded jewellery is a good pair of pliers. There are three main styles – round-nose, needle-nose and flat-nose and you’ll need to determine which you think is best for your jewellery. Smooth-edged pliers will be required to ensure they don’t damage your wires. You will also need to invest in wire-cutters and a file to smooth the edges that have been cut to make the jewellery.

Other accessories you may require include stringing materials such as cord or thread if you want to use something that isn’t wire for necklaces and bracelets. You may also decide to invest in a bead compartment box to keep all your beads separately organized. This is the beginning of your jewellery making kit and once you’ve decided this hobby is here to stay there are many other accessories and tools you may want to invest in.

Makeup

How and Why I Became a Wedding Makeup Artist

It was two years ago that I officially started doing makeup for brides and the rest of their bridal parties; I can honestly say that it was the best decision of my life. Not only do I get to spend time with people on their special day, but I finally feel like I’m doing something valuable and worthwhile. Some people may think that applying makeup is a simple job, but when you’re doing it for a bride, it has to be flawless and I really do think it is like an art. There are a number of ways that I trained to do my job properly, and also a number of obstacles I needed to overcome on the way. If you’re looking to do something similar, hearing about my own experiences may help you on your journey…

My background

Firstly, I’ll speak a bit about me. I was born in the UK to a loving family and went to school in suburbia. I was never the brightest in terms of maths and science, but I did used to love art lessons and P.E. I didn’t end up going to university and instead I worked in the beauty section in a department store. Over time I started getting really interested in the makeup products and what looked good on people depending on their hair colour and skin tone, etc. I ended up using all of my friends as guinea pigs before I realized that I could actually make a career out of my new found appreciation for cosmetics.

My training

I first enrolled in a general beautician course at my local college where I learned the beginner’s skills for many beauty treatments. I knew that my interest was mainly towards makeup though so I wanted to seek additional courses I could do that would benefit my future. One of the ones I found was from Eyelash Emporium where they taught me that applying eyelash extensions is a lot more precise and intricate than people tend to believe. That allowed me to create more natural and glamourous looking eyelashes for my clients as opposed to using over the counter lashes. I like to stay up-to-date with all the current makeup trends though so I also like attending brand days at department stores so I can see all of the new releases!

My current situation

Now that I’ve been doing bridal beauty for a couple of years, I am looking to employ an assistant! I really never thought I’d be in this position but I’m so glad that I’ve put in the hard work. I’ll be doing a nail course next as I can currently do various manicures but want a few pointers for creating gorgeous nail art for honeymoon toenails. I am hoping that the assistant I find will be proficient in areas where I have space to learn, perhaps in terms of hair and accessory placement. In the long run, I’m thinking towards having my own team of bridal beauty experts who can get the whole wedding party looking fabulous!