Fascinators are like light-weight headbands which are used to partially cover the head, and, in most cases, they are like a substitute to the traditional hat. In earlier days they were worn on formal occasions such as weddings or horse racing. Now, you can find women wearing them even in casual meetings and outings as a fashion accessory. Still have no idea about what fascinators are? Then try to recall the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. They wear the fascinator in their wedding party and you can even find some fascinator in every western wedding party. Most of the female guests were wearing them. Now a racing fascinator is the one which is generally worn for racing events.

What is the relation between the racing and the fascinator?
Racing originated several centuries ago with the advent of the monarchs and kings. It still remains just as popular event today. Racing involved a lot of money and it was considered a game of the rich. The women, who came to see racing wore fascinators. With the passage of time it became a tradition and racing fascinators became a rage. Since the rich group of people wore the racing fascinator, the fascinators became a mark of status, fashion and class. From the kingdom to the current time, women use the racing fascinators to execute status and these fascinators not only increase their status, and project them in a proper way, but the racing fascinators can also protect their hair from dust and dirt.

So why wear a racing fascinator?
• It can provide great depth to your outfit. Does your outfit lack a little something, but you can’t figure out
what it is? Just wear a racing fascinator and you will find a changed look instantly.
• It won’t matter even if the rest of your outfit is boring because the fascinator will keep the attention.
• Racing fascinators need not be exclusive to racing and people can use them on other events too.
• They make you look fancy and attractive.
• You can showcase your creativity and personality by customizing your racing fascinators. Fascinators are always considered as a best fashion accessory and people can easily carry them.

How to wear them correctly?
• Usually racing fascinators are worn at the right side of your head. So, unless the design is symmetric, make sure that the fascinator is on the right side.
• The color of the fascinators should be lighter than your outfit or you can choose the same color fascinators for your racing events. (This is a bendable rule and exceptions can be made)
• Choose a fascinator that matches your face structure and jaw line.
• A suitable pair of earrings and a neat hairstyle is compulsory. Long, hanging earrings may distract the attention from the fascinator and you can wear some diamond studs with your racing fascinators.

• Make sure the fascinator fits your head and is suitable and appropriate. It should not be too large for you. You can find different types of fascinators available in the market and you can choose the best one according to your face style such as if you have round face then you can choose the rectangle fascinator. For more details, you can contact the fascinator designers and they will assist you to choose the best one for your upcoming event.

Often racing fascinators are expensive and sometimes even cost more than your entire outfit. So, research well and pick them with care. Fascinators definitely bring a positive energy to the room. They make heads turn. So, turn your “Mad Hatter” mode on and go get yourself a racing fascinator.

Guest post by: Amelia Varley

If there is a single quality we all share, that is our striving to be happy. Everything we do in life, from putting on your favorite song, making pancakes, to finding “the one” for you, it all boils down to finding our true purpose and our happiness spring. However, there are certain behaviors that promote that
wonderful feeling of bliss, and exercise is one of the most powerful fuels for all-encompassing joy in life.

Still, the world has two very distinct types of people: those who always seem perky and happy after their workout, and those who find the previous gang exceptionally annoying. If, by chance, you belong to the second tribe, perhaps this brief post will convince you to give the idea of fitness consistency another chance!

A natural stress-reliever
Whether it’s a stressful occupation, or you’re simply going through a rough time in life, you need a healthy way to work around all that negative energy and vent whenever possible. Although we’d all love for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to be the way out, these delicious treats are only a temporary feel-good option.

On the other hand, working out is such a powerful tool for warding off the negativity that it can help treat and minimize the symptoms of anxiety and depression. By reducing exhaustion, and boosting your mental capacity, exercise is a mighty way to help you stay on the right track.

Happy hormones
As a response to exercising, your brain floods your body with happy chemicals, including endorphin, dopamine, and serotonin, which are responsible for our feelings of happiness and serenity. So, when you feel down in the dumps, head for the treadmill, dance to your favorite tunes, lift some weights, just
stay active, and your body will do the rest!

Funometer in full-speed
Distraction is often the perfect ingredient for fending off negativity, and what a better way to keep your mind and body occupied than a little bit of physical activity? If you find your typical gym routine dull, then it’s time to swap it for something more fun, like riding your mini cruiser down the street,
rollerblading in the park, or learning a new dance. When you finally tackle a new skill, you’ll feel invigorated and eager to exercise even more!

Boosts self-confidence
When you’re able to overcome your current limits and see yourself push through challenges when you  work out, it’s natural that your confidence will bloom! After all, it’s not just a great physique that defines how we perceive ourselves, but a general feeling of accomplishment and growth. Running a marathon or taking part in a pole dance competition can give you precisely that feeling, because you let yourself evolve so much that you leave your comfort zone every day.

Fewer sick days
Keeping your cardiovascular system happy and your muscles and bones strong makes for a perfect foundation to stay healthy throughout the year. You’ll be able to flush out toxins better, and your body produces more antibodies that keep you disease-safe. Mild to moderate types of exercise such as
jogging, walking, yoga, and swimming are the best medicine for the flu season, so keep those running shoes and your warm winter gear nearby!

More beauty sleep
Although exercise gives you an energy boost for the day, it also helps balance your circadian rhythm by regulating your body temperature. In simple terms, you’ll fall asleep in a matter of minutes, and you’ll enjoy a full night of uninterrupted shut-eye thanks to your daily workout routine. Sleeping well also translates to more energy during the day, better collagen production (which means less wrinkles,ladies!), and becoming more resilient to stress triggers in your life!

Better mood
Too much stress, living in a crowded, noisy city, and spending time with negative people can all bring us down even on the calmest of days. But when you surround yourself with positive, like-minded people such as the gang attending the same Zumba class as you are, you’re bound to start smiling soon enough. Socializing combined with pushing your heart rate up and flooding your body with those happy hormones all work together to lift your spirits and help you relax.

Simply put, working out consistently makes for the best long-term happiness strategy you could possibly wish for – just pick your sport, change your routine every once in a while, keep it challenging, and enjoy your newly-found Hakuna Matata!

Guest post by: Samantha Olivier

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Merry Christmas [for less than two months ago], apparently!

I’m your belated E.l.f that’s still on the shelf! Pardon?!?

Umm, I’d like to start by mentioning that I have no recollection of an idea as to why I didn’t post this earlier, but I’m assuming sometimes, you do that thing called: mild, sE.l.f-diagnosed amnesia.

Tell me when to stop?

After using my brain (for a bit longer than I usually would), I remembered that the reason behind my late postage was that I haven’t worn mascara in like: forever! Listen, when you have a fringe (that BANGS most days), you don’t really need to, y’know?!

In recent times, I have been allowing the pores on my forehead (or … as it’s affectionately called: the ‘epicentre’ of my head) some freedom to breathe.

This, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that my fringe (that BANGS most days) outgrew itself and I’m too lazy to give it a snip. Thanks!

So, anyway, I have been using it (E.l.f, not my fringe) properly since yesterday and THAT is why I’m writing this post late… SURPRISE! Better late than never, am I right? I’m probably wrong, but still a wise saying nonetheless.

Achieve thicker, fuller, and longer lashes that are beautiful and natural.

E.l.f’s mascara has been MY little helper, that’s for sure! I’m proud to announce that I’ll be using its lash help all year round!

Price: cheap AFF. I must’ve paid like £3 for this…  I bought it whilst I was in the midst of “an emergency” – one where my fringe was misbehaving and I had to sort out my eyes so as not to look like an unbrushed-hair corpse divorcee – instead of bride!

The wand is really, very small (even though the description says it’s large) – micro in comparison to the other ones I’d used previously. Not gonna lie- when I first tried it, I wasn’t a fan because I had a fringe which was all over the place and felt like it was clumpy…

However, since I no longer have a fringe, I have been obsessed with this mascara’s wand. It really fans out my lashes, and makes them look thicker, lifted and curlier.  I now [when it’s not making my fringe hair (yes, really!!!) find that my lashes no longer] look clumpy!

In light of these turn of events, I now hypothesise that size doesn’t always matter.

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Result: you tell me..? [Please bear in (a forest, but also in the) mind that I don’t and have never worn fake lashes…]

Here’s the “before” image, obvs…

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Haters would say that’s a Snapchat filter… Lovers would say that I actually was born with a brown beauty spot located on my “WHO NOSE WHAT’LL HAPPEN?” area.

Okay,  to conclude, I’d give it a 5* (like the Uber rating).

Also, before I forget… Merry Christmas for this year, in case I don’t get round to wishing y’all it in like 9/10 months!

Morning! Evening! Afternoon! Dusk! Dawn! Whatever! HELLO!

Today/tonight, I’m reviewing a new, to me, curl primer & serum oil by none other than: Bumble & Bumble!

Obviously, I’ve been able to brush my hair more of late, which is a ‘UUUUUUGE *in Matilda’s dad’s voice* development in follicle proceedings – even if I do say so myself…

So, I’ve been treating my curls to some TLC, because, this year, like the other 25 before it, I’ll probably be my own valentine.

(No, this is not a pity post. I really – at this stage – couldn’t care less; if it happens, great, if it doesn’t, it’s nothing new, y’know?)

Besides, I’d rather be with The One than with several Wrong Ones. Anyway, how the hell did I end up talking about this when I was discussing hair?!

Oh, yeah… Valentine’s Day is coming up, and Rapunzel (who’s famous for her hair) probably celebrated Cupid Appreciation Day with her Prince, (good for her as well).

So, back to Bumble & Bumble… Now that I’ve got my shampoo & conditioner routines sorted, I have to really work on my aftercare regimen… B&B (not a Bed n’ Breakfast) play a ‘UGGGGGGEEEE (there I go again…) part in that!

Packaging:

Pretty and feminine AF, even though I’m pretty sure they’re unisex.

Reasons to love them:

I like to think of them both to be leave-in products as well as pre-style ones. They’re multi purpose, imo…

One’s a spray and the other is an oil/serum.

Changes I’ve seen:

I have noticed that they’ve not just enhance my curls, which is what they claim to do, but given my hair a shine, a volume (extra loud, almost deafening  – think: mega, megaphone) and the look of nourishment.

I mean, it can’t have taken you this long to realise that I am in no way, shape or form an actual beauty blogger, because I chat absolute crap half the time… I cannot, will not and won’t not describe the difference between my belly button and a toe-nail half the time, but my luscious, bouncy, locks?!? Radiant, sublime or whatever the fudge the blogger terminology is… 🙈

In a nutshell, I love both products and will be buying again because they don’t weigh my hair down at all and make it feel and look salon-ready.

Also, although I spent 10 years thinking my hair was permed (fact), and then realising it actually wasn’t… (More on that below…)

I have curly hair, and had never let it grow past a certain length to realise before the age of, I’d like to say 11… I always used to rock a bob, so when it grew to shoulder length, I started to notice the less 50 Shades of Grey kinks and more… Vidal Sassoon ones… It shocked me, hence why I thought my mum’s hairdresser had permed my hair after putting me in the Elderly dryers… 🙈

It took a good few years to realise it’s naturally curled and not chemically so, thank God!

Anti-Humdity Gel Oil:

  • What: This frizz-fighting gelee has the hold of a gel and the hydration of an oil – and unfurls wound-up curls to create glossy, elongated shapes.
  • Why: Our curl-optimising HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, helps create controlled, moisturised curls.

    Who: Ringlets to corkscrews.

    When: On clean, damp curls after using Bb.Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer.

    How: Scrunch throughout hair. Air-dry or diffuse.

    Free of: Alcohol, silicones, parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

This stops me looking like Monica Gellar after she gets off the plane in Barbados. It works, it tames my frizz like a Snake Charmer does a serpent (or … *insert a probably more attractive metaphor here*). Like I said, this one is packaged in a little-ish tub and lasts a while. It dries glossy but not in a greasy, haven’t washed my hair in forever way…

The Pre/Re-Style Primer:

  • What: Detangles and defines on day 1. Refreshes and reshapes on day 2 (and 3 and 4).
  • Why: Our curl-optimising HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, helps create controlled, moisturised curls.

    Who: All curl types.

    When: Before styling or re-styling hair.

    How: Spray onto damp or dry hair. Rake through and style.

    Free of: Alcohol, parabens and phthalates.

This one is a spray… You just spray it, scrunch your hair in your fingers (or use a heated appliance) and it enhances your hair’s curl whilst locking it in place. It keeps the volume and heat-enhanced curls for longer.

Both are great and can be found at Liberty online.

I’ll stop blogging in 5, 4, 3, 2… Juan. WHO DIS?!?

P.S. the wooden giraffe is for display purposes only. I am not selling him (or anything) on a Wowcher and the like, FFS!

Set sail on the LUSH Love Boat, this Valentine’s Day…

Whether you’re testing the waters of a new relation-ship, or it’s a bit rocky, why not push the boat out with a trip on the Love Boat? With a cargo of bright organic sweet orange and Sicilian lemon oils, this bath bomb is about to set sail and it’s all aboard! Place into hot water for a bath that really floats your boat. As it chugs around, let the zesty and uplifting scent take you down the river for the ride of your life.

Feast your eyes on the most intricate, creative and beautiful bath bomb that LUSH has ever created – imo… The scents, together with the colours and feelings when you’re in a bath surrounded by it? Second to none.

Tranquility, heaven and peace come to mind…

It’s no secret that I’m crazy about LUSH, but this bath bomb especially is so apt for Valentine’s Day that even I am feeling the love…

The best thing about it (for me) is that couples and singles alike can enjoy this; unwinding after a hard or busy week. Result!

Front, back and side-note/s: expect LOTS of glitter. Look, I love glitter when it’s on things that don’t include my own person… I have such a hard time getting it off. It sticks to me like Sean Paul’s glue. Badda bang, bang!

Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, have a good one! Remember, Valentine’s Day is just a money-making scheme… Every day should feel like Valentine’s Day  when you’re in a real relationship. ☺️

Love and appreciation should happen more than one day a year.

Finally, I am well aware that Valentine’s Day isn’t until the following week after next, I just don’t think I’ll have time to blog over the next few weeks. I’ll try to, but… If I can’t… Let this be my Valentine’s Day post to you.

It’s not even a long one because I don’t want to bore you.

*THE END* (before the end) 😆

Word of wisdom: if you’re single, it’s not a bad thing. The right person is out there for you. What’s meant for you, won’t ever miss you. There’s no such thing as a missed opportunity, only a wrong time/place.

Also, if you’re in a relationship that’s going through a rough patch, it’ll get better. If it’s worth saving, you’ll get through it. If it’s not, there are 3billion+ other people out there (if you’re straight or gay) and 7billion+ (if you’re bi). You’ll find your Nemo/Dory. There is ALWAYS time. Be patient.

If you’ve just come out of a relationship, don’t fret. Take all the time you need to get over it. Rebounds aren’t the done thing. Ride the wave of emotions as thick and as fast as they come… Again, it’ll get better, you’ve just got to believe it will. Stay strong. Stay righteous. Make the correct changes. Learn from past mistakes.

Move forward, love forever.