Beauty Is Within - A blog about inner beauty, outer beauty, fashion, and wellness
I launched Beauty is Within in 2007 to help people find balance between their inner beauty and outer beauty. From personal style tips, health tips, beauty affirmations to beauty product reviews and musings on celebrity fashion, Beauty is Within offers my unique perspective on all things beautiful and chic.
Did you know that your lips begin to thin as you age? As you get older, the body produces less collagen, which is important to the structure and shape of the lips.
I’m at the age now when many women start to scrutinize every single inch of their faces. The idea of getting lip fillers recently crossed my mind, which is very weird for me because I’ve never considered any type of face augmentation. Yes, even someone like me who constantly preaches that physical traits don’t define your beauty can sometimes have fleeting moments of vanity and insecurity!
Any type of cosmetic procedure is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly because of the obvious health implications if the procedure isn’t done properly. Here are a few things you should consider before getting lip fillers:
Spend time doing research on the clinic or spa where you plan to get the treatment done.
Are they licensed or certified professionals with experience? Check their website for testimonials. If there aren’t any testimonials on the website, search on Facebook, Yelp, and Google for reviews.
Also, when doing research on professionals, keep in mind their aesthetics because their idea of “full lips” could be completely different from yours. Ask for pictures of procedures they have done in the past.
How big do want to go?
The last thing you want is to have “duck lips” or look much older than you really are. Personally, I think a more natural look is better. If you’re not sure how big is too big, start off with just a tiny bit of filler and work your way up if needed.
Think about what type of lip fillers you want.
You can get permanent injections, which can be riskier than temporary injections. With permanent injections, you run the risk of getting an implant that is too big or doesn’t look good on your face. Then you’re essentially stuck or have to go through a surgical procedure to remove the implants. That may leave your lips looking worse off than before.
The most common type of fillers used these days are products based on hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin play a role in giving your skin fullness, elasticity and fullness. Temporary injections that are made from hyaluronic acid can last a few months and eventually dissolve into the body.
Lip fillers can be painful.
Of course, we all have different levels of pain tolerance, but as I was reading different articles written by women who have gone through the experience of getting fillers, I discovered that the majority of them did experience some type of discomfort or swelling. There’s also the chance that your lips may have an allergic reaction to the ingredients contained in the fillers.
According to Serenity Aesthetics, a clinic based in Leeds, England, swelling of the lips is normal and to be expected. To help reduce swelling, they recommend cooling the lips with an ice pack wrapped in a flannel. Serenity Aesthetics does address many of the frequently asked questions regarding lip fillers on their website. I recommend reading them so you can be fully informed about the process.
Shaun and Victoria of Serenity Aesthetics
If you’re still on the fence about getting lip fillers, just remember that you really are beautiful the way you are. However, make a decision that will make you feel more confident and happier!
Fashion is a way of expressing who you are to the world. When you’re walking down the street, don’t you tend to notice people who have a unique sense of style? There’s something about their outfit that stands out – that makes us take notice. It could be their shoes, handbag, or jewelry.
In a fashion world that sometimes has a tendency to be full of sameness and copycat style, there are ways to show off your unique style. One way you can stand out is with accessories and jewelry.
The nice thing about jewelry is that there are endless designs available. Here are a few tips to show off your unique style using jewelry…
Stand Out With a Statement Jewelry Piece
A statement piece is something that is eye-catching and noticeable when someone looks at your outfit. It doesn’t necessarily have to be big, bold, or bright. It can simply be something that you don’t typically see – a piece that is original or unique.
For example, these drop earrings are eye-catching and fun. They feature adorable fluffy grey balls with stars.
If someone were wearing these earrings, they would probably be the first thing you’d notice. Even if you wear a plain outfit, these drop earrings would stand out and express your fun or flirty side.
Abstract or Asymmetrical JewelryCreates Interest
For many of us, when we think of the word “unique”, we immediately think of being different. When it comes to jewelry, especially earrings, nothing is more different than wearing asymmetrical pieces. According to this New York Times article, people are becoming more interested in asymmetrical, abstract, or mismatched designs in their jewelry.
Earrings not only express your individual style, but they have the ability to brighten up your face and highlight your cheekbones. These abstract, asymmetric drop earrings have a modern flair and express your individual style.
Find Inspiration From Past Eras
As we all know, fashion is cyclical, so even though certain styles may go away, they find a way to come back again. You might consider yourself an “old soul” and love the aesthetics of fashion from the Art Deco years, or you might go even further back to Victorian times. If mixing up styles is your thing, you could try wearing a vintage cameo necklace or earrings with a modern outfit. You could also wear elegant baroque-style earrings with a slick, punk-rock outfit.
Jewelry definitely has so much power in expressing your unique, individual style. Jewelry can tell a story or send messages about who you are or even what you stand for. You can be as creative as you want with jewelry. Also, when you’re on a budget and don’t always have the money to buy new clothing, you can always buy a few inexpensive pieces of jewelry to update your style.
What are your favorite pieces of jewelry? Are there any jewelry style tips you would add to this list?
The earrings mentioned in this article are from Interesting-Soul, an online jewelry boutique that offers exclusive earrings and accessories sourced from individual studios and designers. Visit their site at Interesting-Soul.com.
If you find that by the end of each week you are feeling tired and overworked, you may want to think about creating a relaxation routine each and every weekend. While you may not always have the time to treat yourself completely, making the time for self-care as often as you can is important. Not only does it give you time to unwind and relax, but it gives you the chance to look after YOU. With that in mind, here are a few self-care tips to treat yourself during the weekend…
Put Together a Lineup of All Your Favourite Movies
One of the best ways to relax over the weekend is to watch as many movies as you can. As you probably don’t get much of a chance to sit still and watch an entire movie during the week, the weekend is definitely the best time to just veg out and be a couch potato. Using subscriptions services like Netflix and Hulu, you can have access to an almost unlimited amount of movies. Make yourself a playlist, get comfortable and spend a couple of hours watching some of your favorites. Check out this helpful guide to using Netflix.
Buy Yourself Some Incredible Snacks
If you are going to be spending your weekend watching your favorite movies, you’re also going to need some snacks. Whether that means getting in a selection of your favorite candy or putting together a fruit platter you can pick at, a movie is never complete without snacks!
Run Yourself A Nice, Hot Bath
Another great way to ensure you are as relaxed as you can be is to run yourself a nice hot bath. Not everyone has access to a bath in their home, but if you do, the weekend is the best time to take advantage of it. There is absolutely nothing better than lying back in a bath full of bubbles, thinking about nothing other than how relaxed you are. If you want to relax even more, consider finding a relaxing playlist to listen to as you soak in the warm water. If you close your eyes, you may feel as though you are at the spa.
If you are going to be treating yourself to a long, relaxing bath, using spa products is a great way to add to the experience. Whether this means you’re adding bath salts to the water or using a face mask to treat your skin, you want to be sure you are relaxing as much as you possibly can. Get more information about skin treatment and facials.
Treat Yourself To a Glass (Or Two) of Prosecco
Finally, what is a relaxing weekend without a glass or two of prosecco? If you like to enjoy a drink after a long week at work, enjoying a glass as you soak in your hot bath will be absolute bliss.
Do you like to treat yourself during the weekend? What can you do to ensure you have the most relaxing weekend you can possibly have? Let me know in the comments section below.
There is a wealth of articles dedicated to skin care, however, very few of these are centered on men’s skincare. Of course, women are well-known for enjoying beautification, but who said men don’t want their skin to look youthful and radiant as well?
In fact, many people would argue that it is more important for men to take care of their skin properly. After all, most men shave their face on a frequent basis. This can easily lead to red skin and irritation. In addition to this, men are a lot more likely to work in jobs that can lead to a build-up of dirt in their pores, such as working on construction sites.
So, taking that into account, let’s take a look at some top tips for men’s skincare…
How can men take care of their skin?
Invest in a good moisturizer
It doesn’t matter how oily your skin may be, you still need to use a moisturizer so that you can replenish your skin’s moisture content. This will help in several different ways; It can slow down the aging process, reduce razor burns, and it can protect your skin from the sun as well.
Choose your shaving cream with care
The type of hair removal to use is a great concern for most men. The truth is, it is all about selecting the right products. Don’t just go for the first shaving cream you find. Gel-based formulas are recommended. They provide a better cushion and glide because they are a lot denser. This minimizes the chance for pain and skin irritation as well.
Use a toner
This is a product many men overlook, however it is extremely beneficial – especially for those who come in contact with a lot of dirt on a daily basis. A toner will cut through the dirt and dissolve impurities. As a result, your skin will look less oily, pores will become less visible, and blackheads will be prevented.
For some reason, exfoliation seems to be something that is only seen for women. Men do need to remove dead skin cells as well. If you don’t, you are only clogging up your pores. Thus, make sure you exfoliate on a consistent basis.
Facials and other similar treatments are extremely beneficial because they provide you with nutrients you won’t gain from your own daily routine. Another reason why you should have a facial is that they are extremely relaxing and beneficial for mental wellbeing too. There is also a wealth of other great professional options as well.
Last, but not least, why not treat yourself with a trip to a spa now and again? You could try micro needling. Check out these micro needling before and after shots to see if this type of treatment will work for you. Microneedling can help tighten the skin, reduce scars, fine lines, and more.
Skin care is just as important for men as it is for women!
Many women walk into cosmetics stores like Sephora or Ulta filled with glee (as they should, of course!), but I, on the other hand, sometimes walk in with a little anxiety. Trying to find or decide on the “perfect” lipstick can turn into an hour-long ordeal.
Now imagine if your sight was taken away from you. Shopping for makeup would probably be even more challenging, right?
The beauty industry is a billion dollar market with thousands and thousands of products. Cosmetic brands have always attempted to appeal to a wide range of women from diverse backgrounds, but have basically ignored the needs of women who are visually impaired.
Michael Aguilar is one person who understands the challenges that visually impaired women go through when applying makeup. Michael’s mother was born with glaucoma and began losing her sight around 7-years-old. Ever since he was a little boy, Michael watched his mother go through the painstaking process of applying makeup in the morning. He saw all the challenges his mom experienced from purchasing makeup and then learning how to apply the makeup to her face. Everything had to be done with her fingertips because this allowed her to feel her bone structure and know every detail of her face.
Think about how long it takes you to put on makeup in the morning….It takes me about 20 minutes. Now imagine spending double or triple the time because you can’t see your face!
Michael decided that he wanted to help his mom, so Visionary Cosmetics was born. It’s the first makeup line that was developed just for the visually impaired community.
Visionary Cosmetics offers a wide range of makeup and beauty products including eyeshadow, lipsticks and glosses, highlighters, makeup remover, and more. The website is fully accessible, so shopping is very easy for those without sight. In addition, the buyer has a choice of braille or large print on every product. The braille featured in the products and packaging is grade 2.
Visionary Cosmetics also has a new foundation collection that was specifically made for people with albinism. The foundation has medicinal properties that help the skin when it is exposed to sun.
One of the challenges of shopping for makeup is choosing the right shade, so it’s recommended that if you are shopping for the first time, then having a friend or loved one help you would be beneficial.
It’s nice to see entrepreneurs like Michael Aguilar come up with innovative products like Visionary Cosmetics that will help so many people. Visit visionarycosmetics.com for more information!
There’s been a long-standing debate about cubic zirconia vs diamonds, but I’m here to tell you without a doubt that cubic zirconia and diamond veneer are better than diamonds.
Wait, what is diamond veneer?
Diamond veneer combines the best features of diamonds and cubic zirconia, so you have a piece that absolutely looks like a diamond. Even professional jewelry experts can’t tell the difference. I’ll talk about the process a little later. First, let’s go over why I think you should buy diamond veneer over real diamonds.
If you’ve ever shopped for cubic zirconia, you know that it’s significantly less expensive than diamonds. Because of marketing and perception created by big diamond jewelry brands, many people think that diamonds are rare, which has caused the price to increase. Companies like De Beers have a history of hoarding diamonds and limiting the amount released to the market in order to keep the prices up. Truth is, diamonds are pretty common.
You save money for more important things.
I’m a pragmatic person who doesn’t believe in overpaying for material goods. Why pay thousands of dollars for a diamond ring or diamond earrings when you can get a diamond veneer for a fraction of the price?
So many men stress themselves out when shopping for a big engagement ring. They put themselves in a high amount of debt just to prove their love to someone? Honey, save that money and let’s go on a nicer honeymoon. Life experiences are sooo much better than things. Take it from someone who has had both.
Did you know that the majority of diamonds mined in the world come from Africa? Problem is, the diamond industry has been tainted by conflict and misery. Children are being exploited and people are getting killed just for diamonds. Although the diamond industry has established the Kimberly Process, a certification system that assures diamonds are conflict-free, it’s still been a challenge to regulate.
You don’t go crazy if your diamonds get lost or stolen.
A friend of mine had a diamond ring that was misplaced and she went absolutely bonkers trying to find it. All she could say was, “My husband paid five grand for that ring! He’s going to kill me!”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever need that unnecessary stress in my life. I also don’t need to get killed over a piece of rock. Beautiful jewelry is a great gift to yourself, but I value my mental health!
You can’t tell the difference with the naked eye.
One way people were able to identify a cubic zirconia is by its “rainbow effect” – meaning it reflects too much colored light. Cubic zirconia is also said to be less brilliant than diamonds. Diamond veneer takes cubic zirconia to another level, however.
There is actually a brand called Diamond Veneer that coined the term “diamond veneer”. They treat the cubic zirconia with carbon diamond particles that crystallize around the entire stone. It’s a vaporization process that increases the fire, refraction, and durability of the cubic zirconia. This results in a flawless “G” color on the GIA diamond color scale and why many experts are not able to tell the difference between a diamond veneer and real diamonds.
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Have you ever wondered how women can look completely glamorous no matter what the occasion may be?
If you are looking to glam up without the stress, there are many ways in which you can achieve this. Whether you’re trying to enhance your classic wardrobe or refine your glam makeup looks, you can feel classy and confident every single day.
Consider some of the useful ideas below to start your gorgeous glam journey. Choose the technique that speaks to you as an individual and you will soon have a style that is effortless and unique.
Enhance Your Eyes
Your eyes are probably one of the first things people notice when they meet you, so if you want to make a good first impression, this is the place to start. If you aren’t so confident about your natural lashes then consider magnetic eyelashes. They are much less messy than glue on eyelashes and they give you a fuller, thicker look right away. Choose a style that suits the look you are going for, whether it’s a thick and lustrous lash or a long and dainty option, your eyes are going to look stunning.
Create Luscious Lips
There is something sexy and seductive about wearing lipstick that compliments your hair, skin and eye color. Experiment with a few different tones and you will soon see which one works for you. Take pictures of yourself with each look and you will be able to see for yourself which one stands out as the winner. Invest in a high-quality lip liner that is going to keep your new lipstick in place too. Having a go-to lip color makes it easy to get ready in the morning. It can become a signature lip that showcases your personality.
Getting the base of your makeup just right can be quite a challenge for us ladies. In summer our skin tones might darken and in the winter we might need to opt for a lighter shade. In most cases it is a good idea to have a couple of shades of foundation in your makeup bag so that you can pick and choose what you need for each occasion. As long as you blend your base well and steer clear from the cakey look, you will have a base to build upon.
Work That Highlight
Never underestimate the power of a cheekbone highlight. Not only will this enhance your natural beauty, but it will also allow you to glow like you’re supposed to. Sweep a little iridescent highlighter along your cheeks and watch it work its magic.
Be Fashion Forward
Your fashion sense can be used to enhance every beauty decision you make. A bright red vampy lip with an all black, chic outfit can look together beautifully without much work. Consider every element of your outfit when you are getting ready and you will have a completed ensemble every time you step out of the house.
The Bolder The Better
When you are able to make bold fashion choices, it can bring your confidence levels to a higher level. Stepping out in a style that is brand new to you can feel daunting at first, but it will do wonders for your self-esteem as soon as the compliments come rolling in! Your fashion choices are what make you unique as an individual, so embrace everything you have and own it.
When it comes to getting glammed up there are many different ways to interpret this. You can be as subtle or as bold as your personality; that’s the beauty of fashion and makeup. Not everyone is going to suit the same styles either, which is why you need to make choices based on your unique qualities. What suits your best friend or colleague might make you feel totally out of place. It is okay to be an individual rather than follow the crowd.
Being glamorous isn’t about right or wrong; it is about enhancing your best features and feeling confident no matter what the occasion may be. So use these ideas to up your glam game to the next level and you will soon feel as self assured and sassy as they get!
Fashion trends are ever-changing, but there are certain pieces that will always stand the test of time. I call these the “effortless style” pieces.
These are the items you get the most compliments on, and you always just casually say, “Oh, this? I’ve had this forever.”
A few years back I wrote an article about classic pieces that you’ll love forever. Those items are still on my list, but now I’m adding a few more here. What’s nice about these pieces is that you can incorporate them into either your work wardrobe or combine them with casual wear. What’s also great is that you can mix and match any of these pieces to wear any time of the year.
1) Linen Shirt
Whether it’s worn with a blazer or a pair of jeans, the linen shirt always offers comfort and timeless style. This linen shirt paired with wide-leg silk pants is a very classic, relaxed look.
A nice blazer is the ultimate classic piece that can be worn with just about anything. Wear it with a dressy skirt like the one pictured above for work or express a casual look by wearing it with a t-shirt and skinny jeans. The blazer creates a sophisticated, polished outfit every time.
3) Black Slacks
Black slacks is another versatile item that can be paired with a t-shirt for a casual outfit, a sweater for a work outfit, or worn with a silk top for an evening look.
4) Cashmere Sweater
The cashmere sweater – whether it’s a v-neck, scoop neck, or cardigan – is the epitome of classic style. Cashmere also gives your outfit that posh, luxurious element.
5) Long A-line Skirt
I had a long, black skirt for almost 20 years before I had to replace it. I wore that skirt during every season and was able to wear it for work and any event or occasion.
6) Crisp White Shirt
You can never fail when you wear a crisp white shirt. It is one must-have item for a classic wardrobe. You could wear it with black slacks for work or wear it with a short denim skirt as a weekend outfit.
All of the items featured here are from Jac+Jack, a brand that is known for its high-quality modern clothing for both women and men. As someone who loves classic style, I want one of everything from their online store!
Benefits of a Classic Wardrobe
One of the huge benefits of having these classic items is that you don’t have to spend so much money on clothing every year, especially when you invest in high-quality classic pieces. You may pay a little more initially for these, but they could essentially last many, many years if you take care of them properly.
These are also items that you can keep in your wardrobe and go to when you’re just not in the mood to really think about putting together an outfit. Before I started my own business and went to an office each day, this saved me so much time getting ready in the morning.
Which of these pieces are a must-have for your wardrobe? Is there anything you would add to this list?
I can’t tell you how excited I am that spring is just around the corner! We’ve been getting small glimpses of it every other day here in California, and I’m so ready to trade the winter gear for spring outfits and accessories.
Besides jewelry, sunglasses are the one fashion accessory that every fashionista can’t do without, especially during those bright, sunny days. Sunglasses are the fashion staple that have the power to give instant style to any outfit. Even if you’re wearing an outfit that’s just a little blah, a pair of stylish glasses can take it to the next level.
Over the years, designers have become more creative with sunglasses, which means you’ll see a wide variety of styles available this spring and summer. With the sun almost officially ready to come out and play, it’s time to start thinking about adding some new sunglasses to the collection. Here are a few trends to look out for…
In my style book, cat eye sunglasses have never gone out of style. Whether you have big cat-eye frames or the micro cat-eye frames that made their way onto the runways, you’ll always be stylish with this iconic look.
I love these white cat-eye glasses that Franciele Medeiros is wearing from Revolve’s my my my collection…
Sporty Shield Sunglasses
They’re not just for skiing or outdoor sports anymore. These oversized sunglasses take on futuristic shapes and have been seen on celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham. You could wear this style with athleisure looks or add another dimension to more feminine outfits.
Sunglasses With a Little Bling
Give your outfit a little extra with jewel-encrusted or bedazzled sunglasses. What I love about this style is that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to own a pair. As a DIY enthusiast, I love the idea of buying a pair of cheap glasses and creating your own customized design with rhinestones and embellishments bought at a craft store.
A more unique sense of style calls for sunglasses that take on a more geometric look. Whether it’s super round glasses or a more rectangular, curved shaped like the one Franciele Medeiros is wearing below, you’ll be upping your style game.
In recent years the styles of the 90’s have made a comeback, and sunglasses are no exception. I personally think oval frames are a more classic design that will always be in style. Pictured here are another style from Revolve’s my my my collection…
I’m not really a fan of wearing red (except for a nice, candy apple red lipstick), but I can see how a pair of red frames can make you stand out and express your individual style.
Which of these trendy sunglasses styles will you be sportin’ this spring and summer? I personally love a classic look, so I tend to gravitate towards cat-eye sunglasses. However, I do feel inspired to design my own bling sunglasses. When I do, I’ll make sure to post the how-to. Stay tuned!
London is well known for being one of the most fashionable cities in the entire world. When you strut down Oxford Street or you go for a drink at Piccadilly Circus you should see the streets as your runway.
It is time to show everyone that you have mastered the true city chic style of a London fashionista. Of course, this isn’t just a trend limited to those living in England’s capital city. You can emulate the London look no matter where you are or what your shopping budget is. Here are a few tips to help get you started…
The UK is a nation that has gone mad for a bit of leather. You will struggle to find one girl in the UK, let alone London, who does not have some leather in their wardrobe. From leather bags to leather boots and leather jackets, there is something for everybody. Whether you want to go full out biker chick glam or you want to add a subtle hint of the striking material – this is a trend suited to all.
If you are going to wear leather trousers, we have a few tips to help you…
– Make sure you style your leather legging with a long tunic top or button-down top.
– Reach for a blazer for the perfect London vibe.
– Don’t go for leather in pastel shades.
– Do pair your leather trousers with pastel shades for a unique look!
– Don’t slip into a matching leather jacket, go for denim instead.
2. Skinny Jeans
This is a style staple for any true London fashionista. A pair of skinny jeans has become somewhat of an essential. After all, this is an item that is extremely versatile. Dress it down with a t-shirt and a pair of converse trainers, or dress up with skyscraper heels, a chiffon top and a slick of letterbox red lipstick.
If you are going to wear a pair of skinny jeans, here are some useful tips…
– Don’t compromise in terms of fit. Anything less than perfect is not good enough!
– Don’t be afraid to team your jeans with a cool belt.
– The slouchy boot trend also works well.
– Don’t try to stuff your jeans into boots that are too tight.
– Tuck in a voluminous top for extra dimension.
– Show some ankle to elongate your legs.
3. Vintage Jewelry
Every London fashionista needs a bit of vintage in her wardrobe, and there is no better way to invest in vintage than via a quality piece of jewelry. If you want to go for true British antiquity, then look for items such as charm bracelets and lockets.
Jewelry is the area where you can really express your personality. This is especially the case when buying a charm bracelet as this is a direct representation of you; your life, your experiences and your character.
Blazers are a must-have. This jacket can be your best friend for an array of different occasions. It goes with mini dresses, skinny jeans, shorts… anything! If you are going out for a meal with friends, partying it up, or merely wishing to dress up a casual outfit, a blazer can provide the ideal finishing touch.
If you are going to wear a blazer, it is all about flaunting your legs in a pair of skinny jeans, or you can go for leather trousers, as mentioned above. A plain shirt, preferably white, never fails with this look.
5. Black Eyeliner
Your makeup essential for the London look is black eyeliner – preferably liquid eyeliner. British women, especially teenagers and young adults, are big fans of the flick. A striking slick of shiny black eyeliner on the bottom lid finished off with a flick at the end is a popular London city style. Team these with some lashes and you have the complete look. This is a makeup trend that never goes out of vogue in the UK.
Now you have your five-point checklist in hand. Get these five items and you will be ready to unleash your inner London girl.