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Beauty Trends to Try this 2018

In 2017 we saw a lot of ground breaking changes in beauty trends. Women are becoming more influenced by what they see on social media and celebrities on magazine covers. This is a sure sign that in 2018 there will be a lot changes in beauty trends as more people are looking up to social media for inspiration.

 

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Just like fashion trends, beauty trends are fast evolving and the sooner you are in touch with the latest trends the more up-to-date you will be. I know we’ll see a lot of surprises and exceptional creativity in 2018. However here are 5 beauty trends you should try in 2018.

 

  1. More underliners

Remember when the smoky eye was so popular? Imagine the complete opposite happening in 2018. Instead of the alluring smoky eye, women are going for more underliners. The underliners involve putting colour right below the waterline of your eyes.

It adds a pop of colour. In addition to that, it’s bold and outgoing. Seems pretty much like the theme of the new year, don’t you think?

 

  1. Transition from Korean skincare products and regimen to Japanese skincare products and regimen

Korean beauty products and skincare routines were extremely popular in 2017. A lot of women rushed to the Korean beauty line when they saw its wonders on those who tried them. This is because the South Korean beauty industry invested a lot in research and was able to produce effective skincare products that show really positive results.

However, it seems that they are going to face stiff competition from Japan which is coming up with their own skincare and beauty lines. This is good news for me as there is someone in my household visiting Japan very soon.

 

  1. The long eyelashes

The eyes are the mirror to the soul. If that is the case then why not make them more inviting? That’s exactly what is happening in 2018. There’s a way long eyelashes make the eyes pop, especially when done really well.

In 2017 I noticed an increase in the number of women getting eyelash extensions. There was also an increase in the number of women looking for serums that will help promote the growth of their eyelashes. So brace yourself! We’re definitely going to see a lot of women batting fluttery eyelashes this year.

 

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  1. Cat-eye goes geometric

I absolutely love the cat-eye flick and it has been the darling of almost every woman in 2017. It was all over social media and the tutorials on how to make the perfect cat-eye flick were on almost every fashion blog and vlog on the internet.

And now in 2018, we will see the famous flick metamorphose into something more geometric. From the blunt tip to a more square-like brush, we’ll see a lot of creativity surface on our eyelids this year.

 

  1. Glossy lips

The luscious lips are always alluring especially when taken care of properly. This year glossy lips are making a huge comeback. Matte was pretty popular one time but now women are going for something with a little more shine.

Aside from choosing the glossy lips, adding a little glitter to their lips is also fast becoming a trend. That makes the lips more alluring, luscious and irresistible. It’s almost like crystal. This is a trend I’m really loving right now.

 

Which of these beauty trends do you like the most?

 

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Does Fashion Empower Women

Fashion means a whole lot of things to different people. For some, it means a means of expression. For others, it’s a way to feel good about themselves. Then there are others who see fashion as a movement.

Seeing fashion as way to empower yourself as a woman is something that is most times overlooked by a lot of women. No matter how fashion conscious they might seem, very few women are aware about the type of power fashion delivers. It’s all up to you to be conscious of it and steer it in the direction that will help you grow as a woman.

 

 

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But can fashion really empower women? I did a bit of research and soul-searching as I’m also into fashion and this is what I got:

Fashion makes you feel confident about yourself

There’s no doubt that looking good makes you feel great about yourself. And when you’re confident, you are able to do things in life fearlessly. For a woman, fashion empowers her to be able to come out of her shell. Fashion gives you that sense of security that you will be respected and heard because people usually address us the way we are dressed. Also, the boost of confidence fashion gives makes a woman feel unstoppable.

Fashion is a good avenue to make a living

Some of the women who venture into fashion industry have been extremely successful. Fashion is a lucrative business and there are so many angles from which you can start a career. From fashion blogging to fashion designing, or a being a personal stylist to sharing and selling courses or training, the options are endless, and the sky is only the beginning.

Being able to create a sustainable living from something that interests you is empowering as it gives you a sense of control over your life. You feel that you are able to support yourself and your family. You also define your income which empowers you to do greater things in life.

Fashion gives you the opportunity to share your message and make an impact

Fashion is expression. It’s a means of telling a story about society. While watching fashion shows on TV, I love listening to the behind-the-scenes interview with fashion designers. I observed that whenever they talk about their collection, there was usually a story behind it and a message they wanted to put out in the world.

Charity shows and fund raisers have been a great way women have impacted society through fashion. Their art through fashion has been an inspiration to several other upcoming designers, who look up to them for the motivation to pursue their dreams.

 

 

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So does fashion inspire women? Absolutely! It’s all about being able to take fashion leverage on its power to give you the confidence to be yourself, the economic power to live the life of freedom and the ability to share your message and be an inspiration to others.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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How to be a Social Butterfly on Social Media

I am a Social Butterfly online but as boring as hell in real life!! My real life is made up of routines, sometimes very strict, to keep me sane and productive. But for me to make a name for myself and Fashion and Style Police, I needed to be very social online.

Social media is the shortest route to your target audience as almost everyone has a phone and most times they’re on social media.

 

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It’s one thing to be on social media, it’s another to use it effectively. Although social media brings people together, it’ll take some skill to form a close connection, because you don’t have the opportunity to speak to your audience face-to-face. Consequently, people find it easier to consume content instead of engaging.

For freelancers, this may pose as a problem. If you don’t engage with your audience, then no one will know about you. Engagement is where there results are.

The good news is that you can learn how to be more social on social media. It all starts with challenging yourself to take deliberate guided steps to being more social. Here are 4 challenges to help you get started today.

Challenge #1 – Be genuinely interested in individuals

This is the foundation of being social on social media because it creates a bond that will grow into a relationship.

Genuine interest sparks conversation which is continuous, fun and engaging. It inspires questions to ask and it will help you get to know the person you’re speaking with.

Action Step: When you login to any social media platform, be genuinely interested in your target audience. You can ask them how they’re doing and what they’ve been up to and build the conversation from there.

Challenge #2 – Comment more

Tapping on the little heart icon on Instagram or the thumbs up icon on Facebook is so much easier than thinking of something witty or interesting to say about the post. For those who comment, they could just drop one-word comments like “Yes”, “Good” or “Truth”. That’s not socializing, that is spamming!

Socializing requires you to create conversation. Type out what you like about the post. Get the conversation going with a question that will get a response and tell you more about the post.

Action Step: Every time you hit the like button, make the next action you take be a comment. With continuous practice commenting will be like second nature to you.

 

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Challenge #3 – Send a message

We get carried away with acquiring friends, followers and fans that we forget to speak to them.  How many friends/followers do you have? Compared to the number of people you speak to daily, I can guarantee that it’s nowhere near half the number of friends/followers you have.

Action Step: Send a private message to at least 3 people a day. Check on them and catch up on their lives.

Challenge #4 – Join discussions

Another way to get social, is to hop into conversations on social media like the ones on discussion threads. It makes your job easier as all you have to do is to participate in the conversation giving your contribution. Twitter is a great social media platform to practice this through Twitter chats. Facebook groups are also excellent.

Action Steps: Scout around for conversations on social media you can join in and make positive contribution to keep the conversation going.

 

Are you a social butterfly? Do you have any tips to share?

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