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The Beauty And Body Bible to Feeling Confident In Your Bikini

If you want to feel confident in your bikini, then there are some beauty and body tips and tricks you can try out. While many women hate the term ‘bikini body’, women still want to feel amazing when they wear theirs. It’s all well and good saying that all you need to do for a bikini body is to put a bikini on, but if you have confidence issues, then you aren’t going to rock it like you should. This guide will help you to feel more confidence so you can show yourself off to the world!

Take Care Of Your Skin

If you want to feel amazing in your bikini, start taking care of your skin ASAP. Make sure you do this with the skin on your face and the skin on your body. The smoother and more flawless your skin looks, the better you’re going to feel. Make sure you start as far in advance as you can so you can really make it look incredible. Do the following for the skin on your body:

For the skin on your face, use the following techniques:

The more consistent you are, the better your skin will look. You don’t need to spend a fortune on incredible products to get results. As long as you’re consistent and the products suit your skin, you’ll get great results.

Calendar bikini girl picture
Gabriel Saldana

Hair Removal

It’s a woman’s prerogative when it comes to hair removal. If you’re comfortable with it, then great! However, many women aren’t. Take your time choosing the right hair removal technique based on how long you want it to last, your hair type, and the area. For instance, having bikini line and brows waxed is a good idea. You can simply shave your legs if you want a quick and effective way to get silky pins, but the results won’t last. Make sure you choose the right method, and always go to a professional to do it for you if you’re unsure of what to do yourself.

Other Beauty Treatments

There are many other beauty treatments you can have to make you feel confident in your bikini. Here are just some of the treatments that will make you feel your best:

You get the idea!

Choose The Right Bikini

Choosing the right bikini is essential for really showing off your shape. Make sure you know what types of bikini suit your style and body best, and make you feel amazing. If a certain type of bikini makes you feel amazing but isn’t supposed to ‘suit’ your body, pay no attention. The way you feel is always going to be the most important thing!

Stand Up Tall

Stand up tall will not only make you look more confident, it can knock pounds off your too. Always focus on keeping your head up and shoulders back, as well as keeping your tummy in. Slouching will round off your shoulders and could very well give you a little tummy pouch!

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photo source: Justin Jansen

Eat Healthily

The healthier you eat, the better you’re going to feel. Not only will the right foods give you more energy, they’ll make your skin, hair, and nails look their best. You may also de-bloat, drop water weight, and even actual fat. The things you eat will impact your health in a big way, so eating right in the long term is very important. Here are some pointers for getting your eating habits just right:

Work On Any ‘Problem’ Areas

Do you have areas that you consider to be ‘problem’ areas? For instance, do you want a peachier bum? Then you should do exercises such as squats, walking lunges, and glute bridges to round them off. However, you should work your whole body for the best results. This Kayla Itsines review could give you some great ideas.

Try Beauty Hacks To Enhance Your Look

There are so many beauty hacks you may not already know about that could enhance your look. These include:

Hopefully, these tips have given you some incredible ideas to make you feel amazing in your bikini. Whether you’re petite or a curvier lady, it doesn’t matter. These tips and tricks can help you feel amazing. Remember, confidence is in your head too. Be positive about your body image and you’ll look gorgeous! Do you have any tips of your own? Leave them below.


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Turn A Garden Into Your Own Private Paradise

Our homes are the one sure place we can always come back to, relax and regain our thoughts for a little while. Naturally, a lot of us go to great lengths to manipulate our homes, and fill it with all the things we love. In a lot of houses though, it seems that the garden doesn’t get the care and attention it deserves. If you think you’re garden’s been looking a little drab, here are some features that will turn it into your own private paradise.

Japanese Garden Bridge
photo credit: Akathryna

Water Features

I’m not sure about the psychology behind it, but there’s something instantly calming and attractive about any kind of water feature in a garden. Getting a little fish pond, a bird bath or fountain can add a lovely dose of tranquillity to an otherwise boring garden. Ensure that it’s re-circulatory, and you’ll be able to rest even more, knowing that you’re not wasting a drop of water! If you want to make the garden really relaxing, then you may even consider getting a pool or a heated inflatable tub. Just be aware that your kids will have first dibs!

Screens

Tasteful garden screens may not look like much when they’re on display at a garden centre. However, if you can find a good spot for them in your garden, they’ll make a beautiful and practical addition to the whole thing. High-quality garden screens not only look great, but also provide you with a little more privacy, and carve off the garden into different sections. Some of the more rigid ones can even be used to hand flower pots on and grow climbers.

Archways

This is another subtle and yet beautiful way to divide one area of the garden from another. There are all kinds of modern and traditional designs out there, and no matter the size or style of your garden, you’ll be able to find an arch that suits its unique mien. If you’ve got a large tree in your garden that blocks off one corner, then why not put a cute little bench there, and use the archway to guide people towards it? Again, these can be great for growing vines and hanging flower baskets on.

Statues

This is one for the passionate gardeners who have filled their gardens up with all kinds of plants, but that’s pretty much it! Although this is the part of the home for cultivating life, sometimes it’s a good idea to offset all that green with something artificial. A large, well-placed statue, or several smaller ones, could be just the ticket. You don’t have to go with the classic stone Roman statue, unless of course you love these conservative features. These days, we’re seeing a trend of people mounting abstract copper and steel sculptures on their fences. There are countless choices out there, so start looking for an ornament that’s right for you.

Bring these features into your garden, and soon it will start to look like that idyllic image you have in mind!


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CPAPs aren’t supposed to be sexy.

Three years ago Dan was set up with a CPAP machine. This came about a few months after Dan underwent a sleep study. That came about after I convinced him to talk to our (well, my now-former) PCP about some of his sleeping problems – trouble falling asleep, trouble waking in the morning, frequently feeling not-rested/fatigued, and most concerning, him having near-nightly episodes of skipping breaths and full-body twitches. Those last two I was much more aware of than he was, because his lack of breathing and/or sudden body twitches and jerks would wake me out of a sound sleep.

Daniel being fitted for a CPAP mask

Not surprisingly, Dan’s sleep study revealed he had moderate sleep apnea. The study was done in the fall of 2012, but because of health insurance issues he wasn’t set up with a CPAP machine until the spring of 2013. Let me tell you, “>the difference for both of us was immediate! While Dan did have to go through an adjustment period while he got used to the presence of the nose/mouth mask and the constant air pressure, his sleep improved almost immediately. We went from his sleep apnea causing him to stop breathing and subsequently waking me up 2-3 times per week to never.

So now here we are, three years later – and Dan’s CPAP machine is a constant presence in our bedroom and in our bed – and yes, in our marriage and sex life. But does it matter, or infringe? Absolutely not. In fact, the times Dan forgets to put it on I remind him to “mask up”. Most importantly I remind him because untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems, including heart damage and heart failure; and in the short-term, when Dan doesn’t mask up, neither of us sleep well – he sleeps restlessly because of not breathing and twitching, and I sleep restlessly because every time he ceases to take a breath or starts twitching, I wake up.

And in terms of intimacy and sex, it’s just a matter of planning – or unhooking the mask if someone has changed their mind. ;)


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Shopping On A Budget For Occasion Wear: Tips You Need To See

Being a wedding guest can be an expensive time. As well as sorting a gift for the happy couple, you have to also find a great outfit to wear. Purchasing beautiful occasion wear can often break the bank! Here are some tips you need to see when shopping on a budget for occasion wear!

Sleeveless Velvet Fur Trim Sheath Dress (Black)
photo credit: Maria

Go shopping out of high season

One tip you need to see when hunting down a great deal on occasion wear is you need to go shopping out of high season. Everyone wants to get married in July and August as the weather is great for pictures. The shops know this, so they often hike up the prices on their occasion wear. Therefore, you need to look out of the high season. Soon as you get the invite, you should head to the shops to find some fantastic occasion wear. You should still find some stunning outfits that will love great for the wedding, and they will cost much less!

rack of women's clothing
photo credit: Pixabay

Look for discounts before you go

Another tip you need to see when shopping on a budget for occasion wear is you should look for discounts before you go. You can often find vouchers that you can take with you when you go shopping. It will mean you can get a percentage off a beautiful outfit which will stop you breaking the bank. You can find them online for high street stores such as Debenhams offers at Plusvouchercode. You can also sign up for newsletters when you are in stores. They will send you emails when there are sales on, and they will send you good discounts you can use in store!

Consider buying second-hand

You can also shop on a budget for occasion wear by considering buying second-hand clothing for the wedding. A lot of people will only wear an occasion dress once, and then it will just sit in their wardrobe. So it’s no surprise they often end up selling them online on sites like Ebay. Therefore, you should consider having a look to find a great second-hand dress online. You might get a beautiful dress that’s only been worn once for a fraction of the original price! Don’t be afraid to hunt clothes down in charity shops too.

woman in dress holding flower
photo credit: Pexels

Make sure you compare prices for styles in different stores

Another tip you need when shopping on a budget for occasion wear is you need to ensure you are comparing prices on styles from different stores. You might get a similar style dress for a lot cheaper in a different store. They tend to have the same top fashions in at the same time, so you are likely to find similar dress styles in different stores. Therefore, make sure you shop around to find the best deal!

Wear an old dress with new accessories

An additional tip you need for shopping on a budget for occasion wear is you should consider wearing an older dress and just buy new accessories. It will look like an entirely different dress if you wear vibrant jewellery and a fab belt. No one will ever know you wore it before!

Remember to choose a great pair of heels as well when choosing your occasion wear. Comfort should just be as important as quality and appearance as weddings are long days!

woman in dress and heels
photo credit: Free Stock Photos

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Your Starter Guide To Weddings That Won’t Cost Thousands

The estimates vary, but generally the quoted figure for the cost of a wedding is over $30,000. You’ll figure out what type of bride you are by how you react to that figure.

Reaction One: “Yes, that seems about right. There’s the dress, the cake, the band… yeah, I can see how it gets up to that figure.”

Reaction Two: “WHAT? That’s a downpayment on a house. Not me, not ever. Justice of the Peace it is!”

wedding ring on a bible

photo taken by PDPics

Unlike some, there’s no claim that either reaction is “right” or somehow more valid. It all depends on your priorities, your finances and where you are in life. Don’t let someone else influence how you choose to spend your money.

If, however, you’re closer to the second reaction, then there’s a few things you can do to lower that cost. There’s no need for a load of stress; just efficient planning. You don’t have to go quite as drastic as foregoing the whole wedding idea and signing documents only. Not without trying some of the points below, anyway.

1. Think about what’s actually important to you.

Sit down as a couple and think about the basics of a wedding. This can include:

Then talk about which of these actually matter to you as a couple. You may be focused almost entirely on the ceremony, so you can cut back on the other areas. Go as far as to barely have a reception if you feel that way; a few drinks with those who attend the ceremony is a far better use of resources if it’s what you want.

Tip: don’t under-invest on the rings. They seem like a sideshow of the event of the wedding itself, only involved in one small part. However, you’re going to (hopefully) be wearing them for the rest of your life. You have to like them, and know they are made from a hard-wearing metal that won’t tarnish. Sterling silver may be affordable, but it has a terrible track record for dents and tarnish.

2. Are you comfortable stepping outside of tradition?

If there was a standard idea of a wedding, it’d go something like this: church, to reception venue, to party afterwards. Ask yourself if you really need all of those? Are you religious enough to warrant a church, or are you just doing that because you think you should? There are hundreds of options if you step away from the normal pattern, from backyard wedding tips to destination weddings on a beach. Don’t do anything because you think you “should”. Make every aspect of your day included because it’s what you want.

3. Be ruthless with the guest list.

Too many brides go down the route of thinking they have to invite as set amount of people to their wedding. No one wants to risk causing offence, so distance family and couples who invited you get an invite – and it all costs. The size of your guest list has a direct impact on finances, from the size of venue needed to the price-per-head for the catering. Contact anyone you’ve chosen to leave out directly and explain; they will be a lot more understanding that you expect. You can always promise a second party at some point, which has the extra benefit of extending the celebrations for you too.


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