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Everyone admires gorgeous, glossy hair, but it isn’t always easy to capture the look of healthy, thick, abundant hair. Glossy hair generally means healthy hair, but obtaining and keeping shiny hair takes effort. Our hair matters to us, even if we prefer the bald look. Caring for your hair and styling your hair ensures you will look your best. If you want shiny, glowing, happy hair, put these stylist approved shiny hair tips to the test!

Steps for Achieving Shiny, Glossy Hair:

  1. Rinse Your Hair with Cold Water:  Cold water seals and smooths the hair cuticle, locking in moisture and adding a natural shine.
  2. Minimize Heat Styling: Heat styling and over blow drying wears away your hair’s cuticles, causing the hair to become dry, frizzy and breakable. Air drying is safer for the health of your hair.
  3. Use an Iconic Blow Dryer: If you prefer to blow dry your hair, an iconic blow dryer will dry your hair faster and help reduce static. Hold the blow dryer a few inches away from your head to moderate heat damage. This will enhance shine.
  4. Use Hair Protective Products: Pollution and UV sun rays damage your hair. Use hair products that protect your hair from the elements and adds moisture, helping to have healthy, shiny hair.
  5. Use Hair Oils: Nourishing hair oils add radiance. Hair products with various oils and moisturizing vitamin E work wonders for your hair.
  6. Healthy Nutrients: Eating a diet rich in protein, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and B vitamins nourishes not only your body but your hair.
  7. Use Boar Bristle Hair Brushes : Boar bristle brushes help eliminate breakage, split ends and tangles due to their soft bristles. Harsh brushes can pull out and break hairs while you brush.
  8. Add Hair Shine: Once you’ve washed and styled your hair, spray on or wipe in shiny hair gloss for a finishing touch.

Ooh la la, your shiny hair looks glorious and is so soft to the touch!

If you’re one who frequents a hair salon, ask your stylist for a gloss treatment. A clear gloss can deliver the ultimate shine. Once you step outside, the way the light reflects off your hair after a gloss treatment makes it look luxurious, lustrous and lovely! For those of you that prefer the do it yourself method, you can purchase high gloss treatment kits at beauty salon stores and invest in your own head of healthy, shiny, glamorous hair!

Shiny, lustrous locks takes more than hair shine! However, hair shine when applied to your hair makes your tresses look simply divine!

Back view of a woman with long straight hair

Did you know that natural hair falls into four categories?

  1. Straight
  2. Wavy
  3. Curly
  4. Kinky

No matter how your hair grows naturally, glossy, shiny hair ensures a vital voluminous head of hair. Learn to love the hair you were born with, but if you want to play it up sometimes, I get it. Curling straight hair and straightening wavy hair is fun, not to mention relishing the various hair styles it gives you!


Whether your hair is blond, brunette, auburn, red, black or dyed pink, blue or green, shiny, glossy hair is always revered and certain to be seen!

Take care of your hair! Remember, it takes more than hair shine to maintain a glorious, healthy mane, but spritzing your hair with a perfect hair shine before you go out the door makes your terrific tresses shine even more!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

Lace is a dainty fabric that is easily recognizable due to its delicate, feminine charm. Lace is indeed lovely. Lace is a fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern and can be made either by machine or hand. Originally materials such as linen, silk, gold or silver threads were used to make lace. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace can also be made using synthetic fiber.

Lace has its origin in the late 1400s, with Italian and Flemish roots. The late 16th century marked the rapid development of lace, when both needle and bobbin lace became dominant and used in fashion and home décor. For enhancing the beauty of collars and cuffs, needle lace was embroidered with loops and picots.

Dress in lace for elegant fashion taste!

Popular Types of Lace:

  1. Bobbin Lace: Made with bobbins and a pillow.
  2. Chemical Lace: The stitching area is stitched with embroidery threads that form a continuous motif. Afterwards, the stitching is removed and the embroidery remains.
  3. Crocheted Lace: This group includes Irish crochet, pineapple crochet and filet crochet.
  4. Cutwork Lace: Lace constructed by removing threads from a woven background, and the remaining threads wrapped or filled by embroidery.
  5. Knitted Lace: Lace so fine that it can be pulled through a wedding ring.
  6. Knotted Lace: This tatted lace is made with a shuttle or a tatting needle, including macramé and tatting.
  7. Machine Made Lace: Any style of lace created or replicated using mechanical means.
  8. Needle Lace: Lace made using a needle and thread.
  9. Tape Lace: This lace makes the tape in the lace as it is worked, or uses a machine or hand made textile strip formed into the design, then joined and embellished with needle and bobbin lace.

Step out in luscious lace and show off your exquisite fashion taste! Gorgeous and glorious!

Lace Fun Fact: Lace was used by the clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of the vestments in religious ceremonies, but didn’t come into widespread use until the 16th century in the northwestern part of the European continent. The popularity of the gorgeous lace fabric increased rapidly and the cottage industry of lace making spread throughout Europe. In 1840, Britain’s Queen Victoria was married in a gown made of lace, influencing the wedding dress style to this day.

On your wedding day and all other days, dressing in fabulous garments of lace is a winning way! The ever popular fabric lace is here to stay!

To enhance your outfit with style and charm, dangle a lace made purse on your arm!

Popular Patrons and Lace Makers:

  1. Giovanna Dandolo
  2. Barbara Uthmann
  3. Morosina Morosini
  4. Frederico de Vinciolo
  5. Rosa Elena Egipciaco
  6. Anglo Scotian Mills
  7. Scranton Lace Company

Whether you prefer to dress up in lace from head to toe, or wear one piece of lace in a skirt or pantsuit, dolling yourself up in the stunning fabric of lace will always suit you!

I simply adore the dainty, feminine, beautiful fabric that is lace! Always a definite win in the fashion race!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

 

What’s the easiest and most fun way to decorate an outfit to sheer perfection? Accessorize and accessorize. By adding the right jewelry, shoes, scarves, etc., and carrying a matching handbag, you can take a “10” outfit to an even higher level. You can also turn a casual look into a dressy look, and take a top notch garment and tone it down, all by the accessories you wear.

One accessory that is always a hit is the bracelet. A bracelet is an article of jewelry that is worn around the wrist, up the arm or around the upper arm (arm cuffs). Bracelets are worn as ornaments and may also have a supportive function, such as holding charms and pendants.

If a bracelet is a single, inflexible loop it is called a bangle. A large group of bangles worn together looks adorable.  Arm cuffs are also a favorite of mine, as well as beaded, bedazzled bracelets.

Bracelet Fun Fact: Bracelets are manufactured from metal, leather, cloth, plastic, beads and other materials, and jewelry bracelets often times contain jewels, rocks, shells, crystals, metal, plastic hoops, pearls and many more materials.

The origin of the term “bracelet” is from the Greek word “brachile”, meaning ‘of the arm’, via the Old French ‘bracel’. A bracelet is also a small brace or bracer (an arm guard used by archers).

Popular Types of Bracelets:

  1. Alternative Health Bracelets: This group contains ionized bracelets, karma bracelets, magnetic bracelets, etc., and are a group with a beneficial function claimed for them by their manufacturers and distributors.
  2. Bangles: Rigid bracelets that make a solid loop. They can be smooth, textured or set with stones.
  3. Beaded Bracelets: Bracelets made from loose beads with a center hole and connected by a piece of string or elastic band through the holes.
  4. Charm Bracelets: These bracelets carry personalized charms, decorative pendants or trinkets which are significant and important in the wearer’s life.
  5. Link Bracelets: Bracelets made from connecting or linking various or similar components or jewelry findings. These bracelets are often made of metals and gemstones.
  6. Slap Bracelets: Flat, felt covered strips that curve around your wrist when gently hit against it.
  7. Slave Bracelets: Bracelets with attached rings.
  8. Sports Bracelets: The use of colored silicone rubber as a material for producing sports bracelets was popularized by Nike and Lance Armstrong through the Yellow Livestrong wristband starting in May 2003.
  9. Tennis Bracelets: Single strand diamond bracelets. Elegant!

Brace yourself for gorgeous arm candy when adorned in beautiful bracelets!

Bracelet Fun Fact: The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 5000 BCE, starting with materials such as bones, stones and woods to serve religious and spiritual interests. The Scarab Bracelet is one of the most recognized symbols of ancient Egypt. The Scarab represented rebirth and regeneration. Carved Scarabs were worn as jewelry and wrapped into the linen bandages of mummies.

Bangles and beads: Beautiful bracelets!

Let’s also give a shout out to terrific turquoise bracelets! Always alluring, always bedazzling!

As much as bracelets made from gold and silver are regal and stunning, bracelets made with gemstones, beads, rhinestones and diamonds  are in the top running!

When your fashionable outfit need a perfect touch, slip your arms into fabulous bracelets and look top notch!

Whatever your preference in jewelry, beautiful bracelets are always beguiling!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

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Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

 

 

 

As the year 2018 comes to a close, the end of the year and the beginning of the next year find the world celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  We welcome in the new year in a partying, celebrating, joyful way. In the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve is the last day of the year, December 31. In many countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, with dancing, eating, watching fireworks, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc. The celebrations generally go past midnight, into New Year’s Day, January 1.

Many people enjoy dressing up for New Year’s Eve, with fancy clothes, black dresses and black tie garments, jewelry and dramatic makeup. For a full dress of glitz and glam, a large part of the look is going heavy with your face makeup, most notably the eyes.

Dramatic eyes bring out your true glamour.  Eye power!

Tools Needed for Dramatic Eye Makeup Include:

  1. An eye pencil a shade darker than normal (preferably black)
  2. Eye makeup primer
  3. Jet black mascara or fake eyelashes
  4. Coal black liquid eye liner
  5. Various shades of eye shadow (powder or cream)
  6. Eyebrow pencil
  7. Eye makeup brushes
  8. Glitter and jewels if preferred

Dramatic eye makeup looks beautiful, brings out the warmth and color of your eyes and adds depth and dimension to the size of your eyes. Eye makeup is commonly worn to make your eyes stand out and look more attractive. When applying eye shadow, the smokey eye is a great way to add allure and pizzazz to your eyes! Sexy, sophisticated and stunning!

Dramatic eye makeup for your New Year’s Eve drama!

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Dramatic  Eye Makeup Tips:

  1. Eye shadows that match your eye color and your clothing look regal and chic.
  2. The more dark and dramatic your eyes are decorated, the lighter your lipstick should be. Don’t over power your eye makeup with neon, popping lipsticks. Smokey eyes done with various shades of blue eye shadows look gorgeous with a nude or light pink lip.
  3. Cats eyes are always a dramatic eye win. The secret is in the eyeliner extension beyond the corner of your eyes.
  4. Experiment and wear the dramatic eyes you were meant to have.  I’ve even seen eye makeup applications where the eye shadow colors on the right eye are different than the eye shadow colors on the left eye, or vice versa. Your face, your beauty, your preference!

For dramatic eyes, the most crucial two elements are the mascara and the eyeliner.  Apply jet black mascara (many coats), and/or jet black false eyelashes and jet black eyeliner (both on your upper and lower eyelids) to obtain the most dramatic eyes of all.

With your eyebrows, obtain the perfect arch. Eyebrows act as a frame for your entire face. Lovely, elegant and full of grace. Wow, you have fantastic makeup taste!

The secret to looking hot, alluring, sensual and sizzling is in the eyes. What better time for over-the-top makeup than on New Year’s Eve? Ring in the new year like the glamour girl that you are…your beauty and mesmerizing looks will go far!

Be the true diva star! Dazzling eyes that are sure to dazzle!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

With the holidays being in full swing, houses are decorated, Christmas trees are trimmed and presents are being wrapped. As with all holidays, various colors are traditionally associated with the Christmas season, most notably green, red and gold. Have you ever wondered what those colors represent and how they originated? The Christmas colors get their meaning from the western/northern European traditions and customs, where Christmas being in the middle of winter is dark and cold.

Green: Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during long winters. Green also reminds people that spring will come and that winter won’t last forever. Green is also the color of the ever adored Christmas Tree!

Red: The early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree. They represented the fall of Adam and Eve in Christmas plays. Red is also the color of Holly berries.

Gold: Gold is the color of the sun and light – both important in the dark winter. Gold is also the color of fire that people used to keep warm. Gold was one of the presents brought to baby Jesus by one of the three wise men, and is the color used to show the star that the wise men followed to the manger.

‘Tis the season to be seen wearing green!

The color green is serene, beautiful and magical. In color psychology, green relates to balance and harmony, a great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. The color green also represents growth, spring, and rebirth. This relaxing color is found abundantly on earth, and acts as a sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us to a sense of well being.

Make a holiday party entrance and feel like a queen when dressed divine in glorious green!

Green is considered a cool color on the color wheel and is known as an emotionally positive color, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally.

Positive Traits of the Color Green:

  1. Growth
  2. Vitality
  3. Renewal
  4. Restoration
  5. Reliability
  6. Tactful
  7. Calm
  8. Nature Lover
  9. Down-To-Earth
  10. Family Oriented
  11. Sympathetic
  12. Compassionate
  13. Generous
  14. Loyal

Dress in stunning green clothing and look and feel regal and royal!

For those of you that adore the color green, good news! You have various shades of this gorgeous color to choose from to spice up your winter (and summer) wardrobe!

Various Shades of the Color Green:

  1. Aqua
  2. Dark Green
  3. Emerald Green
  4. Grass Green
  5. Jade Green
  6. Lime Green
  7. Olive Green
  8. Pale Green
  9. Yellow Green

To thine own heart be true. Green is a clothing color that works perfectly well for you!


Green Fun Fact: Green is known as the color of prosperity and abundance, of finance and material wealth. Green relates to the business world, real estate and property.

Since green is the color of U.S. currency (money), step out in green and look like a million bucks, you fashion honey! You’ll be right on the money!

Tis the holiday to dress in green and know you’ll stand out in a crowd, sight unseen!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

Oh, the joys of winter weather. Rain, snow, sludge, cold, ice, hail and wind. And occasionally, days of glorious sunshine to remind us that yes, spring will eventually get here. As a girl who loves abundant sunny days, even Southern California winter weather can be cold and difficult to deal with. So how do I add spice to my chilly days when Mr.  Sunshine is taking a break? By enjoying the winter fashion, since makeup and clothing for me is a fun passion!

We often bring out our coats and sweaters at this time of year, in various styles and colors. Why not step out in style wearing a trendy trench coat, a coat that can not  only keep you warm and also act as a raincoat, but shouts chic and cool? Trench coats are made of waterproof heavy-duty cotton gabardine drill, leather or poplin. Trench coats generally have a removable insulated lining, raglan sleeves and the classic versions come in various lengths, ranging from just above the ankles to the knees.

Traditionally trench coats are double-breasted with 10 front buttons, have wide lapels, storm flaps and pockets that button closed. The coat is belted at the waist, as well as having straps around the wrists that buckle (to keep water from running down the forearm in the rain). True trench coats also have shoulder straps that button closed, which were a functional feature in military uniforms. The traditional color of the trench coat is khaki, although newer versions can now be found in all colors.

Trench Coat Fun Fact: The trench coat was developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers during World War I. Invention of the trench coat belongs to two British luxury clothing manufacturers, Burberry and Aquascutum. Aquascutum claims starting the trendy trench coat in the 1850s. Thomas Burberry invented gabardine fabric in 1879 and submitted a design to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901 to have the sturdy, practical coat act as the Army officers’ raincoat.

Wade through the trenches of inclement weather in a trendy trench coat!

Trench coats have remained fashionable since their inception, long after the end of World War I, and are still popular jackets and/or raincoats today. Trench coats look business like, yet savvy. They keep you warm and dry with a look of sheer cool. For those of you that adore trench coats but find them to look too military, if you tie the belt in front of the jacket, as opposed to using the buckle, you will create a more casual look than strict military. Since trench coats tend to be long,  often going past the knee, it works to wear lighter fabric trench coats as dresses. Button up, slip on some leather or patent leather high heels and turn your coat into a one piece dress! Always look your best!

Just remember you can’t take your coat off if you get too warm. Unless you want to start a new fashion trend of your own! I guarantee you’ll stop traffic in a heartbeat!

The trench coat was originally sized to wear over clothing, to offer water protection when the temperature was cold enough to require a heavier coat than a windbreaker or rubber raincoat. This is why trench coats often fit as a larger size then a normal jacket. In recent years many manufacturers have resized the fit and cut of trench coats to conform more closely to the body.

As always, to fit into fashion, there are versions of the terrific trench coat that have been  modified where the hem stops at mid-thigh level, much like the miniskirt. The classic trench coat looks stunning and stylish no matter the length, showing off a woman’s femininity, power and strength!
Floor length, mid calf, to the knee or above, bundle up in the eye catching, always gorgeous trench coat as the jacket that’s a cut above.

I think I’ll buy myself a truly adorable trench coat this winter season. After all, the coat is so durable and fantastic that I really don’t need a reason!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

In the world of beauty, I feel the two cosmetic items that are the most important to add glamour, allure and magic to your face are mascara and lipstick. If I was ever stranded on a desert Island, alone with only myself and my makeup bag, I would hope my bag contained a tube of mascara and a tube of lipstick. A true glamour girl enjoys dolling herself up for all occasions!

Long, thick, luscious eyelashes are a sign of health and beauty. Not only do lush eyelashes look beautiful, they also draw out the appeal and allure of your eyes. Your eyelashes are to your eyes what a fabulous frame is to a photograph; an aesthetic highlight that tops your look off!

For the most dramatic eyelash look of all, jet black mascara outdoes them all. However, colored mascara is fun to experiment with and something different to wear when you’re feeling unique, magical and whimsical.

Tips for Growing Long, Lush, Healthy Eyelashes:

1. Vitamin E, Iron, Vitamin B12: Just like your body, hair needs protein, iron, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin E to stay strong and healthy. Eyelashes are hair and they need to be fed nutrients, just like the hair on your head. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that adds to healthy hair growth.
2. Biotin (Vitamin H): Promotes hair growth, texture and thickness.
3. Petroleum Jelly: Apply petroleum jelly to mascara free eyelashes and leave on overnight, while you sleep. This helps your eyelashes grow faster, thicker and stronger.
4. Castor Oil/Olive Oil: These oils help promote hair growth.
5. Enriched Mascara: Many mascaras that are available for purchase today include lash boosting serums, botanicals and pro-vitamin enriched formulas.

Lush eyelashes for a luxurious look!

Extremely long eyelashes are considered a sign of beauty in many cultures. Did you know that you can enhance your eyelashes artificially, either by applying false eyelashes or using eyelash extensions? Permanent eyelash tints have also become a popular procedure provided in many salons. It is also possible to get eyelash transplants, which are similar in nature to hair transplantations done on the head. Today, mascara is often used on a daily basis around the world. In 2016 alone, U.S. consumers spent 335.6 million dollars on the top ten leading mascara brands.

Who said beauty isn’t a billion dollar business?

Eyelash Fun Fact: The average eyelash takes about seven to eight weeks to grow back if pulled out!

Eyelashes bedazzling and beguiling being lush, lovely, luxurious and long are truly a fashion and beauty bomb!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

If you’re like most women, and some men, you never leave your house without your purse or handbag. With so many styles of bags (tote, satchel, clutch, shoulder strap, hobo) to name a few, and many colors and designers to choose from, purse and handbag lovers could carry a different bag every day of the year and never use the same one.

For most of us, even the deepest of purse adorers, we do carry the same bag frequently. Fashion lovers tend to, well, fall in love with their handbags, and for good reason. A rocking purse or handbag can spruce up an outfit much the same way as a sensational pair of shoes! For those of you with lots to carry, the tote bag will be a perfect purse for you.

A handbag or purse is often fashionably designed and used to carry personal items. A “tote” is a large double handed bag with an open top and an open main compartment. The straps of tote bags tend to be parallel and large enough to sling the bag over your shoulder, and the bag itself is often large and boxy.

Tote Bag Fun Fact: The tote is generally made of sturdy cloth, often using thick leather at its handles or bottom; leather versions often have a pebbled surface. Common fabrics used for totes include heavy canvas (often dyed and treated to resist moisture and mold), jute, nylon, easy care synthetics and natural fibers.

The term ‘tote’ means “to carry,” and can be traced back to the 17th century, but wasn’t used to describe handbags until 1900. The major tote bag craze in the United States began in the 1940s with the release of L.L. Bean’s Boat Bag in 1944. Because they were easier and less cumbersome than carrying luggage, most people opted for using tote bags.

During the 1950s, tote bags began to enter mainstream culture. Come the 1960s, the tote bag began to embrace personal style (as many practical items do that get crossed over into fashion), at which time Bonnie Cashin released her own line of tote bags called Cashin Carry Tote Bags, which combined style and functionality. And…the tote as a fashion staple purse was born! To be carried, adorned and worn!

Canvas tote bags have been sold as a more eco-friendly replacement for disposable plastic bags given how they can be used multiple times over. Many stores offer inexpensive or even free tote bags at the register, and they have become a common marketing tool stamped with logos and used by nonprofit businesses as promotional gifts.

Many people prefer carrying tote bags not only for their stylish appeal, but also for the size. For those of you who carry many items, totes are both pleasing to look at and practical. Let’s face it…you can stuff many, many “can’t leave the house without them” items in a tote bag! Fabulous totes that will float your boat!

Purse and Handbag Fun Fact: Early modern Europeans wore purses for one sole purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men as often as women. The modern purse, clutch, pouch or handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway.

With so many colors, fabrics and designs available to spice up your tote bag, all fashion divas should invest in a trending tote that will match any outfit and be practical to boot. A real style treat for the glamorous you!

Terrific totes truly will float your boat!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at https://www.struttinginstyle.com, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  https://www.facebook.com/nancymmangano/  Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano and her author website http://www.nancymangano.com

 

 

All glamour girls know that one secret to a perfect makeup job is applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation to your face. Both concealer and foundation are used to make the skin appear more uniform in color and blemish free. Generally, concealers are more heavily pigmented than foundations and can be used alone or applied underneath a light coat of foundation.

To differentiate between the two cosmetics, concealer is used to mask dark circles, age spots. large pores and other small blemishes visible on the skin. It is similar to foundation, but thicker, and used to hide different pigments by blending the imperfection into the surrounding skin tone. Foundation is a skin colored makeup applied to the face to cover flaws and/or change the natural skin tone. Some foundations also function as moisturizers, sunscreens and astringent base layers.

In a complete facial makeover, concealer is applied first and foundation is applied over the concealer. This gives you the canvas for applying various cosmetics to your face and creating makeup magic!

Although concealers and foundations add a gorgeous glow to your skin when applied correctly, if used too heavily and the cosmetics don’t match your skin tone, they can turn into makeup that cakes up! So how do you apply the perfect amount of concealer and foundation that makes your skin look youthful and near makeup free?

How to Avoid Makeup Cake Face:

1. Do not apply a thick foundation over your entire face. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone, but when applied it should be almost invisible. Dot concealer on any ruddy or blemished areas, then cover up uneven spots like the cheeks, around the nose and the chin with foundation.

2. As we age, our skin tends to lose moisture. This can lead to makeup cake face. Keep your skin as moisturized as possible by drinking lots of water and applying a moisturizing cream to your face underneath the concealer and foundation.

3. Apply a foundation primer. Foundation primers settle into your pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and even out blemishes so that your foundation glides on smoothly.

4. Make sure your concealer and foundation match your skin tone.

Concealers and foundations come in both powder and liquid formulas. For gorgeous, glowing skin with no makeup cake up, brush a small amount of translucent face powder over your foundation. This will create a blemish free base to work with when applying eye shadow, blush and lip gloss, as well as blend your concealer and foundation together to give off a “perfect” face!

Both concealers and foundations are available in a variety of shades, although concealers tend to be more  heavily pigmented. When applying foundation, try to match your skin tone or go one shade darker than your natural skin tone to avoid makeup lines and see preferred results. Concealers with yellow undertones are used to hide dark circles. Don’t go with white concealers as this can sometimes cause a gray hue where applied.

Love the skin that you’re in by applying just the right amount of concealer and foundation, ensuring your makeup flatters your face and doesn’t cake up!

You now look magnificent. Go attend that brunch, concert, baby shower or birthday party in style. Let the only cake in the room be on the table and not your face! Win the makeup glamour race with your exquisite cosmetic taste!

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