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by Erin Weaver

New year, new you, right? Well, kind of. Most of us enter the new year with lofty aspirations for our lives – we’re going to get fitter. We’re going to stay on top of admin this year. We’ll end the year healthier, cooler, and totally self-actualized. In reality, most of us won’t live up to all these expectations. It’s difficult to revolutionize your life, but you can start small by revolutionizing your look. A host of sleek, expressive looks are set to dominate the beauty world in 2018, so get on top of them.

Clean And Natural

2017 was big and bold with heavily shaped brows, over-lined lips, and smoky hues. 2018 is going to retaliate with a return to sleeker, more natural makeup looks. Think Glossier’s barely defined brows, Fenty Beauty’s natural bronzed glow, and the return to dewier, lighter coverage foundations.

J-Beauty

Everyone got obsessed with Korean skincare (or “K-beauty”) in 2017, but 2018 will usher in a flood of Japanese beauty styles and products. J-beauty emphasizes sleek lines and understated beauty, so it will fit well with the more natural styles that are set to take over in the year ahead.

Standard Formula Lipsticks

We’ve seen every style of liquid lipstick possible by now, but 2018 is going to see the return of standard bullet-cased lipsticks like our mothers used to wear. Matte is on the way out too, with dewy, glossy looks coming back.

Bright Eyes

Forget about your warm terracotta nudes – 2018 will bring back Eighties-style neons on our eyelids to make a real splash. It looks like canary yellow and electric blue will be back on our eyes before we know it, so break out your bright eyeshadows again and get creative.

Clumpy Lashes

It feels like the beauty world has spent twenty years trying to banish clumpy eyelashes, and yet here we are in 2018 with designers giving us thick, clumpy, Twiggy-style eyelashes all over again. Slap on a few extra coats of mascara and call it a day.

Brow Liner

We’ll be looking at cute trends like under-brow liner this year too. The technique is simple – just take a bright color or a glitter eyeliner and use it to carefully trace the lower line of your eyebrow. This look is simple but impactful, so it’s perfect for parties and big nights out.

Gold Flecks

Gold came back big time at the tail-end of 2017 and it will continue to dominate beauty looks through 2018. Whether it’s gold flecks on the eyes, gold-toned highlighters, or the addition of a gold-bronze glow to the cheeks, get ready to look like a million dollars in the coming months.

These 2018 beauty trends are set to be hard-hitters, so don’t sleep on them. Get inventive and change up your look this year. Who knows – maybe a new look really will lead to a new you?

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Vacation Planning: Relaxation In Advance

Traveling can be very exciting; whether it’s a work travel or even for holidays. It gets more interesting if you have not visited the place before. It’s very easy for you to forget all about proper planning and details of the trip due to all the excitement. Having a good plan for your trip can be invaluable more so if you are going to an unfamiliar destination, the need to plan cannot be overemphasized.

Planning well in advance will let you have lots of time to think about all the necessary things you wish to take with you. Moreover, you will be able to save plenty of money if you book hotel rooms and flight tickets beforehand. This will also give you enough time to search online for some great deals. Wherever you intend to go, having a checklist for your trip makes your life a whole lot easy. This is the following checklist you ought to adopt to make your life easier when going on your trip.

Get informed

Find out a little more about where you want to go. Internet and Google have made life easy to gain access to information. Find out about the culture, people, history, and locality of where you want to travel to. Check for hotels, car rentals, restaurants and other related options. Make a quick list of the rates, locations, amenities, discounts and contact information of several hotels. It will be nice if you know a local person to be your guide. Do some research about the places you will be visiting, such as climate, traditions or even the transportation.

Budget for your trip

Find the cost of things where you intend to visit. Find out the cost of food, hotels, goods, services, and curricular activities. For unforeseen circumstances or expenditures it is advisable to take your credit and debit cards with you. Budget is critical to your trip and you must take out a good amount of time to settle down all the finances. This is where you get the bookings done after an extensive research, use miles and points to save money, find out ways you can save more on travel and food costs and allocate a budget for every tiny expenditure you can possibly think of.

Sort transport

Figure out how you’re getting there, be it by airplane, train or bus. Ensure you have a visa to where you want to go. You may not need one, but check this with your travel agent before you leave. If you need a visa, ensure you get one. It’s also a good reminder to check that you have your passport and visa with you before you travel.

Insurance

You also need to get travel insurance for your trip. This is especially important because a travel insurance can protect you from unfortunate like baggage loss, accidents,trip cancellation, illnessesand injuries that may arise suddenly during the trip. There are different types of insurance policy such as visitor’s health insurance, long-term health insurance, temporary health insurance, insurance for trip cancellation, and so on. Make a thorough research about this so you can make an informed choice.

The Dream Packing

Most of us fail when it comes to packing and we end up merely stuffing the luggage bags with everything and anything. Packing might seem like an insignificant part of the whole fun until you end up realizing it’s really the most important one. Packing the right stuff, whether it is clothing or travel gadgets is crucial and packing the right amount is even more so. Check that you have packed all you would need. You can make a list of all the things so nothing gets left out. Take your medications with you if you are on one. Have a copy of you travel insurance with you. Do not forget your travel ticket. Check the regulation on what you can take with you and what you cannot. Check that you meet customs and quarantine requirements.

While going on a trip is extremely exciting and fun, your trips can be an extremely vacation disaster if you don’t plan it well. Planning is extremely essential to the success of any trip.


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