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Winter’s set in and it’s time to start thinking once again about the best methods of staying warm. No one likes to be shivering for months on end. In your own home you can only do so much to turn the heat up. What, then, are some simple solutions? What about when you want to go outside or need to take a trip into town?

The first solution is fairly simple: a warm, fuzzy sweater can help to take the bite out of the winter’s chill. Wearing wool or polyester is much more likely to keep you toasty than cotton! Dark colors are not only fashionable, they help to keep you warm as well. Heat isn’t reflected off of your clothing as much if it is dark.

Jeans are also something to consider giving up during the winter months. Try wearing a fashionable pair of slim black corduroys or even some thin wool slacks. The denim material that blue jeans are made from does little to protect against chilly weather.

Heat escapes your body very quickly through your ears so while you’re on the subject of dress it’s important to make sure you’ve got your head covered. There are plenty of different styles of hats on the market to choose from, but some are easily more warm than others. Try not to choose anything made from cotton, as mentioned above (hats to stay away from include most brimmed caps.) Wool hats are excellent but can be a bit scratchy so make sure it’s comfortable before you purchase it.

The last steps in making sure you’re dressed for any outing you may desire in the winter months are a pair of warm, comfortable boots and a heavy over-coat. Boots should not be made of rubber as these tend to be stiff and cool easily. Look for something with a thick soul that reaches midway up your shin, in case there is deep snow. As for a coat, black wool long-coats are always in fashion!

Now you’re dressing the part. Next there are some things to keep in mind for driving. If your car is not kept in a garage, you can always go outside and start the heater warming about ten minutes before you actually plan to leave. This way the car will be warmed up for you when you are ready to go. However, if you keep your car in a garage it is not safe to leave it running since the exhaust fumes that are released while it is running are toxic.

You can also heat a rice-bag before you leave and put it in your lap or behind your back while you drive to help stem off the cold.

Finally, after going out in the icy, windy cold it is time to relax at home. A wool blanket, a mug of hot cocoa or piping-hot coffee and a rice-bag to boot is a wonderful way to recover from the cold.

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Make-Up Tips for Eyes That Mesmerize

One of the surest ways to sparkle with beauty is to focus on the eyes when applying make-up. Eyes are like stained glass, marbled windows to the depths and facets of personality, so the eyes are a natural focal point for assessing beauty and getting to know others more personally. There are a few key ways to ensure that your eyes stand out to their fullest potential.

Firstly and most importantly is color contrast. You only need to look to the opposite end of a color wheel, and you can understand the magic inherent in working with the juxtaposition of complementary (opposite) colors. In a nutshell: blue eyes mystify with eyeshadow in browns, gold, and corals. Green eyes glow with wine, burgundy, and corals that lean into the red palette. Brown eyes mesmerize and intrigue with blues, purples that lean more toward the blue spectrum, and silver.

Aside from eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara should complement the eye color in the same fashion. Brown eyes almost always benefit from black mascara, whereas green and blue eyes almost always look their best with brown mascara. This general rule is underlined when paler eye colors are accompanied by small eyes, which benefit from paler tints. On the other hand, comparatively large eyes can afford greater liberties, yet eyes of all sizes receive a dramatic boost with false lashes or lash extensions.

Beyond the application of eye makeup, it is critical to downplay the other primary features–the cheeks and lips–if the eyes are to be the central focus. This is achieved very simply by lowering the contrast between the skin tone and the applied colors. In other words, a light tinted gloss and an innocent pink or pale coral blush for the cheeks will keep the viewer’s eyes looking into your eyes whether you speak or stare in silence.

Furthermore, the eyebrows need pleasant shaping and should not be so overbearing that they detract from the eyes themselves; and lastly, if you maintain a part in your hair, it is most effective to let the part serve as an arrow pointing downward, and line it up with either eye.

Applying these visual tricks will dress your eyes–and you–for a starring role in any setting. After all, your personality is what shines once eye-contact is made, where the cosmetic colors at the surface serve as a decorative frame that showcases the true colors of the inner self.


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