Top Tips for Autumn Frizz

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The arrival of autumn brings a whole new set of challenges for hair care, with frizz being the most common. When even the tiniest drop of rain can completely ruin your carefully straightened tresses, now is the time to adjust your haircare routine to keep your frizzy hair under control…

According to L’Oreal frizzy hair is a top beauty complaint for 30 per cent of women. Whilst there are some unavoidable causes like autumn drizzle, frizz prevention truly begins with you. There are a number of tricks for minimising frizz, as well as some products to help your hair stay as smooth as possible…

Build up resistance to heat

Frizz is mostly caused by a lack of moisture in your hair, therefore, if you continue to use a straightener or a high heat blow dryer every single morning, your hair will dry out even more, contributing to a frizzy mess.

Shampoo Truth recommends to dry your hair naturally, at least once a week, to build up resistance to heat. Even though the style may not be up to your usual standard, it will give your hair a rest from those thermal tools! It is also a great opportunity to experiment with hairstyles like braids and buns, for a relaxed weekend look!

When you do use heat, be sure to prep your hair with a protective leave-in conditioner to provide a barrier between the hair strand and the heat of dryers and irons. When you do use a straightener, dial down the heat and don’t hold it in one place for too long. Be kinder to your hair!

Choose the right brush

If you use a brush to straighten your frizzy hair while blow drying, use a natural boar-bristle brush like this one here. It will help carry your scalp’s natural oil down to the ends, keeping your hair hydrated and helping to block out humidity. This is very important as metal brushes with often uneven, jagged bristles can cause dry hair to tear.

As we are on the subject of brushing, remember to never brush your hair when it’s wet, as it is prone to being torn or broken with the bristles of the brush. Use a wide tooth comb instead and always use a leave-in conditioner or detangler to help smooth the way.

Choose the right shampoo

Anti-frizz shampoos are the best way to beat unruly hair. Look for one with glycerin in the ingredient list since it helps combat frizz by hydrating it from the inside out. It also creates a protective coating over the outside of the hair shaft so it doesn’t break.

To ensure you can see the full effects of your anti-frizz treatment, pick a few different shampoos and change them every now and then. Your body easily adapts to different ingredients, resulting in the loss of their effectiveness. A combination of different shampoos and different conditioners can be rotated with great success, for super soft and controllable hair!

Don’t forget to moisturise 

Maintaining your hair’s natural moisture is the key to smooth and frizz-free hair. If you don’t give it the hydration it needs, your frizzy hair will get its moisture from somewhere else, like autumn drizzle and humidity in the air.

Look for a moisturiser that contains hydrating ingredients, such as shea butter and strengthening silk proteins. This will fill any holes in your hair shaft that absorb outside moisture, transforming your hair into silky smooth locks.

If you are looking to save money, try some homemade moisturisers including olive oil. Rich in healthy fats and vitamin E, it will leave you with deeply hydrated hair, healing split ends at the same time. This olive oil hair remedy mask will keep your cuticles smooth and healthy. If used regularly, it will leave your hair much stronger and healthier, preventing it from becoming too frizzy.

Remember that you are not the only one and many women struggle with frizzy hair. To keep your frizzy hair manageable, the key is to understand what causes it and keep up a hair care regime…

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7 Places to Play Sports and Activities in Oxford

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Oxford is certainly a proud sporting city. Thanks to Oxford University a great many sportsmen and women have honed their skills and gone on to compete on the world stage – an amazing 158 Olympic medals have been won by Oxford University alumni. The first rugby club ever was founded in Oxford. And today Oxford is the place to be when you want to compete, or just get fit. Here are some of the best places to work out, play sport, or be active in Oxford.

  1. Barton Leisure Centre

This leisure centre is located to the east of the ring road. It has a huge swimming pool plus a gym and an exercise room.

  1. Leys Pools and Leisure Centre

Three is another large pool here along with a family pool, badminton and football spaces, snooker, a gym, function rooms, and a crèche.

  1. Ferry Leisure Centre

The Ferry has a six-lane pool as well as a smaller pool, plus squash courts, a gym, sports hall, dance studio, and the place offers a wide variety of fitness classes.

  1. Hinksey Pool

This is an open-air pool within a park, and it is heated to perfection with lovely views, plus refreshments are available. It’s usually open during the summer months.

  1. Oxford Golf Clubs

If you want a round of golf you are spoiled for choice in the area surrounding Oxford. Private and public golf courses provide high quality courses and facilities for golfers and those that prefer to watch. An oxfordshire golf club usually also offers other facilities such as a spa, a pool, a restaurant, or a bar.

  1. Private Gyms

There is a variety of gyms in Oxford where you sign up for a membership and pay monthly to use the facilities. All offer something slightly different, at different prices, so it pays to shop around to find the one that suits you best.

  1. Oxford Fitness Clubs

Again, a variety of choices are on offer from the Oxford Martial Arts Academy (OMAA) which provides a full range of martial arts tuition, tennis clubs and courts all round the city, yoga classes too numerous to mention, a games hall that can be hired by basketball, gymnastics, badminton and other teams, an ice rink, korfball clubs, American football clubs, fencing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, cricket, triathlon, and much more. If you want to get active, you’re in the right place in Oxford.

 

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A Look at the Most Stylish and Popular Pattern and Colour Trends for Autumn/Winter 2016

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The autumn and winter season is definitely upon us, and this is the perfect time to dress according to the trends of this magical season. Have you taken out your wardrobe for the season yet? If you haven’t, it’s time to get those knee-high boots out and stay warm and comfy yet stylish in the best winter dresses, coats, and jackets. But first – it’s also time to get to know the trends when it comes to colours and patterns. Needless to say, there are certain colours and patterns which are beginning to stand out. To establish your perfect look for the season, here’s what you need to know about autumn/winter 2016’s colour and pattern trends. 

The hottest patterns and prints for A/W 2016

Granted, there are many patterns and prints from which you can choose, but according to the experts, there are two main patterns and prints that you should be watching out for: the Prince of Wales checkered pattern, and the ever-popular animal print. The Prince of Wales checkered print has always been a classic, but this season, it has made a definite surge in popularity. But apart from the Prince of Wales check, there are other patterns currently making waves, such as the Houndstooth pattern, the well-loved plaid, and tartan.

When it comes to prints, animal prints are definitely ‘in’ once again. Animal prints are the epitome of style this season, with many famous designers making use of animal prints for all-in-one looks.

The hottest colours for autumn

Autumn is known for its colours, and this season’s colours are a varied combination as well. Pantone colours such as Riverside and Aurora Red are some of the most popular, but there are other colours which offer a great look as well. Let’s start with Riverside – Riverside blue is immensely popular, especially with its cool, strong, and calming effect. Aurora Red, on the other hand, is fast becoming a favourite of fashionistas simply because it’s an unforgettable colour – bold, bright, yet sensual at the same time.

Yet one more colour which is making waves this autumn and winter season is Lush Meadow, which, as its name implies, is a rich, almost (but not quite) emerald green. This vibrant, striking colour is not only beautiful – it’s chic and sophisticated as well.

Other colours, such as Airy Blue, Dusty Cedar, and Spicy Mustard are exceedingly popular, as confirmed by style experts at www.jdwilliams.co.uk. Airy Blue, for one, is similar in shade to sky blue, and this light and relaxing colour is a great autumn/winter choice. Dusty Cedar is an attractive reddish-brown colour, which also evokes memories of spring. Another colour, Spicy Mustard, is a nod to the harvest season, with its yellowish tinge that goes well with geometric, abstract accents.

 

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Brilliant Free Online Slots with Bonus Games

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If you play fruit machines – or slot machines as they are also known – you will know that they can be great fun. If you play them well, and get lucky, they can also be very profitable! In fact, the slot machine has been with us for a very long time; it is thought the first appeared in the USA in the early part of the 20th century, and that they resembled the traditional three-reel machine you still see in casinos today – the legendary One-Armed Bandit! As with many forms of entertainment, the internet has brought about a new approach to slot machines, and there are now many such machines to be found at online casinos. Have you played them yet? If not, you should, as there are many benefits to playing the online version.

Fun with Online Slots

Perhaps the major advantage of online slots is that you can play them when you want, 24hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere you have an internet connection. You can play at home, at work during a break, in a café or at the pub, and on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. The convenience of playing online cannot be overstated. Then there is the second major benefit: bonus games.

It works like this: you can play free slots with bonus games at many online portals, and you really do get free bonus spins. Not only does this save you money, but as you can win with the bonus spins, you can also make money too! This is just one of many incentives that you will find – for other casino games, for example, the casino may offer to match your initial deposit, so you get real free play – and it pays to shop around for the very best deals and the most exciting and innovative games.

Variety and Innovation

There are many places where you can find a wide variety of interesting, innovative and fun online slot machines; we like casinointheuk.com, for example, as it offers excellent features and a really engaging playing form. The website also offers a wide choice of free slots with bonus games, so you can have a look and find one with the features that you appreciate. Remember, you are playing to win, so take the time to learn the game and you will stand a better chance of coming away with a sensible profit!

We recommend you have a good look around as the sheer variety available is bewildering, but rest assured most of the games are replicas of real casino varieties, so you are getting the full casino experience, but without the need to travel. Have a look now, and have fun finding the game you like, and you’ll never look back for your entertainment fix.

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Cut-Price Cosmetic Beauty Treatments: Is It Worth the Risk?

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Today it is easier than ever to get beauty treatments at a bargain price. Whether you want to improve your hair or get some minor wrinkles fixed, you can do it quickly and easily and often at a cheap price. But what is the risk in choosing cut-price beauty treatments? As more and more practitioners set up shop, and do not have to have formal qualifications or health and safety training, the risk increases that customers are injured by beauty treatments designed to make them look better. Here’s what you need to know about the dangers of cosmetic beauty treatments and what you can do legally if something goes wrong.

Common Beauty Treatment Complaints

Beauty clinics, hair salons, and individual beauticians all offer services as diverse as hair removal, hairdressing, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. When these procedures are correctly administered there are normally no problems and the customer leaves the beauty salon happy with the work done. But in some cases people suffer burns, cuts, abrasions, hair loss, and other damage to skin or hair.

Increased Risk of Damage from Cut-Price Treatments

Since anyone can set up as a beautician and offer cosmetic treatments without possessing qualifications or a specific set of licenses, it is possible for problems to occur. This is increasingly possible when the treatments are offered at a bargain price. You are more likely to run into an inexperienced person administering these treatments, or even someone with no experience who is looking to make some easy money. It is important to weigh the risk of saving money on beauty treatment with safeguarding your health.

What You Can Do

If you are interested in a beauty procedure the first thing you can do is to make sure you choose a procedure at a well-respected establishment, where there are experienced professionals to take care of your beauty needs. Check that the salon or beauty clinic is well-established and you can also check for reviews online or from previous clients to make sure that there is not a precedent of beauty procedures gone wrong. Look at the relevant experience of the beauticians and make sure that they know exactly how to carry out your chosen procedure safely. Remember that the cheapest service is not necessarily the best, and while it does pay to shop around for a good price, this is not the only consideration you need to make.

If something does go wrong, you can make beauty claims for personal injury so that you are legally compensated for your injuries. Injuries may come in the form of burns, hair loss, or facial injuries. If you are injured, bear in mind that you are entitled to claim – your health is important.

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The Most Essential Factors You Need to Consider when Choosing a Diamond Engagement Ring

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If you’ve decided to ask your beloved to spend the rest of her life with you – if you’re ready to make that commitment – then it pays to think about the process of choosing an engagement ring. It’s a momentous occasion, after all, and it should be considered carefully. Diamonds may or may not be a girl’s best friend (depending on the girl, of course), but choosing the wrong diamond engagement ring is really not the best way to start a life-long commitment. So what exactly should a prospective husband be looking for? For those who want to put their best foot forward, here are the most essential factors you need to consider when choosing a diamond engagement ring.

Think of shape first

A diamond can be cut into various shapes – from more or less round, to oval, to more angular such as square or rectangular. Round ones are the most popular, so in case of doubt, go for the round one. Unless your precious one has a specific shape in mind (and you are sure she prefers it), stick with the round one. On the other hand, buying her a diamond that does not conform to the traditional does make the diamond original.

Does size matter?

Yes – but make sure you stick with your budget and don’t think that buying the biggest stone in the shop automatically means you’re getting the best deal. There are a lot of other factors involved, such as cut, shape, colour, and other factors that affect quality. Furthermore, since it’s an engagement ring (which, we assume, will be worn for a long time to come), it should not interfere with her everyday activities.

On quality

Many factors affect quality, such as cut (which is basically a mark of the workmanship), colour (most people prefer the colourless – or white – variety) and clarity (which is usually determined last and graded in different ways). The quality of the stone is highly dependent on the person who made the rough diamond into the stone it is one the ring.

You may also want to consider where the diamond comes from – where in the world it was mined, which company cut it, and how it actually came to be in your hands and eventually around your loved one’s finger. Ask for certificates – not just to ascertain that it is, in fact, a real diamond you’re going to give, but also to ensure that you have indeed the right size, right grain, right amount of carats, right colour, and right clarity. It’s all about making sure you’re getting what you’re paying for when it comes to diamond engagement rings, after all. You’re making a commitment (in more ways than one), so it should be done the right way. Congratulations in advance!

 

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How to Travel (Relatively) Luxuriously on the Cheap

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If you think champagne on the cheap sounds too good to be true, then, well – you’re probably right. Budget travel typically won’t involve nights at five star hotels or days at top quality spas, but there’s a lot you can do to get those occasional sensations of living the luxurious life, whether it be an affordable fine dining experience, a spa treatment at half price, or a few free hours inside VIP airport lounges.

Collect travel points and book online

This one’s a no-brainer. If you’re doing a lot of travel, then collecting points through a loyalty scheme can add up and result in extra perks or discounts. Check with airlines and accommodation chains for membership cards. Some airlines offer frequent flyers time in their exclusive airport lounges. Booking online in advance, as opposed to booking at ticket booths on the spot, can also save you money on all types of transport.

Travel during off-peak season

Everyone knows that summer is the most popular season for holiday travels. Kids are off school, the weather’s great and – as a result – airline tickets and hotel prices skyrocket. Choosing to travel off peak season is not only cheaper, it can make for a more relaxing experience as you’ll be surrounded with fewer tourists. Off-season holiday package deals (flights and accommodation inclusive) are heavily promoted by travel agencies during non-peak season and can offer great value for money.

Activities and Excursions

Before paying for activities such as water sports or city tours, check online for special offers and discount codes that could apply to your purchase. If you’re visiting a popular tourist destination, then chances are that you’ll find at least some applicable promotional codes or coupons online.

Nightlife

Often, the best bars are the exclusive, chic ones that tourists don’t yet know about. So how are you going to find them? Ask locals, of course! Try the Like A Local Guide for insider tips on the best, and most reasonably priced, places to hang. Next, if you haven’t downloaded one of the many apps that help you discover which local bars are offering Happy Hour – then get on that right away! Nightclubs typically allow free entry until late, so turn up early and avoid wasting $30 on admission. Keep in mind that casinos sometimes offer free drinks to customers – just don’t be tempted to join a poker table or your financial loss might outweigh the benefit of a getting a couple complimentary mojitos.

Events

Joining international globetrotting and expat communities such as Internations.org often gives you exclusive invites to international events. Sites such as Meetup.com will give you access to competitive prices on numerous parties and social events. If you’re lucky you’ll even find cost-free meet-up events on here, ranging from ‘yoga in the park’ groups to wine tasting tours. Best of all is how international expat sites help you build contacts and increase your chances of getting on guest lists.

Accommodation

Boutique hotels, being smaller and local, can often give you the same luxury experience as big brands but at a lower price and with a more authentic feeling. Booking sites typically let you sign up for price drop notifications, meaning you’ll get an email update as soon as any accommodation that you’ve got your eye on decreases in price. Apps such as HotelTonight show last-minute room rates at what can be 70% off the original price. This is a good method for finding cheap luxury accommodation providing you’re comfortable procrastinating until last minute. Alternatively, check for home exchanges on sites like AirBnB – you never know who might be renting out their luxury apartment just in time for your visit…

Dining

If possible, opt for fine dining lunch as opposed to fine dining dinner. Lunch menus are typically cheaper (even more so if you go for a set menu) so this is the best time to grab some fancy grub.

Saving money on luxury travel can make all the difference for a vagabond who could not otherwise afford the full price of glamorous accommodation, fancy events and Michelin star restaurants. Taking advantage of all these budget tips requires a great deal of planning, but is nonetheless necessary for most people who want to travel luxuriously in the long term.

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Which Homecoming Fashion Mistakes Should You Avoid?

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High school and college homecoming dances are upon us.  Do you know the distinct fashion differences between homecoming dresses and prom dresses? Since homecoming occurs in early fall, most dresses are shorter and somewhat more casual.  Homecoming is often seen as more of a semi-formal event instead of an all out formal one. However, that doesn’t mean you can show up wearing anything you want. Use these tips to avoid common fashion faux pas so you don’t end up on a Homecoming fashion don’t list.

 

  • Don’t buy your homecoming dress before checking your school’s dress code for the dance. Some schools have guidelines stating formal dresses must be just above the knee, where others allow dresses to be mid-thigh, or around 17 inches long. Pay attention to your school’s theme and colours, so you don’t select a colour combination that will totally clash.

 

  • Don’t buy a dress purely on style. Remember to consider your body type and never buy a dress that you need to lose a few pounds to even squeeze into. There are so many elegant dress options that hug your curves beautifully, such as chiffon fit-and-flare dresses.

 

  • Avoid buying neon and bright colours as they come across as tacky and cheap. Neon colours can be really hard to pull off, especially with complimenting your skin tone.  If you like bright colours, try rich reds or royal blues or even gold or silver, instead of neon green or the like.

 

  • Don’t look like a dressed up princess and look like you belong on the Toddlers and Tiaras television show. A little bling on your dress is classy, but when’s totally covered with sequins or includes a poufy ball gown skirt, it’s becoming tacky. The ball gown skirt may look more like a decorated upside down wedding cupcake and even if you choose a flowing skirt, endless sequins and sparkles are too much for homecoming.  Try looking at sexy yet classy homecoming dresses.

 

  • Avoid wearing long white or other pastel dresses to homecoming. These floor-length dresses are more appropriate for prom as are pastel hues. Keep your dress casual and fun, with a bandage hugging silhouette, two-piece dresses, or trendy chiffon options.

 

  • Don’t overdo it on your accessories. Know the rules for pantyhose and appropriate footwear; such as if you choose to wear pantyhose, make sure it’s in a shade close to your skin tone. Generally, you wear heels to formal dances, but if you plan to dance most of the night and your heels are not comfortable, consider wearing or bringing some ballet flats or decorative sandals.

 

  • Don’t spend too much money on a dress. Figure out if you have other semi-formal events that you may wear the dress too, and then set a realistic budget, remembering you don’t need to buy an expensive homecoming dress. You can find some lovely dresses that are under $200.

 

Now that you know what not to wear to Homecoming, do you know what you’re going to wear to this year’s dance?  In addition to the always popular fit and flare dresses, this year you’ll find floral two pieces, hip-hugging bandage dresses, and some softer pinks are popular this fall.

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Rules to Stick By For Online Traders

Rules to Stick By For Online Traders

If you are going to start trading as a day job with an online broker such as CMC Markets, you really need to set some rules aside and stick to them. Having rules can essentially create a positive movement in your profits and give you the confidence, stability and security you need to trade away! Here are some rules that are vital to trading – ones you should stick to if you want to be a success in the world of online trading.

Follow the Three E’s – Enter, Exit and Escape

The basic rule of them all is exactly that. You need an entry price, an exit price and an escape price incase the worst happens and your trade goes down the toilet. Basically before you rapidly press the enter key you need to know when to get, when to get out and what you should do in case disaster strikes. If you want to minimize your losses then having an escape price which is also known as a stop price among many traders can essentially save you from a huge loss.

When the market opens – Don’t trade for the first fifteen minutes

In all honesty the first fifteen minutes when the market opens is the rush traders and when the panic trades take place. All beginners should avoid this time during the market if they are looking for reversals. Wait a while and see what happens if you are looking to make profits happen.

Use limit orders rather than Market Orders

There is a huge difference between market orders and limit orders. Market orders are designed so that your broker buys and sells at the best price. Even though this is good, this isn’t great. Using market orders doesn’t mean you will make any profits. Saying this, by using limit orders you as the trader can control the minimum and maximum price that you want to buy and sell at. Limit orders are highly recommended over market orders for this reason alone.

If you are a beginner avoid using margins

Margins are basically the same as borrowing money from the bank to invest in something. The only difference is that you are basically borrowing from your broker. The simplified way of putting it is that if a trade goes against you then you could lose a lot more money than you expected and essentially have your account closed down. When margin is used in the correct manner it can in effect increase your profits but to do this it takes a huge understanding of the market itself and the methods surrounding the trades which are being made. The bottom line is – if you are a trader in the beginning stages then avoid using margins like the plague until you get your head around trading!

Have a plan on how, what and when to sell

One of the biggest mistakes many traders make is the fact that they research the market, the economy, the stocks and the assets on the basis on what is good to buy. What a lot of traders forget to do is research on when, how and why they should sell it. Create a plan which involves knowing when to exit to increase your profits. This is an important part of trading and just as important, if not more than the trading strategy you are using.

Keep a strict journal

Trading is a job and to do that job right you need to know everything possible. Make a journal of every single trade you make however big or small. Every loss and every profit made needs to be noted. Keep a note of what stocks you were looking at, why you didn’t trade and what the outcome was. To be able to understand yourself as a trader this is vital. If you want to become successful then you need to understand the trading process which you are forming, creating and practicing to be able to improve.

Keep a note of the research you do, any news or reports that are important. Trading can make or break a person and you need to be clear-headed, logical and sensible in all your choices.

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