Friday

a close-up of a woman's face with a glittery makeup look

Makeup just like any other artwork can express your inner world through the intricate shapes and colors. Hence, why waste such an awesome opportunity to match your mood with your appearance? To help you with this uneasy task and inspire you to escape out of your comfort zone, I've gathered up these 10 breathtaking makeup looks. All of thems are inspired by various fantasy-based aesthetics, and they will surely help you emphasize your personality. Let's take a look?

a portrait of a beautiful woman with black and white gothic makeup look and hair

1. The Queen of Damned

Let's begin the list with one of my favorite aesthetics, which spread its roots deep into the fashion core. I'm talking about the Gothcore and the eternal need for darkness and ethereal beauty. This particular black and white look resembles the fine mixture between Cruella de Vil and the Spider Queen named Lolth. I simply couldn't pass by this dark duality. What are your thoughts on it?

a portrait of a beautiful woman with a fairycore-inspired makeup look

2. Mischievous Pixie 

Feeling mischievous? Maybe a fairycore-inspired makeup look will be a perfect match for your playful mood? The light green and light blue eyeshadow colors remind the peaceful beauty of the forest and petite pearls and glitter give the look a reflective appearance. As a final touch add a makeup gloss over the eyes. This look is not very wearable but is definitely enchanting.

a portrait of a beautiful woman with an elf-inspired makeup and hair look

3. Elvish Beauty

If Arwen from the Lord of the Rings skipped on her no-makeup makeup look for once, then she would probably wear something similar to the next look. Inspired by the intricate intertwining of tree branches and feathers, this elvish makeup look won't be easy in executing. However, with a little bit of makeup practice, you'll be able to nail it!

a portrait of a beautiful woman with a dreamcore-inspired makeup look

4. Dream Girl

To tell the truth, I have never heard of the dreamcore aesthetics before I started working on this post. Thi surrealistic theme combines all things dreamy: from the sweetest and the most innocent to dark and nightmarish. This particular girl, apparently,  has dreamed of unicorns and rainbows last night. I like how she added a few large, faux freckles on her nose and cheeks to make this makeup look even more trendy.

a portrait of a beautiful woman with a blue, mermaid-inspired makeup look

5. Sister Siren

Of course, today's list of the most beautiful fantasy-inspired looks won't be complete without dewy mermaid makeup. Flawless skin, glossy eyes and lips, and, of course, teal-colored eyes. This fantastic look is ideal for the summer and for those of us with blue and brown eyes. Well, if mermaids know the waterproof makeup technology, then they definitely wear similar looks all the time.

a portrait of a beautiful woman with an angel wing eyeliner look

6. Just Call Me Angel

Angelcore is yet another aesthetics I have never heard about before. Obviously, it is inspired by all things angel-related like feathers, wings, clouds, and tears. Therefore, if you feel like rocking an otherworldly look and reflect your inner peacefulness, then a pair of white wings will help you with this. Add some blue color to your eyelids to make this look brighter.

a portrait of a beautiful woman with a goblincore-inspired makeup look

7. Beauty in Ugly

Mushrooms, toads, and duckweed are the most common attributes of the next aesthetics – the goblincore. If you are a fan of the following things then you will surely like the weird beauty of this green and gray look. If you don't feel like losing your eyebrows for the sake of goblicore look, then you don't have to. You can simply bleach them up!

a portrait of a beautiful woman with a clowncore-inspired makeup

8. Sentimental Circus

Well, the next makeup look only looks bright and happy. In reality, the clowncore aesthetics is all about the duality of a personality. Clowns can be funny at first sight, but, at the same time, they can be creepy and evil. This doesn't mean you can't create your own interpretation of the clowncore-inspired makeup look and wear it when you feel like it.

a portrait of a beautiful woman with a vampire-inspired makeup

9. Immortal Kiss

The everlasting beauty of vampire aesthetics deserves a separate chapter in the big book of art. It is elegant, sophisticated, and combines so many old-timely elements and features. If one day you'll feel like approaching vampirecore you should start with the makeup. Black, red and dark violet colors are usually used to resemble this aesthetic, but maybe you'll go further and incorporate other shades?

a portrait of a beautiful woman with a witchcore-inspired makeup look

10. Something Wicca This Way Comes

And, lastly, let's take a look at this weird, witchcore makeup look. It reminds me a bit of the warpaint worn by bandits in the Elder Scrolls universe. Wearing something like this on your face will definitely set even the shyest person into the most daring Catwoman mode. And, if anything goes wrong during the day, you can always use one of your strongest enchantments against the enemies.


Monday

woman n fron of the window with a french bob hair
Photo: Andrea Piacquadio

The edgier – the better! This applies to both makeup and hairstyle. However, there is no need to rock a neon-colored mohawk to attract attention to your looks. The best daring hairstyles always combine the rebellious, punk appeal with a subtle touch of chic. The best of both worlds, if you please. If you are looking for a hairstyle like this, then I suggest you look no further. In today's post, I've compiled my top 10 favorite hairstyles for the daring in the heart but mild in their looks.

a portrait of a young woman with hot pink hair and mullet hairstyle

Mullet Haircut


Let's start our hair journey with a trendy mullet – a unisex style with shorter hair in the front and sides, and long hair in the back. This hairstyle is super popular today but takes its origins as a trend in the 80s when it was called a bi-level. Little known that mullet wasn't called a mullet until the 90s. Well, this hairstyle is not for the timid, so if you are going for the mullet you better dive deep!

a portrait of a young woman with a short bob pink hair

Bob with Long Bangs


If there is a haircut that always looks neat and chic, it is always a bob. How do you like a classic short bob with long and choppy bangs? I love the way it looks! Especially, if it is combined with an eye-catching color like bright red, magenta, or plum. Despite being high-maintenance, a bob haircut always looks on point and allows you to pull-off different levels of hairstyle rebellion.

a portrait of a young woman with blunt bob, micro bangs and bright yellow hair

Blunt Bob with Short Bangs


That's been said, let's move onto the next level of rebellious bob – a blunt bob with micro or baby bangs. The neatly cut geometry of this hair adds extra crispiness to the look, while the baby bangs add a veil of peculiarity. Baby bangs are quite a controversial thing in the hair world. While most hair trend lovers can't have enough of the tiny bangs, other people have mixed feelings about them. Still, when worn with a bluntly cut bob, this hairstyle looks pretty elegant.

selfie of a young woman with beautiful makeup and short pixie cut

Pixie Cut


Derived its name from the mythological creatures, the pixie haircut is yet another controversial style in today's top. Girly and innocent, sexy and strict, the pixie reflects the mood and personality of its wearer. That is why pixie cuts are so universal. Wear it neatly styled with a ton of hair gel, or messily teased and locked with a hairspray. The destiny of your mythical pixie is in your hands!

a portrait of a young woman with a choppy wold haircut and platinum blonde hair

Choppy Wolf Cut


If you don't feel like an elusive pixie, but more of an untamed werewolf, then the next hairstyle should be your to-go choice. Choppy wolf hair is super trendy at the moment, and this hair trend doesn't seem to be going off track, at least not until the end of this year. You are free to pick from a variety of styles and lengths because this haircut allows for being creative.

portrait of a woman with brown hair and hush hairstyle

Hush Hairstyle


Hush-hush, darling, the next hairstyle is going to leave you speechless. At the first glance, it may look mellow, but the styling possibilities of the hush hairstyle are endless. It looks fabulous on any type of hair: from straight and fine, to wavy and thick. This style beautifully frames the face and allows you to play with layers and length.

gothic young woman with a v-shaped fringe and edgy makeup look

Pointed or V-shaped Fringe


I can still remember the times when the v-shaped fringe was on top of its popularity! And I definitely see why. The v-shaped or pointed fringe is a perfect way to spice up even the simplest hairstyle. Just don't try cutting this type of fringe yourself, or you might end up with micro bangs. It is better to allow a professional hairstylist to work the magic.

a portrait of a young woman with platinum blonde hair and undercut

Subtle Undercut


A lot has been said about the undercut. Just like any other edgy hairstyle, women's undercut comes in a variety of forms. Yet, only the undercut style with a subtle transition allows you to keep the look soft and feminine. Pair it with soft hair color and you'll get an ultimate recipe for a sophisticated, but highly daring hair look.

a portrait of a owman with a boyfriend bob hair

Boyfriend Bob


Have you ever heard about the boyfriend bob? It is the bob style of the year 2021. But, we still love and wear it. It is a versatile, androgynous haircut, which looks a lot like a short French bob. This hair was strongly influenced by the male icons of the 90s, but you can also spot it on the Kpop members. Style your boyfriend's bob with gel or curl with a curling iron.

a portrait of young woman with blonde hair and curly fauxhawk hairstyle

Curly Fauxhawk


And, lastly, an appealing combo of edginess and romanticism for the curly hair. Short on the sides and back, but long in the front – a fauxhawk hairstyle. It has everything you need to complete your alternative makeup and fashion style. Take your fauxhawk to the next level by adding highlights and lowlights. 

Tuesday

close-up of plump lips with bold lip look and honey dew
Photo: Roxana Maria

Your lips are the field for the most non-trivial makeup experiments. Why wear casual nude lipsticks, if bold colors look so beguiling? Rich, saturated lip colors can transform both your look and your mood in a matter of seconds. Sounds tempting, isn't it? If you feel like it is time to wave goodbye to the light and pastel tones and embrace the charm of darker colors such as burgundy wine, bitter chocolate, burnt orange, and ripe plum then you are in the right place.

However, if you want to create a look that you can rock all the time, here are some tips that you should know. Things like dry flaky lips or uneven lip liner can drastically reduce the astonishing effect of your bold lip look. By following a few essential makeup tips, you'll be able to rock your lipstick all day long, and get the maximum out of it!

close-up of black lip makeup, black long nails and and pale skin

#1. Pick the right color and shade

Don’t wear unflattering colors. Picking the right color is essential when it comes to bold lipsticks. It is like picking a new hair color. You have to look at your skin tone and what that color would do to it. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid experimenting with colors. For example, ladies with pale skin and dark hair can bring out that natural contrast with stronger coloring. 

Also, if you already have a lipstick color that doesn’t quite work with your skin tone, try adding a gold gloss to warm the color. For example, black and gold lips can completely revamp your look. If you have thinner lips, darker lipstick hues can make them appear even thinner. To avoid this you should go for brighter colors. 

Last year, luxurious matte lipsticks were extremely popular because the color appears richer and more vibrant. But they can also be a bit drying. Many ladies prefer that plump and moisturized look which is achieved by applying lip glosses in rich colors or a clear lip gloss for a high-shine finish. For fuller pouty lips, we recommend using lip plumper gloss which hydrates the lips and makes them visibly fuller.

close-up of lips with black and magenta lip look and a hand with magenta manicure

#2. Apply foundation or concealer

For the perfect color that will last, you should apply a little bit of your foundation or concealer on your lip line before applying the lipstick. This will help block the redness around your lip line and the color will last longer. This will also prevent your bold lip look from smudging. Furthermore, this technique creates a neutral base, which will make sure you get the color that you wanted. 

close-up of lips with pastel pink and lavender lip look

#3. Use a lip liner

If you want to go for bold colors on your lips, you should make sure that your application is clean and precise. Using a lip liner in the same color is crucial if you want precisely shaped lips. In addition, using a lip liner in the same or similar color will help the color last longer and will stop it from running over your lip line. Because lip liners are denser and drier, they are more immovable and keep the color in place all night. Filling in your lips entirely before applying the lipstick prevents them from becoming uneven or patchy during the night, too. It can also make the color you are wearing more intense. 

close-up of bold, emerald lip look

#4. Focus on the lips

When you are wearing dark lipsticks, the focus should be on your lips. This means that you should keep the rest of your look simple with minimal blush, soft colors, nude eye makeup, and mascara, so they won’t steal the spotlight from your lip color. That way, the color of your lips will pop and people will notice your lipstick and not something else. This also creates a more polished and sophisticated look.

close-up of blue glossy lip look and a hand with blue manicure

#5. Avoid color stains on your teeth

One of the main problems when wearing dark lipstick is that the color gets your white teeth. Luckily, there is one simple trick that will help you to avoid this makeup incident. Position your lips around your finger and pull it out. This will remove all of the excess lipstick from your mouth and it won’t get on your teeth. 

close-up of bold amd matte purple lip look


#6. And finally, be confident

These small tricks will help you have the perfect bold color on your lips, but the key to pulling off the look is confidence. To rock that color proudly, you need to have a good basis. Many people tend to forget how important is to prepare their skin and create a glowing, clean, and even complex. This will help the dark lip color stand out and you will wear it with confidence.

The Takeaway

A bold lip look demands certain makeup conditions to look neat and posh. First of all, the makeup foundation must look smooth and seamless, otherwise, the old lip look will only emphasize imperfections. A perfectly-shaped lip with sharpened lip liner is yet another small secret of such a lip look. Certainly, the practice makes perfect, and the more you practice your ideal bold lip makeup the better it will look.

Wednesday

Photo: KimJSinclair

Probably every makeup lover has their favorite season shades. If in the warm period of the year we tend to pick pastel or vivid hues, the intensity and moodiness of the dark colors are considered to be ideal for fall and winter. The cool plum and dark red shade, earthy browns, and even basic black beckon my inner Goth. These dark lipstick colors may be hard to pull off, but they look simply mind-blowing. That's why, for today's blog post, I want to share with you my top 5 favorite lipstick colors, which I love wearing in the cold. 

close up of a plump women lips with an aesthetic gradient purple lip look


Lip Color #1: Rasin Purple


To start off, let me share with you this small and very cute container with purple lip paint. Unfortunately for me, the shade has no name or even number, but I will try to describe it myself. The semi-matte lip paint has a dark, cool-toned purple shade with a velvety finish on the skin. It closely resembles the Artist Acrylip Lip Stain by Make Up For Ever, but less glossy, so I would definitely call it an affordable dupe.



The Purple lip paint is one of my favorite lip colors for winter, as it looks absolutely amazing on any complexion — light, medium, or deep. Everyone can pull off the craziest grunge or nu goth look, all thanks to this shade. The consistency of the lip paint looks similar to a gel or cream eyeliner, and even comes in a similar container. I suggest using a small and flat synthetic brush, to apply it neatly to your lips.

close up of a plump women lips with an aesthetic dark burgundy lip look


Lip Color #2: Garnet Red


The classic red color is good any time of the year. But, during the coldest months, I especially love the intense and moody shade of garnet red. I believe there is no better shade to math the wintertime spleen. So, my next lipstick I wear any time of the day, and I don't care if it is not 'appropriate' for mornings or noons. It is the Liphop velvety lipstick in shade called 'Ripe Plum'. The shade is called plump, but it is definitely closer to burgundy and reds, even though it is still cool-toned red.



The lipstick gives the lips a very appealing, semi-matte finish. It doesn't dry them, in fact, moisturizes the lips. I love every little detail about this winter lipstick by Liphop. Starting from the sleek, minimalistic packaging, to the perfumed scent and even the price — it is a truly affordable product. If you're looking for a full-coverage lipstick that has super-rich pigment you should try Liphop. 

close up of a plump women lips with an aesthetic glossy magenta lipstick


Lip Color #3: Dark Magenta


Magenta is probably one of the most controversial shades in the beauty industry. It is quite hard to find an ideal magenta shade, that would look beautiful with eye makeup, and with the outfit. Therefore, a good option would be to rock this shade on the lips, on its own, without any eye makeup. A few coats of mascara on the curled lashes, light-coverage foundation, and completely lose hair. How does it sound?

My magenta color is a bit too light for my liking, I would prefer something darker for the fall and winter seasons. But I learned to pair it with a similar, but dark lip liner and it turn out pretty well on my lips. This lipstick or it is better to say lip craton, was a part of the Y-Cid set. I would recommend you to use a lip liner not only to intensify the color but also to make the final lip look defined and neat.

close up of a plump women lips with an aesthetic gradient brown lip look and glossy finish


Lip Color #4: Chocolate Brown


The late fall and winter are a time for hot, toasty drinks. The same goes on for lip color. I believe the beautiful shades of earth brown look fantastic on the lips. Depending on your complexion, and personal preference, you can experiment with a wide range of brown shades: starting with almost nude, translucent lip colors, to the intense and saturated coffee colors.

I stay with my favorite 'Claudia' lipstick — a stunning, matte lip color by City Color Cosmetics. It may feel a bit dry on the lips, but it is easy to fight this uncomfortable sensation together with a moisturizing lip balm. A matching lip liner can also be used here to add more 'definition' to the lip look, but it is not mandatory. The lipstick stays put on the lips for a long time.

close up of a plump women lips with an aesthetic classic, red and glossy lip look


Lip Color #5: Classic Red


Any fall or winter day wouldn't be complete without a gorgeous, classic red lipstick. I have two red shades, which I love to wear during this time of the year. The first one is Le Keux Cosmetics Lip Paint in shade called 'Whistle Bait', which is perfect for festive occasions like Christmas and New Year's. It is a warm-tones red, which glides onto the lips like a charm. The second one is another lip crayon by Y-Cid. It is a blue-based red color, which looks fantastically on cool skin I wear both of these lipsticks with a lip liner because without it would be hard to achieve a sharp lip look.

And what are your thoughts on this topic? Do you have any particular lip colors you love wearing in the fall and winter? This question is highly-debatable, but it looks like the lip color tradition is already set, and I completely agree with it. At least, at this moment of my life. Thank you very much for visiting my blog, I'll talk to you in my next moody post.

Monday

two neutral blazers in wardrobe on a plain background
Photo: Ivan Samkov

Shopping for brand new clothing and shoes is always a pleasure. At least for most of the time. But, after a few years of fruitful trend-hunting, your wardrobe can be easily compared to a post-apocalyptic world: a pile of unwanted things buried under another pile of outdated stuff. A loaded closet is a very common thing for most people. Sometimes we have no time to organize it, other times we are not in the right mood for changes. But, most of the time, we get sentimental about clothes and can't let them go.

Theoretically, having various fashion options to choose from sounds fantastic. But in practice, it always results in the infamous ‘I have nothing to wear’ situation. The wardrobe's drawers and shelves end up overburdened with clothes, which are too big, too small, or too distressed for your outfit. Sounds like a fashion nightmare, doesn't it? If it does, then it is time for a clean slate! Prepare some large bags, roll up your sleeves and get ready to say goodbye to some of the clothes you own. And 3 simple tips will help you to de-clutter your wardrobe.

Person in White Long Sleeve Shirt Holding Yellow Textile
Photo: Ron Lach

#1. To keep, to throw, or to give away? That is the question.


The very first, and the easiest wardrobe de-cluttering tip to follow, is a one-year rule. If there is a piece that you haven't used for a whole year, the chances you are going to go back to use it in your next outfit are thin. You may love it, it may look perfect on you, and be stylish and trendy, but if you are not using it for over a year, it is time to let it go to a better place.

But, don't rush to be wasteful, and throw away everything you are not using anymore in the nearest bin. If clothing is still fresh, doesn't have stains, or holes, and holds the shape, you can easily donate it, making someone happy. Another way to get rid of old clothing is to sell it, making money for something you may actually wear.

Now, it is time to get rid of items that you have a sentimental attachment to, but no practical use. This will be more complicated, so be ready to put your emotions away. Clothes may remind you of some special times in your life, but your fashion style always evolves and changes. Set your memories and your clothes free, opening space for something new.

Next in line are the impulsive purchases, those that seemed like a good idea at the time, but have never made it into a decent outfit. You can also include items on sale, when you couldn't resist a deal, but have never actually wanted or needed it. The pricey clothes and shoes also must go in this pile! Just because you feel like it is a waste of money to get rid of expensive items, you shouldn't let them take up the space in your wardrobe. Try to sell it and move on to better, more relevant things.

And, finally, we have reached the last category with too big or too small clothing. A good tailor will help you to resolve the problem with the clothes, that are too large for you. It will almost be like getting an entirely new piece of clothing. The rest of the pieces should be packed away into the bags and dispatched to their new homes.

two women choosing clothes in fron tof the mirror in the fashionstore
Photo: Ron Lach

#2. Let's start from scratch.


At this moment you may feel a slight demotivation, and your wardrobe may seem like a glass half empty. However, this way of fashion thinking is completely wrong, and a semi-empty wardrobe is going to be your excuse to shop for brand new clothing. This time you are going to approach fashion shopping seriously with a list of must-have pieces, and an organized manner.

To save your time, money, and the space in your free from the cluttered wardrobe, you'll need to shop smarter. By this, I mean investing in fewer, but high-quality clothes that fit into the 'capsule wardrobe' vibe. To give you an idea of what to shop for, try thinking of classic cuts for coats and pants, natural material, and pricey haberdashery. Everything must fit your body type, complexion, and personality 100% with little to no exceptions. Pricey accessories are mandatory as well. 

Speaking of fashion basic, you shouldn't skip the purchase of quality undergarments. The right type of underwear and shapewear do wonders to your outfit and provide your body with the proper comfort and support. Correctly chosen undergarments can even numerous benefit your health, especially if they are made with natural, sustainable materials like linen, silk, and bamboo.

#3. Get Some Fashion Advice


Relying on your fashion sense is always the right idea. You are the only person who knows what your fashion style needs. Nevertheless, asking for some fashion advice from a professional stylist may be beneficial for your new wardrobe. That doesn't mean you have to hire the most expensive celebrity stylist. You can start by finding professionals in the fashion industry through Youtube and Facebook. Their tips will help you with the basics: everlasting trends, color palette, fabric quality, and other little fashion secrets. If you are going to need more in-depth fashion help in interpreting your style, then proceed to a hiring personal stylist

In addition to all of the previous de-cluttering tips, it is highly recommended to invest in good bags and footwear, as they make half of the look. It is always better to own only a few high-quality items rather than a ton of cheap ones. Your personal stylist will surely help you to find the best options, and can even recommend to you in which pieces it is best to invest your money. Remember, that it is more than just a matter of personal style, it is also about being environmentally conscientious.

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