Halloween Costumes You’ll Want to Wear All Year Round|Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

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Yes, I know, it’s the perfect time of year to finally drag out your favorite bumblebee costume that can barely fit through the door, and to flaunt that Cat Woman leather ensemble that’s unfortunately inappropriate for most situations outside of Halloween. But, bear with me, because this year is all about mixing pleasure with practicality, and creating equally stunning costumes that can – drumroll, please – be worn long after the 31st of October party is done.

Let’s check out some of these brilliant, scary, sexy and classy ideas you can easily transfer into your wardrobe for later use, and how you can turn your ordinary everyday items into an ingenious costume to steal the spotlight of the party!

A Baywatch babe

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A one piece swimsuit is so much more than a winter-perfect choice for indoor swimming sessions. Choose a high-cut, red one with their timeless logo, and not only will you look as hot as hell for your Halloween party, but you’ll also have a useful piece of clothing when beach-weather settles in once again.

Add to that a pair of dark shades, and relaxed beachy waves for your hairdo, light or no makeup at all, and a pair of killer red pumps to match your rescue tube, and you have a rather memorable costume to look forward to.

The one and only – Cher

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This star has worn many a daring combo in her career, and you can take your pick amongst her many perfect looks to copy this Halloween. From gloriously glam and glitzy outfits, to all-black and rock ‘n’ roll options, all you need is a long black wig to include in your costume, and you’re good to go.

To keep things interesting, you can also pick up a mic, and pack on some serious bling to replicate her jewelry savvy, and perhaps learn a few lines of her most famous hits.

The sexy goth

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Dark and mysterious, these ladies can be found anywhere from your regular muggles, all the way to Bellatrix Lestrange, and they know how to pull off an ominous laugh better than Satan himself. A long, black skirt with lacy add-ons, a sexy gothic corset to flaunt your curves, and the smoky eye makeup routine along with black nail polish, extra lace for the gloves and perhaps a Slash-like top hat.

Let your imagination roam wild and free, because all it takes is thinking dark thoughts and the Morticia Addams attitude to complete the costume.

Go grease

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Sandy is the reason we fell in love with leather leggings and the off-shoulder top (even a crop top will do), a belt to match your outfit, and a pair of red sandals to break the black spell. Don’t forget the hairdo and the red lip!

A leather jacket if it’s cold will also go beautifully with the look, and you can easily wear the same combo (with or without the do), mix and match with other footwear, with or without a party to go to.

Marilyn Monroe

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It seems that we cannot get enough of beautiful ladies for this year’s Halloween, and the timeless appeal of Marilyn Monroe is just the fashion inspiration you need, not just for this special occasion, but forever. And of course, what outfit of hers do we love the most? The white flowy dress, of course!

Look for an uneven, high-low dress with a belted waist and a nice cleavage, preferably of pleated fabric, to fully mimic the texture of her iconic evening look.

Zara Lewis

Contributing editor at Ripped.me

Contributor at TheWellnessInsider

mail: zaraelewis@gmail.com

The EyeWake Experience

Everyone knows I’m a big fan of coconut oil, for the hair, face, body, everything! It’s just an answer to a lot of questions. But I also like to try new products, as long as they’re natural and not tested on animals.

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So recently I’ve started applying a face cream from EyeWake twice a day. In the morning and before I go to bed.

And here are the main reasons why I decided to try this product:

  • It moisturises and replenishes worn out and damaged skin.
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines. And any time is a good time to start thinking about this.
  • It stimulates and boosts collagen production for healthier skin.
  • Restores your natural skin tone.
  • It’s 100% natural and has never been tested on animals.

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Also, EyeWake partners with Women’s Aid and for every EyeWake sold a donation is made to help victims of domestic violence.

My face feels smoother and I’m loving the nice but not strong smell of the product. The results are already visible, but I’ll make sure I’ll do updates on my Instagram stories so keep an eye for it here.

You can order yours here.

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Get rid of unused makeup, skin/hair care products| Minimalism Series

Most girls like to show off their beauty products collection and talk about how many amazing lipsticks they have, even though they  probably don’t use half of them.

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I’ve never been one of these girls, but I need to admit that I had a lot of beauty products, enough to spend too much time searching for a specific one and that would drive me crazy. But that’s not the only reason why I took this challenge, here are a few more reasons.

  1. When it comes to expiration dates, eye makeup is to discard after three months. That includes everything from mascara to eyeliner to all types of eye shadow, even the powder form. The reason being that your eyes have sensitive mucous membranes around them that can become irritated if you are using products that have bacteria growing in them, which can easily happen by the three-month mark.
  2. Lip care products should usually be tossed at the one-year mark. If they become goopy when you try and spread them on your lips, it is a sure sign they should be discarded immediately.
  3. If you use a regular store brand or salon brand of hair care products, they will usually retain their benefits for up to 18 months. However, there are a lot of brands out now which advertise the use of Botanicals in their products. If that is the case, they are most likely not using the preservatives and additives in the products that make their shelf life longer, so you will need to watch for a change in consistency and smell to tell you if it is past it’s expiration.
  4. The “haul culture” of beauty (and fashion) blogging encourages women to purchase every new release or cult product, and own a multitude of products that do exactly the same thing. Receiving beauty samples on a somewhat regular basis encourages this habit and it’s surprising how quickly drawers and countertops fill up with unnecessary, unused, or unwanted items.

I’ve started investing in specific organic, natural, non animal tested brand products that I really like and are appropriate to my skin and hair type. And I only buy a product if I don’t have a similar one at home or my recent one just run out.

What happened to all my beauty products?

I separated the items I could donate or pass on to friends from those that were out of date or broken beyond use; I kept any make-up I use regularly and the products I knew I would use up but probably not replace.

So here’s my advice, finish those leftovers that you have since months ago or give it to someone who will use it more frequently. If you don’t want to throw products away, start using them more until you finish them and then don’t buy more of that specific product. Just make sure you trow away every expired product.

Note: If you’re looking at disposing your beauty products there’s a few rules you have to follow. This blog post will help you do it the right way – https://www.beauty-heroes.com/topic/less-is-more/the-right-way-to-dispose-of-toxic-beauty-products/ 

I’ve been writing separate posts about my minimalism challenge experiences, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media channels to not miss out on these!

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