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Add a touch of whimsy, colour or class to your winter wardrobe with a great manicure.
When it comes to winter, we usually forget to have fun with our beauty look. It's probably because we're more concerned about keeping warm with hefty sweaters and tuques. When it comes to beauty we're focused on keeping our lips soft, our skin hydrated and our beauty updates affordable. We tend to put fun lip colours and bold eyeliner on the back burner.
But break out of that winter beauty rut! There's an easy way to have a little fun—and you won't even need to pick up a new lipstick. Instead, make your next manicure (whether you're heading to a salon or DIY-ing your mani at home) one of these great picks. We looked at our favourite nail brands, artists and manicure spots to bring your the best winter manicure ideas.
If you're mani game is mostly neutrals, try something new this season by picking a rich, jewel-tone colour like this purple. It will wear just as easily as your go-to black—but much more modern.
The ballet trend was major last fall so it makes sense that it's making its way to your nails. Pick a delicate pink or peach to brighten up your winter greys.
Pantone's colour of the year is greenery—so embrace the hue by adding it to you manicure.
Update a winter white mani by adding pops of bold or neon colour. It's a simple way to embrace nail art—without the tricky application.
A pretty in pink mani will make sure you always have a bright and fun colour—even if you live in all-black outfits.
There's something to be said for a simple, streamlined manicure in a neutral colour. Classic and cozy, no?
There's a reason why a red manicure is such a classic—it's bold and sexy and it goes with just about anything.
There's an easy way to go graphic this season—do it with your nails! We love this black and white half moon accent.
Embrace the winter blues by making the hue your next manicure pick. Our advice? Keep it close to navy—you'll be surprised how versatile this colour is.
Feel adventurous? Add a touch of metallic to your next manicure. We especially love the look when you keep the background neutral.
Between 3 and 8% of women have PMDD, a severe form of PMS with depression-like symptoms.
"For the three days leading up to my period, I was suicidal, anxious and irritable. I'd have fits of rage; I felt unglued. Then, I'd get my period and I'd be fine," says Jennifer, who asked us not to use her last name. Her psychotherapist suggested PMDD two years ago as a possible cause for her mood swings.
PMDD is like PMS's bigger, badder sister. It's another way of saying very severe PMS, says Dr. Samantha Saffy, a psychiatrist in Vancouver. In order to get a PMDD diagnosis, you need to experience the disorder's depression-like symptoms—mood swings, irritability, anger, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, insomnia and a decreased interest in usual activities—more months than not. They should occur in the week leading up to menses, then improve after your period starts.
It can be difficult to get a diagnosis. Jennifer had been to three physicians with no luck. But just knowing PMDD exists might be helpful. "Often, being aware of your condition through education can help ease symptoms," says Dr. Tanya Tulipan, a psychiatrist specializing in reproductive mental health in Halifax. "If you know that certain days of the month will be more challenging for you, you can plan around them to minimize stress. Healthy habits such as getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly and eating healthily are known to ease symptoms, too." Cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness can also help, but "if none of these strategies works, your family doctor can suggest an antidepressant that you can take continuously or even just for the week that you have your symptoms," says Dr. Tulipan.
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Whether you're curvy, plus-size or big-busted, our columnist Meredith Shaw has a supportive and sexy lingerie pick that will work for you.
When it comes to choosing a mate, we all know that it's what's on the inside that counts, but while deciding on an outfit, we often overlook what's underneath. Big mistake. Huge! I've experience a series of blush-worthy Bridget Jones-esque granny-panty moments, like the time my tutu got tucked into my undies post-bathroom visit, which meant the whole room for to have a look-see—and it was an event I was hosting! If my embarrassment has taught me anything, it's that what we choose to hug and support our curves with can have the biggest impact of all. Think of lingerie as your undercover confidence.
I used to shy away from the body-conscious trend, until I realized, Oh, it's not my body that's the problem; it's my lack of support! Undergarments, especially shapewear, are kind of like a permanent Instagram filter. It's still you, but better. Now, if you don't own any lingerie, girrrl, you are missing out! Buy it for yourself, wear it for yourself—and, hey, if someone gets to see you in it, lucky them.
Here are some of our favourite styles of the season:
Bodysuits are so in this season, they're out. Wear one in the boudoir or pop one under a skinny jean and a blazer for a sexy night-out look. Being able to get more mileage out of just one piece allows you to justify spending a little more, giving you the best fit and fabric for your budget.
Anita comfort corselet (sizes 4 to 22 and cups B to H), $165, anita.com.
BE MY VALENTINE
Few things are sexier than a well-fitted bra and matching briefs. When it comes to buying sexy underwear, don't dress to hide; instead, dress to show it off. If you love your cleavage but hate your hips, choose lingerie to maximize your chest rather than purchasing a piece to minimize what you don't like.
Ashley Graham Showstoppers bra (sizes 36DD to 44DD), $70, and underwear (sizes X to 3X), $30, additionelle.com.
MAKE SHAPEWEAR YOUR BFF
Underpinnings with purpose have got a bad rap over the years, but the technology has come a long way. No you won't fee like a sausage, and yes, you can still go pee—I know you were wondering. I love this bodysuit from Maidenform because it goes all the way from your thigh up to your underarm (buh-bye, back fat), plus you can wear your own bra with it making it great for a body-con dress.
Maidenform Wear Your Own Bra singlet (sizes M to 2X), $77, thebay.com.
Dita Von Teese, Christina Hendricks and Downtown Abbey's Lady Mary Crawley are to blame for my new obsession. Corsets are a stunning complement to a curvy shape. The style is made for us, with its perfect balance of sex appeal and coverage.
J'Adore corset and matching underwear (sizes 2X to 4X), $56, curvynbeautiful.com.
As a curvy woman, I searched for a strapless bra like it was a mirage in the desert. But with brands such as Addition Elle and Torrid, we now have the option to be both supported and strap-free. Look for a strapless bra with a convertible strap option.
Ashley Graham Phenomenon bra (sizes 36DD to 44DD), $70, additionelle.com.
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