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Great Hair for your Great Face!

Ever wonder what it would be like to have a stylist that could easily tell you what the best look would be for you?  Well we can’t give you that, but we can give you some great advice for a new haircut that would suit your face shape, you too can look like a million dollars – or more if you wish!

First it is most important to determine your face shape.  We have here listed photos and silhouette’s.  If you have difficulty figuring your face shape out, stand in front of a mirror with your hair pulled back in a pony-tail or pulled away from your face, using a dry-erase marker, trace the outline of your face.  Then compare your drawing to the face shapes we have presented here.

If you are looking for a new you in the new year – make sure to do some research before hitting the salon!  If you don’t use a regular hairdresser, when you have a walk-in appointment usually the salon staff will just do what you tell them.  Come prepared and knowing specifically what you don’t want. Also make sure you check for appropriate hair accessories for your new hair cut! Don’t forget to get tips and what products and tools to use to manage your style everyday!

Oval Face Shape

  

Hairstyles to Try

  • Any shape and style can be worn, whether it’s short, long, layered or bobbed.
  • The only thing to consider with an oval face shape is what part of your face you want to accentuate.
  • This is where you can get creative with bangs or how you style your hair everyday

Hairstyles to Avoid

  • The main thing to consider is to not choose hairstyles that hang in your face or eyes.
  • Or hairstyles that just cover over your beautiful face shape

Round Face Shape

  

Hairstyles to Try

  • Hairstyles with height and fullness at the crown will give the illusion of a narrower face shape, particularly those short in length.
  • Longer hairstyles or ones that are kept close to the cheeks with no width will look better.
  • Middle parts are great for creating the illusion of narrow length.
  • No bangs are the ideal as the focus point becomes the bridge of the nose, creating a more oval shape.
  • If bangs are used they should be swept across, or in the case of solid bangs, only where there is substantial height on the top.
  • Short hairstyles are great and do not suffocate small round faces.

Hairstyles to Avoid

  • Hairstyles that add volume through the sides such as chin length bob cuts, straight or kicking out in design.
  • Side parts and heavy straight across bangs create a wider shorter shape and therefore should be avoided at all costs on hairstyles without any height.

Square Face Shape

  

Hairstyles to Try

  • Wispy forward falling hair onto your face will soften yourjaw line.
  • Wearing bangs swept over to one side will create diagonal movement to minimize square shapes.
  • Short to medium length hair will also suit you, especially if the style is rounded in shape or has wispy ends.
  • Styles with height at the crown will also work in your favor.

Hairstyles to Avoid

  • Avoid blunt bobs, especially sitting at chin length with straight heavy bangs as this will accentuate your jaw line and squareness.
  • Middle parts with solid bangs can also work against you.

Heart Face Shape

 

Hairstyles to Try

  • Any textured chin-length hairstyles will suit best.
  • If bangs are wanted make sure that they are side-swept bangs not straight across as blunt cut bangs will only make your face shape shorter and wider.
  • Shoulder length cuts with wispy layers that kick out will also work very well.
  • Height on top will work but only if they belong to shoulder length or longer hairstyles.

Hairstyles to Avoid

  • Short, full hairstyles like slicked back looks that emphasize your upper face.
  • Short styles with heavy straight across bangs that create an upside down triangular shape.

Triangle Face Shape

 

Hairstyles to Try

  • Layered hairstyles will help balance and soften your prominent jaw line.
  • Styles with layers that taper at the jaw line can also be flattering.

Hairstyles to Avoid

  • Shorter is generally better than longer.
  • Avoid any hairstyle which will draw too much attention to your chin area such as straight solid bob cuts.

Diamond Face Shape

 

Hairstyles to Try

  • Hairstyles that add width at the chin area such as chin length bob cuts or shoulder length wispy kicked out looks.
  • Styles that tuck in behind the ears also work well to show off a wonderful cheek bone structure.
  • Hairstyles with straight across bangs will also work to shorten long faces, as will side parts.

Hairstyles to Avoid

  • Try and avoid short hairstyles with height on top, particularly ones without bangs.
  • Avoid styles that leave no hair on the neck area or the chin area.
  • Middle parts will add length so they should also be avoided.

Oblong Face Shape

 

Hairstyles to Try

  • Styles that are short to medium in length with longer top layers without height are best suited such as wedge and graduated bob cuts.
  • Chin and shoulder length looks that turn under or kick out also work very well to add width.
  • Straight across bangs with side parts work best.
  • Layered styles in medium and long lengths that add body in with wavy and curly textures are great for softening the straight long lines of oblong face shapes.

Hairstyles to Avoid

  • Hairstyles that add height at the crown or on top will only lengthen your face.
  • Middle parts.
  • The absence of bangs.
  • Wispy chin length styles that have no body or that don’t add width through the sides should also be avoided.

If you have up-do or accessory ideas for you specific face shape, or other face shapes SHARE in the comments below!

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Mini Mania

Lately there has been so much talk about mini products.  In comparison to its predecessors 10 years ago, gadgets are now HALF the size.  Personally, I still prefer some of the retro predecessors (Mini iPod, anyone?)  Here’s a list of common gadgets that have come a looonnnggg way!

 

The Wii Mini.  Coming December 7th, 2012.  A complete redesign of the Wii console, with more accessories included, the Wii Mini is sure to make your gaming experience even more enjoyable!  This gaming console now comes in red, black, white, blue and pink.

Polaroid Photo Printer.  Remember way back when it was impossible to even print good-quality photos?  I remember using bubble-jet printers and waiting for HOURS (ok, not really) for a simple page of black and white pixelated text.

 

THIS, I haven’t seen before.  Stumbled across gadget during my research: laser lights are projected out of the tiny cube onto most surfaces, allowing people the ability to type almost anywhere!  COOL or not??

I remember lugging around vacuum cleaners that came up to my chest way back when (ok, I was about 10 years old then) or being woken up to the loud roaring of vacuum cleaners.  NOW, there are tiny vacuum cleaners that automatically twist and turn noiselessly around the house, without you having to lift a finger!

Who still sews around here??  I never really got the hang of it, but I remember seeing my grandma’s sewing machine, the size of a table with a pedal that you have to mechanically use to operate the machine.  Sewing machines nowadays are portable, not that you’d carry it in a purse or anything, but portable enough to store away for later use!

The Mac Mini.  Way back when, computers use to take up the entire room, run slowly (and probably loudly) and generally not easy to use.  Now there’s the Mac Mini, with amazing graphics, a larger storage, and something called the fusion drive, which automatically manages your data so currently used data stays on the faster flash storage!

The adorable Mini Cooper.  Haven’t seen THIS design nor have I driven it before, but I know it’d be a perfect person for a little spin around town.  The newest model, in my opinion, isn’t as attractive because it has increased in size.  However, I remember the rage when this car came out, it was also featured in The Italian Job (awesome movie, by the way!)  With an increasing population, owning smaller cars are the way to go in terms of staying on top of your daily chores!

 

Myths say that cameras suck out your soul.  I remember all the old black and white photos where people sat solemnly in rigid poses and thick clothes.  Nowadays, it takes a second to pass around photos you’ve just taken, alter (Instagram, anyone?) delete, etc.

The legendary iPad Mini.  The iPad itself was already beyond impressive, heck, I thought tablets were pretty damn awesome.  Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer having a bigger screen for multi-tasking and a keyboard to type on (I own a Mac Air.)

Ok, so the Mini iPod has been out of the market for years, but back when these MP3 players came out, the Mini iPodwas way before its time.  I still have my Sony Walkman that played CDs (I LOVE making playlists,) and that device became increasingly louder it was used more and more.

If you lived and remembered the 90’s, it’s quite interesting to see the evolution of gadgets, and how much easier our lives have become (and how our pockets have become lighter as well!)  On one hand, I’m not a fan of how people have become so dependent on electronics, however, with more and more every day tasks, hurdles, etc. I’m quite thankful for these innovations!

What gadget has played a significant role in YOUR life as it decreased in size?

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Boutonnieres or Buttonholes?

It’s time to put some focus on the accessories for your groomsmen.  Boutonnieres or Buttonholes, whatever you call them, are a small part of the big wedding picture – however they are important!.  Trends now are moving away from traditional larger floral pieces to smaller handmade or unique displays of character.  Let’s take a look at the floral and DIY trends that are rocking the men’s lapels these wedding days!

Herb Buttonholes –  are ideal for rustic and vintage weddings.  The feeling they create is warm and rough! They can be easily made with few supplies.  You can even grow the herbs yourself adding a great personal touch(for those not so ambitious, most natural groceries and florists carry herbs and can supply you or make them according to your design).  Get the DIY instructions here.

Object Buttonholes – these boutonnieres are ideal for modern and playful style weddings.  They make great groomsmen gifts as well! These are obviously individual creations that require a bit of effort on the creator’s part.  Ask the groomsmen well ahead of time their favorite, car, super hero, soda pop etc.  Then order or buy the required items, using hot glue and some creative incorporation of your theme colors get crafty!  Note these can have a clasp pin glued directly onto the boutonniere. Here is a DIY for medallion style action figure buttonholes.

 

Knit Buttonholes –  require the most skill, mostly knitting and fabric know-how.  If you can knit, or have a bridesmaid or Mom that can, I would highly recommend these original and versatile boutonnieres – they can be dressed up or down, but are best suited to vintage and rustic weddings.

 

Non-Floral Flower Buttonholes – are hot right now, especially in the wake of oil prices and winter upon us.  Flowers made from fabric, paper, or ribbon are as unique and colorful as you want them to be.  These truly are the most versatile for style and budget(whether time or money!)  If working with paper, the bouts can cost as little as US $20 and the time it takes to watch a couple episodes of Gossip Girl, because they can be made weeks! ahead of time! Find instructions on how to make all sorts of paper and fabric flowers here.

 

Floral Buttonhole Trends – even after seeing all these AWESOME alternatives, you still prefer a cut floral boutonniere, don’t be a victim of tradition! Be aware of modern and classy buttonhole trends so your groomsmen don’t look like they are on the way to their high school prom!

   Did you have unique Boutonnieres on your groomsmen? Or do you have any inspiration to share? Post in the comments! We would love your share your ideas on our Facebook page!

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MITB DIY Guide

We have three categories: food, home gadgets, holidays.  After MONTHS of research (ok, not really,) we compiled some AWESOME DIY tips, manuals, etc for you to do if you’re in need of some renovation, bored, or anything along those lines.  These projects are also PERFECT for indoor activities if you’re trying to stay productive during the winter!  Click on the images for more information!


Ingredients
1 box yellow or white cake mix
2 eggs beaten
5 Tbsp melted butter
2 cups M’s or mini chocolate chips
Instructions:
Mix together, put in a 9×13 pan and Bake at 350 for 20 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whisk together milk, Irish cream liqueur, vodka, & instant pudding mix.
Spoon the pudding mixture into shot glasses or disposable ‘party shot’ cups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put the glow sticks in cups of water and an aura comes off in the dark when you tap them. Fun for parties, don’t you think??

 

 

For this Tetris look, put some cellophane over glass. COOL, right??

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap your books in book covers (great way to protect books as well) and decorate the bindings so that the books create different and unique computer icons!

 

 

 

Full instructions here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Mario Papercraft Model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cut the bottoms off wine bottles to use for candle covers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Chocolate in a Cup!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearly this cardboard house is for kids, but I would so make a cardboard house for myself, if not to just escape for awhile :)

 

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Fashion Friday: Holiday Party Make-Up Tips

With Thanksgiving over and the Holiday party invites starting to arrive – don’t just upgrade your couture – get you cosmetics in gear too!

Smoky Eyes are of course a go-to for dramatic make-up but make sure that you follow some basic tips to get the best version of Smoky Eyes, just for YOU! Do draw attention to your smokey eyes, use neutral lip stick and a warm tone on your cheeks.  Use an eyeshadow primer and a base layer to make sure your shadow stays all day or all night!

Follow this great tutorial here on the smokey eyes technique!

Green eyes: use browns and dark purples to create smoky eyes, stay away from blacks and silvers, these have a tendency to make your eyes look flat

Hazel and Brown eyes can layer on the blacks and greys for stunning traditional smokey eyes!

 

Blue Eyes: use creams and shades of  blue(especially dark) to achieve smokey eyes that bring out the fierce blue you have!

Bold Lips are another great accent to shimmery metallic dresses and other great outfits this holiday season.  Make sure and find a great lipstick that really compliments your skin tone and clothes. Play down the eyes and use bronzer to really make your lips pop!

First apply primer to the whole face, followed by foundation and bronzer to the cheeks.  Prime the eyelids and use a neutral eye-shadow.  After exfoliating the lips, apply a moisturizing lip balm, then a lip primer.  Apply your lipstick and finish with a gloss. Add false eyelashes, but use a neutral eye-shadow for a beautiful feminine look!

 

False Eyelashes are a must for that extra something that kick your look into overdrive! When applying false eyelashes, put a little glue first on the back of your hand and let it sit awhile and get stickier.  It will stick better to your base layer mascara and dry faster!

We hope you look absolutely STUNNING for your holiday parties! Please share your own beauty tips for hot and lasting holiday looks!

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Gobble Gobble Up Those Black Friday Deals!

We know that the fun doesn’t stop after Thanksgiving, there’s Black Friday!  So instead of standing in long lines and shivering in the cold at midnight (and fighting off a food coma,) shop ONLINE at MITB for some awesome Black Friday deals.  We compiled 10 hard-to-find gadgets that will save you tons of time and money, enjoy shopping!

 

iPhone 4/4s 8x Zoom Camera Lens

For all you instagram-ers out there, expand your “photography skills” with magnifying lens you can attach to your iPhone 4/4s.  This awesome gadget comes with an iPhone case, wiping clothes, and more!

 

 

 

Ocean Wave Light Projector Speaker

As if waking up during the winter isn’t hard enough!  Might as well enjoy hibernation, right?  Pass out to awesome music and view with this projector!

 

 

 

 

E-Cigarette Refills

For the smokers out there who haven’t fulfilled their New Year’s Resolutions yet, start off with E-Cigarettes.   What are YOUR New Year’s Resolutions??

 

 

 

 

Heat Sensitive Color Changing Kitchen Faucet Light

Enlighten your hand washing chore (ok, not really a chore) with an awesome heat sensitive color changing light.  Not only for entertainment, this faucet light can let you know when the water is too hot or cold…batteries included!  Check out our shower equivalent here!

 

 

 

House Building Blocks

Who played Lego’s as a youngster??  Ok, these blocks aren’t exactly Lego’s but they’re just as awesome!  Fun for grown-ups who want to revisit their childhood as well…I know I’D use them :)

 

 

 

Lipstick Lighter

Perfect for women (and men) who want a better-looking lighter.  This realistic lighter is also a keychain, very convenient to NOT lose.  Just don’t mistake it for a REAL lipstick!

 

 

 

Mesh Shoes for Dogs

Ok, I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the biggest fan of pet clothing.  HOWEVER, these shoes are quite stylish, don’t you think?  PLUS, your dog will have warm feet come winter!

 

 

 

8GB Ice Cream Style USB Flash Drive

Try not to eat this awesome looking gadget.  Only 2.5 centimeters long, this USB stick stands out from other boring looking flash drives so HOPEFULLY it doesn’t get misplaced, as it so often does!

 

 

 

Retro Camera Pattern iPhone 4/4S Case

With a rating of 4.2/5, this iPhone case is a must-have!  It LOOKS like you’re carrying a vintage camera, however, it protects your iPhone to keep it in the best quality possible.

 

 

 

iPhone/iPod Colorful Mini USB Car Chargers 

Having these awesome  and colorful car chargers will prevent you from having to misplace or carry around extra chargers wherever you go.

 

 

So, sit back and relax and let your fingers do the shopping rather than your tired feet!  Who here is a fan of Black Friday??

Wedding Wednesday: Dazzling Jewelry to match your Dress!

It’s important to employ a great balance while accessorizing your Bridal Look.  It’s important to consider all sorts of factors; neckline, dress embellishments, bridesmaids accessories, hairstyle, and floral arrangements.

We will discuss each of these factors and how they should help govern your jewelry choices!

1. Neckline – whether you are going sweetheart strapless or high-collar, it’s important to consider the line you are creating around your decolletage.  If you are exposing more collar bone, with a strapless dress, a necklace is completely acceptable.  However, be aware of large earrings paired with necklaces(!) this can be too much bling and distracting over all.

2. Dress embellishments – if your dress bodice is covered in pearls or appliques, it is better to tone down your jewelry.  Have some simple stud earrings or an understated necklace or hair piece.  If your dress is simple and stately, you can have more lavish jewelry and a statement hair piece.  If there is a lot of bead work or rhinestones on the neckline of your dress, forgo a necklace completely – it will be too much.

  

3. Bridesmaids accessories – make sure you talk to your Bridesmaids beforehand about jewelry(don’t want them to outshine you!) if the Bridesmaids are in strapless dresses, necklaces are totally acceptable, however it might be better for them to all be matching – it could be their bridesmaids gift!

 

4. Hairstyle – plays a big role in jewelry so decide early what your hair is going to be like.  If you have short hair, smaller hanging earrings are ideal.  If you have long hair and are leaving it down, you can choose anything from studs to statement earrings depending on the feel you want to create.

 

5. Floral arrangements – it sounds crazy – but this does make a difference! If you are using a BIG luxurious bouquet, bracelets are completely not necessary.  Bouquets are an accessory and part of your whole ensemble.  If you have a brooch bouquet or a bouquet that is being accented by other items, then you don’t want to draw attention away from that, so don’t wear a bedazzled belt or big bracelets.  You can however include flowers in your headpiece for a romantic feel!

 

 

Have a sister or friend offer their second pair of eyes to make sure you aren’t under-done or over-dazzling! What sorts of unique and interesting jewelry did you have on your wedding day? Share a comment or photos with your stylish jewelry additions to your Bridal Couture!

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MITB Customer Interview: Veel Kantie

 

We recently came across a blogger who reviewed two of MITB’s watches and found his article very delightful to read!   We then decided to conduct a short interview with him to see his thoughts on MITB’s products and the online store as a whole:

 

MITB: How did you first hear about MiniInTheBox?

VK: I saw a link on Facebook

MITB: What did you purchase at MITB?

VK: I bought two watches (watch 1, watch 2,) a funny towel set, five key chains and a remote controle for our TV

MITB: Have you purchased anything other gadgets at MITB?  If so, what do you recommend other MITB buyers to purchase?

VK: I would recommend the watches. The are cheap but the quality is great

MITB: What made you decide to buy TWO watches (as opposed to one?)

VK: I collect watches and I got a little greedy ;)

MITB: Regarding delivery, were you satisfied with the whole process?

VK: Yes I was. It all went much faster than expected. I had four to eight week in mind but it took a little under two weeks

MITB: Were you satisfied with your purchases?

VK: Sure, the all items are in perfect shape and we are suprised by it quality

MITB: What would make your online shopping more enjoyable at MITB?

VK: It’s fine as it is. Wouldn’t change a thing

MITB: Are there any upcoming purchases you are interested in purchasing?

VK: Well, we gonna spend the $ 20, first, but I’m sure I will buy more watches in the future from MITB ***

***If you are interested in being interviewed, please contact Anita at anita@lightinthebox.com and we will send you a USD$20 gift card for MITB!

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Fashion Friday: 5 Main Trends Autumn/Winter 2013

We’ve compiled a list of the hottest trends for autumn, with inspiration coming straight from the runway. Simply scroll on down to check out five major fall trends.

1. Baroque Rocks!

Baroque trend is  lavish and interesting and the interpretations we saw at Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana shows are simply stunning. Since baroque includes dramatic and lavish patterns, it looks very costumey for everyday life, and it can be quite tricky to wear it properly. But if you’re bold enough and don’t mind a bit of drama in your clothes, then go for it!

Our beautiful baroque style light blazer:

2. Berry Colors!

Berry colors (claret, grape, burgundy) are a huge trend this autumn, and it’s a color that is so versatile. It suits every different skin tone, and is great for both day and evening wear. But real must-have for the fall-winter season is burgundy color. It is a super feminine and very stylish color for both day and night.

Here is our deep burgundy vintage dress:

3. It’s a man’s world!

Military-inspired fashion remains in full-force this fall. From brass buttons to epaulets and cargo pockets, a polished uniform look is ready for action. But the biggest of all is the return of camouflage. With embellished epaulets, skinny leather leggings, and the highest heels, military style is feminine, classic and tough.

Our military style tweed blazer is stylish and perfect for work:

4. Case of cape!

This season, capes are worn by some of the most fashion forward women in the industry. Whether they are loose or fitted, they are the perfect cover up for any occasion.  They are very sexy and easy to wear. You can throw it over jeans, pants, leggings, skirts or dresses and look chic and fabulous in seconds!

Stay in trend with our tweed cape:

5. Peplum!

For those who are naive to this trend, peplum is a ruffle or a short over-skirt attached to the waist-line, basically a frill hanging over your hips mostly used in pencil shaped skirts and mid-length dresses. This trend heads back to the 1980-90′s era where peplum skirts and dresses were a part of formal fashion wear. Fashion 2012 however has brought back the Peplum (pep-lum) trend on the runway. So if you haven’t tried the peplum trend yet, get on it!

You can start wearing this trend with our pretty organza peplum dress:

So which trend do you like better? Let us know!

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Best Selling Smartphone in the World!

Samsung is currently reported to have the world’s best selling smartphone with its Galaxy S3, surpassing Apple’s iPhone 4S sales.  Here’s a quick look of the comparisons between Samsung Models and the iPhone 4S!

 

Galaxy S2 vs. Galaxy S3

  • Redesigned physique with a slightly larger display (and more uniformity of thickness)
  • Larger storage space with an additional 64 GB
  • Faster graphics with a quad-core processor
  • Able to snap photos while recording a FullHD video
  • New Gorilla Glass 2-covered screen — which is noticeably better in bright sunlight

 



 

Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 4S

The Galaxy S3 is known as the “iPhone killer,” playing a major role in boosting Samsung’s operating profit.  As everyone may know, there were several legal disputes between Samsung and Apple, delaying the phone premiere.  Several injunctions were brought against Samsung, claiming that Samsung has violated at least 2 patents.  In the States, both phones are available in most carriers.

 

Some differences:

  • Galaxy S3 has a larger display (1280×720 pixels)
  • Galaxy S3 has Additional Display Support
  • Its camera has a Panorama feature (front camera quality is 1.9 megapixel)
  • Longer battery life by 8 hours
  • Has a maximum standby time of 800 hours
  • Includes 4G wireless connectivity
  • Weighs lighter than the 4S by 4 grams
  • Has a removable storage of 64 GB and a removable memory (microSD and microSDHC)

However, with Apple’s obsessive fan base, how long will Samsung’s crowning victory last?