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10 Popular Men’s Halloween Costumes

Choosing a Halloween costume can be difficult – particularly if you’re shopping for men’s Halloween costumes. Some epitomise Halloween costumes. For example, people have been dressing as superheroes for decades. But now and again pop-culture introduces fresh new inspiration for costumes. Here are some of the most popular costumes for men:

Superman and Clark Kent

Lets face it, who doesn’t wish on those days we aren’t feeling buff enough or hot enough that we could be transformed into a superbabe superhero? This combination costume offers the best of both worlds, your everyday persona and the babe-magnet that is Superman. Over a Superman costume (minus the cape) wear a regular old white button up and his trademark glasses and as the night goes on you can reveal the superhero within!

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Tony Montana

The original gangster, Scarface’s Tony Montana is also an original badass. Men all over the world love to dress up, smoke cigars – Cuban, of course! – put on a phony accent and show everyone who’s boss when it comes to Halloween. Say hello to my little friend!

Jack Sparrow

Ahoy! In typical Jack Sparrow fashion, you’ll be able to charm your way in and out of anything dressed in this men’s Halloween costume – the girl, buried treasure, the Black Pearl. The complete Jack’s look, you’ll need a pirate jacket, shirt, vest, and pirate’s hat. All the ladies will want to sail off with you in this costume!

Scream

Be sure to scare the living daylights out of your family and neighbours in this favourite mens halloween costume – an officially licensed light-up Scream Ghostface costume. Popularised in the orginal movie in 1996, the Ghostface mask has become a horror icon, used often in pop-culture, this costume will have people screaming for more!

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Darth Vader

He practically personifies evil; Darth Vader has been a popular mens Halloween costume since the first Star Wars film was released  in 1977. This is no old and tired men’s halloween costume idea though, as when you dress as Darth Vader the force will be with you.

Gladiator

For centuries men have loved getting drunk and fighting: in gladiatorial times not only was this popular, but encouraged and revered. Women can see why – those gladiators sure knew a thing or two, and watching was the best bit of all! Don your armour for a highly ornate mens Halloween costume, survive the battle for best dressed, and make all the girls swoon.

Khal Drogo

The popularity of the recent Game of Thrones televised series is undeniable. A popular character during his season on the show was Khal Drogo. For this look all you need is some body paint, and his trademark long black braid.

Mr. Incredible

Bring out your inner hero this year in this mens Halloween costume: Mr Incredible! The only battle you’ll be struggling through is whether or not trick or treating or a halloween party is you best bet for candy.

Assassins Creed

Who wouldn’t want to dress as a character from one of the most popular video games every year since its release in 2007? Seek revenge and hunt down your enemies in a shirt, vest, pants, cummerbund and cape. Hang onto your assassin’s blade in case of attack.

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Slenderman

The creepy, terrible internet creation of Slenderman will be one of the weirder costumes on the most popular mens halloween costumes list. You’ll create an urban legend all of your own when you dress up as Slenderman this Halloween.

For all of your mens Halloween costumes make sure you head online to Spirit Halloween first, http://www.spirithalloween.com/adult_mens/. You can also find more ideas in this Mental Floss article on awesome halloween costumes.

Happy Halloween!

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Sophisticated Spooky Nails

It’s Halloween, which means it’s a great time to do something a little different. I’m sure you have your costume already (You did get a costume… right?!?!) or you’re prepared to throw something together quickly. But why not infuse a little Halloween spirit into your manicure?

That sexy school girl costume or voluptuous cop uniform probably isn’t work appropriate but with a few coats of polish you can bring the fun of the season anywhere including to the office! No ghost or pumpkin nail art here, these are all adult manicures. Best part is you can pick up everything you need for one of these creations at your local pharmacy.

Here are our top combinations:

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Pumpkin Queen = A Halloween take on a classic French manicure.

 

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost + Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Little Black Lace = Goul-ish lace nails

 

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Matte in Scaredy Matte + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in OMGhost = Modern matte nails of the night

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Big Glitter in Costume Glitters = Party-ready “Time Warp ” nails.

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Night Fright + Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Fur-ankenstein = Monster accent nails!

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Infographic: Unusual Uses of Shoes That You Might Not Have Thought Of

Who knew shoes could be so versatile? Well, we did – here’s a quick and fun infographic to get you up to speed. Click for a large version.

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Infographic care of http://www.fswshoes.com.au.

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What to wear on a night out in a Las Vegas Casino

The casino has really become a popular choice among people looking to vary their nights out beyond the standard visits to a pub or a nightclub, but most casinos do operate a dress code of some kind – so you need to think about what to wear. Partly your dress choices will depend on this dress code, but you should also consider the kind of casino night you have planned, and how fancy and/or exclusive the casino itself is. If you’re more used to playing at online casinos like http://www.jackpotcity.org, then hopefully we can help give you a few pointers so you won’t stick out like a sore thumb for your first land-based experience.

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If you are just spending the evening with friends, or a partner, at your local casino then smart casual dress may be the best option. If you wear trousers (not jeans) and a shirt then this should fit comfortably within the dress code of most local casinos, and will not leave you feeling uncomfortably over-dressed when you are playing the slots or hitting the blackjack or poker tables. On the other hand if you are visiting such a casino for a party (say a stag night), then you will want to dress up a bit more. You may want to opt for a designer label suit, rather than something wackier though, unless you are sure in advance that the casino will accept this.

One thing that lets many men down is their hands. Naturally men aren’t expected to have delicate hands like women. Men’s hands are made for different things, but that doesn’t mean that you can get away without clean and perfectly manicured nails. When you play games at a casino, your hands are constantly in view, so make the best of them. A manicure doesn’t cost that much and it is getting much more common for men to have them, they are not just for metrosexuals. The same goes for the hair, a decent expensive haircut will get you a long way but do avoid some of the more hideous modern fashions and that head shaven look, it is just too corny and cheap. Though the fingernails issue may seem a little silly, think again. Life can all be seen as a game of appearances, and it has been well-documented that snap judgements can be made based on people’s fingernails. It’s the small things that matter.

Some casino party nights do feature a fancy dress theme of course, agreed in advance with the casino, and here what you decide to wear should be guided by the theme. James Bond is a common theme for a night like this, and that represents your chance to dress up to the nines in a tuxedo, accessorised with cigarette holder and martini. Another popular theme is retro gangster and for this pinstripe suit, fedora hat and cigar will fit the bill, maybe topped off with a money belt full of (presumably fake) cash, as this will perfectly complete the image of unsubtle high roller flashiness.

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7 Anime Themed Halloween Costumes

If you’ve been living under a rock lately you may have missed the biggest trend you’ve never heard of. Anime, short for the Japanese ‘animation’, is defined as a style of animation characterized by vibrant colours, fantastical themes and exaggerated features. The anime style has an affinity with all things overly cute and cuddly – the perfect combination for Halloween costume ideas. Here are a few of the anime inspired Halloween costumes ideas you could consider:

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School Girl

The Japanese school-girl craze is huge – and school girls are the heroines in many anime films and series.. Grab a white shirt and add a tie, a short pleated skirt and adorable thigh-high black socks. Couple with a pair of black Mary-Jane’s and a black beret for a totally cute anime inspired Halloween costume idea.

 

Sailor Moon
Named after the massively popular Japanese manga series of the same name, Sailor Moon is one of the most successful anime series in history. She is a middle school student, who with the help of Luna, her talking cat, and the magical brooch which gives her her power, saves the day and stops bad guys. You’ll find a gorgeous Sailor Moon costume, along with many other halloween costume ideas, on Spirit Halloween. This one comes with her signature white, blue and red sailor dress, gloves and jewelry.

 

Bunny
What could be cuter than a fuzzy pink bunny suit? Very cute, and bunnies appear in many anime films. This Halloween costume idea will have you hopping along the street trick-or-treating.

 

Wonder Woman

In this anime inspired costume you’ll make peace and love your first priority this Halloween – oh, and candy of course! You’ll kick some ass in this warrior princess costume; with signature character bodice and loincloth, gold helmet headpiece, shoulder guards, arm straps, wristbands and pouch with lasso. Get out there this Halloween!

 

Bat Baby

You shouldn’t get to have all the fun this Halloween! Spread the cuteness through the family with this adorable toddler’s anime themed costume. Bats are very popular in Japanese fashion and appear in many anime films. Your little one will look so cute in this outfit it’ll drive you batty! Wrap them up in this cozy black and purple bat suit before you fly around the neighborhood trick-or-treating.

 

Seras Victoria
My favorite anime heroine from the popular Hellsing anime, Seras wears a police outfit complete with thigh high socks and a VERY short skirt. She also packs a punch with her signature weapon – the harkonnen cannon.

Elephant
Won’t work for peanuts – only candy! This Halloween, draw inspiration from one of the cutest animals there is, and a popular subject in anime. This costume looks both cute and cuddly, made of a button-front jumpsuit in polar fleece! You’ll be snug and warm out trick-or-treating!

Check out some other awesome animal Halloween costume ideas on: 100 Nerdy Costumes.

If you’re stuck for Halloween costume ideas this year check out some anime, and channel the inner cuteness and colour within you! Animals, characters, dolls – all are great anime inspired options! Happy Halloween, tanoshimu!

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Special: Festive Outfit Ideas For the Whole Family!

The holidays provide tons of opportunities for you and your family to dress up and celebrate the season. One of the most fun preparations is the family portrait photography session. This year, gather your family, and a few fun holiday props, and take a photo for a holiday greeting card that your friends and family will be sure to remember for years to come. While formal holiday portraits will always be a fun tradition, consider loosening up a bit this year and creating a less formal, more fun photograph. Select wardrobe elements for each member of your family to create holiday pictures that are sure to delight your relatives while earning a spot on your mantel as well.

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Dress Dad up in a fun, and festive, holiday necktie. One that plays music, like this one, is guaranteed to elicit genuine smiles and laughs from the rest of the family as the photographer snaps away at the camera. A classic white button down shirt is the perfect backdrop for a novelty tie. Stay super casual with your favorite pair of jeans, or dress up just a bit with a pair of khaki pants. For an added bit of extra holiday flair, give Dad a fuzzy Santa Claus hat to top off his outfit.

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Make Mom the merriest elf of the season with this super stylish sweater dress. Add a pair of black (or red!) tights or leggings to add a bit of warmth to the dress. Of course all elves have to wear appropriate footwear, so be sure to choose carefully. A pair of fashionable ankle boots in black are the perfect pair of shoes for an attractive elf. While elves that call the North Pole home tend to wear bells for a bit of bling, try bangle bracelets or a pair of earrings that sparkle and shine.

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Let your little one’s natural cuteness and personality shine through by picking an outfit that fits with Mom and Dad. Choose a keepsake dress that your daughter will be able to remember fondly for years to come. This dress and legging combination captures the spirit of the season and fits perfectly with Mom and Dad’s ensembles. Accessorize your daughter’s outfit with a headband or small stud earrings if your little girl has her ears pierced.

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A family portrait is not complete without your favorite furry friend, after all pets are members of the family as well. Find a fun costume for your puppy at retailers such as Party City. A reindeer costume is the perfect addition to your holiday photograph since somebody has to pull the sleigh!

There is no such thing as a “perfect” holiday portrait for holiday cards and greetings. However, it is entirely possible to have tons of fun while capturing pictures that are sure to become treasured family memories. A few well-chosen wardrobe pieces help you and your family create festively themed portraits that are sure to help spread joy to your relatives and loved ones this holiday season.

 

Breanne is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionada.  You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink!

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A Good Night’s Sleep Essential For Beauty

If you have ever wondered why sleeping beauty was called so, here is the answer. Research has it that it is the quality of sleep that dictates how fresh and pretty you are going to look the next day. So, for some time, stop relying on your cosmetics and pay more attention to your sleep routine.

Are you getting at least 8 hours of sleep every day? That’s good. Are you losing sleep over some kind of stress? In case you are, chances are that you would have developed dark circles under your eyes. Less sleep means less rest, which in turn means that you are not giving requisite time to your skin and other organs to rejuvenate. Proper bedding makes your skin glow and hence those who sleep fine do not complain much about wrinkles or dull skin.

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If you have ever woken up with a skin crease or a skin line on your face, it is time to know that the bedding that you are using is not right. What! Yes, you read that right. The bed and the pillow that you sleep on to a large extent are responsible for how your skin feels in the morning. If you sleep on regular cotton sheets, your skin tends to lose its moisture and hence looks dry and dull.

This kind of bedding also tugs with your hair and takes away its sheen. You don’t have to regret so much just because of sleeping on a regular cotton pillow or bed sheet, do you? That is why, it is highly recommended to switch to organic silk bedding as soon as it is possible. Bedding that is made out of bamboo and silk is just perfect for your health as well as for your skin.

Take the benefits of silk, for example, and you will be more than pleasantly surprised. It has been proven that sleeping on silk reduces as well as slows down wrinkles from ruining your skin. That is probably the reason why Marilyn Monroe slept on silk sheets wearing nothing but Chanel 5. That said, even for your hair, silk bedding does a lot of good.

Since silk does not tug with your hair, your beautiful tresses do not break or grow rough. It therefore makes a lot of sense to sleep on comfortable organic pillows. Those harsh regular cotton sheets and pillows are not at all worth a good night’s sleep. It is ironical how the majority of people sleep on cotton sheets.

One benefit of sleeping on silk is that it is hypoallergenic in nature and hence it prevents you from asthmatic attacks as well as from allergies of skin. If you are irritated because of dust causing you to sneeze, organic silk pillows are what you must look for.

All in all, a restful sleep requires that you not just sleep in a comfortable position but also on comfortable natural bedding.

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