Which is the Best Waist Trainer for You?

In recent years, there’s been a resurgence in the popularity of waist training.  The practice of waist training is designed to accentuate a woman’s hourglass figure, or in some cases, give such a figure to a woman who’s never really had one.  The use of corsets to make a woman’s waist look smaller has been around for centuries.  Their use was so popular in the late 19th and 20th centuries that corsets were actually the first mass-produced fashion garments for women.


If you’re thinking that you’d like to use a waist trainer, it’s important to understand how waist training works and that there is a difference between true waist training and waist “taming.”  Many use the term waist training inappropriately, leading to some considerable confusion about the practice.  It’s also crucial to understand the limitations of both training and taming your waist.

True waist training involves the use of a steel-boned corset to reshape your body.  While you’ll certainly see a difference when you’re wearing the corset, proper and continued use is required to achieve lasting results.  True corsets fasten tightly enough to maintain consistent pressure on your midsection. Corsets are designed to move the 2 lowest ribs (called the floating ribs) inward along with your waist to give you a more defined hourglass shape.  In many cases, even some internal organs are slightly shifted into new positions.  In other words, true corsets act very much like orthodontic braces in that the changes they create are real and lasting, but certainly don’t happen overnight.  Even though changes made to your waistline by a corset can be seen even when you’re not wearing the corset, keeping those floating ribs in their new position requires continued corset use.  Over time, the ribs (and any shifted organs) will return to their original positions.

Anyone who promotes waist training via a latex or spandex cincher is a bit off the mark.  Typically, latex or spandex shaping garments are designed for waist taming more than training.  These garments can certainly give you an hourglass figure, but only while you’re wearing them.  They do not offer the unyieldingly firm support of a steel-boned corset.  In other words, a true corset and waist-training regimen can give you a true hourglass figure whereas tamers and shapers can only give you the illusion of an hourglass figure.

While the idea of actually relocating ribs and organs and literally reshaping your waist can sound unhealthy, there is little risk of any adverse effects if you follow well-established waist training regimens and don’t try to rush things.  True waist training is designed to be a very gradual process.  You start with the corset snug enough to feel like a tight hug and wear it for no more than an hour or so a day.  Gradually, you increase wearing time to include all waking hours.  Once you’re comfortable wearing it all day, you work on gradually increasing the level of tightness.  If you ever feel like you can’t take a deep breath or experience any pain while wearing your corset, you’re doing something wrong.  Your corset should be snug, but not painful or breath constricting.  Corsets shouldn’t be worn during workouts, and many find them very uncomfortable to sleep in.  You can give yourself a break during workouts or overnight, or you can opt for one of the latex/spandex shapers during these times.

While it’s true than waist training can reshape your body, it cannot make extra weight disappear.  Corsets redistribute fat; they do not burn it or melt it away.  If you are significantly overweight and carry much of that weight in your midsection, you are likely to have a more difficult time with waist training than those who weigh less.

If you decide that waist training is something you’d like to try, it’s important to buy the right size.  You may be tempted to go with a size smaller than you need in an effort to speed results.  That won’t work.  Starting with a corset that’s too small will not get you long-lasting results any faster and is likely to be so uncomfortable and restricting that you abandon the process altogether.


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How to Develop Your Inner Confidence

At some time or another, we all struggle with self confidence.  We know true happiness and success can only come from within, but still we doubt ourselves, at least occasionally.  It can be hard to stay confident when faced by the negativity around us, but there are a few things we can all do that will help us gain and maintain a healthy level of self assurance.

Understand that perfection doesn’t exist


It’s okay to always strive for perfection–as long as you understand that there’s no such thing as utterly perfect.  It doesn’t mean you stop trying to be perfect; you’ll never even get close if you don’t try.  True inner confidence comes from knowing that your best is all you can ask of yourself.  Waiting to make a move, whether in a personal or professional matter, until “everything is perfect” is likely to keep you waiting so long that whatever opportunity you’re dreaming of pursuing ends up passing you by.

Face your fears


Don’t let your perception of how well or poorly you compare to others keep you from seeking success.  Being afraid that somebody else is “better” than you and letting that fear hold you back will do nothing to further your goals, and, at best, will cause you to get stuck rather than reach new heights.

You also need to stop letting the “what-ifs” erode your confidence.  Quit worrying about “What if it all goes wrong?”  Instead, ask yourself “What if it all goes right?”

Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind.  Keeping your mouth shut when you know you should speak up increases self doubt and robs others of the chance to see who you really are.  Others may not always agree with you, but anyone worth trying to impress will be impressed when you show your confidence in yourself and your ideas and beliefs.

Talk yourself into positive thinking


Pay attention to the conversations you have with yourself.  How often are you down on yourself? Do you spend more time dwelling on your perceived shortcomings than acknowledging your strengths?  If someone were to ask you to tell them three things about yourself, would those things be negative or positive?  If you can’t convince yourself of your abilities when you’re looking in the mirror, how can you expect to convince anyone else?  Have you heard the phrase “Fake it ‘til you make it?”  That’s good advice.  Convince yourself that you are worthy, and others will believe it, too.

Learn to bounce back


We all face setbacks.  People say things and situations arise that cause you to doubt yourself.  Real and perceived insults shouldn’t be able to crush your confidence.  Taking a chance and failing shouldn’t make you afraid to take another chance.  Very few of the world’s most successful and happiest people would say their path to the top was always a walk in the park.  The most solid self confidence comes from knowing that we can deal with anything that comes our way.   

Quick and Easy Hair and Makeup Tricks

We all have days when we need to freshen up quickly.  Maybe we got held up at work and can’t be late for that girl’s night out.  Or maybe the alarm didn’t go off and we’re in a mad rush to get to work without looking like we just rolled out of bed.  There are some time-tested tips and tricks that can help you get freshened up in a flash.

Fix your face


To refresh this morning’s makeup and remove any excess oil, use toner to lightly mist your face.  Pat with a tissue and finish by dusting with loose powder.

If concealer doesn’t quite get the job done, or if you just don’t have time for it, try wearing warm pink lipstick.  Believe it or not, warm pink lips help to draw people’s eyes away from imperfections.

Reapplying eyeliner is one of the quickest ways to go from daytime to evening.  Follow your top lash line from the inner corner to just past the outer corner.

To get a fresher face the morning after a long night, pat concealer under your lower lashes, on either side of your nose, and onto the inner corners of your eyes.  Follow this up by applying a swirl of bronzer to your cheeks.  Alternately, use a fan brush with some bronzer along your cheekbones, the sides of your nose, along your hairline, and over the creases in your eyelids for a super-quick warm look with enough definition to get you through the day.  If you do have 10 minutes to spare, applying a cold compress (gel packs are ideal) to eyes while lying down is a sure way to reduce or eliminate puffiness.  

Fix your hair


Don’t have time to wash hair that looks weighed down by oil and/or styling products?  A little translucent powder applied to roots and brushed through is a great quick fix.

Trying to tame your frizz?  Add a drop of lotion to damp hands, then pull your hair back into a simple French twist.  Wait ten minutes, then take hair down–no more frizz!

Don’t have time for a full blow-dry job?  Focus on the part and front hairline.  As long as these areas are dry, you’ll look more “finished” than you might think.

Embrace the ponytail.  There’s still nothing wrong with a good old fashioned ponytail or French twist.  Pull a tendril or two loose, and nobody will even know it was a last-minute save versus Plan A.

Other fixes

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If you have dry skin, but don’t have time to apply body lotion after your shower and then wait for it to dry enough to keep your clothes clean, use the same conditioner that moisturizes your hair to get the job done in way less time.  Just apply the conditioner to your body, rinse, and dry.  Results will be comparable to body lotion, but in a fraction of the time.

No time for a fresh manicure?  Remove the old polish, clean the nail beds and undersides with lemon juice, and then massage the cuticles with the thickest lotion or balm you have (even lip balm will work).  If you have clear polish and a UV light or polish dryer, a quick clear coat can freshen up a manicure in a pinch, too.