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Best Times For Holiday Shopping

       
Friday, November 14th, 2014

Best Times For Holiday ShoppingWith Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the holiday shopping season is drawing near. When it comes to purchasing gifts for those in your life that mean the most, finding the perfect gift can be tricky and time consuming. While some items on your list will be better bought closer to the actual holiday, others might be bargain deals you want to rush out to get on Black Friday, and still others will be best purchased somewhere between those two time periods.

Black Friday: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Good Shelf Life Items

If you’re purchasing bulky or more expensive items such as electronics or designer fashion products you might want to consider getting them early so you can get the best prices on these items. While there are the obvious Black Friday purchases such as television sets and MP3 players, even items such as cosmetic sets or designer jeans can be good Black Friday bargains for the savvy saving shopper.

Early to Mid December: Stock Up On Stocking Stuffers

Smaller gifts and stocking stuffers are often something that can be put off until the last minute, but in order to avoid sold-out shelves and the scramble to replace the perfect gift with a not-so-perfect substitute, you’ll want to buy some of these items earlier. Soap and shower sets, a bottle of wine, or even decadent chocolates can be a great gift to stick in somebody’s stocking for the occasion, and can even make a great gift for an office friend or colleague. But since it does make such common gifts they’re likely to sell out early. That’s why shopping ahead of time is in your best interest.

Last Minute Gifts: Filler Items and Gifts With Expiration Dates

While you don’t want to wait until the last minute to do all your shopping, there are certain gifts for which it is acceptable, if not encouraged. For instance, a wine and cheese basket, floral arrangements, and baked goods are all items that are going to have very limited lifespans. These are things you’ll definitely want to get or order for delivery within just a day or two of the Holiday. And, despite our best efforts, we all have also been in the situation of swinging by the store for a few last-minute filler gifts such as lotion sets or gift cards.

No matter when you’re planning to do your shopping, making a game plan ahead of time is always in your best interest. With a plan and these guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to a successful, stress free shopping season!

Get Your Body Ready for the Holidays

       
Monday, November 10th, 2014

As the holiday seasons approach, this means the approach of gooey chocolate and caramel candies, Christmas punch, office parties, kid’s treats, and just about every tempting goodie mankind can produce. For those who love to indulge in the holiday taste treats but also want to not gain the pounds, you can prepare your body for the holidays to get the best of both worlds.

Get Your Body Ready for the Holidays

Weight Supplements

There are many types of natural supplements that you can take to help relieve the bloating and weight gain that often accompanies the holiday season. Here are a few of the better weight management supplements that are actually effective:
• Green tea
• Fennel
• Chickweed

Other types of supplements may work by stimulating your adrenal system and boosting your energy to burn more calories. SeroVital – hgh Dietery Supplement is just such a product. This product will also enhance your natural muscle tone, so it will help lessen those unsightly holiday bulges.
When using supplements, it’s important to remember that they can take several weeks to be noticeable. You may want to start your supplement regiment about six weeks before the holidays roll around for best effect.

Get Up and Move

Long before you begin the rounds of Christmas and New Year’s parties, start a regular exercise program. This need only be 30 minutes a day, walking around the block if necessary. If you know that you will be increasing your consumption of calories, you must also increase burning those calories or they get stored as fat.
Turn marathon shopping into exercise. Walk the dog more often. Incorporate salsa dance moves while you’re cooking. Whatever it is, as long as you’re moving, you can help fight bloating and weight gain. Even better, exercise, thanks to the tasty dopamines and endorphins it produces, makes you feel happier. And what could be needed more during a holiday season?

Skip the Caffeine

Yes, coffee, tea, soda and other drinks high in caffeine are tasty and they do give a quick burst of energy. Unfortunately, you pay for that quick fix later when your energy levels crash. A better option for a quick pick me up is either vitamin B tablets or a protein snack. These two options can help you feel zestier and they won’t cause the crash later on.

By preparing carefully, you don’t have to skip the dessert trays because your jeans are a bit snug. Plan ahead and prepare your body for the holidays and you can have your cake and eat it too!

Skincare Benefits of Oxygen

       
Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Skincare Benefits of OxygenCells need oxygen to survive, and skin cells are no different. The unfortunate effects of smothering skin under layers of makeup– or, even worse, sleeping with makeup on– are well known, but it turns out that topically applying skin can help it stay fresh, youthful, and healthy.

Oxygen was first found to help heal people with severe burns. Oxygen gas, which is naturally present in a stable, bonded form, helps increase cell turnover and speeds up cellular metabolism. This makes it helpful for anyone that wants to maintain healthy skin.

Oxygen Therapy vs. Oxidative Damage

Oxygen isn’t always friendly to skin. Oxidative stress, an imbalance between reactive forms of oxygen and the body’s ability to neutralize them, leads to free radical damage. This damage is partially associated with signs of aging, including dull, sagging, and wrinkled skin. Oxygen therapy doesn’t contribute to this kind of skin damage, since is uses stable diatomic oxygen molecules rather than unstable, unpaired oxygen atoms.

How Oxygen Is Delivered to Skin

Hospitals have access to oxygen tents and gas tanks, but these aren’t remotely practical for home use. Fortunately there are skincare products containing oxygen on the market that offer it in a stabilized liquid form, which converts to oxygen gas once the product is applied. This lets users get the benefit of fresh, oxygenated skin without having to resort to gas tanks and expensive trips to specialty spas.

Antioxidants and Oxygen

Much has been made of antioxidants when it comes to fighting aging and preventing free radical damage. One of the benefits of using skincare products that contain oxygen is that they can be combined with antioxidants like vitamin E, botanical ingredients, or other compounds that have their own skin-saving virtues. In the end, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds– improved skin health with oxygen, and prevention of free radical damage.

Maintaining healthy skin means protecting it from damage and providing all of the nutrients it needs, including oxygen. By thoroughly cleansing skin every night to remove oxygen-blocking debris and clear out pores, and applying oxygen-containing skincare products afterward, you can have a brighter, clearer, more youthful complexion.

Must Have Fall Fashion Accessories

       
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Must Have Fall Fashion AccessoriesThe fall season is the time to bundle up in warm attire and enjoy feeling cozy to ward off the chill of the lower temperatures outside. Although it’s easy to hide in oversized coats and thick boots, there are a number of accessories to wear that will dress up your clothes and allow you to look current with the latest trends. Instead of feeling frumpy, you can feel your absolute best with pieces that have recently been seen on the runway.

Infinity Scarves

For a chunky scarf that works as the focal point of any outfit, infinity scarves are a sophisticated way for both men and women to add extra detail to their top. The item can easily be paired with a snug beanie and an oversized sweater for the season. It’s a modern take on the traditional style of a wrap scarf and will even stay in place while you’re on the go.

Fingerless Gloves

To keep your hands warm and enjoy a new take on a common fall accessory, fingerless gloves are a popular item to wear for a product that still offers mobility. From texting to typing, fingerless gloves allow you to perform everyday activities while still staying warm when traveling outdoors.

Over-the-Knee Boots

Over-the-knee boots are a chic and feminine shoe style that can be worn with various styles of outfits in the fall. For formal events, the boots can be paired with a pleated skirt or dress for a shoe that goes up to the thigh. They can also be worn with ripped jeans for an everyday look that creates a cool street style.

Floppy Brim Fedora

The floppy brim fedora is one of the more popular accessories to wear this season for a vogue look that nods to the 1960s. The hat is casual yet formal enough to wear with different outfits for an urban look that offers a bit of edge. Choose a fedora that comes in a warm color to embrace the fall season. Opt for taupe, burgundy, black, or evergreen shades.

When it comes to choosing your fall fashion for the season, it’s important to accessorize with the most popular items available to ensure that your look isn’t bland or basic. Each piece will add more to your wardrobe and will allow you to stand out with trendy items that make a statement.

Happy Movember!

       
Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Happy MovemberIt is that time of year again when moustaches rule – the month of Movember. Movember was created by the Movember Foundation which encourages men to grow moustaches in an effort to bring awareness to men’s health as well as to fund research or treatment for prostate and testicular cancer. The organization’s vision is to deliver the message in a fun, unique manner.

Movember Rules

Movember has official rules which can be found on the foundation’s website. The first rule is that participants must sign up on the site to become a “Mo Bro” and begin the first of November with a clean-shaven face. For the entire month, each Mo Bro must grow and groom a moustache and only a moustache. They may not grow beards, goatees or use fake moustaches. As people ask why they are growing such a rich, luscious moustache, each Mo Bro is supposed to begin a conversation on men’s health. In addition, Mo Bro’s are asked to raise money in some manner to help prevent or develop cures for prostate and testicular cancer. Lastly, each Mo Bro must behave as a true gentleman.

Fund Raising Events

There are many options for fund raising during Movember. One suggestion on the website is to plan a Mo Party. Those who choose to host a Mo Party can register on the site and receive a free Mo Party pack in order to raise funds and encourage others to participate in Movember. Some areas have created running of the Mo’s, events that bring Mo Bros and Mo Sistas together. Many other running events are planned throughout the country to promote Movember as well. Shave the Date is the official start to Movember, where participants shave their faces in order to begin growing their Movember ‘stache. Although November 1 is the official Shave the Date, events can be held throughout the month for those who don’t mind getting a late start.

Grooming the Stache

Participating in Movember does not mean growing a big lump of hair under your nose that is unruly and unkempt. The moustache should be well-groomed and tidy, although it should draw attention to the man sporting it. The moustache should be shampooed regularly as bits of food can collect in it which no one really wants to have happen. Work in a tiny bit of conditioner as moustache hair is course. A soft, hot towel is perfect for cleansing the skin under the moustache to avoid drying and itching.

Choose the moustache style from the beginning and be sure to invest in the right tools for the job, such as barber scissors, clippers and fine-toothed combs. Beauty Bridge have everything you need to make your moustache part of a very Happy Movember!

5 Must-have Beauty Items for This Fall

       
Friday, October 31st, 2014

5 Must-have Beauty Items for This FallFall has arrived and so has the cooler weather. The season with its warm color palette offers opportunities to layer clothes and bundle up–accessories included–and a chance to enjoy all its scenery and accoutrements: long walks down cobblestone streets covered in brilliant autumn leaves, wool jackets and leather boots, the smell of wood-burning fireplaces, cider, and everything cinnamon. A crisp breeze gusts past your face, carrying the aromas and arid air of fall foliage–ack! Arm yourself against the elements and use these fall must-haves to protect your skin and keep you looking your best. Remember, a beautiful you is the best compliment to a chic wardrobe.

Dermablend – Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation: Disguise those imperfections with Dermablend’s Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation. On the mornings you wish to remain under your duvet, when your skin is looking less than perfect, what you want is a secret weapon. Dermablend’s Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation provides all the cover you need, lasting up to 16 hours of consistent color wear and giving your skin tone that even, ultra-smooth appearance you so desire.

PETER THOMAS ROTH – Firmx Peeling Gel: There’s nothing worse than craggy-looking skin this time of year, a real holiday-season nightmare. Peter Thomas Roth–Firmx Peeling Gel is your guardian angel against the dull pallor of dry, lifeless skin. Its multi-action enzymes and cellulose help wash away the old you and uncover a glowing, youthful look. Reach for a bottle and never wear that ghoulish mask again.

Kneipp –Renew 2 Almond Blossom Body Duo: As much attention you give your face this fall season, be sure to also give your body the TLC it deserves with Kneipp’s Renew 2 Almond Blossom Body Duo. The emollient almond oil and rich shea butter hydrates and conditions, leaving skin silky, smooth and lightly scented.

Beautyblender–Beautyblender Micro.mini: To apply your makeup with the skill of a professional makeup artist, you need the best applicators. A duo of mini sponges that double in size when wet makes applying makeup with precision easy, letting you follow the contours and reach the smallest parts of the face. Now put your best face forward, without any of the troubles of yesterday…yes, life just got easier.

Lippmann Collection–Fantastical Collection Magic Carpet Ride Nail Lacquer: Compliment your new, radiant skin with Lippmann Collection’s Fantastical Collection Magic Carpet Ride Nail Lacquer. Make a bold statement with this bewitching nail lacquer that’ll certainly place other’s under it’s spell. The Devil is in the details and this accessory is the kind of detail your new look craves. Trust us, your wardrobe and social life will thank you.

Our Favorite Celebrity Halloween Makeup

       
Monday, October 27th, 2014

Our Favorite Celebrity Halloween MakeupIt’s that spooky time of year again! The leaves are falling, the sweaters are coming off of the hangers in our closets, and we can’t go anywhere without getting some variation of a pumpkin spiced snack. Have you thought of your Halloween costume yet? Check out our favorite celeb’s Halloween costumes and how they did their makeup!

Ashley TisdaleAshley Tisdale: So scary I almost didn’t recognize her! Ashley put a terrifying spin on a cute costume, I like to call it “Night of the Living Dead (Drop Gorgeous)” If you’re thinking about being a cute school girl-esque zombie like Ashley, this look is super easy to do. Grab some under-eye concealer, dark eye shadow, and eyeliner in a grey, purple or green tint. Use the dark eye shadow to black out your eyes and baby powder to make your skin look super creepy and pale. If you want to add any fake blood spots, make sure you get some red lipstick! Pair it with a school girl outfit and you’ll be a hottie zombie in no time!

Georgina ChapmanGeorgina Chapman: What a glam queen! If you wanna look like a 70′s rockstar like Georgina, make-up is everything. Go bold with your eye colors. Try something wild and crazy, like a dark purple or hot pink eye shadow. If you are able to, adding some shimmer will seriously give you some rock star points. Apply black eyeliner on your eyelids and underneath your eyes to really make them pop, and DON’T forget mascara. To really get that 70′s look, you are going to want to make your lips and cheeks bright and noticeable. Contour your cheeks with a vibrant pink blush and gloss those lips with some Barbie pink lipstick and you are good to go!

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian: Ariel who? Kim looks gorgeous as she pretends to be the Queen of Sea for the night. If you want to get this look, you’ll have a fun time getting to be not only gorgeous but mystical as well! Start off using your normal foundation, but use a luminating cream by the sides of your eyes, high on your cheekbones and lightly down the front of your nose as well. This will make your face look glowing and magical. For your eyeshadow, find a light shimmery purple and deep jade or green. Apply the purple on your inner eyelids and blend with the green to create a beautiful mixed look. Finish off your eyes with some dark green eyeliner and purple mascara if you want to be daring! Use a peachy pink color on your lip and enjoy being a mermaid for a night!

Skincare Benefits of Pumpkin

       
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Skincare Benefits of PumpkinWhen most people think of pumpkins, they think of all the delicious foods they can make in the kitchen. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads, and pumpkin soup are just a few of the wonderful dishes many love to enjoy. Others might think of the fall, pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns and roasted pumpkin seeds. However, there is a little beauty secret behind the orange shell. Pumpkins are excellent for the skin! Who knew? Many cosmetics brands know and incorporate pumpkin into their exfoliating masks and lotions. There are lots of different ways to use pumpkin on the skin and produce a glowing complexion. Listed below are a few ways pumpkins can help give anyone gorgeous, glowing and flawless skin.

1. Erases Blemishes

For those who are acne-prone, the struggle with blemishes is all too familiar. It can be very frustrating to deal with the everlasting effect of a pimple. Unsightly scars and pimples may seem like they will never go away, but they can. It is best to apply pumpkin to the face once the pimple is on its way out. This will help diminish the potential for scarring and more pimples. Vitamin E, which is found in pumpkins, is notorious for providing relief and healing effects to the skin.

2. Controls Oily Skin

When applied as a paste or a mask on the skin, pumpkin can have a positive effect for those who struggle with oily skin. Due to the amount of zinc found in pumpkins, they hold the ability to absorb a lot of the excess oil on the skin and prevent excess production.

3. Eliminates Dry Skin

People who suffer from dry skin have a difficult time with exfoliating the dead skin cells. Pumpkin naturally completes the exfoliation of the skin. There are natural enzymes as well as really strong antioxidants found such as beta-carotene. Alpha hydroxy acids are also found and can soothe dry skin tremendously. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C add more nutrients to the skin and soften dry skin as well. The application of pumpkin isn’t just for the face. Those with dry and cracked hands and feet can really benefit from applying a mask to those areas as well. This is primarily because pumpkin holds the ability to hydrate and soften the rough, dry skin so well.

These are just a few of the many different ways that pumpkin can adequately benefit the skin. The next time a pesky pimple rears its ugly head, head for the grocery store and grab the best pumpkin available!

The Beauty of Cleansing Oils

       
Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Beauty of Cleansing OilsAny beautician will attest to the benefits of cleansing oils for skin care. They contain a broad range of healthy antioxidants, can relieve specific skin conditions and have incredible moisturizing properties. They are also exceptional for cleaning skin without clogging pores, a serious issue with most soaps and other cleansing products.

Methods for Cleansing with Oil

  1. Select an oil suited to your skin type.
  2. Run yourself a nice steamy bath and get a clean wash cloth.
  3. Place eight to 10 drops in your palm and rub it carefully between the palms to warm the cleansing oil.
  4. Massage the oil thoroughly into the skin. You want to remove all traces of sebum and makeup impurities. Perform the act for no less than two minutes.
  5. Dip the wash cloth into the steamy water. Do not ring out water. Instead drape it across your face.
  6. After the wash cloth cools, gently pat away excess oil.
  7. Repeat the process up to five times or until your skin feels clear of oil and impurities.
  8. Tone and moisturize.

Choosing a Cleansing Oil

Talk with a beautician or other skin care specialist about how to determine what cleansing oil is best for your situation. Still, here are a few of the best oil cleansers and moisturizers for cleaning skin and effectively combatting issues like acne.

Argan Cleansing Oil

Besides not clogging pores, argan oil is a sound solution for preventing stretch marks and restoring skin elasticity, rehydrating skin and regenerating skin cells. It’s helpful in the reduction of brown spots and acne. It also provides a healthy dose of Vitamin E, which is great for skin care.

Coconut Cleansing Oil

It’s important to note that despite its benefits, coconut oil can clog pores. You should test it for a couple of days before deciding if it is the best cleansing option for your skin. Otherwise, it has exemplary moisturizing, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-aging properties. Coconut oil also provides a pleasant soothing and softening feel to the skin and touch.

Jojoba Cleansing Oil

Jojoba is a popular cleansing ingredient because it is similar to the natural oil that skin produces. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, helping to balance acne and oily skin. Great for dry skin as well, it treats skin infections and doesn’t clog pores.

They say oil and water don’t mix. That doesn’t apply when it comes to caring for your skin. Cleansing oil and water is an ideal solution for even the most problematic skin.

Anti-aging Tips By Age

       
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Anti-aging Tips By AgeLet’s face it, we all get older. You can kick, cry, and scream that you don’t want to say good-bye to your youthful appearance, but that won’t stop the calendar from moving forward. However, by taking a proactive approach and starting an anti-aging routine when you’re young, you can hold on to those youthful years just a little bit longer. We’ve taken the liberty of breaking out simple routines based on age to help you get started.

- If you’re in your 20′s
Lucky you to still have a youthful face. However, that youth can also be a curse if you don’t take the time to think about anti-aging. Right now you should be wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to save yourself a lot of grief later one. Additionally, skip the tanning beds. Self tanners are getting better than ever and they won’t give you wrinkles.

- If you’re in your 30′s
While in your 30′s, water may quickly become your best friend. Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the easiest ways to keep skin looking young. In addition, make sure that you’re using a daily moisturizer and taking plenty of vitamin D (at least 1,000 IUs per day).

- If you’re in your 40′s
Anti-aging in your 40′s isn’t just about healthy skin; it’s also about a healthy you. Be sure that you’re eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and cut back on the processed sugar. Regular exercise will also give you a healthy glow. If you haven’t started yet, then it’s time to use retinol to minimize fine lines around your eyes.

- If you’re in your 50′s
This can be a busy age where sleep takes a back seat to higher priorities, but this will wreak havoc on your skin. Make sure you carve at least 8 hours of shuteye a night for yourself. Additionally, consider start using hyaluronic acid if you’re noticing fine lines around your mouth; this product will help hide them.

- If you’re in your 60′s
Starting to worry about anti-aging in your 60′s isn’t too little too late; after all, it’s never too late to start taking proper care of your skin. At this age, the right eye make up can hide drooping eyelids and use products with white or green tea extracts to help fight swelling. Additionally, check that the air in your home isn’t too dry; the lack of moisture is bad for your skin.