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Looking Flawless on Christmas Morning

       
Friday, December 19th, 2014

Hand Healers for A Cold WinterWhether you are staying at home with your immediate family or visiting other relatives, you want to look your best on Christmas morning. If you look good, you will feel better about yourself and have a more enjoyable time. Here are some great tips on looking flawless on Christmas morning.

Apply Liquid Highlighter to Your Skin

If you really want a beautiful glow on Christmas morning, you should apply liquid highlighter to your skin. It will help your complexion look healthy and gorgeous. Just put two to three drops of liquid highlighter in your foundation and apply it to your face.

Cover Up Under Eye Circles With Concealer

Under eye circles can really make you look worn out. If you notice circles under your eyes, you should cover them up with concealer. Just dip a concealer brush in cream concealer and apply it directly under your eyes.

Wear a Pigmented Blush

Your skin tone can get pretty pale in the wintertime and a good blush can help brighten it up. If you apply a pigmented peach or pink blush along your cheekbones, your complexion will look a lot better. Use a blush brush to carefully sweep the blush across your cheekbones.

Apply White Eye shadow to Inner Corners of Eyes

If you want your eyes to really pop on Christmas, you should apply white eye shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. White eye shadow will bring out the whites in your eyes.

Put on Bright Lipstick

Pale pink or nude lipstick might look nice in the wintertime, but light lip colors can wash you out in the wintertime. It is a much better idea to wear a red or mauve lipstick on Christmas morning. It will brighten up your complexion and will look great in photos. If you want your lips to shine, apply some clear lip gloss on top of the lipstick.

Taking a little extra time in the morning to do your makeup can help you look great on Christmas. If you follow these very helpful tips, you will look and feel great on Christmas morning.

Stocking Stuffers That Are Sure To Please

       
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Stocking Stuffers That Are Sure To Please“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” Gift giving is one of the joys and challenges of Christmastime, and part of gift giving is stuffing those stockings with gifts. Good stocking stuffers should be small, thoughtful, and useful. Gone are the days when stockings were stuffed with primarily candy canes and teddy bears. There is a plethora of options available now for all ages and interests. After a season full of splurging on sweets and running around busily, stuffing stockings full of things that aid in rejuvenating mind and body is a great idea.

Wintertime can be tough on skin and hair, so beauty products to help hydrate and enrich skin will be greatly appreciated. Travel sized lotions and creams are the perfect size for stockings. There are many travel sets that are decorative and can even double as a cute Christmas ornament too. As you choose your lotion and cream stocking stuffers be mindful of the quality of the ingredients. Many of the decorative sets available at this time of year may look and smell pretty, but be severely lacking in healthy ingredients that will improve the health of your skin. Look for beauty sets that look nice, smell nice, and provide vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants to the skin.

Small cosmetics also fit nicely into the stocking and will likely be appreciated by the ladies of your house. Be on the lookout for cute high quality blush palettes, nail polish, lip stick, and mini mascara. As with the moisturizers, it is important not to get so caught up in buying the most sparkly and fancy wrapped package that the ingredients become secondary. Check the ingredient list. Watch out for petroleum based products or items with excess phthalates and chemicals. Seek out cosmetics that not only beautify but also nourish skin with all natural and organic ingredients.

While cosmetics may not be appropriate or appreciated by the men or children of the household, the gift of health and beauty is still beneficial and can be gifted in a fun way. Harsh winter winds do not discriminate and will chap the manliest of lips. A good nutrient rich natural lip gloss is a great stocking stuff for male and female, young and old alike.

Stocking stuffers should be fun and personal. Items such as cozy socks and house slippers will be appreciated when toes are kept toasty warm this winter. Little girls love things such as hair bows and head bands too.

It is not always easy to come up with unique ideas when stuffing stockings, but with a little thoughtfulness and creativity, you can stuff stockings full of fun and healthy items for your loved ones.

Best Gifts for The Beauty Lover

       
Friday, December 12th, 2014

Best Gifts for The Beauty LoverHoliday gift ideas may not come easily, especially for those who are not fond of shopping. There are several online stores and eCommerce options that specialize in a number of different industries and genres. These solutions make it simple to shop for the man or woman who seems to have everything. When a gift recipient has a special interest or hobby, the search for the perfect gift becomes narrower and directed toward a specific product or service. Anyone who is into beauty regiments and skincare treatments will be pleased with the great new holiday collections by some of the most trusted names in the business.

Consider Gift Sets
Attempting to make a purchase of multiple beauty products or skincare enhancements is typically much smoother when the products are bought in tandem. Gift sets are not only more economically priced, but they are also conveniently and beautifully wrapped. This single step approach saves the giver both time and resources. The Philosophy Pink Marshmallow Buttercream Trio makes a fun gift because it encompasses many different facets of a daily beauty routine. Gift sets like this one include a bath or shower gel, scented lotion, and a bonus item for good measure. In this case, a moisturizing lip shine adds the finishing touch to morning preparations.

Remember The Men
Gift sets are not just for the ladies, and many popular brands are specifically catering to the male audience. Today most men are keenly aware of the benefits of proper skincare. Certain occupations, especially those that include outdoor work, can result in dry or rough skin. Men can now protect their hands and face from chapping and cracking, which can be extremely painful. One of the easiest gifts to choose for a man is a shaving product or gift set. The Art of Shaving Skin Care Kit features a host of products meant to prepare skin for shaving and then provide lasting protection.

Add Some Glamour
Every woman wants to feel beautiful and desirable. Sometimes they spend so much time as caregivers that they fail to take time to adequately care for themselves. Cosmetics are a great gift for the girl who wants to look and feel her very best. A gift that allows a woman to pamper herself through a massage, manicure, or pedicure will be much appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed. Bold and flashy cosmetics are great ideas for the woman who wants to make a statement. The flirtatious Sexyback Lip and Nail Duet from the Deborah Lippmann collection is the perfect accent gift or stocking stuffer from ladies who love to have fun with their makeup and accessories. Ladies who prefer a more practical approach to life but still have a great sense of humor will get a kick out of the Bliss Crown Jewels or Buttah Bling gift sets.

Regardless of the number of tasks at hand for the season, shoppers are sure to find the perfect choices for all the men and women on their gift list. Leading brands have made their most coveted products available in convenient packaging to make the shopping experience seamless and productive. Many shoppers are bound to be so impressed with their skills that they will decide to pick up a few key products for themselves during their shopping excursions.

Hand Healers for A Cold Winter

       
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Hand Healers for A Cold WinterAs soon as the temperature changes, our skin reacts to the shift in the elements. You may notice your skin drying along with the air. That’s because low humidity levels draw moisture from your skin, and if you are compensating the cold weather with hot baths and showers, you are actually causing the water to wash away natural oils that help keep you moisturized. So, how do you combat threatening skin conditions in the colder months?

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking water should be a priority year-round, but is especially beneficial during the winter. Not only are you hydrating your body, but you’re also hydrating your skin, eliminating cases of dryness and itchiness. Drinking four 16 fl.oz. glasses of water per day is almost 2 liters of water, though caffeine-free tea can also count toward your fluid intake, as well as sports drinks, which replace any sodium your body may have lost during the day. Keep in mind that exercise, illness, pregnancy, and breast-feeding affect your overall fluid consumption, so remember to compensate for these factors when calculating daily fluid ounces.

Moisturize Your Skin

Using lotion on a daily basis is always beneficial, especially after shaving and during winter. Consider lotions such as Dr. Hunter’s Rosewater & Glycerine Hand Creme and Gardener’s Hand Healer. The ingredients in these lotions are easily absorbed, diminish blemishes from sun damage, and protects against cracks and chapped skin. Though if you have sensitive skin, consult with your dermatologist. It may be better for you to opt for a non-scented lotion. When researching lotions this time of year, make sure you are looking for reparative moisturizers with ingredients such as Shea butter, glycerin, plant extracts, and Vitamin A.

Eat Healthy

WebMD suggests eating foods like sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, grapes, spinach, olives, whole wheat pasta, and green tea to keep your skin healthy during the winter. Ingesting fatty acids such as Omega-3s and Omega-6s will replenish your skin’s protective oils, as well as canola, salmon, walnuts, and flax.

Incorporate foods and drinks high in antioxidants to keep skin healthy, moisturize every day, and make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids. The change in elements can cause for premature wrinkling and aging, so make sure you’re caring for your skin to preserve the conditions of your cells to stay healthy throughout winter.

DIY Table Decorations

       
Saturday, December 6th, 2014

DIY Table DecorationsCelebrations are sometimes planned way in advance. In those situations it is very easy to spend time making sure everything is perfect before guests arrive. But sometimes holiday and party preparations are an impulsive thing. One thing that can make a spur of the moment party memorable is a great set of table decorations.

A good place to start is with the flowers. Good floral arrangements can brighten up any table. All you have to do is find a suitable container for them. The good news is if you have a kitchen, you have a whole room full of containers for just about everything. How about some coffee cans with the labels removed? If you can find some pastel or metallic paint, a set of coffee cans can make great ad-hoc vases for your floral decorations.

If you are scheduling a dinner party, cloth napkins will give the meal class. Slick looking napkin holders will make the table look distinguished. How about a bow? If a nice gift can be presented with a festive bow, so can your holiday table’s cloth napkins. If you take the time to make sure the colors complement the rest of the decorations, this idea can really make your table shine.

With a little time and planning, you can take wreaths, hurricane vases and candles and turn your centerpiece into a conversation piece. A green wreath and pine cones surrounding shining clean vases containing large wide red candles will put your guests in a festive mood without putting much stress on your holiday preparations. These kinds of decorations combined with poinsettias, red ribbons as napkin holders and a suitably patterned tablecloth will put your design over the top.

Decorating is far more an art than a science, and that means the results matter much more than the tools utilized to achieve them. Almost anything can be marshaled into a well-presented decorative design, provided you see the table as a place to express your celebratory spirit and make sure your decorations are combined with your overall party preparations to match. Less is very often more, and when decorations work, they make everything more fun.

Money Saving Holiday Shopping Tips for Beauty

       
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Money Saving Holiday Shopping Tips for Beauty

Shopping for presents can be stressful, especially during the busy holiday season. Not only do you have to continue your normal everyday routine, you are charged with adding a gazillion things to the list.

Fortunately, women can be a bit easier to shop for. Most of us love anything beauty, and you don’t have to break-the-bank in order to deliver top-notch holiday gifts.

Below you will find easy gift ideas for yourself, your family, or your friends. What woman doesn’t appreciate a sweetly scented bottle of perfume or a nice nail polish gift pack? Have a look and find that we’ve collected the best beauty gifts of the year!

Perfume: This new fragrance Nicole by Nicole Richie, layers the scents stirred by Nicole’s youthful memories. This gift would be perfect for a mother or sister, or anyone that you know. This wonderful gift set includes; body lotion, spray, bath & shower gel, and rollerball perfume. You can’t go wrong with perfume sets as all women love to smell nice.

Shampoo & Conditioner sets: Everyone has to wash their hair, right? Giving the gift of luxurious, moistening shampoos or conditioners can be a special treat for your Secret-Santa gift. Tricomin, Triamino Copper Nutritional Complex hair care products are wonderfully rich and lathery, and offer the crucial nutrients and conditioning agents that your hair needs and craves. This gift idea for men or women comes with shampoo, conditioner, and therapy spray.

Lipsticks & Lipgloss: If you’re not sure what to purchase for your co-worker, a nice gift-ready idea is a beautifully decorated bag filled with three beautiful shades of lipstick. Too Faced is offering this holiday gift set, containing three of their bestseller lip shades – all prettily packed in a sparkly pink bag. We’re sure you can think of many of whom to give this lovely-packaged gift

Teeth Whitening: Yes, teeth whitening kits make the best presents for family or friends. Maybe you can add a note – “Your smile is gorgeous, here’s to keeping it flawless”, or something in that nature. Everyone, especially these days, loves a white smile. GoSMILE offers the best on-the-go whitening pen kit, perfect for your husband, brother, mother, and anyone else in your family or your friends. This gift keeps-on-giving, as they can carry it with them anywhere, and enjoy teeth whitening at their convenience.

The best gifts under the tree are the beauty ones. Whether you choose to give makeup, perfumes, personal care gifts or colognes – giving the gift of beauty will always be a hit for the holidays.

Flawless Foundation Application Tips

       
Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Flawless Foundation Application TipsOne of the most important cosmetics to apply to the face is foundation. It works to create an even canvas for all your other makeup. The product should appear natural and hide any imperfections that may distract from your other makeup. To apply foundation like a professional and make it look flawless, follow these tried and true steps.

Begin with Primer

Beauty experts recommend applying a liquid primer product to the skin before foundation is used to ensure that the product lasts throughout the day. It will create a smooth base and will also minimize open pores or wrinkles. For those with oily skin, the primer should mostly be applied to the t-zone to reduce shine.

Use a Brush

For a professional finish to your skin, apply the makeup with a brush and begin working it on the center of the forehead before moving outward. The dry side of the brush can be used to blend excess foundation that can look too heavy or caked on. Use smooth, swift motions with the brush for even application. You can also use your fingers to apply the foundation, which will warm the product with your body temperature and will create an even finish.

Don’t Forget Concealer

After your foundation is applied, it’s important to use a flat concealer brush to apply liquid or cream concealer to hide any blemishes or darkness under the eyes and sides of the nose.  Avoid applying it on wrinkles, which can make them appear more pronounced.

Blend with a Sponge

To create an airbrushed glow to your skin, use a small sponge to even out each area of the face to ensure that the product is pulled and spread evenly. Work it into the jawline and neck for an even blend.

Set the Foundation with Loose Powder

To finish off the foundation and make it last all day, apply loose powder and set it with a dense brush. Excess powder can be brushed off by lightly sweeping the skin with the brush. Translucent powder should be used to prevent changing the color of your skin tone.

Holiday Makeup Looks That Wow!

       
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Holiday Makeup Looks That Wow!
The holiday season is near and the air will soon be filled with frost, fun, and dancing sugar plums. Nothing is better than wearing oversized sweaters and roasting chestnuts on an open fire, warming yourself inside from the chilly weather. A new season means a new style, so what better way to celebrate than with the perfect makeup looks of the year! Are you the belle of the ball or a jingle bell rock and roll girl? These two makeup styles cover up your frosty cheeks and bring out your inner holiday spirit!

Sophisticated and Seasonal

First, use your favorite primer and foundation as desired. Then, use Too Faced’s La Belle Caroousel in the color named Frost and lightly brush just under the arch of your eyebrow. This gives your brow a nice highlight. Next, use the eyeshadow color Tin Soldier on the ends of your eyelids to better define your eye shape. Then, brush the color Santa’s Boots in the crease and on the edge of your eyelids for a smokey chimney feel. Use your desired mascara to finish it off. If you wish, use Rilastil’s Terra Duo Bronzing Powder. It not only gives your cheekbones definition, but it emphasizes your unique face shape. This completes your first look.

Sassy and Sweet

The next style gives you a bit more of a pop! Once again, use your best primer and foundation. Cover your entire eyelid in Too Faced’s eyeshadow color Frost. Brush the color Christmas Tree on the outer side of your eyelid. Then, use a Beautyblender and slowly and carefully blend the green color into the white. This should create a nice gradient that draws the attention right to your beautiful eyes. Finish the eyes with mascara to further accentuate your look. Use Too Faced’s Under the Mistletoe lipstick in the color Marshmallow Bunny to add shimmer and sparkle to your completed makeup style. Your lips will be irresistible to anyone near a branch of mistletoe. Finally, use Lippmann nail polish in red to complete your fabulous makeup with a seasonal color scheme.

‘Tis The Season for Sassy Makeup!

These looks are ideal for any occasion such as sleigh rides, parties, building a snowman, and decorating your home. All the products mentioned above are available online at beautybridge.com. May your holidays be magical!

Calorie conscious Thanksgiving desserts!

       
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Calorie conscious Thanksgiving dessertsSave your dessert calories this Thanksgiving season!

There is no doubt that the first thing that comes to mind during the holiday season is the opportunity to share with loved ones. Yet, the holidays are also notorious for our indulgence with scrumptious dishes. Still,are plenty of ways to indulge and save some calories in the process. Here are some ideas that may help you be less calorie conscious even when consuming those delicious Thanksgiving desserts.

Rule 1- Combine and save! Before slicing that pecan pie into a huge triangle, cut that same slice in half. Fix your dessert dish with at least 6 tbsp. of low-calorie whipped cream and add fruit to your plate. Sprinkle the fruit with a natural sugar alternative such as Stevia, or Truvia. You will be surprised how the different flavors combine to fully satisfy your sugar craving without leaving you buzzed out.

Rule 2- Make protein your dessert! Try something new this year: substitute bread and starchy desserts with creamy, milky and savory ones. A very popular savory dessert is cheesecake. Yes, cheesecake! A protein cheesecake recipe calls for:
• 12oz Fat Free Philadelphia Cream Cheese
• 1 container of plain Greek yogurt
• 2 Whole Eggs
• 1-2 tbs (or more) of alternative natural sweetener
• ¼ Cup Milk or coconut milk
• 1.5 Scoops of whey protein, or almond flour
• 1tsp Vanilla Extract
• Dash Salt
You can add fruit and whipped toppings and make it a dessert to remember.

Rule 3- Make mini-desserts! Rather than baking huge pies and cakes, why not make miniatures that everyone can share and enjoy? You can sample two mini desserts for the same calories as one big one, and still get the most out of it without overspending your calorie budget. Jell-O shots with fruit inside make great mini desserts. Just make your gelatin as you normally do, add fruit, and chill. Serve in individual mini containers or chill them individually prior to serving in mini muffin wrappers. Add whipped cream before serving, and enjoy!

Rule 4- MINT! MINT! MINT! – Make a liquid dessert that also helps to tame a crazy tummy! Warm, mint lemonades flavored with alternative natural sweeteners make a delicious alternative, especially with a dash of milk or whipped cream melting inside. At neatly zero calories, this refreshing and calming drink will make your tummy much happier than eating a whole pumpkin pie.
Do not forget: Minty sherberts also make great palate cleansers. Using nothing but shaved ice, mint flavoring and alternative sweeteners, this dessert is sure to be a hit to remember.

You can have it all and eat it too! Just be wise about portions and ingredients, and have yourself a happy holiday season!

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!