Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Not Giving Up On Those New Years Resolutions!

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Not Giving Up On Those New Years Resolutions!November and December are months full of joyous celebrations, family gatherings, and lots of tasty treats for many. January, however, is the month of the dreaded new years resolution. Many people make some sort of new years resolution and a huge number of those resolutions fail within days, weeks, or months. Whether you resolve to have better time management, save more money, improve your health and beauty, learn a new skill, or develop a hobby, resolutions can be challenging. Just because they can be a challenge does not mean they have to be a chore. New years resolutions can be a fun way to start something new or get back on track, and there are some tips and tricks to help ensure your dedication to the task.

Be Optimistic While Also Realistic
Often people start out with extremely ambitious goals. While this is not a bad thing, if an end goal seems unattainable it is more likely that you will give up in defeat. For example, if the most exercise you’ve had in the last 5 years is walking to the end of the driveway to get your mail it is probably too ambitious to resolve to climb Mount Everest. A more realistic goal would be to exercise at least 3 hours per week and participate in a local 5 kilometer race.

Hold Yourself Accountable
Find a buddy or a group that you can count on to help hold you accountable to your goal. Sometimes it is easy to disappoint yourself, but hard to let someone else down. Choose someone you trust to help keep you on track. It’s easy to give up a resolution to read more if no one is asking you about what you are reading. Maybe join a book club or just find a friend that also enjoys reading and discuss the books over lunch once a month.

Set Small Goals to Help Reach the Big Goal
Sometimes a resolution can be so broad it is difficult to know where to start. A common new years resolution, made and broken by many, is to lose weight. If immediate results are not seen, it can be easy to give up very quickly. If you aim to lose weight and get in better shape, come up with a game plan. Perhaps resolve to walk at least 5 miles a week and give up sugary drinks. This may seem small in the grand scheme of things, and once this small goal becomes part of everyday life it is a great idea to add in additional changes.

Write It Down
If we make a resolution in our head and don’t say it out loud or write it down, it is easy to let it slip out of mind. Take the added step and write it down. Just seeing it in print can help if enthusiasm toward your goal starts to dwindle.

Happy New Years Resolution making!

Ring in the New Year with a Signature Hypnotic Fragrance

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Ring in the New Year with a Signature Hypnotic FragranceNew Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the past year and bring in a shiny new one. It’s about beginning anew. Why not start by reinventing yourself with a fragrance that represents your personality? A hypnotic scent can become your signature and a compliment to your personal style. From fresh florals to deep spices, cologne and perfume options are more complex than ever before. The intricate blend of ingredients, or notes, are designed to appeal to certain senses and elicit a particular response. Do you want to be playful? Maybe you want to be sweet or a little wild. Here are some amazing fragrances to help you find just the right scent to hypnotize everyone on New Year’s Eve and all year long. Which one speaks to you?

Warm and Sensual
Givenchy Play Intense: This sexy scent contains Mandarin orange with pink pepper and patchouli. It’s alluring and seductive.
Hayari Only for Her: Grapefruit, sandalwood and vanilla combine for a warm, inviting fragrance that appeals to the senses.

Daring and Exciting
Delices de Cartier for Women: Fruity and floral notes combine beautifully to create a thrilling scent with Morello cherries and jasmine.
Spark by Liz Claiborne: This “night on the town” fragrance has hints of cinnamon, honey, caramel and cedar, just perfect to ring in the new year.

Sweet and Innocent
Marc Jacobs Dot: Vanilla, driftwood, jasmine and coconut water are blended for the sweetest of scents. It is innocent and enticing at the same time.
Philosophy Amazing Grace: Innocence is bergamot and lily of the valley, but made less syrupy with a touch of musk.

Playful and Bubbly
Theirry Mugler Innocent: Don’t let the name fool you. The mix of bergamot, sugared almond and musk is more spirited and bubby than innocent.
Purr by Katy Perry: Nothing is more playful than fruity notes including such unusual ingredients as forbidden apple and green bamboo. It’s casual, but fun.

Reinvent yourself in the new year with a fragrance that elicits just the right response in others, but also one that represents who you are or maybe even who you want to be. The notes, or blended ingredients, of colognes and perfumes are the key to finding a hypnotic fragrance that becomes your signature. Find what speaks to you and discover who you will be in 2015.

Stocking Stuffers That Are Sure To Please

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Stocking Stuffers That Are Sure To Please“It was 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 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!

Shine at all of your holiday parties

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Shine at all of your holiday parties

Your social calendar is looking stuffed – and while you couldn’t be more excited about all the upcoming soirées, you’re also already strategizing your look. After all, with the twinkling holiday lights, festive decor and glitzy party dresses, it’s not easy to stand out. However, with a touch of the right makeup, you’re bound to light up the room.

Every bash has a different mood, so they require varied makeup products, tricks and tactics. Here’s how to create a flawless look for all your upcoming affairs:

The family party
As you gather around the fireplace with loved ones, singing carols and exchanging memories from years past, you’ll surely be all aglow, and your makeup should reflect the same warmth. For a bright-eyed look, dab some highlighter with light-reflecting particles just at the inner corners of your eyes. Your look wouldn’t be complete without that just-in-from-the-cold fresh-faced flush, so sweep a light layer of rosy pigment onto the apples of your cheeks. Go for a sheer lip color that simply enhances the natural color of your pout.

The office party
The key at the company party is to look sophisticated and polished but still approachable, meaning a bold red lip and elegant golden eyes. If you have cool undertones in your skin, reach for a blue-based red like a rich berry. Warmer complexions can rock a brick red or a shade that errs on the orangey side. Next, rub a gold cream eyeshadow onto your lids and use a blending brush to distribute the pigment until your eyes are glimmering just the right gilded hue. You can also apply a warm medium brown shadow in the crease for some added allure.

The girlfriends party
Girls just want to have fun, so why not embrace some seasonally festive shimmer for a shindig at your BFF’s? Whether or not it’s snowing outside, sparkling silver eyeshadow promises a winter wonderland appeal. Dust a pale slate gray loose powder onto your lids and then to further illuminate your eyes, apply highlighter along the brow-bone. Lining your upper lash line with a charcoal pencil will give you subtle definition, while a layer of sleek black liquid liner will make your eyes pop more dramatically. To finish the look, sweep two layers of volumizing mascara onto your upper lashes and apply a neutral lip gloss, which will give your pout a glossy sheen but won’t compete with your glittery eyes.

Dazzle That New Year’s Party with These Beauty Products

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Do's and don't's for dramatic lashesArrive at end-of-the-year celebrations with New Year’s-worthy looks and super-glam style. Makeup, hair, clothes and accessories are key, but prepping with indulgent beauty treatments will make you feel luxurious and beautiful. What better way to walk in oozing confidence and glamour?

Early in the Day

Allow plenty of time to relax. There’s nothing less radiance-inducing than rushing around and stressing yourself out, so clear your schedule in advance. Set the stage for a fun-filled evening with a pre-party soak.

The Bod Squad by Bliss contains all the essentials. Soften and relax with citrus- and sage-scented Soapy Suds and Body Butter. Feel slinky in your holiday outfit by applying skin-firming Fatgirlslim. Get your digits ready for hugs and hand-holding with High Intensity Hand Cream.

Party Prep Basics

Today is not the time to try new products or intense treatments. Skin sensitivities could cause all eyes to be on you for the wrong reason. Test new products well in advance to prevent bad reactions. If your skin is prone to redness, scaliness and rashes, stick with hypoallergenic products made for sensitive skin. MD MOMS Baby Silk is a fragrance-free head-to-toe cleanser that gently cleans adult skin too.

Sloughing Off

Exfoliating gives you radiant, baby-soft skin. Glamglow Youthmud gently resurfaces skin and triggers collagen synthesis for a younger look. Apply this or another exfoliating product early in the day for best results. Moisturize within two minutes of exfoliating to provide a smooth, glowing canvas for your makeup palette. Follow with a rich, intense eye moisturizer like Babor’s HSR Lifting Extra Firming Eye Cream.

Making Up is Easy to Do

Keep under-eye circles and other imperfections at bay with concealer. New Year’s parties demand a flawless look. If you weren’t born with perfect skin, consider a full-coverage option like Dermablend Cover Creme. Even if you usually go au naturel — makeup-wise, that is — tonight calls for a foundation made for your skin type. Heavy powder ages almost anyone, but a little bit looks polished and pretty. Apply a light dusting of translucent powder, avoiding the under-eye area.

Tonight is the night to break out that smoky eye or vamp-y red lipstick. Just be sure to perfect the look well in advance by practicing and watching online video tutorials. Put on your holiday best, spritz on a chic fragrance, stash some oil-blotting tissues, and you’re ready to ring in the new year in style!

New holiday colors from Pixi Cosmetics

Friday, November 29th, 2013

New holiday colors from Pixi Cosmetics

Now that you’re getting in the holiday spirit and dusting off your glitziest party dresses, it’s time to upgrade your cosmetics for something a little more shimmery. After all, you want to sparkle from start to finish at all those upcoming soirées. The perfect party makeup is eye-catching as well as long-lasting – which is why the new products from Pixi Cosmetics are ideal for any occasion this season. Ready to get glowing?

Here are a few holiday looks that will make you the life of the party:

Glowing goddess
With glitter all around, how can you still manage to stay in the spotlight? Draw light to your eyes with the Pixi Crayon Combo in Wide Awake, a combo of matte nude and gleaming gold infused with caffeine to instantly make you look awake and alert. Or, glide on the Pixi Crayon Combo in Super Natural for soft-focused definition. The matte charcoal brown and glowing tan pencils work together to define your peepers so they really stand out. For a bolder look, reach for The Pixi Crayon Combo in Softly Smoky, which provides a powerful duo of matte dark chocolate and a shimmering bronze for an effortlessly enchanting effect.

Just because you’re not getting as much sunlight these days doesn’t mean you have to forfeit a radiant complexion. The Pixi Bronze Bloom Trio comes with three shades that work together for instant illumination. The neutral bronzer complements any skin tone for a sun-kissed glow, while the pink and peach blush give your cheeks the perfect burst of color.

Blazing bombshell
A cream eyeshadow glides on smoothly, but can tend to crease – unless it’s the Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen, which transforms from a cream to a powder so your peepers glisten all night long. Light-reflecting shades like Shell Sheen pair well with a more demure outfit, while Bronze Brilliance and Graphite Glint are just sultry enough to create a subtle smoky eye. If you’re going for a brightening effect, simply sweep the pencil over your eyelids and blend. Or, you can amp up the drama by reaching for a darker shade and tracing your lashlines, then slightly smudging.

Don’t forget to give your lip some luster. The Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm is an ultra nourishing gloss that hydrates and repairs your lips with vitamin E, Jojoba oil and Shea butter, while also softly infusing them with vibrant color. As the balm slowly fades over time, you’re left with a stain that’s completely customized to your unique chemistry, as the intensity will depend on the pH level of your lips. Baby bare is a muted pinky nude that’s flattering on any complexion, Rosy Red has a retro sophistication and Bitten Berry is a must when you want a bolder pout.

Divine diva
It’s hard to choose an eyeliner hue, and why should you? The Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Kit comes with five different stunning shades that offer a variety of looks. From Deep Plum and Black Cocoa to Sage Gold, you have endless possibilities for glamming up your eyes. Black Noir gives you the option of a classic cat-eye, while Oyster Glow offers a surefire way to brighten up your peepers. Simply glide the pencil from the inner corner of your eye outward. You always have the option of blending the pigment to create an alluring smoky effect.

Since your calendar is full of festivities, you might just need the Pixi Perfection Palette in Lit-Up Lovely. With 16 eyeshadow colors, three cheek powders, a highlighter and a bronzer, you’re armed with all the essentials to contour your face, enhance your features and ultimately, draw some major attention.

Spice up your look this holiday season

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Spice up your look this holiday season

As the holiday season draws near, you’re likely looking for a way to shake up your makeup. Something about the first sparkly snowfall, twinkling lights and glitzy attire makes you want to experiment with a more festive look – and with good reason. Considering you’ll soon be getting invitations to countless family gatherings and fun soirées, you definitely want to stand out.

If you’re bent on breaking out of your everyday beauty routine for something a tad more dazzling, there are many routes you can take. The key is to choose a feature you want to focus on, as playing up all of them can look over the top.

Here are three different alluring looks to try out:

Sugarplum fairy
The smoky eye may already be your go-to look for going out, but this season, opt for a subtler version that’s just as captivating. You can still play up your peepers without going to the dark side, and black can look harsh under the bright lighting at a holiday bash.

Consider a brown smoky eye in a spicy copper palette that mimics pumpkin and gingerbread. Start with a sweep of champagne shadow on your lids, then brush a darker bronze from the middle of the crease the edge of your eye and blend. Dust a pale golden glimmer on the inner corners of your eyes to really illuminate them. Glide a dark espresso liner across your upper lashline and finish with two coats of curling mascara.

As far as your face goes, you want to enhance your natural glow without drawing attention away from your eyes. Starting at your temples, brush bronzer along the top of your cheekbones and down to your chin in a number three shape. Keep lips soft and shimmery with GloMinerals gloGloss in Naked.

Va va vixen
You can’t get more festive for the holidays than a vibrant red lip – it’s eye-catching and innately emotive. You’re bound to be the life of the party with such a powerful pout.

The focus for your peepers should be long lashes, which add to the alluring look of your lips. Start by applying a sheer shimmery wash of color to your eyelids, like a pale silver or pearly beige. Use black liquid liner to carefully trace your upper lash line, flicking out just slightly at the outer corners. Brush on two coats of Too Faced Lash Injection mascara and you’ll be batting your lashes left and right.

Try a cream blush in a muted rosy hue use your fingers to dab it onto the apples of your cheeks, blending in a circular motion. Finally, apply the Under A Spell Lipstick by the Lippmann Collection in the center of your pout, working your way to the edges. This universally flattering shade is easily buildable to any intensity you desire. Consider layering it over a lip primer so that it lasts, even if you’re sipping some bubbly or smooching someone under the mistletoe.

Glowing goddess
Nothing is more flirty than a radiant flush. The key with this look is monochromatic balance so that you enhance your skin’s illumination without appearing overdone.

After applying primer and foundation for an airbrushed finish, sweep bronzer with substantial warmth along your cheekbones. Then, swirl your brush into a bright shimmery blush that’s just a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone and dust it onto the apples of your cheeks for a fresh-faced look.

Opt for a neutral eyeshadow with pink undertones to keep consistent with the overall palette. No need for eyeliner, as the idea is to make your eyes look wide and awake, not dramatically defined. One or two coats of POP Beauty No Clump Comb Mascara will curl, separate and extend your lashes to make your peepers really pop.

Line your pout in a soft peachy nude and then layer on a sheer lipstick in a matching shade for a subtly plumped-up effect.

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means many revelers around the U.S. are putting together their best red, white and blue outfits to wear to celebrations. Why stop at your clothes? Hair and makeup need just as much attention during this summer holiday. 

You already know you've got to protect colored hair from the sun, but you should also be on the lookout for ways to show off some makeup tricks when you're attending a family barbecue or enjoying a day off at the beach. 

Many party goers want to look natural for their Independence Day celebrations. You may want to gravitate toward nude makeup for a subdued look, but you can add a dash of fun with bright red lipstick or nail polish in a patriotic color. 

If you're planning on jumping in the water during your party, be sure to prep your skin with body scrubs and exfoliates. These treatments will have your skin feeling clean and refreshed, not to mention primed for tanning time under the sun. Of course, you should always be wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays and painful sunburns. Even if this lessens the tan you end the day with, you can always turn to tinted moisturizers to give you a healthy glow.