Lunch Time Pick-Me-Ups

Ways to Give Your Look a Mid-Day Lift

We’ve all been there; staring at the computer as the afternoon approaches, foundation almost entirely absorbed and hair quickly losing its luster. What’s a girl to do? If you want to finish the day looking as fabulous as you started, try these lunch time beauty pick-me-ups!

Take a Walk
If the afternoon doldrums threaten to bring down your energy, you can bet they’re impacting your look, too. Get your blood pumping with a quick walk around the block, or even around the office. You’ll lift your spirits and your look will follow suit!

Give Yourself a Spritz
Everyone should own an atomizer. Why? A spritz of water on the face a few times a day helps keep your skin moisturized. Moisturized skin looks younger, more supple and holds makeup longer. So go on, spray away! Your face will thank you and so will your attitude!

Brush and Balm
It may not sound like a beauty tip, but brushing your teeth mid-day will freshen your breath and your outlook on the day. Your bright grin will make you feel good and it goes perfectly with a well-moisturized lip. Apply some lip balm for a softer, smoother, sexier smile.

A full-face reapplication may be overkill, but keeping your concealer on hand is never a bad call. After a spritz, you can do a little touch-up for dark spots or blemishes that don’t stay hidden all day otherwise.

Tame or Unleash
Depending on your hair type and style, lunch is a time to reign in the frizz with a smoothing serum and soft brush, or revive your flat and fallen follicles with a dose of dry shampoo and a shake out. Whatever your tress, see to it that your do keeps up with you!

A big glass of water with lunch will help your energy and your complexion overtime. Meaning your beauty rituals will be fewer and farther between. Sounds good, right?

Beauty Trend Predictions: 2017

See what’s going to be hot this year

A new year brings with it all kinds of exciting things, including a new round of trends in hair, makeup and skincare. So, listen up ladies! Here’s what you can expect to see and love in 2017.
Long Hair
It’s hair, it’s there, it’s everywhere! Waist-length locks are making a comeback, which makes it all the more important to properly tend to your tresses. Whether you want to go stick straight or make a few waves, the key is maintaining moisture without letting things get greasy. Whatever your preference, one thing’s for sure; nothing says, “sexy” like a luscious, healthy mane. So go ahead, unleash your inner lioness!
Embellished Do’s
With all of the long haired looks popping up, it’s no wonder braids are big this season. Add a few little plaits to your otherwise simple style, or go all out with a braid crown including sparkly hair jewelry; either way, you’ll be equally chic and on trend up top.
Ombre Lips
Glitter, goth and matte lip looks are all sticking around in the New Year, which means a variety of pouts can be on point. Hottest of them all however, is the ombre lip trend. Requiring a bit more work than the familiar  dark lip liner/light lipstick combo of the 90’s, ombre lips are all about depth and sensuality. Apply a darker shade around the edges of your lips with a gradual change or lightening of color as you move inward, and you’ll be amazed at your own mouth!
Nail Bling
Bright and glittery hues were everywhere last year, as gel manicures took the trend stage. This year, the collective nail game turns up another notch. Far beyond a well-placed crystal, 2017 brings big bling to your digits. Who needs jewelry when your nails are accessories?!
Got Milk?
Dairy skincare is all the rage this season, so obviously milk is included as one of these skin-nourishing products. Lactic acid softens skin and even exfoliates without hijacking hydration. It’s as good for your body as it is for your face, so drink up  (through your pores)and savor the super soft results.

5 New Things to Try in 2017

New looks that would look great on you!

Trends come and go, but as every woman knows, not all trends are meant for everyone. In fact, there are plenty of times when classic trumps the look du jour. That being said, these five low-risk easy trends will help you remain on point without going out on a limb. Have a look and see what you think!

Baby Face
Contouring our faces to high heaven has been all the rage for a while now, but 2017 promises a glance back at a simpler time, specifically cherubic youth. Inspired by the Korean trend, so-called, “baby face” makeup requires a heavy dose of moisturizer, since a dewy, fresh face is the goal. Follow with concealer (as needed), foundation, matte powder and blush. And of course, you’ll want to tend to your eyebrows, too. Speaking of which…

Natural Brows
Years of taming your facial tresses may have left your brows thin or unwieldy. This year, go for a naturally fuller brow instead of opting for a heavily penciled-in look. If your brows are a little over plucked, try growing them back and filling in what’s missing with powder in the meantime. It may take a while, but the results will be worth it, because full, natural brows (with shape, of course) never go out of style!

Graphic Eyes
Feeling adventurous? Consider taking a break from the smoky eye trend of the last few seasons in favor of a more geometric line, or even graphic pattern. Glitter under eyes is another hot trend on this year’s runway and can make a fun, surprising addition to an evening look!

Volume Lashes
While the thought of spider web lashes may scare you; you don’t have to go all-in to make the most of this trend. Instead of focusing on length and making sure each lash is individually defined and separated, focus on fullness. Thick, full lashes of a medium length go a long way toward emphasizing your eyes for a sexy, sultry look.

Beauty Foods

Change what you put in your body and see what you get out!

Did you know that glowing skin and thick, luscious hair may be just a few bites away? Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but what you put in your mouth has a much bigger impact on your looks than you may realize. Consider making these tweaks to your diet and your well-being, and your mirror will thank you!

Fatty Fish
Omega Three Acids aren’t just brain food – these fats nourish and hydrate your hair and skin, too. If you’re not into salmon, herring or caviar, try adding Omega 3 supplements, in pill or oil form, to your diet. Your scalp will be fed, your tresses will be shinier and your skin may even look a little brighter.

Spinach may be known to make us stronger thanks to Popeye the Sailor, but this leafy green is also wonderful for exfoliation and preventing wrinkles. It’s particularly effective when paired with a squeeze of lemon juice (or anything else high in vitamin C).

Avocado is another natural moisturizer. This dreamy, delicious remedy for dry skin is a natural hydrator you can savor! Added to your diet regularly, it will also help even out your skin tone.

Collard Greens
It’s the anti-oxidants that make collard greens great for hair and skin. They fight toxins and give you more than two-thirds of your daily Vitamin C intake in a single serving. This helps brighten your skin and minimize scarring.

Pineapple Express
Pineapple not only softens your skin, it helps synthesize collagen. This sweet treat can be enjoyed as a juice or a snack, either way, you’ll reap all of the benefits!

If you’re a raw bar aficionado, I’ve got good news for you! Oysters are wonderful for your hair, nails and skin because of their high zinc content. The zinc helps your cells regenerate; the single most important thing in keeping your hair, skin and nails looking their best and brightest. 
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