Turn Heads this Holiday Season

Easy and Glam Holiday Party Makeup

The holidays will soon be here which means it’s time to glam-up for party season. Here are some quick and easy makeup ideas to make you look and feel festively fabulous!
Eye sparkle
A silver or gold eyeshadow swept across your lid and on the inner corners of your eyes creates a glitzy, party ready look in minutes. The color on the inner corners of your eyes will brighten your eyes and will make them seem to sparkle! Line in black eyeliner, top off with a coat of mascara and you are off to the ball!
Fun, bright lips
Tis the season to be merry and bright… especially your lips! Holiday parties are the perfect occasions to have fun with lip color. Try bright or intense tones that you wouldn’t usually wear like hot pink, orange-red, cherry-red or deep berry. This look works best by keeping the rest of your makeup to a minimum; so it’s a great choice when you are pressed for time.
Va-voom lashes
Playing up your lashes is one of the simplest ways to feel glamourous.  To create the look of false lashes, use an eyelash curler to open up your eyes. Next, line the inner upper waterline and the upper lash line with a black pencil eyeliner; this will create the illusion of thicker lashes. Follow by lining the upper lash line with a liquid black eyeliner; the precision line and intense color will help open up your eyes. Now apply two coats of a black lash maximizing mascara from roots to tips. Finally, to create the faux lash look, use a clean lash brush to apply a thin coat of translucent powder and finish with one more coat of mascara; you will feel youthful and flirty! When you emphasize your lashes remember to keep the rest of your makeup simple; flawless skin and a sweep of nude or pink gloss will keep this party look sexy, not vampy.

Winter Skin Rehab

Simple Tips to Beat Dry Winter Skin

As the air gets cooler and dryer, so does our skin. This is the time of year to boost moisturizing routines and nourish skin. Here are some simple tips to hydrate your skin from head-to-toe all winter long.
H2O All Day Long
Drinking water is a well-known but sometimes forgotten beauty tip; it helps to hydrate our bodies from within. Depending on how much you usually drink, try increasing the amount during the winter months. An easy way to track how much water you are drinking is to use a large reusable bottle and focus on finishing it during the day. Cold water also tastes great and refreshing; or if you want hot water, try adding lemon to make it a soothing treat.
Think Omega
Omega 3 fatty acids have been credited with making our skin look healthier. Like water, they help to moisturize our skin from the inside out. Try eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts and flax seed. You can also try omega-3 fatty acid supplements (but always talk to your doctor first before taking any supplements).
Try a Humidifier
When the air is cold and dry, we need to pump moisture back into our personal atmosphere. A humidifier in your home or bedroom can do the trick. If you don’t want to purchase a humidifier, you can make your own by punching 20 holes into a plastic freezer bag and then place a damp sponge in the bag.
Moisturize Day and Night
Winter is the time to add moisture to every skin care step. Start by switching to a gentle, moisturizing cleanser and focus on cleansing just at night. During the day, it’s a good time to incorporate a moisture serum into your skincare and apply it under your sunscreen (yes, sunscreen even in the winter!). In the evening, for an extra boost of moisture, apply a few drops of your favorite oil (try argan or olive oil) first, followed by your moisturizer; your thirsty skin will love it!

Squad All-Star

Tips on being an even more fabulous friend

Most people would agree that friendships are vital to our happiness. Friends not only keep us company, but they can provide support and love outside of our families, especially best friends. But what makes a best friend? While we seek out positive friendships, it is also important to be a good friend. Here are some tips on being the best BFF that you can be. You might just find it comes back to you. <3
Keep In Touch
While it might seem obvious, staying in touch with our friends is vital to maintaining the relationship. Significant others, children and work commitments can easily get in the way of reaching out to our besties, causing a rift in the friendship. Schedule regular time to talk and if your friend is nearby, definitely make time to see them in person, even if it’s for a quick coffee or a walk. Carving out time for your friend shows them that you truly value them.
Be a Superhero
When your BFF asks you for help, that is the time to go above and beyond what is asked of you. Try to be as supportive and caring as possible; whether you are listening to their problems or giving them a ride to the doctor. Your actions will prove to how much you care.
Be Happy for Them
If your friend gets a promotion at work, falls in love, or has another life successes, be genuinely for happy them. It’s easy to become envious of a friend’s triumphs and try to diminish them in some way. Being proud, excited and supportive of your pal’s achievements are the hallmark of a true BFF.
Be Thoughtful
Nice gestures can show your friend that you are thinking of them. It doesn’t have to be expensive gifts; even a simple text to wish them good luck on a job interview or bringing them a coffee just the way they like it is enough for them to feel the love.
Be Yourself
One final tip for being a great friend is to be yourself. Holding back your true self can be detrimental to the relationship. Trying to change your viewpoints, opinions or actions to match those of your friend keeps them from learning (and loving) who you truly are. On the other hand, you should also allow your friend to be who they are and refrain from trying to change them as well. Being honest and respectful will allow both of you to become the best friends you can be!
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