Holiday Makeup Made Simple

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As the holidays swiftly approach and we find ourselves surrounded by an array of social gatherings, it’s easy to have a total meltdown, wondering how you’ll ever get that gorgeous holiday glow! Well fear not, getting your holiday glow on is easier than you think, and I can get you there with a little help from a few of my favorite products.

When it comes to holiday glam, red lips are always a sure bet. Red lips not only signify beauty and style, they are the easiest way to add class to any look. For lips that enchant, try NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade, “Lana”. One word of advice for red lip lovers, keep everything else to a minimal. With lips this bright, both eye and cheek makeup should be applied with a light hand, so keep the other areas a bit on the neutral side.

Much like the holidays themselves, holiday eyes are all about the sparkle! To create eyes that truly pop, apply Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade, “MoonSpoon”. This sparkly shade has enough pop to allow your eyes to be the focal point of the party without being too glittery. Apply to lids and under the eyes, and then follow with several coats of black mascara.

Cheeks are another way to simplify holiday glam. The look of a beautifully flushed cheek is often more than enough to dress up any face for a holiday party. For cheeks that look perfectly flushed, try M.A.C. Casual Colour in the shade, “Baby Pink”. Start near the apples of the cheeks, and sweep upward toward the temple. Remember, much like the red lip, the class of a fully flushed cheek can be ruined if other features are too heavy, so stick to a light colored gloss for lips, and neutral eye makeup.

Glowing Skin:
Nothing is sexier for the holidays than skin that looks as if it’s lit from within. While some of us were blessed with perfect skin, the rest of us are blessed enough to have a good highlighter on hand to fake it! Benefit’s Watt’s Up highlighter is one of my absolute favorites. It’s not quite as thick and glittery as some other cream highlighters, and even comes with a small sponge for blending. For gorgeous skin, lightly dot highlighter on cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, the inner corners of the eyes, and just above the brow bones. Then just blend with a sponge or fingertips and voila, a perfect holiday look!


So the next time you’re invited to a holiday get together, don’t shy away. Instead grab your favorite party dress, pick your beauty focal point, and R.S.V.P. YES!

By: Sian Bitner Kearney

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Walmart Holiday Fragrance Gift Center

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What Holiday Shopper Are You?


 During the holidays I am the go-to gal when it comes to gifting my sisters and girlfriends with beauty goodies.  I usually like to find something unique and personal.  Fragrance is always my top pic.  Yet, fragrance can be hard to choose when it comes to finding the perfect scent for your favorite gal (or guy), so I tend to keep it simple and fun with wallet friendly celebrity fragrances.

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The Best Bang For Your Face Shape:

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She Bangs!!! The Best Bang for Your Face Shape:  No matter what the fashion industry brings forward it seems the infamous bang always returns to the front lines and redefines beautiful hair.

The late 1950’s/early 1960’s brought bangs to the forefront of fashionable hairstyles and though the shape of the bang continues to change, it remains a universal symbol for sexy and sophisticated at any age. The trick to wearing bangs is as simple as knowing your face shape. Use these simple guidelines (and be sure to enlist your stylist versus cutting solo) to see if bangs could be your hot new summer look!

Heart Face Shape: The heart shaped face is perfect for bangs. To accentuate cheekbones and balance the face, try a blunt bang cut just below the eyebrows and wear as a full bang (check out Taylor Swift) for the illusion of a more symmetrical face shape.

Long Face Shape: Most women with a long face shape usually have a very large forehead and jaw line as well. To add balance while diminishing length, try long, layered bangs that extend just past the corner of the eye and wear them swept to the side like Rachel Mcadams.

Square Face: To add softness to the sharp lines of a square face, try long, wispy bangs with layers like Olivia Wilde.

Round Face Shape: To slim the face and give it a more oval appearance, have bangs cut to right about cheekbone level and wear them with a middle part ala Eva Longoria!

Oval Face Shape: If you have an oval face shape, count yourself fortunate as oval is the one face shape that can rock any style of bang. To keep your look versatile, ask your stylist for a long bang that extends past your brow and experiment with every bang style until you nail down your favorite! Having a fear of the sheers? Hit up your local beauty supply store and try clip on bangs for a switch in style without the commitment of a cut.

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Beauty Below the Chin

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Do you baby your face but neglect the rest of your skin? Dermatologists say that below-the-chin skin needs just as much TLC to remain smooth, firm and spot-free. The outcome of inattentiveness: premature aging, or even worse, skin cancer. Manhattan dermatologist Francesca Fusco points to a World Health Organization study that shows the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma in young women. The area continues to be vulnerable well beyond these years if there has been sun exposure without protection. 

Pamper and protect all of you pronto with this neck-to-toe guide!

Neck and Chest
“The skin here is delicate, so it needs treatment like the face but with a lower concentration of active ingredients,” says Dr. Fusco. Exfoliate with gentle micro-beads once a week to help treatment ingredients penetrate. Dr. Fusco recommends strengthening the skin’s collagen and elastin with an over-the-counter retinol (vitamin A) every other day, a daily application of peptides (look for the words oligopeptides, pentapeptides or tetrapeptides on the label) or the antioxidant vitamin C in cream form. “SPF 30 is still a must,” says Dr. Fusco. If freckles are already marring your decolletage, you can still change your spots by applying a moisturizer that contains a gentle bleaching agent like kojic acid twice a day.

Hands and Arms
If you don’t treat and protect from frequent washing and constant exposure, they’ll show age early in the form of dryness, discoloration and loose skin. Beverly Hills dermatologist Ilya Reyter recommends slathering on a moisturizing ingredient like petrolatum to curb dryness. “It acts like plastic wrap, locking in the moisture that’s already in your skin and preventing water loss,” says Dr. Reyter. His nighttime tip for soft, smooth hands: Soak in water for 10 minutes, coat in petroleum jelly and slip into cotton gloves.

Back-of-the-arm bumps, a common problem called keratosis pilaris, are trickier. “These are dead skin cells that have hardened into little balls inside the pores and become inflamed,” says Dr. Fusco. “You can’t scrub them away, but a drugstore moisturizer containing 10 percent urea or ammonium lactate applied when skin is damp can be effective.”


A creamy bodywash combined with an application of shea butter moisturizer or body oil right after a shower helps this area stay supple. If your shoulders, back and bottom tend to break out, squeeze a bodywash with 2 percent salicylic acid onto a loofah sponge and shimmy on all acne-prone parts each time you shower, advises Dr. Fusco. Tinted benzoyl peroxide can simultaneously hide and treat blemishes that have already erupted. “This kind of acne or folliculitis can sometimes be caused by staph bacteria, but you should always check with your doctor to be sure,” notes Dr. Reyter. “In that case, using an OTC chlorhexidine bodywash twice a week may work best.”

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Get the Best Brow for Your Buck

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While the days of pencil thin browns are behind us, keeping brows bold but properly groomed still requires some maintenance. From tweezing to threading and waxing, we have the pros and the cons for each technique.

To Tweeze or Not to Tweeze…
Tweezing is perhaps the easiest DIY of the brow grooming techniques; however, it still comes with its share of pros and cons. The best thing about tweezing is if done correctly, it allows you to form the shape you’d like your brows to be versus leaving it up to the pros and possibly being left with a brow look that was lost in beauty translation. For best results, use a pencil or brow shadow to color in your brow shape the way you would like it to appear, and then finish the look by tweezing any access hairs. Be certain to go lightly and cautiously with the tweezers though, over plucking is a move that’s nearly impossible to correct and you will regret every time.

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How to Berry Stain Your Lips

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The great thing is is a lot of lines have products right now that are made for exactly that. You want to look for a lip and cheek stain with a name that has either berry, pomegranate or cherry in the title. These will give you that berry stained look.
In the video above I use a pomegranate lip and cheek stain. As you can see in the video above, the color starts off very sheer and just starts to add to the natural coloring of lips. You can add more color to create the depth of color that you like. You can top it with a gloss or just leave it on its own for a really beautiful sheer look.
One of my favorite things about lip and cheek stains is the longevity factor. This will stay on all day and as you can see, it just gives such a beautiful rose-tone finish to the lips, one of my all time favorite tips to really make the lips look luscious, sexy and full.
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Desiderata – Happy Holidays!

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In honor of the season, I hope to share with you my favorite poem.  

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