Makeup Trends For Your Holiday Party

The holiday season is party season. We all know that holiday parties come with a more heightened sense of fashion and style than most other parties throughout the year. This festive time calls for the best dresses, the most dazzling shoes, and the latest and greatest in makeup.

With your upcoming holiday work parties, friend gatherings, and family reunions, we want to keep you up-to-date on winter makeup trends that could not be more perfect for your special event.

  • Winter Berry

    While summer can keep its warm tones, like coral, winter is the perfect time to pull out all of your cool berry shades, a color that can look great on many parts of your face. A dark berry or burgundy shade on your eyes could be just the right color for your party. In fact, it’s the perfect color to enhance your regular smoky eye, a trend that is, once again, hot this season. A berry blush is the perfect way to wrap up the wintery look.

    And don’t forget your nails! Berry nails were big this fall and will be a great look for the holiday party.

    Try Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Black Plum for that berry smoky eye. Nars’ blush in Sin is the perfect light berry hint to brighten your cheeks. Deborah Lippmann’s Miss Independent nail color is great for berry nails.

    • Blue Eyes

    This spring will be bringing in a big trend of vibrant blue eye makeup (think cobalt). If you would like to show the world (or at least the other partygoers) that you are up on all the latest style trends, you might want to break this one out a couple months early. Now, don’t think 80s right now; this is a sleeker look. You can try a blue eyeliner to start subtly, or you can go big by filling in your lid up to the crease.

    Mac’s Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Petrol Blue is a fantastic deeper shade that may seem less scary. Nars’ bright Matte Eyeshadow in Outremer is for the bravest of us fashionistas out there!

    • Dark (really dark!) Statement Lip

    We’ve all, undoubtedly, tried the bright red lip for the holidays. It’s always a solid choice. But this year, if you’d like to shake it up a bit, you can try an extremely dark wine color. Black lips were a big hit in this fall’s runways. While black may be a bit extreme for your office party, you can use it as inspiration and courage to try a darker shade than you’d normally buy.

    Remember to keep the rest of your makeup a bit tamer when you put such emphasis on single part of your face.

    Try Yves Sait Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in 205 Prune. Or, if you’d like to use a stain that stays on all night, Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in Blackberry Sorbet is lovely.

    • Strong brows

    Thick brows are hot right now. Think a little less wax and tweezers and whole lot more eyebrow gel to keep those unruly hairs in place. For your holiday party, try filling in your brows to a slightly fuller thickness. Of course, just because thick and filled-in brows are trending doesn’t mean that eye brows should become overgrown; they should be kept to a nice shape.

    Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo is the perfect tool for filling in those brows. Their Tinted Brow Gel can help hold the hairs in place without making them look stiff.

    Prep your skin for an evening out with moisturizing Marula Oil  


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    Healthy Fats and Your Skin; The Good News

    There are some great, non-aesthetic reasons for all those avocado toast pics online.  Some of us may remember the whole non-fat movement came to the States in the 70s to curb health risks and metabolic syndrome. The intentions may have been good, but the movement ill advised. It simply did not work. Despite the “low-fat” label on seemingly every item in the grocery store, obesity continued to rise and more sugar was added to foods to make them palatable.  Current research shows that sugars pose more dangerous risks to our waistlines than fats ever have.

    Turns out people need fat, but not just any fat. We need healthy fats, or essential fatty acids. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids have been buzzwords over the past few years, but for good reason. An insufficiency of these fatty acids in the human body leads to a wide variety of unpleasant health problems.

    If a healthier body was not encouragement enough for you to get in your healthy fats, maybe radiant skin will convince you. Essential fatty acids actually nourish our skin and help keep it supple, hydrated, and plump. They are also connected with aiding in acne inflammation, reducing sun sensitivity, and helping with psoriasis.

    To nurture your body and skin, here is a list of some of your best bets for getting healthy fats in your diet daily. (Bonus: they are all vegan!)

    • Avocado
    • Nuts
    • Olive oil/Coconut oil
    • Grains
    • Flax
    • Chia seeds
    • Dark leafy greens
    • Dark Chocolate

    Nuts are full of essential fatty acids that promote skin health

    Of course, while all these foods have long lists of health benefits beyond their essential fatty acids, they need to be eaten in wise moderation – even if we would all like an excuse to go to town on nuts dipped in dark chocolate! When you’re consuming fats in a well-balanced manner, your healthy body and radiant, youthful skin will thank you.

    Essential fatty acids applied topically can have benefits as well.


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    9 Ways Exercise Makes You Beautiful

    Some of us live to exercise; others of us live to avoid it. But we all know in order to lead long, full, and healthful lives, we must get moving. No matter what gets you in the gym, motivates you to conquer the outdoors, encourages you to switch a car ride for a bike ride, or guides you to a yoga mat – the truth is the same: exercise helps you lose weight, get strong, and lower stress, but it also makes you more beautiful. Here are nine reasons why:

    1. Clearer Skin

    Exercise helps acne suffers in multiple ways: reduced stress breakouts, hormonal regulation, increased blood flow, and detoxification. Just make sure to workout without makeup to prevent clogged pores and to wash your face right after you finish your sweat session (or bring facial wipes like these to the gym).

    1. Younger Skin

    The benefits that exercise gives to those with acne also help those wanting to keep their skin youthful, firm, and plump. But on top of all those benefits, exercise also offers another anti-aging punch: it can boost actual collagen production. This is especially true of strength training, so get lifting!

    1. Healthier Hair

    Hair loss is a real concern that affects both men and women, and there are actually three types of hair loss directly associated with stress. Since exercise is an ultimate stress-buster, you can help keep your beloved locks where you want them. The increased blood flow doesn’t hurt either!

    1. Sweaty Detoxification

    Our skin is our largest organ, and it is designed to detoxify your body. Sweating cleanses our bodies of toxins, an ability that offers major benefits not only helping our entire bodies, but also our skin. Pores are happy after a good sweaty, detoxifying workout (another good reason to exercise makeup free).

    1. Reduced cellulite

    While programs that claim to spot-train cellulite away are unfortunately myths, focusing on the overall toning your muscles and dropping your body fat percentage are great ways to combat cellulite. The increased circulation plays a factor in improving cellulite as well (that is why dry brushing is a great option too).

    1. Heightened Self-Confidence

    As actress Blake Lively says, “The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” You do not need to have a competition body in order to gain some real self-assurance from a workout. Simply knowing that you are strong and capable of physical movement instantly boosts your confidence and makes you feel beautiful.

    1. More Sleep

    “Beauty rest” may be a cliché, but the phrase is around for a reason. Your body and skin will look beautifully refreshed when you are getting consistent sleep, and regular exercise is one of the best methods to assure that is happening. Exercise can even significantly improve sleep for those with chronic insomnia.

    1. Higher Libido

    Regular exercise is great for both men and women’s sex drives. For the ladies, exercise has shown to even increase physical arousal. When you are in touch with your sexuality, you will feel more attractive. Another plus – the hormones released while having sex actually have a positive effect on beauty including younger skin and healthier hair.

    1. Better Posture

    A stronger core is essential for better posture. While you can achieve core strength through many different workouts, yoga and Pilates focus specifically on core strengthening. Classes like Barre that integrate some traditional ballet are also fabulous for an elegant posture as well.


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