Ask Santa for beauty, and you’ll unwrap some of these most coveted gifts of the year. Whether you’re shopping for stocking stuffers or hinting for the present of your dreams, there’s something for everyone on your list. The season of giving is fast upon us. Holiday collections come in limited editions that will soon disappear up the chimney with Santa, so act now. Here is some of the best gifting for beauty for 2017.
Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Masterclass Lip Kits, $190, Charlotte Tilbury
These Lip Masterclass Lip Kits give you three expert lip looks including lipstick, award-winning lip liner and lustrous lip gloss. Discover a lip look for every city! Find the perfect English Beauty Lip, the American Sweetheart Lip and the Shanghai Nights Lip. The trio of gorgeous lip kits including three new lipstick colors inspired by the magic of three cities that Charlotte has loved her whole life.
Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask, $53 plus shipping, Amazon
This fast-acting mask gives your skin a natural radiance. The stimulating camphor oil and toning witch hazel ingredients instantly revitalize dull skin. Use this treatment in the morning or whenever you need a quick fix. Take note that this mask is not suitable for sensitive skin
Marc Jacobs' The Night Owl Cracker Makeup Gift Set, $32, Marc Jacobs
The festive cracker box is perfect to gift to yourself or others. It holds a limited edition set of bestselling volumizing mascara and travel sizes of gel eyeliner and liquid liner. Celebrate iconic style this holiday season with this 3-piece set in the blackest black shades.
Rodin Mini Lavender Absolute Luxury Face Oil, $170, Rodin
Give the gift of calm, illuminated skin when you choose the sophisticated and unique Lavender Absolute Face Oil. This oil combines sensuously warm lavender flowers from France and an ethereal Lavender Essential Oil from Bulgaria blended with essential oils.
Acqua di Parma Colonia Scented Soap Duo, $65, Amazon
These soaps will enrich their hands with the brand’s famous spicy citrus Colonia scent and take pride of place in their bathroom. This cleansing bar leaves skin moisturized and smelling dynamite. It is infused with coconut oil and fatty acids for light, effective moisturization.
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No need to land on an icy floor when a warm pair of slippers nestles beside your bed. Your toes will stay toasty when you indulge in the year’s best slippers. Whether lined with shearling or boasting thick rubber soles, these are the best of the slippers that make lounging around the house a luxurious indulgence. When you want a house shoe that’s comfortable and durable, try these on for size. Whether moccasins, booties or slip-ons are your style, there’s a fashion that fits.
Best Overall: L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins, $89, L.L.Bean
These classic sheepskin slippers are comfortable, well-made, and worth the price. The lining is made from real sheepskin shearling that stays fluffier for longer than the same material on similar pairs. The moccasins come with a thick rubber outsole, so they’re fine for both indoor and outdoor use. They’re easy to slip on and off without your hands.
Best Overall Runnerup: ACORN Women's Dara Slipper, $35, Amazon
These warm and cozy slip-ons offer good arch support, a solid rubber sole, warm soft lining, and a breathable wool and polyester upper. They’re a little clunkier, but also less expensive than L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins. The Dora Slipper is also among the most durable, with a reinforced upper made from boiled wool and polyester fleece, plus a thick rubber outsole.
Best Overall Unisex: Haflinger Unisex AT Wool Slippers, $66, Amazon
Comfort is the word for these slippers, which feature molded arch support that helps with the fit and alignment of the foot. Your feet will stay at the right temperature no matter what environment you’re in. Rubber soles on the bottom make these slippers great to use inside or outdoors.
Best Shearling Women: UGG Australia Women's Scuffette II Sheepskin Slipper, $85, Amazon
For major warmth in a slipper, this shearling suede pair lined with real fur is an obvious choice. An updated cork-infused rubber outsole allows you to wear them both inside and outside. They’re so warm you can even wear them without socks and still have toasty toes.
Best High-End Women: UGG Australia Women’s Ansley Suede Slippers, $100, Amazon
The water-resistant suede exterior and a rubber outsole allow you to wear this slipper both outside and inside. The cozy lining will keep your feet warm without overheating. Sizes run small, so you may need to order one shoe size bigger than normal. These slippers may need some “breaking in.”
Best Budget: Women's Soft Gridding Plush Lining Slip-on Memory Foam Clog, $20, Amazon
These bargain babies will be your new favorite pair to wear around the house. Three layers of memory foam gives these slippers a luxurious feel every time you slip into them. They are comfortable and warm for a great price. An extra value is that they're machine washable.
Best Faux Fur: ACORN Women's Faux Chinchilla Collar Slipper, $32 Amazon
Sophistical style elevates these faux chinchilla fur-lined collar slippers. This pair has a rubber sole so you can wear it outside. Memory foam lining and an arch keep them comfortable all day long.
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Pre-workout snacks are a must. After all, you need food to fuel your circuit. But while some on the way to the gym have an iron stomach, others are different. Foods that are fibrous, fatty, sugary, or filling can mess with your digestive tract and send you scrambling for the nearest restroom. Items such as apples, normally a great choice and source of fiber, aren’t what your body needs just before launching into high gear. Ditch these typically harmless foods as pre-workout snacks, and you’ll feel better and train better.
A small serving of flaxseeds—under two tablespoons—is a natural laxative and great for regulating your digestive tract. Eating too much, especially without water, may cause loose stools or constipation. That’s not something you need right before a workout or a run. Flaxseeds are a good source of fiber that may help you clear your digestive tract,
Make sure you down your smoothie at least two hours before your workout. Beware of ordering a sugar-filled, unhealthy shake that can spike your blood sugar levels and then crash your energy mid-circuit. Drinking a lot of any liquid increases the need to interrupt your workout for a bathroom break to pee. That’s not ideal when you're trying to maintain a higher heart rate consistently. Save the smoothie for a healthy recovery meal post-workout.
Nut Butter/Healthy Fats
Stick to fewer than 15 grams of fat pre-workout or about one tablespoon of nut butter, one ounce of cheese, or two large eggs. Considerably more time is needed to digest fat compared to carbs, and eating too much fat before exercising can make you feel weighed down and leaden. You need high-octane, glycogen-creating fuel for your workout, and that’s not items like avocado and nut butters. Many runners find these items, which normally are great choices, can create acid reflux.
Caffeine can help improve your endurance and training intensity, but drink too close to your way out the door and you could be mid-run when you’re hit by a bathroom emergency. The warm liquid helps to activate and move your bowels, and that’s good when you want a quick pre-workout clean-out. Solve the dilemma by giving yourself 20 minutes to process the drink before heading out on your run. Another option for a boost is to choose caffeine tablets or powder which won't cause the same gastrointestinal distress
Apples are high in fiber, and that can cause diarrhea or GI distress or during your workouts. Trade off high-residue foods like apples and multi-grain bread for lower-residue alternatives like applesauce or rice cakes before your workout.
Sugars like sorbitol, xylitol, isomalt, and mannitol are common in sports drinks, electrolyte tablets, and sports bars. They may cause gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea. Unless you're working out for over an hour or in extreme conditions, you don’t need a specialized sports drink. Water is likely your best bet. And on a long run, choose electrolyte-rich, sugar-free drinks. Read the labels and avoid any added sugars.
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The biggest makeup trend of the coming year could be a return to the more natural face. Makeup artists say color will be big in 2018, and they sent models down the runway Fashion Week sporting yellow, orange and ocean blue eyeshadow. But the appeal of citrus-color lid may be limited. Those same makeup artists are leading the charge in banishing trends that mask natural beauty. Here are outdated looks that the pros say you should avoid at the risk of looking dated, old school and out of fashion after the New Year rings in. Don’t even think about putting on last year’s face during 2018.
OUT: Harsh Contouring
This is one trend that flooded our Instagram feeds, and it’s got to stop. No woman should have in her makeup kit a palette with three contour colors and three different highlights. Instagram isn't real life, and the overly contoured stripped look is over. If you cannot go cold turkey, save the strident contouring for special occasions. The technique works best for evening or events when you will be photographed, Ditch the contour brush unless you're planning to walk down a red carpet.
OUT: Overdrawn Lips
Wave goodbye to overblown lips in 2018. Your natural lips are enough. If you feel the need to enhance and enlarge, overdraw your lips subtly with a little bit of highlight on the cupids bow and a shimmery light gloss.
OUT: Highlighter Astronauts Can See from Outer Space
Take it down a few notches if your highlighter makes you look like the Tin Man, or leave off the illuminator altogether. Highlighter that gives you a metallic look is too is a good thing, Shine should give you a subtly natural, fresh and touchable face. Step away from the highlighter in 2018.
OUT: The Dense Eyebrow
Here’s another example of too much of a good thing is just simply too much. Are you drawing in your natural brow with Magic Marker, or does the finished brows just look that way? The full natural brow is lovely, but the filled-in, blocked off, squared-off version is not so much. The finished brow should display actual brow hairs and give an impression of airiness. Too big is too big.
OUT: The Full "Beat Face"
Makeup is a fun tool, and 2017 saw that tool used to the limit. The theme of this year could easily be “more fake, the better”. The new year is expected to reveal that fake, fake, fake has run its course. Look for makeup artists to embrace makeup to enhance natural beauty without completely masking it. Skin is in. Artificial and mask-like is out for 2018. Look for more natural faces in the new year.
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Happiness doesn’t just happen. Some of us are blessed with the optimism gene, while others are stuck with hereditary gloominess. All of us can blame evolution for our human tendency to focus on the negative or dangerous. Evolution has been useful in teaching us to react faster to bad situations and avoid them in the future. But we are not trapped by heredity or evolution into a lifetime of pessimism. All of us have the power to get on course for a happier life. We can make small changes in our behavior and our relationships that turn into big steps toward a happier life. You’ll have to work a little to conquer your negative thinking. Train your brain to conquer negative thoughts. Use your body to trick your brain into happiness.
Scientists recognize that optimism is part genetic, but you can learn optimism even if your family background predisposes you to gloominess. Optimism can be infections, so choose to surround yourself with positive people instead of Negative Nellies.
Reap the benefits of controlled breathing.
Controlled breathing isn’t just for the yoga studio. Scientists are finding that the ancient practice can help reduce anxiety, depression, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder. Breath control can improve concentration and vitality.
Don’t try to stop negative thoughts.
When you are in a negative cycle, acknowledge it. “I’m worrying about money.” “I’m fretting about my performance review at work.” Owning your negative thoughts diminishes their impact on your happiness. Telling yourself to stop thinking them only makes you think them more.
Challenge your negative thoughts.
Studies show that taking on negative thoughts and debunking them helps alleviate the symptoms of depression. Get out of a negative mindset by challenging your irrational thinking. Make the move from thinking, “I’m a miserable failure and they’re all going to find out” to a positive outlook thinking “I’ve had a setback, and I can learn from it and move forward.”
Put your negative thoughts on paper. Then ask yourself for proof that backs up your thinking. Is your thought based on feelings or facts? How would you see the situation if it happened to someone else?
Take advice you’d give a friend.
What advice would you give to a friend who is facing a difficult situation? Would you tell her not to be down on herself? Would you offer words of encouragement and compassion? Would you express confidence in her? Take a look at your sympathetic advice, and apply it to yourself. Write yourself a letter expressing compassion. Forgive yourself.
Get a move on.
Does moving make you happy or do happy people move more? Studies are finding that people who have moved in the past 15 minutes report they are happier than if they had been lying down or sitting. Most of the time all the exercise that was needed to put people in a happier place was just gentle walking.
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Winter holidays call for a wardrobe that combines glam and sparkle with warmth and comfort. You’re looking for that go-to outfit for holiday parties, or you’re searching for the puffer jacket that epitomizes fashion. There’s some serious style to be found for surprisingly affordable prices. Check out the H&M jacket that Gigi Hadid swears by. That buy should leave enough coin to splurge on a dress that lights up any holiday get-together. If flair combined with elegance is your thing, see yourself in a gorgeous Kate Spade dress inspired by shooting stars in a winter night sky.
Kate Spade New York Pearl-Embellished Sweater, $198, Kate Spade
This cheeky pearl-embellished sweater— these are not your grandmother's pearls—is the antithesis of stuffy. Team this sweater up with slacks and jacquard flats for the perfect holiday party look. Unique details include a velvet tie at the back neck as well as pearl embellishment at the front neck and three-quarter length sleeves.
Keepsake Shooting Star Jumpsuit, $205.00, Shopbop
This wide-leg, black Keepsake jumpsuit is perfect for hosting at home for the holidays (pair it with slides) or dressing up for a big night out (go glam with stilettos). The easy silhouette features a boned bodice with crossover panels at the top hem and wide shoulder straps. The fabric is mid-weight crepe.
The Fifth Locket Long-Sleeve Top, $60, BNKR
Need a knitted metallic top to lend sparkle to your holiday? Here’s a beauty in a light weight stretchy fabric with slim fit, round neck and ruffle detail at sleeve hems. Try it with a leather skirt.
Kate Spade Night Sky Dot Midi Dress, $498,Kate Spade
This tiered dress is inspired by nature's very own fireworks in the night sky. The starry print offers a new take on classic polka dots. The fabric is woven with metallic threads that glint under any lighting for an eye-catching 3D effect that will liven up any holiday event.
H&M Draped Dress, $54.99, H&M
Why stick with traditional red when you get a little more flair and attitude with orange? This fitted calf-length dress in crêped jersey with gathers and draping at top comes in shades of bright orange as well as black. Details include long sleeves and slits at sides of hem.
Tibi Luxe Tweed Easton Tie Pants, $495.00, Tibi
With relaxed fit and an easy-going personality, these luxurious tweed twill pants are the cool alternative to denim jeans. Double front contrast ties make for an exciting design highlight. Pair them with Tibi’s Luxe Tweed Tie Back Blazer for a smart matching look.
H&M Padded Jacket with Hood, $59.99, H&M
This oversized, padded jacket in woven fabric with a padded hood will be a star of your winter wardrobe. This puffer jacket won’t deplete your checking account; it’s a steal at $60.
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