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On Trend New Year’s Eve Party Looks

New Year’s Eve Parties are great opportunities to play with fashion and show off your fun, elegant fashionista side. Whether you would like a more subtle look, a full on glam outfit or you are looking to go all out and try a completely new trend, we hope we can help inspire you to get your vogue on. From the skincare basics to makeup setting tricks and hair dye tips, we’ve got you covered.

First Things First: Get Your Skin Ready!

Hydrating Your Skin


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Since you will be celebrating the New Year all night long, take a bit of time to prepare your skin. Hydrating should be the first and most important step of your routine to ensure your makeup doesn’t cake up on your skin and your skin will survive the night. As a first step, cleanse your skin and apply a hydrating mask (we recommend Origins’ Drink It Up Hydrating Mask). Besides nourishing your skin, it will make it appear more plump and glowing, which is the perfect base for your makeup.

Brighten Your Eyes


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If you prepare beforehand, you won’t have to worry about getting red or tired eyes during the night. Just before getting ready, use a gel eye patch to erase dark circles and calm your eye area, and right before grabbing that mascara and eye shadow, use eye drops. Even if you don’t have sensitive eyes, we recommend choosing eye drops that were designed to dry and sensitive eyes, because they are the most gentle way of keeping your eyes hydrated. You can even take them with you in your clutch and apply it every few hours if your eyes are getting tired.

Set Your Makeup

For any all-nighter event, setting your makeup is an essential process of getting ready to make sure your smokey eye and bold lip stays on without smudging and creasing. An amazing way besides using setting spray is to mix together liquids and powders. Just like you would normally apply powder on top of your foundation, use this trick with every step of your makeup: use cream blush before applying a powder blush and set your liquid or gel eyeliner with a hint of matte black powder.

Get a Camera-Ready Smile

 

A confident, white smile can complement any look, not to mention a smile will look amazing on the party photos. If you have time before stepping out of the door, use quick, efficient and gentle whitening strips to ensure you have pearly, shiny teeth.

 

 

 

 

Our Favourite Outfit and Hair Combinations:

Twisted Braids x Color Block

If you are not sure which hairstyle would you prefer or if your look just don’t feel quite pulled together enough, definitely go with braids. Whether it’s a side braid, halo or fishtail braid, these hairstyles will instantly create a show-stopper look. To match these braids, we would recommend choosing a color block dress or outfit. Colors such as royal blue and green or purple and orange matched together create a fun and playful look.

Makeup Tip: For this look, try out a glitter or matte black eyeliner and nude, peach shade lips. Play with the eyeliner and create geometric lines.

Pastel Hair x Sultry Glam

What better time to experiment with pastel hair colors than the upcoming New Year’s Eve party? If you have naturally light or blonde hair, pastel blue, pink, purple or even silver hair is a perfect option for you to spice up your look a bit. Try out a temporary hair dye and add different shades to create an ombre effect. To complement the hairstyle, choose something form fitting and a bit over the top in a nude or blush shade –a faux leather pencil dress or a mesh overlay A-line dress.

Makeup Tip: Because both the hair and the dress has a light shade, go with a cut crease eye shadow look or a burgundy lipstick. Keep the lips matte, so the focus will be on the dress and the hair style.

Old Hollywood Glam x Pop Art

Mixing together two different fashion and art eras is a bold and daring choice, especially if those two are old Hollywood glam and pop art. Start off this look by creating tight curls with the help of a curling iron and some hair spray to set everything in place. Once your hair is in beautiful, symmetrical curls, it’s time to put together your outfit. The secret of a Pop Art inspired look is to incorporate vivid shades such as red, blue and yellow. A crop top with pencil skirt and patent leather heels screams pop art fantasy, but you can also go with a dress.

Makeup Tip: The pop art outfit with these glamorous curls will look amazing with cherry red, glossy lips and a set of false lashes.

There you have our top fashion tips to looking bang on trend this New Years eve, now all you need is a hot date for when the clock strikes 12!

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Selfie Ready Gift Ideas

In our image driven society, snapping a gorgeous selfie is on everybody’s wish list this season. For your friends and loved ones that enjoy documenting each and every moment of their day-to-day lives via social media, gifts that improve their selfie game are a sure way to their heart. Use this list to help you find gifts that will keep them smiling, no filter required.

Sleep Mask


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Getting the perfect selfie is all about the looks. With the stress of the holidays, it can be impossible to get the necessary beauty rest to keep us all looking our best. To prevent tired eyes in pictures and Xmas morning selfies, invest in an adorably relaxing sleep mask for your photogenic friends. You can find options infused with lavender or essential oils to truly bring rest and relaxation together. This is a gift for the friend who does it all and wants to look beautiful doing it.

Artsy Wall Hanging


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Artsy Wall Hanging

If you’ve ever thought about the monotony of seeing your friend’s selfies always taken in the same place (shout out to the seat of their car and the bathroom mirror!) then it may be time to mix it up. To make the perfect backdrop for their selfies, gift them an artsy wall hanging that will brighten up their home. Something that fits their décor and complements their personal style is sure to please. Their outfits will pop and you may even get a mention in the captions.

Princess Mirror Selfie Case


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What better way for your selfie obsessed loved ones to take that perfect princess pic than with a Barbie Pink Moschino iPhone handheld mirror case? All you have to do is simply insert the phone into the mirror case and voila! Capture that perfect pout every time.

Teeth Whitening Kit

Some people love using filtering apps and photo shopping skills to create flawless, Hollywood ready selfies. But often, those little tips and tricks can create a selfie so fake and altered it’s practically un-sharable.

If you’ve ever scrolled through your friend’s account and found yourself cringing at their overly altered white teeth, a whitening kit could save you both this season.

At home whitening is easy, affordable, and will keep your besties looking their best. Throw in something like a facial to let them know the message of your gift is loving and not judgmental. You want to treat them, not make them feel insecure about their looks.

Statement Jewelry


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To showcase their best looks in all their photos, your selfie loving friends deserve fabulous jewelry.  What better way to show how well you know them than to pick out the perfect piece of jewelry to compliment their favorite outfit? Finding that ideal necklace or earrings that will go perfectly with their winter wardrobe is a surefire way to show you care.

Winter Palette

After a gorgeous smile, the next thing people are most likely to notice in a selfie is how strong your make up game is. Help your friend make the winter transition with a palette of frosty colors to spice up their routine. Whether it’s the latest lip kit, or a spread of shadow shades, this gift is certain to make an appearance in their next selfie. If you want to make it more personal you can include a handmade coupon for a makeup tutorial day for the two of you. Share some time together, try out your new colors, and of course take tons of selfies.

Hair Accessory to fit their Style

Have they been tossing the idea of a bob around for months, but just can’t commit? Help them out by gifting them a set of hairbands that will help them pull off the faux-bob look. Is your friend looking to embrace their curls or natural hair, but not sure how to start? Buying them some quality products can give them the confidence to change up their style. Having varying and interesting looks is key to having the best selfies. Your friends will appreciate the personalized gift and your support of their unique style goals.

Lens Add-ons


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In a perfect world we would all have megapixels to spare and enough internal memory to hold all our favorite pictures. Sadly, that’s not always the case. If your friend is cursed with a less than ideal camera on their smartphone, this simple gift can do wonders. While they may add a bit of bulk to your device, a lens clip is an easy way to take better pictures without dropping huge cash on the latest apple product. They also have lenses that are great for distance shots, which makes these an insta-ready gift for everyone on your list.

Natural Moisturizer

Santa visits in the night, and so do our wrinkles. If your friend is the type of person who never takes off their makeup properly or doesn’t have a nightly skincare routine, this Christmas is your chance to help her out. Gifting a natural moisturizer is a sweet way to show you care, while also making sure their skin retains that happy glow you love to see. An all-natural moisturizer will keep their selfies looking good well into the New Year. 

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7 Beautiful Stocking Stuffers

When it comes to us girls, it’s safe to say we’re pretty easy to buy for, especially when it comes to little gifts and Xmas stocking stuffers!

But for any partners out there really struggling to find something for their beauty-obsessed significant other, there’s plenty of small, affordable gifts to choose from.

Likewise for any girls doing a secret Santa in the office with a group of people you might not necessarily know well enough, or if you’re looking for cheap and cheerful presents for your main girlies, check out these 7 ideas for beautiful stocking fillers.

1. Limited Edition Candy Cane Tangle Teaser

Every girl needs a tangle teaser, to stop those windy morning commutes adding to the list of our worries. With so many tangle teasers available however, this limited edition candy cane brush is perfect for the holidays, and makes the gift a little more special. Perfect for your partner, or work colleague, and if you’re not feeling too bitter, great for your bestie with the lusciously long hair.

Alternative: For a cheaper alternative, grab a compact brush and mirror kit that’ll fit easily into her make-up bag so she’s never at a loss when fixing her hair or makeup.

2. Stardust Highlighter

Another limited edition item for the holidays is this Topshop highlighter: Mainly because it’s called Stardust and will allow every girl to live out their #unicornvibes goals. It’s crystal white and the perfect amount of sparkle that we’re all looking for in the festive season. Transforming any outfit into a killer statement piece, the Stardust Highlighter will be at the top of every beauty queen’s list.

Alternative: If she’s already found her perfect highlighter, and refuses to use any other – try to find a few complimentary items by the same brand!

3. Burts Bees Natures Kiss

If there’s one thing we can all relate to, it is the pain of chapped lips. In prime socialising and drinking time, the festive season is also – for many of us – the cold time of year! Which means a good lip care regime is important. Having the best of both worlds like with this Burts Bees Nature’s Kiss set is exactly what we’re looking for. Featuring a lip crayon and lip shiner, these naturally mending lip cosmetics help us stay her stay on point with her party pout.

Alternative: If she’s already a lover of balms, but doesn’t opt for Burt’s Bees, there are always a tonne of lip calm and lip care stocking fillers at the local drug store that are cheap and cheerful for the holidays.

4. First Aid Beauty Freshen Up Kit

The holiday season tends to mean non-stop fun with family and friends, so this freshen up kit by First Aid Beauty is the perfect stocking filler! With a lip balm for those wintery lips, and a hydrating mist to keep your dewy reflection on point, this is the simplest way to keep your look stylin’ all season round!

5. Rudolph Konjac Sponge

The best thing about beauty stocking fillers is that there are so many available with a festive theme! This Rudolph Nose Konjac Sponge is a great choice for a secret Santa gift, or for a girls’ pamper night in! Infused with red clays, the sponge helps to deeply cleanse and revitalise skin which has suffered the winter elements.

Alternative: Give all the girls a chance to pamper at the same time by buying a few sachet face masks with amazing smelling scents.

6. This Works Dream Team

With every long night out, comes a grumpy sleeping beauty in the morning, so combatting that with This Works Dream Team kit may save anyone with a beauty queen partner the hassle of making bed in breakfast ( coffee, orange juice and pain relief tablets, most likely) every day of the holiday. This aromatherapeutic set comprises off a pillow spray for deep sleep, and a de-stress roller – helping keep her calm and rested.

7. Teeth Whitening Strips

To help keep her teeth looking as white as the snow outside, teeth whitening strips are a really considerate gift for anyone who feels a little conscious about their smile; nobody should look unhappy at Christmas, and this might just be the perfect stocking stuffer to help her smile even wider when posing for those memorial holiday photos.

If you really want to push the boat out for someone special, a one-off beauty box, or even a subscription, like this one from Lookfantastic.com, could be the perfect way to fill her stocking full of luxurious products at an affordable cost. With the beauty box, there’s no knowing what you’ll get, but there’s always something for everyone and it gives her the chance to find her new favourites for the upcoming year.

So those are a few ideas to get you started with filling the stocking to put by the fireplace for Christmas day. Of course, be sure to go alone on your beauty buying adventure – you wouldn’t want Santa finding out that she knows what her gifts are before the big day!

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Get That New Year’s Eve Sparkle!

Imagine the scene: Looking into the sky on that oh-so-magical New Year's Evening, watching the fireworks as the clock strikes midnight… You turn to your love interest as they turn to you... only to be looking at a watery, puffy pale face, sniffly nose and a chapped lipped pout. Not the image you’ve been dreaming of.


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New Year's Eve tends to involve parties, drinks, plenty of fireworks and most importantly; romantic moments. For some, New Year's Eve is a significant event - offering a fresh start and a new chance at a fairy-tale love story.

This is why so many of us girls will spend way more time on styling ourselves for a NYE party with friends, than a special Christmas get together with the family. So stay ahead of the game and get preparing and planning now for the big Cinderella style evening! Because once the clock turns midnight, the New Year has begun, and anything is possible. 

If you're out to watch the fireworks, a cool and sleek 'frost and ice' look with plenty of strobing and white sparkle will help counteract the pale and cold skin you'll have as the evening temperature drops. MACs Mineralise Skinfinish Lightscapade highlighter not only looks irresistibly pearly, it also helps to keep that ice cold glamour look on all the right places on your face and body.

Waterproof mascara is obviously a must for any outdoor adventure - even when wearing false lashes (which is always a great way to make yourself feel more dressy!) - as looking up at the firework’s in the sky is bound to lead to a little eye leakage. So don't let it ruin the moment, or your make up!

Add a few loose, low curls to your hair and work effortlessly with an adorable bobble hat to keep yourself warm.

Alternatively, why not try for an elegant, yet lazy-girl top knot like Lily Rose Depp? Pair with fluffy ear muffs for a very Scream Queens look, and finish off with a matt nude lipstick like Revlon’s Super Lustrous stick to complete the natural beauty style that hits the ‘no makeup makeup’ trend right on the head.


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Staying in? A wise choice. House parties are dinner parties the perfect choice for any New Year's event: It gives you a chance to socialise with everyone, rest your feet after a week-long heel-fest, of course, and master new makeup looks and show them off to all the gals.

Just because the festival season is over, doesn't mean the styles have to leave! Especially when they enhance your inner unicorn vibes… Be your own firework with face glitter and sequins to really look the part. This spacey Silver Holographic Chunky Glitter by Karizma will do just the trick.

 

Paired with metallic nail varnishes, and our beloved smokey eye, you're set for a quirky night in, or an underground rave if the night takes you there!


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Indoors, the hair world is your oyster – so whether to go for a sleek high ponytail, or a chic straight do, the choices are endless without having to consider the weather. 


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For a truly sophisticated style, a Smokey eye with charcoal and slates and slithers of silver can never go amiss at this time of year. This look is totally mesmerising and combined with a killer, irresistible pout and an elegant up-do, you’ll have your crush right where you want them for the monumental moment of midnight.


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As for that cheeky smile? Top up your Christmas teeth whitening with whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, polish or pearl drops to keep them looking fresh, clean gleaming. The season of drinking and eating will have discoloured your whites a little, so keep to your cleaning and flossing regimes as much as possible.

With regards to the late night and cold breeze that’s bound to take a toll on your skin, remember to keep moisturized in the upcoming month, along with keeping those lips smooth and silky. It’s tricky to prevent chapped lips in the festive season, when things tend to be a little cooler, late nights are a regular occurrence, an alcohol is certainly on the cards, so keep those playful flavored Lush lip Scrubs (helpful and delicious) and balms close at hand.

All that’s left to master is the natural sparkle in your eye that shows the world you’re ready and excited for what 2017 has to bring!

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What Does Your Smile Say About You?

What’s in a smile?

A great deal apparently, especially if you have a great big, bright smile. It could be your ticket to a better career and improved love life. Sound farfetched or too good to be true? Well, not according to researchers.

Oral B recently conducted a study with over 2,000 men and women and determined that a great smile with whiter teeth made people seem more attractive and also appear younger.  It was revealed that individuals with “beautiful smiles” were viewed to be much more attractive than their counterparts.

You have only seconds to make that first impression and the initial impressions you make actually have significant impact. The impressions and perceptions that result are powerful. Research has proven that people with beautiful smiles are perceived to be brighter, healthier, wealthier and more desirable than their smile challenged counterparts.

These positive impressions about your attractiveness have a direct impact on your successful interpersonal interactions both socially and professionally. There is a validated link between your smile and success.

To put it simply - a nice smile is more likely to get you the job and get you your Prince (or Princess) Charming!

A lovely smiles makes you seem more attractive

Dr. Gordon Patzer, Ph. D. has dedicated his career to researching this phenomenon, aptly named the Physical Attractiveness Phenomenon (PAP), which underscores the premise that physical attractiveness greatly benefits the individual and that the reality is that what you look like – and more importantly, how your looks are perceived by others – impacts your life in numerous positive ways.

A beautiful smile is one of the first things people notice about you and it has a direct correlation on how others view you and make assumptions about you. These perceptions include, but are not limited to, increased attractiveness, intelligence, health and heightened social status.

Studies conducted by Kelton Research at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California validated that individuals with whiter and brighter smiles had better outcomes in both romance and employment.

That cheesy grin can get you a better job


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University of California researchers published a research study in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Economic Psychology that noted how a beautiful smile translates into a more successful career, which proves that people perceived as “more attractive” make more money (12.7%) than people perceived to be less attractive.

Researchers also found that during job interviews the individual deemed “more attractive” was perceived to be a better candidate for the position even if they were technically less qualified. Again, remember that one of the most important elements in judging someone’s “attractiveness” was their smile. Simply put, a beautiful smile can help you be more successful.

A smile is in the eye of the beholder

So, let’s put this all into perspective. Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you and research supports that a pretty smile is core to being viewed as attractive. If you are perceived as “attractive” then people make certain inherent assumptions about you based on this.

The perceptions that are made about you based on your great smile can be instrumental in getting a job and increasing your desirability and getting that first date. Ultimately, this has the potential to have a huge impact on your personal and professional life.

Smile your way to a happier life

So what does your smile say about you? It says more than you could have even imagined. It starts a non-verbal dialogue the minute someone encounters you.

A great smile also has the ability to create and sustain self-confidence. A great smile can give you opportunities whether due to the Physical Attractiveness Phenomenon or due to your bolstered self-confidence.

Obviously, a great smile is not the only thing that matters. You are going to have to do the hard work, whether it is in the workplace or in your personal life, but your amazing pearly whites and that great friendly smile can give you that “leg up” and advantage. Couple that with your confidence and you can rule the world.

A great smile also appears to show reflection of inner happiness and contentment. A recent study followed up on a group of women thirty years after their yearbook pictures. They focused on women who appeared to have a genuine smile versus women who did not. The study concluded that the women who appeared to have genuine beautiful smiles went on to have happier marriages and greater well-being than those who did not have great smiles.

There is a saying by an unknown author that sums it up: 

“Life is like a mirror. We get the best results when we smile at it.”

 

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