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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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Get Ready to Glow this Holiday Season

Mulled wine, gold and silver decoration and gorgeous fairy lights… Christmas parties have that wonderful magic about them. These seasonal events provide the perfect excuse to pamper yourself and create a showstopper look with a gorgeous outfit and chic makeup. To help you get ready, from the first steps to the finishing touches, our team has created a list with all the most important details.

The First Steps

Pamper Yourself

Unfortunately, we don’t always have time to take long, luxurious, baths and spoil ourselves, but it’s time to start pampering yourself once or twice a week. Slide into the bathtub and choose a relaxing, energizing bath bomb with scents such as lavender, cinnamon, vanilla and almond. Scented, vegan bath bombs (such as the ones from Lush) are great aromatherapy solutions for hydrating and nourishing your skin, not to mention they turn the bath water into delightful shades of lilac, pink or turquoise…could you ask for anything more?

Our recommendation: Lush Bath Bombs, especially the one called Cinders. They smell absolutely amazing and will turn your bath into a colourful, bubbly Wonderland.

Become a Bronzed Goddess


  

If you are not regularly self tanning, you might have become a bit pale during the winter months. For the Christmas dinners and parties, give yourself an extra special glow and bronzy effect with the help of a shimmer oil. Bronzing shimmer oils can be used all over your body, and along with adding tone to your legs and arms while giving you that beautiful tan, these oils are also very hydrating. Although it won’t permanently stain your skin, the bronzy, glowing effect will stay on throughout the night.

That Lovely Bright Smile

Nothing goes better with a beautiful makeup look and slightly tanned skin than pearly, white teeth. A pretty smile will make a huge difference to your whole appearance, and will also make you feel more confident. Pay attention to your regular routine: make sure to use a whitening toothpaste and floss daily and try to avoid drinking red wine and smoking, which can easily stain your teeth. You can also try out an easy whitening treatment at home that will give you that instant “wow” effect.

Our recommendation: Pearly Whites Australia has an amazing solution if you are looking for a teeth whitening system (whether strips or a full set) at home.

The Perfect Outfit

LRD

For something classy and edgy at the same time, a little red dress is the perfect choice. No matter what your skin tone, red will really give you the wow factor, so it’s worth giving it a try and stepping back from the LBD during the festive season and adding that splash of colour. Traditional A-line dresses are fantastic if you are going for that sophisticated and elegant look, but if you want something red for the afterparty, we would recommend a figure hugging silhouette.

Sequin Details

Although a very popular material during the festive season, Christmas fashion doesn’t necessarily have to be sparkly from head to toe. Instead of going with the obvious choice of a sequin dress, add little sequin details to your outfit, such as glittery sleeves, a sequin detailed kimono or a crystal choker.

Metallic Finish

Another good trick to capture the shine without sticking with the traditional dress options is to choose something with a metallic finish. Pleated skirts, clutch bags or crop tops – there are endless ways of creating a unique outfit with metallic details. If you love the concept but aren’t too sure about the material, put a hint of metallic shine into your makeup instead with a silver or golden eyeliner.

Christmas Makeup

Glitter Liner

Mix up your regular makeup look and leave out the traditional black liner from your routine! Instead, to create an outstanding look, grab a glitter liner (or a gel textures glitter eye shadow) and draw a line either on your upper or lower lash line. For the upper lash line, try out a dramatic Smokey eye with a shimmery silver liner, or for the lower lash line, go for something more fun and colourful (such as an emerald green liner). Don’t forget to set your makeup with a setting spray, and to ensure your liner stays in place throughout the night, set the liquid liner with a hint of glitter pigment powder.

Berry Love

Berry lipstick shades are daring, eye-catching and have an instant teeth whitening effect…no wonder they are the absolute favourite shades of the Christmas and winter season. If your dress has a light colour, try out a super dramatic, dark coloured liquid lipstick, or match a black or royal blue dress with a more vibrant colour. Make sure to keep the balance with your makeup as well – if using glitter eye shadow, stick with a matte finish liquid or cream lipstick.

Festive Highlight

When it comes to Christmas party make up, don’t be afraid to play with highlighter. Grab a cream highlight stick and apply it to the cheekbones, tip and bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow and temple. Try out something new, such as a highlighter with a slight, colour-correcting lavender undertone, but make sure your highlighter is more reflective than chunky and glittery.

You should now be armed with everything you need to ooze festive glamour and sophistication this Christmas party season, so get into those glad rags and paint the town red!

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Caring for your Teeth During the Sweetest Season of the Year

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family and indulge in some of your favorite treats. But during this festive time of cheer and goodwill, you still need to take care of those teeth, or you could end up looking like the Grinch!

What Holidays and Candy Days Are Coming Up?

If you think we are just talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’re wrong! There are tons of holidays throughout November and December that provide you with ample opportunities to enjoy some holiday sweets. Just some of the special National Days that revolve around candy are:

  • November 4th - National Candy Day
  • November 7th - National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • November 10th - National Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • November 11th - National Sundae Day
  • November 17th - National Baklava Day
  • November 26th - National Cake Day
  • December 1st - National Pie Day
  • December 4th - National Cookie Day
  • December 7th - National Cotton Candy Day
  • December 8th - National Brownie Day
  • December 12th - Gingerbread House Day
  • December 16th - National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
  • December 19th - National Hard Candy Day
  • December 25th - National Pumpkin Pie Day
  • December 26th - National Candy Cane Day
  • December 28th - National Chocolate Candy Day

And that isn’t even a complete list of the sweet days you can look forward to in the coming weeks! Check out the National Day Calendar website for more delicious days to celebrate with your favorite treat.

Protect Your Pearly Whites!

While it might be fun to sample the delicacies of the season, it’s important to remember that you will need to pay extra attention to your teeth. There are a few things you can do to care for your teeth during the sweetest season. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Don’t Slack on Brushing - Harmful bacteria grows in your mouth, especially during the night. It might be tempting to crawl straight into your cozy bed after a boisterous holiday party, but you absolutely must brush your teeth before bed. Otherwise, all of those delicious party treats will start hurting your teeth, and could even lead to significant dental problems. The bacteria in your mouth love to feast on food residue so you need to remove their food source, “Brushing regularly will clear away food residue and starve the bacteria, keeping its growth in check. In the absence of brushing, the carbohydrates that linger the longest can cause the most damage.” Brushing your teeth only takes a few minutes, but it will do a lifetime of good! To help deal with any surface stains on your teeth, you can also incorporate some teeth whitening strips into your routine.
  1. Choose Your Treats Wisely - Some holiday goodies can contribute to stained teeth that will last a lot longer than the season does. According to WebMD, you need to avoid foods that are packed with any of these three components, “Chromogens -- compounds with strong pigments that cling to enamel, Tannins -- plant-based compounds that make it easier for stains to stick to teeth, Acids -- these make tooth enamel softer and rougher, so it's easier for stains to set in.” Things like coffee, dark teas, and berries that are all popular during the holiday season can create unsightly stains on your teeth. If you don’t want to watch what you eat, you may want to consider looking into some ways to whiten your teeth like toothpastes or kits, to use once the holiday season is over.
  1. Avoid Old Habits (or Break Current Ones) - Sometimes, people use the holidays as an excuse to fall back into old routines like smoking. Remember, these habits can lead to yellow or brown teeth and do a lot of damage. Don’t use the season as an excuse to revert to unhealthy ways.
  1. Start a Healthy New Routine - A lot of people use the New Year to start living a healthier and happier life by making resolutions. Why not resolve to keep your teeth healthier this year? A great way to do that is to start including flossing in your oral hygiene routine. As per the UK’s NHS, “Dental floss helps to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth.” Flossing is a simple way to protect your teeth and gums from bacteria, decay, and disease. Also, just in case you need a goal date to start your new flossing routine, the day after Thanksgiving is designated as National Flossing Day. After the turkey is gone and the dishes are done, it’ll be the perfect time to start flossing.

Enjoy the holiday season, and take advantage of everything it has to offer! Just don’t forget that your teeth will require a little extra care during the next few months to make sure they stay healthy and strong during this deliciously sweet season!

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