7 Glitzy Beauty Products to Ring in the New Year

As a self-described glitter-obsessed, it’s only fair I do a product roundup of my favorite glitter items of the moment. Each of these are perfect to put a pep in your step for the new year…or at least on your way to your New Year’s Eve parties 😉 . Personally, I’d rock many of these products together with an LBD -OR- high-waisted wide leg pants and a cami top, but you can absolutely rock some of these with sparkly attire — mix it up and have fun!

  • HAIR: IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter spray – Microfine glitter spray, perfect for hair (and body). Comes in two colors, but I honestly didn’t notice a big difference between the two.
  • NAILS: Morgan Taylor Diamonds Are My BFF – no joke, this is the most opaque glitter polish I’ve ever used. It’s limited edition as part of their Marilyn Monroe collection – snag one while you can!
  • BODY: Jeffree Star Liquid Frost – mixed with body lotion or oil, you’ll be glistening for days. I opted for the Frostbite shade b/c I’m so damn fair, but shade selection is on point to match your mood
  • EYES: Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow – I’m in love with Diamond Dust, but there are so many shades and twinkles to compliment anyone’s style
  • CHEEKS: There are a few different schools of thought when it comes to highlighter: some like a subtle glowy look and others like it blinding. I’m not one for glitter in my highlight – we’re not going to a rave…unless you are, then, you may not love my recommendations. I’m obsessed with Ofra’s highlighters – they melt into skin like a dream. My first highlight love that I can’t go through a list and not recommend: Jeffree Star Skin Frost is legendary. If you’re going for a highlight pop versus a dewy glow, this is the one to get.
  • LIPS: Glossier Balm Dot Com in Birthday Cake – the only scent / flavor that has shimmer to it — just try and tell me it doesn’t smell delicious with a serious face
  • MULTI: Who doesn’t love a multi-use product? NYX loose glitters + NYX glitter primer are phenomenal (and phenomenally affordable!)

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5 Things Worth Investing in This Summer

5 things worth investing in this summer

1. Healthy Sunscreen

With brands ranging from John Masters Organics (shown) to Lavanilla and beyond, there is no reasonable excuse for not making this switch. Not only will you be foregoing chemically smells, but these lotions will make your skin feel glorious, not greasy.

2. Makeup Setting Mist

We are already experiencing makeup-melting-temps and it’s only June! I am a firm believer in the one by Make Up For Ever (shown) but Urban Decay makes a decent one as well. Just apply your makeup (I advise waiting to apply mascara until after you mist), spray 3-4 pumps around your face, let dry, apply mascara and your makeup won’t budge for hours!

3. Pasties that will LAST

Go beyond the flower-shaped disposables for a pair that will last you eons longer (I’ve owned mine for over 2 years!). Let me introduce you to Nippies — the different kind of pasty. Crafted in an ultra-thin silicone to ensure no show-through, these are money well spent: simply peel off at the end of the night, gently wash with soap and water, and they’re ready for their next use!

4. Good Flat Sandals

Because those cute ones from Target will only last you one season. Trendy sandals are just that: sandals that cater to the trends of the season. To ensure that you’ll get more use out of sandals than just one season, opt for a fashionably simple pair to pair with more outfits. The more use you can get out of them, the more reasonable a higher price tag becomes. Better materials used, better craftsmanship in production, the longer you’ll have them in your closet.

5. Time Well Spent

Unplug, log off, sign out, and ENJOY LIFE this summer.

Unexpected Pick-Me-Ups

Feel like you’ve been drowning the past [day][week][month][semester][year]? We’ve all been there: you’re overworked, and life has finally taken its toll on you. You’re feeling ragged, possibly even a bit down on yourself because you haven’t had the coveted “me time” you’ve been needing. While your schedule may still be overworking you, here are a few unexpected pick-me-ups. Some of which you can even fit into your lunch break!

1. Pamper Yourself

While this may seem like an obvious solution, as women we like to go a bit overboard with the pampering. If your schedule is still screaming demands at you, find small ways to pamper yourself. The perfect example: freshly done brows. Your eyebrows frame your face—the first thing people see; having them done (waxed or threaded) will give a cleaner feeling to your face instantly. My next suggestion is something you don’t even need to pay for (unless you’re in the market for a new shade): do your own mani / pedi! There’s nothing more perfect than those afternoons when you can carve out an hour or so to remove old polish, file, shape, and apply fresh coats to my digits and toes. It’s more rewarding than you think—and no one to tip but yourself 🙂

2. Feel Sexy…For YOU

When stress levels are high, sex is the last thing on your mind. But feeling sexy doesn’t  equate to sex. My most surprising pick-me-up was my first Brazilian wax. What you’d expect to be a painful trip to the salon actually leads to a huge mood boost upon exiting the building. You’re walking along the sidewalk after you’re bare down there and realize you have a sexy secret. It sounds weird, but it’s a provocative treat for yourself! Another way to feel sexy: indulge in lingerie that YOU want, not him. Even if you don’t ever have an occasion to don slinky slips or tantalizing teddies, the mere act of browsing through the selections online or in person will make you feel a bit decadent and take your mind off of the stressors in your life.

3. Let Your Mind Take a Break

When you’re overworked, you’re overworked physically and—more importantly—mentally. Giving your mind a break for about 15-20mins will give you enough mental clarity to resume your task at hand with a fresh outlook. Things as simple as going for a walk on a nice day (or your lunch break!) or even calling your best friend from home just to catch up and see what’s new in his/her life can be all it takes to rejuvenate your mind.

4. Expand Your Mind

After an extended period of time where your mind is hyper-focused on a specific task at hand, you can often have mental fatigue and not know why. If you can take the time to learn a new recipe or try a book in a new genre you will feel a bit more adventurous—opening your mind to new experiences is the best thing when stuck in your work-induced rut.

5. Take the Focus Off of YOU

When pining for that much-needed “me time,” we often think about it a lot. When we think about ourselves a lot we tend to dwell on things, which only makes your overwhelmed feeling worse. Take the focus off of you and your woes! Strike up a conversation with a stranger, compliment someone ELSE, or even focus more on others throughout your day. Did you say Hi to your doorman/mailman/bus driver/server at the cafeteria?—it will make you feel a bit more at ease.

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