The Best Beauty Tips to Get You Through the Holidays

Find out how to look and feel your best during the hectic holiday season.

The Best Beauty Tips to Get You Through the Holidays

While the holiday season is a joyful and exciting time, it can also oftentimes feel daunting and stressful. All those social obligations, and the gift giving that looms over our heads, not to mention the cooking and event planning… it can all start to feel like too much sometimes. Luckily, there are some quick and easy beauty tips you can employ when you’re feeling less than you’re best.

Watch: A DIY Holiday Makeup Tutorial


Contour and Highlight the Puffiness Away

Nothing is worse than feeling pale and bloated when you have to be in front of friends and family. An easy solution to your ghostly pallor is contouring and highlighting. Since bronzer and highlighter can brighten your face in the right places and create shadows and angles in others, it can really help make you look glowing and healthy. Choose a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin to brighten your appearance, and a bronzer that is one shade darker to contour with. A highlighting stick is a great tool for a dewy and youthful glow that you just can’t achieve with a basic powder formula. Concentrate on your temples, cheekbones, cupid’s bow, the bridge of your nose, and jawline when applying.

Watch: The DIY Holiday Makeup Kit

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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