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5 Tips To Crush Holiday Stress

I am absolutely in love with autumn! I love everything about this season, from the vibrant hues on all the trees to the crisp freshness of the air. I love the way the sun casts long shadows across the park in the mid afternoon. I love making a big pot of soup in the crockpot and letting it simmer all day, filling my home with the scrumptious aroma. But my favorite thing about autumn is and always has been the clothes. Skinny jeans and cozy knit sweaters.  Warm fleecy jackets, edgy leggings and a great skirt. And boots! Knee boots, mid-calf boots, ankle boots and booties! Honestly, I look forward to this season all year long!

And another thing that we all look forward to in fall and winter seasons, it’s the Holidays. It’s time to be merry, calm, loving and express gratitude towards your family and loved ones. However, as the holidays begin to approach us, stress and anxiety kick in. A survey conducted by Healthline a few years ago indicated that only 10% of all Americans experience no stress during the holiday season. While financial demands seem to be the biggest stressor, there are some things that will help you make you make your holiday season more enjoyable.

Yana German, life coach, body language expert and TV personality, who has been featured on Access Hollywood, Good Day Chicago, KTLA and many more, shares 5 tips on how to make this holiday season more enjoyable. **(Anti-stress tips from Yana German; style tips from Shop Girl.)

1. Limit places you go: Holiday parties are fun and can be a great way to sit down or have fun with your friends and co-workers. Holiday parties can also become very stressful if you try to go to every single one of them. “It’s not about trying to figure which party or friend is more important. It’s about having a clear intention of what you’d like to experience at each one of those parties,” says German. “Take a few minutes and try to visualize those parties: do you want to have a wild night, or do you prefer a calm dinner? Would you like to dress up, or go to a more casual party? Would you like to go and meet your partner’s co-workers, or would you rather have a dinner party at home with your close friends?” explains Find designer dresses for every holiday event at NORDSTROM.German.

2. Create your own traditions instead of following someone else’s: One of the biggest battles couples have during the holiday season is choosing whose parents they will celebrate with. “A lot of my clients struggle to navigate this tricky situation,” says German. There is a lot of pressure to follow the old traditions and make everyone happy. “When I first moved to the US, my family and I were struggling to follow all the new traditions. The same thing happened when I got married,” says Yana. “You have to create your own traditions instead of trying to copy someone else’s. Every family is different, everyone’s values are different so you have to be able to do what works for you, and not for you neighbor or co- worker.”

3.Slow down: There are so many things happening during the holiday season: sending out holiday cards, decorating the Christmas tree and buying gifts — just to name a few. But how often do we actually sit down and enjoy our beautifully lit Christmas tree? How often do we slow down to have hot chocolate by the fireplace? “We are so busy trying to check off all of the things on our to-do lists that we forget to actually enjoy them,” says German. “Give yourself at least a 30 minute break to recharge. I love doing breathing exercises while looking outside the window at the horizon. It helps you become more connected and aware,” says German

4. Stop being perfect: Who doesn’t love checking out Pinterest for some great table decor ideas or dishes? “When we’re hosting a Holiday get-together we often feel the urge to satisfy everyone’s needs, whether it’s a dietary restriction or simply a taste preference. We become so tense making sure everyone is happy that we that we are faced with anxiety ourselves,” says German. “Take a minute and evaluate whether the perfect decorations are worth more than the time you would spend enjoying your friends and family.”

5. Share compliments with your loved ones: We spend so much time trying to find the perfect gifts for our family and friends, yet we still manage to get annoyed with them during the holidays. “You spend hours trying to find the perfect gift for your mom and it only takes a second for you to get mad at her for insisting to eat more of her pie,” says German. “Show your loved ones how grateful you are. Happiness is infectious and more much more important than the gifts.

Well, there you are my darlings! Some excellent tips for keeping your holidays stress-free and a few fun style suggestions as well!

Happy Holiday Prep!

Shop Girl

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Secret Tips, Tools & Products Celeb Stylist Can't Live Without

Insider tips are always a must-have. Check out the secret tips, tools and products that four celebrity stylists ALWAYS keep on-hand and in-mind:

"Whenever I need a style to last, I spritz ABBA volumizing Root Spray at the roots before blow-drying. It holds up against unpredictable weather on the red carpet and in real life." - Jen Atkin, clients include Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber

Go-to: ABBA Volumizing Root Spray - a vegan and gluten-free styler that strengthens hair while adding lift
 "If you want sleek you need a good high-heat flatiron! Smooth out the hair from midshaft to end with a ceramic high-heat flatiron and use a good molding cream to tame ends, and to lay down the cuticle" - Kylee Heath, clients include Emma Roberts, Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Stewart

Go-to: Cricket Co. Ultra Smooth(tm) Professional Styling Iron which features ceramic-coated plates infused with Argan Oil and Keratin Protein
 "Detangle. Use a detangler to minimize frizz and breakage. Before styling, mist and comb through hair to untangle." - Castillo, clients include Ruby Rose, Halle Berry and Priyanka Chopra

Go-to: MOP Pear Detangler - a ph-balanced tear-free detangler with key ingredients like aloe, pear
puree and citrus.
   "When in doubt (or a hurry), braid it baby! To fix dull, frizzy hair quickly smooth a finishing product to ends and style in a fun braid for a chic look." - Beauty Expert Fernanda Lacerda, Owner of MB45 Studio franchise and
Maria Bonita Salon & Spa salon, clients include Alessandra Ambrosio,
Cintia Dicker, Lais Ribeiro

Go-to: R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste which lifts roots and helps
your style last.

Sooth Your Eczema with Nubian Heritage

For many people, skin flare-ups and symptoms associated with eczema – such as redness, irritation and dryness – are a daily reality. In fact, according to the National Eczema Association, over 30 million people in the United States alone suffer from eczema. And that suffering just increases as the weather turns colder.

Naturally soothe and relieve troubled skin with Nubian Heritage. Enriched with natural, fair trade and certified organic ingredients, Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter Body Lotion and Body Wash provide a protective moisture barrier that allows skin to breathe, and aids in healing and reducing irritation and itching due to symptoms of eczema.
The formula includes certified organic Raw Shea Butter, rich in essential fatty acids, that moisturizes and softens skin, the powerful antioxidant Vitamin E, nourishing Soy Milk, Frankincense, known for its toning and anti-aging properties and aromatherapy benefits, Myrrh Extracts to help revitalize dull looking skin, Coconut Oil, and sustainably sourced Palm Oil to gently cleanse and restore the skin’s suppleness.
Calm and clear eczema with help from Nubian Heritage!

Raw Shea Body Wash – This ultra-moisturizing wash hydrates and restores suppleness with the exclusive blend of Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Soy Milk combined with Coconut Oil cleansers.
Raw Shea Body Lotion – This age-defying ultra-rich lotion moisturizes and revitalizes dull looking skin.

Coppers, Silvers and Golds – Oh My!

Embrace your inner makeup maven and mix & match all shades of metallics - the possibilities are endless! Take this trend with you into the fall season with a little help from the brands below:

Alima Pure Pearluster Eyeshadow in Cypress
This has a pearly luminescence and can be applied dry for a subtle glow or damp for bolder color with a metallic effect.
Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Truffle
With a subtle shimmer, this mineral-based shadow adds a stunning wash of color to your eyes for a long-wearing, weightless finish.
CATRICE Liquid Metal Eyeshadow
This highly pigmented powder, with a liquid metal finish, instantly creates stand-out eyes. Unique 3D embossment turns this eyeshadow into an absolute highlight.
CATRICE Million Styles Lip Topcoat
The creamy texture provides a shimmering finish, or covers the lips with silver-metallic particles. Simply apply over dried lipstick for an instant transformation – the effect is intensified with every coat.
 
Deborah Lippmann WOW Gel Lab Pro Color
Make a stunning statement with the bold and eye-catching, WOW, that is new for fall 2017. A full coverage silver chrome polish created in the innovative dual-patented 7-free Gel Lab Pro formula.
essence cosmetics The Metals Eyeshadows
This new formula goes on smooth with serious color pay-off and a metallic shimmer. Available in 9 shades ranging from soft bronze to vibrant teal.
MODA Brushes
 •       Metallics Custom Flip Kit - Start with MODA Brushes signature limited edition black studded Flip Kit and add 3 Finishing and Complexion brushes and 3 Eye, Brow and Lip brushes. You’ll be set to slay your weekend travel the Metallic way.
   •       Finishing Brushes - Silver MODA Brushes are used to apply and blend powder, perfect contouring, and add finishing touches to the face. Create a fresh and glowing look using MODA’s Silver Finishing brushes -
   •       Conceal Brushes - Conceal and enhance your features using MODA’s Rose Gold collection brushes
   •       Eye Brushes - Create the perfect eye look with their 11 brushes –

For The Zen Seeker…

Getting a daily dose of relaxation can be difficult when we’re surrounded by a hectic world, but some are so passionate about finding balance that they seem to make the most of every moment. This exquisite candle from
Zazen Bear will help you gift the zen seeker the perfect gift whether they seek harmony at home or on-the-go.

Zazen Bear Fragrance Candle shares the message of ZEN through incense and the fragrance will captivate any space while you savor a peace of mind moment. 100% Soy Wax


Mother and Daughter Inspired Products!

These mother-daughter teams prove that it can work to do business with family. It makes sense when you consider few people probably know you better than your mom! 

Green Goo:
This mother and daughter owned and run company produces a wide variety of soaps that are fundamentally different from other products on the market. Green Goo delivers super creamy, extra gentle, and long lasting bars, that are guaranteed to brighten your spirits! Each product is made with natural, organic, pure products that nourish and improve your skin's appearance. This nutrient rich blend of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E oils in Green Goo Natural Soap Bars treats your skin with the nourishment it deserves.
SmartGurlz:
SmartGurlz is a revolutionary toy brand whose line of self-balancing robots and action dolls are encouraging young women to become tomorrow’s programmers. SmartGurlz, like all successful inventions, was born of necessity, by a mother who became frustrated when trying to find educational but fun toys for her daughter, Nina. With SmartGurlz, Nina and girls ages 6 and up will learn to see science, coding, technology, engineering, and math in a whole new and engaging light. SmartGurlz are engaging, story-based, stylish, and empowering!
Mirenesse:
Spend less time reapplying and more time on the go with Mirenesse’s Secret Weapon Supreme 24 Hour Mascara! Mirenesse’s Secret Weapon Mascara gives you ultimate glossy length, volume and base to tip lash lift, creating a winged doe eye effect in seconds, a look so magical you could fly! This mascara was created by a mom and now her daughter is carrying out her legacy by delivering results so incredible that they have to be experienced to be believed.
Initial Decor:
A Mother and Daughter team have created a fun, personalized line of jewelry that helps people hold onto their favorite memories. The Stately Hook Back Bangle features a bead engraved with the state of your choice, wire wrapped by hand on a Hook Back Bangle. Initial Decor’s bracelets will remind you of your home state or that perfect vacation forever! Available in silver and gold, teen or adult size and in all 50 states.

"No Makeup" Makeup: The Perfect Mix of Casual & Put Together For Fall

Finding the perfect daytime makeup can be daunting. While looking put together for school or the office is a must, it’s easy to overdo it. A few extra coats of mascara can look clumpy, thick foundation can turn cakey, and then you feel like you’d be more comfortable going to drinks than meetings. Mastering a “no makeup” makeup routine will be easy with D A P H N E, LASHFOOD and La Roche-Posay.

What does every celebrity with perfect dewy skin claim is the first step in their makeup routine? SKINCARE! Start with the basics from D A P H N E and LASHFOOD to achieve glowing skin, long, beautiful eyelashes, and thick, bushy brows – naturally. Then, choose makeup that will enhance natural beauty, not mask it. LASHFOOD’s collection of multifunctional, skincare-infused makeup is infused with certified natural lash+brow enhancers for anti-aging makeup. La Roche-Posay, the leader in sensitive skincare, offers super gentle, high tolerance makeup without having to compromise a flawless complexion.

START WITH THE BASICS:

D A P H N E Perfect Illuminating Facial: Advanced technology is mixed with top-of-the-line products and techniques. With the Perfect Facial, you will be deep cleansed, exfoliated, masked, and finished with the best products available. This lifting treatment includes a lifting technique (utilizing highly concentrated products specifically designed for this protocol), anti-aging eye treatment, and non-surgical facelift toning.

LASHFOOD PHYTO-MEDIC LASH ENHANCER: The world’s first and only Eco-Certified lash enhancing serum. This breakthrough formula is clinically demonstrated to provide the appearance of longer, thicker lashes and to support brittle lashes to appear healthy
LASHFOOD PHYTO-MEDIC BROW ENHANCER: The world’s first and only Eco-Certified brow enhancing serum to help restore the look of brows. Create the appearance of thicker, fuller, stronger brows with this revolutionary, natural eyebrow enhancer. BrowFood is a powerful formula clinically demonstrated to enhance the look over over-plucked, thin, and uneven brows. Patented Phyto-Medic Complex delivers nutrients to feed brows with nature’s most powerful ingredients.
MULTIFUNCTIONAL, SKINCARE-INFUSED MAKEUP:
LASHFOOD Aqua Brow Powder + Pencil Duo: Formulated with Angelica Gigas Root Extract Serum and Rice Extract Serum help to rejuvenate brow follicles and strengthen and protect those follicles for visibly stronger looking brows. Available in shades Dark Blonde, Taupe, Brunette, Dark Brunette and Charcoal. Formulated without parabens, sulfates and Phthalates.

BROWFOOD TINTED BROW ENHANCING GELFIX: A multitasking brush-on gel to define, thicken, tint, groom, condition, and hold brows perfectly in place instantly while providing long-term nourishing benefits. Receive a natural-looking finish with this brush-on gel, featuring thickening microfibers to create lush brows. Infused with a Nano-Peptide Complex, a powerful peptide blend to support brow rejuvenation, the lightweight, flexible formula locks in color for up to 12 hours and can work alone or over brow pencils without flaking or hardening.
LASHFOOD Conditioning Drama Mascara: A nourishing mascara with extended benefits. Instantly create long-lasting, unparalleled drama, separation and volume. LashFood Conditioning Drama Mascara features nano-peptide complex which helps support frail and brittle lashes to appear healthier, longer and restored. With high drama in an intensely high-pigmented hue, this flake-proof, semi-waterproof mascara wears all day without smudging or smearing. Semi-waterproof. Smudge proof. Flake proof.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Mousse: Mattifying foundation for sensitive skin that minimizes the appearance of pores and covers blemishes. Helps control shine for long-lasting, matte skin.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Correcting Pen: Corrects pigment imperfections for all skin types. Available in three tones:
Yellow concealer: helps to highlight and brighten to visibly cover bluish imperfections, such as dark under eye circles, to help skin look more even.
Dark beige concealer: helps visibly cover mild to moderate skin imperfections on darker skin, such as blemishes, visible redness or visible dark spots for a more even skin tone.
Light beige concealer: helps visibly cover skin imperfections on fair skin such as blemishes, visible redness or visible dark spots for a more even skin tone.

New LAVANILA Underarm Detox Mask

This is the first product on the market specifically created to alleviate concerns around aluminum and build-up in the underarm area, while also helping to ease and shorten the transition from chemical to natural deodorant, a growing movement. There is a heightened sensitivity around the use of aluminum-based products and a growing awareness of the importance of sweat and overall health of the underarm area.

The Healthy Underarm Mask is powered by highly effective, all-natural ingredients, this targeted underarm treatment effectively detoxifies the underarm area with a combo of Active Charcoal, Malic Acid and Silica which uniquely bind to dirt, bacteria, aluminum and excess oils trapped in the skin and like a magnet work to draw them out.  With a mess-free, soft brush applicator, this mask is good for all skin types and a simple addition to your weekly regimen.  

Why you need this product:

  1. You have chemical and impure build up in the underarm area
  2. You are trying to switch from a chemical to a natural deodorant
  3. You want a lighter, more beautiful underarm

The Secret to MAXIMIZING Youthful Skin

It’s no secret that environmental exposures and stress can age your skin quickly. Let IMAGE Skincare MAXIMIZE your skin’s natural defense against aging with two full proof beauty secrets containing the latest advancement in anti-aging from The Max collection.

Plump and firm skin with the Stem Cell Serum with Vectorize-Technology. This revolutionary day and night stem cell serum contains nutripeptides to dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines due to facial expressions, wrinkles and other signs of aging
Rejuvenate and correct dull aging skin with the Stem Cell Masque with Vectorize-Technology formulated with multiple plant-derived stem cells, powerful peptides and natural botanicals to restore skin’s youth and radiance. When used weekly, the masque will smooth, hydrate, and leave the skin more radiant looking.

Oldies But Goodies:
The Cult Beauty Products You NEED!

The beauty scene is consistently emerging and changing, but what about those cult favorite products you just can’t get rid of? You’ve been using the same moisturizer since middle school or the same perfume for 10 years because why fix what isn’t broken (or in this case what hasn’t failed you)? You can't go wrong with beauty products that have stood the test of time.

La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Eyes 15ml  #1 AWARD-WINNING RETINOL!
La Roche-Posay Redermic R Eyes: #1 award-winning retinol concentrate now available for the sensitive eye area. Visibly reduces the appearance of crow's feet wrinkles and the look of dark circles.
La Roche-Posay Anthelion AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen for Face SPF 50, 1 Fl. Oz.  BEST-SELLER!!
La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX: This industry-first combines a potent antioxidant complex with La Roche Posay’s patented broad spectrum protection — a gold standard in the sun care arena. The result: The first anti-aging serum plus UVA/UVB protection in one, no layering necessary.
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray 50ml  AT THE HEART OF EVERY LA ROCHE-POSAY PRODUCT!
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water: The Thermal Spring Water is at the heart of most of La Roche-Posay's products. Refreshes, soothes and tones skin. Its unique combination of mineral salts and trace elements has been scientifically demonstrated for its soothing properties and used in Europe for centuries. Contains a high concentration of Selenium, a powerful natural antioxidant. Mineral-rich micro-droplets provide immediate, intense soothing
BEST SELLER!!
Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer (Target, $59.99): This revolutionary styling tool is designed to deliver gorgeous volume and brilliant shine in just ONE STEP. The unique oval brush design quickly creates frizz -free volume at the root and beautifully full-bodied curls the ends with a single pass, so you can have salon results at home. Boosted by IONIC TECHNOLOGY®, hair dries faster with less damage.
BEST-SELLING BATH SALTS TO RELAX AND DETOX
Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution in Lavender: Soothe & Sleep with Lavender is formulated with lavender essence, which has soothing properties to encourage a better night’s sleep. Epsom Salt can be used as a detox bath – the compound increases osmotic pressure on the skin, drawing and flushing out toxins. Soaking in Epsom Salt even is proven to help draw out splinters! Get a little “me” time while the aromatherapy essential oils help relieve stress.

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