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7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

No matter how much we try, we can’t escape the fact that time continues to tick on. And as the years go by, our bodies often start to show the signs of aging. But while the gradual development of facial wrinkles may be somewhat inevitable, that doesn’t mean you have to accept this fate when you’re still in your prime.

In other words, there are a number of things you can do to prevent and reduce wrinkles. What’s more, you don’t have to rely on surgical procedures to do it. Although there were 4 million cosmetic procedures performed nationwide in 2017, it’s not necessary to go under the knife to preserve your youthful appearance. Here are just seven tips that can help you fight the signs of aging — naturally.

7 Ways to Reduce Your Wrinkles Without Surgery

Always Wear Sunscreen

Fine lines and wrinkles can often be attributed to sun damage, so it makes sense that you’d want to protect your skin from harmful rays. Aside from reducing your sun exposure altogether, you should always take care to wear sunscreen on your face — even during the winter, on cloudy days, and when you don’t plan on setting foot outdoors. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers an SPF of 30 or higher to properly protect your skin. One study showed that applying this type of sunscreen for a year improve skin texture, clarity, and hyperpigmentation by 52% for participants. Of course, wearing sunscreen can also prevent skin damage and potentially alleviate your skin cancer risk.

Apply Moisturizer and a Retinoid

Sunscreen isn’t the only facial product you should apply on a daily basis. A daily (or twice daily) moisturizer can help your skin retain moisture; since dry skin is more likely to show or develop wrinkles, you’ll want to keep your face hydrated. It’s also a good idea to use a retinoid, which is a vitamin A derivative. Retinoids can increase collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, encourage cell turnover, and create new blood vessels — all of which can improve your complexion.

Remember to Hydrate

You can’t rely on your topical moisturizer to do all of the work. You’ll also need to hydrate from the inside out. Drinking water can help with virtually every function in the body, including toxin removal, but it also makes a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. Studies have found that higher water intakes can keep the skin hydrated, and we know that hydrated skin simply looks better. If you really want to achieve that glow-up, you should focus on how much H2O you’re drinking each day.

Use a Jade Roller

You might have seen jade rollers on social media, but they aren’t a new trend. Jade rolling has been around for centuries and was originally used to balance chi or energy. But it also has a cooling effect on the skin, which has a lot of purported benefits. Jade rollers can reportedly brighten the complexion, promote blood circulation, and reduce puffiness. They can also make it easier for skincare products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which can prevent wrinkles in a more roundabout way. Although they can’t handle the wide temperature range of a load cell and torque sensor unit (which can operate between -452 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit), these rollers can even be refrigerated with other skincare products to provide an even greater cooling sensation on the skin.

Get Lots of Sleep

It may not sound like brilliant skincare advice, but getting enough shut-eye can do wonders for your appearance. When you’re running low on sleep, your body will actually produce more cortisol. Known as the stress hormone, cortisol is also responsible for breaking down skin cells. That explains why your skin tends to freak out when you’re under emotional strain. If you prioritize your beauty sleep, however, you’ll see that it really does live up to its name. As a result, you’ll produce more human growth hormone (or HGH), which can strengthen and elasticize the skin, making wrinkles less likely to develop.

Cut Out Your Vices

Since we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s a good time to think about setting resolutions. If your main goal is to improve the look of your skin in 2021, you might consider cutting out some of your unhealthy vices — like smoking and drinking alcohol. Both of these habits will dehydrate the skin and make your wrinkles more noticeable. Plus, anything that attacks your system from the inside is bound to show up on your face. Keep in mind that this is especially important during the ongoing pandemic, as these habits can lower your immune system and make it harder to fight off infections!

Revamp Your Diet

You’ve probably heard the expression, “you are what you eat.” And while that doesn’t mean you need to completely cut out comfort food, it’s a good idea to turn to Mother Nature when you want to improve your skin. Make sure to add foods rich in omega-3s (like salmon and flaxseed) to your diet, as this can keep your skin looking its best. And since vitamin C is also a good source of collagen and antioxidants can help protect skin cells from toxins, it pays to focus on fresh fruits and veggies, like citrus fruit, bell peppers, melons, berries, Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, leafy greens, and more. If you can eat the rainbow, you’ll start to see the effects on your skin! Foods that contain soy can also improve skin appearance for some people while swapping coffee out for dark chocolate can keep your skin more hydrated and improve circulation.

Now that you know how to prevent wrinkles with these simple and natural lifestyle changes, you may be able to avoid the need for more serious treatments. While not all skin issues can be solved with these tips, you may see a marked improvement — and may be able to keep those wrinkles at bay for years to come.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Health & Wellness: Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

Despite how trivial it may seem to care for your health, the fact of the matter is that it’s incredibly important. Caring for yourself is one of the best things you can do because you are promoting your own wellbeing. If you’re hoping to be your best self this new year, here are some tips you can follow for each season to stay on top of your health.

Seasonal Tips for Promoting Your Own Wellbeing

This Winter

As the winter air brings dryness and cracked skin, you’re going to want to make sure you’re moisturizing and using lotion more often around this time. Even kids can suffer from dry skin in the winter. If you’re a parent and have a child who is among the one in 10 kids who develop eczema, be sure to help them stay moisturized as well. Lotioning, where the dry skin is the worst, will be extremely important for overall comfort throughout the day.

Similarly, making sure you’re moisturizing your skin when the weather is extra dry will be beneficial for you in the long run. If you hope to avoid wrinkled skin in your later years, moisturizing regularly will help you to achieve this. Don’t forget your neck!

Though the air is extra dry in the winter months, it’s still important to try and get outdoors and enjoy the cool air. It’s easy to stay inside all winter and avoid the cold, but it’s important for your overall physical and mental health to get outdoors and stay active. Aim for at least one outing a week you wouldn’t normally do.

Next Summer

In the summer months, it’s super important for the protection of your skin to wear sunscreen. A study performed by IMPACT Melanoma found that 86% of participants use sunscreen “always” or “sometimes” in the summer. Wearing sunscreen is a very smart habit to get into. The sun’s rays are very powerful and can cause damage to our skin including various types of skin cancer. For this reason, wearing sunscreen is critical to protecting your skin while outdoors.

While wearing sunscreen is important during the height of summer, you should still apply it year-round. In the winter months, it’s really easy to assume that sunscreen isn’t necessary because you’re mostly covered anyway. The fact is, however, that the sun is still dangerous for our skin in the winter. As a result, applying sunscreen on your face is still a smart idea.

Seasonal Changes

As the seasons change, it’s very likely you’ll experience some seasonal allergies. In the spring and fall especially, make sure you’re taking the necessary precautions. Whether that is avoiding certain areas altogether or more routinely taking your allergy medicine, you’ll want to be on top of it. There are more than 3 million cases per year in the United States of seasonal allergies so it’s very likely you are someone who has them.

Though this isn’t something that has a huge impact on your overall health, if you simply ignore your allergies it’s very likely you’ll have a less enjoyable time all around. It can also drain your energy to constantly feel like your head is exploding. Not only that, but a cracked, irritated nose from constantly blowing it not only causes some aesthetic concerns but is uncomfortable to deal with. Avoid this by caring for yourself!

This also means making sure you’re taking time for yourself if your allergies become too much. Rest is an important aspect of self-care and your health overall. Be sure to know your limits and respect them.

There are a lot of different ways you can help care for your health. These tips should help you keep your skin and body feeling as good as possible. Make sure to prioritize yourself and your health throughout the year in order to live your best life.

Get The Look: Cardi B's Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

Get The Look: Cardi B’s Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the VMA’s, it’s that pastel hair is alive and thriving. Pink pastel hair remains a favorite, as evidenced by Cardi B’s Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico. We’re currently rocking pink locs ourselves. The pink hearted hairstyle, featured below,  was achieved using an assortment of Joico color and care products.

Get The Look: Cardi B's Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

courtesy of tokyostylez’s Instagram

As you can imagine, the Tokyo Stylez for Joico Cardi B hairstyle has gone viral. The Sailor Moon-meets-Alice-in-Wonderland-Red-Queen (if she wore pink) hairdo has been blowing up on social media. We’re sure to see recreations hitting our social media channels soon. If you want to recreate the look yourself, see below for the complete “get-the-look” product breakdown using Joico color and care products below.

To achieve the color, Tokyo Stylez started with platinum cool level 10 human hair wig and used the following Joico color formulas to achieve the pretty pastel pink hue:

Get The Look: Cardi B's Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

Prep Treatment: Defy Damage ProSeries 1: Bond-Protecting Color Optimizer

Formula 1: (Base Color): Color Intensity ¾ Blush + ¼ Rose

Formula 2: (Hearts Medium Pink) Color Intensity Blush + Rose Gold

Formula 3: (Hearts Lightest Pink) Color Intensity Blush

Post Treatment: Defy Damage ProSeries 2: Bond-Strengthening Color Treatment

To care for the stress of processing the colors, Tokyo Stylez used the following Joico Care Products:

Get The Look: Cardi B's Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico

Defy Damage Protective Shampoo – a rich shampoo that gently cleanses away impurities while helping boost hair’s natural defense against all types of daily damage.

Defy Damage Protective Masque – an intensive damage prevention masque to help replenish strength and moisture balance for soft, silky, shiny, healthy-looking hair in minutes.

Defy Damage Protective Shield – an essential daily leave-in that provides powerful all-day protection against thermal styling, pollution, and UV damage.

Dream Blowout – one-and-done blow-drying solution that provides heat protection up to 450 degrees, reduces breakage by over 75%, shields hair from thermal damage, protects your ‘do against humidity, and fights frizz.

K-PAK Color Therapy Luster Lock Glossing Oil – an African Manketti and Argan oil-infused “glow-getter”  that helps strengthen strands, boost color vibrancy, tame frizz, and gloss over dullness – without weighing fine hair down, or leaving thick strands feeling under-nourished.

Flip Turn Finishing Spray – a volumizing finishing spray to inject styles with head-turning, bodacious volume that lasts from morning meeting to nightcap.

Humidity Blocker – a light hold aerosol spray that delivers protection from volume-deflating humidity.

Have you tried to recreate this unique Tokyo Stylez for Joico hairstyle? She promises to share the complete tips and tricks on how she created the hairstyle soon, so stay tuned. We’re sure you’ve already shared your comments on Cardi B’s Pink Heart Hair by Tokyo Stylez for Joico; we want to hear your thoughts on the products used. Is Joico in your haircare arsenal? What are your favorite Joico products?

Your 5-Step Makeup Routine For Your Next Virtual Meeting, Chat, or Wedding

Your 5-Step Makeup Routine For Your Next Virtual Meeting, Chat, or Wedding

Although most of us rely on digital tools to do our work, no one realized just how big a role the internet would play in our daily lives during 2020. We’re working from home, participating in distance learning, and staying in touch with loved ones via FaceTime. And although 35% of weddings now take place outdoors, many couples have opted to say “I do” via Zoom, as well.

Times may be tough, but we’re making the most of it. Since large gatherings are still prohibited in many places and you may be avoiding any type of in-person social interaction out of an abundance of caution, it’s no wonder that you’re relying on online platforms to stay connected. But since video chats are among the few opportunities we have to see others sans face mask, you might be hoping to make the most of it. Whether you’re trying to impress your coworkers, are having a virtual girls’ night over Skype, or are attending an online wedding ceremony, you’ll want to look your best (in spite of the worst!). Here are five steps that’ll allow you to perfect your makeup routine for virtually any virtual hangout.

Your 5-Step Makeup Routine For Your Next Virtual Meeting, Chat, or Wedding

Create Facial Definition

It’s actually not true that the camera doesn’t lie. Webcams tend to wash us out and flatten our bone structure, which can make us seem far more pale and doughy than we actually are. If you’re doing your makeup with teleconferencing in mind, you’ll really want to add some definition back into your face. Work on your contouring skills by watching some YouTube videos to make your cheekbones stand out and to make the planes of your face look their best on camera.

Conceal Dark Circles

You’ll also want to use a foundation that gives your skin a healthy glow without adding too much shine. But you can’t rely on your foundation to cover everything. That’s where concealer comes in — and you’ll definitely need it, especially if your sleep has been disrupted with pandemic dreams. Your webcam will zero in on those dark undereye circles, so use a concealer that reflects the light without looking cakey.

Go Bold With Your Brows

Bold brows were already in, but your webcam can probably handle an even bolder brow than you might be able to pull off in real life. Still, don’t go too crazy with the brow pencil or pomade. Use a thin pencil, brow marker, or sharp-angled brush to draw hair-like strokes to fill in your existing brows and brush them in place with a tinted brow gel.

Don’t Forget to Bronze ‘n Blush

As we mentioned, webcams will wash most people out, so you’ll want to put your bronzer and blush to good use. Although the global cosmetics products market was valued at $532.43 billion in 2017, there are even more choices available now — and it’s never been easier to access the beauty products you need. Blush and bronzer aren’t among the priciest cosmetic items out there, either, which means you can go a little wild without spending a ton. You can feel free to be a bit more liberal with these products than you ordinarily would, as they won’t show up as brightly on camera.

Pop On Lashes and a Bright-Colored Pout

If you’re attending a Zoom wedding or a virtual prom, you shouldn’t feel self-conscious about going all-out with your makeup. Aside from some mascara, you might consider adding a strip of false lashes to your final look. A bright-colored lip can be really effective on camera, as well (and fortunately, you’ll be able to check to make sure you don’t have any lipstick on your teeth!). Even if you aren’t much for an all-over makeup look, a brighter lip can instantly make you look more polished and ready to party… or give an amazing presentation.

Although 31.77% of bathrooms are considered to be large in size, the final step isn’t to check your makeup in your bathroom mirror. Rather, you’ll actually want to fire up your webcam before you enter the conference room or Zoom window to see how you look. You might think you look too dolled up, but your makeup may actually read pretty natural through the screen.

Once all that is done, all you have to do is get dressed, do your hair, and click a couple of buttons. Presto: you’ll be sure to turn heads and feel great about your appearance — even if you’re still wearing pajama pants no one can see.

Why Millennials Should Go To The Dentist Too

Better Teeth, Better Health: Why Millennials Should Go To The Dentist Too

Maintaining a healthy smile and mouth that is free of disease and other issues requires diligent and proper oral hygiene. It is not just kids who get cavities and have to go to the dentist, 40% of whom have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. Adults can get cavities, gum diseases like gingivitis, and other oral health diseases that can lead to serious issues. From a young age all the way through adulthood, practicing proper oral hygiene requires:

Why Millennials Should Go To The Dentist Too

Brushing your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, which has proven most effective in removing dental plaque. This is a thin layer of clear sticky film that develops on your teeth in as little as 4-12 hours after brushing. Plaque is the primary cause of decaying teeth, gum disease, bad breath, and other issues related to oral hygiene.

Flossing once a day to remove the plaque that builds up under the gum line and between the teeth. If you do not remove this plaque daily by proper brushing and flossing, it will harden and mineralize into tartar. Tartar is a hard yellow or brown deposit which can only be removed by a professional dentist, like the accomplished Mesa dentist options out there.

Limiting foods that are damaging to your teeth. This includes food high in starch and sugar, especially sticky candy or other snacks. Additionally, limit snacking between meals which increases the likelihood of bacteria producing harmful acids that damage your tooth enamel. Enamel is the thin but tough outer covering that protects your teeth.

Millennials and Dentistry

Millennials have commonly been blamed by economy experts for killing off staples of the American economy, such as shopping malls, designer clothing, and even parts of the auto industry. Many believe that private dentistry may be next. This is despite the fact that over one million teens, or 5 million people total, have invested in Invisalign to straighten their teeth. Every year, adults make up 20% of the patients who get braces. Getting braces or Invisalign has helped many people achieve the teeth that they desperately wanted. It can knock people’s confidence if they are ashamed of their teeth and want to do something about it. Seeing if Invisalign can fix overbites in children, adults, etc. is something that many will look up to hopefully get their answer.

New research suggests that millennials should not be shrugging off dental hygiene, as many are not cleaning their teeth regularly. A study found that three in 10 millennials brush their teeth only once a day. Research also showed that the average millennial has gone two or more days without brushing their teeth. In addition to these facts, as high as 73% of millennials drink liquor, wine, or beer which can lead to oral health issues. Wine, both red and white, is highly acidic and known to deteriorate tooth enamel. This, in theory, should then suggest that the majority of millennials should be making sure they find dentistry services using the likes of Opencare or other websites that enable its users to find a local dental practice that is highly recommended and rated in the specific area chosen.

Why Are Millennials Avoiding The Dentist?

Despite these poor dental hygiene habits, over half or 56% of millennials are concerned about losing their teeth. Though, there seem to be various reasons why they avoid going to the dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup:

  • 22% do not like the taste of the products used.
  • 62% of adults in the United States are afraid to go to the dentist, many harboring this fear since childhood.
  • Of those who have a fear of the dentist, 74% are afraid of painful treatment, 47% are afraid of pain after the treatment, and 47% are afraid of the noise of the dental drill.

While going to the dentist may be frightening for some, it is not an excuse to avoid receiving proper dental care. There are many dentistries that will accommodate those with fears and help quell those feelings. Dentists believe that creating a welcoming environment and making their patients feel comfortable are top priorities. Ironically, the likelihood is that if you avoid going to the dentist through fear, you will end up with a host of oral health issues resulting in unavoidable pain. This means you would need to visit an emergency dentist, so you’d end up seeing a dentist anyway. If this happens to you, this emergency dental guide may be useful. At least if you go before any problems arise, you won’t have to suffer from any pain.

For many young millennials, it is important to take the necessary steps listed above to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This includes practicing daily oral hygiene and regularly receiving professional dental care. This will ensure proper oral health as you grow older, which research shows is heavily linked to overall health.

5 Effective Ways You Can Honor Earth Day In Your Home This Year

5 Effective Ways You Can Honor Earth Day In Your Home This Year

Earth Day is April 22 each year. It’s a day when people all across the United States make commitments and steps towards doing more to protect our world. This includes supporting environmentally-friendly companies, learning about recycling, pursuing a zero-waste lifestyle, and more. While the actions taken on Earth Day do a lot of good in regards to protecting our environment, imagine how much more could be done if everyone celebrated Earth Day every day of the year? Well, firstly if you’re wanting to try and get other people to believe the hype and try to further protect and maintain our the Earth, maybe take a look at pages published like this at trvst, and offer some of the quotes as motivators to friends and family as to why we should start looking after the planet we live on. Here are five ways you can honor Earth Day in your own home year-round:

5 Effective Ways You Can Honor Earth Day In Your Home This Year

Recycling

Recycling is a step almost everyone can take that can have a huge impact on the quality of our environment. The literal definition of recycling is converting waste into a usable material. One way you can easily recycle at home is to recycle packaging and containers. Have a separate bin in an easily accessible place to make it as easy as possible and remind you to actually do it. Most packages have a label that identifies it as recyclable if it can be recycled.

5 Effective Ways You Can Honor Earth Day In Your Home This Year

Another fairly simple step you can take in recycling is to ditch plastic bottles and get a good reusable water bottle like the purifyou Premium Glass Water Bottle w/ time and volume markings. According to The Water Project, almost 80% of plastic water bottles get thrown in the trash rather than recycled, and only 20% of bottles that are recycled can actually be used for recycling. If everyone stopped using plastic bottles and switched over to reusable bottles, the impact on our environment would be incredible.

Energy Consumption

Your energy consumption is another area where small changes can make a big impact. One quick and fairly inexpensive change you can make to the energy usage in your home is switching out your general light bulbs for energy-efficient light bulbs. You should also make sure to switch off the lights when you leave a room and to unplug products when they’re not in use. This later action is often easy to forget about. For example, people leave their phone chargers plugged in all the time even when their phone isn’t charging. If you use power strips, you can easily unplug multiple things at once, making it easier and more energy-efficient. Alternatively, you could look into energy providers who offer plans of solar and renewable electricity, such as TXU electric. This is particularly efficient in helping the environment by drawing on numerous renewable energy sources.

Water Conservation

Many people aren’t aware of the types of water waste happening in their home every day. For example, a simple leak that drips every second could add up to five gallons of wasted water by the end of the day. Start by being more aware of the water you use by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth and rinsing dishes. You could also consider installing a slow flow shower-head, especially for a home with a bigger family. This will not only save a lot of water but it will also keep more money in your pocket as well.

Earth-Friendly Home Updates

A step towards making your home more Eco-friendly would be to consider different home updates you can make. Some kitchen updates that could have a large impact on the environment would be using Eco-friendly materials for counter-tops and cabinetry. You could also install a water-efficient sink fixture or energy-efficient lighting. Even the simple addition of a few houseplants will help clean the air of toxins. A kitchen remodel is another great thing to consider, as even a minor kitchen remodel could have an ROI of 80% or more. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll be increasing the value of your home as well. Just be sure to reach out to a plumber to make sure that your kitchen remodel is taken care of quickly and professionally. A Charlotte plumber or a plumber in your area can make sure that your garbage disposal, drains, and sinks are all working efficiently.

That is not all though. One area that not many homeowners consider when making Eco-friendly changes is the pool. Chlorine is a very harsh chemical used to clean pool water, but as it splashes out or seeps through the ground, it can negatively impact the environment around it.

There are no doubts about it, chlorine is classified as a dangerous chemical. It is for this reason that chlorine should be stored and administered in such a manner that the possibility of cross-contamination by splashing or spillage is eliminated. Furthermore, in industrial settings, chlorine and any acids should be stored in separate rooms, each specifically designed to store chemicals, and with warning signs both on the doors and inside to remind people which chemical is stored within. Moreover, you can find plenty of storage solutions for dangerous chemicals like chlorine by taking a look at the Storemasta website.

But what about keeping chlorine in the home? Homeowners with pools could consider installing an ozone sanitation system. They do not fully replace chlorine used in pools but can reduce the use of chlorine by up to 90%. Again, chlorine should be kept separate from any acidic cleaning products.

Products Used at Home

The products used in your home on a day-to-day basis have a large impact on our Earth. For example, many commonly used cleaning products have harsh chemicals that not only have a negative impact on the environment, but also the health of your family. Elect to purchase and use natural cleaning projects as well as natural beauty products to help the environment and yourself be more healthy.

One product that piles up in many homes is plastic shopping bags. Recycle these bags properly and then vow to never use them again. They are surprisingly harmful to our environment, especially to animals. Keep reusable shopping bags in your car so that you will remember to use them for grocery shopping.

Where you chose to spend your money and which brands you purchase can also have a large impact on the environment. There are companies that have elected to be more environmentally-friendly with their packaging, development, creation, and more. Supporting those types of businesses gives you a voice in the fight to save our Earth.

Which of these Eco-friendly habits can you apply to your own home today? While these five steps are small, they will be a great leap towards honoring Earth Day and the environment year-round in your home and life.

10+Free Clean Nail Color 2020 F/W Runway Nail Looks at NYFW

Trust us when we say your health and wellness have never looked so good or your trendy. We had the pleasure of going backstage with our favorite new vegan nail polish brand, 10+Free Clean Nail Color, as they dressed the nails of models at three NYFW shows. Check out the cool nail trends 10+Free Clean Nail Color and Nail Artist Holly Falcone created for PRISCAvera and Sandy Liang; and Nail Artist Ashanti Newman for Noon by Noor.

PRISCAVera

NYFW Nails: 10+ Free Nail Polish at PRISCAVera

The ready to wear collection was youthful with flashes of feminine and playfulness. Nail Artist Holly Falcone created three nail looks to compliment the fresh twist on the geek chic style. The first splash of color was playful and power pink ZINNIA, a vivid fuchsia crème with full coverage.

DENIM STITCH & PINK STITCH HOW-TO

  1. Apply Prep with Peptides Clear Base Coat to clean filed nails.
  2. With a striping brush, create multiple curvy stitch lines on each nail with Deep Sea-crets (for Denim Stitch) and Zinnia (for Pink Stitch).
  3. Apply Pep In Your Step Clear High Gloss Top Coat.

Sandy Liang

NYFW Nails: 10+ Free Nail Polish at Sandy Liang

For Sandy Liang, Nail Artist Holly Falcone paired the classic French manicure with a 90’s twist using MOON BEAMS (Crisp Bright Alabaster White Crème) and SMOOTH SAILING (Pastel Blue Crème with a hint of Periwinkle) to create a stylish, yet simple thin French tip. This was an elegant look to complement the flirty gingham print skirts and girly dresses. Holly used a custom-made deep vampy-red to create a chic, bold and sophisticated nail look for the cool shearling and leather outerwear.

CLASSIC FRENCH & FRENCH TWIST HOW-TO

  1. Apply Prep with Peptides Clear Base Coat to clean filed nails.
  2. With a striping brush, create a french tip with Moon Beam (for Classic French) and Smooth Sailing (for French Twist).
  3. Apply Pep In Your Step Clear High Gloss Top Coat.

Noon by Noor

NYFW Nails: 10+ Free Nail Polish at Noon By Noor

For the Noon by Noor F/W 2020 show, Nail Artist Ashanti Newman used Noor Rashid Al Khalifa and Haya Mohammed Al Khalifa’s inspiration of Bahrain’s traditional handcrafted doors and decorative architecture for this season’s nail inspiration. With a wide range of colors and textures used in these pieces, 10+Free Clean Nail Color’s MOON ROCKS (Indigo charcoal gray crème) shade was the perfect compliment.

 

4 Clever Details for the Perfect Winter Wedding

4 Clever Details for the truly Perfect Winter Wedding

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life — despite the fact that ultimately, it’s all leading up to a great thing! The last thing you want is for that planning stress to take away from the day that you’ll commit yourself to the love of your life. Nonetheless, a 2017 report by WeddingWire revealed that 63% of brides feel a good deal of stress to put on the perfect wedding. Many people worry about choosing a dated theme, or putting on a wedding that their guests can’t fully enjoy. And furthermore, lots of people aim to have truly unique weddings. This is one of the reasons why some couples are steering away from the typical wedding season. Rather than having their weddings during the spring or early summer, they’re choosing to get married during the winter.

4 Clever Details for the Perfect Winter Wedding

There are many benefits to having a winter wedding. For one thing, as this isn’t the typical wedding season, you’ll probably have an easier time reserving the venue that you want for your ideal dates. There can be a lot of competition for space and decor during prime wedding season. Another reason why you may want to aim for a winter wedding is that the rates for everything from venues to event planning services are often lower during the “off season”, saving you money in the long term. Of course, you may be worried about the chills that come with a winter wedding, and for that matter the weather itself. But in fact, winter weather is often less predictable during the spring and the summer, both of which are prone to winter showers. Of course, if you do choose a winter wedding, it’s not enough to just decide on the winter and move on from there. You’ll still want to think about food, decor, and many other details. With that being said, we’re counting down some of our favorite winter wedding ideas — maybe you’ll want to try them out!

1. Ice Sculptures

Of course, ice sculptures may seem to be a bit classic for a winter wedding — but lots of people aren’t sure about investing in them as pieces of decor. A lot of people have the idea that ice sculptures are messy or melt down too quickly. In fact, if kept indoors, a typical ice sculpture lasts four to six hours — which is plenty of time for them to last through your reception if they’re made at the right moment. Ice sculptures can be carved to fit virtually any theme. For that matter, their glass-like appearance simply creates an air of elegance, and they reflect the light beautifully. They should be considered for any winter wedding!

2. Embrace A Wintry Menu

Think of the classic winter foods and beverages that people tend to gravitate towards — and imagine coordinating your menu around them! Offering your guests hot chocolate, or perhaps mulled wine, creates a lovely winter wonderland feeling. People tend to want to eat things that are somewhat heavier during the winter, and you may want to indulge in well-cooked red meat and creamy pastas. With that being said, you’ll want to make sure that all of your guests have something to eat. Veganism is growing increasingly popular, increasing by 600% in the United States over the last three years. It might seem to be a little challenging to create a winter-themed menu that accommodates vegans, but the right caterers will be able to help you.

3. Embrace Seasonal Bouquets And Centerpieces

During the winter, you may feel as if flowers would be out of place. In fact, you can certainly still decorate with flowers, as well as other plants. For your bouquet, you may want to consider seasonal plants. These may not include the giant blooms that we’re regularly used to seeing during the spring or summer, but you can still include holly, berries, and smaller blossoms or winter greens. If you’d like to include natural centerpieces, you can consider some of the same plants; however, you may also want to add in delicate branches, which during the winter will be without flowers but in fact can easily look quite elegant if arranged correctly.

4. Take Advantage Of The Lighting

It’s true that the fact that the natural light window is shorter during the window may create photography challenges. However, dim lighting can also create an amazing opportunity for your venue. For one thing, you can add to the coziness of the experience by using candles to light the room. Not only will the candles enhance the appearance of your venue — they’ll probably add to the warmth as well. You may also want to embrace the similarities between ice and crystal. By decorating with a good amount of crystal — a chandelier could very well help light the room, for example — you’ll be rewarded with the dazzling, ice-like effect of the light bouncing off of the surfaces. And really, you shouldn’t worry too much about photos. The right photographer will be able to get you the results you want. With that being said, you should employ a photographer that has experience in photographing effectively without a lot of natural light.

You don’t have to embrace a winter wonderland theme just because you’re having a winter wedding — but it’s certainly an easy theme for you to take advantage of. Otherwise, you can certainly incorporate the natural beauty of winter into whatever other theme you choose, and ultimately create the wedding of your dreams. Furthermore, saving money by sticking to the off season will open up your budget. What more is there to ask for?