Holiday Sparkle Picks
This is my very favorite time of the year! Holiday lights, gatherings, sequins, colder weather and of course all the “sparkle.” The holiday season is also the perfect time to try new trends and to take some risks with your beauty routines. Tis’ the season to sparkle and shine and I’m sharing a few of my favorite holiday beauty products to help you glow all season.
A Daring Red Lip
Pat McGrath LABS MatteTrance Lipstick
Try this bold red lip in shade “Vendetta” from Pat McGrath this holiday season. This lip color is the perfect accessory at your next holiday party, date night or just running errands. What I love about this lipstick is its creamy matte texture and one-swipe coverage. This lip won’t dry your lips out because its formulated with an oil-infused powder giving you a smooth matte finish. This is the perfect red for all skin tones, you will for sure impress Santa with this one.
Dior Forever Skin Glow
I decided to switch up my foundation, and I’ve fallen in love with Dior Forever Skin Glow foundation. This foundation feels and looks like your own skin but with a natural and radiant glow. Benefits also include: 24-hour wear, a base formula that helps improve the quality of your skin and holds through the outside weather elements. It’s great for sensitive skin and considered “clean” with great natural ingredients. A foundation that helps you glow from the inside, out!
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter
What’s the holiday season without shimmer? This is a staple in my beauty kit all year long. This is a dual, long-wear, cream-powder highlighter for the face and eyes. I love the coverage this highlighter gives and how easy it is to blend seamlessly. You can use this highlight all over from your cheeks, eyes, nose, collarbone.
Maybelline Facestudio Glass-Skin Makeup Finishing Spray
Let’s seal up our “sparkle” with this Glass-Skin finishing spray. This spray gives your skin that ultimate all-day glow, leaving your skin hydrated with a glassy finish. You can apply this spray after your makeup or throughout the day as a refresh.
New Year Skin Tips
New Year, let’s talk skin. I’ve gotten several questions on what is the best skin products for me? What is the difference between them? Do I really need to start using this at my age? Is it too late for me to start using this? I’ve decided to launch a Skin Series and discuss some important “skin talk” to help educate what helps with what, and how/when you should use what. Let’s begin with Hyaluronic Acid. I will preface by saying, if you see a dermatologist please ask them for advice before switching up a skincare routine or your regular esthetician.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring humectant that draws moisture from its surroundings and can be found in hydrating serums and moisturizers.
What does hyaluronic acid do for skin? Hyaluronic acid hydrates—and actually attracts water to—the surface of the skin. The result? Skin that feels plump, with a visible reduction of fine lines. See what hyaluronic acid creams and hyaluronic acid serums you can add to your skincare routine!
How do I use it?
Hyaluronic acid is a versatile ingredient that can be used day and night—just follow the directions on the packaging.
What can I pair it with?
The perfect complement to hyaluronic acid is a great moisturizer—it doubles down on the dewy look by locking in hydration.
Anything I shouldn’t pair it with?
No, hyaluronic acid is a great addition to any skincare routine.
Are there any potential side effects?
Don’t let the word “acid” scare you—hyaluronic acid creams and serums are unlikely to irritate your skin.
Establish a routine. Once you find the right formula for your skin, use it consistently to see results.
Layer on a moisturizer. This essential step nourishes and balances skin so it doesn’t overproduce oil. Plus, it seals in hydration.
Say yes to SPF. Protect your skin against harmful UV rays every single day—it’s a crucial part of a healthy routine.
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC.
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