Four Tips to Help Fight Off Flu Season

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It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's also the most stressful time of the year. With lots of holiday shopping, year-end work projects coming to a close, and climate change it's a constant struggle to do it all while still feeling our best. 

And the absolute last thing anyone needs is to catch a cold or worse, come down with the flu. I don't know about you guys, but when I get sick I get SICK. Which is why I'm sharing five tips that have helped me ward off germs during this tricky time.

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1. Start Your Day with I Love Lemon

Start your day with a warm cup of Bigelow's I Love Lemon. The hot lemon water will help to detoxify and hydrate your body. On days I'm feeling under the weather, the next magical ingredient is honey. A little drop goes a long way. This combo together creates the perfect formula for fighting off a cold. While you're sipping on tea, take this moment to warm up on a chilly day and do something small or relaxing for yourself - like reading your favorite blogs (wink).
You can find Bigelow's Tea at your local Walmart. They're honestly one of my favorite brands since their teas are kept in foil packaging for optimal freshness. Their company is also based in the states which make me able to tea proudly.
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2. Stay Rested
Easier said than done during the holidays, but it's SO GOOD for you. Our bodies rebuild themselves only when we sleep. If you feel something coming on aim to sleep in for at least eight hours. 

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3. Sweat it Out
Sweating out the toxins really does help. Not only that, but it'll help you feel more energized and less stressed. You can head here to read how I get out the door and to my classes in the AM. If you can't afford a gym or a class, the next best thing is bundling up and heading outdoors or doing a TV workout. All you need is 30 minutes of cardio and you're good.

4. Meditate the Stress Away
Like I said, this is one of the most stressful times of the year. Have you ever noticed how prone we become to illness when we're most stressed? Well, meditating really does help to melt the stress away and keep us sane when we need it most. As an added bonus, it'll help add clarity to the clutter of our lives.

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Will you be incorporating Bigelow Tea into your winter routine? It's honestly such a toasty way to relax during the season. Be sure to follow them for the latest news and tips on Facebook and Twitter!

Masking Mondays: A New Way to Fight Acne

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Please raise your hand if you've been personally affected by stress acne? Yep. Me too. 

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but all the shopping, eating, and traveling can leave me feeling depleted. As much as I try to stay zen, it's pretty hard and becomes apparent in the form of stress acne. Not a cute look since we all know cameras go into overdrive during the last few months of the year. So I'm super pumped to try out a new innovative product from Neutrogena!

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Let's backtrack a little bit first. Remember a while back how celebrities were posting selfies wearing these insanely pricey white UV masks? Oh, how I lusted for a moment to be able to wear one! But without unlimited funds that moment seemed highly unlikely. (For reference, treatment could cost up to $500).

Enter Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask. It's like they heard me pining for an affordable version that would still offer me all the amazing benefits of UV masking. They made their patented Therapy Acne Mask readily accessible at Walmart's acne aisle so there's no need to save up or visit a dermatologist to get clear skin. You can do it all from the comfort of your home.
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Now you're probably wondering what comes in every box?

Glad you asked! Each Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask box comes with the patented mask (which is chemical-free and FDA cleared) and a 1 month supply mask activator (the refill which you'll need to purchase monthly at $14.97). While you're in the aisle you should also pick up Clean & Clear® Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes. You'll want to use the mask only after cleansing your face for the best results.

How the mask works is that it targets and kills bacteria with light instead of harsh chemicals and leaves behind glowing skin instead. There are also two modes of action when using - a blue and red light. The blue light kills 99% of acne-causing bacteria and the red light reduces inflammation caused by acne.

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The mask is pretty easy to use and forces you to sit and relax (me-time is always a good time).
- Clean your face of makeup, sweat, and debris using Clean & Clear® Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes
- Simply put on the mask
- Flip on the activator
- Enjoy your me-time for 10 minutes

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The Activator shown here has a handy countdown indicator and keeps track of how many uses you have left. PLUS, it keep track of your 10-minute sessions when in use. Cool right!

The Activator shown here has a handy countdown indicator and keeps track of how many uses you have left. PLUS, it keep track of your 10-minute sessions when in use. Cool right!

The mask is lightweight so if you rather wear it while doing an errand (washing dishes anyone?) - you can. 

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Results begin in a little as 1-week, so I'm taking the Neutrogena challenge and using this mask during the busiest time of the year for the next 30 days. I'll do a before and after image so you guys can see how the mask kept me acne-free.

Challenges are better in groups, so why not do it with me? Pick up the Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask at your local Walmart and keep me posted on your progress.

Get the Look: Smoky Neutral Eye for the Holidays


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After Halloween, there seems to be this full throttle push into the holidays. If we were able to put it on hold until life felt a little more balanced I’m sure we would. Instead, we have to ride out this crazy wave!

It can get a little hectic with the errands and parties (so many parties!) but think of it as a chance to dress up and glam out. And being the makeup fanatic I am, I'm going all out until January 2nd hits. The key to maintaining your sanity and while looking flawless is conquering a smoky neutral eye. Trust me, it's a lot easier to do than it sounds and the transitional look can take you from work to play.

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As a contact lens user with a bad case of dry eyes, I always prep my eyes with Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ Multi-Symptom. It moisturizes my eyes and gets rid of redness associated with wearing lenses and slight makeup irritation. Lucky for us in the states, the preservative free eye drops come in a multi-dose bottle and make it easier to use. It’ll also make your eyes look brighter which is always a nice plus!

If you're anything like me, I highly recommend adding these eye drops into your beauty routine so the focus can be kept on your makeup and clear eyes (pun intended).

Now for the full-on tutorial

FIRST
Prep your eyes with Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™

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SECOND
Apply an eyeshadow base over your entire lid and above the crease, I’m using a shimmery nude color

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THIRD
Apply the next eyeshadow, I’m using a light copper shade to shade the lid under the crease and blending

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FOURTH
Blend a darker eyeshadow into the crease of your eyelid, I’m using a light brown color

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FIFTH
Now blend until obvious harsh lines from your eyeshadow are gone

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FINAL/OPTIONAL
For a little more ‘tude, I love lining my top lash line with a shimmery dark brown eyeshadow and relining it with a black or dark brown eyeliner

Don't forget to fill in your browns and apply your favorite mascara to frame your face

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As for the rest of your face, finish up with CC cream, a peach-like blush, and a pale pink nude lip color. Hopefully, the pictures helped tremendously, but if you rather see a video tutorial next time – let me know!

Keep in mind that Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ provides up to 12 hours of soothing relief so depending on how long your days go during the holiday season it may be beneficial to carry a spare in your purse.
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And being the thrifty shopper I recently turned into I figured I share the best place with the best deals. I found Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ line at my local Target which was conveniently located near my favorite drugstore makeup brands. It’s like they knew! Combine Target’s Cartwheel offer (25% off) with this $3 manufacturer coupon on your next purchase.

Have you ever used Clear Eyes as part of your beauty routine before?