A little sparkle goes a long way when trying to get into the festive spirit, and that includes adding some to your makeup routine. Check out the latest holiday beauty trends for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond to shine straight through New Year's.
In Your 20s: Go for Silver and Gold
When it comes to holiday makeup, these two shades should be your staples, says Christopher Drummond, celebrity makeup artist. Combine silver or gold glittery lids with a dab also on your cheeks for a 360-degree glow. "Just remember," warns Drummond, "don't overdo it. Less is more when it comes to glitter, especially on your face."
Try MAC's A Tartan Tale Reelers and Rockers Eye Shadow for lids that will light up the room. For a subtle body shimmer, lightly dust Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder in Cocoa on your collarbones for a sexy (and yummy!) shine.
MAC A Tartan Tale Reelers and Rockers Eye Shadow, $36; maccosmetics.com
Urban Decay Sparkling Lickable Body Powder, $29;
A little sparkle goes a long way when trying to get into the festive spirit, and that includes adding some to your makeup routine. Check out the latest holiday beauty trends for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond to shine straight through New Year's.Read More »from How to Wear Glitter at Every Age This Holiday
By Tina Gleisner, GalTime Home Improvement Expert
Christmas is my favorite holiday. It's a busy, chaotic time of year but you get to enjoy lots of fun activities with friends and family, things that you rarely do the rest of the year. My family teases me because I love playing Christmas music for months. Everyone has their personal favorite traditions and they change over time, i.e. my boys always hung the outdoor lights but they've grown up and now we visit them for the holidays.
It's easy to get distracted during the holiday season. You know you want to decorate the house and you know when you're done because you can see the results. This checklist helps you keep track of special holiday activities that aren't part of your day-to-day routine. The focus of this checklist is home safety - keeping you, your family and guests safe during the holiday season.
Decorating Your Home Outdoors
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When a wedding falls apart at the last moment, I've always imagined the bride and groom rightfully wallowing over their emotional and financial scars. Not so, for one young woman in Colorado Springs who had her family call the Salvation Army once it became clear that wedding costs could not be recouped. In less than 24 hours the Shafer family and Salvation Army Captain John Bennett organized 150 people from Salvation Army shelters to attend a pre-holiday banquet at the hotel where the wedding had been planned. In an interview with local news station, NewsFirst5, the bride's father, Mac Shafer, said, "What this is all about is a warm meal on a really cold night."Read More »from Bride turns cancelled wedding into something wonderful
NewsFirst5Both, the Christmas and Chanukah stories describe experiences of finding light in the night. Here are four ways to donate to national and international causes in the spirit of this season:
Global Fund for Women
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Fast & Festive
Special occasions call for an extra special outfit. Luckily, all it takes to transform an ordinary going-out look into a red-hot holiday ensemble is a few glamorous trimmings, like eye-catching accessories and shimmering makeup. So before you splurge on a fancy frock, flip through this slideshow to get a few ideas for sprucing up the dress you already have. From ruby-red lip color to a sequin-studded clutch, these little touches will make the holidays--and your look--worth celebrating.
Photo: © John Lawton/Woman's DayAdd depth to your outfit with gorgeous jewel-tone baubles.
Paint the Town Red
Flattering on all skin tones, a bold scarlet lip instantly injects your daytime look with party-ready pizzazz. MAC Lipstick in MAC Red, $14.50; MACCosmetics.com. Hunter Dixon Mo Top, $218; HunterDixon.com. (Go to the next slide for more product suggestions and application tips.)
Photo: © Michael Waring/Woman's Day
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To spruce up your home for the season, bring the outdoors in by using earthy, eco-friendly materials in unexpected ways.
Photo: © Paul Whicheloe/Best Ideas for ChristmasBrowse our picks for rustic, chic & metallic holiday accents.
Joy and Love Pillow Covers
Washable burlap sewn into covers and stamped with paint-covered wooden letters will send the right holiday message.
Photo: © Paul Whicheloe/Best Ideas for Christmas
Ring in the season with a garland made from 3-inch cowbells ($16 for 12; WindyCityNovelties.com) tied onto rope every 15 inches. Mix handmade ornaments with store-bought ones (these are from Midwest CBK; MwCBK.com for stores).
Photo: © Paul Whicheloe/Best Ideas for Christmas
What a hoot! You can easily whip up this winged creature-made from burlap, felt and twine-using the template and instructions.
My friends and family get a bad wrap -- literally. When it comes to gifts, I am the world's worst wrapper. Maybe it's my aversion to all that creasing and folding. Or the fact that I get bored halfway through. It might be because I'm intimidated by all those other well-dressed gifts under the tree. Or maybe it's just too similar to making a bed - another task I like to avoid.Read More »from Wrap It Up! 3 Ways to Make Your Gift Stand Out
But, as usual, I have officially been saved with Disney's "All Things Merry" Holiday Guide (the same guide that I got great gift ideas from and recipes to die for). Not only did I learn how to make a triple bow, I also was able to follow their how-to video and made these adorable, festive gift bags with the kiddos. (Psst: I suggest the reindeer bag -- super easy!)
Last year, in the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the United States Postal Service processed more than 14.9 billion letters and cards-which amounted to nearly 90 percent of its total haul during that period. (Packages made up a measly 10 percent.) With that many cards landing in mailboxes, you'll want yours to be unique. Consider these customizable cards this holiday season.
Photo: © Len Lagrua/Best Ideas for ChristmasMake this wreath for a fun way to display holiday cards.
If You Want to Give Back
This card, drawn by a child with cancer, benefits Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Paint Box Project Reindeer card, $12.95 for 8; GreatArrow.com
Photo: © Len Lagrua/Best Ideas for Christmas
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One of the great joys of the holidays is receiving greeting cards with photos of your friends and extended family. But taking your family photo is another story. From selecting what to wear to getting the children to cooperate, the process can be filled with anxiety and pressure. Whether you're taking the snapshot yourself or headed to a professional studio, follow these 10 tips to reduce stress and get a frame-worthy photo.
1. Coordinate outfits but don't match.
You've seen it a million times: The entire family-from Grandma to the family dog-is wearing the exact same outfit. It's coordinated, but not necessarily sophisticated. Which is why New York City-based photographer Meg Miller of Meg Miller Photography recommends using a more general color scheme. "I tell clients to approach the family's wardrobe as if they were decorating a room. First pick a color scheme, then add different shades, textures and patterns," she says. And remember: "Neutrals, whichRead More »from 10 Tips for a Picture-Perfect Holiday Portrait
The holidays are here, and chances are you have your fair share of parties to attend. You know the rules: Bring a bottle of wine and follow up with a thank-you note. But what if you're the one throwing the bash? We talked to partygoers from around the country and found out what they have to say about hosting dos and don'ts. If you're planning to open up your home this season, read on to learn everything your guests are too polite to tell you.
1. Put some thought into the food you serve-and how you serve it.Read More »from 10 Things Party Guests Won't Tell You
Any holiday party guest will appreciate being served a full meal, but if there's nowhere to sit and eat, it can be more trouble than it's worth. If you're planning to serve a buffet meal, your party guests need enough surfaces to eat on. "How can you cut meat without putting down your plate?!" asks Doug from Atlanta. Maghan from Gainesville, Florida, seconds that: "Not planning the wineglass-plate-fork scenario makes it awkward for everyone. Either have
By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazine
If your goal is flawless makeup from a party's start to finish, this is the list you should check twice. Follow these tips to avoid the year's biggest holiday makeup mishaps.
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