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Quick Beauty Routines To Get You Through Christmas Eve & Day

smiling woman
The stockings are hung and the tree could rival a Macy’s Christmas display. The presents are wrapped and meticulously arranged. You’ve set out party trays that could put Martha Stewart to shame and baked a sweet potato pie that would make Paula Dean green with envy. The guests are due any minute, and the only thing left to prepare is yourself. C’mon, you know who the real star on the Christmas tree is! You’ve got everything else looking perfect, now it’s time for what really counts, so get to work girl!

Clean Your Skin
Cooking and cleaning can leave your complexion less than perfect. If you need to refresh your makeup or soak up oil, mist your face with a primer and then pat down with a tissue. Follow up with a loose dusting of powder and you’re good to go!

Instant Highlights
If your hair is less than lustrous, makeup artist Morgen Schick advises sprinkling translucent powder over your roots and then brushing through for glamorous locks.

Hydrate skin
If you want to save a step, you can use hair conditioner to moisturize your skin. Just rub some into the top of your head and keep on going down to your toes. Then rinse off and dry. This will do the job of lotion while saving the time waiting for it to be absorbed.

Quick Mani
Instead of waiting for nail polish to dry, try going natural. Remove polish and clean your nails with lemon juice. Massage thick lotion (like glycerin, or vaseline) into your cuticles and you’ve got hands that will look almost too good to serve food!

Pink Lipstick
If you don’t have time to flawlessly apply concealer, try a warm pink lipstick. No matter what your skin tone, Schick says, “It distracts people’s eyes from blemishes and other imperfections.”

If your hair is not behaving, wet your hands, squeeze on a drop of hand moisturizer and pull your hair into a French twist. Wait for ten minutes, untwist, and your mane will be tamed.

T-zone Blow Dry
If you’re in a time crunch, makeup artist Eva Scrivo suggests drying your hair around your part and hairline only. She says, “As long as the front and top of your hair looks finished, so will you.”

woman with eye liner holding sparkles
If you can only have time to do one thing to your eyes, eyeliner is your quickest path to sexy. Stretch out the lines to just past the corners of your eyes for some extra dimension.

Wake Up Call
If you’ve been up all night testing the eggnog, just pat concealer into the corners of your eyes, around your nose and under your lashes. Complete by applying bronzer to your cheeks.

Do the Pony
No need to go fancy. A simple ponytail is always neat and elegant. Roy Teeluck instructs you to pull your hair into a haphazard arrangement, spray, and pull out stray tendrils.

Now go sparkle! Your guests are waiting! Let us know how you pulled off your last minute beauty routine this year! We love to hear it!

Cool Weather Superfoods

Author unknown once said, “People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”

There is much wisdom in this statement. We should always be concerned with what we are putting in our bodies, after all, food does not know what time of the year it is. Likewise, it will make no difference to our bodies if we stuff that pumpkin pie in our faces in November than March. We should eat well all year around. So with that in mind, and with the resolutions of the New Year looming, let’s talk about some cool weather super foods that will put us on the right track for those remaining 11 months.

oatmeal Oatmeal
What better than some piping hot oatmeal to start your day? The whole grain in oatmeal will give you enough plant based protein and fiber to stop hunger for the rest of the day. This piping hot breakfast food also contains beta- glucan, a starch that has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol by 5 to 10% by just eating 3 grams per day. Keri Gans, RD. suggests mixing in almond butter and chia seeds for some healthy fat content.

Hot Chocolate
A true superfood in every sense of the word,hot chocolate contains flavonoids, an antioxidant believed to decrease free radical damage and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Try to avoid the sugary powdered mix. Increase health benefits by melting in some dark chocolate squares or preparing it with almond milk.

Black Bean Soup
Well, we all know the power of black beans, and this tasty dish is chock full! Beans are a powerful source of copper and iron, which are known to help muscles use oxygen more effectively and support the immune system. One serving of this cold weather treat provides 15 grams of fiber and protein. In addition, black beans have almost no content of saturated fat, in contrast to animal proteins and the American Chemical Society research finds that black beans contain more flavonoids than any other bean.

Brussels Sprouts
Not only are these greens full of phytonutrients to fight cancer and fiber, they are also packed with Vitamin C. As 74.8 mg/ cup, brussels sprouts may be just the thing for fighting a cold this year. If the bitter taste frightens you off, do as Gans suggests and, ” Roast them in olive oil.”

pumpkin soup Pumpkin Soup
If your goal this season is to consume more pumpkin containing products than thought humanly possible, you’re in luck, and you may be on the right track. According to the National Institutes of Health, most women should get 700 micrograms of pumpkin a day. The squash is packed with vitamin A, which is crucial for good vision. If you are thinking of stirring up a batch for the holidays, you will be using about a half cup of pumpkin puree which will give you your daily dose, plus you’ll be getting antioxidants from the beta-carotene. A study on the carotenoid found that it can be effective in the treatment of human breast cancer.

Keep these in mind when you make your holiday menu for a healthy, warm and festive season, we would love to hear about your favorite fall health foods.