I Resolve to Love My Skin

New Year New You

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That’s what they say. Whatever you’ve resolved to do in 2015, we’re here to help!

I resolve to TONE UP

Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner

Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner

 

You’ve decided to tone up for 2015, and the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner is here to help you stick to it.

Splash this toner-serum on your face after a workout for a quick refresher, or apply directly to your face after a swim to balance out the drying effect of chlorine.

I resolve to CLEANSE MY LIFE

Rice Facial Cleanser

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You’ve decided to cleanse your life to 2015, and this gentle cleanser is here to help you do it!

Wash away the stress of a long day with this sulfate-free foaming cleanser. The refreshing scent will transport you to paradise, allowing you to clear your mind of negativity.

I resolve to STOP MASKING MY FEELINGS

Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask

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You’ve decided to stop masking your feelings for 2015, and this beautifying mask is here to help.

Prep yourself for success with this pampering clay mask. Before a big meeting, a hot date, or dinner with your in-laws soothe your skin and shrink your pores to better prepare yourself for what lies ahead.

 

A Fashion Guide to New Years Sparkle

New Years Eve is Rapidly Approaching

And to be perfectly honest with you, I haven’t bought an outfit yet.

Which is a major problem. You see, it is my belief that your New Years Eve outfit can completely make or break your fashion mojo for 2015. So whether you want to rock a classic understated look or sparkle so bright you rival the lights of Times Square, here’s a guide to totally nailing New Years Eve Sparkle for a fabulously ‘haute’ 2015:

So, You Want To Look…

Effortlessly Timeless

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And what’s more timeless than this 1920s inspired silhouette by Aidan Mattox? The vintage cut is almost universally flattering, and the intricate beading is made much more subtle by the nude-on-nude color palette.

Slightly Sultry

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The back of this leopard-sequined Dress the Population cocktail dress is definitely sultry. The modest boatneck front adds the ‘slightly’. And together they make the perfect New Years Eve outfit. Who knows, maybe it will help you meet Mr. 2015?

 

Like A Disco Ball

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This Alice and Olivia shirt-skirt combo may be the COOLEST New Years Eve outfit I have ever seen… which means I just may have solved my lack of outfit problem. Unlike most dresses that are sequined from head to toe, this two piece doesn’t overwhelm even small frames. I think it’s because of the bare midriff… which makes it 10x as awesome anyway.

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New Year New You

It’s a fresh start.

The new year marks a time of change.

You’ve gotten through the holiday gifting season. You’ve made your resolutions and kissed 2014 goodbye. Now it’s time to focus on you. What do you need? What will bring you happiness this year? Below are three statements to live by this year. Fill in the end of the statement with something important to you.

This year I promise to…

This year I will stop thinking about…

This year I will start believing in…

 

Finish these statements and write them on your mirror. Then, each morning when you wake up and wash your face you’ll remind yourself of what you’ve decided to be in 2015.

Holiday Travel Survival Guide

Holiday Travel is Stressful

Whether you’re driving 3 hours away to visit Great Aunt Eleanor, flying halfway across the world to spend New Years with your in-laws, or just crashing in your childhood room at your parents’ house in the next town over, holiday travel takes a toll on your health and patience. Try these tips for a happy, healthy, limited-stress holiday travel season:

1. Sleep

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Sleep on the plane, sleep on the train, sleep in the passenger seat while your husband drives the car. Just make sure you’re getting enough sleep to fuel you through that 6 hour christmas dinner.

2. Come Prepared

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Even if you have to pack light, don’t skip the essentials. Bring your own cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, and soap at the bare minimum. With stress already taking a toll on your body, your mom’s petunia shower gel is not going to help your skin situation.

3. Pack Re-wearables and Laundry Detergent

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Instead of packing your entire wardrobe for your 5 day holiday tour, pack a few essentials that you can mix, match and wash to create different outfits. Navy pants, a blazer, a cardigan, a skirt, a few tops and some statement jewelry should do the trick! Just remember to bring your own detergent to avoid any skin sensitivities.

4. Treat to Prevent

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Don’t wait for your New Years Eve pimple scare to start treating your skin right! Bring your favorite treatment mask to detox and de-stress the skin at the end of a long day. For oily/combination skin, a clay mask will draw out impurities. For dry skin or skin damaged by harsh winter wind, a nourishing moisture mask with phytosterols will restore the skin’s natural barrier and protect it from further damage.

 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

Cinnamon

A delicious, holiday spice

You sprinkle it atop warm apple cider, but did you know this delicious spice can do wonders for your skin? Take a look at this impressive list of benefits:

  • Plumps skin by bringing blood to the surface
  • Stimulates hair growth and strength
  • Has antiseptic properties
  • Natural lip plumper
  • Spot treatment for breakouts and painful pimples

Impressed by all of the amazing things Cinnamon can do for you, but not quite sure which products contain it? Here’s a quick list of my favorites:

 LUSH Stimulating & Reviving Minty Shampoo Bar

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JUARA Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Moisturizer

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Bite Beauty Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil

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The Definitive Stocking Stuffer Guide

You’re Ahead of the Game

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You’ve purchased all of your big ticket items. The signed baseball for your boyfriend, the juicer for your sister, the new watch for your mom. That was easy. You knew what you wanted. 

 

Now comes the hard part: Stocking Stuffers. Little gems and gag gifts to fill the stockings of family and 

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 12.50.57 PMfriends. So we’re bringing you this ultimate guide to make your holiday season just a little bit brighter.

 

For The Ladies

ModCloth Sock Slippers $10

Because everybody loves socks. And socks that are also slippers are 100% better.

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Crabtree-Evelyn Gel Eye Mask $6

So much cooler than a regular sleep mask. Pop it in the refrigerator for even more relaxing anti-puffy fun.

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JUARA Stoplight Mask Trio $16

Does your best friend have oily, dry, combination, sometimes breakout-y skin? These 3 masks cover every problem in the book… and they’re travel size!

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For The Gentlemen

The Chillsner $25

Store in the freezer. Pop into open beer. Boom. Cold ass beer.

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JUARA Travel Size Rice Facial Scrub $12

Because your man likes to have baby smooth skin. And you like it too.

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W+P Carry On Cocktail Kit $24

For those who like to stay classy at 30,000 feet.

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Winter Wardrobe: Your Skin Saver?

It’s officially winter.

The weather has dropped below freezing (at least for us in the northeast), Christmas lights are hanging from the eaves of houses, holiday markets are bustling, and the wind is whipping.

So during the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, how can we protect our skin from the freezing, windy weather?

Winter Fashion

Along with all of the necessary winter skin care practices (heavy moisturizer, sunscreen, body creme, shorter showers, etc.) the clothes you wear can make the difference between soft, supple skin and wind-chapped winter skin. Here are our suggestions for a skin saving winter wardrobe:

Sun Protecting Winter Hat

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When I think winter hats, I think skull caps and beanies… but those definitely do not offer sun protection for your face. Even when it’s cold, the sun’s rays can come through strong and cause skin damage. Try out a winter hat with a brim like this one by UGG Australia!

Touch Screen Gloves

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Before you head out into the cold, lather up your hands with a rich creme and put them into some touch screen gloves. The touch technology allows you to keep your hands protected- you don’t have to pull off your gloves to text, email, tweet or instagram! Try these adorable ones by Toucher Gloves for a girly twist on the latest technology.

Ear Muffs

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They may seem old fashioned, but if you’re wearing a sun-protecting winter hat ear muffs are a necessity! The sensitive skin on your ears chaps quickly- especially in whipping winter winds. Try these beauties from Anthropologie for a slim fitting band under your hat.

 Wind Blocking Clothing

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For winter layers are a must, and your under-most layer should fit snugly to the skin. The more secure your clothes are, the less likely cold wind bursts will be able to get through them. This Nike Therma-Fit Wind Resistant jacket is perfect for the man in your life who refuses to wear flannel… which is probably every man in your life.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Cocktails!

It’s the Holiday Season!

 

Which means it’s also the season for delicious, cold weather cocktails. Warm up from the inside out with these JUARA favorite dessert drinks.

Ginger Tea Hot Toddy

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You can feel good about sipping this delicious detox cocktail… well, sort of. Lemon and ginger cleanse your body of holiday sugar, and whiskey gives it the kick you need to cleanse your mind of holiday craziness.

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Freshly Brewed Ginger Tea

2 Shots Whiskey

1 Tbsp Honey

1 Tsp Clove

1 Cinnamon Stick

1/2 Lemon

1/2 Tsp Vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients (except lemon) in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Transfer into mugs and garnish with lemon wedges.

White Chocolate Irishman

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A twist on the classic Nutty Irishman, this creamy drink is like an iced adult white hot chocolate… complete with marshmallows on top!

INGREDIENTS

2 Parts Baileys Irish Creme

1 Part White Chocolate Liquor

1 Part Frangelico

2 Marshmallows

DIRECTIONS

In a large tumblr, pour the first 3 ingredients over ice.

Shake to combine, then pour.

Add marshmallows and enjoy!

Holiday Mulled Sangria

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“Hot Sangria?” you ask. Yes. And it’s delicious. Just trust us.

INGREDIENTS

1 Bottle Red Wine (your favorite kind)

1/2 Cup Rum

1 Cup Sugar

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Nutmeg

1 Macintosh Apple

Rind of 1 Orange (organic)*

DIRECTIONS

Dice the apple into bite sized pieces.

Combine wine, rum, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into a medium sized saucepan.

Bring to a boil, then add apple and orange rind.

Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, then garnish with cinnamon sticks and serve.

*Be sure to use an organic orange rind to keep toxic pesticides from cooking into your sangria.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Golden Bamboo

Golden Bamboo

A symbol of longevity and peace

Golden Bamboo, a spotlight feature in zen gardens around the globe, is our spotlight skin care ingredient of the week! This majestic plant has regenerative benefits for skin, hair and nails. Take a look at this impressive list of benefits:

  • Boosts collagen production
  • Strengthens hair and nails
  • Increases shine in hair and nails
  • Strengthens the skin’s protective barrier
  • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles

Impressed by all of the amazing things Golden Bamboo can do for you, but not quite sure which products contain it? Here’s a quick list of my favorites:

JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum

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Eminence Lime Cleansing Masque

Alterna Bamboo Volume Abundant Shampoo

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