Posts Written On December 2017

MELISSA – NEW YEAR’S STYLES

I want to share some NYE styles from footwear brand Melissa Shoes with you, that are now available on shopmelissa.com! As is true with all Melissa styles these shoes are 100% plastic making them fully vegan, waterproof and recyclable.

These Melissa styles are now available in-stores at Melissa Galerias worldwide and online at shopmelissa.com


Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Lady Dragon XIV
This whimsical heel is available in Black Glitter, Bronze Glitter, Beige and Black
Retail $149
Link to buy: http://shopmelissa.com/flygrl/vivienne-westwood-anglomania-lady-dragon-xiv#272=414

Melissa Jean + Jason Wu VII
For the flat-wearer this Jason Wu style inspired by a ribbon tangled is a perfect ( comfortable) fit! Available in Multicolor glitter, silver glitter, black and red.
Retail $63.00
Link to Buy: http://shopmelissa.com/flygrl/melissa-jean-vii#272=557

Melissa Grunge + VItorino Campos
Sparkle for a comfort seeker?  This cool collaboration style features sporty details with a fun twist
Retail: $84.00
Link to Buy: http://shopmelissa.com/flygrl/32227-51647-5-melissa-grunge-vitorino-campos

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Make Your Own Health-Related New Year’s Resolutions

With the holidays just around the corner, we’re all in the perfect New Year’s mood to make some new promises, and hopefully do our best to commit over the months to come. And what could be better for us than improving our lifestyle by introducing certain healthy habits, ditching some of our old vices and making changes we’ve been wanting to make for ages?

If you’re in the holiday frenzy yourself, and you cannot decide which ones you should or can prioritize, and how to approach your seemingly endless list of healthy resolutions, let’s raise a glass to a year of good health, and dive into some of the resolutions that will ensure a healthier, happier you!

Slow down

For most of us, life is often a tangled mess of rushing to and from work, finding time to meet with friends and devoting our time to our families. But in such a state of constant hurry, it’s easy to neglect the simple appreciation of the present moment, or finding the time for much-needed sleep, or a relaxing walk in the park.

Make a promise to yourself that in times of greatest chaos, you’ll find a technique to slow down – because this is precisely when you need it the most. Create a consistent sleeping schedule to restore your energy, and ditch multitasking for the sake of enjoyment in the simplest things. So, the next time you reach for your remote during lunch or pick up your phone while on a coffee date, take a step back and immerse yourself in the present – it can do wonders for your wellbeing.

Find your Zen

When hardship strikes, as it inevitably does from time to time, we need a trusty stress management method. Think of it as a long-term investment, and not something to practice only once the problem has occurred, because preparing yourself for such situations is what you need to increase your resilience to stress.

For example, mindful meditation, simple breathing exercises, yoga asanas, time spent in nature, or getting a furry companion are known to lower your cortisol levels and balance your hormones into serenity. Take your pick and add years to your life for more New Year’s resolutions ahead.

A clean slate for your skin

How about a solemn swear that you’ll take better care of your skin, and that you will do your absolute best to get rid of adornments and embellishments that no longer have any relevance for you? The first several months of 2018 are an ideal time to finally attend to those long-awaited cosmetic procedures that take time to heal.

If you have tattoos that are a residue of the past, such as an ex’s name, or a poorly designed tattoo, this is a perfect time to consider laser tattoo removal, since it can take several sessions to achieve success and some time to heal properly. Then you can finally start anew and maybe pick new images to adorn your body!

Change your diet

How about a change of mindset that will once and for all help you maintain a healthy lifestyle that is based on healthy bites? Whatever your aspirations may be, to lose weight, to gain some muscle, to increase your physical abilities, food is the essential ingredient to achieve such goals.

Once again, this is a long-term process, one that requires discipline and commitment to healthy habits and making better choices every day. But if you want to stick to a healthy diet, you’ll need a detailed plan, and perhaps some help from a nutritionist, so that you can ensure optimal macro and micronutrient intake that will support your goals.

Get stronger, leaner, fitter

What goes hand in hand with a healthy diet? Regular physical activity is often in the top three New Year’s resolutions people make, yet fail to keep. In order to prevent that from happening, do your best to prep for the ordeal: get a fitness buddy as an accountability partner, pay a gym membership for a year in advance, join a dance class, or invest in equipment you can use at home.

Whatever your preference may be, do your best to prevent yourself from bailing out or postponing the decision for months – your mind and your body will be forever grateful, and you’ll finally cross this one off your list for 2019!

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You Definitely Need This In Winter

As we enter the dead of winter, it shows in our skin. But winter skincare woes can be lessened, if not avoided all together. SkinCeuticals has great partner derms throughout the country with specializations ranging from plastic surgery procedures/skin cancer prevention/the best ingredients for tackling different skin types/concerns/etc.

You had too much wine at last night’s holiday party: 

Tackle your Rudolph-like redness and inflammation all while rehydrating skin.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque

Fan of the cult-favorite Phyto Corrective Gel? This new masque packs twice the cooling, calming and hydrating power of the original formula, in a soothing new gel-masque formula. Optimal for sensitive or problematic skin, this light masque contains botanical extracts with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to soothe, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and a new calming dipeptide to reduce the perception of heat sensitivity. Ideal for treating skin post-laser or post-sunburn, or for soothing reactivity after any other aggressors. Clinical studies showed an average 4oF reduction in skin surface temperature after just 15 minutes of use, immediately post-Fraxel.

Price: $57, Available at LovelySkin.com, SkinCeuticals.com and dermatologists nationwide

You have a breakout right before family holiday photos: 

Definitely don’t need that hanging on your grandma’s fridge until December 2018

SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

A targeted, oil-free approach to treating adult acne and signs of aging, this 1st-to-market acid blend combines 2% dioic acid with an alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid formulation designed to prevent acne, minimize hyperpigmentation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Specifically created for the concerns of the acne-prone adult, it goes beyond treating imperfections to additionally address signs of aging. Salicylic acid and LHA combat blemishes; glycolic and citric acids treat fine lines, wrinkles, and roughness; and dioic acid fights acne, reduces excess sebum production, and prevents hyperpigmentation that can cause skin to appear prematurely aged. This highly effective, efficient treatment is ideal for acne-prone, aging skin.

Price: $88, Available at SkinCeuticals.com

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque (can be used as a spot treatment as well)

Clarifying Clay Masque is a non-drying masque that combines kaolin and bentonite, the highest quality natural earth clays, to decongest pores and lift impurities.  Botanicals and minerals are added to help heal and calm the skin, while a 5% hydroxy acid blend gently exfoliates. Weekly use of Clarifying Clay Masque leaves skin feeling healthy and purified.

Price: $52, Available at SkinCeuticals.com

Dry, flaky skin: Don’t just rehydrate. Strengthen your skin barrier so that your skin is able to more readily retain moisture.

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
The first cholesterol-dominant corrective skincare product available to consumers, this intensive moisturizer is specifically formulated with the only proven ratio of natural lipids to help restore the external skin barrier and support skin’s natural repair functions, benefitting both aging skin and extremely dry skin. Its formula incorporates the highest concentration of three lipids, 2% Ceramides, 4% Cholesterol, and 2% Fatty Acids, which are precisely formulated to refill the skin’s natural surface lipids. After continued usage, skin’s barrier is reinforced to reduce the visible signs of accelerated aging and support skin’s natural self-repair. The result is a comfortably-replenished fullness, healthy radiance, youthful smoothness and suppleness. 

Price: $127, Available at LovelySkin.com and SkinCeuticals.com

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

Enriched with vitamin B5, known to help with tissue repair, Hydrating B5 Gel replenishes nutrients the skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger.  This moisture-enhancing gel contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin. Hydrating B5 Gel is recommended for use with vitamin C treatments and will help maximize the benefits of your daily moisturizer.

Price: $78, Available at SkinCeuticals.com

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Looking for the perfect outdoorsy gift for your hiker, backpacker, or runner?

Looking for the perfect outdoorsy gift for your hiker, backpacker, or runner? Our outdoor gift guide features our favorite outdoor & camping gear.

Elum Designs:

Are you looking for a way to cherish your trip for years to come? Use Elum Designs to draw, record or sketch what you see on your hike in one of their Outdoor Observation Journal & Sketchbooks! Unparalleled in attention to detail and one-of-a-kind products, Elum only uses original, modern artwork inspired by everything from fashion forward trends to refined simplicity. Gifts from Elum are sure to leave an impression.

Matador Hydrolite

Matador has launched the world’s first backpack with built-in water filtration.The HydroLite is the first travel pack that filters water as you drink, providing 100,000 liters of clean drinking water over the life of one filter. Now you can comfortably carry clean, filtered drinking water instantly anywhere!

Hydrolite Feature:

AmeriBag:

Carry all your travel gear with you with the AmeriBag. The Tech Bag from AmeriBag are a must-have! Whether it’s on the plane or in the car, pleasure or work travel, Tech Bag gives you those extra pockets and space, while taking care of your back!

  • Lots of pockets means you’ll never have to leave anything behind!

  • Trademarked teardrop shape that ergonomically molds to the shape of your spine

  • Cross body design to distribute weight evenly, alleviating stress on your back, shoulders, and neck

  • Ability to withstand any type of climate

Rex Specs:

What’s better than hiking with man’s best friend? After all they do, help protect your dog’s eyes with Rex Specs! Rex Specs are goggles created for the active dog to keep safe from debris, environmental hazards, and harmful rays of the sun. Designed with UVA/UVB protective lenses that help treat canine eye conditions. They are stable and secure while allowing for full jaw motion and field of view to meet the needs of any dog.

LIFESAVER Liberty Bottle:

Take the all new LifeSaver® Liberty™ Bottle with you on your next amazing adventure! The LIFESAVER Liberty Bottle features LifeSaver’s same cutting edge filtration system, but in a smaller more convenient size for staying hydrated while on the trail or on-the-go. Its inline pump filter can be used with the included scavenger hose to draw water straight from any source—like a river or lake—and then transform it into safe drinking water free of 99.9999% of bacteria, and 99.999% of viruses exceeding NSF P231 full testing protocols. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the explorer, yogi, traveler, prepper or others on your list, the LifeSaver Liberty Bottle has you covered.

Volt Resistance:

The Volt Heated Thermal Half Zip (THZ) is an extremely versatile mid weight jacket. The Thermal Half Zip is powered by a 5 volt USB powerbank battery that can be found at most retail stores. These batteries can be used for heating up the THZ or charging your cell phone. This athletic but stylish pullover jacket can be worn as a mid layer or outer layer depending on the outside temperature and/or your desired core temperature.

Nuni Tortilla Toaster:

Know an outdoorsman who appreciates a good taco? If so, join the Nuni revolution and never flip tortillas again! Be a taco hero with an innovative product that heats up six tortillas at once so hungry mouths don’t have to wait for the one -at-a-time pan method. Say goodbye to soggy tortillas from the microwave and warm up an authentic feast any day of the week with Nuni!

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Give The Gift Of An Eternal Summer With Luv Surf

Who doesn’t love the beach?
Whether it’s the smell of salt in the air, soothing sounds of waves, or the feeling of sand between your toes – we all know someone who can’t get enough of the seashore. Make that special someone’s salty daydreams come true with Luv Surf!
A lifestyle brand that embodies good vibes, healthy living, and the energy of the sun, sand and surf, Luv Surf is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list who lives in an eternal summer state of mind.  

 Everybody knows a wannabe mermaid. Brighten her holiday with these affordable, beach-themed gifts from Luv Surf: 

Beach Hair Notebook: A journal that expresses just how much you care about those beach waves in your hair, you can doodle, dream, or take notes in this beautiful notebook!
Be Free Backpack: A great light pack for a festival, picnic, or trip to the beach, this drawstring backpack is made from natural canvas with two outside pockets with flap closure.
Flamingo Trucker Hat: This stylish hat is flamingoals for any season! With a cotton twill foam front and mesh back with uber cute flamingo graphic and print on upper and lower bill, this will be your go-to gift for the bird lover in your life.

If you have someone on your list who would rather have their toes in the sand, stuff their stocking with beach goodies from Luv Surf!

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A GIFT THAT EVERY TWEEN IS BEGGING FOR!

CONTINUE THE 2017 DIY SLIME TREND THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

WITH MADDIE RAE’S SLIME GLUE

The DIY slime craze has been the largest social media fad of 2017, appearing all over YouTube and Instagram. Naturally, 12-year-old Madison Greenspan found herself swept up in this popular movement and with that, Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue was born! Maddie Rae’s glue is intended specifically for slime making and is offered in 8 oz. 3-packs, half-gallon clear and white, half-gallon combo packs and both clear and white gallons.

 Madison made a name for herself in the slime world due to her brilliant business idea that has proven to be wildly successful. In March 2017, she launched Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue after she had trouble finding glue to make her slime as countless stores and websites were sold out of the sought-after commodity. Madison pleaded with her father, Howard Greenspan, owner of a consumer products company to help her make her own brand of glue. Since its launch in March, Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue has expanded to offer slime jars and food coloring, with custom glitter, microbeads and pigment powder to be debuted in early 2018.

 

Being a tween entrepreneur wasn’t achievement enough for Maddie Rae. With a team of over 100 people, Maddie Rae recently broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Slime by making 13,820 pounds! This tremendous attempt took place on November 4th, at Play Fair New York, in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Since the event, the record breaking slime can be purchased on Amazon and slimemaking.com, with 100% of the proceeds going to Hand in Hand hurricane relief, a charity selected by Madison (limited supply of record breaking slime currently available for sale).

Let Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue be your child’s must-have gift this holiday season!

Purchasing information: Maddie Rae’s Slime Glue products are available for purchase on Amazon and slimemaking.com

  • Clear and White 8 oz. 3-pack: $12.99
  • White Half Gallon: $9.99
  • Clear Half Gallon: $12.99
  • Half Gallon Combo Pack: $26.99
  • White Gallon: $19.99
  • Clear Gallon: $24.99
  • Slime Food Coloring: $19.99
  • Slime Jars (Quantity 6 and 12 packs with white or black lids): $14.99-$22.99
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