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Have you thought of any healthy gift ideas for the holidays?

Surveys show that the majority of Americans are trying to get healthy.

Among 1,012 adults polled in one survey by biotechnology company Gelesis, “feeling healthier” was the highest priority, followed closely by losing weight.

In another recent survey, 28 percent of respondents said they make a conscious effort to get healthy every day, with 43 percent focusing on healthy eating, 42 percent on regular exercise, and 41 percent on taking time for themselves.

You can’t go wrong with giving loved ones gifts that will help boost their health and well-being. To make your shopping easier, we have some great ideas below.

Help your friend or loved one enjoy healthy skin with this discovery kit. We’ve packed travel sizes of all four of our CV Skinlabs non-toxic products together to give the receiver a chance to try them. Don’t be surprised if you hear back a few weeks later about how much better their skin looks and feels!

This kit includes travel sizes of the following:

  • Calming Moisture
  • Restorative Skin Balm
  • Rescue + Relief Spray
  • Body Repair Lotion

Help your loved one to de-stress this holiday with the Pursoma Digital Detox Bath Treatment. It’s made for those who spend all day on their digital devices and then perhaps have trouble sleeping. It reduces the tension and stress that often results from the overuse of technology, helping the user to rest better, feel better, and unplug from the modern world.

Made with French Grey Sea Salt to remineralize the body and Green Clay to pull out urban toxicity. Also helps aid in deep pore cleansing and mega skin hydration.

With more and more people working from home, there’s been an increased need for ergonomic office chairs. While sitting on a balance ball to work at a computer can be a challenge, this balance stool makes it easier while still providing improved posture, circulation, and a bit of a core workout. It can adjust from an 18-inch to a 23-inch desk, so it works for most home offices.

These colorful cards contain short mindfulness exercises that your loved one can do at any time of the day or night. They don’t cost much, but they can make it easy to bring awareness, calm, and joy to everyday life. Each card includes an inspiring phrase on the front and a bite-size mindfulness exercise on the back.

If you know someone who suffers from regular anxiety or depression—or who simply could use a little soothing comfort—a weighted blanket might be the perfect gift. Studies suggest they can help ease symptoms of anxiety while promoting relaxation. There are several different kinds available in a variety of materials and colors. Layla Sleep has a nice, soft one.

This wellness box is the perfect gift for anyone who’s going through cancer treatments during the holiday season. Non-toxic, safe, and effective, it helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation while helping to clear the body and mind of negativity and stress.

The box includes the following:

  • 4 CV Skinlabs products to provide calming, moisturizing, soothing, and healing benefits to the skin.
  • A guided meditation CD from Health Journeys (your choice of chemotherapy or radiation).

Gift your loved one the gift of pure water with this special filtering water bottle. It includes built-in filtration to reduce more than 20 common tap water contaminants such as lead, chlorine, pesticides, hormones, and pharmaceuticals. It’s made of stainless steel so you won’t be exposed to dangerous plastics either.

The receiver will be able to go green, save money, and enjoy tasty water all at the same time!

Gift the gift of healthy eating made easily with Daily Harvest. They ship whole food, plant-based harvest bowls, smoothies, flatbreads, soups, and even sweets to your loved one’s door. Great for those who enjoy healthy eating but don’t have the time to cook.

Standard perfumes and colognes often contain chemical fragrances and phthalates that aren’t good for you. For that health-conscious person who loves to smell good but prefers not to be exposed to toxins, try these clean fragrances from Summer Hours. They’re environmentally friendly and inspired by nature, using clean ingredients that are vegan, cruelty-free, and safe. This sample set includes four travel-size fragrances. They have candles too.

Anyone who’s 40 and over, who’s been diagnosed with high blood pressure, or who has a family history of heart disease will benefit from having one of these. They’re economical and effective and can help the person keep an eye on their blood pressure without having to run to the doctor’s or pharmacy all the time.

Keep in mind that monitors using upper-arm cuffs are more accurate than around-the-wrist cuffs. Find a list of quality products at Forbes.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that indoor air pollution is worse than outdoors. Give the gift of fresh-smelling air with these air-purifying bags. They remove odors from the home, office, garage, car, gym, or anywhere else the air needs a little freshening.

Rather than use chemicals (like so many conventional air fresheners do), these purifying bags employ natural Moso bamboo charcoal. They don’t just mask bad smells but eliminate odors and harmful air particles entirely. You can even “recharge” the bags by placing them in direct sunlight for an hour each month. 100 percent organic and chemical-free.

If you haven’t been getting enough sleep lately, try this white noise sound machine. It effectively masks any noise that may be disturbing you by creating soothing ambient sounds of rushing air. The light and portable design means you can take it anywhere with you, even when traveling over the holidays.

Choose from bright white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf, then set the volume you prefer. Great for soothing kids, babies, and pets too!

Tell us your ideas for healthy gift-giving!

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How do you reduce stress over the holidays?

There are a lot of options, but here’s one you may not have thought of: start a daily gratitude practice.

Many Americans Want to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

Several surveys show how much stress Americans suffer over the holiday season. A 2021 poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) showed that Americans are five times more likely to say their level of stress increases rather than decreases during the holidays.

Top concerns included:

  • finding and affording gifts
  • worries about having to work long hours over the holiday season
  • concern about getting sick (particularly with COVID-19 in 2021
  • anxiety over family gatherings

Another 2021 survey from health marketplace Sesame found similar results—three in five also said their mental health was negatively impacted by the holidays, with 60 percent reporting increased anxiety and 52 percent reporting increased depression.

Reduce Stress During the Holidays: Typical Coping Mechanisms

You’ve likely heard about some of the common recommendations for dealing with holiday stress. They include:

  • Be realistic: Don’t expect the holidays to be perfect. Try to be flexible and manage your expectations so that you can enjoy yourself no matter what happens.
  • Take care of yourself: Don’t neglect yourself during this busy time. Try to stick with your exercise routine and continue to eat a healthy diet the majority of the time. Go to bed and get up at the same time as well so you can get your 7-8 hours of sleep.
  • Say no: Stress often results from making too many holiday commitments. Be very particular about those you agree to, and don’t be afraid to say “no” to the rest.
  • Set a budget: Financial stresses are real during the holidays. Set a budget and stick to it. Consider handmade or second-hand gifts where they may be appreciated or appropriate.
  • Create relaxing surroundings: Use calming music, candles, lights, open windows, and aromatherapy to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere in your home and workplace.

Calming Moisture Gratitude

Reduce Stress During the Holidays: Try Gratitude

Another good way to cope with holiday stress is to start a daily gratitude practice.

According to research, participants who practice gratitude experience reduced levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. They also tend to have stronger heart function and to be more resilient to emotional setbacks and negative experiences.

Research also shows that gratitude reduces toxic emotions like anger and irritation. It helps us to sleep better because it tames those racing thoughts we often have before bed. It can even strengthen the immune system, which can help us stay well over the holiday season.

Some research connects gratitude with a higher volume of grey matter in the brain—in other words, it may make you smarter!

Gratitude Can Even Benefit Your Skin!

The studies we’ve been particularly excited about are those that show gratitude can help improve the condition of your skin.

In a 2021 study, scientists found that feelings of thankfulness may reduce inflammation, which is a key factor in creating skin problems like dryness, acne, eczema and rosacea flare-ups, and dullness.

Gratitude reduces stress too, and we know there is a direct relationship between stress and the onset of aggravation of many skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. It also helps you sleep better, which helps improve skin repair.

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Gratitude Exercises to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

If you want an effective way to cope with stress this holiday, incorporating a gratitude practice in your routine may be one of the best things you can do. If you’re not sure how to get started, try these exercises.

Start a Gratitude List or Journal

Every morning, evening, or whenever you can carve out 5-10 minutes, write a list of the top five things you’re grateful for that day. It could be as simple as “being alive,” “having enough food to eat,” or “having a nice place to live.”

As an alternative, take 5-10 minutes to journal about those things you are grateful for. Maybe your daughter hugged you that day, or you got a pat on the back at work. Remember to be thankful for the simple things.

Create a Gratitude Jar

This is a good way to get the entire family involved in a gratitude practice. Have everyone write down one thing they’re grateful for each day and then drop the paper in a gratitude jar.

Then gather over a meal or at the end of the day and pull the papers out of the jar. They are likely to spark positive conversations that help you all to relieve some stress.

Find a Gratitude Rock

This is all about reminding yourself to be grateful throughout the day. Find a rock or stone that you like—one that speaks to your personality somehow. Then keep it with you throughout the holidays. You can even make it into a piece of jewelry if you like.

Every time you clutch it in your hand or see it on your desk or table, pause to think about at least one thing you’re grateful for. It can be as simple as the sun shining down on you at that moment.

Use a White Board

This is another good family activity. Put a whiteboard up in your home somewhere everyone can see it. Then every day, write one of the following prompts (and any others you can create yourself) at the top of the board, and encourage family members to respond.

  • I’m grateful for these three things I hear:
  • I’m grateful for these three blue things:
  • I’m grateful for these three friends:
  • I’m grateful for these family members:
  • I’m grateful for these three things in my home:
  • I’m grateful for these three books:

Write a Letter or Email

This can be a very powerful gratitude exercise. Write a letter or email to someone you’re grateful to have in your life. Explain why you are grateful for them and thank them for who they are. Then mail or send the letter. This activity was found in studies to enhance levels of life satisfaction and happiness.

Be Grateful for Yourself!

We are often our own worst critics. You can boost your self esteem and energy by taking a moment to write down those things you appreciate about yourself. It may feel strange at first, but give it a try.

All you have to do is along with your regular gratitude list, write down at least two things that you appreciate about yourself. Maybe you are glad that you are a hard-working person, or that you have a big heart. Maybe you are grateful that you were patient with your child today, or that you pushed yourself to exercise when you didn’t really feel like it.

We Are Grateful for You!

As part of this post, we want to express our gratitude for you, our customers! Many of you have shared your stories of how our products have helped heal, repair, and restore radiance to your skin.

Please know that we appreciate your support. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!

How do you cope with holiday stress?

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jane iredale new years makeup jarsThe holidays are here and so is the time to play with shimmer in your makeup look! Keep reading for 20 creative ways to use 24-Karat Gold Dust, from subtle to dramatic you can ring in the new year with a little sparkle. Eyes: 1. Tap any shade into the middle of the eye lid with your finger to create a luminous blink. 2. For a gilded smoky effect, apply eyeliner then use a dampened Smudge Brush to overlay Gold 24-Karat Gold Dust. 3. Tap any shade into its cap and spritz with your favorite Hydration Spray, then press into the eyelid with your eye shadow brush for a foiled effect.eye shere 4. For retro-chic eyes, apply Champagne Silk or Brown Silk Eye Shere on the eye lid and layer Bronze 24-K on top. Draw a winged line along the upper lash line with the Black Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner and apply Longest Lash Mascara. 5. For a dramatic gold eye, start with Lemon Lid Primer, and then press Gold 24-Karat on top. Finish with lots of Black Onyx PureLash Mascara on top and bottom lashes. 6. For a golden brow straight from the runways, apply PureBrow® Fix & Mascara to the brows. While wet, apply Gold 24-Karat using the Detail Brush. Body: 7. Mix Bronze 24-Karat Gold Dust with Tantasia and apply all over your body for a glowing, shimmering bronze. 8. Mix Gold or Bronze into the Golden Powder-Me SPF for a golden goddess look at the beach. 9. Mix a little of any shade into body lotion and apply on the body for a candlelit glow. 10. A special night out calls for more shimmer: apply with your favorite powder brush over your shoulders and décolleté. 11. Apply to earlobes for an unexpected dazzle that complements your favorite braid, pony or updo. Face: 12. Dust theGold orSilver 24-Karat Gold Dust onto the top of the cheekbone with the White Fan Brush to create a highlight. All In Touch highlighting & blush products13. Mix a small amount of any shade with Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener or Smooth Affair for Oily Skin and apply with the Blending Brush to give an all over glow. 14. For a rich, glowy look mix your favorite shade of 24-Karat with any shade of In Touch® Cream Blush on the back of your hand, using the Foundation Brush, then apply to cheeks. Llips: 15. Apply your favorite lip gloss and press any shade of 24-Karat Gold Dust into it to give extra shimmer and dimension. justkissed16. Tap Gold or Silver into the center of the lower lip with the finger tip and cover with gloss to make the lip appear fuller and shinier. 17. Apply a small amount of Forever Pink, Forever Peach or Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain to the lips and cheeks then blend in a small amount of Gold or Silver 24-Karat for the look of rich hydration and saturated color. Hair and nails: 18. Mix into your favorite hair product for an exciting take on highlights. 19. Paint nails with your favorite color. While the polish is still wet, sprinkle a small amount on the half moon area of your nail. Shake your hand once in a downward motion to spread down the nail, creating an ombre effect. Finish with a top coat. 20. Rub 24-Karat Gold Dust into your natural nail bed and apply a clear nail polish to seal. How will you use 24-Karat Gold Dust this season? Tell us below!
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Hair accessories in 2020 have been a beautiful mix of classy, sexy and bougie and we’re here for it. From barrettes to pearlescent clips, padded headbands and more—there are so many hair accessory options that will style up your holiday szn outfits instantly. 

Think of these hair accessories like ornaments for your hair; a collection of hand-picked, curated pieces that you get to adorn yourself with this holiday season, whether it’s for a work Zoom party, Christmas dinner at your parents’ or a virtual hangout to bring in the new year.  

If your style is minimal, extra, or sprinkled with a touch of glam, these hair accessories can elevate your look on days where you don’t wanna get out of your pyjamas to days where you feel like Beyoncé. 

Your 2020 holiday agenda might look very different from last year. And if you’re feeling a little unsure about how to style your hair, and looks, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling to see seven simple, trendy ways you can dress it up for the holidays with hair accessories.   

1. Chic headbands for virtual work parties

Luxy Hair Accessories For Days

From plaid to plain to printed, headbands have been all the rage this year. Lupita Nyong’o, Alexa Chung, SJP and even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton were seen wearing these—what more reason do you need? 

If you love wearing your hair down but want to keep it out of your face, try a statement headband like this one to up the ante on any virtual work parties you might be attending this holiday season. Plus, you only have to look good on top, and these headbands will help you get there sooner than you can say ‘Cheers!’

SHOP AFTER DARK RUCHED SATIN HEADBAND

2. Bring that bling to dinner

Luxy Hair Accessories For Days

Family dinners are perhaps the best part of the holiday season. Catching up with old stories, game nights, taking a million pictures, filming a few TikTok dances, maybe? Add a little bling to the evening by glamming up your OOTD with statement gold clips like these. 

SHOP LET’S LINK UP GOLD CHAIN HAIR CLIPS

3. Spice up your cottage trips

Luxy Hair Accessories For Days

A cottage trip during the holidays has all the trappings of a classic romcom, don’t you think? Once you’re in the midst of snow-capped mountains, cinnamon-scented candles et al, you know you’ll find all the opportunities to create those perfect photo moments. Accessorize your favorite winter outfits with a set of hair clips. A plaid shirt, or warm white sweater over a pair of black tights will be perfect to wear with pearly white clips. Mix and match ‘em to create a new look every time.

SHOP TORTOISE SHELL HAIR CLIPS

4. Sleepover Scrunchies FTW

Accessories for days

Staying in is cool—and while we continue to stay in and safe, take full advantage and amp up your holiday sleepovers and self-care days with accessories that are kind to your hair and look oh-so pretty all at once. 

Soft satin scrunchies that don’t pull or tug on your hair are perfect for late-night hairstyle experiments with your girls, plus comfortable enough to wear on days you just want to take time and read by yourself, lounge and enjoy your favorite cup of coffee.

SHOP SLEEPOVER MINI SATIN SCRUNCHIE SET

5. New Year Mood

Luxy Hair Accessories For Days

As we gear up to bid 2020 goodbye, we all want to look and feel our best to welcome in the new year. So if you’re confused about what to wear for your New Year’s party this year, this set of hair clips has the ability to make any outfit look classy in a matter of minutes. So trade that LBD for a pair of sweatpants and a cute top and let your hair accessories steal the show.

If you live in monochromatic outfits then this is the perfect minimal, no-fuss accessory for you. The beauty of a set comes through even better when your hair looks big, bouncy and glamorous! Consider adding a set of hair extensions to your look as you bring in the new year. 

SHOP PRETTY IN PEARL HAIR CLIPS

6. Amp up your family photos

Luxy Hair Accessories For Days

Family photos have got to be one of our favorite holiday traditions. Sprinkle some 2020 trends in your holiday photos this year with elegant hair bands—think pearls for a timeless look. A couple of years from now you’re going to look back at these photos and love that you choose such a versatile and stylish accessory.

7. Make your Pony pop at Christmas

Luxy Hair Accessories For Days

If you’re celebrating Christmas this year, ditch those sparkly Christmas clips and put your hair up, Ariana style. Her XL, clean ponytail has been a trend we’ve seen on bloggers and celebrities through the year, why not end the year by adding it to your personal style file as well? 

Try out the 20” Luxy hair ponytail extension with the gravity-defying hair ties for that extra pony pop this holiday season!

SHOP GRAVITY DEFYING HAIR TIES

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The best two times to wear red lipstick is when you need a boost of confidence and anytime during the holidays. There’s something about a white Christmas (or Hanukkah) and red lips that is timeless, so we came up with so of the best red lipstick pairings for any holiday event.

The Best Red Lipstick for Holiday Party Glam

best red lipstick for holiday parties

A holiday party is a perfect time to get a little showy. So, grab your favorite shimmery dress, a comfy pair of dancing heels (do they even exist?) and classic red lipstick for a festive party look.

To create this holiday party lip look with a clean beauty product, the best red lipstick to use is Gwen Triple Luxe Lipstick.

First, line and fill your lips with Crimson Lip Pencil – this will make your entire look last through multiple glasses of the bubbly. Then, swipe on Gwen Triple Luxe Lipstick and add a little glossy pizzazz with Kir Royale PureGloss Lip Gloss to the center of your bottom lip. This is a pro tip to help make your lips look fuller.

CLICK HERE to shop this Holiday Party look.


Get Red Hot Lips for Date Night

If you have a romantic holiday date during the holidays, we recommend trying out a more sultry red lipstick look. This look is great whether you’re wearing a cozy sweater and jeans or a sexy dress. The point is, it draws attention to your beautiful lips and hopefully, you’ll get a little smooch at the end of the night!

Our favorite red lipstick to wear on date night is Megan Triple Luxe Lipstick.

To get the above look, first, line and fill your lips with Peach Lip Pencil. Next, apply Megan Triple Luxe Lipstick – we can’t get enough of the deep berry shade. Finally, pop a little Soft Peach PureGloss Lip Gloss to the center of your bottom lip.

CLICK HERE to shop this Date Night look.


The Best Everyday Red Lipstick Look

Wearing red lipstick every day may seem a little over the top, but we promise, red can be a daily look if you do it right. The key to creating a soft, red lipstick look is swapping your lipstick for a self-adjusting lip stain. That’s right, grab your Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain, and get ready to wear red all season long!

Create our everyday red lip look with these three steps. First, line and fill your lips with Terra Cotta Lip Pencil. Swipe Forever Red Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain on top of that. And finally, dab Snow Berry PureGloss Lip Gloss to the center of your bottom lip.

CLICK HERE to shop this Everyday Red look.


What’s your favorite red lip look?

Show us your go-to red lip looks on Instagram. Tag @janeiredale and #GoodBeautyStories for a chance to be featured!

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