Holiday Gifting with Fresh and Burt’s Bees


Are you still shopping for those last minute gift ideas or those add on stocking stuffers? Fret not my dear friends, for Fresh Beauty and Burt’s Bees have come to the rescue. So many amazing beauty brands have really stepped up their game this holiday season with creative and clever gift sets for your one-stop-shop ideal gifts. I tried some out over the past few weeks leading up to the gifting season so that I can make a few suggestions for your holiday stress-relief.

Sephora and Shopper’s Drug Mart always do well with the holiday gifting. This season Sephora and Fresh Beauty have created some wonderful gift packs that include everything you might want, from beauty-junkie all the way to newbie. For those perfect last minute add-ons I picked up the Fresh Pretty in Pink Lip Gift which I then separated into three to add to my friends gifts. That’s $30 for the pack and separated to $10 per add-on gift that way. If you’ve never used the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment’s before then I’ll have you know they are life savers. This time of year my lips can’t handle the dryness of lipsticks so this is the perfect alternative of a conditioning lip treatment with various tinted shades for all skin tones and preferences.  (more…)


Subtle Nail Art Designs You Can Wear Anytime

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Nail art is such an awesome trend! I mean what is better than painting tiny design your nails to get them to look gorgeous? The only problem is that it can be a little much for some us. After all, not everyone wants nail jewelry and in your face designs all of the time. That is where the more subtle nail art patterns come in, and there are some really beautiful ones too. Ones that you can wear anywhere you like including the office. Read on to find out more.


This has got to be the most simple design ever. All you need to do is have a naked nail, that is naked as in no varnish at all, not nude colored varnish. Then you take one of the ball nail art tools that you can pick up pretty cheaply, and dot one single circle of color onto your nail. Repeat this on each one but in different places and cover with a clear top coat. This takes only minutes but is so much more interesting than just a monotone nail art look.

Golden cuticles

Another low key nail art look that you can rock anywhere from the office to the club is the golden cuticle. OK, it’s not actually the cuticle that you paint but the very bottom of your nail, the part that is adjacent to your cuticle.

The idea is that you pick a neutral color for the entire nail and once that has dried you got back over the bottom part with a line of gold. It actually produces a really pretty effect that is both luxe and not too in your face at the same time. Something that means if you are looking for subtle nail art ideas you do a lots worse that go with this one.

A touch of frost

Perfect for cold winter days, the touch of frost design makes a feature of one particular nail, adding a half snowflake pattern, and giving it a chilly edge.

If used in conjunction with a fairly transparent nude shade this is an extremely subtle way of using nail art. It can also look equally good on short natural nails to false stilettos. The latter being a style you can view sites like Ms Mee’s website to find out more about. Although, I have to warn you I had a tough experience when I tried them before.

Hint of glitter

Last of all, while you may not think of glitter nail art as subtle, it really can be. In fact, it’s all in the execution. For example, some deep burgundy nails with just a hint of graduated glitter at the tips can look sexy and sophisticated without too much.

To help you achieve this effect, ditch nail polishes with glitter in them and go for the stuff in pots that you apply separately under the top coat with a brush. Then you will have a greater amount of control and be able to get a more subtle effect. One that you can wear anywhere, you like.


Ready for A New Start? Nine Tips for Moving Overseas

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Sometimes we feel like we need a change and a break from the usual things, and we are looking for something more. If you have been searching for a destination to visit for a few months, years, or forever, you will need to start planning, as you will need to face several difficulties. If you move to a new country, no matter how fed up you are with your current lifestyle, you will get homesick. You might need to budget for the travel costs, property purchase, and time off work. If you are sure that you are ready to make the move, read the below guide to make sure you can successfully manage every aspect of starting a new life overseas.

  1.   Visit First, Decide Later

You need to check out the place, even if you have been dreaming of living there for a long time. Reading travel blogs and brochures is one thing, but actually living there is another. You might not be able to get used to the climate. Some people think that traveling to hot countries is easy, but they cannot sleep at night and actually miss the snow back at home. You need to visit the exact place where you would like to settle down, and visit communities, check out the neighborhoods, and live like a local for a few weeks before you can make an informed decision. (more…)