Strobing (for Your Face!), Carpool Karaoke,
and Other Holiday Fun

With Christmas and Hanukkah only a few days away, I’m guessing that most of us are very busy with work, family, shopping, meal prepping. Who has time for a long read?! With that in mind, here’s some light and quick, holiday-focused fun. You’re welcome!

You can spend just a bit of time on each separate section here (less than 5 minutes each), or take it in all at once.

I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday in whatever way you celebrate.

So here we go:

Holiday Beauty – Strobing, It’s All About the Light

Let’s start with a little holiday beauty glow. I’m a fan of highlighting as part of my makeup routine. I’ve written about it and shared some of my favorite products (Highlight to Give Your Face a Youthful Glow). Luminance gives a glow to your face and is flattering. Well, I just learned that this is called “strobing”! Who knew! Strobing is what Ive been doing, and I didn’t even know it! Is that called a trendsetter?! Basically, strobing is highlighting without contouring

Here’s a strobing primer courtesy of Cosmopolitan magazine:

What is strobing, you ask? It’s a fun term for highlighting, basically. Forget everything you learned about contouring (it was hard to master, anyway). Extra highlighting will give you a dewy, shimmery, more youthful glow. But because “dewy” can turn into “sweaty” super-quick, here are a few tips to keep you on the right track.

  1. Prep your skin with a hydrating moisturizer. Strobing is all about getting the perfect glow, so you’ll need to replenish dull, dry skin with a good moisturizer first.
  2. Use a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone. To avoid the frosted ’90s look, make sure the highlighter you’re using complements your skin tone for a subtle sheen.
  3. Only use the highlighter in spots that catch light: on your cheekbones, along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bone, in the corners of your eyes, and above your cupid’s bow. This will enhance your natural features. Don’t spread the product all over your face, or else your glow will turn into a greasy mess. If you have oily skin, skip areas like your forehead or chin, which have a little shine already.
  4. After you’ve applied the highlighter, blend it out with your fingers, a fan brush, or a damp makeup sponge. To avoid blobs of product and obvious makeup lines, make sure you blend any harsh edges of highlighter so it fades into the rest of your skin.
  5. If you have oily skin, opt for matte bronzer, blush, or other facial products, and only use a shimmery highlighter. To avoid looking like a disco ball, choose a matte formula for most of your makeup (primer, foundation, bronzer, powder). Avoid highlighting areas on your face that have breakouts — unless you want to spotlight your blemish.

And a “how to” demo video from the Today Show:

A Little Carpool Karaoke Fun – All I Want for Christmas

This Carpool Karaoke video has gone viral. You’ll smile and sing along! (If you aren’t already a fan of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke series, then become one!)

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

And, finally, a timeless and heartwarming holiday story. This is one of my favorites. A letter written by 8 year old Virginia O’Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. Virginia asked her father if there really was a Santa Claus. He told her to write to the New York Sun, because if you see it in the Sun, it’s real. You probably know it, but it’s a classic to hear every year.

 

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