Instagram Holiday Nail Art That Will Have You Heart-Eyed

I don’t know about you, but I’m at that point in the holiday season where I’m just exhausted and ready for a few days of relaxation. Hopefully you’ve finished getting all of the presents you were eyeing for your friends and family. If not, you still deserve to take a few minutes out of the day to pamper yourself. Take a hot bath, do your favorite face mask, and pick a fun festive design for your nails.

The fun thing about holiday nails is that there are so many different things you can do. You are free to sport gingerbread men, Santa Clause outfits, reindeer, or just snowy wonderlands on your fingernails.

I’ve gathered a few of my fave designs from Instagram to share with you all for inspiration on your own nails.

Glitter Ornaments

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Instagram: @nailart_bygracie

Festive Gingerbread Men

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Instagram: @mariepruitt

Candy Canes

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Instagram: @amylynnbuttchin

Winter Wonderland

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Instagram: @shahznailsalon

Santa Nails

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Instagram: @christinebar

Reindeer Inspired

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Instagram: @tandynailsbymichaela

Snowy Dreams

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Instagram: @krystleizednails

I’m trying to decide which design I want to sport on Christmas day – they’re honestly all so cute! Some of them require a bit more skill than I have (like those super detailed snowflakes) but they’d still be really fun to try out.

How are you doing your nails this Christmas? Let me know in the comments down below!



Keep Your Skin Glowing This Holiday Season with These Skincare Tips

While dreaming of a white Christmas is a lovely thing to do, none of us can deny the pains that colder weather brings our skin. While we’re all busy preparing for the holiday season and running around to all the glam parties, it can be easy to forget that our body requires a little bit different care in the winter.

Cold weather prevents our skin from taking care of itself as well as it can in the summer. The skin cracks, loses the ability to retain moisture, and gets inflamed. I’ve had my fair share of winters where my hands were so dry that my knuckles dried up and there was slight bleeding (blaming eczema there).

So if you want to keep your glow this holiday season, check out these skin care tips that I’ve rounded up.

  • If you have dry skin, the cold weather will cause it to get even drier. Double up on moisturizing and use products that focus on preventing moisture loss, such as an oil-based cleanser.
  • Dial back on the long showers and baths, and make sure to avoid scorching hot water. The hotter the temperature, the more it causes dry skin.
  • Wear soft, breathable fabrics when your skin flares up. Itchy materials will just help irritate the skin more.
  • Put a humidifier in your room to help increase moisture levels. It is recommended to keep moisture levels between 30% and 50%.
  • Don’t rely on facial oils for moisturizing. They help add a layer of protection from cold wind, but do not moisturize your skin.
  • Avoid exfoliating more than necessary. This will only help irritate and weaken your skin.
  • Remember to keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. While it can be great to turn to warm drinks like hot chocolate and tea, you can’t forget that your skin requires water as well to keep its glow.
  • Overnight moisturize by by slathering lotion over your hands and feet. Then cover them in gloves and socks to wear overnight.
  • Make sure your cleanser is good for the winter months. Avoid anything with glycolic or salicylic acid to focus on cleansers that promote hydrated skin.
  • Face mask it up! Find face masks that have ingredients like chamomile, aloe vera, avocado, or anything else that promotes hydration.

Keep on top of your skincare and you won’t have to worry about drying up too much. I’ve been slacking a bit and have noticed my knuckles and fingers getting super dry! Time to slather on the lotion so that I”ll have pretty skin for the rest of the holidays.

Do you have any winter skincare routines that you’d like to share? What are some of your favorite moisturizing products?


My Quick Fixes for Breakouts

You’re doing well, not a pimple in sight. Clear skin greets you when you look in the mirror each morning. And then, one day, the skies turn dark. Your reflection gazes back at you in horror. Because there in the mirror is not one, not two, but a whole army of monsters that have laid claim to your skin.

Okay, maybe I’m dramatizing just a tad but we’ve all been there. And we’ve definitely all felt the pain when a major event is coming up sometime soon (sometimes it feels like this happens for anything important happening in life).

It might be impossible to completely clear up your skin by the time that event comes around, but there are a few things you can do to fight off that army of pimples that have come to say hello.

  • Keep on top of your face cleansing routines. This is not the time to slack. We’re in a state of national emergency. Make sure to clean your face before bed and when you wake up. Another tip: clean off your makeup before exercising. If you don’t, this can cause more breakouts.
  • Don’t forget your skin, hair, and nail vitamins. Maybe they aren’t going to be the cure for your problems, but this does help your skin stay strong and healthy.
  • Charcoal spot masks are fantastic. I do these almost daily when I’m experiencing a breakout. Just put a little bit of your favorite charcoal mask on the offending spots and wash it off about five minutes later. This helps focus on the breakout areas and really helps clean deep into your pores. Honestly, I live off of these spot masks when pimples pop up.
  • Drink your water. Hydrated skin is happy skin. Plus, it helps flush out impurities.
  • Face mask it up. Maybe I overdo it with face masks during times like this, but my skin loves me afterward. Find a mask that works for you and stick with it, whether it be a clay mask, sheet mask, or mud mask. Honestly, my favorite is the Beauty Infusion Brightening Overnight Mask by Freeman. It improves skin tone and corrects discoloration – plus the obvious brightening. My face always looks so great the next day! And since it’s infused with serum, it’s a win-win all around.
  • Be conscious of what is touching your face. Exchange out your pillow cases every couple of days. Clean your phone screen daily.
  • Keep an eye on your hands. Don’t pop any of those pimples. Just don’t do it! Make sure that you aren’t touching your face a lot and spreading dirt around.

Honestly, I think the most important part of it is to keep on top of your skincare routine. That and maybe overdoing the face masks for about a week (though, can you really overdo face masks?). If I really focus on trying to attack my breakouts, I can quickly see results. And you can too!

Do you have any tips on quick fixes for breakouts? Feel free to share and comment below!