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It is just now cooling down a bit today here in DC and we know that the cold weather is on its way. Wearing mittens all winter long is never going to be the best thing for your hands all winter. They can help to protect your skin from cold, but it isn’t dealing with the root of the problem. So here is a quick and handy guide to help you deal with the winter temperatures and to help your hands and nails looking at their best.

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There is a massive loss of moisture from our hands and nails in winter. The temperatures are more extreme; going from freezing cold outside to warm and toasty inside. Not to mention the extremes directly on our hands too. Holding a hot latte outside one minute, and then throwing snowballs the next. It is obvious to see that this can lose the moisture in your hands and nails. So look for ways to add moisture to your hands and nails, rather than take the moisture away. Nail polish removers that are acetone based can dry your nails out unfortunately, as well as washing up liquid, and alcohol-based sanitizers. So wear gloves if you’re doing the dishes and use plenty of moisturizer afterward, if you do need to use any of those products.

If you’ve got a nice sparkling diamond from somewhere like 77 Diamonds, then you’re going to want to keep it looking shiny. Not to mention that you want the hand it is on to be looking good too. So there are ways that can care for your hands and nails, as well as your jewelry. Olive oil can be a great natural way to add moisture to nails, and it won’t do any harm to your pretty jewels either. Lotions that contain urea are also a good way to go. It will help to keep moisture in the skin too. Using a hydrating cream is a good way to promote healthy nail growth too. Massage it into your cuticles, and it will help your nails to grow stronger. Another great way to get your hands, nails, and ring fingers looking good over the festive period.

An intensive treatment for your hands and nails is going to be a sure-fire way to lock the moisture in. So it is recommended that you do an intensive treatment around once a week. Soaking your nails in some lukewarm water for five minutes or so can be all that is needed. Then you could coat your nails in olive oil (or a specific cuticle oil). If you can, put your hands in cotton gloves for around an hour afterwards, to really feel the benefit of the treatment. You can usually get cotton gloves in most large manicure sets.

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One last tip is to always have something on your nails. It is a myth that nails need to breathe. They can absorb oils, with or without polish on. But having a coat of armor on from polish or shellacs can really help to keep it away from water, which can dry out the nails more. Teamed with a cuticle oil, you should be good to go!

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For many of us, winter is a glorious time of year when we enjoy nothing better than curling up in front of a roaring fire and embracing all the latest knitwear trends. That said, there’s no doubt that winter weather has its downsides. Heavy downpours, icy winds, and sudden snowstorms can wreak havoc when it comes to looking and feeling beautiful. If you’re keen to conquer the elements, here are some winter essentials to add to your cosmetic bag.

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Primer

It’s tough enough to find foundation that stays in place for hours on end without having to factor in adverse weather conditions. Primer is a wonder product, which is often hailed by makeup artists as the most important item in their kit. Primer not only creates an even surface to work with. It also helps to prolong the life expectancy of your makeup. You can buy all kinds of primers at all price points, so ask makeup artists and assistants at the counters for advice, and read reviews online. If you have oily skin, go for a matte primer. If you have dry skin, opt for something that will add luminosity.

Setting spray or powder

The last thing you want when you’ve spent half an hour perfecting your makeup is for it to seemingly blow off your face as soon as you set foot through the door. Using setting spray or powder is essentially similar to using hairspray to keep your ‘do in place. All you need to do is shake the bottle and spritz onto the skin or apply a thin veil of powder on top of your foundation. Powder is best for oily skin while spray works well for normal and dry skin.

Skin and lip care

The winter weather can take its toll on your skin and lips. We tend to suffer from dry skin and lips when it’s cold outside. In the cooler months, it’s worth investing in a more intensive moisturizer, and a treatment oil that takes care of your lips. It is possible to achieve glowing skin and soft lips in the winter. You just need the right products. If you have very dry skin, it may be worth swapping lotions for oils or serums. As the weather warms up, you can switch back to lighter products.

Hand cream

Your hands often bear the brunt of wintry weather, and it’s important to try and protect them when it’s freezing or blowing a gale. Wear gloves to keep your hands warm, and try and remember to moisturize daily. You can use everyday creams you would use on your face, but it’s worth looking into buying hand creams. They tend to be heavy-duty, and this can help to prevent dry, cracked skin.

It’s chilly outside, and this can make it increasingly challenging to look your best. If you’re eager to conquer the elements this winter, these helpful tips will hopefully come in handy. Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits. With these secrets, you’ll look and feel amazing come rain or shine.

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At around this time every year, there are countless businesses keen to remind you of the existence of “Blue Monday.” It’s the day when we are far enough away from payday to have no money in our bank accounts. The Christmas holidays are but a distant memory, the decorations have come down, and everything looks grim.

One seasonal phenomenon that is very real is SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). This time of year with its longer nights and shorter days affects many of us negatively. Spring is not a million miles away, but right now it feels like it is. So what do you do to feel like it’s a bit closer?

Book A Holiday

Yes, even knowing what we know about their dastardly scheme, holiday companies are onto something. A short break in the early part of the year can be beneficial. It cuts right into the seemingly endless period of long work hours. When you start in the morning while it’s still dark, and end in the evening (and it’s dark again), it’s enough to make anyone feel down. So take a short break somewhere sunny.

If you don’t have the money available, look around for possessions you can bear to part with. It’s surely better to sell Rolex watches or unwanted Christmas gifts than run up a credit card bill.

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Develop A Nesting Instinct

Something often experienced by expectant mothers, a nesting instinct causes you to prioritize comfort. It encourages you to keep those you love close, and stay in a cozy, safe home. It can definitely make those long evenings feel a lot less dark. Pick up some blankets and throws in the still-ongoing January sales. Fire up your TV streaming services. Invite friends around for a night in and keep winter outside.

Appreciate The Beauty Of The Season

Yes, January has a lot to answer for. It’s cold, and you probably won’t get through it without at least one bout of illness. It begins with the effective end of the party season. You can feel vengeful towards it all you want, but look at the positives. It can also be one of the most beautiful months of the year. If it snows where you are this January, wrap up warm and get out in it.

Build a snowman. Throw snowballs – ideally at friends, as some strangers may not find it so funny. Relive your childhood a little bit. While winter may have its drawbacks, it’s an absolute gift for your Instagram account. It’s also a fantastic excuse to come back indoors and have the most luxurious hot chocolate you can conceive of. This is the month when you most need an endorphin rush – so get one!

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I don’t know about you, but winter is one of my favorite fashion seasons because I just love the beautiful pieces that are on offer. From beautifully warm and cozy knit sweaters to faux fur vests, there are just so many gorgeous designs on the shelves.

Of course, like most fashion lovers I dream of updating my wardrobe with new, on-trend designs each season. However, if we’re being honest about it, buying a whole new wardrobe, each season is incredibly expensive, not to mention wasteful.

Is there a compromise – can you be on-trend without spending hundreds on a new wardrobe each winter? Yes, you can – the answer is accessories. Believe it or not, you can easily (and affordably) update your winter wardrobe with just a few well thought out accessories.

The question is, what are the must-have winter accessories that every wardrobe needs? It’s time to find out – for everything that you need to know, keep reading.

Get inspired online

Obviously, when it comes to picking the perfect accessories, knowing what’s on-trend is crucial. There’s no point wasting your money on items that aren’t in fashion, is there? So it’s worthwhile taking the time to get inspiration online, such as from style blogs like Joyfully Styled, for instance, as well as from photo sharing sites like Pinterest – there is lots of fashion inspiration available on these types of sites. So they’re well worth taking the time to have a look at.

Write a list of all the most on-trend essentials

As you’re having a browse online, and also in style magazines, make sure to take note of any on-trend winter accessories. You can either opt to take screenshots of them on your smartphone or tablet, or you can simply write down the name of them and where they come from. So that when it comes to buying your chosen accessories, you know what kind of items you want.

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As a guide, I thought I would also share some accessory suggestions that are perfect for giving your winter wardrobe an update.

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Woolen knit hats are very stylish, especially designs sporting a pom pom – there are even some designs with two pom poms. However, hats with double pom poms tend to be better suited to children, rather than adults. Don’t suit woolen hats? How about a fedora-style hat then? These look incredibly smart and elegant and are ideal for teaming with any outfit.

This season, scarves are big business, especially if they come in an eye-catching printed design or pretty pastel hue. Once again, pastel pink is on-trend, and so you are sure to find plenty of accessories in this pretty shade. As well as traditional scarves, over-the-head snoods are also very in this season and come in various styles and prints.

This winter, satchel-style shoulder bags are the in-thing, and come in all sorts of styles and colors. From musty pink to dark burgundy, there’s a color and style that’s perfect for everyone. It’s just a case of picking out a bag style that works for you.

Want to upgrade your wardrobe this winter without spending a fortune? Then take note of the tips above and use accessories to give your old clothes a new, on-trend look.

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Is winter really a miserable season of being cold and surviving the gray weather? No, of course, it isn’t! Winter can be a fun time to visit some regions of North America that shine throughout the snowy landscapes. Actually, it is the perfect time to pay your first visit to New Brunswick and discover some of the natural wonders of this beautiful area of Canada. So plan a romantic getaway for two and make the most of the white landscape.

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Get Ready For The Cold

You are lucky this year, there are a lot of cute and trendy winter wonderland fashion around that make you hope for many more cold days to come! Sometimes, all you need to feel warmer is the knowledge that you are looking your best, and most certainly your cutest too in delicate Fair Isle patterns. Going to visit New Brunswick, which is often white with snow, is definitely the best thing you could do to show off your new winter fashion gear. In winter, the temperatures can vary between minus 19 degrees Celsius to 3 – Canadians prefer the Celsius scale. In Fahrenheit, this means that the temperatures vary from -2.2 to 37.4, so do make sure that your cute winter fashion is weatherproof and that your shoes are sturdy on ice.

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Where To Stay

Winter in New Brunswick is best experienced between December to March when the snow is likely to be white and thick. If you are a snow lover, you will fall in love with the beautiful white landscapes of this Canadian region! However, there is so much to see that it could be tricky to know where it’s best to stay. You will find plenty of comfortable and well-equipped hotels, such as the Amsterdam Inn & Suites, that can also combine offers with the local airports. What matters is to pick a hotel that is conveniently located in or by the large tourists’ towns of New Brunswick; Moncton, Sussex, Fredericton and Saint-Johns, as this will enable you to get the best of both worlds: Ski resorts and urban life, so that you are never out of things to do!

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What To Do

The primary activities throughout the winter in New Brunswick are focused on snow activities, such as skiing, discovering the snowmobile trails, or even trying your hand at a game of hockey on ponds. But don’t worry if you prefer to see the snow instead of exercising in it, there are plenty of festivals to pick from that are guaranteed to keep you occupied! As you visit the region, you will come across the beautiful province of Fundy, in which the famous Hopewell rocks bay is to be found. Unfortunately the visit of the rocks is shut throughout the winter months, however you can still get a stunning view from these coastal rocks, until you make plans to come back to the area in summer!

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