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New Year, Better You: Beauty Tips for 2017

New Year, Better You: My Beauty Tips for 2017

 

As the New Year rolls in, many of us are determined to make some changes towards “a better me.” Just like every new year, we tend to overwhelm ourselves with mammoth-sized goals and ridiculous timelines. No wonder we stumble and fall! Although setting big goals and having timelines is a great idea, success sometimes lies in the finer details.

 

This year, it’s all about incorporating small changes into your lifestyle. I prefer to make small changes that won’t bring that feeling of dread when it’s time to put them into practice (or that feeling of guilt when you don’t do them). That way, you’re more likely to stick to them.

 

Living the chic life should be as effortless and simple as possible. With my beauty tips for 2017, you’ll soon be looking and feeling luminous – without a second thought!

 

Looking and Feeling Your Best

 

  1. Take a Page Out of Sleeping Beauty’s Book

 

I don’t know about you, but any list that encourages me to get more sleep has my complete attention. Life can get busy, and with so many things on your plate, it’s easy to fall behind on your beauty sleep. This can leave you with dull, puffy skin, and it can also make the dark circles under your eyes even worse.

 

Did you know that your skin repairs itself at night? So while you’re getting some good quality sleep, your skin is doing some amazing things – and you don’t have to lift a finger! Not only does your skin improve, but your entire body has time to recover, leaving you looking and feeling rejuvenated in the morning. Sleeping beauty was definitely on to something…

 

Additionally, I encourage you to pamper your skin. Invest in good quality sunscreen, cleansers, moisturizers, and serums that will leave you feeling like the queen you are. Simple morning and nighttime skincare routines will save you lots of money in the long run and will help you stay naturally flawless for years to come. #iwokeuplikethis

  1. Stay Hydrated

 

Water truly is life. When you increase your water intake, your skin cells will stay hydrated – this helps keep wrinkles away and makes your skin more radiant! So this year, resolve to drink more water. No matter where I am, I always make sure that there’s a glass – or bottle – of water nearby.

 

Make yourself a simple promise: keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Your skin will thank you for it.

  1. Eat Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You

 

Beauty begins on the inside. This doesn’t just mean personality; what you feed your body has a direct impact on the health of your skin. Provide your body with the nutrients it needs and watch as your hair, skin, and overall health changes before your eyes.

 

Start by making small, healthy changes like cutting your sugar intake, adding more fruits and veggies, or swapping a few cups of coffee for green tea. Once you see the results of these small changes, you might just be inspired to take it a step further. Aim to be healthier overall rather than focusing on losing a couple of pounds.

  1. Make Exercise Fun

 

The truth is, exercising can be a drag. Which is probably why many of us stop making our workout times right around when February hits. That’s why one of my beauty tips for 2017 is to find a way to make exercise fun for you.

 

Do you enjoy dancing? Join a dance class. If you love the water, start swimming. Exercise is great for your mood, overall health, and your skin! Find a form of exercise you enjoy and it’ll feel less like a chore.

  1. Fill Your Bucket

 

This beauty tip is all about working on your self-confidence. Beauty and self-confidence go hand in hand. If you want to look and feel luminous in 2017, this is probably the best place to start (it probably should have been at the top of this list). All the makeup in the world isn’t going to help if you don’t feel beautiful.

 

So how do you fill your bucket? Start by complimenting yourself every day – praise both a physical feature and an aspect of your personality. For example, “I have beautiful brown eyes and I’m an honest person.”

 

Make the effort to engage in activities that make you feel good about yourself; congratulate yourself on a job well done; listen to music. Whatever it is that makes you feel more confident – do it!

New Year, Better You: It’s the Little Things

 

Living a chic lifestyle is all about attitude. It starts with you. Once you feel good about yourself, that energy will radiate outward, manifesting itself in all aspects of your life. It will definitely be noticed by those around you. My beauty tips for 2017 may seem small, but they’re each designed to show you that achieving small goals will give you that boost of confidence you need to conquer the bigger ones.

 

What are some of your beauty tips for 2017? Comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

 

Here’s to a better you!

Photos and Graphics: Naadine Koi

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3 Packing Tips

Whether traveling  for business or pleasure you must travel in style, and travel light.
Once you’ve managed to edit down your selection, you still have to make it all fit in your luggage…

My Packing Tips…

  • I personally love to use clear, travel or packing cubes to keep organized. You can label each one for clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty, etc. and being able to see through each cube allows for quick accessibility. Rolling items like knit tops, denim, workout wear and pajamas save you tons of space as well.
  • Ask Siri about local temperature of your final destination. (for next 5 days)
  • Try to pack based on the weather at your destination as well as the activities and events you will be attending so no item goes wasted. Repeat wears is a good thing and you can find creative
    ways to style your outfit using the same pair of pants or basic top. For women, your go-to LBD is a must have for nights out and layered with sweaters for a more casual look. When packing my shoe staples are always black and nude pumps, black denim pants, a t-shirt, blazer, leather jacket and lots of accessories to dress up basic outfits.
  • Always keep a copy of your passport in your phone in case you lose it or in case you have to fill out forms and don’t want to be digging through your luggage.
  • Another thing to always keep in mind is to keep your most expensive jewelry in your carry on. You never want to lose your most precious possessions in a nightmare ‘luggage gone missing’ scenario. In case of missing luggage, I also keep my curling iron and day makeup in my carry on for easy access as well.
  • Indulge in a little in-flight beauty regimen to relax and refresh. Use makeup wipes from Neutrogena to take off your make-up and find a great hydrating cream like Aesop or Lancer to nourish your skin. Aromatherapy oils on your temples is another great way to relax during your flight. You could even do a sleep mask. When I land, I love to spray another hydrating mist on my face for that fresh, dewy look to rejuvenate before my trip.
  • Try packing a candle from home with you when traveling. Nothing makes you feel more at home, relaxed and comfortable than a great smelling candle in your hotel room whose fragrance is familiar to you and reminds you of home. My candles are inspired from the destinations that have meant the most to me – Manhattan for its melting pot of cultures, Swiss Alps because that is where I am from, Beverly Hills which is where I currently live & St. Tropez as my favorite summer travel destination.

Photo: Naadine Koi

Even if you’re a frequent traveler, packing is the worst… if you ask me..

 

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