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Welcome to the ninth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. About.com’s Family Fitness Expert, Catherine Holecko, shares with us her favorite fitness holiday picks and healthy gift ideas for the whole family!
What are some of your favorite holiday family health & fitness practices/trends this season?
For adults, fitness trackers continue to be big. FitBit just came out with three new devices, although two won’t be released until after the new year. Kids can enjoy fitness tech too, with the LeapBand from LeapFrog and the KidFit from X-Doria. And ride-on toys are always a great holiday pick for active play. I always check out what’s new from Razor and Radio Flyer. For the whole family, I like board games that get everyone moving (like Twister) and outdoor kits, like a badminton set.
What items are on your holiday wish list? What is a must-have this holiday season?
I have my eye on that new FitBit (the Charge) as well as an Indo Board balance trainer. And our family would love to trade in our canoe for a couple of kayaks.
What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season?
They consistently love ride-on toys for young children (like balance bikes, the Plasmacar, and the Mini-Kick Scooter). They want to know about toys and games that the whole family can share–from big-ticket items like a Ping-Pong table to smaller choices, like snow sleds or unique catch games like Squap or Djubi.
What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers?
I wish I was ahead of the game but I am so not! I tend to do all my shopping in the month of December. I have a couple of local shops I love, but I also shop online for anything that I’d have to ship anyway. My husband likes to shop for our kids, and luckily he tends to stash a few things away throughout the year. For readers, I always recommend active toys or sporting goods for their kiddos and other kids they are buying for. If you are shopping for a child who plays a sport, definitely ask her parents what she needs. Youth sports are expensive and parents are always happy to share the load. And if you’re a youth sport parent yourself, I bet you can buy gift cards from your team as a fundraiser–either to give away, or to use as you shop for everyone on your list.
What is one item in your home you couldn’t live without this holiday season?
Probably my treadmill, since I’ll have to be fitting in exercise at odd times of day and in bad weather!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
All over social media, from Twitter to Facebook to Pinterest to shopping sites and blogs. I follow so many smart, creative people who have tons of good ideas.
Catherine is the Family Fitness Expert at About.com writing about all the many ways that parents, kids, and families can share and enjoy physical activity. She has two kids, ages 9 and 12, who both play sports. For her own workouts, she loves yoga, bicycling, and walking her two dogs. You can hear more from Catherine on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Welcome to the sixth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. StyleBistro’s Deputy Editor, Cristina Velocci shares with us her favorite holiday style finds and top gift ideas
What are some of your favorite holiday fashion and beauty trends/products this season?
I’ve always loved that the holidays are the perfect excuse to add a little glitz to your everyday attire, and I’ve noticed that fashion brands are offering the sparkle in subtle and unexpected ways this season. My favorite example of this is through embellished cold-weather accessories, such as these Markus Lupfer crystal gloves and this Halogen jeweled beanie. On the beauty front, it’s much the same—glitter was all over the Fall 2014 runways, and executed in a sophisticated manner.
What items are on your holiday wish list? What is your must-have item?
Honestly, a new computer! I’m long overdue for an upgrade and have my eye on a MacBook Pro, but I also wouldn’t mind receiving a LyveHome along with it—this small tower consolidates and stores all of your digital photos with minimal effort, so they don’t take up space on your laptop. I’m also in the market for some quality pajama sets that will make me feel like a real adult.
What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season?
The StyleBistro girl is style-savvy but also cost-conscious, so she’s likely looking for a versatile party dress that can carry her through her holiday soirees this season, plus a few key accessories that will help her switch up her look. We’re big believers that great style is not about the clothes, but how you put them together.
What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers to find the best picks?
I actually start the process slowly in July, since that’s when holiday press previews happen and they get me in the mindset. In addition to setting aside gifts I see and know will be perfect for recipients on my list, I also save other potential ideas to a Pinterest board so I never feel like I’m frantically grasping at straws for ideas. Planning ahead is key.
What is one item in your fashion/beauty collection you couldn’t live without this holiday season?
Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Whether I do a smoky eye or glitter-lined look, this eye shadow primer will ensure whatever I create will last all day long, which is key since I don’t have time to go home and refresh before parties after work.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Anywhere and everywhere. I stay pretty plugged in with social media and my Feedly reader, but I often feel most inspired after I disconnect and travel somewhere.
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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a loud and proud Benefit Cosmetics fan. I mean, not only are their products total life-savers, but they’re also adorably packaged with cheeky names that just further suggest that the team behind the brand is just as genius as the beauty goodies themselves. Okay, so maybe I sound a little too fangirl-crazy, but c’mon — from their Pore-fessional Primer to their ridiculously popular Benetint lip and cheek stain, my makeup bag certainly wouldn’t be complete sans Benefit. Now, just in time for the summer season ahead, the brand is jumping on the balm bandwagon and expanding their range of multipurpose tints to include a series of Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms, in all of our favorite Benefit hues. Benebalm, Lollibalm, ChaChabalm, and Posiebalm — no matter which signature tint you prefer (in my case, all of them), you can rest assured that your pucker will not only look on-point, but will also stay hydrated all summer long, thanks to the balm’s mango butter-enriched formula. Just like the tinted stains that came before them, these handy balms pack a semi-sheer punch of color that’s perfectly buildable for customizing your preferred look without ever overdoing it!
Are you a fan of Benefit’s hydrating new lip balms? Which hue will you be picking up first? Let us know in the comments!
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I know I’m not alone when I say I’m a big fan of Urban Decay’s Naked line — from their lightweight Naked Skin foundation to all three of their stunning Naked Eyeshadow Palettes. So it should come as no surprise that I was super stoked to hear about the addition of three new Naked Flushed Palettes to help expand my ever-growing UD makeup “wardrobe.” Just in time for the summer months ahead — or better yet, NOW, before we’ve gotten a chance to get our real summer glow on — Urban Decay has expanded their tricolor bronzing cheek palette to include three new combinations in Native, Streak, and Strip. Each slim, sleek palette includes a blush, highlighter, and bronzer in one, which can be used separately or blended to create your own hotter-than-hot custom flush. Aside from the gorgeous color combos, it’s hard not to love the powder’s featherlight, silky finish, which is just subtle enough to convince some that you’re really going “commando” with your makeup routine!
The wait is over, beauty addicts! Derek Lam’s much-anticipated collaboration line with Estee Lauder has finally arrived, and you can have it all for $85. The collection actually isn’t a range, but rather consists of just one stylish set – a chic minaudiere clutch filled with midnight-inspired makeup hues like Kajal Crayon in Near Night, eyeshadow in Smoked Gold, and a universally flattering lip color in Smoked Blush. Derek Lam worked directly with Estee Lauder creative director Tom Pecheux to come up with a set of makeup must-haves inspired by the textures and tones of Lam’s Spring 2014 collection. Designed to be versatile enough to suit both the subtle and the statement-making beauty maven – and to create looks for both day or night – the collection consists of more wearable hues that can be used to create a stronger, sexier look when desired. It would have been a great addition to my Christmas wishlist, but hey – now I have something to spend one of my many gift cards on!
Although it doesn’t leave my nails in the best condition, I love me a gel mani! I quickly got hooked on gel manicures after finally taking the plunge and popping my Shellac “cherry” last summer, after too many years of wasted money on insufficient, chip-prone “regular” manicures. And then last fall, like it was meant to be, one of my favorite nail polish brands Essie released their own professional LED gel system. Essie’s system boasts a gentler, care-conscious take on the traditional in-salon gel manicure that won’t leave nails in crappy condition when it’s time to take them off, and also comes equipped with a line of 36 gel shades to keep your nail game on-point! Of course, a salon-worthy tool like this doesn’t come cheap; the lamp itself will cost you a pretty penny ($199 to be exact), but think of all the money you’ll save on salon manis in the future!
Have you tried Essie’s at-home LED gel system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
As someone who has been cursed with sadly sparse yet fiercely coarse brows, I’ve more or less made it my mission to defy my God-given features and somehow achieve awesome arches, even if that means faking it. I don’t have too many outlandish or unrealistic requests; I like my brows clean and precise without looking Sharpie’d on, and I like hairs to look groomed without appearing cemented into place. So far, I’ve tried a bevy of brow-shading and arch-taming projects — from pencils and gels to eyeshadows and even brow markers — but until recently, I had yet to find a “holy grail” of brow products that would shade, shape, and keep hairs in place throughout the day. Figures Anastasia Beverly Hills would come to the rescue! The brow mecca’s latest product ventures into a product variety I had not yet seen before: brow pomade! Dipbrow Pomade is highly-concentrated and buildable, so you can shape, define, and “carve” brows with the utmost precision, and also expertly blend color to create a more natural appearance. As for wayward strands, the waxy formula also keeps hairs in place, but won’t smudge or smear, even on oily skin.
Have you tried Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade yet? What are YOUR favorite brow products? Let us know in the comments below!
Maybe it’s my relatively weak sense of smell, or maybe it’s just that my overzealous obsession with makeup leaves little room for perfume-buying… either way, I’ve never been much of a fragrance girl. Sure, I like to smell nice (who doesn’t?), but I’ve never really considered the act of choosing a fragrance to be a can’t-miss step in completing my overall beauty look or “identity.” So, for all the girls who want to just-plain-smell-nice without the fuss, CLEAN has created a 5-piece rollerball set dedicated to the simplest, freshest, purest fragrance pleasures in life. The result? Light, wearable scents in fragrances like Fresh Laundry, Rain, and Warm Cotton. I know, I know, they sound a little too literal and not, well, pretty… but mixed with your own natural scent and skin chemistry, they’re addictively fresh and even a little floral. Keep them on-hand to freshen up mid-day at the office, after the gym, or just as a light, clean, everyday scent that’s never overpowering.