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5 Holiday Makeup Looks to Try this Season



By Society 19

‘Tis the season to wear as much glitter, sparkles and shimmer as you possibly can! I know just how hard it is to pick out the right makeup look for Christmas parties or New Year’s Eve, so I’ve gathered five go-to eye holiday makeup looks for you to try! I created step-by-step tutorials to help you replicate these looks! Pick your favorite one to wear out on the town this holiday season!

1. Glitter Winged Eyeliner


2. Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette Tutorial

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  • Step 1: Prime your eyelid with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. You are going to want this look to last all night.
  • Step 2: Pat “Half-Baked” from your inner-corner to mid-lid, then from mid-lid to outer corner pat in “Chopped.” Be sure to use patting and pressing motions when applying these colors to ensure they adhere to your eyelid. This will make the color a little more intense and will help you avoid fallout.
  • Step 3: Blend the color “Tease” all over your upper-crease, and then apply “Busted” just below that in your lower-crease. Be sure to bring these colors from outer corner to inner corner.

3. The Silver Eye Look (Perfect for Blue Eyes)
  • Step 1: Prime your eye. Personally, I prefer MAC Painterly Paint Pot. This will give your eye a nice base coat that will mask any imperfections on the eyelid.
  • Step 2: Use tape to make a sharp line before you do your eye shadow. Line the tape up so it starts at the end of your eyebrow to the outer corner of your eye
  • Step 3: Start blending a transition color into the crease of your eye. To recreate this look I used MAC “Soft Brown” and MAC “Saddle.”
  • Step 4: Use a silver eye shadow all over your lid. Urban Decay’s “YDK,” MAC “Satin Taupe,” or Sephora Collection “Diamonds are Forever” are all perfect choices to replicate the look.
  • Step 5: Start darkening the crease and outer edges of your eye using cool-tone brown shades. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette and Becca Ombre Nudes Palette have some great matte brown shades for this look. After you are happy with the brown shades lightly blend a purple color to your crease. Go in with a black eye shadow on the outer-v of your eye to make the look even more dramatic.
  • Step 6: Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue on top of the silver eye shadow and use Make Up Forever’s “Silver 2.” Focus the glitter on the middle of your eyelid and let it lightly fade to your inner corner. Be sure not drag the glitter up to your crease.
  • Step 7: Apply black winged eyeliner and add white or nude eyeliner to your waterline.
  • Step 8: Blend out your bottom lash line with a brown shadow first then go in with a black shadow. Also add silver glitter to the inner corner and bottom inner corner of your eye.
  • Step 9: Apply false lashes and remove the tape!

4. The “Poker Face” Look

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(Note: To avoid ruining the rest of your makeup, apply your foundation last so you can wipe away any of the extra shadow that landed on your cheeks.)

  • Step 6: Add a highlight to your inner corner and brow bone. Any light eye shadow will due as long as it has a gold undertone to it. I like using MAC “Nylon” in my inner corner and Stila “Dune” under my brows. By doing this step, it will make your eyes look more open and give your eyebrow a lifted appearance.
  • Step 7: Apply liquid eyeliner to the top of your lids and add black kohl to your waterline.
  • Step 8: Blend out your lower lash-line with the same browns you used in your crease.
  • Step 9: Add false lashes, put on lower mascara and take off the tape!

5. The Gold Glitter Look
  • Step 4: Apply MAC “Amber Lights” or Milani “Sun Goddess” to your lid (this color is great for brown eyes because it’ll make your eye color look rich).
  • Step 5: Apply Too Faced Shadow Insurance on top of MAC “Amber lights.” Use OCC Glitter in “Gold.” Use patting not swiping motions when working with the glitter.
  • Step 6: Highlight the inner corner with MAC “Nylon” or the lightest color in Maybelline “The Nudes” palette.
  • Step 7: Apply a liquid liner to the top of your lid and black kohl to the bottom.
  • Step 8: Use the dark browns to blend out your lower lash line.
  • Step 9: If you are daring, go back in with the liquid liner or gel eyeliner and define your inner corner to give it more of a cat eye appearance before you put on loads of mascara!

I would love to see your replications of these looks, so post a picture on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #srtrendsNYE!

*Note these are not the actual products they used in the pictures!

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Tips for summer water safety



(Family Features) Drowning is a leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the summer months, when water activities are more prevalent, drowning is more common, according to the National Safety Council.

Extreme heat may increase incidents of cardiac arrest and an average of 33 drownings occur in the U.S. each day, one-third of which are fatal. To protect your loved ones when playing in and around water this summer, keep these tips from the American Heart Association in mind:

Never swim alone. Children always need supervision, but even adults should swim with a buddy so someone can call for help if an unexpected problem arises. Swimmers can get cramps that hinder movement in the water and slips and falls can happen to anyone.

Wear protective devices. U.S. Coast-Guard-approved life jackets provide the best protection for someone who is in the water and unable to safely reach solid footing. When on a boat, all passengers should wear life jackets in case of an accident, and young and inexperienced swimmers should wear one any time they’re near water.

Choose your swimming location wisely. Avoid unknown bodies of water where hazards such as tree limbs or rocks may be hidden below the surface. Also avoid waterways with strong currents, such as rivers, that can easily carry even the strongest swimmers away. Instead, choose swimming pools and locations with trained lifeguards on duty.

Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In the event of a drowning, no matter the age, the American Heart Association recommends rescue breaths along with chest compressions to keep oxygen circulating to the brain. Only 39% of those who participated in a consumer survey said they are familiar with conventional CPR and only 23% know about Hands-Only CPR.

Consider these ways to learn CPR and join the Nation of Lifesavers as an individual, family, organization or community.

  • Watch online. Learn the basics of Hands-Only CPR by watching an instructional video online. Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps:
    1. Call 911 if you see someone suddenly collapse.
    2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song with 100-120 beats per minute, such as “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.
  • Immerse yourself. Through a virtual reality app, you can learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) then put your skills to the test in real-life scenarios.
  • Learn at home. Learn basic lifesaving skills in about 20 minutes from the comfort and privacy of home with CPR Anytime kits. The Infant CPR Anytime program is for new parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies and anyone who wants to learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking relief skills. The Adult & Child CPR Anytime Training kit teaches adults and teens Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child choking relief and general awareness of AEDs.
  • Take a course. Get a group together and find a nearby class to learn the lifesaving skills of CPR, first aid and AED.
  • Turn employees into lifesavers. Help make your workplace and community safer one step at a time by committing to CPR training for your employees or coworkers.

Visit to access more summer safety resources and find a CPR course near you.

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Staying safe during summer vacations: 5 tips for traveling with health conditions



(Family Features) From staycations and road trips to Caribbean getaways and coastal cruises, summertime offers the chance to escape and unwind with a much needed (and deserved) vacation. However, for people living with health conditions like heart disease or stroke, leaving home can pose special challenges.

As travel season takes shape, the experts at the American Heart Association – celebrating 100 years of lifesaving service as the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all – recommends a few important tips to ease on-the-go woes.

“As we look forward to summer, many people will be traveling to spend treasured time with family and friends, or maybe just to enjoy some relaxation on the beach,” said Gladys Velarde, M.D., FAHA, professor of medicine and national volunteer with the American Heart Association. “It’s not always that simple for people who have chronic health conditions that require multiple medications or special medical equipment. There are also considerations for how to maintain your health and not put yourself at increased risk.”

Velarde said that doesn’t mean travel is off limits if you have a chronic health condition. A little planning and preparation can reduce stress and prepare you for your next big adventure.

Check In with Your Health Care Provider
Speak with your primary care physician or specialist about your travel plans and any special considerations related to your health. He or she can offer guidance on any restrictions or precautions you should keep in mind. Carry a list of all medications, including dosages and pharmacy information. Also consider carrying a copy of key medical records and a list of phone numbers, including your doctors and emergency contacts.

Manage Your Medications
Ensure medications are clearly labeled and that you’ve packed enough to last the entire trip. If you’re traveling across time zones, enlist your health care provider to help adjust medication schedules. Some medications require refrigeration; research how to pack them appropriately for airport security and make sure you’ll have a refrigerator in your lodging.

Plan for Transportation
Whether you’re traveling by plane, bus, train, cruise ship or other means, it’s paramount to plan ahead for special medical equipment. For example, if you use a wheelchair, walker or other assistance for getting around, you may need to check in with the travel company to find out how to properly transport your devices.

Master the Airport
During this especially busy travel season, planning ahead can make the airport experience easier. If you have a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, you may need to go through a special security screening. Walking through a crowded terminal can take its toll, so consider requesting a wheelchair or courtesy cart to get to your gate when booking your ticket.

Long flights may increase your risk for blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Consider wearing compression socks and walk around the cabin while it’s safe and allowed to help improve your circulation.

Know the Signs
While it’s always important to know the signs of heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest, it’s particularly critical while away from home. If you or someone you’re with experience symptoms, call 911. Many airports even offer kiosks where you can learn Hands-Only CPR while waiting for your flight.

“Every individual’s condition is unique, and you’ll want to tailor your travel plans to your specific needs,” Velarde said. “By taking a little time now to plan and prepare, your vacation can be just what the doctor ordered to help you unwind and recharge.”

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Treatment options to help overcome knee pain for sports enthusiasts



(Family Features) Millions of people experience chronic pain, with knee pain among the most common. Athletes and active adults know the impact activities like running and skiing can have on their knees, but when chronic knee pain makes it difficult to do those activities, or even day-to-day tasks like walking up the stairs, people may often face challenges.

According to the journal “Cartilage,” unlike other tissues, cartilage does not repair itself and, without proper treatment, can worsen over time and become more difficult to treat. However, options like FDA-approved knee cartilage repair surgery MACI (autologous cultured chondrocytes on porcine collagen membrane) uses a patient’s cells to help repair cartilage defects and may help alleviate knee pain.

“Sports-related pain should be evaluated quickly, especially when it’s difficult to put weight on the knee, swelling occurs or there is restricted range of motion,” said Dr. Alexander Meininger, orthopedic surgeon and MACI consultant.

Justin Keys, a former patient of Meininger and outdoor enthusiast, knows that the long-term outcomes of knee cartilage surgery can be worth the short-term sacrifices. After several injuries, including an ACL injury, Keys struggled with most activities except walking on flat, paved surfaces. After consulting with Meininger, Keys chose knee cartilage repair to help get back to his active lifestyle.

Keys considered whether to manage the injury as-is or choose MACI and undergo rehabilitation to potentially get back to his favorite activities in the future. He knew he could no longer use short-term relief methods and had to address his pain with a treatment to help provide lasting relief.

For athletes like Keys who want to fix knee pain, it’s important to consider these steps:

Discuss Options with Your Doctor
Patients should talk to their doctors and undergo an MRI to help assess the internal structures of the knee.Meininger recommends patients and their doctors discuss options forlong-term knee restoration health, preserving function for future decades and recognizing the short-term sacrifice.

Set Yourself Up for Success
Experts like Meininger suggest patients take steps ahead of surgery to help their recovery.

“The important thing is to be as fit as possible and use the preseason months to undergo surgery and rehab,” Meininger said.

Patients can take steps to prep their home for recovery, which may include:

  • Bringing necessities down from hard-to-reach shelves
  • Moving furniture to ensure clear pathways
  • Installing shower safety handles to minimize potential falls

The Road to Rehab and Recovery
Rehabilitation takes time and everyone’s experience is unique. It can be as much of a mental challenge as it is physical. Committing to a physical therapy regime, staying hydrated and eating well are important aspects to support recovery. Patients should talk to their doctors with questions and before starting any exercises.

Do not use if you are allergic to antibiotics such as gentamicin or materials from cow or pig; have severe osteoarthritis of the knee, other severe inflammatory conditions, infections or inflammation in the bone joint and other surrounding tissue or blood clotting conditions; had knee surgery in the past 6 months, not including surgery for obtaining a cartilage biopsy or a surgical procedure to prepare your knee for a MACI implant; or cannot follow a rehabilitation program post-surgery.

MACI is used for the repair of symptomatic cartilage damage of the adult knee. Conditions that existed before your surgery, including meniscus tears, joint or ligament instability or alignment problems should be evaluated and treated before or at the same time as the MACI implant. MACI is not recommended if you are pregnant. MACI has not been studied in patients younger than 18 or over 55 years of age. Common side effects include joint pain, tendonitis, back pain, joint swelling and joint effusion. More serious side effects include joint pain, cartilage or meniscus injury, treatment failure and osteoarthritis. See Full Prescribing Information for more information.

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