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Bling Up Your Makeup For The Holidays!

Holiday glitter doesn't have to cause discomfort or an allergic reaction with all the natural and organic makeup choices available today. You can find them everywhere, from natural spas and online shopping sites to upscale makeup shops in your local area. There are different price points as well, so with a little research you can find a line of safe, natural makeup perfect for your budget. Some of my favorites are highlighted below.

Jane Iredale proudly refers to her brand as "The Skincare Makeup" because it is formulated using pure micronized minerals and pigments with no harmful chemicals or toxins. Her Holiday 2018 Collection features her Limited Edition "Let's Party Eye Shadow Kit" which is sure to be a hit as it contains five highly-pigmented shades that all have a subtle shimmering effect: Spree (pale pink), Wing-ding (plum), Soiree (royal blue), Shindig ( jade green) and Hootenanny (chocolate brown) to cover all the bright Holiday hues you're sure to be wearing to your parties. These particular eye shadows are gentle and safe for sensitive eyes and skin as they are made with botanical extracts that soothe, protect, and nurture the skin. Find it at natural spa's or online. $76.

Juice Beauty is Gwyneth Paltrow's hair, skin and makeup line that proudly promotes her dedication to natural beauty. Her lip glosses condition lips with acai and goji berries and sweet agave; all natural antioxidants that fight free radicals. These glosses bling up your lips with brilliant shine and sparkle, perfect for holiday parties and New Year's galas. This year's holiday collection features a kit that is perfect as a stocking stuffer or tree ornament. It includes a Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara in Black with a full-size Phyto-Pigments Satin Lip Cream in Sonoma in honour of Juice Beauty's new Sonoma Farm. Use the hang-tag provided to write a personalized message to someone special or remove the contents and recycle it yearly as a tree ornament. Find it at Spasation Spa's or natural salons in your area, or purchase it online now for $19.

Too Faced is a popular makeup brand with the younger set but I love it as well as their products contain no parabens or harmful toxins. This year they have created an entire collection of dreamy cosmetics, such as their "Dreaming of a Too Faced Christmas" collection. From their "Under the Christmas Tree Everyone Set" of 3 palettes of eye shadows and face products ($49) and their individual Melted Matte Gingerbread Girl and Gingerbread Man Liquified Longwear Lipsticks ($21) to The Sweet Smell of Christmas Christmas Treats Liquified Lipstick Set, this cosmetic company really knows how to have fun during the Holiday Season! Find them at Sephora or online.

Tarte is another favourite cosmetic company of mine as their products contain no parabens or phthalates. Tarte is celebrating the Holiday season this year by offering the "Life of the Party Clay Blush Palette & Clutch" which includes 3 clay long-wear blushes in both matte and shimmer formulations; a bronzer and highlighter, as well as a mirror, a card holder, and a removable tray that gives you a pretty glittery clutch to take to all your Holiday parties this year. A $173 value for only $48! The "Turn Up The Glam Eye Set" is sure to get you party-ready with six shimmery neutral shades and a regular sized brush, all in a holiday light inspired palette to get you into the Holiday spirit. This set is a $70 value for only $25! Find it at Sephora or online.

Sephora has really outdone itself this year with it's "Glow For It" kit that includes a multiple-brand collection of highlighters and illuminizers to give your complexion a very intense glow. These five popular powders and sticks include the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder; a Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter; the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops; a Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Mini Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick; and a Milk Makeup Luminous Blur Stick. You will be sure to shine brighter than a Christmas tree this season! All for only $34!

Of course, having glowing skin isn't just a holiday routine. You can have it all year long with a little TLC. Exfoliating regularly, once a week, really helps to brighten your complexion! Using the right products helps as well. I love Eminence Organics for their amazing anti-aging product lines. They offer a great variety of products filled with scrumptious ingredients that smell amazing. These anti-oxidant rich ingredients do wonders for all types of skin. For this holiday season they are offering sets of luxurious products that target the visible signs of aging to firm your skin and get it glowing before the really heavy partying begins!

Eminence Organics are featuring two sets of powerhouse products this year that clean, treat, hydrate and firm skin that has already been exposed to the harsh winter winds. The Beauty Experts Top Picks Set ($95) contains their highest rated products for getting your skin into prime condition again. Unhealthy skin doesn't glow so it's important to use products that deep cleanse and clear away dead surface cells, then treat and re-hydrate it back to an optimal pH level. Your lips take a beating as well in the winter, as many of us know too well. The Perfect Lip Duo ($47) contains a Citrus Enzyme Lip Exfoliator to slough away dead skin cells and a Citrus Lip Balm to hydrate and plump. These products are packed with antioxidants (vitamins) and peptides to soothe, smooth and plump lips and ready them for mistletoe and New Year's Eve smooching! Eminence Organics can be found at Optimum Health Stores, natural health spa's, or online.

If you are not convinced about the safety and organic purity of any of the above product lines, or any makeup or body products that claim to be "natural", check the Environmental Working Group website or download their "Skin Deep" App and search the item before you buy. You can also look for the "USDA" label on the packaging which guarantees ingredients are certified organic.

Now that you've got your Holiday glow going, have a safe, joyous 2018 Holiday party season!

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