We are only hours away from 2013. The clock strikes midnight, you give a kis
s or get a kiss and celebrations kick into full gear. But when the dust settles, what will you really change in the new year? I remember when I was child, new years resolutions were a big deal.. I’d think of one or two and take them very seriously as I tried to follow them (usually only lasting a few weeks).

Even as an adult, I make resolutions, some I’ve stuck to and some have fallen by the way side. This year has been filled with a lot of joy and blessings both personally and professionally for me and my family. For that I am grateful, but when I look around our world it is evident that we need to change. We need to change as a people. Violence in our society is nothing new, it is part of being a human being, and it is not going away anytime soon. I’m not sure where we actually begin to fix this problem, but I think it has to start with each individual. This year my resolution is to create peace and love within my own life which in turn will spread and hopefully influence others. One act of kindness or acceptance a day is what I will aim for.

Love, acceptance and equality equals peace. Wishing everyone a very happy and safe New Year full of peace and love.

It is 4 days after christmas and I am still sweating all the junk out that I ingested. With New Years Eve around the corner, these next few days are very important, so make them count.

Three things I do to get back in fighting shape are drink tons of water, sweat (either running or spinning) and lather on moisturizer and eye cream! For me, my eyes are are a tell tale sign of too mush salt and sugar.  The morning after Xmas , my eyes were so swollen! Even Lauren said to me “what happened to you? “ I drank 3 bottles of water and ran for my BRIGHT EYES.  They both helped but I needed to sweat and 5 miles later I actually felt and looked like myself again.

A few tips as we go full speed into a holiday that can centered around drinking alcohol and eating fattening foods.  Start hydrating now, today! Eat as clean as possible-lots of fruits and veggies. Workout as much as possible and sweat(this is the best way to get rid of toxins).

If you have any fun tips or tricks that you use to get back in shape after a holiday, please share it with us!

The Daily Scrub is so happy to introduce Kailey Konow, the gorgeous editor and founder of the popular Pretty and PinKK blog! The Holiday season brings so much happiness and a lot of dinners, parties and fun. Weather you are on the go every night or once a week, we all need a few extra beauty tips during the overload of the holidays. Pretty and PinKK reports on the DO’s + DON’T’s for beauty this season!

By, Kailey Konow, Owner & Editor Pretty and PinKK Beauty Blog

The holidays are my favorite time of year. The streets are dressed up with special once-a-year décor, stores are enveloped with mouth-watering scents, houses dazzle with pretty lights all-a-glow, and the ground glistens with a fresh blanket of snow.  If you can ignore the long lines, the now more-than-occasional rudeness and the sweat on your brow from going in and out of overheated shops, then you can really appreciate the beauty of the season.

The beauty world is no different. Everyone seems to up their game a bit. Bright and colorful packaging from your favorite brands; gorgeous window displays featuring seasonal kits you “have to have”; and even daring makeup looks from that girl next door who never wears makeup, holidays are a time to play. So what’s my idea of holiday beautiful? Sparkle! The holidays give you this freedom to add a little of this or a dash of that– sort of a license to sparkle, if you will.

Here are my DO’s and DON’Ts for that beautiful, sparkly holiday look:

DO opt for shimmer not glitter on your face. Big chunks of glitter can look obvious or immature. Stay sweet with shimmer.

DON’T go overboard. From sparkly nail polish to twinkly eye shadow, you could literally glow from head to toe! Pick one or two features to highlight and keep the rest neutral or matte. For example, if you shimmer your eyes, keep your lips matte.

DO go for glitter or shimmer nail polish. Nails are the one acceptable place to have some fun!

DON’T think you’re too old to pull off some sparkle in your life. Apply in areas with few lines or wrinkles so the shimmer won’t draw attention to them. Shimmer eyeliners and cheek highlighter are great options for any age.

DO stay away from shimmer liquids for eyes and face. These can often apply unevenly if you’re not a pro. Sweeps of shimmer powders are more subtle, buildable and much easier to control.

DON’T sweep or brush on sparkle eye shadow.  This can literally make it spread all over your face. Instead, pat it on to keep a controlled sparkly eye (and don’t forget that eye primer so your hard work lasts!).

DO remove sparkly makeup with a cotton round, some baby power and hairspray. Sound funny? Well, it works well to help remove most of the sparkle before you cleanse your face. Take a cotton round, apply a little baby powder, quickly spray with a shot of hairspray and gently buff away. The baby powder acts as friction to help buff while the hair spray helps the sparkle stick to the cotton pad.

My best tip to surely sparkle this holiday season? DO wear a smile. It’s infectious, spirited and, most importantly, holiday beautiful.