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5 Best Self Tanners to Keep You Bronzed in the Winter

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During these cold winter months, summer tans have faded and you may get the urge to have a tan. Tanning beds are dangerous and are shown to leave harmful effects on the skin. Effects such as premature aging, skin cancer and eye damage. Tanning beds are proven to be too risky and sunless tanning is all the rage. Self tanner is the answer and it will give you the glowing tan without the damage. A few tips to ensure a perfect finish is, make sure waxing is completed 24 hours prior to any self-tan application. Use a wet cleansing wipe immediately after self-tan application to prevent unwanted staining on the nails and palms. When you take your first shower, just rinse and refrain from using any shower/bath products. Self tanners vary in price and the list below includes the 5 best self tanners from affordable to higher end prices.

Self Tanners That Can be Found in Ulta

Ulta beauty bronze glow self tanning lotion- $9.99
Ulta lightweight Bronze Glow Self Tanning Tinted Lotion goes on smoothly and gives you an instant glow while your natural looking tan develops. The gel-cream formula hydrates skin and dries in minutes with no sticky feel. This is the perfect product if you want a natural looking tan and a subtle glow. True Tan Technology features two powerful self tanning ingredients to promote a more even, golden tan. Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Vitamin E help soothe and hydrate skin. Shea Butter helps keep skin hydrated for a longer-lasting tan. This tanning lotion is also free of oil, parabens and sulfates. 

St. Tropez self tan express bronzing mouse $44
St. Tropez’s Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse allows you to control the depth of your tan, depending how long you wait before washing it off. This advanced formula provides a natural, healthy looking tan that lasts for days. Wait 1 hour before showering for a light sun-kissed glow, 2 hours for a medium golden tan, or leave 3 hours for a deeper tan. 

Loving tan 2 hour express self tanning mouse $39.95
Loving Tan 2HR Express Mousse gives you a natural looking tan instantly. The salon inspired formula provides you with an immediate color, while developing into a deeper, darker tan. This color technology guarantees a streak- free tan and easy application.

Self-Tanners That Can be Found in Walgreens

Jergens natural glow tan towelettes $13.99
Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Full-Body Towelettes work with your unique skin tone to create a sun-kissed tan within hours all in a simple swipe. Formulated with a prestige-inspired  blend of DHA + erythrulose, these towelettes create natural-looking, streak-free results that mimic beautiful color from the sun. Indulge in vitamin E and a fragrance that blends the tropical fruits of mango and pineapple with a touch of vanilla.

Bondi sands self tanning foam – $24
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam is simple to apply, and gives a flawless finish, every time. Simply smooth on the lightweight self tanning foam for an even, streak-free, bronzed tan. Using a tanning mitt, apply the foam using long, sweeping motions to clean, dry skin. This tanning foam is, vegan, Sulfate-free and Paraben-free. 

Read more about best lotions and creams for winter at clichemag.com 
Images provided by Ulta & Walgreens

Shop Small Businesses For a Large Impact

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The Importance of Small Businesses

Why is it so important to shop from small businesses? It is proven that communities get a significant economic boost from shopping at locally owned small businesses. Especially during these tough times 2020 has hit us with, shopping from small businesses have never been more crucial. According to Forbes, it has been proven that small businesses reinvest in the local economy at a higher rate than large chains do. For example, every $100 spent at one of these businesses, $68 stays in the community. This is more than double the amount that chains reinvest! 

Two of My Favorite Small Businesses 

One of my favorite small businesses to shop this season is Unruly Boutique. This online boutique is a mix of feminine chic and edgy street style. Noelle Gaetano is the owner and runs all the operations herself. Noelle does the buying, updates her social media, models the clothes and so much more! She is truly an inspiration and demonstrates how much work goes into running a small business. There are plenty of items to choose from on her website, especially with new arrivals every Monday. Unruly will surely give your closet that elevated look you have been searching for. 

Another one of my favorite small businesses to shop at is Almajewelryco. This small business isn’t only fabulous but is also sustainable. AlmaJewelry co. sells repurposed designer jewelry. By reusing designer zippers, bags, keychains etc. it makes having luxury jewelry easy on your wallet and on the planet. Diane is the creator/designer of AlmaJewelry Co. Her mission is to bring designer jewelry to all women at an affordable price. This brand wants you to stand out and not blend in with the masses. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted from repurposed designer items and guaranteed to make a statement!  AlmaJewelry Co. would make a perfect unique gift for someone or even if you want to treat yourself.

Any Amount of Shopping Can Help

As convenient as it might be to shop from Amazon, or other large chains think twice next time you do it. This doesn’t mean you can never shop from large chains, sometimes we have to. However, even if you decide to make one purchase from a small business, it can make a difference. Now imagine if everyone decides to do the same.

Read more about places to shop at ClichéMag.com
Images provided by Pexels 

 

Gift Guide-10 Gifts for your Girlfriend Under $100

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Girlfriend Gift Guide

Gift guides can prove to be exceptionally helpful, especially with the holidays rapidly approaching. Today, I would like to share with you 10 gifts for your girlfriend under $100. One of these gifts are sure to make your girlfriend feel special without hurting your wallet. 

Beauty Gift Ideas 

1. Maison Francis Kurkdigian Baccarat Rouge 540 Scented Body Oil – $95

Maison Francis Kurkdigan Baccarat Rouge 540 is a scented body oil. This perfumed body oil is a light, non- greasy formula and provides an irresistible texture on the skin. It qualifies as a gift for you and your girlfriend, because it will make your girlfriend smell like a dream and you won’t be able to get enough of her.

2. Pure Silk Pillow Case – $89

 Everyone knows how important it is for us girls to get our beauty rest. The Pure Silk pillow case will make your girlfriend’s beauty sleep elevated. The benefits include anti- aging, reduced friction on the hair throughout the night and help keep skin’s moisture locked in.

3. Grande Lash Liquid Gold Lash & Brow Serum Set- $95

The Grande Lash Liquid Gold Lash & Brow Serum set includes a lash and brow serum. These serums help grow lashes and brow hair for a fuller look. A great gift to help enhance your girlfriend’s natural beauty. These cult favorite serums promise longer and thicker eyelashes and eyebrows in 4-6 weeks.

 4. REVLON One—Step Volumizer Hair Dryer – $59.99

The Revlon One-Step hair dryer gives a salon quality blowout from the comfort of your own home and will save you a trip to the hair salon. This hair dryer promises a smooth blow out in up to half the time compared to a typical blowdryer. It gives you the power of a dryer and volume of a styler!

5.TOM FORD Soleil Blanc Body Oil & Lip Set- $80

The Tom Ford body oil & lip set allows you to try luxury products at a reasonable price. The body oil gives a luminosity to the skin and a white floral fragrance. The lip color provides a coral sheen and is infused with cocoa butter to help saturate the lips in moisture. 

LifeStyle Gift Ideas

6. Flawless Beauty Fridge- $59.99

The Flawless Beauty Fridge is a skincare junkies dream! Girls know it is easy to become addicted to skincare and our collection tends to grow rapidly. This fridge is a great way to keep all of her favorite skincare products organized. Especially if her skincare is causing clutter and taking up “your side” of the sink!

7.X Sivan Ayla Havana Hoops- $75

Gold hoops are a staple and these earrings would make a great addition to any girl’s jewelry collection. These gold hoops have a classic look and your girlfriend will get plenty of use out of them.

8.LARQ Self-Cleaning water bottle- $95

Hydration is the most important beauty hack for plump and youthful skin. The LARQ self-cleaning water bottle makes staying hydrated easier than it has ever been. No more wasteful plastic bottles and no need to clean reusable ones either!

9. Hollywood Touch Duotone LED Makeup Mirror- $76.99

The Hollywood Touch mirror is the perfect makeup mirror to get ready in. This LED makeup mirror will take any woman’s vanity to the next level. This mirror has dual light color temperature with a soft touch sensor switch, just one tap to go from warm light to cool daylight white.  

10. Harry & David Wine & Cheese Pairing Club 3 Month Subscription- $99.99

Who doesn’t love a good wine and cheese pairing? Harry & David Wine offers a three -month subscription to their wine & cheese pairing. During these times, going out to dinner is not always an option and this an excellent way to spice up a dinner at home.

Read more Holiday Gift Guides at ClichéMag.com
Images provided by  Sephora, Revolve, Ulta, Saks Fifth Avenue & Bloomingdale’s