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LUCKY OUTFITS TO CELEBRATE 2022

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2021 is almost over, which means everyone has probably already started getting their hopes up about the next year. Every time, we hope for a brighter future, and many would even start believing in magic tricks to increase the chances of it happening. 

So what can you do to make 2022 ‘your’ year? The answer is in colours!

According to the Chinese Astrology, the next year will be the year of a black/blue water tiger. In some cultures, people believe that having a tiger figure at home will serve to bring luck during the next year.  However, the colour palette of the outfit is also very important. Astrologists advise wearing cold colours during the New Year’s celebrations, or even going with a tiger print. 

You can also adapt the outfit to your wishes for 2022!

RED

Red is quite a common colour that always takes a dominant role when it comes to Lunar celebrations. It has grown to represent joy and ambition, as well as bring good luck and good fortune. 

BLUE

As already mentioned, blue is the lucky colour of 2022 (from the water tiger). Moreover, the colour is known for its ability to induce feelings of calm and relaxation. And in many Latin American countries it is associated with hope and good health.

PURPLE

For a long time, this colour has been associated with royalty. Even though the time has passed, in some cultures it is still considered a good sign to wear purple on New Year’s Eve if you wish to achieve career success in the coming year. 

There are way more colours out there, and each of them eventually will represent something good in some culture. The main point is that you feel lucky in your outfit!

Whatever the colour you pick, we wish you to believe in yourself and the luck will come to you! Happy New Year & don’t forget to treat yourself in 2022 – it might just be your key to success;)

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WINTER HAIR TRENDS 2021

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, a time of crackling fires, red wine and parties! We’ve taken a look at the latest hair trends for winter. Some of them might be quite surprising!

Hands up who remembers the ‘zig zag’ parting of the 90s?! Is it really true that its making a come back this winter? If Bella Hadid is anything to go by then that is a resounding yes!

Icy blonde is here to stay! Who dallied with a beachy, honey blonde this summer? Time to return to that icy ashy blonde that we love so much! This hue isn’t just reserved for long locks, as proven by Cynthia Erivo, who has recently made it her signature look.

Unexpected accessories have been seen on every catwalk and every magazine this last month! Have you been eyeing up those Prada hair clips? With party season upon us, who can resist a sparkly hair clip reminiscent of our youth?!

When it comes to hair colors for winter, your options are endless. Making the most of your colour palette is vital, and violet pink is still in…thank the lord ! It’s a subtle, soft shade, like the spring blossoms yet to arrive.

Curls are back! Tight curls, loose curls, shaggy curls, you name it and its been on the catwalk this autumn. Whichever way you look, curls are having a major moment, don’t forget to use a heat protectant while styling to protect your hair.

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CHRISTMAS MANICURE IDEAS

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The festive season has begun, the streets are lightning up with decorations, the city smells of “Glühwein” and the stores are filled with shoppers looking for the perfect gift. Many of us, inspired by this Christmas atmosphere, have begun to decorate the house and seek to bring as many red and sparkly things into our lives as possible. 

This time of the year is also a perfect occasion to go crazy with your manicure. Even if you are used to wearing nude colors or just french on your nails, you can get seduced by the bright red colors that are surrounding you during Christmas. 

We went through works of many world-renowned nail artists and found some easy-to-make, gorgeous Christmas Mani ideas:

GLITTER!

The first and the most obvious decision for Christmas is glitter. However, you can always be playful with it. Ask your provider what colors she/he has, and maybe you’ll stumble upon the most unusual and bright tone. 

It’s also an option to apply sparkly polish only on the tip of your nail, creating a beautiful french manicure

COLORFUL FRENCH AND REVERSED FRENCH

We already mentioned how you can alter the standard french manicure to get a completely unique pattern. Take red, green, silver or gold colors and go on experimenting. 

CRYSTALS

Even the simplest one-color manicure can get so much more exciting with just a couple of sparkling crystals. 

BLOBS

This beautiful technique has become extremely popular recently. This manicure is quite easy to make and will always look different. 

FESTIVE DOTS

You can be so imaginative with this dots manicure. Use your imagination, choose the colors you want and get a playful and beautiful manicure in the end. 

Now, what can be better than sitting at your home in a cozy blanket and creating Christmas nail art together with your provider. 

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PREPPING FOR CHRISTMAS – PRO STYLE!

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I’m Rose, the founder of Glow Concierge and I love Christmas! I’m literally obsessed, like a small child! In fact, I probably get way more excited than most children. I have Christmas carefully planned out by about August, Christmas presents sourced and bought insanely early (I have a spreadsheet organised by spring!), stockings prepared, and the house decorated in an abundance of green foliage, lights and baubles.

The thing I can’t plan early for though is myself! I of course want to match the house and be as sparkly and preened as can be! Of course waxing, lashes, manicure and pedicure can be planned a little in advance, maybe a week to 10 days maximum if I’m using gellack on the nails. At the moment, I’m loving a bit of a mix with my manicures. I love a couple of nails in one colour, then another couple nude with the other colour as a tip. Of course I also add a bit of sparkle! I think the French style is so elegant and when you modernise it a bit with a smaller tip or a sparkly edge to it then it looks great. It doesn’t always have to be red or green, I have an amazing coppery brown sparkly colour that I’m obsessed with at the moment. For my lashes I tend to go for a lash lift most of the time, but Christmas demands extensions!

The week before I’ll have a facial to make sure my skin is as prepared as it can be for the onslaught of too much chocolate and champagne, and not enough sleep! I am pretty good about my skincare routine in general, but at this time of year when it’s so cold and dry, I could probably try a bit harder! That’s why a good facial is so important. I’ve got a Microneedling appointment booked for next week and a facial one week before Christmas. I also just bought a new serum from Dermalogica which is amazing!

Lastly I will book a hair appointment a couple of days before Christmas to make sure my colour is on point and a good blow dry lasts a good few days, so it should still be looking good on Christmas morning, the last thing you want to be doing on Christmas Day is trying to find time to do your hair!

Makeup – I’d love to have someone come to me on Christmas Day, but I leave that to the parties beforehand! I absolutely love dressing up and having my hair and makeup done before a party! A couple of friends and I usually do it together, which keeps the cost down and makes it a bit of an event. We’ll have a glass of wine, music and get in the mood for going out…or indeed staying in!

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SAVE YOUR TOENAILS – GO POLISH-FREE FOR WINTER

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You probably heard of the drying effects of the winter season on our skin. Continuous exposure to dry heat from central heating deprives the skin of moisture and makes us need to take special care of it. But what then happens to the feet? Have you ever thought of taking “special care” of the toenails?

It’s been proven by scientists that nail polish is generally not the best thing for nails. Not only do many nail products (not all) contain toxic substances, but polish also blocks air supply to the nail. And the winter climate is not the only thing drying the feet out. If worn for too long, the pigment of the nail polish soaks into the top layers of the nail and deprives it of moisture.  

But don’t get too scared too fast. Creating a little detox for your nails can make them feel healthy again. SO WHY DO THE DETOX IN WINTER?

Winter is the time when most triggers for infection and nail problems appear. Tight shoes and socks create exactly the kind of warm and humid environment where most fungi thrive. And the polish blanket covering your nail makes it even easier for the infection to hide.

Moreover, coming back to the drying effect of the nail polish, as it soaks into the nail, it loses its natural color and thinners.

The bottom line – choose classic pedicure in winter. Giving your toenails a vacation does not mean forgetting your feet altogether. A classic pedicure has a number of benefits, from maintaining the cuticle health to making your heels look smooth and soft.

If you can’t imagine your life without coloured toenails, make sure you choose a high-quality nail polish to relieve the effects on your tootsies. Karin offers a wide range of polish in different colors, that has near to zero nail damage and lasts as long as a regular one.

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COMMON MOISTURISER MISTAKES

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Do you sometimes find that your moisturiser just doesn’t seem to be doing the job? You’ve bought a new, much hyped product, and you don’t get what all the fuss is about?

One common mistake is to moisturise when your skin is dry, your skin should be clean and slightly damp for the best results. Damp skin will help lock in the moisture, it really needs to penetrate the skin which it won’t do if the skin is dry.

Make sure you apply the moisturiser with clean hands! Sounds obvious, but I bet it’s something you forget occasionally.

Do you apply your moisturiser as gently as you should? Often we slap it on quickly and give it a quick rub, the skin on your face and neck is very thin and more sensitive than the rest of your body and needs to be treated accordingly.

Don’t forget your neck and décolletage, ensure you rub it in with an upward motion. The skin here is just as delicate and thin and a facial moisturiser will work better than a body one.

Does your moisturiser contain any harmful ingredients? All the marketing will of course say no, but maybe you need to check. Sulfates for example can actually dry out your skin in the long run, literally the opposite of what you’re trying to do.

We love Dermalogia products at Glow Concierge, try a facial with Laura to see how you like their products, or you can order directly with Dermalogica and take advantage of your Glow discount of 10% using the code glow10 (code is case-sensitive)

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WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY │THE HEALING TOUCH

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During a reflexology session, the therapist applies pressure to different points on the feet, hands and sometimes head. The theory behind it is fairly simple, each point on the pressure area corresponds to a part of your body. Ancient Chinese believed that by touching the feet and palms of the patient, the therapists could send their energy to the “ill” part of the body and heal it.

In the 1890s, British found another explanation for the magical effects of reflexology. The scientists discovered that nerves run through the whole body, all the way from the skin to internal organs. Moreover, our body tends to adjust to the outside factors, which includes the gentle touch of the practitioner. Therefore, as soon as the body feels the warmth and calm energy of the therapist’s palms, it sends

Whatever explanation you prefer to believe, it’s a proven fact that reflexology is a great relaxation technique used by masseuses, chiropractors and physical therapists all over the world.  

BENEFITS

A study concentrating on patients with lymphatic system impairments examined the effects of reflexology on their condition. Significant improvements in fatigue and pain levels and their quality of sleep were found.

Based on the findings of the British scientists, a reflexologist’s touch may help to calm the central nervous system, promoting relaxation and also improve one’s mood and reduce stress.

MINI REFLEXOLOGY

Foot massage is just perfect to combine with other treatments or to use as on opportunity to chat with friends on the side. On demand, Glow Concierge Offers 25min Reflexology sessions to supply your Spa Event or Girls Evening.  

Reflexology is a treatment equivalent to the full body massage, and in certain cases can bring even more benefits. This therapy can be easily performed in your home as well as in the office and brings the patient in a calm state like no other.

From Eastern Aargau to Zug and Frauenfeld, our providers offer this miraculous treatment wherever you are. Still need an encouragement? Try it out with a special 5% discount promocode REFLEXOLOGY5 and don’t forget to share the results by leaving a review.

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THE CLASSIC RED LIP

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We’ve all heard the phrase ‘a swipe of red lipstick’ but of course we know that it’s never that simple to apply the perfect red lip! Red lipstick is simple, classic and bold, but for many, applying it takes time, effort and attention to detail. One thing is for sure, it’s never just a swipe!

The best way to apply red lipstick, or any lipstick for that matter is to start with a lip scrub, this eliminates dry skin and any lumps and bumps that stop the lipstick looking flawless. Next comes a lip liner, make sure it’s sharpened. I start with the Cupids Bow followed by the centre of the lower lip and then I connect it all up as symmetrically as I can. This is usually when most of us notice how totally asymmetric our lips actually are! You can always add a bit of liner to try and even the sides up a bit. Pro tip: the lip liner can also be used as a base to lock in the colour for longer lasting lip colour. Use a lip brush to apply the lipstick for the best results.

Any mistakes should never be wiped with a finger, use a cotton bud with a tiny bit of water to correct any mishaps. If you’re worried about bleeding, then you can apply some concealer around the lips beforehand and some translucent powder.

For Red Lipstick you can’t beat Chanel in my opinion, so many shades of red to choose from, but my favourite is Rouge Allure. For matte then Christian Louboutin Dramadouce is pretty unbeatable, but it does come with a pretty hefty price tag. NYC Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam is a great alternative for a fraction of the price.

If you’re still not sure about your ability to apply a flawless red lip, then why not try a makeup lesson from a professional? A lesson usually lasts 1-2 hours and is a great way to learn how to apply anything that you’re not confident about or just to discuss what sort of thing suits your skin tone. Rediscover your perfect makeup routine, talk through your current routine and assess the products you already have and whether they’re the right ones for you. The aim of the lesson is to enhance your best features and give you the confidence to create your perfect style with ease.

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TIPS TO GLOW FROM A CERTIFIED NUTRITIONIST

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Do you often wonder about how to get that glowing, dewy and flawless skin? If you are amongst those who have tried everything under the sun, but have still failed to achieve a spotless, blemish-free skin with natural, youthful glow, then you have landed at the right place. In this article, I’m talking about my very own daily routine that helps me (and my clients) getting a naturally glowing and clear skin. 

Ps. I’m Sofia, a certified nutritionist specializing in anti-inflammatory living as well as being the co-founder of SKIIN Company.

What I do as a nutritionist to get take care of my skin 

In order to make things simple, I always think ‘a beauty routine starts from the inside out’ – meaning what I eat and drink is directly going to reflect on my skin so, a healthy and nourishing diet is an important prerequisite for a healthy looking skin. 

2-3 litres of water

Drinking two to three litres of water daily is sufficient to keep you hydrated. And being well-hydrated is responsible for the natural glow and flushing out toxins in your body.

Vegetable juice

A glass of vegetable juice provides an “antioxidant burst” to my skin. A green juice can be prepared by adding a variety of leafy green vegetables, celery, spinach, ginger, and several other ingredients. Antioxidants in these vegetables can help in reducing oxidative stress, inflammation and acne.

Supplement with vitamins + collagen peptides

There is hardly any chance that I can get all the vitamins and minerals I need in one day, therefore I take supplements that benefit my skin (hair, nails and body too!). Collagen is my must as it makes my skin to feel plump and hydrated and maybe the best benefit of all is that it helps my gut to work the way it should (you know what I mean…) which in turn benefits the skin greatly! I use the Vitamin Glow Gummies and Collagen Beauty Boost from SKIIN Company. 

Intermitting fasting  

The body needs rest, not only in the form of sleep but also in the form of ‘activity’ / eating to reboot its system simply put. Our largest organ, the skin, is wonderfully impacted by fasting when done in its optimal way. The idea of intermitting fasting is to reduce insulin resistance and decrease the level of inflammation. Fasting is a reboot to the gut microbiome, the origin of most inflammation in the body. Aging is an inflammatory process, as is acne. By improving the health of the gut and its critically important microbiome, systemic inflammation is reduced and the health of the skin can be improved greatly. The amazing consequence of a lowered inflammatory state in the gut is younger-appearing, healthier, and altogether more beautiful skin. There are many way one can fast, but I recommend the 5:2 way.

Good quality protein

Eating good quality protein, from foods like eggs, lentils, legumes, soy, etc, can help in generating healthy cells on the skin. It naturally boost the collagen production and good quality protein can help in fading scars. But don’t forget to supplement extra with collagen (mentioned above!) 

Exercise

Regular exercise is great for improving blood circulation in the body and gives you a rosy wonderful glow. No time to work out today – ok! Just jump around for 5 minutes in your bedroom and swing your upper body up and down and side ways to get that blood flowing! 

6+ hours of sleep

Getting 6+ hours of sleep is important for your overall health and immunity. It is also important for your skin as it facilitates its healing and rejuvenation.

Less sugar

Avoid refined sugar in all forms. It can cause a sudden spike in blood sugar levels and can also trigger acne. But a little chocolate here and there probably makes the skin glow too 😉 at least mine!

Sofia x Glow Concierge

TOP HALLOWEEN IDEAS FOR 2021

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The spooky parties are already on our doorstep, and we have yet to decide how to approach them? Is the same old witch enough? Is there anything more sophisticated, that nobody else is going, to come up with? Let’s see what this Halloween is preparing for us.

Every year Halloween is pretty much a mixture of pop culture and classical spooky characters. So, probably if you watched at least 3 popular shows on Netflix you can already predict how 90% of the party will look like. Bridgeton-like dressed Ladies, Squid Game costumes and Chess Boards (Queen’s Gambit) will overflow the parties. The question is, how to get into that 10% of the most original and yet still recognizable characters.

For a girls’ party, try looking at some top fashion events. For example, Kim Kardashian’s look at Met Gala. Spooky, easy to make and yet stylish dress of black fabric will definitely surprise your friends. In the same direction, you can always look at some music videos that were trending this year. Think Harry Styles, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj. These types of costumes are relatively easy to find in a simple store and customize to your liking.

When everybody else will be looking like they came from the set of the Squid Game, go with older shows. Sex in the City or How I Met Your Mother are still very recognizable and will work perfectly for group costumes.

There’s nothing wrong with getting inspired by your child’s favourite show. Or even a show you liked as a kid. Dressing up as Paw Patrol characters with your whole family can be even more fun than the party itself! Scooby-Doo, Postman Pat, Bob Ross, Totally Spice, Sponge Bob go all the way and recreate these famous creatures with your family, this will definitely be remembered till next Halloween.

Hair and Make-up are very powerful tools when creating animal inspired looks. These might not be the most original, but with all the fuzz around series and celebrities, they can often be forgotten. Draw some shapes around your eyes, and you can already look like a leopard, panda or a dear!

If you are not sure how to make an idea come true, bring it to Aleksandra. She can do Halloween makeup for the whole family in a couple of hours and make you stand out in the crowd.

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