December is the best month. It’s all about Christmas, cheesy Hallmark movies, my birthday, shopping, and hoping for snow. You may love December, but your skin usually doesn’t. If you live on the East Coast, your skin is screaming for moisturizer. Make sure to moisturize, especially if your lips will be velvety red come Christmas.
Here are my December beauty favorites:
- Tarte Lip Sculptor Lipstick & Lipgloss
If you’re all about full, glossy lips, this is the lipstick for you! I have this is VIP (cool nude), but I want them all. It’s a combo stick with moisturizing lipstick on one end and a shiny gloss on the other. You can layer them or wear them separately. I always layer them for full effect. This is my go-to daily lipstick, unless I’m feeling casual. Then, I swipe on Tarte Lippie Lingerie in Exposed.
- Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara
I am loving this thick mascara that dramatizes my lashes with one layer! This is not for a dainty lash. This is thick, bold, but not spidery. You only need to apply one or two coats to your lashes to give them extreme volume.
- Jamberry Nourish Moisturizing Hand Creme
This biotin infused hand cream is super luxurious and heals dry skin quickly. I keep a big bottle of this on my desk at work, so I remember to keep my hands moisturized. Nothing is worse than dry, cracked skin in the winter! This is the good stuff. Don’t buy the coconut hand lotion from Victoria’s Secret and expect it to work like Nourish. BONUS: It will help your nail grow back really strong, so you can have nice nails for a Jamberry or regular mani.
- Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup
This is my fixer upper tool that I use to retouch my face during the workday. If your skin gets oily during the day, or if you missed a spot during your morning routine, this green compact will save you. Always keep it nearby.
- Vaseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter
Yes, I know Vaseline sounds gross. I still remember the smell of those big jars of Vaseline from my childhood, but this is different! It’s Vaseline’s Lip Therapy and it comes in the tiniest, cutest little jar you’ve ever seen– and that’s half the reason you’ll buy it. I keep this in my purse, because it’s a lifesaver for dry lips. I use it under lipstick, or even on top once my lip color has faded. It really is therapy for my lips, and I like it much better than chap stick.
- Skincando Combat-Ready Balm
This is miracle cream. This jar of natural salve was originally used by soldiers in the war zone. According to their website, combat-ready calm heals “severe dryness, eczema, minor abrasions, post-shaving burn, chafing, scars, jock itch, bug bites, and sun/wind burn are no match for this powerful balm.” You’ve gotta have it!
If you’re just starting to look at social media as a tool for sales, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Getting into a social selling routine on LinkedIn takes time, so I’ve put together a list of daily LinkedIn activities to help guide you.
Please download the checklist by clicking here: linkedin-daily-checklist
Not everyone is taking advantage of LinkedIn. So many people set up a profile and leave it at that, and they’re missing out on career-building opportunities!
Those who aren’t actively using LinkedIn may be thinking:
- I don’t need LinkedIn because I’m not job searching
- LinkedIn is for executives
- LinkedIn is boring!
Here’s what I have to say:
- You do need LinkedIn because it’s your professional online reputation. Where do you think people go to learn more about you? Yes, they may try Facebook and Instagram, but LinkedIn is where you can make a professional first impression. You may have a job, but somebody may want to offer you an even better job.
- There are people of all ages who are advancing their careers because they are using the power of LinkedIn’s online rolodex.
- If you think LinkedIn is boring, you aren’t connected with the right people or following the right influencers. LinkedIn is chock full of content and posts from influencers of all industries. If you try hard enough, you should be able to find something that interests you.
Are you in? Here are five ways to use LinkedIn every week:
- Share content
Sharing an update with a link to something valuable is a good way to add value to your network. People will learn about what you care about and may like, comment, or share your post. If you want to build credibility, sharing quality content related to your industry is a must! *Don’t share unprofessional stories or memes
- Endorse your connections
When you endorse a connection for a skill, you’re giving them your stamp of approval. This helps them build credibility. Add value to your connections by doing this simple task of endorsing their skills and they will most likely return the favor.
- Like, comment, and share professional updates and posts (no memes, please!)
This one is easy. Log in to LinkedIn and scroll down your Home feed. Comment, like, and share posts that you’re interested in. This is a good daily task, but don’t overdo it. When you engage with a post, it ends up in someone else’s Home feed (John Smith likes XYZ). You’d rather not overwhelm your connections with too much activity.
- Read a LinkedIn Pulse article
Pulse is LinkedIn’s publisher where users can publish their own long form content. You can search for articles by category here. Better yet, LinkedIn will serve you the top content of the day in a notification on your phone, which makes it easy for you to choose what to read. Make sure to download the LinkedIn app!
- Engage in a group
Groups on LinkedIn are perfect for meeting and engaging with new people. You can join groups by industry, clubs and organizations, and even your own company! Share content and comment on content posted by others. When you’ve made a connection with somebody, you can easily connect with them because you both belong to the same group. That’s the biggest benefit of belonging to a group!
Which one of these five things will you try? Let me know in the comments!