Photography by Sarah Gunn Credits: Photography by Sarah Gunn
Personalize gifts for the holidays and make your own custom wrapping paper like this lovely floral lace design.
You will need:
- Stencil like this one from Royal Design Studio
- Acrylic craft paint
- Foam roller
- Small paint tray
- White craft paper (you can buy it by the roll at art supply stores)
- Painter’s tape
1. Roll the craft paper onto a flat surface. Place the stencil over it, along an edge, and tape in place with a small amount of tape. If you find the tape is tearing the paper. Tape on the table or floor outside the edge of the paper instead.
2. Apply a small amount of craft paint to the roller and roll over the stencil.
3. Keep moving the stencil, taking care to align the pattern and continue rolling paint over it.
4. Allow to dry. The paper may appear lumpy, but it will dry flat.
When it comes to beauty, don't forget your neck. This delicate area is one of the first to show the signs of aging.
If you haven’t heard of tech neck yet, you will. A beauty (and health) woe for the modern age, tech neck refers to the position of your neck when you look to check your phone and tablet. And as a population, we check our phones a lot. According to a survey done by beauty brand StriVectin, the average person checks their mobile device about 221 times a day. A day. That’s double than the rate we checked our phones just four years ago.
So why does this matter? Well, as we bend our heads forward, up to an extra 60 pounds of weight is put on the spine—which puts a lot of stress on your neck. This will definitely cause some health issues—which is the main reason to check your smart phone habit—but it can also trigger a beauty issue too.
Repeatedly looking down at your phone can lead to or increase the prominence of neck lines and sagging skin. StriVectin has called this “Tech Neck.”
While we recommend addressing the way you check your phone (hold that baby up to your face instead of looking down at it for starters) we also know you might want to treat the more superficial side effects of this habit. Here are the creams, specially formulated for your neck—which by the way has thin and delicate skin and is already prone to sagging and loss of elasticity—to help combat Tech Neck.
As the brand that coined the phrase Tech Neck, you can bet StriVectin has a solution. It’s TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream offers the same benefits as it’s original neck cream, but in a lighter formula. The claims? The cream smoothes existing wrinkles and fights sagging while also hydrating for a smoother, more supple neck.
Addressing the issues of your v-zone (the area from the chin line to your cleavage), this neck cream firms and hydrates while improving the appearance of neck lines. Ingredients like evening primrose and algae extract fight the signs of aging.
Formulated for women 40 and over, this cream helps to restore firmness and softness with green seaweed extract, oat sugars and Clarins’ extra firming complex. This cream boasts a non-greasy texture with a ton of hydration.
This all-natural neck cream helps to tighten and smooth the skin around the neck and décolleté for a youthful look. A blend of fruit stem cells, vitamin C and rich botanicals reduces the appearance of fine lines.
This rich cream is incredibly hydrating and can be used on the neck and décolleté. Copper tripeptide and collagen help to lift and restructure the delicate skin of the neck while hyaluronic acid hydrates.
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