Holiday Sales Rose 2.3 Percent, Shoppertrak Says

lured shoppers by offering discounts as often as every 10 minutes during the holiday week. Amazon Deals I went a little happy doing Amazon lightning deals, and I got my toy shopping done last Friday at Wal-Marts pre-Black Friday sale, Swati Parekh, a 44-year-old ophthalmologist in Towaco, New Jersey , who didnt go shopping on Friday, said in a phone interview. Faced with smaller crowds of less confident consumers, as well as six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas than last year, retailers poured on margin-eating discounts to grab market share. More than a dozen retailers also opened earlier or for the first time on Thanksgiving Day. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Holiday Beauty Inspiration: Lupita Nyong’o's Bold Violet Lip

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'Tis The Season To Celebrate With Baskin-Robbins' Holiday Ice Cream Cakes And New Flavor Of The Month, Peppermint Bark In The Dark

A red lip will always be classic, but take a cue from Lupita Nyong'o and try a chic violet pucker instead-we loved the cool purple tone she wore to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards in Hollywood. To create the look, makeup artist Nick Barose swiped on a bright fuchsia lipstick by MAC as the base color. "I paired electric purple lips with her black and white Prabal Gurung tux dress, a la '70s supermodels, and it's a fun alternative to a red lip for the holidays," he told Then, he added a sheer metallic sheen by dabbing a purple eye shadow at the center. "A metallic hint in the center of the lip brings out the color even more, and adds interesting textures," he noted. Even if you don't opt for a violet shade like the star, you can still amp up your lip color using the same method. Just pick up either a metallic hue close to your lip color, or a sheer, opalescent shadow, and pat the color over the top of your lips with a clean makeup brush. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

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