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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Elegant Christmas Party Must-Haves Blog Carnival

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Silver and gold, champagne and wine – these are just some of the must-have elements for a sophisticated Christmas party. From your meticulously planned dining room tablescape to your majestic artificial Christmas tree – what tips and tricks do you employ to achieve an exquisitely elegant holiday gathering?

Join the Balsam Hill Elegant Christmas Party Must-Haves Blog Carnival and share some of your holiday decorating secrets with a whole new audience of readers. To get you started, here are some wonderful ideas from the creative entrants of our Balsam Hill Blog Christmas Exclusive Feature contest.

Dates: Nov 23 – Dec 12

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Want to win an exclusive feature on the Balsam Hill blog? Click here for details.

Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Essential Beauty Items for Holiday Flights

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The season for holiday travel is upon us once again as families travel across the country to visit family and friends. Long-haul flights can wreak havoc on your skin, especially with the added stress of never-ending lines and possible flight delays, not to mention the arid air circulating in the plane. Here are a few luxurious beauty items you may want to include in your carry-on luggage during your next trip. These items will keep your skin looking healthy and dewy throughout the flight.



Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

Bioderma has developed a wonderful product that removes any pore-clogging dirt and makeup without you needing to wash them off with water. If you’re looking for an effortless way to clean your face without having to get up from your seat, this is the perfect product for you. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin yet strong enough to remove all the dirt and makeup from your face, leaving your skin refreshingly clean.

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L’Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask

The air inside the plane dries out the skin no matter your skin type is. Infuse moisture back into your face with this three-minute hydration mask. This rinse-free gel mask has organic angelica essential oil and angelica water, keeping your skin fresh and dewy throughout your flight.

Clarins Eye Contour Balm

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest part of your face and thus is prone to drying and wrinkling. Care for your eye area with this eye balm that is formulated to reduce the puffiness around your eyes. This beauty product also provides anti-aging benefits.

Bare Escentuals Purely Nourishing Cream or Clinique Moisture Surge

If you’re looking for added skin hydration, especially for overnight flights, consider applying either of these moisturizers. Both these products moisturize without leaving the skin feeling greasy. They provide a great barrier against the dry air and grant you soft, supple skin.

Jack Black Intense Lip Therapy Lip Balm

Care for your lips with this lip balm from Jack Black. Made with shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, and green tea extracts, it hydrates and heals cracked lips without leaving an uncomfortable or sticky residue.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Communitree: A Worldwide Christmas Tree Decorating Event

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In celebration of the Christmas Season, we have teamed up with ScentSicles, the prime maker of scented ornaments, to make holiday history by coordinating the World’s First Digital Tree Decorating Event. Benefiting Toys for Tots, an organization that aims to help kids in need, this online event presents New York’s Rockfeller Center Tree in digitized form, the perfect tree for this first-ever worldwide Christmas tree decorating party. With a three-day $20,000 donation goal, this event aims to create a greater sense of global community and togetherness in conjunction with the wonderful season of giving.

Starting November 8, everyone from around the world is invited to participate in this three-day event from the comfort of their own homes by signing up at http://www.TheCommunitree.com/ in preparation for the event’s launch on November 19. From there, participants have until the 21st to remotely operate a robotic arm to position and hang ornaments on the branches of a rotating Christmas tree as people watch from a live video screen. For every decoration attempt, Balsam Hill and ScentSicles will donate $5 to Toys for Tots. Successfully hung ornaments can be shared on Facebook where each “Like” yields an additional 25-cent donation.

In addition, those who successfully hang a ScentSicles scented ornament will receive a free 6-pack of ScentSicles on top of the $5 Toys for Tots donation they generated by participating. A Balsam Hill tree will also be given to a shelter or charitable organization each day of this three-day event.

Spread the joy this season and join Balsam Hill and ScentSicles as they make a difference in the lives of those in need. Sign up now and get in line to decorate the World’s First Digital Tree.


Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Balsam Hill’s 2012 Christmas Tree Shopping Guide

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Selecting a Christmas tree for your home may sometimes feel like a difficult task, especially with the wide range of choices available in the market. We here at Balsam Hill aim to create a pleasant tree-buying experience for you with our helpful Christmas Tree Buying Guide that offers valuable information that will hopefully aid you in your decision.

Artificial Christmas Tree Varieties
Balsam Hill provides customers with quality trees that mimic the look and feel of freshly cut trees from a Christmas tree farm. Our collections are often named after the actual trees that served as inspirations. So when browsing through our site, you’re bound to come across three of our more popular varieties: Fir, Spruce, and Pine. What do these terms mean? Basically, they describe the overall look of the tree with regards to its needles’ build and placement. Choosing the right variety is important because the needles of a tree should complement the ornaments you plan to use. If your ornaments are on the heavier side, you should ideally pick a variety that’s apt to handle the extra weight, such as the Spruce tree.

For a more detailed review, read our post on The Differences between Fir, Spruce and Pine.

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