Confessions of a Beauty Junkie

Saturday, December 5, 2009

December VIP Column

Now that the December issue of VIP is out, I can post my column! Hope you enjoy it!

“Holiday Survival Guide”

Brace yourself: the holidays are here. In true million-miles-an-hour holiday-season fashion, here are a few tips designed to help you get through (and actually enjoy!) the season in style-- and looking gorgeous!

* No time to go home to change before a weeknight holiday shindig? Pack some evening-appropriate accessories and makeup in your purse that morning. Belk, Dillard’s, and Macy’s have collar necklaces, jewel-encrusted cuffs, and shoulder-duster earrings that will make your jaw drop and are perfect for taking an outfit from day to night. (Pick two of the three to avoid looking like a jewelry-store mannequin.) If your party is more conservative, sling on a feathered or crystal headband and some sparkly stud earrings. Bump up your lipstick, refresh your perfume, throw on a pair of killer heels, and you’re good to go.
* If your makeup must go the distance, smooth on Clarins Beauty Flash Balm under your foundation, and prepare to be amazed. This wonder balm keeps makeup looking fresh all day long. All. Day. Long.
* Highlight bone structure with Benefit High Beam for a candlelilt glow. Add some to your body lotion to accentuate bare shoulders and legs. Therapy Systems Glycolic Body Treatment is the perfect prep for smooth skin all over.
* My favorite stocking stuffer of all time is Shu Uemura’s eyelash curler. It may be the best fifteen dollars you’ll ever spend!
* Pressed for time when it comes to shopping for girlfriends? Throw a get-together! No gifts, just enjoy each others’ company. Have a theme: a Champagne social, a Little Black Dress party, or even a Charity Potluck (everyone brings literature from a favorite charity-- you swap, then give). Mix together a pitcher of Poinsettias to get the party going: for each person, combine a half-ounce of Cointreau and three ounces of cranberry juice. Pour into flutes, and top with Champagne. Delicious.
* If you actually have time to shop for girlfriends/ sisters/ etc., hit up Cosmetic Market for awesome gift sets by Bare Escentuals, Bliss, Philosophy, Urban Decay, Smashbox, and OPI. This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of those holiday gift sets to introduce someone to your favorite brand! If you’re still at a loss, gift cards are perfect for teachers, neighbors, or anyone else who enjoys pampering herself.
* While you’re at Cosmetic Market, ask Melissa or Chelsea to give you a holiday makeover. Make sure you check out the fabulous Lipstick Queen line-- my new obsession is the shade called Goodbye. Angie at the Belk Bobbi Brown counter is also a genius-- stop by before your next party and let her bring out your gorgeous.
* Stressed? Join the club! (Kidding!) Let Kim or Reginald at Massage Envy Cool Springs work out the tension, or head over to Pena MD for a DermaSweep facial. Ahhh!
* Did last night’s party leave you hitting the snooze button a few too many times? Fake a good hair day with Pssst! This genius dry shampoo, found at Walgreen’s, absorbs oil and excess product and gives hair lift, all for about six bucks. Throw a packet of Emergen-C (also at Walgreen’s) in a glass of water first thing the “morning after” for an energy boost that won’t leave you dehydrated or jittery like coffee can.
* While you’re doing all that shopping, snag a little “happy” for yourself: my favorites are Bliss Glamour Gloves and Softening Socks. Throw them on over your favorite moisturizer before you go to bed and wake up to petal-soft hands and feet-- perfect for those cocktail rings and strappy gladiator heels!
* For the ultimate stress relief, get yourself to Lighthouse Yoga Studio for a Slow Flow or Ashtanga Mix class. Misty, Kaleah, and the gang can work out the kinks like noone else.
* In lieu of gifts for your coupled friends, plan a Dinner Club night at one of the many fabulous Williamson County restaurants: Boxwood Bistro, Sol, Red Pony, and Wild Iris are just a few of the wonderful establishments that provide a festive and fun environment for a holiday get-together. Even better: cruise Wal-Mart before dinner for toys and sundries to donate to Toys for Tots or the Salvation Army.
* You’re invited to The Holiday Party, and you need The Outfit. No problem: hit up Haven for the ultimate in Hollywood-meets-Franklin boho chic, and Emmaline for luxury-trendy staple brands like Nanette Lepore and Tracy Reese. Combine high-end with economical by piling on necklaces from Target or Kohl’s.
* Finally, take at least one night to gather your family and friends close, pop a bottle of your favorite vintage, and enjoy the season. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle this time of year. Remember that it’s all about the things that money can’t buy: spending time and showing love to those you cherish, and helping those in need. Happy Holidays, Williamson County!