LIVE YOUR DREAMS “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” — Shirley Temple (1928-2014)
The holiday season is descending upon us, and whether you’re a social butterfly with back-to-back Christmas soirees and Countdown parties to attend, or a home girl looking forward to an intimate family get-together, this is definitely the time you want to look your absolute best.
It’s not just about the perfect holiday dress or those head-turning killer heels, looking good and positively radiant for the festivities begins with the right skincare to prep yourself for this season’s best holiday makeup trends. To help you navigate past the anticipated frenzy leading up to those important dates on your social calendar, here are 4 top holiday beauty tips to get you party-perfect, to effortlessly breeze through the celebratory shenanigans without breaking a sweat!
Eat right for your feasting rights
Holiday weight gain is a well documented worldwide phenomenon and in the United States, researchers found that weight began to rise throughout October and November, and peaked 10 days after Christmas.The change wasn’t large, but the average gain of 1.3 pounds (0.59 kg) was definitely significant, and wasn’t lost till about 5 months later post Easter if they are ever shed.
As much as the infectious holiday mood is in the air, curb the urge to partake in munching and sampling bites in the lead up to the festive feasting. Coupled with the gorging of Thanksgiving leftovers, the extra calories add up sneakily when you didn’t give much thought to them. Maintaining a food dairy is an excellent way to monitor your diet in an objective manner, raising red flags on dietary indiscretions you can do without and will most likely regret.
“Before an anticipated caloric splurge, partake in some form of physical activities such as brisk walking or stairs climbing to rev up your metabolism.” Advises Dr. Toby Hui, medical consultant with the SW1 Clinic (formerly known as The Sloane Clinic) who had helped numerous patients with Weight Management issues. “Be aware of food traps such as sauces and alcoholic beverages, choosing a wide variety of foods in controlled portions to allow yourself to partake in the merry making and enjoy the holiday feasting without the guilt trip that often come with it.”
Set the base with a glowing complexion
The key to work your way up as the belle of the ball starts with bringing your complexion to stellar status, priming your skin to a clean slate and prep it as the perfect canvas to paint on any desired holiday trend, from barely there, wide-eyed angelic charm to no holds barred, over-the-top glam goddess va-va-vroom. This is not the time to pinch pennies as a Christmas Scrooge, bid adieu to dull and dehydrated skin with sound investment that matters.Elevate your usual skincare routine with radiance enhancing products, throwing in a revitalising spa treat or two for good measures. Aimed to keep yourself looking impossibly fresh-faced throughout the decadence and debauchery of the celebrations, and this’ll bound to be one of the best holiday season to remember.
“What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.” — Bridgette Bardot.
Taking a leaf from 60s beauty icon Bridgette Bardot, clean glowing skin will increase the sex appeal and up the quotient of attractiveness for any woman at any given age, captivating the attention of whoever your target audience may be.
The ultra-pampering Bardot Hydrafacial lives up to its namesake to bestow upon thee the allure of a head-turning man-magnet, detoxifying clogged and lackluster skins to red-carpet worthy perfection. With the help of patented Hydrafacial MD technology and pore purging French magnetite masks sourced naturally, dead skin cells that dull your complexion are gently removed to allow healthier and more youthful-looking cells from beneath to show through. Starting on a clean slate for enhanced absorption, skin restoring vitamins and vital antioxidants are infused trans-dermally via Sonophoresis to ensure optimal delivery to the deeper layer of skin. This is chased with a rainbow shot of skin rejuvenating LED photobiomodulation, multi-tasking to correct various complexion-marring issues at one go. A finishing touch of Cryoslush mist ensures unparalleled pore minimization for a porcelain smooth finish, pushing your skin to attention grabbing,paparazzi-ready celebrity heights, for the unprecedented beeline under the mistletoe wherever you go.
All that glitters take effort
When it comes to makeup for the holidays, it’s all about metallics, shimmer, glitter and sparkle. A low cost, high impact way to instantaneously glamorised any get-up taking it from day to night, this celebratory trend does however demand a bit of effort to materialise its intended sass. Glittery products always look fabulous when you swipe them on the back of your hand, but it’s often a real struggle to make them work equally well on your face. The reflective nature of such products make them less forgiving especially on mature skin, enhancing eyelid creases and accentuating fine lines rather than the flatteringly dewy seduction as one has on her mind. The trick is not to be too heavy handed when it comes to shimmer, or take the trend a notch lower, opting for subtle glittery eyeliner instead of full on bedazzling eye shadow.
As the skin around our eyes are much thinner than the rest of the body to begin with, wrinkles, fine lines and skin crepiness are most noticeable here as we aged, with eyelids drooping and heading south but in a sensuous ‘bedroom eyes’ manner NOT! SmartX Lite is a revolutionary development widely considered by experts as the gold standard of fractionated CO2 laser, stepping in as a highly effective modality to address peri-orbital aging in a non-surgical manner. By stimulating contraction and tightening of loose skin with minimal downtime, it restores skin’s elasticity and enable crepey, saggy eyelids to spring back to a more youthful-looking state. It can also be safely applied to the undereye areas to combat similar signs of aging, concurrently targeting dark eye circles for all-round rejuvenation. Best done in a series of sessions or as part of the Miracle Eye Reviver Program conceptualised by the experts from the SW1 Clinic for optimal outcome, it miraculously restores the twinkle lost with time in aging peepers, allowing them to continue to sparkle with holiday cheer, long after all the seasonal paraphernalia that glitters is retired.
Body-shopped not photo-shopped
There are choices aplenty when it comes to holiday dressing, with a plethora of designs and fabric choices that serve to flatter any silhouette in all shapes and sizes. But let’s be honest about it. For any girl worthy of her IG hits to the tune of thousands with each party selfie uploaded, the bodycon dress is unanimously voted as the head-turning de rigueur attire for the holidays. While it’s not difficult to find a style that’ll hide your flaws to showcase your figure in the best possible light, there’s nothing quite like a figure hugging body con dress to empower you with confidence, making grown men weak in the knees and women green with envy.
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