There comes a time during the party season – for me, it has usually happened by now – when energy levels start to dwindle. Skin starts looking dull (a combination of too many late nights and too much make-up), hair starts feeling a bit frazzled (from endless use of heat appliances and product build-up) and bodies start to ache (too much time dancing the night away in high heels!
With nearly two full weeks until the clock strikes midnight to beckon in 2011, there’s still a while to go until we can flop on the sofa in a state of near-exhaustion. So follow my top tips for boosting mind and body – and head straight back to the dance floor!
Warming, spicy scents may seem appealing during the festive season – but they will lull you straight to the sofa for a night of relaxation… If you want to stay on your feet, opt instead for zingy citrus scents. I keep Tisserand’s Roll-On Remedy Energise Roller Ball, £4.64, in my handbag for moments of weakness – and for the morning after, I love the Head Clear Roller Ball, £4.64.
To stay looking its best, the complexion needs a shot of moisture – but few of us have time to sit around in a face mask when there are Christmas cocktails to be drunk! That’s why I’m a big fan of Givenchy Skincare Skin Drink Express Mask Tube, £25.60 – it leaves skin looking radiant in as little as five minutes.
It might seem strange, but my weapon for perfect party hair is Nuxe Prodigieuse Or Golden Dry Oil Splash, from £22. It gives locks a glossy, shimmering shine – whilst also conditioning ends and smoothing frizz. Use it sparingly – and if you have fine hair, save it for up-do’s. As an added bonus, it smells delicious!
Revive an aching, exhausted body with a soak in Crabtree & Evelyn LaSource Mineral Muscle Soak, £15.36. You’ll be bouncing out the tub, feeling lighter, brighter, and ready to party!
If your feet are complaining from all those nights in high heels, treat them to a quick DIY pedicure. A foot scrub will feel like a mini massage, whilst smoothing and softening soles – Crabtree & Evelyn LaSource Revitalising Smoother with Peppermint Oil, £12, is a great buy. Finish with a slathering of refreshing foot cream, such as L’Occitane The Harvests Verbena Cooling Foot Gel, £12.25, and application of a bright, on-trend nail polish – I’m wearing Dior Vernis Long-Wearing Nail Lacquer, £17, in the brilliant Red Royalty. Party perfection!