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Your Festive Survival Guide

The social calendar is already starting to hot up with festive lunches, parties to attend and guests to host. It’s a hectic time of year and it’s easy to get stressed out until you finally succumb to exhaustion, just in time for Christmas Day. Don’t panic though, it doesn’t have to be that way. Simply follow our festive survival guide and keep on top of your health, find your no-fuss Christmas party look, and be the hostess with the mostess without a jot of stress.

Desk to Dancefloor Beauty

If you’re heading straight from work to party, then follow our guide and you’ll be ready and radiant in under five minutes.

To save time and stress in the queue for the bathroom choose a palette which features a big mirror like Laura Mercier Magic Hour Face Illuminator Palette or Nars Eyeshadow Palette.

We love By Terry Touche Veloutée – a light reflecting concealer which is ideal for quickly covering dark circles and brightening dull, tired skin – just sweep the in-built brush under eyes and cheekbones before blending.

Your one stop to festive glow? A liquid highlighter like Cover FX Glitter Drops will dial up the drama – smooth onto cheekbones, browbones and the cupid’s bow.

Now that your skin is radiant it’s time to decide if you want smoky eyes or red lips. Both are party season favourites, if you go smoky then use the Nars Eyeshadow Palette – choose a light and dark shade and blending into a cat-like shape. For bold lips, we can’t get enough of Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Matte Lip Color in Kate – a bitten dark berry red.

Christmas Party Hair Tricks

If you dream of red carpet waves a la Blake Lively, then now is the time to try it.

Look no further than the Beachwaver S1 Ceramic Rotating Curling Iron – an innovative rotating, heated tool that makes light work of all hair types. Simply clip each section of hair into the barrel and it will roll instantly into a perfect wave.

Mist with a setting spray, such as Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray to hold the curl and shape of your style without destroying natural movement.

For a quick cheat on any hair style, keep a travel size Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray in your clutch – the ultimate multitasker soaks up oil, boosts volume, adds shine and smells amazing.

Festive Fatigue Fighters

Staying well throughout party season can be difficult, as it’s freezing cold and there are all sorts of germs circling the buffet, so heed these tricks and stay well.

Stick as closely to your usual exercise regime as possible to keep your immunity levels high and if parties clash with your workouts try squeezing in lunchtime sessions or do a ten-minute workout at home.

Supplementing with probiotics and prebiotics can help your system stay balanced over the festive period; boosting immunity and helping to keep a bloated stomach at bay, try the vegan-friendly RMS Within Probiotic + Prebiotic.

If you are finding it hard to switch off, run a relaxing bath with a calming essential oil blend like Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil – the aromatic scent of camomile and vetivert will calm the most over active of minds.

For on-the-go de-stressing, keep the matching Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Roller Ball in your handbag to encourage a state of calm and quiet, even while Christmas shopping.

Christmas Party Hosting Tips

Being the host is great fun but it can take its toll. Follow our perfect prep tips to ensure a stress-free bash.

First and most important, ensure you plan a pre-party schedule that includes enough time for you to get ready. You want to be the picture of festive calm when your guests arrive, so ring-fence time to bathe, change and apply that stunning red lip – try Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana.

Make it cosy and fragrant by lighting masses of scented candles all over your home 30 minutes before your guest arrive. This will mean the scent is thrown all over the house by the time they arrive and if some go out as the festivities continue, it won’t matter – the fragrance will linger.

Our Christmassy candle recommends include Diptyque Sapin de Lumiere with its woodland forest scent of pine, the cinnamon and spice laden Space NK Shimmering Spice Candle and the classic woodfire smoke of Diptyque Feu de Bois.

To save your guests from red faces, pop a stylish bottle of Aesop Post Poo Drops in obvious reach within your bathroom, ditto for extra toilet roll and clean towels.

A fancy soap and matching hand cream make a bathroom feel luxurious, we love Byredo Suede Hand Wash and Hand Lotion with its rich, amber scent – it’s unusual and makes a great talking point.

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