Even in the run-up to December, I get a sinking feeling in my belly. It’s a mix of déjà vu and pre-emptive exhaustion at everything this party-packed month necessitates in terms of money, energy, good graces and liver damage.
But most of all it’s the sheer quantity of body admin that gets me down. While I love discovering the best little ruses out there, the daily beauty grind – hair and body appointments, mani-pedis and extended make-up sessions – can leech the joy out of party season.
Unless you’re one of those people who has retained a teenage enjoyment of ‘the process’, that is. The kind who gets their best friend over, opens a bottle of fizz and shimmies around giving out fashion advice and swapping lippy – in which case: get back to the 1980s where you belong.
Normal women stopped getting dressed in the same room the moment Spanx entered their lives. This year, however, I’ve deployed a new tactic.
Rather than resent the prep process, I’ve streamlined it for maximum effect, minimum effort. And that means each product involved needs to have the same redemptive powers as that ‘never fails’ dress you’ve relied on for over a decade; and each treatment have outstanding and durable results.
Like a second skin (belonging to a 20-year-old), this matt, lightweight foundation should be a staple in every woman’s beauty cabinet.
The ‘sub-zero hero’ is a little roller you keep in the freezer. It transforms hungover or tired skin in minutes and feels divine.
Only a tiny amount of this intensely regenerating aqueous cream is needed to boost collagen and stimulate cell renewal.
One of the most powerful high- performance serums I’ve ever tried, this oxygenates, hydrates, firms and perfects.
Cuts hair prep in half and gives snag-free results with its new design.
This warms up the palest winter skin, leaving you radiant.
My first port of call in December, this vitamin C-rich treatment removes product build-up and leaves hair shiny for up to a month.
Two pumps of this marula-oil-infused treatment nourishes and sleekens the frizziest of hair.
This primer makes you look like you’ve been filtered – in a good way.