With the holidays rapidly approaching, it can be hard to look great when you’ve spent all of your money on gifts for others! Fear not—as the queen of the quick and dirty approach, I’m here to offer speedy ways to look and feel glamorous in no time flat.
1. Skip the Salon
In much of the country it’s hat hair season, which makes it counterproductive to spend lots of time and money getting your hair done. Skip the fancy blow-outs and opt for an easy updo. One genius product to try is Mark Hill Big Night Out pre-styling shampoo (about $10, walgreens.com). Hair won’t have that too-soft feeling and will still be shiny and ready for your holiday ‘do.
2. Warm and Sassy Does It
It seems like a contradiction in terms (especially after recommending a shampoo for your updo), but there’s a new trend in hats that will keep you looking of-the-moment while keeping you warm. Emma Roberts was recently spotted on American Horror Story: Coven wearing a BEX NYC Winter Widow veiled cap with a cute pom-pom and wicked black netting ($69, bexnyc.com).
3. Keep an Eye Out
If you wear contact lenses, chances are that you’ve got a pair of reading glasses handy at all times. But during holiday parties it can be all too easy to misplace your readers. Flutter has an adorable polished silver chunky chain necklace on a black silk cord that doubles as a glasses holder. It will keep you looking stylish without looking dowdy ($150, fluttereyewear.com) and while you’re at it, upgrade your current look and try a new frame. The Willa frame in green tea is a chic way to update your holiday look (about $85). And if you’re unsure of how the frame will look on your face, there’s a great feature that allows you to download and print a cutout of the pair.
4. Get Nailed
I’ve got a fun nail announcement and giveaway that I’ll be sharing with you later this week. In the meantime though, if you chipped a nail and want to have a fun look for the next holiday party, consider Impress Press-On Manicure Nail Design Kit. Unlike press-on nails of years gone by, these come in chic colors and more realistic shapes and lengths. Best of all, they offer loads of sparkly or designed stickers so that you can create a design on the nails before you apply them.
5. Clean Up Your Act
All that holidaying and air kissing can leave skin looking dry and dull. Shu Uemura released a limited edition version of their popular Anti-Oxi Skin Refining Anti-Dullness Cleansing Oil with festive packaging designed by Takashi Murakami (The classic version is said to have been a favorite of none other than Marilyn Monroe). It’s an investment at about $77, but should last you about a year.
6. Multi-Tasking Beauty
I recently asked my fella to help me to review Organix Citrus Mint Thickening Paste which is made for guys. I ran out of my own products and tried a tiny dollop of his. And then I tried some more to groom my brows and some unruly cowlicks. In other words, for less than $8, I seem to have discovered the holy grail product for baby fine hair. While I never recommend using products near your eyes that aren’t specifically made for that sensitive area, it’s always fun to try to repurpose your favorite products and see what else they can do.
Rachel Weingarten is a noted and quoted style expert and former celebrity makeup artist. She’s the style director of becausestyle.com, author of Career and Corporate Cool and Hello Gorgeous! Beauty Products in America ’40s-’60s, and the forthcoming Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year. Tweet with her @rachelcw or like her new page on Facebook. Need help style stalking your favorite celebrity looks? Write to Rachel at [email protected]