This holiday season you may be thinking of ways to cut back. That’s great if you are talking about your budget, but when it comes to your appearance, it is time to cut loose. Style gurus have been touting looks that are gilded and glitzy. Darlings, it is time to go for the gold and gild the lily. The economy is the pits, and the news is depressing. But in the immortal words of Auntie Mame, “we need a little Christmas right now!” To that sentiment I’ll add Chanukah and New Year’s Eve too. Bring on the celebrations, and be sure to sparkle plenty at every festive occasion.The first step at all your gatherings – big and small – this season is impeccable skin. This is the time to step up your regime or treat yourself to a good facial. If your budget is tight, or you do not have a reliable skin care guru, do not despair. There are plenty of fabulous alternatives.I adore Elizabeth Grant’s Cucumber Gel Mask. It is an ultra gentle hydrating and calming mask with soothing botanical extracts of cucumber. It contains Elizabeth Grant’s anti-aging ingredient Torricelumn to lift away impurities gently. This gentle mask is perfect for all skin types before an evening out. It leaves skin plump and ready for make-up.If you eyes look tired, stressed, or — heaven forbid – lined, try Elizabeth Grant’s Biocollasis Complex with Torricellumn Advanced Cellular Age Defense Eye Power Pads. Don’t be put of by the word “age”. Eyes can look “old" at any age from stress, environment, and lack of sleep. Take action.These pads work wonders. They banish lines in 10 minutes and make eyes look fabulous. There are six pairs in a box for $35, and the mask is the same price. The cost for both is less than most facials and will get you through the season. http://elizabethgrant.comThis year the best looks for eyes are metallic and smoky. One of my favourite looks is metallic eye liner. It is easy to wear and apply. DolceDolce’s Anne Gravel and I both are both crazy about L’Oreal HiP Color Chrome Eye Liner. We wear it over our regular black matte eye liner. Anne, who has blue eyes, wears the silver lightning. I have brown eyes and wear both the silver lightning and gold charge. Under $10.Ladies who prefer like a less dramatic look may prefer to try violet volt or black shock chrome liner alone with with mascara. Blend it into a subtle smoky eye. DD Tip: L’Oreal HiP Color Chrome eyeliner is one of easiest ways to update your make-up. They look fabulous on everyone.For an even subtler look, try Laura Mercier’s gold or silver “foiled” eye shadow. Apply it as a soft liner at the base of your lashes or as a soft wash. $22.Chanel’s Shimmery Tweed Highlighter is three delicately ‘woven’ shades of shimmering color in gold, bronze, and copper tones. Use it all over your face and décolleté for a gilded appeal. $60.DD Tip: For the holidays try a smoky eye in jewel tones for a fresh and festive look.Dior has chic compacts of five coordinated shades with pearlescent shine. Treat yourself to Petal Shine or Smoky Crystal. $56.DD Tip: For a soft, sexy, smoky eye that is easy to wear, try Cover Girl Eye Enhancers in Café Au Lait. Effortless and inexpensive; it gives you fawn eyes. Under $10.DD Tip: If you vamp up your eyes keep your lips soft and sexy. My must-have lipstick is L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Anti-aging Serum Lipcolour in Naturally Nude or Pink Passion. I top it with L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Plumping 6 Hour Gloss in Plumped Rose and Plumped Tawny.Anne Gravel wears L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Anti-Aging Serum Lipcolour too, even though she is a young twenty-something. So much for age-delegated products! She knows it is fabulous lipstick. Anne loves it in Real Red and Passion Pink. She tops it with L‘Oreal Infallible Never Fail Plumping 6 Hour Gloss in Plumped Red and Plumped Red. Under $10. www.lorealparisusa.com www.lorealparis.caI like red too, but I prefer a softer red, so I often wear red gloss alone.Don’t forget lots and lots of black mascara to complete any look this season. Two of the best at any price: Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume for thick and sooty lashes; and L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion to lengthen and thicken with the funky round brush to reach and lengthen every lash.Don’t forget your hair. If it needs to be to be colored, you can easily do it yourself. Home hair colour has never been better. Check out our recent archives. We love the resources offered by www.l’orealparisusa.com and www.clariol.ca. They are goof-proof, check the, out. I have used help offered by both of these companies to fix msitakes made by salons.Even Vogue ran a feature on home hair colour this month. I will tell you why darlings: because everyone is doing it, because the products so fabulous. Home hair colour is the new mascara.I cannot recommend highlighting at home or using spray on hair colour. I tried Bumble and Bumble hair colour spray. It is expensive. It made my hair sticky and a weird colour. In a pinch, I recommend using plain old powdered eye shadow. Use taupe and gold for blondes, and the right shades of brown for redheads and brunettes. Then use hair spray to set. Better yet, learn to touch-up your roots with regular colour or Clairol Root Touch Up.Glam holiday looks are easy to do home. If it suits you, part your hair on the side, wear in it loose waves, or roll it under, like an old-time movie star. If your hair is naturally curly, tame it into ringlets. Casual upswept dos are all the rage too. Blow or roll your hair full and bouncy. Loosely pin it up and then let a few pieces fall artfully around your face. Spray it well with L’Oreal Elnett before and after you pin to make sure your style stays all night. Elnett is brushable; your hair will never be stiff or gluey looking.DD Tip: A curling iron or electric rollers can make these looks a snap to do in minutes. The look is casual and softly sexy. Don’t aim for perfection.Braids are fun and sexy, but also sophisticated when done right. French-braid your hair and let it hang down your back or to the side. If it is a bit short, braid an extension into your own hair. No one will notice. When you braid in an extension, it won’t damage your hair as other extensions can. Check a beauty supply store for a reasonably-priced extension, if this appeals to you.If your hair is short, add some glam with an ornament or fresh highlights. Jeweled barrettes, combs, feather ornaments, tulle, and metallic scarves are fun ways to add a sexy twist to your look this season.Darlings, you can look stunning as your favourite celebrities this holiday season, in your own unique way. Do not for a minute think that you are not worth the trouble or beyond help. It’s not true. The holidays are time to sparkle and spread joy and light. We have weeks of celebrating ahead, so get your beauty mojo going! Ready, set, sparkle!
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