The parties are over, the festive period is coming to a close and you need to step away from the Quality Street. Another Christmas is over and if like us you've been over-indulging a little too much, your body and face might be showing it. Don't let your beauty routine slip - with the New Year finally here, we want to start as we mean to go on. Read on to hear some of our top hangover tips to get you back up and running in no time.
Post Party Face
That’ll be dehydrated, dull and sleep deprived skin….From the all day skin brightener to the instant wake up call, this group of miracle workers are every party girl's best kept secret. We simply can't live without them at this time of year!
Problem: Shine Control
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder, £41.00, will mattify your skin without drying it out and has a touch of plumping hyaluronic acid to keep your face looking just swell for when the relatives drop by unannounced.
Problem: Tired Out
Problem sleeping after too much vino? Never mind, at least your skin won’t look like it’s in need of a rest. This Works Deep Sleep Dream Cream, £18.00 relaxes your skin and facial muscles to give a rested effect.
Problem: Make-Up Slide
Airbase Perfecting Primer, from £27.50, is a clever little primer that diffuses those tell-tale party lines and clogged pores. It’ll also hold your make-up in place all day like a backstage pro.
Problem: Lack Of Lip Lustre
Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner Nude, £20, is a god-send for dry, red-wine stained lips.
Problem: Dull complexion
With a hectic party schedule and festive season, monthly exfoliating facials go out the window. The Sanctuary Spa Leave-On Exfoliating Cream £14, encourages skin cell renewal through out the day to boost radiance as you wear it.
Problem: Wrinkle Relief
The new hero product of the party set? Sjal Saphir Concentrate Anti-Aging Face Oil, £120, improves the appearance of fine lines and nourishes mature skin with precious gem ingredients and Supra-3 complex.
Problem: Make-Up Imperfection
Nothing hinders make up more than uneven skin, so give your base a helping hand with Sisley Global Perfect Pore Minimizer refining, £119. It works to correct your imperfections whatever your skin type or age.
Problem: Cleanser Confusion
Turbo charge your cleansing routine by swapping your usual cleanser for a week of NARS Skin Double Refining Exfoliator, £24. The citrus fruit acid ingredients combined with the exfoliating spheres gives skin a much needed shakeup.
But what about hair you ask? Well, we seem to be having more bad hair days that we've had hot dinners recently, so are in dire need of some serious hair help. If you require a helping hair hand too, then read on for tips on keeping troublesome locks at bay...
Problem: Hair Frazzle
Milkshake Hair Emergency Kit, £9.99, will solve just about any hair woe you might have.
Problem: Lacklustre Hair
Bouncy locks aren’t so easy when you’re sans hair stylist on New Year's Day and have friends to meet, but with intelligent ‘botox’ like shampoo Philip B Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo, £60, to fill each strand with hydrating molecules you’ll be just fine.
Problem: Fragile Locks
Kerastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate, £40, works at the root to make hair stronger and healthier to prevent hair breakage. Like skincare for your scalp
Problem: Lifeless colour
Even a fresh head of highlights needs help shining through after a couple of washes. Pureology Colour Stylist Cuticle Polisher, £15.85, will ‘highlight’ your colour and leave you with some serious shine.
Your eyes are the first place to show signs of a killer hangover so it's important to cover any under-eye bags and reach for a soothing mask. With a little make-up trickery and some TLC, you'll be good to go in no time.
Problem: Puffy Eyes
Serious luxury for those under eye bags comes in the shape of Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux, £125. It works over night to reduce puffiness and dark circles - if you're not too drunk try our cunning tip of dabbing it around the eye area before your head hits the pillow.
Problem: Shaky Eye Liner Application
This clever little tool with a three point tip lets you literally dot-to-dot your liner, making it easy to create a fine, precision liner when you've got the hangover shakes. The finer the liner, the better this season BTW! Clarins 3-Dot Liner, £20.
Problem: Spindly, short lashes
Faux lashes are not for everyday wearing (sorry TOWIE) so fake a falsie with the help of Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara, £22.50. The three balls allow total lash coverage whilst thickening, defining and lengthening. Genius!
Problem: Dark Circles
Like a foundation for under eyes, Rodial BB Venom Eye, £29.00, works to conceal, illuminate and fix rather than just cover up the problem and works long term to firm too.
Problem: Wayward Brows
It's no secret that good eye brows divert attention from red, tired eyes. Lancome Le Regard Pro Eyes and Brow Kit, £33 is the bomb.
Problem: Eye Shadow Rut
Make-up artist Kirsten Piggott swears by Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner Taupe, £3.99. Taupe you say? It’s better than brown, easier to wear than black and can be applied over the entire lid for an instant post party pick-me-up.
Problem: Exhausted Eyes
Skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, £25, is a major must-have that you might want to tuck into your handbag at all times. A great instant lift for weary eyes - keep one in the fridge for the morning after the night before.
Just because we're in the depths of winter, doesn't mean you can hide away your limbs and neglect them until your summer holiday arrives, which will be before you know it and then regret willl start then. Keep your skin happy now so that when things like Valentine's Day crop up you'll be half way there.
Problem: Neglected Shins
Aromatherapy Associates Roland Mouret Final Finish Body Serum, £45, is the only thing worth slathering on at this time of year.
Problem: Dull, dehydrated limbs
Ping lack-lustre arms and legs into shape by massaging Shiffa Energising Body Oil, £50, onto shower-fresh skin and cover with thick tights or jeans for best results during the Winter.
Problem: Dry Patch Disastor
Great at instantly improving the look of dry patches and working on long term skin hydration, Lanolips Lovely Lanolin Golden Ointment, £17.99, is a true skin saver.
Problem: Pedicure Fading Fast
OPI RapiDry Lacquer Spray, £12.85, will do more than just speed up the drying time of your at-home pedi. One quick spritz perks up a flagging polish and will keep feet looking glossy for longer on your time off.
Problem: Lizard Legs
The essential Japanese minerals in Sai-Sei Mineral Deep Moisture Body Cream, £32.00 give legs an over-haul - if you're good enough to use this until Spring your skin will look truly beautiful and model-worthy.