With non-stop shopping and prepping for family time pre-Christmas and marathon movie sessions and late night gatherings post-Christmas, the holidays can sometimes feel like a bit of an energy drain. So, we found eight ways to take a break pre-New Year for some much-deserved “me time”. From a calming DIY facial massage to a perfect at-home pedicure, or a boozy hot chocolate – we’ve got you covered.
Skip the Nail Salon
Think you have to spend a ton of money to get a salon-worthy manicure? Not true. All you need is some candles, a good scrub, your favourite polish, and this step-by-step tutorial.
Check In With Your Skin
It’s easy to forget about the skin on your body when it’s covered by layers of sweaters and jackets. Slathering on a rich, velvety body cream is the perfect way to remedy dry, rough patches. We’re loving the Rituals Touch Of Happiness Rich Nourishing Body Cream.
Bake the Day Away
What are the holidays if not a time for sampling sweet confections at every opportunity? For our contributions to holiday parties, we’re reaching for Joy Wilson’s (also known as Joy the Baker) cookbook Homemade Decadence to whip up her divine Bourbon-Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars.
Apply a Face Mask
You know what’s great about face masks these days? They come in targeted formulas to address any type of complexion concern like dryness, acne, and ageing. Ahead of the new year we’re stocking up on a variety of sheet masks because they’re travel-friendly for solving any skin situation on-the-go. Plus, special mention goes to Sand & Sky’s Brilliant Skin™ Purifying Pink Clay Mask if you’re on a serious skin rescue mission in just 10 minutes!
Make Your Hot Chocolate a Little Tipsy
A hot cup of hot chocolate might be one of the most relaxing things ever. Bourbon can have a similar effect. Combine the two with these winter-ready cocktails. Cosy clothing and a warm fire are recommended.
Tend to Your Hair Colour
If you’ve spent the year dyeing your hair every shade of the rainbow, there’s no better time to treat your tresses to a little TLC. This moisturising mask gives us an excuse to take an extra-long shower, all in the name of mane-tenance.
Try a DIY Facial Massage
Are you furrowing your brows as you read this? We use our facial muscles so involuntarily that it’s hard to even know when they’re tense. Relax them — and improve your overall complexion — with Millie Mackintosh’s tips for an easy facial massage you can do at home.
Take a Beauty Holiday
There’s nothing like a few days off to take a break from your regular beauty routine. It’s the perfect excuse to go make-up-free, skip painting your nails, tweezing your brows, and (gasp!) shaving your legs — at least for a few days. Enjoy!