What DO I Wear!?!? Holiday Primping

“I don’t work with a stylist, I don’t work with a glam squad to get me together for the red carpet, I really enjoy the time it takes to do it myself, to choose my clothes and do my own makeup and my own hair.” ~ Dita Von Teese

It comes as a surprise to many, but despite being a fashionista, I am pretty low maintenance in my primping. My toes might always be painted, a must as a former skater girl AND now yoga instructor. The former creating a horror show even Alfred Hitchcock would be appalled at, and the later making sure they are always painted to hide the beating my boots did to my poor toes. I rarely go get an actual pedicure preferring to do it myself.

My make-up/shower regiment is super quick, literally I can be ready in a half hour, twenty if I really push it. Though to be fair it is on none hair washing days, which is another low maintenance issue. I only wash my hair twice a week.

I do no make-up days especially if I am going to be at the studio all day. Nothing is worse then make-up sweating off me and it is a great way to give my skin a break. I admit as someone who has dealt with cystic acne, it can be both embarrassing as well as empowering to go make-up free. It can also be a huge time saver.

All of this said, I do love getting glammed up and spoiling myself every so often and the holidays are the perfect time to do that with all the stress and chaos, it can feel like I am running around with my hair stuck straight up and my clothes covered in cookie dough. Taking time to relax, pamper and treat myself, especially when I know I have some Holiday parties in the forecast right next to the snow and polar vortex, is the perfect way to prepare and unwind.

Thursday I did just that. When I do get my nails done, which isn’t often, I usually stick to a traditional french. It lasts longer and goes with anything.

img_2263

Well I took a trip on Santa’s sleigh and decided to get as crazy as the lights at Dyker Heights. I have never been more excited for glitzy nails. When I was younger I use to go crazy with colors and designs on my phalanges in my old age I have tempered it down to a more versatile french. Not only did I go for the Hello Santa red shimmery nails, I also got two designs that are so cute I am never washing my hands so it will stay on! (I kid…Besides my OCD would never allow me to NOT wash my hands)

img_2262

With the Holiday season in full swing, it is the perfect time to splurge on make-up. After all, this is when I will wear it. Sephora has been having some crazy deals and going away samples like it was candy. I wanted to invest in a new foundation, since I was using up my old one and had become less then enamored. After talking to the make-up artists she steered me towards Make-up Forever water blend foundation which is eighty percent water based. I am in love! It feels much lighter then the Dr. Jarts tinted BB cream I was using and doesn’t leave an oil sheen on my face or a residue on my hands like Dr. Jarts either. Have you used Make-up Forever? This is the second product of theirs I have tried out (the first being their mascara) and so far it has been a home run for both!

img_2261

Last but not least, I gave my blonde tresses a major overhaul (in part because I had beaten them up a month ago with box dye. DO. NOT. Do. IT. Seriously. That PSA is coming this week!). My hair stylist is a color genius and gave much needed TLC to my locks, as well as a much needed trim and shaping. I am in love with it! I feel like me!

img_2226

Now I am ready to take on any and all Holiday shenanigans! Bring it Father Christmas!

How do you prep for the Holidays? Do you splurge at all on yourself to keep sane?