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TIP OF THE DAY
We love a bath at any time of the year, but we love its therapeutic effects in this busy-busy-busy season. To enhanc relax, swoosh a kilo of magnesium or even sea salt under running and mix in well. 20 minutes is optimum for relaxation, whereas for a more tonic effect, go for a much shorter bath.
Love party hair accessories, hate the way they slide out of your hair? You’ve two options. A spritz of dry shampoo will add grip, but alternatively, try twisting the hair before fixing the accessory. (Something that clicks into place is also likely to grip better than slides.) Finish with a texture spray, to help with hold.
If you’re planning to self-tan before a party, be sure to exfoliate well and lavish on plenty of moisturiser (face or body), for a more even finish. Think: enzyme exfoliators for the face (gentler than grains), and an oil-based scrub for the body. Skin is drier in winter and the active ingredient in most self-tanners – DHA – clings to dry, papery and hard skin, delivering very uneven results.
When it comes to party make-up, we love this advice from our friend Kathleen Baird-Murray in the Financial Times, drawing on wisdom from Tom Pecheux. Basically, ‘take whichever look you do best – be that the smoky eye or bare eye and red lip – and throw a little glitter at it.’ So: a smidgen of sparkly shadow on brow or lid or the inner corner of the eye, or a glimmery gloss over lipstick. You’ll look like you. Only ‘partier’. (To paraphrase Bobbi Brown.)
With the canapé season fast approaching, it can be tempting to skip lunch to make room for those tidbits. Much healthier is to have a proper lunch, with protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. (If you don’t have a kitchen at work, take in your leftovers.) That way you can be sure of getting one good, balanced meal (since few of us want to go out to dinner after a few rounds of snacks). It certainly stops us attacking the canapé tray like a crazed hyena when it hoves into sight…