The holidays have come and gone and our thoughts shift to what’s next—and if you’re like me, “what’s next” is focusing on feeling even more fabulous and making 2013 your lucky year! This is your year to shine and why not start now? Shiny hair, glowing skin, gleaming smiles and shimmering nails can all be yours with some glamorous new products and must have treatments. These products are beyond “Go-For-It’s,” fashionistas! They are necessities when it comes to your beauty bag.
For Terrific Tresses-Nothing screams goddess like flowing healthy locks, a look that is hard to achieve due to winters’ harsh conditions. L’Oreal Ever Sleek Oil Treatment infuses the hydrating powers of Argan oil from Morocco to help calm and soothe stressed out strands. It also has a delayed release capsule built in to help control frizz for up to 48 hours. For hair more severely damaged (think excessive coloring or hot tool use), Pantene just came out with a new hair moisturizer called Silky moisture Whip. It’s the consistency of a mousse that also acts as a styling product to help hair style in any way. After using these products, a great thing to use is a finishing spray such as Redken’s Quick Tease to help you achieve a messy, flexible hold.
For Kissable skin- With so many body lotions available, it can be overwhelming deciding what to choose. I find that I love the thicker more luxurious consistencies of lotions known as body butters.
Victoria’s Secret has a great limited edition body butter called Up All Night that has a playful scent with notes of Freesia, midnight amber and a flirtatious hint of shimmer. Another key to glowing skin is exfoliating prior to hydrating. Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub helps you achieve just that. I like the fresh, but warm, coconut & vanilla scent.
For Polished to perfection nails- Summer’s bright cheerful nail colors have long been gone, giving way to deeper sensual shades. Navy, dark olive green and scarlet red have been all over the runway. My choice is Zoya Nail Polish in Monica. It’s the perfect shade between deep plum and almost black. But let’s not forget about sparkles—add a touch of playful glimmer and a top coat with light reflecting pigments such as Essie Luxeffects Glitter Top Coat in ‘Shine of the Times.’
Be sure to trim around your cuticles with a cuticle trimmer after soaking your fingertips in warm water with a dash of olive oil. Raggedy cuticles are a Go-To-Girl DON’T.
For Luscious lips- Vampire red lips have stayed the signature look this season. A tip is to line your lips with a nude liner to help keep the color from traveling, and then fill in the rest with your lipstick. I love Cover Girl lipstick in Hot Passion. If red lips aren’t your thing, explore other daring options such as a deep coral or hot pink. As long as it’s bright, you will be on the right track.
For stunning brows- Gone are the days of over waxed pencil thin brows. Thicker is in. To help give the illusion of a fuller, well-shaped brow, use a brow powder. A great choice is Jane Iredale- Bitty Brow Kit. This pocket-sized kit has a clear wax to help keep brows polished and in place, while offering a Blonde or Brunette shade of powder to be applied with mini-travel brushes. This will help add density to your brows while still appearing natural.
For Enchanting Eyes- Blues are back. Have some fun with dark navy eyeliners on an upper lid, paired with a nude gloss. Chanel D’Ombre has a great navy liner shadow in Apparition.
A good rule of thumb is to wet your eye shadow brush before applying a dark shadow, so you will use less of the product and are able to get a shear coat of color across the lid. When working with a highly pigmented color such as blue, less is more.
For Flirty Fragrance- Studies have shown that wearing perfume boosts your mood every time you catch a whiff. So next time you are at the mall, spend some time at the cosmetic counters, ignore common scents, and find a perfume that is truly you.
This is going to be a great year for you, and I know all these products will help you achieve a look that is as bold and beautiful as you are.