With the busy-ness of the festive party season approaching, everyone wants to look their best, I certainly do! It can be a frantic time floating between work, home, and endless social events. When we’re juggling Christmas present buying, card writing, and a million other things, it can be close to chaos! I have to remind myself to take a deep breath and look after myself.
Here’s my simple tips, homemade recipes, and some of my favourite products to help get you ready and sparkling and feeling relaxed – the natural way! Look great and feel great all the way through to the New Year!
This Seasonal Survival Kit from Just For Tummies is everything you need to survive days or weeks of festive indulgence! All the essentials in one kit to protect and support your digestive system so it can cope with the extra excess – Live Bacteria probiotic capsules, Digestive Enzyme tablets, Milk Thistle tablets, 6 Tummy Tea ‘pyramids’ and tummy support tips and will give you the confidence to not have to worry about suffering the negative effects this season.
Take your daily shot of live wheatgrass – health insurance in a glass and it will give you the stamina you need to survive party season!
Take a daily dose of Tiana Raw Active Pure Organic Honey – pure and unprocessed with amazing anti-bacterial properties, it will keep those coughs and colds at bay.
Take a daily dose of Rejuvenated H30 Hydration – this fruity flavoured supplement will deeply hydrate the body, help to keep your cells super healthy and combat fatigue.
In the run up to Christmas, replace a meal each day with this detoxifying Super Green Smoothie (don’t drink it on the same day as indulging in rich food as it won’t mix too well for your digestive system!) but drinking it over the next few weeks will help you feel amazing and ready for Christmas and New Year!
2 green apples or 2 chunks of pineapple as a base
Chunk of broccoli stalk
Small handful spinach or kale
2-inch piece of cucumber
¾ inch of celery (fennel works well too)
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and mix! Or juice everything except the avocado then add to a blender with the avocado and mix…and drink!
Moisturise for Great Skin…
Right about now is when the cold weather dries out my skin and when you’re planning to wear a skirt or a dress for the party season, then it’s the time to moisturise! Get your legs and arms soft, smooth, and glowing.
Coconut Silky Bath Water
If you don’t have time to sit and moisturise, put a spoonful of Coconut Oil straight into your bathwater making it soft and silky. You can then just dry off and rush straight out to party! Coconut Oil is also wonderfully nourishing for hands and feet. Last thing at night smother your hands and feet in it, put on cotton gloves/socks, and in the morning, you’ll really feel the difference.
Dermabalm is one of my go-to skin hydrators because it’s light, gentle and non-greasy and it works on dry problem skin or even normal skin that you just want to hydrate quickly. (Safe to be used daily, for Diabetics and those with shellfish allergies).
For those who desire calm and relaxation! The Soapy Skin Sensitive Skin Box contains 4 luxurious body products, (soap, shampoo, bath, and body oil), specifically created for sensitive skin, to cleanse, calm, relax and hydrate beautifully!
Pure & Light Exceptional Beauty Serum is a super powerful, super serum for every skin type. It’s highly intensive and super concentrated. A little goes a long way to work on fine lines, age spots and sunlight damaged skin for an all-round more youthful glow.
Containing the unique ingredient of Donkey milk, which legend has it was Cleopatra’s bath of choice to stay forever young, Samol Herbal Face Elixir comes in a powder that you mix yourself and skin is left hydrated, toned and supple. Skincare fit for a Queen!
For the Men to beautify…
The men in our life need some TLC time too over the festive season. Just shake a few drops of Samol Herbal After Shave & Beard Oil – a 100% natural herbal concoction, on your hands, rub together, and massage gently into beard and skin and feel it working to pamper your skin and beard perfectly.
Get ready for the party or enjoy some relaxing bathroom time with this Conscious Man Kit and Caboodle set of gorgeous grapefruit, lemon and cedarwood body wash, avocado and geranium hand cream, and award winning shave gel.
If you’re going to be doing lots of kissing under the mistletoe you can easily make this natural Shea Butter Lip Balm
1 tablespoon Shea Butter
1 teaspoon Honey (or Carnauba wax which is vegan)
Melt the Shea butter in a bowl over hot water. Stir in a tiny amount of honey or wax. Put it into a clean 15-ml pot, leave it to cool and put in the fridge to set. You can also add pure essential oils to lip balms. 1 drop of peppermint or spearmint tastes great and has antiseptic properties.
There’s nothing worse than having to shave every other day, so use this easy and natural sugaring hair removal kit, no mess, far less ‘ouch factor’ than waxing, and long lasting silky smooth party skin.
I love face wipes for their convenience, especially for the party season and these from Natracare have only the best certified organic and natural ingredients. Incredibly gentle, particularly for sensitive skin and they take every trace of party make-up off (including waterproof mascara) without adding extra gunk to your face.
Stay fresh and clean all day and all night long with an award-winning natural deodorant from Salt of The Earth powered by natural mineral salts and plant extracts, all natural, suitable for vegans and they really do work, even after dancing the night away!
Drinking lots of alcohol over the festive season can dehydrate your skin, making it look less than vibrant and a little dull and grey.
Using a natural and brightening Chocolate Face Mask /Scrub will keep you glowing
2 tablespoons Raw Organic Cacao Powder
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
3 teaspoons fine oatmeal or ground Almonds
1 tablespoon Dead Sea salt or Himalayan salt
Blend together the ingredients, apply and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing off.
For a lovely party shimmer choose Nourish Glow
Choose organic makeup with Natorigin lipstick and shimmery eyeshadow.
Master Beautiful Hair….
There isn’t always enough time between work and the start of a party to have a full blow-dry! You can transform hair and ensure glossy locks that smell amazing with the scented hair oil from Tabitha James Kraan and a spritz of hair perfume.
To ensure your party hair stays in place all night long without toxic chemicals, try this home-made Non-toxic Christmas Party Hair-fixer:
– 25 ml filtered water
– 25 ml lemon juice
– 10 g of sugar
– 1 drop vodka to preserve
Add to a small pump spray bottle and spritz away! If it doesn’t seem to ‘fix’, add more sugar (better than eating it!!)
Paint your nails…
It’s likely that our hands will be more on show than usual and painting them in a beautiful colour will give you a boost and mask less than perfect nails. Choose a nail varnish that is as natural as possible, I recommend these fabulous enamels…
Vegan registered nail polish from Natorigin containing up to 83% natural-origin ingredients. Easy to apply and provides a long-lasting shine.
Have magic at your fingertips with Authentic Mermaid nail enchantment – beautiful shades and names!
Relax, unwind, and get in the Christmas mood…
Massage fabulous oils from Zephorium onto your skin, relax in the natural aromas of their Coconut Wax candles, or spray the uplifting aura spray around you. These products beautifully make the link between mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing – a magical mix to enhance mind, body, and soul. Sit back and enjoy the positive vibes as they radiate throughout your body and give you a great sense of wellbeing.
The gorgeous and luxurious natural aromatherapy reed diffusers from Shui Me will create a positive atmosphere in all rooms of your home, there’s Purity, Relax and Uplift! Perfect to get you in the mood!