'Tis the season to mix and mingle, which means it's time to amp up, and breathe new and festive life into our regular beauty regimes. I have compiled a list of beauty tips and how-to's below to supplement your regular beauty routine below:

Tips:

  • Exfoliate: Scrub, scrub, scrub away all of the dry skin and product build up that collects on your face. Exfoliating scrubs or a hand-held cleansing system will do the trick. Be sure not to neglect the lips either. Exfoliating your lips is an important step in keeping them healthy and smooth during the harsh cold winter months. At night, rub a dab of toothpaste on them to exfoliate, rinse and then swab on a stick of vitamin E to revitalize.

Clarisonic Mia: Sephora, $149.                                     Neutrogena Wave Sonic: CVS, $16.99 

  • Moisturize: Moisturizing may be the most important step in your beauty regime, particularly in the winter. Be sure to lather yourself up in the morning and night to maintain your healthy glow! No slacking during these harsh winter months, and an occasional at-home moisturizing mask can work wonders as well.

 Head to Toe Hydrator: Sephora, $5

  • Hydrate: Be sure to consume enough water each day, the health and beauty benefits are countless! 
  • Rest: We don't call it "beauty sleep" for nothing, sleep is an important factor to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and a healthy complexion. 
  • Maintain your mane: I suggest getting a fresh cut or trim at the start of the season as it will be one less thing to worry about during this busy time of year, and a fresh cut makes maintenance and styling a breeze. I highly recommend the Dellaria salon at the Burlington Mall, I have always been happy with my haircuts there (and had a cut done there recently!). 

And Trends: 

  • Try your hand at one of this season's most popular hairstyles: the sock bun! This updo is surprisingly easy to do, and unlike most updo's, stays intact throughout the day (even on the dance floor!). 

  1. This hairstyle works best with medium to long length hair. You will need a bun maker the size you would like your bun, and in your general hair hue. Claire's at the Burlington mall has bunmakers in various colors and sizes. I used the medium size for this tutorial.
  2. Pull hair back in a ponytail at the crown of your head, or wherever you want to the bun to be placed.
  3. Pull the ponytail through the bunmaker.
  4. Slide the bun maker towards the end of your ponytail, tuck the ends in and begin rolling the maker while simultaneously spreading the hair around the hair doughnut to completely cover the piece, and tucking in pieces all around.
  5. Continue to roll the doughnut and tuck hair under into the center of the bunmaker to tighten the hold.
  6. Tuck in all of the loose strands and ends until the bun feels secure.
  7. Secure any unwanted flyaways with bobby pins around the base of your bun.
  8. Voi-la.
  9. The finished product!
  • For easy holiday glam, follow the steps below. This look is versatile and easy to recreate as it's mostly just one great shadow shadow, mascara, and a great bold red lip.

  1. Start with a clean face, and apply moisturizer and foundation as you normally would. 
  2. Eyeshadow: My most recent product obsession is an eyeshadow called "club" from MAC, $15 that I picked up from the MAC store in the Burlington Mall. Continue applying shadow until desired opacity is reached. To take the look from day to night, have your shadow on-hand so that you can easily apply more for a darker lid. 
  3. Mascara: My go-to mascara is by Maybelline: CVS, $8.29.
  4. Touch-ups: My go-to makeup remover is also by Maybelline: CVS, $4.99.
  5. Use a Q-Tip with makeup remover to sweep up any loose shadow or mascara.
  6. Lips: My favorite lipstick for the perfect red is "Ruby Woo" by MAC, $15. I am convinced this shade looks great on everyone. I also recommend this (Revlon), and this (J. Crew) for a festive red lipstick as well.
  7. Always blot! 
  8. Voi-la.
  9. A holiday glamor look that will take you from day to nighttime.
  • Another fun beauty trend to try is Sally Hansen "Salon Effects" nail polish strips: CVS, $9.99. These are easy to apply nail polish stickers essentially that you apply to your nails and they last longer than regular nail polish. I recently tried the trend (see below), and the application was much easier than I expected, quicker than painting, and the result was nails that look professionally done.

  • For the festive holiday season, try these nail strips in the glittery version, or use a sparkly nail polish topcoat on a statement nail or all nails. I like all silver or all gold, but the multicolored sparkles are fun too!

Exfoliate, moisturize, and follow these three beauty trend ideas and you will be mixing and mingling in style this holiday season. 

Are these trends something that you will try this season? What other trends are you looking forward to incorporating into your regular beauty routine to make it more festive and fun?