Holiday Season Beauty Tips & Tricks

We all know how stressful the holiday season can be. Between shopping for gifts, planning holiday parties and preparing meals, there’s often little time left over for relaxation or pampering! Luckily, we have some expert tricks and tips from AVEENO® experts, celebrity hairstylist Patrick Melville and dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman to help you survive the holiday season looking and feeling your best. Bonus: We share our OWN expert tips for the perfect, no-fuss holiday makeup look.

Holiday Hair

Who has time to fuss with complicated hairstyles during this busy time of year? Fortunately, Patrick Melville has several how-to tips to create perfectly polished party hair without the fuss. Melville’s tips for success are:

  • Blow-dry hair with Mason Pearson Brush or round brush, when hair is dry, spray hair with the AVEENO® Dry Shampoo at the root to create texture
  • Take a small tail comb and tease very gently at the root throughout the head, flip hair upside down and break up hair with your finger
  • Grab hair at the nape and secure with hair tie, this should create a little texture and softness around your face
  • With the tailcomb, gently tease the ponytail to create more texture, spin ponytail around to create a chignon at nape of neck and secure with a straight pin or bobby pin
  • Break up with fingers on the bottom, use a lightweight hairspray to secure in place, finish with a sparkly headband or clip

Within just a few minutes, you can have party-ready hair without spending precious hours you don’t have.

Skincare Secrets

Famed dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman knows what it takes to keep skin glowing throughout the holiday season, and you can take advantage of her skincare secrets to help you put your best face forward this season.

First, she suggests using Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes before bed – an easy way to clean your face post-party after a long night out. To help relieve stress, drop a capful of Aveeno Stress Relief Foaming Bath into a warm tub and soak your cares away with a soothing, pampering blend of lavender and oatmeal. Finally, Dr. Jaliman  is a firm believer in Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Scrub to help unclog pores, scrub away dead skin cells and reveal a healthy, revitalized complexion.

Quick & Easy Holiday Makeup

The holidays are the perfect time to switch up your makeup routine, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours slaving away in the bathroom perfecting your look. With these helpful tips and tricks, you’ll be able to achieve a party-worthy look in no time flat!

1. Skip the heavy foundation – instead, give skin a luminous glow and light coverage with a tinted moisturizer like Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer. This will help even out your complexion while softening harsh lines and wrinkles.

2. Sweep a copper or gold-hued eyeshadow across lids, like one (or all) of the coordinating shades in Palladio’s Eyeshadow Quad in Copper ‘N Chic.

3. We are huge fans of stay-put eyeliner, especially during the holidays – there’s no time for touch-ups! We like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner as well as their Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner. (Bonus: Stila’s “Seeing Stars” Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Set makes a great gift!) Just line upper lash lines, and finish with a coat of your favorite mascara.

4. Swipe a cream blush on cheeks for a rosy glow. We love cream blush because it’s so long wearing.

5. Finish with a coat of your favorite lipstick or gloss (red is in, but you can also opt for a deep berry shade!)

Do you have any holiday beauty tips to share? Don’t be shy – leave them with us in the comments.


5 Holiday Beauty Products We Love

December is a mere few days away, and it’s already starting to look a lot like the holidays! With that being said, we’ve rounded up our five favorite holiday-themed beauty products to help you look and feel your best all season long. The best part? These are totally guilt-free indulgences – so feel free to splurge!

1. Philosophy The Gingerbread Girl Shower Gel

One of our favorite holiday treats are gingerbread men – and now, you can enjoy the luscious fragrance all year long with Philosophy’s yummy shower gel! Envelope your senses with the sweet and scrumptious scent of gingerbread with this 3-in-1 product that cleanses and conditions hair while leaving your skin silky soft and lightly scented.  Suitable for all hair and skin types, this delectable bath treat is the perfect gift to give – or receive.

($16, BeautyBar)

2. Revolution Organics Candy Cane Kisses Lip Gloss Set

Whether you’re feeling demure or bold, this lip gloss duo packs a serious holiday punch. Slick on Innocent for a barely-there hint of color or turn to Freedom Red for the perfect party pout. Either way, this lip gloss duo is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list – even yourself. Additionally, each lip gloss is formulated with 100% naturally derived ingredients including shea butter, jojoba and olive oils.

($35, Beauty Sage)

3. Sephora by OPI Tinsel Town Two Piece Set

A duo of mini polishes, these glittery and festive shades will help you get in the holiday spirit in minutes. They’re available in four shades:

  • The Way Tutu His Heart (pale pink) & If You’ve Got It, Haunt It (black chunky glitter)
  • Curve-Aceous (metallic candy apple red) & Looks Like Rain, Dear (gold with mixed glitter)

Not only will these cheery shades help keep your tips and toes looking top-notch, they’re also budget-friendly enough to give to every gal on your list this year – yourself included.

($10, Sephora)

4. Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion

We love when Bath & Body Works rolls out their holiday collections, and this year is no exception. Our personal pick? The delectable Vanilla Bean Noel Body Lotion, which blends warm caramel, creamy vanilla and tonka bean for a scent that lingers all day long. Enriched with shea butter, jojoba and Vitamin E, this lotion deeply nourishes for skin that’s impeccably soft all season long.

($11, Bath and Body Works)

5. Laura Geller Baked Eye Rimz Holiday Set

These four baked shadows from Laura Geller offer the perfect way to adorn your eyes this holiday season. Used wet or dry, these shadows are super pigmented and allow you to create a multitude of looks for holiday get-togethers, cocktail parties and the like. Set includes:

  • Firewater (turquoise shimmer with black/white swirls)
  • Violet Voodoo (iridescent violet/black)
  • Supernatural Smoke (gunmetal gray)
  • Rich Rush (metallic burnt sienna)

Plus, you’ll receive a complimentary eye shadow brush to help you create your perfect holiday looks.

($39.96, QVC)

What are your all-time favorite holiday beauty products?