It’s been a busy year for us here at bellabox, and we are all very much looking forward to some time with friends and family over the holidays!
This time of year is when one of my favourite quotes from the movie Steel Magnolias, rings true, ‘Honey, time marches on and eventually you realise it is marchin' across your face’. Christmas parties, the ‘we must catch up for before Christmas’ kind of drinks, gift shopping and trying to cram everything in before the break means that your skin can look less than its best at this time of year. So I will listen to Truvy/Dolly Parton and take the time to relax and care for my skin over the holidays... right after I have eaten and drank all I can on Christmas Day! Below are Vanessa, Natalie and my product picks in your December box that will help you get through the silly season, whether you are partying like Vanessa, or relaxing with family like Natalie, or just trying to get away from it all, like me!
Speaking of which, looking after your skin is important at any age, prevention is better than cure, stop thinking anti-wrinkle and start thinking anti-future-wrinkle! One of my favourite skincare brands is Avene, their products are fantastic and you all will have received one this month which should be suited to your skin concerns. D-Pigment fades pigmentation by as much as 81% in 3 months, and Eluage Gel has been great for my sneaky little crows feet.
Then, there's Eslor - new to Australia from the US, and exclusive to bellabox. Created on the premise that natural ingredients can deliver effective results without harsh chemicals, we've a cute little set that enables you to try four of their products, perfect for popping in your bag for a summer escape, you will get a couple of days use from each sachet - be sure to try the Soothing Creamafter days in the sun.
When it comes to skin, remember to remove your party makeup during the Silly Season too. To add to the amazing, Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pen (a must in any makeup bag), is the 50ml Eye Makeup Remover which I always use when I come home at night... regardless of how many wines I have had. Really!
Anothing thing I'm commited to right now is the Thimbleberry shade by Sinful Colours on my digits, the perfect shade for our bb Christmas party, which thankfully the sun has finally come out for! Speaking of sunshine and celebrations, over to Vanessa...
This is my favourite time of the year! The sun is shining, rosé is flowing and carols are being sung. This time of the year also means a lot of parties, sleepless nights and long working days. To combat all three, I always have a Kester Black polish on hand. With colours to suit every outfit your nails will be party ready in no time.
Being based in Melbourne (the land of delayed summers), it also means my moon tan is still beaming, so St Tropez’s incredibly natural gradual tan is the perfect pick me up. Mary Kay’s colour range also comes in handy for summer shades. The lipstick, cheek tint and fluid eye colour transforms me from day to night in minutes.
The ASAP Clearskin Gel is a multi functional product that every woman MUST have - in summer and every other time of the year! It is great for removing dead skin cells while at the same time unblocking pores. You can use it virtually anywhere on the body, elbows, knees, feet to help with dry skin or use after waxing to ward off ingrown hairs.
Then, the Benefit Porefessional… This is the number 1 selling product in Myer, not only essential for the summer months, but really for any time of the year to cover up any pores - and you can keep applying all day over makeup! A great item to always have in your bag...
Finally, the Hebe Body Scrub. A new product to hit the Australian markets, perfect for scrubbing up skin before a day out in the sun! The texture is quite unusual when you first use it, but the result is beautifully soft skin. Plus, the delish coffee/mint/choc scent is super festive for the most wonderful time of the year!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays bellas, we look forward to bringing you more fabulous products to try in 2014! - the bb Brand Managers