Make sure the only thing that’s flaky is your commitment to the endless party invites by upgrading some key beauty products this season
Advance Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil mask, £16 for one, Estée Lauder
These new masks have gone a tad viral since Victoria Beckham was spotted having a pre-party pamper wearing one. The silver foil not only makes for a sweet Instagram pic (#tinmanvibes), but it actually helps the brand's famous Advance Night Repair serum permeate the skin in just ten minutes. Will that be enough time to snap the perfect selfie?
Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick, £20, Elizabeth Arden
Our love for holding hands wearing mittens and Gingerbread lattes is strong enough to put up with most of winter's downsides, but dry, chapped lips are a bit of a deal-breaker. Don't throw your matte lipsticks in the bin just yet! Elizabeth Arden's iconic Eight Hour Cream is now available as a lip balm and lipstick, so slick it on and get ready to smooch under the mistletoe.
Tulasāra Morning Awakening Ritual Kit, £65, Aveda
Get ready to add Ayurveda to your beauty radar in 2017: the ancient Indian healing art will be big in products, facials and massages. Aveda are quick off the mark with its new Tulasāra range. The daily ritual includes dry brushing, massaging the Radiant Oleation Oil for four minutes before cleansing off and following your normal skincare routine. This all-natural oil is perfect if you find standard exfoliators too harsh, and it's great for winter when your skin is already toughing it out against the elements.
Pack of three cuticle oils, £15, NAF!
We totally underestimated the impact of applying daily cuticle oil on our nails. Not only does it stop those nasty peeling bits of skin around your nails that are impossible not to bite or pick, but massaging the oil into cuticles also improves bloodflow to the root of your nail – cue longer, stronger nails. Hit up NAF! salon's online shop for these cute twist pens in three scrummy flavours.
Lumière Essentielle Illuminating Oil Gel-Cream, £45, Darphin
The colder weather can cause your skin to dry out, but don't start piling on thick, heavy products because you think it'll equal better hydration for your skin. Darphin's new Lumière Essentielle collection has a delicate blend of seven essential oils, but this gel-cream dries silky smooth and doesn't clog or cause congestion. Tangerine, orange, neroli, rose, ylang ylang, cedarwood and ginger oils were all specially selected for different properties, but together they combine to moisturise and plump skin, as well as eradicate dullness.
Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub, £5.75 for 25g, Lush
Winter can play havoc on even the most well-treated pout, so don't beat yourself up if you do end up with cracked lips. Add a weekly exfoliation with one of Lush's delicious scrubs and you'll soon notice a difference. The main ingredient is caster sugar, so you'll have to train yourself not to lick it off before you've finished buffing the dead skin away!
Superskin Eye Cream, £35, Liz Earle
We were mega-impressed after trying this product out, and fellow sensitive eye-owners will be equally as taken. While some eye creams cause the dreaded watery peepers, now there's no denying you're crying at Planet Earth II because this botanical blend sinks in quickly and causes no irritation. Perfect for disguising the bags after Christmas parties – what second bottle of prosecco? Don't know what you're talking about...
BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation, £27, BareMinerals
In the last few months before the big day, we'd suggest cutting down on your day-to-day makeup application. Not only will your skin improve from not being smothered in layers of product, you'll also be even more overwhelmed when your MUA has finished your bridal makeup. For a breathable base that still gives long-lasting coverage, try a powder foundation. It doesn't come any better than BareMinerals new BAREPRO, which is comprised of 90% vitamins and minerals and comes in 20 shades.
Soleil Blanc Dry Oil Spray, £45, Tom Ford (available from House of Fraser)
When the chill really sets in you won't want to be undressed for one second longer than you have to be. Instead of flapping about waiting for your moisturiser to sink in, swap your body butter for a dry oil spray. Simply spritz on, rub gently and you can start layering up before icicles appear on your leg hair (no judgement – we binned our razors as soon as it hit September). Luxe lovers will be ecstatic to hear that Tom Ford's latest scent, Soleil Blanc, is also available in a dry oil.