It's easy to forget during the hectic pace of December and January that looking your best at the season's parties and gatherings has more to do with staying calm and peaceful than anything else. Here are some of my top beauty secrets designed to make your life easier during the holidays!
The Ultimate Accessory
What if I told you that all you needed to have fabulous holiday hair was one drop of product? Normally this is one drop more than I like to have in my hair, but since my visit to Studio 1452, a great new hair salon in the historic core of Santa Monica owned by Goldwell and KMS, I've been hooked on their Dualsenses Rich Repair Hairtip Serum. The only way I can tell I've used it is because my hair is magically tamed--there's not one bit of greasiness or build-up. Now I know you probably booked your holiday hair appointment months ago, but isn't it comforting to know that in a pinch you can tame your tresses with just one drop of product? And I haven't even spilled the best part--the holiday hair trend this year is remarkably simple--read on!
Inside the sleek and chic Studio 1452 salon with lots of exposed brick and ceilings (a whopping 7500 square foot 1920s wood truss masonry structure), I found myself in the very capable hands of Salon Manager Cherry Petenbrink, who was kind enough to share her predictions for holiday hair. Cherry feels that looser up-style hair is the way to go for special holiday occasions. She says there's a 40s feel going on right now and so we'll also be seeing Victory Rolls and finger waves incorporated into soft up-swept styles. The great thing about this kind of styling (besides the fact that loose upswept hair is pretty easy to manage on the fly) is that it's a perfect compliment to the wools, cashmeres, furs, and plaids of winter. As Cherry sums it up, "Hair is the ultimate accessory. It should definitely be something people put thought into." Please visit www.Studio1452.com for more information.
If the thought of a trip to the waxer on your To-Do list has you in a tizzy, then why not make things easy on yourself and take care of those errant eyebrows in the luxury of your own powder room? My suggestion would be to pamper yourself with Tweezerman's brand new Luxe Edition Swarovski Crystal Slant Tweezer. You'll feel caught up in the holiday spirit with this adorable tweezer adorned entirely with sparkling white Swarovski crystals! Chosen as one of Allure’s “Best of Beauty” awards eight years in a row, and famous for its precision, the Luxe Limited Edition Swarovski Crystal Slant Tweezer is comprised of stainless steel, featuring hand filed tips that are perfectly aligned to grab the hair every time. It comes in a little silver case and is available exclusively at Apothia or www.ronrobinson.com.
Sleep and Grow Beautiful
One of my favorite beauty secrets is a night cream that actually makes you look younger...well at least not older in the morning. I've been using the entire SK-II product line for the past few months and loving it! Their new Skin Signature Cream is amazing and founded on the results of a dermatological discovery of a Skin Tipping Point, when the signs of aging become more rapidly visible. SK-II has succeeded in scientifically measuring the Skin Tipping Point and effectively combats its effects with this new series. Please visit www.SK-II.com for more information.
Wellness Equals Beauty
As a beauty editor in this day in age, I'm constantly bombarded with the latest plastic surgery offerings and high tech beauty products. Because I take my responsibility to you seriously, I'm always looking for those things that will make you look and feel beautiful inside as well as out. This is why I decided to check out the Beneveda Medical Group in Beverly Hills. Mariel Hemingway says that she finds a complete harmony between western and eastern technologies at Beneveda that helps her find a sense of health and well-being. I would have to agree. Founded by renowned surgeon, Dr. Thom E. Lobe, this groundbreaking alternative medical practice specializes in Energy Medicine. What does this have to do with beauty, you ask? I would say everything! The lines on your face, the blush in your cheeks, the appearance of your skin--it all tells a story about how you are balancing family, work, and play/mind, body, and spirit.
My first session started with Reiki, an ancient Japanese technique which treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. To me, it felt like a wonderful glowing radiance was flowing through and around me and by the end I was very calm and relaxed. Next, I experienced the Raindrop Therapy, another deeply relaxing session that combines aromatherapy, reflexology, and massage. Nine essential oils are dropped along the spine to rebalancing your energy. The effect from these wonderful healing and stress-reducing sessions have stayed with me for weeks, and I plan to return soon. Although there are patients recovering from serious ailments who come to Beneveda Medical Group for treatment and rehabilitation, I came solely to experience a few of their hands on healing treatments--and you can too! More and more spas are offering energy healing treatments, so don't be afraid to try one out. To find out more about Beneveda Medical Group, please go to www.beneveda.com.
Sweet Sounds Make It Better
Nobody ever said staying calm and centered during the holidays is easy, but if you tuck the most luxurious and light headphone on the market in your bag, you'll be able to tune in for a bit of blissful music wherever you're heading. The VMODA’s Vibe II with Microphone is a dual-use headphone/headset and a fashion accessory perfect for any upscale traveler. It's available in Nero (black and silver) and Chrome Rouge (silver and red) at Apple stores nationwide.
Wishing you peace, joy, and all things beautiful this holiday season!
Fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com
. She is debuting a new line of fine jewelry and a women's couture line as well as expanding her successful luxury handbag line. To view her beautiful designs please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com