The merry making season is upon us, and whether you’re in need of a beauty overhaul or a few little pick-me-ups, I’m here with a slew of products to help you get ready for the holly, jolly holidays.
Think looking thinner during the holidays is a promise that’s too good to be true? I’m about to let you in on a secret that celebs like Christina Aguilera, Angie Harmon, and Kimora Lee Simmons have been keeping to themselves. The holy grail of slimming potions, Get Waisted works by increasing the breakdown of stored fat in the fat cells within your skin. Packed with 7 clinically proven waist-whittling actives with two skin tighteners for a drum tight tummy, consumers have measured a one inch weight loss on hips and waist within four weeks by slathering on two pumps of Get Waisted daily. If you start now, you’ll be a sleeker skinnier new you before the New Year! Price: $56 / Availability: www.mamamio.com
Most of you are familiar with the Miracle Broth that transformed skincare and powers the legendary Crème de la Mer. If you’re considering a chemical peel, microdermabrasion or laser treatment to give yourself a holiday boost, you’ll want to pick up a bottle of The Concentrate, which complements pre and post trauma skin. Infused with a high dose of La Mer’s Miracle Broth, The Concentrate is an essential tonic for irritation and redness. La Mer’s scientists recommend using The Concentrate in tandem with Crème de la Mer to seal in its vital skin-renewing benefits. Price: $375 / Available: www.cremedelamer.com.
YOUNG AND BRIGHT
If you’re looking for an instant jump start for the holidays, make an appointment at the Cecilia Wong Salon for a cutting edge non invasive skin treatment. Pressed for time? The next best thing is using Cecilia Wong’s Black Currant Serum. Lightweight yet concentrated, this holistic serum helps fade discolorations, brightens skin and lessens fine lines. One of five products from the newly released Cecilia Wong organic skincare line, Black Currant Serum is gentle enough to add into any beauty regime. Price: $55 / Availability: www.ceciliawongskincare.com.
If you have wavy, curly, or kinky curly hair, then you may have heard of Ouidad, a progressive haven catering to curly-haired beauties. Perhaps like me, you’re a fan of their gentle and moisturizing water-soluble products. Twenty-five years ago, Ouidad, now known as the "Queen of the Curl", opened the first salon in the country and developed products specifically for kinky, curly and wavy hair. If you are a wavy haired maiden in search of a holiday hair repair, cut and color tailored to the exact wave of your hair, I know you will be converted!
The good news for those of you not living near the Santa Monica or New York flagship salons is that there are Ouidad certified salons across the country where you can experience the trademarked methods of cutting and styling curly hair. I also encourage you to visit the styling section of Ouidad's site to learn the essentials for styling curls. For more information on Ouidad salons and products please visit www.Ouidad.com.
Slip this beautiful Ibiza comb into any fashionista’s stocking and you’ll win major brownie points. A perfect styling tool, this simple beautiful comb made in Italy grabs more hair and delivers a unique texture. Chris McMillan, stylist to stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston loves this comb so much that he finishes all his haircuts with them and recommends them to his clients. For a store near you please visit: www.IbizaHair.com.
A JEWEL TONED TREAT
Looking for a burst of jewel-toned color that ventures far away from the typical reds and greens of the season? Try Paul & Joe’s new pearlescent pink, soft purple, ethereal aqua, glittery lemon-lime and golden bronze complete a collection that is inspired by the bright and merry sentiments of the holiday season. To top it off, these chic new shades are packaged with limited edition gold caps that add a festive touch of glamour and distinction.
Price: $14 each / Availability: www.b-glowing.com.
Beautiful readers, I’m wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!
Fashion Designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She designs a line of couture women's clothing, fine jewelry, and handbags. For more information please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com