Need any help getting ready for the Christmas party?

Little Black Dress season is upon us again! Hands up if you are going to a Christmas party this year? A study commissioned by Clothes Show Live revealed that the average British woman spends a staggering 312 hours getting ready for the office Christmas party! The research showed that the festive occasion is the most important event in the female social calendar, ahead of friends’ weddings, dates and even New Year’s Eve parties.

The study showed that on average we will spend 72 hours shopping for an outfit and accessories, 96 hours getting in shape and 23 hours beautifying ourselves. The other hours are made up of taking advice from friends, looking through magazines, hair styling, makeup, exfoliating, waxing, moisturising and tanning. At Lavender and Stone, we’d like to help you with the beauty bit and share some tips about getting glamorous for your Christmas party!

Smoother Skin
Don’t let lumps or bumps or put you off wearing your party frock – there’s still time to streamline your silhouette without hitting the gym (although of course any extra time spent in the gym will help!).

Using a body scrub every second day will help you shape up in the shower. As well as stimulating circulation and drainage a good scrub instantly brightens skin and helps party season products such as cellulite cream, fake tan and moisturiser absorb more easily. We also recommend a blast of cold water over the thighs and bottom at the end of a shower to shock and tighten muscles for a firmer appearance.

We offer an amazing CACI treatment, the Electro Cellulite Massager to treat sagging skin and fatty deposit on the legs and buttocks. You can book a 30 minute ECM treatment for £35. We particularly recommend this treatment for treating cellulite on the legs and lifting the buttocks.

A Natural Glow
Now is not the time to upset your beauty regime with new and unpredictable products at home. Instead aim for beautiful skin from within. Drinking two litres of water every day will flush out skin-sapping toxins and give you a natural glow. Water drunk at room temperature is thought to balance the chemicals and minerals in the face. Exfoliate but don’t go overboard. Once or twice a week is plenty for luminous skin.

Alternatively, get a professional fake tan. We offer tanning treatments at our salons and recommend booking treatments 2 days before the event.

Party Lashes
Make sure your eyelashes are party ready with our LVL treatments. LVL straightens your natural eyelashes at the root, so unlike a traditional lash perm it creates the effect of longer, lifted lashes in just 40 minutes. They’ll stay that way for six to eight weeks. The results are immediate, plus the added lash tint creates a mascara-type effect so you are always ready to go.

Beautiful smooth skin is an essential accessory for that party dress but timing is everything. Remember, waxing can cause temporary redness on sensitive skin, so don’t leave this until the last minute. We recommend waxing a few days before the party.

Treat your Feet
Many people book a manicure but forget about their feet (especially important if you are wearing party shoes that show your toes). When your feet hurt it shows in your face so treat your tootsies to some TLC in the run-up to a party to keep you on the dance floor for longer. Treat yourself to a pedicure at any of our salons.

With all of that Christmas shopping, card writing and gift wrapping to do, avoid turning up to the party looking exhausted by allowing yourself some “me-time” a few days before the Christmas party. Book in for a relaxing massage at any of our 4 salons.

If you’d like to discuss any aspect of your Christmas party beauty regime, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We also have a number of great offers to help you countdown to Christmas.  Above all, have a fabulous time and enjoy all of the festivities!