Christmas Pamper

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The Christmas rush seems to have arrived so quickly and very soon there will be plenty of socialising, and visiting relatives or friends to cram into your busy lives. With this in mind I have put together a quick pamper guide to help you feel refreshed and ready to P-A-R-T-Y.

Plan your outfit in advance. I always start the deliberations about my outfit choices a week or so before the event. Even if I haven't nailed down my one choice, I have a rough idea of what I'm going to be wearing. This timely planning also allows you time to think about if you need anything new, or if you can jazz up an outfit from your wardrobe with some new accessories and shoes. I have been doing this a lot lately; try wearing a similar outfit with a different necklace, earnings and accessories. This will not only save you money, but if you have worn it before, you won't need to worry about what goes with your top, or if you have a bag to match.
Start getting your outfit ready early or the night before. I try to plan how long I have to get ready and whether or not I am short on time. If I am going out straight after work, I will paint my nails or wash my hair in the morning. This then gives you longer to re-do your make up or will give you time to have a longer shower. In essence, you spend less time rushing around. If you have time to have a bath before, have one! I would try to avoid lavender as this can make you too sleepy, so maybe something with a little zing; like lemon or other citrus flavours. If you don't have time to have a bath but still fancy a pamper, try a shower cream. These can provide moisture to your skin and they prevent the need to apply all-over body moisturiser when you are dry.

I always apply a face mask before a special event as this helps brighten my skin and brings some life back into it. I have been using the Anatomicals face masks which only take 5-10 minutes to apply, so even if you are in a rush you can squeeze a quick face mask in. Using a mask before heading out makes me feel fresher and provides me with a nice healthy glow. (Well I think so anyway!).
My favourite mask is the Charcoal Mask. This is good for oily spot-prone skin and I think if you are over indulging at Christmas it can help prevent break outs, which I'm sure nobody wants. The Chocolate Mask, is perfect if you are a little stressed due to rushing around and need to take 10 minutes out for yourself. The sachets are really handy if you are on the go and a packet does provide a liberal amount of product for your whole face.

On top of all this? Have a cup of tea whilst you are getting ready! Herbal is great if you are a fan, so something that contains camomile or peppermint to help you de-stress whilst you are getting ready will be a big help. I find this allows me to slow down as I am stopping to sip my tea and not frantically rushing around.
What other steps to do you take to have a mini pamper before getting ready?

*Samples were provided by Anatomicals but the opinions and words are my own.
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