This time of year is a whirlwind. It's the time when it's OK to throw the rules in the garbage and get all-out wild. Any of the resolutions you had at the start of the year, you can kiss goodbye. That's what the next new year is for, right?
I'm sure you've spent the past two weeks on a binge of baked goods, sugary cocktails and late nights. Maybe you passed out a few times with a face full of makeup. I'm not judging. Normally I would (ha ha, ugh), but like I said, this is the time of year for rule-breaking.
Personally, I've spent the last few nights awake until 5am, stuffing my face with nachos and chocolate bars while marathoning "Breaking Bad" (you can check my Instagram for the sad proof). Sure, maybe that doesn't sound like a kRaZy party to you, but it was wreaking havoc on my body and skin, OK?
And if you've been up until sunrise doing whatever, whether you were watching a show about meth or actually doing meth, I've devised a plan for you to get back on track. Although, if you've been smoking meth, your skin might need more than a mask and some eye cream. I can't really help you out if you're covered in sores, OK? That's not my area of expertise.
Moving along .
Deep Fried Hair
Party time usually = overuse of hot styling tools. Whether you went to the salon to get a blow-out or you've been using ceramic irons to style your hair into perfectly party-ready styles (gag at that descriptor), it's probably looking a little worse for the wear. Overstyling, aggressive brushing and loads of hairspray may have left it dull, dry and frizzed out beyond control. As someone with irritatingly problematic hair, I've become a big fan of hair masks for multiple purposes.
Recently I've been using Frédéric Fekkai's Essential Shea Ultra Rich Mask ($30, fekkai.com) in the shower after shampooing. I leave it on for five minutes or so and let it sink in, and by the time I rinse it out my hair feels so silky smooth and brand new I just want to celebrate. Or something to that effect. I just feel good about my hair, OK? And that's a rare feeling, these days.
Ol' Dead Eyes
My life is basically one long period of feeling exhausted, which is bad enough as it is. What is even worse is the people who feel the need to tell me I look tired. Seriously, who do these people think they are? Do they really think commenting negatively on someone's appearance is their God-given right? Eff right off, I say.
Those nosy bastards will continue on no matter what though, so your best defense is a good eye cream. Clinique's Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($39.50, clinique.com) has a formula that helps strengthen skin to make dark spots less visible, and a specially designed cooling, massaging applicator tip that soothes puffiness. Keep it in the fridge and dab it on in the mornings for extra soothing benefits.
Dreary, Pasty Skin
If you're noticing your face is looking a little flat, you're not alone. A month full of poor choices will do that to your skin, but it is possible to return it to its former glory.
Juara's Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask ($16 as a part of the "Mini Stoplight Mask Trio", $35 for full-size, juaraskincare.com) uses turmeric to brighten and even out your skintone. It's also full of antioxidants to fight off free radicals that are just itching to damage your skin. Fun idea: slap this on your face while you've got the hair mask in. Two for one!
(Also, if you think I'm annoying for recommending products that cost more than $10, you could just mix turmeric and honey together and put that on your face. There you go, ya hippies.)
Sure, it helps to work on the outside, but that illusion will totally fall to pieces if you ignore the inside. Get back on track by adding David Kirsch Wellness A.M. Daily Detox Powder ($45 for a 30 stick pack box, davidkirschwellness.com) to a glass of water every morning.
It's full of antioxidants from red wine grapes, 10 different berries and a whole bunch of other delicious sources of healthy goodness that help beat the crap out of those free radicals I was talking about earlier. Plus, it tastes delicious.
Now let's chat. How do you plan to repair the damage you've done over the last few weeks, or do you not even care? What are you wearing for NYE? Who you gonna kiss? Are you excited for lucky 2013? Did you know next year is the year of the Sssssnake? Tell me everything!
I've been tweeting a lot about Breaking Bad: @hannahejo.