With holiday season approaching, you still have time to pamper, shape up and look amazing for those exciting soirées. With these simple steps watch your ego soar – and look stunning for the festivities!

Update Your Style
Is your hairstyle current? Want to try a chic “Up-do?” Take time to get into a salon and find a style that really flatters your face. Your hair will be easier to manage and you won’t have to fuss with it at the last minute.

Try New Makeup
We all need a change now and then, so experiment with all of the new dazzling Holiday makeup. I really like Laura Mercier’s Master Toolbox (at Saks Fifth Avenue) and Too Faced-Glamour To Go (at Beauty 101). Both have great eye and lip palettes in a case that can fit into an evening bag. Laura Mercier also has a beautiful holiday Lip Gloss Trio in a compact size. Do consult professionals and find out what colors compliment your face.

Shimmer and glitter will add festive touches to your appearance – check out Chanel’s Gold Highlighting powder (at Saks Fifth Avenue) and Belladonna’s Liquid Mineral Veil in Champagne; both make you feel like a million bucks. Note: There’s a fine line between a little extra holiday pizzazz and downright heavy makeup. Double-check your face in bright lights before heading out the door.

Get a Manicure
Hands are highly visible parts of the body. You might not consider nails part of your holiday makeup but they deserve a cheerful touch as well. Chanel’s “Le Vernis” nail polish in Haute Chocolate is so chic, and Belladonna’s Really Red Polish is a classic holiday shade. Try applying a scrub to hands and feet daily for show-stopping skin. No look is complete without well-manicured nails. Earthsaver’s Citrus Salt Glow is a manicure in a jar – the salt is bathed in essential oils so you rub, exfoliate and wash while the residual oils remain to nourish your hand, feet and cuticles. Talk about a time saver!

Book Appointments
Remember to book your hair, makeup, nail, facial, wax, tanning, seamstress/tailor, dentist and dermatologist appointments now! These professionals are all booked tightly for holiday season and you don’t want to be left scrambling.

Accentuate the Positive
Play up your greatest features and draw attention away from less perfect ones. Have great shoulders but feel your hips could be slimmer? Try a sexy off-the-shoulder dress to show off your finer assets.

Tone Your Arms
Many holiday fashions are sleeveless so to get your arms in tip-top shape, use 2 to 3 pound hand weights when watching TV or while on the phone. Keep at it and you’ll notice progress in about two weeks.

Check Your Undergarments
Do not forget what’s happening behind the scenes. Avoid obvious bra and panty lines. Make sure your under things fit smoothly, properly and don’t “journey” where they don’t belong. An absolute must, Beauty 101’s Fashion Tape kit includes five unique tape shapes that anchor, secure, hide and lift everything from straps, strapless garments and hems. Trust me on this!

Alcohol
Eat a little before you go out and watch how many drinks you have. Keep mints (Earthsaver’s “Little i” mints) in your pocket and don’t drive drunk! The life you save could be your own.

Accessories
Be merry! Glam it up with accessories and jewelry. Simple accessory changes can make a look and even re-vamp “Vintage” party attire. Belladonna Spa has beautiful
vintage-style jewelry that’s both elegant and classic.

Shoes
Nothing ruins a night faster than shoes that hurt. Men, get your shoes stretched and polished. Ladies, a good trick: buy evening shoes a little big – just enough to give feet room to swell. If they hurt before you leave the house then they will kill your feet by night’s end. Brenchley Shoes in Mandeville has extraordinary styles you just have to see to believe! [(985) 727-3131]

Relieve stress
Holidays can be quite stressful and your skin can reveal stress. Earthsaver’s Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath, soothes, refreshes and purifies your body. Use time wisely, delegate tasks and learn to say “no.” Take time out, coddle yourself and be sure to get your beauty rest.