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How To Look Expensive & Holiday Detox/Retox!

It was such a busy week and weekend and with a full calendar of holiday parties coming up this week and next I confess I am a bit behind the ball. And this morning I am off as the sun comes up to prettify one of my favorite beauty guru’s Andrea Pomerantz Lustig for the press tour of her new book “How to Look Expensive” Being a straightforward cut to the chase beauty junkie, I love Andrea’s no nonsense approach to all things beauty. And am excited to delve into her book! She will be at Dillard’s at Scottsdale Fashion Square today so beauty lovers be sure to stop by!

During my usual weekend perusing of blogs I came across another favorite on Into the Gloss on The Holiday Detox/Retox Plan. My mug is already screaming to get started. So those of you with a full social calendar this month might want to take a peek at the excerpts below.

What To Eat: We took a tip from The Doctors (that’d be daytime-TV’s The Doctors) and you should, too. Step away from the Egg McMuffin. Everyone who tells you to eat greasy food is a lying jerk and not helping. Don’t listen to them. Make a smoothie (have someone else blend it—blenders are your enemy right now) with 1 cup Milk (vitamin D), a whole banana (Vitamin B6 and potassium), 1 dollop of honey (magnesium), and ice. B6 helps support and increase your metabolism, potassium = electrolytes (you lost a lot last night, we’re afraid to say), and vitamin D does something important to your insulin levels when they need it most, which is apparently fantastic. Honey is like gasoline for your liver (which, in this metaphor, is a car or a really expensive speedboat) because it contains a nearly 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose. There you go! Also: eat an omelet with asparagus. Eggs and cheese have B12 for energy, and asparagus has 2/3 of your daily dose of vitamin K for brain function. Remember your brain? It remembers you. Also (x2): WATER.

What to put on your skin: Eradicate any traces of last night with one of our recommended face-washing routines (extra points if you can use your Clarisonic today without wanting to throw it across the room), or pull out an exfoliant, like Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder. Rinse, momentarily revel in your baby-soft clarity, and then massage in a deep serum like Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum (immediate nutrition, radiance, and cell-renewal), La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream feels about right, or La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche (light, easy, fragrance-free). If additional reinforcements are necessary: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (no matter what you are feeling this combo will help you look fresh and not nauseated.

What to put in/on your eyes: Metal spoons placed in your fridge and applied to puffy eyes are a godsend—actually, keeping your eye cream in the fridge is not a bad idea. Some people swear by soaked chamomile tea bags applied to the under eye. No matter what you do, show your under-eye some love (massaging, again!). Also: eye drops. Bausch and Lomb and Visine both make great drops to combat irritated eyeballs (and both make options for contact-lens wearers).

What about your spirit? Relax. Drink water. Take ibuprofen if you need it. Avoid harsh lighting and stressful people (if possible). Going out again tonight?: By now, you probably look great (or, at least, no longer undead), but you’re certainly still feeling a little like a worn-down pencil, which is to say, dulled. Brighten up with our latest favorite skin-booster, Zelens Instant Transformer Renewal Masks (talk about tingling!). At first, the resulting facial tingle might make you feel like you’ve made a terrible mistake, but we promise: you will look like you slept all day in a good way, not a fetal-position-on-the-couch-watching-Bravo-reruns way.

Sources Into The Gloss Product photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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