The 7-Day Beauty Countdown To New Year’s Eve

You ate every dish on the table at Christmas dinner, recovered from the resulting food coma, and are now ready to throw on a holiday dress and hit the party circuit harder than Snooki (minus the dancing on tables part…actually, who are we kidding, you’ll definitely be dancing on tables). But…there’s one big problem. Your hair is brittle, your face is flaky, and your nails are a dry, dusty mess. Tragedy.

Since the parties are fast approaching, and you can’t push back that Skype session with your cute guy friend forever, we’ve come up with a seven-day countdown (cue Beyoncé) that will transform you into the glowing tabletop diva you were born to be. Let’s go!

DAY 7:
Hydrating starts now. Get rid of all that flaky, dry skin by exfoliating with a miracle-working body scrub! We lurrve PHILOSOPHY Microdelivery Body Scrub ($25) for making our skin as smooth as butter in the dead of winter. Get you some of that!

Philosophy Microdelivery Body Scrub
Photo: Courtesy of Philosophy

DAY 6:
Now that your skin is soft and supple, time to remove all the redness from your winter wind-beaten face with a killer moisturizer. Get into Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream ($40).

Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream
Photo: Courtesy of Clinique

DAY 5:
All those late nights on the phone and eggnog-drinking will surely catch up with you…unless you have a foolproof eye cream in your beauty arsenal. Olay Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream (, $19.99) will make you look like all you do is get beauty rest and drink from the Fountain of Youth (you know, where Heidi Klum gets her water from).

Olay Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream
Photo: Courtesy of Olay

DAY 4:
So, you totes abandoned your feet once sandal weather was over. Yep, we’re guilty of it, too. Try Sally Hansen Revitalizing Foot Soak in Lavender (, $6.99), which does just that: revitalize. Put on some of those furry socks, and your feet will forgive you for traipsing around in platform boots all winter.

Sally Hansen Revitalizing Foot Soak in Lavender
Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen

DAY 3:
If you opted out of a warm pair of gloves to be able to type on your iPhone, chances are you’re in need of a heavy cream for your hands, which now look like they belong to a construction worker. Moisturize your situation and preserve your sexy with Nivea Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream (Ulta, $5.99).

Nivea Smooth Indulgence Hand Cream
Photo: Courtesy of Nivea

DAY 2:
Once you undid that topknot you’ve been rocking to work every day, your hair was drier than the Sahara Desert. Run, don’t walk, to the store to get L’Oreal Everstrong Deep Replenishing Masque ($8.99), a complete savior when it comes to restoring hair’s moisture. And here’s a tip: Don’t wash with hot water because it dries out your hair. It’s all about lukewarm, baby.

L’Oreal Everstrong Deep Replenishing Masque
Photo: Courtesy of L’Oreal

DAY 1:
Finally your skin is glowing, your hair never looked better, and your toes are so pretty you’re considering becoming a part-time foot model. But what does that matter if you still have crusty lips? Eew. Lips are probably hurt the most by harsh winter weather so Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 ($7.50) is your new best friend. Take it with you wherever you go.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Photo: Courtesy of Kiehl’s

Now you are officially ready to ascend upon the table at the New Year’s Eve party of your choosing and dance the night away. And once the clock strikes 4 a.m. and you waltz outside the club with an unbuttoned coat and no gloves (where did you last put them, anyway?!) and then wake up the next day with dry hands, brittle hair, and flaky skin, we’ll be there waiting to take you back to Day 7. Happy partying!

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