Bye-Bye for Now, Primpers. It’s Time for a Beauty Break …

Fri, 21 December 2012 11:49AM

I live in Bondi. An interesting mix of people inhabit this beach-side suburb, I must say. On the one hand, you have the healthy, happy, shiny types, who are up at 6am, running soft-sand with a green smoothie in one hand, a blackberry in the other. On the other, there are the walk-of-shamers sheepishly crawling along every footpath, especially at party-season time. You know the type: a totally inappropriate-before-5pm dress, smudgy, squinty eyes, bedheady hair, bare feet… They kind of look like a Kate Moss paparazzi shot (Love Kate, I do, but she does often have the shame-walker about her, you’ve got to admit).

I have to say, I feel a little like Bondi right now. Sometimes, I’m on top of it all, balancing my work and family life with a healthy diet, regular facials, and a few tree poses. And then all of a sudden it all goes to pot. Not literally, mind you. I’m not quite out all night partying like many of my fellow Bondi-ites (more like up for hours soothing a stressed-out baby, possibly drinking a glass of wine to get me through it) but I often do feel something close to what I remember a hangover to be. And I often look it, too. If I have one particularly stressed day, the next one sees my skin pay hell for it, in the form of angry red spots and a tone that can only be described as blah.

In short, I’m ready for a break.

I’m off to trek down the south coast, with a load of beauty-inspirational DVDs, my too-often-neglected yoga mat, and a basket of juicy, antioxidant-rich cherries.

And, of course, skincare. Because while I need a recup, so does my complexion. And this is what I’m taking to help it along:

  • Elizabeth Arden Peel & Reveal, $55, department stores. This paint-on peel-off mask is not only as much fun as a holiday session of scrabble (well, in my nerdy books anyway), it makes skin shiny and smooth and radiant like little else, thanks to its hydroxy-acid-packed powers.
  • Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque, $76, 1800 659 118. This luscious, luxurious mask plumps up skin incredibly well. It’s as close to you can get to a week at a health resort in a tube.
  • Avène Instant Soothing Moisture Mask, $36.95, from pharmacies. We all know the importance of a face mask wardrobe (no? well now you do!), but on holiday I like to pack light (caftans and little else). That’s why this two-in-one is ideal; it calms and hydrates in one creamy hit.
  • Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask, $97 (for 12 cloth masks). As you might know, I’m a stickler for eye care, but when I need some extra help in that, uh, age-challenged department, I whack on some treatment cloths and wear them practically every night, whether playing said Scrabble or watching Love Actually for the 17th time. Yes, I am so glamorous at times.
  • And the most important treatment: sleep. Lots and lot and lots of it. Lucky I’m holidaying with my parents. AKA built-in babysitters and sleep-whisperers. Clever of me, no?

So, hopefully I’ll be bright-skinned and bushy-tailed on January 3, when Hayley and I are back in our hot seats. It could all depend on the amount of champagne that is consumed over the next week … Watch this space!

We’re not going to completely shut down, though. Make sure to check in throughout the Christmas period for all kinds of tips on how to count down to amazing hair, skin and makeup for the new year, along with some brilliant inspiration for your beauty resolutions.

As for my resolution? Well, I’m still working on what my beauty one will be (as you can imagine, I’m pretty polished when it comes to beauty habits, being a beauty ed and all). But another is to make PRIMPED more all-out fabulous than ever. We have heaps of exciting plans for next year so I hope you’ll all be there for the ride with us (there might be a few twists and turns, but the scenery will be pretty, I promise).

You have been so wonderful to work for, lovely Primpers. Please know that you are as much a part of this site as those of us this side who write, produce, design, do the tricky techy stuff, sell the ads and count the beans. So thank you for making PRIMPED what it is today.

Ah, I feel a bit teary now. Christmas love, ain’t it grand?

Tell me, Primpers, what are your Christmas plans?

What beauty goodies are you packing in your holiday bag?

Kat x

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 21 December 2012 01:10pm

    Primped is going to be more fabulous next year??? I didnt think that was possible, primped is way too fabulous now!!
    Its an absolute pleasure coming onto primped several times a day. I love learning about new products and reading your wonderful tutorials as well as chatting with all my friends in the forums. Primped is apart of my life now and i love it. Ill be here in 2013 for sure!
    Enjoy your break kat and all the other primped ladies as well as the primped members. Enjoy your holidays in the south coast kat.
    Merry christmas and a happy new year to all. Take care and stay safe! xx

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Fri, 21 December 2012 01:54pm

    I’m going to be packing tonight for a week away, so this post is perfect timing. I don’t have all those products, but it has given me some inspiration.
    And as I’m heading home to ‘built-in babysitters’ also, I will take the time to indulge, and maybe watch some of those Beauty Inspired movies you mentioned.

  • Posted by: louweeez Master Fan // Fri, 21 December 2012 04:40pm

    Ah the beautiful south coast of NSW, I am there right now… Jervis Bay, brushing glistening white sand off my toes! It’s a little overcast today but the next few days will be glorious! Congratulations Kat on an excellent primped year! Have a lovely Chrissie and a safe new year….get some south coast sand on your toes!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 21 December 2012 06:37pm

    Was a wonderful year, enjoyed becoming part of primped this year! Really looking forward to Christmas and getting all dressed up for so many events over the next two weeks. Will be using lots of ideas and advice from Primped!
    Merry Christmas to everyone of you lovely ladies at Primped HQ! And thanks for bringing my daily dose of fashion and beauty into my life :)!

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Fri, 21 December 2012 07:02pm

    You’ve reached a great high Primped at the end of 2012! Roll on 2013 – I cant wait to see what it holds for us all! Xx

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Fri, 21 December 2012 07:25pm

    I am going to have a quite Christmas overall, I”m going to hit the beach every morning for some extra excercise, which is needed for the extra food that I will be consuming..hehe
    Also I am going to do some beauty pampering and also my bathroom needs a bit of DIY work…

    Primped is getting better and better, thanks for all the great work you have put in!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Sat, 22 December 2012 10:16am

    I’m not going away.
    Merry Christmas and Happy new year to all.

    I think there willbe a few surprises from primped in the new year!

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Sun, 23 December 2012 02:39am

    I’m one of those people who like to do as little as possible over the holiday breaks. The less I do, the more I unwind. I’m going to have a big family Christmas and Boxing Day and look forward to the family madness. I’m really glad to hear that you will not totally shut down over the break, I often pop on the site a few times a day, as a way to relax and read the topics I enjoy and often before I go to bed as a way to unwind.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Thu, 3 January 2013 03:16pm

    I love the sound of the first 3 masks, my beauty wish/want list is going to be huge this year cos im saving money by not buying any beauty stuff :)

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 13 January 2013 12:02pm

    shiseido eye mask sounds great

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 27 January 2013 03:11pm

    great article :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 24 June 2013 12:57pm

    We stayed home for Christmas, we live near beaches, rivers and the bush. I love the area we live in so many family things to do.


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