During the holidays, it may feel like you have to go faster than a speeding bullet (how else will you score all of those limited-time shopping deals?) and exhibit superhuman strength (holiday parties aren’t a sprint—they’re a marathon). That’s why we tapped three Birchbox staffers to share their tricks for surviving the season. Here are their best tips—and thankfully, there’s no cape or mask required:
This time of year, walking around with wet hair is as appealing as listening to David Hasselhoff’s The Night Before Christmas album on repeat. To avoid this seasonal beauty no-no, Kristina relies on Klorane’s fast-acting grease buster. The powder-based formula sops up oil and grease right away, cleaning hair sans water, while boosting volume and lightly texturizing strands.
Between nonstop holiday parties and late-night movie marathons, scoring eight hours of shut-eye during the holidays is near impossible. To fake a good night’s sleep, this customer service all-star calls on Benefit's imperfection-masking concealer. Kristina says, “Erase Paste perfectly masks dark circles and under eye bags.”
Like any savvy e-commerce startup employee, this girl knows her way around dot com deals. For can’t-fail clothing basics she turns to Everlane, a San Francisco-based startup that specializes in simple, quality-made T-shirts. For more unique offerings, she’s bookmarked of a KIND’s homepage. Lastly, for that jewelry lover on her shopping list she browses BaubleBar’s lust-worthy baubles.
“My fair, ivory skin looks a little washed out next to winter’s typical gold, red, and green color palette. To partake in fun holiday fashion, I use sunless tanner.” Her current favorite is Whish’s lightweight tanner, which transforms her skin from translucent to sun-drenched without that funky, telltale smell found in most sunless products.
This classy, Zen-inducing candle set helps to melt away holiday stress. The travel-friendly kit comes with three of Laura Mercier’s best-selling gourmande scents and adds warmth and comfort to both her Manhattan digs and her holiday travel destination—Madison, Wisconson. Go Cheese Heads!
During winter, dry lips are everyone’s enemy. Fortunately, this collagen-infused lip gloss restores depleted moisture, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines. “I apply it religiously and always keep a tube stashed in my purse.”
With StyleBook cued up on her iPhone, Katie uploads the contents of her closet to mix and match her clothes without having to try them on. You can also plan outfits in advance (think an upcoming pitch meeting or Thursday post-work plans).
To curb cravings and mindless snacking, she turns to nature’s original cocktail: two hydrogen atoms with a twist of oxygen. (Also known as water.) Katie recommends getting creative: “Add a bit of fresh mint, cucumber, or lime to your glass for a little flavor or keep a fun, oversize bottle at your desk as a reminder to hydrate throughout the day.”
Globetrotter and pink lipstick enthusiast, Ally-Marie is an admitted product hoarder and a diehard advocate for heat-free hairstyle.