I don't know what time you guys get up on Christmas morning, but thanks to a small human, my day starts around 5.30am. Therefore I always, always opt for long-wear makeup products. A fab primer, a foundation that lasts the distance, a mascara that stays put, & a liquid lippy. If there's a chance you'll be pushed in a pool (I'm not judging), or sprayed in the face with a water pistol (me, always me), it's probably a good idea to stick to waterproof/water resistant makeup. Pack a small bag of products to touch up with... because there's always ONE person who thinks destroying carefully applied makeup ain't no thang/is hilarious.
- Wear sunscreen- & keep applying sunscreen!-
Kiwi summers are beautiful, but the heat can really take its toll. An amazing sunscreen (the higher SPF the better) is an absolute must have - I use separate ones for my face and body. Bear in mind that it's not enough to apply just at the start of the day- keep applying throughout the day- every few hours. Because honestly, you don't want to go to the Boxing Day races looking like lobster girl from planet Redness.
Many people see Christmas as a time for letting their hair down & having a wee drink...and that's cool- I'm one of them. But too much wine in the sun (combined with clashing family members and varying stress levels) can be a recipe for disaster. This year I'm skipping the wine & opting for the NZ-made Long White Vodka. The lower alcohol content (4.8%) combined with the summery flavours (the raspberry flavour is TO DIE for) make it the perfect choice for a Kiwi Christmas. Plus, the fact that it contains no added table sugar (it’s sweetened with apple juice!!) means I can have that extra slice of pavlova. Winner winner chicken dinner.
Ahhhh, Christmas presents! As Forrest Gump said, you never know what you're gonna get. Whether you receive socks, potpourri, soap, or (god forbid) a weed-whacker, try and remember that it's the thought that counts! Even, yes, EVEN if the present that your Nana got you was the gift you gave her last year. If you want to be a really good human, consider contacting places like the Women's Refuge or Dress For Success to find out if you can donate anything unwanted. Maybe wait until after Christmas Day to do that, though, okay?
- Family stress-
I'm lucky enough to have a very small, chilled out family- there's never any drama to speak of during Christmas... and I really hope I haven't just jinxed that. Fact is, Christmas often means you have to spend it with people that you don't see that often; & if it's a long, hot day, tensions can rise to the surface quicker than I can eat that extra slice of pav. Try to bear in mind that it's only for one day. & that not everyone is always as tactful or awesome as you ;) If you find yourself getting rarked up by Uncle Trevor, take some deep breaths, and wander away to pretend to inspect your mum's hydrangeas that she's been banging on about. You'll be calmer, Uncle Trevor will have the satisfaction of annoying you further, and your mum will be stoked- it's a win/win.
A big cheers and thanks to Long White Vodka for making this post possible! Follow them on Facebook here.