Five short-cuts to looking sassy on Christmas

We all love a good seasonal shindig but when you’re juggling the inevitable December duties of Christmas, kids and general, all-round chaos, any personal primping and preening routine we might have feels more slap, dash and run as we frantically apply make-up while desperately thinking of a new hiding place for the sherry before Grandma arrives. But fret not Cinderella, you will be the belle of the ball, because with a little pre-planning these five short-cuts to looking sassy will leave you feeling drop-dead gorgeous in no time.

Hair

Approx 1hr pre-preparation (aka hair cut); 5-10 minutes getting ready on the day

Welcome to Burke and Hair, not only one of Canada’s Top Salons (as nominated by FASHION Magazine) but also the holy grail of hairdressers where dreamy hair really does come true. The magical Melanie Burke specializes in haircuts that not only look fabulous but, if requested, require absolute minimum effort (perfect for time-strapped party preparations). During a free consultation she reveals her vision for your style based not only on your hair type and face shape, but also your personality and lifestyle. To have a haircut at Burke and Hair is to have the ultimate hair experience. It’s like falling in love with your hair for the first time. You feel great, you look great and, best of all, Melanie will pass on the skills needed to recreate that cloud nine feeling every day with minimal effort.

Perfect lashes

1hr pre-preparation, 0 minutes getting ready on the day

Invest in some luscious lashes this season and wave your mascara wand goodbye. Not only will you save time in applying make-up but also in removing it. Vancouver has a number of salons offering lash treatments but what makes Noir Lash Lounge stand out is that lashes aren’t just an added service, it’s all they do. With 100 styles available you can choose anything from naturally pretty to get-noticed-across-the-dance floor dramatic. Lashes lash between 4 and 8 weeks and prices start at $65 per set, but ask about their loyalty card and save money from your very first visit. (In preparation for the busy Christmas period Noir Lash Lounge is now open seven days a week.)

Taming the brows

15 minutes pre-preparation; 0 minutes getting ready on the day

For a slice of sassy with a touch of Bollywood glamour it can only be the Bombay Brow Bar. These ladies specialize in creating beautiful brows with natural arches that compliment your face shape.  Whether your preference is plucking, threading or waxing, the pros at Bombay Brow Bar will have you looking fabulous in under ten minutes. Add to this a little shading to give your brows some natural zing, a relaxing massage with cool rosewater gel and a welcome cup of chai and it’s an experience you’ll want to repeat (although they’re so good at what they do you might not need to return for another 3-4wks).

Kiss and make up with your makeup routine

Makeup application 45 mins – 1 hr

It’s time to get fresh with your make-up routine and retire your old, flaky products for something a little more seasonally sensational. Whatever you’re after natural, sexy, sultry or out-right glam, your perfect look is just moments away at Rouge Make-up Lounge. These girls know all the secrets to looking flawless each time and they’re happy to teach you the tricks of their trade as they pretty you up for your big night out. Make-up application takes between 45 minutes and an hour, but the real time-saver here is all the little lessons you’ll learn so that you can avoid future accidental smudges and mascara mishaps. Keep an eye out for the launch of their new website along with a whole host of fabulous new beauty services.

Rocking your outfit: Pre-preparation time varies, 5-10 minutes getting ready on the day

With hair and makeup taken care of, only the final hurdle of finding a fabulous outfit remains. So, do you tackle the riotous Christmas crowds for the last little black dress on the shelf or squeeze in to something from last year, hoping that no one will notice its reappearance? What if there was a thrilling third option: someone to do the shopping for you? Enter Jillian Crago and Kristy Rogerson from Operation Style. Whether you need a total wardrobe makeover, a style analysis or, my personal favourite, a guided shopping spree, these uber-stylish fashionistas will hunt down outfits that have you looking glamorous, sexy and sassy in no time. For those who are ultra-strapped for time, Operation Style will bring the garments to you, plus take care of any returns or exchanges. Could looking great be any easier? (For all the latest in fashion happenings keep an eye on their blog.)

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