Gigi here with “Must-Do’s” for a Dazzling and Dream-Filled New Year!
Since Miss Meg, the reviewers, and readers of this site have been an immense inspiration and Godsend to me in a painful year, allow me to reciprocate with the beauty tips below. These are resolutions you can keep and they’re even better than Drugstore Deals–most are free! May 2009 be wonderful for you, a year replete with great people, events, and blessings!
Visit Meg’s Makeup Daily. Meg is the epitome of grace under pressure as she knocks herself out to serve others. Here you’ll continue to find content that is fresh, fabulous, and hilarious. Fall in love with Meg herself and study her insightful musings. Questions? E-mail us, as we love you! Warning: The site is highly addictive. Try not to ignore the rest of your life while you are glued to the screen, learning and laughing.
Smile. A “killer” smile can transform a woman from Miss Gulch to Cindy Crawford. Despite problems, fake it. Psychological research shows that moving your facial muscles upward will actually improve your mood. People are drawn to smiles.
Be Confident. Okay, so your knees are buckling and palms are sweating. Time to play “pretend” again. Think positively, hold your head high, and look like you can handle anything, as you can. The most alluring women aren’t generally those with the best features and figures-they’re those who feel good about themselves. It’s a natural aphrodisiac.
OD on Chocolate. As you’re probably aware, the ingredients induce a sense of well-being similar to romance. Now you have a true excuse for going crazy. If caught eating a stash of candy, say, “Gigi made me to do this.” No need to hide wrappers any longer!
Make Less of Stress. Stress detracts from beauty as few things do. Listen to classical music. Blast the stereo and dance through your home to disco tunes. Play video games. Several years ago I was furious with someone and served veal to my family the next day. Why was it the most tender meat they ever had? I pounded it for an hour!
Other fun ideas: When someone tells you to have a nice day, say, “Sorry, can’t do it–I have other plans.” Submit your income tax in Roman Numerals and write illegibly. Bill your physician for the time you spend waiting to be seen. Write a short story out of the letters in alphabet soup. Pay utility bills in pennies. Create your own nonsense language and place an order at a fast-food drive-through window. Be nice to cruel people and watch as they become confused. Better yet? Look at them through a fork and pretend that they’re in jail!
Take Your Vitamins! Your mother was right (mothers are always right!). The RDA’s suggested dosage helps you survive but doesn’t promote optimal health or beauty. Mariana reminded us that Omega Oils are full of with nutrients for glowing skin. Vitamin C is a multi-tasking wonder–it’s a homeopathic antihistamine, repairs tissue, and works to even skin tone and leave you luminous. It’s hard to overdo this–any excess is naturally excreted. Weak hair and peeling nails? Attack the problems with a potent B-Complex formula. B Vitamins are essential for the nervous system and need to be replenished every eight hours. If you are running low, these will actually be drawn from hair, nails, and skin.
Become Friends with Water. Cold water can “jumpstart” your metabolism and help you to lose weight. Toxins will be flushed from your system and skin cells plumped to keep you gorgeous. Your face and body will thank you.
Shun the Sun. That doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors, but seek products with SPF protection. Clothing offers only low SPF protection. Leather is great for clothing and accessories–not skin! GLAM ON INTO 2009!