‘A few of my favourite things’

Kazia Pelka shares her beauty se­crets for the fes­tive sea­son

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Nail­ing it

At the start of the fes­tive sea­son I’ll book in for a pedi­cure. It’s a mo­ment away from the mad­ness, and it makes me feel great. I keep up the good work at home by ap­ply­ing a glossy top coat to re­store shine and adding a lit­tle oil around the cu­ti­cles, too, for smooth­ness. As for my fin­ger­nails, I do a DIY mani when I’m in a rush, swap­ping my usual hand cream for REN AHA Body Serum, £35, which has smooth­ing gly­colic acid and knocks 10 years off the back of hands. I’ll then use a slick of OPI Nail Envy in Bub­ble Bath, £19.50, which dries in min­utes with a French mani ef­fect that I love.

All about the scents

It’s hard to carve out me-time but, come Christ­mas, we do all need pam­per­ing. I love to unwind by fill­ing my bath with a few drops of es­sen­tial oils like clary sage and fes­tive frank­in­cense, both of which are in­cred­i­bly up­lift­ing and ground­ing. Scented candles are a must, too. This Works Black Spice & Cedar, £25, and John Lewis & Part­ners Win­ter Spice, £18, are on ro­ta­tion in my house dur­ing win­ter for the warm­ing trail they leave. Plus, they fit with my motto: if your house smells gor­geous and you have lots of beau­ti­ful flow­ers, no one will no­tice the mess!

Re­fresh & re­vive

Go­ing out with no time to do your make-up? My favourite trick is to blot skin with a thin sheet of tis­sue be­fore spritz­ing with a fa­cial mist like Cau­dalie Grape Wa­ter, from £6. It’s a great way to re­fresh with­out cleans­ing. I’ll then spray cotton buds with the wa­ter and use to re­move any smudged mas­cara or liner, fo­cus­ing on the outer cor­ners of eyes. I also rec­om­mend tap­ping serum around the eyes and edges of lips be­fore touch­ing up make-up, to cre­ate a smooth can­vas and pre­vent lip­stick from bleeding.

Skin savers

Busy days and late nights can lead to a dull com­plex­ion, but I swear by my own win­ter rule of adding an ex­tra layer to skin­care. Al­ready us­ing a thick serum? Add a lighter one un­der­neath that’s an­tiox­i­dant rich. I stock up on night-time masks, too, to get skin­care ben­e­fits while sleep­ing. Right now, my go to is This Works Sleep Power Recharge Mask, £32. It’s an easy way to keep skin glowing and nour­ished when time is limited over Christ­mas. And when I really need a re­boot, I drink wa­ter with a scat­ter of Hi­malayan pink rock salt. It en­cour­ages the move­ment of fluid through­out the body to­wards the lymph nodes, which helps clear con­ges­tion, boost im­mu­nity and re­duce puffy morn­ing-af­ter face – per­fect af­ter too much fizz!

Clutch es­sen­tials

My take-every­where sta­ple is Delilah Ul­ti­mate Shine Gloss in Mod­esty, £22. It adds low-key

glam­our and lasts from day to evening. I’d also feel lost with­out my trusty Max Fac­tor Pan Stik

Foun­da­tion, £7.99.

It’s too heavy as a base, but per­fect as a con­cealer with its su­per creamy tex­ture that gives great cov­er­age. Scent is very im­por­tant to me too, and my go-to is a woody, flo­ral chypre like Guerlain Mit­souko, from £53, or Clin­ique

Aro­mat­ics Elixir, £22.50 – or both. It is Christ­mas af­ter all!

My wish list

Un­der the tree, I am hop­ing for any­thing that will im­prove my well­be­ing, be it med­i­ta­tion classes or Cham­pagne! I’d also love to re­ceive Ilapothe­cary Beat The Blues Room Spray, £28, and Good Vibe Reeds, £45. They are packed with es­sen­tial oils to in­spire, calm and up­lift. They really do lift my mood when­ever I feel low or hor­monal. But above all, I wish for a re­lax­ing time with my friends and fam­ily in front of an open fire.

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