Forget the slicks of oily sheen and super-extended sweeps on this season’s runway and think ‘classic’ smoky eyes for Christmas. Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye Palette has all the matte basics for a perfect, simple, foundation smoky eye anyone can master. Gorgeous, rich metals add glamour and all you need is a steady hand, a few practice runs and really good brushes – I don’t need to tell you the one that comes with the palette is just for show.

riri mac holiday red
We’ve all had Rihanna ‘what were you thinking?’ moments but never about her lipstick choices. No surprise then that she’s back with MAC for Christmas 2013 with about the best red lip anywhere this party season. Lots of depth and lusciousness, Riri © MAC Holiday Lipstick in RiRi Woo is destined to sell out as soon as it hits counters on December 5th. Find it at Selfridges, but be quick.

elegant touch garnet nails
In a perfect world, Christmas would be organised by elves and we’d be sitting about drumming our perfect nails just waiting for the big day itself. But in case that’s not your life, Elegant Touch UV Gel Technology Nails are the best cheat I know to fill in until ‘manicure’ moves further up your festive To-Do-List. Don’t be tempted to go for novelty – if you can resist a Reindeer Sweater you can resist Reindeer Nails – stay strictly polished, short and bright.

It’s the traditional season of the ‘Up-Do’, but don’t if you wouldn’t normally. This season’s low-ponytails convert perfectly for parties with a little bit more sleek and less casual in the construction. And if you need something more formal but not anywhere close to fussy, slick the ponytail part into a low chignon – easy.

Black crystal is everywhere from clutches and watches to ladylike heels. And, while ponies are cute and fine for hair, they’re definitely not the theme for festive shoes this year: go as high as you can, slim heel, no platform and just a hint of perfectly polished toes. These Balenciaga beauties are very covetable but it’s a high price tag for party shoes and there are lots of less costly, gorgeously crystalline alternatives about this Christmas.

lanvin floral crystal cuff
If crystal shoes are too much like commitment, try adding a touch of black and shiny to your wrists instead. I love this Lanvin cuff from Net-a-Porter but as long as you think: stand-out, statement and definitely not ‘skinny bangle’, you’ll find plenty of bracelets about that are just as glamorous.

I’m back with a monthly post from now on so if there’s anything you’d like to hear more about or want to know or need to say, get in touch and I’ll get right back to you. Have a great Christmas – and don’t forget to be good to yourself too!