Get Holiday Ready!

I’ll admit it – I LOVE HOLIDAY PARTIES! I know they can be boring or crazy or cheesy (ugly sweaters, anyone?) or everything in between. No matter when or where, I love getting together in person with all the folks in my life – even during this crazy busy season!

Of course, part of the fun is getting ready to go out! As a work-at-home mom, my days generally don’t call for much primping. So when I get the chance, I love to get dressed up. But during the winter, it’s hard to fight the static-y hat hair and dry skin that plagues everyone living in Philadelphia!  So many of the parties we are invited to are in the city, so that involves finding parking, then walking through the streets in the cold and wind. So trying to find an outfit that is cute, but warm is an added challenge!

Here are a few of our tips for getting the bang for your buck when getting ready for a night on the town! Pour yourself a pre-party glass of wine and enjoy the process!

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  1. Start in the shower – Your night out look starts in the shower! Prep your hair for major volume with Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. Pantene’s silicon-free formulation gently cleans fine hair to remove build-up that works against body and lift! Remember, your blowout needs to have the right base to look amazing and this product is designed to deliver weightless body that lasts for up to 24h! I also use Olay Moisture Outlast Body Wash to make sure my skin in silky smooth. Did you know that each bottle contains more than a jar of Olay moisturizers to help quench thirsty skin???
  2. Moisturize Immediately – Put your lotion on as soon as you get out of the shower – when your skin is still nice and warm and slightly damp. It will help your pores absorb all that great moisture! During winter, I love Olay Total Effects Feather Weight Moisturizer. It moisturizes, while not being so greasy that my make up just slides off! Plus, its formulated with Olay SolaSheer technology so it nourishes your skin while protecting against both UVB and UVA rays!
  3. Blowout with Volume – I have a secret formula to a great blowout. First I prep my hair with Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse. Rub this into your roots before you blow dry and you’ll be amazed at how much thicker your hair looks! I blow-dry with a round brush, while bending over, so my hair has tons of volume.  I touch up lightly with a flat iron and then finish with Herbal Essenses Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray. It has great hold, but is so light that it helps prevent winter flat hair.  I love this collection because it allows me to keep my style looking natural, but full of bounce and volume!
  4. Paint that sticks – Start with a primer, then play up your eyes with CoverGirl Eye Enhancers and layer on some Lash Blast Mascara! LashBlast is great for festive soirees because it transforms quiet lashes into a thick, full dramatic array of lashes with zero clumps! For a party, I go for a lip stain instead of a lipstick. Then you’re lip color stays on your lips instead of being left on your wine glass. CoverGirl Outlast Lip Stain is amazing – it will stay on all night long!
  5. Dress for the weather – If you’re going to be walking around the city, dress for it! Philly can be frigid when the wind blows! If you’re going with a dress or skirt, tights and booties are your friends! Or dress up a great pair of jeans with a sequined or embellished top.
  6. ENJOY! After a little primping, you’ll feel like a million bucks! My normally flat hair is bouncy and my normally naked face is made up! Better go out and enjoy every minute!

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. I need to try that body wash, moisturizer, and mousse. This time of year, my skin is super dry and my hair is so flat. These seem like they’d be perfect.

  2. I am such a homebody. I have to really gear up to go out, even during holiday season! LOL. I need to try that volumizing mousse and hairspray. My hair is so thin.

  3. I love all your beauty tips! Definite going to incorporate them into my prepping for going out routine! And the lip stain product you mentioned s definitely a must have!

  4. Susan Baughman says:

    Favorite beauty product for winter is a really rich moisturizing lotion. I use it all over my body and sometime to take care of frizzy, fly away hair.

  5. I love breaking out my peter thomas roth moisturizer

  6. Annamarie V says:

    My favorite beauty product for winter is jojoba oil that I mix with different essential oils to help with winter dry skin.

  7. I break out the Aquaphor for my knees, feet and elbows. It really locks in the moisture!

  8. Brittney House says:

    I love to use Vaseline on my lips and body.

  9. I break out Aveeno moisturizing body lotion with Lavender in the winter.

  10. i love my clinique moisturizer

  11. christina moore says:

    Favorite beauty product for winter is the Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray

  12. I am a fan of Neutrogena moisturizer with SPF for my face because my skin is especially dry in winter.

  13. My favorite beauty product is for this time of year is red lipstick

  14. I like breaking out darker lipsticks!

  15. some moisturizer and lip balm.

  16. I break out my Udderly Smooth hand cream. My hands get so dried out.

  17. Trisha Burgess says:

    I break out moisturizer and foundation! No summer glow!

  18. I bring out a brighter blush and nail polish

  19. I always whip out my moisturizers and mary kate setting spray

  20. tracy davis says:

    I breakout my vaseline moisturizer.

  21. Mary Calabrese says:

    I break out the carmex healing lotion

  22. I recently found that I love Vaseline Intensive Care Spray lotion. It’s so handy after showering. It’s not greasy at all which I love.

  23. Holden Humphreys says:

    I use a milk-based shaving cream in the winter because I tend to let my beard grow out more between shaves and the milk-based shaving cream handles the extra growth better.

  24. I love buying some heavier lotion every winter! I also use chapstick much more!

  25. Heather Williams says:

    Vaseline. Its cheap and can be used so many ways. I love it!

  26. My favorite beauty products I break out in winter are a facial moisturizer, body lotion and lip balm/chap stick.

  27. I break out the Aveeno Daily Moisturizer and coconut oil in winter.

  28. erica driver says:

    My Carmex lip balm my lips are so bad during winter

  29. I love my Swivel Stick Cocoa Butter in Winter! I need all the moisture I can get on my lips and this always does the trick and makes my lips feel and look healthy.

  30. Cindy Peterson says:

    Burts Bee cuticle cream is a lifesaver for me in the winter.

  31. I love cocoa butter in the winter to keep my skin soft.

  32. I love a Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion and a nice heavy lip balm like Rosebud Salve.

  33. Julie Murphy says:

    I need lotion always in the winter.

  34. I use lots of moisturizer and chapstick in the winter!

  35. Moisturizer (in the morning and in the evening) and lip balm are my winter beauty essentials!

  36. I always bring out my moisturizers and powders

  37. carmex chapstick and aveeno moisturizing lotion

  38. A really good moisturizer like cetaphil works great to keep my skin nice and smooth.

  39. Jessica To says:

    I have to get out my Carmex lip balm and lots of lotion.

  40. I like EOS lip balm.

  41. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    The winter really does a number on my skin. It tends to be quite dry so I have to use good moisturizers on my skin to keep it nourished.

  42. Kitty Iecvan says:

    I use jojoba oil for my hair and skin during winter.

  43. DeAnna Keller says:

    During the dry winter months, I break out all my moisturizers and use them religiously. That’s when my eczema is at its worst.

  44. Sharon Cubic says:

    My favorite go to for winter is Clinique night moisturizer

  45. I whip out all of my moisturizers during the winter

  46. saegan anderson says:

    moisturizer by philosophy

  47. Jennifer M. says:

    I like to use carmex on my lips!

  48. I break out the moisturizer for sure

  49. I usually break out for the winter is all the bright red lipsticks for the winter to make that pop!

  50. I like Burt’s Bees products to keep my skin hydrated during the winter time.

  51. Michele Cupp says:

    I like to use an Aloe gel during the winter to combat my severely dry skin.

  52. The Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner for sure . The whole family loves their products.

  53. Kimberly O says:

    I use coconut oil for dry patches on my face. Thanks.

  54. In the winter I break out my eucerin lotion and my burts bees lip wax.

  55. Charles-Linda Bradshaw says:

    I just use lotion more in the winter. I don’t really do much more than that.

  56. I like to use my concealer formula since skin is always worse looking in winter it seems.

  57. Melissa Teears says:

    I breakout the Chapstick and leave in conditioner for the winter

  58. Teresa Moore says:

    I use more intensive hydrating lotion for dry skin. My hands get so cracked in the cold weather.

  59. My lip gloss and moisturizer are mists for the winter.

  60. Moisturizing cream and chapstick are winter musts.

  61. Frankincense essential oil for my face!

  62. Anita Duvall says:

    Lot’s of conditioner for the hair. Heavy moisturizer esp. for the cracked skin. Lot’s of water.

  63. Elizabeth E says:

    I need cocoa butter lotion in the winter!

  64. Heavy moisturizer and lip balm.

  65. Moisturizer (I use argan oil by day and by night, rose hip oil) and hair serum. Must haves!

  66. Oh I have to say moisturizer and conditioner! Both so needed during the cold winter months.

  67. Lynne Marie says:

    I breakout lip balms, body butters and in-shower moisturizers.

  68. I use a lot of moisturizer come winter. I use Aveeno moisturizing lotion the most.

  69. heather eg kaufman says:

    I make a DoTerra peppermint sugar scrub that is great for dry winter skin.

  70. I love Hempz Peppermint lotion I can only find once a year

  71. A few things I always go-to in Winter are Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey lip balm, Aveeno Calming Comfort Baby Bath Lavender & Vanilla, B&BW Triple Moisture Lotions, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Nourishing Body Lotion, Calming Lavender & Chamomile.

  72. I use chapstick to keep my lips from becoming dry.

  73. Jessica Cox says:

    Moisturizer is a must all the time for my skin and I use extra during the winter months

  74. I make sure to always have a good lip balm on hand during the winter! I love Smith’s Rosebud Salve!

  75. Definitely need my facial moisturizer with sunscreen in the winter! And good body cream is also a must. For hair, a good hairspray for the fly away static hair.

  76. Karrie Smith says:

    Spf moisturizer

  77. I break out Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cleanser and Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash – Exfoliate & Replenish, and Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.

  78. In the winter I go through a lot of face and hand moisturizer and I tend to use more heat-protecting spray for my hair because if I don’t blow-dry after a shower the cold air makes my hair super frizzy and dried out!

  79. Natalie Brown says:

    I break out everything with extra moisturizer for sure. Hair care products, body products and lip products that will help with the effects of dry air. Thank-you for this super fun chance!

  80. I’m a recent convert to Olay Total Effects Feather Weight Moisturizer! Absolutely love it. And… Winter always means extra lip balm for me, and coconut oil on my hands! Thank you for the giveaway and Happy New Year!

  81. I love breaking out my heel cream and rose water scrub

  82. beth shepherd says:

    I break out my lotion for my feet and hands. I also use lots of lip moisturizer. Thank you

  83. I always use a moisturizing body wash in the winter because how dry my skin can get.

  84. I always use lip balm, but find myself using it more in the colder months. The cold weather always chaps my lips.

  85. I add a little extra Bamboo Oil to my hair in the winter to reduce static & frizz and to boost the shine

  86. I break out my heavy duty moisturizer this time of year. My skin just gets so dry!

  87. Alison Gibb says:

    I break out my Estee Lauder Bronzer in the winter. It is my favorite pretend tan!

  88. david paremske says:

    Lotion to keep the skin from drying out.

  89. Amie George says:

    My favorite beauty product is coconut oil. I can use it all over my body to keep it soft and hydrated and also inside my body to keep me healthy.

  90. I break out the Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in the winter.

  91. Susan Chester says:

    I use Vaseline jelly on my skin in the winter. I put it on before I shower and when I get out my skin is supersoft!

  92. I like to use aquaphor for my skin.

  93. robyn paris says:

    I break out the heavy duty skin creams to keep my skin from getting dry.

  94. I use a body oil right after a shower. I still apply a moisturizer on top of it, and it helps to keep my skin soft and protect it from drying out!

  95. Jennifer Rote says:

    I need some Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse! I break out the moisturizer more often during the winter.

  96. Monique Rizzo says:

    I use aquafor a lot for cracked skin, Thank you for the chance.

  97. my lip balm

  98. melissaandkeith miller says:

    I have to use Carmex a lot in the winter. My lips always crack

  99. Moisturizer and conditioner for my hair.

  100. Baby Lips and a good Body Butter!

  101. I really like using NYX cream blushes in the winter.

  102. I usually need a better moisturizer for the winter.

  103. DeAnna Keller says:

    I have to use alot of moisturizer on my skin during the winter. I also use hair volume products since I have thin hair.

  104. Kathy Eyre says:

    I live in the desert so moisturizer is the number one for me!

  105. Michelle Castagne says:

    I like to use a good body butter in the winter to combat the dry skin.

  106. I like Aveda moisturizer.

  107. I always break out a new assortment of lip balms for the winter. Nivea is my current favorite.

  108. I use more moisturizing lotions and lip balms.

  109. A good moisturizer!!

  110. I find a great moisturizing lotion for my dry skin! thanks so much for the chances to win.

  111. Alisha Lecroy says:

    Moisturizing shampoo and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm.

  112. Vaseline and Aveeno body lotion

  113. I have to have my lotion and my Urban Decay Naked 2 eye palette.

  114. Judy Schechter says:

    I live in Illinois so I can’t live without my body butters (from Treehut and Victoria’s Secret ). And the heat makes my hair full of static so I spray Static Guard on my brush! I would love to try the Herbal Essences hair products!

  115. Katherine Riley says:

    I like a good hand moisturizer. My fingers crack during the cold winter month’s. Gold Bond makes a great lotion for it.

  116. In the winter months I break out my olive oil moisturizer for extra hydration, my eczema lotion to avoid a breakout in trouble spots and my favorite lip balm!

  117. Colette S says:

    The gold bond bumpy cream. I needed that one

  118. Stephanie Liske says:

    I pull out all my smell good lotions to keep my skin moisturized.

  119. stephanie baker says:

    Primer, good tip! I never use it, but I’m betting it would rock my world because my makeup never lasts very long. My skin has always gotten dry during winter. I’ve only recently come up with a product that works consistently, Garnier gel. I also like using Nivea chapstick to avoid cracked lips.

  120. Danielle Magee says:

    I love my moisturizer and Burts Bees lipbalm.

  121. susan smoaks says:

    i love using carmen on my lips and my skin in the winter. it really helps me.

  122. Stephanie Larison says:

    I get out the moisturizer and the darker shades of lipstick.

  123. Stephanie M says:

    I love using coconut oil in the winter to keep my skin soft, supple, and moisturized

  124. I love using Trader Joe’s coconut body butter in the winter!

  125. laurie murley says:

    I have to have a great moisturizing body wash and a great thick lotion for my body and face.

  126. I love Curex lotion for winter skin!

  127. amy tolley says:

    i love burts bees items especially the peppermint lotion for aches really works great

  128. Neutragena makes a very thick hand cream that I love in the winter.

  129. Theresa D says:

    Each winter I break out Origins body butter it really helps with winter dry skin.

  130. tina reynolds says:

    More moisturizers to fight the harsh winter here in mn and sparkly darker eye colors

  131. Mary Gardner says:

    I use lots of coconut oil in the winter for hair and skin.

  132. Mary Dailey says:

    Definitely all kinds of moisturizers for body, lips and hair!

  133. Sarah Cool says:

    I use hair ties and clips in winter because the wind can easily wreck a cute hairdo!

  134. I break out my Aveeno during winter for dryness! I also use a lot of hair ties and headbands.

  135. Francine Anchondo says:

    I break out my moisturizers for my dry skin

  136. jeanne conner says:

    My face is exposed out in the elements everyday and I must have my chapstick or other lip balms..

  137. I use tons of moisturizer in the winter face moisturizer and body butter!

  138. I break out the Vaseline and Vicks!

  139. Moisturizer and chapstick

  140. I get the big huge bottles of moisturizer and buy stock in chapstick. Thank you

  141. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I have to break out my AQUAPHOR in the winter to keep from drying out!

  142. melissa Resnick says:

    bottles of moisturizer

  143. Terry Cross says:

    I break out my moisturizer and Chapstick

  144. Kelley Powers says:

    Every day i use herbal essence mousse in my hair. In the winter, i have to start using lotion everyday on my skin. I like bath and body works.

  145. My hair gets really dry and I use Kerastase shampoo and conditioner on it. On my skin use eye cream and moisturizer around my mouth

  146. Real basic- chapstick

  147. Miz Vickik says:

    Lotion and a bright lipstick to brighten up my face. =)

  148. Jennifer R45 says:

    My favorite beauty products I break out in winter are Aquaphor products. I love their Aquaphor Lip Repair and their HEALING OINTMENT WITH TOUCH-FREE APPLICATOR.

  149. tiffany lane says:

    a heavy face moisturizer, because wind burn can happen fast and chap your skin

  150. Jessica Holmes says:

    I drink extra water, use Vasoline on my lips, exfoliate every few days, and moisturize with Cerave.

  151. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I have to buy moisturizer and hair conditioner my skin and hair get so dry in the winter with the heater going in the house.

  152. Tracy Shafer says:

    My lip balm and skin is dry in the winter they are a must have

  153. Kathleen S. says:

    I use extra moisturizer in the winter. Clinique makes a great one called Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief that you can use several times a day without it making you break out.

  154. Savannah Hadden says:

    Lots of moisturizing products. My hair and skin get very dry in the winter so I’m always on the look out for anything hydrating. I also need a good face scrub to exfoliate, my favorite is Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Scrub!

  155. Michelle Ward says:

    Each winter I break out tons of chapstick and lotions.

  156. JennyLynn says:

    Would like to try that volumizer, my hair is so flat and thin.

  157. Virginia Rowell says:

    I break out the chapstick for my lips and baby oil for my skin.

  158. I use some moisturizing face masks.

  159. Moisturizing lip balm and a hearty lotion are definitely my beauty must-haves in the winter.


  161. Rachel Freer says:

    I always have to break out my Neutrogena face moisturizer every winter.

  162. Summer B. says:

    I break out my moisturizer for my face and lips.

  163. natasha lamoreux says:

    I get super dry skin in the winter so I always use a great moisturizer. Right now Im using Aveeno.

  164. stephanie landeros says:

    I love my Aveeno lotion in the winter to hydrate my skin and my trusty EOS lip balms to keep my lips from drying out.

  165. maria villamil says:

    I would love love love to try the mousse and the moisturizer. I believe those are great products. Your tips are great thankyou

  166. Chapstick and extra moisturizer are must haves for me during the winter.

  167. Rhonda W G. says:

    I must have my medicated Blistex for the winter!

  168. I break out the really rich creams and lotions and also chapsticks.

  169. Susan Smith says:

    I break out the Aquaphor for my knees, feet and elbows. My skin gets so dry in the winter.

  170. Carolyn Daley says:

    I like moisturizing lotion and Carmex lip balm.

  171. Lorena Keech says:

    Beauty oil, it is a very rich combo of avocado oil and olive oil.

  172. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    During the winter I use Neutrogena hand cream that is a thick Vaseline type texture to apply to my hands at night otherwise my hands will crack and bleed from the cold.

  173. Bonnie Day says:

    I love the Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse and hairspray My hair looks so much better since I discovered them I also use Honest body oil after a shower I love the feel of it and it so helps my winter dry skin

  174. Cassandra says:

    In the winter, I break out the body butter and heavier moisturizer, lip balm, and oils for my hair.

  175. kelly mcgrew says:

    my go-to’s are Gold Bond intense moisture hand lotion, Simply facial moisturizer, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume, and Secret Clinical Strength deodorant in the Oprah Winfrey citrus scent!

  176. My moisturizer works overtime during the winter months.

  177. Amy Deeter says:

    The Aveeno moisturizing body lotion is what i use a lot during the winter months

  178. I use a lot of L’occitane and avene skin care during winter because my skin gets so dry.

  179. paige jagan says:

    Definitely my moisturizer and chapstick!

  180. Jessica Whitehouse says:

    I tend to use darker colors in the winter. I also change scents, using a spicy or musky scent instead of flowery.

  181. Laurie Emerson says:

    I break out the Aveeno for moisturizing skin and the Burt’s Bees to help with chapped lips.

  182. I use Yu-be hand cream a lot in the winter because my hands crack.