Beauty: PREP In an ideal world, we'd all have radiant skin at the time of the big Christmas party. But the reality is that with all the year-end stress, late nights and new vices that we've picked up, our skin gives up before the first carol is sung. With a few weeks to go until party season, take a breather from your hectic schedule and hit the spa for an hour or two to get yourself back on track. For problem skin, we recommend Luxus Beauty spa's Ainhoa Luxe Gold & Vitamin C Refreshing and Nutritive Program (HK$1,680/90min). The products used in the treatment contain caviar extract, gold and vitamin C, which help to refresh the skin (vitamin C), improve elasticity and minimise pores (caviar extract) as well as increase micro-circulation to oxygenate facial tissue (gold). The treatment includes a thorough cleansing, gentle peel, facial massage with the Luxe Gold Day & Night Cream (not the regular massage creams that some spas use for facials), as well as a Collagen Biomatrix Vitamin C Mask, which is hydrated with facial tonic and left on for 20 to 30 minutes. The treatment finishes up with a shoulder and chest massage, then the mask is removed and Luxe Gold Eye Essence is lightly massaged on to the eye area while the Luxe Gold Day & Night Cream is applied to lock in moisture. A needle extraction is also available as part of the package. Though not for the squeamish, the extraction works wonders on facial acne. Meanwhile, for those who want to both feel good and do good, Chuan Spa is offering a new Organik Integrity treatment (HK$1,580) that is '100 per cent pure, 100 per cent chemical free and 100 per cent ethical'. Launched last month, the two-hour treatment uses ingredients that are certified organic, free of synthetics and not tested on animals. All core products used were created through hydro and wind energy. This environmentally-friendly treatment starts with a facial, which includes a clay peel, warm honey exfoliating mask and a hydrating massage that finishes with a flax serum application. This is followed by a full-body body polish, body wrap, hot-stone application to relax the muscles and finally a scalp massage. Beauty: GOODIES With Christmas always comes a rush of new beauty products and skincare sets. Whatever your make-up style, we have picked out some of the best products that will make sure you dazzle your way through to the new year. Clean and Classic If you're not a fan of the wild splashes of colour we're seeing in make-up this year, keep it clean and simple this Christmas with high quality skincare to show off your skin and neutral make-up to play up your best features. La Mer (below from left), best known for its face cream, bundles the famous product into a trio in the new Connoisseur Collection. Priced at HK$3,600, this handy box set comes complete with Cr?me de La Mer (60ml), The Lifting Face Serum (9ml) and The Eye Concentrate (15ml) for a one-stop daily skincare regime. Meanwhile, for a weekly boost of moisture, we like Decl?or's 'Flower Essence' moisturising mask (HK$380) from its Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution range. Unlike many masks, the product is light and creamy with no caking after application. The result is brighter, more moisturised skin. As for make-up, Clarins has come out with a Palazzo D'Oro collection that consists of elegant golds and classic browns. We recommend the Gold Attraction Face Palette (HK$530) for an overall glow, and the Gold Attraction Eye Quartet and Liner Palette (HK$530) for a subtle but sexy gaze. Fun and Experimental If playing it safe is not your thing, take advantage of this season's fun and funky products for an unforgettable Christmas look. Hip, trendy make-up simply won't work on tired, dehydrated skin. Keep your skin young and fresh with Clinique's Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturiser (HK$550). With regular application, skin becomes smoother and more elastic - an ideal canvas for make-up. When it comes to fun make-up, few brands do it better than M.A.C. We like the 5 Cool Capers mini pigment and glitter set (HK$300), which plays to this year's 80s make-up trend with fuchsia, purple, mauve, blue-green and turquoise hues. Experiment with the colours for a look that's vibrant, sexy and definitely not for the faint of heart. Top it all off with a sexy mane and you've got the full package. Our favourite volume booster this season is Philip B's The Full, Sexy Hair Collection (HK$540). The Peppermint & Avocado Clarifying & Volumizing Shampoo gets rid of the build-up weighing down your hair, while the Katira Universal Revitalizing Hair Masque gives your strands shine and vitality. Make-up Virgin New to the colourful world of make-up but overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options? Keep it simple with a beginner's kit of necessities that makes primping as easy as 1-2-3. Prep your skin with a decent moisturiser to ensure that make-up goes on smoothly. We recommend stopping by MTM's Skincare Centre for its new Reishi Moisturizer (HK$1,580/30ml) that will be custom-blended for you upon a skin consultation. The product's Japanese red reishi extract revives skin while the Si Yu herbal formulation combines four herbal medicine ingredients for smooth, nourished skin. Next comes the primer. As our skin gets drier during the winter months, primer smoothes over skin imperfections to create the ideal make-up base. We like the oh-so-silky Matt It skin primer from The Body Shop (HK$129). The gel soothes with aloe vera and chamomile extract, and glides on for a shine-free finish. For a first-timer's make-up kit, we recommend the versatile Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette by Bobbi Brown (HK$580). The compact contains a mix of cool and earthy tones for the eyes as well as four neutral pinks and corals for the lips. We also like how the compact fits easily in your purse for easy re-application throughout the night. Beauty: FIRST AID We all have our own hangover prevention tricks. I drink an impossible amount of water before bed, my brother swears by sports drinks, and my friend insists on a combination of bacon sandwiches and Coke Zero. Once in a while, however, our pre-emptive strikes simply don't work and we wake up queasy, run-down and sincerely regretting that fifth tequila shot. Never fear. Nutritionist Wynnie Chan is on hand with day-after hangover cures that will 'transform you from Morticia Adams to Maud Adams'. Breakfast in a glass Replace lost electrolytes and fluids by downing this soothing 'breakfast in a glass'. Bananas are rich in both potassium and magnesium (minerals which are depleted by the diuretic effect of alcohol). Apple juice and banana contain fructose, which is a natural fruit sugar that helps the liver process any lingering alcohol in your bloodstream faster and so helps get rid of toxins more efficiently. Banana also contains easily digested carbs, which will provide a much-needed boost to your low blood sugar levels. Mixed berries are high in vitamin C and antioxidants - additional weapons needed in your recovery kit after a night of partying. 1 banana, chopped roughly 11/2 cups frozen or fresh berries 1 cup apple juice Blitz in a processor until smooth, add a large handful of ice, stir and sip while you make your moisturising face mask (see below). After easing your tender stomach with your breakfast in a glass, follow this up with a fruit juice spritzer (equal proportions of 100 per cent fruit juice and distilled water). This will help to further replenish the fluid your body has lost from drinking. Honey and yoghurt face mask Alcohol dehydrates your skin - period. Do your skin a favour and feed it from the inside out by drinking plenty of water first, then tackle surface problems by applying this wonderfully hydrating and moisturising face mask. Yoghurt and honey are all that is needed to make this mask. Yoghurt cleanses and soothes while honey helps to moisturise your skin, it also contains antibacterial properties to tackle pores and blemishes. 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 1 tablespoon honey Mix together until it forms a smooth paste. Smooth over your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a warm cloth. If you have a couple of cold tea bags, pop these over your eyes at the same time. Failing that, a couple of ice cold teaspoons will do the trick. Beauty: CHARITY Cosmetics brand NARS turns 15 this year, and in a display of true Christmas spirit, this teenager is celebrating by helping the less fortunate. The anniversary project - a book named '15X15' - commemorates the 15 years of NARS with portraits of 15 celebrities wearing the brand's products. Founder and creative director Fran?ois Nars did the make-up for each celebrity and photographed the portraits himself, with each celebrity posing as a certain icon or personality. Designer Marc Jacobs poses as 1960s supermodel China Mercado, complete with bright red nail polish. Model and actress Lisa Marie Smith dons a futuristic ensemble with a geometric theme. Model Dayle Haddon is a stunning interpretation of actress Elizabeth Taylor, while model Tyson Ballou looks the part of a fierce Greek warrior with Mono? Body Glow II. Each celebrity has put forward a charity of their choice, and profits from the project will be shared among the 15 organisations.