CHRISTMAS is always manic and between work, buying gifts and keeping three kids alive, getting a mani or wax are the last things on my list.
But even if I could find the time, it’s almost impossible to get an appointment – with many salons already booked up until the big day.
Lynsey saved nearly £600 by doing her own beauty treatments
Treatments are being snapped up well over a month in advance at the moment, according to booking site Treatwell.
Salon calendars for December are usually organised by November 18.
And good luck if you want the peak pre-Christmas dates between December 16 and 20.
Ricky Walters, founder of SALON64 in London, says: “We are noticing clients are super organised and are booking appointments ahead of the Christmas rush.”
But for those struggling to get an appointment, there are now countless salon-style treatments to do yourself at home.
From Botox in a bottle to a pedi in a box, they may add time, but save on money.
So, I decided to give myself a full-body makeover at home.
I saved around £600 on what I would have spent with the professional – and feel a million dollars.
These are my verdicts on each treatment, with marks out of ten.
Botox in a bottle
Agireline and Matrixyl made Lynsey’s skin glow
FIRST up, what TikTok users like to call “Botox in a bottle”.
The wrinkle-zapping solution requires mixing two serums by The Ordinary (10% Argireline Solution, £5.50, and Matrixyl 10% Plus HA High Strength Peptide Formulation, £9.60, both at cultbeauty.co.uk).
SALON PRICE: £210 a session
VERDICT: I didn’t notice much difference in a week, but my skin did gain a lovely glow.
By Siobhan O’Connor
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