Guest Post | How to Look Good at a Christmas Party

09 December 2017

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Holiday time is finally here, and the excitement in the air is almost palpable. December is the time of pristine white snow covering the top of our houses, making them look like icing on a cake, it’s the time of spiced apple cider and hot pies, the perfect moment for gifts and family. Of course, it’s also the time of glitz, glamour, and parties! The Christmas party was always my cherry on top when it comes to holiday celebrations, and I can never wait to start getting ready and rock a pretty little look every year. One could say I’m a pro when it comes to these things now. Regardless of the kind of party you’re attending this year, I’ve got a few nice tips to share that will help you look splendidly gorgeous and have a ton of fun! 

Indulge in some beauty treatments

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The best way to look like a goddess for a party is to feel like a goddess! Why not visit your cosmetician and treat yourself to something nice? I always go to the same skin clinic in Sydney and I like to get microdermabrasion a week or two before the event because then I know I’ll have perfectly smooth, velvety skin. Just indulge yourself, maybe you get some dermal fillers, maybe you get a little spa time, whatever you enjoy. It’s important to pamper ourselves and these little beautifying treatments can get us in just the right mood for the party. 

Wax at the right time

Don’t wax the day before the party unless you want red spots to show on your skin! Three to five days is a much better idea. 

Careful with the self-tan

That bronze summer glow is beautiful, but do be careful not to overdo it. Similarly to waxing, it’s best not to do it the night before. A week or two should be enough time for your skin tone to even out and look smooth. 

Let your dentist give you a row of pearly whites

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One of the best parts of Christmas parties are the photos! I love taking selfies with my friends, I love those beautiful family pictures. I want my smile to be absolutely perfect for those, so I have a habit of seeing this excellent cosmetic dentist in Sydney every December for a little teeth whitening. If you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, it’s always good to do it before Christmas and New Year. Imagine yourself with a bright red lipstick and blinding white teeth, charming hearts with your big grin. 

Pick the right outfit

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While Christmas is not really the time for revealing outfits, that doesn’t mean you can’t still be sexy. We’re going for elegance, we’re going for a refined, beautiful look that’s a little seductive, and very sophisticated. I recommend a silk blouse and a cashmere sweater paired with a pencil skirt, or perhaps a red or emerald wrap dress that looks gorgeous on any body type and gives you a dose of feminine allure. Add shimmery accessories – a slim bracelet, or a pair of dangling earrings, and a belt to go around your waist. 

Perfect your makeup game

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Makeup can be a real game-changer on a party, because it can either bring out your best features and make you look gorgeous in pictures, or it can smudge and become runny and make you look sloppy. To ensure it lasts all day, you want to use a good primer, and a good setting spray (like Urban Decay All Nighter). For a sultry, bombshell look that’s still perfectly appropriate for family dinners, try a chocolate cranberry smokey eye that will bring out all the glam and make your eyes really pop. 

One last tip, ladies: practice your makeup and wear your outfit before the actual party. You want to see how it all looks on you and change up the details you’re not satisfied with. Otherwise, bring good mood and your smiles, and enjoy the food, the booze, and the company! 


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Life Update | Where Have I Been?!

12 November 2017

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3 Months.

That's how long it's been since I wrote my last blog post.

The reason for that is life has just been a bit hectic since. In the space of about two months I'd got in a relationship, went on holiday, lost my job, went on holiday again, had a mental breakdown thinking I was going to lose my house and then got another job. Mental, right?

Things have started to settle back down now though and I'm hoping that I'll get back into the rhythm of blogging again!

Watch this space!
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Guest Post | How to Get Your Hair and Skin Ready for Party Season

10 November 2017

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Party season is coming and that means Winter is also right around the corner. This cold season can wreak havoc on your hair and skin if you’re not careful, but with a few simple steps you can stay on top of things and keep your hair and skin looking healthy and beautiful throughout Christmas and into the New Year. Combating the harsh effects of weather and tweaking your beauty regime to best suit the season will give you good results. So, with that in mind let’s look at a handful of top tips for looking after yourself this Winter.

Fight the dryness

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As the harsh winds and freezing temperatures cause irritation and dryness you are going to have to fight back. For your skin that means regularly moisturising – morning and night. If you want to look fabulous top to toe this party season you have to pay particular attention to your hands, lips and feet; cracking is the last thing you want when you want to show off that Christmassy nail polish or that lovely lipstick at your office’s Christmas party. In terms of  hair, a weekly deep conditioning treatment will give it a boost and help stop your scalp from  drying out too – your locks should be ready to host the perfect New Year’s Eve hairstyle if you take care of them in advance.

Go easy on the hair styling

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As your hair is already under a lot of stress from the elements you don’t want to add to that by overusing hair products – save it until the end of December when you’ll probably be investing in some party hairstyling. Go easy on the mousse and sprays, and use your styling tools sparingly. Your hair is already fighting damage and dryness, and the intense heat from straighteners, tongs and hairdryers is not going to help. A great way round this is to choose cool styles that don’t require a lot of help to stay in place. One of the best is a chic and always trendy Dutch braid – see tutorial here.

Protection from the elements

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When you’re out and about in Winter it’s inevitable that harsh weather is going to hit you. The best way to lessen the impact of intense cold, strong winds and heavy rain is to cover up, especially if you’re planning to spend the holiday season skiing. Buy a cosy Winter hat or scarf to wrap around your head. Use an oversized neck scarf or snood not only as a cool accessory, but to pull over your face when it gets really cold.

Flush out the toxins

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Regular exercise can play a huge role in maintaining healthy hair and skin, but the temptation is to slack off in Winter. Stay motivated though. You won’t just feel better and have more energy; you’ll also give your hair and skin a boost. That’s because exercise helps flush out toxins in the body, reducing the risk of breakouts and helping to maintain glossy locks and clear skin.

Be strategic with the shampoo

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This may be a good time to take a closer look at your hair washing routine. It’s a good idea to cut back on shampooing in Winter, so if you’re someone who likes to wash their hair every day cut back to two or three times a week. Also, turn the temperature down. No one’s saying that you need to wash in freezing cold water! But excessively hot water is not going to be good for your hair, or skin for that matter. Go with warm or lukewarm water and try giving your hair a cool rinse every now and then too.

From fighting the dryness with moisturising and conditioning products to opting for replacing product-heavy styles with natural looks like a Dutch braid, there are plenty of ways you can protect your skin and hair in Winter, getting yourself ready to look your best when party season begins! Being prepared is the first step and now that you’re armed with these top tips, start your new beauty routine as soon as possible – Christmas is just around the corner.
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