Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Eeek... Christmas party is coming. We need to transform from office wear to party princess in double quick time. Today, my top five party prep products...

Xen-Tan Mousse, £21.95
When you want a tan, and you want it now, Xen-Tan Mousse Intense is all you need. It has an instant tint, which is the perfect guide for even application. The tan continues to deepen over the next three hours until you're a golden bronze. Definitely one to apply the morning of the office party  - it smells of vanilla, not like some (smelly) fake tans, so you don't need to shower before hitting the party.
i-smoulder, £18
Dazzling eyes are a party essential. i – smoulder is a smoky eye pencil and shadow in one - great for creating glam eyes without much effort. For party eyes, run the eyeliner underneath the eye, inside the lash line, then blink hard to transfer the colour to the top lashes. Repeat this a couple of times for a dramatic look. To finish, use the cream eye shadow along the top lash line and blend upwards. There are two great new party shades: eye-catching Amethyst (blue) and sultry Sapphire (lilac).

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara, Radical Noir, £21.50

Eyes will never truly 'pop' until you've applied lashings of mascara. Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effect Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara, in Radical Noir is an intense black mascara that gives the universally desired lash thickness and length. A tip for controlled application - as you definitely don't have time to rectify smudges when rushing from desk to dance floor - is to bend the head of the mascara wand to a right angle. You won't have to bend your arm awkwardly, so you should get even application without any effort (or mess!)... give it a try!
*I'm well aware that for many people, the party look wouldn't be complete without some false lashes, so if mascara just isn't enough, check-in tomorrow for my top five false lashes
Les Tissages de Chanel, Tweed Fuscia, £31
A beautiful rosy glow can always be attained with the Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel blusher. It has tiny flecks of gold that provide a shimmery blush - perfect for partying... but just as good for day wear. There's a certain 'je ne sais quoi' about checking your make-up in a Chanel compact, so keep this in your bag at all times!
Jemma Kidd High Shine Silk Touch Lip Gloss
Whether you plan on kissing someone under the mistletoe at the Christmas party or not, beautiful lips are a must. I am a HUGE fan of gloss, as I think it's more playful than lipstick. I received a free red Jemma Kidd lipgloss in a magazine a few months ago, and I think it's great - super shiny, lightly shimmering and long-lasting. MWAH.

Now the only question left is what to wear!?

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