As a beauty director and makeup artist I am always trying new products and looking for ways to make it easy to look your best. This month I wanted to talk about a few tips on how to look great when you need to go from the office to a corporate party.



PREPARATION IS KEY!

If you prep properly, you LOOK like you put a lot of time and effort into your style without the hard work.

1. Be Camera Ready!
Many of the pictures from the office parties end up in the Corporate newsletters or are emailed as news blasts to everyone in the company. Make sure your smile isn't full of coffee stained teeth from late night hours of work and holiday shopping. Polish away surface stains with Crest 3D White Vivid Toothpaste, which is the most awarded whitening brand, to create a brighter smile. Leading up to the party, give yourself a whitening boost by applying Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips. The secret is in the strip to remove up to 14 years of deeply set-in stains.

2. Don't Undo Your Style
The last thing you want are sweat marks on your clothes while shaking hands with a CEO or stains smeared on your garment from deodorant. So choose an antiperspirant that fights wetness but won't leave a trail of white marks when you dress, like Secret Natural Mineral. It uses odor fighting capsules that work with your body to help neutralize odor instead of just masking it. Opt for the unscented version that won't compete with any fragrances that you decide to wear for the evening.

3. Wear The Proper Undergarments.
Celebrities know how to look their best for special events and your office party can be the "red carpet" event for the company, so bumps, bulges and sagging are big no no’s! Instead create a youthful liftwith Bring It Up Breast Lifts. They lift the bust up to 6 inches and eliminate peek-a-bo bra straps or unsightly back fat! It's the secret weapon that celebrities have been using for over 10 years to look their best. Fits cup sizes A to D. Get special saving by using code: CHICAGO50 to receive $15 off of any purchase of $30 or more! VISIT www.BRINGITUP.COM

PARTY DAY

1. Choose Your Accessories Wisely
A great way to transition your office clothes and into an elegant party outfit is with diamonds. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Stiles and Kelly Osbourn have been spotted on the Red Carpet wearing Forevermark. What makes a Forevermark diamond special is the unique inscription inscribed on every diamond that is invisible to the naked eye. With each inscription you can track your responsibly resourced diamond from the mine to your local retailer. Go to ITunes and download the “Forevermark” app to register for a chance to win a trip to Africa and explore the mines. Forevermark can be found in Chicago, at James and Williams or Fey + Co .

2. Brighten Your Skin
The holiday season is stressful and makes skin look dull and lifeless so before you use your regular moisturizer start with serum like Le Mieux Vita-C which uses a powerful stable form of vitamin C called MAP (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) that penetrates 31% faster into skin. It boosts hydration, collagen production and brightens skin by repairing sun damage and hyperpigmentation.

3. Minimize Makeup Maintenance
Eyeshadow can fade by the end of the day so use a shadows like Covergirl Intense Shadowblast, that is highly pigmented and has a built in primer. Color is waterproof, fadeproof and smudge proof for less touch ups. Create a simply yet sophisticated look by applying color on lid to crease for day, and adding liner at lash line by night.

Instead of a traditional lip gloss use Vaseline Lip Therapy Original to add shine, soften lips and lock in moisture. Since it isn't a color you won't have to worry about it getting on your teeth. Now available in a mini, on-the-go jar that you can keep in your pocket or clutch. Register to win a limited-edition Swarovski Crystal Vaseline Lip Therapy Original jars designed by Mad Fashion star Chris March worth $46 by going to www.VaselineLipTherapy.com.


4. Use Hair Treatments For Better Performance
Salons know that treatments can make hair perform better. Get improved hair moisture and texture with Nioxin DiaMax hair treatment. It is the first to use HTX technology to thicken the hair strand on the inside and also outside for longer-lasting effects. Key ingredients are Niacinamide, Caffeine, Panthenol and Dimethicone to provide added strength and resilience. DiaMax officially launches in salons in February. Visit www.DiamaxEffect.com from December 1st to January 2, 2011 to register for a chance to win a full sized bottle, which is valued at $50.


5.Wear Soft Scents
A fragrance that is too strong can repel people so use a scent that is subtle like Christina Aguilera Royal Desire. It is an Oriental fruity blend with rich floral and warm sensual notes that evoke a feeling of luxury and royalty. Each bottle comes with a silver charm which can be worn on a necklace or bracelet.

Beauty Questions

Beauty question: "What model agancy should I contact? I'm 14 and really want to do modeling. Its my dream."- from Chloe in London.

Answer: Talk to your parents FIRST before you contact a modeling agency so you don't get scammed by the wrong one. Some of the top agencies are Ford, Elite and IMG. Models have a certain look and style. Different agencies represent different types of models. There are fashion models, commercial models and even models they call "real people". Ask your parents if the models on the agency web sites that you are interested in contacting look like you. If so, then contact the agency and ask them what is required for consideration. Just remember, even though modeling looks like it is just a fun time taking pictures, it is a business and can be a lot of hard work. So as RuPaul says "You better WORK!"



MY FAVORITE THINGS

My favorite thing this month is getting proper rest. Most people are overly stressed and extremely busy, especially in December, so they don't get the right amount of sleep. Lack of sleep can cut into crucial repair time which can create havoc on your health, skin and even effect your weight gain. This month I'm going to try to take my own advice and slow down....and rest more!

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