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7. Summer Ready Night out - Work Ball - Get Ready With Me

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The company I work for threw a massive ball last night (Saturday) so I thought it would be a nice idea to tell you the things I did to get ready and also what I did when I got home and the next day, to round up my Summer Ready theme this week. Hope you have liked the posts I have done in June and the theme weeks, any requests, ideas, feedback etc, please let me know. Plus, check out how this all looks on the night on my Instagram and Twitter.

Preparing: 


To prepare for an event/night out/special occasion, I like to give my skin a bit of a pamper before I put it through the trauma of a night out. So I first like to take off any makeup I may have worn through out the day to start fresh. I put on a radiance boosting mask on Friday night, which leaves a nice dewey look to the skin which is how I like my skin to look, (don't worry, I will be setting my makeup so I won't look shiny in photos), so there's no major treatments that need to be used. It does what it says. I then apply my skincare the same as I would in the morning except I use a moisturiser without any SPF in so I don't have a white cast over my skin in photos. I make sure my skin is properly moisturised and eye cream has been applied properly before I start with any makeup.



To also prepare for the evenings event, I have been gradually building up a slight tan with these two products. The Garnier Beauty Oil Nourishing Lotion is such a fantastic moisturiser before applying self tanner. Once the lotion has sunk in, I then apply the Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner using a tanning mitt. Because I am so pale, I prefer to build it up gradually than just going full out on a self tanner I don't particularly trust and then show up to the ball looking like I've been tango'd which just isn't a good look. 

Makeup:


Because it was quite warm, I wanted to make sure my makeup would last all night without melting off so I used my Benefit Porefessional as I trust this primer to do what I need it to whilst helping smooth over pores and imperfections. Tip: never use something for the first time the night or day before an event, always go with what you know works for your skin. Normally I would just apply this to the centre of my face but I like to use this all over for nights out. Once that is on, I then go in with my foundation and I used the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation as this doesn't have an SPF in and gives a really flawless finish and the coverage is really good. You need to spend a while buffing this onto the skin, less is more with this foundation so I like to start off with a few dots over my face and blend then build up coverage where needed. I used the Garnier 5 Sec Miracle Blur ?? for Eyes under my eyes where concealer goes and also taking it up onto my eye lid too. I then go in with the NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer I apply this to those horrid dark circles, around my nose, and anywhere I want to highlight. The Sleek Cirrector & Concealer Palette is perfect for any blemishes or stubborn redness. I use the E.L.F HD Under-eye Setting Powder on a Real Techiniques Setting Brush
Onto the complexion now and I use the Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette for my bronzer, blush and highlight (all stunning and blend so seamlessly into the skin). Then with the NYC HD Loose Setting Powder (which comes with a free cloud of smoke with every opening) and a super fluffy brush, I set the areas that get a tad shiny or where makeup starts to wear off the most. Onto eyes...


For the brows, I start by using the Soap & Glory Archery Pencil to fill in my brows and make them slightly darker and then I use the pen/marker side to fill in any really sparse areas. I finish by setting with the Maybelline Brow Drama and that's brows done.
As for the eyes, I've already primed them using the Garnier Blur thing (yep that's the technical name for it) so I use any matte brown shade (or you can use a bronzer) to add some definition into the crease. Then, I go in with the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner and create quite a dramatic wing. Finish off with a matte black shadow over the top to set the liner in place, a few (thousand) coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes and that's eyes done.
Onto the lips now and I went with a nude lip as I didn't want any bold lip to clash with my outfit so I used the Soap & Glory Matte lipstick in Blush Pink. Personally I prefer a nude matte lip as it's low maintenance, doesn't cause severe paranoia that it's smudged all over your face and on your teeth. It's just not a good look so I go with the safe option. 

Hair:



I kept my hair style pretty simple. I just curled it using the Babyliss Pro Curl 1inch ?? Wand and curled all my hair. I normally like to be working with two day hair for this so it has a bit of texture and grip but doesn't look too flat and lifeless. I use a teasing comb to give the roots a bit more volume and then spray with the Got-2-Be Volumising Hair Spray to keep it in place. This stuff has really good texturising, volumising abilities and doesn't make my hair feel too gross and crunchy.

Outfit:




So the makeup and hair is done, and it's nearly time to leave. I got this white lace skater dress from Miss Selfridge and the necklace from Oasis. The bag is from New Look and the blazer is from H&M (last year) and the black sandals were from last year and I can't remember where they were from.
some midi rings and Pandora Bracelet and Watch and that's it.

Nails: 



As for the nails, I went with this Maybelline Colour Show in Pink Boom which although it doesn't match any of the colours in my outfit, I really liked this baby pink shade and though as my accessories are quite colourful I thought my nails should be too. They looked alright on the night anyway. 

Post Party Pampering:



So I went to the ball, had loads of fun and came home. Because I have had quite a bit of makeup on, been pretty hot and sticky, and have consumed some alcoholic beverages, I like to wind down and make sure I am removing every last bit of makeup and giving my skin a bit of a detox. I always remove my makeup the same way as a normal night and do the same skincare routine. The morning after the event, I do my normal cleansing but I then apply a detox, clay face mask. This draws out any impurities, left over makeup, dirt or whatever and give my skin a really good clean. This always makes me feel slightly better anyway, especially if I have a bit of a fuzzy head. 
A shower/bath always wakes me up and makes me feel tonnes better so I like to have a quick shower just to refresh myself and make sure I don't smell like a brewery for the whole day.
After the shower, I like to apply some sort of treatment on my skin. I wasn't in any hurry to get out the house so I applied some Pai Rosehip Oil and then put an overnight face mask on from Origins. Adding both those onto my skin gives my face some super power hydration and allows it to just drink that all up and rehydrate my skin. 

That's it for my get ready with me. I hope you liked this style post, and I hope I will be able to do more of these in the future. I had a really good night at the ball last night, it really was amazing, and there's some amazing people there. I'm not one to go out drinking every weekend so I don't do this often but when I do, I like to make sure I'm doing everything everything I can to be a better version of me, even if it is just for a night.

How do you like to get ready for a big event?






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