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Blogmas Day #18 Christmas Party Look

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For any of you who still have a Christmas party to go to, or if you're looking for a makeup look to get you in the Christmas Spirit, then this is the makeup look for you. I am going to be using some of the new products I have picked up recently as well as my current faves, so I can also give you a first impressions/mini review on them too. 

Prep:
Alright so for the skin, I want to start off by using a face mask and my favourite at the minute is the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Radiance Peel Off Mask which only takes 5 minutes and leaves your skin looking incredible. The peel off part is fun (and kind of gross) but it's still a great way to give you an extra radiance boost before your big party.
Then I need to primer my skin and for that I am using the Freedom Priming Water which is basically the lazy girls primer. This hydrates, gives a healthy glow, but also gets your skin ready for whatever makeup you are putting on. But before we get in to the makeup I am going to use the Benefit Puff Off to prime the under eyes, hydrate and de-puff as I have been having quite a few late/sleepless nights so any help is needed when it comes to my under eye circles. Finally is lip balm and my current go to is the Jack Wills Vanilla Lip Balm. I apply this now so that when it comes time to put my lipstick on, this has moisturised my lips so they're not dry and chapped.

Complexion:
Alright for foundation I will be using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation, and I mix 3 drops of the Lightening Drops from The Body Shop and blend this in with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and then go over it with a damp Beauty Blender.
For concealer I use the Maybelline Anti Age Rewind Brightening Concealer to tackle my dark circles and then I go in with the NYX HD Concealer to cover any extra darkness and to brighten under my eyes. This concealer combo is what I use everyday and is the best I have found for my concerns. For any blemishes (not that I have many with my new products being awesome) I use my trusted Sleek Correct & Concealer Palette which is the best concealer for blemishes, plus it has a corrector and setting powder so you have everything you need in one dinky little palette.
For setting under the eyes and to set my t-zone I use the Soap & Glory One Heck Of a Blot Powder to make sure there's no shine where it shouldn't be and that my makeup lasts all day (or night) and I don't look shiny or sweaty because that is not a good look. 

Cheeks:
Now for my highlighter base, I apply a small amount of the cream highlight from the Makeup Revolution Cream Contour Palette onto my cheekbones and then blend it in with the Beauty Blender, we'll come back to highlighter in a second. Let's get our cream contour on. First I go in with the Real Techniques Contour Brush and the lightest, coolest tone to sculpt out my cheekbones, forehead, nose and jaw. I make sure I blend that in and that it looks as natural and possible as it should using the Beauty Blender again to go over the edges and clean up under the cheekbones if need be. I then go over this to set and also bronze with the Bronzer from the Tanya Burr Rosy Cheeks Palette on the B. Angled Brush. This stuff is pigmented so I have to use a light hand to make sure I don't end up looking like an Oompa Loompa. For blush I use a small amount of the middle shade from this palette just for a natural pink flush, and then I go in (with quite a heavy hand) on this beautiful highlight. Normally this would be too stark and white for me but I actually really love how this looks on the skin.

Eyes:
Alright now for eyes and I am going to my trustee Lorac Pro Palette. But first I prime using the Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight and then set with the Cream shade from the Lorac Pro.
Let's build up the transition and crease first, so using the LGFB Blending Brush I take a mix of Mauve and Taupe and run that through the crease and build it up to get my desired intensity. Then I take a mix of Nude with a smidge of Lt bronze and apply this to the entire lid. I like the slightly golden hint the Lt Bronze gives and the Nude gives it a bright and open appearance to the eyes. Now I go in with Pewter and work that into the outer corner and slightly into the crease. I want to keep the main half of the lid as just that light lid shade. Once I am happy with how Pewter looks I then take a mix of Sable and Espresso right on that outer corner of the eye and through the outer part of the crease. I don't want this to be too dramatic but just enough that you can tell it's for a special occassion and not just a regular eye look. For the lower lash liner I run Pewter all the way across using a pencil brush, and then Espresso  on the outer corner just to deepen it up and smoke it out a little. I make sure to go back in with Taupe to blend this out well, although making sure not to take it too far down, that's just not my thing.
I wanted to have liquid liner in this look so my all time favourite is the L'Oreal Super Slim Liquid Liner as it makes creating a wing so easy. I am a massive fan of the black liner in the waterlines so my favourite is the Too Faced Perfect Black Eyeliner which is the blackest, creamiest, most long wearing liner ever (or I could have just directed you to my review here than ramble about it) and I put that in both my top and bottom waterlines. Finally to finish off the eyes is the Clinique High Impact Mascara which is my current favourite. But I like to go in with the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara on the lower lashes as I find it doesn't smudge and is much easier to apply because of the brush.


Brows:
Now for brows, it's my favourite brow products ever, the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil to define and fill in, and then the Model Co Brow No More to set into place and darken a little. This combo lasts all day, doesn't smudge or fade and just looks amazing. Love it.


Lips:
Don't worry, we're nearing the end. For my red lip, I just had to go with my favourite lip products ever, the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Crayon in Red Essential. So I line my lips with the crayon first and then fill them in. You can use a lip liner but this particular day I didn't require it and was able to get a smooth application using just this crayon. 

Final Touches:
To finish off this entire makeup look, I just a couple of things to do. I start by using a mixture of White and Nude shade from the Lorac Pro Palette to highlight my inner corner and brow bone, and finally is the L'Oreal Infalliable Fixing Spray, I mist this over my skin to settle any powders and lock it all in place. This makes my skin look glowy but not greasy or oily, and my makeup looks incredible with this stuff over the top. So glad it's available in the UK now. 

Post Party Routine:
At the end of the night, when all you want to do is climb in to bed and pass out, you still need to take your makeup off, and the quickest and most efficient way is to use a cleansing oil, my current fave is the Sanctuary Spa Cleansing Oil, simply apply a couple of pumps to your dry skin, massage and then wipe away with a cloth. This I have found will remove all my makeup without the need for a second cleanse, I always do but when you're a little bit merry, had one to many mulled wines or egg nog, this is the product for you. Failing that, a cleansing balm is also a great option and will keep your skin nourished.


What's your go to look for Christmas?

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