Holiday Beauty: How To Go From Desk to Diva and Back, Beautifully

By Alix Turoff

Holiday party season is officially here! To get you ready to run from work to events to parties with family and friends, we’re sharing our favorite products for holiday party season so you’ll be sure to be the life of the party! From nails, to your smile to post-party care, we’ve got you covered…

Mom always told you to keep your nails groomed but sometimes with work and commitments, there’s no time for a manicure. That’s why we’re loving SensatioNail ‘Invincible Gel Polish Starter Kit ($34.99). Salon gel manicures can be expensive and time consuming,  but with this DIY kit, you can give yourself a professional quality gel-mani for a fraction of the cost, on your own time! The Starter kit comes with everything you need for 10 manicures including the exclusive Pro 3060 LED Lamp which safely (it’s Formaldehyde, Toluene and Dibutyl Pthalate free!) and effectively cures your polish for a glossy and damage proof finish with absolutely ZERO dry time that lasts 2-3 weeks. Such a time saver!

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Emmy Nominated Host of FOX’s So You Think You Can DanceCat Deeley, knows the importance of a good smile, which is why she’s a big fan of Crest 3D White Whitestrips Professional Effects ($49.99) – and we are too! Perfect to use when you’re in a crunch, use them once a day for 30 minutes for 3 days to remove over 10 years of set-in stains with results that rival in-office whitening treatments. (Crest Whitestrips use the same ingredients, just in more mild amounts!) So, smile bigger this holiday season – hey, smiles are free, they use less facial muscles than frowns and they’re contagious (in the best way possible!).

Going sleeveless to your next holiday party? A recent study conducted by Edelman Berland for Dove deodorant showed that “more than half of U.S. women will wear sleeveless attire this winter, especially at holiday parties!” Thankfully, Dove Go Sleeveless Soothing Chamomile Antiperspirant/Deodorant ($7.88) is just for this purpose. With 48 hour protection so you don’t have to worry about shlepping yet another thing in your purse, it’s also clinically proven to provide smoother underarms after just 5 days of use thanks to the Vitamin E and chamomile packed formula.

Holiday parties call for dramatic makeup. Play up your eyes this season with Jouer Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadow in Caviar ($20). The navy charcoal shadow boasts just enough shimmer to make a statement, doubles as both an eyeliner (when used wet) and shadow (when used dry) and blends easily (without creasing), perfect for creating a seasonal smoky eye that will last all night.

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At the end of the night, even when you just want to crash, it’s essential to take off all that holiday makeup to let your skin breathe and beautify, With Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover ($24) you can remove even the toughest of waterproof mascara, gently, easily and quickly. Just wipe off the non-greasy gel with a tissue (no water needed!) to remove all your makeup while simultaneously coating your skin with Sea Fan extract (to combat inflammation), Beta Carotene (to boost collagen production) and Cranberry and Raspberry Seed Oils (to moisturize).

If you’re looking for an all-in-one kit to take you from drained at your desk to glowing and gorgeous, look no further than Juice Beauty Be Bright Green Apple Holiday Kit ($48). With antioxidant combination of DMAE, Alpha lipoic acid, Peptides and Co-Q10 in their Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer, Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream and the Green Apple Nutrient Eye Cream, the Be Bright kit hydrates and smoothes skin for a glowing complexion. We really love the eye cream for the day after a big night out, when you’re running on too little sleep and detoxing from too many cocktails!

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