When I was younger (as in, in my teens) I always felt a bit baffled at this time of year - why all the magazines went on about all these Christmas parties that everyone was going to?! I didn't get it...I had the school disco and think that was about it! But now, I totally get it - it definitely is party season and the best thing about it is that there's never a better excuse to up the sparkle than in the lead up to Christmas!
With party season in full swing when the guys at Toni & Guy got in touch to see if I wanted to take part in a bit of a blogger challenge - to recreate one of three overall looks they have worked on with Miss Selfridge and Bourjois - I jumped at the chance. What girl doesn't love to get dressed up?!
I chose the 'Rock the Party' look... mostly based on the fact I fell in love with the beaded dress that's part of the look! Also, I do love a less than perfect looking hair do - love a bit of texture, but not looking too 'done'. I've included the videos for the make-up and the hair tutorial videos at the bottom of the post if you want to see a 'how to' for a similar look...
For the hair I went for the loose textured effect with a couple of roughly twisted braids to add some interest. I used tongs - but on a lower heat setting to the one I use for a stronger wave, along with the label.m Sea Salt Spray to add texture. Plus some of the label.m Resurrection Style Dust (this stuff is AMAZING - if you have flat hair, you need it) then a bit of Shine Spray to finish. With the dress being so 'bling' I wanted to keep the hair casual.
For the make-up I went for a mega smokey eye - using the black Intense Little Round Pot shadow from Bourjois and their new Queen Attitude Khol Kajal liner. This is much darker than I normally wear but I quite like it!
There was also a bright red lipstick included, but as I went for the dark eye I didn't fancy an intense red pout too - so I went for a smudged on colour instead, mixed with a bit of balm to keep it moisturised and light. I also used Healthy Mix Foundation (that smells amazing) in shade 52, and set it in the t-zone with a bit of the healthy mix powder - which is the perfect size to fit in a bag for a night out. A slick of mascara and good to go. I did add a bit of bronzer too, just to add some colour and avoid looking washed out...since I'm so pale at the moment!
Styling wise, I kept it simple - since the dress pretty much does all the talking with the gorgeous gold beading all over the top. The bag is also Miss Selfridge, with a touch of gold animal print, but not too in your face - keeps the look from being black all over.
I chose to wear no other accessories with this, as felt it would border on overkill with the dress. But wore with black tights (I'm not foolish enough to go outside with bare legs at this time of year! I admire the bravery of anyone who does!) and my new but already much loved patent black heels that deserve their own post - they're very classic, but also so comfy and under £30. Such a good purchase.
With the tights and the heels I felt it gives the dress a bit of a smarter/dressier edge, but would be easy to add ankle boots and perhaps a leather jacket to dress it down a bit and make it more rocky. It really is a stunning dress - I loved it the moment I saw it! Will be out for many a sparkly Christmas party for years to come!
Hair product, make-up, dress and bag provided for challenge. Other items purchased by me.
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