Festive Holiday Makeup 101: Bold Red Lipstick and Charcoal Smoky Eye

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‘Tis the season for sipping hot cocoa, building snowmen (yes, this is still fun even when you’re all grown up), and hopping from holiday party to holiday party. But with so many soirees to go to, it can be overwhelming to think about wearing different outfits—and switching up your makeup—for each one. The thing is, you can’t go wrong with the classics. A deep, charcoal-silver smoky eye and a bold red lipstick are holiday makeup staples for a reason. These two timeless makeup trends look chic on just about every woman (especially when paired together!)—and they can add a serious touch of glam if you’re wearing your favorite little black party dress. Looking to up your holiday makeup game? Here’s how to create a gorgeous bold red lip and dramatic charcoal smoky eye.

HOW TO APPLY A BOLD RED LIPSTICK

For a striking lip color that lasts, it’s not just swipe-on-your-lipstick-and-go. Help ensure your lipstick stays put through a makeout session under the mistletoe by following these steps.

Step 1: Prep your lips. Although this season is full of holiday cheer, winter can have some pitfalls—especially when it comes to your skin. In fact, you may notice that your lips feel drier and flakier than usual this time of year. So, before you apply any lipstick, make sure to use a lip scrub to exfoliate dead skin cell buildup from the surface of your lips.

Step 2: Use a lip balm. Once you’re done exfoliating your lips, apply a lip balm to help lock in moisture.

Step 3: Swipe on a lip primer. Once more step to go before reaching for your red lipstick! Pick up a lip primer and apply it to your lips to help create a smooth, even canvas for color.

Step 4: Go bold with red lipstick. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red to create a glossy red lip or the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly in Love to create a matte red lip. Simply start by applying your red lipstick of choice to the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to the outer edges, following the contour of your mouth. Then, glide your red lipstick across your bottom lip to complete the look. (More of a sparkly lipstick kind of girl? Check out our Holiday Makeup Tutorial: Berry Metallic Lipstick.)

HOW TO APPLY A CHARCOAL SMOKY EYE

Nothing reminds us of tinsel like shimmery silver eye shadow. Take things up a notch by opting for a more dramatic charcoal smoky eye that features a pop of metallic silver color.

Step 1: Apply primer. Prime your lids to help ensure your eye shadow doesn’t crease as you’re dancing and drinking your way through holiday party season. If you don’t have any primer on hand, a dab of foundation or concealer will work in a pinch.

Step 2: Add sparkly eye shadow. Once your base is set, it’s time to get to work on that charcoal smoky eye. Start by applying the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Aluminum Foil across your eyelid using your fingertip. Keep layering the eye shadow until you get your desired effect. Then, reach for a darker eye shadow shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Noir Cest Noir, and blend it from your lashes to crease and under your lower lash line.

3. Finish your eye makeup look. When you’re done with the silver and charcoal eye shadows, apply a thin line of black liquid eyeliner close to your lash line and a coat (or more, depending on how dramatic you want to be!) of mascara. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party and L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara.

 

 

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Easy Ideas for a Beach Themed Bridal Shower

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Many destination weddings take place on sandy beaches. It’s romantic, it’s picturesque, and most importantly, it is memorable. Particularly for couples who love the ocean side. For beach loving couples, why not pull out all the stops and throw a beach themed bridal shower as the perfect pre-wedding party?

Planning a beach themed bridal shower is no easy task, but with a little creativity and help from a few co-hosts, anyone can pull it off. Here are some creative ideas to get you started!

Plan Ahead

A theme party requires a bit more planning than a non-themed party. There are more details to consider and pieces to pull together.

Setting the Mood

The ideal venue for a beach theme bridal shower is somewhere with a swimming pool. Decorations are key when you’re trying to recreate a beach atmosphere. One way to bring the beach feel to your poolside venue is by stringing paper lanterns around the pool. This creates a festive mood and serves as soft lighting after sunset.

If you can’t go to the beach, you can still bring the beach to you. Hang netted sacks with seashells and candles, and fill an inflatable wading pool with sand and prop a surfboard inside and set it by the entrance. Pull up some beach chairs for seating and drape colorful beach towels on the chair backs.

Centerpieces can be paper lanterns with votive candles inside surrounded by sand and seashells to carry the theme through. You can also place small fishbowl with fish on every table. This will surely become a conversation piece for the guests.

For even more beach fun, request that guests come in their beach wear! Now it’s a beach party!

Beach Themed Favors

To thank your guests for coming to the bridal shower, party favors are essential. Needless to say, favors should also be beach themed. You can give seashell tea light candles, starfish wine bottle stoppers, or a decorative seashell picture frame. For a great beach themed gift, stuff a straw bag, or beach tote with an embroidered beach towel, some personalized sunscreen and a hand fan. This custom beach kit is sure to be a hit!

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Host a Pool Party for Bridesmaids

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A bridal luncheon is the traditional way brides thank their bridesmaids for all they do to make the bride’s wedding day special. We’ve all been to them. They are sweet, lovely, well-intentioned occasions that, on a fun scale of 1-10, typically rate a strong “Meh.” You want to do something especially fun and memorable, and you’ve come to the right place! We have a plan for a poolside spa party worthy of all the time and energy bridesmaids spend on the bride that won’t take a ton of your time and energy. With the top five wedding months being May-September, a poolside spa party makes sense. Besides, who wouldn’t choose “relaxed, exfoliated and manicured by the pool” over “dressed-up and bored indoors?” This is also a terrific party to host for tired moms, stressed-out girlfriends and helpful neighbors! Best of all, even though it appears to be “all about the bridesmaids,” as host, you’ll get pampered too! Check out this easy plan for creating a spa oasis for your girls!

Spa Services

At least five to six weeks before your event, you’ll want to start preparations and figure out what spa services you’ll offer at your party so you can book your professionals. Pamper Perfect offers mobile spa parties!  They are fun, sophisticated, and allows you to relax and have fun with your gal pals. Poolside manis, pedis and massages are PERRRRRRRRRFCT for your summer pool party, bridal shower, bachelorette party or girlfriends and/or family gathering.

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Invitation

You can get custom invitations printed through sites like etsy.com, or you can make your own. We love this one we spied on meandmyinsanity.com. You have to admit it has a certain “polish” to it! It’s so cute; your girls are likely to save it as a special keepsake. Be sure to print all your party details on the label like date, time, what services will be provided, and be sure to tell guests to wear their swimsuits. You can find all the how-tos here.

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Set the Scene and the Mood

This party plan offers something appealing to all the senses and offers your busy bridesmaids a chance to slow down and unwind. Just having your party poolside makes for a serene setting. Add to the beauty and serenity of your spa setting with a few “lotus blossoms” floating in the pool. Thanks to water-resistant battery compartments, these beautiful floating lotus flower lights add beauty to your pool both day and night. They’re the perfect compliment to your spa theme.

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Consider having pretty, comfortable robes for your bridesmaids to wear once they enter your “spa.” Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa can provide robes to be rented and worn during the party or order  as a keepsakes for your guests.  Bridesmaids can wear them during the party and again while getting dressed on the big day. For as little as $22 each. Or, if you travel a lot, just take one from each hotel you stay in. Just kidding!

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Be sure to load your iPod or smart phone with soothing, instrumental music or nature sounds and play your selections via a pair of portable speakers or docking station during the party. Many libraries have a selection of CD’s of instrumental music and nature sounds you can check out at no cost.

Light scented candles throughout your spa setting. Put out a few containers of scented body butters for guests to apply to hands and elbows. Place a few fashion magazines around. Take clippings of fresh flowers, large leaves and ornamental grasses from the yard to put in vases. Scatter some pillows on your lounge chairs, and set out a pretty basket of your best towels for guests to use.

Menu

Being that your party will likely occur just days before your bridesmaids will don the bridesmaids’ dresses they’ve had carefully altered, your guests will probably prefer to eat light. (Believe me, I know from experience Spanx can only perform so many miracles!) We recommend a menu made up of small bites your girls can eat one handed as they sip and receive a mani or pedi by the pool. Keeping portions small will allow each guest to try a taste of this and that, leaving them happily satisfied. Here’s a spa-tacular menu that’s easy on waistlines and hosts!

  • Cucumber-mint water – No spa is worth its weight in bath salts if it doesn’t offer the classic spa drink. Simply add sliced cucumber and fresh mint to a pitcher of ice water.
  • Flavored ice tea – It’s also nice to offer a flavored iced tea such as peach or raspberry.
  • A signature drink – By offering one signature cocktail you make by the batch, you’ll save time and money. We like this Skinny Girl-Inspired Sparkling White Sangria from nutrition coach Linda Wagner. It’s a slimmed-down version of a summer favorite that is beautiful to boot.

Skinny Girl-Inspired Sparkling White Sangria Lindawagner.net for the full recipe. Simply add the sliced fruit and mint to the wine and then the stevia until desired sweetness is reached. (Linda recommends an alcohol-free stevia.) Let sit for at least an hour in the fridge to let the flavors infuse. You can also freeze half of the fruit and add right before serving to keep the Sangria cold without diluting the flavor.

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Spa facial cheese ball – We fell in love with this clever and adorable appetizer from Hungry Happenings and are sure your girls will love it, too! Check out the Hungry Happenings website to see what you need!

 

Finger sandwiches – Use favorite sandwich fillings to make finger sandwiches. Consider perennial girl favorites like chicken salad, cucumber and cream cheese and pimento cheese. You can buy prepared chicken salad to save time – Trader Joe’s has several delicious varieties – and prepared pimento cheese as well.

Fresh fruit skewers – make up skewers of fresh fruit guests can nibble on while receiving spa services. Seasonal and favorite fruits like strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple and cantaloupe make a pretty and delicious combination.

Mini dessert tray – Make up a tray of small favorite desserts like mini éclairs and cream puffs (these disappear any time I serve them), mini lemon bars, and cheesecake bites. I will share my secret recipe for these with you: I buy the cream puffs, éclairs and cheesecake bites in the frozen food section of the grocery store. I buy the lemon bars from the bakery and cut them up into smaller bites. I arrange them on a pretty tray with some fresh mint leaves or a few pansy blossoms. You’re welcome!

When Your Guests Arrive…

Greet them with the drink of their choice, offer them robes to wear over their swimsuits if you choose to provide them, and encourage them to turn off their cell phones or at least set them on vibrate.

Discuss what treatments are available and let the guests rotate through the circuit. While they are waiting their turn to have a mani, pedi or massage, let them enjoy a facial mask you can make up easily and inexpensively. This DIY skin-brightening mask caught our eye. Be sure to have enough ingredients on hand to make up enough for all your guests.

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Ideal bridesmaid gift – Tradition dictates that a bride gives her bridesmaids a thank you gift such as a picture frame, scented candle or a necklace or pair of earrings for the bridesmaids to wear during the wedding. Tradition once dictated that women were not allowed to vote or show their knees. Present your bridesmaids with a unique, nontraditional gift they will cherish using during your spa party and all summer long like a pool float! Your girls will happily think of you and your savvy gift skills each time they peacefully lounge. Picture frames, candles and earrings are really nice, but I can’t nap, lounge, or tan in any of them! Just sayin’!

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Allow guests to rotate through desired service stations and sip and nibble at their leisure. You will have created a spa afternoon so wonderfully Zen, that when the party is over, your bridesmaids will say, “Leave? Namaste right here!”

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Crafty Bridal Shower Idea-Set Up A Mimosa Bar

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Smarty Had A Party nails it with this crafty bridal shower idea!

Set up a Mimosa Bar!

Whether you are hosting an engagement party, bridal brunch, or a bachelorette weekend, setting up a mimosa bar is simple.  Start with champagne in a bucket of ice, carafes of juice and add bowls of fresh fruit. Don’t just stick with orange juice.  Try pineapple, grapefruit, cran-raspberry, blackberry and mango passion fruit.

It’s sure to be a hit! Cheers🍾

 

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Manis & Martinis For A Cause

 

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10 Gifts That Your Bridesmaids Won’t Hate

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1. Satin Robe with Monogram
I’m a huge fan of robes! They’re just super nice to have for getting ready! And so why not gift a robe to your besties that they can wear to get ready in on the wedding day and beyond?

2. Colorful Wristlet
Wristlets are nice because it’s always nice when you are looking to travel light – and simply pack a little money, your credit cards and your ID.

3. Cute Desk Accessories
I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of cutesy desk accessories. And that’s why I think that a set like this is a great and unexpected gift idea!

4. Monogrammed Mugs
How cute are these golden monogram mugs? I’m so in love with these. And your bridesmaids are sure to be too!

5. Pretty Eye Palette
Pretty eye shadow palettes always make great gifts! Especially when they come filled with pretty neutrals like this!

6. Spa Candle
Beautifully scented candles are always a lovely gift idea. And I’m loving The gilded ones!

7. Best Friend Necklace!
A cute best friend necklace is a darling keepsake that will surely be appreciated. Because you’re never too old to have a BFF!

8. Spa Day!
Spa days are the best! And so a really fun bridesmaid gift is surely a Pamper Perfect Experience with an onsite spa party. It is the Perrrrrrrrfect gift! And if you want to sweeten the situation, why not put together a spa swag bag and luncheon ❤️ http://www.pamperperfectmobilespa.com

9. Sweet Studs!
Simple stud earrings are always a nice gift idea. And these ones from kate spade are on the top of my “it” list for gifts.

10. Striped Tote
A tote is a girl’s best friend! Take it to the beach, take it shopping, take it on vacation…. No matter what, every girl needs a nice tote in her life!
So there you have it! 10 gifts that any bridesmaid would probably love to receive! And so if you found this article helpful, be sure to share!

Perfectly Yours,

Allison

Perfect Mani Pedi Pairings

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One of the most frequently asked questions we hear at our Pamper Perfect Spa Parties is “Do my nails and toes have to match?”

With summer pedis being in full swing ladies would like to know the mani pedi code of conduct so here it is!  You don’t have to match!! It’s quite trendy and fashionable to mix and match your polish hues and dare to be different.

I came across a fabulous article by Laura Conrad who shared some perfect Mani Pedi pairings I had to pass along! So at your next appointment mix it up and try one of these fab combos!

Perfectly Yours,

Allison

Girls Birthday Party Ideas For Winter

It’s getting chilly out and the weather reports that this week the temperature will drop drastically from an autumn chill to winter like. Were starting to get reservations from our clients with little girls.  “Her birthday is in the winter and we were looking for something neat to do!”  If your little girl has a birthday in winter, you can’t let the weather ruin your fun! Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa is the perfect solution for your next winter birthday party. Invite pals over for an afternoon of pampering and fun, complete with fabulous feel-good treatments and glam goodies!  Even if its cold outside, you don’t have to travel. We can deliver manis, pedis, facials, glitter tattoos, signature drinks, pizza,  cupcakes and even a fab spa gift bag right to your doorstep! Book your Pamper Perfect Princess Party Today! Please share with others who may be struggling with winter birthday party ideas.

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Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa Birthday Cake Shots

When I saw these birthday cake shots I thought they were perrrrrrfect for our next birthday celebration.  These shots are so pretty I hear nobody will want to take them!  Delicious and tastes like birthday cake.  Make them for your next celebration.

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{You need cake flavored vodka, chocolate liqueur, and half & half}

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Use agave nectar to rim the glasses and then dipped into sprinkles

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CHEERS!  Happy Birthday!

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RECIPE:

1 part(s) Three Olives or Pinnacle cake vodka
1 part(s) Godiva chocolate liqueur
1 part(s) half & half
Rim martini glass with multi-colored sprinkles
Shake with ice, strain into a chilled shot glass

Face & Wine Taste~Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October brings out the pink to celebrate surviving, encouraging others on their journey and bring awareness to Breast Cancer. Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa gets to celebrate with women all year round for birthday party celebrations, shellac nails,  bachelorette party games, bridal shower themes, nail spa events, beach weddings, and baby shower ideas. This month we want to help you celebrate surviving with your family and gal pals with sipping, noshing, connecting and having fun.  Host a Face and Wine Taste! Enjoy a  Red Wine Hydra-Gel Facial Masque!

What is a Red Wine Hydra-Gel Facial Masque? It is a PINK gel mask and not only feels good, but it will help you fight off free-radicals and damaged caused by sun, smoking or stress.

Will it feel like I drank wine? No, it will not replace the mood enhancing benefits of a nice glass of Bordeaux but the Resveratrol t and other anti-oxidant ingredients in this masque will do wonders for your skin!

Is it for my skin type? The mask is for all skin types. Ideal as a first line of defense against skin exposed to free radicals and environmental damage.

The fun doesn’t stop there!  You get to swirl, sniff and sip with the best of them. Raise your glass to surviving and thriving! Taste a variety of wines, play party games, win great prizes and  you will love some of the special touches Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa brings to your doorstep for the Perfect Experience.

Book Today!  For only $30pp (6 guest minimum) Limited Reservations

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