Most of us have a few holiday parties to attend each year including work, family, and New Year’s parties… Here are few steps to take to prepare yourself for a holiday bash:

1 Month Ahead:

RSVP & plan what you might need to bring.

2 Weeks Ahead:

Buy a versatile outfit that you can wear to all of your parties if possible.

Clarins Self Tanning Gel1 Week Ahead:

Use a skin refining face mask like Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque which uses clay to extract dirt and oils. Don’t use a face mask the day or day before the party as it may cause your skin to break out. Applying a week ahead will give your skin the opportunity to clear up if needed.

Begin using a Self-Tanner on face and body like Clarins Self Tanning Gel which gives the skin a nice natural glow. Use for a couple days, this way you can pick up a nice glow letting any orange tint fade a few days before the party date.

Fresh Brown Sugar Body ScrubDay Before:

Exfoliate your face with Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant which is gentle enough to use everyday.

Exfoliate your body with Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish which won Instyle Magazine’s Best of Beauty 2009 for best body exfoliator.

Apply a Hair Mask like Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment which leaves hair soft, full and shiny without any greasy residue.

Sephora by OPI in Untarnished ImagePaint your nails. Sephora by OPI has a wonderful selection of nail polish colors to pick from.

Some great holiday shades include: Untarnished Image (looks like sparkly snow!), Worth My Weight (Glitter gold), Absinthe Makes the Heart (glittery green smoke).

Pick up items you are bringing to party and prepare any food dishes if possible.

Use a thick moisturizing night cream like Kiehl’s Panthenol Protein Moisturizing Face Cream made with Vitamin E, A and Beta-Carotene. Using a nice thick cream with help you wake up with soft, moisture-replenished skin.

Same Day:

Mac Mineral Eye Shadow Limited Edition HolidayUse a body lotion with a self tanner like Jergen’s Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer.

Use a facial moisturizer with light reflecting pigments like Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream.

Add a touch of holiday spirit by using a little sparkily eyeshadow like MAC Cosmetics new Holiday collection titled “Magic, Mirth and Mischief,” which features copper mineral eye shadow blends like It’s A Miracle (Coppery Gold with Eggplant), Mayham (Coppery Gold and Silver), Blue Sorcery (Silver and Turquoise Blue), Under Your Spell (Rose and Copper), Devil May Care Go Smile Flashlites(Lavender and Silver), and my favorite: Midnight Madness (Brown purple smoke and copper)!

Whiten-up your smile with a GO Smile Flashlite, a portable tooth lightening tube that instantly brightens up your smile for all those festive photos!

Also see Bravadora’s Best Beauty Products to Bring on your Holiday Trip!

The first signs of aging varies for every woman, however, typically the 30’s are the starting point.  Small lines start to show around the mouth and eyes and the skin starts to lose its perfect fullness and rosy color.

It is both obvious and refreshing when a face cream works wonders and brings that youthfulness back to a thirty year old face. Below are some of the best face creams for those who are beginning to show the first signs of aging.

Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream1. Clarins Multi-Active Jour (Multi-Active Day Cream):

This cream is a perfect balance of moisture replenishing without being greasy.

Clarins Multi-Active day cream is made with light reflecting pigments to give a rosy glow to the skin and antioxidants including an ingredient made from oranges to fight off signs of aging .

Shiseido Bio-Performance Cream2. Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer Cream:

A great skin cream that manages to give you super hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid without feeling heavy and greasy.

The best part about this cream is that is great for night and day. It is balanced to give you a deep penetrating moisture for the night, but  lightweight enough to wear under makeup.

La Roche-Posay Redermic Cream3. La Roche-Posay Redermic Anti-Wrinkle Firming Care (For Normal to Combo Skin or Dry Skin):

La Roche-Posay skin care is well respected by both Dermatologists and beauty critics in general.

Their Redermic line is perfect for 30-somethings with early signs of aging who  are looking for a skin care that fits their needs.

La Roche-Posay’s Anti-Wrinkle cream is packed with great ingredients like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid and is made for different skin types like dry or normal and combination skin.

Sephora on the Las Vegas Strip

November 19th, 2009

Las Vegas Strip SephoraSephora on Miracle Mile Las Vegas Strip

Here are some shots of Sephora on the Las Vegas Strip in the Miracle Mile Mall located in Planet Hollywood Casino.

It is always fun to find a new Sephora when I am traveling. The Las Vegas Strip is the newest spot were I have recently discovered a Sephora.

This Sephora is so convenient for all your last minute beauty needs.

It is right on the strip in the middle of everything. It is so much better than having to buy drugstore stuff.

It is has everything you might need including handy little travel size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, makeup, etc.

Even better…there is a Starbucks right around the corner. So grab a latte, shop for some fun new makeup, and then hit the strip looking fabulous!

Check out Bravadora’s article on the best beauty products to pack for your holiday travels!

When daily routine gets old and the cold weather begins…sometimes the only place you really want to be is on a warm, sandy tropical beach.

Here are a few beauty products that can help you feel like you are on vacation instead of in your bathroom shower:

The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter

Coconut Body Butter by The Body Shop:

This intensely moisturizing body lotion is a great way to stay soft in the cold weather and smell like you came from a warm beach.

Made from organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil and community trade shea butter, this 24-hour body butter will keep your skin soft and supple.

David Babaii and Kate Hudson WildAid Hair Styling Spray

Style your locks with David Babaii’s  Bohemian Beach Spray which uses eco-friendly and exotic ingredients like sea salt from the Dead Sea and Volcanic Ash from the South Pacific.

Not only does this styling product work on wet or dry hair to give sexy, just-got-back-from-the-beach volume, but it’s made with kiwi and shea butter to keep your hair soft and healthy.

The icing on the cake: 10% of profits go to the WildAid foundation…so even if you can’t be on an African Safari at least you can be doing your part to contribute to WildAid’s mission to save the our planet’s wildlife.

Scented Candles by Tocca

Tocca Beauty Scented Candles have a way of sending you into a  sitting-in-a-hammock, tranquil state of mind.

Tocca’s Havana Candle, scented of sugarcane and rum makes you dream of pirates and exotic crystal blue bays.

Tocca’s Montauk Candle, scented of sea grass and fresh air will have you dreaming of lighthouses and the sound of crashing ocean waves.

Tocca’s Tahiti Candle, scented of tiare flower and coconut will have your bathroom smelling like a romantic island honeymoon.

Bon Voyage!

I love the fall and winter season, but my skin and my hair do not. This time of year brings on dry, itchy, flaking skin that irritates us and even ages us. Below are three steps to bring back youthful, supple skin and hair and prevent the yucky dry weather from taking its toll:

Ojon Restorative Hair TreatmentStep 1: Stop frizzy, dried out hair: During this time of year I often make the mistake of using a heavier conditioner to keep my strands soft. Ultimately, I end up with greasier, weighed down hair.

Solution: Hair mask! You can apply a hair mask once a month or as often as once a week depending on your strands. I love Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. I coats your hair in a grainy, greasy, strange smelly mess, but then ends up giving you perfectly soft, shiny healthy hair without a trace of greasiness.

Prevage by Elizabeth ArdenStep 2: Prevent flaky skin and exaggerated wrinkles on your face: The dry weather sucks out all the youthful soft and suppleness of my face. This is really two steps in one. You have to get rid of the dry skin by exfoliating and then prevent it by moisturizing. Many experts suggest using a facial cream with alpha hydroxy acid which acts as a two in one step process by exfoliating the top layer of the skin while moisturizing it. This can be an effective solution, however using a moisturizer with alpha hydroxy acids on sensitive skin can cause further redness, flakiness and irritation. Therefore I suggest using separate products for each step.

Solution: Use a mild exfoliant (not something with large beads that scrape the skin!) like Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant made with lactic acid, salicylic acidlavender and aloe vera which combined help gently remove dead skin and sooth irritation. Then use a deep moisturizer at night like Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream or take it one step further and use a 24 hour cream.

Kiehls-creme-de-corps-body-washStep 3: Stop using soaps in the shower that dry out your skin and make you itch all over! Often times I find myself using a bar of soap in the shower and find myself lathering lotion on my dry skin afterwards. It’s messy, sometimes downright greasy, and even gets on my clothes. Oh yeah and it takes forever to rub in.

Solution: Use a moisturizing body wash like Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream which uses mild glycerin soap to cleanse and jojoba oil and shea butter to moisturize the entire body. Using a creamy body wash prevents itchy, flaky skin and gives you a break from slathering on loads of moisturizer after the shower.

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