We all know it's award season and the Grammy's are coming to us live tomorrow night. Even though my feet will never hit the famous red carpet, I do have a formal gala coming up next month that I need to begin preparing for. I am on a hunt for the perfect floor length dress that won't break the bank (let me know if come across a beauty), but I also have to think outside just the outfit. It's important to look my best and get camera ready when it comes to my hair, skin, smile and cosmetic choices. I like to refer to it as beauty prep.
I have selected five essential products that will get us all red carpet ready for our special event. When using the products together, we can achieve a look we are happy to flaunt and one that will last all night.
I have been using a few in my regimen for years. Some I just came across and 100% completely sold on.
Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Repair - The ironic thing about this one is that I was just reading my friend Niki's post on the 10 beauty mistakes she has made in the past. One of them was not using a heat protectant on her hair. I scratched my head and said, "Why don't I use one?" Most days I either use a flat iron, curling wand or blow dryer to style my hair and never use anything on it beforehand except a root boost on occasion. I fully plan on styling my hair the night of our gala and I am sure two types of heat will be involved. This product tames fly aways, adds a glossy shine and aids in protecting my hair from all the crazy heat that it comes into contact with.
Secret Clinical Strength - I have been using this product for years and haven't found a better over the counter antiperspirant. As gross as this may sound, I have always been a sweater, especially when I am nervous. But, since I began using Secret, the issue is almost non-existent. There are some occasions in the summer when I am running around, but for the most part it keeps me dry and fresh all day. I highly recommend it. Who wants to have rings around their dress, especially at a big event? Not this girl!
Gillette Venus & Olay - Shaving is not something I look forward to doing, but it's a must for us women who haven't taken the laser route. When I saw that this razor had five blades I was sold. It gives the smoothest and closet shave I have ever received from a razor. It helps lock in moisture and smells heavenly thanks to the Olay part.
CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by LashBlast - I have tried at least ten different mascaras over the years. Some being drugstore brands and others being more expensive. Hands down CoverGirl LashBlast products have been my favorites. I have been using the one in the orange tube for the last two years until now. The Bombshell is just that...the bomb. It gives a sexy starlet look with 10x more noticeable lashes. It has two brushes and two formulas delivering crazy, mega volume and dramatic intensity.
Crest 3D White Strips - Your smile is your best accessory, especially when smiling for the camera during an event. I first used these strips several years back to prepare for my high school reunion. Honestly, I wasn't expecting a huge change in the color of my teeth, but the outcome was quite surprising. My teeth changed at least 4 shades whiter and looked brighter. I recently used them for a second time and once again, beyond pleased with the results. They are formulated with the same safe ingredients that dentists use giving you a whiter and brighter smile in a flash. These are 100% worth the money.
What products do you use to get ready for a special event?
Can I just say how much I wish I could just wear this same dress again to the gala this year? It sure would make my life easier. I wonder if anyone would notice?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.