Saturday, January 25, 2014

Red Carpet Ready Essentials

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.



Becky M said...

That is so funny that you posted on that hair product, because I was just eying it the last time I was out! Now I'll have to go back and pick it up! I am so jealous that you get to go to the gala and get all dressed up! Have fun preparing!

In a trendy town said...

Congratulations and perfect dress, very elegant!

Iris said...

Congrats!! Also, I vote wear the dress. You look absolutely stunning!

~ Country Girl's Daybook, recently posted: March for Life, 2014 →

Unknown said...

Love this blog! I just want to share that recently I've been using the pro naturals argan oil treatment, and it has work amazingly, leaqving my hair shiny, softer and protecting it from the heat!

Anonymous said...

That black and white dress is so pretty on you! Good luck shopping for this year's gala dress!

Samantha @ Busy Sweet Life said...

I almost picked up that mascara today at the store. I don't know why I didn't. Maybe it's because I have like 10 other tubes to get through. But dang, I really want to try it! I have also been wanting to try the clinical strength deodorant!

M said...

Have you ever checked out Rent The Runway? Perfect if you don't want to invest in a only-gonna-wear-it-once dress...

Katie Did What said...

I just used this mascara and LOVE it, too! And I'm with you- the LashBlast mascara (the one in the orange tube) has been my holy grail mascara for YEARS and now this one is right up there with it! Oh, CoverGirl, how I love thee. ;)


Mrs C said...

Congrats! You and Mr look like a million bucks!

Mrs Jack Of All Trades
Dubai, UAE

Elizabeth Jack said...

That black and white dress is just gorgeous!! I am wondering what brand it is or what store it's from? Sorry if I missed that part in the post!! : )

Unknown said...

Have fun at your event. Good luck dress shopping!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Secret Clinical is the stuff. I have used it for over five years.

Whitney said...

I also need a floor-length gown for an upcoming event. Keep us posted on where you find yours!