Christmas holiday parties are so much fun for me because I love to experiment with different outfits, hair, and makeup looks if I have multiple parties to go to. I don’t normally have multiple dressy events in the same month, and I love dressing up so this is such a treat for me!
In all honesty, I look forward to the ‘getting ready’ part of the night is just as much as the actual party itself. Every year my girlfriends and I get together at one of our homes and have a little Secret Santa party. It is cozy and intimate. We could make this super casual…but lucky for me my girlfriends love getting dolled up as much as I do! I’m so glad to have found a group of women that I connect with on so many levels. I think it’s important to be able to have fun experimenting with makeup and attend an event feeling pretty and confident- no matter how small or casual it may be!
Since my friends are fellow beauty lovers, we are always sharing our favorite beauty finds with each other. If one of us finds a must-have product, there is a good chance the rest of us will whip out our phones and order it online that minute. (we are all a little bit extra, I know. But that’s why we all get along so well.)
For this year’s Secret Santa party with my girlfriends I played around with some new COVERGIRL products and opted for a fun girly look- a bright pink lip with pink/gold tones on my eyes and a lighter pink blush. We are now in the stage of life where we are trying to find products that help with our “aging” (aaagh! I still feel like I’m 20…but now I have fine lines starting to peek their way through!). I can’t wait to share with my girlfriends COVERGIRL + Olay’s Simply Ageless line. I am super picky about the kind of base/foundation I wear. If I find a foundation I like I will wear it for years and I rarely branch out. But I put this line to the test and I was truly surprised at how much I liked it! I started with this COVERGIRL + Olay Simply Ageless Foundation Primer. It has a soft powdery feel to the touch. When you first squeeze it onto your hand it is white, but it goes on clear. I have been using primers for years and feel like they are such a key ingredient to a good flawless look.
Then I applied the COVERGIRL + Olay Simply Ageless Instant Wrinkle-Defying Foundation in Buff-Beige. It was a slightly lighter shade than I normally use, but it blended so nicely with the COVERGIRL Tru Blend Bronzer and COVERGIRL Tru Blend Blush (in ‘light rose’). I normally gravitate to liquid foundations because I don’t like my foundation too thick and caky- but this one is lightweight, creamy and glided over my skin, almost like it was suspended on top of the primer. It’s a cream to foundation product, so the final look on my skin was smooth and dewy- not caky. I’ve been using it all week and it’s definitely a beauty find I need to share with my friends (and you can’t beat the price). If you are on the hunt for a new foundation and want to hide a few little aging signs to hide, you need to check out this COVERGIRL Simply Ageless collection.
I finished off my look with the cream and light pink shades from the ‘Blooming Blushes’ pallet and COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in ‘Phantom Pink’. I think they complement each other really nicely. I love how the final look turned out!
This post has been sponsored by COVERGIRL. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.
photography by Jordan Zobrist