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How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Party Dress

Christmas party season is looming on the horizon, but choosing the perfect party dress can be as difficult as tracking down that last elusive gift. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here’s a guide to finding a dress that will make you sparkle this holiday season.

 

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  1. Dress for the occasion

You can’t begin your search for until you know what kind of occasion you’re dressing for.

How formal or casual will the event be? If your invitation doesn’t state a dress code, it’s worth asking the host or some of your friends what they are planning on wearing.

What kinds of activities are planned? If you’ll be having a formal meal, it’s likely that you won’t want to wear anything too fitted, as you may feel restricted when sitting down for an extended period of time. If you’ll be hitting the dance floor, look for a dress that will stay in place, so you can let loose without losing your dignity.

It’s also important to consider whether you want to be able to wear the dress again throughout the year. If so, you may want to avoid seasonal colours and look for sequined dresses in metallic shades that you can wear throughout the year.

 

  1. Finding the perfect fit

Women come in all shapes and sizes, so understanding what suits you is key. There are loads of gorgeous party dresses for the Christmas season, so finding a style to suit every aesthetic and occasion is just a matter of knowing what to look for.

As Christmas is a time for glitz, glamour and gatherings, you should look for a dress that fits you perfectly to ensure that you look and feel your best. Make sure you feel comfortable and confident by choosing a dress that hugs your figure in all the right places. It shouldn’t feel too tight or too loose, which means using the number on the label as a guide only and knowing your measurements.

 

3. Considering colour

When you think of Christmas party dresses it’s likely that a few colours immediately spring to mind. The classic black dress always works for any occasion, as do rich reds and metallic golds and silvers, so which option you go for really depends on your personal style.

 

The LBD may seem like the safe option, but it also gives you the perfect opportunity to play with unique cuts, interesting textures and bold accessories. If you’re going for a sophisticated look, a midi dress with a sweetheart neckline looks effortlessly chic, as does a short dress with long flowing sleeves. Alternatively, for a sexier look, try a maxi dress with a dramatic thigh-high split or a mini dress with short capped sleeves and lace detailing.

 

If colour is your thing, you can’t go wrong with a vibrant red dress. Equally, nothing screams Christmas quite like metallic golds and silvers. Opting for a maxi dress embellished with shimmering beads will allow you to channel your inner vintage goddess, and a sequin-covered dress will instantly hit the right note at a festive party.

 

Top tip: Opt for chic silver tones if you have a cool skin tone and glittering golds if you have a warm skin tone.

 

So then, are you ready to start shopping?

 

 

 

 

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Why you should wipe off your makeup before you sleep

After a long exhausting day of work it can be tempting to kick off your shoes and go straight to bed. But doing that could harm your skin especially when you sleep with your makeup on.

Going to bed without removing your makeup can damage your skin and degenerate your overall appearance. So no matter how tired you are or how late in the night it is, you should make it a part of your daily routine to remove your makeup. Here are some reasons why you should never neglect this as part of your routine.

 

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It causes inflammations on your skin

Makeup coupled with the dust and dirt in the air and the dead skin cells on your face can clog your pores. When your pores are clogged, your skin will develop inflammations in form of acne. If you have acne-prone skin, leaving makeup overnight can cause the acne to flare up.

Foundations can be the worst when it comes to clogged pores and acne flare ups. Even lipstick left overnight can cause the skin around your lips to be inflamed. So remember to wipe them all off.

It can lead to premature aging

Makeup left on the skin for too long can cause your skin to break down. The break down damages your skin cells which will lead to premature aging. It will also increase the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on your skin.

To verify this, an experiment was conducted by the Daily Mail not too long ago, on a woman who applied makeup without cleansing her face. This caused her to age 10 years in 1 month!

It’ll make your complexion look dull

When you don’t remove makeup from your face before sleeping, the makeup cakes on your skin as your head presses against your pillow. The layer of makeup makes it difficult for your skin to shed off the old skin and reveal the new skin. This is what is usually responsible for the dull lifeless skin colour.

The makeup left on your skin clogs the pores and creates dark circles around your eyes reducing the overall vibrance of your face.

It can cause irritation

Makeup contains certain elements in its formula that can cause irritation. Elements like dye or perfume could cause irritation if left on the skin overnight. Eye products, especially mascara and eyeliners, can also irritate the sensitive lining of the eyes. If you have sensitive skin, the effect of the irritants can be aggravated to cause itchiness or excessive flaring of the skin.

 

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It can cause infections

Makeup on its own does not cause infections. However when mixed with dirt in the environment and sweat, makeup can act as a carrier of infections. So any cut or opening caused by an acne breakout will get contaminated with the dirt and sweat-ridden makeup. This will make your skin get infected. The same goes for eye products that somehow find their way into your eyes while you sleep.

It will cause your lips to be chapped

Many lipsticks contain wax. The wax causes your lips to dry up. As you use lipstick everyday the loss of the natural moisture of your lips causes your lips to dry and the skin to crack. Not removing your lipstick before going to bed will accelerate the drying and make the chapping worse. This could lead to abrasions and your lips may bleed.

It weakens your eyelashes

Mascara can accentuate the beauty of your eyes but allowing it to stay all night can make your delicate eyelashes weaken. The formula contained in mascara can be too hard on your eyelashes. When you don’t remove your mascara it makes your eyelashes brittle, prone to breakage and eventually start shedding faster.

So makeup needs to be wiped off every night before bed time. No excuses.

Do you wipe your makeup off every night?

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