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Well, New Year’s Eve is almost here.  It’s the perfect chance to get all glam and glitzy.  My favourite part?  There’s no need to be afraid of a little sparkle here and there – you can go all out, load on the glitter, and have a little fun.  In between trying to pick out the perfect NYE outfit and trying to decide where to go and what to do, I’ve put together a fun New Year’s Eve look with a little help from Hard Candy (available exclusively at Walmart) to help you get prepped for the big night.

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I went with a few fun product from Hard Candy to put this look together.  I didn’t want it to be too over the top, but had fun adding some sparkle to my eyes and went with a more purple toned palette to add a bit of colour.  Check out the products I used and steps to recreate this look for your NYE!

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  1. I started off by applying Sheer Envy Illuminating Primer to my fave to help prep the skin.  This primer has got quite a bit of sparkle to it, so you may want to go easy on it if you don’t want to end up looking like a vampire from Twilight.  It has a bit of a gel consistency, and helps to set everything up for makeup application.  I then used Glamoflauge Lite to cover up any redness and spots.
  2. For the eyes, I started off with Eye Def.  This shimmery, pearly liquid shadow actually worked perfectly as a base so help bring out the colour in the shadows.  From there, I used the Mod Quad baked eye shadow palette in Under the Moon for colour.  I used the lightest shade all over  up to the brow bone then applied the top right shade to the lid.  I used the bottom left shade in the crease to add some definition and a bit of the darkest shade to add a hint of liner.  After applying black mascara, I finished off with a bit of Lash Tinsel to add some sparkle and fun to my eyes.
  3. For the lips, I started off by applying All Glossed Up in Tickled Pink for a bit of a pink tint and then added a little Plumping Serum in Nude Beach for some more shine.

What will you be wearing for New Year’s Eve?

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Side note: I wasn’t able to access my computer yesterday, so I’ll be sharing both day 11 and 12 of the 12 Days giveaways for you today 🙂  And since I love you guys so much, I just might have a bonus day tomorrow for you 😉

Getting ready for a holiday party or get together isn’t always an easy task.  First of all, you need to find shades and products that are going to make the perfect impact and will give you the stunning look you deserve.  Secondly, you’re also going to need to make sure your look lasts all night, through dinners, drinks, dancing and lots of laughter!

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Leave it to Urban Decay to put together a selection of items that will take care of all of the above.

First things first, you’ll be able to get the perfect holiday look with a few Urban Decay essentials.  Urban Decay Eyeshadows ($22 ea)  in Blackout – matte black – and Vanilla – golden pearl shimmer – come together to create a chic smokey eye with a bit of brightness, while the new Naked Illuminated powder in Aura ($35) gives skin a gorgeous highlight, leaving a glowing, healthy finish.  Of course, no holiday look is complete without an eye-catching red lip, and the Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb ($26) is a gorgeous, creamy red that will certainly do the trick.

Of course, making sure that your look lasts can be a little tricky, which is why Urban Decay has a couple of (totally necessary) products to make sure that you have no trouble with this.  Their Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($24) makes the ideal first step before applying any shadows or liners.  This sheer nude base provides the perfect prep to ensure that your shadow stays put.  And the All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($36) is the ultimate final step for any look.  This oil-free spray helps to set your makeup and prevents it from disappearing – kind of like a top coat for your face.

Together, these 5 Urban Decay products make up an essential kit for the holidays.  Want to win them?  Enter for your chance to win via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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Please tell me you’ve seen Shu Uemura’s holiday collection – the Shupette collection created by none other than Karl Lagerfeld.  Inspired by his cartoonish interpretation of his feline friend Choupette, this collection is colourful, whimsical and just a ton of fun in general.

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If you’re looking to make a statement this season, the Shupette collection is perfect for you.  Amazing colours, lots of shimmer and sparkle, and the sweetest of packaging (Shupette graces most of the collection), it may be a little adventurous for some, but when worn properly, it’s hard not to fall in love.

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This cat though: “I’m a famous furry beauty Shupette Lagerfeld, queen of catnaps, spoiled glamourpuss, and social media’s most wanted.”  Have you ever seen such a fabulous feline?  It’s no surprise that Karl’s latest collaboration with Shu Uemura would be based on this catty character.

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I’ll be sharing an in depth look at this collection, but in the mean time I thought I would give one of you a chance to get your hand’s on a piece of it.  My friends at Shu Uemura have a couple of pieces from the collection, both pictured above – the Eye-Need-Shu Trio in Parisienne Chic ($45) & the My Precious Glitter Set ($58) – so one of you can add a little Shupette glamour into your life.  Enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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Ok, I just wouldn’t feel right if I made it through the 12 Days of Holiday Beauty without having a little something for the gentlemen.  Let’s face it, dudes need a little help with pampering and grooming too, so today’s giveaway and gift idea is all about the guys.

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Naturally, you (and I’m sure your guy agrees) want him to smell fantastic.  I’m a sucker for an amazing smelling guy – it’s immediately attention grabbing.  Today’s 12 Days features a fantastic scent, Azzaro Pour Homme, which will be sure to have him smelling fantastic.

“An essential men’s fragrance that combines light, depth and sensuality.  An astounding delight of freshness and energy brightens the creation (citrus notes, lavender) while noble woods and aromatic notes deliver texture and depth that take the senses by surprise (patchouli, vetiver, sage, basil). Finally, amber, musk and sandalwood procure an exceptional trail with the great intensity and sensuality characteristic  of Azzaro Pour Homme. ”

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And come on, who doesn’t want their guy to smell like Ian Somerhalder?  That’s what I thought.  Today I’ll be giving away the perfect set for the guy who wants a little scentspiration this holiday season, which includes the Azzaro Pour Homme Eau de Toilette ($69.00, 50 ml), After Shave Lotion ($49.00) and Hand & Body Shampoo ($31.00).  Want to win?  Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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We all know that nailing the perfect Holiday look can be made easier with the perfect shades and products.  This is time of year where you can really go glam – there’s not shortage to the fun styles you can try.  Glitter, red lips, big lashes are all in high demand, and I feel like it’s hard to go over the top with these.

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Pür Minerals has put together a fab gift set which will be sure to help you achieve a stunning look that will have you turning heads at all of your holiday parties this season.  Included in this set:

Pür Minerals Soak It Up Intense Hydrating Moisturizer ($35.0o CAD): Bye, bye dry skin. Meet the ultimate thirst quencher for a healthier-looking complexion. Soak It Up delivers a mega-dose of oil-free hydration for a visibly softer, smoother look and more comfortable feel. Featuring a trio of clinically tested superingredients, this decadent, dewy cream provides both immediate relief from dryness and long-term moisture loss prevention to keep your skin looking its radiant best. Gluten free.  Perfect for making sure your skin is hydrated and prepped for makeup application!

Pür Minerals Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder Blush in Sassy ($24.50 CAD): Get a gorgeous, age-defying glow with this pressed mineral blush with built-in Farm to Jar™ skincare! As you highlight and accentuate your natural features, your skin will drink in the anti-aging benefits of vine-fresh Resveratrox® andVitisin, harvested exclusively for Pür from Bordeaux’s famed wine region. Taken from the vines, shoots and skin of wine-producing grapes, these key ingredients have been shown to soften the look of lines and brighten the skin’s appearance.Paraben-free. Gluten-free.  Give your skin a healthy, glowing flush with this mineral blush!

Pür Minerals Big Look Mascara ($22.00 CAD): Take your lashes to the extreme with Pür’s mascara miracle! If you’re looking for the best no clump mascara, you’ve found it. Fortified with Argan Oil, this game-changing mascara formula envelops lashes in nourishing, knockout colour with endless build and dewy sheen. And with our exclusive, clump-resistant mascara wand, getting smooth, evenly coated lashes is easy — even in tough inner corners! Now, that’s a stroke of genius.   Naturally, no holiday makeup look is complete without mascara.  Get bold, beautiful lashes with this clump-free mascara.

Pür Minerals Soul Mattes Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00 CAD): Embrace your natural beauty with eight endearing and eye-catching matte shadows fit for any mood or occasion. Housed in a chic, metal compact with built-in application brush, this grab-and-go matte eye shadow palette is your secret to a soulful fall look. It’s a fantastic makeup artist palette but can easily be used for everyday wear, too.   This palette contains 8 complementary shades which can be used to create a neutral daytime look or a sexy, smoky evening look!

Pür Minerals Chateau de Vine Lipstick in Show Off ($20,00 CAD): Perfect your pout with gorgeous, anti-aging lipstick colour in a delicious array of intoxicating mineral shades! Pür’s Château de Vine lipsticks glide on effortlessly for a full range of flawless looks—from bold, full lips to a barely there stain. Using exclusive Farm to Jar ingredients — including age-defyingResveratrox® and Vitisin, freshly harvested from Bordeaux’s finest wine-producing grapes—this one-of-a-kind formula reverses visible signs of early aging, like lip lines and wrinkles, so you can toast to younger-looking lips with every kiss. Paraben-free. Gluten-free.   Of course, you need a lipstick that will have you prepared in case you find yourself under the mistletoe 😉

Want to get prepped for the holidays with all of these Pür Minerals products?  Enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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