Grooming tips: Get ready for the work party season!

Greetings BusiChic!

It’s five more weeks until Christmas so I’m taking a look at how we can get ready for the upcoming party season!

How does your workplace celebrate Christmas or the end of the year? Some workplaces time end of year celebrations with a gala event and I’ve been helping clients put together outfits for this. Other celebrations are more low-key but still just as festive nonetheless with someone going around taking photos of the event that end up being shared on the company intranet or a public drive. I think it’s really sad when people try to back out of all of the photo-taking because they don’t like how they look. So I implore you to do something about it this year to look and feel great!

Here are a look at some of the ways you can get ready for the work party season by way of getting getting groomed!

1. Get your hair done!

the blowout bar toorak

If you can do a good DIY hair-do that my hat is off to you – I am very slowly making progress at doing my own hair! I have little patience for experimenting with blowdryers, straighteners and the like but the more that I work with the professionals, I’m finding that I’m picking up more tips to improve my DIY efforts. But I’m still not quite there yet!

So I have been visiting The Blow Out Bar Toorak, both as a guest and a paying customer, to get a blow dry. The service costs from $45 (for shorter hair like mine) and upwards and I find that if I ask for a little less hair product, I can make a blow dry last for almost a full week by using dry shampoo. Gosh how I love dry shampoo; if there’s one thing that you get from this post, please try a dry shampoo by Klorane or even Batiste. A good dry shampoo makes hair look freshly washed and gives some volume too. Just make sure that you tilt your head over a sink in the bathroom when applying (with a well-shaken can from at least 30cm away from your head) and brush it out over the sink so that you don’t get the powder on your clothes.

 

2. Get a makeover!
Lancome counter make over teint idole

Take time out to pamper yourself – it is the festive season and I think it’s nice to head into it looking and feeling your best.  Your local make-up counter is bound to offer a make-up application service for a fee which is redeemable upon the purchase of products. It’s a great way to experience products and about new colours, formulas and application techniques to help you update your look in a subtle or bold way.

I’m currently putting a whole lot of long-wearing foundations to the test. I used to wear only mineral foundations but found that they kept touching off on things; on my  phone and now that I’m increasingly working as a portrait photographer- my camera! A long-wearing foundation shouldn’t touch off onto white shirts, phones and cameras and should look great all day and into the evening when I head out for events. I always wear a primer both set and touch-up foundation with translucent powder to keep the oilies in my T-combination skin at bay. What long-wear foundations work for you?

Lancome make over using teint idole

 

The make-up artist at the Lancome counter in Myer applied the above products to create a polished look. I think that work make up should look natural and glowing – particularly as fluorescent lighting in the office will do its thing to make us look pasty and pale!

The Lancome products used on me were:

  • La Base Pro (oil free)– a primer that also promises to minimise pores.
  • Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 03 – a 24-hour wear fluid foundation with SPF15.
  • Effacernes Longue Tenue – this concealer which also contains SPF was used as a primer on my eyelids as well and under my eyes.
  • Poudre Miracle – translucent loose powder to set the make up
  • Artliner – we used the classic formulation of Lancome’s liquid eyeliner pen but I hope to next try the waterproof version as I need an eyeliner that does not budge when I’m photographing all-day.
  • Grandiose Mascara – the French house’s newest mascara that curls, defines and lengthens.
  • Blush Subtil in 03 – a coral blush for a healthy glow
  • Rouge in Love lipstick in 240M – a polished pink in Lancome’s 6-hour wear formulation that felt hydrating even after a few drinks later that evening.

I also really like the Hydrazen moisturiser which hydrated my skin underneath the primer and longwear foundation. We decided to keep the lipstick a neutral kind of colour as you so often see me with a bold statement lip colour. If you normally do one thing then I think for the party season it’s interesting to do something you don’t normally do; which in my case is opting for a more relaxed and neutral lip colour. However if a neutral lip is more your thing, then why not try punch things up with a bright fuschia or bold red? Remember that if you are cool-toned, cool blue-based colours are more for you, whereas if you have warmer colouring, again warmer colours are going to make you look your best. Experiment and have fun!

Lancome counter make over

End-of-year happy snap ready!

3. Get your nails did!

Treating myself to a mani and a pedi is one of my favourite things to do as the weather warms up and it’s nice to have your heels and toes ready for show. Seriously there are few things less comfortable than seeing dry, scaly heels and toes peeking out of summer sandals so if there’s only one area you can focus on, make it your feet!

The time I got my nails "did" by I Scream Nails; party on one side and plain on the other. The funny thing is that when I was in meetings, people on my left could only see the party while those on my right only saw the plain!

The time I got my nails “did” by I Scream Nails; party on one side and plain on the other. The funny thing is that when I was in meetings, people on my left could only see the party while those on my right only saw the plain!

If your feet are fine and you feel like adding a little more party to your nails, I Scream Nails do very fun ail art (I had them for my hen’s party) and Trophy Nail Art Wife include a manicure as part of their fun nail art painting service.

Some more tips!

On some smaller notes also start moisturising your skin and don’t forget your elbows and knees. Keep drinking water as keeping your fluids up (and getting adequate rest) are the best ways to start looking your best!

I love popping into the Shu Uemura counter at David Jones for false eyelash application (free with the cost of lashes, starting at $25). Make up artist Yumi also tried a new lip palette on me from the Karl Lagerfeld collaboration with Shu Uemura inspired by his cat, Shupette! Great gift ideas for cat and make up lovers!

I love popping into the Shu Uemura counter at David Jones for false eyelash application (free with the cost of lashes, starting at $25). Make up artist Yumi also tried a new lip palette on me from the Karl Lagerfeld collaboration with Shu Uemura inspired by his cat, Shupette! Great gift ideas for cat and make up lovers!

Post my Japan trip I am obsessed with fake lashes and feel almost-naked without them!! To this end I LOVE the Shu Uemura Lash bar at David Jones. I think that their lashes look really natural and are some of the best quality I’ve come across in the beauty department. The price of lashes start at $25 and can be applied at the counter for free. Perfect if you’re a false eyelash newbie, until you start to get the hang of things! Benefit also offer a lash application service and their lashes start from $18 a pair, I’m told that the “Debutante” is their most natural-looking set, although I haven’t tried this myself yet as they were out of stock at the time.

What I’m wearing:

In this post I’m wearing the Ravello top and Cotton pencil skirt by Boden (as introduced to you in this post!), SheInside Cape Blazer which is proving to be a great variation on the classic as we head into warmer weather – the split-sleeves keep me cool! Shoes are a past season Alannah Hill number and the closest that I’ve come across is this pair by Forever New.

Disclaimer: This post features both affiliate and non-affiliate links to help you re-create these looks. If you purchase via an affiliate link, I receive a commission that goes towards the operations of this blog. And for that, I thank you!

Stay tuned for next week’s post looking at end-of-year work event and party outfits. What kind of event/s is your workplace putting on? Anyone going to a partner’s work party and wondering what to wear?

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    1. Party season is almost here!!!

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