13 December 2015

Christmas Party Outfit and Make Up

Every year the company I work for organise a pretty awesome Christmas party and this year was no exception! It's always a glitzy affair in London and requires serious outfit planning beforehand (actually, that goes for most occasions in my life and not just Christmas parties!!) 

I have to hold my hand up and say this entire look was inspired by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.  Yes, you read correctly!

A few weeks ago on the X-factor live shows she wore a gorgeous Stephane Rolland Cristal Dress with scraped back hair and a very smoky eye and I loved how it looked. (If you google her name and the designer you should find a picture of the dress)  

I normally go for the 'safe' option for Christmas parties (something black - quelle surprise!) but this year wanted to go for something a little bit different. 

The dress she wore was hideously expensive so I searched high and low for something similar.  There were a couple of options I nearly bought on ASOS (that if you're looking to go for a similar look you could maybe get)  but I actually found this dress on eBay of all places! It's last season Topshop and was new with tags.  It's always a bit of a gamble buying a dress without trying it on or seeing it first but I was over the moon when I got this!

Outfit Details

Dress - Last Season Topshop - similar dresses can be found on ASOS though :)

Bag - Whistles - similar HERE

Shoes - Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 (that I cannot really walk in, if you are planning on getting a pair of these, get the 100's!!) 

Let's talk hair.

Now, I'm someone who only wears my hair up on two occasions.  At the gym (when having a long mane of hair whilst pounding the treadmill isn't even an option!) and when I'm at home away from public viewing! I've just never been a fan of how I look with my hair scraped back.

But, as I mentioned previously, I wanted to go for something a little different for this party and I braved wearing it up! It's just a basic sleek high ponytail, with a lock of my hair pinned around the hair band to hide it.  Oh and lots of hairspray!!

I'm really glad I did and I think from now on I'll be a little more adventurous with my hair, so watch this space for new wild and wacky creations! (ahem, maybe not!)

Finally, a run down of what I wore on my face.  I have to admit, I did practice this make up a week before just to check I was happy with how it looked with the dress! Brace yourselves...it's a long old list!!!

Side note - the eyeshadow palette I used doesn't seem to be available on the MAC site anymore.  However, you can look at a picture of it on the American MAC website and maybe find colours in your collection that are similar or go and speak to one of the girls in MAC to find an alternative shade  if you're interested in recreating the look!


  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow as a light reflective primer.  TO BUY
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in No.5 (this photographs wonderfully) TO BUY
  • Urban Decay Naked Concealer (mix of 'Medium Light Neutral' and 'Light Warm') TO BUY
Face Finishing Touches

  • Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder to set the foundation. TO BUY
  • Tom Ford Bronzer in 'Gold Dust' but only a very small amount.  TO BUY
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in 'Medium' TO BUY
  • MAC 'Well Dressed' Blush TO BUY
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Champagne Pop' (this stuff is AMAZING) TO BUY
Eyes and Brows

  • Soap and Glory Archery Eyebrow Pencil in 'Hot Chocolate' TO BUY
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Pencil in 'Nude' to highlight underneath the brow TO BUY
  • MAC Paint Pot in 'Constructivist' all over the eye as a base and blended out TO BUY
  • I used Urban Decay 'Riff' as a transition shade in the crease and up to the brow bone. TO BUY
  • MAC M.A.CNificent Me Palette (this was special edition but still available on the American MAC website and MAC will offer alternative shades if you go in store) I used 'Quiet Time' all over the lid, followed by 'Dancing in the Dark' in the outer corner and up to the crease line quite liberally. I kept adding and blending these colours until I was happy with how it looked and then patted 'In My Element' in the middle of the lid for a bit of dimension and sparkle. On the lower lash line I also used a bit more of Urban Decay Riff followed by 'Dancing in the Dark' and again I applied this quite liberally for a really smoky look. TO BUY
  • I lined my top lashes with Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick TO BUY
  • I used MAC Smoulder eye pencil to line upper and lower waterline TO BUY
  • I popped a bit of MAC Vanilla pigment in the inner corner TO BUY
  • For a bit of subtle sparkle I patted a teeny tiny amount of MAC Antiqued Gold Pigment on top although you can't really see it in the picture! They no longer do this but any glitter pigment will do. 
  • Bourjois Volume Glamour Push Up Mascara (lots and lots of this!!) on my top lashes TO BUY
  • Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on my bottom lashes (lasts and lasts and doesn't move) TO BUY
  • I finished by adding some of my beloved cluster lashes from 'Essence'.  These are cheap as chips for far better than any of the expensive ones I've tried. I do use the Duo Single Lash glue with them though. TO BUY

  • MAC Stripdown liner TO BUY
  • Rimmel Nude Kate Moss Lipstick in No.42 TO BUY
  • Chantecaille Lipgloss in 'Lucky' (love love love this) TO BUY

The vigilant of those among you will notice I forgot to photograph the Nars powder and Urban Decay eyeshadow! I should have made this into a little game! haha! 

So, it's back to work tomorrow! Hope you've all had a great weekend and I'll be back soon with some more chat! 

Lis x


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