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Friday, December 20

Holiday Glam in a Hurry

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Duane Reade Look Boutique Makeup and Salon #DRHoliday #Shop #Cbias
I took a trip downtown recently to check out the Duane Reade Look Boutique at 40 Wall Street.  I was specifically on the hunt for a new nail polish color and a long-lasting pink blush.  As I walked into the Look Boutique I was amazed at the selection of brands to choose from, as well as the on-site services available.  I got started browsing the shelves to find the perfect pink blush, as I am currently loving the luminous pink glowing cheeks I  have been seeing in holiday makeup trends.  There were so many choices from high end brands like Cargo, The Balm and Butter London, to mid-range and budget brands like Essie and NYC Color, I was super impressed.

I ended up choosing a gorgeous The Balm blush called "Instain" in the color Arglye and a stunning champagne color by Essie called "hors d'oeuvres."  I couldn't wait to play when I got home, and create a perfect and quick mommy makeover.  BUT, I couldn't leave without taking advantage of the manicure services they have at the boutique.  I was able to get a fabulous Duane Reade Holiday manicure for $10!!!  And they sent me home with a punch card so that after 5 manicures, my 6th is free!!  I noticed they also do hair - shampoos, blowouts and styles - as well as scalp massages!  Yes, please!
Duane Reade Look Boutique 40 Wall Street Makeup #DRHoliday #Shop #Cbias
 For this super speedy mommy makeover, because as a mommy - we never have that much time to devote to ourselves, especially during the busy holiday - I chose just a few items that really come together perfectly!  Start with a clean and well moisturized face.  Apply a luminous BB Cream or matte if you prefer, with your fingers for the most blendable coverage.  Next use a matte nude eyeshadow only slightly darker than your skin tone and apply all over your eyes.
Duane Reade Holiday Glam Makeover #DRHoliday #Shop #Cbias
 Add a winged liner for the ultra glamorous and sophisticated look - I use a liquid liner by NYC New York Color.  Then add a couple of thick coats of mascara - my favorite is The Balm Body Builder - I don't even need to curl my lashes because it is just that awesome.  Now add your pinkest blush using your fingers and starting from the apples of your cheeks - blending out to your temples.  Finish the look by adding a creamy nude lipstick.
The Balm Instain Argyle Blush Cheeks #DRHoliday #Shop #Cbias
 For your hair, do a simple swept up bun or topknot, maybe even opt for a classy french twist.  Then put on some super shiny earrings to add the holiday sparkle.  Finish your mommy makeover with a coat or two of Essie Hors d'oeuvres - which gives the perfect sparkle to your nails plus hides any imperfections - topcoat optional!  I was able to create this entire look in under 15 minutes!  I think this makes it perfect for your busy Christmas day events in that quick moment you have between preparing for your events and attending them.
Essie Hors d'oeuvres #DRHoliday #Shop #Cbias


  1. Momma Told MeDecember 20, 2013

    I can't believe all of these great beauty finds at Duane Reade. I would be all over that Essie nail lacquer, and the Balm Body Builder mascara!

  2. That's a great look for upcoming New Years celebrations! Love that you didn't have to spend a fortune at a department store to get that look. :D

  3. You rocked that makeover, Courtney! I love the collage that you created too. I'm totally pinning it right now! #client

  4. •stephany•January 03, 2014

    You're gorgeous!!!! Love it!


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