Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DIY -- How to Prepare for a Big Event

Hey everyone! First, I'd like to be honest and tell you that I might be posting a little less now that I've started my job. This week is especially hectic because I have such a random schedule so that I can train in as many areas of the store and see as many different parts of the day (opening, closing, etc) as possible. Second, I was reviewing the company's social media policy and it says to be upfront and honest about your position and affiliation with them. I have a feeling I'll be telling you where I'm working soon, I just want to clear it with my GM first to make absolutely sure I don't break company policy. I'm sure you can all understand!

Anyways, today's post comes to you compliments of my dear friend BreAnn, who asked me to write a step-by-step guide for preparing for a big event because she couldn't find any online that fit her needs. She said she wanted something pretty involved and I've decided to write this based on what I would do for myself if I was getting ready for an event. As always, you can adjust these steps to fit your needs!

  • Start using white strips 2x a day. Switch to a whitening toothpaste (if you aren't already using one) and drink any dark liquids through a straw. 
    • You can read my full DIY Teeth Whitening Guide here.
  • If you have any problematic acne, apply either Clean & Clear's Acne Spot Treatment or Persa-Gel 10 up to 2x a day.
  • Exfoliate head to toe and begin applying a gradual tanning lotion before bed. I like Ocean Potion's EverGlow.
    • Read my 3-part Foolproof Self-Tanning Guide here
      • However, if you're going to use Ocean Potion, you can skip using gloves if you thoroughly wash your hands and pat them dry immediately after finishing.
  • Repeat all steps from Day 5, minus the exfoliation.
  • Choose your outfit and accessories.
    • If you've bought a new outfit or shoes, test-wear it around your house. Make sure you can comfortably (and confidently!) walk in your shoes and that you can sit and bend over in your outfit without fear of a wardrobe malfunction.
      • If you need to add any insoles to your shoes, do this now.

  • Repeat all steps from Day 5, including the exfoliation.
  • If you needed to add insoles to your shoes, give them another test-wear today to make sure they are comfortable.
  • If you are going to try a new hairstyle or makeup look that you're not used to doing, go ahead and test those out now to see how well you can execute them and if you'll need extra practice at them and how long each look will take you to complete.
  • Repeat all steps from Day 5, minus the exfoliation.
  • If your hair and makeup prep didn't go as smoothly as you wanted yesterday, use this as another chance for practice or as a chance to try out another look if you weren't totally in love with the first one.
  • Repeat all steps from Day 5, including the exfoliation.
  • Again, use this as a last chance hair and makeup trial if necessary.
  • Go ahead and take care of your mani/pedi now so that you won't be rushed trying to get it done tomorrow (less chance for accidental smudges or dents!)
  • Also take care of any waxing/tweezing/hair removal issues you need (besides shaving).
  • Repeat all steps from Day 5, minus the exfoliation.
  • 15 minutes before you start getting ready, apply a coat of a quick dry top coat (I like NYC's version) to ensure that you won't get any accidental chips in your mani.
  • Pop your white strips in, then shower, shave and wash your hair.
  • When 30 minutes is up, take your white strips out and brush your teeth. 
  • Dry your hair and loosely pile it up on your head.
  • Apply your tanning lotion and let it dry for at least 15-20 minutes before attempting to do hair/makeup or getting dressed.
  • Do your hair and makeup.
  • Get dressed, pack your purse/clutch with any vital accessories you'll need and head out the door looking and feeling supermodel ready!
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Alternatively, you could start your Day 5 prep 7 (or even 10) days out.. just remember to exfoliate every other day.

And that's it! I hope this helps to serve as a great guideline for you. It's amazing how much a little pre-planning can alleviate stress and mishaps!

1 comment:

  1. Love it! Thanks for posting, you're awesome!!!