Simple and sparkly holiday beauty

In this month's Fab Mama column, Meredith shares a few simple ways to add sparkle to your holiday party looks. From eye-shadow to jewelry, there are plety of ways to add just a little bit of shine without going overboard.

Plus,, an invitation-only flash sale site, is known for its slashed prices on high-end goodies. This month Gilt created a special code just for Chicago Parent readers so you can click on over for some holiday steals.


Prepping your canvas

If you've always wanted to try one of those expensive make-me-look-WAY-younger chemical peels, but just can't justify the price, here's an at-home version that rules. Chicago's own Dr. Julius Few, board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of the Few Institute of Chicago, has created the Weekly Mini-Peel Brightener Lite to help us "create a clear and even complexion and more youthful looking skin" all in the comfort of our own bathrooms. Sign me up.


Eye popping

I recently got to test out a few of Bobbi Brown's new "sparkly eye shadows" and I gotta say, it was love at first swipe. These subtle but spectacular hues give you just the right amount of glimmer, embedded in a backdrop of stunning shades. They come in six rich colors, each one prettier than the next.


Bejewel me

If you haven't visited the massive Forever 21 store on Michigan Avenue, then you are missing out on some serious eye candy. This teen favorite has some of the best costume jewelry around. And if you think that moms who can afford pricier bling don't shop there, you're wrong. I know a bunch of them. Here is one necklace that will add a bit of "BOOM!" to any party dress. And it's silly cheap.

  • Sparkling Teardrop Pearlescent necklace, $11

The holidays are the perfect time to really play up your eyes and maybe give that chic "cat eye" thing a try. Lash Food Mascara and Liquid Eyeliner make creating super-dramatic eyes a breeze. NOTE: I'd practice with liquid liner a few times before you attempt to go out in public. It's not hard, but it takes a little getting used to.

Check out Trending at to see my liquid Cat Eye tutorial.


These rectangle box cosmetic pouches by Louison are stunning enough to moonlight as your go-to evening bag as well. They come in an array of rainbow hues and quirky-chic metallics and will accommodate all of your night-out essentials. Done and done.


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