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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, Gilt.com, 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.

In this month’s Fab Mama column, Meredith shares a few simple ways to add sparkle to your holiday party looks.

Prepping your canvas

If you’ve always wanted to try one of those expensivemake-me-look-WAY-younger chemical peels, but just can’t justify theprice, here’s an at-home version that rules. Chicago’s own Dr.Julius Few, board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of the FewInstitute of Chicago, has created the Weekly Mini-Peel BrightenerLite to help us “create a clear and even complexion and moreyouthful 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 ofglimmer, embedded in a backdrop of stunning shades. They come insix rich colors, each one prettier than the next.


Bejewel me

If you haven’t visited the massive Forever21 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 youreyes and maybe give that chic “cat eye” thing a try. Lash FoodMascara and Liquid Eyeliner make creating super-dramatic eyes abreeze. NOTE: I’d practice with liquid liner a few times before youattempt to go out in public. It’s not hard, but it takes a littlegetting used to.

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


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


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