I have a strict, strict, strict “No Christmas anything until Thanksgiving is over” policy. I’ve followed this rule for as long as I can remember, and thankfully my whole family religiously abides by it.
To say I’m Christmas-obsessed would be a mammoth understatement. I’ve always believed that waiting until after Thanksgiving for all things Christmas-related is the best way to bottle up the holiday magic so it can basically just explode throughout December. The suspense created from waiting to hear the sweet melody of a Christmas carol until after Thanksgiving builds up major excitement and makes it that much more magnificent when I’m finally allowed to unlock my Christmas spirit. When you have to patiently wait for something you’ve desperately been craving, it only makes you appreciate it more.
Anyone else have rules like this, or just me?
Buuuut this past year has been extremely unconventional for me in more ways than one, which means I’ve had to break some of my strict rules. This year, I did the unthinkable.
I listened to Christmas music on November 4th.
Let’s pause for a sec to gasp, and for dramatic effect.
Even though I broke one of my most beloved life policies, I do not feel guilty about it whatsoever because I had an epic reason for doing so. I was BLESSED by the heavens above with the opportunity to attend the taping of Michael Bublé’s Christmas in Hollywood Special!
This was seriously a dream come true. It makes me tear up just thinking about it. I’m forever indebted to my friend who got the tickets and invited me. I don’t think she understands how much it made my life. #TrueLove
Being in the audience for a show has been on my college bucket list for awhile now, so the fact that I got to cross that one off the list combined with the fact that it was for MICHAEL BUBLÉ’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL was too perfect for words.
Michael Buble + Christmas = Pure magic.
Seriously, can anyone go through the holiday season without endlessly replaying Michael’s smooth-as-silk Christmas album?! His voice literally sounds like the soothing embrace of rich hot chocolate sliding down your throat, feeding your soul.
Anyways, the taping was a magical experience, and I can’t stop thinking about how damn lucky I am. The Christmas-themed set was absolutely stunning, Michael’s voice was incredible as always, and his special guests were so on point. (We weren’t allowed to take pictures of the set, but trust me — flawless!)The whole night was wonderful. Aaaand to top it all off, we had to wear holiday colors! YAY! FINALLY I got a reason to break out my tights, a red dress, and some heeled booties despite this far too-warm Los Angeles fall. My outfit begged for a holiday-esque gold smoky eye, so I gave in and created an easy but striking gold holiday look that could pretty much go with any outfit, and I loved it. Soooo pumped for holiday party makeup season.
To start off, I primed my lids with my NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. This is a must if you want your shadow to stay on all night long. I used The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette from Too Faced for most of this look because it just felt like a chocolate kinda night.
First, I blended Salted Caramel through my crease with a large fluffy brush as my transition shade, followed by Milk Chocolate to deepen the crease a bit more. With a smaller crease brush, I lightly shaded the crease with Semi-Sweet. I then took my NYX Slide On Eye Pencil in Glitzy Gold and applied that all over the lid, blending it out with a synthetic brush. Placing a cream liner all over the lid will really ensure that the gold shadow on top stays put and remains bright. With a small synthetic shadow brush, I carefully applied my MAC loose pigment in Old Gold directly on top of the gold cream pencil. Really pack it on there for a BAM GOLD! effect. Next, I did the same two steps on my lower lash line. (Bright gold is amazing at making green eyes glisten, let me tell ya!)
Next, I went in with Haute Chocolate on a small crease brush and blended that into the outer V of my eye and through the crease, bringing it all the way to the inner corner. I went back in with Salted Caramel and the first fluffy brush and further blended out my crease. Then I used a very small blending brush and some Triple Fudge in the outer V and just on the outer edge of my crease. This really gave the eyes more dimension and deepened up the look. Next, I ran White Chocolate underneath my brows, blending it in with my transition shades.
For the rest of the lower lash line, I mixed Haute Chocolate with Hazelnut and blended that along the outer half of the lash line, following up with some Salted Caramel to smoke out the edges.
I used NYC Liquid Eyeliner in Black to create a wing on my upper lash line, and NARS Eyeliner in Via Veneto on my lower and upper waterlines. I loaded up a generous amount of Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! mascara on my lashes, and the eyes were done! La la love it!
I highlighted with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, also applying the product to the inner corner of my eyes for an extra pop of shimmer. I used my beloved Hoola Bronzer from Benefit to contour, and finished off the cheeks with Milani Powder Blush in Tea Rose.
For my lips, I went with my all-time favorite lip combo for fall – Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Plum paired with Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry. I mean, you gotta get a little sultry for Michael Bublé, right?!
This look sounds like a lot of steps, but it’s super simple and can be paired with almost any outfit. I’ll definitely be wearing it again this holiday season. Golds are so versatile and practically sing “HOLIDAY TIME”! What’s your favorite holiday look?! XOXO