Just about everyone I know has a love/hate relationship with the Holiday season. Because no matter how cosy & merry the Holidays are, it's so easy to get sucked into the crazy frenzy of scoring the perfect X-mas gifts, not to mention the actual stress that comes with picking out a sexy yet sophisticated yet on trend NYE outfit. So when I first heard about the idea of a pamper party, where you basically go back to the roots of the Holidays and straight up relax & indulge in all that is good in the world, I was instantly intrigued and eager to try it out myself. And o yeah, this concept doesn't discriminate based on your relationship status, 'cause it's equally fun to do by yourself as it is to share with your besties. So if you're in for a new thing to try out this Holiday season: may my Holidays pamper party in Paris inspire you to go all the way - because this year, we're doing it right!
1 / THE LOCATION
Of all the places around the world I've visited, Paris is still one of my personal favourite cities to spend the Holidays. It just seems so right to celebrate a time that is all about classics & traditions in the most iconic city of all. I love how the most famous Parisian landmarks are put in a joyful X-mas costume all December long - the perfect X-mas trees on the Place Vendôme, the ice skate rink under the glittering Eiffel Tower, and of course all the Holiday windows & colourful deco at the Galeries Lafayette. Perfect to stroll around, enjoy all of the lights, and score all of your pamper party necessities in style. Make sure to book a fancy o-so-Parisian room (I was lucky enough to stay at the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental), and the perfect backdrop for your Holidays pamper party is yours!
2 / THE GLAM
No pamper party is complete without the right glam essentials! It's a great moment to practice your NYE party look and splurge on those delicious beauty buys that'll instantly revive your tired Winter skin. Every year, I have my new beauty obsessions that I can't wait to get my hands on, and this year the Guerlain X-mas make-up collection is easily one of my faves! The earthy shades of the Gold Palette are all you need to create a warm Holidays look (it can be used dry or wet on eyes, cheeks, and lips alike!). Guerlain's signature Météorites Gold Light pearls will add the prettiest dewy finish to your make-up, and the Terracotta Gold Light bronzer gives your Winter skin the bronzy glow it craves. To finish off your make-up and create the perfect bold lip, you can choose between two delicious new Rouge G lipsticks, with a pinky red focus - because what could ever top that? Hands down my favourite piece of the collection is the Gold Light Top Coat, a glittery golden mascara that's perfect to apply onto the tips of your lashes, to illuminate your eyes in an o-so-subtle way.
3 / THE FRAGRANCE
Picking out a perfume for the Holidays is a pretty big deal for me, and something that really highlights whatever pampering that is going on. :) I love how scents have the ability to trigger specific memories, and this year in particular will surely be one that I'll want to remember forever. The new Mon Guerlain perfume isn't just pretty to look at, it also somehow perfectly captures the Holidays, with the sultry oriental feel from lavender, jasmine, sandalwood, and a hint of vanilla - super feminine without feeling too heavy or overpowering. In other words: exactly what you want for an end-of-the-year scent!
4 / THE EXTRAS
Apart from a fab location, on point glam essentials, and your favourite Holidays scent, it all comes down to giving your Holidays pamper party a little extra. 'Cause it's the little things that make all the difference, right? A self-heating eye mask from Spacemask to take away any stress (my newest obsession!), a classic festive copper manicure (Faby's Me, Myself and Faby), a powdery pink off-the-shoulder dress to feel like your best self, and golden/silver/pinky macarons & marzipan pastries from Ladurée to satisfy your sweet tooth in the most elegant way. Honestly, life just doesn't get much better than this. :)
What do you think about the idea of a Holiday pamper party? Don't you think it's the perfect way to unwind, escape the cold and really enjoy the Holidays? :)
The new Mon Guerlain perfume (and other pamper fragrances :)) are available at the Guerlain Parfumeur boutique, Avenue Louise 52, 1050 Brussels.