Get a Quick & Easy Holiday Party Look Featuring ALMAY (Plus a Giveaway)!

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Products for this post were provided by ALMAY. All opinions are my own. 

When it seems like you’re juggling a million and one balls in the air a holiday party might be the last thing on your mind. After work, after the kids are in bed … that’s my time to drop (and by drop I mean fall on the couch… maybe the floor, not into a gorgeous party dress). But, you do need some time to let loose and there are simple ways to look your best without taking hours in front of the mirror.

For a quick and simple Holiday Look, ALMAY® has exactly what you need to get out the door of your home or office quickly while still looking stunning and playing up your best facial features – the ALMAY intense i-color kits (designed for each individual eye color – brown, green, blue, hazel) and the ALMAY color + care liquid lip balm. Easy Holiday Look AlmayThe ALMAY intense i-color kits (SRP $7.49) have easy application (1, 2, 3) for a mistake-proof look that will intensify your eye color. The smoky-i kit intensifies, the shimmer-i kit illuminates and the bold nudes kit brightens. All kits are hypoallergenic and ophthalmologist tested. I have brown eyes, so I picked up the three trios designed for my eye color as well as two lip shades that would coordinate with all three eye shadow kits to achieve easy day-to-night looks, all by switching up my lip color.

IMG_9620 IMG_9622ALMAY intense i-color smoky-i kit 401 smoky-i for browns

Almay 401 smoky-i for brownsIMG_9839IMG_0035ALMAY intense i-color shimmer-i kit 421 trio for browns

Almay 421 trio for brownsIMG_9850IMG_9883ALMAY intense i-color bold nudes kit 411 trio for browns

Almay 411 trio for brownsIMG_9858IMG_0048The ALMAY color + care liquid lip balms (SRP $5.99) are available in 10 non-sticky, gluten-free shades. The two I picked up are in the shades 800 Rosy Lipped (a gorgeous nude) and 100 Just Plum Good (a juicy berry). These lip colors offer up the lip conditioning care of a balm while still giving you the color and shine of a gloss. The shiny color drenches lips with 2x hydration* (vs. bare lips) as lip-loving conditioners provide 194% more moisture for softer, smoother lips over time because they’re infused with ingredients like avocado oil and vitamin E. These glosses also have my favorite type of applicator… the doe-foot wand. Hypoallergenic & dermatologist tested. IMG_0073IMG_0068 IMG_9869The secret to an easy yet eye catching Holiday Look? A simple eye and a deep lip! Whether it be a red, berry or burgundy (even a hot pink!) a festive lip brightens and fancifies any look. Below I’m wearing the ALMAY intense i-color shimmer-i kit 421 trio for browns on my eyes. I began my day with a nude lip with Rosy Lipped…. IMG_9889…..then…. voila! Amped up (but not overdone) with Just Plum Good for evening! IMG_9925Basically, you can wear this eye look all day long and just freshen up your lippie to run out the door. Hmmm… maybe change your clothes, too ;) For more information on these and other products from Almay, please go to their website at

Tell me about your favorite holiday look in the comments below for a chance to win a $100 gift card!!

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  1. my favorite holiday look is my cute plaid dress and cream wrap, with my favorite heels – with a bright red lip!

  2. I like a holiday look of bright red lipstick, extra mascara, glittery eyeshadow and my favorite winter white dress.

  3. I like wearing silly Christmas sweaters for the holidays.

  4. I love curling my hair and putting on some mascara and lip gloss for a great look. I love wearing a black cocktail dress and high pair of heels.

  5. My holiday look is simply a little more eye makeup and an outfit without spit up or baby food!

  6. For a holiday party lipstick is a must, normally I don’t wear any or just a light gloss or chapstick. I go heavier on the eye make up and spend much more time than I do with my normal daily routine.

  7. A little bit of sparkle in my eyeshadow or eyeliner is what I usually do for the holidays.

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  9. My favorite holiday look includes dark eyeliner and a red lip.

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  10. For me it is really simple. All I do is change the socks I am wearing. That is right. I don’t use makeup or dress any differently. LOL I wear funny, holiday themed socks! LOL
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  11. I like to use silver eyeshadow for a glam look, plus a rose-tinted lip and cheek stain.

  12. My favorite holiday look is red lipstick. It always makes me feel more festive.

  13. My holiday look is mascara with some eyeliner and a light colored eyeshadow!

  14. My favorite holiday look is dark and light shades of purple for my eyes, brown eyeliner, pink blush with matching pink lipstick.

  15. My favorite holiday look are bold nudes for the eyes with a black/brown mascara, a bronzish blush and a mocha lip color!

  16. I typically emphasize lips OR eyes, not both. I like to do a shimmery nude wash of shadow with black mascara and do an intense, bright berry lip. You just have to be careful not to get it on your teeth!

  17. I would go with the almay intense i-color smoky-i kit for blue eyes for a holiday look though the colors in the shimmer-i trio for blues would also be a good choice.

  18. I am a big fan of red lips and darker shadows to compliment my darker skin.

  19. I love a little shimmer for eyeshadow and maybe an extra coat of mascara for holidays. I never go without lip gloss or lipstick but for holidays and parties I usually go a little brighter or deeper than my everyday colors.

  20. For me, I like to go out of my comfort zone and wear shimmery and sparkly shadows, and bronzer! I like to wear a deep, rich looking red lipstick, but I put a shimmery, opaque gloss overtop! It’s like having a bit of candy cane look! Oh, and nice, rosy pink cheeks!

  21. I love Holiday makeup! Gold eyes and red or berry lips. Another favorite look is from Charlotte Tilbury. She did a great purple smoky eye that is fabulous for parties.
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  22. I love the smokey eye look, with a little bit of color in lip gloss

  23. My favorite holiday look is a smoky eye, red lips, lots of black mascara wearing a black or red dress.

  24. I like a hint of shimmer in either blush or eye shadow during holidays.

  25. Favorite holiday look – black dress with a little glimmer (eyes, lips, and accessories)

  26. I like to wear a casual sweater, jeans, boots and ‘nude’ make up (eyeliner, mascara, foundation and lip gloss)

  27. My favorite makeup holiday look is a smoky eye, red lip, false lashes, then dress it up with a little black dress, and black platform stilettos.

  28. I love a light eye make up look with neutrals with some bright red lipstick that pops!

  29. i like lots of eyeshadow fake lashes, curled hair and a sparkly dress!

  30. I want to try a new updo this year — maybe curls or a chignon. But smoky eyes are a must!

  31. I like to add some sparkle with highlighter, eye shadow and lip gloss.

  32. I love to wear a red wrap dress for Christmas and some silver accessories.

  33. I like the shimmery i kit because it looks like a winter holiday. Its cools colors, glittery and can work in day or night.

  34. My holiday look is pretty simple – something festive, like a red dress or sweater, bold eye makeup and lip color.

  35. I have never heard of this. Thank you for introducing me to this brand. I would definitely give these products a try. Moreover you are looking pretty.

  36. I love a great sparkly eye and red lip for a special holiday look!

  37. I like to wear gold eyeshadow for the holidays, I think it’s festive and looks pretty on my skin tone.


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  40. My favorite holiday look is a smoky eye, red lip, little black dress, and black platform stilettos.
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  41. loves to wear lots of reds to correlate with my red lips!

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