How Cinderella got ready for the Ball in 30 minutes and what she wore

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The big finale of the Look Good Feel Better Fundraising Dreamweek is the Uber Glamorous Dreamball. Tickets are highly sought after and the Who’s Who of the Australian cosmetic and beauty industry all attend.

The industry provides around $3 million worth of products a year for the workshops and funds literature and promotional material for this wonderful cause.

Read more about the Look Good Feel Better program HERE

The program is completely brand neutral, but I can tell you ALL the big brands provide products. Patients who attend the workshop could for example, take home a Chanel cleanser, with an Estee Lauder foundation and an Avon lipstick in their take home kit.

The workshops are a boost to the patients self confidence and a fantastic opportunity to share a story and a laugh with women undergoing similar treatments.

The Dreamball is the biggest fundraiser for the week, with auctions, raffles and pledges to sponsor a workshops.

I have been attending the Dreamball for the last 5 years now. I attend as a volunteer, wearing my Look Good Feel Better apron and name badge. My job is usually to sell raffle tickets to appointed tables. The prizes are AMAZING. Raymond Weil watch, Gucci bag, Ipad just to name a few.

I have a dilemma every year: what to wear?? As a volunteer there are certain things to consider:

  1. One has to look glamorous even with the red apron to cover most of the clothing
  2. Volunteering involves standing and walking for around 6-7 hours
  3. Make up and hair has to be perfect: we are dealing with beauty professionals

There was one problem: I had to work until 5 and was required to be at the event at 5:45pm. Dressed. With hair and make up done.
In half an hour. Pressure much?

This is how I did it.

In my car, in a dark corner of the carpark, I used my vizor mirror, to completely remove my make up and start from scratch. I concentrated predominately on creating a good flawless base. (2 minutes). I used my normal make up look, but went heavier on the gel eyeliner and eyebrows. Lots of highlighter around the eyes (will do a tutorial soon!) because I was pretty dark around the eyes by then!
Neutral lip, bronzer and blush and I was done.
Because I didn’t do anything different from my normal make up routine, it only took me maybe 7 minutes.

Next, hair. By now my hair was pretty flat so I sprayed the roots with dry shampoo. NOTE TO SELF: don’t spray in the car next time! Everything is now covered with a white powder! I teased the back of my head and top until it was standing up by itself and smoothed it into a ponytail. Sprayed with hairspray. Wrapped a beaded bracelet around the ponytail and voila.
Took me about 10 minutes.

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I gathered my clothes, wet make up wipes and deodorant and headed for the public toilet. Of course, there was an IMPOSSIBLY small cubicle and that was the biggest challenge of all. Changing in that small space. The upside was, there was a full length mirror in the hand basin area!
A quick check of the hair and make up, back to the car while putting on the accesories.

I was running on time!!

This is what I wore:

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Skirt and cami by Bardot. www.bardot.com.au
Shoes second hand from the markets, similar ones shown here
Grey leather clutch from Top Shop www.topshop.com.au
Necklace from Lovisa. www.lovisa.com.au

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The evening was a great success. We raised a lot if money on the night. The total amount will be announced later.

I volunteer for the Look Good Feel better program and also for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Do you volunteer? How do you go from day outfit to evening in a hurry? Would love to hear your tips!

B. x

About Fashionista in Suburbia

Dutch Born, Fashionista in Suburbia lives at the Southern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. A Mum. A Wife. A Lover of all things sparkly, shiny and leopard print. A Shoe, Lipstick and Sunglasses Addict. A Typical Libra. A Breast Cancer Thriver.

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