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Prep for Prom: Six Steps to Glowing Skin

Prom beauty and skin tips You might be wondering how you are going to get your skin to look perfect for prom. Don’t stress out! Getting your skin to look clean and glowing is actually a lot easier and cheaper than you think. Don’t go crazy trying to buy all of these products at top dollar to help cleanse your skin. By following these six simple steps you can have the glowing skin you’ve always dreamed of in no time! And with prom night getting close, you’ll surely achieve those goals if you get started now.

1. Start with Steam. The steam from taking a hot shower can help open your pores so you can get all of the gunk out of your skin and let the good stuff in.

2. Drink up! Water is definitely your friend if you want beautiful glowing skin. Even just the slightest dehydration can cause your skin to look dull. Water can help give your skin a natural glow and helps eliminate the puffiness underneath your eyes. So make sure you drink lots of water weeks before prom so your skin is perfect for the big day.

3. Sleep, Sleep and more Sleep: Lack of sleep can be extremely detrimental for your skin. It can leave behind dark circles and bags, which is definitely not what you want on prom night. While you sleep, your skin is being restored and renewed from the day’s wear and tear. It can help improve the texture of you skin and give it that supple, gorgeous glow. Make sure you develop an appropriate sleeping schedule (at least 8 hours of sleep a night) before prom.

4. Green Tea: Drinking a cup of tea every night a couple of weeks before prom is a cheap and easy way to get glowing skin. The antioxidants in green tea help to flush out toxins and keep your body hydrated.

5. Don’t forget to exfoliate! Make sure you exfoliate once or twice a week for a couple of weeks before prom. Your body is shedding skin cells all the time so it is important to get rid of dead skin or else it will end up looking dull and dry. Use products like Clean & Clear Advantage 3-1 Exfoliating cleanser for your face and Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash to help give your skin a glowing look.

6. Give Your Skin Oxygen: Spend some time every day doing some exercises to help improve your skin. The increased oxygen supply to your blood stream during exercise helps improve your complexion and gives you an instant glow.

So dish the thought of having to buy high-end, expensive skin products to get that glow. All it takes is some natural healing and detoxifying methods in a set routine and a couple trusty skincare items at a fraction of the cost of those luxury brands and you’re good to go!



PREP FOR PROM: 10 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know

prom-beauty-tips-by-camille-la-vieAs a girl, getting ready for prom can be a complicated task. Guys have it easy: rent a tux, buy a corsage and have little prep work the day of prom. But for girls it is a different story. Getting the perfect prom look could take lots of time and preparation. There is finding the dress, shoes, the makeup and hairstyles to complete the look. With so many things to think about, prom can be a very overwhelming time. That is where this list is here to help. Here are 10 easy beauty tips to help get you ready for prom and have a great night!

1. Find the right moisturizer: Finding the right moisturizer for your exact skin type can do wonders to make your skin smooth and shiny. Imperialis from Lush Cosmetics is a perfect moisturizer that works for basically all skin types. All of their products are handmade and consist of all natural ingredients. No harmful chemicals are added to their products, making your skin look healthy and smooth.

2. Start whitening your teeth early. The perfect smile can make all the difference at prom. It is important to start whitening you teeth at least two weeks before prom to achieve those pearly whites. Products like Crest White Strips work great and are easy to use.

3. Freeze your makeup: Once you apply you foundation and makeup on your eyes and cheek, stick your face in the freezer for about 20 seconds. Now you might be thinking “why on earth would I put my face in the freezer?” Your makeup will essentially “freeze” to your face, making it last longer then usual.

4. Clean up your brows: Some might get their brows done the day of or before prom but this is a bad idea. Some girls might have sensitive skin and will get red marks that take sometime to go away. About one week before prom will give you enough time to get them done and look great for the big night.

5. Finding the best hairstyle: Months before prom, schedule a “practice” session with you hairstylist. It might happen that the hairstyle you picked doesn’t look exactly the way you thought it would. Getting a practice run will give you an idea how your hair will turn out, saving you from a potential mistake.

6. Getting the perfect tan: While most people book multiple tanning bed sessions before prom, this can eventually damage you skin. Spray tans are a healthier option to get that perfect glowing skin for prom. Take some time to find the right spray tan for your skin like Neutrogena Micromist.

7. Hydrate your hair: Dry and damaged hair not only doesn’t look good but it can cause problems when styling your hair. Use a leave-in conditioner like Hydra Recharge Moisture Whip from Garnier Fructis. This will leave you hair super soft and hydrated without weighing it down.

8. Highlight your eyes OR your mouth: One of the biggest mistakes you can make is putting on too much makeup. Have a nice clean look by highlighting either your eyes or lips. If you focus on lips try a bright color like red or pink from Estee Lauder. If you want to make your eyes pop instead, go all out with liner, shadow and mascara. Maybelline makes a variety of great products to help get the right look for your eyes.

9. Use a good deodorant: This is especially important if you are going to be dancing the night away at prom. A product like Dove Go Fresh doesn’t leave white marks and it will keep you smelling fresh all night long!

10. Pick the right shoes: Having the right shoes is an important part of preparing for prom. Not only do you want shoes that look good but also feel good. You are going to be walking around a lot and dancing so you want shoes that aren’t going to hurt your feet.

Master these TEN TIPS and you’ll be ready to party the night away at Prom…and feel absolutely fresh ‘n fabulous from head to toe!

XO, Camille La Vie


Purple Rhapsody for Prom

Strapless Beaded Prom Dress by Camille La Vie There’s something about the color purple that rings hearts of love in our eyes. And this new dress had us smitten at first glance. Between the geometric beaded empire bodice, well-crafted sweetheart neckline, to the ever so chic and fabulously executed knife pleated tulle skirt, all comprised in a beautiful ball gown silhouette, we’re not exactly sure what we LOVE more. But overall, this is definitely a choice worth considering for Prom 2014. And if you haven’t peeped our website yet for the most breathtaking looks, you may want to dedicate some time for serious Camille La Vie browsing at We’ve actually just rolled in racks upon racks of new Prom styles this week that are guaranteed to make your eyes and heart sparkle on. And if you love purple as much as we do, there’s other looks worth peeping. Happy shopping, loves! And have a great weekend!

xo, Camille

Fabulous Nutrition 101: 9 Tips On Healthy Eating

healthy tips on good nutrition for young womenThere are many essential factors to consider when it comes to prom preparation. You have to give yourself ample time for your prom dress hunt (with accessories and shoes to match), find the perfect date, book arrangements in advance for limo drivers, professional photographers, after-party venues, etc…all while keeping up with your schoolwork, homework, possible part-time job and every other activity your busy self is involved in! It can be exciting, while overwhelming and stressful at the same time. And when we get caught up in our hectic schedules striving to maintain our  “To Do” lists, it’s easy to overlook other important factors that we should be keeping in mind: healthy eating and good nutritional habits. With our lives always on the go, it may seem hard to squeeze in time for health-conscious meal preparations. So to make things easier, we’ve rounded up 9 Fab Tips for nutritional success. Because in the long run, maintaining a consistent healthy diet and lifestyle will give you more energy, stabilize your “inner zen” and help you check off your “To Do” lists more fabulously! And the bonus, you’ll look and feel awesome on your prom night (SCORE)!

  1. Set out your goals for success. We’ve mapped this out in 3 parts:
    1. Simplify. Don’t overly concern yourself with calorie counting and measuring your meal portions – it’s an unnecessary stress that you should not worry about. Envision a healthy diet comprised of fresh, natural ingredients in a variety of colors.
    2. Start off slow and make gradual changes over time. You can’t expect to change your eating habits completely overnight. It’s not realistic to create immediate restrictions on yourself (this could lead to diet cheating or giving up full force). Baby steps are key, like switching to extra virgin olive oil, rather than butter, having a robust salad full of colorful veggies with a light dressing as your meal, having a fresh bowl of fruit as opposed to ice cream, cake or cookies for dessert. Consistent small changes will become habit as you continue to include healthier options to your diet.
    3. Make it a long-term goal. Don’t fret about giving up your favorite indulgences completely. Keep in mind that moderation is key. The ultimate goal is to feel more awesome and energized, so every healthy meal option you choose will make a difference!
  1. Keep everything in moderation. (Or in other words maintain a healthy balance) You shouldn’t cut out your favorite foods “cold turkey” and make it off-limits (that’s pretty depressing), but strike a balance by eating less of the unhealthy elements (saturated fats, refined sugar and simple carbs) and eating more of the healthy elements (colorful vegetables, fruits, proteins like chicken and salmon and complex carbs). Think of moderation as this: if you want to have your bacon for breakfast, follow it up that day with a healthy lunch like salad and a piece of fruit and for dinner, perhaps grilled salmon and steamed veggies.
  1. Consider not just what you eat, but how you eat. To avoid mindless overeating, try to make it a habit to eat in the company of others when possible. This will help in creating healthier eating habits – plus you’ll enjoy mealtimes a whole lot more without rushing through meals. It’s also important to be more in tune with your body’s signals to ensure that you’re getting all the proper amounts of nutrition. Stop eating before you feel uncomfortably full and never let yourself go thirsty by keeping a bottle of water always by your side. Another good habit is to eat breakfast to jump start your metabolism, then follow it up throughout the day with numerous small meals to maintain your metabolism and energy levels. Avoid eating before bedtime and try to eat dinner earlier in the evening. This dietary adjustment will benefit your digestive system, while regulating your weight.
  1. Fill yourself up on colorful fruits and vegetables. These are the foundation of a nutritious diet because they are low in calories, while being nutrient dense. In other words, they’re jam packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber…major building blocks to a healthy physique both inside and out! And remember the brighter the fruit and vegetable, the better! And keep in mind different vegetables contain different benefits so be sure to consume a variety of them! Five portions a day are key!
  1. Eat whole grains and healthy carbs. Healthy carbohydrates and fiber like whole grains creates long-lasting energy. And along with being delicious and satisfying to our taste buds, they also contain loads of antioxidants and phytochemicals to guard us against diseases later in life like heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. And if you’re not sure how to differentiate unhealthy from healthy carbs, here’s a quick and simple break down:
    1. Healthy carbs: whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. Because these are digested more slowly, you’ll feel full longer, while stabilizing your blood sugar and insulin levels
    2. Unhealthy carbs: white flour, refined sugar and white rice that have been stripped of all their good elements (bran, fiber and nutrients). Digestion is much quicker, which causes major spikes in blood sugar levels and energy.
  2. Know the difference between healthy & unhealthy fats. A good source of healthy fats help to nourish your brain, heart and cells, while nourishing our hair, skin and nails. Here’s another solid breakdown to separate the good from the bad:
    1. Healthy fats: (monounsaturated fats) plant-derived oils like olive, coconut and canola oils, as well as avocados, nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios) and seeds (like pumpkin and sesame). (Polyunsaturated fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, found in hearty fish like salmon, herring and halibut. Other good sources are unheated sunflower, corn, flaxseed oils and soybeans.)
    2. Unhealthy fats: saturated fats from animal sources including red meat and whole milk dairy products, as well as trans fats including butter, processed foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oils, as well as candies, cookies, snack foods, chips and those evil deep fried foods.
  1. Include a variety of protein in your diet. Protein is another major energy source that our body needs for it to thrive. They’re also crucial in maintaining healthy cells, tissues and organs. A diet lacking of adequate protein can lead to reduced muscle mass, while weakening our immune systems. And if you think protein comes strictly from animal sources, think again! Here’s a healthy variety of different types of protein you can include in your meals. And the bonus (you can create really quick, simple yet tasty dishes with this list). Protein sources are broken down into Beans (black, navy, garbanzo beans and lentils), Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans), Soy (tofu, soy milk, tempeh and veggie burgers).  Consume these in healthy moderation and avoid dousing these sources in heavy amounts of salt.
  1. Drink plenty of water. Keeping yourself hydrated with plenty of helpings of fresh water throughout the day is ESSENTIAL. Water not only keeps bloat at bay but also acts as a major tool for proper digestion. You can also consider it as the main transporter of the healthy foods you eat. Water streams all the nutrients you consume into your bloodstream.
  1. Limit your salt and sugar intake. It’s no surprise that salt can contribute to high blood pressure, strokes and other main health issues. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods like canned soups, boxed meals and frozen dinners that are jam-packed with sodium. Also, keep in mind that eating out can also pose as a major culprit…this can be difficult to monitor as many restaurant menus don’t always come with a list of nutrition facts per dish. So ask for your meal without salt or just a pinch. Sugar is another pesky one that can cause weight gain and even more serious complications like diabetes so it needs to be carefully consumed in proper amounts. Avoid sugary drinks like sodas and artificial fruit juices. A good practice is to sweeten your meal options yourself (like plain Greek yogurt, unsweetened tea and unflavored oatmeal), maintaining keen portion control. Also consume more naturally sweet food like fruits, peppers and peanut butter instead of cookies, cakes and candies.

Stay focused and fabulous, loves…your mind and body will thank you!


Xo, Camille

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