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12 days holiday beauty gift guide and giveaway: Day 3 | Gleam by Melanie Mills

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With all the faux glow options that are on the market, the winter white skin that many New Yorkers don through the chilly season is more of a personal style choice than a default these days. Today, the real hurdle to get some healthy color in for the holiday party of the century is not trying to afford a mid-winter tropical get away. It's not risking looking like a pumpkin explosion. And, it's no longer even a health risk. Since tanning beds and baking in the sun are outmoded by the abundance of self-tanners and variety of body bronzers, the real dilemma is now which product to choose.

Emmy award winning makeup artist Melanie Mills personally resolved that problem during her work on Dancing with the Stars by creating her own product, Gleam Body Radiance. Body Radiance is an innovative and luxurious, aloe vera and jojoba oil infused, lotion to powder, cream-- safe for use on both face and body. The nutrients incorporated into Gleam makes it not only a makeup product but also great skincare. Plus, it is water and transfer resistant, making it possible to have all over, party perfect, radiant skin with out the fear of ruining an expensive party dress. Read, Gleam Body Radiance does not come off until washed off, but does, indeed, wash off: fantastic news for commitment wary, bronzed beauty today, Snow White tomorrow fashion types.

Pure genius. And beautiful to boot.

To spread her beauty know how, Melanie Mills recently released Glitter & Glam, a book brimming with beauty inspiration and makeup howtos. To gain more insight on the inner workings of this glamour goddess, Examiner had a chat with Ms. Mills about the holidays, glitter, and getting your glow on.

EXAMINER: What is your favorite holiday memory?

MELANIE: My great grandmother Nana would always have a huge Christmas eve party. The gifts would pour out, and my family would scream, and yell, and cook. My big daddy always made the best Shumai. Then we would go home, and my stepdad Stephan, would deck the family room out with a fire, Christmas music, and a train set for Christmas morning...Dreamy!

EXAMINER: What is your pick this year for a fail proof holiday beauty gift for your favorite gals? What is your pick for the fellows?

MELANIE: The fellows, a nice shaving cream and razor set. The gals, Glitter & Glam! Plus, my new Gleam face and body, luxe makeup brush.

EXAMINER: You have 15 minutes to get ready for a holiday soiree, what do you do?

MELANIE: Foundation, lashes and a stunning lip gloss. Topped with a dusting of Gleam radiant dust in Rose Gold all over any exposed skin.

EXAMINER: You have one of those tiny sparkly cocktail purses and you are going to the party of the year, what goes into it?

MELANIE: Lipgloss, mints, ID, cell phone, clear Duo eyelash glue, credit card, $$, and a powder compact or blotting papers!

EXAMINER: Glitter, yes or no?

MELANIE: Sure why not!!! 'Tis the season to sparkle! Apply a glittery gloss to lips, pat some on eyelids, or mix with a glitter glue and use as an eyeliner. Dust shimmer on shoulders and the cheeks too!!!

EXAMINER: Do you believe in Santa?

MELANIE: Yes I do! I believe in the magic of Santa, and of Christmas. I love the idea of Santa. I love the thought that goes into getting the people you love something special. And, I love surprises! I am a Christmas sap!

EXAMINER: Any final words of wisdom for how to look great and feel great all the way through this holiday season?

MELANIE: Get tons of extra walking in, and extra water. Use hydrating lotions for your night regimen to tackle for those dry areas on the body.

In the spirit of holiday giving, Gleam by Melanie Mills is partnering with Examiner Alice An to offer a giveaway. Swing by Made (Up) in NY to enter to win a gift package including Glitter & Glam, 2oz of Gleam Body Radiance and Gleam Lip Radiance lip glosses, and stay tuned, a new giveaway will be posted every day leading up to December 25th.

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