Get Race Ready with Cara Pharmacy
Exciting times are just around the corner ladies and gents, with just over one week to go until the world renowned Galway Races Summer Festival takes place on Monday 31st July to Sunday 6th August.
Last year more than 145,000 people attended the Galway races and it’s no secret that if you dress to impress you shall be rewarded - with an amazing €10,000 prize for the winner of the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Lady competition and €2,000 prize for the Best Hat competition. The total prize fund last year reached an astonishing €1.8 million.. that got your attention..we're sure!
So the excitement is building nation wide for this well anticipated event - and as always we want to share some top tips to ensure you guys are race ready and prepared to pull out all the stops for an amazing experience and glam packed day at this years races! Especially for our favourite day of the week - Ladies Day!
Gates will open from 11.30am - Winners will be announced at the g Hotel Best Dressed marquee at 3pm!
Pictured above last year's Best Dressed and Best Hat winners: Lisa McGowan & Ciara Murphy
Preparation is key for pulling of a jaw dropping outfit and looking the part for this years best dressed lady. Judges will be looking at everything - your hair,makeup,nails and tan so make sure to leave nothing to chance this year.
Skin: Prep your skin in the days prior to the Races. Exfoliate the skin to get rid of any dead skin cells and maybe even a little facial to give that extra glow! - Just make sure not to introduce any new products to your skincare routine or be sure to do a patch test first (Just incase!) We recommend the La Roche Posay Physiological Ultra Fine Scrub and L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask!
Available @ Cara Pharmacy €14.25 Available @ Cara Pharmacy €8.60
Tan: When it comes to tan's be sure you have trialled your chosen tan before the day or book into a salon you're familiar with to have it professionally applied. Check out our Tan blog if you need some help or advice deciding which tans just click this link :Tips & Tricks to a Flawless tan
The Outfit: If you're still deciding what to wear we recommend go simple and classic but adding your own personality to your outfit, dont blend in with the crowd. Make sure it's either a statement dress or hat. Not both!
When it comes to Race day make-up less is more. Treat yourself and de-stress by letting our Bene-babes in the Cara Galway store pamper you and get your day off to a great start!
Leave it to us to make sure your makeup is flawless and done to your satisfaction, we guarantee you won't be disappointed! The girls are offering makeup appointments for the whole week and all you need to do is purchase two of your fave Benefit products to avail of this offer- we have the red carpet rolled out for a glamorous experience - we can't think of a reason not to book in?!
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To top it all of Cara Pharmacy are in association with the Benefit pop-up shop at the racecourse this year for any top ups to keep you ladies glam from the first hurdle to the last - We got you girls!
If you are happy to apply your own makeup then keep it simple, soft contouring - natural eye makeup, super dewy skin and a sweet gloss to top it off! Focus your time on your base and a sweet blush to keep your look elegant and classical!
Our top picks to achieve this are:
Porefessional available @ Cara €34 Benefit Hello Flawless available @ Cara €37.00
The new Dandelion twinkle and Hoola Lite are perfect for that super natural highlight and contour look - we are in Loooove with these beauties for sure!!
Dandelion twinkle available @ Cara €34 Hoola Lite available @ Cara €34
Now with the lips you can afford to go with a Classic and timeless Red to finish off your elegant look Or keep it neutral with a flattering natural lip colour. Our top picks have to be from the Benefit range, and once you try you will understand why, these bad boys are new to the market and are a 2in1 so at only €22 it's a steal! For fuller-looking lips in one easy stroke with they’re real! Double the lip - liner & lipstick in one - Revved-Up Red or Nude Scandal are our two faves to complete this look!
They're Real - Double the lip Revved-Up Red €22 They're Real - Double the lip Nude Scandal €22
Hair: To wash or not to wash...well by now you probably know what works best for your hair but most professionals recommend that day-old hair is best for styling as hair that has been freshly washed is dry and limp, compared to hair washed the day before containing natural oils to aid the hair staying in place. A trip to the hairdressers before the day to talk with your stylist about which hairstyles will compliment your overall look and ensure you're comfortable with the chosen style - something practical and elegant. Check out Pinterest Top 25 Race Day Hairstyles for some last minute inspo if needed!
Shoes - a girls best friend, right? Well we're not certain on the best friend bit, but it's vital to make sure you and your shoes at least get along and you're comfortable in your heels..give them a test run before the day to make sure they aren't the shoes from hell - you can thank us for that one later!
And our top tip of all is... Enjoy yourselves! It's a fab day out and a wonderful experience to be a part of so place some bets, drink champagne and have a laugh ladies..You deserve it!