Answer: Both procedures are very effective, but I would be concerned about doing them right before an important event, especially if its the first time you’ve had them. Although its called the “lunchtime laser”, IPL can leave red splotches and scabs that will take a few days to heal. Botox injections can hit a little blood vessels and produce pretty big bruises. Rather than doing a full court press on your face, If you need to look amazing immediately I would start with a home microdermabrasion kit from Clarisonic, DDF, or Neutrogena. They will polish and refresh your skin and make an incredible difference, especially if its not something you do everyday. Then make certain that you hair is freshly colored, cut and blown out professionally for the night of the party. And I trick I learned in college, stop by a cosmetics counter and get a professional makeup. There’s no charge, but I always buy a lipstick or shadow since most stylists work on commission.
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