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The It Girl's Guide to Celebrating Life's Radiant Moments

Remember how excited we’d get over our birthdays as kids? When our parents let us choose our party themes and cake flavors (the good-old chocolate-versus-vanilla debate), we took it seriously—maybe even more seriously than we treat most day-to-day decisions we have to make as adults. Somewhere along the way, we seem to have lost that childlike enthusiasm for the special occasions in our lives. We started treating them like everyday happenings instead of what they really are—reasons to celebrate ourselves. After all, we deserve it.

Call us glass-half-full thinkers, but we believe every major (okay, even minor) milestone deserves a special treat. And we’re talking more than just a glass of bubbly. These are the occasions we’ll look back on as some of our happiest memories, so we’re all for treating ourselves to something extra special. For that reason, we’ve rounded up our celebration must-haves (from chic party dresses to ultra-luxe beauty products from Clé de Peau Beauté) to ensure that you look and feel your most radiant. From birthday parties to graduations, these six moments are worth celebrating—and here’s how it’s done.

Opting for a quiet birthday dinner at home in lieu of a wild night out is perfectly fine—sometimes. But don’t let every year go by without a celebration. Your friends and family will be just as happy to dance the night away in your honor as you will. For a milestone year, splurge on a special dress, high-end beauty treatments, and a custom cake. And don’t forget to thank your guests for all of the fabulous presents you’re bound to receive (all the more reason to have pretty stationery on hand).

Since all eyes will be on you at the party, switch up your everyday beauty routine by adding in luxe products that will keep your look intact all night. Our party picks? A powerful hair spray and Clé de Peau Beauté the foundation. The ultra-luminous formula will have you glowing on the outside as much as you are on the inside, while the creamy, cashmere-like feel will make it your new go-to.

Making strides forward in your career often involves a lot of hours hunkered down at the office. So when you finally earn a boss-status promotion or decide to take the leap and start your own company, take a moment to bask in the glory (humbly, of course). Celebrate your new venture by treating yourself to fancy jewelry, taking the time to pick up a new hobby, or going on a lavish vacation.

If traveling, we suggest packing a cozy airplane set, plus Clé de Peau Beauté's le sérum to keep your skin hydrated and radiant throughout your trip. (Pro tip: Reapply this newly reformulated serum in-flight, so you’ll land looking like you’ve slept a full eight hours.) You’ve put in the effort to get this far in your career; now’s your opportunity to kick back and relax.

Sure, learning doesn’t stop when your school days come to an end, but finishing your formal education is still a major accomplishment. Whether you’re done after four years or 14 (hello, med school), accepting your final degree is reason to celebrate. Once you’ve submitted your last paper and bid your professors adieu, fête all your hard work with the people who helped support you throughout the grueling process.

Just don’t forget to swipe on a long-lasting concealer (bonus points if it has SPF like this one from Clé de Peau Beauté) to hide the long nights of studying you had to endure to get there. Treat yourself, or a special recent grad, to workwear essentials sure to inspire confidence in the office. Choose timeless pieces like a structured handbag, a gold watch, nude pumps, and plaid blazer that will look chic for years to come.

These days, more and more women are creating their own wedding customs rather than following the more formal ones of decades past, and some are even opting out of tying the knot altogether. Whatever your stance on the subject, committing to a partner is an exciting occasion. Take the time to cherish the special moment, whether that means planning an engagement photo shoot (you’ll need a chic frame for that) or scheduling a romantic weekend getaway (don’t forget to research travel guides and pack all of your beauty essentials in a chic pouch). Whether you're celebrating yourself or your daughter, the woman of the hour will surely need a transitional white party dress and Clé de Peau Beauté luminizing face enhancer.We love this highlighter because it comes in a mosaic of shades—plus it’s sure to catch the light in all the selfies you’ll be posting.

While you may have thrown out the wrinkled band posters and cheesy chalkboard wall hangings from your dorm days, moving into your first adult abode calls for a major décor upgrade. If you’re buying your first home, we suggest splurging on sophisticated investment pieces, from artwork that’ll last forever to kitchen gadgets you’ll use when entertaining friends and family.

While you're organizing your new space, consider displaying your made-to-be-seen beauty products throughout your bedroom and bathrooms. One product that looks as luxurious on the outside as it is on the inside is Clé de Peau Beaute's la crème. This formula tightens and brightens your skin, especially when layered with the brand's essential correcting refiner, but will also sit pretty on your vanity. You'll want it front and center anyway along, since you'll definitely be using this moisturizer on a daily basis.

We’ll use any excuse to plan a party, but one benefitting a worthy cause is truly reason to celebrate. Playing hostess? Stay organized throughout the process by writing down every detail and purchasing your party essentials well in advance. Gathering a crowd to help give back is an honorable undertaking that you should feel proud of—and one that calls for a little pampering for yourself, too.

The four must-have splurges for an important event? Pretty heels comfortable enough to dance in, bath salts to help you relax beforehand, a bottle opener to keep the drinks flowing all night, and a vibrant lip color. We gravitate toward this rosy pink lipstick from Clé de Peau Beauté. The petal-like tip makes for super-precise application, and the color payoff stays on for a full eight hours while you mingle with guests.

Ready to celebrate a milestone moment of your own? Shop all of Clé de Peau Beauté’s products so you feel radiant on your special day and beyond.