5 party season beauty must-haves

(This article features gifted items)

Party season is in full swing and how nice is it to see people getting glammed up? With their gorgeous party makeup on and wearing their festive outfit to paint the town red and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

My work Christmas party has been postponed until next year but that just means there’s something to look forward to in a month a dreaded by most, not least me (ugh, January). Now I work from home now, it will be a treat to get dolled up to attend my first Christmas party in 5 years.

So it has been a while, as you can imagine, since I updated my party makeup! Along with weddings, family holidays and a couple of corporate events, I have a lot of exciting plans in the first half of next year so it’s time I build up a collection of party make-up & get myself looking half decent again.

Starting with 5 party makeup must-haves as recommended to me by L’Oreal Luxe.

YSL beauty Libre perfume

YSL Beauty Libre

First off is fragrance. Choosing the right scent puts me in right mood.

I’m a huge fan of YSL Beauty fragrances for evenings, and I’m adding Libre by YSL Beauty to my perfume collection, with it’s heavy jasmine and mandarin softening to an aroma of vanilla. It’s lovely but it hasn’t beaten Black Opium off the top spot as my favourite YSL Beauty perfumes!

Lancome Idole Mascara, party season makeup

Lancôme Idole

Hate to admit this but I don’t replace my mascara as often as I should! But then if I’m not using is everyday, it probably should be ok to keep it longer than the recommended time?!…

Anyway, I’m pleased to say I have new one in my make-up bag now and it’s in the form of Lancôme Idole. The wand is a curved design to coat, lift and fan out your lashes. It thickens the lash but still looks natural. Good news is that there’s no flakiness and it’s waterproof.

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, party season makeup

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray

I’m pretty slack at retouching my make-up throughout the day/night but that’s because I tend to carry the tiniest handbags that only have space for my phone and keys! To keep my makeup in place all night, I swear by primer and setting spray.

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray has been a beauty staple for me. Less time worry about smudged or fading make-up, more time to party and mingle (and sip of cocktails all night!).


Urban Decay’s Moon Dust

Tis the season for sparkle and lots of it! And Urban Decay’s Moon Dust is the wash of glitter your face needs to complete your party look. This vegan-friendly formula is smooth and shimmery, but I find it required a tacky primer for the pigment to pop.

It can be used dry and applied or blended over the lid for soft shimmer, or wet for a bold ‘foil’ effect.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Then finally, everyone needs a good moisturiser in their vanity cabinet!

I change it up a couple of times a year depending on the season but Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a great all-year-round cream. It’s another one of my favourites since I first tried it 6 years ago.

It’s light in texture but rich & nourishing for the skin due to it’s key ingredients of Glacial Glycoprotein (notable for its ability to thrive in extreme climates) and Squalane which known to help strengthen and restore skin’s moisture barrier.

A great product to use before applying your makeup and again when you’ve removed it at night. I swear, cleansing your face after a night out is the same feeling as taking your bra when you return home after a full day at work!

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