Monday, 30 December 2013

NYE Clutch Bag Essentials


So, Christmas is well and truly over-and-done-with (sob), but that doesn't mean that the party season ends here. Tomorrow night sees us play host to the ultimate night of the year - New Year's Eve. Whilst I'm not the biggest fan of New Year (I think it's often a bit of a let down, and totally hyped up beyond belief), if you're a big fan of going out then it's probably your favourite night of the year, and requires a lot of prep and pampering beforehand. 

The one thing that I always seem to stress about before a big night out is making sure I have all of the essentials in my bag. Clutch bags seem to be getting smaller and smaller these days, which doesn't bode well when you're a beauty lover like me, who likes to be well prepped for a night out with a good bundle of beauty products on hand, to keep me looking fresh and fabulous as the night progresses. So, to save any pre-NYE stresses you might have, I thought I'd put together a little selection of my New Year's Eve Clutch Bag Essentials, to use as a checklist when filling your bag up tomorrow night. 

On the top of my going-out-bag essentials list has got to be powder. Having oily skin, powder is always firmly tucked in my makeup bag, ready for touch-ups, so on a night out when I want to be looking my very best, it's definitely a given. I've chosen Benefit's new POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine* as my powder of choice for a NYE night out because it's ideal for popping in your bag. It's great as it's so compact, there is no chance of powder smashing everywhere, plus it comes with a nifty little brush built-in. 

I also like to keep a couple of concealers or foundation handy for those dreaded moments when your foundation starts coming off, a spot appears or the fact that it is way past your usual bedtime starts to hit, eye bags aplenty. For spots or patchy makeup, I think a big pan stick foundation like Benefit's Play Stick is ideal to quickly swipe over the areas needing extra coverage, without having to worry about liquid foundation flying everywhere. For under the eyes, I swear by YSL's Touche Eclat*, which is honestly the best under-eye concealer I've ever used and a total saviour for when you're starting to look (and feel) a little sleepy. 

It's always good to keep a mascara on hand to keep those lashes looking lush, and my mascara of choice is always Benefit's They're Real*. False lashes are also a must for NYE and so your clutch bag won't be complete without a tube of lash glue to solve any loose lash predicaments. My favourite lash glue is Duo, which you can usually find really cheap on Ebay. 

The ultimate clutch bag essential has got to be your trusty lippy, which in my case would be a head-turning shade like MAC's Candy Yum Yum. Then it's down to the little extras - chewing gum or mints to keep your breath nice and fresh, some hair clips to keep your bouffant looking fierce, hygiene gel if you're a clean freak like me and maybe even in a mini perfume to keep you smelling gorgeous all night long. I love my little duo perfume and lipgloss from Juicy Couture, ideal for popping in your clutch bag pre a night out. 

And there you have it - everything you need to keep yourself looking glam and gorgeous 'til long after midnight. Let me know what your clutch bag party essentials are! 
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