The party season is still in full swing and so I have compiled a variety of products which will help you become party ready just in time for New Year’s Eve and beyond…
I have always stood by the fact that taking care of your skin can make your makeup look so much better, and so this is what you need to concentrate on first. The weather here in Yorkshire is so, so cold – I got a little too excited when it was 14 degrees on Christmas Day, as now, just a few days later it is minus 3! The harsh cold weather can play havoc with the skin, and so I have recently been trying out some fabulous face masks.
If like me you love a face mask, then I have a couple of different sheet masks for you to try out. The Beauty Pro Brightening Collagen Mask (£5.35) is suitable for all skin types and is a dual-function mask, helping to brighten the skin and protect against anti-ageing. Sheet face masks are ideal if you don’t have the time to remove a regular face mask, and you can even pop it on whilst watching TV. The Beauty Pro Brightening Collagen Mask helps to brighten the complexion, improve elasticity in the skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
If you like to have a little fun with your skincare, then you are going to love the Pretty Animalz Moisturising Sheet Masks (£3.99 each)! They come in variation animal designs, and here I have the Tiger and the Panda masks. Some people think animal sheet masks can look a little scary, so avoid small children whilst wearing them, but I personally think they are so much fun! The Panda mask contains Honey Extract, Lavender Flower Water and Camellia Extract to give a calming effect, whereas the Tiger masks contains Soybean Extract, Mushroom Extract and Witch Hazel Water to help keep the skin moisturised.
If you prefer a more traditional type of face mask, then it is worth checking out the Proto-Col Collagen Face Mask (From £9.50). Again, it is suitable for all skin types, and is a supremely rich and luxurious moisturising facial treatment containing plant-derived collagen to really quench dry and thirsty skin. It is a very creamy texture and instantaneously begins to smooth and hydrate dry skin, as well as helping to fight the signs of ageing. If your skin is desperately dehydrated, this mask can also be worn as a moisturiser too.
Getting rid of facial hair – eyebrows, upper lip etc can be pricey and so I have two different options for you to use at home, starting with the Jolen Face Wax Strips (£2.12). Each pack contains 16 wax strips which are enriched with Chamomile and Grape Seed Oil to keep the skin soothed post-wax. They are specially formulated for delicate skin areas, and are super easy to use – you just firmly adhere the strip to the area of your choice, and then tear it away from the skin – it doesn’t hurt anymore than if you have it done at the salon, and is much, much cheaper!
The Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler (£15.99) is designed for use on the face, underarms and bikini area, where the skin is more sensitive and requires a little more tender loving care. The Beauty Styler comes with a variety of accessories, two different sized trimming heads – one for more precise areas, and a larger one for the underarms and bikini line, a protective cover for the tip of the Styler, a brush to keep it clean, a battery, and a bag to pop it all in for travelling. It is super easy to use, and I felt no pain whatsoever when using it, and I do suffer from quite sensitive skin, as the cutting blades don’t touch the skin and so there is no fear of cutting the skin – just lovely, cared for, and hairless skin!
Moving onto the body, and I love to fake tan, even in Winter, because I am so naturally pale! I don’t do it all the time, but if I am going somewhere, I do much prefer a bit of colour. But just like with the face, it is also just as important to take care of the rest of our skin before applying fake tan. The Joan Collins Timeless Beauty I Am Woman Dry Oil Body Polish (£18) is a body scrub I have very much been enjoying lately. It contains Himalayan Salts, Kiwi Seeds, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil – all the oils! So before tanning, take the time to enjoy a warm bath, and simply take a small amount of the Body Polish, and massage into wet skin, this helps to remove any dead or dry skin, which will be a much smoother base for your tan. Then remove with warm water to find the skin much more silky smooth, hydrated and delicately fragranced.
I used to always use St Tropez Mousse Tan when I was younger but it got pretty expensive, so as more and more tanning products came out, I switched to St Moriz as it was much cheaper and I got exactly the same result. Tanning has changed a great deal since then, and there are so many products, but one of my favourites is the St Moriz Insta-Grad Tanning Mousse (£5.09). The Insta-Grad Tanning Mousse is an advanced dual acting formulation, which is super easy to use – I recommend using a tanning mitt with all mousses so to avoid super tanned palms – and gives an instant colour as well as building up a natural glow over time.
It is super easy to forget to look after our feet during the Winter months, but if you are wearing a pair of glam sandals this New Years Eve, remember to take care of your tootsies, as no one wants to see dried up heels! The Scholl Velvet Smooth Electric Foot File (£35.99) is the newer version of something I have been using for a couple of years now. In Summer I wear a lot of sandals and flip flops, and in Winter I wear a lot of hard-wearing boots, and so this can cause my skin to harden and become flaky, which is just no pretty whatsoever! The Scholl Velvet Smooth is an electronic foot file, which contains a Roller Head that has long lasting micro-abrasive particles which is contains finely ground diamond crystals to easily buff away at hard skin in an instant, without the hard work of a manual foot file. Apologies for the grossness but you can actually see the dead skin come away from the newer skin, although it does come in dust particle form so you won’t be too grossed out! This is such a much more effective and quicker way to achieve party-ready feet!
Complexion sponges have been huge in the last couple of years, as they make applying your foundation super easy, as well as giving a much more natural finish to the skin. The So Eco Complexion Sponge (£6) is crafted from latex foam, so it blends creams and liquids flawlessly, smoothing away blemishes and shadows. As the name suggests, it is also eco-friendly and is biodegradable, as well as being shaped for covering larger areas as well as smaller areas such as the under eye area. It is super soft on the skin and therefore doesn’t drag the skin, simply smoothing over it.
One of my favourite makeup must-haves is the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Compact Duo (£34), as it fits perfectly in your handbag or clutch for topping up your makeup whilst out and about. It is a gorgeous gold compact which features a pressed powder, sponge, mirror and lipstick. The Pressed Powder is a shade which will suit most skintones, and is lovely and soft on the skin, giving coverage without a heavy feel on the skin. The Compact Duo comes with a variety of different lipstick shades from Joan’s collection, and here I have the Fontaine lipstick colour, which is a gorgeous vivid pink. The lipstick is of course in Joan’s signature gold packaging, which looks super glamorous and sits on the lips perfectly.
For party eye makeup looks, I love to experiment with a bit of colour or shimmer, and sometimes both. Studio London have a variety of eye makeup sets, starting from as little as £1.49! The Lip & Eye Pencils set contains three double ended pencils, with colours to suit both lips and eyes, and even eyebrows! Which means they take up less room in your makeup storage, meaning plenty of room for other products! You can never have too much makeup!
The Soft Eye Crayon set features four amazingly soft and easy to apply eyeshadows, which each have a metallic finish to them, perfect for the party season. The set includes a light shimmering silver grey, a delicious light bronze, a pretty light gold, and a mesmerising teal blue shade. As they have such a soft formula, this means they don’t drag across the delicate eye area.
If you are wanting to go heavy on the lips and more natural on the eyes, then the GOSH 9 Shades Shadow Collection Palette (£10.99) in the variation To Be Cool In Copenhagen is perfect for you. The palette includes a full-sized mirror on the inside lid of the palette, as well as nine stunning matte eyeshadows in shades of creams, browns, greys and blacks. I have used the GOSH eyeshadow palettes before and they have excellent colour pay-off, and are super easy to blend.
To keep your makeup in place until well after midnight, I recommend using the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Ten Effects Skin Treat & Makeup Fixer (£20). This gentle product is formulated to give ten skin benefits – hydration, softens the skin, refines wrinkles, minimises pores, pH balancing, firms skin, balances the tone of the skin, cools, calms any redness on the skin, and of course keeps your makeup in place, and all you need is just a couple of spritzes on the skin to keep your makeup locked in place. It also provides the skin with hydration and is very light on the skin so once it has quickly soaked into the skin, you do not feel it at all.
Once the party is over, you are going to need something to remove all of that gorgeous makeup you have on, and B. Skincare have recently released their B. Stubborn Makeup Remover (£3.95), so if you have been to a fancy dress party and have caked on the face paint, this is going to be amazing for removing it all. It is suitable for all skin types and is a quick and easy bi-phase makeup remover which is formulated to dissolve traces of long-wearing and waterproof makeup. As it is a dual action formula, it leaves the skin feeling smooth and conditioned whilst cleansing the skin and isn’t greasy in the slightest, as well as being suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers.
So the party is over and you wake up the next day feeling pretty tired, and I even have something to help with this! The Optrex Warming Eye Masks (From £3.99) help to relieve and relax tired eyes in just 10 minutes! My sleep pattern has been terrible lately and so I am trying to get myself into a routine before I am back at work, which means setting my alarm rather than me waking up naturally, and so my eyes are super tired in a morning. The Optrex Warming Eye Masks are fragrance free and are suitable to use anywhere and anytime, whether that be first thing in a morning or before bed to help relax you. They are disposable, self-heating masks and have straps to help you keep them in place over your eyes – heaven!
*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own