Monday, 30 December 2013

New Year's Eve Essentials

Party season continues and the big night is almost upon us! For many New Year's Eve is the biggest and best night of the year. It marks the start of something new in a joyous and optimistic way. However, there are some essential items one should have to blaze her way into the new year looking and feeling vibrant and fresh. Especially after she's been dancing and partying the night away in the middle of the Australian Summer! Here are The Beauty List's essential NYE items that will get you through the night - and possibly the morning after!

NYE in Australia tends to be hot, hot, hot. Add this to the customary amount of dancing you'll do in one night and you'll be hard pressed to find a combination of makeup that stays with you until curtain fall. In such circumstances, I adopt a 'less is more' attitude and pull out my trusty BB cream. It moisturising whilst providing you with that slightly 'blurred' complexion. This Dream Pure BB oil-free formula from Maybelline is my favourite; I never feel shiny or greasy, yet it still adds a reasonable amount of coverage.

Just because we're going light in coverage doesn't mean we have to embrace our dreaded blemishes or under eye areas! Being a lover of full coverage foundations, whenever I opt for a lighter base, I find that concealer becomes my best friend. The Healthy Mix concealer from Bourjois is perfect to go in the handbag for touch-ups, and it smells awesome too!

If you do find you suffer from shine, or you just know yourself well enough to admit that you'll be giving the dance floor a red-hot go, it would be well worth adding some blotting papers to your bag. These ones from Paula's Choice are great and can help get that shine sorted out in a jiffy.

Tousled hair is a great look, but not when it comes from sweaty, OTT dancing. We all know the style; we're all guilty of sporting it. The kind that you look back on photos throughout the night and watch your perfectly primped 'do dissolve into a greasy, knotted mess. Not this year! Arm yourself with a brush and, of course, dry shampoo. These little travel sized cans from Batiste are ideal, as well as adorable. You'll have that mop sorted sooner than you can say 'dance break'!

It helps to enter the new year smelling the part - it amazes me how much confidence can be derived from a quick spritz of your fave perfume. These handy sample sized bottles are ideal. They fit perfectly into any sized handbag and won't weigh you down. I'll be stuck for choice this year between Estee Lauder's Modern Muse and Beyonce's Heat Rush.

There are only few occasions where it is deemed excusable to use facial wipes. NYE is one of them. It is the only night of the year where partying into the morning is compulsory and we all know the feeling when we come home. It'd take a saint to get up and go through the processes of cleaning, toning, hydrating etc. - especially if you won't be returning home that night. I give you permission to pull out the facial wipes. Just be sure to check that they're alcohol free first- this option from Dove is lovely and gentle.Try to smack on some moisturiser before bed too - your skin will thank you for it.

Next morning is always tough. The first day of each year is generally spent curled up on the couch, dozing in and out of various DVDs. The easiest way to avoid this is to steer clear of alcohol the night before. That is, of course, easier said than done for a lot of us! All I can say is; remain hydrated.. Keep chugging down that water! It might also be useful to add a little help as you do. This Recoverlyte from the brand Gastrolyte is specially formulated to follow a 'late night out'; full of electrolytes, vitamins, amino acids and minerals that will get you up on your feet faster.

I hope this helps as you plan your NYE and welcome in 2014! Please stay safe and be responsible! Make sure you have a way home sorted before you party and be aware of those around you.

Also, what are your NYE essentials? Will you be packing any of the above this year? Let me know in the comments below!
Rachel x