Beauty,  Fragrance,  Make-up

Party essentials

The festive season is here, so it’s time to invest in lightweight essentials that will fit into your party bag.

While a clutch may be the classic option for a party bag, they are not practical when you want to dance the night away. I think a small cross body bag is a much better option so you can be hands free without having to worry about the safety of your belongings. Rubi Boxy Cross Body Bag (R299)

Cover all you bases with a multi-tasking palette. This one from Revolution contains a bronzer, highlighter and blush, and is small enough to slip into your bag. Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit (R95)

Keep shine at bay with some handy oil blotting paper. These are the size of a credit card, so will fit easily into your bag. Nyx Professional Makeup Matte Blotting Paper (R100)

Instead of lugging brushes around with you, keep a few of these sponges in your bag. They can be used for blending any kind of makeup. Real Techniques Mini Miracle Complexion Sponges (R170)

Red lips are a festive staple, but they can be a lot of work. A long-lasting formula is a must have, and one that keeps your lips supple is even better. I love the CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Liberee (R615)

Stay fresh all night with a travel size of you favourite perfume. You’ll find a great selection on Foschini For Beauty and in Woolworths stores.

It’s a good idea to keep hairpins in your bag for wayward strands, and at this time of year, what could be more perfect that little diamante ones? Woolworths Diamante Hairpins 4 Pack (R80)

All about the selfie life? Make sure you don’t get caught without a charged phone to call an Uber at the end of the night after all the ‘Gramming by having a slim line power band with you. Ultra Link Universal Portable Power Bank (R129)


Some outfits look great when you’re standing still, but expose more than you’d like when you’re moving, so keep everything in place with some heavy-duty tape. Bye Bra Dress Tape (R180).



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