Since the party season is well and truly in full swing (almost coming to an end) I had a quick look around my beauty collection to find my favourite items that keep me going and hopefully looking okay.

Extras: Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Perfume- Estee Lauder Modern Muse, Necklace- Lola & Grace

My makeup doesn’t change too much for a party although I always use a primer to keep my makeup looking its best all night long. My favourite at the moment is the Benefit Porefessional as I find it really helps the longevity of my makeup. I also am permanently attached to my Origins Plantscriptions Concealer and it only leaves my bag when I use it. Christmas and New Year is also a great excuse for a bright bold lip and dramatic lashes. Keep it traditional with a classic red or have fun and go for a bright pink or purple.

For nails I always look for a colour that will be festive but still versatile and that will last. I’ve been loving the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes which apply easily, dry quickly, remain shiny and are long lasting. St James is the perfect festive red and Kensington High Street is the ultimate winter shade.

For hair I say the bigger the better, I rely on my Cloud 9 The O heated rollers (also love the Enrapture ones) and a whole load of Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish or Pret-a-powder if my hair also needs a little freshening up.

Since my legs/arms don’t come out very much during the winter they always need special attention when they do. I’ve ben using the He-shi Express Liquid Tan teamed with the He-shi Luminous Shimmer perfectly tanned, glowy pins.

After a night out I always reach for the Radical Hydrating Cleanser, it removes all my makeup and feel super luxurious which is exactly what I want just before going to bed after a long night. I often get very dehydrated skin due to all the stress, bad diet choices and alcohol over this time of the year so have been addicted to the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil which is a must for dehydrated skin.

What are your party season beauty must haves?
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A few weeks ago when I spent a couple of days in York (hotel review here) I decided to take a quick photo of what I took with me in my toiletry bag. I grabbed all of my go-to, easy to travel with products and ran out of the door so fast I forgot a moisturiser (luckily I had a great face mask!) I obviously took the standard razor, toothbrush and toothpaste but we’ll brush over the boring part.

I’ve been using the Nioxin Shampoo and Conditioner £19.60 for quite a while now and would highly recommend it if you are looking to strengthen your hair. Luckily they are quite small as a little goes a long way, I follow this up with the Nioxin Scalp Treatment on damp, towel dried hair.

For post shower I took with me the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray £7.50 I’ve been using this product daily for about a year. This is a big statement for me as I never use the same products daily, much less for a whole year but this really helps detangle my hair whilst protecting it when I use heat. It also last a really long time I’ve been using this mini size at home as well for a few months now. I also took the Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray £20.50 (for full size) although having basically finished this whole bottle I am still not too sure how I feel about this product. I’ve got a little mini size which makes it a great product to travel with and although I do think it adds a little bit of volume I’m not sure it’s enough to make me repurchase. I’ve instead got my eye on the Bumble and bumble thickening mousse £21.50 which I think would give me the volume I really want.

My two emergency hair products are Batiste Dry Shampoo £1.99 incase I wake up to late to wash my hair/can’t be bothered and the Bumble and bumble Dryspun Finish £21.50It seems everyone raves about this and I actually love it too. If you have fine hair or simply want a little more volume and texture this is a great product to reach for. I’ve had this can for a while now and it somehow still has product in it although I do think I will be repurchasing it as soon as I run out.

My two go to hair brushes are the Michael Mercier Brush £14.95 for untangling my hair daily as I feel it doesn’t break my hair but does a much better job that a Tangle Teezer and the MoroccanOil Medium Barrel Brush £13.85 for blow drying.

I really didn’t get together a great skincare collection for this day but I just wanted something I knew worked. Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser £14.75 is my usual travel choice as I know it remove all my makeup quickly and easily. I also packed the Liz Earle Gentle Exfoliator £14 and Brightening Mask  £14.75 simply as I had two mini sizes. As I managed to forget my face moisturiser I used the Brightening Mask in the morning just before doing my makeup to help prepare my skin.

Beauty Extras
I decided on Paco Rabanne Lady Million and Diesel Loverdose Tattoo as my perfume as I’d happily wear it day and night. Usually I’d take my mini perfume samples with me but as I didn’t have a lot of luggage I felt I could justify a bigger bottle of perfume.

I actually didn’t end up getting a chance to fake tan or paint my nails but I thought I would take them just in case. I have been loving He-shi Liquid Tan £31.45 recently and I think it deserves it’s own post soon but it’s pretty dark but applies easily with no lines or mistakes. The Bourjois Magic Nail polish remover £4.99 is also a must have as it is so quick and convenient; smaller than a normal nail polish remover and you don’t need to pack extra cotton wool. I packed my Butter London Nail Foundation and Top Coat as they’re are my current favourite, an OPI shade and my deodorant.

It wasn’t the most organised packing but I got all the key and essential items I needed for one night. What do you usually take away with you for a weekend away?
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