I’ve been getting everything organised, and yesterday I probably had the most motivation that I’ve had for the last two weeks. Not only have I organised a huge blog sale, which you really need to check out, but I also managed to get my house back under control after taking down the decorations. For some, it’s very early to bring them down, but I like to spend a few days with my friends over New Year and the last thing I want to be doing with a New Years hangover is to remove a 9ft tree and it’s contents. Whilst getting organised for the BNO (Big night out), I’ve packed my outfit and my handbag and the essentials that I’ll be taking with me. I don’t really do many What’s In My Bag posts, so I’m quite looking forward to sharing this special edition with you.
As this last year has gone by, my love for handbags has surged again. I’ve gone from the most ridiculous oversized handbags, to some really delicate and petite ones. For a night out, you can’t go wrong with a clutch like this grey beauty from Koko Couture, which is sold in Topshop. The Danielle Clutch in Grey isn’t in stock on Koko Couture but the tan, nude and black are available and in the sale. Yay for Christmas sales! A clutch bag with the welcome addition of a shoulder strap, I’m totally mad about it. The interior has space to store your cards, like in a purse, whilst leaving room for your essential. A hidden compartment to the rear and a zipped compartment for special items at the front mean you can carry everything you need without worry.
When I head out for a night, I don’t want to take loads but I need the essentials. For me, makeup is the main bulk of what I carry so this year I had to include my Joan Collins Timeless Beauty compact that holds the Meticulous pressed powder and one of the nicest shades of lipstick that JCTB do; Suzie Starr. Suzie Starr is my kind of colour; a summery coral that doesn’t look out of place with a tan or without. Just as you would expect from Joan Collins Timeless Beauty, the formulation is the same super creamy and moisturising blend that holds onto the lips giving a deep stain of colour. The Meticulous powder is a beautiful lightweight powder that gives an invisible but flawless finish to skin. I love how you can also swap over the lip colours in the compact, making it more personalised to your event.
Although it’s not a handbag essential, I can guarantee that everyone will want to be using the Supernova Stardust Body Glitter by Beauty Boulevard, the folks who brought to us Glitter Lips. There’s been a huge surge in body glitters lately and Supernova is packed full of different sized glitters for ultimate sparkle. Included in the box is a bonding gel, a brush and a pot of glitter for all your blinging needs.
If the Stardust glitter is too much, the New CID i-Dazzle will be your best bet. A finely milled loose powder with light reflecting particles that can b e dusted all over your decolletage, shoulders and down the legs, or across cheekbones and the high parts of your face for an ethereal look. My handbag is never complete without a lip balm, like this one from Lanolips, which also tints your lips. Ideal for when your lips are getting way too chapped and dried out for lipstick but you need a slick of gloss. Also, a mini hairspray like the Andrew Collinge CO Travel Sized Firm Hold Hairspray. I’m already on my second tin of the larger sized one so it proves just how much I love it.
The ultimate item to be kept in my handbag, and I have a feeling that a lot of you will want one as well, is the That Selfie Pro Thing. Rubbish selfies are a thing of the past now that the bad lighting excuse has been eradicated. A handy clip on selfie light, that can be clipped to your phone or something around you that focuses the LED lights into your shot. The light is diffused perfectly, with several different lights settings from a subtle glow to a bright light. Grainy photos with dreadful red eye will no longer be a pain in the rear, but beautiful glowy shots even in the darkest of settings will make it difficult to choose which photo to put on Instagram. It’s a necessity, believe me.
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