It’s cold, we can no longer live without chapstick and I’m pulling my tights up to my armpits, but the bright, sparkling side of the impending winter months is that it ‘Tis the season to be/get/have a jolly! I’ve been wracking up the invites like; yes, no, never, try again next year… and I have myself quite a busy 6 weeks ahead. Here’s my top tips for getting through the party season in one piece whilst looking fabulous all the way… A MONTH BEFORE
I realise the ship may have sailed for many of you with a Christmas party or 2 under your belts already, but if I’m not firmly on the vitamin wagon in lead up to December then I know I’ll be run down and ill in no time. All the drinking, late nights and lack of sleep, shouting/singing myself hoarse in da club, inhabiting rooms with lots and lots of people (gross, germs) means that unless I give my pathetic immune system a boost then I might as well write myself off after the first shin dig and see you in the new year.
My plan of attack? I like to start taking vitamin C all through November and anything else that boosts the immune system. I’m all about the *ginseng tea, Detox juices, piles of that free ginger at Yo Sushi life.
A WEEK BEFORE
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY…Or leave the house should I say. After a new hair cut and spray tan last week I was feeling so cocky and self-assured that I went into Zara and scooped up what I thought was the most banging party look ever (gold lame crop top with billowing sleeves and cropped black trousers and will ankle frills) and bought without even trying on. In my head I was going to look like Beyoncé, but the reality was more like Aladdin fresh out of the pantomime. At this stage I need to point out that I was going to the party straight from a job and had nothing else to wear. THIS WILL RUIN YOUR NIGHT. Lesson learnt? Test run the outfit.
THE DAY BEFORE
Time for a little beauty sesh! I like to give myself an at-home facial the night before I go to a party. Unless you’re an animal, you probably won’t be going out the night before (Joking! 3 nights in a row? GO ON GIRL! Can we be friends?) SO take some time to do a triple-cleanse and try out multi-masking (more info here). I like to use a light acid mask to eat away any dull, dead skin and brighten and smooth out my complexion so my party makeup has a flawless canvas. NB. Don’t use a new mask the night before in case you break out or have a reaction. An old fav is always best 🙂
THE NIGHT OF
PACK THE PURSE. My clutch bag gets bullied into carrying around the most ridiculous assortment of stuff on a night out: card holder (I’m the cashless queen now!), lipstick, lip balm, chewing gum, keys, phone (sometimes a battery pack and mini toothbrush if it’s a long slog or I’m crashing at a friends). If your shoes are dodgy don’t forget to pack some Compeed just in case. Also if you are getting ready with your friends we sometimes spread the night out essentials amongst bags. Sharing’s caring.
Eat before you go out. I have NOT done this so many times and lived to regret it when I’m a shivering mess, clutching the toilet bowl the next day. It’s so easy to get swept up in the tanning, last-min outfit changes and getting just the right bend in your blow-dry during the “getting ready stage”. Before you know it you’re 3 glasses of Prosecco deep and your appetite has miraculously gone. NB. It’s not gone, it’s just hiding and you are secretly starving so make sure you eat dinner, or at the very least, scoff a few mince pies before jumping in your Uber.
AT THE PARTY
OMG I’m going to sound like your mum but whatever. Make sure you don’t leave you possessions unattended, go to the bathroom in pairs because it’s safer and funner (some of my favourite memories have been made in a toilet cubicle with my friends). Make sure you already have your route home planned, taxi booked or enough battery on your phone to flag an Uber at the end of the night.
I know it’s a long shot but if you can manage a few glasses of water throughout the night, in between the cocktails and shots, then your hangover is going to be so much easier to deal with. I’ve tried this out and I always feel super smug about it the morning after.
With all that said make sure have the BEST. NIGHT. EVER. And Snapchat it all so you can cry with laughter over it the next day, then hastily delete it before everyone sees. LOL – me every time.
POST PARTY TIPS
When you finally get that much needed night in it’s time to detoxify your body. You can do this with a warm bath full of Epsom salts and a little essential oil. Lavender is good for bedtime and Rosemary is good for the morning. If you have the bath too hot it will stop you from getting to sleep though. The Epsom salts will ease any aches and pains caused by too much dancing (and erm, drinking) as well as drawing toxins out of the body. And voila! Ready for the next party!
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