New Year's Eve purse essentials
New Year's Eve is as crazy a time as it gets. Think traffic jams, long queues and throngs of people edging to get into clubs, street parties and the like. Even if your plans are a relatively tame house party, make sure you have all the essentials you need for a night out. The last thing you want is to be left stranded or looking like you just battled your way out of the (urban) jungle — think smudged makeup and a greasy face.
This is one time when you really need to make sure your handphone battery lasts. Whether it's to find your friends at a club, call an Uber, update your Insta stories, or simply browse cat videos on YouTube when said house party gets stale real fast, a full battery charge is a must. This Mophie Juice Pack Classic gives up to 33 hours of juice and can be used on an iPhone 7 Plus or 8 Plus. If you're an android woman yourself, just make sure you have an extra battery pack with you.
If there's one thing to pack to refresh, sweaty-looking skin or faded foundation and blusher, it's a multi-use face powder. Blot away excess perspiration with a tissue before lightly patting on powder on the T-zone and addings some subtle highlights on the face.
Makeup setting spray
It's more likely than not that your face will be a mess by the time the clock strikes twelve. That it, unless you've packed a travel-sized makeup setting spray that is well worth the extra space it takes. Spray this on directly after you've applied your makeup for the first time — moving in an 'X' and 'T' formation a few times — and once again when you touch up your makeup. Share the love with your friends and help them escape their own (makeup-related) meltdown.
Because you never know who you'll meet while out, or when exactly those beer goggles will turn that solid '3' into an '8'. Pop one in for some oral confidence. Or impress your date with these witty mints.
A kick-ass lipstick
Is there ever a better time to don a deep, dark and dramatic lip colour? If your lips are in a dressed up shade, make sure you carry your lipstick along for touch-ups ever so often — there's nothing worse than a faded ring of colour around your lips especially after you've drunk, eaten or gotten up close and personal with Mr Beer Goggles. This one is so pretty it's bound to elicit oohs and aahs when you whip it out — even before the rich and luxe shade is on.