My Top Secret Party Season Saviours | Handbag Essentials

Friday, 5 December 2014

It's that time of year again, when the sparkly dresses, clutch bags and heels come out to play! But party season can be pretty hectic and I have whittled down my top party season saviours to keep your handbag ready to combat any disasters.

NueVue Phone Case* | The gorgeous hot pink leather design of this case makes it a must have on it's own. The colour means it is so easy to find in the depths of your handbag in the dark as it is not camouflaged. But as a self confessed germaphobe this innovative design is just too exciting. The clever people at NueVue have designed a phone case that kills up to 99% of germs, whilst you slide your phone in and out of it's case as you would normally. I've never heard of anything like this before and it is such a clever concept. I have noticed a significant improvement in my complexion since I have been using the NueVue case and as I spend so much time with a phone clamped to my ear, I am sure that this case must have been responsible! 

Nars Transclucent Powder Compact | Tis the season to be jolly, not super shiny! Although our dresses may have gone up a notch or two on the glitter scales..our faces certainly don't need to. This is my holy grail compact and has lasted forever. A quick swoosh of this with my Bobbi Brown powder brush and any trace of shine is gone but crucially without leaving a cakey finish or changing the colour of my foundation. 

Batiste Mini Dry Shampoo & New Look Hair Clip | If you're doing a quick turn around, from work to play this is a winning combination. A spritz of the classic Batiste dry shampoo, a twist and clip and you are refreshed ready to go. I am a sucker for anything miniature but this travel sized dry shampoo is practical, sensible and a complete life saver.

A Statement Lip Product |The party season is my favourite time of year to experiment with different makeup and Christmas parties are the perfect excuse to go all out. A statement lip is also such an easy way to go from day to night, a pop of Too Faced Melted Lipstick in shade Melted Peony is my go to bright lip. The melted lipsticks are perfect for a long evening as they have pretty serious staying power, similar to that of a lip stain but they don't end up travelling all over your face. If a bright lip is not so much your thing, the Clarins lip perfector in shade 02 over pretty much any nude/pink toned lipstick gives a polished, finished and glossy look.

A Safety Pin | Every girl should have a safety pin in her purse! This is the ultimate, holy grail party season saviour. It will remedy a multitude of disasters: 
Strap on your dress has gone? Safety pin
Button popped off your shirt/blouse? Safety pin
Not got a racer back bra? Safety pin
Dress has ripped? Safety pin
Hem dropped on your skirt/dress? Safety pin
Buckle on shoe has gone? Safety pin

I could go on forever, they really are a saviour in some potentially extremely embarrassing party scenarios. 

What are your party season saviours?

X Emma


  1. I literally cant go anywhere without a mini dry shampoo in my bag!
    Love the idea behind this post hun!

    Charlotte //

  2. I literally take safety pins with me everywhere! They come in so handy. I love the travel sized dry shampoo, I'll have to get myself one soon

    Sophie x |

  3. I love getting reading for festive events yay! :) the mini dry shampoo sure would be a life saver. The clarins lip perfectos sounds nice as I like nude and light pink shades xx


  4. really good ideas! never thought of carrying safety pins around with me even though half of the situations mentioned has happened to me in the past... thanks!

    Eve x | ChantellEve

  5. Ah such a great post! I never think of carrying safety pins around, but I've been in so many of these situations that I think I should. This phone case sounds amazing, I always have a little antibacterial hand gel and tissues in my bag so this sounds a perfect case for me! x

  6. Ooh I'd never think to carry around a safety pin, but it's such a good idea!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  7. I agree with having a statement lip colour at hand! I constantly use my Topshop Inhubition shade in winter and especially around christmas:)

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

  8. I love the dry shampoo/twist and clip method - such a life saver!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  9. aw I love dry shampoo, it's such a lifesaver ! xoxo

  10. I totally need to keep safety pins in my bag, I always seem to need one! I like the sound of the phone case, what an innovative idea :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  11. powder, perfume and dry shampoo are all a must for me too!

  12. Great post! I like to keep bobby pins in my bag, as well lip balm and chewing gum!

    Drea xo
    Drea's Junkyard

  13. Could not agree more on the safety pin front. Solution to all girls worst nightmares!

  14. Agree with everything on here haha! loving your blog <3

    Shabna xx

  15. love this! definitely need to start carrying around a safety pin :) x

  16. Love this post! I always have a statement lip colour and powder with me but I never thought about carrying a safety pin with me. I will definitely be adding a few to my bag!

    Lauren |

  17. Great post! I definitely need to start carrying a safety pin around with me, such a good idea! x

  18. You would so be the girl to go out have all the thing I would forget haha!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  19. I reallllly need to try the NARS Translucent Powder - it sounds amazing xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

  20. I really need to start remembering the safety pin! And the dry shampoo - you never know when you might need to un-grease your hair haha :)

    Beth / Bethany Georgina

  21. I have the very same Clinique chubby stick and use it literally every single day underneath other lipsticks to give them a more feminine, pink sheen! :) I love your reasons for carrying around a safety pin haha, I can certainly see the benefits in doing so (although I'm always worried about pricking myself)!! :)


  22. Love that dry shampoo! Always carry it on my handbag ;)

    Mary Bloomy

  23. Batiste dry shampoo has saved me from so many bad hair days!!! Say no to the grease!!!

    Love this handbag sized version :)

    Emma xx

  24. The travel sized dry shampoos are perfect for your hand bag, I should pick one of those up really.

  25. So glad to see that I'm not the only one still using butterfly hair clips! I've got a lot of long locks and it's the only thing that can keep them all tied up!

    Great picks. Couldn't agree more about the safety pins!


  26. Fab Post! Love the dry shampoo minis! An essential for every girl! xx

  27. That case sounds amazing I haven't heard of anything like it before. Always have some mini dry shampoo with me too! :) x

    Jordan |

  28. Great post, love all the essentials especially that hair clip it is stunning. I can't believe you got it from New Look I may have to have a little look next time I am in town :) xx

  29. Love these essentials! I need to test out the Melted Lipsticks by Too Faced, because I hear so many wonderful things about them!

  30. These essentials are totally spot on! Especially the safety pin!! I use safety pins for all sorts - once i didnt have one on me and had to resort to stapling a top back together.... haha! Lucy, xx


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