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Your party season discovery bag is here!
We’re bang at the start of party season, which is the perfect time to stock up on the beauty products that’ll help you get through the next few months of partying (relatively) unscathed, and this month’s discovery bag is a ripsnorter of a place to start.
So pop on your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate! Prepare to rival Elle Macpherson and walk on cloud nine ladies, here are eight party season non-negotiables.
We say: This richly pigmented and highly buildable baked blush is just what the doctor ordered to achieve a cheeky pop of colour this summer. Suitable for every skin tone, the nine blush tones are sun-baked on Italian terracotta tiles (hello, luxe) and add a warm finish with a touch of radiance to help highlight your best features.
You say: “The shade Luminoso barely needs an introduction, because it’s so popular that everyone knows about it. This shade is the perfect hue for spring, as I love natural peachy tones in the springtime. It’s quite pigmented on the cheeks and works with pretty much every makeup look, giving the most gorgeous lit-from-within glow to your cheeks. The lasting power is amazing – it lasts all day on me! Plus, it has the perfect amount of shimmer in it, which makes my cheeks glow so subtly.” - Feliciabardan
We say: If you’ve ever been in the situation where you’re 20 minutes late and suddenly you notice your body fuzz is looking a little less than desirable, then these wax strips will be a godsend for you this party season. Formulated with aloe vera and essential oils, these ready-to-use strips are designed to remove hair quickly while also keeping your skin feeling smooth. Yeeha!
You say: “The best thing by far about the strips was their gentleness on my skin. These strips left me without any red bumps or rashes at all, which is very rare for me. Usually after waxing I wear something long to cover my unsightly legs while they recover, however, I did not have to do this this time which was a great surprise. Overall I thought they were great and affordable waxing strips for those with sensitive skin.” - Neverland
We say: Volume, body and bounce are words synonymous with hair when we think of the party season, and this texturising spray is all your big-hair dreams come true. Lightweight, it gives volume to lacklustre hair and claims to hold long-lasting properties. Think undone, texturised beach-babe waves, sans the sticky feeling.
You say: “My hair tends to be dry, and often frizzy rather than wavy or curly. I’m not sure I’m the specific target market for this, but boy did it work well for me. I just spray lightly on towel-dry hair and my frizz ends up as really well-behaved, nicely textured curls. Perfect. The end result is not sticky (like some products), [it] looks totally natural, and stays looking great all day.” - Maggieball
We say: Diehard fake-tanners, now is the time to up the ante with your self-tanning game, and since you’ll be wanting to flaunt a flawless tan 24/7 you’re going to need more than a good tan to look your best. This fake tan remover kit is a must-have for self-confessed tanaholics, to help effectively remove fake tan without scrubbing. Getting your (natural) base back to squeaky clean in-between tans is paramount to getting the best result. Party season won’t be the same without it.
You say: “Where was this product when I used to have salon tans, because this is brilliant! You get amazing results and your skin feels so supple and smooth when you finish. I found this product to be a dream to use – I’m so impressed with the results! I am one very happy satisfied trialling customer.” - jatz
We say: Alright ladies, no need to get your knickers in a twist, we’re all adults. Being well into the swing of things (ha-ha) with party fever, keeping one of these handy is a good, responsible and safe idea. Agreed? They’re designed to help create extra stimulation for you (ah, jackpot) and come lubricated, teat ended and rip-roaring ready to go!
You say: “We were really interested to see how the added texture of the condoms would perform. Usually I find textured condoms to be a gimmick so at first I was skeptical. However, the ribs and dots did add a little 'something something' to the usual pleasure of intercourse so I was pleasantly surprised.” - Feliciabardan
We say: It ain’t a party without your party shoes, but those sky-high heels can also be a real buzzkill when they start to ache. These insoles are perfect for heels higher than 8cm, relieving pressure from the ball of the foot thanks to the ultra-soft gel pad (aka little foot clouds). Can you imagine getting through an entire evening without taking off your stilettos...
You say:“These insoles are specifically designed to give comfort and support to all us ladies who LOVE how a high-heeled shoe makes us look but HATE the pain and discomfort that comes with wearing them all day long. While the insoles did feel a little strange and foreign in the beginning, it only took about 10 minutes to completely forget they were even there. Even when I am busy and running around to meetings etc. a lot, still no pain! I am absolutely sold on these!” - Bellefleur
We say: Summer is all about healthy, glowing skin and this moisturiser promises just that. Its lightweight formula also promotes skin elasticity (bonus!) and is delicately scented with bergamot and geranium.
You say: “I often have trouble finding moisturisers that don't leave my skin an oily mess within an hour, but this product has been an absolute game changer! I've been using this for a little over a week now and already my skin’s texture and radiance have improved.” - Hertinyvoice
We say: We love a quick-drying tan at the best of times, but when your diary is full to the brim with important places to be, a tan that dries in seconds is a total lifesaver. Plus, this one is packed with a triple-moisturising formula (hello hydration) and a green base, so it’s suitable for any skin tone.
You say: “I was surprised at how well the tan applied onto my skin. It was really smooth and glided on beautifully. I put this down to the lovely mousse-like formula of the product. I've generally only used tanning foams before but I think I've been converted to mousses! I didn't notice any blotches or streaks in the application which was a bonus. I left mine on for about 2.5 hours and washed it off in the shower. I achieved a really nice, even tan that looked quite natural on my skin tone. I was definitely happy with the results!” - Felicicabardan
Have you got a standout product for party season? Which one of these essentials are you eyeing off?