Tried and Tested: Party Season Must-Haves

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, the silly season has (basically) begun. A lot of us will be mapping out which outfits to wear for which occasion, and narrowing down the makeup kit staples that never fail us. This is the time of year where we need to be looking our best – and the team at BD have got this down to a fine art.

Whether you favour the bold or opt for soft glam, there are a plethora of options for your pre-party paint. This year we have seen some amazing new products hit the market that have shaken up the beauty industry to say the least. With so much newness hitting the shelves (and our digital carts), our beauty needs and standards are becoming hard to keep up with!

When asked about their party season must-haves, the team at BEAUTYDIRECTORY all agreed that they need long-wearing products, with good color payoff, hydration, and high impact. Below is our road-tested list of party season staples that will take the stress out of prepping for your next event.


What is it?

Hydra Bomb Hyaluronic Acid Coconut Water Cooling Eye Sheet Mask

A cooling eye mask to smooth lines and de-puff eyes, enriched with hyaluronic acid and coconut water to hydrate, ease puffiness and restore plumpness.

Reviewer: Scarlett


Our thoughts:

Sometimes I find that eye sheets can be a bit flimsy and hard to use, however the Garnier Hydrobomb Eye Sheet Mask is quite the opposite. It was so easy to apply and the quality is amazing! I really noticed a difference with my under-eyes, as the masks left them less puffy and helped to reduce lines. Perfect to apply after a big night out for this upcoming party season.


What is it?

Clairns Joli Rouge Satin Shade 742

The next-generation Joli Rouge is extraordinary, offering an outstanding range of 16 shades with a satin finish. What's equally amazing is its skin care formula that does not compromise makeup results such as durability and intensity of colour... The new Joli Rouge also features a 84%* skin care formula that provides optimum comfort and protection for the lips.

Reviewer: Rachel


Our thoughts:

I love a bold lip to top off a party look and the newly formulated Clarins Joli Rouge Satin lipstick in the shade ‘742’ is a definite party must-have - a beautiful, rich red with a radiant satin finish - I’m obsessed! The formula contains a duo of unique plant extracts: cold pressed organic camelia oil and shea unsaponifiable (AKA an organic plant) make this lipstick feel nourishing and comfortable on my lips all day (and night!). At no point do my lips feel dry wearing this; instead, it feels like I have a protective balm on, keeping my lips soft even after removing it. To top it off, the lovely sleek case is refillable, a huge sustainable tick as I know this lipstick will be getting a workout this holiday season!


What is it?

NYX Marshmellow Primer

It's the marshmallow effect! This 10-in-1 smoothing super-primer is infused with smoothing marshmallow root extract, for 10 outstanding makeup-extending benefits.

With a soft whipped texture, this primer dries down totally transparent, to work on all skin tones.

Reviewer: Sus


Our thoughts:

The experience of using this is like stepping into a marshmallow dream. From the subtly sweet scent to the effortlessly smooth and lightweight texture, it's a treat for the senses. This primer works well, blurring imperfections and pores while keeping your makeup in place all day - making your morning routine just a little sweeter. I highly recommend if you're looking for a flawless and budget-friendly makeup base!


What is it?

Arbonne Essential Beauty Bundle

These five beauty essentials are everything you need for a full-face makeup routine. You're five products away from looking your best—perfect brows, hydrated lips, defined eyes, and a fresh-looking face! Customise by choosing the shades that work best for you, and get ready to transform your everyday look.

Reviewer: Shannah

Our thoughts:

The Arbonne Makeup Kit has all the essentials for a long night out. My favourite is the Lip Oil which gives you the perfect plump lip without any stickiness. My next favourite would be the brow pencil that gives a soft finish of the brows and doesn't look too harshly defined. The five products included in this handy set help you achieve a full face of makeup focused on the skin, eyes and lips that will last you throughout the night.



What is it?

MOR Marshmellow Lip Balm

Indulge in decadence with this Marshmallow Lip Balm. It’s enriched with nourishing coconut and jojoba seed oils, honey, beeswax, and vitamin E, leaving lips feeling soft, supple, and veiled with a sweet sheen.

Reviewer: Sam

Our thoughts:

I keep this pretty pink lip balm with me at all times during the silly season to avoid cracked dry lips. I also use this product prior to applying any festive red lipstick to prep and prime my lips.


What is it?

Lady Jane Hot Brush


Effortlessly add volume and lift to your hair with the Lady Jayne Salon Pro Rechargeable Volumising Hot Brush. This 27mm ceramic-ionic infused heated radial bristle brush is the secret to boosting your blowout without having to head to the salon.

Reviewer: Sarah

Our thoughts:

Normally my nights out are an absolute rush due to outfit indecision… So, I sometimes neglect my hair as a result. That is why the Lady Jane Hot Brush has been an absolute game-changer for quick, convenient on-the-go styling. It manages to add volume, while leaving my hair with a polished salon-like blowout. Whilst I’ve never had to take it with me to an event, you certainly could as it is USB rechargeable – and I’m sure would be a hit amongst the ladies in the bathroom also needing a hair touch up! A party season staple!


What is it?

John Frieda PROfiller+ Hair Thickening Spray

Give fine, thin hair an instant boost with the PROfiller+ Thickening Spray, for hair that looks and feels thicker, fuller, and stronger in just one use. Infused with biotin, known to provide hair with strength, and hyaluronic acid, known to hydrate hair, this double-duty styling spray provides heat protection and reduces hair loss due to breakage.

Reviewer: Alicia

Our thoughts:

For me, pre-party prep begins with hair wash night. Recently I have cycled the John Frieda PROfiller Hair Thickening Spray into my hair routine, and I have noticed such a difference in the fullness and lustre of my hair. Sometimes when I heat style my hair it loses its life and can appear quite flat, but this spray really helps my hair maintain its integrity. As I approach the silly season and the need for heat styling increases, this product will be a gamechanger.