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From prep to post-party essentials, here’s 7 of the best products to get you through the holidays

The end of the year is approaching quicker than you can say ‘wow, 2020 was a wild ride’—and it’s right about now our social calendar starts to fill up with event invites and nights out with friends as we roll into the holidays. It’s a busy time of year and one that comes with plenty of preparation: from outfit ideas and getting your pre-event skin routine down pat to picking the perfect lipstick shade that’s equal parts fancy and festive. This month we’ve had a whole suite of new beauty land (in addition to our limited edition holiday collection ) and we’ve rounded up the best picks to get you prepped, preened and party ready.

MORPHE MAKE IT BIG VOLUMIZING MASCARA

A party eye non-negotiable: mascara is always the quickest and easiest ways to elevate any look. One layer will give you definition, three will have people asking if you’re sporting a pair of falsies—especially if you’re wearing Morphe’s latest mascara. Their Make It Big formula is non-smudging, non-flaking and builds volume in just a few brush strokes.

MARIO BADESCU HYALURONIC DEW DROP SERUM

Skin can take a bit of a hit during the holiday season: late nights, getting out in the sun more (SPF, always) and perhaps not finding as much time to give it love can lead to it feeling a little lacklustre. But this is the time of year you’re seeing the most people and want your visage to look its best. Try incorporating a serum like Mario Basescu's into your routine— apply in the morning and at night to give your skin a big drink of water and help it retain moisture between events. This one is formulated with niacinamide and lactic acid which re-balances and evens out skin tone. Pair it with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray to allow the humectants in the formula to draw additional moisture into the skin.

BRIOGEO DON'T DESPAIR, REPAIR!™ DEEP CONDITIONING HAIR MASK

All this talk of skin prep and shimmery lips but keeping your hair healthy (especially during the warmer weather or when you’re going hard on the heat styling tools) is just as important. New brand Briogeo has a whole range of texture-specific products catered to all hair types. This conditioning mask is formulated with rosehip oil, B-vitamins, and algae extract; its antioxidant-rich formula restores essential moisture and hydration to dry, brittle, coloured, or over-processed hair.

RESORÈ FACE WASHER SET

We know what you’re thinking, how does a face washer tie into the party season? Well, everyone knows that regardless of how late you come home from a party you should always remove your makeup—perhaps even a double cleanse if you’re up to it. Incorporating a Resorè towel into your nightly routine isn’t only a sustainable choice, but it will also stop the spread and incubation of 99.9 percent of bacteria and potent skin irritants that can be found in your towel that can harm your skin. It also gently removes oil, bacteria and sebum too. Each towel in the range is made from hypoallergenic Silverbac™, Lyocell ™, Tencel Lyocell™, rayon bamboo and Aegean Turkish cotton.

MECCA COSMETICA SKIN SAVIOURS

When you’re on the go and need a little kit of skincare essentials, look no further than this trio from Mecca Cosmetica. It contains a Nourishing Cleansing Oil to gently dissolve and melt away makeup, the lightweight Antioxidant Serum for post-party hydration a weightless eye cream to tackle any fine lines around the delicate eye area.

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