My festive season essentials

November 2, 2017

Festive season is nearly upon us! That means Christmas parties, races and end of year celebrations are near. Going from one event to another can be overwhelming, so it’s important to be prepared with the right accessories and must-have products. I’ve listed out the essentials, my top picks for the festive season. HINT: They also make great gift ideas and stocking stuffers!

Blister Balm

If you’re worried about getting a blister from your new heels, Blister Balm might be your new favourite purse addition. The lip-balm sized product fits easily into your clutch and should be applied to high-friction areas of the feet. Blister Balm works best as a preventative measure so don’t apply to broken skin. The emollient wax and butter will soothe your skin and help stop friction. Such a party-saver this festive season!

Mr Bright Teeth Whitening

White teeth and a beaming smile is so important if you plan to take lots of pics over summer. If you’re happy and confident with your smile, it really shines through and helps you be more photogenic. While professional teeth whitening can be expensive, many people with sensitive teeth also can’t stand the pain. Additionally, frequent use of teeth whitening products with harsh chemicals can lead to sensitivity issues. But there is an alternative! With growing demand and improvements in the beauty industry we now have professional at-home whitening kits that use LED technology and natural ingredients! I started using Mr Bright, it doesn’t contain peroxide which can cause hypersensitivity, irritation of gums, damage to tooth enamel and discolouration. Instead of peroxide, Mr Bright uses Glycerine, Sodium Bicarbonate and Cranberry to deliver whitening agents deep into the enamel, while cleaning and dissolving plaque. These ingredients are activated by the provided LED light which helps to speed up the process! Organic Peppermint Oil and Aloe Vera are also included to help freshen the breath and moisturise the mouth. Mr Bright is available in MYER and the Shaver Shop. See the stock list here.

Opallac Gel Polish

Finally there’s a way to DIY a lasting manicure. Previously, before any big event I would always go to a salon, often with poor results and a waste of money. I only managed to find one salon in Canberra that did my nails how I liked them but of course that salon was a even more pricey. Opallac kindly sent me their starter kit and I never looked back! It’s so easy to use (see my review here) and lasts for weeks. The gel polish system also makes my nails super strong, minimising breakage and peeling. A must have for the festive season and a great gift idea!

holster Australia footwear

Looking chic and feeling comfortable often doesn’t come as one. During a season full of dancing, standing around at race tracks or running from one event to the other – comfort is essential! I recently discovered holster footwear who design stylish shoes, easy to take from day to night.  Additionally, holster are environmentally aware – they take steps to reduce ecological footprint by using recycled materials for packaging and vegan friendly components in all their footwear. Based in Noosa Beach, the brand embodies the easy-going lifestyle and by designing shoes that are both beautiful and wearable, their footwear is not only great for your vacation but also the earth. Check out their stunning range of wedges, sandals, flats and lace-ups for the ladies. They also have a range for kids!

Enbacci Eye Crème

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, eye cream is important! One of the best ways to prevent ageing symptoms like lines, wrinkles, puffiness & dark circles is to ensure your eye area is hydrated. I currently use the Enbacci Age Revitalising Eye Defence cream every morning & night! Love this cream as it uses apple stem cell technology from rare Swiss orchid apples to provide nutrition, hydration & boost collagen. It helps you to wake up fresh-faced, with a perfect base for your make-up. Consider making a little Christmas hamper for the beauty lover and include this as part of the gifts! Pair the eye cream with your favourite face mask  and you’re set for all your gifts and celebrations.

MG Naturals setting powder

Now that your skin is prepped, keep it looking good from day to night with a great setting powder! MG Naturals is one of my favourites as it not only covers your imperfections, it helps your skin heal! This 100% titanium dioxide free makeup range is hydrating, soothing & healing just like your skin care. Lately, I’ve been using their Green Beauty Complete Gift Pack which contains a liquid foundation, concealer, mineral powder, a kabuki brush and an organic lip balm. The makeup literally makes my skin glow! This set would be a perfect gift idea for friends or family that struggle with breakouts and sensitivities or those who would like to go completely natural. The entire range is chemical free, hydrating and organic! The mineral setting powder is my favourite and helps me to avoid the oily shine while still allowing my skin to breathe and heal.