The holidays are coming

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Christmas is almost upon us! It’s the time of endlessly played Christmas songs, Christmas shopping and mince pies. It’s definitely the most exciting time of the year, but as well as organising those Christmas gifts, its time to start planning to make sure you are Christmas party ready!

Research shows that women take, on average, thirteen days to get ready for Christmas parties, including shopping for the perfect party look. This may seem excessive but it’s the one time of the year we can all really take the time to enjoy creating the ‘look’. We are hitting the shops to get gifts for other people, so it makes sense to treat ourselves too, right??

After all, tis the season to get out the glitter, big bold jewellery and that killer party dress! This winter it’s all about the eyes and you can create some smouldering eyes on a budget. Barry M’s dazzle dust is only £4.99 and with tonnes of glitter it’s the perfect thing to achieve flawless eyes this Christmas. You can buy Barry M in Boots and Superdrug, so it’s easy to find and you can co-ordinate your makeup with your festive outfit, with the many different colours on offer. If you don’t want to go all out with the eye makeup, even just adding a touch of glittery eyeliner to natural makeup will put you right up there with Christmas party trends this year.

We can still prepare to be Christmas party fabulous on a budget by careful planning. Buy accessories in key colours – metallic colours are very in this season- and re-use them for all of your Christmas outfits. Take out samples or mini pallets of makeup in your smaller party bag for those essential ‘ must re-apply’ make up moments to avoid having to take out huge bags filled with makeup. It’s all about smaller bolder accessories this year, so swap the shoulder bag for the clutch.

If you want to avoid the mad rush of shopping during Christmas there is always shopping online which will make getting those outfit essentials a lot easier. Some of you may prefer a quieter Christmas but you can still get into the party season spirit. Treat yourself to some Christmassy earrings or a Christmas Topshop jumper and turn a family gathering into a different kind of Christmas party.

If you decide to have a flat party for Christmas, why not economise and use all the left over bits of alcohol that you all have accumulated during the term to make a Christmas punch. You can all enjoy a new drink especially for Christmas and it saves you all buying more alcohol.

So, whether it’s a work party, uni party or just a family Christmas, take the time to enjoy Christmas. It’s a great holiday and a time to just enjoy being with friends and family. Whether you like to plan or not it’s easy to create the perfect party outfit or setting by using old and new resources. The most important thing to remember however is just to have so much fun ‘rocking around that Christmas tree’!

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