Down to Business: New Years Eve

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It’s only recently the two of us have learned to not just survive a morning after, but to THRIVE.

Well, almost.

But our practical admin-based advice has made life more bearable on many a morning post blowout. So what better time to impart it than just before New Years Eve - a night so historically disappointing you end up getting trashed in the hope that fun will be found at the bottom of that next glass.

Chances are you’ve already mapped out an outfit and a look you’d like to match it. That’s FINE. See our glitter guide for anyone who is particularly stuck, for glitter is the new neutral come New Years. What we offer here is solid, no BS tips to ride the (tidal) wave come New Years Day.

Right. To business.

SHOPPING LIST

Go to Tesco (or Boots) before the 31st and get:

-Paracetamol & Ibuprofen

-TWO big bottleS of water and a packet of dioralyte

-Cleansing wipes – just this once

-A frozen pizza and a fresh sandwich (personally I, Rebecca, would never get a sandwich from Tesco or Boots because I am a turrible turrible food snob. I would plump for a Pret). You need both.

-Post its

-An eye mask:

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On the left: Amazon, £2.99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eye-Cooling-Masks/b?ie=UTF8&node=2805276031


On the right: The Body Shop, £6

https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/face/view-all/cooling-gel-eye-mask/p/p000375

This is a hangover essential and you have to trust us.



BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE PARTY

-Put the eye mask, pizza and sandwich in the fridge

-Write a note to yourself on the post it saying ‘you’re drunk, wash your face’ or words to that effect & stick it on the bathroom mirror. Put the cleansing wipes directly underneath for convenience.

-Put one of the water bottles somewhere you will easily find it. Put dioralyte nearby.

-Painkillers by your bed.

DURING - OR ‘WHAT WILL FIT IN A CLUTCH’

You may not be a clutch person, but chances are you do not want to be lugging a Boots counter around with you all night long.

 -Forget bringing foundation, if you’ve got a great primer underneath (Smashbox, Clarins beauty balm, Becca backlight) and setting powder (Laura Mercier, Diorskin nude air loose powder, Bare minerals mineral veil) you won’t need to reapply it. 

-If you do false eyelashes you won’t need a mascara in your bag. And if you can’t wear big draggy eyelashes on New Years Eve when can you? I’d go for an Eyelure, any you fancy from Boots priced £5.49-£8.

-I’m telling you now the chances you will need to reapply make up will be greatly reduced by one thing: Nyx Setting Spray in Dewy Finish, £7. This stuff is the bomb, I (Rebecca) genuinely bought it because I saw a review of a woman who had had a CAR CRASH and wound up in hospital and swore all her make up was still perfect thanks to this. I am not kidding and when I find it I will publish it on this site.

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-Don’t bring anything expensive for fear of losing it during the night / the dreaded bag scatter where you fall out of the taxi and your make up straight into a puddle. Put your pricey stuff on at home then bring these cheaper alternatives. The following are fantastic

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-Maybelline master precise eyeliner, £5.99

https://www.boots.com/maybelline-master-precise-liquid-eyeliner-10172265

-MAC mini strobe cream, £12

https://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/13827/25561/products/skincare/travel-size/strobe-cream-mini-mac

-It is pricey but I love the Trinny London contour pot for a bit of fun, £25

https://trinnylondon.com/products/cheekbones

-Your lipstick. You don’t need a new one, you know your favourite. But I will say that NYX matte come in loads of colours, last for ages, are easy to apply without a mirror and are super cheap at £6. I would forgo bringing a blush, your face will naturally flush without one.

https://www.boots.com/nyx-professional-makeup-soft-matte-lip-cream-14g-10207816

DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH THAT CONTOUR POT OR HIGHLIGHTER AFTER A FEW.


WHEN YOU GET HOME

-Eat the sandwich

-Grab that bottle of water. If you are in the right state, pour out a glass from it and mix in a sachet of dioralyte. If that’s totally unfathomable the water will do.

-STOP TEXTING PEOPLE

-Take your painkillers. No discussion.

-Wipe off the worst of your makeup

-Do a hot cloth cleanse and a face oil if you possibly can

-DRINK A BIG DRINK OF WATER

-Fall asleep to youtube


THE NEXT MORNING

-DRINK A BIG DRINK OF WATER

-DRINK A BIG DRINK OF WATER

-DRINK A BIG DRINK OF WATER

-Stagger downstairs, turn on the oven and take the cool eye mask out of the fridge.

-More painkillers, but just the paracetamol until you’ve eaten something

-Lie on sofa wearing cooling eye mask whilst groaning until the oven is warm

-Cook the pizza, set a timer in case you fall asleep

-Eat the pizza whilst watching Netflix. Alternate the cooling mask from your forehead to your eyes whenever one of them starts to feel ‘cold painful’.

-If you did not hot cloth cleanse yesterday then now is the time, baby. Steam away that baileys.

-DRINK A BIG DRINK OF WATER

-You’re going to want to heap some moisturiser on your face. Apply liberally, don’t rub it in for something nice like 5 minutes then go for it. An oil is even nicer, would recommend the Clarins Huille Lotus (up on the reviews page).


ENJOY 2019!

 

Rebecca Humphries