Can you believe 2014 ends TOMORROW? It’s been an amazing year full of achievements and good memories for me, and I’m hoping 2015 follows suit. But before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s time to start getting ready for the last party of the year: New Year’s Eve. Probably the biggest night for dressing up and going out, you do not want to be caught without the essentials. Keep reading for suggestions on what to pack in your own New Year’s Eve Survival Kit.
1. Cute Clutch
Leave your totes and shoulder bags at home. On New Year’s Eve, you’re likely to be dancing, drinking, and moving throughout crowded parties. Either you’ll be bogged down by a large bag (super awkward to dance with), or paranoid about keeping track of where you leave it. Opt for a cute clutch, maybe even one with a chain strap. These are easier to carry with you… or hide behind couch cushions for safe keeping.
2. Lip Balm
Chances are, it’s chilly where you are during this time of year— especially late at night and in the wee hours of the morning. Keep your lips looking kissable and feeling good with a hydrating lip balm. My pick: Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm. This stuff keeps your lips moisturized for hours and is perfect for layering underneath your lipstick shade of choice, or for quick touch ups throughout the night.
If you’re headed to a poppin’ party, you’re definitely going to want to stay smelling fresh. A chilly night can become sweltering when you’re in a close space with tons of bodies. Pack your favorite perfume in a clutch-friendly, leak proof container like the Travalo. Spritz on during the night to make your presence more appreciated among the crowd.
4. Oil Blotters
Leave the shine for the Times Square Ball, not your face. Bring a pack of oil blotters with you to absorb extra oil that pops up on your skin throughout the night, threatening your makeup and party photos. My pick: Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. The package is super thin and portable, and the sheets do not smudge makeup when getting rid of the oil.
5. Precision Q-Tips
When you’re out partying for hours, makeup has a way of creeping around your face. Precision Q-Tips will be your secret weapon for keeping your look strong all night long. Use the pointed cotton swabs to clean up smudged eyeliner or feathering lipstick. You’ll look just as good when the clock strikes twelve as you did at the beginning of the night.
6. Band Aids
You will probably be spending a lot of time on your feet, and I’m guessing you’re planning on wearing your cutest pumps? A couple of band aids will be your saving grace when your stylin’ shoes start feeling more like bear traps. Pop them on the back of your heels, and you will be set to dance for a few more hours no problem!
Who will you be kissing when the ball drops? Whoever it is will probably appreciate the thoughtfulness of popping a mint a few minutes beforehand to ensure fresh breath and a sweet kiss.
Remember to stay safe, be responsible, and have fun this New Year’s Eve. Here’s to an amazing 2015!