Prom and wedding season is rapidly approaching. We understand that it can be stressful and sometimes even confusing. What do I wear? What do I bring in my purse? What do I do with hair and makeup? Do I book an appointment? And as two girls who have long since attended a prom and attend weddings from time to time, we thought we'd share some of our tips and tricks for these special occasions.
In the Event Series, we hope to answer some of your questions and eliminate any of your worries about getting ready for any party you need to attend. The first segment is all about what to bring in your purse/clutch to a special event.
Pauliarbarei Purse at ALDO (here)
Glitter Mesh Clutch at Le Chateau (here)
Tassel Clutch at ASOS (here)
What to bring in your clutch?
Ideally, a clutch is the easiest accompaniment and a cute accessory to your outfit. However, clutches can be small and lacking of space. So what do you put in it? Below are some items we recommend to fill your clutch with:
1. Travel sized Deodorant: An important item that is usually forgotten about. Buy a travel sized deodorant at a near by Walmart or your local pharmacy and bring it to your event so you can apply it before you pull a sweat on the dance floor. Try out the Dove Go Fresh Cool Essentials Anti-Perspirant Stick (here)
2. Mascara: Waterproof mascara is ideal for events! When the tears come
rolling down your cheeks at a wedding or prom, you want to make sure your mascara won't smudge. Try out the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara (here)
3. Lip product(s): Lip liner, gloss, lip stick. Whatever you're wearing for the evening, bring it with you in case you need to touch up throughout the night. However, if you want a long lasting lip option that demands minimal care throughout the evening, opt for a liquid lipstick. Our favourite is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (here). It lasts for hours with little to no touch ups, even through eating.
4. Band-Aids: A few of these in your clutch can be so a life saver in a rut. Blisters, a surprise cut or scrape, etc. You never know what will happen on a night out. So keep these with you, just in case. Hide them away in that little inner pocket most clutches have - that way if you don't use them that night, you'll have them for future events. Future you will thank you!
5. Bobby Pins/Elastics & Safety Pins: Whether your hair is done up or not or you've had your dress already altered to fit you perfectly, these are still necessary in case of emergency. A rip, a snag, a loose hair strand, a sweaty night - these all come in handy. Stash them away in a secret pocket in your clutch so they don't get jumbled up with your other items and keep them there for your next event.
6. Perfume: Perfume bottles can be bulky, so not really ideal to carry around with you in a small clutch. We also expect perfume to last all night once we spray it on before we leave, but that's not always the case. We suggest to grab a few samples of your favorite perfume, and throw them into your clutch(es). When you want to freshen up, spritz (or dab some) on your pulse points (wrists, behind the ears, behind the knees, inner elbows) during the night! Head to Sephora or any makeup counter that sells your favorite scent; their samples are usually free if you ask.
7. Vaseline: This is so important if you're wearing heels! Blisters happen. And they happen fast. Especially when you don't want them to. And you don't need that kind of pain on a night out. So rub a little vaseline on the points where you most often get blisters and throw a little pot of this miracle product into your bag in case any new blisters show up.
8. Blotting Papers: The perfect item to touch up your make up before taking pictures or after spending hours on the dance floor. Blot the paper on the areas of your face where you feel that you look more greasy and you'll see that the papers will eliminate all oil. Try out the Sephora Collection Blotting Papers (here).
9. Cash: A little cash is always a good idea. Your cards are definitely necessary and essential, depending on where you're going. However, not every location has available machines to use your cards. Some weddings even have a cash bar. So a little cash hidden away in your clutch is always good as a safety net.
10. Mints/Gum: These should be the first thing you throw into your bag before a night out. These are always great for when you want to freshen up after a meal and want to cleanse your palette.
We hope you find this helpful and be sure to look out for our future posts in this series!
All our love,
Casandra & Kristin