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'Tis the season to look your best and to feel your most confident

HOURGLASS Ambient Blush Palette


Three pans of different shades of blush - rose, peach and plum - have veins of highlighter mixed right in. Each suits a mood, from fresh-faced to sultry. For the price, they look tiny, but they are amazing and last the whole day and well into the night.

BOBBI BROWN Pink Glow Highlight Powder


This gives a gorgeous, icy shimmer and it can be as subtle or as noticeable as you desire. It is rather powdery, though: careful, or you'll be sparkling all down your front. Not a good look.

SLEEK MAKE UP I-Divine Vintage Romance Palette

€9.99 HHHHI

These mineral eye shadows have more pigment in one little pan than many palettes have in their entirety. These are very, very smoky, and may be hard to manage - but practice, and you'll get a long-lasting, dramatic look.

PREEN HAIR & BEAUTY Express Treatment


Get an updo or a blowdry, plus a make up touchup pre-party, and you are not only laughing and but also are gorgeous. The salon is on Dame Street, which couldn't be more convenient. My smokey eyes lasted for hours, and the blow dry has lasted for four days. Absolutely perfect for any occasion.

MONDSS Underarm Wear

€9.99 HHHII

These are adhesive pads for your pits: you stick them on, and they absorb perspiration, keeping your clothes stain free. You have to put them on correctly or else you will be conscious of them being stuck to you. Get them right and they are terrific for a big party or a wedding. You get five pairs for a tenner - not bad!

CREME DE LA MER The Intensive Revitalising Mask

€135 HHHHH

Spendy but what's it worth to look less broken the morning after the night before? A tiny bit really does go a very, very long way, and you will be gobsmacked by how human you look after use. An effective antidote to all that fun your sparkling inspired.

If you like to sparkle, this season is your licence to glisten. It's also a terrific time to treat yourself to a make up sesh with a pro. Everything below is all about party time!