Parties go hand in hand with Christmas. The excitement of receiving presents, giving presents, parties and special occasions all blend in together to create a season filled with, well, joy, to be precise! For me, I enjoy the fun of being able to shop around for my must-have party dress and all my beauty essentials that are going to leave me feeling glammed and ready for action.

One thing I wanted to explore this holiday season are a few age old debates about make-up products that we come to depend on year by year. Do we really need all the make-up products we think we do? Or can we sacrifice one item in place of another?

Eyeshadow vs Eyeliner

Eyeshadow is a staple product that has always had a proud place in our make-up bag. You can cater your eyeshadow shade to your outfit and create so many different looks. Eyeshadow is such a versatile product that can double up as an eyeliner and even a brow shadow as well. So when we put it up against our trusty eyeliner pen or pencil, which one could we go without?

Glo Minerals

Glo Mineral’s Smokey Eye Kit contains four classic shades that you can mix and match to create the ultimate smokey eye. The kit also includes an instruction guide, just in case you need to brush up on your smokey eye skills. The nice thing about this Glo Minerals set is that you can double up any of the darker shades as your eyeliner if you use an angled eyeliner brush. This set will be a fail safe tool for all your Christmas and New Year parties.

w7 eyeliner

But just as it may seem this kit will swoop the prize for your most beloved eye make-up product, take a look at W7’s Sparkle Stix Eye Liner Pencil. Available in a striking gold shade, this eye liner is perfect for adding a touch of Christmas glamour and sparkle to your eye make-up look. You can apply this eye liner along your water line or you can add a pop of colour to the inner corner of the eye.

So, who do you think has won this round?

False Lashes vs Natural

Elongated, voluminous lashes are every girl’s best friend. Our eyes look so much more awake as soon as curl and apply product to our lashes. Fake lashes are a great way of adding even more glamour to your eyes. But do we need them? Do you find them difficult to apply? Which one will you be setting aside this festive season?

Individual lashes

Royal’s Individual Lashes are a great way of taking control of your lashes. Unlike most lashes, you can have full control of how much you want to build them up. These individual lashes are great for adding length to the outer corner of the eyes, creating the ultimate 60s look. The pack comes with a small pair of tweezers and eye glue so that you have everything you need to apply the lashes quickly and efficiently.

Rimmel Glam Eyes Mascara

But what if you don’t have the time to spend on applying fake eyelashes? Many beauty gurus will argue that a good mascara product can create the same effect as falsies. Rimmel’s Glam Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara is the must-have party mascara. The wand is long and thin which makes it perfect for lengthening those hard-to-reach places such as the inner and outer corners of the eye.

Lip Gloss vs Lipstick

Pairing lipstick and lip gloss has always felt like such a natural routine of make-up. Lipstick creates the perfect base while lipgloss can enhance and even change a lipstick shade entirely. Could we possibly hope to give one up over another?

Astor Lipstick

Astor Soft Sensation Lipstick is available in 10 wearable shades. The formulation is creamy and moisturising with a semi-matte finish. It is also enriched with vitamins so that your lips don’t dry out after application. The colour needs little to no topping up throughout the day so that you can enjoy a long lasting and noticeable colour.

L'Oreal Lipgloss

But can we really resist a little bit of shine? L’Oreal’s Glam Shine Lip Gloss helps to create the appearance of fuller looking lips, mainly due to the glam shine crystals which are featured in the lip gloss formulation. The creamy consistency of this lip gloss offers ultimate coverage and will look great when it’s paired with your favourite lipstick. Which one will you possibly pick?