V has finally caught up with M and turned the big 4-0h! M is thrilled because she didn’t like V still being in her 30s, and V is equally thrilled as she has an excuse – her party – to wear the new Sandro top that she’s been “saving” (why do we women do that? Surely we should just wear the clothes we splash out on and enjoy them on multiple occasions. But that conversation is for another blog…).

Anyway, V loves a party, but if she’s honest, she prefers the beauty prepping to the big event. As former Beauty Editor of Brides magazine, she knows a thing or two about party prepping. And M’s industry know-how, as a YSL make-up artist, means she has a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to perfecting a flawless face. So ta-da…we bring you our party beauty plan of action – how to glow and sparkle on your big day.


So, first things first – getting skin looking radiant. We’re both big fans of face masks and believe they make a huge difference to your complexion. Always exfoliate first (Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face, £32 and Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, £26, both get our vote), as this will slough away dead skin cells, allowing the mask to penetrate deeper to work its magic. Our current favourite masks are: Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask, £34.50, a cooling ‘jelly’ which hydrates, regenerates and makes you look years younger (or splash out on the brand’s 24K Gold Mask, £55, for plumped up, hydrated, glowing skin); Dr Brandt Oxygen Facial, £48.50, which feels satisfyingly “fizzy” and tingly as it delivers a burst of oxygen for immediate, unbeatable radiance; and Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Mask, £49.50, which firms and tones the skin, for a younger, fresher you. And check out Charlotte Tilbury’s high-tech, no-mess Instant Magic Sheet Mask, £18, which can be used up to 3 times and promises to smooth, lift and brighten. Using a mask weekly in the run-up to your party and definitely the night before your event, will give you the the best results.


When it comes to makeup, primers pave the way. They’re a great addition to your make-up arsenal – sorry J (M’s hubby), the die-hard Spurs fan, we just liked the word! – to ensure foundation glides on smoothly and evenly and helps it last the course. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26, is an industry bestseller and hard to beat. For the most luminous canvas, try YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer, £29.50, a lightweight gel, using the magic of the best-selling concealing & highlighting wand, Touche Eclat, £25.50, (1 sold every 10 seconds in the world – what are you waiting for?). Then there’s Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, £31, an old favourite, but it still works a treat. Truth be known, we’d both forgotten about this little beauty, but M just remembered it and has gone AWOL, in the quest to buy some. V hopes she’ll return in time for the next blog. Or more importantly, to pick up her kids from school!


When it comes to the rest of your make-up, it’s obviously down to personal choice. A long-lasting foundation is a good idea (it’s hard to beat Estee Lauder Double Wear, £31), as is a great concealer (we love Clinique Airbrush Concealer, £17.10). For the best highlighters, don’t forget our Shimmer & Shine blog and also check out our Blusher choices on Oi Cheeky. And we’ve been travelling through the beauty halls (yes, we selflessly trudged around, to bring you the very best products!) and through cyber space, checking out the best of online beauty. We’ve discovered some gems that we urge you to try for party perfection. You won’t be disappointed…

QUICK FIX – WunderLift 60 Second Wrinkle Reducer, £19.95. This serum instantly lifts and firms the eye area and visibly reduces wrinkles, with effects lasting for 8 hours. Unlike other products that promise to do the same, Wunderlift doesn’t leave a white residue or make your skin feel dry.  It’s your pre-party secret weapon. We defy you not to get hooked. Check out their website www.wunder2.co.uk for more fab products and info.

EYE EYE – EyeSlices, from £14.99, have a dual effect – calming and soothing the eye area and dramatically reducing puffiness and dark circles (sleepless nights are no longer a worry!) Choose from full-eye slices, or ‘just for under the eye’ and each pair can be used up to 10 times. They’re also a great excuse for 5 minutes of relaxing ‘me time’. For the full story, go to www.eyeslices.com


SPOT THE DIFFERENCE – If a spot threatens before your ‘do’, don’t panic, just zap it with Malin & Goetz potent 10% Sulfur Paste, £18.

LIP SERVICE – Art Deco Invisible Lip Contour, £6, is a transparent, waxy lip liner that works as a barrier against lipstick smudging and bleeding and also reduces fine lines. M loves this product!

LINE UP – LA Girl Endless Semi Permanent Auto Lipliner Pencil, £3. For less than the price of your daily latte, it would be rude not to try this! M has used this since her teens and raves about it. It gives a perfectly defined, long-lasting pout. Try it with Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Liptick in Celebrity Skin, £16, for the ultimate nude finish.

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND- For a night on the tiles, add a sparkly ‘lip topper’ to your favourite lipstick (or use alone). M has fallen for Stila’s amazing, limited edition, quick-drying Glitterati Lip Top Coat £18, and also Lime Crime Diamond Crushers, £15, which come in 6 sensational shades. V is taken with Jouer Lip Topper in Rose Gold, £13.50. It’s metallic and sparkly and lasts for hours. Plus it smells of vanilla ice cream. What’s not to love??


LASH OUT – For the most fabulous, false-looking lashes, try Fairydrops Scandal Queen Quattro Mascara, £18.50, which won’t budge, smudge or flake; or NYX Professional Doll Eye Waterproof Mascara, £8, which stays put for hours and gives extreme, unbeatable length.

So there you have it. Our favourite party beauty essentials – guaranteed to make you look & feel your best. And with V arriving at such a milestone birthday, we feel justified in blogging about this. We’ve also collaborated with “The Source“, and you’ll find a version of this blog on their website. “The Source” is an exciting directory of resources and collection of brands for your special event. We love their innovative ideas and how they can help you to find and create the perfect bespoke party. Check out their website for further information and be inspired for your big day www.thesourceinspires.com or find them on Facebook or instagram below: https://www.facebook.com/thesourcedirectory/  www.instagram.com/thesourecinpsires

Don’t forget to tune into our YouTube channel for tutorials on make-up application. And look out for our new, exciting birthday vlog, coming very soon…

Love, Happy Birthdays & being ‘Naughty at Forty’,

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Left: V in her Sandro top, and M rocking a Zadig & Voltaire blazer! Right: Yum yum…need we say more?

PS. Check out one of M’s birthday pressies to V – YSL’s latest launch, Glow Shot in Sunrise, £22.50, a boudoir, ballet-slipper pink highlighter. V can’t wait to start using it. She’ll report straight back.






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