Prepare for - and after - the Christmas parties with these wise beauty buys...
Get your party season glam on with Bourjois. Spend £15 or more on selected cosmetics and get a free Iconic Glam Make-Up Kit gift box, with products worth £29. This offer runs exclusively at Boots stores and online at www.boots.com throughout December.
Make sure your make-up doesn’t run away with you on the dancefloor. Ensure the only thing that shines is your sparkly frock, and keep foundation in its place, by sweeping a brush laden with Along Came Betty Fix Me Quick Mattifier over your T-zone. This party-proof product is a bargain £6.99 at Tesco.
After a few festive late nights, your post-party best friend is a good under-eye concealer. Pick one with light reflective particles to help scatter light and minimise the appearance of dark circles. There are cheaper versions on the market, but YSL’s Touche Eclat is undoubtedly the one most women clamour for. The Collector Complexion Highlighter is £25 at YSL counters in Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis and Boots.
When you finally crawl into bed, prop yourself up with an extra pillow to avoid puffy eyes in the morning - sleeping slightly elevated helps to drain excess fluid out of the face. And invest in a de-puffing eye cream for a morning miracle. Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes, £24 (www.origins.co.uk).
Snap up a festive freebie from Superdrug. Until December 30, the B. cosmetics and skincare range is giving away a complimentary selection of B. skincare miniatures, plus a copper eyeshadow and a lippie, as well as a £5 gift voucher when you buy from its three-for-two offer