‘Tis the season for decking the halls and getting all dolled up for holiday parties! I love getting dressed up and going out on the town with my friends – I always have a blast! This week is extra exciting because I have TWO holiday parties back to back. I’ve got both my dresses laid out and pressed, a spray tan scheduled, hair appointments booked and I’ve studied several makeup tutorials to make sure I get it right. However, when it comes to my bag, I always seem unprepared. It’s like clockwork, five minutes before we’re heading out the door I’m running around gathering my ID, phone and lipstick and stuffing them into my husband’s coat jacket – which he loves, as you can imagine! This year I’m being proactive by having a clutch and packing it the night before to avoid the mad dash routine. When thinking about what to put in my clutch, I knew my team would have the perfect suggestions for all the party essentials. Check out Choice’s recommendations so you’re prepared for this holiday party season as well!

My Recommendation

With the new iPhone update, I get a summary of the percentage of time I spend on my phone weekly. This SHOCKED me and made me realize how much of life I’m ignoring. As a result, I’ve started leaving my phone at home more and not looking at it after work and on the weekends. The hardest thing about not using my phone as much is that my phone is also my camera. This season I want to live in the moment without my phone glued to my hand, so I’m packing a disposable camera. This will allow me to capture all the fun times without being interrupted by notifications. It will also extend the fun as I wait for my pictures to be developed!


Heather’s Recommendations

Listen, I love a good clutch. I carry them often, not just the holidays. But during this season they are on high rotation with all the Christmas parties and holiday events. So. Much. Fun. As you know, red lipstick is my signature and for this holiday season, I’ve found the PERFECT shade that literally lasts all day and night. I’ve never once had to reapply. Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink Lipcolor in “Voyager” is a staple in my clutch this month. And because it’s gift-giving season, I’m sharing two more items that will go from clutch to clutch (and should be in yours) during the holidays. First, let’s be honest, we’re all taking tons of photos. We want to capture every moment of our great adventures with friends, family and loved ones. And, since most of the time, we’re all dolled up, we need to document it to socials, right? Ha! Well, the Socialite Mini LED Ring Light is so helpful for all those times when the lighting is too dim. It clips right over your phone and gives three light settings for brightening up the area you’re photographing. Secondly, I often find myself getting ready for the evening events early and not getting home until late at night during this season, which means I need to keep my face freshened throughout. Beautycounter Rosewater Mist to the rescue. I’ve shared this skin care gem before, but especially in winter months when my face is exposed to cold air and wind, I want to keep it hydrated. I spray the rosewater mist first after I’ve applied my makeup, to help set it for the evening. Then, throughout the night I’ll spray it a few times to keep it fresh and dewy. It will definitely provide that glow you’re looking for!


Kerry’s Recommendation

One of my favorite holiday party looks is a jewel tone dress, a smoky eye, and big curls (hello, we live in the South). A staple in my holiday party clutch is the travel size of one of my all-time favorite beauty products – the cult classic Oribe Texturizing Spray. This spray does it all – part dry shampoo, part root lifter, part style extender, part hair perfume – it is the best thing that has ever happened to my hair. The purse-sized spray lasts all holiday season long and allows me to do a quick refresh in the powder room before holiday party pics. And side note, it also makes the perfect stocking stuffer for family and friends.


Sarah’s Recommendation

I absolutely adore the holidays and dressing up for all of the parties. When it comes to getting ready, I have always been told to never leave the house without wearing lipstick (or at least a gloss)! So, something you will always find in my clutch is an amazing lipstick. My absolute favorite at the moment is the KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. I adore the liquid lipstick because it gives the illusion of wearing a lip liner and has a smooth, matte finish! This Kat Von D lipstick is long-wear and comes in 42 shades (my personal favorite is “Lolita”). This is the perfect item to throw in your clutch for any holiday party this season and would also make a great gift for any of your fellow lipstick junkies!

Summer’s Recommendation

One thing that you can always find in my clutch is a portable charger. I don’t know about y’all but I spend a substantial amount of time on my phone for work and just personally posting on socials and, with that, the battery life can drain in no time. Having a portable charger on hand is so essential during the holiday season because you never know how long you will be out celebrating with loved ones and wouldn’t it be a shame if your phone died and you had no means to document the memories OR call that Uber ride home?!? The MyCharge portable charger is my absolute favorite because it has two different cords to charge any type of smartphone and it gets your phone boosted in no time! I highly recommend tossing a portable charger into your clutch before heading out to your holiday parties this season!

Trisha’s Recommendation

Growing up, before we would leave the house or step outside of the car, my mom would take a few minutes to freshen up her makeup by powdering her face. Y’all, it drove me crazy. After all, we had places to be and primping in the parking lot was slowing down my timeline! In a twist of ironic fate, I, too, now know the power of freshening up between events. As I head from one holiday festivity to the next this season, you can count that I will have my favorite Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Mattifying Powder Foundation in tow. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to managing shininess on my face, I always seem to dance between too dewy and way too chalky. However, I absolutely love how this pressed powder controls shine without over drying. Plus, with no parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances, you can trust the all-natural ingredients while enjoying the convenience of grabbing on your next Target run!

Lena’s Recommendation

When you’re out on the town for all your holiday events and festivities, you tend to really do it up on the make-up, right? My favorite thing to include in my clutch is a pack of Neutrogena makeup removing wipes. These are great for a quick clean-up on your way home or if you smudge your make-up or lipstick. Let’s face it, you’re out later than usual, so one thing you probably skip when you get home is washing your face. Toss a to-go pack of these in your bag, and you’ll have a clean face before you even make it home!

Comment below on what you can’t leave the house without during the holiday party season.

Now that we’ve got our clutches packed, Choice wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a fun party season!


    AUTHOR: Devin Lee Duke
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