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As we hurtle head-first into the party season, there’s nothing more helpful than a good recommendation or two. Whether it’s what to wear, a great gift to buy, or just a great drink to bring in tow ahead of another festive soirée, a solid endorsement can really take the stress out of the party season.

So to help you navigate such a busy period, the GRAZIA team are sharing a few of our favourite things right now, from the indulgent to the downright life-changing. Here’s what we’re loving this month, so you can shop smarter this silly season.

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil, $124 SHOP NOW

“I’m really hard to please when it comes to haircare, as my scalp errs on the side of oily. It means that I’m almost always disappointed by new hair products, as they tend to leave my fine strands weighed down, so I’m typically hesitant to try something different. But I’d heard great things about this brand, which just landed at MECCA, so I decided to give it a try and wow, consider me a convert. This hair oil smells incredible and is truly multi-purpose, helping to add shine to my hair without leaving it looking greasy. I use it to bring third-day hair that’s been loaded with dry shampoo back to life, as it helps to add polish, reduce flyaways and remove any unnecessary texture – leaving my locks silky-smooth and lightly fragranced, without any tell-tale residue.” – Kate Lancaster, Contributing Beauty Editor

Vida GlowVida Glow Skin i-D diagnostic tool, ENTER NOW

“When the world was tipped on its head, Vida Glow – helmed by the ever-inventive Anna Lahey – kept innovating, and have now become the first ingestible beauty brand to enter the virtual beauty tech space with Virtual Vida Glow. What does this mean? Well, from your phone or laptop, you can scan your skin via the Skin i-D function, list your key concerns and receive a (free) personalised, expert-developed ingestible routine guide. You can even shop around in the Vida Sphere. While I’m already a three-sachet-a-day kind of VG girl (hello, the brand’s staple natural marine collagen in blueberry flavour), it’s good to check in with a professional at regular intervals. Because like the seasons, skin concerns change – and who doesn’t want to feel on top of this wayward world? Launches Monday November 15.” – Jessica Bailey, editorial director

Sarah & Sebastian Tiny Cluster Diamond Cartilage Earring, $350 SHOP NOW

“I have a confession to make: I’ve never really been into jewellery. I don’t dislike it, but mostly I opt for bare, unadorned skin out of laziness. But lately I’ve been finding myself wanting to lift my game a little in the jewellery department, albeit in an unstated way that still feels authentic to my personal style. I went into the beautiful new Sarah & Sebastian store on Crossley Street in Melbourne’s CBD and after consulting with the knowledgable team, I decided to amp up my ear accoutrements with the brand’s Ear Alchemy styling and piercing service. After evaluating the anatomy of my ear (I know, apparently it’s a thing) we opted for a conch piercing with this adorable diamond cluster stud. It was a really comfortable experience and it got me excited about jewellery (and piercings!) again. I’ll be investing in the gold iteration of this stud next, and I’m definitely going to get my dearest girlfriends a gift card for the holidays (and probably another piercing for me).” – Kate Lancaster, Contributing Beauty Editor

SAINT LAURENT JAMIE CUBE CHARM IN LAMÉ LEATHER, $670 SHOP NOW

“Is anybody else cartwheeling into party szn? I’m personally parlaying all that pent up lockdown energy into sourcing a new wardrobe – and if I had my way, I’d be wearing look 5, 34 and 42 from YSL’s SS22 runway. Since we can’t buy that collection at the moment, this metallic little cube pouch from YSL is the next best thing. Made from calf-skin leather and with the interlocking silver-toned YSL initials, it’s the sweetest little present for Christmas.” – Jessica Bailey, editorial director

Volcán De Mi Tierra Blanco Tequila 700ml, $90 SHOP NOW

“Now that it is party season, I’ve found myself more and more inclined to enjoying a margarita (I’m usually a Negroni kind of girl). I recently discovered Volcán De Mi Tierra in my search for a new spirit, an award-wining tequila that has just launched in Australia. It is made from 100 percent Blue Agave with no additives and delivers a unique blend of herbal and spicy aromas. Fun fact: the brand’s name is inspired by a volcano called Tequila which erupted over 200,000 years ago and gave fertility to the soil of the Jalisco region in Mexico.” – Rebekah Clark, Features Writer

Tod’s LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG MINI, BLACK, $2280 SHOP NOW

“Have you seen TOD’S new FW21 Kate collection yet? With Italian model and actress Greta Ferro as its star, it’s impossible not to watch the collection’s fashion film without wanting a pair of TOD’S loafers and this crossbody bag. With her curly bob blown out, Ferro’s character Kate fleetingly bumps into a handsome stranger who then asks his social media following to help him track her down. The loafers take centre stage in the film, but it’s the mini bag with the maxi clasp that I’m obsessed with, a forever classic that strangers won’t forget.” – Jessica Bailey, editorial director

Diptyque Carousel Candle Set Amber & Feu de Bois, $178 SHOP NOW

“For me, the holiday season has always meant perusing the aisles at MECCA to find the perfect gift. I mean, is there anything better than opening a present that arrives in the beauty retailer’s festive, colourful packaging? I think not. My pick of the gifting range each year is almost always fragrance-related – as it’s such a versatile option for a wide variety of recipients – and this year is no different. This stunning set of Diptyque mini candles comes with the brand’s iconic carousel, which anyone would be ecstatic to open – so much so that I bought one for myself in lieu of my loved-ones. It’s called self-care, okay?” – Kate Lancaster, Contributing Beauty Editor

Emma Lewisham Illuminating Face & Body Oil, $88 SHOP NOW

Just in this week from a GRAZIA favourite: Emma Lewisham has launched a new, shimmering face and body oil by the name “Illuminating”. Lightweight and fast-absorbing, the oil delivers superior hydration (hello, Macadamia! Jojoba! Olive!) with ultra-fine minerals that make your limbs and cheekbones glisten. With the return of the long lunch, we all want to look our best glowing selves (and with the refill pouch coming very soon, it’s a product you can feel really good about.)

Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum, $103 SHOP NOW

“This serum. This serum! I’ve been using it for almost two months and I have to say, it’s without a doubt one of my best skincare discoveries this year. After using prescription retinoids for months I finally gave my skin a little break and began using this as a gentler alternative that would still keep my blemish-prone skin looking clear. I noticed a difference in the clarity and texture of my skin within weeks, which is a tough task given my sizeable pores and how fussy my complexion tends to be. The formula contains a powerful cocktail of some of beauty’s most beloved ingredients, including retinol, bakuchiol and ferulic acid, which explains why my skin is looking so much smoother and brighter. A new addition that has quickly become a firm favourite.” – Kate Lancaster, Contributing Beauty Editor

Wynn Hamlyn Silk Halterneck Top, $291 SHOP NOW

“In recent months I’ve focussed on curating a considered wardrobe for summer that will transcend seasons for years to come. One of my go-to favourite labels is New Zealand-based designer Wynn Hamlyn. Resort ’22 has just launched and combines the brand’s philosophy of artisanal techniques and quality craftsmanship with a sense of experimental shapes and styles. I have this buttery silk halter top on order.” – Rebekah Clark, Features Writer

thoughts?