As I mentioned in a Friday Five a little while back, I rented a jumpsuit from Rent the Runway to wear to a New Year’s Eve party…and it worked out very well! I rented the Halston Heritage Navy Ri Jumpsuit in two sizes: my regular size and a free larger backup size just in case. I decided to go with a long size instead of standard because I’m 5’8″ and RTR recommends a long size starting at a height of 5’6″.
I unfortunately didn’t manage to get a full-length photo of me 100% decked out, but I do have a full-length photo taken as I was getting ready:
I LOVED this jumpsuit. It was just fancy enough for a New Year’s Eve bash—some sparkle, but not over-the-top. And I’m happy that I didn’t go with basic black. My regular size fit perfectly, and it was super comfortable. The outfit came with a belt and had tiny belt loops at the waist to help keep it in place, which was key when using the bathroom. Getting out of this jumpsuit to use the bathroom is really the only downside, because you have to unzip the back and get almost completely undressed, but I managed well enough without any help. Having those belt loops was great because I would probably have dropped the belt in the toilet otherwise.
The neckline was lower on me than it appeared on the website’s model, but I didn’t have a problem with that. In fact, a low neckline forced me to try to not slouch so that my bra wouldn’t peek out. (I’m a pro sloucher.) I could have used a little fashion tape to keep from playing bra peek-a-boo, but I didn’t have any so I went without and didn’t have any wardrobe malfunctions that I know of.
One minor thing I noticed before trying the jumpsuit on for the first time was that there was a loose thread in the sequined area on the back left shoulder:
It appears that maybe one of those long cylindrical beads had fallen off and RTR’s inspection team either didn’t catch it or didn’t bother to mend it before sending the jumpsuit back out. This was a minor detail for me, though—it wasn’t a big enough deal for me to contact their customer service to complain, because it didn’t affect the overall appearance or fit of the jumpsuit.
I received a ton of compliments on the jumpsuit at the party, and all in all I’d say I was totally satisfied with my rental. Let’s talk money: the jumpsuit’s rental price is $85 ($525 retail) but I had a $30 coupon code for signing up as a Rent the Runway affiliate. I also had $7.62 in credit left over from previous rental issues, so my actual jumpsuit rental cost was $47.38. Including tax, insurance, and shipping, I spent $68.54—not too shabby for an awesome New Year’s Eve outfit! If you’d like to read more about how Rent the Runway works, please check out my first RTR review.
While we’re at it, I also want to talk about my New Year’s Eve makeup. Here’s a photo of *almost* all the products I used to do my face (of course I forgot to include a couple things here):
- Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Original (an October 2015 Birchbox sample)
- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Natural
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Light Neutral
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
- Urban Decay Naked Palette – I used Sidecar on my eyelids, Sin on the inner third of my lids for a bit of dimension, and Virgin on my brow bones.
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – cat eye, baby!
- Shiseido Eyelash Curler
- Tarte Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara in Black
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown (a September 2015 Birchbox sample)
- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear to keep my eyebrows in place
- The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream (a December 2015 Birchbox sample) – I patted this along the top of my cheekbones and a tad down the middle of my nose
- Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (a travel size I received in a Sephora “summer” sampler awhile back)
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone
- Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Red Amour (from my Sephora Give Me More Lip sampler)
- Urban Decay Naked on the Run palette – I used the blush and a bit of the bronzer (FYI, this palette is currently on sale at UD’s website for $32, down from $54!)
- Tarte Best in Faux Lash Extending Fibers – I received a sample of this in a Sephora Tarte VIB gift set and had yet to try it out. You’re supposed to brush the fibers on the tips of your lashes while your first coat of mascara is still wet, but mascara dries so quickly that it was nearly impossible to get the fibers to adhere properly. I tossed this tube in the trash after trying it this one time.
So…all of those products resulted in this subtly festive look:
You really can’t see my cat eye at all in the above photo. My eyelids are slightly hooded so that makes it hard to do a visible cat eye to begin with, and my rendition was fairly subtle as far as these things go (it was no flawless Adele cat eye, that’s for sure). All in all, I was pretty happy with how my makeup turned out. I always have fun experimenting with makeup, so this New Year’s Eve was no exception!
What did you wear on New Year’s Eve—did you buy or rent an outfit for the occasion? Did you try any fun holiday makeup out for your festivities? Let me know in the comments!