By Amy Sciaretto


We love soft and weightless shimmer powders that play up our face and décolletage with luminous and sexy luster. We love said shimmer powders even more when the product and the brush are contained in one singular compact. Talk about one fell swoop of application! Borghese Mineral Shimmer Powder is talc, fragrance and mineral-oil free, so it’s incredibly light and ideal for all skin types. It’s gorgeous for the holiday parties and beyond, when you want your makeup to have a cool tone and reflect the icy chill in the air.

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Smashbox – also featured in this month’s “Insider” column- can assist you with your desire and goal to be your own deft-handed makeup artist with their to-die-for Eye Shadow Trios, which feature three expertly coordinated shadows in one compact that take the guess work out of highlighting and smudging! You’ll also save time by not having to dig through your make up bag to mix and match single shadows for your look of the day! Here, you have three triangles and can highlight with the lightest shade, contour with the medium shade and define along the lashline with the darkest hue and you are good to go. We loved Twilight, the grey/black/white palette designed to smokify, while Panorama will allow you to craft a pretty, subtle purple layered look. Shutterspeed is the neutral, barely-there trio. Each set will allow you to create totally different look so your makeup style is never stale or repeated and can suit your mood.

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You needn’t tote a full kit of makeup when dashing from work to holiday parties this upcoming season or whenever you are going straight from work to play, thanks to LORAC’s Red Carpet Reveal Eye/Cheek Palette, which is housed in a sleek and trim gunmetal case. Transition from office-y, daytime demureness to nighttime, after hours glam with this palette, which pairs three neutral shadows – Debut (cream-colored for highlighting), Pose (sandy brown for the crease) and Interview (a milk chocolate hue for the lashline and below) – with Main Attraction, a bronzey blush. It comes with a mirror and a dual-ended brush for flawless application, too.

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While Sephora and Ulta and the complete gamut of high-end department stores may be your one-stops and your counters-of-choice for makeup perusal, we recommend that you head over to It’s not just for books and DVDs anymore. We’ve unearthed some cult, boutique brands peddling their beautiful wares on the site! If you like to support a brand before it catches fire, then you need to start shopping here…stat. Some of the gems we discovered? LucyB Stung Lips Fresh Juice Lip Gloss in Tinkerbell is a whisper-soft pink that is delicate as the fairy it’s named after. It will plump you with just enough shine and shimmer. We can’t stop reapplying the grapefruit-scented gloss, which keeps us moist and mega-glossy on these cold, dry winter days.

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How many of you ladies have been befallen by that lame come on, “Was your dad a thief? Because it looks like he stole all the stars in the sky and put them in your eyes!” Lord & Berry Stardust Pure Pearl Loose Eye Shadow are like gems for your eyes! The loose formulation allows for easy blending and the ultimate customization. You’ll need to pair with a base – we’ll always recommend Urban Decay Primer Potion or MAC Paint Pots- for maximum adhesion, but you’ll never want for drama with these shadows, offered in rich, dark shades like Silver, Dark Velvet and Dark Bronze.

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You’ve probably not heard of Rosie Jane yet, but that’s what we’re here for! To expose you to hip lines before anyone else does. Created by a celeb makeup artist, Rosie Jane Cheek Gloss is a translucent cheek color that, when blended, allows you to look lit from within. Use those fingertips to create a hint of easy radiance. Rose is deceptive and appears garishly bright in the compact, but it goes on sexy ‘n sheer, complete with a light coconut scent that was a surprisingly welcome touch.

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All the vegan and animal-friendly ladies out there needn’t sacrifice beauty for anti-cruelty! Stript’s Crushed Mineral Eye Shadows are paraben-free and vegan, so no animals were harmed during the making of your beautiful eye makeup and your skin will not be harmed by all those icky fillers! Versatility is Stript’s cornerstone: these loose shadows can be worn wet or dry, and the rich pigmentation equals huge color payoff. Our fave is Roxie, a greenish gold that is modern and edgy.

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Originally published December 2009



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