By Amy Sciaretto

We “lipped” you off to Balm Chicky lip balms a few months back. We love the cheeky packaging — each balm has its own persona and the ‘Friend End,’ so you can share hygenically with friends. The brand is now at Ricky’s in NYC –our fave “cool” place to shop for products and hair items. I’m currently jonesing on Sweet Baby GInger, which adds just a HINT of berry-brown hue to my mouth.

Since I got bangs, I find myself going a wee bit longer in between waxes and plucks, since my bangs sometimes cover my brows. Then when SMARTBROW landed on my desk, I tucked my bangs to the side with a bobby pin and filled ‘em in. I have thick, arched brows, but this product added just a hint of color to a tiny sparse area that only I notice. It comes with a clear cleanser packaged like a lip gloss tube. One end applies color; the other allows you to brush and finish.

Colder weather invites thicker, creamier lip gloss. In fact ,a liquid lipstick is perfect for moisture lock and the right amount of color payoff. Rimmel’s Show Off Lip Laquer is possessed of a divinely creamy formula. The shimmery nude-meets-berry of Light Year and the pinky-nude matte of Comet are perfect December through February shades. Available at drugstores.

I love customizing my makeup, and I did just that with Josie Maran’s Whipped Argan Oil Illuminizing Body Butter Trio. Now, let’s be clear and honest here. It’s MEANT for the body so a dime-sized dollop, mixed with liquid foundation of choice added the perfect holiday-ready shimmer on the face, shoulders and décolletage. White Gold Radiance + Vanilla Scent is my new BFF.

I’m embarrassed to admit that one of my new fave lip glosses is Kardashian Beauty’s Lip Plumping Shimmer Gloss in Fluffed French Toast. It’s honey-scented and flavored, mint-infused and shimmery pink. I felt my lips tingling. It rivaled my beloved MAC Lustreglass in terms of shine. It’s as delish as its name. Not a fan of the TV shows, but the gloss? Aces.

This isn’t a beauty product, but I am nabbing one for every lady on my shopping list this holiday season. The Necklace Saver is a cloth pouch in which to lay your necklaces, tangle and knot-free. Your accessories travel safely and in style, and can be organized at home, too.

Originally published December 2013
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