Best Bets: January 2014

You can never, ever have too many black eyeliners, since the cat-eyed look will never, ever go out of style. If anyone tells you any different, send ’em my way and I will straighten ’em out. Cate McNabb Cosmetics is a new brand that offers a wonderful gel liner in Black –the Navy is pretty sweet, too, if you don’t want to go dark-as-night all the time. The liner is packaged like a calligraphy well, with a built in brush, so it’s compact, as well as easy to store and apply. It passed my smudge-and-budge test. That is, it smudged nicely when I wanted it to, via the brush and my pointer finger. However, when I wanted a precise, upper lashline-hugging cat-eye, it adhered, gliding on smoothly thanks to its cushiony, no tug formula and didn’t budge or migrate upward throughout the day. You can’t beat that!

More faboosh products from Cate McNabb are here. Big ups to Cate and her crew for being both cruelty and paraben-free.

Mirabella Beauty has stolen my heart. Want that dewy, “I just came in from the cold” glow while never leaving the house and battling actual chilly temps to get it? Then the brand’s Brilliant Mineral Highlighting Powder in Swirling Pearl adds the perfect amount of shimmer and sheen. I don’t know how they managed to combine the texture of a baked and cream product but they did. I won’t question it; I’ll just sweep it on my face and smile. Bonus Tip: If you are showing any shoulders or decolletage, even in winter, dust it across that region and you’ll be G to the L to the O to the W to the I-N-G.

Even better, the brand’s Gilded Glow body cream adds a pinky sheen and luminous luster to arms and legs. Just add an LBD and a pair of six-inch heels and you’ll turn every head at whatever formal event you wear it to. It also has the lightest, sweetest floral scent.

And if those products weren’t enough, Mirabella’s Travel Brush Set, featuring a blusher, foundation brush, a flat eye shadow brush, a blender and a concealer tool, with its aluminum handles ensures you travel in style and that you makeup is flawless when you are far from home. There is no need to pack your entire kit when you travel. The chromed look is so chic and screams “glam!” Your BF won’t care about these tools but your BFFs and fellow makeup mavens will be so jeal and want to steal them.

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