By Courtney Kretchman

Who doesn’t welcome a fresh start in January? 2010 is almost here and we’re ready for some personal touching up. We won’t be visiting any surgeons just yet, but we’ve picked up some truly effective road-tested products to jumpstart our calendars. From a quick fix for chronically flat hair to a new mysterious fragrance, we love that these products give us a little something extra to begin a new decade.

Thin and short eyelashes are nourished and transformed into thicker shinier lashes with NEULASH. Just apply a layer to clean eyelids before bed and results are apparent within four weeks. We noticed a bit of redness on our lids and some minor itching, but the compliments we got from the results far outweighed these side effects. Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills.

Simplify the morning routine in the New Year with the EVERYDAY EYE COLLECTION by LORAC. The set takes all the guesswork out of eye color application, offering nine mix & match can’t-go-wrong shades, plus a Front of the Line Liquid Eye Liner, all sweetly packed in a black croc train case. Only at

No longer just covering the complexion, Shu Uemura has developed a cult following in Los Angeles with his SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR collection. For body, height and better texture, the FIBER LIFT is a godsend. Added to towel-dried hair, this volumizer protects from the root, adding shine and “oomph” without becoming brittle or dry.

Also from SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR comes a product selling out globally – ESSENCE ABSOLUE. This multi-usage oil elixir has been coveted since its November launch by those wanting to smooth, tame and silken dry tresses. Chris McMillan Salon, Beverly Hills. 310.285.0088

NOTE: If sold out, click here to be put on the ESSENCE ABSOLUE waiting list.


We don’t all really need to wash our hair everyday – and if you quietly ask around, you’d probably find that most of us don’t. On days when hair just needs a little root freshener, pick up a bottle of KLORANE’s paraben-free GENTLE DRY SHAMPOO with oat extract. Great for traveling or to keep in your bag, just brush through after two minutes and scalp is left cleansed of oil and environmental buildup.

Also great for looking fresh on-the-go are the FRESH BLOTTING LINENS from BOSCIA. Just blot face and excess oil is gently removed without disturbing makeup.

Both quick and easy must-haves are available at Sephora, Westfield Topanga or

Nothing is a better extension of our mood than our fragrance. The new woody floral YSL scent, PARISIENNE captures the essence of a woman free from what the world thinks, caring only what she believes of herself – through notes of blackberry, Damask rose and Sandalwood. A new scent for a new year. As poetically put by YSL, “She is not from Paris but Paris adopts her. Because she knows how to love, how to live.” Nordstrom, Westside Pavilion.

Here’s to loving and living in 2010. Happy New Year, you beautiful BeautyNewsers!

Originally published December 2009
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