Beauty

By Dina Fierro

Hopefully, you’re a bit more prepared than we are. Every year, December 24 rolls around and somehow, inexplicably, we’re left scrambling for gifts. Well, THIS year, we’ve done the dirty work for you. Below, beauty’s best offerings for holiday ’07:

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Women are complicated. Too Faced founder Jerrod Blandino understands, bless his heart. The Good Girl/Bad Girl palette embraces the duality of woman with a clever dual sided palette. Each side has three eye shadows and 3 glosses in appropriately demure or attention getting hues.

Available at www.toofaced.com.

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Now’s the time for earmuffs if you’re delicate…MAC’s holiday collections consistently give us beauty blue balls. There, we said it. We want it all, every single piece, but that’s irrational, right? RIGHT? Well, if we had to choose our favorites for 2007, they’d undoubtedly be MAC’s Viva Glamorous: 3 Lips Palettes, available in Warm or Cool colorways and the feminine, vintage-y Heirlooms Brush Collections. Packaged in reusable makeup bags, these mini brushes pack a powerful, near professional-quality punch and as always, the Viva Glam products donate 100% of proceeds to AIDS research. That reminds us – congratulations to MAC for recently passing the $100 Million mark in money raised by the program.

Available at MAC stores and at www.maccosmetics.com.

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We firmly believe that Benefit’s Justine Case (get it?) was designed with naughty girls in mind, a la Rebecca Minkoff’s Morning After Bag. Benefit’s kit includes several pre-party (or walk of shame) beauty saviors: Some Kind-A Gorgeous, to even out complexions, Benetint for rosy lips & cheeks, California Kissin’ for a shiny pucker and minty fresh breath and brightening Eyecon.

Visit www.benefitcosmetics.com to purchase.

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Holiday ’tis the season for palettes and this, dear reader, is the granddaddy of them all. Meet tarte’s we wish you wealth, a three tiered makeup monster with 16 exclusive shades (yes, you can get them only here) of eye shadow and lip gloss, along with three 24/7 lip sheers in pan form, four gel eyeliners, one eyelid primer, a luminizer, four of the brand’s cult favorite cheek stains and eyeshadow and lip brushes. We’re exhausted just talking about it yet, all we can think is…come to mama.

Available exclusively at Sephora stores and www.sephora.com.

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For the girl who just can’t get enough lip gloss (isn’t that every girl?), LORAC’s Mini Mocktail Bar is here. 0 calories and 0% alcohol, yet somehow entirely delectable…we can’t explain it either. Six mini tubes in shades from Guava Tiki to Sex on the Beach will get your holiday party started.

Limited edition and available at www.sephora.com.

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‘Shimmer’ is le mot du jour with Awake’s Stardom Collection. Packaged in a sturdy, reusable metallic red box, this gift set includes products for the entire face. We particularly love the Stardom Face Powder, which gives skin an ethereal glow, perfect to brush on shoulders or décolletage for holiday festivities.

Visit Bergdorf Goodman or www.neimanmarcus.com to buy.

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Stila’s Best of Stila Gift of Glamour boxes up 5 of the company’s best selling products including the Fruit Cake Lip Glaze, Kitten & Barefoot Contessa Eye Shadows, Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and the Multi-Effect Mascara. The festive silver, pink and green box needs no additional wrap – just slap on a bow and go.

Available at www.sephora.com.

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For the color curious, Urban Decay’s Deluxe Shadow Box pairs a mini Primer Potion (oh, only the very best primer on the market) with a pretty purple and silver palette that includes 9 of the brand’s most popular, pigmented shadows.

Visit www.urbandecay.com to purchase.

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The CARGO Collection is the perfect introduction to the brand. A full sized Liquid Powder, Blush in Tonga, a kit-exclusive Eye Shadow Duo in grey/pink, Lip Gloss Quad in South Beach and a Black Eye Pencil. Voila, this makeup mission has been accomplished.

Available at www.sephora.com.

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We know, we know, we’re TOO OLD for Disney. Nah, screw that,Tinkerbell is still our sister in crime. Goldie lovely holiday collection, full of girlish whimsy, is inspired by Tink herself. The line holds appeals for girls of all ages…we certainly refuse to stop reapplying the crème brulee flavored glosses. See you in Neverland!

Available exclusively in Bath & Body Works stores and at www.bathandbodyworks.com.

And don’t forget, every good girl deserves to have her stockings stuffed this season. A few of our favorite choices:

The Kisses from Paris kit by Bourjois is slim and stocking-sized. Inside, find a sweet Eiffel Tower cell phone charm and 4 mini Effet 3D Glosses in Chocolate Mousse, Brown Souffle, Sparkly Diamond Pink and Frosty Pink that also attach.

Available at www.sephora.com

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NARS Night Series Mini Palette is wee but packs a mighty punch of color. Six of the company’s most intense eye shadows, including new Night Snow (a shimmery white) and Night Rider (a sparkly purple), are for fearless gals only.

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Nadine Haobsh, we’ve never forgotten about you. Better known as Jolie in NYC and one of the first casualties of the war on bloggers, this former beauty editor is back, and dare we say it…better than ever with Beauty Confidential, a sassy tell-all beauty guide. A quick read, the book is great gift idea for any beauty afficianado or aspiring editor.

Available at www.amazon.com or book stores nationwide.

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Beware…gifting anyone with Anastasia’s Best in Brow Pencil Set might send a subtle message. But if you’re buying for someone with a thick skin or for yourself, this handy-dandy kit will be a welcome addition to their beauty arsenal. With the awesome Brow Fix, Eye Lights Matte, Perfect Brow Pencil and a set of Browstix Arch Stencils.

Available in three shades; buy it at Sephora stores or www.sephora.com.

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Get cinnaminty, pepperminty or choco-minty fresh with Hint Mints Designer Series. Tins designed by famed underground artist Glenn Barr are sleek, chic and entirely collectable – in short, the perfect stocking stuffer.

Available at www.hintmint.com.

Originally published December 2007
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