Beauty Best Bets


I admit it – I’m a “brown” girl. I love to play with the smoky eye trend using plums and browns. I even blend them together! So, who else thinks brown is a color that can have much fun as, say, blues and pinks and reds? Makeup artist Marisa Fazzina, that’s who! Fazzina designed Three Custom Color’s Party All the Time Eye Shadow eye shadow specifically for the festive holiday season. This rich cocoa shadow kicks deep brown up a notch from being a just another “neutral” or “goes with everything” shade to “WOW!” It’s flecked with sparkly glitter that adds that extra dose of glitz to any holiday look. It’s a wet/dry shadow, so you can create an array of depths and textures. I applied it with a damp crease brush and va-va-voom! It amped up the intensity a notch and all eyes were on mine. Brown is anything but boring with Party All the Time.

Fazzina suggests working the shadow with a damp brush with a densely packed head of bristles and applying to the lid from lash to crease while moist. Let it dry, blend the edges and lines of demarcation and you’ve got always-in-style eyes.

I recently fell in love with photos of actresses Christina Hendricks and Megan Fox flaunting flushed, rose-stained lips. Chantecaille’s Les Delices de Roses Lip Palette pairs three rosy, non-sticky glosses in a mirrored compact which offer a “just kissed” effect. A light and sweet rose, a deep rose and a coral rose can be worn alone or blended for a custom, rosy pout. The palette comes with a brush, but I prefer to dot and dab on the center of my lips with my finger, thanks to the smooth texture.

The bold brows trend isn’t going anywhere, especially this winter. You can achieve a modern take on a trend that defined Old Hollywood Glamour look with Touchback Eyebrow Markers. These are felt tipped pens, so use a light tough when applying; don’t go all heavy handed, since you are not Joan Crawford drawing on your brows. Think Angelina Jolie or Camilla Bell or the iconic Brooke Shields, and go for a shaped, full definition that looks natural and not painted on. Do NOT go crazy trying to create arches that just aren’t there; rather, it’ll take a little practice to fill in the sparser sections and color in with the direction of hair growth. You can also use an eyebrow brush or your fingertip to blend; I used this to fill out my left brow, which is always a wee bit sparser than the right and my brows finally appeared evenly matched. Perfection is achieved through practice, so take your time when learning this technique. Removal is simple – a makeup remover wipe is all you need.

You won’t be able to handle how gorgeous NARS Bento Boxes are! If you lust after Japanese culture, then you will die once you get your hands on the limited edition, two-per-set Kabuki cups, which hold hand-poured lipsticks in a new, NARS-exclusive formula. Maiko is the red and Skura is the cherry blossom pink shade and peaches ‘n cream skinned girls can wear this and nothing else to achieve that porcelain-faced, bold-lipped look that makes Geisha girls such head turners. Winter makeup can be kept simple with a “look at me” lip, which these shades certainly aspire to.

The box and cups are keepsakes, so once you’ve kissed your way through the colors, your bureau will look as beautiful as you.

My other latest obsession is Pur’s Limited Edition Purpose Chisel Brush. While the bristles are densely packed and stubby, the brush’s overall small but thick head evenly deposits powder foundation all over my face. It’s meant to be used with the line’s Pressed Mineral Makeup, but it worked just fine with MAC Studio Fix, which is my go-to. I twirled the brush, which has a beautiful, clear Lucite handle painted with pink flowers, in circles for sheer, flawless coverage. It also works fabulously with cream products, like Urban Decay’s Surreal Cream to Powder Foundation. The Chisel Brush is a good karma product too; through December 31, for every one purchased, Pur Minerals will donate a percentage of the proceeds to The American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign.

You can also contribute to the AHA’s Go Red campaign with Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in I Heart Pur. The mineral gloss is a pale cranberry shade and offers a shiny yet rose-stained look that I’ve been trying to replicate ever since Daylight Savings Time said sayonara. You can dash from the office to holiday parties without having to redo your makeup; just upgrade with a swipe of Pout. It’s also chock full of vitamins and the ingredient Maxi-lip™ is supposed to make lips look and feel plumper by 60 percent. I didn’t really measure, but I slicked it on my lips and I felt sexier. That’s all I needed.

Toss all your totables in Lolita’s Pink Giraffe cosmetics case. The cloth case is edgy chic, and fits all the gloss, eyeliner, mascara, lip balm, pens, dental floss, disposable tooth brushes, rollerball perfumes and hair ties you need when out of the house and on the go for lengthy work days and enchanted holiday nights.

I’ve also recently discovered Cargo’s Blu-Ray Concealer, which is red carpet quality for the starlets and camera-ready for you for a wedding or other formal event when copious amounts of photos will be snapped. The click pen applicator aided in creating a flawless visage. Triple Action Mascara claims to do the Big Three of lash enhancement in one fell swoop – that’d be lengthen, thicken and curl. I have poker straight lashes so nothing every really gives me curled lashes, but Triple Action was certainly more than an adequate dip that thickened and lengthened my eye framers so I was satisfied. The compact, spiky brush maneuvers under the top lashline upwards, so every lash was coated and lifted properly.

Cold weather sucks. It’s hell on your sensitive lip skin. There, I said it. Thankfully, Carmex’s cost-effective range of products will keep you moist, supple and kissable through March if you are diligent enough to apply daily. The minty pot balm is delightfully fresco and you can apply liberally to prevent and soothe chappage! However, if you hate getting pilings from your pea coat and scarf and other wool accessories stuck to the pot and the ointment, the tube packaging is your -natch- best bet. The strawberry and cherry flavors are particularly yummy. The brand new tints are the line’s first-ever color products, and they will glaze your kisser with a barely there wash of wintry cool color in pink or peach. A new twist on a classic fave.

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