Best Bets: November 2011


Designer Rachel Roy has released an eye shadow palette in recyclable packaging – no groans, please. It’s hardly boring brown cardboard. In fact, it’s still chic with watercolor designs on the front. Inside are several pans of power-pigmented shadow. Day allows for the easy creation of the hot-off-the-runway “sunset eyes” look, thanks to the ember-y, burnished oranges and bright, gilded golds. The Night shades are born of the blue family, with aqua, marine and navy shades. Day + Night are interchangeable, so you can mesh some of the golds and blues or browns and aquas, if you dare. The color payoff is extra rich, so it stays all day.

Available at Impulse Beauty at Macys or here.

Autumn is the perfect season for wine tasting, sipping and staining…your lips and cheeks, that is. Our friends at Three Custom Color Specialists have devised plucked-from-the-vineyard, ripe ‘n’ juicy The Varietals Lip and Cheek Stains, inspired by South African libations. Dab on the center of your lips and top with gloss for a flushed and healthy, stay-all-day lip look; you’ll look like you were gingerly sipping vino in Napa. Dot and blend for a sheer veil on cheeks, too.

Does mod ever really go out of style? We don’t think so, at least makeup-fully speaking! Nude lips and wide, black-lined doe eyes with coat upon coat of thick black mascara is always in vogue. Jouer’s Mad About Fall Collection inspired truly, madly, deeply passion for us, especially Hydrating Lipstick in Dusty. It’s a true nude that transitions from day to night and the buttery formula is incredibly moist, thanks to Brazilian Cupuacu Butter. Pair with your favorite black mascara for a touch of classic, easy-to-achieve glamour.

You can find us at Soho’s Topshop loading up on a variety of black ensembles, but we never pass up the opp to take a gander at their makeup offerings while we’re there. You shouldn’t either, thanks to the new Smoke & Mirrors collection, which should stop you dead in your “looking for the perfect fall skirt and scarf” tracks. This set is inspired by polished and put together ’70s glam and comes in autumn-appropriate hues. Rumor Has It is a pinky beige lipstick that’ll give you that much-coveted, pillowy Scarlett Johansson look. Top(shop) your digits with Fallen Leaf, a matte sage nail lacquer that’s still a 98-degrees Fahrenheit color trend. The Secret Liaison eye shadow palette – it’s circular, like the Cover Girl powder compacts of the ’70s- holds four pans of champagne and charcoal hues that allow you to smoke and shimmer. In a word: gorgeous! Apply ’em all and go sip a pumpkin spice chai latte.

Josie Maran is the Argan Oil ambassador and her Argan Lip Treatment Trios, which live in the most precious pots (they look like they could contain genies) make for the lushest, softest, creamiest and healthiest pout. Love your lips with these pigmented, balm-like glosses, which come in pinked-out nudes, shimmer and matte finishes and with a faint, juicy scent. If you’re not a lip product addict after tapping these on with your finger, you’re immune. Rosey (deep rose, pomegranate scented), Kiss Me (pale pink, lime scented) and Heaven (shimmery peach with tangerine scent) are as yummy and luxe, and for when you want a bit of color and moisture, without too much shine.

No need to book a ticket to the City of Lights this month when Piret & Tamara’s A Night in Paris collection can transport you there with a smaller price tag and the same amount of glamour via its La Vie en Rose Eye Silk. The silicone-based but creamy formula dries like a powder and is an excellent brow highlighter, and can pull double duty as a blush. It can also turn up the dial on your powder shadows when used as a base. It’s a delicate pink that still makes a statement. We recommend using with the P&T Eye Silk Blender Brush for get the maximum effect out of the product. It’s also perfectly acceptable to use as an inner corner highlighter, too. Go ahead, your friends at BeautyNewsNYC approve.

We’re always crowing about how being beauty editors allows us to unearth new lines, like Kinetics Cosmetics. We are crushing on the glossy SuperWear Gel Eye Liner in Noir, of course. It stays put, even on the waterline. It’s a stick liner, but has the same consistency as a pot of gel liner. So if you have trouble getting from A to B on your top lashline when attempting the difficult cat eye with a brush and a pot, this controllable liner will take its rightful place as your new BFF because smudging is not an option. We love, love, love it. You can take it all off with the Dual Action Makeup Remover, which protects delicate skin around your peepers. It softens, loosens, cleans and conditions in one swipe. Grab a Liquid Lustre gloss while your at it. They boast a yummy coconut scent and plump without the burn. The sparkly plum Divine is the way to go.

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