Best Bets: February 2012


Winter is usually that “in between” season when it comes to lips and lip products. You need balm to stay moist, hydrated, kissable and not chapped. But goopy gloss can be too messy, especially when it’s windy and you don’t need your hair adhering to your face, thanks to your sticky gloss! Lipstick can be further drying on already moisture-seeking lips. What’s a girl to do?

Grab any of the seven new shades of Clinique’s Almost Lipstick, that’s what. It’s a glossy, air-light lipstick that offers soft, supple texture that glides on your pucker with a hint of shine. You can be a gloss girl living in a lipstick world with these miracle-working tubes, which house transparent hues that mesh with your own natural lip color to create a custom shade that is formulated from your own DNA, sort of! Plus, they’re all named and modeled after Clinque’s holy grail and iconic lip product – Black Honey.

As is to be expected with do-no-wrong brand Clinique, the sticks come in several shades in the nude, pink and berry families. I paired Shy Honey (a pink as soft as an angel kiss) with smoky eyes, and Lovely Honey (a richer yet muted berry) with white eyeliner on my lower lids and loads of mascara. I also went a la carte with Tender Honey (a soft cocoa) and of course, Black Honey. The sheer hues mean you have nothing to fear this winter but lipsticklessness!

Since I travel every six to eight weeks, I adore products that multi-task, pack easily and travel well, like Laura Mercier’s limited edition Spring 2012 Lingerie Eye & Cheek Palette. The book-like packaging makes for easy, effective, space-saving storage yet provide multiple options for makeup looks, thanks to the femme, flirty, Victorian-inspired color family. The shadow palette contains plenty of matte neutrals (Rich Cocoa, Pale Pink and Black Plum), frosty lusters (Buff Pearl, African Violet) and a sateen cream-to-powder base (Tawny Apricot.) You can create any look you’d like -smoldering, sexy, simple, you name it. Just like your intimates and undies. There’s peach and pink cheek colors, too. Love, love, love! It’s only available for another month, so stock up on the quick.

Oh, and while we’ve got you here, Laura Mercier has also introduced another LE collection, called “Sheer.Bold.Tres.Chic” for lips and nails, two of our most crucial places to deposit color! Mercier hasn’t offered up a nail collection in years, so to we’re psyched about her return to lacquering! The lip and nail shades are complementary. You get lip-hugging Gel Lip Colour formulation and the high-sheen digits. We are partial to the extra-pale Oh La La (pictured above) and the summer-ready coral of Cabana (also above.) What more could you need, especially for Valentine’s Day. Go with these for a no-fuss, pretty look.

If the doldrums of winter are giving you the blues, don’t reach for the prescription bottle or a tub of Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. May we suggest a more natural (and calorie-free) mood elevator in the form of Lancome’s new Rosearie Des Delices Spring 2012 Collection by the always brilliant Aaron De Mey? The La Roseraie Illuminating Powder is a multi-color powder blush embossed with a delicate rose, which’ll instantly brighten up your visage while filling the space in your mind to the blooms of spring, while the Color Design 5 Pan Shadow and Liner Palette in Rose Romance and Vert Tendresse are fun to play with and create new looks with. The Color Fever Gloss in Green Petal may look appletini in the tube but when swiped on your pout, it’s a honey-glazed effect. Can you say “New Fave?” We can! Is it spring yet?

Bobbi Brown was inspired by her rose gold wedding ring for her new Rose Gold collection, which shimmers softly and offers “instant prettiness.” The Shimmer Bricks in this collection are “must own.” The “Rose Gold” is more gold-flecked, while the “Wild Rose” is more pink in tone. Dust this double-baked delicacy on cheeks and it’s like a bronzer and blush in one! Brown also said a trip to Italy also inspired these compacts, as she fell in love with the look of mosaic tile floors and translated that influence to one of her signature products. The company ships a shimmer brick ever seven seconds, making it one of the line’s best sellers. Don’t be left behind. Grab one of these LE babies ASAP.

As we’ve said time and time again, winter is murder on the lips. My lips get pinker, darker and fuller during the cold months, and not in a good way. It’s the elements irritating them, and I slather on Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Maybelline’s Baby Lips and Sara Happ’s The Lip Slip by the pound, but I still get windburned, chapped lips. Thank the beauty gods for Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment. When a PR rep tells me that luscious-lipped ladies like Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson use this emollient, softening, works-on-a-cellular level product, I’m game! Let’s face it — who doesn’t want Angie’s or Scar Jo’s pout?

If I can use eye cream, I can use lip cream, too, since that’s essentially what this is. It doesn’t add that much more time to my routine and the thought of a beautiful pout was reason enough to do a little more. I applied the rich, softening moisturizer before I went to bed and woke up with softer, fuller lips. The science says that it increases collagen synthesis and while that sounds like “Blah blah blah” to me, I cannot argue with the result.

My lips were so full and healthy that I was inspired to swipe the extra-creamy Sensai the Lipstick in Sawarabi (a reddish, berryish, purplish shade that stains nicely with a little blotting action, thanks to my trusty Boscia Rose Blotting Linens!) on them as a celebratory measure. Bonus points are earned thanks to the angled bullet and chic black velvet pouch that the lipstick lives in. Love a lil’ lip mystery.

Another lip balm that has been saving my lips from a hellish existence this winter is Splurge Skincare’s Lemon Lip Buttah. The company, which specialize in skincare products, also offers a deliciously citrusy, cushiony balm. The products are natural and organic, and the line was started by two pals and school teachers up in Boston (so they know how cold it gets) that wanted to mesh quality with confidence about what you put on your skin. It’s merely another quality balm to feed my addiction!

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