Best Bets: December 2012

I’m a massive fan of pink lip gloss –this should shock no one – so when OenoBeauty gloss in bellini crossed my desk, I tried it, instantly. I’m glad I did. The extra-emollient, balm-like texture and flattering-all-skintone shade engulfed my lips in a gloss hug. The cheek stain in ganache was more like a cream blush, perfect for faking that “I just walked in from freezing temperatures” glow. Turns out the all-natural line draws inspiration from Oeno, the Greek goddess of wine and the products are infused with the healthful benefits of the wine grape. We’re not hip to that science, so we’ll just take their word for it since the products were so luxe. And better yet…now you can indulge in wine, without the side effects. Goodbye, hangover! Hello beautifully tinted lips and cheeks.

The limited edition Palette de Grand Bal de Maquillage by Dior is super special for the holidays, as it was inspired by Christian Dior’s love of entertaining, which is what we all do through January. Forget the stress of baking and cooking, and keeping smiles on the faces of guests while making sure their glasses are full. This palette will make you the belle of your own ball. Or at least your own holiday soiree.

The Palette Grand Bal Carnet de Maquillage was inspired by 18th century dance cards. Yes, those did exist. The sleek gold clutch features platinum and gold shadows for gilded, sparkly, holiday-ready eyes, as well as two pinky glosses, black liner and a mirror. It’s almost too pretty to play with.

Rouge Hypnotic Lipstick in Hypnotic Red is more of a deep wine shade and it will last through holiday cocktails with minimal re-appllication if you apply with a matching liner as a base, tap and blot with finger, add a dusting of powder, another layer of color and re-blot.

The Fairy Golds shadow palette mixes browns and metallics, and it’s perfect for you New Year’s Eve look. We’re calling it now. These shadows are all you need to prep your face for when the calendar turns.

For risk-taking beauties wanting to make both a high and 3D impact during the holidays, there’s Ofra 3D Eye Shadows, which come in cream and powder formulations. The hot pink Golden Sparkle comes in a gloss-like tube. I recommend finger application, since it’s cream-to-powder magic, and buffing it out to mute some of the intensity without blunting the edge. It’s bold, but perfect for partays. Top it with Golden Sparkle loose powder shadow – carefully, since the fallout is major with these types of shadows. The result is power pink reserved for a special occasion like NYE. No, it is NOT an every day look.

Wanna make ’em green with envy? Then apply similarly with Lustrous in both formulations. Both are lush, hunter greens. Show me the money…on my eyes!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though! GO EASY! Too much will make you look like you are ready to head into battle.

Mineral makeup – is it still hot? Or has it been totally and completely replaced by BB creams? Well, I am crushing on Everyday Minerals Advanced Mineral Loose Foundation. You drop some of the powder in the lid, swirl a fluffy brush and apply. You can create angles, softness and mask imperfections. It was no different than using my regular powder – MAC Studio Fix in NW20. I felt like I PhotoShopped my face.

Now as for those ever-popular BB Creams, while I prefer powder, Body Shop’s All-in-One BB Cream is a color adapting tinted cream that’s white in the tube but blends out to your skintone since color capsules burst on impact. It added a hint of peachy sheen to my skin. Coverage is light to medium, so use as much as you want. I preferred just a touch of glow, so the tiniest dollop was all I needed to achieve the desired look.

Happy 2013, beauties.

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