Best Bets: January 2008


This month’s Best Bets allow you to treat yourself like a queen and will have you feeling like the fabulous, regal diva that you are.

Lipstick Queen Poppy King created a collection of matte glosses, dubbed Oxymoron. Matte gloss? How the? What the? Matte is the exact opposite of gloss, so hence, the name. This is a collection of 4 neutral, beigey-toned lip glosses that come in a generous disc, and they’ll give your lips the royal treatment. They’re heavily pigmented like lipstick, but with the smooth, cushiony feel of a gloss, sans the goopy, sticky shine. They’re equipped with adorable, contradictory names (Honest Politician, a pinky beige, Minor Crisis, a rosy pink, Free Ride, a peachy beige, and Deafening Silence, a nude beige) and tiny brushes, but the Oxymorons are best applied with your fingers. You can dab them generously for dramatic, Old Hollywood glamour effect, or dot your pucker ever so slightly for a just-kissed pinch of color. Or defeat the purpose altogether, and apply a coat of clear gloss for a stained look. Available at Barney’s or

Scott Barnes, make up artist to glamour pusses like Lucy Liu and Jennifer Lopez, has added 5 new shades – dubbed the Royals Collection – to his Eye Ice loose eye shadow line. Eye Ice is packaged in heavy glass cubes that look like – natch- ice cubes. They’re bling for your eyes, yet totally wearable. Pop some of the taupey beige Serpentine or the silvery Majesty in your inner corners, which is suitable for the office. Or sweep Versailles along the upper lashline for a diamond effect, customized for late nights in dark clubs. A base or a primer is a must to help the shadows adhere to your lids, but the extra product is worth the totally banging, bat-those-lashes look. Available at

MAC Cosmetics releases new products every coupla weeks to keep MAC-o-philes satisfied. This month, what’s old is new again, as the company resurrects MAC Originals, a cache of standard and retired shadows, lipsticks, glosses, glitters, and pigments from the line’s early years. BN recommends Charred eye shadow, a steely grey with silver flecks, perfect for totally now grey smoky eyes, while Parrot is a bright blue green that daring color loves will flock to. Melon pigment is prime for highlighting brows, too. Available at MAC locations and

You can never have too much lip balm – especially when cold weather and icy wind are inescapable. Not only do chapped lips lack allure, they can stand between you and the handsome fellow lingering around that sad, drooping mistletoe. Ceci Cela Lip Balms are formulated with Vitamin E, aloe and beeswax and are infused with almond and spearmint essential oils for a soft and delicious-tasting pucker. Armed with SPF 15 and natural anti-oxidants, the elements will be in the back of your mind. Now, about that fellow… Available at and Paul Labrecque, 171 East 65th Street.

For all readers with pre-teen and teens just discovering the art and joy of cosmetics, young, hip line Sugar has developed a core collection of basics that’ll help your daughters navigate those new ‘n exciting cosmetic waters. It’s a hip starter kit, complete with Sugar Tint (an SPF-enriched tinted moisturizer), Sugar Fix (a creamy stick concealer that’ll camouflage even the most unsightly blemish or dark circles), and Double Wink Mascara (a dual ended, lengthening and volumizing mascara in jet black). You may find yourself rifling through her make up bag to borrow the grown-up creamy Color Sticks eyeshadows, which come in 5 bright hues that can be blended with fingers, or used as a base. Available at and at select Sephora locations.

New from Artistry Essentials is a handy black makeup bag stuffed with mineral foundation, creamy concealer, lip gloss, mascara, an eye and blush quad and brushes. The shadows are our favorite – they have great texture, good color payoff and staying power. Best of all, the neutral, flattering shades are easily mixed and matched – the entire kit is mistake proof. Available in light, medium or dark at

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