In the Makeup Bag: Holiday Essentials


As a veteran makeup artist that’s thoroughly “for the people”, I research and test products much more than the average person or even many other makeup artists. Hence, I have developed a resistance to buying too many products that are not top of the line. For me, products must be versatile, easy to use, have good value, and most importantly, be of fantastic quality.

The seven products featured here are the latest additions to my makeup bag. Each one, a must-have for creating great holiday looks. From smoldering eyes to luscious lips to gorgeous color right down to your fingertips, these are the products that your makeup bag needs now.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks: From the UK came Charlotte Tilbury products which swept us by storm when they emerged last year with beautiful packaging that instantly made us feel like royalty. The lipsticks are no exception. Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red is a true ruby red with Hollywood wow-factor; think Scarlett Johansson, Marilyn Monroe, and Michelle Williams. Matte Revolution in Glastonberry, a sheer black currant hue, is for sex kittens and rock n’ rollers like Rihanna, Grace Jones, and Rita Ora. These are perfect fall and holiday shades. Do check out all the other brilliant colors from the line as well.

Jane Iredale In the Blink of a Smoky Eye Smoky Eye Kit: The limited edition smoky eye kit by one of my favorite brands, Jane Iredale, is a modern palette developed to create quick and easy looks for every event of the season. With eight versatile shades, the possibilities are endless. Five, step-by-step looks are included on the fold-out ‘How To’ guide… in case you need a little direction. The highly pigmented shadows are simple to blend, are sensitivity-tested and long-lasting, meaning you get stay-put, gorgeous, and crease-free color. The packaging is in an arty travel box and includes a dual-ended application brush. It makes for very beautiful gift for the eye shadowista in your life…or yourself!

OPI Venice Collection: Venice is a city of opulence and decadence that has inspired artists and composers to create works of timeless beauty for centuries. Now, the world’s number one nail salon brand OPI has created its own tribute to the romantic ancient capital. The Venice Collection includes 15 new lacquer shades with matching Gel Color to evoke the sumptuous elegance and grandiose splendor of the floating city. With names like I Cannoli Wear OPI and Baroque But Still Shopping, you have to love and appreciate all that OPI does to keep nail lacquer fun.

Real Techniques Brush Gift Sets: Always a bang for your buck, Real Techniques offers luxurious brushes at a very attractive price. This holiday season, the brand launched fun and useful sets, which make divine presents to loved ones or to keep for yourself. Check out Deluxe Gift Set, Bold Metals Collection Essentials, and the limited edition Collectors Edition Eye lining Set for superb brush options.

Brow Bar Brow Conditioning Duo Day & Night: Here we have a conditioning routine by eyebrow masters blinkbrowbar to moisturize and maintain healthier eyebrows. The Day Cream has shea and cocoa butters to moisturize and condition your brows; leaving them soft and ready for a flawless make-up application. The Night Balm acts as a mask for your brows and includes ingredients for repairing the brow hair as well as preventing aging of the hair. These gems came at the right time for me — full brows are all the rage and I’m personally on my own mission of growing mine back in to their natural state. What a difference these creams make! Hairs that were once coarse are growing in softer, much shiner, and healthier looking. A definite keeper for the kit.

Ardell Press On Lash: I’m loving the latest beauty innovation from the world’s best-selling lash brand. Ardell Press On Lash is a patented innovation that makes wearing lashes as easy as 1, 2, 3! Ardell Press On Lash is a self-adhesive strip lash pre-loaded onto a soft, flexible applicator that contours to all eye shapes and guarantees a perfect line — every time. Most women have shunned false lashes because applying them is so difficult. Problem solved…really, problem solved.

Shu Uemura Curious Eye-Opening Premium Eyelash Curler: Shu Uemura’s special limited edition 24K gold-plated eyelash curler comes with a Maison Kitsuné charm. Pamper your delicate eyelashes with a squeeze of refined luxury and Japanese artistry quality. Might I add that it’s quite a great gift. Hint hint!

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