Beauty Best Bets

What’s more festive than comforting caramel and chocolate flavored beverages during the nippy months? In keeping with with the warmth of the fall motif, Estee Lauder’s limited edition, cocoa-themed Chocolate Decadence color collection matches its palette with a taste of the season. The Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Caramel Truffle swirls ribbons of beige, brown and gold, while the blendable, tri-color Berry Cordial and Crème Caramel glosses drip with sweet flavor while hugging lips. The golden, bronzed Crème Caramel Shimmer Powder looks like a decadent candy bar in the chic compact yet imparts the most delicate hint of contouring color on your cheeks. Delicious! But act fast in indulging your cosmetic sweet tooth! The collection is only available at Estee Lauder counters and through the end of the month!

A lighter alternative to the ubiquitous, never-out-of-style smoky eye (see our “Smoky Eyes for Dummies” in this month’s issue) is shimmery, golden shades. Nars perfectly pairs a pinky ginger shade with a golden brown in its Isolde eye shadow duo for a bright-eyed, office proper look. The frosty shade highlights the brow, while the coppery hue lends a wash of color in the crease. Available at Nars counters, Sephora or

Most of us refuse to leave the house without a coat or three of mascara that promises to fatten, curl, extend, plump, elongate and thicken our lashes. In the past month or so, the major, high-end cosmetic companies have raised the bar in the mascara wars with two new innovations. Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara features an orbital tip, a breakthrough in wand technology inspired by a hair styling tool. Long bristles have been replaced by a spiky, spherical ball that is able to reach and cover even the tiniest corner lash. Your lashes will never be thicker or darker as they are with this product. Available at Sephora.

Not to be outdone, Lancome and Estee Lauder have also made strides in the science of mascara. Lancome’s Oscillation and Lauder’s TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara boast vibrating wands. Both require a steady hand and a little bit of practice, thanks to the constant buzz of the wand but both provide glossy, gorgeous black lashes. Oscillation is a power mascara with a jaw dropping 7000 oscillations per minute and is designed for 360 degree coverage in one fell swoop. The creamy formula was designed in conjunction with the brush and is meant to be applied in a straight rather than zig zag motion. Tublolash’s micropulsing technology allows for penetration -ahem- deep into the lash bed as well as reaching the root of the lashes for maximum separation and saturation with color. What will they think of next? PS: You may want to let your significant other know that it’s your mascara that’s making all that racket during your morning make up routine! You don’t want him raising his eyebrows and wondering if you’re not satisfied. Available at Lancome and Estee Lauder counters or

Even if you don’t live a rock ‘n roll lifestyle, you can unleash your inner rocker and pretend you do with Armour Beauty Lip Gloss, a hot off the presses new line of shea butter-thickened glosses named after rock songs that was launched by make up artist Allison Burns and Lunachicks singer/model Theo Kogan. The glosses have a buttery, vanilla scent, a thick texture and come in a bangin’ range of colors which indulge your inner wild child or temptress. Femme Fatale is a blindingly shiny black that may intimidate in the tube, since it’s a look culled straight from the pages of fashion editorial or runways and is not easily pulled off in the real world. But never fear. Pair with a ruby red lipstick to maintain a sexy, sultry edge while staving off the vampiric, overdone goth look. We also heart the equally dangerous, dark hot pink Shattered. Available at

Redpoint’s Airbrush Effects BlushWhip in Vida is a fluffy, ultra-blendable mousse that stains the cheek with that difficult to replicate, “I’m smitten” glow. It’s a standalone cream blush or can be dabbed on -with fingers or a brush – as a base upon which to layer powder blush. Available at

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