IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME of the year – for beauty products. This holiday’s offerings are among the most glorious I’ve seen: delicious, decadent delights worthy of a queen’s stocking. For the rest of us, just make sure your Wolford thigh-highs are extra-extra-large for this stylish stuffing.
Phyto Huile Suprême & Secret de Nuit Hair Set ($59) No matter what kind of hair you have, you need this cult duo. The Treatment Oil tames unruly locks and hydrates dry ones, and adds shine before or after blow-drying. Secret de Nuit is a fragrant leave-in overnight cream that strengthens, restores and renews.
Elemis Limited Edition 12 Days of Beauty Set ($113.50) This celebrated UK brand covers you from head to toe, including a papaya enzyme peel, a radiant hand and nail cream and a shea butter foot cream.
Fresh Sugar Wishes ($28) This perfectly adorable ornament contains Fresh’s famous Sugar Lip Polish to gently exfoliate and condition chapped lips, and a colorless Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 to nourish, smooth and protect.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Norman Rockwell Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter Limited Edition ($34.20) Adorned with Rockwell’s Young Love: Sledding (Brown & Bigelow: 1949 Four Seasons calendar, winter), 100 percent of the net profits up to $100,000 benefits www.FeedingAmerica.org, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Oh, and the rich body butter feels and smells like heaven.
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer ($32) The hilarious name says it all. Infused with coconut water and refined olive oil, this converts all unfortunate facial sins into dewy, bright smoothness.
Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set ($39) Everybody knows that Urban Decay’s eye pencils are the glide-iest, smoothest, un-smudgiest ones out there. These are no exception. I gave my glamorous mother hers early and she went berserk.
Laura Geller 20 Shades of Baked ($49) QVC beauty queen Laura Geller’s “Baked” makeup moves so fast that you gotta grab it the second you see it. This pretty eye shadow portfolio has 20 Baked shades to flatter all eyelids. The shadows commence as liquid pigments, get baked on terracotta tiles for 24 hours, and are hand-finished in Italy. Result? A creamy yet weightless powder with vibrant, multi-dimensional color. Really beautiful.
Tata Harper Very Naughty & Very Nice Limited Edition Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint Set ($65) Naughty is ruby red and nice is petal pink. Both creamy shades do hydrating, flushing wonders on thirsty winter cheeks and lips. And coconut and Spanish lavender extracts plump up both naturally.
Stila Putting On The Glitz Lip Glaze Set ($35) Eight of Stila’s renowned lip glazes plus a feminine and very chic rose gold-leaf headband. Who could ask for anything more?
Zoya Wishes Sampler ($57) This sextet of pretty features three ultra-glittery “Pixie Dust” shades to layer over their three satin-finish partners. Or wear them alone. Or … you get the idea. However you lay them on, these are awesome.
Deborah Lippmann Dance Music ($12) The steal of the season, this iridescent gold minaudière holds Single Ladies, a flirty deep red; and Glitter and Be Gay, a canary yellow incandescent sparkle.
NailsInc Snowflake Effect Polish in Kensington Church Street and Whitechapel ($16 each). Elegant Anglophiles and cool polish lovers will want both sparkly shades from this British brand, whose two new holiday shades look exactly like, well, gold and iridescent white snowflakes.
Diana Vreeland Parfum ($145-$250) Alexander Vreeland, grandson of the late Vogue editrix, created this gorgeous collection of five mysterious fragrances based on Diana’s style, taste and vivacity: Simply Divine (tuberose), Perfectly Marvelous (sensual floral), Absolutely Vital (sandalwood floral), Outrageously Vibrant (cassis patchouli) and Extravagance Russe (oriental) are all to die for.
Lisa Hoffman Beauty Bracelets Perfume Blending Kit With Six Fragrances, in Silvertone and Goldtone ($65 each) Dustin Hoffman’s wife is a businesswoman extraordinaire with a sophisticated, refined eye. These festive metallic bracelets have detachable rhinestone-studded orb-shaped charms that open to be filled with your choice of exotic fragrance-soaked wood beads: French clary sage, Japanese agarwood, Kerala Ashok Garden (my personal fave, with violet, pear, and jasmine), Madagascar orchid, Tunisian neroli and Tuscan fig.
Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien Oil For Bath and Body ($100) Truly, ridiculously wonderful. The legendary French perfume house’s newest offering is based on one of its oldest, most enduring, gender-neutral scents. Cypress and Sicilian lemon commingle in a macadamia and camellia oil that’s light as air, super-hydrating and smells like an Italian lemon tree grove.
Cire Trudon Candle in Bethléem ($105) Founded in 1643, the French house has created this bodacious bougie in a gorgeous sapphire-blue glass container whose classic Christmas fragrance combines warm, intoxicating notes of saffron, musk and amber.
Clairvoyant Beauty Soy Candle in Vetiver Lemongrass Bergamot ($30) A lovely decorative paper black-and-white container with a glass candle inside whose fragrance transports you to a land of nothing but happy.
Tweezerman Silver Chic Holiday Set ($35) Excellent eyelash curlers and tweezers are musts for every gal, and this set is perfect. The curler has a matte silver finish and the mini-slant tweezer – ideal for your makeup bag – has a wintery silver and white design.
Illamasqua Holiday Mini Brush 5 Piece Gift Set ($85.90) The London-based company is known for its practical yet groovy products. This black faux leather bag studded with gold accents looks like a Pocket Filofax. It comes with five everyday-useful brushes and a detachable magnetic makeup bag. Fabulous.
Breakups to Makeup Compacts ($10 each) These fun metallic compacts have magnifying and regular mirrors on the inside, and LOL slogans on the outside that will cheer the world: “This is New York City; our makeup needs to look good,” “Cross my heart hope to die, stick mascara in my eye,” and “I may not be perfect but my makeup is.”
Artis Elite Mirror 10-Brush Set ($275) Sticker shock, yes. But. A woman must have everything. And here is everything: a new line of crazy-luxurious makeup brushes reminiscent of Tiffany flatware. The silken bristles are designed with trademarked CosmeFibre® technology and the handles are ergonomic for better application. This is beyond.
Dana’s Bakery variety packs ($30 for a dozen macarons each) These are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. Famous for putting a Kosher, gluten-free, American spin on traditional French macarons, artisanal New York City baker Dana Loia has created a world-class confection worth every last, delicious calorie. (Unless you live on or near the island, everybody orders online; Dana’s ships nationally. The boxes arrive stylishly and chilled in an insulated purple nylon logo bag padded with ice packs.) The Holiday Box flavors are Egg Nog, Sugar Cookie and Nutcracker (chocolate hazelnut). The Hanukkah Box flavors are Jelly Doughnut and Gold Chocolate, along with a golden mesh bag of chocolate gelt. The best.
KOR One Water Bottle Iconic Design in Ice Blue ($20) Feeling guilty after Pac-Manning your way through all those macarons? Feel virtuous with this stylish, reusable, BPA-free water bottle, which is ice cube-friendly and has a threadless drinking spout. Of course, you could put vodka in it …