And They’re all on Sale!
Best Cheekbones & Chin in a Box
Contouring and highlighting is the beauty trend of the year, and if you really want to embrace it, go for the Smashbox palette. It’s got a dozen shades to help you catch the light in the most flattering way possible. We recommend a nice contouring shade on the hollows of your cheeks and under your chin, and a luminous highlighter on the bridge of your nose, and on the top of your cheeks.
NOW $27, sephora.com
When you really want to get artistic with your look, eyeshadow is the key. Kat Von D has created a limited-edition 24-shade palette composed of unique colors and textures, giving you nearly unlimited options for highlighting your natural beauty.
NOW $31.50, sephora.com
Best Lip Potion For Endless Smooching
Don’t you hate being kissed? No, of course you don’t! But it’s no fun when a smooch smears your pout. That’s why we looooove Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick. Available in 24 shades, it goes on smooth like a gloss and then dries into a durable long-wearing lipstick. We dare you to try kissing it off. Be prepared to enjoy failing miserably.
NOW $13, sephora.com
Best Pout Plumper That Won’t Give You the Dreaded Duck Lip
Buxom’s 12-piece collection has four liners and eight glosses in a range of sparkly, flattering shades. The glosses are formulated with a proprietary ingredient that pumps your pout in a natural way without giving you the dreaded duck lip.
NOW $34, sephora.com
Best Potion for Warding off Winter Winds
It’s still early yet, but by the time January rolls around, you’re going to start feeling the toll of winter. Origins Winter Skin trio is infused with reishi mushroom which is clinically proven to restore skin’s resilience. Freezing rain? Snow? Sleet? Winds? Bring it.
NOW $25, sephora.com
Best Way to Turn Your Tub into a Spa
There are so many reasons why we love Ur Bath & Body Bombs. They smell ahhhh-MAZ-ing. They’re available in a wide array of groovy colors. They’re made with a proprietary natural salt blend which facilitates relaxation. Best of all, the company was founded by entrepreneur Tracy Gunn in 2010 to provide jobs and funding for women transitioning out of homeless shelters and abusive relationships.
$6 each, bloomingdales.com
(Plus 25% Friends & Family Discount)
Best Way To Clear Up Those Blemishes on Your Back That You Try To Pretend Aren’t There
Infused with the energizing scent of Tea Tree oil, and made with flakes of dried parsley as a gentle exfoliant, this body bar naturally disinfects and detoxifies. It’s your perfect post-workout companion.
NOW $3, ulta.com
Best Way To Get Salon-Fresh Hair (When Your Hair Isn’t Salon-Fresh)
Sometimes you need one more day out of that hairdo, but you want to look like you just walked out of the salon. Hask’s Argan Dry Shampoo imparts your locks with a gentle citrus scent, and restores bounce and shine without any gross synthetics such as sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten or artificial colors.
NOW $5.99, ulta.com
Best Hair Protector That Isn’t a Hat
Sure, a hat will protect your hair from sun and smog, but how do you protect your hair from YOU? In other words, your styling regimen is rougher on your ‘do than the elements, but Prenup’s Instant Spray Mask moisturizes and protects straight, curly and wavy hair without weighing it down. It infuses your hair with the gentle scent of amber and bergamot, and it has no parabens, sulfates or phthalates.
NOW $15, sephora.com
Best Hair-Dryer That Won’t Turn Your Locks to Straw
If you’re used to traditional blow-dryers, Icon technology is going to make a huge difference in your life. Yes, your Ion-tech hair-dryer is going to cost more than twice as much as a standard dryer, but it’s so worth it. It dries your hair in half the time and leaves both straight and curly styles smoother than you could ever imagine. Ion tech has been on the market for a few years, but the T3 Cura Luxe stands out as a top performer in a compact frame.
NOW $229, sephora.com
Best Route to Beauty From Within
Swallowing a fist-full of vitamins is so passe. Vitamin gummies that taste like candy is so right now. Hum Nutrition burst onto the scene with a collection of supplements that target your most important beauty and wellness concerns such as aging, nail and hair durability, weight management, and acne. The Glow Sweet Glow supplement has Vitamin C, Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, and it’ll have you glistening like you’re newly in love.
(Current special: $20 credit for every $150 spent at Bloomingdales)
Best Bottle of Heavenly Happiness
New York City fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez is known for his innovative dresses that are simultaneously classic and avant garde. His exquisite fragrance is along the same lines. Rose, peach, amber and woody scents collide to make what we consider to be the most heavenly scent of the year.
NOW $119, macys.com
(With code FRIEND)
Best Tools For Keeping Makeup Out From Under Your Fingernails
Sure, you can use your fingers to apply your foundation and eye shadow and eyen your lip gloss. But then you have to get all that mess out of your fingernails, not to mention the fact that your digits aren’t nearly as precise as a professional brush kit. Sephora’s Spellbound set comes with seven golden-handled brushes that are specially designed for the key areas where you apply cosmetics, and is specially priced to entice even the most devoted facial finger-painter.
Best Tube of Peel-off, Pore-Minimizing Magic
Boscia’s Luminizing Mask is formulated with activated charcoal to remove impurities from skin, and is enriched with minerals and vitamins to feed your face. Best of all, it peels off in one satisfying, delightful sheet to remove dead cells and reveal fresh skin.
NOW $22, sephora.com
Best Way To Get Your Eyebrows Sorted Out
Whether you went overboard with the tweezers a few times or were just born with brows that are thinner than you’d like, there are loads of options for getting your eyebrows sorted out. But the last thing you want is that obvious drawn-in look. That’s why the Brow Definer from Anastasia Beverly Hills is top-notch. It’s got a texturizing brush that adds girth to your brows along with a filler to pencil in the sparse patches, and it comes in six shades to match your preferred brow color. You might not be able to get an appointment with Anastasia, the famous brow Queen at her Beverly Hills salon, but her Brow Definer is the next best thing.
NOW $19.55, macys.com
(With code FRIEND)