It's almost the most wonderful time of the year … And since there will be much mistletoeing, you should be glowing. We've got some real sparklers for eyes, lips and nails that will light the way from party to party, all the way through the New Year.
Available: $38; MAC department store counters and MacCosmetics.com
Beauty for Real
South Florida-based Beauty for Real's Beauty Box will light up the night — literally. These three limited-edition gift sets include a vitamin-packed plumping gloss and long-wearing nail lacquer, complete with mirrors and little LED lights in the lids. Choose from red/burgundy "Night Out," gold/denim "Sunlight" or our pick, "Midnight" with burgundy gloss and a shimmering nude polish. The gloss is billed as parabens-free, and the polish as formaldehyde- and toluene-free. What a bright idea.
Available: $35; BeautyForReal.com
Sonia Kashuk's Holiday 6-Piece Brush Sets have super-sparkly handles tucked inside dazzling black or silver evening clutches. They're a double delight to get or give. Part of the celebrity makeup artists 2011 holiday collection for Target, the brush sets are the tools you need to get professional results. We especially love the angled eye brush for precision application. Also, try this with the point liner brush: Dampen with water and swirl in any powered eye shadow to create a long-lasting liner.
Available: $24.99; Target stores or Target.com
Get glowing with Laura Geller's Toast of the Town six-piece kit. How to use: First, prep with Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer. Next up are three golden compacts filled with foundation (use wet or dry), blush and a five-color Baked Eye Dreams Palette with double-sided brush. Top with the self-sharpening waterproof Purple Paradise eyeliner and it's cheers all around!
Available: $59.50; Ulta Beauty stores and Ulta.com
It's a party in a bottle with these fab four shades of limited-edition Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquers. The glitzy glitter (pick from iridescent icicle, groovy graphite, risque red or gossamer gold) is suspended in clear gloss. Regardless of the shade, your nails will look amazing wrapped around a frosty martini glass.
Available: $16; GBS Beauty stores and GBSBeauty.com
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then meet your new BFF. La Mer's The Body Refiner contains 1.75 carats of diamond dust and sea quartz to exfoliate, polish and smooth your roughest spots. The posh polisher's creamy base also contains sea mud, which is intended to purify and detoxify skin. Gently massage all over the body, rinse, and what's left behind is sparkling diamond dust and incredibly soft, touchable skin.
Available: $110; Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton and select Saks Fifith Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores
Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner has everything you'll need to shine through the season. This five-star palette in Golden Frenzy will guide you with helpful directions on what shadows go where, so you can create dramatic, smoky eye looks for day and night. The shadows glide on like silk and blend beautifully. We especially adore the super-sparkly highlighter. And the Black Liner Contour didn't smudge and lasted the full eight-hours, as promised.
Available: $48; Lancôme department store counters and Lancome.com
Chanel's 2011 Holiday Collection features the uber-festive Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in the shade, Famous. It is one of the most beautiful reds we've ever encountered. Created by Chanel's makeup guru Peter Philips, the color is divine, the texture sublime. Pure perfection.
Available: $32; Chanel department store counters and Chanel.com
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