Just a quick look at some of the newest things to enter my beauty universe…
The Deborah Lippmann Sugar Plum Fantasy Trio
I like giving myself at-home manis on the weekends, but I’m having a hard time making a decision. I know I want to wear one of the three glittery plums in Deborah Lippmann’s new limited edition holiday trio, but which one…?
PRICE:Â $42 for three full-size bottles
AVAILABILITY:Â Available now exclusively at Bloomingdales stores and online at bloomingdales.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (why is glitter such a pain to remove?)
The Oribe Ultra Gentle Collection
An indulgent three-piece kit for all hair types, with products to clean, moisturize and condition.
The kit comes with an 8.5-ounce bottle of Oribe’s Ultra Gentle Shampoo, a 6.8-ounce bottle of Ultra Gentle Conditioner and a travel-sized 1.7-ounce tiny tub of their Masque for Beautiful Color.
The shampoo, conditioner and hair masque untangle my knots and leave my mane soft and lightly scented (like freshly peeled oranges).
PRICE:Â $63 (youch!)
AVAILABILITY:Â Available now at select salons and oribe.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (it’s pricey)
Lush Holiday Soaps
Lush’s fun, limited edition soaps always turn my post-workout showers into festivals of bubbles and yummy holiday scents!
PRICE:Â $7.85-$8.95 for 100g
AVAILABILITY:Â Available now at Lush stores and lush.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Jimmy Choo Intense Parfum
Official fragrance notes: tiger orchid, candied oranges, toffee chypre, sandalwood and patchouli.
When I wear this amped-up version of Jimmy’s original Jimmy Choo fragrance, I feel like I’m strutting down the street on the prowl, meow!
The fragrance from even one spritz lingers for a full 24 hours, so a little of this one goes a loooong way. Good thing I like the scent.
PRICE:Â $150 for a 1.3-ounce bottle (!)
AVAILABILITY:Â Available now at Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and nordstrom.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A (a fragrant indulgence)
Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque
A moisturizing masque to quench thirsty skin. My combo dry/oily skin loves this stuff, and I feel like my face looks more radiant and rested when I use it.
AVAILABILITY:Â Available now at Blue Mercury, many spas and dermstore.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+ (it’s expensive, but I’m seriously addicted)
Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Serum
Clarins says this lightweight face serum helps promote a lifted look by “encouraging the elimination of excess fatty deposits and fluids” with ingredients like caffeine and oat sugars.
Sounds good? I guess? I love the scent (I’m getting some lily-of-the-valley) and how smooth my skin feels when I use it, but it’s awfully expensive, and I don’t feel like I’m seeing the look-lifting results yet. Maybe I just need to use it longer…
AVAILABILITY:Â Available now exclusively at Macy’s Clarins counters and clarinsusa.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-