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Buying special gifts for everyone on your list is a complete waste of time. No really, it’s not just me being Grinch-y; science says so. Not to rain on anyone’s holiday shopping parade, but according to a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, agonizing over thoughtful presents (a phenomenon known as “over-individuation”) to put under the tree doesn’t necessarily make the receiver any happier than if you had bought a gift card at the checkout and called it a day. All that time spent wandering the aisles in an attempt to find something unique is actually selfish, and, ultimately, this is the season of giving. So do yourself (and those you love) a favor: Buy multiples of a thing all will enjoy, like, say, a good hair day. Fekkai partnered with accessory guru Jennifer Behr to put together a kit complete with the mane master’s cult-favorite volumizing shampoo, conditioner, and a limited-edition jeweled headband (seen here) that is the crowning glory to any New Year’s Eve ensemble. And at $29.99 each, buying in bulk won’t break the bank.
Available at Target.
A common occurrence among those who receive blockbuster holiday palettes brimming with possibility: You hit pan on your go-to shades—the universally flattering neutrals that are appropriate for day but can be easily amped up for night—while bold, attention-grabbing hues of green and blue are barely touched.
The truth is, not everyone can pull off a lid splashed with color like we saw on the Chanel runway for Spring 2014, but the barely there look (seen at Chloé this past season) is wearable and achievable—without having makeup master Peter Philips at your side. Beauty brands are also taking a more minimal approach. Urban Decay recently released the Naked3 (which has already sold out twice), a collection of twelve flesh colors ranging from cream to dark brown, all with a rose gold undertone. Another one of our favorites is the aptly named The Essentials palette by Clarins, which features eco-friendly formulas in ten nude shades. And for on-the-go touch-ups, Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Smokey Warm Eye Palette is compact enough to fit in a purse and boasts six versatile shadows in matte and shimmer finishes. Beige, it seems, is anything but boring.
At a recent dinner celebrating Zac Posen, I spotted none other than Dita Von Teese’s Charlotte Olympia clutch open on the table after the plates had been cleared. As a beauty editor, that minaudière was like a magnet, drawing me in closer to discover the keys to her flawless vintage look. And while I did find (with her permission, of course) a key—likely to her apartment or hotel room—nicotine gum, a Swarovski studded e-cigarette, and red lipstick, the most interesting treasure was a spiderweb compact covered in crystals. Later in the week, Posen would post a video on Instagram (below) featuring Von Teese touching up her crimson pout and powdering her nose using said bedazzled mirror. She turned a simple and routine gesture (one normally done in the privacy of the ladies’ room) into a full-on performance. But then again, I’d expect nothing less of the burlesque dancer. If you’re in need of a party trick this holiday season, take a cue from Von Teese and dare to reapply in public. And may I suggest doing it with this flashy Lulu Frost for Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Compact in hand.
If you’ve never experienced Bite Beauty’s all-natural array of lip products, its Collector’s Edition might be the crash course you need to get acquainted with the brand. Twenty shades of its Luminous Créme lipsticks were selected to comprise a comprehensive gift set that almost replicates the mixing-matching experience you’d get at the company’s lab in Soho. Double-ended tubes make creating a custom color easier than ever—whether you want a multidimensional ombré effect (seen at Rag & Bone this past season) or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, a two-tone look (circa Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2010).
Bite’s bullets are also packed with the antioxidant resveratrol (the same ingredient that justifies a nightly glass of red wine), so over time, fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth are diminished. Each duo is boxed separately to make sharing and stocking stuffing a snap, but we won’t tell if you take the Ebenezer Scrooge approach and keep them all for yourself.
Bite Beauty Collector’s Edition Lip Layers Set, $98; available at sephora.com.
Just in time for the holiday season (and the below-freezing temps), a winter beauty staple—Vaseline’s petroleum jelly—got a rosy refresher. Tinted pink, one swipe of this signature formula leaves lips not only moisturized, but also with a hint of color. Not to mention the pint-size jar is of the portable variety—meaning it’s perfect for tucking into a clutch or a stocking. And for women who want to dazzle every time they reapply, there’s the luxe limited-edition variety available exclusively at Fred Segal and Kitson. Covered in crystals, this bedazzled container is reminiscent of the blinged-out faces seen on Givenchy’s Spring 2014 runway. But as with all good things, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.
Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, $1.99, at drugstores; bejeweled jars, $45, New Beauty at Fred Segal, Santa Monica, (310) 394-8509 or shopkitson.com.