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Guest Post: Sparkle & Shine – Five Favorites for a Festive New Year’s Eve

December 3, 2012


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So you’re ringing in the new year and you’re dreaming about ringing in a new beauty look. You have a short satin dress with a dash of shimmer and an eye-catching clutch to match. Now all you need are some finishing touches in the beauty department. Today, I’m rounding up five of my favorite beauty products to wear for a glam and glittering New Year’s Eve.

Before you even think about applying foundation or concealer, you need to find a trusty facial primer. I love OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel. It’s a lightweight, non-comedogenic gel that is serious about reducing shine. OC8 gives my combination skin a velvety-matte finish that lasts all day and all night — a perfect desk-to-dinner beauty product. OC8 also works wonders for evening-only events.

OC8 Gel

OC8 Professional Mattifying Gel

Cosmetic kits that offer a sort of one-stop-shop of beauty products are perfect for busy women this holiday season. I love the Best of HourGlass Set which includes a full-size mascara, full-size Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss, Veil Mineral Primer and Nº 28 Primer Serum. If you’re planning to travel a lengthy distance for your 2013 festivities, the Best of HourGlass Set will certainly help you achieve a contoured and colored look on the go. The Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss is one of my favorite high-shine glosses currently on the market.

Hourglass Best of

Hourglass Best of Set

MicaBeauty Bronzer is an all-natural product free from dyes and chemicals that beautifully highlights facial features. I wore a generous dusting of the luxurious bronzer on my cheeks one evening and have never received so many sparkling compliments. This is the “it” bronzer that will help you achieve a sublet, yet defining glow because it catches the light in all of the right places. MicaBeauty Bronzer is available at Arianna Skin Care in Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Newport, RI.

MICA Beauty Bronzer

MICA Beauty Bronzer

For sultry eyes that are sure to seduce on New Year’s Eve, I recommend MAC Cosmetics Fabulousness Warm Eye Palette consisting of five fierce shades: Glamour Light, a pale golden beige in a satin finish; Retrospeck a sparkly gold in a luster finish; Honesty a shimmery copper-brown in a luster finish; Cognac a golden bronze in a frost finish; and Sketch a sparkling burgundy in a velvet finish. The pin cushion top and chic patent bow accent give the compact a vintage feel circa-Greta Garbo.

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MAC Fabulousness Eye Collection

And what New Year’s Eve celebration would be complete without something racy and red?! When I first laid eyes on Burberry’s Lip Velvet lipstick in Military Red, I knew it was love at first sight. One sweep (or two when you’re feeling risqué) of the smooth, siren-induced shade is all you need to feel beautiful, confident and sexy. Talk about a M-E-O-W factor. Lip Velvet is long-lasting and won’t parch your pout. But if matte is your mantra, then this is truly a makeup must-have. I love how the velvety formula coats with a punch of color while still offering moisture — leaving lips luscious long into the lip lock hour.

Burberry Lip Velvet in Military Red

Burberry Lip Velvet in Military Red

Wishing all gloss48 readers a very Happy Holiday and Happy New Year. Cheers!

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