Products That Shine – Literally

If you want to get some attention, add glitter, gloss or shimmer. From subtle to all-out glam, there’s a look for everyone. All things rose gold are still trending, though yellow gold is making a return. Foil shadows, glittery lip glosses and nail polishes, high-beam strobe/highlighters, even sparkly products for lashes and brows are right on trend, and with all the festivities of this month (The first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve fall on the same night!), there’s plenty of reason to turn up the gleam. Whether it’s about chunky or fine flecks of glitter, makes sure that lip products are food grade and eye products are dermatologist approved. For eyeliner, use a gel or Vaseline along the lash line to make sure the sparkle sticks. Of course, there are great products in all price ranges, from drugstore to designer. Go ahead, get that gleam on.

Milk Makeup Eye Vinyl in Nude or Black

Mac Glitters – all of them

bareMinerals Glitterati

Make Up Forever Glitters

NYX Gel Eyeliner and Face and Body Glitter

Revlon Diamond Eyeshadow in Lust

Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Copper and Rosegold

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow

Hard Candy Eye Def Glittering Cream Eye Shadows

RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Spark

OPI Nail Lacquer in CIA=Color is Awesome

JINsoon Nail Polish in Farrago

Peppermint Citrus and Spice

I have a yen for anything candy cane-flavored and scented. Williams-Sonoma’s Peppermint Bark is a current obsession, as is Numi Chocolate Mint tea. In fact, anything fresh, peppermint, orange, lemon, pine, juniper, woodsy, fireplace, smoky, cardamom, cranberry or evocative of the season (though not sickly sweet or too potpourri spicy) is my thing. Hot baths; warming bath and body oils; deep amber and fig perfumes; or beautiful candles with great throw (the amount of space a candle’s scent can fill a room) are winter must-haves. Here are some to give and get.

Philosophy Candy Cane Shower Gel

Candy Cane Tic Tacs (limited edition)

Bath & Body Works candles (and High Intensity 3-Wick candles) in Fresh Balsam, Winter, Fireside, Mahogany, Teakwood and Limoncello

Edens Garden essential oils and diffuser

Fresh Sugar Lemon Body Lotion

Lior Lev Sercarz’s La Boite spices and books (

For the Men in Your Life

A couple of male product junkie pals, who wish to remain nameless, insisted that there must also be a list for men. Personally, I have a husband who uses Dove and deodorant – that’s it. Leaning heavily on my pals, here are some recommendations for holiday gifts and stocking-stuffers, many of which can be found locally at Aidan Gill for Men, Saks, Sephora and Target.

Molton Brown Pink Bodywash in Pepperpod

Sachajuan Body Wash in Spicy Citrus

Roger and Gallet Bois d’Orange

Rudy’s Barbershop #3 Body Wash

Aesop Herbal Deodorant

Ursa Major Face Tonic and Face Wash

Truefitt & Hill Aftershave Balm

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash

Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer

Ernest Supplies Protective Matte Moisturizer

Billy Jealousy Beard Bash and beard Control

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Conditioning Beard Oil

Zihr Shave Gel

Harry’s Truman Razor

Birchbox for Men subscription

Love List

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Cleansing Oil and Phelityl Cleansing Bar

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

Clinique Foundation Buff Brush

NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in Crème Brulée

RMS Beauty “Un”Powder

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen

Tarte Blush in Exposed

Mac Liptensity Lipstick in Smoked Almond

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss (dotted in the center of my lips for evening glam)

Palomine Nico CBD Cologne Oil (locally made!)

D.S. & Durga Debaser Eau de Parfum