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DECEMBER 98: HOLIDAY BEAUTY TREATS
Yes, it's that time of year again - these are the days when you strive to find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, attempt to plan the perfect holiday dinner, and try to make time for scads of holiday parties. You wants to look good during these hectic days, right? Your favorite cosmetic companies, as always, can come to the rescue! Here are some beauty products being featured this season to enhance your holiday look. Treat yourself!

Vincent Longo recommends a few of his gorgeous, shimmery colors this holiday season. His picks: Gold lipstick and Silvertaupe eye and lip pencil.

Nars unveils their latest product, Lip Lacquers, a pot gloss that comes in six colors and provides a super-glossy look. Baby Doll (a pinky red) is beautiful! For more information or to order product or catalog, call 1-888-903-NARS.

Stila has a few new colors this winter: lipstick in Lara (a fuschia-plum), nail polish in Ilithyia, a pinky-gold, and the new illuminating powder foundation, which provides a shimmery, sheer finish and can be used wet or dry.

MAC is not introducing any new cosmetic items this season, but they are continuing their "Kids Helping Kids" Christmas card program. The cards are designed by children and cost $6.00 for a package of six. All proceeds go to children who are living with HIV/AIDS. Plus, the cards are very cute!

Prescriptives, as always, offers some beautiful holiday options. The twinkle sheen cream and lip lacquer are a beautiful, shimmery mauve color (swirled with gold-ish tones), and are probably sold out by now! Prescriptives also offers some cute gift sets including Little Tools (four mini-brushes), Little Lips (eight mini-lipsticks), and Little Shiners (a set of three lip glosses).

Chanel offers a few new colors, perfect for an evening out. Daylight Gold and Nightlight Navy are the two new eyeshadow colors, and Crystal Glitter Transparent Gel is their shimmery and festive highlighter.

Demeter Fragrance offers an incredibly unique gift package for the holidays - the Virtual Christmas set. This box contains three fragrances sure to remind you of Santa time: gingerbread, hot toddy, and Fraser Fir. The gingerbread scent is to die for! Call 1-800-482-0422 to order.

New this season from Laura Mercier is her secret concealer. This pot of concealer is much smoother and creamier than her original concealer, better for the eye area if your skin is dry or sensitive. It comes in three shades - light, medium, and dark.

Bobbi Brown has a few new-ish items for holidays. The Makeup Palette holds any six Bobbi eyeshadows or blushes, plus features a huge mirror. If you enjoy Bobbi Brown's fragrance, "bobbi", a pretty fragranced candle featuring this scent is available this season as well (but only at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman).

Estee Lauder is launching an entire new color story for the holidays, 24-Karat Color. This golden and luxurious collection includes 24-Karat Perfect Finish Nail Lacquer, 24-Karat Color Golden Body Cream, Glitter Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder (looks like a shimmery version of Bobbi Brown's Pale Yellow powder), Goldie Lash More Than Mascara, and Golden Gloss. These colors are shimmery but subtle, perfect for a sophisticated evening look.

Tony and Tina are featuring lots of festive colors perfect for holiday celebrations! My picks for the season include Ambition (red), Cure (cherry), Manifestation (gold), and Amplify (silver). The line also features some awesome lipsticks and hair mascaras (in colors from golden brown to bright red)! Call 1-888-tonytina to order.

For an inexpensive holiday beauty treat small enough to be tucked into your teensiest evening bag, pick up the Lipcolor Palette from Awake. This credit card-sized wonder contains six different colors and costs only $12! Available at Henri Bendel and select Neiman Marcus locations.

Speaking of lip color, Hard Candy's Lip Synch Lip Kit in Luscious is also a great holiday splurge! This pretty silver compact includes four shades - all subtle reds and pinks - in three different textures (creme, metallic, gloss).

Origins is featuring a relaxing, pampering collection of holiday products including Aloe Bath Milk, Muscle Easing Bath Soak, and a new Ginger Collection featuring Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream, Ginger Dust Silky Body Powder, Ginger Float Cream Bubble Bath, and a Ginger Light Candle. This heavenly fragrance is available exclusively during the holiday season. Origins will also be introducing several new candles. The Tea Time collection includes three small votive candles (each in a glass cup) with a wire votive holder in the shape of a tea cup and saucer. The fragrances of the votives are Mango Tea, Chamomile Tea, and Green Tea; the set sells for $20. Two larger candles (Blue Spruce and Pine) will also be featured for the holidays.

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