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November 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Beauty products that battle winter and make your holidays sparkle


By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market

With colder winter weather come the usual beauty woes: chapped lips, dry skin and frizzy hair.

Give your routine a boost with makeup, moisturizers and more designed to help you achieve beautiful skin and hair through the holiday season.


As holiday-party season approaches, invest in a makeup kit that can take you from day to night, such as the Bobbi Brown Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette ($80 at Bluemercury, U District). The double-decker palette features eight lip colors and eight eye shadows in shades designed to flatter all skin tones. Mini shadow and lip brushes make it perfectly portable.

The holidays also mean lots of photos. Prepare for the harsh glare of flashes by covering spots and blemishes with Revlon’s Nearly Naked Pressed Powder ($7.50 at Ulta), a lightweight option that blends easily with the skin. For full coverage, opt for Marc Jacobs Beauty Marvelous Mousse Transformative Foundation ($55 at Sephora), which has a velvety texture and hydrating ingredients.

Prep your lips for a burst of color with Lush’s None of Your Beeswax Lip Balm ($7.50 at Lush). It’s vegan — made without beeswax or honey — and it has a light citrus scent. Then add a festive red hue, such as Nars’ Audacious Lipstick in Annabella ($32 at Sephora), which feels weightless but is loaded with color.

Make your eyes pop with the ingenious Clarins Limited Edition Three-Dot Liner in Brown ($26 at Nordstrom). It can be used as eyeliner or to fill in the spaces between each lash to widen eyes and accentuate the lash line. For added drama, top off with Rimmel Extra Wow Lash Mascara Black ($3.50 at Walgreens), a non-clumping formula with an oversized brush designed to add serious volume.

Add accuracy and control to your manicures with the Julep Plié Wand ($25 at, an ergonomic polishing tool designed by locally owned Julep. A long wand improves leverage and balance, and a precision brush allows you to polish closer to nail edges.


Melt away holiday stress with the therapeutic Herbivore Botanicals Cypress Bath Soak ($28 at The locally made formula stimulates circulation and leaves you feeling energetic enough to keep shopping, cleaning and baking. After your bath, smooth rough, dry skin with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps ($18 at Kiehl’s), a rich, non-greasy moisturizer.

Combat salty party foods and late nights with Clarins’ Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum ($80 at Macy’s), a favorite in Asia that’s now available in the U.S. It uses three plant extracts to reduce puffiness and make the face firmer and more contoured.

Summer glow fading? Give it a boost with St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse ($44 at Sephora). You control your shade by choosing to shower one, two or three hours after application. It keeps working for eight hours to produce an even, believable tan.

At the end of the day, take off your party face with fragrance-free Boots No7 Quick Thinking Wipes ($7 at Target). The towelettes clean skin — even removing waterproof eye makeup — as well as tone and moisturize.


During the colder, wetter months, hair can become at turns frizzy, unruly and dry. Take time for a deep-conditioning treatment, such as Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($8 at drugstores), to add softness and shine. Or splurge on Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil ($48 at Bluemercury), which uses ingredients such as jasmine, sandalwood and argan extract to restore dry, damaged and color-treated hair.

Air travel can take a toll on hair. Pack Drybar’s Up Up and Away! Set ($25 at Sephora) for perfect tresses when visiting friends and family. The set includes TSA-approved sizes of the line’s popular Sake Bomb Shampoo, Sake Bomb Conditioner and Detox Dry Shampoo, as well as a Lil’ Lemon Drop detangling brush.

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