10 holiday beauty must-haves

Get great gift ideas or treat yourself to some holiday glamour with our picks for winter’s best beauty products

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A beauty wishlist

From office parties to New Year’s Eve festivities, there are plenty of occasions to sport glamorous makeup throughout the holiday season. Find out which trendy beauty items made our wish list this year. Plus, get some inspiration for holiday shopping with these stocking-stuffer favourites.

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1. Tarte Holiday Palette

Leave it to Sephora to tempt us with a combination set that’s as fashionable as it is practical. The beauty of the Tarte Holiday Palette, aside from the 32 full-size eyeshadows, 8 lip glosses, loads of great eyeliners, bronzer and highlighting powder, is its golden case. Adorned with a detachable and wearable necklace, this palette will make a great gift for any lady on your list. ($68, sephora.com)

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2. Dior Red Cannage Travel Eye Palette

With shimmering taupe, light pink, smoky brown and gunmetal silver shades, this compact palette is perfect for the holidays. Opt for the lighter shades for daytime get-togethers and turn to the more intense hues for a seductive evening look. To top it all off, this holiday palette is offered in an adorable red patent case. Makeup that doubles as an accessory? If that doesn’t spell out “perfect gift,” nothing does. ($50, dior.com)

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3. Stila Limited Edition Holiday Lip Glaze Set

With eight shimmering glosses that range from natural peach to vibrant berry, this is a can’t-miss kit. With an actual value of $158, this limited edition lip gloss set is a steal. The hydrating glosses are ultra-shiny and long-lasting. Use the set as the perfect stocking stuffer or spoil yourself with a lip gloss for every occasion. ($33, sephora.com)

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4. YSL Metallic Colorama Palette

A definite luxe product, YSL’s holiday collection is all-around fierce. The Metallic Colorama Palette is a soft, pearly powder, which is ideal for highlighting both the cheekbones and brow bones. Head to your holiday office party with a subtle and shimmering glow. ($72, sephora.com)

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5. MAC Tartan Tale Lipstick

This shimmering lipstick, available in five limited edition shades, is all about glamour. While understated, these glaze-like lip colours give the lips texture, creamy shimmer and runway-ready flare. ($17, maccosmetics.com)

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6. NARS Étrusque Single Eyeshadow

No holiday makeup collection would be complete without one quintessential item: gold eyeshadow. The glam cocktail parties you’ll no doubt be attending this season are the perfect venue for experimenting with the exotic look of a golden eye. ($26, narscosmetics.com)

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7. Nicole by OPI’s Tinsel Tips Nail Polish Gift Set

At only $10, you can’t afford not to indulge yourself and every girl on your list with this red-hot, limited edition set. Red is somewhat of a prerequisite for the holiday season so with three shades of it, including a sparkling one, Tinsel Tips is not to be missed. The high quality nail lacquers are also fomaldehyde- and toluene-free. ($10, nicolebyopi.com)

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8. Kiehl’s Jeff Koons Limited Edition Crème de Corps Collection

Available only for the holiday season, these decadent body butters are the gift that gives back. While indulging yourself or a friend in the luxurious feel of Kiehl’s nourishing body creams made with shea and jojoba butters, you’ll also be supporting a great cause. Purchasing these products means you’ll be helping Kiehl’s donate $200,000 to the Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by helping others. ($38-$62, kiehls.com)

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9. CARGO Lumières du Monde Collection

The exotic and unique nature of this eyeshadow palette makes it different from the usual holiday palettes out there. Although you’ll find the traditional shimmering gold within it, this amazing palette offers up a sparkling version of some of the season’s hottest and most unique shades. ($29, cargocosmetics.com)

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10. Lippmann Collection Boom Boom Pow Nail Polish at Murale

In the spirit of the season, Lippmann (one of the most coveted, of-the-moment brands) has released a limited edition nail polish that’s sure to turn heads. Use this gold sequinned lacquer alone for sheer nail with a sparkling finish. Or layer it over another polish to give it an opaque look that will shine all night long. ($24, deborahlippmann.com)


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