YSL Touche Éclat is a cult favorite that’s been in and out of my makeup rotation for years. This special holiday version, however, has completely renewed my obsession. Not only does it brighten and correct dark circles, it also looks chic and glittery while doing it.
This new moisturizer was inspired by a similar version you could only get in France. (By default, anything you can only get in a French pharmacy is 100 times better than anything you pick up at Walgreens. Sorry, Walgreens.) It’s a does-it-all, calming cream that’s rich enough for winter, and it’s completely saving my skin right now.
Another French gem, this body balm is designed to hydrate even the most sensitive, irritated skin. My skin is neither, but I love it nonetheless. It’s wildly moisturizing and unscented so it doesn’t compete with anything else.
With ingredients like organic aloe vera, rose flower water and witch hazel, this is an all-season staple of mine. It is a natural makeup remover and toner that is gentle and moisturizing while still super effective. Even your hungover smudged eyeliner is no match for this soothing but no-nonsense mixture. Here’s a hack: You can even use this for is to freshen up in a pinch — witch hazel and the soft rose scent remedies BO pretty fabulously, for all my fellow mountain ladies out there.
This is a combo I have been using a lot lately. I used to avoid lip color in the winter months because I would always have dry, cracked lips that did not cute covered in flaky lipstick. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Moisturizing Lip Balm just gets me — it’s moisturizing but matte. It's almost 2018, and my lips have almost reached my Keira Knightley goal thanks to this combo. Is it a coincidence that this shade is called London? I don't think so.
I have an obsession with trying and finding new lippies to add to my stockpile, and this one has officially made the cut. I love it because it isn't sticky, it tints my lips with amazing color and hydrates them at the same time.
Right after lippies comes my second obsession: highlighter. So it’s no surprise that this new UD palette has my heart right now. I love how it goes on sheer for daytime wear and can be built up for night. My favorite shade in the palette is cliché (ha), which is a pale gold shimmer.
I'm not a huge blush person, so I prefer a super subtle look when I do decide to wear it. I love this one in particular because I can achieve the sheer coverage that I'm looking for — plus, it has a hint of shimmer.
I love a killer highlight, but what’s the fun in a boring champagney shade? That’s why any holo-iridescent-rainbow shade has my heart. Over The Moon looks plain and simple in a product photo, but a swatch reveals purply-blue undertones and chroma that will absolutely blow your mind. This is my favorite go-to highlighter for a fun holiday party, and believe me, it will be yours too.
I never was a glitter-on-the-eyes kinda girl. Once this liner came out though, it had me hooked. I love glazing this over my lower lash line or inner corner for some out-of-the-box head-turning detail for a night out. Plus, it comes in like every color imaginable — so you can go as subtle or as wow as you choose.
We all know I’m obsessed with all of the Maison Margiela fragrances, but this year’s holiday edition has carved out an even deeper place in my heart. This perfume smells smoky-sweet and super sultry — the perfect fragrance for your waiting under the mistletoe.
It’s not up for debate that IT Cosmetics makes some of the best brushes around. They're soft and great for blending, and this limited edition set really gives you the best bang for your buck. For under $60, you get five brushes that would normally run you more than $100. I'm super impressed!
Everyone loves the Shu Uemura lash curler so it’s no surprise that it’s on my faves list — but this one is extra special. It's from their most recent collab with Mario, and as a superfan of all things 90's this brought it back in an fun and elevated way — the little star charm is just so cute!
About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.