Glam Winter Beauty Board – products to keep you looking fab and feeling fine all winter long

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The winter holiday season brings us lots of reasons to switch up your standard beauty routine. From parties that call for extra sparkle to dry weather that makes even oily girls need more moisture – let’s look at some new products you may find yourself reaching for this season. We’ve got lots of fab picks, courtesy of the Glam Beauty Board (where we heart this are proud members!)

A winter beauty extravaganza!A winter beauty extravaganza!

China Glaze Nail Polish with two different shadesChina Glaze Pizzazz and With Love

Let’s delve right into the sparkle category, shall we? It would be hard for me NOT to start with this little party in a bottle…

A hand holding a China Glaze's Pizza shade with a confetti glitter explosion

China Glaze has two polishes from their Holiday Joy collection that could get you through the season on their own; a one coat red called With Love and a confetti glitter explosion called Pizzazz. Because it’s China Glaze, you get great coverage, a perfect formula (not too thin, not too thick) and long wear.

A hand holding a China Glaze nail polish with a confetti glitter explosion nail polish

Pizzazz is multicolor glitter of various sizes suspended in a clear base. Silver and magenta dominate, but you can see yellow, blue and green in there too. On it’s own, you get a rather sheer coverage. But over a base (and with two coats) I was able to build it up quite fabulously. Here it’s shown over a grey base, which I really loved. This is New Year’s Eve in polish form!

A hand holding China Glaze's Pizza with a one coat red shade nail polish

That stunner shown above is With Love and it is indeed just one coat. It’s a bright pure pinup sort of red that’s just beautiful.

Philosophy Collection

Philosophy has two new products that offer things that are always in season; smelling good and great skin!

Philosophy Living Grade scent with fragrant bottles on the backgroundNew to their line of delicate Grace scents is Living Graceicon ($42 for 2 oz.). The idea behind this scent is to “help center a woman’s mood, enabling her to fully embrace the beauty of living in the present moment each day”.

It’s perfect for the holidays, isn’t it? When you can get so wrapped up in all the minutia (like say, searching four stores for the perfect wrapping paper), that you can forget what you really should be concentrating on (love, family and friends).

Living Grace’s notes of fresh Neroli, Lily of the Valley and warm musk kind of remind me of clean laundry. It’s quite lovely.

Full Of Promise Dual-Action Restoring Cream with white and black packaging

Has time been doing a number on your skin? Let Full Of Promise Dual-Action Restoring Cream ($65 for 2 oz.) help you bring out its true potential.

Full Of Promise Dual-Action Restoring Cream packaging with text

With a long list of promises that all add up to beautiful skin (volume, definition and glow, amongst others) Full of Promise boosts collagen and elastin with proprietary peptides and marine microalgae. And of course, expect advanced hydration along the way as well.

It’s too early for me to tell if these promises have been kept, but four week studies have found improvements in 82-90% of participants. But I’m instantly in love with the texture of this cream, rich but not greasy, with an almost balm-like luxurious feel.

Almay Collection

Almay offers a trio of products that are the equivalent of a warm, cozy sweater (which ironically, are all part of their 2013 spring releases).

Intense i-Color for Blues' Bold Nudes Palette

First up is Intense i-Color for Bluesicon ($7.50) called Bold Nudes. It’s a warm brown trio laid out in a foolproof diagram for placement. This is the sort of easy color you’ll find yourself reaching for regularly. They’re shimmery and nicely pigmented, and did indeed enhance my blue eyes nicely. A solid showing!

Intense i-Color Liquid Shadow + Color Primer

Also from the Intense i-Color is their Liquid Shadow + Color Primer ($7.50). I got to try #054, which is for green eyes. It’s a beautiful shimmery tan that you can sheer out with its flat, flocked applicator to just a soft sparkle – or you can lay it on thick for a colored base. The formula has a lot of silky slip to it, so it feels great while applying. But as a primer, that silkiness didn’t mix very well with my oily lids (it creased on me a few hours in). Dry lids will probably love this though.

Almay Collection Swatchesfrom left: Liquid Shadow + Color Primer, Bold Nudes trio

A hand holding an Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup

But it’s the Smart Shade Mousse Makeup ($9.99) that really amazed me…

Smart Shade Mousse Makeup Swatch

The light/medium shade I tried began as a greyish tone and turned into a shade that closely matched my skin right before my eyes.

Smart Shade Mousse Makeup Swatch

The formula feels great going on as well. It’s got a bouncy whipped cream sort of feel to it, and a silicone-based ingredient listed first that gives it that primer sort of feeling that drier skinned folks will flip for.

Me? I could watch that magic matching act all day! The coverage is on the light side, somewhere between a tinted moisturizer and foundation.

Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara

As we noted when we previously reviewed it, the secret behind Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascaraicon ($19) is their S-curve brush. It’s designed to pull, contour and sweep your lashes into their sooty and sexy best, snaring and coating every lash and sweeping them up and out.

Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara

The shade, True Black, is super dark and the formula is thin so it coats lashes well and leaves them clump-free. LOVE!

Too Faced Glamour To Go Spun Sugar Edition Palette

Another previously reviewed product is the Too Faced Glamour To Go Spun Sugar Edition ($22). It’s eleven amazing products in one little portable package; eight eye shadows (four warm golden beige and brown shades, four cool silver and grey shades), a shimmery highlighter with a hint of pink, a clear gloss with a hint of gold shine, and a shimmery bronzer.

Too Faced Glamour To Go Spun Sugar Edition Palette

If you find yourself humming Silver and Gold (the Burt Ives classic song from Rudolph), you’re not alone. At the blogger unveiling of the Too Faced holiday collections, co-founder Jerrod mentioned that their whole office did the same thing!

(Check out our complete review for more photos and swatches.)

Too Faced Glamour To Go Spun Sugar Edition SwatchesSpun Sugar eye shadows

Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Facial Cleanser on a white background

There are two more products in the winter Beauty Board lineup to keep your complexion looking clear and glowing….

Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Facial Cleanser swatch

Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Facial Cleanser ($32 for 5 oz.) is a clear gel that produces a really frothy, thick lather. It’s got a nice subtle herbal scent, with just a hint of the grapefruit oil it contains peeking through. It’s cruelty free, as well as mineral oil, alcohol, silicone and gluten free. It has hydrolyzed wheat protein that’s said to increase skin’s firmness and moisture.

A hand holding a Vichy Laboratoires ProEven

If you’re looking for a more even skintone, check out this French import; Vichy Laboratoires ProEven ($43.50 for 1 oz.). It promises a more glowing complexion through gentle exfoliation and a luminous micro pearl formula, and an overall more even skin tone with dark spots lessened.

It hasn’t been long enough for me to notice a difference in my tone, but I’m enjoying the light formula and general fanciness one feels when applying a french product. Oh la la!

Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream and Umberto Beverly Hills Repair Treatment Masque

The two areas of my body that suffer the most with winter dryness are my hair and hands. There are two drugstore saviors to offer some relief…

Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream Description text in the packaging with tree of life for hands of silk text

From one of our Green Monday favorite brands, Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream icon ($12.99) is absolutely delightful. Made with Baobab oil which comes from something known as “the Tree of Life” in the African savanna, it’s nourishing, quickly absorbed, feels luxurious and smells amazing. You can’t ask for anything else ask in a hand cream.

Umberto Beverly Hills Repair Treatment Masque

Umberto Beverly Hills Repair Treatment Masque ($9.99 for 6 oz.) is a rich, weekly masque that has been taming my dry locks and frizzies since the moment it arrived. I love the old school, beauty parlor sort of scent to it too.

Physician's Formula: pH Matchmaker Blush

Another drugstore selection is Physician’s Formula: pH Matchmaker Blush ($12.99). Rose is a shockingly pink shimmery blush with a silver overspray that mellows to YOUR perfect pink by working with your skin’s pH.

pH Matchmaker Blush engraved in the product housing

Physician's Formula: pH Matchmaker Blush SwatchFrom left: first applied and 60 seconds later

Formula wise, I like this blush a lot. But personally $13 is a bit more than I want to pay for a drugstore blush. And I feel like most of that price is due to unnecessary bells and whistles; a lit mirror and a flip up compartment that reveals a flat wide brush (a-la Benefit). Strip those out and drop the price, and I could have a HG blush on my hands!

Two products Susan Posnick Lipsticks

Finally, what fun it is to discover a new line! From Susan Posnick I got to try ColorEssential Lipstick ($19), an uber-moisturizing lipcolor formulated with minerals and Vitamins A and E.

London and Santa Fe

Known for its universally flattering shade line up, I tested London, a bronzed berry, and Santa Fe, a coppery dark gold, both with gold micro glitter.

Susan Posnick ColorEssential Lipstick Swatches

Theses lipsticks feel amazing and I love the crème brûlée scent. But perhaps what I liked best about these was something that I can’t show you, the feel of the packaging. The caps are magnetic and they close with such a satisfying snap that I found myself opening and closing them numerous times in a row just to watch and listen!

we heartsters, do any of these products tickle your fancy? Will you be adding any of them to your winter line-up?

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  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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  1. ooh, that Burts Bees Hand Cream looks awesome! I always need new hand creams to try out and this one could be on my list.

    I’m also LOVING China Glaze Pizzazz!…Particularly the glitter combo. Very cute and girly. @Stef this glitter is the perfect candidate for “cake batter” nails! Sandwich a glitter layer between a sheer white/nude and it’ll look like sprinkles in cake batter!

    1. I’ve never heard of Cake Batter nails before @mandabear – what a cute idea. I’m off to google the term to see it in action!

    2. Oh, cake batter nails is new to me too, a milkier jelly sandwich. I’m fighting the urge to try it this very second!

  2. Wow, Almay’s Smart Shade Mousse Makeup for just $9.99 has got my attention.. looks like something I’ll be checking into for Christmas! I’m also liking the sparkle in the Pizzazz, China Glaze.. So fun for the holidays!
    I’ve never heard Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Facial Cleanser but it looks pretty awesome as does the Vichy Laboratoires ProEven for my favorite little dark spot! LOL!

    1. Oh that pesky spot of yours @irene! When we find the product that fades it we’re going to buy stock! :)

  3. There are so many neat products in your latest Glam selection, @stef ! I love Almay products, and I’m especially intrigued about the Smart Shade Mousse Makeup. I would love to see it change before my eyes! I’m always on the lookout for a great cleanser and the Goldfaden MD Pure Start Gentle Detoxifying Facial Cleanser sounds like a winner. And the Susan Posnick lipsticks are so pretty!

    1. If you are a lipstick lover (and I know you are @turboterp!) Susan Posnick’s are def. a must try.

  4. LOTS of great products on this list! I’m really intrigued by the Physicians Formula blush. I don’t like all the unnecessary add-ons, but I am fascinated by the fact that it actually DOES change colors. :) It is a bit on the spendy side for drugstore, but PF is frequently on sale, so I’ll probably pick one up then.

  5. The Almay eye products look great As much as I wear bold colors, browns are still my favorite.

    1. It’s so true @lucylemonade – I flip for brights, but there’s something about a brown eye look that’s so comforting! Until this day I go through Stila’s Holly Go Lightly faster than any brown I’ve ever owned.

  6. I am intruged by detoxifying cleanser. Gentle, detoxifying and smells like grapefruit? I am in!!

    1. The grapefruit is really subtle. I get more herb than citrus. But oh the lather, the rich frothy lather!

  7. Yay – another great Glam Beauty Board haul! I’m intrigued with a number of these products particularly the Philosophy Living Grace perfume. Fresh Neroli, Lily of the Valley and warm musk? Yum. And I’ve yet to be disappointed by anything from Philosophy.

    Happily the other items really catching my eye are drugstore deals – I’m loving the Pizzazz nail polish – it’s so perfect for the holiday season.

    And how cool is the Almay Intense i-Color layout? It’s like Eyeshadow for Dummies – I love it. And the brown shades for blue eyes are right up my alley.

    And as a Burt’s Bees lover with dry hands, I must check out their latest. They make such fab lotions and moisturizers – I use their lip balms and cuticle cream almost every day so I’m sure I will adore their Ultimate Hand Cream – can’t wait to get to the drugstore and give it a sniff!

    1. I keep telling myself I don’t need another hand cream and should really pass the Burt’s Bees on to one of our great team members…”she says as she looks down at her scaly hands*

  8. My list of 2013 beauty WANTS is already growing! I am definitely in need of the Philosophy Full of Promise cream, as my aging face needs some serious overhaul. I’ve used Vichy products before and they are wonderful. The Physician’s Formula blush is so cool, how it meshes with your ph, and what a gorgeous color too!!!

  9. Love the Burt’s Bees handcream (and need some right now!) and I need to try the Almay Mousse Foundation..I wonder if it is ok for my sensitive/acne prone skin!??

    1. @glamazon56 – I haven’t had any problems so far with the Almay Mousse and my oily skin. The coverage is def. on the lighter side though, depending what you’re used to. It’s fun to use!

  10. My favourite is the first glitter swatch and that mascara, looks like it would work a lot better than the typical wands.

  11. I am in love with Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream! I have long been a Burt’s Bees fan for their lip balm and the hand cream is living up to the brand’s stature in my mind. It smells great, dries quickly and doesn’t leave an oily residue. I would definitely buy this again!

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