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Sunday, November 30, 2008


I have a theory about the formula for creating a "holiday" beauty product:

Step 1: Choose any existing product.

Step 2: Add glitter.

Frederic Fekkai's Spray On Hair Crystals does little to disprove my hypothesis. The grooming guru's limited-edition aerosol shine spray claims to deliver "instant glamour" by giving your hair a flexible, fine coat of shimmer in one of three hues (champagne, bronze or copper). In reality, it's a very light hair spray. With loads of colored glitter. Thus, your locks won't be the only thing shining: Those chunks of glitter will follow their manifest destiny to your hands, face, body, clothes, coat, shoes and apartment.

So, will you love it? Well, I didn't. But your results may be different. It probably depends on how much your holiday parties resemble raves. Or how close you are to your high school graduation.

-- Michelle Thomas

$18.50 at Nordstrom and Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com.

MAC Dazzleglass Lip Gloss

The seasons may change, but I never leave the house without a coat -- on my lips, that is. Shiny, shimmery, slick: I've got the glossy-lip look down. Still, despite a collection of lip lacquers in every color, I've been estranged from glitter-loaded versions since high school. MAC Cosmetics' Dazzleglass just might have changed that.

I slicked on three shades from the collection. A few strokes of the frosty-raspberry Love Alert and I was ready to work it down a red carpet. Three swipes of the copper-flecked Miss Dynamite at 8 a.m. survived two meals, frequent swigs from a water bottle and an afternoon of chatter. By 4 p.m., there was only a trace of the gloss, but the golden sparkles lingered. It was the milky-pink Sugarrimmed, however, that won my affection (and a spot in my beauty bag) in the end. Even though this gloss is slightly pricier than the brand's standard slicks, for the holiday-party circuit, it's a coat I'd be remiss not to don before heading out the door.

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