Rave: Holiday Cosmetics Guide

The holiday season is upon us, which we on the fourth floor take as an opportunity to sparkle shamelessly. Not that we really need any help with that but these festive holiday cosmetics certainly don’t hurt. Here are a few of the beauty goodies we definitely wouldn’t return come Boxing Day! 

MAC Cosmetics – Guilty Passions Collection

We don’t feel guilty about loving these muted holiday colours.

These mini kits for lips and eyes are a must-have for the Yuletide season. The warm, versatile shades are great for daytime and can transition easily for an evening of holiday cheer. Plus, how could we not be tempted by these these adorable little boxes? They would make a great gift (not that we’d blame you if you kept them for yourself.)

OPI James Bond Collection

“Do you like wild things, Mr. Bond?”

This season you can have all the drama and colour of James Bond literally at your fingertips. Channel your inner bond girl with any of the 12 shades (all named after Bond movies!) and top it all off with the 18-karat gold-flecked top coat that comes in a shiny gold bottle, called The Man With the Golden Gun.

Urban Decay Holiday 2012

The Dangerous Palette

If you feel like going a little bolder with your eye colour, Urban Decay’s holiday collection offers a smack of colour that will make you stand out at all your festive parties. You can try pairing any of their seasonal palettes with their colourful Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide On eye pencils for a look that will have you in high demand under the mistletoe.

Chanel Eclats du Soir

If ever in doubt, Chanel is ALWAYS an appropriate gift! Just as pretty in the signature black packaging as it is when applied, a nail polish or lipstick from their limited edition holiday collection definitely beats a tired old Starbucks gift card. The new nailpolish, Malice, is a standout piece.

Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse

Just looking at the shiny reds, shimmering bronzes and glimmering golds of the Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse collection puts us in a festive mood. The holidays call for tradition; we suggest a classic red lip, dark eyeliner and shimmery lid as a toast to the season.

These are just a few of the many pieces that would have us smiling were we to receive them (hint, hint!). We’ve been very good this year…


Fashion-able: Everyday Red Lips

Sexy red lips are essential to a glam evening look, but they can also be fresh and wearable for everyday. It’s all in the application and the attitude. Today we’re sharing our secrets for a casual red lip.
When you’re wearing red lips during the day, you need to get the application right. There’s nothing worse than an impromptu meeting when you’re wearing a bold lipstick and haven’t done a post-latte mirror check. Follow these steps and you’ll know your lipstick looks fabulous.
Tools Needed:
Lip scrub or exfoliator
Red lip liner
Red lipstick
Lip brush
Step 1: Prep Your Lips
Red lipstick can highlight dry or flaky patches on lips, so start with a smooth canvas. Prep your lips by applying a lip scrub or exfoliator. If you’re in a pinch, wet a clean toothbrush and gently scrub.
Step 2: Line Your Lips
The key to preventing a bold lip from bleeding is a good lip liner. Take your time with this step, carefully tracing the cupid’s bow and the rest of the lips. Next, fill in the rest of your lips to prevent the dreaded “ring around the mouth.”

Step 3: Apply Lipstick with a Lip Brush
Using a lip brush, paint your lips with your favourite shade of red. Rub the lipstick into your lips, really working it in. This is key to long-lasting colour.
Step 4: Blot
Fold a tissue in half and blot your lips.
Step 5: Reapply
It seems wasteful since you just removed some lipstick, but trust us. Using the brush or freehand from the tube, apply a second coat.
Step 6: Teeth Check
Have you read the ‘90s beauty tome, Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face? Cindy says it best: “To avoid getting lipstick on teeth, stick forefinger in mouth. Close lips around it and pull finger out. Any excess lipstick will be instantly removed.” It’s not pretty, but if it works for a supermodel it works for us.

Step 7: Smile, gorgeous!
Smile, knowing that your lips look great. Red lips exude confidence.
Emma Watson’s fresh and informal red lip. Image source.
For daytime, it’s important to keep these tips in mind:
Keep the rest of your makeup simple. You’re already rocking a bold lip, so stay away from smoky eyes, false lashes, or anything that will over-sex this look. Stick with natural foundation and a few coats of mascara for a polished face.
Have a compact mirror at hand. If you’ve followed our tips, your lip should require minimal maintenance but it doesn’t hurt to do a quick lip check throughout the day.
Be courteous. Just because you’re wearing red lipstick doesn’t mean your colleagues or friends want to. Cheek kisses are a definite no-no. Be extra careful washing your coffee mugs or water glasses. 

Above all, enjoy it. A red lip brightens your face, whitens your teeth and is a classic look that is always in style.

Do you wear red lips at the office or to the grocery store? Tweet us your signature shade or a pic of your red lips @rockitpromo.