Ring in the New Year with hair-pampering potions, wrinkle-fighting florals and cosmetics that range from girly to goth.
Exposure to the sun’s rays and too many run-ins with a blow-dryer can leave hair dull, frizzy and prone to split ends. Arrojo Thermal Protector (left) safeguards strands against these everyday aggressors. Vitamin B5 helps counteract styling damage by moisturizing hair, and benzophenone-4 (a common sunscreen ingredient) deflects UV rays before they can fade color. $14; arrojoproduct.com
Color Me Mine
With its funky shadows and splatter paint–style packaging, the Smashbox Cosmetics Artist Eye Palette in Muse (right) is certain to light a creative spark. Lilac, emerald and azure shades are colorful and on trend, and the addition of no-brainer neutrals will appeal even to tortured-artist types. $48; smashbox.com
New York– and Miami-based dermatologist Fredric Brandt is bringing his wrinkle-filling know-how to Lines No More (left), a topical plumper for those too squeamish for needles or too busy for an in-office treatment. The quick-drying formula works by attracting moisture to the skin with lipids and hyaluronic acid, the stuff of injectable fillers like Restylane. Fortunately, using the precise, penlike applicator doesn’t require an M.D. $55; at Sephora.
Badgley Mischka Couture’s bouquet of jasmine, gardenia and violet notes is warmed by musk and wood accords for a wintry take on traditional florals. Fruity purple plum and pear nectar notes lend the parfum (right, available in February) an extrafeminine touch. $90; at Neiman Marcus.
Chanel made goth lips chic in the Nineties with its iconic Rouge Hydrabase in Vamp. Now the company is revisiting its dark side with three new Rouge Allure lip colors. All are variations on black: Obscure (not shown) has brown undertones, Maniac a tinge of red, and Hysteria a trendy hint of violet. The brains behind the colors, Chanel Makeup global creative director Peter Philips, explains that while these are not everyday lipsticks, “they are great shades to wear when you’re feeling a bit dangerous and daring.” $30 each; chanel.com
Emerging fashion designer and former ad exec Juan Carlos Obando is a jack-of-all-trades. The Colombian Renaissance man recently debuted Number 4 (left), a vegan hair-care line that focuses on color protection. The new Volumizing Shampoo and Volumizing Condition give strands a shiny boost with yogurt, black currant extract and yerba maté tea. $45 for the shampoo, $48 for the conditioner (shown here); at Studio at Fred Segal.
The Boss’s Blush
The mention of the Nars Blush Duo in Hungry Heart (right, available in February) is sure to make Bruce Springsteen fans take note, but a glimpse of the glittering shades inside will have all devotees of the brand hooked. The delicate golden powder is ideal for highlighting, and the soft peach is perfect for creating subtle contours. $37; narscosmetics.com