December's Best Beauty Buys
hermes perfume
Look What We Found!
If you thought the ultrawealthy had a lock on luxury, think again. This smart silver padlock holds 7.5 millileters of one of four sophisticated Hermès perfumes (Calèche, 24 Faubourg, Kelly Calèche, or Eau des Merveilles). Swivel the ring to release a mist of fragrance that will enrich your world.

Padlock Perfume Natural Spray, $99, perfumes sold separately, $110 to $120;
Hair Product of the Month: Kérastase Paris Elixir Ultime The Imperial + Oleo-Complexe
Why we love it: Frizz-calming silicone is combined with moisturizing oils (to repair damage) and antioxidant-rich white tea extract (to prevent color from fading). Two pumps of the floral-scented serum on damp hair leave it remarkably silky.


clarisonic aria
Welcome Update: Brushing Up
For anyone addicted to the deep-cleansing Clarisonic face brush, we bring you tidings of great joy: The new Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing System includes an additional speed mode, charge-indicator lights, a drying stand that doubles as a charger, and a USB cord for travel (so the brush can be charged at a computer).


lipsticks tin
Tiny Tin
You'd have to be a Scrooge not to be charmed by this small mirrored tin of five pint-size lipsticks. The colors—from nude to deep red—are all flattering, and the texture is deliciously moisturizing. Bless them, every (little) one!—Val Monroe

Bite Size Luminous Crème Lipstick Discovery Set, $25;
perricone pore treatment
Pore Thing
Once in a while I'm presented with a product that addresses an issue everyone's writing about. For example, I'd just finished reading yet another lament about large pores when a bottle of Perricone MD Intensive Pore Treatment hit my desk. The formula tightens pores, exfoliating with glycolic acid and helping control oil production with zinc and salycylic acid. You can't change pores' size—don't believe anyone who says you can—but tightening them makes them look smaller.—Val Monroe


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