The Best New Beauty Launches of December 2009

Shop the beauty closet.
Michelle Villett
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Shop the beauty closet.

If you've ever seen The Devil Wears Prada, or more recently, The September Issue, you know that an integral part of most fashion magazines is the fashion closet. (Although despite how it was depicted as a free-for-all in the first movie, it's DEFINITELY not like that in real life—everything is meticulously logged and returned to designers after borrowing.)

But did you know that there are BEAUTY CLOSETS too? They really don't get a lot of play, do they? Depending on the magazine (and organizational skills of the resident beauty editor), they can either look like a mini-Sephora or the bargain bin at Wal-Mart. Obviously we're aiming for Sephora. (The very best one I've seen belonged to the gals at Fashion, actually. Nice work, L.!)

Another little-known fact: most of us beauty peeps have "beauty closets" in our homes too. Besides my own stash for personal use, I organize everything according to what month each product hits the stores. So I thought I'd create a new feature here on—a peek into MY beauty closet, so to speak, so you can plan your shopping lists (if you're so inclined).

Here's the lowdown on what's new and notable in the month of December:

1. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener


Available in eight shades, this is a hybrid concealer-slash-eye treatment that not only covers up dark under-eye circles, but also includes high-tech skincare ingredients to brighten and hydrate. At Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

2. OPI Holiday Wishes Collection

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This collection includes 12 lacquers ($10.95 each) plus three two-in-one lip glosses ($17.50 each). When the calendar says December, I automatically switch to a festive shade of polish on my toes. You? The standout in this collection is the Dear Santa (pictured), a glittery red. At professional salons and spas across Canada.

3. Oribe Hair Care Collection

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If your Kérastase just isn't cutting it any more in terms of luxurious, high-end hair lines, consider giving this range a test drive. I haven't tried the Shampoo for Brilliance and Shine (pictured) just yet, but based on the packaging alone, I'm seriously impressed. (Honestly, these are the most gorgeous, gothic shampoo bottles you will ever see.) Word on the street from beauty editors like BritishBeautyBlogger is that the stuff inside performs, too. At BeautyMark in Vancouver, and Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

4. Rimmel London Sweet Seduction Colour Palette

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There are a lot of palettes out there, but this one is perhaps the most well-priced. It contains a whopping six shades of eyeshadow, a powder blush and four shades of lip gloss. If it's good enough for Kate, will you try it? At Shoppers Drug Mart and select London Drug stores across Canada.

5. Nuxe Nirvanesque First Expression Lines Eye Contour Cream

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If you're noticing the first signs of crow's feet, consider this anti-aging eye cream specifically designed for women as young as 25. (They do say to start early!) It contains botanicals that not only soothe but also penetrate to the cellular level to reduce "skin stress" and inflammation. Optical correction pigments reflect light and brighten the look of dark circles. At The Bay, Ogilvy and pharmacies across Canada.

6. Philip Kingsley Hair Care Collection

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Philip Kingsley is a world-renowned scalp and hair expert (otherwise known as a trichologist) who has nursed to health the tresses of everyone from Kate Winslet to Renee Zellweger. (Fun fact: he's also said to have coined the phrase "Bad Hair Day." Imagine that!) I'd long heard about the cult status of his famous Elasticizer (a water and weather shield for the hair, pictured). Starting this month, we Canucks can get our hands on it, along with the rest of his range. At Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

7. Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder

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This talc-free powder provides a shine-reducing and imperfection-diffusing final touch to your makeup routine. Available in three marbleized palettes (pictured shade: Brighten). At mass-market retailers and drugstores across Canada in late December.

8. L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Explosion Mascara

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As I've said before, what happens in beauty is that one manufacturer will come up with an innovation in prestige cosmetics, and six months later  you'll see it at a mass-market price point. Such is the case with this ball-shaped mascara wand. Look familiar? (If not, have a gander at Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes.) I haven't tested either yet (I'm still working on using up the remnants of the last gimmick—vibrating mascara) but the idea here is that the unique shape of the applicator allows you to get a precision application for better separation, lengthening and volume. At mass-market retailers and drugstores across Canada.

9. Origins Starting Over Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa

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This moisturizer, which is also available in an oil-free format, uses potent plant ingredients to rebuild collagen. The promised results: smoother skin, more even texture, reduced lines and wrinkles and a plumper appearance. At select Bay stores in Victoria, B.C., Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and at