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The First Must-Haves of 2008

The post-holiday doldrums of January can be rough, cold, and not so pretty. That doesn't have to be the case with your beauty routine, though. This month, it's all about hydration: drinking enough water, moisturizing your skin, and avoiding drying products. I've found six items to help you do just that and more.

For a rundown of each product, just


I'm really excited to try Stila Eye Shadow Duos ($20), which officially launch in February but are available to Sephora Beauty Insiders now. This is the first time that Stila has offered two colors in one pan, and the reformulated shadows are supposed to be smoother than ever.

During winter, look for a body moisturizer with shea butter in it; this will help seal in the moisture of your skin. 100% Pure body butter ($18) looks deceptively small in its packaging, but a jar of this highly-concentrated stuff lasts forever. I've tried the blood orange variety, which has a light citrus scent. Plus, it's free of parabens and chemicals, so it's an eco-friendly vegan treat.

Clinique has just launched a line called Clinique Redness Solutions ($16.50–$39). It's meant to help skin with rosacea, but the gentle formula should help anybody who deals with a ruddy complexion.

Alterna Caviar mask ($40) is an anti-aging hair mask, but I find that it treats my young hair quite nice. Again, this is a highly concentrated conditioning product, so a little goes a long way. I use it every couple of weeks, and it definitely makes my hair softer and seemingly thicker—without leaving a gross residue.

In my quest for reasonably priced tinted lip balms, I came across some by Roxie ($6.50). The vegan formulas use shea butter, cocoa butter, and mineral pigments to keep lips from chapping. Pomegranate, the ruby-tinged shade you see here, has great color, no?

Finally, although you shouldn't, like, live in the bathtub during the winter, a little soak can't hurt too much. I've always loved Claus Porto bath products because of their packaging, and this Ilyria duo of bath salts ($8) is no exception. It smells of honeysuckle, a decidedly non-wintry scent, but it's this time of year when we need flowers most.

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lmlturbo123 lmlturbo123 9 years
Feel free to give it to me, thanks!
emg2114 emg2114 9 years
HOORAY=) Thank you for this post! My skin, and hair, and nails are flipping out this winter like never before. Please, post more, before my hair turns to dust. I always appreciate hearing about products from from a person (in a post) rather than from a generic description in magazine.
akroque91 akroque91 9 years
I love Clinic. I also love the color of the eye shadow. Its a nice combination of the color.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
i love shea butter for my skin! heaven!
jacqueline-29 jacqueline-29 9 years
I love 100% Pure too. I'm so glad they were highlighted. I buy these from, my new favorite site for lots of great beauty products.
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 9 years
The Clinique products have caught my attention. I don't have rosacea but my skin can get horribly red.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
That hair conditioner sounds great, I would defin want to invest and try it.
modelcitizen13 modelcitizen13 9 years
Thanks for high-lighting some vegan products, bella!
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 9 years
I wouldn't spend $40 on a Deep Conditioner.
Nickey Nickey 9 years
I LOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEE 100% Pure products. All of their stuff is the best!
pipeepoodle pipeepoodle 9 years
I work for Clinique and the Redness line has been flying out of the counter - it really is that great. I myself will not be using these prods, but others at my counter have and swear by them - one girl is using blush for the first time ever now!
biochemlovely biochemlovely 9 years
Ooh, I am definitely trying the Clinique products.
nancita nancita 9 years
That blood orange body butter looks divine. Plus, blood oranges are in season right now!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
Ilyria - 12th it.
Blessed2x Blessed2x 9 years
I have rosecea-love the fact that Clinque added that line!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I definitely want the Stila eyeshadows - yay for more shadows in a palette! And the lip balm looks interesting...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
These sound great!
emalove emalove 9 years
I really want to buy those Clinique Redness Solutions skin is sensitive, gets really dry and red-looking in the winter. I like their skincare products too. I love 100% Pure! They sell that line at Bath and Body Works and I've tried several of their products. Love them.
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