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November Must-Haves

Okay, seriously, how is it November already? It seems like it was just last week when we were gallivanting in warm weather, and now I'm already planning my Thanksgiving shopping list. Sheesh, time flies. But along with the Tofurky shopping, I'm going to be doing some beauty shopping for this chilly month. Here are my picks:

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Body: To stop flaky skin before it starts, be sure to moisturize your body right after stepping out of the shower. Instead of rubbing your body dry, use your towel to pat it. Then, rub a lotion into it. This will help "seal" moisture into your skin. I'm planning to pick up Lavanila body butter ($25) because I keep hearing great things about its vanilla scent.

Face: Flawless skin is paramount for the holiday season, especially if you are going to wear red or bold lipstick. I suggest a loose powder to set your skin, like this one from Laura Mercier. It comes in two shades, one for fair complexions and one for dark complexions.

Lips: My lips tend to get chapped beginning in November, so I'm planning to stock up on lip balm. Origins has just come out with a line of certified-organic products, including this Soothing Lip Balm ($15). The shea- and cocoa butter formula has oils of sunflower, safflower, palm, coconut and vanilla. Sounds good enough to eat.

Nails: I'm beginning to have a little bit of fatigue when it comes to the dark-polish trend, so I'm taking a break with this shimmery deep rose from Zoya. It's called Ivy, and it's free of toluene and formaldehyde.

Hair: With winter coming, hair tends to dry out a little bit in the cooler air. This Restorative Hair Treatment ($21) from Ojon is a best-seller for a reason. You can use it as a deep conditioning treatment, a leave-in conditioner, or a shine-boosting product.

So those are my picks. What about yours? Any essential buys we should all know about?

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