December is here, as is Hanukkah, holiday shopping and counting the days until Christmas (Andy Tauer's Advent Calendar is already on. I'll be joining the fun later this month). Here's a quick tour through the blogsphere for all that is pretty, shiny and smells good:
Charlestongirl is continuing the Edward Bess love. There are several new lip colors and she has all the details on the Deep Shine Lip Glosses. You can see her swatches at Best Things in Beauty. Next week I'll show you how Amor looks on my much darker skin and a great pairing of it with one of the new lipsticks.
Kari brings us ideas for party-perfect hairstyles at Fab over Forty. Of course, it would take a day or two to get my own hair into any of these 'dos, but at least I can look at the photos and admire them.
Sabrina is a California girl, something I deeply envy this time of the year. Still, she has her own dreams- Chanel made her yearn for exotic resorts. You'll see her vacation-ready mani-pedi at The Beauty Look Book .
Kelly is having her biggest giveaway ever at Gouldylox Reviews! For 10 days, she will be listing a new item going into one (or both) of her two prize packages. Like KORRES, Bare Escentuals, and body wash? She's got them and more! Definitely drop by to enter her contest.
The promise of taking "years off your face in minutes" would grab anyone's attention. Debbi featured Ultherapy, "an uplifting ultrasound" that is supposed to improve any laxity on your face and neck in a completely non–surgical way. See it at DivaDebbi.
Jane was also looking for skin pampering and found that Olay's Pro-X Firming Masks made her skin dreamily dewy and as smooth. To find out all about it, visit Daly Beauty.
At Product Girl, Laurie was smitten with Dior's limited-edition 5 Couleurs Gold Edition eye shadows. These shades may be just the thing to jazz up your holidays.
No one needs an introduction to YSL Touche Eclat. Amy at Café Makeup has TOUCHE D'OR Golden Touch/Highlighter for Face, and as expected, it's fabulous.
Are you still looking for holiday beauty gifts? Kristin shared some great beauty gift ideas at BeautyXposé. You can spend $10 or $149 - any of her suggestions will be loved.
On Perfume Smellin' Things, my delightful scent twin reviewed Montale Full Incense. He made me laugh and covet this perfume. It doesn't get any better than that, right? Also, check out Donna's review of one of my current top favorites, DSH Cuir et Champignon. And, yes, it's that good.
EauMG (one of my favorite blog names ever) reviews some indie creations: Aftelier Illumination Bath Oil and Smell Bent Dr. Dreidel. Yes, I'm serious about the name.
Here on the Non-Blonde I brought you the excellent Edward Bess Cream Compact Foundation, finished reviewing the Outlaw Perfumes (don't miss DSH Mata Hari. Really, don't), found a(nother) gorgeous red lipstick by Givenchy, swatched the D&G eye shadow duo in Stromboli, and thoroughly enjoyed the newest perfume from Ineke, Gilded Lily.
Most important, though, is the charity auction to benefit Doctors Without Borders. About 50 beauty bloggers and brands were brought together by supreme swatcher Karla Sugar. All of us have donated fabulous beauty products- many are limited editions and sold-out items you won't be able to find outside of eBay. Please visit BeautyBloggers.org for your chance to bid on Erika F. eye shadow, a rare presentation of Miss Dior Cherie, Bobbi Brown palettes and a lot more.
Photo: Detail from an ad for Yardley Dolly Face beauty mask, Seventeen magazine, November 1967