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Create a look that shines brightly for the holidays

A new line of glittering OPI nail polishes is named after the movie Burlesque, starring Christina Aguilera, above, and Cher.

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A new line of glittering OPI nail polishes is named after the movie Burlesque, starring Christina Aguilera, above, and Cher.

This holiday season, say no to the mundane and spark up your beauty routine with all that glitters, from show-stopping nail lacquers to eye-popping shadow palettes.

Flirtin' with Gold

Flirt Cosmetics, available exclusively at Kohl's stores and online at Kohls.com, has a limited edition party-ready, eye shadow palette ideal to get you glittering wherever you may go.

The Flowerific Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette ($12.99) is a quartet of shadows in the gleaming hues Gold Envy, Golden Lady, Solid Gold and Cocoa Luster. Plus, the step-by-step instructions for creating holiday sparkle, courtesy of Flirt, make applying the shadow as easy as 1-2-3-4.

Step one: Swipe Gold Envy from lash line to brow bone. Step two: Apply Golden Lady across the lid. Step three: Apply Cocoa Luster in the crease, and then to upper lash line using a thin, fine-tipped shadow brush (such as EcoTools Eye Liner Brush, $3.99 at local drugstores). Step four: Use Solid Gold and your fine-tipped shadow brush to line lower lash line and inner corner of eye (be sure to wipe brush clean with a tissue before changing colors).

Something Sweet

Estée Lauder's Pure Color Gloss promises to do more than simply add shine to your lips. It's touting something called True Vision Technology, a kind of high definition for makeup, meaning shades look as crystal clear on you as they do in the package. Go golden this holiday with Pure Gloss in Wild Sugarcane, a shimmering bronze. Get it for $20 at local Nordstrom stores or online at esteelauder.com.

Still hungering for more sparkle? Pick up Lauder's "Glamour is Golden" Holiday gift online or in stores. The set, said to be a $340 value, is $55 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase and includes a gold travel case, cosmetic case, mascara, four lipsticks, three eye pencils, eye makeup remover, quad blush compact, 18 eye-shadow compact and four makeup brushes.

Beauty Goes Burlesque

Late last week, I was nearly blinded by the sparkle emanating from a package of OPI polishes in its Burlesque collection, named for the new movie.

I picked two shining new hues, "The Show Must Go On," a ruby red, and "Glow Up Already," a golden glitter fest, and headed to a favorite local spa. Somewhere between cuticle trimming and paraffin, I joked to my manicurist that after I left, I'd be followed by 8-year-old girls, envious of my dazzling tips. Actually, the biggest fan of my new manicure was me; I was literally fascinated by the way the sunlight captured the glitter in the polish.

As my manicurist admired her work, a few of the spa's clients stopped and stared. Yup, these colors get noticed.

The only downside? Between my eyelash extensions and my glittery "The Show Must Go On" manicure, there may be a chorus line somewhere calling my name.

Is it too much? Heck no! In the wise words, er, hues, of Burlesque from OPI, "Bring on the Bling."

Create a look that shines brightly for the holidays 12/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 3:30am]

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