A Few Favorite Beauty Products from 2013

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I’ve been reading “best of 2013” posts on a few friends’ beauty blogs, so I thought I’d join in by posting a short list of my own. These are a few “new-to-me” products that I used for the first time in 2013, often as samples or gifts-with-purchase. Of course, I’ve enjoyed (and reviewed) many other makeup, skincare, and haircare products over the past year, but these are seven highlights that that have left an especially positive year-end impression on me.

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Sephora “Drop Dead Gorgeous” Clutch

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I was flipping through Allure magazine last night and I spied this item in a spread of new products for Fall 2013. It’s Sephora’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous” studded clutch case containing a set of five makeup brushes ($58).

I won’t go on and on about the way that skull motifs have become mainstream over the past decade, and how much this phenomenon annoys former-Goth me. (Just one thing, because I can’t resist: on a recent visit to Fairfield County, Connecticut, a place synonymous with bland suburban affluence, I saw a blond 6- or 7-year-old boy wearing a pair of preppy shorts embroidered with tiny black skulls rather than whales or sailboats. Now I’ll stop.)

So, my first thought about Sephora’s brush case was “oh, no, another skull,” and my second was, “but where have I seen this clutch purse before?”

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