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Shine time! Sparkly beauty picks will light up holiday nights

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year … And since there will be much mistletoeing, you should be glowing. We’ve got some real sparklers for eyes, lips and nails that will light the way from party to party, all the way through the New Year.

We’re all shook up over MAC’s limited-edition Ice Parade Snowglobe Eye Shadows, right, in Sultry, Warm or Cool. These super-shiny silver compacts contain six eye shadows and have shakable snow globes on top. Our fave was Sultry, with its deep blacks and plums. Plus, the inventive winter wonderland in your hand is too cute for words.
Available: $38; MAC department store counters and

South Florida-based Beauty for Real’s Beauty Box will light up the night — literally. These three limited-edition gift sets include a vitamin-packed plumping gloss and long-wearing nail lacquer, complete with mirrors and little LED lights in the lids. Choose from red/burgundy “Night Out,” gold/denim “Sunlight” or our pick, “Midnight” with burgundy gloss and a shimmering nude polish. The gloss is billed as parabens-free, and the polish as formaldehyde- and toluene-free. What a bright idea.
Available: $35;


Sonia Kashuk’s Holiday 6-Piece Brush Sets have super-sparkly handles tucked inside dazzling black or silver evening clutches. They’re a double delight to get or give. Part of the celebrity makeup artists 2011 holiday collection for Target, the brush sets are the tools you need to get professional results. We especially love the angled eye brush for precision application. Also, try this with the point liner brush: Dampen with water and swirl in any powered eye shadow to create a long-lasting liner.
Available: $24.99; Target stores or

Get glowing with Laura Geller’s Toast of the Town six-piece kit. How to use: First, prep with Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer. Next up are three golden compacts filled with foundation (use wet or dry), blush and a five-color Baked Eye Dreams Palette with double-sided brush. Top with the self-sharpening waterproof Purple Paradise eyeliner and it’s cheers all around!
Available: $59.50; Ulta Beauty stores and


It’s a party in a bottle with these fab four shades of limited-edition Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquers. The glitzy glitter (pick from iridescent icicle, groovy graphite, risque red or gossamer gold) is suspended in clear gloss. Regardless of the shade, your nails will look amazing wrapped around a frosty martini glass.
Available: $16; GBS Beauty stores and

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then meet your new BFF. La Mer’s The Body Refiner contains 1.75 carats of diamond dust and sea quartz to exfoliate, polish and smooth your roughest spots. The posh polisher’s creamy base also contains sea mud, which is intended to purify and detoxify skin. Gently massage all over the body, rinse, and what’s left behind is sparkling diamond dust and incredibly soft, touchable skin.
Available: $110; at Bloomingdale’s in Boca Raton and select Saks Fifith Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores; Like us on Facebook for a chance to win one of three travel size Body Refiners.

Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner has everything you’ll need to shine through the season. This five-star palette in Golden Frenzy will guide you with helpful directions on what shadows go where, so you can create dramatic, smoky eye looks for day and night. The shadows glide on like silk and blend beautifully. We especially adore the super-sparkly highlighter. And the Black Liner Contour didn’t smudge and lasted the full eight-hours, as promised.
Available: $48; Lancôme counters at Macy's and

Chanel’s 2011 Holiday Collection features the uber-festive Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in the shade, Famous. It is one of the most beautiful reds we’ve ever encountered. Created by Chanel’s makeup guru Peter Philips, the color is divine, the texture sublime. Pure perfection.
Available: $32, Chanel counters at Neiman Marcus or

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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