This Month's Best Beauty Buys

The best ways to stave off wrinkles, touch up haircolor, and moisturize skin.

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December 15, 2008 12:00 AM
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garnier ultra lift pro deep wrinkle roller
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Roller Girl
Sure, I'm impressed that Garnier's new Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Roller ($16.99) is charged with vitamin A and beech-tree-derived Pro-Xylane to stave off wrinkles, but I'm also secretly thrilled by its roller-ball applicator that gently massages as it glides over the skin.
oscar blandi pronto colore pen
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Touch & Go
Girls get creative when it comes to touching up haircolor between appointments (I've seen eyeshadow, mascara, even Sharpies), but now Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Pen ($23) lends a pro's imprimatur to the tweaking. The foolproof cream formula is brushed onto roots and grays, dries in seconds, and stays put until it's shampooed out. And since it's peroxide-free, it's also pillow-safe.
max factor red lipstick
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PRÊT-À-PUCKER
On top of making red lips unquestionably cool again (see the Nina Ricci and Louis Vuitton spring runways), makeup maverick Pat McGrath's latest feat is making them wearable: Her formula for Max Factor's new Vivid Impact Lip Color ($7.98) is a genius mix of shockingly bright pigments and chap-preventing shea butter.
givenchy moisturizer
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BLACK GLAMOUR
The next best thing to pouring yourself into one of Givenchy's spring LBDs: indulging in the brand's new ebony-colored luxury moisturizer, Le Soin Noir ($360). Infused with rare black sea algae (rich in nourishing fatty acids) discovered in Japan, plus soy and wild-pansy extracts to firm and smooth the skin, the opaque treatment leaves a transparent, glowy sheen.
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Fine Lines Therapy
Of the multitude of new-to-market, handheld LED ("light-emitting diodes" in lab-speak) devices that claim to zap everything from age spots to zits, which can you trust? I quizzed my go-to dermatologists, who gave these two a thumbs-up: OmniLux new-U ($225, left), for smoothing out lines with its combo of infrared and red LEDs, and Evis M.D. Platinum ($295), for its double delivery of red (to treat wrinkles) and blue (to erase acne) LEDs.