Here at RZHQ, we love trying new beauty products—and it’s not lost on us that we’re lucky to have access to the latest and greatest from tried-and-true brands as well as the opportunity to discover emerging lines. But what good would it be if we kept our of-the-moment faves to ourselves? Each month, we share our current obsessions in hopes that you’ll love them just as much as we do. Ahead, our top picks for December.
December Editor's Picks
Lips & Boys Lip Color in Jack
"Tom Ford's new shade 'Jack' from the Lips & Boys collection is the perfect color to wear light during the day and apply heavier for evening."
—Rachel Zoe, Editor in Chief
Minimizing Pore Treatment Strips
"An oldie but goodie, the Bioré nose strip will always be an integral part of my skincare routine. There's something so satisfying (and disgusting, in the best way) about seeing all the gunk extracted from your pores. Just me?"
—Stephanie Montes, Senior Beauty Editor
Studio Quiktrik Stick
"I wouldn't exactly call myself a contour enthusiast in the Kardashian sense, but I'm a proponent of light sculpting (subtly playing up highlights and shadows can do really good things for a face). This MAC two-in-one stick takes most of the guesswork out of the process—the tawny hue is the perfect shade to add natural but impactful color to the forehead, jawline, eyelids and under the cheekbones, and the pearly highlighter adds a dewy glow to the high points of the face. The formula is super blendable, which is a huge plus. Dare I say I'm a contour convert!"
—Kristi Mikesky, Managing Editor
U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
"My skin has been breaking out lately (thanks to holiday food indulgences) so I've been religiously applying this clarifying oil to combat blemishes. A face oil might seem questionable on acne-prone skin, but this formula specifically treats pimples and clears congested pores. It doesn't feel harsh like most acne treatments and helps reduce the size and redness of pesky zits."
—Amy Lee, Associate Fashion Editor
Nano Titanium Straightening Iron
"I recently got extensions to achieve the ultra-long, straight hair look seen on Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez lately. This flat iron is perfect for any texture, and it converts my naturally curly roots to pin-straight strands."
—Andrea Navarro, Associate Beauty Editor
"I've been using this Laura Mercier concealer nonstop! It's super light, easy to apply and has amazing coverage—in other words, great for getting rid of dark circles."
—Leah Benzie, Social Media Editor
Strobe Cream in Silverlite
"I'm slathering on MAC's new strobe light moisturizer in Silverlite (a new color based on the beloved original Pinklite). It contains botanicals, vitamins and green tea—plus it's super hydrating—so it works wonders on my tired, dull winter skin."
—Nicky Deam, Editorial Director
Oil Free Facial Hydrating Serum
"This serum always makes my skin look more awake and refreshed. It also helps impart the dewy look I love."
—Alyson Fishbein, Senior Social Media Manager
Biolage R.A.W. Re-Hydrate Clay Mask
"Recently I was lucky enough to have my color done by hair god George Papanikolas, who introduced me to the new line of Biolage R.A.W. products. This clay mask totally rehydrated my strands after the color process, leaving them super soft and silky."
—Laura Lajiness, Fashion Editor
Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner
"I figured the temperature drop this season would mean less time blotting my face, but alas, one can only dream. Fortunately a half pump of this cult-favorite mattifying toner helps me achieve peak-moisture status without looking like a freshly Zambonied ice rink."
—Samantha McDonald, News Editor
Crème Du Nil Pore-Refining Moisture Veil
"Once I turned 30, my skin totally dried out. This product is uber-moisturizing via a signature ingredient that delivers 25% more essential fatty acids than shea butter. Plus, the Ugandan women employed to produce it are paid three times the living wage for their work, which makes me feel good about indulging in it."
—Erin Nicole, Lifestyle Editor