Beauty Editor Picks: December's top finds

Five new beauty items that we're head over heels for this month.
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The beauty industry seems to get bigger and bigger every year. And every month there are new items to pick apart and potentially add to our arsenal of products.

So each month, we'll break down a list of the items that you need to know about, and why you should try them, stat.

No more bed head
When I am feeling particularly lazy, I wash my hair before bed and let it air dry while I sleep. Which means I have been rocking a slightly wavy, piecey look for over a year now. But I've recently been coveting something a little sleeker. Enter this straightening brush from Conair. It quickly heats up to 400 degrees and with one pass creates a shiny straight look, without losing any volume. My bestie, who has a very enviably mane of thick, naturally curly hair (my hair is much thinner and dyed blonde for texture) also used the brush and found she got similar results. Add this one to your Christmas wish list.

Infiniti Pro by Conair Hot Ionic Straightening Brush, $89.99, select drugstores and mass retailers

Fragrant pause
While I used to have a signature scent, I haven't worn perfume for most of 2016 because I was trying to stay away from synthetic smells. Enter EB Florals' super luxe Kingston Osmanthus Perfume. Not only does LA-based florist Eric Buterbaugh use only the best noses in scent to create each of his gorgeous floral fragrances, but his passion for the biz is palpable, from the gorgeous crystal decanter (sourced from a tequila factory in Mexico!), all the way down to each perfectly selected note. Kingston Osmanthus is unique and warm, and also shares a name with my husband (and Gwen Stefani's son, which is no coincidence!), so it is an easy pick for me.

EB Florals Kingston Osmanthus Perfume, $450,

A little sparkle
I usually stay away from glitter on my face (just personal preference), but this season I can't help but get into the sparkle explosion that occurred on the runway, especially focussed on the eyes. So I'll be adding just a little touch of glimmer to my lower lash line for my husband's work holiday party.

Lise Watier Eye Glitter Liner in Opale, $19,

Saving face
Now that wind chill factor is once again, well, a factor, I'll be relying on this all-natural hydrating cleansing milk to help clean my complexion without striping it of moisture. Bonus, if I am wearing too much eye makeup, the Montreal-based brand recommends a few pumps of the milk on a cotton pad to act as an eye makeup remover, and it works like a sweet-smelling dream.

Subtle Green Vienne De-Stressing Cleansing Milk, $23.95,

For me please!
I am about to embark on the biggest adventure of my life! I am due to have my first child And lord knows, I'll be sleeping and showering less while I figure out how to keep this little human being alive. I have tried Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo before and really loved it. So if you're looking to gift me anything, help a new mama out by sending along this limited edition kit of hair supplies. 'Cause for the next few months, I'll be washing my strands once a week, if I am lucky!

Living Proof Spread Cheer & Perfect Hair Kit, $25,