BEST OF 2012: BEAUTY

it was a very, very pretty year--thanks to these new releases that we're obsessing over.

Lady Gaga Fame Eau de Parfum
"When it was announced in 2010 that Lady Gaga would put out a signature fragrance, everyone (well, maybe just editors) began guessing what kind of crazy scent would accurately represent the avant-garde pop star. Then she announced it would smell like blood and semen. Ultimately, it was more of a pretty floral but the pod-like bottle and black juice added the requisite edginess that one would expect from Haus of Gaga." --Katie Dickens, beauty director

Lancome Hypnose Mascara
"A mascara endorsed by Betty Boop? Yes, please." --Bianca Rodriguez, beauty account manager

Ren Bio Retinoid Anti-Aging Concentrate
"Honestly, I don't really care about the anti-aging properties in this serum; it's the scent that has me obsessed. It smells just faintly of apricot and is the best thing to put on your face before you go to bed. Softest. Skin. Ever." --Rebecca Willa Davis, executive web editor

Azealia Banks x MAC Yung Rapunxel Lipstick "Made every girl wish she was a goth. I died, I died." --Kelley Garrard, promotions and marketing designer

Kate Somerville DermalQuench "It's the only thing I've ever put on my skin that both instantly, and visibly improves it's texture." --Ray Siegel, senior web editor