This past weekend, making the rounds at holiday parties, I received a ton of compliments on my nail color. I like to wear a seasonal shade with any manicure, and Christmas usually brings out deep reds and other rich winter hues. But this year I’ve found gorgeous golds are really spectacular: it acts like a neutral color, pairing well with anything I wear, and chips are much less noticeable than they are with darker polish so I get more mileage out of my mani. Here’s what I used:
The polish is Butter London’s Champers. I love it because it’s more pigmented than other gold polishes I’ve tried, and it’s also not too glittery. Like the Goldilocks of nail color, I’ve found one that is just right.
Cobalt blue – I can’t enough of this color right now. Whether it’s worn on the face or the body, this edgy hue of fall’s jewel tone palette looks both chic and daring. Add some electricity to your look with this beautiful, badass blue.
(Clockwise from top left: Butter London nail lacquer in Blagger, Nails, inc. nail polish in Baker Street, Dior’s Diorshow mascara in Azure Blue #258, NARS duo eyeshadow in Rated R, Sephora Collection waterproof smoky cream liner, L’Oreal Colour Riche liner, Laura Mercier cream liner in Cobalt, Stila High Shine Liquid Vinyl eyeliner)
TOP(Model w/dress: Nastygal.com, Alexander McQueen “The Skull” lace clutch, Victoria Beckham denim, Banana Republic wedge, Dorus Mhor bracelet, Capulet Lynda iPad shoulder bag)
BOTTOM(Model w/blazer: Lookbook.nu, Tory Burch cuff bracelet, TopShop “Pasha” camisole, Kate Spade flats, envelope leather clutch: chiarafashion.co.uk, Paul Smith cropped jacket)
Unlike the sheer shades and formulas of summer, these darker hues can cling to any dry, parched skin on the delicate lip area and ruin the look. Here’s the easy solution to keep your lips looking luscious all season long.
The best defense against rough, chapped lips is using a lip scrub about twice a week.
The ones seen here are effective and easy to purchase online. I’ve been a huge fan of Sara Happ’s “the lip scrub” for years as she has a menu of “flavors” like peppermint, creme brulee, red velvet cake…yum! If If you’re the DIY-type, below is a recipe for a simple lip scrub you can make in your own kitchen.
Always follow up the exfoliation with an application of a rich lip balm. Smith’s Rosebud Salve is my favorite as is Aquaphor. The Body Shop makes nice ones as well. But you obviously can find your own fave; I just recommend something that’s gentle and comprised of mostly natural ingredients.
In between lip treatments, always use a lip balm with SPF during the day (even if it’s raining!) The SPF protects not only against the sun but also environmental elements (pollutants, food acids, etc.) that can be harsh on lips. Put it on prior to any lip color, let it absorb for about 1 minute, then apply the makeup.
Now you’re good to go, gorgeous!
Guerlain, the iconic French perfume and cosmetic label, has been a pioneer of luxuriant beauty for nearly two centuries. Founded in 1828 as a perfume house, the family business rose to regal status after creating a perfume for the wife of emperor Napoleon III. Today,the brand continues to be an industry trendsetter. Their fragrances, like the classic Shalimar or the modern Le Petite Robe Noir that debuted last year, are adored across the globe.
But for me, the ultimate beauty indulgence from Guerlain is this luxurious cosmetic powder.
I discovered this over 15 years ago and it was love at first use. The Meteorites Powder is made of mulit-colored pearls of powder that you swirl with a brush then dust onto the face to finish of your makeup look. It is designed to even out imperfections (i.e. redness, dark spots, dullness), comes in three shades, and leaves a subtle, luminous radiance like no other product can. It’s not cheap (appx. $55) but it last for months and is my one makeup splurge (ok, one of a few makeup splurges).
Last year Guerlain unveiled a new perfume, but this year they have launched a fabulous cosmetics collection that’s as pretty on the face as it is in the package.
Honestly, I don’t think the products, from a functional standpoint, are anything spectacular or innovative. But they earn an A+ for beautifully chic packaging, and the lipstick cases include a mirror which is quite useful. But for now, this beauty addict will just admire from a distant and save the money for my beloved Meteorites.