Makeup is meant to make you more beautiful which is why it makes sense that the makeup itself adds beauty to your life. In a perfect world, all my products would be as effective and lovely to use as they were beautiful to look at. Today I’m sharing the products I admire most for their value as objects d’art alone. I haven’t gotten to trying any of these gorgeous gems so I don’t know if we can judge these books by their cover but it’s worth investigating or maybe you just want to pull a killer compact out of your clutch to powder your nose or touch up your lips with the most stunning looking lipstick ever and I can get behind that.
Aerin Cosmetics is a gloriously beautiful though succient offshoot of Estee Lauder. Each season they offer only a couple of palettes, glosses, and lipsticks. But the packaging, oh the heavy, gold, sharp-lined packaging is beyond luxe. As I said, I’ve never used the line but I just imagine a morning where I dab from these spartan gold palates, put my golden clad lipstick on, and be on my merry way.
Beautycounter’s Lip Sheer’s two things that I love, striped AND golden! I mean… how pretty are these beauties! In addition to being outwardly beautiful, the line focuses on using only “safe and clean” ingredients, excluding literally everything that is questionable in cosmetics.
Topshop did an amazingly clever job designing their product’s in black and white pattern’s to make you just want it all! Simple and adorable, I just love it. They also come out with seasonal ranges in addition to these standards that are a departure from their normal design but it’s always amazing. I really want to try these!
When it comes to powder compacts, Estee Lauder knocks it out of the park. The powder inside? I don’t know but is that the point when you looking at something as pretty as these? You can choose simplicity with the plain gold, your horoscope sign, or even one of their limited edition compacts. Then you just get the refillable powder insert to go inside (colored or translucent, oil-control or sheer). And what an amazing birthday gift or Christmas gift.
Talk about object d’art. The Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick is just stunning. Maybe you just buy one in your favorite shade of knock ‘em dead red just so you CAN retouch at the table.
All these little items are so, so pretty. If you’ve already tried them and love them (or not so much) let me know. Regardless, wouldn’t you just be thrilled to get to try any of these sweets as a gift? How about a stocking full? Yes please!
There is an exciting new way to take care of your skin if you’re in LA and it’s called Skin Laundry. Skin Laundry offers one-size-fits-all facial treatments that consist of a combo of laser than IPL lights and the treatment lasts 10 minutes. So lets talk about why this is amazing…. It’s perfect for the ladies who are overwhelmed by an overload of skincare options but want to take care of their skin. While the Skin Laundry facial isn’t the standard relaxing European facial and there’s no extractions, it’s insanely easy that the one treatment is targets pore cleanliness killing bacteria deep within (acne), fine lines, hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone, oil production, scarring, and skin tightness.
The treatment is $75 (less if you want to go more per month or buy a chunk of treatments) which is cuckoo cheap for anything having to do with lasers or IPL lights, forget putting the two of them together for a one-two punch. The fact that you can get in and out in 10 minutes is a dream come true for us goddesses on the go.
All of that was superb in theory but it’s the actual results that are most important. When I got back from France, my skin was a perfect wreck. I forgot my face wash while I was gone so I was experimenting with weird products while away and then forget living on croissants and wine, I loved my vacation but my face did not. So I needed to be pulled out of a rut and Skin Laundry had their work cut out for them.
It’s really nice and very clean there with a relaxed vibe. It’s all very organized, water bottles waiting for you and a vanity area with Alcone wipes to take off your makeup before hand. The beds in the treatment rooms are super luxe an comfy. The treatments are overseen by or done by a nurse. It feels a bit warm but doesn’t hurt though it is a unique sensation if you’ve never experienced laser treatments.
My face was seriously 80% less broken out and angry 2 days after the treatment but I could also feel how clean my skin was and the calming of angry skin that night. The treatment took me out of a vicious cycle of mad skin. And it was so fast!
You do need to skip makeup for the rest of the day ideally and the gel that they put on your face for the IPL light is best for you to wash off before you go to sleep.
Overall, I’m thrilled! I loved my treatments (I went back for another one) and it’s a great beauty resource in LA. The one thing you do have to think about is if you’ve had anything done recently, spray tanning, botox, used a retain-A or a antibiotic, had another light or laser facial, they WILL NOT do the treatment on you. So be really clear on what their rules are before you go so you don’t waste yours or their time.
Lastly, anyone can go and try it our for FREE! So go, have a treatment and see what you think. There are locations in West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Newport.
One of the things I was soooo excited to do on my trip to France was to thoroughly familiarize myself with the French pharmacies that are chock full the Parisian ladies beauty secrets. I was just waiting for the perfect moment when I would have a generous amount of time to do it, hubby otherwise occupied, on the way back to the hotel so we wouldn’t have to drag my intended heavy haul around the city, and…. it NEVER HAPPENED!!! The time I would’ve spent at the pharmacies was spent doing other beautiful things or very likely in a bakery so I can’t be too upset. The beauty treats I did buy were bought in haste in duty-free at the airport and with very little discrimination. Desperate times…
Anyways… I want to share what I would have liked to buy for those of you who will be passing through the city of lights and want to pick up these things in one fell less-expensive swoop whilst there or for those of you who want to dabble in the beauty of the Frenchies and just order online since you can pretty much get everything here.
Savon Extra Pur Rose Soap – I love their liquid soaps and want to try these ones. The solid ones are also easy to pack and bring back.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm – Smells like honey combined with citrus, its more matte than shiny and feels like a luxe lip treatment instead of a balm.
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre – Another cult product that I know well from my own makeup artists. It’s a multitasker and works as a super hydrating moisturizer for all skin types as well as a primer or makeup remover. Go figure.
Vichy Normaderm Total Mat – A mattifing primer that also prevents blemishes. Vichy’s whole Normaderm line is supposed to be really good for breakout prone babes.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Care – Another product that every seems to go cuckoo over. Apparently, it smells insanely amazing and you can use it on your body, face, AND hair to look like a sexy French goddess.
Cattier Clay Masque – An organic product, theres the pink one for sensitive skin and green for acne, it tightens your pores, takes out impurities, and soothes the skin.
Avene Thermal Spring Water – Everyone looooves this stuff and I’d like to know why firsthand. It’s soothing sensitive skin, hydrating for dry, helps your products absorb when applied after the washing (like toner). Supposedly magic.