One thing you have to appreciate about Gwyneth Paltrow is that she doesn't apologize for her rather enviable lot in life. She's successful, beautiful, connected AND rich—so what of it, bidges?
This is especially apparent when you think about what most celebs will tell you when asked about their favourite beauty products. Don't they always try to be "of the people" and talk about drugstore stuff? This is how Maybelline New York's Great Lash mascara—a truly unremarkable mascara if there ever was one—became one of those cult products that everyone talks about.
But it turns out that Gwynnie, God love her, is a dedicated high-end beauty product aficionado. In case you didn't catch her GOOP newsletter last week, she published a long list of the products she REALLY uses. And damn! Her picks are so stellar I just had to share them with you here:
Dr. Brandt Laser A-Peel System
This is supposed to mimic the effect of an in-office dermatological peel, but in a milder strength for home. Gwyneth says "it really works."
Care by Stella McCartney Purifying Foaming Cleanser
Of course she uses this—Stella is one of her besties! I love a good foaming cleanser myself, and the fact that it's organic is a bonus.
Rodin Olio Lusso
Rodin is a cult beauty range created by ex-magazine editor and stylist Linda Rodin. When she couldn't find a product good enough to use on the models and celebs she worked with, she created her own. Gwyneth says this chemical-free face oil—a blend of 11 essential oils and the star product in the line—will make your skin look "radiant."
Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum
and Anti-Aging Mist
I'm not sure if this line is still sold in Canada, but if you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend snapping it up. I've loved it ever since I attended a launch presentation by the founder, Horst Rechelbacher, who also founded Aveda. Everything is so pure that you can actually drink the products (and Horst does, to demonstrate). Gwyneth says these two products will make your skin look "luminous."
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel
and A.G.E. Interrupter
and C E Ferulic
Another great choice by Ms. Paltrow. I've loved everything from SkinCeuticals that I've ever tried. The C E Ferulic is perhaps their most-loved product; it's an antioxidant serum that you put on clean skin to protect against free radicals and build up your collagen (kind of like a skin insurance policy, if you will). Gwyneth says she uses this line mostly in the winter, when her skin is dry (but you could use the C E Ferulic year-round as it's a serum).
Sonya Dakar NutraSphere
Sonya is a facialist to the stars and Gwyneth says her new eco-friendly line, NutraSphere, "really works." I can't find any info on her site so not sure if it's available just yet... but I'd be inclined to believe our Gwynnie. When I was in Cincinnati a few weeks ago with some U.S. beauty editors, I overheard one of them mention she was seeing Sonya. Her skin was INCREDIBLE. And she wasn't wearing a stitch of makeup. So I'm a believer.
Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color
Didn't I tell you this line was amazing? It sounds like Gwyneth has the full 12 shades, although she says "I like to use bright lipstick when all the rest of my makeup is minimal."
Chanel Écriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner
and Soleil Tan Sheer Illuminating Fluid
Of course we can expect to see some Chanel on this list! I have both of these products. The liner is pretty great, as far as liquid liners go, and the illuminator has a nice, subtle glow. (Gwyneth uses it as a bronzer, but you could also mix it with your regular liquid foundation for an all-over glow.)
Laura Mercier Undercover Pot
Laura Mercier pretty much owns it when it comes to makeup for your skin (foundations, concealers and powders). This is a three-part product: it contains her famous Secret Camouflage, Secret Concealer and a Translucent Setting Powder (remember when I mentioned how translucent powder is a good idea?). Gwyneth says "I find [this] is the ultimate blemish and under-eye circle cover-up." WANT.
Estée Lauder TurboLash Mascara
I haven't tried this particular mascara, but it's the vibrating kind and is meant to deliver the trifecta: volume, length AND curl.
Stila Convertible Color
As you may know, I've recently become a Stila fan girl. (Check out my posts on their amazing lip stain and two multitasking makeup products for gorgeous, glowy skin.) As for this cream blush, Gwyneth says itblus "gives a nice glow."
Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Gwyneth says this lip balm is "permanently in my handbag." So we have something in common, then!
Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm
and Everything Mascara
I think this rich balm would be ideal for drier skin types. Gwyneth calls it "the perfect foundation." And last but not least, another mascara. Gwyneth says this is one of her "everyday essentials."
SO. What do you think of Gwynnie's beauty picks? She has expensive taste, no? Do you use any of these products—or now want them?