I always say that if this job ended tomorrow, and the constant stream of beauty product deliveries came to a halt, I’d be pretty much fine with shopping at the drugstore—save for a few key items. You see, even though beauty editors recommend products all the time and shout about how this or that Armani or Chanel or YSL is a “must-have” that you “need” to be “on-trend” for the “season” (yes, I’ll stop using those air quotes now)… the truth of the matter is that we have our own little measuring system.
And that is “Would I actually pay money for that?”
I know it’s wrong when we tell YOU to buy stuff all the time. Obnoxious, even. But when you’re spoiled by never having to throw down your credit card at Sephora, EVER, you start to become super-discerning about what actually makes it into your personal beauty product rotation. It’s a big, big deal. So I’m happy to announce that these three newbies have achieved just that. It’s love.
New to the fragrance rotation: Tom Ford Lavender Palm
I’ve wanted to like one of Tom’s fragrances for a long time now, but it just wasn’t happening for me. (Maybe this doesn’t exactly surprise you since I’ve been known to sing the praises of lowbrow scents like Pink Sugar and J.Lo.) Whenever I spritzed something from his line at a press event, it was just a bit too heavy… too serious… too masculine (even though they’re unisex). Just not me.
And then Lavender Palm arrived and changed everything. This is the newest offering in the range, and if you know me (which I think you guys do, by now), you can just tell from the description that it’s a keeper: “Inspired by California, Lavender Palm perfectly captures its sparkling sunlight, natural blossoms and expansive coastlines.” HELLO TOM.
To be honest, the whole idea of lavender doesn’t really sing to me, even though studies say it’s one of the top scents for increasing penile blood flow. Really! Anyway, here it’s paired with citrus, palm leaf accord, clary sage, sensual woods and tonka bean… so it’s not some frou-frou spa scent or grandmother thing. Just the opposite, actually: it’s a little bit masculine and musky and totally sexy. And I NEVER like masculine scents, so I don’t really know what’s going on here except that I want to wear this all the time now.
Yes, it’s pricey ($215 for 50 mL) but scent is one of those things that you’ve got to follow your heart on. You can buy it at Harry Rosen in Toronto (82 Bloor Street West), Calgary (TD Square) and Montreal (Les Cours Mont Royal).
New to the blush rotation: Shu Uemura Creamy Dome Blusher in Fairy Pink (Limited Edition)
Even though I like to pile it on, I’m pretty discerning about my blush. The only powder one I ever got into a relationship was NARS Orgasm, which I still return to now and then since it really does live up to its cult status of flattering every complexion. (I just hesitate a bit with the shimmer factor.) But more recently I’ve been in an extended cream blush phase, which started rather appropriately with YSL’s cream-to-powder Creme de Blush. I also got into Giorgio Armani’s excellent Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blush, and then (perhaps the most natural-looking of them all), Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Blush.
The problem, though, with all of this cream business is that it can still be a little tricky to apply. You have to work quickly to blend, blend, blend, and if you somehow apply too much, you’ve got to wipe a bit of it off to tone things down.
And this is why Shu’s new blusher is amazing. It’s also a cream-to-powder, and the domed shape lets you swipe it over your cheeks and blend super-quickly, without even using your fingers if you don’t want to. Amazing.
I’ve been using it all the time, especially on weekends or, say, before I head to the gym. (I wear blush to the gym. What of it?) Because it’s also incredibly portable (the lid just twists off), it’s great for your purse or travelling. In fact, my friend was just in Africa last month and brought this with her.
It’s limited edition and $29, so grab it while you can, girls.
Giving my Shu eyelash curler a run for its money: Chella Heated Lash Curler
Everyone knows about Shu Uemura’s classic eyelash curler. I’ve been using mine on the daily for years and years now, and no other one I tried could compare. (Especially not Urban Decay’s new one, which looks like an instrument of torture to me. I just couldn’t get the hang of it.)
Then about a year or so ago, I started hearing some buzz about heated eyelash curlers. Intrigued—because in my pre-beauty editor years, I used to do the old heat-it-with-a-hairdryer-trick—I searched for one, but to no avail. So it was a surprise and a delight when Chella spokesperson DeeDee Marcelli introduced me to this one when she was in Toronto a couple months ago.
It’s battery operated and, with a flick of the switch, heats up in just 20 seconds to a level that is hot enough to secure your lashes in place, but not enough to harm. I’ve been amazed—AMAZED, I tell you—at the result. You have to put your mascara on first, which is kind of a pain, but it’s so, so worth it when you see how dramatically this gadget opens up your eyes. You just comb it through and use it to hold your lashes in place against your lids for 10 seconds or so, repeating up to three times as necessary. Then, switch off, let cool for 30 seconds, and wipe off any excess mascara on the curler with a damp cloth.
You can buy this for $20 at The Bay. Yay!
Tell me, guys:
Does it take a lot for a beauty product to make it into YOUR rotation?
Have you tried any of these prodz?
What are your favourite scents, blushers and/or eyelash curlers?