One of my favorite hobbies is irresponsibly throwing cash, caution, and common sense to the wind, essentially handing off my dignity in return for high-end beauty products, but even my cosmetics-grubbing jaw drops at some of the prices on the stuff. Just the other day my very own father texted me to say, “Have you heard of La Prairie Cellular Cream Platinum? It’s $680.” I was like, “Step back, Dad. Don’t you know about Cle de Peau’s La Creme?” If you haven’t, let me fill you in: not only does the moisturizer itself cost $775, but they’re now producing just three crystal-encrusted 50-gram jars of the cream that will retail for $13,000. Seriously, who needs that shit? (Amanda Seyfried, apparently, as the ambassador of the brand.) You can’t just have the regular $775 cream, you need the crystal-encrusted one? Whatever, to each their own — if I had $13,000 to spare, I’d probably be buying jar #3 as we speak. Or paying a month’s rent on a two-bedroom brownstone with a backyard in the West Village, either one. Probably the brownstone. Anyway, Cle de Peau isn’t the only brand that goes a bit buckwild with its pricy offerings… here’s just a sampling of the most exorbitantly expensive skincare products money — a lot of money — can buy.
Summertime is all about the colors on your nails and, girl, have I got the color for you: Anardana, from the Thakoon for NARS collaboration. Gorgeous, right? This color is professional enough for work, sexy enough for a night of dancing under the stars, and girly enough for a picnic in the park. But if this rich pink hue doesn’t do it for you, Thakoon for NARS has got five other colors evoking an Indian spice market. I think I’m in love. [$18, NarsCosmetics.com]
I know, I talk about Karl Lagerfeld all day long, but it’s so hard not to when he can’t stop, won’t stop saying and doing things that baffle, offend, and inspire, often all at once. It’s safe to say that you can file this next Karl update under something that’s legitimately newsworthy, and not just me being like, “look, everybody, he wore a mankini one time!” (though I maintain that said mankini-wearing is also legitimately newsworthy). Karl has long specified that rather than sketch out his illustrious designs in pen or a freshly sharpened No. 2, like any mere mortal might, he prefers to use eyeshadows and liners by Shu Uemura because of their myriad colors. Given the very personal connection that Lagerfeld has with the brand, a natural (still, terribly exciting) extension has come of their relationship: the Chanel designer has created and curated a one-off holiday cosmetics collection, eponymously dubbed Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura. The 17-piece line will be available internationally online (the Japanese beauty manufacturer devastatingly ceased U.S. brick and mortar-based retail a few years back) beginning in November, at which time I will already have ordered all of the limited-edition products en masse. Sorry, guys. [Fashionista]
I’m not going to lie: I get a manicure once a week. It’s a luxury, yes, but for me it’s a necessary one that’s worth the $13 and twenty minutes of dry time. You see, I err on the side of, ahem, nonchalant when it comes to my “look” — I think Kate Moss, you see Courtney Love — so a glossy coat of fresh lacquer is often one of the few things that make my style cohesive. I may not have washed my hair in three days, my lipstick may be smeared and faded, my skirt may be on sideways, but look closely and you will see I’m not just any vagabond. I’m a vagabond with a manicure. It’s very Derelicte, my friends. Keep reading »
Another day, another celebrity makeup line! I kid — this is one that’s worth getting excited about. Unfortunately, not too excited, because while Dita Von Teese is creating a makeup collection, the future of its distribution stateside is dubious. The burlesque icon’s line in association with Artdeco, aptly titled Dita Von Teese Classics, will be released mid-June in Germany, where the brand is based, but sources say it could find its way over here sooner rather than later. Dita’s range consists of rosy blushes, neutral eyeshadows, stunning false lashes, nail lacquers, and six velvety lipsticks in shades of rich pink, orange, and (naturally) red, all designed by Dita with a completely DIY approach in mind. I love Dita’s old-school, glamorous aesthetic, but I love and respect even more the way that she expresses herself and her use of cosmetics, and how she insists that with just a little bit of time and effort, “anyone can learn to be glamorous.” [Beautylish] Keep reading »
When a female celebrity offers a makeup-free photo to the public of her own accord, thereby putting herself on the same level as us mere mortals, she’s usually lauded for her alleged bravery and commitment to disproving the smoke and mirrors of Hollywood perfection. AnnaLynne McCord hopped on the sans fards freight not so long ago, and she was met with commendation and praise for showing off her blemished normal-girl skin. It’s a strange phenomenon, but non-famous women love to see seemingly flawless celebrities looking, well, non-famous.
So I wonder why everyone, from bonafide bloggers to your average backseat critic, is losing their cool about this Instagram photo Kelly Osbourne tweeted of herself before bed, calling the picture of the celeb daughter and Fashion Police pundit everything from “scary” to just plain “unflattering.” Keep reading »