|Selection of gold things that are perfect for the holiday season|
Excuse the loads of "product porn"! But don't they make SUCH a luscious visual?
Here are some of the golden things I love. Sadly, a couple of them are limited edition and no longer available (although we can cross our fingers they'll be re-released).
Dior J'adore Essence de Parfum
At the risk of sounding cheesy, this is liquid gold in a bottle. We keep complaining about Dior reformulating its classic scents with cheaper synthetics, but this particular version went the other way. Made from expensive natural Rose and Jasmine absolutes harvested from fields reserved just for Dior, and blended with real Tuberose and a touch of Tahitian Vanilla to lend a bit of oomph (don't worry, it doesn't smell like dessert), this is a more linear/simple but drop-dead gorgeous flanker of the original J'adore.
|Dior J'adore Essence de Parfum|
The slimmer, smaller, hand-crafted signature bottle with the long neck is just a pleasure to look at as well.
Lierac Huile Sensorielle aux 3 Fleurs
|Lierac Huile Sensorielle|
Lierac's Huile Sensorielle is less well-known as Nuxe's equivalent, but I love it for the delicate blend of fragrant white flowers (camellia, jasmine and gardenia) with argan, sweet almond, grape seed, and hazelnut oils. It's light but nourishing, and just lovely and subtle to smell on your skin and hair.
Just be careful to store it away from light and heat, as it is all-natural and can go rancid.
Guerlain Ombre Eclat
Well, this is the only item that is here just because of the packaging. That's not to say Guerlain eyeshadows aren't some of the most impressive on the market. But if you're looking to treat someone - or yourself - this holiday season, a richly-pigmented shadow in a beautiful gold compact, sheathed in its own suede sleeve, is one of those little luxuries that feels special to own precisely because you wouldn't buy it under normal circumstances.
|Guerlain Ombre Eclat|
Guerlain Sun In The City (Limited)
|Guerlain Sun In The City highlighter/bronzer|
|This ridiculously beautiful powder is only there because it's so ridiculously beautiful; both to see and to use. It's one of the best golden highlighters for medium to dark skins, and it's just a shame it's not part of the permanent collection. The compact is also HUGE so you can sweep it down your neck, across shoulders, down the arms and legs for a golden-bronze sheen.|
Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Vision (Limited)
|Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Vision|
The bad news is it's limited edition and no longer available, but here's a cheap alternative!
Sephora's Precious Gold Luminizer costs a humble US$10 but it's SO fun. It's similar to Vision, but the proportion of darker gold flecks is higher than in the Chanel. Honestly though, on the lid, most people won't be able to tell the difference.
|Swatches of Chanel Vision and Sephora's Precious Gold Luminizere|
I like to dab this onto the inner corners of my eyes, or the center of my lid on top of a neutral/matte eyeshadow look. It can be worn as a wash across the lids, but doesn't go on as evenly as the Chanel, since it's a gel, so it doesn't build up very easily. Still, for the price, who's complaining?!
Lime Crime Uniliner in Rhyme
Rhyme isn't a typical metallic liquid liner. It's made up of ultra fine gold flecks, so if you sheer it out, it almost looks like a sparkly gold shadow. It's fantastic as a holiday liner, and I've also used it many times dabbed on the center of the lids over other shadows.
|Lime Crime Uniliner in Rhyme|
|Lime Crime Uniliner in Rhyme applied as liner, and spread as shadow|
- Revlon Nail Enamel in Gold Coin - this is a sparkly cool gold that's not glitter and not quite chrome either.
- Gold nail wraps from lightinthebox.com (these are available from so many places; I just inluded them because nothing looks quite like gold nail wraps)