Winter Beauty Diary

Beauty Diary - Defining Delphine


{1. Clarins Instant Concealer}

I got hip to this little powerhouse concealer through the blog ViviannaDoesMakeup. Vivianna’s high praise of it demanded my own independant evaluation. She was right: it BOTH brightens and negates redness. I “instantly” loved it. The texture is creamy and it blends beautifully with skin, leaving a slightly dewy finish. Don’t be intimidated by that. You WANT a concealer with some dew to it (the dry, caked concealer look really defeats the point, don’t you think?). I still love my By Terry Touche Veloutée Highlighter/Concealer (super luxuriously dewy) but the Clarins gives me more coverage – I reach for it on days when I need more help.

{2. Davines Anti-Ageing Hand Cream}

Davines is an Italian haircare line that I’ve been use for cleansing and conditioning for the past two months. Since making the switch I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my overall hair health. I recently spotted a hand cream in the line. I figured if they brought salvation to my strands, why not to my hands? Also, in all honesty, the packaging got me: it’s minimalist and cute at the same time, and the PERFECT size for a handbag. Great, good, grand BUT how does it perform? It’s light and nourishing thanks to the almond and olive oils in the formula. The floral fragrance reminds me of a lovely scent from my childhood, perhaps a perfume my mother wore. Anyway, I’ve been through three tubes already this fall and plan to give tubes to friends as little decorative accoutrements worked into my gift wrapping.

{3. Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in 60’s Pink}

As part of my current 60’s style obsession I’ve been on the hunt for a lipstick in that sweet, soft, mod pink that was so popular on lips in the 60’s. I sampled dozens before finding “60s Pink” from Laura Mercier (yes the name could not be more apt!). I don’t own any other lipsticks from the brand so this was a unexpected find. It’s just right: neither too cool-toned nor too warm-toned, sheer but can be built up to opaque, pink enough not to mistake as a nude and yet not in-your-face pink. I love that it has a slight shimmer to it – a far cry from a true 60’s frost – but enough to pay homage. Pair it with bold 60’s cat-lined eyes and blacked out lashes for a bombshell look.

{4. Marc Jacobs High-Shine Nail Lacquer in Delphine}

For certain occasions you want a non-color nail color (for travel or work for example). Something that says clean and groomed but deflects attention. This classy neutral is a great choice for toned-down nails. Also the formula for the Marc Jacobs nail polishes has a noticeable high-shine finish which I think sets it apart. And yes, I’m absolutely biased because of the name!

{5. Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush in Petal Pink 001}

Hands-down my favorite blush du jour. This finely-milled, almost translucent pink, creates a soft, natural glow. If winter has left your face astonishingly pale like mine, try this one. It gives you a Snow White cheeky-flush that changes your look from anemic to fairytale. I never use the cheapie brushes that come with the blush. I recommend this angled blush brush from Sephora’s own line – high performance and good value at $28.

{6. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Rock ‘n’ Kohl’ Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Eye Cheat Nude}

Read me rhapsodize about this little eye-widening gadget here.


Beauty Diary - Defining Delphine



1 Comment

  • Reply December 3, 2014

    Momo & Kim

    Thanks for the beauty recommendations – I have wanted to give the Clarins concealer a try for a while now!

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