When Oprah still had her talk show, I was always interested in seeing her “favorite things” episodes because I liked seeing what cool new gadgets or items she liked to use to see if I could try it for myself. Although I write about various royal women and sometimes other celebrities whose fashion I admire, some of my most popular blog posts are ones that I have written about the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton). I can see through my WordPress stats that the blog posts that I have written about her favorite makeup and cosmetics and posts I wrote last year about Christmas gift ideas are the ones most visited. I think people might really like to know specifically what Kate’s favorite things are. So I decided to write this blog post about some of Kate’s favorite things with either info on stuff that she loves and wears all the time that is just now available again or info about new stuff that these designers have made for the Fall 2016 season. If this post proves popular, I may make this into a series of blog posts on a few other women as well.
Bobbi Brown Makeup
So as I wrote about in my blog post about Kate’s makeup and cosmetics, Kate really likes Bobbi Brown makeup. Most of the makeup products she wore on her wedding day were by Bobbi Brown and people on Twitter have reported seeing her shopping at Bobbi Brown makeup counters for years since before she even got married. It has been five years since Kate got married and the way she does her makeup really hasn’t changed too much, leading me to believe she still favors Bobbi Brown. But I have noticed that the way Kate grooms her eyebrows is different. In pictures before she got married and when she was still a University of St. Andrews student, her eyebrows were thinner. But as eyebrow trends have changed now to favor thicker or more defined eyebrows Kate has also filled hers in more. This especially started to change when Kate did her Vogue cover.
So here are a couple of great eyebrow products by Bobbi Brown that I can imagine Kate using. This cool little compact has a nice brush and two different colors of powder for when you want to lightly fill in your eyebrows.
As a woman who has naturally thick and sometimes unruly eyebrows, my personal favorite eyebrow product is this eyebrow gel that you brush on with a wand that looks similar to a mascara brush. It keeps your eyebrows in place so nicely.
Bobbi Brown also has some really pretty makeup palettes this season. This is a great time to buy some new makeup because lots of makeup brands put together gift pallets in anticipation for the holidays. This one has both eye shadows and blushes. I can tell you that the eyeshadows in this palette look like ones that Kate wears. They are also nice neutral colors that I think would be flattering to women with any eye color.
According to the makeup artist who worked with Kate before her wedding day, one of Kate’s favorite products is the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick. This set includes the shimmer brick plus a really lovely, soft brush to apply it as bronzer or blush. I have also used the shimmer brick as eye shadow in the past.
Kate’s favorite jewelry designer is Kiki McDonough. I have written a blog post dedicated to her jewelry before that was popular. The earrings that Kate seems to re-wear the most are her citrine pieces. I think Kate must really love citrine. For a while her favorite citrine earrings were sold out. But now they are back!
The five year old little girl in me squealed in delight when I saw the new Beuaty and the Beast teaser this week. I am beyond excited to see Emma Watson as Belle when the film premieres next year. So I thought I would put together a little post in honor of this new sneak peak at the film. This post highlights Emma Watson’s favorite beauty products.
According to a Twitter post that Emma shared in 2014, these are some of her favorite beauty products:
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
According to this product’s description, the luminizer acts as a highlighter to illuminate your skin. Gisele Bundchen is a fan as well.
And according to an interview she gave with Marie Claire, these are some other products she also enjoys:
Lancôme Varnis In Love Nail Polish in Gris Angora
Emma said in her interview that she doesn’t typically like to paint her nails bright colors because she worries that the color won’t go with all of her outfits. But she said she loves this gray color because it will match more clothes. I think this is a pretty alternative to black nail polish, that may be more harsh against pastel Spring and Summer clothing, yet it is still neutral enough to go with many different outfits.
L’Oréal Pairs Colour Riche Lip Liner in Nudes for Life
This was a surprisingly one. Emma said in her interview with Marie Claire that she recently worked with a makeup artist who lined her lips perfectly with a nude lip liner. I normally use a darker lip liner one shade darker than my lipstick because I have a freckle on my lips I try to cover up but I think that this nude lip liner trick would work well if you are just going to use some pale gloss or a lighter lipstick.
And finally, my favorite part of this post is Emma’s favorite perfume which is Be Delicious by DKNY. I always love reading about celebrities favorite scents. This is the official description of the scent: “A modern feast for the senses. Served in a sleek metal and glass apple bottle, this juicy fragrance combines the scent of apple with a sophisticated blend of exotic flowers and sensual woods. Like the city that inspired it, Be Delicious celebrates individuality with refreshing spirit.”
I hope that you enjoyed reading about Emma Watson’s favorite beauty products! I can’t wait to see Beauty and the Beast when it finally premieres next year. 🙂 Don’t forget to like My Frugal Lady on Facebook!
While I was writing my blog post on Kate’s favorite makeup and cosmetics I discovered that the same makeup artist who taught Kate how to do her makeup for her big day also helped Pippa with her makeup. So here is a quick breakdown of the same exact products that Pippa used on her sister’s big day according to Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Enjoy!
Bobbi Brown Bone eye shadow across the entire lid:
And a highlighter pen, most likely this was used under her eyes or on the top of her cheekbone area. The specific one that Pippa used has been discontinued but the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclait highlighter that Kate used is still very much available and continues to be one of Kate’s favorite beauty items.
To help us all get into the holiday spirit, here is the second installment of “Christmas Gift Ideas” inspired by royal women’s favorite things. In case you are shopping for a lady this year and need some regal ideas. Or, you could be a lady yourself who wants to conveniently share this blog post with your family and friends as a not-so-subtly hint about what you may like to receive this Christmas. 😉
Princess Victoria of Sweden’s Cameos
First of all, like many ladies I am obsessed with jewelry. I received a beautiful gold cameo necklace surrounded by pearls as a Christmas gift when I was 17 and it is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. So when Princess Victoria of Sweden married her longtime love, Daniel Westling, in 2010 I was surprised to see her wear a gorgeous cameo tiara on her wedding day. Each individual cameo on her tiara on surrounded by pearls just like my cameo necklace which made me feel pretty special that I had something that looked royal, too. 🙂
This particular cameo necklace has been a traditional wedding tiara for many Swedish royal brides including Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia. Apparently, this tiara was actually a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to Empress Josephine so it has a long and romantic history. There are earrings to match, which you can see both Victoria and Silvia wearing on their wedding days, along with a necklace that Silvia is wearing in the more recent picture.
I love cameos because they add a touch of old fashioned romance yet they never go out of style because they are classic, elegant, and regal. Most royal families throughout Europe have cameos in their jewelry collection so it is an appropriate gift for a lady that likes a more classic or vintage style.
Here are some pretty cameo earrings. They are sterling silver and created white sapphire on sale for $32. Picture is a link.
I also really like these cameo earrings with dangling pearls.
Like most women, Princess Diana experimented with many different perfumes throughout her life. But according to her former butler, Paul Burrell, Diana’s favorite perfume after her divorce was 24 Faubourg by Hermes. Here is the official description for the fragrance:
“A novel composed by Maurice Roucel in 1995, 24, Faubourg is an invitation to travel, with the sun as its destination. A sparkle of white flowers in the top notes, the radiance of a floral heart enveloped in irises, woods and mystery, while vanilla and ambergris set the tone for the sillage.”
It would make a beautiful gift for anyone who loved Diana or for ladies who just enjoy elegant perfumes. You can find it here:
According to numerous sources like Women’s Day, Kate really enjoys using Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ eye shadow palette. And she’s not the only one. “Naked” by Urban Decay has long been a favorite go-to eyeshadow palette for many celebrities. The pigments are neutral but long lasting. And it has 12 different colors which leaves room for some experimentation. It’s a really great palette.
According to the makeup artist who helped Kate with her makeup for her wedding day, Kate really loves Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick in “Bronze”. I love it too and have used it myself in the past. But I didn’t know at the time that it was a bronzer so I used it as eye shadow and it was a really pretty light, shimmer eye shadow. So it can be used as both. Bobbi Brown also makes some lighter, pink shades for their shimmer bricks that can be used as a contouring blush or as eye shadow.
And finally, Kate loves Bobbi Brown’s “Crystal” gloss and wore it on her wedding day on top of her lipstick to give her lips some shine. One great tip that makeup artists have suggested when using this clear gloss is that you should use lip liner and lipstick as normal and the take this clear gloss and use it right in the middle of your lower lip to give the illusion of fuller lips. You can also use it all over your entire lips over lipstick as a way of toning bright or dark lipstick. Finally, this “Crystal” gloss can be worn by itself without any lipstick at all.
If you are looking for a good lipstick to go with Kate’s favorite clear gloss, according to an article by the Telegraph the Queen uses Clarins lipstick and has been seen applying it in public. She carries it with her in her handbag and will touch up her makeup in full view of photographers. See the article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/10987809/Whats-inside-the-Queens-1000-handbag.html
The lipstick that the Queen appears to be using is this one. She has always favored darker shades that flatter her fair skin.
And finally, I think that Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s favorite Diane Von Furstenberg wool coat would make an excellent gift. Mary has such impeccable style and this coat has a great classic, simple silhouette that she has worn numerous times. Very chic.
And lo and behold, I have found the same exact coat for sale for 25% off in black AND red! Score!
Per popular request, I regularly write posts specifying which makeup brands and cosmetic products royal ladies wear. Previous posts include Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton (although technically not royal), Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Grace of Monaco. This post dedicated to the favorite products of Diana, Princess of Wales is one that I have wanted to write for a long time. However, it has been a little bit difficult to put it together. Since I usually like to tell my readers exactly which products royals use and most importantly, where they can find them, Diana’s post has been challenging because many of her products have been discontinued since the 80s and 90s. So this post will feature some of the same exact products that Diana used (mostly her perfumes which are still in production to this day) as well as products that are very similar (so lipstick and eye shadow colors that she wore herself may have been discontinued since the 80s but the same makeup company may have a very similar product with a slightly different name). All of this information comes from a variety of sources including books, biographies, magazines/online articles, and online forums. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
While Diana had a variety of perfumes that she would use interchangeably, here are a few that stand out as her favorites.
First, Diana’s wedding perfume. There is a cute little story that goes with this particular perfume that has become somewhat famous among royal watchers. Diana’s makeup artist, Barbara Daly, has told the story that on Diana’s wedding day she tried to put some perfume on her wrists AFTER she put her wedding dress on. Unfortunately, she managed to spill a bit on her dress and she panicked. Her quick thinking makeup artist told her to simple hold that spot on her dress as she was walking to make it seem like she was lifting the front of her dress so she didn’t step on it. You can clearly see Diana holding her hand over the front of her dress at the alter in an awkward way, that’s because she is trying to cover the wet spot from when the perfume spilled. Her wedding perfume was “Quelques Fleurs.” As you would expect, this is a very fancy perfume. If you have never heard of it before it is one of the most highly acclaimed perfumes in the world, comparable to Chanel no 5. The exact notes that are used in this scent have never been divulged but it is best described as a floral perfume, very appropriate for a wedding. Here is the official description:
“One of the most renowned and admired fragrances of all time, Quelques Fleurs L’Original forever changed floral fragrances when it became the first true multi-floral bouquet 90 years ago. A classic that has endured the test of time, the fragrance is wrapped in a theme of sculptured petals in a frosted French glass. The true Quelques Fleurs formula has never been published. An ancient formula still kept in the family archives, this fragrance will never be duplicated. This blend of soft, sensual florals uses over 250 different raw materials and more than 15,000 flowers to create just one ounce of Quelques Fleurs eau de parfum. To this day it is still produced in Grasse, France, where Jean Francois Houbigant first created his perfumes in 1775.”
It comes in a really elegant package. This is a luxury perfume, even more so than Chanel no 5, so not many people have it and it cannot be found in many stores.
But you can get it here via the Neiman Marcus website:
Diana married in 1981, so after that point she did experiment with different perfumes. Her former butler, Paul Burrell, wrote in his book, “A Royal Duty,” that her favorite perfume towards the end of her life became “Hermes 24 Faubourg” another luxury perfume albeit significantly less expensive compared to her wedding perfume. Diana had amazing taste in perfume. She especially liked white florals and sometimes peach as a heart note in the perfumes she chose. Always sweet and ladylike. Here is the official description of her favorite perfume:
“Perfume in the absolute. An explosion of white flowers, enveloping warmth, captivating sensuality.” Jean-Claude Ellena
A novel composed by Maurice Roucel in 1995, 24, Faubourg is an invitation to travel, with the sun as its destination. A sparkle of white flowers in the top notes, the radiance of a floral heart enveloped in irises, woods and mystery, while vanilla and ambergris set the tone for the sillage.
If a perfume is described as ‘absolute’ it is more concentrated and will last longer on your skin. The “sillage” refers to when a woman leaves the room and her perfume lingers in the air. So people will associate you with your signature scent. I like to consider myself a bit of a perfume aficionado. 🙂 The best perfumes in the world have ambergris in it so I am not surprised that Diana wore this.
Another favorite perfume was Diorissimo by Christian Dior. As a matter of fact, Diana loved Dior so much that they made an iconic bag for her after her divorce called the “Lady Dior” bag which you can see on the floor in the picture above. Diana loved the bag and had it in a few colors. “Diorissimo” is well known perfume among royal ladies. The more research I do on this topic, the more I realize that there are certain perfumes that royal women from around the world tend to gravitate to. Diorissimo is one of those perfumes. Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece is also a fan as was Princess Grace and her daughter, Princess Caroline. Princess Diana admired Grace very much. Grace attended the first function that Diana went to after she became engaged to the Prince of Wales. Diana became overwhelmed and started to cry in the bathroom and Grace comforted her. When Grace died in a car accident shortly after this Diana personally asked the Queen if she could be the one to attend Grace’s funeral as a representative of the British royal family to pay her respects.
Lady Diana and Princess Grace
Here is Diorissimo’s official description:
“First introduced in 1956 and inspired by Monsieur Dior’s favorite flower, the lily of the valley, Diorissimo is the definition of a true, timeless classic. Discover the fragrance now available as an elegant eau de parfum. This delicate, romantic fragrance features top notes of bergamot and calyx, middle notes of lily of the valley, jasmine, ylang ylang and lilac and a base of sandalwood.”
I absolutely love lily of the valley as well as jasmine. And it seems Diana did as well.
You can find it here at Saks 5th Avenue at a pretty reasonable price:
Another perfume that Diana liked was “L’air du Temps” by Nina Ricci for women. Again, this is a perfume that many royal women love, especially queens. This is Queen Sofia of Spain’s favorite perfume (her husband said so in her official biography) and is also worn by Queen Elizabeth II among others. How fitting that the “Queen of People’s Hearts” liked to wear a queenly perfume like L’air du Temps. It was created in the 1940s after the end of World War II as a way to celebrate the end of the war. That’s why it has its famous white dove topper, it is meant to symbolize peace. Here is a detailed description:
“The floral-spicy note of the carnation is in centre of its composition. Bergamot and rosewood support the development of the carnation theme, refined with the notes of rose and jasmine. Violet and iris give a powdery nuance, and create a harmony with the woodsy notes of cedar and sandal, while sensual musk and amber add the final feminine accord to the composition.”
This fragrance is a warm, spicy floral. I think it would be great for winter time, evening wear, or for the holidays especially since carnation is one of the most prominent notes. It is a little bit sexy but powdery, too so it smells clean. It is also one of the most reasonably priced perfumes that Diana wore, since she had expensive taste in perfumes.
You can find it here for $55, the best price I have every found:
Lastly, another perfume that Diana has been said to enjoy is Mitsouko for women by Guerlain, another well known and respected perfume house. This is perhaps the oldest scent that Diana used as it dates back to 1919 with the recipe staying pretty much the same throughout the 20th century. This scent is oriental and comes in a cool 1940s style bottle. Anytime that I have smelled a Guerlain fragrance I notice that the first spray seem pretty strong but then it mellows after the dry down period. Guerlain specializes in niche perfumes so they are pretty unique. The brand has been around for a really long time (like Creed, Chanel, Nina Ricci, etc). As a matter of fact, I have a little bottle of Shalimar by Guerlain that was my great-grandmother’s.
Here is the official description of the scent:
“In 1919, Europe was fascinated by Japan and the culture of the Far East. This was the moment when Jacques Guerlain named his new fragrance Mitsouko. Mitsouko means “mystery” in Japanese and symbolises passionate and mysterious femininity.
Its top notes include bergamot, its middle notes include peach, rose, iris, clove, and jasmine, and its base notes include vetiver, oakmoss, and labdanum.”
Diana was a big fan of Guerlain products in general as I will discuss later in the post. She was known to wear their makeup and moisturizer as well.
While finding Diana’s favorite perfumes was not too difficult, tracking down her favorite makeup products has proven to be more of a challenge. The brands themselves are well known (she liked Elizabeth Arden, Clarins, Max Factor,etc.) but most of the colors or products she used have been discontinued so I have found the closest colors and products by the same brands as a substitute. Makeup artist Clayton Howard worked with Diana for her first major photo shoot when her engagement to the Prince of Wales was announced. He created this face chart to show exactly what Diana used that day and I will show you how to find very similar, modern equivalents to what Diana used in the 80s.
The foundation that Diana used for her engagement pictures was from Max Factor. Diana used sheer foundation when she was in her 20s and then used something with more coverage in the 90s when she was a bit older.
I would recommend Max Factor Miracle Touch Illusion Foundation because it has a natural finish that isn’t cakey and it is easy to blend. It is hard to find in stores (especially where I live) so I would look for it on Amazon.
You can find it here for about $12 depending on which shade you choose and where you live.
While her engagement day face chart mentions that Diana used a blush stick, it fails to mention that she also loved a good Max Factor foundation stick. Max Factor’s current “Pan Stik” is cheap and loved by many frugal women. You use this when you are going to have your picture taken or are going on a date and know that they will be looking at you close-up. Basically, it offers a bit more coverage. You can use it alone or in addition to the liquid foundation. If you have any uneven areas or acne scaring it covers that area in an easy to use stick. And since it’s only 8 dollars you really can’t lose. Again, I can’t seem to find this particular product in stores so I am glad that online shopping has become so popular in the past ten years or so. Here is what it looks like:
For her engagement photos Diana used a Max Factor blusher stick that is no longer available but if you want to use the same brand Max Factor has a cream blush that will help achieve a similar English Rose glow to your cheeks.
The Max Factor lipstick called “Tint of Pink” that Diana wore is no longer available. However, Elizabeth Arden has moisturizing lipstick shades that are almost exactly the same as what Diana liked to wear her whole life. Try “Barely There,” “Pale Petal,” or “Sweet Pink” via the link below.
On her engagement day and in the early days of her life as a princess Diana loved Elizabeth Arden eye shadow duos. Her chart names “Timberland/Rice” as one of her favorites but that has since been discontinued. So I would recommend checking out “Cafe Au Leit” or “Tempting Taupe” instead. These are neutral eye shadow colors that Diana preferred.
The face chart also mentions that Diana wore an eye shadow called “Platinum Frost” as a highlighter (you use this under your eyebrow or in the corner of your eyes as a brightener). But nowadays Elizabeth Arden makes a single shaow called “Sugar Cube” that is the most similar to what Diana would use.
Lastly, Diana was well known for her love of eyeliner. And whileshe normally wore neutral eye shadow she did experiment with heavier eyeliner. During the early days of her public life she would wear Elizabeth Arden’s “Navy” eye liner but today the brand calls it “Sapphire” since it sounds more glamorous.
And when she was first engaged and throughout the 80s Diana would use Navy mascara to match her Navy eye liner to accentuate her blue eyes. Now Elizbaeth Arden calls their blue mascara “Ocean Blue” instead of “Navy.” Again, I suspect they made the change to make the color sound more glamorous.
I was particularly interested to discover what Diana did to keep her skin looking so fantastic. If you search for videos of Diana on Youtube you will find many people who met her in person who say that they were blown away by how beautiful her skin was. Well, it turns out that Diana worked really hard to keep her skin glowing. She had a rigorous skincare regime which included her mixing her own masks at home with avocado and egg whites among other things. By looking at pictures of Diana and hearing these anecdotes of how beautiful her skin was it may be difficult to believe that Diana actually suffered from Rosacea. It causes a lot of redness on the cheeks and nose and sometimes acne. Rosacea also has a tendency to flare up in really hot or really cold environments. It appears that Prince Harry has inherited the condition from his mother and maybe Prince William as well.
One of Diana’s secrets that she swore by was using rose oil on her skin in the morning before applying her moisturizer. This rose oil by Estee Lauder is a good one.
The very last thing that I will talk about may seem random since I don’t normally write about kitchen appliances in my blog, but hear me out, please. 🙂 I read in a few places that Diana was a great fan of juicing vegetables and fruits and would drink her concoctions every day. I didn’t believe that at first since juicing seems to have become popular after the millennium, but it seems that Diana was indeed ahead of her time in this respect. In a documentary film I watched recently on Diana’s life some of Diana’s friends (like Rosa Monkton) talked about her and reminisced about conversations they had had with her. A friend asked her “if you had to go to a desert island and could only bring one thing, what would you take?” and Diana replied her juicer because she could put twelve cucumbers in it and drink it with fruit juice and it would do wonders for her skin. So, this is apparently Diana’s big secret for keeping her skin healthy. This particular juicer is one of the most reasonably priced I have found online and is currently almost 50% off so I thought I would share this info with you guys in case you would like to try this. It makes sense to me since the health of your skin does come from what you eat and Diana was very knowledgeable about this.
So I decided to buy myself a juicer and try it. I mix cucumbers (which is what Diana loved) or kale, or spinach, with fruits like apples, oranges, pineapples, peaches, etc. I have found a bunch of free recipes online here. My skin is looking awesome and I am not getting as much hormonal acne around my chin, which normally would happen once a month. It looks clearer and brighter and I also have much more energy. I highly recommend it! I don’t do the diet juicing that some people do where they will only drink juice and not eat anything in order to lose weight so I haven’t really changed the rest of my eating habits. I strictly do it to improve my complexion and I have found that it also helps my digestion and gives me energy. I just drink a juice in the more for breakfast and continue to use a three step program on my skin with a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. I have been using the three step program by Clinique for a few months. So far so good! 🙂
I hope that you have enjoyed this post on Diana’s favorite beauty products. I have more info that I can share so I may add on to this post in the future. I would also recommend reading another blog post I wrote called “Christmas Gift Ideas Part 1” because I wrote about a beautiful vanity set that Diana used and where to find it. You can find it under the tag for “British Royal Family” or “Princess Diana” on this site.
Many years ago historians had to really dig to figure out what cosmetics products a royal lady used. But nowadays with Twitter, phone cameras, and the fast paced nature of the internet it seems like we can gather more specific information about what royal women buy. If a royal lady goes to the mall and buys a certain lipstick it’s a safe bet that someone was watching and took note of it. Or, in the case of the Duchess of Cambridge, it is possible that a makeup artist that worked directly with the royal may come forward and reveal all. I don’t like to pry too deeply into royals’ personal lives but I am very interested in different skin care products and makeup. So you can imagine that I was pretty happy to discover that some of the products that Kate uses I have used myself. I guess maybe I feel that my taste in makeup has been royally validated, you know? 🙂
So, without further ado, here are the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite skin care, makeup, hair care, and perfume products and where to find them. Enjoy! And feel free to share this post on your Facebook so that your friends, family, and significant other can read it and get the hint that you may want to add these products to your Christmas wish list. 😉
Hair and Nails
I think that probably the most famous aspect of Kate’s iconic look is her thick, healthy, bouncy hair. Some fashion bloggers and critics on online forums complain it is too long or that they don’t like her ‘fringe’ (‘bangs’ to us Americans). But no matter what you think of her new haircut you have to hand it to her: Kate has really healthy hair.
According to many sources including an article from ‘The Royal Fans’ blog called “What’s in Kate Middleton’s Beauty Bag?” Kate’s hairdresser James Pryce from London’s Richard Ward salon says the Duchess uses Kerastase Hair Rituals products. Apparently her stylist recommended that she used the line’s shampoo and conditioner for ‘dry’ hair to maintain it’s moisture. It’s called “Kerastase Nutritive Bain Oleo-Relax Smoothing Shampoo for Dry and Rebellious Hair.” That’s quite a mouthful, but it seems to be working for her!
The shampoo is normally $56 but I found it for $20. Score!
And her conditioner is called “Fondant Nutri-Thermique Thermo Reactive Intensive Nutrition Conditioner.” It’s normally $58 but I found it for $30. It seems to be a good conditioner for people who blow dry their hair a lot which means it would be really good for the cold winter months when we are less likely to let our hair dry naturally:
It has been reported that Kate visited the Jo Hansford Salon in London to get a manicure before her wedding day and when she did her manicurist, Marina Sandoval, chose this light shade for Kate. It’s called “Allure” by Essie and Kate has used it ever since.
Kate’s favorite skincare products were recommended to her by her dermatologist and are by Karin Herzog, who specializes in “luxury anti-aging” products using active oxygen. Apparently, Herzog was a medical researcher in Stockholm, Sweden and then developed this skin care line after retirement. His official website states that “Karin Herzog is the worldwide leader in oxygen-based skincare. It is the only range formulated with stabilized active oxygen, which acts as a rocket booster, propelling essential nutrients to the collagen producing cells.” Sounds impressive. 🙂 Kate uses this cleanser:
I am obsessed with figuring out which perfumes royal women wear. I happen to believe that a woman’s scent says a lot about her personality. British royal brides tend to wear perfume by Creed but Kate broke from tradition and used a perfume by a relatively new perfumery. Her wedding perfume was “White Gardenia Petals” and was made by Illuminum. Since it was publicized that she used the scent on her big day the perfume has become very popular. However, it is still hard to find unless you order it online. No stores where I live have even heard of this perfume house. The perfume is official described as “a delicate and refined scent – the top note of lily evokes a nostalgic summer ambiance, whilst heart notes of gardenia, Ylang Ylang, lily of the valley and jasmine breeze are sumptuous and feminine. Amber wood underscores this light bouquet. ” From the description it sounds divine. This perfume is more expensive. However, this is probably because gardenia is one of the heart notes of the scent. Gardenias are my favorite flower and real ones smell beautiful. But anyone who knows anything about perfume will tell you that the scent of a gardenia is very hard to capture accurately in a perfume. That’s because gardenias do not have the same type of oil that other flowers like roses have. So the oil from Gardenias cannot be naturally extracted like roses or other flowers. Instead, the smell of a Gardenia has to be synthetically created. And if a perfume is cheap they will not be able to do this well. Only the best perfume houses like Creed, Guerlain, and Annick Goutal can do it right. So Kate must have felt that this perfume was up to par with other high end, luxury perfumes. It has received great reviews and is described as being very classy and romantic. Kate has worn it again since her wedding day so this perfume is supposed to be a good scent for special occasion or daily use.
So according to “What’s in Kate Middleton’s Beauty Bag?” Kate wears YSL’s Touche Eclat ‘miracle’ makeup pen. Apparently, Julia Roberts, Victoria Beckham, and Demi Moore also love this product. It seems to be a real celebrity ‘must have’ product. You use it as a highlighter or eye brightener.
And here is a nifty youtube video on how to use it:
For her wedding day, Kate chose to work with Bobbi Brown cosmetics which is great since I have some experience using some of the same Bobbi Brown products myself. The makeup brand was so thrilled to announce that they would be helping her with her bridal makeup that they released a sketch detailing exactly which colors Kate used for her big day. Here it is!
Here are all of the products in the same exact colors that Kate used on her big day which she has continued to use up until this very day.
She used “Ivory” eyeshadow as a base all over her entire eye lid. I would also use this as a highlighter under the eye brow or at the corner of the eye.
And then the next part makes me really happy, because Kate used a Bobbi Brown shimmer brick and I have used them before myself! On her wedding day, she used “pink quartz’ shimmer brick as a bronzer. However, I have used the shimmer brick in the past as a blush AND as eyeshadow. It actually can be used for a few different things. It’s also really popular with lots of celebrities like Celine Dion who reportedly gave a bunch of the women who worked with her during one of her world tours a Bobbi Brown shimmer brick as a present. It’s a really great product and would make a good gift!
Since Kate tends to accentuate her eyes most when she does her makeup she tends to wear very pale or neutral lipstick and gloss. I also think this may be because Kate has thin lips and when a person has naturally thinner lips wearing dark or red lipstick emphasizes that fact. So it makes sense for Kate to wear a lighter shade of lipstick. According to Bobbi Brown Kate wore “Sandwash Pink” lipstick on her wedding day, which is a really pretty, delicate color.
I hope you have enjoyed an insider’s view into what Kate uses to stay looking princess-y. Kate’s mother-in-law’s favorite brands and products will be the subject of my next segment of “Royal Makeup and Cosmetics” when I focus on Princess Diana. So stay tuned!
September 14th is the 33rd anniversary of Princess Grace’s death. I think she was one of the great beauties of the 20th century so I would like to write a blog dedicated to what make-up and cosmetics products she used. Sometimes with fashion icons from the past it is difficult to replicate their make-up choices because they can be so dated. But Grace Kelly’s make-up before her wedding and in the early years of her marriage in the 1950s is so classic that it withstands the test of time. She always had a very ladylike, elegant way of wearing her make-up. It is not too difficult to apply either. Grace did her make-up herself even for formal state occasions after becoming a princess. I guess she had a lot of time to practice how to style her make-up when she was an actress so she knew how to do it herself.
Many of the products that Grace wore in the 1950s are no longer made, but thankfully some other products are still used today and their recipes or formulas have not changed all that much. In this blog I will either talk about the same exact products she used OR products that are a similar, modernized version of what she used from the designers she loved the most.
First, I will talk about the most iconic cosmetic that is associated with Grace Kelly: her perfume from her wedding day. Grace was a gorgeous bride with a stunning wedding dress that was copied by Kate Middleton when she married Prince William. Grace was loyal to designers she worked with for years in the film industry so she asked a costume designer named Helen Rose from MGM studios to make her dress. For her special day, the House of Grimaldi (Monaco’s royal family) commissioned Creed, the luxury perfume house, to make her a special wedding day perfume. The result is a classic scent called “Fleurissimo” or “beautiful flowers” made in 1956. The formula hasn’t changed much in 60 years and it is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Caroline of Monaco, and other famous actresses. Fleurissimo is a floral scent. But it is so beautifully done that it actually smells like real flowers. I have smelled it before and I was really impressed. Many floral perfumes may smell like flowers mixed with other notes making the perfume only vaguely resemble the smell of flowers. Fleurissimo actually smells like a bridal bouquet. I mostly smell tuberose, violets, and iris with bergamot. Bergamot is the top note that you smell first when you spray it on but after the dry down period on your skin you will mostly smell roses and violets. It smells like a fresh bouquet of flowers, so I can imagine that when Grace walked down the aisle people must have thought her wedding bouquet smelled really pretty not realizing that they weren’t just smelling her bouquet, but her perfume as well. It is definitely one of the best perfumes I have smelled. As you probably have guessed, this perfume is not cheap. Creed perfumes normally cost around $200 for a 2.5 ounce bottle. However, I have found Fleurissimo for $122 for 2.5 ounces at the link below (click the pictures and it will take you there).
I am glad that I was able to find it online and for this price because they don’t sell this particular scent in any of my local malls and it can be hard to find. I also found this cool little sample of the scent for $10 for .04 ounces. It is enough to use for maybe two days. That way, you can try the scent from this little sample before you buy it to see if you like it or if it works well with the natural scent of your skin since perfumes smell differently on every woman. If you are like me and can’t find this scent in stores I think it is important to smell a sample first before you invest in the full bottle. Here it is:
Next, I would like to talk about Grace’s make-up in the 1950s before and after she became a princess of Monaco. Due to the fact that there were limited cosmetics lines available in the 1950s and considering that Grace was a movie star before becoming a princess I can find more information about what brands she used than if I were writing about some of the other modern royals who tend to be very secretive about what they use.
On most days, Grace preferred a soft, natural eye brow that was a bit filled in for a youthful look. She never wore eyeliner under her eyes and generally would wear one solid color across the whole lid. She wouldn’t use eye shadow on the brow bone under her eyebrow itself, just on her lid. She tended to favor grey eye shadows and soft pastels with just a little mascara. The most important part of 1950s make-up is moisturized, hydrated skin. Women had the option to wear either cream or powder concealer but Grace had really pretty skin so she preferred to wear powder with a very light rouge that was almost the color of her skin, sort of a peachy color. She would apply it on her cheekbones, on her forehead, her nose, and lightly on her chin. Basically anywhere the sun would turn you pink first if you go out into the sun. Never too much, though, because Grace had very fair skin. Her make-up artist told her to make sure not to cry on her wedding day because the moment she started to cry her nose would turn bright red because of how fair she was.
Finally, during the day time, Grace would wear either light or dark pink lipsticks on most days. She believed that less was more when it came to make-up and when her daughter, Princess Caroline, started to come of age in the 1970s Grace would reportedly complain that she thought Caroline wore too much make-up, especially around her eyes. So this style of make-up in the 50s was more or less how Grace chose to wear her make-up her whole life.
Now, for evening wear or when she had to be more dressed up, Grace would lightly line her eyes with a gray eyeliner just on the top lash line and use a little more black mascara then during the day time. She would also wear a darker berry lipstick for a more glamorous look. Lipsticks were very important in the 1950s and many magazines from the time told women that they were practically naked if they left the house without face powder and lipstick on.
When it comes to brands, the 1950s gave way to some new cosmetics companies since people had more money to spend on make-up, whereas during the war in the 1940s people couldn’t afford to have more than one or two lipsticks.
According to a blog called “Hair and Makeup Artist Handbook” (http://hair-and-makeup-artist.com/womens-1950s-makeup/) most cosmetics were sold by Max Factor, Revlon, Pond, and then luxury companies Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, and Boots. Avon started their business in the 1950s as well. Most of the cosmetics by Max Factor or Revlon that Grace would have used in the 1950s for her movies have been discontinued. However, I can say that many of the products by Helena Rubinstein, Boots, and some of Elizabeth Arden’s products have stayed mostly the same. Once she became a princess Grace was a huge fan of Dior cosmetics (as she loved their clothes) Givenchy, and Chanel.
First I’ll start with Helena Rubinstein, a company I honestly never heard of before I started researching what products Grace wore in the 1950s. It is expensive, but has great reviews. The neat thing about Helena Rubinstein in this decade is that this brand advertised their products by telling women what color palette works best for which hair color a lady has. Here is an article about it from “Glamour Daze”, a vintage make-up blog: http://glamourdaze.com/2013/10/the-1950s-fashion-look-according-to-helena-rubinstein.html . And from this article I got a nifty chart that shows what colors Helena Rubinstein recommended for blondes, which is probably what Grace’s make-up artists went by when they picked which colors to use for her.
Of course, rules have changed and I would say that many of the colors that Grace wore would be complimentary to women with any hair color, really. Make-up artists today tend to tell women to go by the color of their eyes, not their hair. But I believe a women really needs to just wear whatever makes her feel the most confident. I have dark brown/chestnut brown hair with very fair skin and dark brown eyes with dark eyebrows and I have always found that grey is a very complimentary eye shadow for me. I’m pretty sure it would work for someone with green eyes as well and it clearly looked great on Grace with her blue eyes.
Like I mentioned before, Helena Rubenstein products can be really expensive, at least in my opinion. A dual eye shadow compact costs about $70 on average. Most of the colors I found on sale were at least $55; however, I managed to find this compact for $9.95, which is really extraordinary. And it’s the perfect shade for the 1950s Grace Kelly look, too. It’s called “Grey Glance” and is a very similar shade to what Grace would use on her entire eyelid, plus this compact has a white shimmery shade as well that can be used as a highlighter in the corner of the eyes to open your eyes a bit or under your eyebrow to give some extra shimmer and update this look a bit to make it more modern.
For Grace’s more casual daytime look I recommend “Cosmic Praline.” Here it is for $32.
Both the eye shadow and lipstick above would give you a look similar to the one in this picture of Grace:
You could also try this shade called “Luminous Coral” since coral lipstick was very, very in fashion in the 1950s.
The next brand that Grace wore often is Dior which happens to be a brand I really love, too. But again, it can be more expensive. I personally find that it is worth it to invest in good make-up, though. I used to be able to wear any brand at all until I was 24 and developed a horrible allergic reaction to cheap, drug store make-up. It makes my eyes swell shut. Now I have to do my research and make sure to choose quality make-up. Princess Diana also loved Dior clothing and cosmetics. Dior custom made an iconic purse for Diana after her divorce called “Lady Dior” that is still widely used by many celebrities today.
At my local mall a single eye shadow from Dior costs about $35 but I found it here for $25. This shade is called “Graphic Grey” and again, it looks like something Grace wore often judging by the pictures I have studied of her and other info I have read in books and articles online. I think Dior is a great quality eye shadow.
I personally really love the quad eye shadow palettes that Dior puts together because they specifically choose the colors that coordinate together and I find that it makes it easier for me when I apply it. I also like when there is a darker color in the quad that I can use to line my lash line because I don’t always want to use eyeliner. Sometimes an eye shadow can be enough to line the eye especially if you are trying to achieve the 1950s look. Many women in the 50s loved to use a lot of eyeliner for a cat eye look but Grace really didn’t do that so a quad like this one is perfect for what she would do. It’s called “Dawn Grey” and it has a nice white shadow to use as a highlighter plus a darker gray to line the eyes when you want a more dramatic look in addition to two pretty light and medium grey shades. I like it a lot.
This quad would be especially helpful if you want to achieve Grace’s nighttime look. Keeping that in mind, this beautiful lipstick by Dior called “Dolce Vita” looks like something Grace would wear. It’s a really good quality lipstick that can’t be found too easily in stores and it lines the lips nicely without having to use a lip liner with it.
Finally, this mascara is probably the best I have ever used. I first got it as a birthday gift when I was 17 and it is fantastic. Mascara was really important in the 1950s and although the kind of mascara that was used at that time is not produced anymore considering Grace’s love of Dior this mascara seems like it would be the closest modern equivalent to what she would have used.
Together the eye shadow quad, lip stick, and mascara would help you achieve the look Grace has in this picture.
Givenchy was another favorite brand of Grace’s. Audrey Hepburn also loved the brand and wore their cosmetics and their clothing. Pastel eye shadows are a very important part of the Grace Kelly, 1950s look to balance a darker lipstick. This beautiful compact from Givenchy has four lovely very light pastel shades. It looks a lot like what Grace would wear in her Alfred Hitchcock movies in the 50s.
Now, this brand was not used by Grace herself, but Nars did create a lipstick named “Grace” that does look like some of the lipsticks that Grace wore during the 1950s and I bet it would look great with the light pastels in the Givenchy quad. I think it’s a really pretty color.
Occasionally, if she attended a really glamorous evening event, Grace would wear deep red lipstick but it would always be balanced by very light eye make-up. So she would wear something similar to Givenchy’s nude eye shadow like this one:
Or Dior’s “Nude Pink Design” palette.
Then, she would line her upper lash line with a black eye liner. It wouldn’t be directly on the lash line, not too thick.
Liquid eye liner would work as well as long as you have a very steady hand and can apply it carefully directly on the lash line.
She would finish with a lot of mascara. Again, I recommend this Dior mascara.
But there is also this one by Givenchy with a really unique brush that helps curl eye lashes.
And finally, her lipstick would be something like this one. This lipstick is called “Marilyn” by Dior and was named after another fashion icon of the 50s, Marilyn Monroe. But many movie stars from this time wore this shade.
This is how Grace looked with her more glamorous, evening make-up.
I’d like to finish this blog with a few book recommendations. The first is a New York Times bestselling biography called “Grace Kelly: The Secret Lives of a Princess.” Sometimes when a person watches Grace’s movies or looks at her modeling pictures it may be easy to assume that Grace was aloof or stand-offish. And some people believe in the idea that she was an ice queen, which I think is quite unfair. James Spada debunks that myth with this biography. She was actually very witty and funny, but very shy.
“A Touch of Grace: How to Be a Princess the Grace Kelly Way” is written by film historian Cindy De La Hoz. It’s a fun little book full of trivia about Grace’s fashion and lots of quotes and personal anecdotes.
I hoped you liked this blog about Princess Grace of Monaco’s make-up and cosmetics and that it inspired you to put together your own ladylike, 1950s look. 🙂
If you are like me then you probably love to learn about what make-up brands and cosmetics royal women wear. Well, according to the Telegraph in an article they published last year, Queen Elizabeth II is a long time user of Clarins lipstick. As a matter of fact, she has been photographed applying the lipstick quite a few times. Although Clarins will not comment on which shade the queen uses exactly, it is well known in royal circles that Queen Elizabeth has always favored red or deep rose shades of lipstick since she became queen more than 60 years ago. This is because red lipstick photographs well and the queen is very considerate about wearing bright colors, using her iconic clear plastic umbrella, and applying red lipstick so that the large crowds of people who gather to get a glimpse of her can see her more clearly. It’s a very thoughtful gesture. Here is the same type of Clarins lipstick.
Like most aspects of the queen’s life, her make-up preferences are a closely guarded secret and most of the brands she shops with are very tight lipped about divulging what she uses. But we do know that the Queen is a bit of a perfume collector. She has a few favorites including “White Rose” by Floris, a perfume house with the royal warrant. It is normally $140 but can be found here for $87.95. It is a white floral scent with the most prominent note being white rose, as the name suggests.
Queen Elizabeth also wears her mother’s favorite perfume in her honor. L’Heure Bleu (The Blue Hour) is a mysterious scent from the 1920s by Guerlain, one of the best perfume houses in the world. It is an oriental floral perfume with powdery bottom notes.
Fun fact: The Queen bathes twice everyday. So I would think she probably goes through a lot of perfume if she needs to reapply it multiple times in one day.
But out of all of the comments I have heard people make about the Queen, the one I hear the most is that she has always had beautiful, glowing, clear skin. I really wanted to know more about her skincare regime and after a little bit of digging I did manage to find some information. Back when the Queen was a young, teenage princess her mother was approached by a make-up artist named Thelma Holland who asked her if she could advise Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret in their skin care and make-up regime. The Queen agreed, and Thelma Holland-with Cyclax Cosmetics- helped the queen with her daily beauty regime and her make-up and skin care for her wedding and coronation. The Queen was so grateful and loved the Cyclax products so much she gave them the royal warrant in 1961. Here is a really cool article describing how Holland and her team spent months preparing for the coronation. It is astounding how much time and attention to detail was paid for the event. They even had stand in models with the Queen’s complexion to practice shades of lipstick on to get exactly the right color! http://www.cosmeticsandskin.com/ded/coronation.php
Cyclax no longer makes the face powder and lipstick that the Queen wore on her wedding and coronation but today they specialize in skin care (especially wrinkle prevention) and it is rumored that the Queen uses their products to this very day. They can be really expensive (I found a cucumber mask for $150!) but I found some of their products for a really reasonable price. And if you see pictures of the Queen now at the age of 89 it appears that they must work since she has lovely skin! (Pictures are links)
Here is a “Oil of Evening Primrose” night cream by the company for $6.
A facial exfoliator for $28:
And a lavender and tea tree face mask for $25.
I really love a good face mask and we don’t hear about Cyclax here in America so this mask sounds like something I would want to try now that I have found it.
The article says that the brush normally costs 145 pounds each which translates to well over $200 per brush. But I have found one of their ladies brushes for $77. Maybe it could be a birthday or Christmas gift?
And look! They make combs and brushes for babies! Do you think maybe Prince George and Princess Charlotte use these? Too cute! ($32)
I hope you have enjoyed getting some insight into what make-up and cosmetics products the Queen uses.