POPSUGAR Beauty

How to Have All the Candy You Want Without Any of the Calories

Mar 23 2014 - 10:00am

Although I love my chosen profession (what's not to love when you're writing about fashion all day long?!), it's not my dream job. Dylan Lauren has my dream job. If you haven't acquired a few too many cavities from eating a few too many gummy bears [1], you might not know that Dylan — the daughter of designer Ralph Lauren [2] — who runs the world's largest candy emporium. She's basically a very stylish, very gorgeous Willy Wonka. Over the years, I've spent a good portion of my paychecks buying up many of the 7,000 different treats from her famed Dylan's Candy Bar, so when I found out that she launched a new line of accessories and beauty products, I was thrilled (as was my dentist). Finally, candy I could wear: Whirly Pop-scented nails, literal candy necklaces, and chocolate-bar-flavored lip glosses. While noshing on Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish, I chatted with Dylan all about the new Candy Girl collection [3]. See what she had to say, and then shop her favorites. Just don't eat them.

POPSUGAR: Consuming candy is one thing, but what made you decide to branch out into beauty and accessories with the Candy Girl collection?

Dylan Lauren: I don't love just eating candy. I love it for the patterns and colors and different shapes. Candy and eye candy are the same thing, so whenever I see jewelry — the beautiful little pieces — sometimes I want to eat it! The basic idea of designing candy jewelry was something I always wanted to do since the store opened. Plus, everyone enjoys candy and a splash of color, so it's really for the girl in everybody, not just young girls. These days, women are more comfortable sucking on a lollipop!

PS: And the beauty line must have been fun to produce. Was the process similar to the taste tests you do on your actual candy? What flavors were most important to include?

DL: A lot of what I grew up on was the Bonnie Belles that tasted like bubblegum and cherry. We did a line with Sephora [4] three years ago, and I kept seeing other companies doing candy-flavored lip glosses, and I thought besides chocolate flavors, why not all the candy flavors for lip and nail? We're a candy company, so when it came to coloring something pink or magenta, we're about not just cherry and watermelon but cotton candy and bubblegum.

PS: This past Fashion Week, the Chanel runway was filled with confectionery references — namely candy necklaces in the shape of the famous interlocking C's. Do you ever say to yourself, "I thought of that first!"?

DL: I love when fashion brands integrate candy. It just goes to show that it's hip and it's adult. Prada [5] did the whole candy perfume, Victoria's Secret had a candy-themed fashion show one year. So, Chanel . . . it's such an elegant brand. It's fabulous. The more the merrier! And the woman who wears a Chanel bag shouldn't feel embarrassed to put on some rock candy lip gloss and rock it.

PS: And speaking of Fashion Week, you were front row in support of your dad, Ralph Lauren [6], this season. Do you ever get inspired by his work?

DL: I am always inspired. It's mostly inspiration by color and how it plays off the fabric. So, if it's the season of bright silks and primary colors, I want to eat the fabrics, and I love the way the colors play off each other. Like, one season my dad will be focusing on red, orange, and lime green. And those colors subconsciously play into the palette I choose for candy packaging. It all is integrated.

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Faux Leather Candy Dots Bracelet [7] ($8)

"I have always collected candy jewelry and love wearing it. I love the bright colors," Dylan said.

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Blue Raspberry Rock Candy Lip Gloss [8] ($9)

"I love the rock candy lip gloss," she told us. "It's not just lip gloss that tastes like rock candy. It looks like rock candy."

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Cotton Candy Rock Candy Lip Gloss [9] ($9)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Watermelon Rock Candy Lip Gloss [10] ($9)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Multicandy Charm Necklace [11] ($15)

"I've been wearing a lot of the jewelry," she said of the collection.

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Multicandy Charm Bracelet [12] ($11)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Whirly Pop Lip Gloss [13] ($7)

"The Whirly Pop lip gloss . . . that's not an everyday candy lip gloss flavor," Dylan said.

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Sprinkles Scented Press-On Nail Set [14] ($7)

"There are those women who are getting gel sets and expensive manicures, but they're the same people who have seen the collection and love the press-ons," Dylan said. "You can get away with it even if you're going to a posh party. It's a fun conversation piece."

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Cotton Candy Scented Press-On Nail Set [15] ($7)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Jelly Bean Scented Press-On Nail Set [16] ($7)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Red and Pink Stacker Lip Gloss [17] ($10)

"One of the products I like a lot for the color is the stacker of different pinks and reds," she told us. "They're Pantone [18] colors!"

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Donut Earrings [19] ($8)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Gumball Machine Necklace [20] ($11)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Vanilla Cupcake Dessert Lip Balm [21] ($5)

"The lip balm is what I use most because I have chapped lips and I like the vanilla cupcake flavor so much," she said. "It's a very unique flavor to us because it's one of our candy bars."

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Angel Food Cake Dessert Lip Balm [22] ($5)

"These flavored lip balms are so much more fun than just chocolate-scented things," Dylan said of the lineup.

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Whirly Pop Stud Earrings [23] ($8)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Rubber Slider Candy Red Bracelet [24] ($10)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Sweet Pink Rubber Slider Bracelet [25] ($10)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Donut Nail Polish Set [26] ($8)

"Women of any age love having fun with their nails," Dylan told us.

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Faux Leather Gumballs Bracelet [27] ($8)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Faux Leather Candy Cubes Bracelet [28] ($8)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Faux Leather Candyspill Bracelet [29] ($8)

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Grape Lip Balm

Dylan's Candy Bar Candy Girl Collection

Pink Lemonade Lip Balm


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