If you're still in need of some inspiration for Mother's Day, then check out our top gifts that are perfect for any mom. From relaxing treats to luxurious makeup finds, we have everything you haven't thought of yet. Plus, we even have the perfect replacement for a bouquet of flowers — it will outlast any wilting tulips! Be sure to shop everything from our gift guide below. On Kirbie: BCBG Max Azria blazer, Tibi dress.
Highlighters are like having your own personal lighting crew with you 24/7, enhancing your cheekbones, lips, and nose in the best way possible. With all the options out there, it can be daunting to pick the best one for you, but we break down which you'll use on a daily basis: a primer, a concealer, and a powder. On Kirbie: Kate Spade top.
Applying bronzer may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be that way, says Guerlain national artist Marcus Monson. "Bronzer is for everyone, even light shades [of skin]," Monson says. "What a bronzer does is simply let you go a shade darker." Here are three steps for perfect application.
1. Choose wisely. Bronzers come in a variety of formulas — cream, liquid, gel, mist, even bronzers built into foundation — but powder is easy for anyone to master. Monson raves over Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($50), which is available in eight shades.
2. Brush up. For the most natural-looking application, use a soft, fluffy brush that isn't too dense. This way, you can distribute color lightly and evenly.
3. Paint by numbers. "Most people just apply bronzer to the cheeks, but the sun doesn't just hit your cheeks," Monson says. "It hits you on the forehead, jaw, and nose, too." To get a sun-kissed hint of color, imagine making a number three on your face. "Start above the brow, down the temple, over the cheek, down the jawline toward the chin," Monson says. Apply one or two coats for a subtle hint of sun so you appear radiant and glowing without going overboard.
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- Karl Lagerfeld said in a recent interview that the pink Chanel suit Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 was actually a knockoff. But a little investigative digging reveals that the iconic suit was actually made to Chanel's specifications with fabric Chanel sent to a tailor in New Jersey. [Fashionista]
- The reason Daphne Guinness has been sending so many erudite-sounding tweets lately is because she's actually been quoting famous books and poems. Highlights include excerpts from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra — all cut down to 140 characters or fewer, of course. [The Cut]
- Madonna's commercial for her new fragrance, Truth or Dare, has been making waves with TV network executives for being too risque. ABC reportedly asked for the bra she wears in the commercial to be "digitally made bigger, and to extend higher to cover more of her chest, and her corset longer to cover more of her bottom." [The Huffington Post]
- Perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain has been fined a grand total of $24,000 for making racist remarks on French television last year while describing how hard he worked on his iconic scent Samsara. The fine was split up among the French government and three antiracism organizations that sued Guerlain after his gaffe. [Styleite]
>> Natalia Vodianova and her new boyfriend, Antoine Arnault, (son of LVMH head Bernard Arnault) haven't been snapped together since August, when a vacation in Ibiza tipped off their romantic relationship. But last night they were back in the public eye. Vodianova, a face of the LVMH-owned Guerlain, hosted a private sale of jewelry she created with designer Yulia Fosty at the brand's flagship in Paris. Proceeds for The Russian Fairy Tale collection, as it was called, went to the Naked Heart Foundation, which Vodianova founded to finance playgrounds and support centers for underprivileged children in Russia.
The house of Guerlain is known for its iconic perfumes, so it's fitting that Vol de Nuit, a 1933 classic, inspired Guerlain's holiday makeup collection, Belle de Nuit. It's all very luxurious (would you expect any less?) and packaged beautifully. The perfumed shimmer powder ($87) is a dream item for those who love old-fashioned ways of scenting themselves, and the Météorites Perles de Nuit ($56, pictured) adds a gorgeous glow to skin. If you're dreaming of these items and want to get a head start on holiday shopping, you're in luck: today,
AHAlife is offering the collection before it lands on counters. If one of these items is an absolute must have in your book, don't dally — last year's Guerlain color collection sold out quickly.
And while the new scent (an amber floral) will pay homage to the original, featuring centifolia rose, Italian iris, tonka bean, and vanilla, Initial will get an up-to-date boost with notes of caramel, Calabrian bergamot, and the hedione molecule (which makes the juice smoother). Initial is currently available in Guerlain's Paris boutiques, with a US launch slated for August.
Ever gotten a $1,000 headband for the holidays, or maybe been surprised with a jewel-encrusted perfume bottle so large that it has a spigot? Well, even if that's not how things usually go around your house, you can still be up on the lives of the wealthy and profligate. The following 10 gifts are some of the most luxurious and costly on the market. Check them out and see if they're worth their price tags.
Last week on French TV, Jean-Paul Guerlain (the last heir of the Guerlain dynasty) used a racial slur not once, but twice, while talking about the work that went into developing Samsara, a fragrance launched in 1989. As you can imagine the perfume house is distancing itself from Jean-Paul as a result, noting that the 73-year-old hasn't been a shareholder since 1996 and actually retired back in 2002.
Jean-Paul apologized in a statement, saying, "My words do not reflect in any way my profound thoughts but are due to an inopportune misspeaking which I vividly regret." Guerlain (the brand), however, calls his racist remarks "intolerable," going against the "culture, values, and ethics practiced by the enterprise, which promotes the diversity of talents of all origins."
Obviously Jean-Paul's statements are inexcusable, but do his actions impact your opinion of the brand?
Each Fall, perfumers roll out with new, limited-run bottles for their most popular scents, to the delight of the perfumes' fans. But not all fragrance bottles are equally covetable. This year there are some truly stunning fragrance bottles available, from lavishly bejeweled pieces with real stones to cut crystal and beautiful filigree. They may be small, but they pack a whole lot of pretty. Read through to see them all.