The magical season of romance is upon us and I’m excited to share the best of luxury beauty with you!
SMELLING LIKE A ROSE
One can never have enough roses during the Valentine’s Day season and this year, diptyque glorifies the rose with a limited edition candle specially created for the occasion, bearing the sweet name of Rosa Mundi. According to the legend, the name of this variety was inspired by Rosamund Clifford, a woman of great beauty, and mistress to King Henry II of England. Known as Rosamund the Fair, or Rose of the World, she was poisoned in 1176 by Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry’s Queen, who was madly jealous of her. Devastated by grief, and forever inconsolable, the King wished to commemorate the woman he had loved so much. On every anniversary of their meeting, he demanded that her grave be covered in this particular variety of rose. Soothing, romantic, sparkling, the Rosa Mundi candle is designed to celebrate the multiple aromas of the rose in its natural state as it blossoms over time. To make this candle an exceptional gift, the white lacquered glass is in the famous oval shape, but on this occasion is enveloped in an armful of pale pink roses with velvety petals and delicate foliage traced in black ink. It will look delightful in your lounge, bedroom or bathroom! The diptyque Rosamundi candle is $65. Available at diptyque retailers and diptyqueparis.com.
Who doesn’t love wearing lacy lingerie this time of year? My favorite addition to the luxury lingerie drawer is the Couture Camisole from Sarah Blakeley’s Haute Contour line. This sexy lingerie-inspired shapewear by Spanx delivers haute-ness while slimming and shaping! Slip the Couture Camisole under a jacket for an alluring look! Best of all the exclusively developed scalloped shaping-power-lace slims your torso and flattens the stomach, while the front shaping microfiber panel under lace provides additional coverage and support. A final couture touch are the elegant, hidden snaps on the left shoulder open neckline for easier dressing – just step in! The Couture Camisole is available at Spanx.com $198.
Belmondo is Italian for ‘beautiful world’ and Daniela Belmondo, a licensed esthetician and creator of Belmondo Organic Skin Care, launched this line out of a desire to share the incredible natural properties of olive oil with her skin care clients. She sources her organic olive oil from Italy, where her family tree has roots. The line is designed around the daily rituals of caring for yourself. Belmondo Organic Skin Care uses organic ingredients, sourced fair trade whenever possible, that are brimming with the earth-grown goodness your body recognizes and uses to heal and beautify itself. I am a fan of The Dew Nourishing Facial Oil to be worn under The Cloud Face Cream. For luscious skin, slather The Nector all over for delicious results. Visit Belmondo.ca to order.
CHARMING EYES & LIPS
Dolce and Gabbana’s limited edition collection of Lip and Eye Charm Pencils are so playful you’ll want to have one of each. Decorated at one end with golden talismans that dangle from the end of fine gilt chains, you’re sure to adore at least one of four charms related to specific aspects of Dolce & Gabbana’s world – love, luck, femininity, fashion and romance – attributes that reflect the Mediterranean passion that is the cornerstone of the designers’ realm. The Charm Pencils are desirable, collectible and guaranteed to inspire envy when pulled out of your make-up purse! Dolce & Gabbana Charm Pencils are $33 each. Available for purchase at select Saks Fifth Avenue Stores and Saks.com.
A RED LIP
Nothing says love and romance faster than a classic red lip, which will perk up even a casual outfit and turn heads. NARS Jungle Red lipstick and Lip pencil are must-haves for every woman’s arsenal. The red lip is hotter than ever for spring, and NARS has created a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. Try this alone or with NARS Jungle Red lipstick, a semi matte bright red for all-over lip color. Nars Lipsticks are enriched with vitamin E to increase wearability and keep true color intact. Get velvety, full-bodied lips with a sheer finish for the most natural, stained-looking lips and pucker up! Available at NarsCosmetics.com.
What heart doesn’t melt at the sight of a beautiful smile? Keep yours white and bright with The Supersmile Gift Set that includes the most advanced toothbrush and the top whitening system recommended by cosmetic dentists. When used in combination, this set guarantees whiter teeth, fresher breath and healthier smiles without harsh abrasives, sensitivity or over bleaching. The system safely whitens natural teeth and restores bonding, veneers, caps and dentures to their original whiteness. It strengthens enamel and eliminates harmful bacteria, plaque and gingivitis. Supersmile Gift Set $159. Available at fine department stores and retailers and online at Supersmile.com.
Wishing you a beautiful and romantic Valentine’s Day!
Fashion Designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She designs a line of couture women's clothing, fine jewelry, and handbags. For more information please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.