It all began on a Tuesday in 2007…
Well, I’m not sure about the day, but I know it was 2007. A makeup artist buddy of mine had just introduced me to the magic that is NARS Laguna.
That day, I learned that no matter what your skin tone is, a bit o’ bronzer can make all the difference in the world. It gives skin the kind of sun-kissed glow that would otherwise require 10 days of lounging at the beach or pool (preferably beside a stack of gossip magazines…with a fruity drink).
I reach for bronzing products all year round (both drugstore and department store brands), but I’ve never tried one from Guerlain, the luxury line that declares itself “The Bronzing Authority.” On March 15 they launch a new line of summer bronzing products, and (WOW!) they certainly look luxe.
The Guerlain Terracotta Collection for 2011
The 12-piece Guerlain Terracotta collection comes with powder bronzers, a foundation, a temporary spray-on bronzing mist for legs (to wash off at the end of the day) and a skin serum designed to help extend the life of your tan.
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
For sheer coverage with a subtle bronze glow, there’s the new Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation ($49, available in two shades), which contains something Guerlain calls “soft-focus elastic powders” to reflect light and blur minor imperfections on the skin.
If powder bronzers are more your thing, consider Guerlain’s Bronzing Powder ($49, available in eight shades), which the company recommends for skin that craves moisture and owners who long for long-lasting, sun-kissed color.
My legs haven’t seen the light of day for many moons, so I’m intrigued by the very pricey Terracotta Jambes de Gazelles ($59), the leg mist I mentioned earlier. It’s limited edition and designed to give your gams a bronzy glow that lasts until it’s washed off. Guerlain added sweet orange extract to it, which is supposed to cool and sooth the skin… I love citrus, so I can’t wait to give it a try.
And then there’s the limited edition Terracotta Serum ($59), a fragrance-free gel made to be mixed with your favorite face or body moisturizer. It’s supposed to soften skin while prolonging the life of your tan. We. Shall. See.
From left: Guerlain Terracotta Jambes de Gazelle, Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation and Guerlain Terracotta Serum
What do ya think? Guerlain isn’t exactly budget friendly, so I don’t know… The products better be good with prices like these.
I’ve been reading a compendium of some of 2009′s best American magazine writing (aptly called, The Best American Magazine Writing 2009), and during last night’s Insomnia Fest I read a story from Esquire called The Things That Carried Him, by Chris Jones.
GOSH! It took my breath away. It’s probably the best thing I’ve read in a really, really long time. It’s about a soldier who dies in Iraq, and it follows the many people who play a role in helping to bring his body back to his family in Indiana.
The story goes backward in time, like in rewind, and it’s incredibly touching.
I found a copy of the piece online if you think you might like to give it a read (it’s quite long).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,