When I need to get out of my head for a while, I usually fire up something brainless on TV and plop myself down on the couch.
But sometimes, TV isn’t enough. Sometimes, I need even more escapism than that…like to the drugstore, or the cupcake shop, or the coat section at Nordstrom’s to try on all of the Burberry trench coats I know I’m never, ever going to buy.
Sometimes, though, not even those places are distracting and soothing enough, and at those times, when I need to really, really get away…I go to Dior.
And poof! Just like that, I feel like a different girl.
No more sitting at my desk in sweats, an oversized UC Davis t-shirt and a grandpa sweater with missing buttons. When I’m at a Dior counter playing with makeup, I’m a girl wearing a gown at a fancy ball…
The gown? It’s golden layers of silk and tulle, and through some miracle of light, it doesn’t make me look short. I do all of the fancy ballroom dances, too, like in that scene from the Sound of Music at the Von Trapp house, when the guests are all twirling together, and manage to eat two tiny sandwiches and sip champagne without spilling anything on my dress…
Wait — where was I?
Oh, yeah! Dior.
The centerpiece of their upcoming holiday release is a 15-piece makeup collection called Grand Bal. Inspired by ball gowns and fantasy fetes, it looks dazzling in its special edition packaging (ZOMG! — the nail polishes!). Some of the pieces, like the bejeweled Grand Bal false lashes ($28 each) and uber-luxurious Palette Grand Bal ($85), really do look fit for a fancy ball.
For the girl who has everything, how about a $120 set of temporary Golden Tattoos?
The kicker, both silly and amazing: they’re made out of 24-karat gold.
The holiday release also features more “practical stuff,” like palettes and sets. While not as flashy as the pieces in the Grand Bal collection, the two Expert Palettes, one for the eyes ($65) and one for lips ($62); the Mini Brush Set ($62); and Manicure Essentials Set ($62) should appeal to practical people who can’t deny their love for Dior.
I wore the Expert Eye Palette, which comes with a serum-infused eye base, a brow liner, eyeliners, mini mascara and eyeshadows in brown, taupe and champagne, out to dinner with El Hub and my in-laws last night. I only had five minutes to get ready beforehand, and this kit saved my butt.
But the Grand Bal pieces are the ones that are driving me wild. I can see it now…
There I am, touching up my makeup with the Grand Bal Palette in an opulent powder room with overstuffed chairs. Soft yellow lights illuminate the scene, and I’m surrounded by the sounds of soft laughter and rustling dresses as women wearing opera-length gloves and tiaras float in and out.
Grand Bal is like the kind of makeup I can see myself wearing in a dream, or in a wonderful memory I recall when I’m older and just about to fall asleep in my reading chair.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,