Beauty comes at price and it’s no secret that winter is unforgiving on the beauty regime. After all, temperatures in winter can go well below zero, particularly if you live somewhere like Canada or Europe. Even those living in New York City have been subjected to record cold weather recently. Dubbed a “polar vortex” by weather experts, the arctic cold spell caused New York City temperatures to drop to just five degrees in mid January – and that doesn’t even account for the wind chill.
The chilly weather can lead to all sorts of beauty hassles that rich people will go to all lengths to protect themselves against. It can cause extremely dry skin, dull complexions, chapped lips, dry hair, weak nails and low spirits. On top of that, it can exacerbate ongoing skin problems such as eczema. Rather than hiding out inside by the fire until winter is over – or escaping on a luxury vacation somewhere warm – there are a ton of luxury beauty products on the market that aim to reverse the effects of the cold weather.
Celebrities and the world’s richest people make no secret of that fact that they up their spending on high-end beauty products in the colder months, spending hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars on expensive face creams, oils and makeup. We have compiled this list of the 10 best beauty products that the world’s richest use to keep themselves looking like summer goddesses all winter long.
10 Diamancel Foot File – $38
For $38, you can pick up a luxury Diamancel foot file from Sephora. Made with genuine diamond buffing surfaces, this is an unbeatable home pedicure assistant and costs roughly 20 times the price of a regular foot file. The company that makes these files, called Diamancel, says this foot file is ideal for removing dry skin and that it has long-lasting abrasive qualities. In fact, they claim that this file will “outlast all files”.
It’s easily washable with soap and water, it’s lightweight, and it has a fiberglass base which makes it more resistant and flexible. Pedicures have long been popular in winter among the rich and famous. Just ask Miley Cyrus who had a spa day with friends on January 2, 2014. She posted a picture of her Chanel pedicure, which was done by celebrity manicurist, Stephanie Stone. Stephanie has also been known to give manicures and pedicures to other big names including Demi Lovato and Kesha.
9 “Chance Eau Fraiche Shower Gel” by Chanel - $50
In winter, beauty experts advise people to use a light body wash or soap that will help to moisturize the skin or at least not further dry it out. Beauty manufacturer, Dove, states that in winter the skin loses about 25% of its ability to retain moisture. This light, delicate foam designed for daily use comes highly recommended in the industry. It won one of the perfume industry’s biggest honors in 2010: a FiFi Award finalist nomination. Chanel offers a replenishment service for this shower gel, in which they will automatically charge your credit card and send you a new bottle every 30 to 180 days depending on your preference.
8 “Rose Balm” from By Terry - $60
Ultra-glamorous and replenishing, this SOS treatment balm available at Barneys works for dry, chapped winter lips and dry nails. It is creamy, non-sticky and has a sun protection factor of 15. Vancouver-based dermatologist, Dr Mark Lupin, says choosing a quality lip balm with protection against UV rays is essential for winter, particularly if you’re outside skiing at high elevation.
7 Tom Ford blush – $65
Matte faces have been among the top beauty trends recently but for winter 2014 there’s no healthier look than rosy cheeks. Famous makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who’s worked with the likes of Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz and Eva Mendes, says that blushes are our “best friends” during the coldest winter months. She recommends applying a soft pink or peachy pink cheek color on the apples of the cheeks. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tom Ford’s warm cheek colors are high-quality, long-lasting and the colors fit the latest trends. Ford is an American fashion designer who rose to fame while working for Gucci. He has his own high-end label, including menswear, beauty products and fragrances.
6 Josie Maran Argan Oil - $100 for 4 oz
Luxury oils have been all the rage in the beauty industry since they stopped being limited to the shelves of health shops and went mainstream. There are several options on the market that’ll aid dry winter skin. One endorsed by Miranda Kerr and upcoming actress Anna Friel is Trilogy’s 100% organic roseship oil. Selling for $30 per ounce at stores including Debenhams, this oil is very potent and has received rave reviews in the industry. Anna Friel says it’s a “must have product” that’s done wonders for her dry skin. Another popular, and luxurious, choice is the Josie Maran Argan Oil which costs about $100 for 4 oz. This oil, suitable for use on the hair and body, is 100% organic and fair trade. It’s marketed as “the ultimate luxury” product, and the 4 oz size comes with a pump dispenser, so you can get your fix of luxury easily and quickly. Celebrities including Emma Stone, Mila Kunis and Mandy Moore have used Josie Maran’s oil.
5 SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel – $152
Antioxidant gels are the latest trend for brightening your complexion, and are particularly useful in winter. This phloretin CF gel, selling for $152, uses a serum-like gel formula. It is clear and non-sticky and has a satin-like finish on the skin. It works to improve your complexion, even out skin tone, reduce redness and keep the skin smooth. SkinCeuticals has established itself as an industry leader in specialist skincare products over the years, with many loyal fans including Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks, Sienna Miller and Katherine Heigl. Its founding scientist, Dr. Sheldon Pinne, was the expert who discovered vitamin C serums for the skin.
4 “Clarisonic Classic” exfoliation tool - $195
Exfoliation can do more good than many women realize in the winter months. As Dr. Lisa R. Ginn told Time Magazine, gentle exfoliation is very important in winter to remove the dead layers of skin. She said that if you feel like moisturizer is sitting on top of your skin when you apply it, then “you’re not exfoliating enough” – and that’s far more likely to happen when the temperatures are low. Glee star Amber Riley is on board with this trend, saying she always ups her water intake and exfoliation in the cold months. Mexican actress Ana de la Reguera agrees, quoted as saying “you have to exfoliate yourself more” in winter. These $195 Clarisonic Classic exfoliation tools are electronic and suitable for use on both your face and body.
3 Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum - $215
A simple way to improve your mood in winter is to use a fragrance that’ll remind you of summer, or at least of spring. Light, citrus fragrances are best associated with the warmer months, and Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino perfume, available at Sephora, does just that. It was actually inspired by vacationing on the Italian Riviera and this comes through in the scent, which brings to crisp citrus oils, flowers and amber undertones. His range of luxury perfumes are popular with rich celebrities, including Mary Kate Olsen. This summery Neroli Portofino scent has been worn by Iman, who is David Bowie’s wife and a professional model.
2 “Sublimage La Creme” by Chanel - $390 for 1.7 oz
It goes without saying that a quality face cream is a winter must-have for the rich and famous. Celebrity skincare specialist, Malvina Fraser, has worked with Madonna and has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. She says that one of her top beauty tips for winter is to use a (slightly) heavier moisturizer on your face that you usually would, because our skin won’t produce as much oil as it regularly does. The Chanel cream, with a price tag of almost $400, combines moisture and anti-aging properties to work magic on the skin. Its secret ingredient is enriched planifolia PFA. This mixes the fruit and flower of Madagascar Vanilla to create a cream with the powers regenerating the skin. Chanel states that this cream is thought to improve the skin’s radiance by 118%.
1 D&G hair accessories - $4,000+ each
Winter isn’t over yet, but why not get ahead of the upcoming spring fashions and mask that frizzy hair at the same time? Gold hair accessories including headbands and barettes are all over the cat walks at the moment and will hit the limelight come spring. Hair is often affected by wind, indoor heaters and the all-round winter weather. As Marc Trinder of the Charles Worthington hair product company says, the elements can make hair much more prone to “chipping, tangling and breakage”. Aside from applying a special treatment, such as Charles Worthington’s Intense Rescue Melting Balm (costing only about $30), the other option is to indulge in hair accessories to cover up the pending mess. Get ahead of the trends by buying a golden D&G crown or headband, with prices ranging from $1000 to $4000.