I would wager once one gets to a certain degree of decadent lifestyle, they buy bejeweled and embellished versions of everyday items just because. It would be what I would do if I were fabulously wealthy, so pass the studded Louis Vuitton stapler so I can shoot some projectiles at pictures of Donald Trump.
When utility and frivolity intersect, cool stuff usually is born, especially in the realm of beauty. And if you need a gift for a beauty junkie in your life, you can count on them keeping a spectacular crystallized items much longer than their non-jeweled counterparts.
If you already have a tube of lip balm on your vanity, wouldn’t you be so stoked if someone gifted you a Swarovski-encrusted lip balm like this one from LipSmacker?
It’s just so rad — from the 1,000+ gems that lend it a Warholian pop art feel to the fact that there’s just ordinary lip balm in there. Only a limited amount were made, but you can snag three flavors: Strawberry, Vanilla, and Watermelon. They are all so gorgeous, but as a collector's item, I could see it accruing some value if you don’t use it.
I feel like Rihanna is just going to casually pull one of these out of her butt pocket any second now. And although they're expensive at $250,they aren’t Rihanna expensive.
Face oil is a choosy affair, but maracuja, the pressing of the passionfruit seed, is a very good choice for most skin types at over 70% of the sebum-dissolving linoleic fatty acid.
Tarte Maracuja Oil is a great face oil that preps for makeup, mixes well with other products, and spreads smoothly over the skin. This special-edition holiday version is adorable with it’s pyrite and crystal cap, accentuating the signature sleek purple bottle.
For $48, it cost the same as the non-blinged bottle, so shine on you crazy diamond.
If you don’t have the big bucks, Tarte’s Shine Bright Duo is the greatest lash curler ever, done up in the same style as the Maracuja Oil with pyrite and crystals all up in there.
The coolest part of this surprisingly ergonomic tool, besides the weight of it in your hand, is the beautiful curl it lends to your lashes. Plus, it adds an eye-catching sparkle to my makeup setup. Paired with this mini Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara, I was looking like Shelob, the evil spider mistress from The Lord of The Rings.
- Would you use crystal encrusted TV remotes and toothbrushes if you were loaded?
- What would you do if the tween in front of you on the Starbucks line pulled out that encrusted Lip Smacker?!
Photos: Darnell Scott