Gold Dusted

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Shimmer From Head To Toe

Maybe it’s because the price of gold has reached a high of nearly $1,400 an ounce this year that it’s enjoying a revival in our fashion consciousness. Where silver has ruled the streets in recent years, gold now shares our fashion consciousness in the form of accessories, body art and face illuminators.

One of the most spectacular collections this season is Guerlain’s D’Or collection with its Meteorites Perles D’Or Illuminating Powder and Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Quad, presented in cases graced by the image of a honeybee. The iconic image dates to 1353, when royal perfumer Pierre Francois Pascal composed a citrus eau de cologne Imperiale for Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. Verreries Pochet et du Courval Glassmakers were entrusted with creating a bottle reflecting the scent’s essence, hand-gilding it with 69 bees that appeared to flutter around the clear glass. It’s this sense of romance that Guerlain brings to its holiday collection. Central to the collection is the Or Imperial Sublime Radiant Powder, a light, silky powder presented in a perfume spray bottle. A light touch is all that’s needed to create a shimmering bronze halo around face, body and hair.

Similarly, Meteorites-pearls of iridescent colors-now come suspended in a silky solution to moisturize, illuminate and perfect skin’s appearance. And Guerlain’s eyeshadows come in shades of rich honey copper-gold to smoky, enchanting violet, also graced with the bee emblem.

The golden touch also can be achieved with the following products as well. Limit the shimmer to one part of your face. With shimmer on eyes, for instance, stick to matte colors on lips and cheeks. The aim is to look like an angel under the mistletoe, and not to be mistaken for the New Year’s Eve mirror ball.


YSL ombres 5 colour harmony: For eyes, in a combination of bronze and gold.
YSL golden gloss: Shimmering lipgloss.
Dior 5-Color All in One Designer Eye Palette: A quintet of luxe metallics for eyes.
Temptu Adorn Temporary Tattoo Kit: Add a bit of glitz and glam to your skin, with stencils for gold body art.

Men’s Club

Pampering is not just for the ladies anymore. Men have discovered the benefits of grooming services, while spas and salons around Hawai’i are more than happy to accommodate:

J Salon recently introduced Kerastase Pour Homme Capital Force in its salon, and developed a luxurious treatment using a hot towel and intense scalp massage to experience this sought-after line, which is designed to protect men’s “hair capital.”
* 1240 Ala Moana Blvd., 550-4441,

The daily shaving ritual can really damage the face. At the Kapalua Spa, the deep cleansing Gentlemen’s Facial stimulates cell vitality and repairs that damage as well as any caused by free-radicals. Exfoliation and a warmed oil massage add to the experience, leaving skin that is refreshed and primed for a closer shave.
* Kapalua Resort, 808-665-8282,

The “Performance” spa package at Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by WestinTM was created with the active man in mind. Enjoy a sports massage that uses friction, pressure point and stretching techniques to increase flexibility and improve athletic performance; the performance facial that activates the skin’s renewal system; and end with the gentle-men’s sports manicure and pedicure. The spa package also includes a nutritious lunch.
* The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, 808-662-2644,

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