Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cannes Film Festival - Beauty Kits

I would never hit the Riviera without my Anthelios, a French sunscreen that shields sun-averse skin. The texture is very light. I enjoy using the Hôtel Martinez's Annick Goutal toiletries, scented with the fresh and elegant Eau d'Hadrien - very Mediterranean. I brought with me pretty much 99% of the makeup I own: Shu Uemura's blotting paper and eyelash curler, a Chanel eye pencil, a Diorshow mascara, Yves Saint-Laurent's Touche Éclat (of course!) and MAC's Russian Red lipstick (inspired by my friend Chloé)...

Yesterday, my beauty kit significantly expanded, with this goodie bag from the lovely, sunshine-worthy April Jackson, who is in Cannes to promote a new collection from Canadian cosmetics company Elizabeth Grant. I fell in love with the luxurious yet sober packaging and the cutting edge science behind the products...
But I fell even more in love with the story of the company, founded in London in the 1950's by a young woman, Elizabeth Grant, who couldn't find creams that suited her skin, damaged by burns; I tremendously admire women who ventured into business and other fields in which they were not welcome back in their days. Now in her late 80's, Ms Grant still supervises her lines and works with her granddaughter Margot, also a blogger.

Want to see for yourself? Post a comment to tell me which picture of all my Cannes posts you liked best. As soon as I'm back in Paris, Benjy's innocent paw will randomly pick one lucky winner, who will receive the Caviar Eye Pads that party-girl J Lo is fond of...

25 comments:

Kwana said...

Oh fun! My fav pic was you on Sunday going to see Two Lovers with the red carpet as the backdrop. This had been so much fun for me. Thanks for sharing. Give Benjy a smooch from me when you're back home!

red thread said...

i vote for the first red carpet pic where you're wearing the black dress and cape. it's so glamourous!

my beau said...

friday
saturday
sunday
monday
tuesday
wednesday
thursday
how would
i choose between
all these days
of bliss

Anonymous said...

i like all the photos you took and posted but i think the most amazing ones are surely the ones you didn't take...just what you saw with your eyes.
nancy

Anonymous said...

My choice is the one you will write next. The one at your fingertips. And the one after that and . . . !

By the way, I love those caviar eye pads!

-Elaine

Solange said...

mmm...nice that you got to try new products,always welcome! and I know that touche éclat can be a lifesaver, for me at least...
I like the picture where you are in your pencil skirt, and the beige top, since you look you all the way up the stairs and the background is really impressive ;-)

btw, I found my dulce the leche, after your trip to south america,you mentioned it, I just had to find it, I love that stuff!!

have good day,

Solange

Mary-Laure said...

SOLANGE - I was wondering where you found the dulce de leche? Where does it come from? I love it and recommend you have it with crêpes... Yum...

Esti said...

I pick the blurry one of you of last Friday. It has the magic in it!!

karina said...

I, TOO, LIKE THE PHOTO OF YOU GOING TO SEE TWO LOVERS

Taocito said...

I would just like to point out that 90% of your makeup bag was donated by my kind mistress which would appreciate the credit... ditto for the Essie nail polish (a gift from me) and the Sugar Fresh lip Balm (from my mistress)

Taocito said...

Oh and our fave is the one in the vintage lace top as we suspect it's our grandma's.
But otherwise we like this one http://bp3.blogger.com/_stj3NEMSbf4/SC4ja8tMh4I/AAAAAAAAAwg/95BxxfmML0s/s1600-h/cannesfri1.jpg as this really represents Cannes...

Jo said...

Oh goodness, I love them all. You are SOOOOOooooo glamorous! I think Thursday's is my favorite (with the lace jacket) becasue you look so calm and dreamy. You seem very comfortable on the red carpet! By the way, I wear Russian Red everyday! People tease me because it's exactly the same color as my glasses...I guess I give off that sexy librarian vibe. I can't wait to read about your next adventure!
J

ALL THE BEST said...

It has to be YOU on the red carpet in the black Joseph pencil skirt and beige Nina Ricci cropped jacket! Very chic!!

MISS GLITZY said...

For the moment, the picure I like best is the one of yourself you snapped on tuesday.

A World in a PAN said...

You deserve it!

Mamie said...

Que suerte, todos esos profuctos, que los disfrutes.

artycho said...

I liked you featuring on the red carpet last friday I found the blurry effect enhanced the sparkle and glamour we imagined there.

chloe van paris said...

when you wore the Masaki Matsushima silk dress, with burgundy Céline high heels.You were just a perfect beauty.
I have this photo in my computer.
Did you knew that Colette was making her own cream? she had a cosmetic brand.
see you after Cannes...

Benjy The Oracle said...

Hello, dear readers!
I am glad to have my little mistress back in Paris after her Cannes trip.
I am told I need to pick one name from all of you who commented, and my innocent little paw picked ELAINE.
Dear Elaine, please email me your snail mail address so that I can send the Eye Pads to you:
petipaw@gmail.com
Enjoy!

Mary-Laure said...

CHLOE - I didn't know about Colette's new cosmetics line... Did you try it?

pve design said...

Love living vicariously through you!
c'est genial!

Laura said...

My favortie is May 18th, top picture!

My Notting Hill said...

The second one on May 18th is my favorite - although I also love the balcony shot of Hotel Martinez - the angle is great.

Anonymous said...

Lucky girl!

jo said...

my favorite photo is the second one on the monday post, the one where you are wearing the gorgeous Nina Ricci cropped jacket!!!