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07-09-10 | Posted by

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Due to a variety of factors – including enduring economic turmoil in Europe – the price of gold has been steadily increasing, with silver futures on the rise as well. While this may not be welcome news for jewelry shoppers, beauty junkies can still shine on thanks to the presence of metallic elements in our favorite makeup and skincare products!

Golden Girls

Your favorite hue is not only a gorgeous makeup shade but a popular ingredient as well. With flecks of actual 24 carat gold, Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss ($30) encourages you to put your money where your mouth is. Nourishing oils and mother-of-pearl further enhance your glossy glow. Golden Gloss is available in 25 shades, but for the full effect we recommend #1 Simply Gold.

Photo Credit: Tweezerman

While gold investors are likely seeing the world through rose-colored glasses right about now, for a mere $20 you have the option of seeing the world through a rose gold-colored curler. Tweezerman’s ProCurl Eyelash Curler in rose gold redefines the concept of luxe lashes. Sephora and Shu Uemura make gold eyelash curlers as well ($16 and $24, respectively).

If you prefer platinum, you’ll love Lorac’s Multi-Platinum Palette for eyes & cheeks ($37). The metallic clutch-like palette contains 6 glamorous yet practical eyeshadow shades and a pretty pink blush. The Multi-Platinum Palette will add immeasurable value to any girl’s makeup bag.

Desperately Seeking Silver

Achieve a steely stare with Bare Escentuals Foiled Eye Tutorials kit ($32). You can also try Minx Nail Coverings in Silver Lightning or Chrome Houndstooth. These celebrity-touted nail coverings are like jewelry for your nails, require no drying time, and don’t chip. A Minx manicure costs $55 at Bliss Spas in NYC. Minx must be applied by a professional, and you can locate a provider near you at www.minxnails.com/salonlocator.

Bronze may be #3 in the Olympics but it’s #1 in the summertime!

Give your skin a temporary or lasting glow with powdered bronzers or bronzing lotions. We recommend perennial favorites from Nars (Bronzing Powder, $32), Guerlain (Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $47), Clarins (Self Tanning Instant Gel, $32.50) and Dior (Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Body, $33).

Ladies who wish to diversify their holdings in precious metal makeup are in luck. Illamasqua’s Liquid Metal Palette ($42.50) contains 4 metallic shades of the brand’s pigmented highlighting cream, so you don’t have to choose between gold, silver, copper and steel. Now that’s smart investing.

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