2017 Holiday Gift Guide: The Royal Treatment Kate Middeton's Beauty Secrets Revealed!

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Royalty

The Royals always celebrate the holidays so wonderfully so why not delve into one of the most prominent (if not the most famous and talked about) royal’s flawless skincare regimen, check out her makeup products, and hair care product must-haves just in time for the holidays?  Of course, I’m referring to The Duchess of Cambridge or Kate Middleton as she’s often referred.  You might find something that you would like to buy some of her favorite products for yourself or a loved one to get the royal treatment!

I’ve scoured the internet to find the most legitimate sources that name the Duchess’ skincare, makeup, and hair care secrets.  You’ll find these products listed below divided into categories.  You can find my research about the Duchess’ beauty, makeup, and hair care products by clicking here, here, and here.

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Skincare

The Duchess’ skincare routine is chalked full of great products to keep her skin looking young and fresh.  Below are five skincare products that she is known to use to keep her skin bright and healthy.

Beuti Skincare Beauty Sleep Elixir

For hydrated, smooth skin in just days, add this multi-tasking serum to your nightly routine.  Kate loves it so much that she reportedly has three bottles by her bedside table.

Karin Herzog Oxygen Face

In 2010, the Daily Mail reported that Kate Middleton uses a range of products from Karin Herzog. They include the Oxygen Face cream, Professional Cleansing gel and Vita-a-Kombi face cream.

Karin Herzog is a cutting edge skin care line, formulated with stabilized oxygen by world renowned scientist Dr Paul Herzog. The oxygenated creams are suitable for all skin types – even the most sensitive.

Click here to view a range of products by Karin Herzog.Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturzing Day Cream

 In 2011, Duchess Kate was seen stocking up on the Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturizing Day Cream at her local store in London’s affluent Chelsea area.
The budget-friendly moisturizing day cream contains effective, organically grown natural ingredients. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Kate is known to be fond of Rosehip oil, particularly the certified organic version made by the beauty brand Trilogy. The product has become so popular that according to the Huffington Post, a bottle of it is sold once every 20 seconds.

Rosehip oil promises a number of beauty benefits: it helps fade dark spots, has inflammatory properties, and can help soothe dry skin. Kate reportedly began using it on her face while she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

Makeup

Kate Middleton is famous for doing her own makeup – even on her wedding day!  She uses a variety of products to achieve that beautiful glow.  Here’s a look inside her beauty bag.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Foundation

Kate’s fresh and glowing complexion comes courtesy of beauty brand Bobbi Brown, who revealed that Kate is a big fan.

They released a statement after the Royal Wedding saying one of their make-up artists “provided make-up artistry assistance to members of the bridal party”.

The Duchess applies Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation to give her skin a flawless cover.  It has a lovely matte texture without looking cakey. This natural-looking foundation is super-hydrating and provides medium-to-full coverage, complete with SPF15.
Bobbi Brown Dark Brow Kit

Kate’s deep-set eyes are beautifully framed by her full eyebrows.

She uses the Bobbi Brown Dark Brow Kit to subtly fill in her brows to achieve a well-groomed appearance and a more polished look.

This kit features two eyeshadow shades—Saddle and Mahogany— to define and fill in the brows, a two-sided mirror (with one side magnified) plus a mini Tweezer and Brow Brush.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact

To enhance her overall glow, Kate applies a bronzer. She prefers the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact. It’s shimmering, brush-on powder creates a natural deep, bronzy glow.

Bobbi Brown Blush

Kate likes to highlight her killer cheekbones with Bobbi Brown Blush in pale pink.

The silky powder blush glides on smoothly and offers a matte finish with long-lasting wear.   The Blush shades on offer perfectly mimic the color that your cheeks turn when you’re naturally flushed.

Bobbi Brown Lip Color

Kate prefers to balance her dark eye makeup with a neutral lip color. She wears the Bobbi Brown Sandwashed Pink Lipstick with a layer of Bobbi Brown Sheer Color lip gloss.

This lipstick is the bestseller that started it all for Bobbi Brown – Bobbi’s creamy, semi-matte lipstick was the first formula to launch (and sold out instantly). Woman love it because it offers long-lasting full-coverage color that is comfortable to wear all day long.
Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner

o create her perfectly defined eyes, Kate reportedly uses Lancôme’s Artliner pen.

The ‘Artliner’ is akin to a felt tip and its fast-drying properties, promises never to smudge. Kate sweeps the liquid liner along her top and bottom lash line.

Lancome Hypnose Volume Mascara

The Duchess completes her eyes and elongates her lashes with Lancome’s Hynpose Mascara.

With its 1,000 sensor bristles, the brush can increase lash volume up to 6 times with each sweep.  With results like this, it’s no wonder Lancome’s Hypnose Mascara found its way into Catherine’s beauty bag!


Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Pallette

Kate’s perfectly shadowed eyes are her defining facial feature. According to a source close to the Duchess, she uses Urban Decay’s NAKED Palette to create her trademark smoky eyes.

The NAKED Palette is a product loved by make-up artists all over the world, and one palette is sold every five seconds globally. It contains 12 matte and shimmering pigments and has a combination for every occasion from day to night.

To copy the Duchess’ signature look, cover your lids in ‘Toasted’  – Catherine’s all-time favorite shade and dust with ‘Hustle’ along the upper and lower lash-line.

YSL Touche Eclat Concealer Radiant Touch

Like many models, makeup artists, celebrities, and women everywhere, Kate likes to use the award-winning Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT concealer to achieve her bright-eyed look.

The iconic gold pen manages to erase any signs of fatigue, and fades out imperfections.

Hair Care

The Duchess’ lovely long locks are cared for by the brand Kerastase.  They have many products that you can viewed on Amazon.com by clicking here.

When Kate Middleton visits the Richard Ward hair salon in London she reportedly gets a conditioning treatments called Kerastase Rituals to keep her hair shiny and healthy. In between salon visits she reportedly uses Kerastase ‘Nutritive’ shampoo and conditioner formulated for dry hair at home.

Kerastase Bain Satin Nutrition Shampoo


Kerastase Polishing Nourishing MilkKerastase Hair Thick Mask

Perfume

Kate Middleton sought a boutique perfume house to find the perfect scent for her wedding.  She wore White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum. The UK based perfumery was launched only months prior to the royal wedding. Its founder Michael Boadi describes the scent and gives an insight into why Kate may have chose it:

“White Gardenia Petals is a perfect choice that really suits the charming and feminine Kate, her beautiful wedding dress and her grace. The notes of this fragrance highlight the refined and very fresh breeze of gardenia, which is a guiding scent of the composition. Unpretentious gardenia is embellished in the heart with a fine trace of coconut, ylang-ylang, jasmine and lily of the valley, laid on the base of amber wood.”

White Gardenia Petals by  Illuminum

Our Definitive Guide to Choosing the Right Hairstyle for You Guest Author: Grand Salon in Denver, Colorado

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It’s natural to think about changing up your look as a new season rolls around. Adding some trendy clothing to your wardrobe is one approach, but an even more exciting way is with a new hairstyle.

The right hairstyle can give you renewed poise and confidence. However, fear of committing to the wrong hairstyle often discourages us from trying something new.

Choosing a new hairstyle doesn’t have to be this stressful. With the right information and the right stylist, you can select the perfect cut for your face, your features, and your lifestyle. Here’s how.

Face Shape

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Face Shape

 The first thing to consider when choosing a new hairstyle is the shape of your face. The right haircut must perfectly compliment the geometry of your face to help you achieve balance in your appearance.

Identifying your face shape is easy. Pull your hair back and take a close look in the mirror. Now use a lip pencil or eyeliner to trace the outline of your face on the mirror. Examine the outline to see which of the following shapes it best represents – round, oval or heart-shaped.

Round Face

A round face is circular in shape with its length just about equal to its width. If your face fits this description, you should look for hairstyles that elongate your face, making it appear more oval-shaped.

A medium-length hairstyle with side swept or long face-framing bangs will do the trick. If you pull your hair back into a high ponytail, try leaving a small piece of hair untucked on one side to give the illusion of a narrower face. A deep side part will offer needed angles to a round face structure. A pixie cut also can be a good choice, since it adds both texture and angles.

Oval Face

If you have an oval shape, your facial length is about one and a half times its width. On top of this, your forehead and jaw will be about the same width.

This shape offers you the most options for hairstyles. You can try a middle part, short bangs, a slicked-back look, an up-do and more and look great.

If your face is a long oval, however, you will want to avoid hairstyles that are all one length or are very sleek, since they can further elongate your look. Try a style that allows soft curls to frame your face, making it appear wider than it is.

Heart-Shaped Face

If your face is wider at the forehead and cheekbones than it is at the jawline, you have a heart shape. Shoulder length hair will help balance your features by creating the appearance of a wider jawline.

Many people with a heart-shaped face have a widow’s peak. Try parting your hair slightly off center to make the peak less noticeable. Also, avoid very short styles that can make your chin appear narrow.

Hair Type

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Hair Type

Now that you know your face shape, let’s consider your hair type. The three main categories are curly, wavy and straight. Your stylist can give you a detailed overview of the different variations that come under each of these main categories and how they affect how your hair will behave. However, here are some general guidelines.

Straight Hair

If your hair is both fine and straight, try a basic blunt cut. Avoid a choppy layered look, since it will make your hair look thinner. By keeping the bulk of its weight at the bottom, your hair will have a thicker and fuller appearance.

A bob looks sleek and sophisticated on someone with straight hair. If you’d like a little variation, try an A-line cut, with your hair a bit shorter in the back and with longer pieces in the front. This option allows you the freedom to enjoy up-dos and other off-the-face styles as variations.

Wavy Hair

For this hair type, you have natural waves that tend to correspond with the shape of your head. Many people with wavy hair have an S-shaped wave pattern, so styles that complement this pattern work best.

Medium-length styles with side-swept bangs are good options. Avoid razor cuts, since blunt cuts work to help your wavy hair looking full without seeming frizzy or out of control.

Curly Hair

There can be a wide range within each of these categories. Curly hair is no exception. Your natural curls can be loose and bouncy or tight and coiled.

Look for styles that accentuate your curls without overwhelming your face with them. Generally, the shorter the style, the curlier your hair will look.

You can keep things simple with a long, loose style that allows you to pull your hair up into a loose bun or top knot, or to braid it maiden-style when you are in the mood for something different.

Casual vs. Formal Style 

A third consideration in choosing a new haircut is your lifestyle. Do you tend to dress casually for work and social events or do you often “dress up” for your job or for pleasure? Your new hairstyle should reflect your personal style.

A medium or long cut allows you the versatility to go casual with messy braids or a disheveled bun or to go more formal with a classic chignon.

A short cut offers fewer options, but you can wear it in a spiky, textured style for casual events, or you can sleek it flat for a modern yet sophisticated look.

Eyes

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Prominence of Your Eyes

Your haircut can bring out your best features, especially your eyes. Consider the size and shape of your eyes when choosing your new hairstyle.

Those with large eyes often look great with a pixie cut. Short hair with bangs will help your eyes stand out. You also can bring more attention to your eyes with soft layers around your face.

With a medium or long style, try side swept bangs to help make those big baby blues (or browns or greens) of yours stand out.

What if you have small eyes? Try a haircut that draws attention to the upper part of your head. A short hairstyle with wispy bangs is a good choice.

Avoid thick, blunt bangs, as they will overpower your eyes. Aim to keep your bangs just above or at the eyebrow line. Talk with your stylist about using a curved line in your bangs to establish a soft framing effect that will make your eyes appear larger.

Also, avoid high-volume styles or ones that pull hair away from your forehead if you have small eyes.

Nose

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Your Nose

Another facial feature that can be affected by your haircut is your nose. Look carefully at your nose shape. Is it wide and flat or long and thin?

Generally speaking, hair volume around your face helps draw attention away from your nose. Another way to de-emphasize your nose is to choose a style that is blended and soft rather than straight and edgy.

Long or medium hair with soft layers is a good choice. Avoid short layers near your face, and forego bangs for the best effect.

If your nose is long and thin, try a side part rather than a center part, which tends to further elongate your features. Steer clear of super short styles for the best minimizing effect.

Come explore our hair styling services to see what we would do for you today!

 

Trims

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Frequency of Trims

On a general basis, you should get your medium to long hair trimmed every eight to 12 weeks. However, if your hair has split ends or breakage, you should aim to get it trimmed every six to eight weeks.

The shorter and more structured the cut, the more trims you will need. Depending on your hairstyle and the condition of your hair, the range for short, structured styles is every three to seven weeks. Talk with your stylist about what is best for your hair.

Daily Styling Time

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Daily Styling Time

Before you make your decision on a new hairstyle, it is crucial to consider your normal beauty regimen and how much time you have in the morning.

If you have wavy hair and are considering getting a short cut with angled bangs, you may need to use a flat iron every morning. If you are thinking of a chin-length bob, will you be missing the ease of gathering your hair into a ponytail for your morning workout?

Hairstyles that require minimal time tend to be ones that fall just below the shoulders. This length is long enough that the hair weighs itself down some, allowing you to use less heat styling and product than you need with shorter styles. Also, choose long layers rather than shorter ones for lower maintenance.

Bangs can look cute, but they do require effort and frequent trims to keep looking good. Pixie cuts and bobs also are high maintenance, with trims and touch-ups needed every month or so.

Your Hair Your Style

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Your Hair, Your Style

There are many factors to think about before taking the plunge with a new hairstyle. Remember your new cut needs to work with your face shape and your hair’s natural texture for it to look good on you.

Get to know your hair before you make any big changes. For example, if you are thinking about a very short style after wearing your hair long for ages, try folding it and pinning it up to see how it looks. If you’ve always worn a center part, experiment with different parts in your hair to see how they feel.

Your hair is a unique expression of you.

Speak with a professional hairstylist for suggestions in selecting the best style for your face, your hair and your lifestyle. Then you will feel confident that your new cut will be the right one to enhance the natural beauty in you.

 

Author Bio:

Grand Salon is a full-service beauty salon based in Denver, Colorado. We pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, and offering the most fabulous cuts, color and style services in Denver.