Well, that’s a wrap, folks! The Spring/Summer 2012 shows concluded yesterday, and here’s Ruby (still in full hair and makeup) enjoying a well-deserved sip of champers after Miu Miu. I bid farewell to Pat McGrath, who sped off on the back of a chauffeured motorcycle, slipped off my heels and into flats, and headed straight for a scrumptious dinner at Le Vertbois with Natalie and Hanneli where the bubbly kept on flowing.

I didn’t think I’d stay in Europe for two weeks but here I am, last day, after just that long. Milan was a Dolce-fied, whirlwind forty-eight hours (more on that later), and then Paris came calling earlier than expected. Good thing I packed those fur vests and leather skirts. OH WAIT. It’s been eighty degrees more days than not. No, not eighty degrees in direct sunlight outside at 2 PM. Eighty degrees in the shade, and ninety inside some show venues. No one knew what to wear. And who wants to buy summer-y bits and bobs when all the stores are filled with the best fall boots and jackets? Clearly not me…I splurged on a super useful sleeveless angora turtleneck from Céline.

Now let’s talk beauty. I brought four humongous Ziplocs of all the new products I wanted to try and the only thing I really craved (and did not have) were blotting papers. Bioderma Créaline got me through the stretch as did my trusty Aesop moisturizers and a new standby, Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair eye cream. A recently acquired Clarisonic was another welcome travel companion...I’m getting used to the electronic-toothbrush-on-your-face sensation. For makeup, I was feeling a copper-tinged smudged eye and NARS shadows in Galapagos and Cyprus blended beautifully (and easily) with a black eye pencil.

But out with the old, in with the new—here are my favorite beauty messages of Spring/Summer 2012:

WET HAIR (or, “the wet hair look”): Thank you, Guido and Paul Hanlon, for making it cool to run out the front door with sopping wet locks. But in all seriousness: this season has been about experimenting with gels and mousses to achieve different undone textures…now, we’ll embark on those “runway to reality” experiments.

CONTOURED MAKEUP: It’s time to learn a new trick, people. The modern, made-up face is officially—for the masses and not just in front of Steven Meisel’s camera—a subtle play on shadow and light, lowlights and highlights, in tonal colors and *creamy* textures. The search for the perfect highlighter is ON.

Today, however, my search consists of locating a Nutella crepe (I know, easy, but can you believe I’ve not had a single one yet?) and buying enough Créaline from the pharmacy to make up the 3 kilos in excess baggage that I prepaid for the express purpose of transporting it back to New York. À bientôt!

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  • Mioara Roncea

    I think, from what I have tried so far that By Terry has the perfect highlighter.
    And I hope you had the chance to taste something from Pierre Herme, in Paris. :)
    Thank you.

    • Capitalist Pancake

      The By Terry is lovely - also love the RMS Beauty living luminizer, and Becca Nymph or Hyawatha powders.

  • Laura

    It sounds like you had a fabulous time in spite of the freakish weather & I loved seeing all your behind the scene photos via twitter!

    ps Nutella + peanut butter crepes are the best!

  • Capitalist Pancake

    Ah, Crealine. Now that's some gooood stuff. Luckily I can buy it online from the UK, but it's much more fun to convince Mr Pancake to book some eurotunnel tickets so we can drive over and get our favourite salted caramel eclairs too. How's that for two birds and one stone?

  • beauty, naturally

    I always mail my tired clothes or new purchases home. A nutella crepe sounds liek a great idea, for those of us in the wilderness! Fun to share your trip with you!

  • marcela

    As is always to be expected, all good things must come to an end, well all things, good and bad. I loved everything you brough to us during this time, and thanks for this update on how it all happened.
    As always, I can wait to see the great things that you will keep bringing to this blog, now that this hectic period is over.
    love the post, and the blog
    Great job.

  • A

    What is the difference between Bioderma's crealine and sensibio? I tried looking it up on the company's website but couldn't actually find crealine.

    • Nathalie

      There is no difference between Crealine H2O and Sensibio H2O. Sensibio is the English name. No difference in the product itself.
      Hope it help,

  • Bruna

    So I'm in serious need of a new facial moisturizer. Do you have on that's your favorite or reccomend?

  • Elena Singh

    Welcome back! How fun. I need to try Crealine. I have been buying Cle De Peau Cleansing cream by pounds (the one in pink tube that melts off all makeup and washes off in a milky lotion) to cleanse my face. I do the Laszlo routine afterwards. Sometimes, though, I want something simplier, especially when I am really tired in the evenings...And I love that hot pink eye makeup - amazing!

  • Odessa

    I love your blog and reading about the interesting people you meet (and learn more about skin care and make-up)!

  • KAM

    Nutella crepes is Heaven's food. I am happy to read you had a fab time and extended your stay a bit.

    I have heard so much about By Terry and can't wait to give it a go.

    Slow Strut, Rouge Lips, More Than a Fashion Blog.

  • Hanne

    Another great post, love your blog! I'm addicted to Bioderma Crealine too, it's the best make-up remover!
    You should try crepe with caramel au beurre sale, it is sooo much better than Nutella! The best places for crepe are in Saint Germain :)

  • Laura

    Love the model's eyeshadow!

  • Kaitlin

    you should have picked up that madina milano highlighter pat mcgrath supposedly uses while you were in milan!

  • Lou

    Love the photos and the eye shadow is amazing. Fall is well and truly on it's way in the UK.


  • Lili Barbery-Coulon

    We'll miss you here xx

  • nadine

    this might not be a popular choice but a great product nonetheless.... sally hansen makes a highlighter which is creamy and excellent, i always add a touch on my cheeks and a tiny spot on my forehead and wow!! instant freshness :)

  • Jessica

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time! I just got a Clarisonic myself and after about a week of use I can say I am HOOKED.

  • KohlEyes

    Thanks for sharing your first-hand account of the events and pleasures that transpired during Spring/Summer 2012!

  • Rachel

    Love this post! Sounds like you had an awesome time and came up on a ton of awesome beauty products! Can't wait for your reviews on them =)

    Anyway, do you have any recommendations as to where we can purchase Bioderma Crealine H20 and Aesop products here in Los Angeles area?

  • k.

    Would love to see a topshelf with Hanneli!

  • Maria Thompson

    Nars eyeshadow in 'Cyprus'?? How did i skip this one? One of my all-time favorite brands naming a shadow after my little unknown country? I wonder if Francois Nars has ever visited! :) This is definitely my next purchase!