August Beauty Board: Last Call Before Fall

From fragrance to face, here are the products I’m savoring before the change of seasons, some of which will make the transition nicely come fall.


Finding the right scent for the end of summer/beginning of fall isn’t easy. Something crisp, something fruity, something with a lingering earthy note. Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum Travel Spray is perfect because A) It travels in a chic case and B) It’s that exact combo mentioned above with white rose, neroli, blond woods and sandalwood. Sandalwood also lingers in Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique, mixed with white rose, bergamont, tonka and vanilla. It’s a scent that goes the distance. And speaking of perfume with the power to stick around, I’ve been into men’s colognes as my own personal fragrance for some time now. Why? Because the scent lasts longer, in my opinion. A combo of spicy/woody with pink peppercorn and grapefruit makes Cartier Declaration L’Eau de Toilette one of those fragrances that was made for a man, but is clearly strong enough for a woman. Find all of the above at Neiman Marcus.

The Gold Standard

Summer’s end doesn’t mean you have to give up the gold-kissed hue Mother Nature so graciously gives. You just have to find it in other forms. A bronzer, like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Bronze, is a great alternative. A spritz from the golden standard in scents, rose oil, with Perris Monte Carlo Rose de Taif takes florals into a new season. And the Gavee Gold Travel Kit brings a golden touch to skincare routines. Each product contains purified liquid gold, and it’s also the first toxin-free, 24-karat gold skincare line. (Find the kit, which sells for $95, for just $69.99 now through August 30 with the coupon code GOLD at Find the rest at Neiman Marcus.

Supple Solutions

Life is drying to the skin, so moisturize. For body, try Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil with 14 botanical ingredients. For hands, Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Hand Cream locks in moisture. And for preventing lines and wrinkles, IS Extreme Protect SPF 30. With broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection this moisturizing sunscreen wards off harmful rays, but also uses DNA protectants to help skin from aging. Find Molton Brown and Tata Harper at Neiman Marcus. Find IS Extreme at Exhale at Loews.

Scrub, Peel, Repair, Repeat

Healthy skin is a full-time job. Lancer The Method: Polish buffs away everyday wear and tear. Sk-II Pitera Essential Set uses three Sk-II products to give skin back its umph. A rich Facial Treatment Essence, a clarifying Clear Lotion and a Facial Mask result in clearer, firmer skin that can’t help but glow. You can’t have your pre-teen skin back, but you can give it a dose of youthfulness with Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum. Apply morning and night. And finally, fall asleep in your makeup? Feel like your face needs a boost? Kate Somerville Retasphere Micro Peel Retinol Glycolic Cream to the rescue. It’s like a spa treatment in your home. And isn’t that convenient. Find them all at Neiman Marcus.