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Rodial Glamolash XXL Mascara is Back in Stock! 0

The best mascara is back in stock at The Gilded Girl!

Achieve supercharged volume with Rodial's Glamolash Mascara XXL in Black. Glamolash XXL is a long-wear formula that ensures eyelashes are maximized from day to night. Contains beeswax for lash conditioning, carnauba wax for even adherence to prevent clumping and soluable collagen to provide full body to lashes with added shine. Stock up on it HERE

You won't believe your eyes.
  • Elizabeth Quesnelle

What To Expect (From Your Skin Care) When You're Expecting 0

Being anglophiles, we were so excited to see that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in Spring 2019. Our first thought was: "Oh, please be a ginger baby!". Our second? "Meghan is going to have to switch up her skin care!".

Good skin care is important during pregnancy as the changes in hormones can significantly impact the skin. Since some skin care ingredients can reach the blood stream and affect the developing fetus, it is imperative that women understand what they can and cannot safely use during pregnancy.

What to avoid:

Vitamin A derivatives - this is the big one. In some studies, topical Vitamin A has been linked to birth defects. The risk is small, but is significant enough that doctors recommend avoiding the following ingredients:
Avage, Fabior, Tazorac (tazarotene)
Avita (tretinoin)
Differin (adapelene)
Panretin (alitretinoin)
Retin-A, Renova (tretinoin)
Retinoic acid
Retinyl linoleate
Retinyl palmitate
Targretin gel (bexarotene)

Beta Hydroxy Acids:

This ingredient is frequently seen in anti-acne formulations and, due to pregnancy's tendency to cause increased breakouts, you may be tempted to use it. Don't. While studies have shown that very little is absorbed into the skin during topical application, in it's oral form, it can cause birth defects and pregnancy complications. It's best to use an abundance of caution and avoid it.

Skin Lightening Products:

Melasma, an increase in melanin production that causes hyperpigmentation on the face, is an issue for many women during pregnancy. The ingredient that is considered the "gold standard" for busting up the excess pigmentation, hydroquinone, is a definite NO. A study published in The Canadian Family Physician found that 35%–45.3% of topical hydroquinone is systemically absorbed through the skin. There have not been studies on the safety of hydroquinone, but given the high absorption rate, it's best to avoid the ingredient until more information is available.

What to use in small quantities only:

Hydroxy Acids:

These compounds are great for exfoliation. There haven't been extensive studies on the safety of these ingredients, but it is not thought to penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. Using a low percentage in topical products should not pose a risk. Avoid professional peels and high percentage products (more than 2%)

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)
Azelaic acid
Beta hydroxybutanoic acid
Betaine salicylate
Citric acid
Dicarbonous acid
Glycolic acid
Hydroacetic acid
Hydroxyacetic acid
Hydroxycaproic acid
Lactic acid
Trethocanic acid
Tropic acid
2-hydroxyethanoic acid

So, with so many ingredients to avoid or limit, what CAN you use?
We recommend a gentle mechanical exfoliation (a scrub) to encourage cellular turnover, which can help with hormonally induced breakouts. Our favorite? Andrea Garland Pink Palma Rosa Scrub. It's gentle and the pink clay base will help to draw out impurities.

For moisture, we recommend Squalene Oil, such as Indie Lee Squalene Facial Oil or Indie Lee Squalene Facial Cream. It can help protect the skin from external irritants and can act as an anti-inflammatory in the skin. 

Finally, a good sunscreen is key for reducing melasma. Look for a mineral based sunscreen, such as zinc oxide. The minerals are too big to penetrate the skin and, as such, are Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA.

Are you or one of your loved ones expecting and would like more information and recommendations for your skin? Email Liz at for some personalized recommendations.

  • Elizabeth Quesnelle

Your Daily Beauty Clock 0

One question that we're frequently asked is how to schedule a daily routine. It's true that there are products that should only be used at night and products that work better for the day. We're here to break the schedule down for you so that your skin can look its best!

Eye Contour/Lift/De-Puff Cream

Now, you might think that we've forgotten cleansing. Nope. We haven't. Washing your face 2x per day, for most people, is actually too often. Stripping away your body's natural oils can result in flaky and even oilier skin. This is especially important during the drier winter months. 

Using a product that will reduce puffiness around the eyes is great for looking more youthful and more awake. This differs from an eye cream as the eye cream should have more of a cumulative effect from ingredients that are best suited for use while you sleep. An eye contour should create an immediate effect.

Moisturizers are important as they create a barrier between your skin and the external world, helping to protect you from pollutants. They also keep your skin from losing too much moisture via evaporation.

Finally, you know why SPF is important. So use it. Skin cancer is on the rise and even incremental sun exposure can add up to a big problem.


Daily Exfoliation
Treatment Serum
Eye Cream

After the day is done, it's important to wash the make-up, dirt, grime, and excess oil off of your skin, using a gentle cleanser. We recommend sulfate free cleansers as they do not strip the skin.

Following cleansing, you need to use a gentle daily exfoliant. We prefer chemical exfoliants to scrubs as scrubs can irritate the skin and, in some cases, can even cause microtears, which allows bacteria to infiltrate. Chemical exfoliants include retinol, glycolic acid, and lactic acid.

After the exfoliation, apply any other serum that you use (Vitamin C, Brightening, etc). Having freshly exfoliated skin allows for a deeper penetration of these products. Incidentally, we do encourage everyone to use a Vitamin C serum.

Next comes eye cream, which should contain ceramides and peptides. These are ingredients that promote a more youthful appearance after prolonged use.

Finally, your moisturizer. Like the day moisturizer, this can help slow the evaporation of water from your skin. Unlike day moisturizers, these can have more active ingredients such as niacinamides, peptides, vitamins, and other nutrients. As you sleep, the body does its healing. So using these ingredients at night amplifies the effect. 

Please contact Liz at Liz@thegildedgirl. com to create a comprehensive skin care regimen that can address all of your skin care goals!

  • Elizabeth Quesnelle

Fall 2018 Trends To Try 0

The beauty looks shown at the Fall 2018 runway shows, which took place in Spring 2018, ran the gamut from classic chic to otherworldly glam. Here are the top looks which you should incorporate into your Fall/Winter palette!

Red Lips: I know, I there nothing new under the sun? But trust us, nothing, and we mean NOTHING, makes you look more put together than a classic red lip. It's the fastest way to deliver a polished look.

Golden Eyes: We aren't talking about glitter (although, that was seen on the runways as well). We mean a sheer wash of gold, that shimmers and looks ethereal on any lid. Not only does this look gorgeous, but it can actually help you look more awake. How's that for pulling double duty?

Dramatic Black Liner: This looks devine when paired with the gilded eyes discussed above. Smoky, sexy, and imperfect. Smudge kohl around your upper and lower lash line and smolder away.

No Make-Up Make-Up: Look like you are au natural (with help from a great concealer and foundation, smudgey brown lid and liner, and a hint of cheek. Boom. Simple and sexy.

Email Liz at for her help in picking out the right products for you to acheive these looks. She loves a good make-over.
  • Elizabeth Quesnelle

What you can learn from Madonna's skin care regimen 0

Can you believe that the Material Girl is 60? We can't either. She takes such good care of herself that she looks way younger than that. In a recent interview with W magazine, Madonna's esthetician, Tarin Graham, spills the beans on how Madonna keeps her skin looking great.

One of the best tips? Hyaluronic Acid. We've long been a huge proponent of this humectant and we're thrilled that the word is getting out about its youth-preserving capabilities. Hydration is key to keeping your skin healthy - and that is handled by what you put into your system (i.e. plenty of water, fresh fruits and vegetables) and what you put on it. 

Our favorite hyaluronic products? 
Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Tonic - A multi-function skin reviving toner for the face packed with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. This is a skincare essential that can be used to give an instant energy boost to the skin, as a soothing in-flight hydration treatment or to set make-up. Skin is deeply hydrated, firmer and pores appear more refined.

Glo Skin Beauty Daily Hydration + - Instantly rejuvenates and nourishes skin with an intense dose of weightless hydration. This innovative Hyaluronic Acid serum helps smooth and refine skin's surface while preventing dehydration and transepidermal water loss.

For the full interview with Madonna's esthetician, click HERE
  • Elizabeth Quesnelle

Don't Cry Over Spilled Blush 0

We've all been there. We're putting on our face for the day and - whoops - the compact containing our powder/blush/bronzer/highlighter flies out of our hands and smacks the floor, turning our beloved product into a cracked, powdery mess.

Your inclination might be to pitch it and head to the store to pick up another one. 
Here's where I am a good person, but a terrible store owner - I'm here to tell you NOT to do that. You CAN salvage that product and save some money.
Here's what to do:

1) Scoop up as much clean powder as you can. If there are whole chunks left in the container, scoop those out. Place them on a small plate (you may want to use a paper one if you have it) and smash away. Pulverize it all.

2) Carefully return the now crushed powder back into the compact.

3) Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol (or vodka, if you don't have rubbing alcohol). Let it sink in. 

4) Once the alcohol is fully integrated into the powder, cover the product with plastic wrap and, with the back of a spoon or your finger, start mashing. Mash it all down and smooth the product out.If the product doesn't come together, repeat steps 3 & 4.

5) Leave the product to sit overnight, uncovered, to let the alcohol evaporate.

6) Check the product in the morning - it should be as good as new.
And you can spend your money on that new lip color you've been eyeing instead of on replacing a product that you just bought.


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  • Elizabeth Quesnelle