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The Royal Treatment: Beauty Products Inspired by Cleopatra

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Every little girl dreams of being a princess. Even as we get older, experiences like a Sweet 16 party or Prom Night feel extra magical because they allow us to feel like royalty. Sometimes though, when life seems to be filled with more pop quizzes than pixie dust, it’s easy to forget the happiness once found in fantasizing about being a member of the royal family.

But on those days when you feel more like a frog than a princess, the perfect pick me up is to put aside the stress and give yourself the royal treatment. If you don’t know how to begin, don’t worry: let’s think about one of the most fabulous women who ever reigned: Cleopatra!

A Little Background

For most of us, age 18 means  heading off to college and finally buying shiny products found on infomercials and in your nearest Sephora. But 18 was the age when Cleopatra began to rule her kingdom (alongside her 12-year-old little brother). At 21, she began her passionate love affair with the much older Julius Caesar. He was so in love with her that he even commissioned a gold statue representing her as Isis, an Ancient Egyptian goddess. Later, another lover – Mark Antony – titled her the “Queen of Kings”.

Cleopatra was a woman who truly knew what she wanted in life and love, becoming well-known and unforgettable for her wit, charm, and beauty.  Not a bad person to be inspired by, right? Read on to translate her ancient Egyptian beauty secrets to your busy modern life.

Get Clean like a Queen

Cleopatra had a flawless complexion, which many attribute to lavish milk and honey baths. Here are some ways to relax and pamper your skin with products containing those two marvelous ingredients.

Cake Beauty Milk Made Bath and Shower Cream, Carol’s Daughter Sweet Honey Dip Brown Sugah Scrub, Fresh Milk Bath and Shower Cream, Lush Flying Fox Shower Gel, Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath, Kate Somerville Goat Milk Body Lotion

Monarch Makeup

Cleopatra loved makeup – she was all about kohl-lined eyes and red lipstick. Just think, while Cleopatra was willing to rock lipstick primarily made of red clay and crushed berries, you just have to run out to the nearest store to get her look!

Guerlain Loose Powder Kohl Liner, Tarte Natural Lip Stain, Sephora Kohl Expert, Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, Laura Mercier Semi-Creme Eyeliner, Yves St Laurent Red Lipstick (so pretty to look at, even if not to buy!)

Pharaoh Fragrance

A strong believer in the power of perfume, Cleopatra loved perfumes made with sandalwood, patchouli, and myrrh. She probably would have absolutely adored the perfumes below.

Sunshine Cuties Love (lots of lovely sandalwood), Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb (perfect patchouli), Opium (magical and hard-to-find myrrh)

What do you think?

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself like the queen you truly are with a pampering treatment or two. And let us know – what royals inspire you? How do you pamper yourself? What other beauty products make you feel like a queen? Leave a comment!

Posted on on July 13, 2010 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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15 Responses to “The Royal Treatment: Beauty Products Inspired by Cleopatra”

  1. 1
    July 13th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    There is actually a fragrance by Tocca called Cleopatra. I got it in a sampler, I loved it, and purchased the full-sized bottle.

    All from Sephora.com or you can go to their website at Tocca.com

  2. 2
    July 13th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I love this post and I hope that you continue royalty inspired beauty (or even fashion) stories. I’m personally inspired by royals like Princess Diana, Marie Antoinette, and Queen Rania of Jordan. All three women had/have impecable beauty and fashion routines.

  3. 3
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Like @Jem, I’m inspired by Marie Antoinette as well! I hope y’all run a Royal Treatment piece on her! I’d love it if this became a regular thing!

  4. 4
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    don’t forget about Egyptian magic which is an awesome product, and claims was the same (or close to the same) thing that was used by Cleopatra

  5. 5
    July 13th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    lush’s flying fox smells absolutely divine! i always get compliments on the smell lingering on me.

  6. 6
    July 13th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I love this post! It’s so creative! I definitely want to try the kohl eyeliner. Great job!

  7. 7
    July 13th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Awesome post! Keep up the beauty inspired by articles, I think they’re great!

  8. 8
    July 13th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Great post! Her clay and berry lipstick sounds fun :)

  9. 9
    July 13th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Other royals (present or past) that I’d be interested in seeing posts for:

    -Queen Rania of Jordan
    -Princess Diana
    -Nur Jahan/Mehr-u-Nissa

  10. 10
    July 13th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I love this post! Probably because I’m a huge history nerd! I’d love to see similar posts in the future!

  11. 11
    July 14th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I was going to say, this article would not be complete without the Guerlain Loose Powder Kohl liner, but then i scrolled down and you already had it there! The packaging definitely reminds me of Cleopatra. However, if you decide to buy this, definitely check out an online tutorial on youtube before you do so. The traditional application makes it difficult to apply and I ended up returning mine to Sephora after my many failed attempts to get it to work. (If you think you can do it, try though because it works for many people.) In favor of the Guerlain, I went for Givenchy’s Magic Kajal Eye Pencil. I was told that it is most popular amongst today’s Arab and South Asian women, but when I applied it I thought mostly of Cleopatra. The consistency of this pencil is amazingly smooth and you can swipe shadow over the lines you draw for an added dimension of color.

  12. 12
    July 23rd, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I cannot believe you didnt mention the blue lotus! it was her main beauty secret!!!!

  13. 13
    October 5th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Cleopatra VII was beautiful, by definition. How ever she looked, or how ever she “came on,” she attracted Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. So she is the most “attractive” woman who ever lived.

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