BEAUTY IMITATES ART: Surrealist Edition

Because who doesn't want a bit of weirdness in their beauty regime?
Publish date:
July 27, 2012
fragrance, perfume, lipstick, nars, elsa schiaparelli, salvador dali

Channeling Dali while holding my lil' bottle of Itislove.

As a self-professed art nerd in elementary and high school who almost went on to an arts college (until I realized I would never be able to make a career out of it, so I did the logical thing and went to ACTING SCHOOL instead), I like to keep a bit of artsiness prevalent in my day-to-day life.

My bedroom is filled with coffee table art books and prints of my favorite pieces, and art museums are some of my favorite places to visit when I have the time. So naturally, I like when the art world collides headfirst with my beauty world.

A few years ago when I checked out the Art Gallery of Ontario's Surrealism exhibit, which featured gowns from Elsa Schiaparelli and jewelry designed by Salvador Dali, I found in the gift shop fragrances from the Dali line of perfume, which Dali himself started 30 years ago.

Salvador Dali Itislove (3.4 oz for $79,

I ended up purchasing a teeny bottle of Itislove, which has notes of grapefruit zest and pink pepper mixed with musk, vanilla and sandalwood. I've always loved the scent of grapefruit, and in this case it is noticeable but not overbearing.

On another tip of the surrealism-meets-beauty genre is NARS' Schiap lipstick, named after the incredible Elsa Schiaparelli and her love for all things "shocking" pink.

NARS' Schiap lipstick ($24,

Elsa and Salvador (yes, we're on a first name basis) ran in the same circle and were constantly inspiring one another. One of their coolest collaborations was "The Skeleton Dress."

Creepy and fabulous all at once!

Now that I've shared some of my favorite artsy-fartsy beauty products, I have a question for you, dear xoJaners: if you could create a beauty product based on your favorite artist (or work of art, whatevz), what would it be?

Most creative answer wins nothing other than -- I don't know, a thumbs up?

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