Fat Tuesday falls on February 12 this year. Whether you are heading to the big easy or just enjoying the revelry at home, here are interesting makeup and beauty products for letting the good times roll.
The official colors of Mardi Gras; purple, green and gold were suggested by the visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff in 1872. Purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power. L’Oreal has introduced a new line of eye shadows for spring and the Neon Skirt L'Oreal Colour Riche Shadow Quad combines the Mardi Gras colors with a neutral base color. Perfect for celebrating the days and nights at $7.95.
Absinthe or “The Green Fairy” is a big part of New Orleans mysticism. The green liquor is served in a glass with a sugar cube placed in slotted spoon over the top is then diluted with ice water. It got a bad rap for allegedly causing “crazy” reactions from those whose drank it. The Body Shop’s new Absinthe Purifying Hand Care line uses absinthe extract or wormwood, a key ingredient from the drink to cleanse and hydrate hands. Absinthe has a clean and woodsy scent, similar to Vetiver. The line includes hand wash, purifying hand gel, hand cream and hand butter. Cleanse and moisturize with the green fairy! The collection runs $4 -$20 and is available at The Body Shop.
Coordinating nail polish for any event is a must. JENsations Custom Nail Blends has created a hexagon, metallic glitter polish called Mardi Gras. It comes in a cute star shaped bottle and is made from a solvent resistant, 3-free, cruelty free base. $8 at JENsations, Etsy.
Add some Mardi Gras color to your hair with temporary hair chalk. The Hair Color Chalk brand has an open compact application system that makes it easy to apply. Set with a little hairspray and wash out after the party. HairColorChalk.com is the only place I could find all three Mardi Gras colors; Green Energy, Purple Passion and Sunshine Yellow, $15.99 each.