Style File: Affordable Decadence With Gemstone Inspired Beauty for Fall

Courtesy Jane Iredale

Courtesy Jane Iredale

Autumn is the season for freshening your look with updated beauty products. Some of the most exciting ingredients are gemstones and precious metals like diamonds, gold and pearls. Just as these indulgences set off skin’s glow when worn as jewelry, they also add just the right amount of shimmer when used in creams, eye shadows, nail polishes and highlight powders.

Think of it as affordable decadence. Here a few new products to try when you want to feel like a gem :

Diamond Dust, in Golden Shimmer Face & Body Lotion

Diamond Dust is a unique pigment derived from mica that delivers shimmer to the skin. As your summer glow starts to fade, this versatile lotion will warm and smooth the skin for an irresistible golden glow. (

Sparkling Nail Powders Set

This limited-edition, numbered set from Dior, sold exclusively at Nordstrom, features two sparkling powders—in black and luminous gold—and a special adhesive base coat. Create a jewel-like manicure, whether applied to one nail as an accent or as a complete manicure. (

Courtesy Nordstrom

Courtesy Nordstrom

Gold Leaf, in 24 Karat Gold Dust

For just the right amount of shimmer, Jane Iredale 24 Karat Gold Dust uses 24 Karat gold leaf to lend a delicate highlight to eyelids, cheeks, lips, nails, hair and body in every shade from gold to silver, bronze and rose gold. (

Platinum Pigment

Metallic makeup was all over the fashion runways this season. To recreate that look, Mac Cosmetics has a platinum pigment you can use to create a subtle wash of color or a more intense effect for a night on the town. (

Mary Kay Emerald Noir Eye Color Palette

Inspired by the world’s most precious jewels, each  palette includes five easy-to-apply buildable shades, from matte to high-shimmer. (

Courtesy Jane Iredale

Courtesy Jane Iredale

Pearl, in Limited Edition Celebrate Eye Shadow Trio

For a minimal yet illuminating look, the Jane Iredale Limited Edition Celebrate Eye Trio features mist, a matte pearl shade perfect for a subtle base color. The other colors are port, a shimmery port wine color and toast, a toasted caramel for a complete eye look in one palette. (

—Leslie Dinaberg

Originally published in Santa Barbara Seasons on September 8, 2014.