Lovely Margaery, she’s almost too good to be true; beautiful, a caring friend, generous to the poor… and seriously manipulative. The power-hungry widow of Renly Baratheon and current betrothed of His Grace King Geoffrey I is as gorgeous as she is ambitious, known for her wavy brown hair, unblemished skin and and slender figure. I’m not always a fan of her fashion choices (the Björk dress being my least favorite), but it must be said that she always looks radiant like the golden rose that adorns her sigil. So, what can we learn from the Highgardener in the beauty department? That’s right: treat yourself to some roses.
Out of all the face masks Dr. van der Hoog offers, Romantic Roses is my favorite of the bunch. It has a pretty packaging, creamy texture, smells heavenly and most importantly leaves skin smooth and hydrated. I’m actually not sure if this product is available outside of The Netherlands, but it’s worth tracking down.
Acqua Distillata Alle Rose by Manetti Roberts is a classic rosewater, the 19th century formula made with spring water and rose essential oil can be used as a facial cleanser and lightly moisturizes skin. If you’re in Italy stock up because they’re only €2,50 a bottle there! I like to put my rosewater in spray bottles and mist it on my face to hydrate and refresh my skin in the morning.
To rejuvenate the eye area Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Natural Eye Cream is a lovely non-irritating cream for both night and day. While I find the consistency a bit runny for my liking (my #1 favorite is Clinique All About Eyes Rich which is a thicker cream) but it reduces puffiness and nourishes the sensitive under-eye skin. Not that Margaery shed so much as a tear when her first husband died, but this could have been useful.
Truth be told, I haven’t used Guerlain Météorites Perles in years (these little macaron-colored illuminators don’t come cheap!) but they look good enough to eat. The cylinder-shaped box includes a pretty powder puff for application to give your face and décolletage an ethereal glow.
Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Rose D’or is the perfect color for glowy, pretty cheeks. I love the scent and texture of these compact blushes, but recommend using a large, fluffy brush for a more natural application than the one that comes with the actual product.
To get Margaery’s signature pink pout, try Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector from Clarins in Rose Shimmer. I stumbled upon this product one day and was pleasantly surprised by its light and non-goopy formula, making it perfect for days when you don’t want the color intensity of a lipstick but a little bit more shine than a lip balm. The shea butter-infused lip gel has a slight shimmer to it and has a vanilla scent to it.
Of the countless rose-scented perfumes that are available, a few oils that really piqued my interest to compliment Margaery’s character are The Rose, a promise of “red rose petals, fresh sap, and the sharp green scent of stem and leaf“, Maiden, a blend of “white tea, carnation and Damask Rose”, and Nemesis, “cypress, ginger, fig, dried rose, red patchouli, tonka bean cyclamen” (all from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab).
Acclaimed Dutch designer duo Viktor & Rolf successfully delved into the fragrance world 8 years ago when they released Flowerbomb, a flirty potion with notes of sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, ballerina freesia & patchouli in a grenade-shaped bottle. Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose is a limited edition version of the original scent, which is a lighter, summery version of its predecessor. (And how cute is the ad campaign swarming with hummingbirds?!)
Another limited edition rose petal-scented perfume is Prada’s Infusion de Rose, a gorgeous veil of bulgarian & turkish rose, Italian mandarin, peppermint, Brazilian mate leaf and beeswax. The scent was originally released in 2011 but you can still find it available from some online retailers.
And lastly, to get Margaery’s signature look, check out this easy tutorial.