So I just read that chapter of A Storm of Swords. If you’re up to date with the HBO series and/or the books you know the one. If not (who are you??), stop reading this and start watching season 3, episode 9.
This whole chapter is gnarly and heart-wrenching but let’s talk about Roslin Frey since it’s actually her wedding and her father kind of ruined the party. Thanks Walder, you backstabbing bastard. Much to Edmure’s surprise, Roslin is by far the prettiest of the many Frey daughters, so I thought I’d do a little beauty roundup inspired by the girl whose wedding turned into a slaughterhouse. Enjoy!
Roslin is like 16 years old so no shit that she looks all glowy and youthful. But, for non-child brides there are some tricks to revive dull skin. First of all; exfoliate! Skin-cell turnover slows when you get older, so it’s vital to slough off dead skin cells as we age. One of my favorite ways to exfoliate is a skin brush such as the Clarisonic (I use a Chinese knock-off that cost me 1 euro – best money ever spent), which is gentle enough for sensitive skin but cleanses really well. Use together with a good cleansing gel like Purity Made Simple from Philosophy to get rid of dirt & makeup.
You can follow up with a toner or facial mist for that dewy look & feel; I love the Evian Facial Spray to hydrate and refresh my skin. Then, use a vitamin-C enriched serum like the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster to protect, repair and nourish. Chock-full of anti-oxidants, this stuff brightens your complexion and supports collagen production; not bad! I used to think that serums were a bit gimmicky until I started using them, and now I don’t know how I lived without them.
Follow with a hydrating moisturizer like Shiseido IBUKI Refining Moisturizer Enriched, which helps skin retain its plump state, free of blemishes, visible pores, and roughness (the award-winning anti-aging line of products is awesome, by the way). That sounds like something I want on my wedding day, or any day for that matter.
Roslin’s mother must have been a real beauty, ’cause I don’t think she got her looks from the Lord of the Crossing. Her skin is flawless and natural (which is why I focused this post on skincare, not makeup) so you really don’t want to wear a heavy foundation for this look. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a makeup artist favorite and especially formulated to capture the glow of perfect skin, making it the ideal base for Roslin’s nuptials.
This Face Color Rose Ladurée might be a little fancy for our bride, but I just had to share this gorgeous blush with you all. The famous macaron bakery released a line of insanely girly cosmetics including these blush rose petals to give your cheeks a delicate flush. Currently only available in France and Japan, so you might have to do some eBay hunting for these little treats!
For the perfect pink pout try MAC Peach Blossom, a ‘cremesheen’ lipstick with the loveliest buttery texture. This is a great tone if you’re looking for a hint of color that doesn’t compete for attention when the focus is on your complexion!
This is a bit of a splurge but hey, you don’t get married to a Lord every day, right? Since Roslin has long & fine hair, the Kérastase Cristalliste line would be my pick for weightless, shiny locks. Add a little Lumière Liquide to the ends for an extra polished ‘do. It’s hard to see exactly what hairstyle miss Frey is sporting, but it seems to be a cute half-up, double-bun situation. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, here’s a Roslin Frey hair tutorial.
Inspired by a beautiful maiden herself, Vasilissa might as well have been named after Roslin. This perfume oil blend is a combination of “creamy skin musk and blushing pink musk with soft sandalwood, white amber, dutiful myrrh, and star jasmine”, a fitting scent for the new Lady of Riverrun, no? Alternatively, I’m a big fan of Chloé Eau de Parfum: a powdery floral with notes of pink peony, freesia, lychee, magnolia flower, lily of the valley, rose, cedar wood, amber and honey.
Time for the wedding & bedding!