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Take a Peek Inside the Bag of a Barneys Bigwig

I love Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barneys New York. He and his husband Jonathan Adler just might be the world's best-dressed, most talented, and cutest couple. You'd think that someone with such style could be snobby, but Simon is the complete opposite. And he's a very funny writer, too!

Recently, he was working on copy for the fall Barneys Beauty Book and became baffled by the number of creams, cosmetics and other girly ephemera. So to gain insight, he rifled through the makeup bag of Bettina O'Neill, the cosmetics queen of Barneys. To see the dream creams and luxe lipsticks in her bag, including this pricey Serge Lutens mascara,

If you were expecting a surprise along the lines of Great Lash mascara, guess again. This is Barneys we're talking about, after all! Instead, she uses a $60 wand of Serge Lutens mascara. She's also a fan of Hourglass Oxygen Foundation ($46), which allows skin to breathe, she says. Then there's By Terry Lip Definer. "This lip liner is so good it's like a bloody tattoo," she told Simon. "And it's only $29!"

While I don't think I'll ever refer to a lip liner as being "only" $29, it's still fun to see how the fancypants folks at Barneys live, right?

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ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 7 years
I love Barney's. I want to work there!
madison63 madison63 9 years
I actually bought the Serge Lutens mascara last week and I've been seeing really great results. The SA tried it on my lashes and the oomph they got were so great that I dished out the $60 and bought it. I don't regret it because my lashes are very sparse and stick straight, and they sure beat everything else I've tried (and the mascara pales in comparison to how much eyelash extensions cost...)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
all i can say is - wow
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
all i can say is - wow
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Good grief, that list gives "high maintenance" a bad name!
spygirl658 spygirl658 9 years
"fancypants" - that made me laugh :) I don't know why, but it's one of those words that always gives me the giggles (in a good way) ;-)
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
For $60, that mascara had better do my laundry, too.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
Jonathan and Simon are my FAVORITES!!! (Plus their pup Liberace). Mascara is my most important makeup item.If I could afford $60 mascara, and it was worth it, I would buy it. But right now I can afford to buy (and use sparingly) $20 mascara- Diorshow- and that's worth it!
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
Jonathan and Simon are my FAVORITES!!! (Plus their pup Liberace).Mascara is my most important makeup item.If I could afford $60 mascara, and it was worth it, I would buy it. But right now I can afford to buy (and use sparingly) $20 mascara- Diorshow- and that's worth it!
vienvien vienvien 9 years
I'd never pay $60 for a mascara when the world's greatest mascara is under $15
alillee alillee 9 years
lol me too kyko! the most i'll pay for mascara is whatever diorshow costs. i can't help it. i love that mascara.
Kyko Kyko 9 years
If only I could make statements like "only $29 dollar lipliner"....$29 will feed me for 3-4 days.
diorbaby diorbaby 9 years
I am guessing she probably didn't have to pay for it herself....
urbanrosed urbanrosed 9 years
I guess if I wore lipliner, and it really worked, I might pay that much for it. But a $60 mascara? Sheesh.
urbanrosed urbanrosed 9 years
I guess if I wore lipliner, and it really worked, I might pay that much for it.But a $60 mascara? Sheesh.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Wow, that's more than I'd pay for lipliner.
arrhythmia arrhythmia 9 years
the foundation isn't too expensive... i don't know about that mascara though...
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I'm willing to bet she didn't have to pay $29 for it.
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