Linda Rodin: Icon

If someone asked me what I want to be when I grow up (even though I'm already a grown up), I could not think of a better answer than to be Linda Rodin. She's a Jack of All Things Fabulous. She started her career as a model in the '60s, went on to run a successful boutique in SoHo, which led her to her career as a stylist at Henri Bendel, only to later shine as a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar.

Through her decades of working with top designers, models, makeup artists, and other amazing humans in the industry, Rodin realized there was a need for simplicity in skincare products out on the market today. While the skincare game has been booming in the past decade, what other companies lacked was simplicity, yet effectiveness, in their ingredients. In 2007 Rodin formulated (in her own kitchen) and sold (to the masses) her very own beauty elixir, RODIN olio lusso face oil. The name, which loosely translates to “luxury oil” in Italian, is her way of honoring the effortless beauty of Italian women, which has inspired Rodin’s personal style.

While several of the ladies at The Penny Rose covet this beloved product, I love the woman behind the product. Rodin is known for her signature pink lipstick accompanied by a naked face lightly moisturized with, you guessed it, olio lusso.

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Face Forward

I'm not one to endorse high-end, over-priced beauty products. It's not that I don't believe in their effectiveness, but rather that I have a hard time supporting the sticker shock these products induce in people. However, once in a while I can justify emptying the penny jar (you'll be surprised at how much you've saved), and splurging on something worthwhile. Here's the indulgence I suggest: Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil. This stuff is really one of those miracle concoctions. I received a bottle of it from a very generous friend for my birthday and I've been wowed by its instant results. Chock full of essential oils, this elixir was formulated by celebrity stylist Linda Rodin (see image below). In an effort to provide intense hydration to the skin, she made small bottles of her potion and tried out celebrity friends as lab rats. They kept asking for more. Soon, the 60-something beauty bottled it up and now it's sold at places like Barney's. As for my results? I've been using it for a little over a week. The redness and peeling that I often get as a side-effect from my prescription retinoid has disappeared. In its place is a deeply hydrated epidermis and a glowing visage. I'll be squeezing out just two drops a day in a effort to conserve my luxury face oil. If you can save your change, there will be no better way to spend it.