WHILE waiting for the backstage door of Delpozo to open during fashion week, I met Chilean blogger Nico Contardo. I asked if the lipstick she was wearing was one of my fave shades MAC Heroine, and I was correct.
We chatted and exchanged our fave beauty products and a couple of secrets. I checked out her Instagram account, @frauleinnico, and appreciated her classic dressing style, which can be used as a guide for everyday wear.
But I can’t relate to the way most other bloggers dress, which is over-styled or too sexy for my taste.
Full name: Nicole Putz Contardo
Occupation: “I went to law school, but now I’m a full-time blogger.”
Personal style: “Classic, but with some eclectic touches”
Favorite accessories: “Belts work for me every time.”
Fashion icon: Russian Miroslava Duma
Five summer essentials: “Sunglasses. Then sunscreen in spray form, for applying on arms and hands every time I remember (summer in Santiago, Chile, is very dry and hot). Also, a hat when I’m out of town and spending time on the beach.
“I think a biker jacket is the best option for every occasion when the sun is gone. Usually, in my country during summer we have super hot days but cold nights. Long and comfy dresses are perfect for the city and the beach, day and night.”
Ten beauty products you can’t live without:
“Avene Termal water for keeping the skin hydrated.”
“Sunscreen of course! Better if it’s a La Roche-Posay serum.”
“Aqualia Vichy Cream every day for hydrating my skin. Santiago, Chile has a very dry weather.”
“Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum every night! It’s my latest discovery.”
“I always have a tube of Elixir Ultime Creme Fine by Kerastase in my bag. I apply it on my hair every time I feel I need it. I’m really obsessed with this product—it has this perfect light texture.”
“Fast Response Eye Cream by MAC Cosmetics, my salvation for those days when I wake up tired and have dark circles.”
“Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden. I usually apply it on my lips when they feel dry.”
“Coco by Chanel is the only perfume I’ve used for years. I never get tired of it! It has always been my mom’s favorite, and now it’s mine, too.”
“Two of my favorite lipsticks ever: Lady Danger and Ruby Woo by MAC Cosmetics. I wear them all year long no matter the weather situation. These are colors that represent me.”
“I always take my greens! I’m a super fan of the pressed cold juices from the Chilean group LivingJuice, which mixes fruits and vegetables while preserving the properties. I usually take them at least once a month for one or two days. The next morning, my skin is brighter, and I feel healthier.”