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11 Gold and gorgeous beauty products to buy now

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

The secret ingredient in trendy beauty products? Real gold

Rihanna was onto something when she sported a $5,000 24-karat gold manicure back in 2012. Now regular consumers can find pure gold in an assortment of surprising beauty products.

The good news? Most options don't even come close to breaking a grand, much less five.

1. 24-Karat Gold Dust

24-Karat Gold Dust

We love the versatility of this Jane Iredale sparkling mica and gold dust, that you can sprinkle on your cheeks, brows and even into lotion for a lightly sparkled decolletage. (Ariva, $14)

2. Allegresse 24K Gold Illuminating Facial Peel

Allegresse 24K Gold Illuminating Facial Peel

Everyone needs to buff away dead skin cells from time to time, so why not do so with pure gold? This exfoliating facial peel encourages cell turnover for a more balanced skin tone. (Bibasque, $195)

3. Ultra Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick

Ultra Color Rich 24K Gold Lipstick

Don't be fooled: This creamy 24-karat lipstick from Avon doesn't just come in one color. Instead, pure gold flecks illuminate and brighten lips in eight beautiful shades. (Avon, $23)

4. 24K Jivago Eau de Parfum

24K Jivago Eau de Parfum

Apparently, gold does more than just sparkle — Ilana Jivago's perfume supposedly generates energy with its gold flecks. OK, so that might be a hard sell, but at least we know that its jasmine and amber notes smell delightful. (Ilana Jivago, $135)

5. L'or Radiance Concentrate Make-Up Base

L'or Radiance Concentrate Make-Up Base

Why not use a golden gel-based primer, like L'or Radiance, to borrow a youthful glow? Slather this gold-infused primer and base into your skin before applying makeup as usual. (Sephora, $73)

6. Boom Boom Pow Luxurious Nail Color

Boom Boom Pow Luxurious Nail Color

Rihanna started a trend with her gold manicure, but she certainly didn't finish it. This gold-flecked nail polish is wildly beautiful, and it doesn't break the bank. (Dermstore.com, $20)

7. Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss

Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss

Pucker up with this shimmery lip gloss that looks great by itself or over a darker lip color. The formula is long-lasting and also plumps lips for a full and radiant appearance. (Neiman Marcus, $30)

8. 24K Collagen and Caviar Mask

24K Collagen and Caviar Mask

Denise Richards is a spokeswoman for this moisturizing facial mask that features pure gold, caviar, collagen and aloe vera. It claims to renew aging skin for a youthful appearance, and if Richards is indeed using the product, it clearly works well. (Orogold, $398)

9. Revival Gold Beauty Elixir Day Illuminator

Revival Gold Beauty Elixir Day Illuminator

Still not so sure about this gold trend? Try this affordable illuminator to see if gold can brighten and balance your skin as promised. Rub into your cheek bones for an inexpensive and healthy sheen. (Marcelle, $46)

10. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick

While gold dust can flake off easily, this creamy gold eyeshadow is designed to wear all night. Sweep it over your eyelids on a summer day, or build on the color by adding charcoal gray for nighttime. (Barneys New York, $28)

11. Rodial Skincare Bee Venom

Rodial Skincare Bee Venom

Last but not least, this bee venom skin care essence is by far the priciest gold option, but it basically promises to keep you looking young forever. With gold, bee venom and high-tech peptides, it might just work. (Beauty.com, $470)

So what do you think — can gold really make all the difference in your own beauty routine? Or does the trend remind you of Tobias Funke, wearing his wife's skin cream made from crushed diamonds?

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