Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection
Chanel Jardin de Camelias Collection

Illuminating Powder ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

A limited-edition creation, this sheer highlighting powder is artfully embossed with the icons of Chanel. Bringing a fresh vitality to the face, the soft powder lightly dusts over cheekbones and high points to capture and reflect light with a delicate luminosity. Part of the exclusive JARDIN DE CAMÉLIAS Collection.

  • Jardin de Camelias (Limited Edition)

Joues Contraste ($43.00)

  • Sakura (87) Pink (Limited Edition)

Ombres Tracees ($65.00)

One essential compact offers unlimited eye looks, with shade combinations that range from matte to satin to shimmer. Versatile smudge-proof formula can be applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results — in even extreme climates. Dermatologist tested. Part of the exclusive JARDIN DE CAMÉLIAS Collection.

  • Jardin Zen Matte to satin (Limited Edition)

Ligne Graphique de Chanel ($34.00)

  • Noir Scintillant (14) (Limited Edition)

Illusion d’Ombre ($36.00)

  • Rose des Vents (94) Pink (Limited Edition)

Aqualumiere Gloss ($29.50)

  • Eau de Rose (86) (Limited Edition)
  • Rosace (87) (Limited Edition)
  • Baie Rose (89) (Limited Edition)
  • Pink Pivoine (88) (Limited Edition)

Rouge Allure ($34.00)

  • Charmeuse (142) (Limited Edition)
  • Fleurie (137) (Limited Edition)

Availability: Exclusively at Chanel

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Sunday, February 16th, 2014

If cool pinks weren’t your thing, how about the other end of the spectrum–warm pinks–as shades to consider this spring? Here are a few of my picks for the season! I’d love to hear yours :)

  1. Revlon Elusive — a medium, warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish
  2. Chanel Revelation (63) — a light-medium pink with warm undertones
  3. Zoya Brigitte — a muted, medium pink with warm undertones
  4. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — luminous, medium, warm-toned pink
  5. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) — creamy, medium pink with warm undertones
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Soft, flushed cheeks with a hint of luminous sheen — that just says spring to me! Here are five of my current favorites for the spring season…

  1. Clinique Plum Pop (04) — cool-toned, plummy pink with a satin finish
  2. Chanel Revelation (63) — light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin finish
  3. theBalm Down Boy — a soft, cool-toned pink with a satin finish
  4. Burberry Blossom — a softly shimmered coral-orange
  5. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — a light-medium, warm pink with a satin finish

What are your favorite blushes to wear during spring?

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour

Both shades reviewed in this post are from Chanel’s spring collection, and they’ll be added to the permanent range, so there’s no need to rush. Charivari was more unique relative to polishes I’ve come across over the years, whereas Tapage, while high quality and incredibly pigmented, was easier to find dupes for. I had no issues with application or pigmentation with either hue, though, and they’re just what you’d like to see from a high-end polish formula. The consistencies weren’t too thick or too thin, so they flowed evenly across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. I typically get a week of wear out of Chanel’s formula, but take that with a grain of salt as next to nothing chips on me.

Chanel Charivari (603) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft purple/mauve.” It’s a smoky, plummy-purple with a cream finish and subtle warm undertones. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully. NARS Manosque (LE, $19.00) is lighter. MAC Dark Angel (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Dior Shadow (LE, $24.00) is much darker, has slight shimmer. China Glaze Urban Night (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned. China Glaze Jungle Queen (LE, $7.50) is darker, less plum. See comparison swatches.

Tapage (605) Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink.” It’s a vibrant, coral-red with a cream finish. It’s nearly opaque in a single coat, but for a really high-shine, plush look, I’d recommend still going with two. Rescue Beauty Lounge Smile (LE, $20.00) has slight shimmer. MAC Vivid Effect (LE, $16.00) is slightly lighter. Guerlain Champs-Elysees (P, $23.00) is less warm-toned. Guerlain A La Parisienne (P, $23.00) is similar. Dior Merveille (LE, $24.00) is slightly shimmery. China Glaze Poinsettia (LE, $7.50) is similar. China Glaze Hey Sailor (LE, $7.50) is redder. Essie Too Too Hot (LE, $8.00) is redder. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, January 17th, 2014

Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer
Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer

Chanel Murmure (179) Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink.” It’s a muted, light-medium coral-pink with warm undertones and no shimmer. Urban Decay Streak (P, $20.00) is warmer. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) has shimmer. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Applied, it looks pinker than it does in the tube or swatched, as it is semi-sheer and the natural pigmentation of my lips is influencing the end result to look pinker. It applied somewhat evenly, but the milkier consistency did result is some unevenness. It didn’t settle into lip lines as heavily as other milky glosses have, so I was pleasantly surprised. It lasted for three hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. The consistency is light-to-medium in weight, mostly non-sticky, and comfortable to wear.

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Not everything released in the past year was impressive, and some products were downright disappointing! When I worked on compiling this list, I thought about cringe-worthy products; ones that I can’t wrap my head around at all. These are products that truly disappointed me with their performance and quality.  Every single brand mentioned below has products I love but not every product can be a winner.

What were the most disappointing beauty products you tried this past year?