Friday, December 10th, 2010

Chanel Energizing Multi-Protection Cream SPF 15
Chanel Energizing Multi-Protection Cream SPF 15

Chanl Beaute Initiale — Is it love?

Chanel Energizing Multi-Protection Cream SPF 15 ($75.00 for 0.1.7 oz.) is a quick-absorbing moisturizer with a cream consistency but the feeling and behavior of a lotion. It is designed to be used daily to “keep early signs of age and fatigue at bay.”

I wanted to try this particular moisturizer, because I really enjoyed Chanel’s Ultra Correction Lift Day Cream SPF 15 ($150.00 for 1.7 oz.). Chanel has several different product families available in skincare, and Beaute Initiale seems to be their “entry-level” range. It also seemed like it would be a good fit for my skin and aging concerns (more about preventation than reversal at this time). Hydramax + Active seems like another alternative for getting your foot in Chanel’s skincare.

My Skin: I’m 24 years-old with some fine lines around my eyes, slight but noticeable lip lines when I smile. My skin type is normal-to-dry in the fall/winter and mostly normal in the spring/summer. I am acne-prone and suffer from minor breakouts that seem to be more hormone or stress related than anything else.

There were so many things I loved about this cream, but it just doesn’t work with my skin type (normal-to-dry). I need more moisture, and I found my skin felt parched after a couple of hours after using this. I think those with oily skin  (but I would still recommend the Fluid for very oily skin types) could definitely consider this as an option for a daytime moisturizer. The cream dries down very quickly, within a few minutes, which is something I always keep an eye on when it comes to creams. Nobody wants to wait thirty minutes for their moisturizer to absorb!

It also spreads very evenly and well without leaving any streaks of white–it feels and looks like a cream, but the way it evens out so quickly makes it seem more like a gel. It dries down to a semi-matte, smooth finish. It is scented, but I found it pleasant–a fresh floral that didn’t feel heavy. I loved using it and wearing it for two to three hours, but for my skin, I need something heavier.

I’m not entirely sure why this isn’t sufficient, because I don’t have particularly dry skin, and there is a Fluid version (which I imagine is lighter and designed for oilier skin types). It is listed as a cream, so it should be heavier and more suitable for drier skin types, but it does not seem to be hydrating enough for my normal-to-dry skin, let alone dry skin.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I recommend trying a sample of this for normal-to-oily and oily skin types. If you are oily or very oily, you may consider using the Fluid version, which comes in a pump and may be lighter (but I haven’t tried it myself).

AVAILABILITY: Nordtsrom

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Friday, December 10th, 2010

Estee Lauder Radiant Berry Blush
Estee Lauder Radiant Berry Blush

Thinking of Sugar Plums This Winter

Estee Lauder Radiant Berry Blush ($26.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a softened rose-plum with a subtle satin sheen. The texture of Estee Lauder’s powder blushes is incredibly finely milled, soft like silk, and smooth. These are buildable blushes that deliver sheerer color initially but can be layered for a more intense cheek look. I find these are very foolproof blushes; you can never go overboard, and they look very glowy, not shimmery or frosty.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I love this on both cool and warm skin–it is also absolutely gorgeous on really pale skin, because it can give a nice level of contrast.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Friday, December 10th, 2010


Guerlain Spring 2011 Collection

Meteorites Compact ($56.00)

Multi-toned radiant pearl particles with yellow, orange, green, red, violet or white reflections to recreate ideal radiance on the complexion. It is tailor-made for every skin tone. The complexion is left perfectly matte, luminous, and naturally glowing. Available in 3 shades.

Rouge G Serie Noire ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Available in four limited shades in a sleek black lacquer case.

  • Rose Desir (71) Pink
  • Fuchsia Delice (70) Fuchsia
  • Orange Euphorique (45) Orange
  • Rouge Sensuel (24) Red

Blush G Serie Noire ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

A fresh blush to illuminate complexion. A mix of 4 complementary natural shades, each with a subtle pink.

Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow ($84.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rue de Rivoli A soft and luminous harmony revived by a bold pink color touch

Availability:  Spring 2011

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Friday, December 10th, 2010


Smashbox Spring 2011 Collection: In Bloom

A gorgeous collection of soft, wearable shades for easy, feminine spring style. Say goodbye to bold cold-weather looks and usher in spring with the fresh, natural In Bloom collection from Smashbox Cosmetics. The spring runways were rife with delicate girly looks, from radiant, lit-from-within skin to hazy, neutral eyes and glossy nude pouts. With light, luminous looks for eyes, cheeks, lips and skin, In Bloom is your ultimate spring beauty update.

In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette & Brush ($48.00)

Spring beauty is in full bloom with this ten shade palette of ultra-luxe shimmers and wearable mattes, arranged vertically in duos for effortless customization. Apply with the included eye shadow brush for a flawless finish. Includes: ballet pink, lavender grey, golden pink, warm taupe, bone, soft violet, marine blue, shimmering copper, moss, nude.

Blushing/Peony Cream Cheek Duo ($26.00)

This duo of creamy, rose shades offers a sheer natural flush to cheeks and lips anytime, anywhere. Wear alone or pair together for a rush of custom color. Apply with fingertips or Smashbox Foundation Brush #13 and blend.

Soft Focus Powder Eye Liner ($22.00)

Available in Heather Grey and Dark Brown. This innovative powder formula creates a soft smoldering look in seconds. Before using, shake well and tap off any excess powder before lining the lashline.

Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss with SPF 15 ($21.00)

  • Timeless Soft pink
  • Endless Kiss Coral pink

Artificial Light Luminizing Powder ($20.00)

Inspired by top-selling Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion, this soft shimmering powder highlights and brightens for a radiant glow. Apply to inner corners of eyes, down the bridge of nose, above brows and to the tops of cheekbones with the targeted applicator. It can also be mixed with body lotion and applied to arms, legs and décolleté for a subtle shimmer.

Availability: Smashbox.com, Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenny, Ulta, Nordstrom, Beauty.com, and select Macy’s in Spring 2011

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Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Mascara

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

Introducing the next generation of the Estée Lauder Sumptuous mascara franchise – Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara is for the lash extremist! Lashes are magnified and multiplied with one swipe, making eyes look outrageously big and amazingly bold. Make a high-impact statement with your lashes, and everyone will wonder ‘are those lashes real?’

What makes Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara extremely volumizing? It’s the synergy of the lightweight Extreme Bold Volume Formula™, a special blend of three customized lash building fibers, and the exclusive Extreme BrushComber™.

Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara ($23.50)

  • Extreme Black
  • Extreme Brown
  • Extreme Indigo
  • Extreme Violet

Availability: Now at all Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Milani Bing Cherry Lipstick
Milani Bing Cherry Lipstick

Try Out a Subdued Red!

Milani Bing Cherry Lipstick ($4.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a subdued cherry red–it’s like a sheer cherry red but it’s actually opaque on lips. There’s still the brightness of a cherry red, but I think this is a much tamer way to wear one if full-on cherry red is too much for you. It seems like it has a pinkness to it, but when worn, it seems a little more of a coral-red. It’s definitely an interesting color, though. I’m curious to hear what others who own think!

Milani’s Color Perfect Lipstick is a creamy, moisturizing formula with opaque color coverage. It does have a rather a synthetic/waxy scent, though, which may be too much for those with sensitive sniffers. I typically get three to four hours of wear on average with this formula.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Consider Bing Cherry if you’ve always wanted to wear red but never wanted to go for a full blown in-your-face kind of red.

AVAILABILITY: Milani

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