Chanel Venice Collection for Fall 2009

Chanel Venice Collection for Fall 2009

As a city built on water, Venice was a source of great intrigue for Gabrielle Chanel. She saw it as simultaneously dramatic and fragile – qualities she herself possessed. With the imagination of the CHANEL Makeup Studio, Venice comes to life in a palette reflective of the city’s shimmering facades and mosaics, and the sparkling aquatic colours of its lagoons. As seen in the runway looks created by Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, at the 2009/10 Cruise Collection show, held on the beaches of Venice, Italy, rich sienna and deep rose tones, and dusky greys and greens combine for a modern look that can be softened for day or emboldened come evening.

Eye Gloss ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Luminous cream quadra eyeshadow in pearl, gold, black, red-black

Les 4 Ombres / Quadra Eyeshadow ($56.00)

  • Murano Moss, pink, seafoam, green shimmer

Irreelle Duo / Silky Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00)

  • Acqua Alta White, grey

Poudre Douce / Soft Pressed Powder ($50.00)

  • Peche Caresse Soft peach

Jouse Contraste / Powder Blush ($42.00)

  • Fresque Peach

Les Tissages de Chanel / Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45.00)

  • Tweed Sienna Earthy Bronze

Rouge Allure / Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($30.00)

  • Instinctive Pink nude
  • Comedia Rose
  • Intuitive Pink brown
  • Amusing Rosewood
  • Captive Brown
  • Clandestine Brick

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($27.00)

  • Arlequin Gold
  • Courtisane Pink

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($23.00)

  • Intermezzo White pearl
  • Gondola Maroon shimmer

Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer ($28.00)

  • Praline d’Or Nude

Le Crayon Sourcils / Precision Brow Definer ($28.00)

  • Blond Clair Blonde
  • Cendre Noir Black

Availability: July 2009 at CHANEL boutiques, department and specialty stores, and on

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True Blue Naked Cotton Dress Shea Light Body Lotion Review

One of my favorite parts about this body lotion was the clean, lightweight scent. It is light enough to be able to layer it with your favorite perfume without a funny combination, but yet it is still detectable if you choose to wear it alone. If you know what B&BW’s “Cotton Blossom” smells like, it is similar with the same soft cotton-ish scent, but it is much, much lighter and more subtle smelling. I’m a big fan of clean scents myself, so this one is a keeper!

Slowly but surely, I am becoming a big fan of B&BW’s True Blue Spa line.  (Hello, anyone remember their Just a Minute Manicure Scrub?!)

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Look Book – What would you pair with MAC She’s A Star Lipglass?

If you were using MAC She’s A Star Lipglass?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush Photos & Review

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42.00) is a brush made famous by mineralize skinfinish fans everywhere. It is a large, densely bristled brush packed with a blend of both goat and synthetic fibers. It also better known as a stippling brush. I originally used this brush primarily for applying liquid foundation (Studio Fix Fluid), and I loved the results! It was really soft, light coverage spread everywhere and gave a soft finish. I personally found the 182 to give me even better results, so the 187 is no longer my go-to for foundation. One of the reasons I preferred the 182 is sometimes the 187 would give me a few streaks that I’d have to work a bit more at blending out; the 182 doesn’t give me any streaks at all. Though for a cream-based foundation, I much prefer the 187 over the 182 — the 182 is a bit too dense for that purpose.

I do like the 187 for sheerer application of blush and highlighters. If you’ve ever owned an ultra pigmented blush, you might struggle, as I do, with applying just the right amount. The 187 is amazing at picking up just that right amount of blush and lightly depositing it on your cheeks. For using them with mineralize skinfinishes, I’ve found the result is a softer look; kind of like a subtle glow rather than a super shiny or glittery cheeks. I do often use other brushes for my mineralize skinfinishes, often treating them as I would a regular blush. It definitely depends on the mineralize skinfinish and preference, though.

The 187 does shed a bit, particularly in the beginning, but after a few washes, it seems to stop shedding. It is a pricey brush, but it’s one of my favorite brushes. I also like its smaller twin, the 188, and if I had to buy only one, I’d probably go for the 188, just because the smaller size lets you do everything the 188 can do, but also the 187 (it’ll just take longer). Though if you’re in the market for a brush to use for your liquid foundation, you’ll likely want the 187 for the time-savings from the larger size.

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