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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #114

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  Guerlain Rouge Gs from Spring 2012
  • Weekend plans:  Trying to get through my backlog of photos a bit more before everything becomes useless!
  • Have you made any new year’s resolutions (not beauty-related)?:   I didn’t!  I always have goals and milestones I want to achieve, but they don’t start/stop at the new year, so they’re more like year-round goals, I suppose.

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This week’s Mellan photo…

Totally running out of ideas for where to take photos of Mellan!

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Video Review: Chanel Spring 2012 Collection – First Impressions & Swatches

Video Review: Chanel Spring 2012 Collection – First Impressions & Swatches

First look and impressions of Chanel’s spring collection (which I’ve mostly reviewed now here on the blog in full detail), plus swatches for those who prefer or enjoy seeing swatches in motion 🙂

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2012 Editor’s Choice Awards – Roundup

2012 Editor’s Choice Awards — Roundup

Curious to see who won? Check out our 2012 Editor’s Choice Awards for all the winners!


  • Brands with the Most Awards in 2012: Revlon (8), Guerlain (7), Maybelline (5), Bare Escentuals (4), MAC (4), Neutrogena (4), Olay (4)
  • Total Brands Recognized: 42 (High-end), 29 (Budget), 71 (total)
  • Total Award Categories: 72
  • Total Winners: 132

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers
Bonbon (73), Petillant (159), Bagatelle (161)

Chanel Spring 2012: Glossimers

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers ($29.50 for 0.19 oz.) include three new and permanent (according to the press release) shades: Bonbon (soft pink), Petillant (golden beige), and Bagatelle (pink).

  • Bonbon is a sheer gold-shimmered pale pink. There’s no real color to it; on my lips, it provides a semi-opaque covering of shimmer. It’s similar to NARS Super Orgasm (a touch darker), Chanel Aurore (slightly more of a beige base), and Benefit I’m With the Band (more golden sheen).
  • Petillant is sheer and virtually colorless with white and pale pink shimmer. This is really, really subtle; unless you’re a Glossimer devotee, this one is easily skipped, because it doesn’t have as much shimmer as most Glossimers do either. It may sound harsh, but these kinds of glosses are numerous, and while having a couple in your back pocket is great for layering, it’s difficult to see nuances between them, so most of us don’t need too many of them.
  • Bagatelle is a light-medium, blue-based pink with gold flecks of sparkle. This one was the most pigmented with semi-opaque color coverage. The gold shimmer in this is larger than the others, so it actually felt a little gritty on the lips, compared to the smooth feel of most Glossimers. It reminded me a bit of MAC Splashing, which isn’t blue-based, and Givenchy Glamorous Fuchsia, which doesn’t have the gold sparkle.

Chanel Glossimers have certainly earned their accolades because of their comfortable, non-sticky texture and ultra-shimmering appearance.  In the sunlight, these really sparkle and look like shimmering water with the amount of dazzle and shine they give off.  I didn’t fully appreciate them until I saw how they looked outdoors.  Indoors, they’re a little less spectacular, but they’re generally a really pretty gloss that tends to have sheer to semi-sheer color coverage but lots of shimmer.  I usually find these to have a really smooth shimmer, but Bagatelle felt gritty from the get-go.  I could just feel the shimmer on my lips.  Bonbon wore for about two and a half hours, while Petillant disappeared within an hour and a half.  Bagatelle wore the best, as it wore for four hours.

Chanel Spring 2012 Glossimers