Chanel Les 4 Ombres, 208 Tisse Gabrielle…….. The Smokin’ hot Quad!

•April 13, 2014 • 15 Comments

Hi Everyone,

recently released was the Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes from Chanel. The new quads also had a brand new formula and the colours are inspired by the famous 8 house tweeds, made famous by Gabrielle Chanel herself.

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle

I obviously had to take a closer look at the new eyeshadows on offer as i have a love/hate relationship with the original formula. I love Murano and hate Sequoia. Murano having lovely shades  with good pigmentation; whereas, Sequoia being bland and lacking pigmentation. I usually go for the soft touch single eyeshadows and the Illusion D’Ombre cream formulas by Chanel.

I do really adore three of the eight palettes on offer and will be reviewing one of them here.

Chanel 208 Tisse Gabrielle without flash

208 Tissé Gabrielle stood out to me almost immediately. One that looks quite hard to work with but isn’t at all. Dark smokey/taupe colours which make it highly unusual but on trend for a fabulous smokey eye.

The four shades consist of a deep purple/grey with pink shimmer, dark green with silver shimmer, a matte brown/grey and a lovely highlighting shade in a champagne beige.

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle Close Up

Above top left is green, top right is champagne, bottom left purple and right brown shades.                                                                                                          

I haven’t stopped wearing it yet since i bought it and i am getting great compliments on it.

I have used it in two combinations so far; which are, green all over the lid with the purple in the socket and vice versa, both with the highlighting shade in the inner corner of the eye and on the brow bone. The colours blend really easily into each other to give a lovely smokey eye. Great to pair with the new Smokey Grey waterproof stylo too, (review to come). I also used the waterproof stylo Silver Light, on my lower waterline.

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle swatches no flashChanel Tisse Gabrielle swatches

Above left without flash and right with flash. 

The new quad eyeshadows come with a booklet showing you how to apply the colours in four different ways but i normally do my own look.

The quality of the eyeshadows are quite outstanding; buttery smooth with no fall out and gone is the powdery finish lacking any pigmentation. (The talc has been removed). The shades are highly pigmented and there is now a touch more product, weighing in at 2g compared with the old baked formula which had 1.2g. They can be also used wet but i haven’t had too because the colours are very intense.

Chanel Tisse Gabrielle on my eyes

I actually think i prefer these shades to the square ones which we occasionally get in the UK and are widely available in the US. These formulas are pressed and can’t be used wet and mostly have a satin finish to them. The new formulas come in a variety of finishes, from matte; satin; shimmer and sparkle, which gives us so much more choice.

Pictured right is light application of Tissé Gabrielle for daywear. Can be built up for intensity and used wet for evening. 

At the moment, i haven’t found any negatives with this palette at all. It does what it says ‘on the tin’, which is good enough for me.

Well done Chanel for listening to the customer and upping their game on these baked eyeshadows.I can’t wait to try out more in the future. Have you tried any out yet? Which colours do you like? Any questions, please fire away.

Have fun and i will see you all soon. ;-)

March………ing! Into Spring with My Favourites.

•April 5, 2014 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Spring is here, Yay! It’s been a nice month too and i had a week of it off work. Time once again for my monthly favourites.

March Favourites

 

1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)

I went into Boots last month and the rep for La Roche- Posay was there. She was lovely and gave me a great deal of interesting facts about the company and how they prefer to use most of the profits to work on new products and improve existing ones rather than advertising campaigns. She gave me a free seven day sample of the new Redermic moisturizer, (which i love, by the way) and as i tend to get hormonal breakouts occasionally, i thought i would try the darling of the blogging world, Effaciar Duo +. It is amazing and takes that horrible angry throbbing and redness straight out of any spot within a couple of hours. A great product.La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

2. Guerlain Météorites Perles Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer.

I did feature this one in a bad buy category on my website because the nib had broken off when i pumped out the product. I was annoyed because it cost’s so much; however, i still like the product very much. It does give that ‘glow from within’ on the face and makes pores appear a great deal smaller too. A tiny pump is all that’s needed for the whole face. I have been using this for over the month under my current foundation, featured next.

Guerlain Light Diffusing Perfecting PrimerGuerlain Light Diffusing Primer SwatchGuerlain Light Diffusing Primer smoothed out

3. Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup. 30 Cendré.

I did a swap with my mum. She got my Guerlain Parure Foundation and i got this one. I normally opt for 20 light beige but mum had this slightly darker shade. It does add a bit of warmth to my skin and that’s needed at the moment because i still have the paler winter hue going on. I haven’t had to use my bronzing powders as much while i have been wearing this either. If you have drier skin, this is ideal for you as it has an oil base. I normally prefer Vitalumiere  Aqua, which is the holy Grail foundation for oilier skins like mine, as it contains more of a watery base.  This one is nice and stays on for hours too.

Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid MakeupChanel Vitalumiere Makeup SwatchChanel Vitalumiere Foundation Smoothed out

4. Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush 65 Espiègle.

Sorry because i believe this one may be discontinued now. I just love the pale coral/pink. It makes it such a unique colour and is ideal for Spring too. I wear it with Rouge Coco lipstick, Jersey Rose and Dior Rouge lipstick, 757 Souveraine.

Chanel Blush 65 Espiegle SwatchChanel Espiegle Blusher Swatch

5. Garinier Micellar Cleansing Water.

I have written a whole post on this here. It is great for the price, (£3.99 in Tesco) and i’ve already bought a back up. Will be using this one for quite sometime i think.

6.  Avon Soft Musk Perfumed Body Spray.

I still buy Avon products occasionally and Soft Musk body cream and sprays have been my fav’s for many years. I love the bath and body ranges Avon do and i have been using this spray for past month. Can’t go wrong with it really.

7. Kérastase Resistance Volumactive Volume Expansion Spray.

I use this at the roots of my damp hair. Has a lovely fragrance, which all the resistance range does and it really adds volume to the hair once blow dried. It is neither weighty or greasy and a couple of sprays is all that’s needed.

8. Dior Bronze Face & Body Self Tanning Oil Spray.

Love this. It’s so easy to use and never streaks either (I do moisturize first though). I always use tanning products during the winter months because my skin is so pale. This has a very mild odour which is not unpleasant and disappears within minutes. It gives a golden glow to the skin within a couple of hours and i’m now on my second bottle. I get it at http://www.escentual.com because it’s so much cheaper from them.

There you have it. What are your favourites for March? I would love to know. Have fun and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Guerlain Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer(1)

The Lipstick Tag #

•March 29, 2014 • 10 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Well i just couldn’t resist this tag at all as i am an obsessoholic over lipsticks. It’s one of my favourite makeup items and i will never tire of the never ending shades that are brought out every season.

I took this tag from Carina’s Blog, Softly Sometimes when i saw the post. Here goes:

Lipstick Collection

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

A whopping 66 and counting and most are Chanel. I have a few Dior ones and a couple of Guerlain, Clinique and NARS too. In fairness, i have been collecting them for over 9 years. Prior to that, i used to own one for day wear and one for an evening out.

2. What was the first lipstick you owned?

Sadly, i can’t remember the shade but it most likely would have been a pinkish/red and it was by Elizabeth Arden. We are talking back in the 1980′s here. I do like her lipsticks and they had good staying power too.

3. What is your favourite lipstick brand?

I have just mentioned it really. Chanel, without a doubt. They make the best lipsticks in my most humble opinion. ;-)

4. What is your most worn lipstick?

Anne-Hathaway-Golden-Globes-2013Seduisante with Flash

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense lipstick 91 Seduisante. Since i first saw it on Anne Hathaway at the Golden Globes, i had to have it. A stunning natural pastel pink that is neither too cool or too warm. It’s so easy to wear and my post on it here, gets the most hits on my blog. So i am not the only one who loves it.Chanel Seduisante

5. What is your favourite Finish?

Chanel Rouge Coco for it’s staying power and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine for that lovely balm-like watery feel. A great lipstick for a light swatch of colour in the summer time. Dior Diorific lipsticks for the satin finish and longevity as well.

Various Textured LipsticksChanel Escapade

6. What was the last lipstick you bought?

Chanel (surprised?!!!) Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick, 145 Rayonnante, from the Spring 2014 Variations collection. A gorgeous fuchsia pink with a purple undertone.

Chanel Rouge Allure 145 Rayonette Close UpChanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick 145 Rayonnante

7. How many lipstick products do you have in your handbag?

Lipsticks found in my handbag

Not too many at the moment. I have 4 lipsticks, 2 Chanel, 1 Dior and 1 Guerlain. One Chanel nude lip pencil and two Chanel Glossimers, Seashell and Daydream. Quite tame for me but i have recently cleared out my handbag and i think i removed 10 lipsticks.

8. What is your favourite red lip colour?

I own 5 variations of red lipsicks. I love Diorific Golden Winter Long Wear Lipstick 038 Diva. A lovely cool red that stays on for hours. I also love the fragrance on these lipsticks too. I have an old Rouge Allure lipstick by Chanel, 28 Romantic. A deep red with a pink undertone, which i really like as well.

My red lipstick collection

9. How do you store your lipsticks?

In one drawer of my Alex unit and in my handbag.

10. Which Lipsticks are you currently lusting after?

Well believe it or not, none at the moment. I have so many; however, i would like to try the Givenchy and Burberry lipsticks because i love the colours they do and the packaging, but we shall see.

There you have it. I would like to nominate anyone and everyone to give this tag a go. It would be interesting to see what lipsticks you love to. Have fun and i will see you all soon. ;-)

The Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag.

•March 15, 2014 • 14 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I lifted this tag from Dandygal’s blog and think it’s a great one to do and loved her choices too. So here goes:

1. Greed.      What’s your most expensive beauty item?

My Chanel mini brush collection. I love them. In fact, i love them so much i have never used the brushes. It’s too nice a set to ruin and i have the full sizes of each brush as well. So a bit of a indulgence really.

Chanel Brush CollectionChanel Mini Brush CollectionChanel Mini Brushes

When they came into store, they sold out in days and i’m so glad i was one of the lucky few to get my hands on one. Another great point is, the brushes have the same quality bristles as the full size versions, unlike some other brands who offer a substandard version of them in their mini sets, which is annoying.

2. Wrath.      What Item do you have a strong love/hate relationship with?

Exhalte without gloss(1)

My Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick, 93 Exalte. It’s a really bright Fucsia Pink and i love the shade. I think it is a bit too intense for my skin tone though and it annoys me so much. So i have worn it once and felt very self conscious when i did. A bad spend really!

3. Gluttony.  What brand takes up most of your collection?

My Eyeshadow Drawer

That’s real easy. Chanel! I own a lot of it and i add to the collection all the time. i do; however, use it all as well, so money well spent in my opinion. You only need to look at my many other posts to read what i love about Chanel. Yes, i do intend to tidy out my drawer at some point!!

4. Sloth.     What product do you ignore the most due to laziness?

Face Masks

Face masks. I just don’t have the patience to sit and wait for them to work. I do use them once a fortnight or so though to keep my skin clean and healthy looking.

5.  Pride.      What product gives you the most confidence?

My eye without mascaraLancome Definicils Mascara(2)

Mascara without a doubt. I have incredibly pale lashes so when i don’t wear any mascara, you cannot see them at all. When i do though, they look great and i am very lucky to have long,  ‘easy to curl’ lashes in abundance. They are my thing and i never leave the house without mascara on.

6.  Lust.        What item is at the top of your list?

I must admit, as far as makeup is concerned, i have a lot. I do need a very good camera though and intend to buy one this year.A Sony a65 is on my wish list. I would like Chanel Sublimage Yeux too.

7.  Envy.       Which makeup product/look looks great on others but not on you?

Dior Mono Wet and Dry Eyeshadow 240 Mariniere

Blue eyeshadow. I have tried many times to pull off blue but it just doesn’t do a thing for me. It looks great on so many people and terrible on me. I have blue/grey eyes and it only looks good if i put a tiny bit on with grey and purple eyeshadows, but never as a single main colour.

There you have it. I also tag everyone to do this post. Let us know your seven deadly sins of beauty too. Until next time, have fun and take care. ;-)

Chanel Notes Du Printemps……………….Spring Haul 2014

•March 9, 2014 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

It’s time to get my review done of the new Chanel Notes Du Printemps collection 2014 before the new collection arrives this week. I am trying to keep my haul reviews current and relevant to people who may want to buy them and to stay ahead of the releases coming up.

Chanel Notes Du Printemps 2014 Haul

I really do like Chanel Spring collections because gone are the darker shades of winter and in comes the brighter more pastel shades for the Spring. It just lifts my mood.

This time though, i wasn’t incredibly impressed with some of the lipstick shades or the eyeshadows, so my haul is quite a small one of four items and here they are.

Precision Lip Defining Pencil, 70 Sonic Pink.

Chanel Lip Defining Pencil 70 Sonic PinkChanel Sonic Pink and Rouge Coco Dedicace Swatches

This is a bright pastel blue based pink designed to go with the Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick, La Diva and also the one i purchased, Rouge Coco lipstick, 59 Dédicace, another blue based bright pink. The lip pencil has a softer feel about it and the SA told me it can also be worn all over the lip as a lipstick as well. (something Chanel has never promoted before with their lip pencils). It still acts impressively as a lip liner as well although, i prefer the stiffer formula . I don’t own a shade like this and am not sure if its limited edition or not.

Rouge Coco Lipstick, 59 Dédicace.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Dedicace no flashChanel Rouge Coco Dedicace with FlashChanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Dedicace close up

Above from left to right, lipstick without flash, with flash and close up.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Dedicace Swatch

I love the formulation of these lipsticks and always have. They can be slightly drying on the lips; however, the longevity  and opaqueness is quite fantastic, so i don’t mind one bit. What i do hate is lipsticks that cost a pretty penny and need constant re-application and this never happens with Rouge Coco lipsticks.

I did buy this lipstick without trying it out first, a bit of a mistake because, it is a bit blueish in tone for my skin tone. I may have a bash at it again in Spring and Summer but not at the moment. Would look fantastic on people who have very pale skin, avoid it if you have mid to darker skin tones. A lovely Spring shade though.

Below are comparisons with other Spring time pink lipsticks i currently own.

Swatches of Pink Lipsticks for Spring

Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Single Eyeshadow, 92 Diapason.

Chanel Illusion Dombre DiapasonChanel Illusion Dombre Eyeshadow Diapason Close UpChanel Illusion Dombre Diapason Swatch Close upChanel Illusion Dombre Diapason with Flash

I have mentioned the Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows many a time on my blog. I just love them. They are incredibly multi-tonal and i love the sparkle that is created with them. They are very easy to work with, suit every eye shade and blend beautifully, Diapason is no exception. A stunning deep purple with turquoise and  silver micro shimmer. It gives a gorgeous finish on the eye. I have worn it with Fizz and Nomad, (pink single soft touch eyeshadows from Chanel) Illusoire and Fatal, two Illusion D’Ombre shades i also own. I use it mostly as a crease shade and its so gorgeous. This is part of the permanent line and i will re-purchase.

Swatch of Diapason below left and I have also done comparison swatches with both Illusoire and Fatal. Illusiore is a grey/ taupe shade and Fatal has a pink/beige base.

Chanel Illusion Dombre swatch of DiapasonChanel Illusion Dombre contast between Diapason Illusoire and Fatal

Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Single Eyeshadow, 93 Impulsion.

This is a limited edition shade and is a pale pink, almost a highlighting shade, with plenty of large silver shimmer. I find that i cannot wear it on it’s own because it does not have a great deal of pigmentation; however, it is gorgeous patted over other colours such as Fizz, Nomad and Diapason too. It makes a great highlighter for under the brow arch, inner corners of the eye and high on the cheekbones.

Chanel Illusion Dombre eyeshadow ImpulsionChanel Illusion Dombre Eyeshadow Impulsion Close UpChanel Illusion Dombre Eyeshadow Impulsion Close Up of SwatchChanel Illusion Dombre Eyeshadow Impulsion Swatch

I have also done comparison swatches pictured below with other Illusion D’Ombre shades i own. Abstraction and Émerveillé. Abstraction is a salmon pink with good pigmentation and Émerveillé is a shimmering peach shade.  

Chanel Illusion Dombre Eyeshadows Contrast between Abstraction Impulsion and Emerveille

Out of all the eyeshadows that this collection had to offer, i thought the Illusion D’Ombre topped the lot. What did you think of the collection? Did you manage to pick anything up from it?Chanel Illusion Dombre Diapisan and Impulsion

Have fun and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Dior Vernis Couture Effect Gel Collection…………..Spring 2014.

•March 4, 2014 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

April 1962, an advert by Renè Gruau, marked the release of the first Dior nail polish. Forward to April 2014, will see the release of a brand new gel finish formula.

Dior Vernis Effet Gel Collection Spring 2014 5

The new polish will give extreme shine and the professional style gel finish by using intense resins associated with a techno-polymer technology used in laminated glass.

Dior Vernis Effet Gel Collection Spring 2014 3

The enriched organic silicon formula will strengthen the surface of the nail and adhere to the nail much better to give a long lasting effect.

Dior Vernis Effet Gel Collection Spring 2014 1

There will also be a new brush which will be longer, more flexible with a rounded and flat cutting brush head. This will enable complete novices like; myself, to achieve easier application.

Dior Vernis gel collection spring 2014

Here are the 21 new shades releasing internationally on April Fool’s Day 2014.

Dior Vernis Effet Gel Collection Spring 2014 4

Dior Vernis Gel Collection spring 2014 2

Dior Vernis Gel nail polish 2014

Other shades not shown will include:

  • 155  Tra-la-la
  • 268  Tape
  • 413  Raw
  • 537  Riviera
  • 659  Lucky
  • 758  Victory
  • 853  Maasai
  • 918  Hypnotic

Dior Vernis Effet Gel Collection Spring 2014 6Dior Vernis Gel, Spring 2014

Front Row is my favourite at the moment; however, i look forward to seeing them all. Hope you enjoyed this post and i will see you all soon. ;-)

February Favourites………………I’m Loving My Body!

•March 1, 2014 • 10 Comments

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time again! The majority of makeup i have been wearing this month has been spoken about in other favourite posts, so i thought i would concentrate on what i use on my body this month.

I take skin care routine of my body as seriously as i do my face. My skin is becoming drier with age and i get the odd rough spot around my ankles and elbows; therefore. i like to use good exfoliants and moisturizers. Of course, what you put into the body is equally as important as on it, so i try and drink plenty of water daily to cleanse the skin from within.

February Favourites

1. Body Shop Body Brush.

I brush my skin at least once a week. This helps with circulation and stops any more cellulite forming. The bain of my life!! It aids muscle tone and keeps skin clear so toxins can be released effectively, easing stress on internal organs. Strengthens the immune system and also prevents premature ageing. Yes! All that from a £8 brush and 5 minutes of your time.

Every woman should have one no matter what their age is. Of course, exercise and drinking and eating healthy goes a long way to, although i never could resist the odd bar of chocolate!

2. Body Shop Drench Sponge.

I have been buying these for years. Great soft and gentle body wash sponges. I don’t like those scrunchy things. Sorry! Not sure what they are called. A good gentle sponge does the trick for me and it suds up very quickly too.

3. Clinique Sparkle Body Exfoliating Cream.

Lovely menthol smell to it and it is quite gentle and very effective. I use this once a fortnight and it leaves my skin super soft and removes those rough spots. It is also very refreshing in the shower. Great product, a little goes a very long way.

4. Bliss Body Butter. Grapefruit & Aloe.Bliss You Butter Watch Out

I was very lucky and managed to get a pack of three of these very cheap over Christmas. I got the Blood Orange and White Pepper, Lemon and Sage and Grapefruit & Aloe for the price of one of them alone. I really like them all because they have a refreshing incredibly natural aroma and actually moisturize the body really well without being heavy or sticky, which is the reason i don’t really use other body butters in general. Bliss just get it right. A little goes a long way with this product too.

5. Roger & Gallet Ginger Soap.

Roger and Gallet SoapThe Packaging is stunning and they make a gorgeous present. These French beauties last a long time and keep the same intensity of fragrance from start to end. Worth every penny and get them every year for Christmas.Roger and Gallet Ginger Soap Box

My only disappointment is that L’Oreal have discontinued so many of  the fragrances and Blue Lotus was my all time favourite. Shame on you L’Oreal! I thought i would try out Ginger this year and so glad i did. A lovely warming scent and not harsh like you would expect.

6. Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Balm.

Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip BalmSwatch of Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer lip balm

Love Body Shop lip balms. This cute balm has a lovely honey scent and keeps my lips smooth and soft during the winter months. It also has shimmer, so can be worn over a matte lipstick. Loving the packaging too.

There you have it, some of my favourite body products for the cold winter month of February. What is your skin care routine for keeping a healthy looking body?

Have fun and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 
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