Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Powder Compact, No 01……….No Photoshop Required!

•July 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone,

I was going to give this powder compact a miss believe it or not!  Hence the late review; but once i had read and viewed some reviews on You Tube and from some of my favourite bloggers, i had to have it.

Chanel Les Beiges Powder Compact

I started to look for it online only to find, it is selling out pretty fast. Luckily i found it at Debenhams.

So what’s so amazing about it?

Picture your face in soft focus without the camera and that is the wonderful effect this powder gives.

Although the compact comes divided into three shades, the lightest cream shade has a touch of shimmer to it to use as a highlighter; the middle tan shade has a very light finish for contouring and the peachy shade adds a touch of warmth to the skin and can be used as a light blusher; It is best used all swirled together.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour Powder

Shade No 1 does not have enough depth to be used individually and is best served as a finishing powder. If you want a more contoured finish, No 2 is your choice.

What number one does give, is an illuminated, soft blurred focus finish to any fine lines and just healthy looking skin. It is really beautiful and deserves all the rave reviews.

Has SPF 15/PA++  which means there is moderate  broad spectrum protection against UVB and UVA rays. Has rose and cotton seed extracts.

Chanel Les Beiges Multi Colour Healthy Glow Powder

One reviewer compared it to Guerlain Meteorites Perles; however, i disagree with that. I think the Meteorites are quite powdery and don’t give that warm healthy finish the Les Beiges pressed powders give. Meteorites tend to give a cooler tone to the skin in my opinion; although, i do love them too.

There is no evidence of any powder on the face because the texture is incredibly finely milled and the addition of shea butter gives a slight moisturizing texture.

I also own Les Beiges No 30 and that gives a tanned natural healthy glow finish too, if you like to add more of a bronzed tone to the skin.

The little half moon brush that comes with the compact is ideal for touch ups too.

Chanel Healthy Glow Multi Colour Powder Close UpChanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder Multi Colour Compact

What isn’t so amazing about it?

Fairly expensive £39/11gm of product.

I would have preferred a touch more colour to the peach shade so i could have used it as a blusher because it is a gorgeous shade.

I personally love the mild fragrance to it but if you have sensitive skin, this may not work out for you. I notice the fragrance soon disappears once applied to the skin though.

No 1 may not be suitable for darker skin tones.

It’s limited edition and selling out fast if not sold out already.

Chanel Les Beiges multi colour glow powder swatched separately

Final Verdict.

Some illuminating powders can be a real miss because they don’t really add anything other than a large glitter finish or a sparkling shimmer to the skin, which can highlight large pores and lines, not ideal for more mature skin.

Les Beiges is an absolute winner. It just improves the overall appearance to the skin and really does diminish the look of fine lines. I love that healthy ‘glowing from within’ finish and the blurred effect it gives.

Sophistication and maturity has finally reached the finishing powder at last. I guarantee you will use this one every single day and get your money’s worth.

Have you tried out Les Beiges yet? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

A Twinkle of Chanel Chance. Going Going…………..Pouf!

•July 21, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Last month saw Chanel release two new products to their fragrance lines and one re-release. These are limited editions; however, i do buy into limited editions; reason being is, i’ll only want them later on and refuse to pay ebay prices for them. Get them now before they’re gone!

Chance eau fraiche and Chance shimmer

The re-release.

Chance Eau Fraîche Shimmering Touch.Chanel Chance Au Fraiche Shimmering Touch

I do already own this and have reviewed it in one of my favourites posts; however, as it is a re-release and i love it so much, it deserves another mention.

I really like the Chance Eau Fraîche fragrance. It’s ideal for summer with a citrus lemony, woody tone mixed with the signature Chance fragrance; so, i couldn’t resist owning this when it was released.

Besides it having the fragrance in equal strength to the perfume itself, it comes in a gel-like formula which contains green and gold sparkles, ideal for summer when the sun hits off them.Chanel Chance au Fraiche Shimmer Touch Swatch

The main edition to this fragrance is lemon, cedar and water hyacinth and the vanilla has been removed. It still keeps the iris, pink pepper, patchouli, vetiver and musk though that makes it the signature Chance fragrance.

The New Releases

Chance Shimmering Body Cream.

Chanel Chance Shimmering Body Cream

The classic Chance fragrance enveloped in a rich body cream with ultra fine silver shimmer. This is going to be ideal if you have a tan or a natural olive tone because it really makes the skin glow.                                                                             The body cream is very unassuming on first encounter. When you apply it, you think that it will not be that strong; however, once your body warms the cream up, the gorgeous fragrance is released. It isn’t too overpowering either.

Chanel also released a fabulous large sparkling pink body powder with puff in the Eau Tendre version of the fragrance. Unfortunately, i don’t like this fragrance too much. I have tried to like it but i really think the addition of pink grapefruit is slightly weird.Chanel Chance Shimmering Body Cream Swatch

I know it’s each to their own when it comes to fragrances, so some of you will love it. If you do, then you are very lucky to have the edition of the body powder to this collection. I only wish they did it in the original Chance fragrance too.

Maybe next time, (hint to Chanel there)!

Picture (below left) done with high contrast to show up the shimmer within the cream.

Chanel Chance Shimmering Body Cream

Are you lucky enough to have picked up one of these limited editions? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 

Dior Transatlantique Summer Makeup Collection 2014………….Cruising in The Blue Coral!!!

•July 10, 2014 • 5 Comments

Hi Everyone,

After watching the latest Application video’s by Dior for their new Summer Transat makeup collection, i had to go and have a look at what was on offer. I very rarely opt for many products from Dior summer collections. I do love the nude tan enhancing powders reviewed here and here; however this time, i like a lot of the collection.

Dior Transat Collection 2014

What i opted for in the end were three items, which were a mascara, eye liner and lipstick.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara, 351 Cruise Blue.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara Cruise BlueDior show mascara 351 cruise blue wandDior Art Pen and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara Cruise Blue Swatches(1)

Gives long curling separated lashes from the first coat. I love this colour.

Its a mid blue, rather than the classic navy blue that never really ever shows up on the lashes. This one shoes up immediately and lashes do not go crispy either. I prefer to wear one coat of black mascara and then put this as the second coat to avoid a bit of overkill.I have blue eyes already.Would also look beautiful on brown eyes too.

The only gripe i have about the normal formula Iconic Overcurl is that it thickens quite quickly compared to other Dior mascara’s which end up lasting twice as long.

This is the first time i have ever used the waterproof version though, so i will keep you posted on how long it lasts. I do love the feel of it on my lashes though.No clumping either.

Diorshow Art Pen, 385 Bleu Croisière Eyeliner.

. Dior Art Pen 385Dior Art Pen TipDior Art Pen Bleu Croisiere Swatch

I’m not really used to using these felt tip sytle eyeliner pens. I only own one other and i do not have the steadiest of hands so; i very rarely use them. I do like this one for one reason; and that is, it does not dry down completely and i can correct mistakes.It can be smudged out too.

I like the shade of blue because it’s not too deep, (more a Cobalt blue) but can be if you press down harder with the pen.

If you are an expert with these pens then you can achieve great things. I can do basics with it. Lovely art pen.

Dior Addict Lipstick, 611 Cruise.

I love this lipstick so much. Dior Addict Lipsticks are the equivalent of Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shines, (Intense). They impart a water-like feel to the lips and give great moisture and shine as well. Ideal for summertime!

Dior Addict Lipstick in 611 CruiseDior Addict Lipstick 611 Cruise close upDior Addict Lipstick 611 Cruise Swatch

Cruise is a beautiful coral/orange shade. Gives great pigmentation and makes my lips look luscious and plump.

No, it doesn’t last on the lips all day but it does last a good couple of hours before you need to re-apply and gives a nice stain to the lips too.

I’m not disappointed at all. Love it! Dior and Chanel Coral Lipstick Swatches

Right are swatches compared to other coral lipstick shades i own.

Have you purchased any of the Dior Transat Summer collection? Let me know your fav’s. See you all soon. ;-)

I’ve Been Nominated For…………..The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

•July 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone,

I have been nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Silverkis at http://www.silverkis.com I have to say that i take this as a great compliment because her blog is so professionally done and she gives spot on reviews about the products i love. Thank you Silverkis.

The rules for this award are:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award and link to them
  4. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.
  5. Give 5 random facts about yourself.

The 5 facts about myself are:

  1. I love photography. It’s just a fantastic hobby to have and i love bloggers that feature plenty of photos in their posts too.
  2. I used to be very overweight and i would sit and moan about it all the time without actually doing anything positive about it. One day i had a bit of an epiphany and decided it was time to change. I not only started to exercise, i also changed my view point in many areas of my life too. It’s amazing. over one year later, i am still a lot slimmer than what i was and much happier and i dumped all the plus sized clothes because i know i will never need them again :)
  3. I enjoy reading Tarot and Angel cards.
  4. Running and Aqua running are also my passion.
  5. I love cooking.

Here are the other bloggers and their blogs who also inspire me, in no particular order:

Sorry if i couldn’t get everyone in because i am inspired by so many more bloggers out there. Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

June Favourites……………..Sparkles, Shimmers and Soothers in the Sun

•July 1, 2014 • 5 Comments

Hi Everyone, June has been about using products that are effective in the sun. Whether, thats to repair or the sun gives the products more effect. June Favourites 1. Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer. 174 Day Dream.

Lip Gloss is essential on a sunny day. It not only keeps the lips soft; the sun also hits off the shimmer and sparkles, which makes my lips look great. I love this sparkling well pigmented red toned gloss with pink shimmers. Full review here.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer 174 DaydreamSwatch of Chanel Glossimer in Daydream

2. Biotherm Eau Pure Invigorating Shower Gel.

I love this shower gel. Its like having a shower with pure blue ocean water. Gorgeous fragrance and i have heard some very sad news from a good source, that Biotherm are planning to pull out of the UK due to lack of sales. Their skin care products are better than most high end companies; but i guess, the bigger companies have more money to advertize their products!!!

3. Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid.

A stunning rose golden highlighter cream. Full review here. Ideal for cheeks, under the brows, corners of eyes and down the centre of the nose. Gives a lovely golden shimmer without sparkle. Ideal with bronzer on the cheeks. A tiny amount goes a very long way and i will own this jar for the rest of my life at a good guess. Chanel Soleil TanChanel Illuminating Fluid Sunkissed SwatchSoleil Tan De Chanel Fluid Sunkissed Swatch

4. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

I think every bathroom cabinet should have EA eight hour cream in it.  A miracle product for rashes, minor cuts and abrasions. It takes the pain away almost immediately and the rash is usually gone within a couple of days. Elizabeth Arden devised the eight hour cream to treat her horses shin injuries. When she realized the miracle effects it produced on her horses, she created it for human use to. Loved by models and myself of course; it’s a must have. They do a fragrance free version as well.

5. Chanel Sparkling Mascara Top Coat, Bronze Platine.

Chanel Gel Mascara Top Coat with FlashChanel Sparkling Top Coat Gel Bronze Platine Swatch in Artificial Light

Love this top coat mascara. Bought it from the Chanel’s holiday collection 2013 and its great to sweep it over the lashes on a sunny day.When the sun hits it, it creates a hint of sparkle. Great for evenings out also.

6. Kérastase Sérum Nuit Overnight Softening Treatment.

I hate showing this one as a favourite because Kérastase no longer make it but it is a fantastic product for summer time. My hair gets so dry in the summer and this really gives it its life back. Spread a small amount throughout the ends of hair before bed and hair is lovely and soft in the morning. I think this product is much more effective than Phillip Kingleys Elasticizer, although i like that also and once this has gone, i will have to use that.

7. Lancome La Vie Est Belle, Eau de Parfum.

What a beautiful fragrance for summer. I managed to get my hands on a mini sample bottle with purchase and will buying the full size version now i have finished this. The composition is made with top notes of pear and blackcurrants, middle notes of Iris, Jasmine and orange blossom.

The base notes include patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla and praline.

The first thing that comes through is blackcurrants, praline and Iris to me and then it leaves a lasting praline, patchouli and vanilla scent after an hour.

I get tons of compliments in work off the girls when i wear it. It has been compared to Flowerbomb; i’m sorry, but i cannot stand Flowerbomb, its far too sweet and La Vie Est Belle has a touch more floral going on. Although, i know fragrance is a very personal thing.

8. Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub.

A must for my lips during the summer months. This is a very gentle and effective product. Nothing like the harsher more crude lip scrubs out there. Fabulips Sugar Lips Scrub contains crushed walnut shell and shea butter and leaves my lips lovely and soft.

Lip Scrub amount used There you have it. What are your favourites for June? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil………………..Heaven Scent by The Pool!

•June 21, 2014 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Recently, i managed to get my hands on a couple of sachets of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil. I used it for my body and in the ends of my fragile hair after aqua running classes at my local pool.

Now I’m not one for being drawn into hypes or fads with beauty items. I like to stick to what i know will work for me; however, i am branching out a bit this year and giving new beauty brands a go.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

This has been hit or miss but this time it’s an absolute hit. I am completely in love with this dry oil. I mean totally smitten!!

French Pharmaceutical brands are very popular with bloggers at the moment and i’m beginning to understand why. Great products which work, at affordable prices. That’ll do me.

I have tried Vichy and Ren skin care products as well as Nuxe and have so far been impressed.

History of Nuxe the brand.

Nuxe was started in 1957 by a French Pharmacist who had a fascination with Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy. In 1989 Aliza Jabes revived the brand and turned it into a successful beauty company keeping it’s original ethos and authenticity.

What makes this multi purpose oil so lovely?

  • The fragrance for one. It is lovely, light with a slightly floral and olive/almond scent. Very hard to describe but so nice and not overpowering either.
  • Its completely non greasy.
  • Works wonders throughout the ends of very dry hair like mine without making my fine hair greasy.
  • It contains 98% totally natural ingredients and no preservatives.
  • It has vitamin E, which is great for aiding in moisture retention in the skin and anti oxidant protection.
  • It has six oils including macadamia, sweet almond, sunflower seed, olive, hazelnut and borage seed, St. Johns wart as well as rosemary leaf extract.
  • Silicone, mineral and paraben free.
  • Skin feels lovely and soft.
  • Is gentle enough to be used on the face.
  • Drys down very fast and is quicker to apply than body moisturizer
  • Comes in spray and splash on versions and a golden shimmer version to apply over a tan.
  • It just works!

What’s not so lovely about it?Nuxe Multi Purpose Dry Oil

  • It can be expensive. 100ml is £28.00, a little goes a long way though.
  • Fragrance is a personal thing. Some may not like it. I love it.
  • Will be most effective on normal skin but may struggle on very dry skin.

Why buy it now?

It is currently on offer at http://www.escentual.com. There is one third off all French Pharmacy brands for the month of June 2014. So hurry! because that means almost ten pounds off this beauty. Currently £18.66 and you earn pretty pennies at the same time.

Final Thoughts.

What a fabulous discovery. I love everything French anyway but this is just a lovely product that i am going to continue to use now and in the future. I love the diversity of the oil and how it is produced using natural ingredients which are actually good for the skin.

I like the light fragrance it produces and how soft my hair and skin feels. The fragrance also lasts a good couple of hours on the skin.

I have used both the splash on version and the spray now and love both varieties. It comes in two sizes and is widely available country wide, including http://www.marksandspencer.com, who do good offers occasionally too.

Hope you enjoyed this post and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 

Disclaimer.

I do not work for the company Escentual, nor have they sponsored me to do this post either. I just think they are offering the best current deal on Nuxe products which are rarely ever on offer.

 

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry……………..Petal Pink.

•June 17, 2014 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m still on a quest to try out new beauty brands this year as well as buying some from the old faithful’s. One beauty brand i did want to try out was Laura Mercier.

Laura Mercier products do get some great reviews on the blog circuit and i wanted to try out an eyeshadow or two.

Laura Mercier Baked Eyeshadow

I was in Space NK recently and spotted a gorgeous LM single eyeshadow which is a pale shimmering pink with pink sparkle. I didn’t buy it at the time but later on when i saw it again in John Lewis. It caught my eye again so i thought it was maybe time to give it a try out.

The Eyeshadow.

It is a rather large eyeshadow. A generous 1.8gm for £19.00. As mentioned, a gorgeous shade. On application, it doesn’t pack the punch i was hoping for unfortunately.

I did apply it over my NARS Smudgeproof Eye Base, which makes eye colours more intense and last much longer on the eye but this only helped out slightly on this occasion.

Laura Mercier Baked Wet and Dry Eyeshadow close up

It is very powdery and doesn’t really stick to the brush, so i had to keep going back in with the brush and apply again and again to get any colour to show up on my eye. It also had a bit of fall out onto my cheeks too. It sort of reminds me slightly of the old formula Chanel baked eye quads, (the bad ones that is, because some were fantastic) there appears to be a lot of talc added to the formulation, which in turn gives very little colour payoff and dry powdery finish.

Laura Mercier Baked Eyeshadow swatch

I did also try it out with a damp brush and thought that it made only a slight difference to the colour pay off.  I think Dior Mono Wet and Dry Single Eyeshadows do it so much better with a wider range of shades. Review here.

Laura Mercier Baked Eyeshadow Swatch

Above left swatch is dry and right swatch was applied damp. 

On the plus side though, i do apply it over the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Impulsion before that dries down and it sticks well to it. I do only really use this as a highlighting shade because it has no real pigment to it. I believe this shade will show up so much better on olive skin tones rather than pale skin like mine.

Verdict.

Unfortunately, i have very little time in the morning to apply my makeup for work. I want to apply my eyeshadows and blend them quick smart without having to faff around with damping down makeup brushes and creating mess.

I prefer eyeshadows that pack a punch from first application and hold well to a dry brush and while i do love this shade and have cut my losses on it by applying it as a highlighter, i will not be repurchasing and i am not inspired to try out any of the other colours in the baked formula range either. I would love to try out her cavia sticks because these do get rave reviews and do look like they give great colour payoff.

Have your tried out any of these single baked  wet and dry eyeshadows? What were your thought on them?  Have fun and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 
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