Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss. Fall 2014…………….One Click to Fabulous Lips.

•August 31, 2014 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m so excited about writing this preview post. One of my great loves is lipstick. I can’t get enough of them. They are the largest part of my makeup collection and take up one whole draw of my Alex unit and why not!


I have been eagerly anticipating the release of these beautiful newly packaged, newly formulated new shades of Chanel Lip gloss. They now come with the click top opening made famous by Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks.


They combine the rich pigment of a lipstick with a gloss finish.

There are also 3 nail polishes, 633 Intention; Pink/tan, 635 Expression; pink/red and 639 Exception; Mauve shade. There are also Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks to be added to this new collection too.

Chanel Rouge Allure Click

The 9 new shades are as follows:

  • Affriolant
  • Sensible
  • Extase
  • Suprême
  • Exotique
  • Distinction
  • Pirate
  • Séduction
    • Audace (LE)

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipgloss Click

On general release in the UK and Europe 1st October 2014.

Chanel Images of Rouge Allure Gloss Click

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

August Favourites………..Cosmic Cosmetics!

•August 30, 2014 • 5 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Summer is coming to an end already. Nooo! I have been wearing some new products for the past two months. A lot of them from the Chanel summer Reflets D’Ete collection.

August Favourties

Ideal for the summer time, with lots of copper and bronze colours. Here are my favourites for the month of August.

1. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Single Eyeshadow, 97 New Moon.

An absolutely beautiful coppery brown shade which works with almost every shade i own. A few bloggers made negative comments about the shimmer but Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows are famous for their multi faceted shimmer and this one is just gorgeous and pigmented. It does have a touch of fall out but not a deal breaker and i now store my Illusion D’Ombres upside down to keep them soft.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre 97 New MoonChanel 97 New Moon with FlashChanel New Moon Swatch

2. Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Wearing Eye Liner, 911 Ambre Doré.

Another coppery brown finish. I like wearing this one under my lower eye as it doesn’t really suit me around the top lid and is a little dark for the waterline.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 911 Ambre DoreChanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 911 Ambre Dore Close Up

I’ve noticed that Chanel have softened this pencil off quite a bit to aid application, making it smoother to apply.  It does take a bit longer to dry down but does not affect the performance at all and it still stays put all day without smudging. Below left to right is Ambre D’Ore swatch and comparisons to similar colours.

Chanel and Dior Stylo Yeux Swatches

3. Diorific Perfumed Illuminating Powder Compact, 001. (Golden Winter Holiday 2013).

I love this powder. It does have some glitter to it but it’s super fine. Although this is said to be perfumed, it’s barely noticeable and no more perfumed than most powder compacts out there. The compact itself is collectable too. Gorgeous!

Dior Powder Compact 001 RoseDiorific Golden Winter Illuminating Face Powder Swatch

4. MAC Kohl Powder Eye Pencil. Raven.

Still one of my favourite eye pencils. I love it because it gives a rich brown coppery red colour to the eye and is very unique, has great staying power as well. Goes with all the coppery bronze makeup that has been popular this summer too.

MAC Raven pencilMac Eyepencil Swatch Raven

5. Dior Fusion Mono Long wearing single Eyeshadow, 661 Météore.

This is Dior’s version of Illusion D’Ombre and i just love this shade in particular. It’s the perfect shade of golden copper and works well with blue eyes and i’ve been wearing it coupled with Chanel New Moon, mentioned above.

I have never had a problem with this one drying out either. It also stays put all day. I only wish they did more shades in this like Illusion D’Ombre. Dior have opted for more neutral colours with this formula.

Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow MeteoreDior Fusion Mono Meteore Close UpDior Fusion Mono Meteore Swatch

6. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.

I have already reviewed it in full here. What a fabulous bargain. Gets rid of all traces of makeup in a jiffy and leaves skin feeling nice and fresh. I don’t use this to remove eye makeup because i have super sensitive eyes and i love Lancôme Bi-facil, but it’s said to be good for that also.

7. Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion.

Great for when i’ve been aqua running. This is a nicely fragranced spray on lotion that is easy to use and dries down within a minute. No greasy after feel; however, my skin still feels lovely and soft. Also available with a bronzed shimmer finish and both are Paraben free. I love this one in particular and its very economical at £5.00/ 200gm or 7oz. Fab!

There you have it. Yet another month has sped by. What are your favourites for August?

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

The Tuesday Tester…………..YSL Fusion Ink Foundation.

•August 26, 2014 • 12 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Recently, YSL had a huge sample campaign for their new ground breaking foundation, Fusion Ink. Marketed as the ‘Game-Changer in the beauty Industry’. This is some claim!

YSL BR20 and 30 ink fusion foundation samples

I have to say, i have had a love and hate relationship with some YSL products. I don’t find them always consistent in standard and the mascara’s, in particular are a disgrace. On this occasion though, they have really come up with a very nice product.

Initial Thoughts

I managed to get my hands on BR20 (Cool Ivory) and BR30 (Cool Almond). BR 20 is a bit too pale for my skin at the moment because i still have a touch of summer colour on my face. It will be great in the winter though. BR30 is a lovely beige shade and ideal for my skin tone now.

YSL Ink Fusion Foundation Samples

The foundation is quite runny and thinner than most out there and there is a slightly oily feel to it, (not in a bad way though). It gives the impression that it would give a very light coverage but don’t be fooled, it covers to a medium finish. There is also a very mild fragrance to it which disappears on contact with the skin.

YSL BR20 and BR30 fusion ink foundation samples

Three to four dabs on the skin was all that was needed for my whole face. Blending took some doing with a foundation brush. This is because the oiliness within the foundation left brush marks on the face and buffing was required to create a smooth finish. Finishing  powder wasn’t needed.

YSL Br20 and BR 30 samples Fusion Foundation Blended OUt

What’s so great about it?

A very small amount of product goes a long way. The foundation is designed to be dabbed and blended out only were it’s needed. It gives a good medium to heavy coverage without masking the skin completely or caking of any sort.

Covers blemishes and redness very easily.

Very natural looking on the skin and is available in many shades.

Dries down fairly quickly to a matte finish with illumination.

Does not settle into fine lines.

A setting powder wasn’t needed and no concealer if you don’t have blemished skin.

Has SPF18.

YSL Fusion Ink FoundationYSL Fusion Ink Shade Chart

Whats not so great about it?

I found it very difficult to blend out with a foundation brush. A beauty blender is the best option.

It did oxidize slightly after 6 hours on my skin.

It did not feel weightless on my skin as it claims.

If you’re looking for a 24 hour foundation, this is not going to be the one if you have slightly oily skin.

Redness and slight oil show through after 8 hours wear.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation on right hand side of faceAugust 26th 2014

Picture on left shows the foundation on the right hand side of face only and picture on right is the finished look.  Note that pores and blemishes are less visible with foundation. 

Overall Verdict.

This foundation reminds me of Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation. It has the same type of coverage and dries down in exactly the same way.

I do; however, love that only a small amount of foundation is required and that means a lot of money saved over the long term. It also covered my blemishes, pores and redness with ease with little to no concealer required.

I personally still prefer lighter dewy foundations such as, YSL Touche Éclat and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua because they do not make me feel like i am wearing any foundation at all, although i do need plenty of concealer handy to cover blemishes with them.

The only real problem i did have with this one is that i did still feel like i had foundation on my skin which always happens to me with medium coverage foundations.

Game- Changer! Not just yet! A very good high end foundation to add to the mix of great foundations out there! Yes.

It ultimately depends on which beauty counter you prefer to visit, as to which foundation you may end up wearing. I think you know my preferred choice but i may leap in and buy a bottle of this anyway. I am still very impressed.

The hunt for the’ Holy Grail’ foundation is still very much on.

Have you tried this foundation out yet? What are your thoughts? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

The New Chanel Vitalumiere Powder……….. and Liquid! Foundation Preview.

•August 24, 2014 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Chanel are releasing a new powder foundation under the Aqualumiere range. It is both a powder and liquid foundation in one. Said to have moisturizers in the powder, (not unlike the wonderful Les Beiges that contain Shea butter then). It’s highly pigmented and gives an airbrushed effect too. Retails at £55.00 for 10gms and comes with a mini kabuki brush.


As shown above, there will be a re-promote of the Vitalumiere Aqua Cream foundation also, which gives a lovely dewy finish to the skin while offering medium coverage. The compact powder foundation is also great to have handy in your purse to for touch ups.

Chanel-Vitalumiere-Loose-Powder-Foundation-1The loose powder foundation has an SPF 15 and gives a medium coverage completely flawless finish which lasts the day.



The Le Blanc De Chanel Primer has also been revamped and now has more illuminating properties. Personally, i love the current version anyway.




Left to right. No 10, 20, 30 and 40

Left to right. No 10, 20, 30 and 40


Also as part of the collection there will be Le Lift Serum for the face and Le Lift eye cream. There are also two new Joues Contraste powder blushers to add to the collection which are 80 Jersey and 170 Rose Glacier.



There you have it. I am excited by the new powder foundation because by all accounts it leaves skin looking air brushed and feeling silky soft and if Les Beiges powder compacts are anything to go by, i know i’m not going to be disappointed. On release now in the UK.

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)



Chanel Sneak Peek……………..Plumes Precieuses Holiday 2014 Makeup Collection.

•August 18, 2014 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Oh! I’m so in love and i had to post this as soon as i saw it. Just a quick sneak peek of the new Holiday collection from Chanel this Christmas. I love both Chanel and Dior Holiday collections.


This is just a little snap shot of the lovely collection and i love the 5 eyeshadow Compact already.

The full collection is as follows:

Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder – Limited Edition

  • Platine / Platinum

Les Beiges Healthy GLow Sheer Colour Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen

  • N°30 (Repromote)

Joues Contraste Powder Blush – Limited Edition

  • Caresse – Shimmering Peach

Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette – Limited Edition

  • Oiseaux de Nuit – Luminous White, Soft Grey Lavender, Intense Grey, Intense Black, Antique Gold

Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow – Limited Edition

  • Envol – Shimming Peach

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner – Limited Edition

  • Or Blanc – White Gold

Inimitable Intense Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel Sophistiqué

  • Noir – Black (Repromote)

Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour – Limited Edition

  • Volage – Peach Rose

Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour

  • La Flamboyante – Bright Orange Red (Repromote)

Rouge Allure Gloss Colour & Shine Lipgloss In One Click – Limited Edition

  • Extrait de Rouge – Bright Orange Red (Limited Edition)
  • Extrait d’Or – Sheer Gold (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis

  • Phenix – Bright Orange Red (Limited Edition)
  • Vamp – Black Red (Repromote)

Released internationally November 2014. I can’t wait to see this collection in full and i’m already saving my Boots card points for this one. What do you think?

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Picture  tweeted by Voce.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow……………Cassiopeia

•August 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I recently took a trip to Space NK in Chester, to see what was new in. I like Space NK because it offers beauty brands that the mainstream stores do not, which are great quality.

NARS have recently released their version of wet and dry single eyeshadows and they are exceptionally good. They come with metallic finishes and are highly pigmented, even when dry. If you are looking for matte shadows, these are not for you. The emphasis is on a dramatic metallic high shine finish.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

I wanted to buy at least four of them; however, they are £21.00 each so one will do for now and maybe a couple of others later on, if i actually need them!!

I opted for a paler shade called Cassiopeia.

NARS Dual Intesity Eyeshadow Cassiopeia

Its a beautiful duo-chrome. In the pan it looks white with a hint of pink shimmer. It is actually a sparkling intense bluish toned candy pink shade.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Cassiopeia CloserNARS Cassiopeia Close Up

It’s ideal for all over the lid or in the corner of eyes and under brow bone and gives that mother of pearl effect.

Below left swatch applied dry and right swatch applied with a damp brush. I don’t think it needs to be used wet though, it’s intense enough.

NARS Dual intensity eyeshadow swatchNARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Swatches of Cassiopeia dry and wet

I use it over other darker shades so that it stands out more on my eye. It’s a lovely colour and compared to the Laura Mercier single eyeshadow i reviewed here, it’s quite uniquely different.

Laura Mercia Petal Pink is a warmer shade with sparkle ; Cassiopeia is a cooler blue based mother of pearl shade, very on trend at the moment too.

Laura Mercier Baked Eyeshadow and NARD Dual Intensity Eyeshadow(1)

The packaging is cute. A little square velvety black box with a magnetic closing.

NARS Single Eyeshadow compacts

The negatives are that it may not suit darker skin tones (unless used as a highlighting shade) and if you hate shimmer or metallic finishes, no point in buying any of them. It is also quite expensive as well. Only 1.5gm of product for £21.00. The original single eyeshadows contain 2.2gm of product at £18.00 and Chanel single eyeshadows are 2gms for £23.00 while Dior wet and dry mono eyeshadows are 2.2gm for £23.00.

All twelve shades are lovely and unique in their own right and you may not want to stop at just one. Good luck with that!

Have you bought any of these new eyeshadows from NARS yet? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

July……..Hot Favourites 2014.

•August 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone,

Time for those fav’s again. It’s been a stunning, incredibly hot month and that’s quite unusual for the UK.

July favourites 2014

Here are my favourites for July 2014.

1. Chanel Vitalumière Èclat Comfort Radiance Compact Powder Makeup, B40 Beige-Désert.

Quite a dark shade which works well with a tan. Chanel re-formulated this one last year and now it is a lot more moisturizing; however, i have the original. I still like this one very much because it works well in the humid heat. It does adapt during the day to my skin and my skin doesn’t get so shiny too quickly.  My only gripe with this is that i have to use a lot of concealer with it because i have problem skin and it doesn’t cover spots so well. Great for oilier skin types though.Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat Powder Foundation Swatch

2. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)

I have mentioned this before in another favourites post so i’m not going to dwell on it too much here. Great for blemishes and ideal for me in the summer. A must have for problem skin.

3. L’Oreal Solar Active Anti-Wrinkle & Brown Spot Matte Fluid Protection 50+ Face, Chest and Hands.

Another must have for any one who doesn’t want lines due to sun damage. I never tan my face these days and use this throughout the summer. I would rather try to save as much of my youth as possible and use fake tan on my face. Afterall, Botox is not a pretty or natural sight.

4. Kérastase Resistance Heat Activating Reconstruction Milk. Brittle, Damaged Hair.

It’s a total life saver for my hair during the summer time. One walnut size amount spread through damp hair leaves hair lovely and soft and the fragrance is gorgeous, (almost like  fresh cut grass meets an aqua spa). I have just finished my umpteenth bottle and another one is on its way. I love all the Kérastase ranges for hair.

5. Calven Klein Beauty, EDP.

I love this perfume because it’s very heady, rich and musky. Perfume is a must all year around but especially for summer time. Its lovely sweet floral fragrance has top notes of musk, middle notes of Jasmine and base notes of Cedar.

6. Chanel Glossimer 174, Daydream.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer 174 DaydreamSwatch of Chanel Glossimer in Daydream

Love lip glosses in the summer because the sun hits off the multi coloured sparkles within them. This particular one also has depth and colour to it, so it doesn’t wash out my lips either.

These are my favourites for a sunny hot July month. What are yours? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)


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