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. ;-)

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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. ;-)

My Weeks Holiday in Pictures………………..A Giant Success!

•August 2, 2014 • 6 Comments

Chester. The Old FortThe Eastgate ChesterThe Amphitheatre ChesterThe Roman Gardens  ChesterAtrium at the top of the oval staircase in Central Library LiverpoolRuins of the Roman Baths Roman Gardens ChesterNaughty!St Georges Hall LiverpoolMemorial to Hillsborough VictimsMemorial to the 96 victims with their names Liverpool28 Degrees at The Albert DockLiver BuildingThe Albert DockMeet our JohnI prefer the original sign not the tourist oneDSC09483Nana in her slippersNana's SiestaCool Nana in her WheelchairThe Little Girl Giant and Her LiliputiansXolo making his way around to see us(1)Just what the doctor ordered!

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

•July 29, 2014 • 2 Comments

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. ;-)


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