April Favourites……….Fools Gold!

•May 1, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

The weather is starting to warm up and i have been getting my spring colours out to brighten up my face a bit. I have also been using some very old products from years ago and they are going just as strong.

April Favourites

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel 4 Facettes Bronzing Powder.

Talking of golden oldies, this is quite old (2009). This was the first bronzing powder i ever owned and it’s still fantastic and pigmented. If you were ever wondering why i rave about Chanel makeup so much, this is the reason. An eight year old bronzing powder with a generous 14g of product that still feels velvety smooth. It is a lovely shade that looks natural and not orange. It’s been warming up my complexion for Spring.

Chanel Tan De Chanel Four Facettes Bronzing PowderChanel Tan de Chanel Four Facettes Bronzing Powder Swatch

Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Water.

Garnier Oil infused Micellar waterI happen to like the cost-effective Garnier Micellar Water for a quick once over cleanse after washing my face. It’s easy, great for any skin type and lasts ages. When they released the oil infused one, i had to have it.

Yet again, thoroughly impressed. This one not only cleanses, it also leaves the skin supple and soft. I don’t suffer from dry skin but those that do are going to love this water. A winner for the high street.

Dior Addict Fluid Shadow, 655 Univers.

Dior Liquid Eyeshadow 655 Univers wandI haven’t heard that much about these eyeshadows/liners since their release. I really enjoy this one because its so easy to work with and quick.Dior Addict Fluid Eyeshadow 655 Univers Blended Out(1)

A silvery cool taupe that i use all over the lid and it sets down without moving or creasing the whole day. Doesn’t fade either. I did want to buy more of these but i find some of the shades a bit too much. Love this one though.

Chanel Fresh Effect Stylo Eyeshadow, 147 Caroube.Chanel Inspired Look

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow 147 CaroubeLove these sticks from Chanel. Reviews here and here. Caroube is a warm, deep brown shade with micro-shimmer. Fantastic for a crease shade and a even though they set quickly, you still get time to blend them out. This shade will work with any shade you use and suit every eye colour. Very universal.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow, 16 Bronze Sugar.

Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow 34 Bronze SugarOne of my favourite eyeshadows since i bought this pot approx. 4 years ago and it’s still going strong. Its a lovely warm, deep bronze shade and works well with copper tones to enhance blue eyes. A no fuss eyeshadow again; sets and stays put. I like the no fuss options.

Dior Fusion Mono Long Wear Mirror Shine Eyeshadow, 631 Blazing.

This is a lovely beige golden shade that works well with all the other eyeshadows i have just mentioned. Its a great base or highlighter and can be worn on the top of the cheekbones also.Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow 631 Blazing Swatched in sunlight

I have always liked these pot type eyeshadows and the Dior ones have a lovely feel to them and subtle shades that are not too shimmery. Full review here.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 911 Ambre Doré.

Anyone who reads my blog will know, i love these eyeliners so much. No other company can produce such a lovely variety of interesting colours that work well on anybodies eye shades and in the waterline, tight line or for lining around the whole eye.

Most who do make more interesting shades, make them with the kohl formula that can’t be worn on the waterline or for tight lining either.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Ambre DoreChanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 911 Ambre Dore Close upChanel Stylo Yeux 911 Ambre Dore Swatch

Ambre Doré is a gorgeous light warm amber shade that will work very well on blue, brown and hazel eye colours. I have been wearing this one a lot lately and i’m so glad i bought a back up of this because, i am almost out of my first one and this was a limited edition shade.

I wish Chanel wouldn’t do that!

That’s it for my April favourites. Hope you like them. Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

Chanel Rouge Coco Swatches…..Rouge Coco Lipstick 462 Romy, Stylos 206 Histoire; 214 Message & Rouge Coco Shine 91 Boheme.

•April 24, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I thought i would take this opportunity to do a few swatches of the new Rouge Coco Stylos because i got a sample card. What my thoughts are on each of the shades and formulas of the lipsticks themselves.

Chanel Rouge Coco Sample Card(1)

Rouge Coco Lipstick, 462 Romy.

Rouge Coco Lipstick 462 Romy SwatchA very warm fuchsia pink. It sadly, highlights the yellow on my teeth and is a bit too pink for my skin tone. Another great one for those who love rich warm pink shades. I have quite a bit of yellow in my skin tone and this just clashes with it. Very Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick 462 Romy and Rouge Allure93 Exalteepigmented and feels a touch drying on the lips. The thing is; its a compromise with lipsticks really. Pigmented shades that lasts for hours on the lips are generally, a touch drying. This shade has a satin finish.

Pictured right you can see the difference between a warm fuchsia and a cool one.

Rouge Coco Stylo, 206 Histoire.

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo 206 Histoire SwatchA very warm red shade with a nice amount of pink undertone. Very wearable. Lovely for a statement lip and suits my skin tone very well. A dream to apply and although they begin to wear off a within a couple of hours, they do leave a stain on the lips. Very nice! I love the fact that they contain oil as well. It gives a lovely slip; yet, the pigmentation is outstanding.

Rouge Coco Stylo, 214 Message.

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Swatch 214 MessageAn absolute dream to apply. Feel beautiful and soft and watery yet; exceptionally pigmented. I can’t wait to buy a couple of these. They are lovely. Give a rich, glossy deeply pigmented finish to the lips. No lack of colour with these at all.

Message is a reddish brown shade. It suits my skin tone very well and is my favourite of all these i have tested. I have yet to check out the other shades, so i will hang fire on buying this one just yet.

Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, 91 Bohéme.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipshine 91 Boheme swatchA really lovely formula. Balm-like and very pigmented pink shade. If you like warm deep pinks, this is for you. Great staying power for a Rouge Coco Shine lipstick.

 

Final Thoughts.

I love the formula of the new Rouge Coco Stylos. They feel watery and very moisturizing on the lips. Jojoba, coconut oil, beeswax and silk powder are some of the ingredients added to the formula and leave a lovely glossy, deeply pigmented finish.

It’s interesting the difference between the Rouge Coco Shines and the Rouge Coco Stylos. I don’t believe i will ever move away from the lip shine because of it’s care free, no mirror required, effortless finish; however, i love the way the Rouge Coco Stylo feels on the lips. The deep colour and gloss will make this a great evening wear lipstick as well.

The only thing to be aware of with the stylo’s is, once they are wound up, they cannot be wound back down. It only takes a minute amount of product for the lips so, use sparingly or you may lose a lot of product.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shade Card

My Beautiful FluffyThe Rouge Coco lipsticks feel a touch more drying on the lips; however, have the biggest staying power of all Chanel lip formulas. I have no issues with these at all and some of them i will add a gloss over the top to give a more interesting finish again.

In a nut shell, i love Coco.
Me April 2016

 Pictured right, i am wearing Rouge Coco Stylo, 206 Histoire.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 

FOTD……………..Smokey Topaz and Sexy Purple. What a Saga!

•April 17, 2016 • 5 Comments

Hi .Everyone,

Time for another FOTD. I enjoy trying out different combo’s of makeup to create a different look. Some work, some don’t; however, this one i like for a cool Spring day.

FOTD Smokey Topaz and Sexy Purple

FACE.

Dior Star Foundation, 020 Light Beige.

Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer, 002 Beige.

Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder, 002 Sunlight.

Guerlain Parure De Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, Nº 21.

Guerlain Météorites Cruel Gardenia Illuminating Powder.

FOTD Bobbi Brown and Dior

EYES.

Dior Maximizer Lash Serum.

Lancôme Definicils Mascara, Black.

NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Single Eyeshadow, 90 Convoitise.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow & Liner, Smokey Topaz.

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow, 176 Lilas MItzah.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner, 102 Béryl.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner, 997 Orchidée.

Avon Big & Daring Glimmerstick Kohl Eyeliner, Smoked Taupe.

Chanel brow Sculpting Pencil, 30 Brun Natural.

Mandy March 2016

LIPS.

Dior Lip Pencil 263 Nude Rose.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, Saga.

Smokey Topaz and Purple Lilas Mitzvah

NAILS.

Essie Nail Polish, Sexy Divide.

Butter London P.D.Quick Top Coat.

There you have it. A cool Spring day look with a hint of purple warmth and salmon pink. Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

Latest Haul and Debate……..Do We Give Honest Reviews on Beauty Products If We Buy Them Ourselves?

•April 10, 2016 • 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,

It’s time to do a haul post as i’m starting to get a little behind on them. I keep buying and putting pics on Instagram and never get around to talking about them. This will be a first impressions on the products and i will report back if they become firm favourites or fails.

Latest Beauty Haul for April

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 918 Ardent.

Chanel Stylo Yeux are firm favourites with me. I will be hard pressed to find this one any different. It’s a lovely warm orange tone true copper shade. This was released last Autumn/Fall in the Automnales collection and at the time, i wasn’t overawed with the colour. I didn’t think it looked very wearable.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner 918 Ardent Close upChanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner 918 Ardent with Flash

I have; however, been reading bloggers posts about the shade and some are saying it wears very well on blue eyes, helping them to look even more blue. I shall keep you informed and probably do a FOTD using this shade. Below right is Ardent alone.

Chanel Stylo Yeux ComparisonsChanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner 918 Ardent Swatch

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 926 Purple Choc.

I just realized, i have never posted about this eyeliner i bought in the Chanel Spring Collection 2016 when i bought the Sunkiss Ribbon Blush.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Eyeliner 926 Purple ChocChanel Stylo Yeux 926 Purple Choc with Flash

It’s soft black with purple micro shimmer and wears really well around the whole eye area. I probably wouldn’t wear this this on my waterline because it is a bit dark for me although, the beauty of Chanel Stylo Yeux is, they actually do last almost the whole day on the waterline. Swatch below right.Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 926 Purple Choc Swatch with Flash

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Recovery Night Gel-Balm.

I managed to get a sample of this and just had to buy the full size while it was on offer. I used it for 3 nights and noticed a difference in my skin. Yes, that quickly. I only ever review skin care if it is outstanding as i tend to get frustrated with some that claim amazing results and never live up to it.

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep Recovery Night gel BalmI will be writing a full review on this product so i will not dwell on it too much here, but the signs are great. Hence, why i am writing about it.

Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Resurfacing Peel Pads.

Another great product. I have only used them a couple of times and need to use them more before i give a final review.

They were recommended to me and i do see a real difference in the size of the pores on my face after using them. My skin is clearer and cleaner too.

Each round pad is soaked in a solution of water with 10% glycolic acid, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, cucumber, glycerin, fruit and flower extracts. It does contain alcohol; however, i love the results so i’m not getting hung up on that.Avon Anew Clinical Resurfacing Peel Pads

The other great thing about them, are the price. Some brands charge £25-£35 for 24, I got them on offer at £6.00 for 30 pads. (I think the full price is £15). They work as good as the expensive ones, so far!

Colab Luxe Shine Glossing Hair Fragrance Spray and Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo, London.

I literally haven’t tried the shine spray out yet and really look forward to doing so. I just wish Colab would keep up with the demand as they are nearly always out of stock in Superdrug. I got lucky this time and they were on offer too.

The dry shampoo is as good as Batiste with a much nicer fragrance range. You can tell Ruth is a big fan of Chanel perfumes because London reminds me of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It is a lovely fragrance.

THE DEBATE.

I recently watched a Youtube vid featuring Sali Hughes. She was talking with a Youtuber who is sent products for review, about whether they can give fair and honest opinions on products.

Her reply was that people who buy their own products don’t give fair reviews either because, they bought products they already liked and tend to stick with what they know works for them.

In some respects, Sali has a fair point. I buy Chanel products. I know they are great quality and very rarely do they ever disappoint so, its fair to say, i would never really give them down the banks. However; i would if i bought a bad product by them.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 926 Purple Choc in direct lightThis is where product endorsed posts/vids cannot be reviewed fairly. They cannot ever really say a product is crap without upsetting brands, PR’s; etc.

Sali also mentioned that we buy within certain price brackets too. When reviewers get sent products, they generally have them from all price points and this levels the playing field out more. Payed reviewers can stumble upon a great find whereas, we cannot because we are spending our own money and will be less inclined to buy blind.

I do agree with her there because, i do buy more high end makeup and more high street skin care. I know this works for me and don’t have extra cash to buy blind. Also, in the UK we cannot return products easily. In the US, they can. I would be more inclined to if i could return products.

This adds the question. In the US, can reviewers comment more fairly on beauty products because they can return them?

Do you think that people who buy their own beauty items give a fair, unbiased review? Do you agree with Sali Hughes that we have already compromised the review by liking before buying and sticking with what we know works for us and our skin type?

Your views would be appreciated please.

That’s it folks. Have a great week and i will see you all soon.😉

Disclaimer. I have paraphrased Sali Hughes comments to reduce the amount of space required to write this post if i were to give her account verbatim.     

March Favourites……..The High Street Hero and The High End Miss!

•April 3, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Another round up of my favourites for the past month. I found a fab high street product that really knocked it out of the park, and sadly; a high end product that was a complete flop. Literally!

March Favourites 2016

Dior skin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder, 002 Sunlight.

I have pulled this one back out and have been enjoying it over the past month. Every time Dior release a Nude powder i think about these and it’s time to start using them up before they dry out.Dior Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder Close Up 002 Sunlight

I do really like this product. It isn’t a bronzing product as such but great to add a healthy glow to the skin and it’s still going strong. Swatches here.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, Blush N° 21.

This is a lovely blush to add a flush of colour to the apple of the cheeks. Its quite effortless to blend out with the fingers and i use this one quite a lot. It needs only a tiny amount of product because it’s quite pigmented and dries down to a matte powder finish. Great for those who hate shimmer or glitter. I don’t mind and always add a highligher to it anyway. (Pictured below left). Swatches here.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick n0 21

Neils Yard Geranium and Orange Hand Cream.

A free gift in a magazine i bought and i love it. I can’t believe they gave away such a great product. It works very well as a moisturizer and i love the fragrance too.

I need plenty of hand cream in the winter.

Pixi Skin Treats Glow Tonic, Exfoliating Toner.

I was given a sample of this and loved it. I bought the full size immediately.

It contains 5% Glycolic Acid, Aloe Vera and Ginseng. The smell of it is the only negative thing about this product. (cloying) It is however; a lovely toner that leaves skin feeling super refreshed and clean.

Despite it containing glycolic acid, it is added in such a minimal amount that this can be used every day. I use it every couple of days as part of a deep cleansing routine. A product worth the hype.

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover. (My Hero)!

I have been cutting down on the beauty expenditure. One of the ways i have done this is, buying more cost-effective cleansers.

I bought this Nivea bi-phase eye makeup remover with very little hopes of it being any good. How wrong was i! It is fantastic.

I used to buy Lancôme Bi-Phase eye makeup remover and i raved about it on this site for so long. That cost £19.00 and the Nivea costs £2.00. The Nivea is more effective at removing my stubborn mascara. It is effortless and no harsh rubbing in the eye area. A high street product that is better than any of the high end ones i have ever used.

Lancôme Volume À Porter Mascara. (Fail)

Speaking of Lancôme, the subject of this months fail.

I love Lancôme mascaras. The Definicils mascara has been a staple in my beauty routine since i was 19 years old. A lovely mascara.

I was excited to try out this new one released later on in 2015. The beauty gurus raved about it. (Yes, they were sent the product for review). It gave long spidery lashes and no clumping. My expectations were high indeed.

Lancome Hypnose Volume a porter wand

It doesn’t clump. The problem is, the formula is so wet and just weighs down the eyelashes. Very reminiscent of a high street mascara in fact. Horrible, wet and as soon as i apply it, my lashes just fall down. I have tried it out in so many ways to no avail.

I know Lancôme are owned by L’Oreal and i would normally say they are not the same products, however; on this occasion, i cannot differentiate between a L’Oreal high street mascara and this Lancôme formula. Very annoying!

That is my monthly favourites and fail. Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)f

Chanel ‘Eyes’ Spring Makeup 2016……………..Fresh Effect Eyeshadow Stylo, 177 Rose Petale.

•March 31, 2016 • 5 Comments

Mirifique Beauty

Hi Everyone,

Chanel have just released their ‘Let your eyes do the talking’ collection for 2016. I think that’s the official title; however, it is all products to do with eyes.

Included are; brow products, Stylo Yeux in brown and black, Stylo Eyeshadows, all of which are lovely shades and 3 eyeshadow quads. There is a new mascara that gives feathery lashes as opposed to the spidery look which Le Volume gives.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow 177 Rose Petale

I opted for one product for now. This is in my quest to cut back a bit on beauty spending this year and my new camera is almost saved up for. Yipee!

Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow Sticks.

I love these Stylo Eyeshadows. They are so effortless and i have never been let down by the formula yet. It stays put once applied and does not crease or fade during the day. The cooling effect is rather nice…

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Chanel ‘Eyes’ Spring Makeup 2016……………..Fresh Effect Eyeshadow Stylo, 177 Rose Petale.

•March 27, 2016 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Chanel have just released their ‘Let your eyes do the talking’ collection for 2016. I think that’s the official title; however, it is all products to do with eyes.

Included are; brow products, Stylo Yeux in brown and black, Stylo Eyeshadows, all of which are lovely shades and 3 eyeshadow quads. There is a new mascara that gives feathery lashes as opposed to the spidery look which Le Volume gives.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow 177 Rose Petale

I opted for one product for now. This is in my quest to cut back a bit on beauty spending this year and my new camera is almost saved up for. Yipee!

Chanel Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow Sticks.

I love these Stylo Eyeshadows. They are so effortless and i have never been let down by the formula yet. It stays put once applied and does not crease or fade during the day. The cooling effect is rather nice in the summer time too.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow 177 Rose Petal 2016

These style of eyeshadows are out there in a big way now and everyone is in on the act; however, i still prefer the Chanel formulation and multi-dimensional colours. I know you can buy cheaper but the shades are reflective of their price and not for me.

I own 07 Moon River and 147 Caroube in the Chanel range and love both of them. I admit i get more use out of Caroube because it is brown and just makes a great crease and eyeliner shade. Moon River is more of a silver taupe with a hint of green. It’s a bit difficult to pair with some colours i own and i generally use it with my Illusion D’Ombres for best effect.

177 Rose Pétale.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow 177 Rose Petale Closeup

I love this new shade. It’s a soft, beige pink. Has none of the multi shimmer and more of a satin finish. Great as an inner corner eye colour or mobile lid shade.Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow 177 Rose Petale Swatch(1)

I had to stop myself buying the gorgeous gold shade because that is so stunning too and has the same satin finish.

I have paired this with my Chanel Illusion D’Ombre New Moon and Caroube because of the brown shade with pink multi-shimmer and they work beautifully together; however, Rose Pétale is going to work with many different shades. It’s a lovely warm pink.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow 177 Rose Petale Swatch on eye

It also works well as a highlighter for the top of the cheekbones and as a blusher.

Personally, i will be using it as an eyeshadow only, although it’s versatility is great if your travelling.

Final Thoughts.

The Stylo Fresh Effect Eyeshadow is a great addition to your range if you like a quick, no fuss look. There are colours to suit every eye colour in this collection and i believe they are limited edition, so get them quick.Chanel Styloe Eyeshadow 177 Rose Petale 2016 Close Up

Also, Chanel have moved away from the glittery effect with some of these shades. The green, gold and this pink are all satin finishes and are beautiful. The navy blue and brown do contain very fine multi-shimmer, which Chanel does so well.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 
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