Chanel Les Beiges Summer 2015…………………Haul, Review and A Shock!

•June 30, 2015 • 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I was waiting with great anticipation for this collection to be released. I love Les Beiges powders. They are a dream to work with and leave the skin looking almost flawless and air brushed.

Chanel Les Beiges summer 2015

The glow sticks look very interesting but i wasn’t interested in any of the nail colours or the lip glosses. They were too pale for my skin tone. The Marinières powders looked lovely and are limited edition, but they are very similar to products i already own.

I picked up two items from the latest collection which i thought were must haves for me.

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15/P++, N° 25.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder number 25

I own Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder No 30 already and this gives a bit of colour to the skin, similar to a sheer bronzing powder. The shade 25 is perfect. It gives my pale skin a nice healthy tone while looking like i haven’t applied any type of bronzer.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder Number 25 close upChanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder Number 25 Swatched

I thought my Guerlain Joli Teint healthy glow powder would do the same and it does in a way. I think this one is more ideal for my paler winter skin and I love this too. (I am a huge fan of healthy glow powders in general).

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder Number 25 and 30Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder and Guerlain Joli Teint powderHealthy Glow powders heavily swatched

Pictured above left; Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder number 25 and right number 30; middle left, Number 25 along with Guerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder, 01 Blonde Clair; right, swatches of all three colours.

Les Beiges powders are fabulous at giving a healthy blurring effect to the skin. Great for my mature skin because i have a few lines setting in these days. Boo!

You could almost call it a very mild botox in a powder, which is great because i’m no fan of botox or needles.

Chanel Healthy Glow Stick on cheeks without Les Beiges PowderChanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder Number 25 swatchFinished Look with Chanel Les Beiges powder Number 25

Above left to right: Without Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder; middle, with Les Beiges no 25; and right, finished with Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Number 21 and Chanel Lip Gloss, 18 Seduction.  

 

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

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick 21

This is a blush in a stick. They have become very popular over the past year or so.

At the moment, it comes in three numbers or colours. Number 20, a bronze shade; number 21 pink and; number 22 coral. Each offers a sheer hint of colour to the skin with a glowing effect.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Number 21

I thought the pink would be the most versatile for me, so i went with number 21. The bronzing shade could be great for when you have a tan and the coral is quite a deep warm shade. They are all quite universal and i could have bought all three.

The formula is a cream to powder finish. I noticed that it does stay slightly tacky for a fair while. Quite a bit longer than the Chanel cream blushers, which set within a couple of minutes.

Les Beiges Blush No 21Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Colour Stick close up

The SA told me that the best way to apply the stick is with the Chanel Kabuki brush straight after you have applied your foundation. The idea is to keep it dewy looking and sheer so it looks like it almost meshes with the skin for a completely natural finish, and she was correct. It works really well that way. I thought it lost a bit of dewiness when applied to completely dry skin.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick number 21 heavily swatchedChanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Stick Swatch

Above left swatched heavily and right on cheeks.

It does; however, give a satin finish with a healthy glow and no glitter on skin that is still slightly tacky from the application of foundation.

Overall Verdict.

I will always buy Les Beiges and number 25 is a complete winner with my skin tone. It is also permanent.Chanel Les Beiges Retro Packaging

Also, if you can get your hands on one of the Les Beiges Kabuki brushes; go for it. Its one fantastic brush and ideal to apply any powder or cream blush with.

The blush sticks are slightly gimmicky and i’m a little surprised Chanel went with these but i guess they have to keep up with the competition and all brands are now producing blush sticks.

Personally, i am not a blusher freak by any means. I am more of a mascara/lipstick girl. I do really like Chanel powder blushers and i absolutely adore my Chanel cream blusher, Inspiration. I do like the glow stick but it isn’t a ‘must have’.

Which brings me right to the Shock!

Me in July 15Chanel are discontinuing their wonderful cream blushers and the healthy glow sticks are going to be replacing them. I love shade, Inspiration in the cream blush. Its such a shame! Stock up, if you use them.Holiday Pic

Oh yes! I’m going to take a short break. After two and a half years blogging on a weekly basis, it’s time! I will be back very soon though.

Please don’t forget about me while i’m gone. :-)

There you have it. Have you bought any of the new Les Beiges? Take care and i will see you all in the near future. ;-)

Chanel Blue Rhythm Collection Haul and Review……….It’s A Blue Monday!

•June 22, 2015 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Yes i’m a bit late to the party with this one, but i want to try out products before i review them first so i can give a thorough review on them.

Chanel Blue Rhythm Haul

This is a fairly good sized collection of dramatic intense blues, black and silver/grey to create an intense look. I bought several things from this collection; however, i did give some a miss due to owning similar products already.

What i did buy, i absolutely adore, here goes.

Chanel Gloss Volume Lip Plumping Gloss.

Chanel lip plumping gloss

I normally use the Dior Lip Maximizer and i’m pretty pleased with the results. None of the plumpers available, plump lips by much but they do give the lips a softer edging and often reduce fine lines around the lips while moisturizing really well, which gives a more plumped softer look to the lips.

The one issue i do have with them, is they often sting the lips and for a good length of time, which i hate. Not this one!

Chanel have managed to give all the same effects as the rest out there without any harsh tingling. Yipee!!! Thankyou Chanel. I would like some tinted ones next time please. A very nice if not, a must have product.

Bare lipsLip with Chanel Lip Plumping Gloss applied for 5 minutesLip with Chanel Lip Plumping Gloss after 15 minutesChanel Lip Plumping gloss and Rouge Coco Shine in Confident

Above left to right: Bare lip, Gloss after 5 minutes; Gloss after 15 minutes, and; Lip Gloss with Rouge Coco Shine in Confident. 

 

Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Single Eyeshadow, 116 Swing.

I fell in love with this when i saw it in the pan. A real eye catcher of shimmering deep sea blue with lots of pink and blue sparkle. Gorgeous!

Chanel Soft Touch Single Eyeshadow 116 SwingChanel Single Eyeshadow SwingChanel Ombre Essentielle 116 Swing n direct sunlight

I love the soft touch eyeshadows by Chanel. They stay put without fading and most of them i have owned, are very soft and buttery to apply. Chanel also come up with some very incredible and unique shades too. They aren’t the run of the mill browns or nudes, which can be so boring.

This one does apply quite dark. It has a blackish/blue satin finish with twinkles of shimmer. I use it in my socket only. It would make a great all over eye colour for a very dramatic look, if you’re daring enough!. I also use it with my Dior mono eyeshadow, 045 Fairy Grey. What a combo!

Chanel 116 SwingChanel Ombre Essentielle single eyeshadow 116 swing swatch without flashChanel Ombre Essentielle 116 Swing Swatch with flash

Above middle; swatch in ambient light and right; swatch with flash.  

 

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour, 665 Vibrato.Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour 665 Vibrato swatch

Deffo the most interesting shade of the two on offer. The other one is distinctly similar to Blue Satin by Chanel.; quite dark and intense. This shade is a lovely mid-toned royal blue and is on the permanent list. It is simply stunning. I love some of the nail colours Chanel come up with and notice that many other beauty brands follow suit with ‘similar’ shades later on. This is a must have.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 916 Perlé de Lune.

Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner 916 perle de luneChanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner 916 perle de lune Close upChanel Eyeliner Stylo Yeux Perle de lune swatch

Oh My! I mean Oh! My word. This is a must have for anyone. It is a beautiful shade of grey/silver/taupe/brown. Gorgeous! The reason being is that it’s incredibly wearable for anyone and in both the waterline and outside as a traditional eyeliner. Sadly. the picture of the swatch above does not reflect the the true beauty of this multi-faceted shade. It is also limited edition.I don’t get why Chanel does this. I mean this colour is so universal. A true knockout of a shade.Chanel Le Vernis 665 Vibrato

Chanel Blue Rythmn CollectionThere you have it. My Chanel haul for this month. Take care and i will see you all soon ;-)

 

 

 

Guerlain 1 Coleur Eyeshadow, 05 Copperfield………….With Comparisons!

•June 14, 2015 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,,

Recently, Guerlain released a new range of single eyeshadows in which, there are 12 shades available. Some with matte, sparkling and satin finishes.

Having swatched all of them, i decided on the Taupe Secret reviewed here. A great shade that works with most colours. I liked that so much, i bought another one, 05 Copperfield, which i have worn a few times and will be reviewing today.

Guerlain 1 Coleur Long Lasting Silky Eyeshadow 05 Copperfield

The Eyeshadow.

Guerlain single eyeshadow 05 Copperfield close up in ambient lightIn line with others I’ve tried in the Guerlain range. It is smooth and highly pigmented. Not as silky in texture as Taupe Secret but still very easily blended out and this one has a bit of golden shimmer to it. I hate matte shades!

It is a true copper shade and i don’t own any copper shades. I do own a lot of bronze shades though. It does work very well with my blue eyes and i think it would also work great on hazel and brown eyes too.

It can be used both wet and dry. With Taupe Secret, there was a definition between using it both ways. Wet it came up more silvery and metallic. Copperfield didn’t really come up any different, maybe more pigmented but as its pigmented anyway, there would be no real reason for you to use it wet. See pic below, right is wet.

Guerlain One Coleur Eyeshadow 05 Copperfield swatchesComparisons.

I have compared it with a few similar shades which i own. As i said, i don’t own any other copper shades. I think the closest one though to it would be Dior Fusion Mono 661 Météore, pictured below. Fusion mono comes up a bit more bronzy brown.

Dior Fusion Mono Meteore and Guerlain 1 Coleur Eyeshadow 05 Copperfield

The other shades i own are largely bronze shades and i have shown comparisons with them below.

Guerlain Copperfield and comparison eyeshadows in ambient lightGuerlain Copperfield Eyeshadow and comparrisons in sunlight

Chanel Tigre has more of an orange undertone with fine pink microshimmer, Bobbi Brown Bronze sugar is more of a beige undertone with silver shimmer, Chanel Illusion D’Ombre has a lilac indertone with pink, green and golden micro shimmer. Bobbi Brown Beach Bronze is a brown with pink undertone and golden shimmer and lastly; the Chanel shade from the Charming palette has much more golden brown in it.

Overall Thoughts.

I am very happy i bought this colour. It works beautifully with 147 Caroube, the new stylo eyeshadow from Chanel and i have used both colours here with my Chanel Mediterranée inspired FOTD.Chanel Inspired Look

It gives a lovely intense finish with the MAC shader brush and is going to be a fantastic shade for summer. Oh Yes! It doesn’t crease or fade over the day either.

Have you tried any of the Guerlain 1 Coleur eyeshadows yet? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

May Favourites……………Makeup, Skincare and Hair.

•June 7, 2015 • 11 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Summer is here and i have been inspired to pull out the more warmer eyeshadows and bronzers. I love summer makeup and especially bronzy shades. I always have many favourites each month, so i’ve decided, i’m going to be doing a small representation of what i use and love each month to keep my posts a bit more manageable.

May Favourites 2015

Here are some of my fav’s.

Guerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder, 00 Blondes Clair.

Guerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo PackageGuerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo Close Up

I have been wearing this none stop every day for the past month. The pattern has now worn off the top boo hoo! I wish i could keep some of these palettes as collector’s items but i would see that as a complete waste. I have to use them as soon as i buy them. This is a lovely healthy glow powder and full review, swatches and photos are here.

Kérastase Nectar Thermique Iris Royal Blow Dry Cream for Dry Hair.

Love this. My hair is always so much drier in the summer time and i have been noticing it get even drier lately. I have nearly finished this tube of great hair cream. Put on ends of hair when hair is semi dry and it gives you lovely smooth hair when you blow dry it. Available here.

Vichy Pureté Thermale Exfoliant Creme

A great gentle product to slough off dead skin cells and leaves skin soft. Paraben free and great for sensitive skin as well.

Body Shop Almond Body Butter.

My two favourite fragrances from the body shop are almond and white musk. This is a great body butter for knees, ankles and elbows. Smells divine.

Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow 34 Bronze SugarBobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow, 34 Bronze Sugar.Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow 34 Bronze Sugar

I think these eyeshadows are fab. This particular shade just glides on over the lid so easily, sets and stays put all day with no fading and i don’t even need to wear an eye primer with it. I have a few shades in these; however, this one is just great for sunny days and with blue eyes.

Real Techniques Bold Metals Brush Collection, 301 Contour.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Brush Head close upRT 301 Contour Brush Packed Bristles

I haven’t stopped using this brush since i bought it. It’s fab and so easy to work with and is quite precise. Washed it a number of times with no shedding or losing its shape at all. Love it!

Chanel No 1 Powder Brush.

My favourite brush of all. It’s great at picking up product and giving a great flush of colour across the cheeks, temples and just about every where else. I currently use it with my Guerlain Joli Teint powder and it’s great for using with the Bobbi Brown Brightening Bricks too.

There you have it. My most used and loved products of the month. What are yours?

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

Chanel Haul…………..Mediterranee Collection Summer 2015.

•May 31, 2015 • 13 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Time to review the products i bought from the Chanel Mediterranée Summer collection 2015. I like to use them a bit first before i give them a full review.

Chanel Mediterranee Summer Makeup Collection 2015

I swatched everything in store and decided on three items that i believe were ‘musts’ for my collection and passed on some that i knew i didn’t need. I also gave the centre piece of the collection; the camelia bronzing highlighter. a miss too. Reason for this is; Chanel are about to release Les Beiges for Summer in another 3 weeks and i want the bronzer number 25 instead. I love Les Beiges powders.

Anyway, on with what i did buy.

Chanel Le Vernis 707 MediterraneeChanel Le Vernis, 707 Mediterranée.

A beautiful teal-ish blue nail colour but far more classy and not garish. Bang on trend for this summer and because it is LE, i had to have it. It does well on one coat but i applied two coats. It lasted quite a while with a top coat too.

I wanted all the nail colours but i think other than the purple one, the others were not very unique and i own similar colours from Chanel.DSC01515(2)

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Wearing Eyeliner, 997 Orchidée.

I absolutely love this pencil so much. In fact, i may well have to go out and buy another before they’re gone. It’s such a beautiful pink based purple shade. No shimmer or glitter but high impact colour.I always buy Chanel limited edition stylo yeux pencils because they come up with great colours; the eyeliner stays on the waterline the whole day. It will fade slightly over 8 hours; however, it has great staying power overall.

Chanel stylo yeux 997 OrchideeChanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 997 OrchideeChanel Stylo Yeux 997 Orchidee Close Up

My only gripe with this pencil is, it’s four pound more expensive than any of their other stylo pencils. Can anyone tell me why?

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow, 147 Caroube.

I bought one of these last year in Moon River and love it so much. They are a ‘no fuss’ easy way to apply eyeshadow. They have a cooling effect when applied and blend out fairly easily before they set, (you have to work quickly with this shade in particular) and stay put the whole day. No primer required.

Chanel Styloe Eyeshadow 147 Caroube in tubeChanel Stylo Eyeshadow 147 CaroubeSwatch of Chanel Caroube

This is a gorgeous bronze brown with micro golden, green and pink shimmer. A lot like the Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows have in them.

It is a universal shade and a must have for any collection.Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow versus Illusion Dombre

I wanted the pink shade as well but, when i swatched it next to my Illusion D’Ombre Abstraction, (see right) it was far too similar, so i decided to pass. The purple shade is the same shade as the Stylo Orchidée and i am considering it.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid, Sunkissed. 

A bit of a cheat because i actually bought this three years ago; however, because it has been re-promoted in this collection, i thought it was still a good idea to review it.

Chanel Tan de Chanel Soleil Illuminating fluid sunkissed

This is a lovely liquid high impact golden glowy highlighter. Ideal for the high points of the face and especially when you have a tan. It does set in place, so it will not move around and it leaves a beautiful glow.

Another fantastic use for it is, to mix a drop in with foundation, especially the Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation. It just adds a gorgeous highlighting glow. A very versatile product to own.

Swatches of Caroube, Orchidée and Sunkissed below.Chanel Mediterranee Swatches

There you have it, my picks from the Chanel Mediterranée summer collection 2015. Did you opt for any and what influenced your choices?

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

The Tuesday Tester…………..Guerlain Cils D’Enfer So Volume Mascara, 2015.

•May 26, 2015 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

In case you’re not familiar with my ‘Tuesday Tester’ series of posts, i review sample products and how long the samples last.

It gives a good indication of what to expect with full sized versions and their longevity and value.

Guerlain sample So Volume Mascara

Recently, i purchased a couple of items from Guerlain and received a 7 day sample of the new mascara, So Volume.

In the past, i haven’t had a great relationship with Guerlain mascaras. They didn’t deliver any lift or curl to my lashes so, i was excited to try out this new one which promises their best results yet.

Guerlain mascara sample

My expectations therefore; are, i want my lashes to be lifted and curled and look separated. Not too much of an ask then!

Guerlain Mascara Wand

Does this new mascara meet my expectations?

I tried it in two ways.

By itself with both one and two coats.

I curled my lashes with my Shu Uemura eye lash curlers, (as always) then applied one coat of the sample mascara. This gave my lashes an instant lifting and separating effect. When it set after a couple of minutes, i noticed my lashes dipped very slightly.

Guerlain Cils D Enfer So Volume Mascara One CoatGuerlain Cils D Enfer So Volume Mascara 2 coats

Above left with one coat of Cils D’Enfer So Volume mascara and right is with two coats. 

I applied a second coat and this did thicken and lengthen my lashes further; however, it did struggle with separation and i noticed slight clumping in places. I had to go in with a separate lash brush to separate my lashes further and remove some tiny clumps.

I was still fairly impressed with the result.

One Coat of Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and one coat of the mascara.Guerlain Cils D Enfer So Volume Mascara with Dior Maximizer

I applied a base coat of the Dior lash maximizer and then one coat of the Guerlain So Volume mascara.

It helped the mascara to both lift and separate and help the product stay in place with no lash dipping and no clumps.

Pictured right is one coat of Guerlain Cils D’Enfer So Volume mascara applied over base coat, Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. 

Overall result.

The best result came when the Dior Lash Maximizer was used as the base coat. It helped give the mascara much more impact and no clumps without having to use two coats of the product.

Overall, the mascara is great to use as a one coat mascara but it did struggle with separation and slight clumping when a second coat was added. I like the false lash effect, so it’s quite important for me to get long, separated and thicker lashes using two coats of mascara without clumps.

If you’re more into the natural lash look, this one is great for you because the mascara gives lovely, evenly separated, longer curled lashes with one coat.

In my opinion, this is the best mascara Guerlain have produced so far. The full size comes with a fairly generous 8.5 ml of product, so you’ll get a significant amount of use out of it too.

Have you tried it out yet?

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

 

FOTD………….Inspired by Chanel Mediterranee Collection.

•May 23, 2015 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I recently purchased some new items from the Chanel Mediterranée makeup collection 2015. I loved the models face and how her makeup was done. Quite obviously, i do not own all the items she wore in the promo pic but i improvised with what i do have along with what i bought.

FOTD Inspired by Chanel Mediterranee Collection 2015Above is a selection of the products i used on my FOTD.

Hope you like the look and i have to say, i love the Orchidée eye pencil applied along my waterline and how it makes my eyes pop. It’s a ‘must have’ stylo.

Products used.

Face

  • Chanel Universelle Multi-Use Base
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, Beige 20
  • Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder, 00 Light Blondes (NEW)
  • Guerlain Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzer, 01 Blondes
  • Guerlain Terracotta Terra Ora Sculpting Powder (LE)
  • Chanel Joues Contraste Blusher, 190 Angelique. (Not what the model wore, she used the Camelias bronzer but i wanted to add a bit more colour to my cheeks instead)

Me in May 2015

Eyes

  • Guerlain Cils D’Enfir Mascara, So Volume. (Sample) (NEW)
  • MAC Penultimate Brow Marker Pen
  • NARS Smudgeproof Eye Base
  • Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow, 621 Mirror (Inner eye corner and under brow bone)
  • Guerlain 1 Coleur Eyeshadow, 05 Copperfield (NEW) (mobile lid)
  • Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Stick, 147 Caroube (NEW) (LE) (Outer V and Socket)
  • Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, Scotch , (Upper Eye)
  • Guerlain Terracotta Kohl Eyeliner, 02 Blu Acqua (LE) (Lower eye)
  • Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner, 997 Orchidée (NEW) (LE) (Waterline)

Chanel Inspired Look

Lips

  • Dior Lip Liner Pencil, 952 Rouge Royal
  • Dior Addict Lipstick, 750 Rock ‘N’ Roll

Chanel Mediterranee Inspired Look

Nails

  • Essie Nail Polish, 244 SnapMy Chanel Mediterranee Inspired Look(1)

There you have it. It’s one of my favourite looks for the summer this year. I do mix my looks up a lot though.

Full review of new Chanel Meditertanée products to come.

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

 
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