Dior Airflash Spray Foundation, 200……………………Airbrushed Perfection.

•March 12, 2017 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have just finished my Dior Star foundation after many months and already bought a new one. It is probably one of the nicest luminous matte foundations i use during the Autumn/Winter months.

Spring is here and summer is not far behind. I find this foundation isn’t long wearing for me during the summer months because my skin is much oilier.

This means i have been looking for a new foundation to try.

I have read a few reviews about the Dior Airflash foundation. Even Wayne Goss has given it a positive mention !!! He is very right in saying it gives a beautiful airbrushed finish to the skin. I have to agree with him there.

Being low on foundations, this has given me the chance to try it out.

Initial Thoughts.

The foundation is housed in a tin can with a very generous 70ml of product. (Whether this weight includes the air in the can is yet to be determined).

It has no scent at all. I personally don’t mind the Dior and Chanel fragrance added to their products; however, i understand those that don’t like it.

Has no alcohol, parabens and no SPF.

It costs roughly the same as most other high end foundations.

It comes with instructions on how to apply the product.

My favourite Airflash Application method. 

Dior recommend that you shake up the can for approx. 15 seconds and then hold the can 20cm away from the face, spray over the entire face. Then allow to set.

I don’t ever intend to use it that way. This will lead to foundation all over your hair and clothing/furniture. Also wastage of product.

The best way i have found to apply it is; with the nozzle of the can very close to the bristles of a full coverage foundation brush, spray a small amount over the surface of the brush and then apply using a circular motion from the centre of the face outwards.

I have to spray my brush 3 times to give a very nice coverage to my face and underneath my chin. (Much less than traditional liquid foundation)

The foundation sets down very quickly and gives the skin a luminous matte finish. I didn’t need to use a setting powder and even though the foundation sets, it didn’t highlight any lines on my face. MAGICAL! (I swear, i’m not making that up).

The application is very quick, which is great when you have limited time getting ready for work and my redness was completely covered. I still used concealer under the eyes and also on larger blemishes.

Above left without foundation and right; with. I also have mascara on and Dior Addict Lacquer Stick, 550 Tease on lips in right picture (Nothing else). My skin has been good this month so, it is difficult to see how good this foundation covers; however, it has worked well with the redness around my nose.  

Final Thoughts. 

I remember this foundation being introduced approx. 9 years ago and i’s still going strong. This is how successful it obviously is and; the reason why i’m going all out in saying this is one of the best foundations i have used yet.

The ease of application and setting time is excellent and no fixing powder is needed at all.

If you want a super light application, the best way is to apply straight from the can to your face. It will set instantly; however, you will need to keep your hair and clothing protected while doing this.

The foundation can be built up to a very heavy coverage if required. I don’t like to see foundation at all on my skin or sitting in my pores. This ticks that box and yet; gives fantastic, illuminous airbrushed cover. (Be careful if you have dry patches on the skin because it sticks to them. Exfoliate if you need to).

I would say one negative is, Dior have a limited amount of shades available, so not all shades may suit everyone. 200/beige claire is my exact skin match because i have fairly pale, yellow toned skin. I would have preferred a slightly warmer shade but there isn’t one so, i just go heavier with the bronzing p0wder instead.

Time will tell how long this foundation will last with every day use, (this is my first purchase). I usually get up to 3 months from the Star foundation. I will report back on this.

Have you ever tried this foundation? Let me know your thoughts. Take care and i will see you all soon 😉

 

Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks Spring/Summer 2017………….. 924; 877; 684; 550 Swatches.

•March 5, 2017 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m so excited to share the new Dior Lacquer Lipstick swatches for Spring/Summer 2017 with you.  I have been waiting for these for what seems like forever.

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I do love Dior Addict lipsticks and started using them a few years ago when Kate Moss headed up the media campaign; in fact, i bought the very lipstick she wore in the tv advert. (Diorkiss) A beautiful pink . Since then, i have tried various formulas by Dior in the Addict range and loved them all. This new range is no exception, i just love all the shades and will have trouble picking which ones to buy.

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The New Dior Addict.

The new range consists of 4 categories of lipstick. The formula is said to be a liquid shine that works with your own lip. Weightless and non-sticky and wears for 6 hours. The complete shade range below is for the UK/Europe Market.

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Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, creates the 4 colour trends of the season inspired by the most emblematic L.A. spots and bathed in the light of the West Coast:samples-of-dior-addict-lacquer-sticks
PASTEL Whites infused with pink, lavender, coral and peach pigments evoke a Californian postcard from the fifties.
NEON A pop spectrum that draws its energy from the heart of the City of Angels.
CLASSIC Red Carpet reds and pinks with Hollywood glamour.
WILD Neo-nudes and browns that flirt with grunge.

A base almost twice as sheer as a classic lipstick** for colour with unprecedented shine. A palette of 18 colour creations, ranging from the highly experimental to the most timeless, all with surprising intensity and vibrancy, including 4 emblematic it-shades: Turn Me Dior, Diabolo, Sauvage, Tease.

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Tease, Diabolo, Turn Me Dior and Sauvage.

The above four shades are currently available as a sample card from Dior and i am swatching them for this post and giving my general thoughts as per usual. This includes one lipstick from each category.

550 Tease. (Pastel)

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A gorgeous beige/pink which will be great for a nude day look. Again, i own nothing like this shade in my collection. It is a nice wearable day wear shade that is going to suit most with paler skin tones. Great with a smokey eye.

It has a candy scent to this one and is quite soft and easy to apply out of the pot. I do like this but it isn’t unique enough for me to buy it. Lovely and shiny though.

684 Diabolo. (Neon).

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In the neon range, this one is a fuchsia based pink; very shocking pink, infact. I have a few shades of lipstick similar to this, (Chanel Rouge Allure, Exalte; DiorAddict, Be Dior; NARS Pure Matte Lipstick, Carthage).

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Fuchsia shades because i think it looks lovely when i first apply it with a nude eye. Later on in the day, i feel it looks a bit messy and tarty on my lips.  I do love the shock/neon factor of Diabolo though.

I wore this all day in work and it wore very well and didn’t go patchy in places at all. Which happens a lot with this type of shade on my lips after a few hours wear.

877 Turn Me Dior. (Classic)

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Worn by Jennifer Lawrence in the media campaigns, this is a classic blue-based red shade or is it? Very cool toned and certainly classic.

dior-addict-lacquer-stick-swatch-877-turn-me-diorWhen i applied it, i thought it wore as a pink/red on my lip and yet; when i photographed it, it was a blue/red in the photo’s. I still think it wears pink/red on me and it’s a gorgeous very wearable shade. I think i will buy this shade in full size. It also is very glossy on the lip and comfortable.

This reminds me of the Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss lipstick, 18 Séduction. A beautiful wearable pink/red.

24 Sauvage. (Wild)

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A deep chocolate shade and nothing at all like any other shade i own in my whole collection of 65+ lipsticks. (I know, shameful!)

The thindior-addict-lacquer-stick-sample-palette-2017g is, this is beautiful and very glossy on the lip. It had the hardest texture in the pot but once applied became very glossy and soft wearing quickly.

This shade would be fantastic on very pale, porcelain or darker skin tones. It’s too dark on me!

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Final Thoughts.

I’m smitten with the Dior Addict lipsticks and have never had a single complaint about any shade or the consistency of the product. The packaging of Dior lipsticks is beautiful and; who can’t resist pulling one of them out of your purse to show off!

The consistency of the lacquer sticks is very soft and glides easily over the lip. I noticed the lipstick clung to some of the dry bits on my lipswatches-of-all-four-shades-of-dior-addict-lacquer-sticks, so exfoliate lip first before applying. It wasn’t a big deal anyway. The camera picked it up; however, the naked eye doesn’t.

I wore the neon pink 684 Diabolo for work to see if 6 hours wear is really true. Well, yes actually it is.

The lips become mirror-like and very glossy (see swatches above right and above)

It does eventually set and matte down slightly after 3 hours wear so, you can either, re-apply lipstick to get the gloss back or; you could add a touch of lip balm and this will bring the moisture and gloss back to.

I atebeautiful-fluffy my lunch, had coffee and a glass of water and it stayed put with a bit of minor fade in the very centre of my lips to which; i added a touch more lipstick to correct.

me-with-dior-airflash-foundation-200-and-dior-addict-lacquer-stick-550-teaseThis is one seriously long lasting lipstick; however, the gloss will only last a couple of hours. Minor touch ups means, a lipstick which is going to last far longer in the tube than the balm-like ones with a great amount of slip, which you constantly need to re-apply.

I think this is the best Addict lipstick reinvention yet and the black packaging with neon pink strip is a very nice touch. Good luck trying to walk past the counter without wanting at least one.

Take care and i will see you all soon 😉

 

 

 

February Empties……….. Chanel, Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, Estee Lauder and Much More.

•February 26, 2017 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Just thought i would catch up on a few empties this month. I have been using up again. Trying to get my extensive collection of beauty down before i go away and before i buy any more.

Here goes.

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Chanel Teint Innocence Luminous Fluid Makeup SPF 12.

I had this in my drawer for years and had hardly used it. Vitalumiere Aqua replaced this; however, i still think the Teint Innocence was a better foundation.

The reason why is, that it had a medium coverage and it was just as luminous. A really lovely foundation and i think the only reason Chanel replaced it was to update and to get rid of the expensive glass bottle. I’m glad i finally used it up though. Lovely product.

Dior Star Brightening Weightless Foundation SPF 30 PA++ Long Wear.

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I have to say that i just adore this foundation so much. It is super weightless with a light to medium coverage that gives a lovely natural and luminous finish. Fantastic for the winter. It does wear off slightly around the nose after 4 hours but thats not a problem and it only needs one touch up in 8 hours.

I will repurchase this because it beats most others i use hands down. I love that it is SPF 30 and lasts ages.

Charlotte Tilbury. The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick, 02 Fair.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Conceal and Treat StickAnother one i love. A generous 3ml of product that gives a very nice coverage under the eye. A bit like Touche Éclat but more opaque. Love it and will repurchase at a later date when i have finally used a few other concealers up first.

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner.

Already repurchased and using my new one. Contains 5% Glycolic acid which is great for gentle exfoliation of the skin. Can be used everyday as a toner. It also contains witch hazel and other botanical extracts. This helps to control my blemishes in a big way and also does brighten the skin.

The only slight negative is, its smell and it is quite pricey too. The smell is quite strong; however, it doesn’t remain on the skin. No alcohol in this either. Is great on sensitive skin.

A ‘must have’ in my skin care arsenal. Love it!

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum.

estee-lauder-anr-eye-serumsI bought this one to try out as the other one i own and love is quite strong and if you overdo it, it can make the eyes puff up.

This version has a touch of cream in it and a pump. One tiny pump does both eyes and it lasts a very long time, (6 months at least).

I did like it very much but prefer the other version, so i repurchased that instead.

Picture above right, left; is the ANR Eye Serum i have just finished and right; the one i have re-purchased. 

Nuxe Prodigeuse Oil, Multi- Purpose Dry Oil. Hair, Face and Body.Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

I buy this time and time again. It’s fantastic.

A very light weight oil that can be used all over including the ends of the hair. Dries down very quickly to a lovely gentle and very natural fragrance.

A friend of mine adds a drop of it to her foundation to give a more luminous finish to her makeup.

It’s France’s number one selling dry oil for a reason.

Kerastase Serum TherapisteKérastase Sérum Thérapiste Dual Treatment. Fiber Quality Renewal Care.

Great for adding to the ends of the hair before blow drying. It is a treatment for the hair itself rather than an oil that over lays the hair.

Smoothes and protects the hair cuticle while drying or can also be used on dry hair as well.

A lovely product and again, i will repurchase when some of my others run out. Third bottle so far and it last’s roughly 2-3 months with every day use.

Avène EauThernale Thermal Spring Water. Smoothing and anti-irritating.

avene-thermal-spring-waterI always carry this around with me, especially in the summer time. It just refreshes and hydrates my skin when my skin dehydrates during the day. It can be sprayed over makeup without upseting it. The spray is a very fine mist.

It comes in this handy size can for the hand bag and a larger one for the dresser.Spider in Web

There you have it. My empties for this month. Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

 

 

 

Latest Haul………Estee Lauder, Dior, Kerastase, Fat Face & The North Face!

•February 19, 2017 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

My latest haul features hair care, makeup, skin care, fashion and outdoor wear.

I have been buying with purpose in mind. The outdoor wear is for my little trip to the Lakes i have planned next month and i needed a new eye cream so, repurchased a favourite.

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The foundation is a purchase from loving the sample i tried so much and; the hair care was on offer so had to be done. I love great hair care anyway.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum.

I have used this previously as a sample. The sample size lasted me 2 months or more and it is a great moisturiser.

It dries down fast and is never greasy or oily. It really does moisturise very well and reduce fine lines. I love Estée Lauder ANR products and this is no exception. I now have the full size so it will be interesting to see how long this one will last, if the sample size lasts so long.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Makeup, 3N1 Ivory Beige.

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Full review here. I liked the sample so much and again, this lasted a good month. I use it to touch up my makeup in work.

The shade was matched to my skin tone and it applies and sets down very quickly leaving a lovely semi matte smooth finish.

I decided to buy the full size to use in work only. It is a little expensive for the amount you get, (£28/14ml)

I probably won’t use the cushion either because i used a Real Techniques buffinig brush with the sample and this worked out really well.

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Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm, 006 Berry. (Dior Spring 2017 Gradation Collection)

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I have wanted to try these balms out for sometime; however, i was never really overawed with the pale pink one. Finally, Dior released a darker shade. (Not that it will go on much darker because it is a balm). I love this new colour just released and thought i would give it a try.

I prefer wearing balms on my days off, especially in winter to keep my lips super soft.

It is supposed to react with the pH balance in your own skin and change shade accordingly, to leave a stain on the lips.

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It starts off a dark pinkish shade on my lips and then turns slightly Fuchsia.

Kérastase Laque Coture Medium Hold Hairspray.kerastase-elixir-ultime-leave-in-cream

A light hold hairspray without an annoying fragrance. It comes out as a super fine mist and i got it a lot cheaper on sale so, i thought i would try it out and i’m not disappointed. Love it. If you prefer a strong hold, they do one in this range to.

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Cream (Leave in).

I love any type of hair care that softens and smooths down the cuticle of the hair. This does a treat. It is what it says it is; an oil in cream.

You apply to damp hair and it can be used on dry hair too. I prefer the former because it leaves the ends of my hair lovely and soft and protects it while i’m drying it.

A lovely product that i got at least £10 cheaper than normal price and i’m so glad i bought it because it’s a great product.

Fat Face Spring new season Top Spring 2017.

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A little splurge last month while there was 15% off the new season lines. I probably will wear it when it gets a bit warmer with skinny jeans. Really flattering and i love the back of this top.

north-face-rain-jacketThe North Face Sangro Jacket, Dry Vent (Waterproof and Light weight). Rabbit Grey.

I was looking for a new rain jacket because i’m taking a little mini break to the Lake District next month and it loves to rain in the Lakes!

david-bailey-selfie(I used to live there when i was younger and i remember it rained most of the time). Beautiful part of the world though!

My old rain jacket is perfectly good; however, i bought it a number of years ago when i was a bit larger and It’s too big now.

I spotted this gorgeous North Face jacket and fell in love straight away. It’s very flattering to my figure because it’s fitted. It will also serve me well for travelling to the USA in September as it will pack down well.

The North Face Half Zip Micro Fleece. 

Light and thin enough to pack into a back pack and still keeps you toasty warm. I prefer the half zip ones. Another one to pack for the cooler/foggy weather in San Francisco too.

the-north-face-half-zip-fleeceEstée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation, Ivory Beige. (Sample)

I just wanted to finish with a note about the free sample of foundation i got along with the cushion stick foundation.

Both are in shade Ivory Beige; however, the cushion stick foundation pulls lighter than the other DW Stay in place. It is a great foundation if you don’t want it to budge all day. I do think it highlights my lines every so slightly and i still prefer my Chanel foundations over it.

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Sample above left DW Stay in place ; pictured right is swatch of cushion stick on left and DW Stay in place on right. My camera didn’t pick up the colour difference very well.

I do really like the cushion stick because it is lighter in texture and gives a lovely semi- matte velvet finish on my skin.

That’s it for this month. That’s another couple of items i can tick off my holiday list.

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

 

Five of My Sunday Best………..Book, Film and Beauty.

•February 12, 2017 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Back with another of my five of my Sunday best.

This month, i have been trying to catch up on some reading. It’s great having a computer but it stops you from taking five minutes just to sit and read. I have also been quite ill with the flu this month, (Flu jab next year, for sure)! Skincare has been up there in my routine too.

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Thankfully, i’m starting to feel a bit better after spending 5 days in bed with no energy. A whole two weeks without exercise, which is just sending me mad as well. The reading has helped me stay sane.

Here are 5 of my Sunday best for this month.

Book/ I’m travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork.

First book from this great writer and i can see many more to come. This was in Richard & Judy’s book club, (well known in the UK).  It’s a ‘can’t put down’ read.

The story is about a serial killer who kills little girls and then hangs them with a sign saying, ‘I’m travelling Alone’. Two detectives who have worked together in the past are in a race to find the killer before they strike again while, they are leading complex and messed up lives themselves.

It has some great little sub plots going on that start to tie together towards the end. It is only near the end that you realize who the killer is too.

I usually only ever do true stories these days; however, this did grab my attention and i loved it.

DVD/ The Girl On The Train.

Emily Blunt is great in this film. It’s quite an atmospheric murder mystery. Not as good as Gone Girl, in my opinion, but still worth a watch. Especially when you’re holed up with the flu.

Pixi Rose Oil Blend Nourishing Face Oil.

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My skin has looked almost grey from being ill over the past week. Very dry and also swollen. This rose oil smells divine and is super gentle and nourishing on the skin.

I apply of an evening and it leaves the skin super soft and smoothes out fine lines. I have normal/combination skin that can get dehydrated in the winter. This works a treat without leaving the skin feeling greasy. A great product from Pixi.

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush Harmony.

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Recently, Chanel brought out the Coco Codes collection for Spring 2017. I wasn’t impressed with the collectable harmony blush this time. This inspired me to use my Ribbon blusher again. This one was released last Spring and is a lovely mix of colours.

It has mauve, coral, bright pink blushers and beige, pale pink highlighters, which work really well together or, you can dip your brush into individual colours to emphasize them more if you like.

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I just think this palette gives more for the money personally and when i swatched the current Coco Codes harmony blush, it pulled very red/brown where the sunkiss ribbon gives a nice wearable pink that looks good on my paler skin.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, 94 Confident.

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A great nourishing and moisturising lipstick when you have dry lips in the winter. It is a very neutral everyday shade with high shine. A rosy brown that is pigmented and lasts really well on the lips.

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There it is. 5 of my Sunday Best for this month. What have been your favourites?

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

Chanel Spring Coco Codes 2017…………..My Haul.

•February 5, 2017 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t been posting much recently and sadly, it’s because nothing in the beauty world is inspiring me to do so. I can’t remember the last time i got really excited by a new beauty release.

Even Chanel has failed to get me excited until the Coco Codes Spring Collection 2017. I have to admit, i love both the eyeshadow palettes and one of the Stylo Yeux eyeliners.

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chanel-spring-2017-coco-code-makeup-collection-harmonie-de-blush-paletteI opted to buy the 278 Codes Subtils eyeshadow palette; very wearable everyday eyeshadows that will suit most and the Stylo Yeux, 932 Mat Taupe. I have had a long time love affair with Chanel eye liners. They never fail me.

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush Close up I did like some of the other pieces including the lipsticks and wasn’t so impressed with the collectable centrepiece of the collection. (above left). It just swatched red when all four shades were mixed together. No nuances of all colours like the ribbon released last year, (which i own and love, right). The red shade is just too overpowering, unfortunately.,

Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadows, 278 Codes Subtils.

This is a lovely colour collection. Very smooth and pigmented shades in the new baked formula Chanel now use.

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It starts with a satin pale pink that has a subtle beige hint. Next is a lovely beige gold highlighting shade and then a warm copper brown. Lastly, is the dark khaki green/black shade. This is the only shade that doesn’t go well with the other colours. Its a great shade for lining with but when i used it as a socket shade, it just didn’t do much for me and didn’t blend well with the other colours. An abberation on Chanel’s part there. I think a coppery brown/black would have been fantastic.

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All colours have micro shimmers which work well for the more maturing eye like mine. I have tried to do all matte eyeshadows and they make me look like i have dead eyes and make my eyes look older too. So, i think Chanel gets this right.

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A palette which is great for everyday wear.

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 932 Mat Taupe.

When i first looked at this, i wasn’t impressed. It was a boring mid toned brown shade, (the title suggests taupe and it isn’t taupe at all).  Nothing exciting and certainly not in the normal Stylo Yeux league; however; when i swatched it, it was a lovely warm satin brown that would work well with the eyeshadow palette i bought and it does.

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The new formula is now creamy smooth and very easy to apply. It does set down but does take a minute longer than the original formula used to. This is good if you want to smudge it out. A very nice pencil but easily dupeable and nothing like taupe.

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There you have it. My picks from the new Chanel Coco Codes collection. I even used my Boots points to buy these, so no physical money spent.

Would i have bought them otherwise? I would have bought the eyeshadows.

Disappointed!!

I also feel i need to mention that my favourite SA at the Chanel counter in Boots left to work somewhere else and the new SA is not very forthcoming with samples.

I asked her for a small pot of the new foundation, La Tenue. She refused, saying that they colour matched only. Poor show Chanel and highly annoying!

chanel-codes-subtils-close-upI will never buy foundation without trying samples first.

What, if any, are your picks from the Chanel Coco Codes Collection?

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

Chanel No 5 L’Eau………………The Newer, Cleaner, Fresher No 5.

•January 11, 2017 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I was lucky enough to receive this wonderful perfume as a Christmas gift.

When it was first released, i read a review that wasn’t too favourable on this new fragrance; therefore, i was expecting to hate it.

A couple of other fragrances released last year (aimed at a younger market), lacked any real depth, longevity and were mostly candy-like sugary fragrances.

Was Chanel’s new offering going to be as disappointing?

Chanel have got it right this time.

Chanel No 5 Family.

No 5 had gotten a reputation over the years as a perfume for the older lady. Something younger women didn’t want to be associated with and it’s decline in sales began. Chanel released No 5 Eau Premiere as a result of this.

Meant to be a modern version of No 5 itself, It’s a lovely perfume that is very strong in Sandalwood and the difference is, they have removed 6 ingredients out of the original No 5 perfume.

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At first; It was released in a 75ml version only and a very different designed bottle from no 5 Eau de Parfum. This was said to alienate the No 5 customer hence, why they have made a 50ml version that sits in the same bottle as the original perfume.chanel-no-5-eau-premiere-new-design

Chanel still had to come up with a perfume that would reach out to a new audience; while retaining their loyal No 5 followers. A perfume that could make an impact with a fresher and lighter edge to suit current market trends.

The answer came with No 5 L’Eau.

chanel-no-5-leau-xThe TV ad features Lily-Rose Depp and is targeted towards a more ‘youthful’ audience. It certainly ticks the box; however, If you are expecting candy canes and sugar, you will be disappointed. Thankfully, it didn’t take that road.

The NEW No 5.

Where I believe, Eau Premiere lost a bit of that No 5 character, L’Eau keeps quite a bit of it. It is slightly sweeter, but not in a sugary way at all. In fact, it’s still full of elegance with a touch of familiar vibe.

Top Notes include; plenty of citrus fruits and aldehydes, bergamot and Neroli. The citrus keeps the aldehydes at bay a bit and allows the fresh clean scent to show through.

Middle notes include; Rose, Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang. This gives a slightly floral after burst that sits alongside the citrus really well, once the aldeydes fade.

Base Notes include; Cedar, White Musk, Vanilla and Orris Root. The vanilla and musk really shows through at the end to give a lasting sweetness that works beautifully with the citrus fruit to avoid that sickly sweet overload.

L’Eau gives at least three hours wear on my skin.

Final Verdict.

I really do like the new Chanel No 5 L’Eau.

fluffy-and-chanel-no-5-leauChanel have succeeded in giving a lighter, cleaner and musky sweet version of the original No 5 perfume. It loses that powdery soapy scent of the original and the oppressive aldehydes have been given a bit of a back seat. I love that it keeps the complex nature of Chanel No 5, and yet, is an up-to-date version.

It will keep the die hard fans keen for a new experience while, introducting a new market to the No 5 range, who want a lighter, cleaner edge to an iconic perfume.

Chanels best move yet.

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