Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Earlier this month I traveled to Raleigh so I took a little time out to do some shopping. I stopped in at Nordstrom and while there I purchased several pieces from the Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection (read here). One such piece was the number 10 Lip Balm. It applies effortlessly similar to that of the Chanel Rouge coco shine lipsticks - it isn't as glossy nor as slick as them but it glides on with no tugging or pulling. On the lips the texture is just like a lip balm but a more lightweight version - nothing heavy or waxy. It swatches and applies a subtle matte pale pink with a slight shine. Now at $36.00 (0.1 oz) I would definitely consider this a splurge item but one well worth it. I wore the lip balm throughout the day at work, then out shopping and finished up the evening with a walk around the neighborhood with reapplication every three to four hours. It kept my lips hydrated and moisturized the entire time.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
01 MARINIERE LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW MULTI COLOUR BROAD SPECTRUM SPF15 SUNSCREEN - SWATCHES AND REVIEW
Chanel recently launched their Les Beiges collection (read here). A natural looking collection with a healthy dose of color to enhance and brighten the complexion for summer. Sounds promising so I jumped on board and purchased one of two Les Beiges healthy glow powders in 01 Mariniere. The other, 02 Mariniere, was nice but a tad too dark / orange for my really pale skin tone so I passed on it. Both Chanel Mariniere powders are housed in a really nice luxurious looking cream colored mirrored compact. The Healthy glow powders offer skin protection from the sun with an SPF 15 and can be used as a highlighter, bronzer, blush, sculpting powder or face powder. They are on the price-y side at $65 each (.39 oz) but considering this is not your typical face powder and they are a multi-purpose powder with SPF 15 sunscreen protection that is to be expected. On me I'm pale enough that 01 Mariniere works best on me as a blush, a highlight and as an all-over face powder. It didn't look overly powdery on my already dry skin and it seemed to brighten ever so slightly the areas on my face once it was applied. Application with the enclosed fan brush was okay but it tended to make things a tad powdery. I achieved better results using the Chanel 7 blending foundation make up brush. This brush is similar to the MAC duo fiber face brushes but in my opinion the Chanel brush is more compact and the duo fiber bristles are less uniform so it allows for better coverage. Either brush will work but I achieved better results with my Chanel brush. Wear time with the Mariniere powders is more a matter of personal preference. Since it's also meant to be worn outdoors then depending on the person's activity level reapplication may be necessary after just a few hours. Or it could wear longer if physical activity is kept to a minimum. Either way, in my opinion these multi-purpose healthy glow powders are a good investment piece to have in your collection.
Availability: Nordstrom, Chanel
Monday, May 18, 2015
The new Le Rouge A Porter lipsticks by Givenchy are described as a luxurious lipstick with a sheer finish housed in a slim genuine leather case. Each lipstick retails for $36.00 USD, contains .07 oz of product and are currently available online at Sephora. I purchased 106 Parme Silhouette from the Sephora website. It is described as a pale plummy nude pink lipstick with a slight sheen. I must say compared to the original Givenchy Le Rouge formula these new Le Rouge A Porter lipsticks are more like a lip balm. They hydrate the lips with a semi-sheer wash of buildable color but feel like a balm or a chapstick on the lips. The first few swipes of Parme Silhouette the lipstick applied easily enough but it felt stiff and not very moisturizing. After using the lipstick for about a week it seemed to apply more easily and overall wear time was about three hours.
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