Friday, October 9, 2015

Chanel Fall 2015 Collection Les Automnales - my picks

My makeup needs have drastically fallen over the last two years. Even a collection as tempting as the fall makeup that Chanel recently unveiled couldn't get me to pick up more than 3 items. I went with the blush in Alezane, the eyeliner in Érable and the repromote Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon, originally from last summer. I passed on it and purchased Mirage but with the trio presented for fall it stood out somehow and I think I'm ready to deal with any possible glitter fallout this time around.

The eyeshadow palette Entrelacs has some pretty useful colors but I simply had to pass because I purchased the travel makeup palette that Nordstrom sold for Anniversary and it was altogether a better value and also came with five neutral eyeshadow shades.

But here now, see, New Moon is just beautiful!

I chose Érable out of the four eyeliners because it seems to me like the shade I had hoped Ambre Doré to be. It turned out to be bronzy and worked really well with a bronze-themed eye. I swatched it below, next to two other recent eyeliners releases from the same line from Chanel. This is not for any other reason but for me to remember that I already own them! (And by the way, Perle de Lune is still THE BEST EYELINER EVER.)

Eyeliner in Érable

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Some L'Oreal picks for the neutral color lover (Lip Pens and La Palette Nude 1 and 2)

It's back to basics for me. I went in and bought a few select Chanel goodies to wear through the fall but on a trip to Target the other day, I decided to stop and peruse a L'Oreal display. I surprised even myself, that I ended up going back to the same display 4 times over the course of a week (which means I went to Target four times that week, uhm, yes, I do that!). The first time, I came home with one lip pen. The next time I went, I got two more. The third time I went to a different Target and grabbed yet another two lip pens. And finally, I decided to go for the nude palettes.

Let's just say, I really enjoyed those lip pens. They come in two finishes, matte and, well, not matte. The first thing I bought was shade 102, She's So Matte and yes, it's matte. Not 80s matte but just matte. I did like it and still do but I'm not really a matte person so I needed to have a look at the non-matte shades. I guess they're more of a satin finish. La Lacque gave me the impression that they would be overtly shiny but they are not. I bought three of those La Lacque shades and I like them all. I have 201 Lacque-Y Charm, 207 Lacque-Y You and 209 Choco-Lacque. One of my last purchases was shade 104, Game Set & Matte and I was a little unsure about it because I noticed a real separation of color at the tip of the lip pen. The tip looked lighter than the rest of the bullet. However, I found this to be a non-issue when I wore it. So, all's good.

What I liked about this particular lip pen is that with the diminished width, I can do a more precise line than I would normally, when applying lipstick straight from the bullet. It is easy to use and it retains that slanted tip. That's all in the way it's used, of course. But this makes it easy. I think it's easier than the completely pointy lip pens. The slant is what I like.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nail Polish Catalogue

Guerlain Nail Lacquer in Baby Rose

Since we're in the thick of summer, we really do need to talk nails. My manicures are limited by the fact that I'm still changing diapers and I don't like the upkeep so I simply don't. But sandal season means pedicures are a must. In a typical summer, I get no more than three pedicures. I tend to remove polish after four weeks and trim the nails and then let them grow out a little before the next pedicure if possible. I just like the idea of letting the nails breathe.

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Lady

Prior to writing this post, I had purchased Guerlain Baby Rose (top picture) and Dior Lady (above). Both satisfied my need for easy to maintain neutrals that I could wear any time of the year. Baby Rose is super sheer but Lady is spot on. It's opaque in two coats, looks great on fingers and toes. The hint of pink is perfect. It's probably my favorite color this year.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown

The last time I had a good Sephora coupon, I purchased what would be my summer stash, or so I thought. I included a tube of Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow, a Sephora brush on sale, the previously featured Givenchy Le Rouge À Porter in Corail Décoletté, a concealer pen, brow pen and two bottles of nail polish.

Notable in this purchase are two items repurchased for they are simply irreplaceable. I literally haven't found anything I like better than these two. It's rare for me to repurchase anything because I tend to find new and better products all the time. The Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen in Mister Macaroon, however, remains an exception. In my book, best concealer pen ever. And there's the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash, which I find makes my brows just right. It's the easiest pencil to maneuver. With it, I can create the smallest and most realistic strokes. I also like that it doesn't need to be sharpened and has a nice spoolie on the other end.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Givenchy Le Rouge À Porter in 206 Corail Décolleté

Summer has gone by in a flash. It's half over! If I've learned anything, it's that summer is such an awful time to wear makeup. I've decided that great skin, an awesome pair of large sunglasses and a good lipstick are really all I need to look good in summer pictures. Ok, add a good concealer if you can make it stay put. Then toss in some brow grooming.

So it's time to pick out a pretty coral lip color and I decided to pull the trigger on a slim Givenchy Le Rouge À Porter in shade 206 Corail Décolleté.