Monday, October 24, 2016

Chanel Spring Mix

As I've been on semi-hiatus pretty much since I had my last baby, I have a lot of pictures that haven't been posted and while I've tossed a lot of them, I felt like these pictures from last spring deserve a little space on the blog. Some of the products were from the last holiday and some from the spring 2016 makeup collection LA Sunrise. I purchased the star of the collection, the Sunkiss Ribbon Blush, and the Rouge Coco Shine 118 Energy. Admittedly, I didn't love either product although I'm hoping to still get some use out of the blush throughout the year.

I'm not certain if the Rouge Coco Baume was released around the same time or if it was simply integrated into the collection (when you go to the Chanel website, the Rouge Coco Baume shows up as among the products within the collection) but it is one product that I use all the time. It's a staple in my purse and has been my favorite lip balm of the lot that I have purchased over the last few years.

In March, I had a Chanel makeover where artist Daniel did my eye makeup. He did a very creative job with it, utilizing the eyeshadow pens that I requested and adding a couple of his own selections. Paul, the artist who worked on the rest of my makeup, finished everything off with the Rouge Coco Stylo in 214 Message, the very shade that Keira Knightly was wearing in the promotional pictures. I have to admit that I was glad to have bought it. It is not long-wearing but it is a good color to have through the fall.

Above, Rouge Coco Stylo in 214 Message in full sun.
Below, same color but without direct sun.

Below are the Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows that I bought that day. I have Beige Doré and Vert Grisé. I was originally going to get Brun Chatain since I am not fond of green for my eyes but Daniel convinced me that Vert Grisé was more grey than green when on and it would prove very versatile. No regrets so far. After all, I do have a lot of browns in my collection already.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in (left) Vert Grisé and (right) Beige Doré

Of everything that I will be showing in this post, I think that the most beautiful and useful of the products is actually the Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Vert Grisé. It's multi-dimensional, with iridescent flecks, but also a surprisingly multi-purpose neutral. I love using it on the bottom lash line to cap off a lot of looks that otherwise seem uninteresting.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Burberry Holiday 2016 Palette - No. 28 Gold Shimmer + Dior (Splendor) Precious Embroidery

Two eyeshadow palettes that I've found myself most excited about for this upcoming holiday season are the Burberry No. 28 Gold Shimmer and the Dior quint in 776 Precious Embroidery. I'm going to start with the Burberry one as I haven't used the Dior one yet.

The Burberry quad is basically two shades of gold and two shades of brown. I have small eyes that it's too much trouble just to try and use all colors at the same time and have them all show. I now treat palettes as multi-pairing duos that you can mix and match. I often feel like two shades is really all I need on a regular basis. A light and a dark to make certain parts recede and certain parts come up. For this quad, my pairing of choice would be the two middle shades. I use the upper middle gold color over the mobile lid to just over the crease and then I come in with the lower middle golden brown which I place only up to the crease. It creates a gradient, from bottom to top, of dark to light gold. Paired with a simple dark eyeliner (brown or black), lots of mascara and a neutral blush, I think it's all very Burberry.

If you're seeing from the swatches above that there is very little difference between the two golds and the two browns, you are absolutely correct. This is why the set works particularly well as two pairings. or four, if you mix and match, to create a brown-gold gradient on the lids. I favor the middle two, but you could also do the same thing with the outer two shades and alternately, use the upper middle all over and use the outer (bottom/left) brown to create the dark part of the gradient. You could use the outer gold color (which has a greenish tinge to my eye) as the all over color and create a lighter gradient with the lower middle brown shade. In the end, it's all going to have the same effect. Very natural but with a little sumthin' sumthin' extra, if you get what I mean. Keeping everything neutral, you could go all out with a bold red lip (they have Burberry Military Red everywhere) or you could do their signature Oxblood color. I've purchased both the lipcolor and the liner but have yet to get comfortable with it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Primer, Foundation and Powder Ramblings

My skin is still fairly calm this autumn although I'm dreading and really preparing for the intense dryness that winter can bring. For the most part, I still freely wear various primers and foundations these days. Post-summer, I find that the YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation in shade BD25 works quite well.

I got my bottle during a promotion at Nordstrom maybe late last year or post-holiday. It was a set that included a free YSL foundation brush and a small bottle of the YSL Blur Primer if you purchased the foundation and the Touche Eclat pen, which I have in shade 2.5.

When I got it, BD25 was a touch too dark. I was wearing Armani's Luminous Silk in 4.5 frequently because it was a good match at the time. I alternated that with MUFE Ultra HD in Y235. Both those shades are now a bit too fair so BD25 has been my go-to. I found the primer to be quite lovely as well. As long as the skin is properly exfoliated and moisturized, they perform very nicely. When I do get a little extra moisture on my skin, the YSL primer and foundation combo, lightly set with a good loose powder really gives me that poreless finish that I crave.

There is just one problem I have with YSL. I don't feel comfortable using the products for everyday. I am incredibly wary of these products that have that high silicone feel to them. The YSL Blur Primer is one of those. It has that really slippery feel that, in my mind, is going to seriously clog up my pores if I use it constantly. Hourglass primers feel that way too, as does the original Smashbox one. Although my fears have remained unfounded, it's just out of my comfort zone for daily use. And the YSL foundation seems to work best when used with its matching primer so if I finish this bottle, will I repurchase? Probably not. (P.S. If your nearby outlet has the Luxury Beauty Store, they carry YSL, Urban Decay, Lancome etc. I'm sure I've already seen some shades of this foundation in stock as of two days ago.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Summer Colors

With summer officially here, I've decided to map out the colors that I would be using throughout the season. A timely MAC sale got me buying more Huggable Glass, a lipgloss whose formula I really like. I wore Mega Hug a lot over the winter. Sweet Persuasion carried me through spring and now I have Never Say Never, a dark coral, and Such A Sweetheart, a light coral. Both will be perfect for summer.

I also got two lipsticks, Out For Passion and Red Necessity, from the Huggable Lipcolour line. It's been a very long time since I've bought MAC lipstick. Many years back, I had an obsession with Viva Glam V and VI and wore them constantly, until I realized that they were making my lips so incredibly dry. So here's hoping my new MAC lippies won't be giving me that problem.

Above, MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Out For Passion

There's a whole load of eyeshadow that I haven't really had a chance to properly play with but I'm sticking with neutrals for the season. I quite enjoy using the NARS dual-intensity eyeshadows I got from their summer collection: the rich hazelnut of Tan Lines and seashell pink of Topless, which I pair with two older singles, the soft rose pink Kari and shimmering topaz Himalia. I use them all dry for a sheerer wash of color.