Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation with Sunscreen and Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation

Foundation can be a really complicated subject. Personally, I use several different types in different shades. My favorites tend to see-saw between just a few brands. Guerlain is one brand where I've found really good formulas and formulas that failed me. But mainly, what sells me on foundation is the color match. Right now, it seems that heaven can be found in the form of the Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation in the shade Clair.

I bought mine at Sephora. I initially took home the next darker shade which I think was Naturel but that one turned orange on me. I was hesitant to bring home Clair because it looked incredibly light when I squirted some on my hand. However, after putting it on, it was simply perfect.

How do I define perfect? In this sense, this is a color I can pump a few drops of on my fingers and put on like I was simply putting on moisturizer. The end effect looks exactly like me with a few less blemishes. Color matching to my neck isn't an issue because it seems that this just seamlessly blends into the skin of my face so whatever normal shading exists (that is, my neck can be darker than my face without makeup on) still exists but looks absolutely... normal.

Pump of Guerlain foundation

The product is scented, like everything in the world of Guerlain. It's expensive, like everything in the world of Guerlain :) but really, an ounce for $53 of something I would love to use everyday doesn't sound too bad. This is my favorite everyday foundation right now. It wins on color, feel, and ease of use. Even the product packaging is brilliant, in my opinion. The plastic tube is slim and won't break. The pump works properly and doesn't make a mess. It's light and travel-friendly. On top of it all, it has SPF. Winner, is all I can say!

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 95 Mirage and Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ambre Doré

That's enough nail polish for a few days, I think. If you feel like a good no-slip eyeshadow/eyeliner combo for the summer, Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre and Long Lasting Eyeliner lines have a few good things for you. My pick for eyeshadow of the season is shade 95 Mirage - a good medium bronze that is buildable in intensity and will suit many skin tones.

Mirage was a last-minute purchase on my part and I am so glad I went in! While I'm not the biggest cream shadow fan, I've gotten used to the general texture of the line. The bouncy, spongy feel in the pot gives way to some smooth creamy color that you can lay down as a sheer wash or build to a dark, smoky eye. This one has no glitter specks that tend to annoy me. It's just shimmery color that's subtle enough for morning church but can be layered to reach a darker, more intense glimmer for night. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 619 Pink Tonic

If it feels like a parade of nail color, I apologize. But as summer approaches, nails become my main thing. I find that the weather doesn't make me feel like putting on any makeup much these days although I have discovered a really wonderful new foundation that I absolutely must write about one of these days...

One more nailpolish then, from Chanel's summer collection, if you'll indulge me... I have Pink Tonic.

I am less thrilled with Pink Tonic compared to Sweet Lilac which I simply adored. The formula was no less smooth and application was still a breeze despite the color being very bright. However, I find Pink Tonic to be rather ordinary as far as color goes. If you don't have many bright pinks, by all means grab it. Otherwise, you may find Pink Tonic a bit of a redundancy. Still pretty, just not noteworthy.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 615 Sweet Lilac

There comes a point every now and then when I say, I have too many ______ so I really shouldn't get _____. One of these things is purple/violet/lavender nailpolish. Lilac, as far as I'm concerned falls right in this category. If the only other color family it falls in is pink, well, I don't really have a shortage of pink shades in my roster. But Sweet Lilac was irresistible!

Chanel really nailed the color this time. It has the perfect dose of pink to sweeten the shade without making it look chalky. I find that it reaches a good opacity in two coats but it is light enough to make miniscule mistakes completely unnoticeable. There is shimmer but you can only see it in sunlight. The finish comes off more of a cream.