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Friday, December 12, 2014

My Three Favorite Facial Oils With Rose | Photos and Review

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance

Facial oils are having a moment. In the past, oils were a considered a big no-no, but they've been gaining ground over the past few years as more options have become available. Probably the biggest misconception is that oils are only good for those with dry skin, when in fact oils are beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin as well. Facial oils can be used alone or in combination with another moisturizer.

I prefer using oils now because lotions and creams never felt right on my skin. My skin would usually end up feeling weighed down and greasy - like my skin couldn't breathe. If I did happen to find one that I liked, it would only work for a little while before it would start to feel the same as all the others. I later learned that's because lotions and creams are primarily made up of waxes and water, with a few oils added in. The waxes help hold moisture in, but mostly they can clog pores and block the nourishing ingredients in the product from passing through into the skin.

Three of my favorite oils all contain some form of rose, either rose essential oil or rosehip seed oil. The biggest difference between the two is the origin of the oils. Rosehip oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, while rose essential oil comes from rose petals. Rose extracts are showing up a lot more recently in skin care products due to all the favorable characteristics. Some of the benefits of rose oils include:
  • Rose essential oil contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and has excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin.
  • It also has antiseptic and astringent properties, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help treat acneic skin, redness and inflammation.
  • Rose oil can help refine skin texture and help alleviate psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
  • Rose essential oil also contains aromatherapy properties that calm and soothe.
  • Rosehip oil includes high levels of vitamin C and essential fatty acids, which helps keep skin soft and moisturized.
  • The vitamin A (retinol) in Rosehip oil is known to promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation and helps treat fine lines and wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.
  • Rosehip oil has been shown to inhibit pigmentation.
  • Rosehip oil is nourishing and calms and moisturizes the skin.
  • Dabbing a bit of rosehip oil on your nails and cuticles will nourish and hydrate brittle nails, prevent hangnails and protects against nail breakage.

    ila-spa Face Oil For Glowing Radiance facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
    ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance

    The first oil I picked up was the ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance ($118 for 1oz/30mL). Known as ila's "little miracle", this oil is a best selling cult product for it's ability to transform dull or devitalized skin, giving it a lit-from-within glow. Added to the argan oil base is, rosehip oil, sandalwood and damascene rose otto to fight wrinkles, heal scar tissue, reverse aging, regenerate skin cells, rejuvenate and nourish and give the skin a natural glow. The oil is a golden yellow in color and has a strong, uninhibited scent of rose. Be forewarned, the scent may be a little too pungent for some. The consistency is a bit thicker and heavier than some other oils I've tried, though it's still feels lightweight on the skin. It sinks instantly, leaving no greasy, filmy residue behind. My skin is left satiny, moisturized and luminous. It comes in a white glass bottle with a plastic pump button dropper (which is ingenious really), which lets you easily control how much you get. It is 100% natural, vegan, gluten and cruelty free.


    Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
    Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

    Shortly after I picked up ila's Face Oil For Glowing Radiance, I purchased Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum ($95 for 0.68fl. oz./20mL), a gentle, restorative, anti-aging serum. I picked up my third bottle earlier this year, right before they released a new reformulated version. The formula was tweaked a bit, to allow daytime and nighttime use. The size was increased (from my 0.5fl. oz), though the price remained the same. Needless to say, I will be picking up a bottle of the new version as soon as I'm through with my current one. The No.1 Aknari Serum contains only three ingredients: Argan oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil (which is also known as Barbary Fig Oil, one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world) and Rose Oil. It nourishes, softens and smooths the skin and targets fine lines and wrinkles, while toning and brightening the complexion. The serum is a pale, almost transparent greenish yellow and has a soft, fruity rose scent. It's a fairly lightweight oil, with a satiny viscosity, that quickly penetrates into the skin. My skin is soft, hydrated and revitalized. It's packaged in a dark violet Miron glass bottle, which protects the product inside from UVA and UVB rays, with a pump applicator. Over time, it helps fade hyperpigmentation and fine lines. It's made with certified organic ingredients, 100% natural, vegan, gluten and cruelty free.


    May Lindstrom The Youth Dew facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
    May Lindstrom The Youth Dew

    May Lindstrom's The Youth Dew ($120 for 0.68fl. oz./20mL) is an oil I was really curious about, but was a little scared to try. I was worried that it would be too rich and heavy for my combination/acne-prone skin. It's actually a good all-around, everyday, any-time kind of oil and the one I tend to reach for the most. It contains twenty plant and botanical oils, such as meadowform seed oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil and olive oil along with CoEnzyme Q10. The Youth Dew hydrates, softens, soothes, heals, and protects the skin, while stimulating collagen production, preventing premature aging and UV damage from the sun, improving uneven skin tone, and balancing out pores. The oil is a bright golden orange in color and it almost seems to have a subtle golden shimmer to it as well. It has a beautiful citrusy rose scent, that is subtle enough to not offend those with sensitive noses. It's a seemingly weightless oil, with a rapid absorption rate, that feels silky and luxurious to the touch. It leaves my skin smooth, calm and renewed. It's packaged in a bottle similar to the Mun Aknari No.1, in a Miron glass pump bottle. It's so good you will want to use this everywhere - your face, your hands, your hair. May Lindstrom products are crafted in small handmade batches to ensure freshness. It's 100% Vegan, made from certified organic and wild harvested ingredients.


    May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance oils facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
    May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance oils

    Since I've replaced traditional moisturizers with facial oils, my skin is clearer, more balanced and softer. It has a more even tone and texture and a soft, luminous glow that it didn't have before. I've found that I don't need to add any other moisturizers on top, except when winter is the harshest. I simply pump a little oil into my hand, rub my hands together lightly, then apply to damp skin (over toner) and gently massage the oil into my skin. While the prices of the oils may seem high, you really only use a tiny bit at a time - just a few drops - so, a small bottle of oil will last you a lot longer than you might think (bottles of oil have lasted me anywhere from six months to a year, depending on how often I use them). Each of these oils are useful for targeting different skincare issues and have earned a place in my permanent skincare routine. If you're new to facial oils, any of these oils is a good place to start.

    The ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance is available at Spirit Beauty Lounge, Dermstore, Net-A-Porter, Space.NK and Beautyhabit. The Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum is available at Spirit Beauty Lounge, Epic Beauty Bar, Beautyhabit and MUN. MUNSkin.com has a 20% off discount until the end of the year. The May Lindstrom The Youth Dew is available at Spirit Beauty Lounge, Epic Beauty Bar, Beautyhabit, CAP Beauty, Embody and May Lindstrom Skin.

    Have you used a facial oil before? Do you have a favorite oil you think I should try?

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette | Orient Excess Collection | Holiday 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

    For the holidays this year, Armani looks to the "Far North". The look is about a glowing, luminous complexion, eyes wrapped in shades evocative of the warmest mink and sable furs and lips like rubies, drenched in scarlet and crimson. The small, but well-edited collection includes two new shades of Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick and Lip Maestro, in bold, rich reds, and a new shade of Maestro Foundation in Winter Glow shade 0 (which I haven't seen available anywhere here - have you?), which are centered around a limited edition face and eye palette, the Orient Excess Clutch Palette.

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

    The Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette ($100) is a two-tiered palette that houses an illuminating face powder and a trio of rich eyeshadows in a deep navy lacquer case. The palette comes tucked inside a plush, elegant Armani midnight blue, velvet clutch that opens and closes by lifting the silver clasp which has the Giorgio Armani logo on it.

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

    The top tier of the palette contains the face powder (0.37oz./10.5g). It's a pale creamy white in color, with a delicate design of icicles embossed onto it. It gives the skin a subtle, radiant, "winter glow". The powder incorporates a new matte pearl technology from Armani. It has a "delicate shine to enhance the face with an ultra-light shimmer that is more subtle than traditional pearl makeup".

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio swatches, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette Powder Swatches

    The powder feels very sheer and lightweight on the skin. It makes my skin feel soft and smooth, while blurring any imperfections and evening out my skin tone. The powder isn't completely translucent, it's more of a extremely transparent white. It doesn't add any color to the face though it does lighten and brighten my face a bit and makes my already fair skin a touch paler. I would definitely suggest using a light hand with this powder. The texture of the powder, doesn't seem quite as soft or as silky smooth, as other Armani products. I did not detect any fragrance in the powder or the eyeshadows. The powder lasts about eight and a half hours on me.

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

    The top tier of the palette lifts up to reveal a trio of eyeshadows (0.053oz./1.5g and 2 x 0.042oz/1.2g) and two applicators hidden underneath. The eyeshadows shades are inspired by mink, sable and chinchilla fur "to bring a touch of warmth to translucent skin". The colors include a deep, warm sable brown satiny matte; a medium, cool, blue-grey pearl and a medium, warm, bronzey, olive brown pearl. All the shades have very fine, almost imperceptible shimmer. It's most noticeable in the blue-grey and bronzey olive brown.

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio swatches, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette Eyeshadow Swatches

    My favorite shade is the blue-grey. I have absolutely nothing like it. It's complex and shifts in the light, almost as if it's a duochrome. Instead of wearing the trio in a more "traditional" way, I prefer to wear the shades layered, as if I were applying a Le Métier de Beauté eye kaleidoscope, using their Couches de Colour technique. The final look is a range of shades and you can see the bronzey olive brown and blue-grey whispering through.

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio swatches, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette Eyeshadow Swatches

    While the textures of the eyeshadows are fairly consistent, the pigmentation is not. All three are soft, smooth and velvety. The bronzey olive brown has the best pigmentation, followed by the blue-grey. The bronzey olive brown is semi-opaque in one pass, while the blue-grey is semi-sheer. The bronzey olive brown can be layered for full opacity, while the blue-grey can be layered for a more opaque color, that still has somewhat of a transparency to it. Both go on smooth, without creasing and blend beautifully. Despite having an exceptional texture, the deep brown shade is quite powdery and has poor pigmentation. It is semi-sheer at best (unless used with an applicator) and when used there is quite a bit of fall-out. The eyeshadows lasted about nine and a half hours on me over primer before I noticed any fading.

    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
    Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

    My feelings about the Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette are a little mixed. The price for the palette is quite high, however when you consider you are getting two full size products in one, it is more reasonable. Then there is also the quality to think about. The powder is nice, except for the fact that it lightens the skin a little too much, so some might find it a bit difficult to use. The eyeshadows are better, though the dark brown is a miss. The overall quality isn't consistent throughout - and at this price point it should be. For me, the Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette isn't love and it isn't dislike. It's just like. I would recommend checking this out in the store if possible before purchase.

    For more swatches and reviews, check out Perilously Pale and Makeup and Beauty Blog.

    I purchased Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette from Bloomingdale's. It is also available at Nordstrom, Saks and Giorgio Armani.

    Have you purchased anything from the Armani Orient Excess Holiday Collection? Do you think the palette is priced appropriately?

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Now.

    Smith and Cult Nail Lacquer Polish Givenchy Prisme Libre Powder L'Occitane Vanilla Bouquet Arlésienne Velvet Hand Cream Diptyque Tomas Maier Candle PB Palm Beach OMH Old Montauk Highway WDR West Distract Road Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lip Color Lipstick Collection Holiday Winter Mun Skin Beauty No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner Le Métier de Beauté Obsidian Odyssey Eyeshadow Kaleidoscope Truffle Metallic Privacy Clutch Limited Edition


    I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week already. Time has just flown by for me this year. With the start of the holiday shopping season, here are just a few of the things that have caught my eye recently.

    1. Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer - Created by Dineh Mohajer, who also the founded the '90s cult-classic brand Hard Candy, her new line has that same fierce, chic vibe. The line ranges from edgy pastels to grungy hues and sparkles, in shades such as Cue The Mullet - a light sky blue, Ghost Edit - a semi-sheer nude pink, and Dirty Baby - ultra fine glitter in a black base.
    2. Givenchy Prisme Libre - A new lightweight, loose powder that contains four colors that combine into one, to mattify and color correct. Available in four different harmonies, each shade is inspired by haute couture fabrics, from muslin to organza, for various effects.
    3. L'Occitane Hand Creams in Vanilla Bouquet and Arlésienne Velvet - L'Occitane makes my favorite hand creams, hands down, but I'm a little picky about the scents I use (I like a very soft, subtle fragrance). They recently discontinued my HG version Honey, so I've been on the lookout for it's replacement. These two new scents sound fabulous and just what I'm looking for.
    4. Diptyque Candles - In collaboration with Tomas Maier, Diptyque is releasing three new, limited edition candles evocative of his favorite seaside escapes. The three-scent collection blends notes like fresh-cut grass, sea mist, and bayberry. Just the thing to tide you over through the winter.
    5. Tom Ford Lips and Boys Lip Color Collection - Thanks to Tom's latest collection, everyone wants to have a ménage à trois. Launching on Black Friday, fifty clutch-sized lipsticks will be available in sets of three or as a complete set of fifty. Thirty six of the shades are all new and all the shades have boys' names after the men in Tom's life, past and present. I'm making a list and checking it twice, it doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice.
    6. Mun No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner -Following up on the success of their beloved No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, Mun has just released No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner, a hydrating and radiance infusing toner. Made with rose blossoms, prickly pear stem extract, Goji berry, jasmine and daisy - if this toner is even half as good as the serum is, I'm sold.
    7. Le Métier de Beauté Obsidian Odyssey Eyeshadow Kaleidoscope - I always take notice when Le Métier de Beauté releases a new eyeshadow kaleidoscope and it's been a while since they last did, aside from a set or gift with purchase. Obsidian Odyssey is a palette of jewel-toned shades - another unique color combination that only Le Métier de Beauté could come up with. It promises radiance and a break from the winter doldrums.
    8. Truffle Metallic Privacy Clutch - Truffle has launched a few new clutches recently, including a limited edition, metallic rose gold version of their Privacy Clutch. It comes in soft, buttery leather with a grey cotton lining - the ideal accessory that can be dressed up or down.
    Is there anything you're eying right now?

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Dior Golden Reflections #046 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette | Golden Shock Collection | Holiday 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

    Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
    Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

    Dior has released two new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes as a part of the Golden Shock Holiday 2014 Collection. Like last year's Golden Winter, the collection centers around the color gold. I picked up the more neutral offering, Golden Reflections #046 ($60 for 0.21oz/6g). It is a unique mix of bronze, grey and beige in an array of light to dark shades in varied finishes.


    Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
    Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

    Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
    Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

    The shades in Golden Reflections provide a combination that is intriguing and striking. The colors include a neutral to cool, deep charcoal shimmer; a warm, medium brassy bronze shimmery pearl; a pale, creamy ivory satiny matte; a light, warm, greyish brown satin with silver sparkle and a warm, pearlescent beige gold glitter.


    Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
    Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

    The texture of Golden Reflections leaves a lot to be desired. All the shadows feel quite dry, hard and somewhat rough, with the exception of the brassy bronze - which is the best shade in the palette in terms of formula. It is not even close to what I am used to in an eyeshadow palette. All the colors go on very soft and sheer. They can be layered a little, but the color doesn't build up much - no matter how much you layer on. I achieved a semi-sheer pigmentation from most of the shades at best - which makes the palette hard to work with. The overall look is understated, muted, somewhat muddy and flat. There is a lot of fallout from the sparkle in the light greyish brown shade, with most of the sparkles ending up beneath the eye. Over primer, Golden Reflections lasted about six and a half to seven hours before I noticed any fading.


    Christian Dior 046 Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Colors Eyeshadow Palette Golden Shock Holiday Collection 2014
    Dior Golden Reflections 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

    Dior recently reformulated and rereleased their 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes - Golden Reflections is made using this new reformulation. While the color combination is stunning, the quality just isn't there. For me, Golden Reflections is a pass. Hopefully some of the other new palettes are better - I haven't tried any yet, though I do have a couple that I haven't gotten a chance to review yet. This one I would skip.

    For more swatches and reviews, check out Temptalia and Perilously Pale.

    I purchased Golden Reflections from Nordstrom. It is also available at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's and Dior.

    Did you pick up anything from the Dior Golden Shock Collection? Have you tried any of the new 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes? What are your thoughts on them?

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    Diptyque Épice, Résine and Hiver Candles | Holiday 2014 | Photos and Review

    Diptyque Résine Resin Pine, Hiver Winter and Épice Spice Candles Holiday 2014 Collection
    Diptyque Résine, Hiver and Épice Candles

    Diptyque has released three new limited edition candles for the holiday season, Épice, Résine and Hiver. The artwork on the candles and packaging are done by Qubo Gas, a group of French artists. The designs on the candles and packaging are simply gorgeous - they are much more my personal style than last year. The jars are a frosted ombré, that fades from white to rich red-orange, dark mossy green or dark cyan, which is then screen printed with touches of metallic gold and the candle's signature color - which look somewhat like pine needles, along with the Diptyque oval. The boxes look like abstract watercolor paintings, which are done in those same shades of orange, green and cyan, and have golden accents like on the candles. The designs have a very tempered, soothing feel to them. All three scents are available in the standard ($68 for 6.5oz/190g) and mini sizes ($34 for 2.4oz/70g), although they are slightly more expensive than the regular standard candles.


    Diptyque Épice Spice Candle Holiday 2014 Collection
    Diptyque Épice Candle

    Épice (Spice) was described to me as a combination of cinnamon and plum. It's warm and inviting. It reminds me a bit of potpourri or the type of scent you would expect to be burning at a relative's house when you visit during the holidays. The primary accords in Épice are black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon leaves and clove. Unlit, it's a little bit more piquant than when it's burning - I smell clove and cinnamon the most. When it's lit though , it's somewhat mellow and has a soft roundness to it, with a faint touch of plum. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this one that much, and am really surprised by how much I do.


    Diptyque Résine Resin Pine Candle Holiday 2014 Collection
    Diptyque Résine Candle

    Imagine taking your hands and rubbing them on the bark of a pine tree. In the needles and the sap. Now, smell your hands. This is what Résine (Resin) smells like. With a pale green wax, the notes in Résine include fir balsam, eucalyptus, mugwort and galbanum. It's close to last year's Pine Bark, though not as "piney" or woody. Instead, it's a little bit softer and subdued. It's a calming earthy, green scent, but still refreshing. I've really been loving this one.


    Diptyque Hiver Winter Candles Holiday 2014 Collection
    Diptyque Hiver Candle

    Hiver (Winter) is the one I was most looking forward too. When it was described to me, I thought it might be similar Feu de Bois, but it's nothing like it. Hiver (pronounced I-ver), is an herbaceous scent, with notes of clary sage, cloves and cedarwood. It's brisk, cool and bracing with an undercurrent of smoky, woodiness. When it's burning and you breathe in the scent, it makes the inside of your nose feel refreshed and cool, like you've just spent the day playing outside in a winter wonderland.


    Diptyque Résine Resin Pine, Hiver Winter and Épice Spice Candles Holiday 2014 Collection
    Diptyque Épice, Résine and Hiver Candles

    With the exception of Pine Bark, last year's candles were only okay to me. Épice, Résine and Hiver on the other hand, are absolutely fantastic. I love them all. I can't decide which one I like best. Each one is perfect to represent a different part of the upcoming holiday season - Épice for Thanksgiving, Résine for Christmas and Hiver for New Years. Though I've been burning them all constantly now. They are all must-haves in my opinion.

    I purchased Épice, Résine and Hiver from the San Francisco boutique on Maiden Lane - (415) 402-0600. Like I've said before, I purchase all my Diptyque candles there. The customer service is fantastic. I have never had better service anywhere, for anything. I usually work with Dylan, but everyone there is great. Tell them I sent you! They are also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Beautyhabit, C.O. Bigelow and Diptyque.

    Have you tried Épice, Résine or Hiver? What is your favorite candle to burn during the holidays?

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

    Chanel Caresse #180 Joues Contraste, Envol #847 Illusion d'Ombre and Or Blanc #987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner | Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection | Holiday 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

    Chanel Caresse 180 Joues Contraste Blush, Or Blanc 987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner and Envol 847 Illusion d'Ombre IdO Eyeshadow, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Caresse Joues Contraste, Or Blanc Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner and Envol Illusion d'Ombre

    Along with Camélia de Plumes, I also picked up the new Joues Contraste, Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow, and Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner, from the Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection. All three are limited editions done in true Chanel form. They have that classic Chanel holiday feel and help express the airiness, lightness and radiance of the collection. The blush and Illusion d'Ombre seem quite similar to past releases, though the sparkle is toned down a bit. The Stylo Yeux is like Camélia de Plumes in the form of an eyeliner.


    Chanel Caresse 180 Joues Contraste Blush Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Caresse Joues Contraste

    Caresse #180 Joues Contraste ($45 for 0.21oz/6g) is a soft, warm, tangerine satin with a luminous sheen and subtle silver sparkle. On the cheeks, it's a light, somewhat muted peach, that gives a beautiful, lit-from-within glow. On my fair skin, it shows up quite well with a few layered passes and leans quite orange. It's a softer, sheerer color which you can easily build it up, though those with darker skin tones might find it too light for them. The shimmer is more evident in the pan than on the face, though you can see some sparkles on the face, especially if applied too heavily.


    Chanel Caresse 180 Joues Contraste Blush swatches Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Caresse Joues Contraste Blush Swatches

    Caresse has a soft, smooth texture, though not as silky, satiny smooth as other Joues Contraste blushes I own, like Rose Initiale, Tumulte and Rose Ecrin. It feels a bit drier and more powdery. The texture doesn't effect the pigmentation or lasting power however. It does kick up quite a bit of powder when used. It lasts about seven and a half to eight hours before I notice any fading.


    Chanel Envol 847 Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow IdO, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Envol Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow

    Envol #847 Illusion d'Ombre ($36 for 0.14oz/4g) is similar in color to Caresse. It's a light, warm peach with the barest hint of pink and complex multi-dimensional sparkle. It's kind of a cross between Emerveille and Abstraction - see Sara's swatches here. It's semi-sheer, with prominent, dazzling shimmer. A light hand will give a nice sheer wash of sparkle with a hint of light pinky peach shimmer. The coverage is easy to control and it's easily layered for more vivid color. Envol is a good swipe-and-go shade - simply apply and finish with black or brown liner and mascara. It's also lovely dabbed on top of regular eyeshadow to add a bit of glam.


    Chanel Envol 847 Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow swatches, IdO Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Envol Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow Swatches

    Envol has a soft, smooth, airy texture. It's easy to blend and sheers out effortlessly. At the same time, it is buildable, so you can achieve a richer color. It's extremely long wearing, (I wore it twelve hours until I took it off) and I experienced no fallout when I applied Envol with my fingertips, though, when I used a brush there were a some stray sparkles underneath my eyes.


    Chanel Or Blanc 987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Or Blanc Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner

    Or Blanc #987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($32 for 0.01oz/0.3g) is quite similar to Camélia de Plumes. It's a pale, warm, platinum - a silvery gold with silver and gold shimmer, that changes a bit in the light. It's more gold than silver on me, and the color doesn't shift as much as Camélia de Plumes. On the eyes, it's very subtle and not quite as golden. It brightens the eyes and makes them appear wider and larger.


    Chanel Or Blanc 987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner swatches Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Or Blanc Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Swatches

    Like the last few of Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners I've picked up, I found the formula of Or Blanc quite good. It was a little hard at first, but then it softened up nicely - but not too much. It glides on effortlessly and lasts all day on my waterline. When I went to remove it after about twelve hours, it had only faded slightly. It does smudge a tiny bit (when I rub my finger hard over it) but not too much.


    Chanel Caresse 180 Joues Contraste Blush, Or Blanc 987 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner and Envol 847 IdO Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Caresse Joues Contraste, Or Blanc Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner and Envol Illusion d'Ombre

    Caress, Envol and Or Blanc are all lovely products, though I don't know if I would consider any of them must-haves. The only one I probably would is Envol. It's a shade I can see working on everyone and can easily work for day and night with a fantastic formula. It's different enough from previously released Illusion d'Ombres to justify owning. Caresse is a beautiful color that goes on remarkably well, but it's a little too light and warm to be universally flattering on all skin tones. Or Blanc is nice, but it's extremely understated when worn. Though none of the pieces are displeasing, to me, the only standout is Envol.

    For more swatches and reviews, check out Temptalia, Color Me Loud and Mostly Sunny.

    I purchased Envol and Or Blanc from Nordstrom and Caresse from Neiman Marcus. They are also available at Saks and Chanel.

    Did you pick up anything from the Chanel Holiday 2014 Collection? What is your favorite holiday look?

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Chanel Sweet Star #747 Le Vernis | Fashion's Night Out 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out, FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

    Fashion's Night Out was started in 2009 during the recession as a way to encourage consumers to shop and support the fashion industry. Sponsored by Vogue, the event has been held all over the world, though it hasn't been held in the United States since 2012. To commemorate the event, every year Chanel releases a few limited edition nail polishes. This year's collection, Delights, inspired by the French brand's fall/winter '14/'15 runway show, includes three Le Crayon Yeux eyeliners in orange, pink and teal and one Le Vernis, Sweet Star.


    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

    Sweet Star #747 ($27 for 0.4fl. oz./13mL) is a stunning metallic multichrome polish with complex multicolored shimmer. It's predominately a medium, warm silver that shifts from pink and purple to teal and green depending on the angle and type of light. In full sunlight, you can see all the individual shimmer particles shifting color. It's as if they are a supernova exploding out at you. In the swatches I've tried to capture the subtle nuances of Sweet Star and how it looks at slightly varying angles. Straight on, it looks more silver, while at a slight angle it takes on a more green or more purple tint. Turning the nails a tiny fraction, changes the color again.


    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

    The formula is good, though the first coat can be somewhat streaky and thin. The second coat evens everything out, and only two coats are needed for full opacity. The metallic finish of Sweet Star does tend to show brushstrokes, however, as long as you take your time, they shouldn't really be an issue. I found that those that remain simply become a part of the finish.


    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis

    While Sweet Star is unique to my collection, it reminds me a little bit of two Ozotic polishes, 505, a multichrome, and 752, a duochrome. Ozotics are known for their ability to be layered over different bases to create a multitude of effects. So, instead of doing comparisons, I layered Sweet Star over one coat of Chanel Eastern Light (white) and two coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Iconoclast (black). I found I got a greater variation over two coats of black rather than one. Sweet Star became darker, the iridescence was intensified and the color shift easier seen. Though overall, it leaned a little greener and less purple. Layered over one coat of white, Sweet Star is lighter, with a slightly softer look and somewhat of a more purple tone to it. The shimmer remained about the same.


    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis layered swatches

    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis layered swatches

    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis Nail Polish Lacquer Colour, Vogue Fashion's Night Out,FNO Fall 2014 Delights Collection
    Chanel Sweet Star Le Vernis swatches

    Sweet Star is a difficult polish to describe and an even harder polish to photograph. Photographs do not capture the how enthralling and elaborate this polish truly is. It really must be seen in real life to be completely appreciated. In my opinion, it's definitely a must-have.

    For more swatches and reviews, check out Color Me Loud, Front Row Beauty and Indigo Kir Royale.

    I purchased Sweet Star from a Chanel counter at Bluemercury. It isn't online anywhere yet, but I would check with your Chanel counter(s) for availability. Update: Sweet Star is now available online at Chanel.

    Have you picked up Sweet Star? What's your favorite multichrome polish?

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder | Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection | Holiday 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

    Holiday collections have slowly started trickling on to makeup counters and appearing online. One of the most anticipated collections every year is also one of my personal favorites, the Holiday Collection from Chanel. This year's collection, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel, seem to evoke the glamor and elegance of the 1920's and 1930's, with rich, luxurious, classic colors of icy silvers, warm golds, bold reds and cool greys. The collection is inspired by feathers and diamonds - airy, indistinct shades that delicately glisten like precious gems.


    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

    The collection includes Osieaux de Nuit (which translates to Nocturnal Birds), a Les 5 Ombres de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette, in shades of white, grey, gold and black, along with a peach Illusion d'Ombre and Joues Contraste and a red Rouge Allure Velvet and Le Vernis. Also a part of the collection, and perhaps the star, is the Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder. The powder's surface features an intricate, raised design detailing 'Coco' Chanel's beloved camellia flower. The decoration is embossed above the surface of the powder, giving the camellia depth and dimension. The powder has an Art Deco feel to it, with stylized geometric petals in the shape of feathers with a diamond at the center.


    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

    The packaging of Camélia de Plumes is the same as Dentelle Précieuse. It comes in a rather large black and white box, housed in the classic, sleek, black lacquer Chanel compact. It is enveloped in a large, black, velveteen, wrap-around pouch that secures with an elastic band and a small, natural hair brush, which is stored in a separate pocket of the pouch. There is a plastic protective shield that covers the powder to protect it from damage.


    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

    In the pan, Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder ($72 for 0.28oz/8g), is a silvery white gold. Depending on the light, the color can shift remarkably, from a cool greyish silver to a cool creamy gold, like actual platinum. On my fair skin, it is a luminous, silvery white sheen that looks more gold where it falls away from the light. Anyone can wear Camélia de Plumes, it's not just a highlighter for fair to medium skin tones. Though on darker skin tones, it gives a stronger, more noticeable highlight and the gold shift is more apparent as well.

    The finish is quite sparkly, with complex, kaleidoscopic shimmer. It's translucent and doesn't add color as much as it adds shimmer and shine. However, you need to use a incredibly light hand with Camélia de Plumes. If you apply too much, the sparkle will build up and the effect will get extremely frosty and glittery.


    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum swatch, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Swatches

    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum swatch, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Swatches

    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum swatch, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Swatches

    Camélia de Plumes has a soft, smooth, creamy texture, with no discernible fragrance. It's extremely finely-milled and kicks up virtually no excess powder when used. The pattern should wear down slowly, since it has a design which is raised high above the surface. It's quite pigmented and you only need a touch to achieve the desired effect. Camélia de Plumes is a traditional highlighter and should be worn on the high points of the face, the cheekbones, temples, down the bridge of the nose, cupid's bow, but can also be used on the décolleté or even in the hair. It would look beautiful lightly dusted onto an elegant updo, in place of a jeweled comb or clip or on to the ends of a high ponytail to give it a bit more glam. When I've worn it, Camélia de Plumes has lasted about eight and half hours on me before I noticed any fading.


    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum swatch comparison, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Swatch Comparison

    I pulled a few comparisons for Camélia de Plumes. Chanel Poudre Signée de Chanel is a more translucent, peachy champagne beige shimmer with a more subtle, softer, less complex finish. Dior Diorskin Nude Shimmer 001 is warmer, significantly more yellow gold in color, with a similar finish. However Camélia de Plumes has a more intricate finish and mix of shimmers.


    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Highlighter Illuminating Illuminator Powder Platine Platinum, Plumes Précieuses de Chanel Collection, Holiday Winter 2014
    Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder

    Camélia de Plumes is stunning. Beautiful. Absolutely breathtaking. It imparts a brilliant, luminous, ethereal glow. A light dusting is all that's needed to get the intended result. Though some may find it too obvious, sparkly or glittery. It's definitely not a subtle highlighter. It gives a really sharp highlight. It's not visible all the time, but when it is, you really see it. It's also extremely easy to overdo. If applied too heavily, the sparkle looks opaque, loud and gaudy and can emphasize pores. If you aren't a fan of high shimmer or shine, then Camélia de Plumes isn't for you. However, if you love highlighters, like I do, then you don't want to miss it.

    I purchased Camélia de Plumes at Bloomingdale's, where it is currently sold out online. It is also available at Nordstrom, Saks and Macy's.

    What do you think of Camélia de Plumes? What has been your favorite highlighter this year?