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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 ($30 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.

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?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gucci Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Shadow Quad and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

After months of speculation and waiting, the Gucci Beauty line has finally arrived. The 200-piece collection includes foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, nail polishes, as well as brushes and skincare. The new makeup collection is the Italian brand's first venture into the beauty industry in their 93-year history. The range made its first appearance at Gucci's Spring 2015 show. The line was developed over a period of four years by Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and makeup artist Pat McGrath. Products are designed to move easily between professional makeup kits and everyday beauty bags.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

The color palette of the line is said to be reminiscent of Gucci's fabrics and leathers of the 1960s and 1970s. Much of the collection revolves around six key colors, which are referred to as the Iconic Six: gold, black, red, ottanio (teal), bronze, and copper. The products are packaged in glossy, black lacquer cases, adorned with gold accents, and feature the "double G's" called the Guccissima pattern. The compacts come in velveteen bags that are detailed with Gucci's Repeating GG Pattern with Diamond Motif which is even embossed on the boxes. Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and granddaughter of Grace Kelly, stars in the ad campaign.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad

The Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Quad "fuses vibrant hues with lavish textures." The quads contain up to three different finishes and the color combinations are designed to recreate a signature Gucci look. Each palette contains base, highlighter and contour shades that are saturated with color with a buildable, "luxurious" finish. There are eleven total quads in the line and no colors is repeated in any of the palettes.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad

Tuscan Storm ($65 0.17oz/5g) is probably the most neutral palette in the quad lineup. It's an everyday palette that leans warm in tone and pulls warmer on me. It contains a pale pastel yellow iridescent, a warm taupe shimmer that leans orange, a matte butterscotch and a dark brown satin with coppery sparkle. There are three different types of finishes in Tuscan Storm.

The formula is ridiculously soft and creamy - one of the smoothest powders that I've ever felt. The pigmentation was good, with the exception of shade #4, wasn't nearly as pigmented as the others and almost performed like a matte. I was quite surprised by how well the matte shade performed. The shadows blended beautifully and I experienced no fallout or creasing when I've worn them.Tuscan Storm lasted about eight and a half hours on me (over primer) before I noticed any fading.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette swatches and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad Swatches

I pulled two palettes to compare to Tuscan Storm. Clé de Peau Beauté Satin Moon #305 is somewhat similar, however it has a warm burnished gold instead of a pale yellow. The taupe and dark brown in Satin Moon are also a touch cooler and the finishes of the two palettes are a bit different. Tom Ford Nude Dip is surprisingly very close, though it is slightly warmer. Nude Dip is also much more shimmery overall, whereas Tuscan Storm is a variety of finishes.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette swatch comparison and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad Swatch Comparison

The Gucci Sheer Blushing Powder "softly illuminates and awakens the complexion for a radiant finish." The blushes come in eight various shades of pinks, berries and apricots which have different finishes, such as matte, satin and shimmer. The color is "sheer" and "buildable" and all the powders are "jet-milled" (a way to micronize the powder).


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Coral Flower Blush

Coral Flower ($49 0.14oz/4.25g) is one of the brighter, vivid blushes in the range. It's a vivacious, slightly warm, pinky coral satin with the barest hint of golden sparkle. The sparkle isn't glittery or frosty, rather it's almost imperceptible. The blush gives the most beautiful glowing flush of color. Like Tuscan Storm, the formula is exceptionally buttery and plush. The color is extremely pigmented you definitely need to use a light hand, but it blends out beautifully. It's as if it becomes a part of the skin rather than just sitting on top of it. Coral Flower lasted about nine hours on me before I noticed any fading.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush swatches
Gucci Coral Flower Blush Swatches

I pulled a couple of blushes similar to Coral Flower. Armani Eccentrico and Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel are both a fraction lighter and brighter. They are also a touch pinker. Guerlain Blush G Série Noire is the closest though it has a bit more of a shimmering finish.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush swatch comparison
Gucci Coral Flower Blush Swatch Comparison

When it comes to quality, it just doesn't get any better than this. There was so much thought and effort put into the product and packaging design. The formula of Tuscan Storm and Coral Flower are out of this world. The texture is the absolute softest, most finely milled, luxurious products I have ever felt and used. Neither was chalky or powdery in the least. However, I did find the color payoff of Coral Flower to be a little better than Tuscan Storm. It was extraordinarily pigmented and the lasting power was excellent. I detected no fragrance in either of the products.


Gucci Makeup 020 Tuscan Storm Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Eyeshadow Quad Palette and Coral Flower Sheer Blushing Powder Blush
Gucci Tuscan Storm Eyeshadow Quad and Coral Flower Blush

As to where you can purchase Gucci products, they are available at three places. Gucci's website carries the line, but leaves a lot to be desired. The layout is awkward and counterintuitive. It it frustrating to get to what you actually want to get to. The other two retailers that sell Gucci products are Saks and Neiman Marcus, whose websites are much better, though Neiman's lists every single product individually. Another thing to note, is that all of these stores have a strict return policy.

Regarding the price, I'm not quite sure where Gucci fits in the whole spectrum. Price-wise they are more expensive than every other brand for the amount of product you get. (I.e.: Gucci Magnetic Color Shadow Mono is $37/0.07oz/2g, versus Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow is $29.50/0.07/2g, Dior Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow $29-$29.50/0.07oz/2g and Armani Eyes To Kill Solo Eyeshadow $32/0.14oz/4g) Regardless of the price, I'm in love with what I picked up. The colors are a bit dupable, particularly Coral Flower, but the formula is simply amazing. I will definitely be picking up more soon.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Temptalia and Sweet Makeup Temptations.

I purchased Tuscan Storm at Gucci and Coral Flower at Neiman Marcus. Gucci Cosmetics are also available at Saks.

Have you tried anything from Gucci yet? What do you think about the pricing?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Birthday Wishlist 2014



My birthday's just around the corner and I woke up yesterday morning with the flu. Yes, I guess it's here already. Here's just a few of the things that I'm wishing for this year - in addition to feeling better.
  1. By Terry Terrybly Rose de Rose Blush ($115) - Quite possibly the prettiest blush I have ever seen. (And the most expensive.)
  2. Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm ($27) - I've been looking to try Aesop products for ages after hearing all the rave reviews. Any recommendations?
  3. Smythson 2015 Panama Diary - ($70) - The chicest way to keep track of all my dates and appointments.
  4. The entire Chanel Holiday 2014 Collection - Pieces have already started appearing online, and I've already ordered the highlighter, Camélia de Plumes ($80) and the polish, Phenix ($27).
  5. Clarisonic Aria/Mia3 Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($199) - As much as I love my current skincare routine, lately I've been feeling like it's missing a little something, so I've been looking into Clarisonic Systems. Do you have any thoughts on these?
  6. Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner ($48/$49) - I love all things Oribe, but the new Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner is truly spectacular, transforming my hair from dry and dull to impossibly soft, shiny and smooth.
  7. Byredo Burning Rose Candle ($95) - All of the scents from the Swedish brand Byredo just sound so good, but I'm particularly tempted by this smoky rose fragrance.
  8. Kindle Voyage ($199-$289) - I've had a Kindle Paperwhite for a few years now and am absolutely addicted to it. When I heard about the Voyage, with new features and double the storage capacity, I knew I had to add it to my wishlist. 
What are you wishing for right now?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Osmia Organics Oh So Soap | Photos and Review

Over the past few months, I've been slowly changing over a lot of the products I use everyday to more organic and natural ones. Organic and natural products have come a long way over the past few years. They aren't so "earthy/crunchy/granola" feeling anymore, they're more lush, more indulgent. One of the brands I kept hearing rave reviews about was Osmia Organics. Founded in 2010 by Sarah Villafranco, a former ER physician, the brand makes a range of products, from bath and skin care to perfumes, though they are probably best known for their hand made organic soaps.


Osmia Organics Oh So Soap Natural Organic Bath
Osmia Oh So Soap

Osmia makes fourteen different bath soaps, which are suitable for men, women and children. The soaps are made with organic oils, organic and natural plant butters, organic and wild crafted herbs, organic milks, and organic or wild crafted essential oils. The first thing I picked up was their Oh So Soap ($12 for 6oz), a creamy, ivory colored bar with beautiful ripples on the top that look like waves on the ocean. It's a very simple, gentle bar of soap good for all skin types, especially sensitive skin and those with eczema or psoriasis. It is made mostly out of olive oil and mango butter. There are no added essential oils or colors.


Osmia Organics Oh So Soap Natural Organic Bath
Osmia Oh So Soap

I chose Oh So Soap because I don't usually like any fragrance in most of the products I use, particularly my bath products. I find that a lot of scents tend to bother me or give me a headache, so I figured the Oh So Soap was a good place to start to try the Osmia line. It has a very, very delicate, barely-there scent at first, that fades with use. It has an extremely low lather - which I must admit, was something that bothered me at first. It wasn't until I started using it with regularity that I noticed how much better it my skin felt. It leaves my skin soft and smooth, it's never dry, tight or itchy anymore. But perhaps the biggest difference I've noticed is that it rinses away so cleanly - something my body wash didn't do in comparison. It's also incredible to shave with. I get a closer shave that lasts longer and my legs are softer - never nicked or cut. Oh So Soap is also mild enough that I sometimes use it to clean my makeup brushes. I find it gets them cleaner and whiter than other cleanser that are filled with traditional chemicals.


Osmia Organics Oh So Soap Natural Organic Bath
Osmia Oh So Soap

I initially purchased a few bath soaps from Osmia in the hopes that my husband would use them. He has terribly itchy, dry skin and I was hoping it might help. While he does use it and like it, he tends to reach for his body wash more claiming that "it takes too long to use". As for me, I don't think I could ever go back to body wash. I've been using Oh So Soap since last fall, and my skin has never felt better. It's also better for the environment as well (more on this here). The only thing I don't like about Osmia is their shipping charges. While it's free if you spend $125 or more, for anything under that it's a flat fee of $8. Needless to say, I usually stock up. If you sign up for their newsletter, they will sometimes send coupons out, otherwise they post coupons on Twitter or Instagram feeds from time to time.

I purchase Oh So Soap at Osmia Organics.

Do you use bar soap or body wash? Would you ever switch?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Diptyque Vanille Candle | Fall 2014 | Photos and Review

Diptyque Vanille Vanilla Candle Bougie Parfumée Fall 2014 The Collection 34
Diptyque Vanille Candle

For Fall 2014, Diptyque has released a number of new items, to celebrate fifty years of Diptyque fragrances. The new products are grouped along with the Saint Germain line, which is now entitled The Collection 34. The collection includes items like photophores and pillar candles in three new scents and designs and boutique exclusive fragrance diffusers in the shape of an oval and a bird. There is also stationary, a perpetual calendar, a new standard size candle and more. All of the new items are permanent, with the exception of Essences Insensées, a mimosa fragrance.


Diptyque Vanille Vanilla Candle Bougie Parfumée Fall 2014 The Collection 34
Diptyque Vanille Candle

Diptyque candles are made by hand in small batches using a nine step process. There are separate factories that make the glass jars from those which make the wax. The candles are a blend of waxes, made of mainly vegetable wax, with the addition of some paraffin wax, which is a sturdy, man-made wax. The combination of these waxes creates a dense wax which allows the candles to hold more fragrance and burn longer. The wicks are made of double cotton which creates a larger flame and aids the burning process.


Diptyque Vanille Vanilla Candle Bougie Parfumée Fall 2014 The Collection 34
Diptyque Vanille Candle

One of Diptyque's newest candles for fall, is Vanille ($60 for 6.5oz/190g), a rich, smoky, creamy vanilla scent, which joins the "Spicy" category of Diptyque scents. It's not the typical sort of sweet, cloying scent you might first associate with vanilla, like vanilla extract or vanilla ice cream. I have also heard about another new standard candle, an online exclusive, called Benjoin, which is described as a cross between vanilla and caramel.

Diptyque describes Vanille as:

"The floral elegance of vanilla orchid gradually gives way to the intensity of the pod. Spices take precedence, blending with sandalwood and elemi to reveal a balsamy Bourbon Vanilla with smooth and woody accents."

At first, when it was still in the box, Vanille, smelled incredibly woody and reminded me of my all-time favorite Diptyque, Feu de Bois. However, after you take it out, and start to burn it, it becomes a smooth, earthy scent, with only touches of woodiness. Vanille is a strong, full-bodied scent with wonderful throw and longevity. It quickly fills the whole room enveloping you in a cozy cocoon. It's the kind of candle you want to burn on a crisp, cool fall night and curl up to with a good book (or Kindle) and cup of tea.


Diptyque Vanille Vanilla Candle Bougie Parfumée Fall 2014 The Collection 34
Diptyque Vanille Candle

I have yet to meet a Diptyque candle that I didn't like - candles are a passion of mine - and Vanille is pure love for me. It's an unexpected twist on the usual interpretation of the vanilla scent. It's absolutely perfect for fall and highly recommended.

I purchased Vanille from the San Francisco boutique on Maiden Lane - (415) 402-0600. Since falling in love with two retired candles, they have become my go-to store. The customer service is incredible - I have never had better service anywhere else (I usually work with Dylan - tell him Jenny sent you!). It is also available at Neiman Marcus, C.O. Bigelow and Diptyque.

Have you tried any of Diptyque's newest products? What is your favorite candle to burn in the fall?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Guerlain Les Sables #15 Ecrin 4 Colors Palette | Kiss Kiss Collection | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette

For Fall 2014, Guerlain has launched the Kiss Kiss Collection, which includes the newly re-launched, reformulated Kiss Kiss lipstick range, which has an all new creamy, hydrating formula. As a part of the collection, Guerlain has also released three new Ecrin 4 Colors Palettes, Les Aciers, Les Sables and Les Violines. Being the neutral lover that I am, I picked up #15 Les Sables.


Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette

Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette

Les Sables #15 ($63 for 0.25oz/7.2g) is a palette of warm neutrals, with an exquisite scalloped design. It's an ideal, daytime, use-it-to-the-bottom-of-the-pan, type of "everyday" palette. It's not sparkly, glittery or frosty. The three matte shades are beautiful and apply like a dream. It's the type of palette I would reach for to wear to work, brunch or a date for an effortless, "no makeup" look. It would be lovely used on a bride for a sophisticated, elegant look.

Shades #1 - #3 have this soft, ethereal quality to them, that are grounded by the deep brown color, #4. Depending on how you apply shade #4, you can change the whole feel of the look - from easygoing to something a bit more dramatic. I wouldn't necessarily say this is an "evening" palette, it could be though. With a few additions, like a darker brown, like Burberry Dark Sable No.23 and something to add a touch of glitz, like Chanel Emerveille.
  • Shade #1 is a light medium, warm, butterscotch matte with strong yellow undertones
  • Shade #2 is a pale, warm, lustrous ivory pink iridescent
  • Shade #3 is a light, warm, nude pink matte
  • Shade #4 is a medium deep, warm, chocolate brown matte with orange undertones

Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette swatches, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette swatches

Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette swatches, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette swatches with forced flash

The texture of Les Sables is divine. The matte shades are some of the best I have ever used - smooth and creamy. The shimmer is plush and velvety. All the shades have good pigmentation, particularly #2 and #4. Shades #1 and #3 are good base shades and go on much softer in comparison. Shade #2 is stunning, with multi-faceted, opalescent shimmery-pearl. Over primer, the shadows lasted about eight to nine hours before I noticed any fading.


Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette comparison swatches, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette comparison swatches with forced flash

I pulled a couple of palettes similar to Les Sables. The Chantecaille Coral Reefs Palette is quite similar, though one of the shades is labeled a blush. Chanel Shimmering Dunes is also comparable. Though I didn't include it, the Dolce & Gabbana duo, Cinnamon #80, is also close to shades #1 and #3.


Guerlain Les Sables 15 Ecrin 4 Colors Quad Eyeshadow Palette, Kiss Kiss Collection, Fall 2014
Guerlain Les Sables Ecrin 4 Colors Palette

Les Sables is a lovely palette of everyday neutrals. The formula is exceptional and lasting power is quite good. It does pull quite warm on me, and seems to look a little different depending on your skin tone and undertones, so your mileage may vary with this one. So I recommend keeping that in mind if you decide to pick it up.

For more swatches and reviews, check out Color Me Loud and Gummy Vision.

I purchased Les Sables from Neiman Marcus. It is also available at Sephora and Nordstrom.

Have you picked up any of the Ecrin 4 Colors Palettes? Do you have a favorite everyday palette?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette | Fade To Grey Collection | Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The Giorgio Armani Collection for Fall 2014 is about subtle and elusive elegance. It is a collection inspired by the city of Milan, and the fluctuations of its sky. The scintillating gilded hues of daybreak, the silvery light of day and the magical deep violets of nightfall. The new line is titled Fade To Grey, after Armani's charcoal and black couture collection for Autumn/Winter 2014. The look is typical Armani, but soft and subdued.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The star of the collection, is without a doubt, the Organica Eye Palette. The inspiration for the palette is the Duomo di Milano, the Gothic cathedral church in Milan, which has beautiful openwork pinnacles and spires, delicate flying buttresses and baroque-style windows. The interplay between light and dark, and the subtle nuances of the colors and textures of the Milan Cathedral, brought to life.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


The Organica Eyeshadow Palette ($88 for 0.177oz/5g) is an eyeshadow duo housed in a classic, black lacquer Armani pocketbook compact. The bumpy surface texture is like a relief sculpture, it gives the impression that it has been raised above the background. The shadow tray lifts up, and underneath are two double-ended sponge-tipped applicators, which fit into two individual slots. The palette contains a cool, murky, purpley taupe "grey" and a warm, sunny peachy champagne "nude". Both shades have beautiful, complex, multi-dimensional, shimmer, that's somewhat subtle yet also eye-catching. Neither of the shades is metallic or frosty.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatches, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatches, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette swatches


The Organica Palette is reminiscent of this past spring's Belladonna Highlighting Palette. It features the same incredible gel-like texture that is made with a cold cast technique. The formula is developed from "micro-pearl" technology which gives the shadows a lightweight, airy feel. The shadows are soft, silky and weightless. The formula is similar to Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadows, except without the bounce and malleability. Both shades are quite pigmented, especially the nude. The shadows blend and layer easily for a dramatic evening look, or you can apply the shadows sheer for a soft wash of color. The shadows last remarkably long on me, about nine to ten hours over primer, and I experienced no fallout or creasing.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye swatch comparison, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette comparison swatches


I pulled a couple comparisons for each side of the Organica Palette. For the grey side, Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle and Laura Mercier Sable are both somewhat close, though they are a quite bit warmer. Of the two, Eclipse Eagle is closer and has a more similar finish. For the nude, the peach in Chanel Winter Nights and Armani #10 Beige Nudo are fairly similar. Though Organica nude looks quite orange next to Winter Nights peach and Beige Nudo, which lean more pink.

Giorgio Armani Organica Universal Eyeshadow Palette Yeux 01 Milan Color Eye, Fade To Grey, Fall 2014
Giorgio Armani Organica Eyeshadow Palette


I have very mixed feelings regarding the Organica Palette. It's exquisite, truly a work of art. The shades are gorgeous - especially the grey. They go together beautifully and capture the essence of the Duomo di Milano. The quality is unsurpassed. The formula is light and airy, and the shadows blend together exceptionally. My gripe? The price. It seems quite steep to pay almost $90 (or over if you include shipping and/or tax) for an eyeshadow duo.

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

I purchased the Organica Palette from Giorgio Armani. It is also available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's.

Did you pick up the Organica Palette? What do you think of the price?