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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

F&NOTD: Chanel & OPI

I have not done a FOTD in a while.  I'm calling this "Face and Nails Of The Day", LOL

Me and my Husband recently celebrated our 3rd Wedding Anniversary and his Birthday.  I did not realize nor did I plan at the time, but I ended up being dressed in "plums" that evening!  My eyeshadow, lips, nails and even my dress was plum!  Anywho, it was a beautiful evening!

Pictured here I am wearing CHANEL Illusion D'Ombre Long-Wearing Eyeshadow in "Fatal" (Fall 2013 Collection)

CHANEL Glossimer in "Blizzard" on lips

OPI "Meet me on the Star Ferry (2011 Fall Collection)

OPI Nail Lacquer "Meet me on the Star Ferry" (Fall 2011 Collection)

OPI "Meet me on the Star Ferry" (with flash)

I've been wearing a lot of nudes and pinky-nudes on my nails lately so I decided I wanted to go with something darker since we are in the Fall Season now.  This color looks even more pretty on than it does in the bottle!  It's a gorgeous deep-mauve with the most beautiful shimmer.  In different lighting it appears more purple (think of grape soda).  Me Loves!

OPI "Meet me on the Star Ferry" (in sunlight)

Monday, October 28, 2013

CHANEL Fall 2013 Lips & Eyes "Indecise & Fatal"

CHANEL Fall Collection 2013 -- Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour "Indecise 125" and Illusion D'Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow "Fatal 837" --  I love Chanel's Rouge Allure lipstick and the shade "Indecise" was one of those shades that I really thought I would not like, so I passed on it.  Well, after another look online, I thought I would give it a try.  I am so glad I did because this is a lovely pink-beige shade and it looks fabulous with a nude lip liner pencil.  I thought to myself: "Do I really need another beigey-nude-pink" lipstick?  Ha-ha!  But oh...wait...this one is different...it's not your usual pinky-beige-nude!

I adore Chanel's packaging!  The Rouge Allure lipstick tube has a clever design: You push-in the bottom of the tube to open!

I had never tried Chanel's Long-Wearing eyeshadows before.  The color "Fatal" is quite unique -- it's a deep mauve-plummy shade with lots of silvery shimmer!  Actually I would not say that it is shimmery at all; it is more of a foil-like effect and/or sheen.  It's very beautiful.  I love the applicator that comes with it and I recommend using this to apply the shadow and/or line your eyes or simply applying with your finger.

This formula is quite interesting and can be a bit tricky because it's a creamy, mousse-gel formula; very different from a cream shadow.

I find that it is easier to apply this shadow in thin layers because if you try to lay it on thick, you will get little "balls" (from the gel formula)....the key is to blend-blend-blend!!

My eyelids tend to get oily, so I found that using a primer before really helps the shadow hold and last a lot longer.  I did wear it without a primer, and after a few hours, it seemed to just melt away.  So, if you have oily eyelids, I strongly recommend using a primer first.

This eyeshadow is quite expensive (reason why I waited so long to try it), but keep in mind that the amount you are getting is HUGE!  I mean, this eyeshadow will last forever!  You don't need to use very much, so if you look at it that way, it is worth it.

I used this on my lid and over my crease and as eyeliner on my lower lash line.

Pictured here wearing CHANEL Illusion D'Ombre Long-Wearing Eyeshadow in "Fatal 837" and Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipcolour in "125 Indecise"

Pictured here wearing CHANEL Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour "Indecise"

Pictured here wearing CHANEL Illusion D'Ombre Long-Wearing Eyeshadow "837 Fatal"
Lips: Chanel Glossimer "Blizzard"

Comparison: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation vs Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation

Sample of Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in BR 52 (beige-rose shade).

I wanted to try a sample of this foundation and the Chanel Consultant said BR52 would be a good match for me.  Now, I was a bit hesitant because I never wear any foundation that has "rose" in it -- I usually stick with a yellow-based foundation, but she assured me this shade would work for me.  Keep in mind I still have color from being in the sun this summer and I do live in South Florida, so it's still warm here even though we are going in to November.

Anywho....I used this sample for a couple of days and I really love how it applies and blends so effortlessly.  I love how it gives a luminous finish to the skin.  Now, I usually stay FAR away from liquid foundations because I have oily/combination skin and I live in South Florida, but I was willing to give this a try as this is a good foundation in the warm months as it is water-based and gives a sheer coverage.  Don't let the sheer coverage fool you because this foundation is buildable and covered all my imperfections and redness very well and I was pleasantly surprised.

Finally, I am very impressed with this foundation and I would purchase it, even though it is quite pricey, but I think I would pick a beige shade instead.  Also, this does have a nice light rose fragrance, which I just love about Chanel.  Some people may be bothered by that, but I happen to like it.

The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation applies like a dream and makes the skin look so luminous!  The formula is sheer however it is quite buildable and gives a smooth finish.

Sample: Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation in shade O60 (ochre shade)

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation -- I like how this foundation applied however, it did feel "heavier" on my skin and did not look as luminous and control shine as well as the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.  Choosing a shade was quite difficult.  I went with an Ochre shade, which is yellow-based.  The Ivory shades were too light and the beige shades seemed too pink for my skin.

Senna Cosmetics Mineral Mix Pressed Cover & Finish Foundation and Secret Set Finishing Powder

Senna Cosmetics founder, Eugenia Weston is an acclaimed make-up artist who has been making actors and celebrities in Hollywood as well as around the globe beautiful for more than 20-years.  She became famous for her patented eye brow stencil kit and her lip glosses.

Today, I am featuring Senna Cosmetics Mineral Mix Pressed Cover & Finish Foundation and her Secret Set Finishing Powder.  Her powders are talc-free and fragrance-free.  Both of these powders are finely-milled.

The first thing I loved about these powders was the packaging.  Eugenia redesigned all of her packaging and they know come beautifully packaged in an elegant black box and the compact itself is dressed in black with a lacquered finish -- so beautiful and looks more upscale than her previous packaging.

I also love that there is a compartment to hold the sponge for touch-ups.

These powders are very finely-milled and the Secret Set Finishing Powder is translucent and barely noticeable on the skin.  I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and I just love it.  It does not build-up on your skin or look cakey.  It helps keep the shine down on my oily/combination skin for about 3 to 4 hours.

The Mineral Mix Pressed Powder I chose was "Light" -- thinking I would be able to use it during the winter months, when I am not tan.  Well, it is a little lighter than I had anticipated, but I think I will still be able to wear it under my bronzing powder.  I wore the "medium" shade a few years ago and as I recall, her medium shade is much deeper than the light shade.  The coverage is medium, so if you are looking for a powder with full-coverage, you may not be totally satisfied.

In closing, I am very pleased with both of these powders and you really can't go wrong with Senna Cosmetics.  Eugenia is a pro and her products have to live up to her high standards.

Senna Cosmetics are available through her website at Sennacosmetics.com

Me wearing Senna Cosmetics Secret Set Finishing Powder -- I am really loving this finishing powder!  It's very silky and natural looking and does not look cakey or oxidize through the day.  It helps keep my oily/combo complexion matte for about 3-hours or so.

Senna Cosmetics Mineral Mix Pressed Cover & Finish Foundation in "Light" and Secret Set Finishing Powder on right.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Chanel Glossimer Lip Gloss "Blizzard" 19

I have had my eye on "Blizzard" for a while now and since I have not purchased a Glossimer in quite some time, I decided now was a good time!  I know people get tired of this but, OMG!!  OMG!!  I love this gloss!  No other lip gloss compares to CHANEL Glossimer!  Nothing - not even close!  I love the way Glossimers apply and how creamy they are -- no sticky gloss here!  And the colors....fabulous!  "Blizzard" is a gorgeous rosey-mauve with shimmer.  It is so beautiful that I can't even describe it.  Why didn't I get this sooner?!

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Lip Liner "Framboise 08"

I previously did a review on the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Lip Liner in "Sugared Kiss" -- I loved this pencil so much that I picked another one up in the shade "Framboise 08", which in French means "raspberry".  These lip pencils are long-lasting and richly pigmented.  I love the new packaging as well, EXCEPT for the blending brush/sharpener (see previous review).  Another thing that annoys me is that the name is too darn LONG!!  LOL

Garnier BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin "Light/Medium" SPF 20

BB and CC creams are all the rage right now, so I had to just try one to see for myself.  I chose the Garnier BB Cream because I had read so many positive reviews about it and also it is one of the less-expensive brands to try.

My first impressions were that it was very silky and applied very easily.  The coverage is very good.  There is a slight yet pleasant fragrance.

The shade I chose was "light/medium", and I should have probably chosen the medium to dark shade, but I already threw the box away, so I can't take it back to exchange it, oh well (sigh).  The light/medium seems too light for me at the moment because my skin is tan, but I was able to mask it when I applied my usual Laura Mercier Mineral Powder over it, so it wasn't too bad...I think I will be able to live with it.

This product claims to control shine, minimize pores, even skintone and hydrate.  Personally, I feel BB & CC creams are great and all however, I receive those same benefits from my cleanser, moisturizer and my mineral powder evens out my skintone.  Do I really need to have this product?  Not really.  

This oil-free formula held-up very well.  I actually applied this one day before sitting by the pool on a warm 85+ degree day and it held-up quite well and I was impressed with the Combination to Oily Skin formula.  One thing I did not like was that in photo's, my face looked like I had a white mask on (not pretty), and I guess that is due to the SPF 20.

All-in-all, would I recommend this Garnier BB Cream?  Yes.  It works very well and is economical.  Just make sure you choose the correct formula and color for your skin tone.

Do you see that typo?  Not sure how they missed this one but under "Uses", they have "Directions", which should not be there as the directions are described below.  I guess it was an oversight and they decided to run production anyhow.  No biggie, really.  I'm sure other people noticed it as well.

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick "Bronze Berry Pearl 22"

With the fall season upon us, our color palette shifts from bronze, pinks and corals to rich berries, deep russet, wines and plums.

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick is a wonderful formula however, it has been discontinued to make way for the new Beautiful Color Moisturizing lipsticks.
Some of the colors are still available in the new formula HOWEVER, upon swatching a few of them and comparing the colors at my local EA counter, the previous shades are not quite the same, so keep that in mind.

I wish they had kept the Color Intrigue lipsticks because they are fabulous!  So creamy, pigmented, moisturizing and long-lasting!  Even after 5-hours I still had gorgeous color on my lips!  I'm glad I was able to get this color before they were all gone!

Pictured here is "Bronze Berry Pearl 22" 

Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick "Bronze Berry Pearl 22"