Showing posts with label Chantecaille. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chantecaille. Show all posts

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Spring 2011 Previews from Maquia February 2011 Issue

I scanned these from Maquia's February 2011 issue. A few sneak peeks of what's to come. Note, I cannot translate this so I won't be able to answer questions about the products, your guess is as good as mine is. However, there are number indicators on some of the products which help me try to figure out the coordinating product number to name. Also note Maquia is a Japanese publication so I don't know if the US will get all the items featured, I know in years past we haven't, but I'm not sure about this year.










For more previews, check out Rouge Deluxe for her preview scans/photos from Biteki's February 2011 publication. She's great at finding out new information and has a number of sneak peek and links to previews of stuff coming out this spring.

At the moment I have no information about what else is coming out or when items will be released except for Chanel, MAC and Bobbi Brown: I do know the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful palettes have been released, I saw them at Nordstrom this morning but passed since they combine creams and powders in the same level for the palette - a BIG NO-NO for me.

Please do not republish these on message boards, blogs, websites or anywhere else as it took me some time to scan each in and format them to fit this blog. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chantecaille Tiger in the Wild Palette, Anais Lip Chic & Classic Lip Gloss

Patience is not a virtue I possess. I wanted to wait for Beauty Week at Neimans, but in short, failed. As soon as I saw the new Chantecaille Tiger in the Wild Palette $78, I had to bring it home with me. The minimums of the GWPs are usually high and in past years have been rather disappointing. I didn't think it was worth waiting for, so immediately straight to the cash register I went. The is different than I expected, much prettier in person, unique for fall in my opinion, but still suitable for year round as it is very classic. The Tiger Palette has an overspray making the colors look harsh and almost sharp. Underneath is a lovely glowy palette of ivory, silvery grey with the slightest hint of sage, a lovely smokey navy-plum, and a soft apricot blush. It's really lovely. I also picked up Anais Lip Chic $30 (very sheer peach) and Classic Lip Gloss $28 (neutral peachy-brownish, but very pigmented).

Tiger in Wild Palette, Anais Lip Chic, Classic Lip Gloss



With Overspray


Swiped (each shade swiped on the left half of each shade)


Swiped on the left side of each circle


Natural light, swiped on left side of each circle


Swatches


Anais + Classic


Anais Lip Chic (it's very sheer, I wish I had gone with Capucine for more color)


Applying Classic Lip Gloss on top of Anais Lip Chic (so you can see the color)


Both Anais + Classic


Overall thoughts: Pricey but beautiful. I really love this palette. It has that typical Chantecaille glowy quality for a subtle but not-too-subtle look. I think the blush is dupe-able in other brands. The eyeshadows have this beautiful shimmer that I find extremely unique. The photos do not do it justice. I think the palest shade is similar to Laura Mercier Stellar Eyeshadow. I could not find an exact dupe for the silver or navy-plum shade - but I'm sure there are similar colors in other lines.

Of course, check out Karla Sugar for swatches of the whole fall collection. Note we do have different skintones and swatch differently. I usually swatch with a brush which is why mine are usually sheerer.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chanel Taupe Grisé 87 Soft Touch Eyeshadow

*Updated - see below at bottom*

Taupe + Shimmer + Chanel = must buy. If there's a taupe Chanel makes, it's instantly a must have for me. I am taupe-obsessed much like Elvira and Josie, and there's no stopping us, ever. Taupe Grisé 87 is the newest taupe released by Chanel for their Fall 2010 collection. My makeup-twin Amy at Café Makeup has given a lovely review here (I call her my twin because we love the same things, although she has fairer skintone = Chanel Cameo/NC15 while I am Chanel Shell/NC30-35).




There a number of other great reviews, photos and swatches out there so the focus of this post will be on comparisons to similar shades.

There are a million other taupes out there (click on the Taupe Label below this post to see the other ones I have obsessed over) but I picked out the ones in my mind I thought, "Could this one be a dupe?" I personally could not find a dupe for this lovely color. There are similar shades, but from what I have, no dupe.

Compared to: Chanel Silvery, Chanel Safari, Chanel Vega (d/c), MAC Moth Brown (l/e), MAC Sweet Sienna (l/e), MAC Smoke & Diamonds (l/e), MAC Clue (l/e), Stila Dapple (d/c), Chanetcaille Meteorite, Laura Mercier Sable


In natural light (still cloudy weather):


Swatched over bare skin:


One more view with different lighting:




Is it a must-have? For me it was being a Chanel fan and a taupe fan. I have no willpower when it comes to Chanel. I played around with it on the eyes today, it works better when applied over a cream base, otherwise it just ended up looking bruisey on my eyes. I would describe it as having a subtle sheen. It looks shimmery in the container but when applied on the eyes, it looks more satin-matte rather than shimmery.

*Update* Upon reviewing my swatches and those on other websites, I thought Taupe Grise looked extremely brown on me compared to other girls. Much more brown than it appears in the container. I swatched it again alone, and then next to MAC Moth Brown to see if perhaps I made a mistake - but no. For some reason, it looks cool in the container, but on my skin, it's not quite as cool. Here is another swatch comparison. Note that I have olive medium skin. This may look different on you. It's still a cool colored taupe in my opinion, but next to Moth Brown it just looks warm perhaps because Moth Brown is overwhelmingly cool with an almost blueish sheen.

Hope this helps give you a better idea!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Do You Have a Beauty Emergency Kit?

Last week I had one of those days where I had a million things to do during the day with no time to stop by home before a special occasion dinner. I packed my car with my laptop, papers, textbooks, backpack, purse, a change of clothes and an extra pair of shoes (to transition from day to night) but neglected to pack my makeup bag and brushes to touch up.

Luckily, I had my Edward Bess Compact Rouge in Island Rose (for lips/cheeks) and a mini Diorshow mascara tucked away in my backpack which was enough to freshen my look a bit. But it made me realize I needed to put together an emergency beauty kit to keep in my car for those times I need a last-minute touch up or days I forget to bring my makeup bag with me.

I looked to one of my favorite beauty books by Trish McEvoy "The Power of Makeup" for her tips on what to include in a beauty emergency kit. This is what I put together for my own using my trusty quilted planner:

  • Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Simply Chic Page (Pink Innocence Lip + Cheek, Nude Innocence Lip + Cheek, Golden Peach AOC, Peony Pink Blush, Sand/Pink Shimmer/Snow/Blackberry Eyeshadows)
  • Laura Mercier Eyemakeup Remover
  • Edward Bess Love Always Deep Shine Lipgloss
  • NARS Luxor Multiple
  • Diorshow Mini Mascara
  • MAC Fix + (travel size)
  • Chanel DPF Compact
  • Chanel Spices Quadra Eyeshadow
  • MAC Cremestick Lipliners in Sublime Culture and Beurre
  • Chanel Ebene Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Laura Mercier Brown Copper Eye Kohl
  • Chantecaille Crystalline Gloss
  • Shu Uemura Tweezers
  • A bunch of mini brushes

My so-called "emergency kit" turned out to be quite a bit more than I intended. It's probably the equivalent to a travel kit or a weekend-away kit. Yes, I am rather high maintenance, so this will probably be a work in progress. But at least I know that by having this tucked away in my car, I will always be well prepared to touch up, redo or refresh my makeup and not have to worry about finding the time to try and get back to the house before a last minute appointment or spur of the moment evening out.

Do you have a beauty emergency kit? What do you have inside yours?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chantecaille Les Dauphins Palette + Bourbon Rose Lip Chic

Chantecaille's Les Dauphins Palette & Bourbon Rose Lip Chic are more beautiful than words can describe. I've been thinking of how I can give a review that does justice to the Les Dauphins Palette - and all I can say is I think it's a must-have for those who love soft spring-like neutrals and especially those who love taupey shadows. Bourbon Rose is the softer color out of the 2 spring lip chics. It's a natural rosey pink - similar to Tea Rose, but slightly lighter and has golden shimmer.


Another view with flash:

Without flash:

I haven't had time to do swatches of this palette, but Karlasugar has already done an amazing feature on all the items - so I highly recommend you check out her post if you haven't already.

I played around with the palette at Neimans and the color on the dolphins is an overspray. The shadows and blush all have a lovely subtle shimmer. I'm typically not a huge fan of split-pan shadows or blushes, but all the colors in this palette are so pretty, I don't mind.

This is the planned look of the day with the Chantecaille Dauphins Palette & Bourbon Rose Lip Chic.


Cheeks:
Giorgio Armani Blush 1
Chantecaille Dauphins Palette

Eyes:

Chantecaille Dauphins Palette
Giorgio Armani Eyeliner #12

Lips:
MAC Naked Rose Lipliner
Chantecaille Bourbon Rose Lip Chic
MAC Full For You Plushglass



Outfit:

Jcrew Button Top
Banana Republic Beige Pencil Skirt
Jimmy Choo Black Pumps
Gucci Princy Tote

One last view of the palette:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ten Things I'm Loving Right Now


  1. MAC Metal Rock Mineralized Skinfinish (From 2005 Gold Play Collection) - One of the prettiest complex coppery-deep bronzey colors. I like to use this for eyeshadow rather than on the face. For my skin it's too dark to use on the cheeks. The closest I've found to this is NARS Fez.

  2. Bobbi Brown Penny Metallic Eyeshadow (From 2008 Bronzed Pink Collection) - Also limited edition. Gorgeous warm sandy copper shimmer. Highly pigmented. Blends like magic. Try Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar as an alternative.

  3. Chantecaille Cheer Blush - Soft light peachy pink glow.

  4. Edward Bess Sunlight Highlighter - You've seen the review and swatch comparisons before. I love this for the perfect glow.

  5. MAC Beigeland Lipstick - Yay for B2M! Lovely light nude-gold shimmer. Not quite as pale as Gel, but pretty similar.

  6. YSL Rouge Volupte #26 Tender Peach - Also swatched/photographed before. This is such a lovely healthy fresh peach that doesn't scream "loud."

  7. Chanel Seashell Glossimer - The perfect sheer glowy pink. It's better than topping lipsticks with clear gloss because it just makes everything look better with a subtle shimmery glow.

  8. March Issue of Lucky Magazine - This was a surprise for me, normally I don't really find many things in this magazine that appeal to me, but in this issue there are so many cute outfit and shoe ideas in this issue. Definitely a good read!


  9. Pottery Barn Vintage Milk Bottles - Couldn't find the individual ones online, but they have them instore. So cute to store pencils or small flowers. Online they have a set of 6 with the labels on the sides.


    These are the ones from Pottery Barn Online:

  10. Michael Bublé - I love his music. He has such a great voice. His songs Some Kind of Wonderful and Just Haven't Met You Yet make my heart skip a beat.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Today's Look: Tarnished Steel Silk Ribbon Tank + Grey Eyes + Pink Lips/Cheeks

So today I decided I would branch out a bit and show you more of my whole look - basically what makeup items I picked to coordinate with my outfit of the day. I didn't have much on today's agenda except for a lunch date with friends and a few errands to run (yes, I know it's a rough life being on school break).

I know some of you prefer I stick to writing about makeup and after this post, I think I will. I suppose one benefit of this is that you can see a bit more of my style which you might say doesn't exist. I tend to be very basic and simple with my clothing, not the most creative or fun, but it's what I feel comfortable with so it works for me. My makeup tends to reflect my clothing style as well: simple and natural looking. For reference, I am petite at 5'3". So much for trying to be a little creative, but here goes.

The outfit of the day:
  • Silk Ribbon Pleated Shell in Tarnished Steel from Banana Republic
  • Thin Cashmere White Cardigan from Jcrew (this is from over a year ago, so no link)
  • Paige Hollywood Hills Jeans
  • Quilted black purse/tote
  • Black strappy sandals from Banana Republic (from about 3 years ago, so no link)


The face of the day items used include:

Cheeks
MAC Golden Bronzer
Paul & Joe Face Color 001

Eyes
MAC Bare Study
Bobbi Brown Galaxy Cream Eyeshadow
Dolce & Gabbana Champagne Quad
Dolce & Gabban Stromboli Eyeliner
Diorshow mascara

Lips
Bobbi Brown Ballet Pink Lipliner
Chantecaille Camelia Lipchic
Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer 06


The products against the steel grey tank
(not recommended since I almost dropped my lipstick on my dry-clean only tank)


Swatched on bare skin


One more view

I used all four shades in the Dolce & Gabbana Champagne quad and really liked the result. I applied MAC Bare Study Paint Pot first all over the lid, then dusted the light lilac-gold shade from lash line to the middle of the eyelid. I then put the dusty brown mixed with the black smudged along upper lash line blended upwards. Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli was lined and smudged over upper lash line as well with the black shadow reapplied on top for extra definition.

MAC Golden Bronzer was applied on the cheeks like blush with the Paul & Joe 001 Face Color dusted lightly as a highlighter and to give a bit of pink to the cheeks.

The lips were a neutral healthy pink. Overall, I was happy with the result. FYI the Dolce & Gabbana quads have the best pigment that I've tried, they just don't swatch well on a bare arm without any moisturizer or makeup base. I hope the swatches won't deter you from checking out their quads!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Eyeshadow Comparisons For Marina, Lakshmi & Josie

I have been procrastinating on a few comparison requests and thought I'd post this in case anyone else had the same questions. I plan to be a better blogger this upcoming year and be more on top of things!

Comparison Project #1: How does Edward Bess Intimate compare to other shades, particularly Chantecaille Pyrite & Benefit Fawn Over Me?


Chantecaille Pyrite has more gold while Edward Bess is definitely more taupe/brown. Benefit Fawn Over Me might look like a close dupe at first glance, but looking more closely will show that it's more of a paler sandy champagne compared to the Edward Bess. Here it is compared to similar shades.

Top: Chantecaille Pyrite, Edward Bess Intimate, Laura Mercier Bamboo
Middle: Scott Barnes Sable, Benefit Fawn Over Me, Guerlain Sable Blonde
Bottom: Becca Mermaid, Nars Cyprus, Benefit Fawn Over Me

1) Chantecaille Pyrite
2) Edward Bess Intimate
3) Laura Mercier Bamboo
4) Scott Barnes Sable
5) Benefit Birthday Suit
6) Guerlain Sable Blonde
7) Becca Mermaid
8) Nars Cyprus
9) Benefit Fawn Over Me


Bottom line: In my opinion, there is nothing like Edward Bess Intimate and I find it different enough to justify owning even if you have any of the above shades. This post will be updated later this afternoon with swatches.

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Comparison Project #2: Is Bobbi Brown Java Metallic similar to the brown shade in Nars Brousse?


Bobbi Brown Java is a cooler mouse-grey when compared to Nars Brousse which seems to have a tinge of red. By itself you would barely be able to detect any red tones to Nars Brousse. I've also compared it to a few other medium-dark cool-toned browns.

Top: Edward Bess Mystery, Bobbi Brown Java Metallic, Nars Brousse
Bottom: Cle de Peau Satin 106, MAC Magnetic Fields, Jouer Espresso


1) Edward Bess Mystery
2) Bobbi Brown Java Metallic
3) Nars Brousse
4) CdP 106
5) MAC Magnetic Fields
6) Jouer Espresso


What's the verdict? Are these different enough to justify owning all? Probably not unless you are a brown eyeshadow fanatic like me. This section will also be updated with swatches if my camera will cooperate with me later today. While I love the Cle de Peau 106, it can look a bit bruisey on my Chanel Shell (equals MAC NC30-35) skin and it's the least shimmery.
 

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