Showing posts with label Makeover. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Makeover. Show all posts

Friday, July 19, 2013

Chanel Makeover - Escape to Venice Event

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I had a makeover with Chanel at my local Nordstrom for their Escape to Venice event. It was focused around some repromoted items such as the Blue Satin and Beige Nail Polish, Vitalumière Aqua foundation and some Rouge Coco Shines (no new colors or items). I went in to replenish foundation - Chanel makes my favorites. They are one of the few lines I can wear almost any foundation or powder with a good color match, long wear and no irritation/breakouts. They had the Les Beiges powders on display for pre-sale only. I was happy to be able to test those out in person before committing to buy online. (Was also happy to see they won't be an online exclusive.) Breakdown of what was used on me below.




Items used throughout the makeover:

Face Prep: Cleansed with cotton pads and the Le Blanc Fresh Brightening Cleansing Foam, toned with Le Blanc Brightening Moisture Lotion (really a toner), prepped with the new Le Jour de Chanel. I loved the feel of each item. I was already well stocked on cleanser and toner so I did not purchase either. I have fallen in love with the Le Jour de Chanel samples I received so I went into the event knowing I wanted to purchase the full size. (Detailed skincare review to come shortly.)

Primer and Foundation Makeup: Light application of the CC Cream B20 with the Foundation Brush (nice evening effect but too pale for my taste). Vitalumière Aqua Compact Foundation in B30 buffed with their Kabuki Brush gave an airbrushed natural look. Dusting of Les Beiges 20 all over the face was applied. Last face prep step was to use Les Beiges 40 as a contouring powder.

Eyes: The artist used a lot of layering on the eyes. She started with Illusion d'Ombre in Ebloui all over the bottom half of the lids applied with the Concealer Brush and blended with the fingers. She then followed with the mauve-taupe shade from Mystère Quad on top with a softer fluffy brush. Next she took Apparition Illusion d'Ombre and layered it on top - this achieved a stunning sparkly brown-gold effect when all mixed together. She then used Ebene Stylo Yeux to line the water lines and define the upper lashline. Khaki Precieux was used along the lower lashes to make the eyes pop. The darkest shade from Mystère was used to follow along the lines just in the outer corners and blended softly. Finishing touch was the new Volume de Chanel in Khaki.

Lips and Cheeks: For cheeks she used the Revelation Blush Creme layered with the Les Beiges in 40 for blending/contour. Lips were mixed with a vibrant coral pink Rouge Coco Le Basier 54 and Rouge Coco Shine in Interlude. Both shades were mixed with a lip brush then applied. She blotted the lips and then reapplied the Rouge Coco Shine to soften the look.


The overall look was glowy and just beautiful. I loved the combination for the eyes and the pink lips and cheeks balanced the whole look quite well. The Le Blanc skincare line felt nice on the skin but I've never had much luck with the Chanel skincare lines (since Age Delay was discontinued about a decade ago). The Resynchonizing Trio has worked wonders for my skin though (more to come soon). Most of the items used were things I already owned which was nice. The artist took care to take note of what I already own to show me some ideas on how to coordinate the items.

Some new items mixed in with some classics:



Have you had a Chanel makeover recently? Thoughts? Ideas? I will update the post later with more product photos. I'm looking forward to the release of Les Beiges in the US! Nordstrom fans - check your local counters to see if they have events or gifts going on now, many counters are doing promotions in store now.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Nordstrom Trend Show NARS Makeover (edited)

This past weekend I attended a Nordstrom Trend Show with my sister. It's been a few years since my last trend show (this was my sister's first). For this particular event, I was particularly excited about our NARS makeovers, hoping to learn new tips and tricks from the NARS specialists on how to mix and match various shades from one of our favorite brands. My sister and I both have loved NARS since our college days.

For this makeover, I asked for a smokey-eye look incorporating NARS Cordura Duo. The artist decided to go in a different direction focusing on other items, but did incorporate a tiny bit of the bronze/golden side of Cordura. The colors she used created a nice palette, but the application wasn't flattering and I looked like I had punched eyes. The final result wasn't one of the best I've had. My sister confirmed so right after with a discrete shake of her head. (It's always good to bring a trusted friend with you to these events to tell give you an honest assessment.) I immediately ran to another counter to wipe off the eye makeup. I did get some new ideas on colors to coordinate but revised/edited the look as soon as I got home. Below is the edited version of my makeover. I'll indicate what was originally used as well for inquiring minds.

Personally Edited Version List of Products Used

Face:
  • Sheer Matte Foundation in Santa Fe (testing a sample of this color)
  • Duo Concealer in Custard/Ginger
  • Loose Powder in Eden (I substituted my own powder at home)
Cheeks:
  • The Multiple in Laguna
  • Powder Blush in Deep Throat
Eyes:
  • Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (giving this a second try with a sample)
  • Shimmer Eyeshadow in Cyprus (applied all over lid)
  • Eyeshadow Duo in Brumes (dark navy smudged along lash line, then smoked upwards slightly, a tiny bit of the gray side mixed in at the end to darken/define)
  • Eyeshadow Duo in Cordura (golden shade, applied with a fluffy brush blended on top of the navy, mixing/blending it to diffuse harsh edges)
  • Larger than Life Mascara (my current favorite mascara)
Lips:
  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Belle du Jour
  • Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Gold Digger

The products I used, more photos and swatches:

 Original Makeover Version 
(not photographed/swatched, you can see that the look was only slightly adjusted)
  • Cheeks:
    • The Multiple in Laguna
    • Powder Blush in Lovejoy (I think this combo will look better with a softer eye)
  • Eyes:
    • Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
    • Shimmer Eyeshadow in Cyprus (applied on inner corners blended to the 1/2 way point of lid)
    • Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Rue Saint-Honoré (applied in a winged cat liner way, blended up, found the pencil too harsh to be used as a blended eyeshadow)
    • Eyeshadow Duo in Cordura (golden side, applied on outer corners and blended in for a fake crease, not flattering for Asians without creases)
  • Lips:
    • Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment in Paloma (so sheer it didn't show up)
    • Larger Than Life Lipgloss in Pirée (also sheer, sometimes sheer+sheer=meh)
If you haven't been to a Nordstrom Trend Show, I suggest you do attend if you get a chance. What to expect? high-energy speakers, brightly lit runways with models, mini talks from brand specialists/artists, giveaways, cheering pumped-up women. All what seem like the perfect ingredients for a successful event. I've enjoyed many of them in the past, especially ones with special guest appearances like Deborah Lippmann (that one was so awesome!). My experience this particular time was luke-warm at best. It all seemed like one hard-sell after another. Each speaker claimed to have the "best in industry" miracle-type of products. I do appreciate the efforts to teach/expose as many brands, trends and skincare items as possible in a short period of time, but I felt the two hours lacked substance. There was too much covered without focus. I left feeling like I didn't learn as much as I had hoped to.

In general, I have liked Nordstrom Trend Shows. Nordstrom is indeed at the top among retailers for having best in class customer service. Trend Shows offer an excellent environment to generate buzz, have fun with friends, learn new tricks and makeup tips and brands etc. However I feel that the sheer volume in the number of women that attend, overbooked "makeover" appointments, hard-sell gimmicks etc. water down the quality of customer focus. Bottom line, in the future I'll look for smaller events to attend with trained national artists (versus free-lance artists who in my experience have mixed levels of talent) or make an appointment with my favorite specialist/counter manager with specific brands for a better result.

Have you had a recent NARS makeover or attended a Trend Show event? What were your thoughts? Experiences?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Launch Event at Nordstrom


Various Chanel Nordstrom counters all over the country have been having a special launch event for the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks. I love Chanel events because I always leave with great tips, tricks and ideas on how to use new and existing shades.


Today the artist asked me what kind of look I was interested in. It helps to give the artist some direction so they know where to start. They almost always like to try new colors on you ("new" as in don't own yet) but since I have virtually all the Chanel quads she decided to use Kaska Beige to show me how to do a subtle smoky eye. The face chart of what she used:


Skin and Face:
Ultra Correction Line Repair Fluid SPF 15
Base Lumière Illuminating Makeup Base
Vitalumière Aqua in B20 (see swatches here)

Eyes:
Concealer as a base (didn't note which one)
Kaska Beige Quadra Eyeshadow
Ébène Stylo Yeux Waterproof (pure black)

Cheeks:

Terre D'or Soleil de Tan Bronzer (soft bronze)
Tweed Corail Bronzer (coral & peach blend also shown here and here)

Lips:

Deauville Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick (pinky-mauve-brown)


The look was subtle but polished. I loved how she did the eyes. In my experience, few artists know how to do Asian eyes without creases. What she did with Kaska Beige:
  • Step 1: Apply a concealer base to even the eye
  • Step 2: Dampen a small eyeshadow brush and apply the darkest plum shade on the eyes from the center of the eye outwards to the outer corners (in a smudgey messy way), it was applied about 1/3 up the bottom lid from the center out
  • Step 3: Take a new clean soft eyeshadow brush and apply the warm brown shimmer all over the plum and all over the lid and blend together
  • Step 4: Apply the upper right cocoa color in outer corners and under the eyes for extra definition
  • Step 5: Line with a black liner along upper lashes
  • Step 6: Take the light cream shell color and dip another clean detail brush and swipe from brow bone downwards for a soft highlight
Blending the golden brown shade over the darker plum was pure genius. The cheeks and lips went perfectly with Kaska Beige.

*Update* Several of my readers have asked for more thoughts on Tweed Corail - I personally love all the tweed blushes. I've linked prior features here and here. It gives a lovely soft peach glow that brightens the face with a refined slight shimmer.

For the lips, Rouge Coco Shine in Deauville is a lovely mauve-brown with pink. It's a complex color in the tube with different shimmers but applies with a lovely glow. It looks different depending on the light angles. I thought it might be too brown from what I saw in the tube but on the lips it looked more pinky-mauve. Another view below, see how it's more pinkish compared to the views the above photos (because of the lighting/angle). The texture is sheer and glossy. More thoughts on Rouge Coco Shines soon.



As a promotion, the counter gave out mini pink notebooks, a mini mascara and mini skincare item (shown in the first photo at the beginning of this post). For additional Chanel Makeover Features, click on the MAKEOVER tag at the bottom.

Have you attended any Chanel events? What Rouge Coco Shines have you tried? If you went to an event this weekend, please share the details! I'd love to hear what they used on you or what kind of look they put together for you :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chanel Fall 2010 National Artist Event

The Nordstrom near me recently had a National Artist Event for Chanel and they used a mix of the new fall 2010 shades with a couple other items from the regular line. There were two different artists who worked with me. Typically with the National Artist events one makeup artist from the Chanel team will cleanse and prep the skin with moisturizers, primers, foundation, concealer and powder. Once the face is prepped, then the National Artist will come by to apply the makeup and work their magic. I would say about 1/2 the events I've been to, the National Artist has been able to do my makeup. The other 1/2 were so busy the artist never made it to my chair (in that case one of the regular artists will do your makeup).


I brought in a photo of one of the latest Burberry Beauty ads and asked them to recreate the look using Chanel products. The final result didn't really resemble the look but I was still pleased with the look and the items they picked out.

Face:
Teint Innocence Compact in Shell 30
Poudre Universelle Libre in Naturel 30
Pink Explosion 64 Blush

Eyes:
Cristal-Dusk 77 Irreelle Duo
Cassis 83 Stylo Yeux Waterproof
Smoky Violine Exceptionnel Mascara

Lips:
Nude Lipliner
Rose Dentelle 37 Rouge Coco
Rose Dilemma 144 Glossimer


Products are linked to the Chanel & Nordstrom websites for your convenience in case you want to read more about the products through their descriptions, check prices, see other color options etc.

Cristal-Dusk Duo + Cassis Eyeliner


L to R: Nude Lipliner, Rose Dentelle Rouge Coco,
Rose Dilemma Glossimer, Pink Explosion Blush



  • Skin: Skin was cleansed and then prepped with the Ultra Correction Lift line. For the skin the focus was on preventing the effects of aging. Looking at my skin, they said they thought I would have the type of skin that would sag instead of wrinkle as I aged. I'm not sure which one is better, lol. They used the Sculpting Firming Concentrate, Lifing Firming Day Fluid, and the Total Eye Life Eye Cream. I've never really liked Chanel skincare (except their Age Delay line which has long been discontinued) but they gave me samples to try.
  • Face: The artist who prepped my skin had done my makeup before on numerous occasions, so she used my regular foundation in Teint Innocence in Shell 30. I asked to try the loose powder, and she applied the Poudre Universelle Libre in Naturel 30. I was surprised no concealer was used since they almost always push their concealers during these events. However, the Teint Innocence Compact Foundation is a heavier coverage foundation on my skin, so perhaps that is why they skipped it (much to my delight).
  • Cheeks: This is where the National Artist stepped in and picked out Pink Explosion 64 Joues Contraste (previously reviewed here). Much to his surprise, I mentioned that I noticed the formulas for the fall collection were different and came in the baked formula like the European and Asian releases. His face just lit up as he said, "I'm so proud you know that, half of these ladies (waved his hand at the team) don't even know that and they should." I asked if he by chance knew if they were going to change the formula going forward. He wasn't sure but thought it would be for certain collections only, not all, but couldn't confirm.

Close up of the lips, but this is a few hours after the event so it's a bit faded. Also within a few hours, my skin felt extremely greasy despite the cloudy-cool and slightly windy weather we've been having here in Southern California. I think the skincare items I tried will be a no-go. I hate to admit this, but for the eyes, I took the makeup off as soon as I got home. I liked the colors they used, they just applied way too much. Even my husband asked, "why do you have so much makeup on today?"

There wasn't a gift with purchase offered. I feel this is sometimes better because then there is less pressure to spend a lot of money. They did however give out samples to everyone who attended: A mini look-card, mini perfume sample, eyemakeup remover, Rouge Coco sample card.


Those new to my blog, you can click the "Makeover" tag below to see other products used at past events I've attended (including Chanel, MAC and NARS). My last one from Chanel was back in March (click here).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Chanel Spring 2010 Cultivating Beauty Event

A friend and I had a girls-day-out for the Chanel Spring Cultivating Beauty Event this past weekend and we had a blast. The event was held at one of our local Nordstroms and I was thrilled that I was assigned to one of my favorite Chanel artists who has actually done my makeup several times in the past. I've always had great results with her and it was great to work with her again! Finding a good makeup artist can be a challenge. I'm sure everyone has had their share of horror makeovers gone terribly wrong, so you can imagine my relief today to find myself assigned to her chair.


She asked what type of look I was looking for and I told her I loved everything she's done in the past so really anything was fine with me. Having worked with her before, she already knew I owned practically every Chanel quad and glossimer, so she went through a mental list of colors she thought I probably didn't own to pick out some new colors for me to try. She gave me a light and fresh spring look and this is what she used:


Face:

Pro Lumiere Foundation in Shell 1.5
Rosee Poudre Douce dusted all over to set
Soleil de Tan in Sunkissed on cheeks to highlight
Rose Dust Blush

Eyes:
Platine Eyeshadow all over lids (lash to brow)
Sillage Eyeshadow applied slightly damp as a crease color
Khaki Eyeshadow applied under eyes (Silvery was suggested as an alternative)
Ebene Waterproof Eyeliner along upper lashes

Lips:
Nude Lipliner
Rose Comete Rouge Coco Lipstick
Galactic Glossimer applied in center of lips


We were both surprised that Sillage turned out to be a good crease color since it's on the lighter side. When applied damp Sillage looks more intense and the bronzey-pink side is brought to life. She wanted to try new colors that I didn't have so she applied the Khaki eyeshadow with an angled brush along the lower lash lines. It was an interesting look, but I knew I wouldn't wear it so she suggested I use Silvery for some definition under the eyes but wanted me to wear the eye makeup with Khaki (shimmery olive green) around just for fun.

The standouts for me were the Platine + Sillage eyeshadow combo and the Rose Comete + Galactic lip combo. Platine is the prettiest pale cool sparkle that looks almost blueish on my skin because it's so light. Rose Comete is a pretty light cool pink shimmer.

The gifts included a Chanel Black notepad and pencil along with 3 mini samples of lifting cream, intimitable mascara and chance perfume. We both had fun and learned some new combinations to try.

I wanted to do arm swatches but I am embarrassed to photograph them right now. My arms are scratched up from a bit too much puppy excitement this past weekend. I've been babysitting my mom's dog which means I've had 3 Jack Russell Terriers in the house for the past week, so you can imagine the action/excitement/jumping/noise that I've been experiencing.

Here are 2 lip swatches of the what was used on the lips: Nude Lipliner, Rose Comete Rouge Coco and Galactic Glossimer.



To see a few other makeovers, just click on the makeover label on the Tags listed below. I've featured a few other Chanel events before that had great results. Perhaps they will give you some ideas on how to coordinate your Chanel items together!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Rain or Shine, I'm Hopelessly Addicted to NARS

It's been pouring down rain and hail here for several days, but I signed up for a NARS event and was determined to go no matter what the weather conditions were.

My local Nordstrom hosted a 3 day NARS national artist event to launch the spring line and I was thrilled with the makeover results. I asked the makeup artist for a look that would either use the new Kuala Lumpur Eyeshadow Duo or if that didn't work, I asked for ideas on how to use my Brousse Eyeshadow Duo with the new Ophelia Lipgloss.

We decided to try the new spring duo since she was smitten with it, but unfortunately it was just too warm for my skintone. It looked like a combination of MAC Melon Pigment + Starviolet Eyeshadow on my eyes. I loved the fact that she was so easy to work with and did not hesitate to take the eyeshadows off and start over again. This is what she ended up doing:


Skin Prep: Skin was cleansed with the Makeup Cleansing Oil (applied to dry skin) and wiped off with a water-sprayed cotton pad. She then used the Balancing Toning Lotion to tone the skin and applied the Potent EFA Cream, Nourishing Eye Cream, and Makeup Primer.

Foundation & Concealer: She used the South Beach Multiple on the cheeks and temples under foundation to give the skin a glow from within. Since I already use the Sheer Glow, I asked to try out the Sheer Matte, she picked out Sheer Matte in Santa Fe which seemed to be a good match. Red spots and dark circles were covered with the Custard/Ginger concealer duo mixed with Luxor Multiple for a luminous uplifting glow. The Powder Foundation in Deauville was buffed out on the skin.

Cheeks: For cheeks, I mentioned to her that I already had almost every single Nars Blush, so she of course asked which shades I did not have, and picked out Taj Mahal for me to try. I have to admit I was seriously freaked out when I saw it, but she applied it with a VERY soft touch followed by Desire and it gave THE PERFECT glowy peachy pink I have ever seen. The way she applied Taj Mahal was to take their Yachiyo Brush and dust it into the compact then she vigorously tapped off the excess. She applied it to the cheeks in a soft sweep and it gave a subtle candle-lit glow. She then used the same brush to apply Desire right over it.

Eyes: An interesting trick she showed me was to apply the Luxor Multiple with a concealer brush right above the brows to give an uplifting-effect. For the eyes, she started by lining the eyes with Aigle Noir Soft Touch Shadow Pencil and smudged it. Mekong Single Eyeshadow was then applied with a smudge brush right on top of the pencil and then blended upwards with a mixture of both sides from Brousse Eyeshadow Duo about 1/2 way up the lids. Next, she took the lighter side of Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo to go over all the shades as a blending and softening color with soft contour. For mascara, she used both of the new ones in black, starting with the Lengthening first, and then the Volumizing on top. It was an instant lash makeover.

Lips: For lips, she blotted the lips with Cafe Con Leche Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (which I have but is missing-in-action) and topped with an application of Belle du Jour Lipstick. The final touch was to add the new Ophelia Lipgloss.

Swatches L to R: Aigle Noir Pencil, Mekong Eyeshadow Single, Brousse Duo (both sides mixed), Kalahari (both sides mixed), South Beach Multiple, Luxor Multiple, Taj Mahal Blush, Desire Blush, Belle du Jour Lipstick, Ophelia Lipgloss


What I wore today to the makeover: White ruffle collared blouse from Banana Republic, Beige button coat from Banana Republic, Joes Jeans Petite Provocateur Fit.


Overall thoughts: I really loved the results and ended up purchasing the Eye Cream, Balancing Cleanser, Taj Mahal Blush, Ophelia Lipgloss and both mascaras. The EFA cream was a bit heavy for my skin, but from past makeover experiences I've had with NARS, I've found most of their moisturizers a bit too moisturizing for my skin, so it wasn't surprising.

The number of products she used seemed like a lot, but the result was so pretty, I don't think I'll mind using everything again on numerous occasions in the future.

I absolutely LOVED both mascaras. They were both amazing and it was an instant lash-makeover with the application of both combined together. I'm not sure about the smudge-factor since it was raining heavily outside and my under-eye area was very moist from the EFA cream. I'll be testing it out more in the next week and report back later about the results.

Most of the things I already owned from previous purchases. I've always been a HUGE fan of Nars and events like these are inspiring to me to try out new combinations to get me out of that same-look rut I tend to get into during this time of year.

It's been a while since I've had a makeover - I used to go to Chanel and Nars events on a monthly basis before for ideas and GWPs. But there's nothing like a horrible MAC makeover to make you want to stop going to any event period. That being said, I have ALWAYS had great makeover results with Nars events. I highly recommend you get on your local counters call lists or ask about upcoming events. They are super fun and you can get tons of ideas on how to combine different colors.

I find that a makeover is more successful when you have a certain look you have in mind so the makeup artists has an idea of what you're looking for. Simply saying "give me a natural look" isn't much help, so I suggest being a bit more specific like say, "I like pink lips" or "can you show me how to use Brousse Eyeshadow Duo?" If you simply have no idea, that's fine too - just give them something to work with. Something like saying, "I wear champagnes and browns on my eyes with peach lips all the time - I need something different" can help a ton.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Nars Makeover Event: Sugarland Duo Eyeshadow Duo + Luster Blush

This NARS makeover was done at a Bloomingdales event by one of the National Artists, but unfortunately I do not remember his name! I told him about a few items from Nars that I love (like the Luster Blush and Maldives Multiple) and he then picked out some new items to compliment what I already owned into a new fresh glowing look.

If you love neutrals, but are looking for something a bit different than your regular champagnes or beigey colors, this is a gorgeous look to try out. I'll include descriptions of each product according to the Nars Website.





FACE:
* Oil Free Foundation in Budapest (equivalent to Chanel Teint Innocence Beige 2.0/MAC NC35/Armani LSF 5.5 or 6)
* Concealer Stick in Custard
* Sparkling Pressed Powder in Machu Picchu (Eden pressed powder with gold shimmer, not pictured)

CHEEKS:
* Multiple Stick in Maldives on apples and temples to highlight (pink champagne with shimmer - although to me this is more of a golden champagne peachy shimmer with a hint of pink)
* Blushes in Luster (sheer golden apricot) mixed together with Gina (tangerine)

EYES:
* Cream Eyeshadow in Corfu as a base (shimmering taupe)
* Eyeshadow Duo in Sugarland mixed onto lids (sparkling apricot & gilded orchid pink)
* Eyeliner Pencil in Black Moon (dense black - the one swatched is MAC Smolder though)
* Eyeshadow Single in Bali on top of liner for a softer look, also used on brows (neutral taupe)

LIPS:
* Lipliner pencil in Papua (cinnamon - this is a great neutral)
* Lipgloss in Orgasm (sheer warm pink with golden shimmer - but goes on a peachy gold)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Chanel Makeover Event Holiday 2008

This look was done right after the Chanel Holiday 2008 collection release. Even though it was based on their holiday colors, I find this look to be flattering for all seasons since it featured some neutral vanilla shimmery lips and pretty gold eyes with neutral tawny cheeks. These are the products that were used:

FACE:
* Le Blanc De Chanel Illuminating Base
* Mat Lumiere in Beige 2.0
* Double Perfection Compact in Tender Bisque 2.0

CHEEKS:
* Tweed Ambre Blush

EYES:
* Ombre D'Eau Fluid Eyeshadow in Riviera #737 (gorgeous shimmery pale gold)
* Quadra Eyeshadow in Spices
* Smokey Violet Mascara (forget which formula this was, but I believe it was LE)



LIPS:
* Lip Definer in Nude
* Aqualumiere Lipstick in Cancun
* Aqualumiere Lipgloss in Vanilla


Chanel Makeover Event: Nordstrom

Yet another makeover breakdown from Chanel! This one was done soon after the new aqualumiere lipsticks, gloss liners and lip glosses were released in the US.

FACE:
* Prepped with Chanel skincare items
* Teint Innocence Compact in Beige 2.0
* Poudre Douce in Peche Tendre

CHEEKS:
* Bronze Universelle on cheeks to contour (this has been replaced with the Soleil de Tan Bronzing Makeup Base which is similar)
* Irreelle Blush in Be Bop (now discontinued, an alternative without shimmer is the Tweed Pink)
* Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Nomade on apples of cheeks (yes, she used the eyeshadow as blush!)



EYES:
* Eye Base in Bright
* Soft Touch Shadow in Nomade all over lids
* Soft Touch Shadow in Tigre along upper lash line blended up 1/2 way up eye

LIPS:
* Lip Definer in Nude (they seem to make this liner work for just about every lip look)
* Aqualumiere Lipstick in Stresa (hot strawberry pink)
* Aqualumiere Lipgloss in Bon-Bon

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Saks Chanel Summer Event - May 2009

Another great event at Chanel! It's the one line that I've always had great results with at their makeup events. The key is to attend the events with their trained artists who have been in the industry, specifically with Chanel, for a long time. By now, there are a few Chanel artists I have run into at different department store events who have done my makeup multiple times. Each time they create a simple but elegant look and always give me ideas for alternate combinations.

The most recent event I went to was a couple weeks ago, soon after the Naturels and Celestial collections had been released. I asked for a new daytime look, and the artist incorporated items from both collections with these items:

FACE:
* Sublimage Essential Regenerating Cream in the Universelle Texture
* Sublimage Regenerating Eye Cream
* UV Essentiel SPF 30+
* Le Blanc de Chanel Illuminating Base mixed with Hydramax Active Tinted Lotion in Sand
* Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer in #20
* Poudre Douce Soft Pressed Powder in Rosee

CHEEKS:
* Tweed Corail + Tweed Pink mixed together
* Soleil de Tan 4 Facettes Bronzing Powder

EYES:
* Eye Base in Bright
* Soft Touch Eyeshadows in Slate on lid and outer corners + Lily to highlight
* Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in Seashore #747 applied over the dry shadows along lash lines
* Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Marine (smokey deep navy with a bit of shimmer)
* Mascara (forgot which one she applied)

LIPS:
* Le Crayon Gloss Sheer Lipliner in Clementine
* Aqualumiere Lipstick in Monte Carlo
* Glossimer in Silex

(close up of lip products indoors and outdoors)


I received some samples and a small gift with purchase which included mini jars of the new Sublimage Creams. I have been using it for a couple weeks now and it works wonders for my skin. Still, I'm not sure I will be shelling out the $$$ for a jar. Their new concealer is incredible for under the eyes, the artist showed me the effect when applied under one eye compared to the other and there was a huge difference. I have tried numerous concealers and the only ones I have been happy with are from Laura Mercier. The new Chanel Concealer is excellent, non-cakey, yet gives full coverage and really hides darker under-eye circles.

All the main items are pictured, except the bronzer/skincare/foundation/concealer/eyeliner. The bronzer was pretty - but on the sheer side, it can easily be substituted with another bronzer like Bobbi Brown's Bali Brown or MAC Bronze or MAC Golden. The Marine Eyeliner is pretty, but a basic deep navy shimmer.



The makeup artist also suggested that the new Meteore Glossimer paired with the Tweed Ambre Blush would also compliment the eye colors she picked out for this look.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Saks Chanel Makeover Event featuring Nude Blush, Soft Eyes and Sparkling Lips

I was able to get my makeup done by one of Chanel's National Artists, John Fussell, about a year ago at a Saks event. The team of makeup artists prepped my skin and started my makeup with lips and blush. John then did my eye makeup and retouched my blush for a more dramatic look even though most of the shades were very neutral. The eye makeup was incredible - which was surprising since he used two very basic browns. His placement of color and blending was amazing and really opened up my eyes.

FACE:
* Teint Innocence Liquid in Shell 1.5
* Soft Pressed Powder in Rosee & Peche Tender mixed for a soft glow
* Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Nude (applied heavily)



EYES:
* Professional Eyeshadow Base (can't remember the color)
* Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Sand d
usted on 3/4 of the entire eye & under the eye close to lash line
* Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Mahogany along upper lashes & along bottom lash line black mascara
* Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Lotus was dusted on lids last for a sparkly effect




LIPS:
* Precision Lip Definer in Nude blended all over lip
* Aqualumiere Sheer Color Lipstick in Ipanema (my favorite alternative to MAC High Tea l/s)
* Glossimer in Equinoxe



Nordstrom Trend Show: Chanel Makeover

This look was done a couple years ago, so I can't remember the exact date. I asked for a pink lip and defined eyes. And I apologize, I can't remember the brushes or skincare she used. All products Chanel.

FACE:
* Teint Innocence (Liquid) Shell 1.5
* Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Narcisse
* Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Petale (just dabbed on cheeks for m
ore depth)



EYES:
* Professional Eyeshadow Base (don't recall the name, but it was a nude shade)
* Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Lotus

* Intense Eye Pencil in Noir (black)

* Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Ebony applied over the liner to give a smokey eye (this one smudged badly, so did not purchase this, I use Black Star instead, which is photographed below)



LIPS:
* Precision Lip Definer in Tulip
* Hydrabase Lipstick in Morning Rose
* Glossimer in Sesame



For a more pink lip, use Imaginaire Glossimer over Tulip Lipliner and Morning Rose Hydrabase. This combo will also go well with Narcisse or Rose Petale Blushes.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

MAC Fashion Forward Event Makeover

I'd like to start a series of posts to archive some looks I love and also some great makeovers I've had at some events. Hopefully this will give you ideas on some pretty color combinations of products.

The first one I'd like to write about is the MAC Fashion Forward Event I attended at Nordstrom. I had my makeup done by one of my favorites sales associates who I've shopped with for years, so she knew my taste and preferences. This was my first good MAC makeover (I've had about 5 others that turned out horrible) and now that I know a couple of the good artists, I will definitely request them for future events. Everyone received a cute pamphet with a few face charts featuring some looks.



One page of the face chart pamphlet:


This is what she used on me, all MAC products (unless specified):

FACE:
* Prep & Prime Skin
* Studio Moisture Cream
* Chanel Teint Innocence Shell 1.5
* Mineralize Blush in Dainty

EYES:
* Paint Pot in Painterly
* Eyeshadow in Soba 1/2 way up eye
* Eyeshadow in Folie on outer corners blended up
* Eyeshadow in Arena in the middle of the eye blending colors together
* Eyeshadow in Ricepaper to highlight
* Pearlglide Eye Liner in Molasses

LIPS:
* Lip Pencil in Whirl
* Lipstick in Ramblin Rose
* Dazzleglass in Moth to Flame


 

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