Dec 312009
 

The absolutely most wonderful thing about nail polish is that you can change it almost every day.  With quick-dry drops and top coats, it’s usually very easy to get an entirely new look with a few swipes and brushes. Also, nothing seems to give off an impression like a nails with, as Rachel Zoe would say, “zzzzzhuzzzhhh.”  (I’m not sure on that spelling!).

Here are some quick suggestions for New Year’s Eve nails:

1. Zoya Trixie:  An easy-to-apply bright silver with tiny tiny sparkles.  This is very easy to work with.  The picture is two quick coats.

2.  Zoya Astra:  By far my favorite this year (pink glitter!!), but some cautions are appropriate. This is three coats of a deep pink glitter in a deep pink base coat. The formula of this is thin. Application is a bit patchy, but with obvious sparkle seems to take over and makes the patches harder to notice.  Or maybe it’s the raspberry mojito’s that makes the patchiness harder to see.  I can’t be sure.  This polish is very difficult to remove. You may want to leave a cotton pad with remove soaking on the nail for a few minutes before you try to swipe.  Some suggest wrapping aluminum foil around the nail together with a remover-soaked cotton for a few minutes for the quickest, least damaging removal.

3.  China Glaze 2030:  A chrome warm pewter-gold.  This one glows, but does seem to make any nail ridges more apparent. Here, two coats.

4.  Zoya Richelle.  Like Trixie, this formula delivers lots of bling and is easy to use.  Applies like a dream in two coats, delivers a beautiful warm yellow gold with tiny sparkles.  Richelle is less sparkly than Trixie.  Again, two coats here.

These swatches were applied with CND Sitckey as a basecoat and no topcoat to highlight the out-of-the-bottle texture of these polishes.

For Astra, you may wish to add one or more topcoats when you use it, because the glitter gives the nail a rougher texture.

Zoya advertises their polishes as free of toluene, formaldehyde, camphor and DBP (dibutyl phthalate).  You may see Zoya’s sold at salons and stores around the U.S.  In fact, my local grocery stores carries a nice selection (mostly sheers, though, yawn!). Zoya’s entire line is here, selling for $7 each.  China Glaze’s polishes are sold from around $3 to $9, depending on your source.  I bought this one at Victoria’s Nail Supply for $3.10.

Happy New Year!!!

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Dec 302009
 

There are two pencil products in Chanel’s Spring 2010 line.  First, Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Khaki Dore ($28), a shimmery gold-green that is similar to Chanel’s liquid eyeshadow Torrent.  I have to admit, I love the smudge tool on one end of the eyeliner.  I always miss this feature when I buy a pencil and it isn’t there.  This eyeliner is a bit too light for me to wear on my upper lid alone.  I pair this with a darker black or dark brown, and/or use it smudged underneath the lower lid.

Second, Chanel’s Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Beige ($28), which gives a nude effect to the lips.  Chanel has needed this type of pencil for a long time.  This is the perfect base for nude or neutral lips.

Each is packed with a separate sharpener.

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Dec 292009
 

Chanel Spring 2010 includes two new single eyeshadows from the Ombre Essentialle line (Ombre à Paupières Mono Douceur).  These are the Soft Touch Eyeshadows in Sillage and Trace ($28.50 each).  Sillage, which means “vapor trail” or “wake,” is a light shimmery highlight color with rosy bronze tones, with a hint of the mauvish tones that infuse the Kaska Beige quad.  Like some of the other shimmer products in this collection, the light makes this color into a chameleon–it can change quite a bit depending on how the light hits it.

Trace is a deep shimmery mauve-brown.  There is not enough grey in the color to call it a taupe, it is truly more in the brown family.  Of course, it will pair nicely with Sillage.  If you prefer a matte color, Chanel’s single in Beige will do well.

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Dec 282009
 

Chanel’s Spring 2010 collection includes a new blush from the Joues Contraste line, called “Imprévu” ($42).  This line of blushes is one of my favorites.  They have a shimmer and color dimension that defies description.  As you can see from the pictures, this one is a combination of peach, bronze, rose and shimmer.  Imprévu is nicely pigmented, if you are very pale you will want to start out very lightly and then add if needed.

Suggestion:   Try a dab of Imprévu in the upper center of the cheeks, without moving the blush brush back toward the ear.

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Dec 242009
 

Chanel Spring 2010 includes Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed (Fluid Enlumineur Effet Irise), a very light toned highlighting liquid that adds luminosity.  Have you ever emerged from the cold winter months, take a close look at your skin and thing, “I need . . . something?”  Many times, an illuminator will do the trick.

This liquid has a soft light-reflecting quality that adds a little glow.  Because it’s a liquid, it does not add any harsh glitter.  Here are some ways to play with the product to get the effect you want:

– Add a bit to the browbone, upper cheek, chin, and a touch above your brows to catch the light.
– Mix some with your regular liquid foundation to add some “glow” to your skin
– Apply directly to the skin, to be worn under your regular foundation.  You can do this in selected areas (upper cheek, bridge of the nose and chin).
– Try a little on your shoulders, or very sheerly on other areas that you’d like to add some glow.

Here are two swatches, below.  One is Soleil Tan de Chanel on my winter-white pale skin.  On the right is a direct flash over a dark powder bronzer.  You can see that the fluid looks very different depending on the light and skin tone.



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