Dec 312010

This year, I discovered new beauty products as never before!  Here were my top ten favorite discoveries of 2010:

1.   Edward Bess:   Which products? Well, everything I’ve tried so far–bronzer, highlighter, blushes, eyeshadows…. I love new brands, and the quality of these products are superb.  These always make me look and feel my very best.

2. Burberry Beauty:   Introduced during 2010, this full line of luxury cosmetics has been a real pleasure to explore.  Coincidentally, I’ve been able to keep up with the line through the fabulous assistance of Kristy, the sales manager at Nordstrom at San Francisco Centre.  Yes, the packaging is gorgeous but the quality of the products is excellent.  My favorites so far:  Lipsticks, lipglosses, foundation and eyeshadows.  Next year I’ve heard rumors that we should see their beautiful brushes for sale, concealers, more lipstick shades, and eyeshadow palettes.

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Dec 302010

Liz and I went to see MAC’s Cham Pale collection the other evening, and I picked up Chilled on Ice and Vintage Selection Paint Pots ($16.50 each).  There’s something about a shimmery warm neutral with a strong black liner that sends me over the edge.

I was impressed with the buttery texture of these when applied with a finger, which warms the product up to a nice consistency. Although there are tiny sparkles in these, when applied to the lid I thought that they were pretty and not at all over-the-top, particularly when worn with a matte brow bone color or matte brown in the crease.  I would not likely wear Chilled on Ice on the brow bone during the day;  I tried it this morning and it was a little glittery for my own taste.

Chilled on Ice applies as a champagne color, essentially a warm cream tone with a touch of gold and silver.  Vintage Selection like a rose champagne — a greyed down soft rose with a touch of gold and silver.

Swatch comparisons with other creme eyeshadows in my collection:  RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer, RMS Beauty’s Luna eyshadow, MAC Rubenesque Paint Pot and Laura Mercier’s Metallic Creme Eye Color in Gold.  Note that these swatches were applied with a brush, I found that MAC’s Chilled on Ice and Vintage Selection applied much more smoothly with finger application than you see in this swatch (here, n neutral light):

Same order, in sunlight (click to enlarge):

Chilled on Ice and Vintage Selection were my top choices for an easy, neutral eye with my light skin tone.  I was tempted by the other colors, and you may be too, if you look at KarlaSugar’s swatches and Sabrina’s review at The Beauty Look Book.

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Getting to Know Jane: Beauty Round Up Member

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Dec 272010

Jane at Daly Beauty is featured in this week’s Getting to Know a Blogger series…. enjoy!

When did you start blogging and why? I have always been a beauty junkie, but I didn’t know what that was until I started reading beauty blogs. I started blogging as an experiment (I know nothing about html or that programming stuff!)and as a personal outlet. My friends regularly would ask for advice, and I was also known to offer unsolicited beauty tips as well. So I guess I wanted to share what I know and what I love.

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Dec 262010

Chanel’s Black Pearl nail polish ($23 Le Vernis Black Pearl #513) is the much-anticipated shade for Spring 2011.  This is a beautiful deep gray tinged with green, evoking the Tahitian pearl that shares the name.

On nails, Chanel Black Pearl is a fresh take on the deep tone shimmer. There is a softer appearance to this polish, Chanel has tweaked its formulation so that the texture is softer, more pearly, than other metallic darks.  There is a frost texture, which melted a bit on application which minimizes that troublesome streaking that can occur with other lines.


So that you can place this color on a spectrum of comparisons, here is Chanel Black Pearl with a variety of other colors that I happen to have in my stash (from left to right):

  • China Glaze Wagon Trail–a deep coppery green
  • OPI for Sephora- Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, a shimmery gray-green with sparkle
  • Zoya Freja–a metallic gray frost that is similar to Chanel Black Pearl, but lacks Chanel’s softer texture and green cast
  • Chanel Black Pearl
  • Chanel Steel
  • Chanel Noir Ceramic
  • Chanel Black Satin (U.S.)
  • Chanel Black Satin (France)

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Here is a close-up of Zoya Freja and Chanel Steel, which are not duplicates but rather as a contrast to show the texture and tone of Chanel Black Pearl:

Personally, I love Chanel Black Pearl.  I do not know of any duplicates for the shade as yet, it is a noticeably beautiful and unique color.  The formula is extremely fast-drying, and two coats are necessary.

The pictures above are using three coats.  Personally, I prefer using two coats over using three coats.  There is a slightly nicer luminosity with two coats, and a slightly heavier look with three.

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Dec 242010

Chanel Glossimer in ($27/ Levres Scintillants Glossimer #151) is a light, shimmering lipgloss that showcases how well Chanel executes shimmer.  There’s a beautiful fairy sparkle combination of teal, pink, purple and gold in a nearly-sheer base that imparts Chanel-signature pearly glow.

Applied (picks up flashes of light):

Although one is commonly advised to wear these as a topcoat on a favorite lipstick, I love wearing this alone.  Who needs another color?  It’s pretty on all on its own.  This is not the first Chanel glossimer that has this gorgeous 3-dimensional effect, but we’ve used up our other ones already.  Liz and I like to keep one in a pocket, they are quite easy to apply without a mirror for a quick, polished glow.

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Dec 242010

Chanel Glossimer in Nakkar ($27 Levres Scintillant Glossimer #149) appears to be a very deep red with gold sparkles in the tube, and delivers a sheer deep strawberry pink/red glow.

At first, I thought this color would be unwearably bright.  In fact, the color is rather conservative and face-brightening.

Here is Liz wearing Nakkar–as you can see, it looks suitable for almost any time of year and very pretty for Spring:

As an aside, Liz is wearing Chanel Le Vernis Dragon on her nails.

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Dec 232010

Hey everyone! It’s Liz. I have been playing in my Mom’s makeup drawer for over a year now helping her build her website. Thank you all for the lovely feedback. It is really what keeps the site going (since we don’t get much of this ish fo’ free).

Here are some of my MUST-HAVES that I have discovered through helping on Café Makeup.

1. Guerlain Le 2 Volume Mascara ($36)Literally the best mascara I have ever used. I have been using Chanel’s Inimitable since it was first made but after doing this post, the Chanel has nothing on Guerlain.

I am wearing it here:

2. Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insolence ($30)The most beautiful lip gloss I own. I don’t think this post does it justice so here is a picture of me wearing it out on the town. Whenever I whip this bad boy out in class I definitely get “stank eyes”- the packaging is just that beautiful.

(FYI- there is NO photoshop here other than cropping– Yes, insolence is really that pink!)

3. Chanel’s Lift Lumiere Foundation ($65)- Some would say $65 on foundation is too steep…but no no no, let me tell YOU! After using this magical foundation for a month my skin has NEVER looked clearer. I started with Chanel’s Tient Innocence ($47) at age 15 but after stealing Lift Lumiere from my Mom countless times, I won’t wear anything else!

Here is a picture of me wearing Lift Lumiere layered with Caron translucent loose powder and Guerlain’s Orient Sun (a baked Terracotta blush):

4. Gurlain ‘Terracotta Lady’ Bronzing Powder ($62)- I use this bronzing powder as a blush. It is the closest thing to Guerlain’s Orient Sun, which was discontinued two years ago (and I am sure most of you have noticed I wear it in almost every picture on Café Makeup.) Guerlain’s National Makeup Artist Marcus Monson did my makeup in this post, where recommended Terracotta Lady for me. Marcus didn’t apply the blush as heavy as I normally wear it (probably because he didn’t want me walking around like a drag queen in the middle of the day) but here is a picture of me in the Gurlain Bronzing Powder:

(FYI: I am also wearing it in every picture in this post)

5. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Pearl Tinted Lotion ($8.50)- If you have a Mom that hounds you to wear sunscreen as much as mine, your options are pretty limited to getting that naturally glowing tan. When I’m feeling nice and pale I simply mix half of L’Oreal’s liquid tanner with half of my everyday lotion and apply all over. I leave on for 5 minutes before putting on my clothes. Mixing with your everyday lotion ensures that you get no streaks. It tans me gradually, so I add it on every night if I want to be darker. (Warning: This product contains SPARKLE!)

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Dec 232010

Liz and I played with Chanel Ombres Perlees and Rouge Coco Peregrina to show you a little more of Chanel’s most recent collection.  In particular, I’ve had several questions about how the new Chanel eyeshadow formulation in the Ombres Perlees palette looks applied.  Sometimes pictures really do say 1,000 words, so here are some photos.

First, here is the final overall look with the Ombres Perlees palette.  On the lid, Liz used a mix of the first (white) and second (peach) shades.  In the crease and outer lid, Liz used the darkest shade (no base). Liz is wearing Rouge Coco Peregrina (no base or liner) on lips.  For her blush, she is wearing Guerlain Orient Sun, a baked Terracotta blush that was limited edition two years ago, and a black pencil liner (Prestige Total Intensity in Deepest Black) lining her inner rim.  She’s also wearing Guerlain Le 2 Volume mascara, Chanel Lift Lumiere in Intensity 1.0 (Ivoire) and Caron translucent loose powder.

Here are some close-ups, wearing these colors from Chanel’s Ombres Perlees palette.  In the following picture, the darkest color is applied very lightly, and this picture shows the pearl texture of the eyeshadow:

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Dec 222010

Chanel’s Spring 2011 collection includes Rouge Coco Lipstick in Jersey Rose ($30/ #77), made in the lovely, moisturizing formula in elegant metal casing.

Like Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle, Jersey Rose is a bit of a chameleon.  It seems to switch from predominantly pink to predominately peach with a shift in the light, or the coloring of the wearer.

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