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January 2011


A Few Treats from Chanel Couture

January 26, 2011

Yesterday at the Chanel 31 Rue Cambon location, Chanel held a couture show for Paris fashion week.

Chanel Couture Invitation

Fortunately for those not in Paris right now, Chanel has placed a video of the show online for our enjoyment.  Thank heavens, because I live for this! Backstage, Chanel’s Creative Director of Makeup Peter Philips used winged black liner to provide a definition to soft, luminous and lightly pink looks.  This look is designed to compliment the pastel, sparkling looks that pervade the show. Vogue Paris provides this backstage look at the makeup:

Peter Philips, Genius

Some of the backstage makeup–it looks like there was a pearl-woven highlighter-type product used:

More of the color products–all soft, lovely tones to compliment the weightless fairy-magic of the clothing.  The eyeshadow duo appears to be the current Gris-Subtle, which seems to be featured quite a bit by Chanel:

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, Euro brushes, Pearl-textured palette in back

Creating the looks, with a heavy liner, barely-there eyeshadow.  The lids look softly pink and iridescent, the brow bone seems to have a soft touch of light cool gray:

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Dior Couture Video

January 25, 2011

From the Telegraph.UK, a brilliant summary of Dior’s backstage and runway looks. I’m assuming that the “Pat” referred to as the makeup artist is Pat McGrath.

The lipstick is Dior Ara Red, also seen here on Karlie Kloss on

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Skin care

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

January 25, 2011

This time of year, some notice that their skin looks a little dull. You can reach for higher coverage foundation and a highlighter, but another option is to exfoliate your skin.  I typically do some type of deep exfoliation at least once a week, in addition to cleansing thoroughly with a Clarisonic almost every day.

Recently, I stumbled across a trial pack of five Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, that I must have picked up as a gift with purchase along the way. sells a ten-pack for $28, although there are 30-packs and even larger quantities sold in jars if you wish.

I must precede this review with this caveat–your mileage may vary. Honestly, there are few things as personal as skincare, your individual skin type, needs and sensitivities are probably totally different than mine.  Generally, my skin is not very sensitive, it easily breaks out but rarely reacts to some products that others find harsh.

Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta’s Daily Face Peel is gentle enough to use every day, although I used them only once every week.  They are two parts–you use the cotton square enclosed in each foil pack as a two-step system.  First, use Step 1 all over until its dry;  second, do the same with the second.  I experienced no stinging or redness, and afterwards my skin felt glowing, exfoliated and very clean.  I did not notice any other significant changes, such as any lightening or fewer lines of any kind.  In other words, these are a very pleasant, gentle and effective way to exfoliate.

And a much better alternative to heavy foundation.

According to the manufacturer:

This quick, easy, gentle microexfoliation formula instantly firms skin and eliminates dullness revealing a luminous look that lasts all day long. It treats enlarged pores and calms redness with soothing botanicals. Patented two-step technology creates radiant results, for all ages and skin types, in two minutes—no recovery time necessary.

Ingredient list:
Step 1 Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Disodium Edta, Copper Pca, Zinc Pca, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum)

Step 2 Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua Purificata), Octoxynol-9, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Tetrasodium Edta, Copper Pca, Phospholipids, Retinol, Zinc Pca, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben.

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Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells & Silent Treatment Review & Swatches

January 24, 2011

The last few days of January are winding down, and I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing some exciting things released in February.  For now, I have a few things from the Spring collections to review for you, but also letting  a few collections pass me by.  Armani, Clinique and Estee Lauder have released things over the past week or two, but I haven’t seen anything very exciting that is a “must have” from a number of lines for me this time around.

Am I the only one that thinks that some of these lavenders are going to start looking a little tired by May?  I don’t know, maybe on some they will keep going.  I have to keep lavenders and violets  either very sheer, or very greyed-down, or they look over the top.

And if I’m not excited looking at it, my view is that it’s not for me.  Makeup should be fun.

In the meantime, I’m playing with some of my current products, going to the gym and taking care of some interesting things I’m doing outside of the blogsphere.

With a few exceptions–and one of them is the subject of this post.  Over the past few months, drugstore beauty company Wet n Wild been busy reformulating new eyeshadow palettes, including two for neutral lovers–Walking on Eggshells ($2.99) and Silent Treatment ($2.99).

According to one of my favorite drugstore beauty experts, Noveau Cheap, Silent Treatment looks like a drugstore “must have”:

Attention all taupe fanatics! You NEED Silent Treatment. I could just stop there, but I’ll go on. My pics do NOT capture the beauty of this taupe. It’s got a rose-gold sheen to it that you must see in person.

Well, when a fellow beauty blogger writes something like that, how can you ignore it?  I’ll tell you how–you can’t! Plus, she’s been giving very high praise for Wet n Wild’s new 8-pan palettes that sell for around $5 (are these octo-pans? for $5? what?).  It sounded exciting enough to investigate, so I did.

My local Rite Aid had none of the 8-pans/octo-pans, but it did have the three-pan beauties in stock so I thought I’d take them out for a spin.  Shall we?

Here’s Walking on Eggshells, which I believe was released before the holidays.  It includes a creamy white highlighter, a medium soft brown-gold and a peach that has a tendency to go frosty.

Certainly, Wet n Wild saves some money by providing bare-bones packaging and tiny sponge-applicators.  All of the focus is on the quality of the powder. Wet n Wild gets extra points for having stickers that peel off without leaving a mess, or breaking a nail, yet keep the product sanitary and untested:

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