Mar 102012

I found a few pictures that appear to be Chanel Summer 2012:

  • Soleil Tan de Chanel Harmonie Poudre de Soleil – Luminous Bronzing Powder Bottom: 907 Sable Beige (Golden Beige), Top: 917 Sable Rose (Golden Pink):  The new bronzers, each comprised of five unique shades lend subtle hints of warmth and shimmer to every complexion. Blended altogether, the shades create a seamless bronzing effect; used on their own, the gold powders illuminate the complexion, while the darker shades sculpt the face when gently swept along its natural contours.
  • Ombres Contraste Duo – Eyeshadow Duo 37 Sable – Emouvant (Beige and Brown)
  • Le Crayon Yeux – Precision Eye Definer 47 Brun Intense (Deep Brown)
  • Le Crayon Khôl – Intense Eye Pencil 75 Pêche Cuivré (Coppery Peach)
  • Rouge Coco Shine – Hydrating Sheer Lipshine 437 Empreinte (Soft Beige) and 447 En Vogue (Bright Coral)
  • Lèvres Scintillantes – Glossimer 327 Sirocco (Beige) and 337 Calypso (Coral)
  • Le Vernis – Nail Colour 597 Island (Golden Beige), 607 Delight (Bronze) and 617 Holiday (Bright Coral).

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Mar 092012

This week, my inbox is full of beauty news. Here’s the cream of the crop:

1. Sephora has collaborated with Pantone to bring us Pantone Universe a makeup line based on the Color of the Year, a beautiful orange coral. The items aren’t in stock yet, but I expect that they’ll be up in a few days. I may need to snag one of those blushes.

2. The zeitgeist is full of women of age who enjoy beauty. I loved this piece at The New York Times, “Farewell to Youth, but Not Beauty,” which emphasized that women of all ages want to look beautiful and not necessarily young. Also, the blog Advanced Style has been attracting attention as an alternative fashion blog.  I hope when I hit the ages of the women featured there that I retain this much life and spirit. Combining this with MAC’s Iris Apfel collection from earlier this year, it seems as those age is no barrier to looking amazing.

3. Sigrid Agren is a new face for Chanel Rouge Coco, looking incredible.

Also, around the blogsphere:

  • Scrangie previewed Rescue Beauty Lounge’s upcoming Fan Collection (presale March 23rd)(rumored). My favorite is a very rich cobalt blue called IKB:2012 (by Nora). The most amazing blue.
  • The NonBlonde reviewed Dior’s Grege Quint Eyeshadow Palette, and now I cannot get it out of my mind….
  • I’ve become addicted to Youtube vlogger Raeview and really enjoyed her February Favorites. I hope you do too!
  • Messsy Wands does reds so well, and this review of Guerlian Rouge G Garconne is gorgeous.
  • Vote to bring back your favorite MAC shades by request–details here at Allure.
  • I have to admit it (shhhh!). I ordered Dior Incognito nail polish after this review by The Beauty Look Book.

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Mar 092012

Recently, Bobbi Brown introduced two new brow products based on her natural look philosophy. First, powder brow Brow Kit compacts in two colors– The Bobbi Brown Light Brow Kit (pictured above) and Bobbi Brown Dark Brow Kit ($45 each).  She’s also just released the Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up ($20) in five colors (above, pictured in Blonde).

Until now, I’ve been using mostly either a Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in Seal Brown, or a Chanel Sculpting Brow Pencil in Blond Clair, or the former Chanel 3-color Perfect Brows powder compact (discontinued, formerly $70). My brows are full but light, and the color is quite uneven.

For the Bobbi Brown Light Brow Kit, the compact resembles the Chanel compact  (although at a much lower price point). The compact has two light brown shades, which can be mixed to customize the shade. Also included is a magnifying mirror, a tiny pair of tweezers and a brow brush with a very, very tiny handle. As you would expect, the powder is extremely finely milled, looks natural when applied and is incredibly convenient. Personally, I use the lightest shade alone.

The bigger surprise for me was the  Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up, a mascara-styled liquid product that can be quickly brushed through the brows to polish and add a touch of color. Although these products are intended to be used together, for the last few days I’ve been using the Natural Brow Shaper alone and been pleased with the results. I find that it deposits just enough color, and the wand deposits just enough liquid, to give me a polished, tamed and very natural brow. Based on convenience alone, I love the Natural Brow Shaper for a quick touch-and-go before heading out the door. This one’s worth checking out.  It comes in five shades–Auburn, Blonde, Clear, Mahogany, and Rich Brown.

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Mar 072012

The Invitation

Once again, Chanel’s Fall Winter 2012 Ready to Wear show, which took place in Paris yesterday, was the epitome of fantasy and luxury. The theme was based on glowing semiprecious crystals, and consistent with a theme that Chanel set two years ago, the clothing was protective, luxurious, and accompanied by glowing metallic accessories.

The color theme was neutrals with soft pinks, lavenders and an occasional nod to pops of red and bright blues. Here, the set at the Grand Palais:

The Set

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Mar 032012

Hello lovelies!  Yes, it’s time for another “Here’s What,” this time all about Paris Fashion Week for Fall 2012.

1. First, Chanel is on Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll be able to post a recap midweek so we can get a close up. Based on the invitation (below), it looks like crystals play a role in this season’s theme…

2. Here’s a few pictures from Dior Fall 2012 at Paris Fashion Week. The makeup looks natural yet luminous.  Overall, the theme this year seems quite protective.  Like New York Fashion Week, coats, gloves and not much bare skin this year. I know, it’s Fall/ Winter and I should be expect more wools.  But the hemlines seem longer, the necklines much higher, and the theme of wrapping the woman seems to pervade the trends more so than in years past.

3. A few street looks from Paris to round out the theme. I loved these pictures, which are from this Women’s Wear Daily slide show. Enjoy!

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Mar 032012

Spring ’12 brings the new Nars Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo ($34), an lighter olive-gold-brass and a greyed green-bronze. As with many Nars eyeshadow duos, the texture of these was soft, easy to use and blended beautifully. The colors look vibrant in the pan, especially to one who has green/blue eyes and therefore doesn’t own many green eyeshadows. I was pleased to find that the yellow tones in the lighter shade seemed to recede on application into a pretty metallic green-brass that stayed wearable.

When Paramaribo is applied, the colors became gorgeous metallic neutrals. This is unquestionably an amazingly textured eyeshadow duo–the powder is extraordinarily fine and dimensional. One can tell that these colors were formulated with care and attention. Quick swatches:

When Nars Paramaribo is applied, the colors become instantly wearable. The colors neutral bases come out, giving just a subtle wash of color. Although Liz is warm toned, you can see that the yellow tones in the eyeshadow seem to recede when applied, and the olive tone becomes much more of an everyday shade. Is olive the new taupe? You decide.


Here, Liz is wearing Nars Gaiety blush. I’ve been wearing Gaiety several times every week–it’s a great Spring blush that looks fresh on warm-toned skin. Of course, it’s lavender tones will look amazing on cool skin tones as well. We did not add any other colors to the lid, and Liz is wearing Chanel Super lipstick.

Both Nars Gaiety Blush and Paramibo product was provided by Nars Cosmetics to Cafe Makeup for review.

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Mar 022012

I’ve been wearing the just-released Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen/ PA +++ ($42) for about one month. I picked up the product when I read the Nars brochure, which promised broad spectrum sun protection, increased hydration, giving skin a more radiant and luminous surface and “helping to reduce the appearance of discoloration and dark spots in just four weeks.”

Part of me wondered whether Nars Tinted Moisturizer was an ambitious effort to deliver skin care protection in an everyday foundation-type product. Last year, Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge promised skin care benefits in its tinted moisturizer, why not other companies? As many of you have noticed, the BB Creme trend promises skin care as well, and currently Dior, Estee Lauder, Boscia and others are introducing those products to the U.S. I chose to investigate Nars, in part because it seemed to offer something seriously different than the others. Nars Tinted Moisturizer improves skin through protection and hydration, relying on Octinoxate 7.4% and Titanium Dioxide 6.1% to keep skin protected from the sun.

Nars Tinted Moisturizer comes in nine shades. At my local Nordstrom, I was matched to Alaska (the 2nd lightest shade), which is a touch too yellow and slightly dark, although not noticeably so once I add bronzer and blush. Some Makeupalley users wear Alaska and they are NC 20/25. Note that I’m really pale now in this post-winter phase, although sometimes I lean NC 15/20, I’m definitely a solid NC15 now.

If I apply this with my fingers, I get medium coverage (with a brush, I can sheer it out). The texture is very lightweight and it feels a little like a gel. It’s weightless and lasts the entire day (14-16 hours). It gives a slightly glowy look that I absolutely love. It doesn’t emphasize any pores. No breakouts or clogging.

The most delightful part is that my skin has noticeably improved. Some darker old acne marks have noticeably lightened. Although the formula is hydrating, it doesn’t feel oily or heavy (the brochure says that the product is oil-free). I love the small size, which I can tuck into my bag without the weight or breakage of a glass product (will be loving this for travel!). It’s a generous 1.9 oz. size (most foundations have 1 ounce only).

Dear reader, I know that foundations are very much “your mileage may vary.” I’ve been absolutely loving this one for me. Unlike Chanel Perfection Lumiere, the Nars has more “life” and luminosity. It has a solid dose of sun protection, which I greatly appreciate living in sunny California. Unlike the vast majority of my foundations, I’ve seen improvement in the texture and even toned texture of my skin. Great, lightweight formula. Love.

The ingredient list for Alaska is:  Water, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Glycerin, Nylon-12, Cyclomethicone, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Stearic Acid · Phenoxyethanol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Fragrance, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium, Edta, Aluminum Distearate, Talc, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polysilicone-2, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate, Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Hydrogen Dimethicone, Bht, Algae (Algae Extract), Sodium Metabisulfite, Curcuma Longa [Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract], Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Limonene, Citral, Linalool [+/- (May Contain): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides)].   Note that has the ingredient list for all shades.

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