Mar 272010

From Lushious Beauty is the word that Chanel will be releasing a very limited collection in its boutiques in May 2010.  This collection, called the Chanel Orient Extreme Exclusive collection, was developed by Chanel’s artistic director Peter Philips based on  the famous Terracotta Army that was found in the Chinese city of Xi’an.

First, an eyeliner in Jet-Gold looks very intriguing:

Three polishes look made for the black and gold manicure that the model is wearing. Here is Black Velvet, described as deep, intense, velvety black (not glossy, not matte):

Here is Gold Lame, described as a painted gold:

Illusion d’Or a white lacquer with gold and purple / blue glitters, which looks more gold in the picture.  I’ll be curious to see how it looks when it arrives:

Here’s another promotion picture:

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Mar 262010

Here are some upcoming collections which caught my eye:

Estee Lauder “Blue Dahlia” from this source.  The palette of black, brown and deep blues looks both interesting and wearable–a little edgy for Estee Lauder which is nice to see.

These items from the otherwise enormous Lancome Summer 2010 Collection from Chic Profile.  I hope that bronzer tone in Temptingly Bronze is more than overspray:

These dual-ended eye pencils look really nice (Sassy in Sunrise and Sultry in Sunset):A few of the Yves Saint Laurent eye singles featured here, currently up for sale on Nordstrom’s online site (click to enlarge and read color names):

A newly reformulated Chanel Vitalumiere foundation:

A Guerlain tinted moisturizer which appears to add a bronzy glow, which I’m curious about but not entirely sure will work for me:

So, what do we think?  Also, is there something I’m missing–what do you think is going to be promising?

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Lancome Le Crayon Kohl Waterproof Teal Kiss

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Feb 052010

Lancome’s Spring 2010 line includes an eyeliner pencil Le Crayon Kohl Waterproof in Teal Kiss ($24.50).

When I first saw Teal Kiss online, I assumed that this was a similar color to the teal in Lancome’s new Pop’n Green palette.  However, the “teal” in the Teal Kiss eye pencil has significantly more green, whereas the teal powder eyeshadow has more blue.  Fortunately, that means that you don’t have the matchy-matchy problem.  When I use them both together–bang!–the effect is really pretty.

Teal Kiss is not shimmery, but not a true dead-matte either.  After using Teal Kiss for several days, I found that the formula works well.  I noticed some initial tugging the very first time.  After those first few strokes, the pencil has been applying easily and consistently.  It is not as quite soft as some of the Armani pencils, but few are.  Also, I love having the convenience of a built-in smudger–thanks for understanding that, Lancome!

I don’t own any dupes.  Here is Teal Kiss next to other blues and greens for comparison:

Overall, I found myself using Lancome’s Teal Kiss and enjoying the look.  It adds a subtle dash of color that’s completely work-friendly, coordinates with a number of eyeshadow shades and looks very pretty.

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Jan 062010

As promised, here are product reviews for two items purchased at Guerlain’s boutique in Las Vegas, Nevada.

First, the Terracotta Kohl in Oriental Metal ($34) (Khol Poudre Libre) is a shimmery, multi-dimensional silver-taupe.  This loose powder is packaged in a glass vial.  The ornate cap opens to reveal a long, semi-rigid stick to which the loose powder adheres.  To apply the loose powder, you simply draw the long stick along the lashline with your eye closed (called the Eastern Method).  I learned how to use this by watching this video.  Of course, you can run the stick above the lashline instead if you prefer (the Western Method).  But try the Eastern Method as least once, you’ll be surprised how well it works.  Guerlain’s directions are here (click to enlarge):

I own this product in a few other colors, including black.  Surprisingly, this eyeliner applies much faster than any other eyeliner I own (pencils, gels and cake) and lasts all day.  When I saw Oriental Metal online, it looks sort of grey and dull.  However, in real life this kohl gives a glowy sheen that looks beautiful next to the eye–it enhances the natural color rather than overwhelming.

Second, I bought a Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in a neutral shade, Garance (#6) ($45).  Although this is an outrageous price to pay for a lipstick, the price is not out of line for a piece of costume jewelry that delivers a really unparalleled lipstick formula.  As you probably know, the lipstick is sold in a beautifully-machined compact with two built-in mirrors, designed by Lorenz Bäumer, a jeweller from Paris’ Place Vendôme. Although I’ve used many high-end lipsticks, I’ve found that this formula is rich, moisturizing and looks like it has (as Guerlain advertises), crushed rubies in the forumula.  There is a sparkling glow that I haven’t found in any other product.  If you want to know more, Guerlain has a somewhat dramatic website that can walk you through the product (there’s a soundtrack, so if you’re reading this in your office with the door open….um…)

Because these lipsticks are somewhat an investment, I highly recommend trying them out before you purchase.  One’s own natural coloring can mean that a lipstick which looks one way on one person, can look quite different on another.

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Chanel Spring 2010: Lip Pencil Beige and Eye Pencil Khaki Dore

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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.

Chanel Spring 2010 Pencils

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Speaking of Cake Eyeliners….

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Dec 082009

Here is a close up of Chanel’s La Ligne de Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in Celadon-Lame, out for the holidays 2009.  It’s a deep, dark, wonderful green. You can see how yummy it looks in the pan if you click on the picture, below. Go on, click it — it’s so pretty!


Swatches are available at Karlasugar’s blog.

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Cake Eyeliner: So Defined, Yet So Smudgy

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Dec 082009

Eyeliner is one of the trickiest makeup products to apply. One mis-step, and it can change the look of the most important area of your face. I find gel eyeliners extremely easy to use, and very long-lasting. However, one of the most classic eyeliners is a cake liner. Typically, one uses a cake liner wet. This is most easily accomplished if you wet the brush, not the liner cake.

I find cake eyeliners tremendously versatile. I use two brushes–the first to actually line the eye. A good flat-topped brush (here, Laura Mercier’s, but there are lot of companies that make them) is best for making a sharp, defined line around the lash lines.

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Second, I use a smudge brush (again, this is Laura Mercier’s but several companies make them) to smudge the liner, and to add a bit of powder over the sharp line to add a bit of smoke.  Alternatively, you could add a lighter color to soften and lighten the liner color.
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I find that it’s best to use these brushes wet. First, most cake eyeliners are hard and give off very little pigment unless you fight them for it. A wet brush is a great weapon to beat some pigment out of the cake. I find that a spritz of water isn’t enough. Also, using my tongue usually leaves a color mark so I avoid that too. It’s best to run the brushes under water, then “squeegee” the excess water out by using two fingers, or dab the brush on a towel. Here, I’m using Chanel’s black cake eyeliner duo.  I’m starting with the flat-topped brush in the matte side of the duo, to make a sharp line within the lash line.


This next picture shows how versatile a cake eyeliner can be, and why I love them.  You can use them to make the thinnest possible line, or really layer it on for a thick, dark look.  The reality is, that a cake eyeliner can give me the kind of control that I cannot get from other eyeliners. This is why I don’t mind the complication of using them.  I cannot get a line of the same thinness and pigmentation with a gel, or a pencil–the thin, flat, wet brush and the highly pigmented, light powder makes using a cake eyeliner unique.


Next, I take a wet, squeegee’d smudge brush and put it into the shimmer side of the eyeliner duo.  You can use a black eyeshadow (like MAC Carbon) for this part if you aren’t working with a duo.


I applied the smudge brush to the same three tester lines from the previous picture, so that it shows how you can “soften” the edges of the cake liner to the look that you are trying to achieve.


You can see around the edges of the largest and narrowest lines that you can sweep the smudge brush to a very soft edge if you like.  I’m constantly amazed how easy cake eyeliner is to use, even on some busy mornings.  And the layering helps the eyeliner last all day and into the evening–I had a very hard time washing this off with a tough cleanser!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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