Oct 302013

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Chanel has recently introduced the Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 ($55/ 1 oz.) in the pink-toned Rosée to the U.S. market.  Chanel describes that this is:

A lightweight, oil-free makeup base helps to correct uneven skin tone, smooth imperfections and extend the wear of any foundation that follows to give you a radiant complexion. Pearl protein and licorice extracts work together to counteract dullness, while pure white mineral-ceramic pigments give you a natural glow. The formula is also enriched with SPF 30 and hyaluronic acid to protect your skin. 

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 I’ve been using Chanel Le Blanc in Rosée for the past few weeks. First up, in my opinion, this is not a product for everyone.  I do believe, however, that there is a certain demographic that will absolutely adore the results, and I fit within that demographic and so I’ll provide my experiences.

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Have you ever noticed the glow that very young children seem to have? Even warm toned skins seemed to have a touch of dewy freshness. As we age, go through hormonal changes, acquire age/dark spots/scars, or even have a fading tan, our skin may seem to lean a bit darker or warmer than we are used to from our younger days. This manifests in unevenness that is hard to conceal unless one wears some spot-treatment concealers or medium to full coverage foundations. It makes cooler colors hard to wear on warmer skin tones–skin just doesn’t look bright, clear and super clean. Even so, these solutions don’t seem to have the same glow factor that’s so beautiful about younger skin. Chanel Le Blanc Rosée blurs, corrects, and helps hide uneven skin colors, and adds a fresh-faced base that mimics that youthful pink glow.

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When I use Chanel Le Blanc Rosée on my warm NC15/20 skin, it evens out the color imperfections, serves as a matte primer to extend the wear time of my foundation, acts as a sunscreen, and gives my skin a pretty, fresh, youthful, delicate, light, ethereal color cast that knocks off a few years. It’s surprisingly flattering.

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More ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Chanel Le Blanc Rosée will certainly work on cool skin tones as well, indeed pinks look lovely on cool toned individuals. Note that there is no way on this planet or any other that I would wear Chanel Le Blanc Rosée without foundation–the pink is unnatural without at least a sheer wash of color that matches my skin tone.

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In the past, I’ve used a few other Chanel bases, including the former Blanc Lumiere (in 20 Mimosa, pictured above), the Asia-exclusive Le Blanc in 30 Lys, and the U.S. UV Essentiel sunscreen (which applies sheer/clear).  Lately, I’ve been reaching for Chanel Le Blanc Rosée because I love the fresh look and longevity that it provides. It makes my skin look prettier, and isn’t that the whole point?

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Blanc Rosée has been a wonderful brightening base product for the last several weeks–definitely my favorite primer so far. It really brings a youthful, tone-evening luminosity to my skin. So far, so much love!

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Jun 062013

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As you probably know, I’m a big believer in good suncare. I love Chanel, Institute Estederm, Shiseido, and other high end lines. Still, if you do as much sunscreen research as I do, you are bound to run into raves for Burn Out Eco-Sensitive Sunscreen ($17.99), also called “Burn Out Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin.” It’s available on the Burn Out website, and also at Whole Foods (where I bought mine).

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Unlike some cosmetic company sunscreens, Burn Out is made for rough and tumble outdoor life. Formulated in Santa Cruz, California, the formula uses a physical zinc oxide as a block and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. It’s oil free, chemical-free, paraben-free, petroleum-free, fragrance-free, eco-sensitive, ocean safe, and biodegradable. It’s made by Sun Resesarch LLC, a company “dedicated to suncare education, and enjoy motivating people to get out and have fun in a sun-safe, environmentally responsible way.”

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It’s enriched with plankton extract, aloe vera, and antioxidant vitamins. Also, it’s remarkably cosmetically elegant to wear on the face or body. It provides a very nice stable base for foundation–I’ve been wearing this (on and off) for about three weeks, and found that it doesn’t interfere with (or degrade) foundation.

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This has a high zinc oxide content as a physical block against the sun. The inactive ingredients are:  deionized water, caprice/caprylic triglycerides, vegetable glycerin, sorbitol, imperata cylindrica (root) extract, caprylyl glycol, lecithin, arabidopsis extract, plankton extract, aloe vera, vitamin C, vitamin E, and citric acid.

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Unlike some physical sunscreens, this doesn’t leave a visible white cast that takes 20-30 minutes to disappear. Instead, a little bit (or a lot) blends quickly and invisibly into the skin. It doesn’t feel the tiniest bit greasy (and not drying either).

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This is a grab-and-go product–it’s just got a flip-cap and a squeeze tube. Curiously, I don’t even see a volume printed on the label (I’m guessing it has around 1.5 to 2 fluid ounces, but I can’t be sure).  You can see that Burn Out Eco-Sensitive has none of the packaging elegance of a Chanel or Shiseido product. Some might find this works well as a good body sunscreen, while others (including me), find that it works well on the face as well.

Bottom line:  Worthy of its cult status. A surprisingly excellent formulation at $17.99. Definitely worth a good look.

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May 072012

Here are some quick and handy tips from MD Solar Sciences, to remind us about the importance of skin protection as summer approaches (click to enlarge):

Here are a few products from MD Solar for protection. I’m hoping to test out the MD Solar Sciences Tinted Moisturizer (I’ll post a review when I can do so). They’ve got an excellent reputation based on reviews that I’ve read, and I’ve long been curious about them. Click to enlarge:

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May 062012

Here’s what three things I’m obsessed with right now…

1.  Sunscreens– In sunny California, the summer sun has begun to show its smiling face. For me, that means gathering my hats and sunscreen. Yes, I know that this is important for anti-aging, but it can be life-saving as well. Did you know that for women ages 18 to 24, one in five does not apply sunscreen regularly? 

No matter how much you pay for your sunscreen, the key is to make sure you wear it. That’s why I’m so pleased to see NARS release a tinted moisturizer that claims SPF 30++, because no one can forget to wear sunscreen that’s in their foundation (I layer my Nars Tinted Moisturizer over Chanel SPF 50 sunscreen, above).  Even hats and other clothing can add sun protection. Currently, Bergdorf’s is donating 10% of sales of certain sun protection products to the Melanoma Research Alliance of certain products for May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Here’s one of the products from Cafe Makeup favorite Le Metier de Beaute:

Other Bergdorf products include:

  • La Mer SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid
  • Sunday Riley Cashmere SPF 30+ Sun Defense
  • Orlane Extreme Anti-Wrinkle Care SPF 30
  • Laura Mercier Daily Face Shield SPF 40
  • Lancome Benefait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen
  • Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 PA+++

Check out Dr. Marnie Nussbaum’s sun safe tips here on Bergdorf’s blog.

2. Omorovicza is a skin care line that I’m just beginning to test. The line was started by Margaret and Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza, who launched it at their spa in Budapest in 2006. Currently, the line is sold at Bergdorf’s and there is a comprehensive website as well. Today (Sunday, May 6th) is the last day to end their Spa Giveaway at a Four Seasons Resort. There is also a runner-up prize of over $1,000 worth of product.

Either sounds amazingly good to me… sign up here on Facebook.

3. Mother’s Day Shopping. It’s hard to find the right gift–I usually depend on L’Occintane to deliver a tastefully-packaged, luxurious, and thoughtful item. I settled on this Bouquet of  Thousand Flowers shipped to mine, together with some books that I hope that my mother will enjoy:

Right now, L’Occitane is running a gift promotion so that you can tuck some additional treats into your gift, with the code SPRING and a $65 purchase (also free ship with $25 purchase):

Elsewhere on the internet:

  • The Beauty Look Book has me dying for this Haute House Hues collection from Le Metier de Beaute.
  • The Nonblonde previews a new Touche Eclat Foundation from Yves Saint Laurent–10 years in the making and slated for sale in the U.S. in July.
  • The British Beauty Blogger previews the Dior Summer Mix mini collection of glosses and nail polish.
  • Nowness has this extraordinarily beautiful video that features a underwater mix of bursts of color and gorgeous glassware.
  • Through a Glass Brightly on Nowness.com. More about the video is here.

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