Chanel Rose Ecrin Joues Contraste Blush Swatches and Review

Monday, June 27, 2011

With a slew of endless bronzers released in the past 2 months, I nearly forgot how much I love to wear soft pink blushes.  Rose Ecrin Joues Contraste is part of Chanel's Fall 2011 Collection.  It retails for $43USD and I vaguely remember an SA mentioning the JCs are made in Europe. I'm not 100% sure so will double check again and update. I called up several Chanel boutiques to double check and all the SAs confirmed this is in the US, not the baked European formula. A special thanks to all the knowledgeable and lovely ladies for helping me to decipher this mystery, especially Eileen! I know the collection is slowly trickling into department stores (Nordstrom, NM, Macy's, etc) but I haven't seen it at my local counters. I purchased Rose Ecrin from Chanel's website.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Ebloui Swatches and Review

Friday, June 24, 2011

Chanel released 6 new long wear luminous eyeshadows called Illusion d'Ombre. All of these are part of the permanent collection and retail for $36USD. Out of the six, I picked Ebloui because the description seemed quite appealing. This is also a shade that's not include in the spring's Ombres Perles de Chanel quint.  I'm not sure if this available at all counters yet. I purchased mine from Chanel's website.  For those interested in seeing swatches of all 6 shades, Sabrina from TheBeautyLookBook and Amy at Cafe Makeup both have superb posts on them here and here.

Chanel included pictorial instructions on how to use the eyeshadow and the brush that's included. You can use the shade as an eyeshadow or to line the eyes. 

Chanel Fall 2011 Collection - Coming Soon...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

One of the most talked about topic this month is Chanel's Fall 2011 Collection.  When the items showed up online, I only purchased a selected few to try out.  Normally I would pick up a lot more than what's shown but with the Le Blanc and Byzance Collections just around the corner, I saved my budget for those instead.  It's also a good thing that not every piece in this collection is limited edition.  Based on Karlasugar's list, only Graphite n/p,  Peridot n/p, and Khaki Platine are LE. Everything else is permanent.

Swatches and review coming soon...

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Jasminora Review

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ever since Guerlain's Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder became a part of my small bronzer collection, I have been obsessed with its beautiful fragrance.  I told a Guerlain rep that if they took the exact same smell and bottle it up, I would purchase the fragrance without any reservations. Thus, I have been on a hunt to find the same intoxicating combination of Jasmine and Violet for the last couple of months. When Charleston Girl from BestThingsInBeauty told us about Guerlain's Limited Edition Aqua Allegoria Jasminora, my ears perked right up. Based on her wonderful descriptions of the fragrance, I had to try it out in fear of the LE factor.  It is currently available at Sephora for $59USD.

Burberry Lip Mist Natural Sheer Lipstick Swatches and Review

Monday, June 20, 2011

Burberry Lip Mist Natural Sheer Lipsticks were launched back in May at several exclusive Nordstrom counters.  There are a total of 9 shades available with each retailing for $30USD. You can also purchase these on Nordstrom's website. I was looking forward to trying out the formula but had to wait until Nordstrom's Trend Show to get my hands on these beauties.

Aveeno Hydrosport Sunblock Lotion SPF 85 Review

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

California weather has been very strange lately.  I'm not sure about the temperature in your neck of the woods, but it was cold and rainy in early June for us.  This week is filled with scorching heat, making me yearn for a tall glass of cold iced tea. Regardless of the weather, I always reach for sunscreen to prevent skin damage from harmful UV rays.  My skin is very sensitive and have been known to break out instantly from various brands of sunscreens.  Therefore, I was very excited to try out Aveeno's Hydrosport Sunblock SPF85 when it arrived at my doorstep. This was sent to me by Aveeno as part of the Ambassador Program.

What Inspires You? Fotolia

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it's always busy with weddings and graduations.  It is also the best time to enjoy beautiful blooming flowers. I remember when I was planning for my wedding, I searched high and low for bouquet and table setting ideas.  I wanted something that was elegant but had to include shades of pink, green, red, and white. I drew my inspirations from websites with stock photos, wedding photographers, and wedding forums. 

Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain Swatches and Review

Friday, June 10, 2011

Despite my love for cosmetics, I do not have a single makeup item inside my purse. I usually apply my makeup before work and will come home with whatever is still left on my face. I don't reapply lipstick, blush, or powder. However on days with special occasions in the evening, I always apply my trusty Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque.  I know that no matter what happens, my lips will still look good at the end of the day.  Imagine my surprise to find Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain producing a similar effect but at roughly 1/3 of the price of Chanel.  You can find these at Sephora for $9USD.

Regrettable Purchases

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blame it on hype, jet lag, or lucrative GWP offers, we all have products sitting in our drawers that will probably never see the light of day again.  They hide deep in the back and when we actually see them, we might even shake our heads with disgust thinking "Why in the world did I buy that?!".  This is my hall of shame of regrettable purchases:

Byzance de Chanel Sneak Peek

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I have been told Byzance de Chanel is a collection that is only exclusive to Chanel Boutiques. I truly hope that's not the case, and that Chanel will put this online for us to purchase. Thanks to Rouge Deluxe for the information and image.

The collection includes:
  • Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Topkapi
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rouge and Or
  • Rouge Allure Lipstick in Rouge Byzantine

From the promo image alone, I'm interested in the eyeshadow quad. Lucky for us, a fellow beauty blogger has some images and swatches of the collection available here.

So far none of the boutiques I contacted have received Byzance de Chanel.   Please let me know if you're able to get a hold of this collection.  I have a serious case of lemming after seeing swatches of Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Topkapi.

What's on your list from Byzance de Chanel?