Category Archives: Chanel

Fresh for Summer: Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad

I find that Chanel’s summer 2011 collection evokes a fresh feeling. Summer is the time to wear sheer colors and load up on the bronzer — at least for me! There’s a wonderful ease with summer beauty, a time when less really is more. I think that’s why Chanel’s Eyeshadow Quad in Lilium appealed to me. While I don’t normaly gravitate towards light greens, the one in Lilium is sheer with golden undertones.

I’m honestly shocked to be saying this, but I think the light green in here makes the quad. It’s unique to me, and something I wouldn’t opt for in a single. So have a little faith green-phobes, this color works! I like to layer it over a gold base on the lid, or use in the inner corners. I’ve been having fun challenging myself with a new color.

The other three shades are strong as well. The pink has a soft, feminine opalescence and goes with anything. The deep green is beautiful as a liner or smudged around the rims and the purple reminds me of Taupe Gris from Chanel’s Fall 2010 collection.

What do you guys think of Lilium? You feeling the green, or no?

Just Another Mani Monday: Chanel Mimosa Nail Color

I’ve never been into yellows before but if anyone could lure me over to the yellow side, it would be Chanel so I picked up Chanel’s Mimosa even though the reviews were not very kind to this new shade. I liked that the yellow was a little on the warm side with micro glitter in it. I usually go for crèmes but it’s hard for me to turn down a shade like this.

One of the major complaints I heard about this shade was how streaky it was. I tried to apply Mimosa as carefully as I could to avoid dragging the color upwards but it was useless. With three coats on my nails, there are still spots where you can see how uneven it is. A follower on Twitter mentioned using CND’s Sticky as a base coat helps but I couldn’t find my bottle in time to try it out.

Aside from how uneven it applies, I noticed this shade seemed to take much longer to dry. I’ve been using an Out the Door top coat lately to speed things up and even an hour later, my nails incurred some damage. Not to mention the bubbles that started to form later on as the color dried. I always clean my nail beds with remover prior to applying color to make sure that this doesn’t happen but it didn’t matter with Mimosa.

This is the first time I have ever felt like taking back a Chanel nail color and this color will be coming off my nails tonight. If you must indulge in a Chanel nail color for summer, make it Morning Rose. The pink with gold flecks is just beautiful.

Time to Shine: Chanel Rouge Coco Shines Available Now at Virtual Pop-Up Shop

Are you a Chanel Facebook fan? If not, now is the time to “like” the page! For the next two days, April 4 and 5, Chanel is debuting Rouge Coco Shine to its Facebook fans through a virtual pop-up store.  You’ll actually be able to purchase the lipstick before it makes a national debut.

Rouge Coco Shine is one of our top lip picks for spring and summer. There is so much to love about this formula, namely the shine factor. It’s like a popsicle on your lips, a sheer wash of color. I’ve been living for my tube of Boy (review here!)

With 18 shades to choose from – each named to represent a moment in the life of Coco Chanel – there is at least one option for everyone. But given the sheer nature, these have to be the most forgiving, universally flattering lipsticks available. I’ve got my eye on Liberte, a sheer apricot, and Aventure, a shimmering pink.

Boy, Do I Love Chanel Rouge Coco Shine

In addition to the official start of spring, there’s something else you should be anxiously awaiting: the full launch of Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine. This new lipstick is sheer, hydrating and perfectly juicy on the lips. Not so sheer that you don’t get color, but just enough to look youthful.  I’ve been living for this lipstick in Boy, and can’t wait to see the other 17 shades.

Boy is a universally flattering rosy pink color. I can’t think of a skin tone that wouldn’t rock this color. Plus, it’s so enjoyable to wear. The second Rouge Coco Shine hits your lips, it just sort of melts and gives off a beautiful shine. There’s also a hint of rose that you’d expect from Chanel. Each shade has some meaning also, chronicling various encounters and successes in Coco Chanel’s life.

I love to give the gift of Chanel (to myself and others), and will quickly be identifying shades for the ladies in my life. Bottom line, everyone needs at least one of these in their makeup bag this spring!

Best of 2010: Our Favorite Nail Colors

Our recap of the Best of 2010 continues with our favorite nail polishes of 2010. We were all over the board last year — glitters, smooth neutrals, bold colors, pastels. There were many amazing polishes and collections, and here are the ones that stood out the most to us.

Essie’s Resort Collection transported us to a five-star resort in the tropics with shades like “Turquoise and Caicos” and “Lapis of Luxury.” We loved every single one of these polishes, and the inclusion of the cement-like neutral Playa Del Platinum was like the tie that binds.

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Just Another Mani Monday: Chanel Spring 2011

Happy New Year everyone! We’re excited to get the first Monday of the year out of the way — always hard to get back into the routine after the holidays isn’t it? To help beat the New Year Monday blues, we thought we’d take a closer look at the beautiful “it color” from  Chanel Spring: Black Pearl.

Black Pearl is a really interesting and unique polish. And even though it’s going to be great for spring, it’s also one of those colors that works beautifully right now in the dead of winter. It’s true to its namesake, as it really does resemble black pearls. The pearly green undertone is always present, even indoors.

While not the greatest close-up, you can see how green it is compared to the black of my laptop. I applied two coats over a base as well as a layer of Seche Vite. I didn’t find this to be streaky in the least and am very happy with this polish. I definitely think if you’re going for a Chanel Spring nail, Black Pearl is your winner. However, Pearl Drop and Peche Nacree are worthy sidekicks if you’ve got the dollars to spare.

Let us know what you’re thinking of Black Pearl, and how your New Year is starting off!

Best of 2010: Favorite Eye Products

In 2010, we saw many beautiful eyeshadows and tons of color. We had a lot of fun with our eye makeup this year, but our picks for favorite products are what we see as staples day in and out. Eye makeup that we need to survive, ya know the feeling? Here’s what we deemed to be the best!

Urban Decay Naked Palette – What kind of 2010 wrap-up would this be without talking about the Naked Palette? This literally contains everything you need to create every type of eye imaginable, all within the beloved neutral range of course. Something tells me this will carry on as a favorite for many into next year, especially because it’s still one of the most sought after eyeshadow palettes! Worth every penny.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wearing Cream Shadow, Shore – Bobbi released some beautiful metallic cream shadows with her summer Beach Club collection, but it’s Shore, the barely there matte nude, that has stayed in the makeup bag since summer. It’s the perfect eye base — layered with shadow or just on its own.

NARS Smudgeproof Eye Base – NARS foray into eyeshadow primer was a successful one. We love this product, and it’s hard to put into words just how different it is than other primers. It’s got a great texture — almost a fluffy, tacky gel that seamlessly melts on the lids. Eyeshadows of the powder and cream varieties adhere to this very well. Definitely a staple eye product for us. And while I don’t think you get as much product as say UDPP, my tube is still going strong 6 months in.

MAC Greasepaint Stick, Dirty – MAC Greasepaint Sticks were a favorite for me in 2009 so I was giddy when the Art Supplies collection launched. Dirty is such a multi-dimensional shade — a blackened taupe — that creates the best smokey eye. I smudge this along the upper and lower lash line, throw on mascara and I am good to go. The staying power on these is really impressive too — they don’t budge.

MAC Superslick Liquid Liner – MAC did good in the eye department in 2010! The Superslick Liquid Liner that launched with Fabulous Felines was a game changer. The flocked tip makes it easy breezy to apply and the colors were so fun. We hope these come back next year.

Chanel Taupe Gris Eyeshadow – Of all the eyeshadow singles that I tried, this was the moneymaker. Taupe Gris is one of those “do everything” shades that gives me a very polished look no matter what I do. It’s also an interesting shade, as are most taupes. It pulls rather purple on me, but depending on what I pair it with, it can look more grey or brown. Truly worth the Chanel pricetag.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Emergency Card for Eyes – Trish always sneaks onto our best of lists, because she makes amazing makeup. Her recent Beauty Emergency Card for Eyes is a Carla staple. It contains really rich, shimmering neutrals and even has your brow filler covered. Plus, these are so tiny. I’m pretty sure the new TSA body scans wouldn’t even notice this tucked in your pocket:)

Your turn to share. Any fave eye products to add to the conversation?

Best of 2010: Our Favorite Lip Products

It was really hard to narrow down our favorite lip products of 2010, because we saw the arrival of so many amazing products. And for as much of a gloss fiend I consider myself to be, most of the lippies I tipped my hat to in 2010 are lipsticks! Here’s a closer look at what we deem to be the best of the best in lips for 2010.

Chanel Rouge Coco – It all began with those gorgeous ads of Vanessa Paradis wearing Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle. I saw these in nealry every bus station and train stop in Chicago for months. Great ads, yes. But, absolutely great lipstick to back it up! I love the color selection and the formula works great on my lips. It’s long-lasting and looks and feels luxurious. My favorite shade, and I now have many, is by far Chintz from the Chanel’s Fall Collection.

NARS Pure Matte – The return of the matte lip for fall was a trend that made me wary, but we both love NARS Pure Matte. These are a fresh and updated version to the matte lip and this formula does not give you “Sahara lips.” Carla got a lot of wear time with Volga, and I rotate often between Bangkok and Tashkent, the perfect rosy and nude, respectively, shades.

Tarte Natural Lip Stain – Tarte’s Natural Lipsurgence Lip Stain revolutionized stains for us by introducing a glossy, moisturizing one this spring. They’ve got jojoba seed oil, vitamins E and C and, like all Tarte products, none of the “bad” stuff. They have a refreshing minty effect as well due to the addition of peppermint oil. We always have one of these nearby — a must if you haven’t tried yet!

Chanel Extrait de Gloss – Before you wonder if I’ve lost that loving feeling for gloss, just know, it’s still there! Chanel’s Extrait de Gloss is easily my favorite gloss launch of the year. The colors are so pigmented, yet sheer and juicy (I’m FULL of contradictions in this one, I know!). I love the nude shades, but the bright pink Insolence has left a lasting impression on me.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture – Carla’s all about this lipstick in Rose Stiletto, a rich berry rose that livens up her lips. The formula is feather light and it glides on the lips ever so easily. This lipstick is packed with pigment for full coverage and doesn’t dry lips out while it gives long lasting wear. Even though it’s got staying power, she can’t help but constantly pull this out of her makeup bag to touch up… the tube is so chic!

Carmex Moisture Plus Tinted Lip Balm – I discovered these in the fall, but now that it’s winter, I’ve been putting these on full-time duty. They’re the Carmex we know and love, but updated and with a tint! A perfect tint of color — a neutral pink or peach option. The fact that these are only $3 blows my mind.

MUFE Rouge Artist Intense – What impressed us the most with Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense is the pigmentation and the finishes. Not everyone likes a matte lip, or a satin, etc. — and these come in three different finishes across 50 shades. I really like the bright satin pink (#37) used just slightly on with a clear gloss over it. It’s very brightening to my face. Carla did an awesome ombre lip with some of the nude shades for the MUFE Lips to Love contest. While we didn’t win (tear!), it was fun to do!

Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment – The original Fresh Lip Treatment is a legend in beauty circles, but with each new release, they keep upstaging themselves! Sugar Plum is my favorite yet because of its light berry color. It’s so flattering on my fair skin, not too dark or bright, and I love the scent and flavor. Can’t get enough of this product.

Best of 2010: Our Favorite Mascaras

We’re highlighting our top beauty picks of the year, and clearly, mascara is in a class of its own! We tried a ton, liked many but only fell madly for a small, select few. And the winners are…

Chanel Inimitable Intense – This mascara is amazing! We both have been incredibly impressed with this mascara’s abilities — lengthening, separating, volumizing…it really does it all. The brush just latches onto lashes and works its magic. Definitely one of the best mascaras to hit the beauty market in 2010.

Maybelline The Falsies – I knew this was a winner when I started getting comments on my lashes at work. This mascara has so much to offer — a great price point and an innovative brush. The formula really does pump up lashes and it gives amazing length to my fringe. And it goes without saying to make our Best of Mascara list, it must not clump, flake or give racoon eyes.

What made your best of list for mascara? Any faves to share?