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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chanel Evanescente: Keira Knightley Beauty Stalking

Chanel Rouge Allure #88 Evanescente...

... also known as the gateway lipstick to beauty-stalking.

The first time I saw the photos from the London premiere of Anna Karenina, I was so so so jealous of Keira Knightley's look. This isn't a new jealousy, I've been girlcrushing hard on Keira since Bend it Like Beckham. But for some reason I was particularly obsessed with this look.

So of course, of course, it turned out that Lisa Eldridge had created the look. Then Lisa tweeted that this was the lipstick she had used. Eureka! Foolproof beauty-stalking. Lips take nearly zero effort to replicate. Hurrah!

While the formula itself isn't the most moisturizing, it wears quite well (4 or so hours, on me) and the colour is lovely (a muted light pink with a slight frost to it). It's classic and classy, and just the right amount of colour. It looks a little bit lighter on me, for some reason. But then again, it could be lighting, heaviness of application, etc. I'm still tweaking it. Soon I'll look like Keira, I just know it. 



Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cheerio! Bonjour! Guten Tag!

Yours truly on the London Eye!

Hello my friends! Obviously I've been away (if you hadn't been able to tell by my lack of posting everywhere except twitter) (because I'm usually SO consistent with my blogging and Youtubing, right? Right? Right?).

I was in Europe for just over 2 weeks, so I'm still recovering from the jet lag (6 hours is tough to get back!). My skin is also punishing me for a variety of offences, including, but not limited to: UD Naked Skin foundation (sadface), not having a good mirror for the past 2 weeks (blackheads yuck), forgetting my St. Ives scrub at home, maybe sometimes forgetting to take off my makeup, not sleeping at all, etc.

So needless to say I'm a bit stressed out and would much rather still be in Europe. But OH WELL!

I will hopefully start working on my Europe vlog this weekend. I have 2 weeks worth of video clips to go through, so it might take me a while. I ask for patience, please! I will probably be back to blogging before I'm back to Youtubing, so keep checking back here. I did some European makeup shopping (obviously) so I have lots to show you and blog about!

Talk to you all very soon!



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush -- $26.00 CDN at Sephora

I realize that this brush was made with the Naked Skin foundation in mind, and I can hear you already wondering why I'm not reviewing them together.

The simple answer is that I think this brush is excellent as a standalone product. I (finally) received it on Friday, and have been using it every day to apply my foundation, be it Naked Skin (which is starting to break me out boooooo) or my trusty MUFE Face & Body.

What I really like about this brush is how dense and firm the bristles are, while still being incredibly soft. The design makes it so easy to buff foundation into the skin without any streaking, since the bristles can't move around very much. I had been using (and still really like!) the Sephora Airbrush #55 brush, but it's a lot floppier and requires more work to get a "flawless" finish. A commenter of my YouTube channel pointed out that this brush looks a lot like the Sephora Mineral Powder Brush #45, which it certainly does! But... this UD brush is $8 cheaper!

Something to note is that because of how dense the bristles are, it will pick up a lot of product if you're not careful. The first time I used it I had so much foundation on my cheek and had to blend blend blend so that I didn't look like a pancake. I've learned, though. Now I am an expert in the art of the Optical Blurring brush... no pancakes for me (unless they're the edible kind!)

final thoughts

  • Urban Decay does NOT test on animals, and this brush is completely vegan.
  • I really like how aesthetically pleasing it is. It has a lovely pewter-coloured handle and a lovely shape.
  • For under $30 cdn, it's a steal! 
  • Works beautifully with any liquid foundation, not just Naked Skin. 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Autumn Picks: Maybelline Dressed to Kill

Maybelline Color Show in 270 Dressed to Kill, $2.96 for .23 fl.oz 

Burgundy nail polish is a huge trend for fall, and I decided to get in on it with a cheapie polish from Wal-Mart. I figured for under $3, why the heck not? That semi wishy-washy thought is pretty much the theme of this blog post. Overall, it's not a superior, or even "really good", nail polish. It's good. When paired with your trusty base and top coats, it's good. It's a solid take on burgundy, and while I wish there was a bit more depth to the colour, I'm not disappointed by it.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the formula. It had a nice texture and consistency, not too thin and runny, not too thick and gloopy. It's the Goldilocks of formulas: just. right. I'm particularly gimpy at painting with my non-dominant hand, so it's always helpful when the formula isn't conspiring against me. Dressed to Kill was opaque in two coats.

My only "real" gripe is that on day two, there's already a bit of tip wear. It's not noticeable to anybody besides myself, but it's still a little bit annoying. I just have to keep repeating "It was less than three bucks. It was less than three bucks".

Since we're talking about incredibly cheap nail polish here, I'll offer a brief aside: these Maybelline polishes are much better quality than the Essence polishes (which ring in at $1.49, review can be found here), and come in at only twice the (incredibly low) price. Essence offers a wider, more fun range of colours and are entirely decent and I definitely recommend them if you're on a budget. However, for another $1.50ish, you can get a much better formula and application, with more product.

Overall I'm giving this a solid B grade. Obviously if you can afford OPI, China Glaze, etc. every time, then good on you and go for it. But for a cheap way to keep up with each season's ever-changing nail trends, you really can't go wrong with Maybelline's Color Show range!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Royal Wedding Manicure! And some Royal reminiscing... :)

Royal Wedding Manicure: Essie Allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge

Happy Will and Kate-iversary! (and happy 100th post to me!)

One year ago today, the Cambridges wed, and I was absolutely heartbroken. Not because Wills was finally off the market, but because our power was out for 24 hours and I missed the live broadcast of the wedding! I was so ready to get up at 4 a.m for the big event. And then disaster struck! I was devastated- I tried so hard to find a re-broadcast, but all I could find were "highlights" and commentary. I was absolutely elated that I had been right about her dress (Sarah Burton FTW!!!) but crushed that I hadn't been able to witness (live!) the moment when Kate first stepped out of the car and revealed herself...

But I'm rambling... So let's just remember that time I saw them on their Royal Tour and met Prince William and touched him, ok?

My hand and Prince William's hand. Together. Touching.

Anyway, on to why you're really here, and what probably brought you here in the first place...

In celebration of this glorious anniversary, I finally bought Essie's Allure nail polish, which was mixed with Bourjois' Rose Lounge polish, which I also have (blog post here!), to create Kate's lovely manicure on the big day!

image via Glamour

image via styleite.com

I find it oddly comforting that Kate has kind of... normal... nails. They're not long and perfect, although I'm sure wedding manicurist Marina Sandoval made them as close to perfect as possible. They're short and practical. Lovely!


Essie allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge

When I read that these two colours had been "mixed", that left me wondering: were they literally mixed together, or was it a layer of each? I decided to put it to the test... I dabbed out a few drops of each onto a piece of plastic and used an old top coat nail polish brush to mix them and apply one coat. I have to say, if this was the method used, it must have taken ages, and wasted a whole lot of nail polish! I found that more nail polish ended up drying to the plastic than ending up on my nails.

Once I had tossed that method, I tried "mixing" them layer by layer. After using my Orly Bonder base coat, I started with a layer of Allure (almost invisible, really), a layer of Rose Lounge, then another layer of Allure. Then topped with Seche Vite top coat. This method achieved a relatively opaque look, a little bit more so than Kate's look as she has a visible nail line. Although her nail bed does seem much shorter than mine, so it's entirely possible that I would also have visible nail line if my nails showed much "white" at this current length!

Essie Allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge

Essie Allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge
Essie Allure and Bourjois Rose Lounge

I can definitely see why the manicurist mixed these colours- they're lovely together. I much prefer the mixture on my skin tone than Rose Lounge on its own. While a lovely colour, it was a bit too yellow for my taste (and kind of a b*tch to work with, if I'm being honest here. Streaky as heck!) and made my hands look weird. The mixture offers a lighter, more beige colour, as well as the opportunity for Allure to cover up any streakiness left behind by Rose Lounge. It dries to almost a jelly finish-- certainly not a cream. There was a bit of patchiness for this application, but in defense of the polishes, I switched methods halfway through and was in a hurry- I smudged a few spots when I was applying the next layer of polish. So my method wasn't exactly top-notch.

final thoughts
  • Wondering why I hadn't bought Allure sooner? 
  • I'm getting incredibly Royal-Nostalgic. Clearly I am insane.
  • Also wondering what Kate's favourite nail polishes are. She should have a blog or something. Can you imagine?? 
  • Really enjoying this sunshiney weather. Nail swatches in sunlight give the best, most accurate colour. Loving it. 
  • Happy 100th blog post to me! Yay!

xo Chloe


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Grège

dior grege eyeshadow 5 pan review swatch

Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow palette in Grège ($60 for 0.21 oz), colours described as "light brown shimmer/ cream shimmer/ light taupe sheen/ plum brown sheen/ gunmetal grey shimmer". I feel like it's pretty obvious which one is which...

 I picked this beauty up a while back, during the Sephora VIB 15% off promo. I was feeling "splurgey" (I feel like that should be a real word, since I feel that way much too often) so when I walked by the Dior display and my eyes landed on the 5 Colour Palettes, I actually stopped and swatched and considered. And bought. They have 11 "permanent" palettes, so there are a few choices, but this one was a no-brainer for me. I'd say a good 50% of these feature pink shadows, which I already have tons of, so I decided on a good neutral palette with a cool tone to it. Yay for Grège! 

dior grege eyeshadow 5 pan review swatch

dior grege eyeshadow 5 pan review swatch

I have to say that if you're looking for wham! bam! pigmentation and impact, these won't be up your alley.  But, if you're looking for a palette featuring smooth, easy to blend, colour coordinated quasi-neutrals with a lovely satiny finish, then I'd say these are certainly worth a look. This is my go-to palette when I'm getting ready for work, and it gives me so many options!

Some swatches, made extra large for your viewing pleasure:

dior grege eyeshadow 5 pan review swatch
Dior Grège (flash) (the "CD" taupe is in the middle)

dior grege eyeshadow 5 pan review swatch
Dior Grège (daybulb)

The only shade that gave the slightest... difficulty... is the middle taupe colour. It's by no means a dud, but I was a little bit disappointed that it's so sheer, since it's such a beautiful colour. But it is described as a "light taupe sheen", so Dior's not at fault here :) I still wear it almost every day as my lid colour!

final thoughts
  • I really recommend checking these out if you're looking for a splurge. But I will also encourage you to buy it only if you love all 5 colours in the palette (or minimum 4 if it's a really big big love for them!). It's easier to justify if you know you're going to be using all 5 colours!
  • These palettes are expertly colour coordinated, no joke. Every colour looks beautiful with every other colour in the palette.
  • Next on my list to check out: Royal Khaki, Incognito (though I fear it's a bit too warm for me?), and Stylish Move.
  • Will try to post an eye look using this sometime soon! It's so tough to get a good eye shot, especially when I'm running out the door for work!

xo Chloe

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Chanel Graphite is in my hot little hands, yes it is!

Yes, you read the title right. And no, you have not time-travelled back to Fall 2011. It is currently April 2012, and yes, I just got Chanel Graphite nail polish from their fall 2011 collection. I almost bought this polish when it came out. Almost. But the price freaked me out, and I decided against getting it... I finally convinced myself that I needed it, but by the time I had, it was long sold out.

This was "the one that got away". I hunted high and low for any possible dupes (nope), lurked every Chanel counter I came across in case they had a lonely Graphite straggler at the bottom of a drawer... but no. I had missed it.

But then.... When I was in NYC over Easter, I popped by the Chanel counter at Century 21 and OMFGOMFGOMFG they had not only one, but THREE of them! Glory Hallelujah! No, I didn't buy all three (so my dear NYC readers, run fast to Cortlandt Street!) but I did a happy dance and giddily purchased this baby. I think I paid $28 and I don't even care. It was 100% worth it.

Details: $28(ish) for 0.4 fl. oz, Chanel Graphite (529) is described as a "metallic silver". I see so much more in it though: silver, gold, pewter, green, brown... And the glitter is so small and smooth and looks like it's glowing in the sunlight. Absolutely stunning.

Chanel Graphite in sunlight

Chanel Graphite in sunlight

Chanel Graphite with flash

xo Chloe


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NARS Cruising -- my new daily favourite!

NARS Cruising

NARS Cruising Sheer Lipstick, $24.00 US/$30.00 CDN for 0.12 oz

I've discovered this gem, and it was completely by accident and impulse. It's described as as a simple "nude pink", which is what drew me to this colour when I was casually browsing at Sephora. I was on the hunt for a nudey-pink that wouldn't take too much care to apply. Since my lips are quite red, going lighter is usually more trouble than it's worth. But this... oh my. This is so easy to apply, and I love love love the colour!

NARS Cruising
This lasted on me for around 2 and a half hours, and since it's a light colour in a sheer formula, that's not too bad. And like I said, it's a breeze to re-apply. I don't even need a mirror! So all in all, an excellent impulse-buy!

xo Chloe

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Still Here! + NYC trip/vlog

I can't even believe how I've let my posting roll get away from me like this. I have so many half-done posts and pictures and swatches, and they're just sitting on my hard drive. Like the 4 colours I got from the China Glaze Hunger Games nail polish collection. Can you even get that anymore? Jeebs.

Anyhow, just thought I'd check in to let you all know that I will be posting more! I just got back from Easter in NYC so I'm currently working on editing my vlog from that :) I've been to NYC around 10 times, so it's difficult to determine what is "must see", or what would be the typical things one would do on a trip to NYC, so I'm not even sure you'll find my vlog all that exciting... Oh well... it's my version of NYC ;)

Once I upload my vlog I'll do a little post here with more details about my trip, and maybe some tips and ideas for people wanting to plan their own trip!

In the meantime, here are a few pictures from my trip!

xo Chloe
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