With “beauty in all seasons” in mind, CHANEL presents its vision of natural beauty to have a lovely glowing tan to become looking pretty, natural and flushed all year round from day to night.
Say hello to Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15 PA++, with its distinctive beige packaging, this powder is one of its kind. It isn’t a bronzer and certainly not a blush. It redefines category thanks to its ability to deliver “Healthy Glow” to skin. This is THE Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. The very same that bags me compliment whenever I wear it.
The palette comes with a 100% natural hair brush applicator that picks up just the right amount of products without overloading onto the brush and helps to contour areas that needs a bit of contouring help.
In Australia, the Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (HGSP) palette comes in a range of shades from No.20 – No.60. I am aware that certain countries they carry No.10 and No.70 too. As No.20 is the lightest shade available in Australia, I gave it a whirl.
Basically, there are a few ways you can use the Chanel Les Beiges HGSP. You can use it all over the face as a uniformed “glow”, just the outer corners of the face to get some warmth or just on the cheekbones and key points of the face that requires definition. In addition, you can use this over foundation to set too.
Personally, I prefer to use this on the outer corners of my face to give the illusion of a smaller face and on my cheekbones and top it with a blush for that healthy glow mix.
As you can see No.20 is a tad “stand out” brownish on my skin but this swatch above is with a finger hence the pigmented consistency. The palette has the slightest amount of shimmer in it only visible to the naked eye on the pan but not visible on application. It also contains Chanel’s signature makeup fragrance in it.
With a fluffy kabuki brush I’d start swirling around the pan lightly, tapping gently on a piece of clean tissue paper and buff on areas of my face and I must say the finish is quite natural and it contains SPF too so definitely a brownie point there.
Would I recommend this? Yes to general skin colour but perhaps the super fair would miss out on this as it does bring a wash of yellow/beige brown tone to skin that can stand out on fairer skin tones.
Ps: Did I mention that Gisele (yes THE Gisele) is the face of Chanel Les beiges ad campaign, who doesn’t want Gisele’s healthy glowing skin?
Available now on counters
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As much as I am obsessed with whitening and brightening skincare, I do rotate from time to time with anti ageing products too as we are in Winter weather and I am getting older by the day. I feel that I need to pay extra attention to ageing as well as brightening care. So whenever I finish brightening products I would swap my skincare routine to anti ageing and once they run out I’d swap it back to brightening and vice versa.
At the moment, I have been using a serum and moisturiser anti ageing combo from Chanel & Olay. Remember, it’s always better to prevent than to cure signs of ageing.
Chanel Ultra Correction Line Repair Serum
This serum is lightweight and gel like texture, making it perfect for all skin types including oily/combination skin types. The pump bottle packaging makes it easy for application, I use two full pumps for full face and neck application. As this serum focuses more on line repair, I made sure to put extra effort to massage this into the fine lines in my neck area.
After application, I can feel that it instantly makes my skin feel “plump-ed”. Look at my picture above and all the disappeared fine lines!! Cray cray!! Despite it contain fragrances (as all Chanel skincare does) I could use this day and night with no issues (breakout, congestions, greasiness) and most importantly my skin feel well hydrated all day long with no signs of tightness.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
Following the serum step, I am currently using the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream to lock in all the serum goodness. I’d opt for the fragrance free option so that it doesn’t clash with my Chanel serum (as the serum already contains fragrances).
This award winning moisturising cream promises firmer and smoother skin by delivering intense hydration. It is best used with firm circular massaging technique paying extra attention to areas needed a little more TLC – brow area, jaw line etc. Texture wise, this is rich but never greasy once massage into skin.
Filled with amino-peptide complex, it also helps to renew (aka exfoliate) skin’s surface to keep skin looking fresh and youthful with a smoother appearance.
Overall, both products compliment each other really well. Despite the rich and intensity of the products, they are never oily/greasy to my skin and in fact helps for make up to settle on my skin better. Who says you can’t mix splurge and budget skincare items together? As a huge fan of serums, I really recommend to splurge a little more and save some coins with moisturisers as there are really affordable yet good quality options around.
When Chanel first launched the Rouge Coco Shine collection, it rocked the beauty world and subsequently a few luxury make up brands quickly follow suit. The Rouge Coco Shine aka Hydrating Colour Lip Shine is the younger sister of Coco Rouge. It’s more fun, less pigmented and comes with a less serious matte finish that most lipstick does.
To say Rouge Coco Shine redefined my lipstick wardrobe is an understatement. The formula is creamy but lightweight to the lips, very wearable especially for extended hours of wear it doesn’t dry out my lips or accentuate the fine lines on my lips. Overall it is an all rounder winner!
From left to right: #83 Scenario, #77 Ingenue, #84 Dialogue, #80 Suspense
I find myself reaching out to #84 Dialogue and #80 Suspense for quite a fair bit since they are very wearable for both day and night for my pigmented lips. These new shades are vibrant and totally buildable if you want a more intense finish or just a sheer wash. For day, I like to dab the lipstick over lips to get a “stained” finish and for night I’d apply two full layers over lips for a bolder finish.
Ps: Did you know the new Rouge Coco Shine shades also have 30% more pigments as compare to the previous versions? If you like a bit of colour on your lips, these are definitely something not to be missed.
RRP AUD$50 each
Available on Chanel counters now
Stockist 02 9900 2944
Today, I am sharing with you two of my recent purchase (actually not so recent I got them Dec/Jan?) from Chanel. I have long adored Chanel’s lip prodz, skincare, eyeshadow quads, nail polishes, eyeshadow pots but haven’t tried their liquid eyeliner and pencil eyeliner; hence I thought I should give it a go since I wear these products every single work day of my life.
Say hello to Chanel Liquid Eyeliner Intensity Definition #10 Noir and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner #88 Noir Intense. Just to keep things simple I am going to call it liquid eyeliner and pencil eyeliner, you get the drill!
Soft, never draggy, especially brilliant on the waterline; this is classified as can’t live without product now.
Takes a while to get use to drawing flicks with liquid eye liner like these as it can get tricky at the corners of the eye when the tip of the brush is so fluid. A trick I always do is to try and drain as much liquid off the brush back into the pot as possible. Sometimes when it comes to drawing flicks I try and draw the liner on a tissue to take out additional liquid. Definitely needs some practising with this before mastering the tiny lines and perfect flicks.
Here’s a close up shot of the swatches, both in one clean swipe. As you can see the pencil eyeliner is the blackest you can get and is creamy and smooth to apply. The liquid eyeliner is also the blackest a liquid eyeliner can get. It is also waterproof and doesn’t come off with cleansing oil, yes you read that right, doesn’t come off with cleansing oil but slides right off with warm water. Amazing huh?
Ever since I got these two amazing combo in my paws I have been using them almost on a daily basis. Both are smudge proof and once mastered is super easy to apply. I love it!
Continuing from my review of the Chanel Avant-Premiere de Chanel Collection, there are also some nail polishes in this collection. Today I will be reviewing two of the le vernis nail colours that are very French & Hollywood cinema influenced.
Left to right: #581 Cinema, #579 Paparazzi
#579 Paparazzi – This nail polish is a blood brown shade that is softly muted, meaning less vibrant as compare to Cinema. The formula goes on better than I’d imagine it to be. It is soft and smooth to apply. Pss, this picture is taken one full week after application, see how well the nail polish lasted except for a slight chip on my index finger, impressive hey?
#581 Cinema – This one certainly screams Hollywood. Surprisingly the red is way lighter in application as compare to the red in the bottle. Regardless, this is a vibrant, timely, classic red that has a slight jelly shine finish to it. The pigment is intense and with one – two careful thin coats, you’ll get an even finish.
RRP AUD$39 each
Available on Chanel counters now
Left to right: #48 Sentiment, #49 Liaison
Recently, Chanel launched these Rouge Coco as part of the Avant-Premiere de Chanel collection. The collection is Peter Philips’ homage to the classic movies from the glamorous French & Hollywood cinema era. Chanel Rouge Coco 2013 Collection Avant-Premiere collection showcases a contemporary and feminine mix of Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, Rouge Coco Shine and Le Vernis. Some of the products are limited edition and some isn’t.
In total, there are six Rouge coco shades and today I am reviewing two of the six. Texture wise these lipsticks are creamy and has a nice satiny finish. Both leaves a hydrating feel and it doesn’t feel like I am wearing a lipstick, feels more like a moisturising balm with a nice wash of colour over. Definitely redefining the lipstick department worthy prodz.
#48 Sentiment is your natural beige with a totally wearable peach tone that gives a modern twist to your traditional beige. Very wearable for day time at work and is great to pair with dark smokey eyes at night. This peachy beige lipstick is best suited to those who have a lighter coloured lips as I can imagine this will appear washed off in darker toned lips.
#49 Liaison is a rosy pink colour with a hint of frost in it and is also very wearable for day time and perhaps put a layer of shimmer gloss over the top at night for that hint of glossy finish.
RRP AUD$50 each
Available on Chanel counters from 14th April onwards
Stockist 02 9900 2944
Recently, I picked up some cute colours from Chanel’s latest and existing le vernis collection. When I saw these at a counter, I knew straight away that I “needed” them; these are so ME! As always, their formula doesn’t disappoint and this is especially true for the brighter colours/pigmented ones. Let’s get straight into it.
#519 Rose Exuberant – From Chanel Fall 2011 Collection
For some reason this colour doesn’t come off as bubblegum pink as my first picture. Just to assure you this is a true pink colour that has a hint of blue (frost) to it that brightens any skin tone. Love it!
#571 Fracas – From Printemps Precieux 2013 Collection
Fracas is also a pink shade but has more of a watermelon hue. There’s also the finest mix of gold/pink shimmer in the polish that is only visible in certain lighting. Due to its bright hue, I also love using this on my toe nails.
RRP AUD$39 each
Available on Chanel counters now
A while back, Chanel released two limited edition illuminating powders – Mouche de Beaute (MdB) and Poudre Signee de Chanel (PSdC). Both come in the classic Chanel black palette packaging that is slightly bigger than your regular blush palettes. The illuminating powders come with a dust bag and a sponge applicator. This sponge applicator doesn’t sit inside the palette, it sits with the dust bag that they both come with.
Chanel Illuminating Powder – Poudre Signee de Chanel
This is the prettier one of the lot. The intricate design is so detailed; making it extra hard for one to break into the pan. Having said that, I use a fluffy powder brush over this to apply instead of the sponge applicator and most of the design on the pan is still visible after 10 – 20 applications. Colour wise, this powder is really sheer and has more of a white/silver shimmer finish.
Overall, this will best suit those with a fairer skin tone as it is very sheer and the gentle shimmer doesn’t look tacky or too OTT as a day wear. Due to its white/silver tone, I was also able to use this on my nose bridge, inner corner of eyes and above cheekbone to add some dimensions to my face.
Chanel Illuminating Powder - Mouche de Beaute
As compared with Poudre Signee de Chanel, this is the heavier and more hard core version of the former. It has a rose gold finish that screams sheen all over. With this, I had to be extra careful with where I apply and how I apply it. Personally I much prefer apply with my fingers on my cheekbone and this can double as an eye shadow since the wash of rose/gold/bronze sheen works well as an eye shadow.
If you have medium to darker skin tone this would be perfect as a highlighter or even a blush/bronzer on its own. However, if you have fairer skin tone, go easy with this and be sure to blend with a blush.
Both products are retailing for RRP AUD$90
Might still be available to purchase on counter