Posts Tagged: Chanel

Nov 13

The Beauty Edit: Chanel & Shu Uemura

I love this season for the new make up collections; whether you like it loud and bright or classic and cool, there’s something for you.

Princess by Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura
If you like your colours loud and proud, you’ll love this new collection from Shu Uemura. Takashi Murakami is an internationally renowned contemporary artist and the Shu Uemura exclusive holiday 2013 collection features artwork based on the upcoming animation serious 6HP (Six Hearts Princess). The Enchanted Black Parallel Palette (£60) has a variety of eye products in shimmering green, purple and pink. Perfect for the party season.


Chanel Collection Superstition
Chanel’s latest collection is more classic and probably more wearable. The colours are soft and muted and of the high quality you’d expect from Chanel. My favourite product is the ‘Le Blush Crème de Chanel’ perfect for perking up sallow sun-deprived winter skin. Every woman needs a Chanel lipstick in her life and the new Rouge Allure lipstick in 55 Icone is a neutral shade I’ve been wearing almost every day. Prices start at £17.50.


Jul 13

Travel Beauty Essentials

If you’re lucky enough to be going away this summer, try not to stuff your beauty bag. Pack smart with these goodies:

This works clean skin 5-in-1 Water – £13
Ideal for summer travel, hassle free cleansing is easy with this works clean skin 5-in-1 water. It is a multitasking rosewater cleanser that effectively removes make-up decongests and brightens the skin. I use it at home and away.

Dr Hauschka Daily Escapes Travel Set – £21
This travel set contains small versions of bestselling Dr H products – cleansing milk, cleansing cream and facial toner. It is perfect for taking on holiday to help maintain a naturally radiant complexion when on the go.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo – £5.89
This is not one for those with natural hair but if you have braids, weave or relaxed hair this will work fine for you. Simply spray on to absorb oil and sweat between shampoos. It also helps transform fine, flat hair and gives you a volume boost.


ESPA Mandarin Lip balm – £10
A 100% natural formulation, this new ESPA Lip balm is enriched with mandarin essential oil for a beautiful orange scent, wild mango butter to soften and condition, pomegranate to increase hydration and rosemary to protect against environmental damage. The packaging is lovely too.


Chanel L’Ete Papillion de Chanel – from £18
Chanel can do no wrong in my makeup book (I’m talking Chanel, not Karl Lagerfeld) and their summer collection was designed to be worn on holiday. Certainly not one for the colour shy, the bright hues will look perfect against sun kissed skin. My favourite product is the nail colour Bel Argus; it applies wonderfully and is as thick, creamy and expensive looking and feeling as you want it to be.


These two I like because they are small enough (in size and volume – they are not over 100ml) to fit in your hand luggage so you can keep your skin on point en route!

skyn ICELAND Arctic Hydrating Balm – £25
A deeply reparative moisturising skin replenisher, the Arctic Hydrating Balm harnesses cryogenic technology from the Arctic and Antarctic to soothe and repair super dry, sensitive skin. Apply generously on long haul flights to hydrate your skin.


Orico Rush Hour Dry Body Oil – £19
This rapidly absorbed, ultra-nourishing organic body oil restores and revitalises dry skin to its sheer, radiant and glowing best – a perfect post sun treat.


Bonne vacances!

Mar 13

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas

Buying for good old Mum isn’t always easy; she’s priceless (obviously) but you want to get her something that shows what she means to you.

Speaking to a few of my friends; I’ve decided to group my beauty gift suggestions into the following categories. I hope your mum fits into one of these:

Mum to be

More for the partners among us; Mother’s Day is going to take on new meaning for the mama-to-be. While she’s pregnant, everyone is interested in her every midwife appointment and due date but that all changes once the sprog has popped. These gifts let her know you still care and you want her final days of not-quite-a-fully-fledged-Mum-yet to be as enjoyable as possible.


Mama Mio Candle – £18.50
I love this candle; the pink glass container looks great (and can be used to store make up when the candle has burned out) and it smells so uplifting and fresh. Mum-to-be should spend as much time as possible relaxing and an evening with a bath and this candle will be divine.

StriVectin SD Sensitive Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles – £115 
Some mums call them marks of pregnancy and wear them with pride but most of us aren’t happy when those little slithers first start so appear. This cream works on even sensitive skin and has been clinically proven to visibly fade discolorations, intensify natural cell turnover and visibly diminish stretch marks. Fragrance, oil, paraben, allergen and artificial dye-free, it also contains Nia-114, active peptides, rose & cucumber extracts, and oat kernel extract to gently soothe the skin.

Green & Blacks Tasting Collection – £11.99 
It’s 24 mini bars of organic dark and milk chocolate (plus recipe cards on what she can do with it all). Need I say more? Don’t be tempted to eat any; let Mum to be enjoy them all on her own.

Ethical Mum

Some of our mothers like the complimentary/holistic lifestyle and buying for them requires a little more forethought. Thankfully, a lot of brands are more ‘green’ so there’s more t available for those who like their beauty to be kind to the planet.

Burts Bees Intense Hydration Range – from £7.99
I was first introduced to Burt’s Bees via their excellent baby range (Baby Bees) but their range of beauty products for adults is just as good. Their new range, Intense Hydration, contains clary sage which is known for its ability to retain moisture. I tried the cream cleanser which left my skin wonderfully soft while the day night cream can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Wild About Beauty Safari Nights Collection – from £14
Wild about Beauty was founded by Louise Redknapp and international make-up artist Kim Jacob. The new Safari Nights collection has very earthy colours (think coral hues, pistachio greens and shimmering bronzes) and most of the products contain friendly ingredients like vitamin E and shea butter and are paraben and petrochemical free.


Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil – £58 
Rich in Omega oils 3, 6, 7 & 9, this oil provides deep moisturising and hydration, aids in the renewal and repairing of skin cells and provides skin protection, hydration and nourishment.

Dielle Nail Polish – from £9 
There’s a lot to love about this brand; the colours are lovely (they’ve been featured in fashion bible Vogue) and a portion of the proceeds go to humanitarian causes in Haiti. Dielle means Goddess and the brand is called that because they aim to restore the dignity of women and bring value to the lives of those women in the most deprived areas of the world.


Glamorous Mum

Chanel Spring 2013 Collection – from £18
We all love to receive something with the magic interlocking C on so anything from Chanel will go down a storm. Their Spring 2013 is perfection personified; my favourite product is the Poudre Signée De Chanel, a gorgeous warm beige/peach highlighter. Everything looks as good in the box as they do on your face. Form meets function.


Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin – £11.51 
An oldie but a goodie; I love this book. It explains the basics of makeup; contouring, how to exaggerate and minimise certain features and features gorgeous photographs of celebrities as varied as Sharon Stone, Mary J Blige, Madonna and Diana Ross with detailed step by step instructions on how to perfect their look.

Murad Skin Perfecting Primer – £58.50
This dual-functioning cosmetic treatment minimises the appearance of pores and eliminates shine, leaving the skin with a smooth, matte finish. It contains a probiotic complex which promotes resistance to harmful bacteria and salicylic acid to reduce blemishes and dissolve dull, dry skin. It also has adaptive shade technology which creates a perfect skin tone match for virtually any skin shade and colour.

MD Lash Factor – £79.95 
Eyelash conditioner is a bit of a thing now and this one is probably the best out there. Developed by a physician, it improves the appearance, thickness and fullness of your natural lashes. In a one month study 95% of users reported an improvement in the overall appearance of lashes with an average increase of 53% increase in length. I’m all for mascara, but who doesn’t want naturally longer and thicker lashes? Plus 5% of all proceeds goes toward autism research.


Happy shopping!

Jan 13

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation comes in 23 shades and four harmonies – beige, beige rose, beige ambre and beige ochre – so there should be a shade to suit all skin colours.

As you can imagine from Chanel, the finish is gives to your skin is amazing; moisturising with a semi matte finish. I wore the Chanel Perfection Lumiere on a ladies night out (from 7pm to 3am) and at the end of the night I still looked as fresh as a daisy. This foundation has great staying power.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere works to hide the bits we want hidden and highlight the parts we like; it works on:

  • loss of radiance
  • redness
  • dark spots
  • uneven skin tone

It also smells great.

I consider myself a deep chocolate brown (a la Tika Sumpter) and 104 Ambre is a perfect match for me. If you’re a darker brown, Chanel Perfection Lumiere comes in three even darker shades so you should be able to find the right colour for you.

This is my second time trying a Chanel product (their mattifying fluid is great for combination to oily skin) and I have to say, I am big fan of their beauty range. While I save up for the 2.55 flap bag, their make-up and beauty products are satisfying my Chanel cravings.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation – £36/30ml

Nov 12

Party Season Beauty Essentials

With the party season in full swing, here’s a list of my beauty essentials for the next few weeks. With after work drinks, office parties and family gatherings all before the New Year, look your best with these lovelies:

Orly Flash Glam Collection – £7.50

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In my opinion, parties call for glittery nail polish and Orly have one of the best collections around. With colours spanning the whole spectrum of the rainbow, you’re sure to find the colour you want. My current favourite is Ultraviolet.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover – £4.99


The tub says it removes nail polish in 1 second but I didn’t find it quite that fast, perhaps due to the fact I was wearing base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat. Still, it removed all of that in about 4 seconds and didn’t dry out my nails. It’s such a ‘handy’ way to remove polish and it contains almond oils so nourishes the nails in the process.

Liz Earle Signature Foundation – £21


Liz Earle have recently expanded their range to suit Asian, black and mixed raced skin tones (hurrah). This natural looking foundation gave me medium to full coverage and contains Vitamin E to help protect skin against free radical damage caused by pollution and the sun’s radiation.

YSL Touche Éclat – £25


Believe the hype about YSL Touche Éclat, it lifts and brightens the face exactly the way you hope it will. It’s also a greay way to hide under eye bags and dark circles.

Bakel Pure Peel Exfoliating Face Mask – £55


With all this festivity and all these late nights, early mornings, your skin needs a little TLC. This mask contains 100% active ingredients to exfoliate, renew, hydrate and moisturise your skin. Leave it on for five minutes (it tingles!) and rinse off for tightened and brightened skin. Bakel is the brand of the Borgo Egnazia Resort, Italy – the  spot of the Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake wedding.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick – £25


I once read in Just Seventeen (remember that?) that every woman should own a Chanel red lipstick and now I’ve finally tried one, I can see why. This is the nicest lipstick I have ever had; the perfect, creamy red. The packaging is super luxe too.

What’s in your beauty arsenal?

Nov 12

Chanel Pureté Idéale Mattifying Fluid

As I come to terms with the fact that I am getting older (35 next birthday, yikes!) I am beginning to realise I need to pay closer attention to my skincare and the kinds of beauty products I use.

Instead of relying a £2.99 moisturiser from the corner shop (yes, I’ve done that) I now realise the sands of time are conspiring against me and that I need to think about my skin concerns and address them now.

With that in mind I was very excited to try out Chanel Pureté Idéale Mattifying Fluid. With combination skin that looks quite shiny by the end of day, I needed something that would moisturise my cheeks and forehead without turning my T-zone into an oil slick.


Chanel Mattifying Fluid – £42

Chanel’s Mattifying Fluid contains a marine bio extract which “stimulates the production of beta-defensins, the skin’s natural antibiotics, to help balance the cutaneous flora.” This should stop the skin over producing oil.

As you’d expect from Chanel, the packaging is beautiful, the cream smells wonderful and it feels feather soft on your skin. I applied the cream after cleansing and toning and went without make up that day (I stayed in!) to see if it really worked.

The light almost gel like cream sinks into the skin quickly and you are left with velvety, matte complexion. My skin felt moisturised and soft but my skin didn’t have shine all day. Not even once. And I was checking.

If you have oily or combination skin, you need this product in your life.

Chanel Pureté Idéale Mattifying Fluid – £42/50 ml

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