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Chanel Fall 2011 inspired FOTD feat. the elusive Erika F.

Kasia Struss Chanel Fall 2011 backstage makeup by Peter PhilipsChanel Fall 2011 runway makeup
(images from http://www.style.com/ )
Peter Philips blows me away everytime Chanel takes to the runways at Paris Fashion Week, and he’s done it again for Chanel Fall 2011.
He created a beautiful silvery blue/green smokey eye that perfectly compliments Karl Largerfeld beautiful post- apocalyptic vision for the show (all coal, smoke and moving shadows).
This is my take on the look:

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Chanel Fall 2011 runway inspired FOTD with Erika F and OCC lip tar Melange
Chanel Fall 2011 runway inspired FOTD

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Chanel Fall 2011 runway inspired FOTD with Erika F green silver taupe eye shadow
Chanel Fall 2011 inspired FOTD feat. the elusive Erika F. and lip tar melange
Eyes:
-Lancome Color Design e/s ‘Erika F’  (their cult shadow) all over lid and bottom lash line.
– MAC Mystery e/s in outer V and to extend the liner downwards in outer third of bottom lash line.
-MAC Omega e/s to blend out harsh edges above the crease.
– MAC ‘Blonde’s Gold’ pigment inner corner.
– Bobbi Brown gel liner
Cheeks:
-MAC Gingerly blush
Lips:
-OCC lip tar Melange applied sheer on the lips.
Chanel Fall 2011 runway inspired FOTD with Erika F and OCC lip tar Melange
Chanel Fall 2011 inspired FOTD feat. the elusive Erika F.
This is the amazing lancome Erika F eyeshadow. I will be doing a review post with swatches, but for now I’ll leave you with a photo of this baby….
image source: http://www.thelancomeblog.com/
Posted by on Apr 3rd, 2011 in Chanel, Eye shadow, FOTD, OCC cosmetics, Runway | 2comments


Ameli eye shadows, you rock my world! : Review and Swatches

Why hello there!
A couple of weeks ago Kean from http://vanitybox.com.au. emailed me asking whether I would like to review some Ameli eye shadows. I had never previously heard of Ameli (I am ashamed to say I know nothing about Asian cosmetics outside of Shu) but they are a Korean cosmetics brand with a focus on eye makeup.
About Vanity Box:
Vanity Box is a project that started mid 2010. Our intent is to source Korean cosmetics which may not be as popular overseas yet but is hugely popular in Korea. As some of you may know, Korea is widely recognised for the quality and affordability of its skincare and cosmetics (Think Laneige, Tony Moly, The Faceshop, Missha) We felt that there aren’t many options in Australia yet apart from the mainstream Korean brands. Even so, these products are often overpriced. [taken from their website]

I had a little play with the eye shadows over the last week and am quite impressed with the quality of the shadows.


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from left:  Cinnamon Dust, Black Scandal, Arabian Night, Golden Olive

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Cinnamon Dust: A matte warm grey with subtle green undertones. It does have some shimmer particles, which I find doesn’t really show up on my eyes (ie ends up looking totally matte). Smooth texture, medium pigmentation.

Black Scandal: Shimmery midnight blue, incredibly pigmented and smooth. Words cannot express how beautiful this colour is. Just a note of warning though- the shadow is fairly soft so apply with a light hand otherwise you will look like a (stylish) raccoon.

Arabian Night: Sparkly cool-toned purple. fairly pigmented, and reasonably smooth.

Golden Olive: metallic duochrome khaki base infused with orange-gold shimmer. Smooth texture, medium pigmentation.

from left: French Chic, Luxury Brown, Orange Glow




French Chic: shimmery light silvery sea-green colour. Very smooth texture and good pigmentation.

Luxury Brown: metallic medium-dark rust brown colour. Highly pigmented and very smooth.

Orange Glow: orange gold (similar to MAC melon pigment colour-wise). Not as pigmented as the others, and a little bit chalky.

…and here are some swatches. Some of the colours are a little washed out (sorry!)

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Swatches from left: Arabian Night, Black Scandal, Golden Olive, Cinnamon Dust.

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Orange Glow, Luxury Brown, French Chic

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Packaging: the individual shadows come in a cute silver flip up compact with the colour visible through the central clear portion.
French Chic

I will be doing FOTDs with these shadows soon, but for now I just wanted to show you how Cinnamon Chic, French Chic, and Black Scandal look as a single wash over the eye lid.
wearing Ameli eye shadow in French Chic as a wash over lid




Wearing Ameli Cinnamon Chic eyeshadow as single wash on eye and Chanel Extrait de gloss ‘Impertinance’


 Wearing Ameli eye shadow in Cinnamon dust and Chanel Extrait de Gloss in ‘Impertinence’


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wearing Ameli eye shadow ‘Black Scandal’ all over lid with MAC ‘Omega’ to blend into crease

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wearing Ameli ‘Black Scandal’ all over lid with MAC ‘Omega’ to blend into crease

Price: Ameli shadows cost between $13.00 and $19.50 at Vanity Box

please note these products were sent to me for consideration by Vanity Box.
Posted by on Feb 9th, 2011 in Chanel, Eye shadow, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 5comments


Chanel Extrait de Gloss Impertinence: Review and swatches

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 packaging
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 packaging


Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 Impertinence
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 Impertinence


Be still my beating heart! Chanel’s new Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss formula might actually knock NARS lip glosses off it’s HG pedestal.

I bought #59 Impertinence from the Chanel’s US website (through the mail forwarding service Shopaholiques) recently.

Colour: 

I had been looking for a neutral brown lip gloss that doesn’t lean plum or red on the lips, a gloss that would give that sepia photograph look (I’m not sure if that makes sense to anyone but me). It’s hard to find a neutral brown gloss! I guess brown is not really that common or popular a colour in lip gloss land.

Yet here it is…. the perfect neutral brown.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 Impertinence (neutral brown) Swatched
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss #59 Impertinence (neutral brown) Swatched

Texture and pigmentation:

Like most chanel lip products, it wears beautifully on the lips. Non sticky but with enough thickness to stay put on the lips for 3ish hours (really good for a gloss on my lips) and quite moisturizing.

It has medium pigmentation with enough translucency to see your lip details.
Packaging:
Love the luxurious weighty packaging on chanel products, and this is no exception. The wedge shaped paddle applicater feels a little strange to use, but I have no real complaints about this.  
Price:
I got it from Chanel.com for RRP 32USD



bronze smokey eye FOTD wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in #59 Impertinence neutral browns
Me wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in #59 Impertinence.


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lip swatch Chanel Rouge Allure extrait de gloss #59 Impertinence
lip swatch Chanel Rouge Allure extrait de gloss #59 Impertinence

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I can see myself falling for the Extrait de Gloss in Fatale, Genie, Insouciance, and Emoi, but won’t be getting any until my wallet recovers from my recent purchases.
Have you tried any Extrait de Glosses? Likes/Dislikes?
Posted by on Feb 7th, 2011 in Chanel, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 4comments


Seeing Red: My red lipstick collection.

My Red lipstick collection NARS Heat Wave, Lipstick queen red sinner, Chanel rouge coco gabrielle, MAC Dubonnet, NARS Gypsy,Dolce and Gabbana Ultra, MAC So Scarlet
My Red Lipstick collection:
1. NARS Heat Wave: A matte bright orangey red. Review and lip swatches ..here
2. Lipstick Queen Sinner lipstick in ‘Red’: A matte true red
3. Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle:  A satin finish true red. Review and lip swatches..here
4. MAC Dubonnet: A satin finish deep brick red.
5. NARS Gypsy: A sheer berry red.
6. D&G Classic Cream lipstick in Ultra: satin finish deep wine red. Review and lip swatches…here
7. MAC So Scarlet: satin finish deep wine red. slightly cooler than Ultra. limited edition, part of the Cult of Cherry collection.
Red lipstick swatches:NARS Heat Wave, Lipstick queen red sinner, Chanel rouge coco gabrielle, MAC Dubonnet, NARS Gypsy,Dolce and Gabbana Ultra, MAC So Scarlet
My red lipstick swatches: photographed indoors natural light: same order as above
Red lipstick swatches:NARS Heat Wave, Lipstick queen red sinner, Chanel rouge coco gabrielle, MAC Dubonnet, NARS Gypsy,Dolce and Gabbana Ultra, MAC So Scarlet
My red lipstick swatches. swatches taken next to window natural light. order same as above.
?ps. If there is any product in this post or any other posts that you want me to swatch or review let me know!
Posted by on Jan 5th, 2011 in Chanel, Lipstick, MAC, NARS, Swatches | 2comments


The lady is a Vamp: Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick ‘Rouge Noir’ FOTD


Hi all!

Since the ultra dark lip started appearing on the runways (Rachel Roy Fall 2009, Proenza Schouler Fall 2010 etc) I’ve been secretly wanting to let my inner goth out and wear dark burgundy/black lipstick every day.

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dark lipstick on Missoni runways
Missoni F/W 2010 image from Style.com

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Proenza Schouler Fall 2010 (image source: http://www.style.com/)

I found the perfect dark burgundy lipstick a few months ago- Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Rouge Noir. It is a very dark (much darker than it appears in the photos below) very sexy, a little bit dangerous, shade of blackened burgundy.?
Unlike a few other deep dark burgundy lipsticks that I have tried (eg. MUFE Rouge Artiste #48), Rouge Noir applies silky smooth and the colour stays even throughout the day which is important in a dark lipstick because uneven wear is obvious and unattractive. Rouge Noir has a satin finish and non-drying.
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Chanel Rouge Coco rouge noir product photos and review
Chanel Rouge Coco in Rouge Noir
Chanel Rouge Coco rouge noir FOTD
Chanel Rouge Coco in Rouge Noir
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With dark lipsticks like Rouge Noir, precise and even application is important (unless you were going for a messy look of course). My application below is pretty sloppy but if I was wearing it out, I would recommend applying the Burgundy lip liner first, then lipstick, then blot with a tissue, then go around the edges again with lip liner, and finally applying the Rouge Noir with a lip brush. High maintenance, I know.
Also, unlike me, you really should exfoliate lips first with Rouge Noir because flakey lips will be very obvious.
Chanel Rouge Coco in rouge noir face of the day
FOTD makeup breakdown:
Eyes:
-UDPP
-Laura Mercier metallic creme colour in ‘Gold’ for swatches and a review of this product click here to see previous post
-MAC Mulch eyeshadow lightly in crease
-Stila Smudge pot on waterline and upper lash line
Face:
– MAC Fleur Power blush on cheeks
– MAC Jardin Aires pigment to highlight nose bridge and top of cheek bones.
Lips:
-MAC Burgundy Lip Liner
-Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Rouge Noir

Chanel Rouge Coco rouge noir swatch, MAC Burgundy lip liner swatch

Swatch of Rouge Noir compared to my darkest red lipstick (Dolce and Gabbana classic cream lipstick in Ultra).

From left: Dolce and Gabbana lipstick in Ultra, Chanel Rouge Coco Rouge Noir, MAC Burgundy lipliner

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So you’ve made through my long winded, pic heavy post! Yay!

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