Music: Lana del Rey is on my playlist lately. Ever since my daughter did the Born To Die Lana Del Rey mani last year, we’ve been loving Lana over here. This song, Summer Sadness, works for me right now especially. As August looms ahead, cosmetic companies are starting to put out Fall 2012 collections. I can smell the change in the air, especially at night. And I can see the difference in the light and sun during the day…..summertime sadness, indeed.
|Sherlock and Watson….|
Chanel’s lastest offering in their Exclusive line is the lavender based Jersey. It was released to mixed reviews, but, luckily I know I have to judge things for myself so I still really wanted to check it out, given my mad love for Chanel perfumes. Chanel Jersey is named after the ubiquitous fabric Chanel took from menswear and make accessible for women, and the perfume Jersey takes the scent lavender, almost always used in men’s colognes, and adds a feminine touch. Chanel’s website says Jersey is meant to be evocative of a meadow lush with lavender. Well, doesn’t that sound beautiful! The notes are given as lavender, vanilla and musk. I think I detect a powdery iris in there somewhere, and perhaps a warm wood in the base, but that could be tonka. By “think I detect” I mean that this scent is so soft & delicate, no one note jumps out at you.
|Lavender fields in Provence, France|
On first sniff I thought “pretty!”. Then, as it dried down I thought “too sweet!” then “too powdery”! I thought why would I buy Chanel for a simple powdery lavender scent? But, as is often my wont, I had a turnaround. I have been know to hate a perfume on first sniff, only to later love it more than anything. So I never really say never with regards to perfume. Hours after applying the Jersey, the scent left behind was a delicate, warm, cuddly and cozy skin scent. It had a little something of the Guerlain warmth that I love so much in it, that warm skin smell that is very hard to describe without actually smelling it. So I thought, well, I will re-test and see what I think on subsequent wearings.
|Lavender honey ice cream|
Well, turns out I like it. It is pretty, soft and clean smelling. There is a snuggly aspect that works even in warmer weather, likely due to the cooling & calming lavender notes. The musk/tonka combination adds a sweetness to the dry down that is sweet & enticing on the skin. It has a lovely spa effect, which I suppose one might expect from lavender. If you like soft elegant perfumes and you like lavender, I recommend you add Chanel Jersey to your sniff list. Verdict? Love.
EDITED March 9, 2013: bought it. After wearing my samples down to the last drops, I knew I had to have it. The sweet vanilla musk in the base of Chanel Jersey is actually the sexiest skin scent evah. Sigh.
Chanel Jersey is an Exclusive perfume, available at Chanel Boutiques and their website.
Wow. That was my reaction after an afternoon running around in the super heat we are having after using Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator. I have been using it in conjunction with my Skinceuticals & Vichy regime and am in love. I use it more like a primer than a simple moisturizer. After applying my serums, eye cream etc, I give them a few minutes to soak in. Then, before using my powder and concealer, I apply the Clinique Stay Matte Hydrator. Wow.
I’ve been meaning to try the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, which seems to be the ultimate primer for oily skinned folks. Somehow Clinique Stay-Matte made it into the collection first, perhaps due in part to the raves I read on Future Derm (I really trust her skincare opinions). But she also loves the Hourglass…so next time. Clinique Stay-Matte Hydrator does what it promises, delivering matte skin and keeping pores and oil at bay. It’s full of good stuff that controls surface shine and helps control sebum production, as well as some amino sugar skin exfoliating technology that helps keep pores clear of dead surface skin cells, helping them appear smaller and tighter.
|Matte skin means less touch-ups….|
It dries to a silky texture without the slippery texture of silicone primers (which I hate, they just feel greasy to me) and allow for smooth application of cosmetics. I really just use concealer, powder and bronzer, but I find Clinique Stay-Matte keeps my face looking fresh and non-melty all afternoon. I’d say I get around 4 hours of good looking skin vs 2 max without it. Then, all I need is a quick dusting of oil control powder (review on 2 excellent ones coming…) and I’m good to go.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator is $43 and available wherever Clinique is sold.
I’m nothing if not a woman of broad tastes. I can appreciate vintage Guerlain Aprés L’Ondee parfum, swoon over it’s heartbreaking beauty while weeping over it’s unavailability while I watch bottles as rare as gems sell for many thousands on ebay. But, I am not a perfume snob, and I can appreciate something that makes my skin smell lovely, no matter what the price tag says. Which is both a good and a bad thing….
This perfume is particularly lovely in extreme heat, as you have that just jumped out of the bath (or shower) feeling. And for a soapy cologne scent that does not cost the moon, I get amazing longevity from Bobbi Brown Bath- maybe 3-4 hours, even in the heat. It is perfect for daytime, and also lovely for a night out, maybe on a patio with a nice cool drink. This sweet little perfume has garnered me so many compliments when I wear it, one wonders if we really might be over thinking our perfumes. I’ve been stopped by strangers asking me what perfume I’m wearing. It makes me think of a line from one of my favourite movies, Amadeus, when Emperor Joseph II tells Mozart that his music “is quality work….there are simply too many notes”.
I got mine at Murale (it is available on their website) in Canada, and I have seen at the Bobbi Brown cosmetic counter recently as well. But I see that it is no longer on her website, and is “unavailable” on the Nordstrom site. Hm. Maybe it’s going to be discontinued? For the bargain $48 I paid, I may go buy another bottle as back up.
Well, you asked for it, and you got it! I did a video tutorial for the beachy waves I posted here. Please excuse the editing- my editor, also known as my 16 year old daughter, is away at summer camp. Seriously- don’t laugh. I hope the video is helpful, but please feel free to ask me about anything that is not clear, or that I may have missed. Happy styling!
|Note the hair is much less “big”…|
It is super easy, just don’t over style, over do or over think it, and you will be awesome. Above are some photos taken the day after the video, after sleeping on the waves, to show that the volume tones down.
Going on holiday? You need this! I was wandering the aisles of the mothership, I mean the drugstore, the other day, looking for some mini sized product faves to take on an upcoming trip out west. I just happened to spy this darling little kit of Nuxe delights in wee travel sizes for $15. I had heard a bit of chatter on Twitter about this little kit so obviously I grabbed it right away.
It has a mini bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse, which is one of my favourite skincare products of all time. It makes my skin silky, touchable and smell like honeyed jasmine. I can now take it with my when I travel with only a carry on, and will use my full sized bottles to refill the wee one. There were also some products I had not tried before.
Rêve de Miel Rich Cleansing Gel for Face & Body: I took this for a test drive today in the shower. It may well be the yummiest honey scented product I have ever used. Besides the beautiful and amazing scent, it had a mild gentle lather, and left my skin feeling soft & clean. Definitely getting more of this.
Rêve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream: Again- the scent of this honey product is so lovely. Delicate and lightly sweet, it feels rich and emollient yet not greasy at all. Nuxe says it will soften cuticles and strengthen nails, so here’s hoping. No wonder this is a best seller. I’d buy this simply because it smells and feels amazing. Full size of this in my future.
Créme Prodigieuse: This is a matte effect cream for normal to oily skin, and is recommended for day time use. I haven’t tried this yet, but it is an “anti-stress” product that sounds pretty good to me. I am super picky about what I put on my face, so I will likely use this on my decolletage, to avoid any breakout risks.
Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals: Well, they had me at rose petals. I used this last night and LOVE it. I used a little water with my Cetaphil to remove my make up and sunscreen, then used this to remove anything left behind. It left my skin dewy and radiant, and almost “plumped”. I swear I could use “rose everything” on my skin. Full size of this in my future for sure.
Perhaps there is a promotion going on now? I’d say check your local drugstores and pharmacies, or wherever Nuxe is sold near you. Maybe you will find one too!
There are really only a few secrets to getting the perfect waves. The first bit of advice I have is to do as little as possible to your hair after washing. The more you touch it, brush it and fuss with it, the frizzier it gets. As you mess around with your hair, you rough up the cuticle and allow the hair to start to pouffe out. The first secret to beachy waves is to keep your hair defined and separated – this is what happens if you swim in the ocean. Think about it: the salt makes your hair stick together so it dries in chunky sections, you don’t really brush your hair at the beach so you aren’t frizzing it out, and any natural wave you might have is encouraged by the lack of styling. Now, that might be a cute look for the beach, but it is actually kind of messy, and to be honest, salt water is extremely drying for your hair. Tip: cover your hair in a deep conditioning mask before going to the beach. The heat from the sun will help it sink it, and it will protect your hair somewhat from the salt.
So, you are at home, and want beachy waves. If you have long-ish hair, ideally, you should wash your hair in the evening, let it air dry, and, yes, sleep on it. Do NOT leave it in a towel for a long time, as again, you are encouraging frizz. If you have a nice big old cotton t shirt around, wrap your hair in that when you step out of the shower. You will be amazed at the difference a smooth textured wrap has on your hair vs. a rough towel. Plus, you don’t want it drying out too quickly- again, frizz.
When you take it out of your wrap, use some leave in conditioner. Either a spray in one of your choice ( I love I.C.O.N. Cure) or, and this is something I do all the time, use a small dollop of your favourite conditioner on the ends of your hair. Next you need a wide tooth comb. Gently part your hair, and comb the product through once. Then, add your styling cream. I always prefer a cream, as it keeps hair soft and touchable, is never crispy or crunchy (ew) and if it can hold the weight of my hair, it can hold nay hair. I.C.O.N. Mesh is my favourite- it smells like sweet and woodsy, and holds my hair perfectly, Using your wide tooth comb, gently pull it through to distribute the cream. Do NOT overbrush. A wide tooth comb is a must have.
I then do some twisting. I separate my hair into a bunch of small sections (bigger than the width of my thumb) and twist them away from my face. Sounds complicated but really just takes a couple of minutes. Then, I gently (again, stressing the word GENTLE to avoid frizz) “scrunch” my hair. I grab a handful, at the ends, and push it upwards and squeeze to coax out the waves. Then, leave it be until it is dry.
You can stop right here, and enjoy the soft gentle beach waves that are kind of carefree and casual. I gently comb it and add a bit more styling cream when it is dry. That is basically what I do every time I wash my hair. I think a blowdryer touches my hair 3 or 4 times a year, max. I’m simply too lazy. Refresh your waves with a few spritzes of water if you need some more waves, or, as, I did in the above photo, bust out the curling iron. I take around 5 or 6 sections on the crown and curl them with the iron. It adds some volume and polish. Beach waves alone are lovely, but can look a wee bit messy and casual. If you want to glam it up a bit, with minimal effort, take the iron, grab sections on the very top of your hair, including the bangs area, and curl them away from the face. Let them cool, then using a wide tooth comb, gently comb them out and they will blend in perfectly with your naturally coaxed waves. Ta-da!
I use the Tigi Curl Stick and love it so much, I would never go back to a regular curling iron. It seems daunting, but once you get the hang of it, its amazing. It gets super hot, and needs like 5-7 seconds per section on full heat. I did my daughter’s entire head in less than 10 minutes, and it usually takes her over 30 minutes with a regular curling iron. It is this:
The key here, if you haven’t already noticed, is doing as little as possible to the hair. Trust me when I say I am lazy, and this look is easy and quick. I seriously can do this and go days and days without doing anything except a light combing to the hair. As long as you have Batiste dry shampoo, your style will actually look even better the next day. Hair needs to be a bit “dirty” (not the ideal word but…) to look wavy and section-y, as it needs texture. If it is too silky and clean, it will just fall flat. And can we all agree flat ironed hair that is dead straight just doesn’t look good on anyone? Unless you were born with it, hair without even a hint of natural motion and wave looks dead. Stop it. Embrace your natural hair.
Thinking of doing a video tutorial on this style if there is demand. Let me know if you would like to see this!