Shall We See What I Have In My Purse Today?

Shall We See What I Have In My Purse Today?

karl with giant chanel hoop bag
I regularly change up the contents of the make up bag in my purse. I am still a huge fan of the leather pouches from American Apparel Carry All Pouch – they feel substantial and well made. I like the ones with nice heavy gold zippers, they add a luxe feel that you don’t get from a nylon zipper. Details, people! In a pinch, you can take one out of your purse when travelling and you have a mini evening bag that holds your phone, some plastic/money and your beauty essentials.

So what goodies are lurking in my make up bag right now? Check it out:

make up bag stuffs

Clockwise from top:

American Apparel Small Carry All leather pouch in chocolate brown

Anis de Flavigny Violette candies – I love these, they make my mouth taste like sweet perfume-y flowers. I love violets and always have these.

Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder – perfect for touching up shiny skin

Lancome Le Lipstique lip pencil in Natural Mauve – the best and the ONLY lip pencil I have and will ever use. It matches my lips perfectly, and a quick outline makes my lips look full & youthful. Long lasting, as well. This with a little lip balm (La Mer Lip Balm, which was at the bottom of my purse and did not make the photo shoot!) is the perfect day lip for me.

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Lilac Rose –  From Bobbi Brown’s Spring 2013 Lilac Rose collection, this sheer yummy lip gloss actually makes me think of a big lush peony. It’s perfect and I love it.

Stila Yumberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain – the perfect soft pink sheer stain, makes you look like you just finished a cherry popsicle. Great way to quickly add some colour to lips and cheeks on the go!

Korres Lip Glaze in Jasmine – How have I not reviewed this? Honestly, the best tinted lip balms every, the famous and well loved Korres Lip Butters ( I have Jasmine, Guava and Pomegranate) recently came out with a tube packaging “Glaze”. Easier to apply on the run than sticking my fingers in a pot, very moisturizing and adds a universally flattering nude shade to my lips.

YSL Touche Eclat – do I really need to tell you why every woman should have one of these in their purse? Go read this post now.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bel Ami – my fave plum lip colour in the world. A little sexier than a sweet pink, and a great way to add quick polish to any look.

Perfumes: A little mini bottle of my latest Chanel obesh, Jersey, and a roller bottle of my secret weapon, Egyptian Musk – because it makes me smell clean and makes any perfume smell better-  and two little atomizers I’ve filled with Guerlain Apres L’Ondée and Eau de Lingerie. Like the Scouts, my motto is “Be Prepared”.

What are your purse make up bag must-haves?

Top Ten Beauty Winners For 2012

Top Ten Beauty Winners For 2012

Grace Kelly Marlon Brando Oscars

Wow – is it already almost 2013? Funny, I don’t feel a year older….It’s a good time to look back on my most favourite and beloved beauty finds of 2012. Note that I am not numbering my choices, as they are all equally loved and important. So, in no official order, here they are:

Emergen-C Vitamin Powder: this may not seem on the surface to be a beauty item, but beauty isn’t just skin deep! Emergen-C provides hydration from the inside out. So, if you’ve had too many coffees, not enough water, brutal central heating or desert climate, you need this. Bonus: kills colds & hangovers. Get it. I always have a little packet in my purse for hydration emergencies. Neat fact: this company  also has a touching connection to the troops.

Skinceuticals Skincare: Most notably  the Skinceuticals serums – they are exceptional. I am so grateful for having discovered this line of skincare. The serums are gorgeous and sink into the skin- you can feel them working. My faves are Skinceuticals Blemish & Age (no pimples are safe with this!) and the Retexturizing Activator  (review to come). Do yourself a favour & search out this line. Aging and/or oily skin is conquered. Honorable Mention: Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50 – the only facial sunscreen you will ever need, protects your skin while making it look all glowy & gorgeous.

Vichy ProEven Dark Spot Corrector: Unless you have the perfect skin of a child, you also need this miraculous lotion. It evens out skin tone like it’s nobody’s business. I’ve recommended it to many people who have told me they use less concealer than they used to. Vichy ProEven can also help correct sun damage and uneven pigmentation caused by hormones. Get it.

Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder: Instant matte skin in a brush, this container/brush mattefying powder is a must-have for every make up bag. It’s a sheer powder that is dispensed through the brush. Got shine? It’s unscented and so far has proven non irritating and non-comedogenic. Can’t be without it.

Aroma M Camellia Hair Oil: Basically the perfect conditioning and softening hair oil. Forget silicones and silicone concoctions masquerading as hair oil *cough* Moroccan Oil *cough*. Silicone may improve the appearance of your hair…for awhile. But the reality is it just coats your hair. Camellia Oil smooths and softens your hair- it never feels heavy or greasy (unless you use too much) and a tiny amount goes a long way. My hair has never been in better condition. If you’ve tried everything but nothing is working, clarify the junk out of your hair and get Aroma M Camellia Hair Oil.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks: Plain and simple love. These softening balm- lipstick hybrids are basically perfect. Chose your shade- I love several, from the soft Royalieu, to the perfect “your lips but better” Boy, to the sassy hot pink Bonheur. They can all be applied without a mirror, they never look thick cakey or “lipsticky” and they leave your lips soft and kissable.

Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain: The review for this miraculous product will be posted shortly. Honestly- the best lip stain I’ve ever  used. I have the bright pink shade, Flush, and although it is bright, it isn’t exactly  light either. It provides a gorgeous healthy bitten-just-kissed-for-an-hour lip tone. Used with a matte balm, like La Mer or Chanel, it looks softly gorgeous. With a gloss like Lip Fusion Clear or a sheer pink like Bobbi Brown Popsicle, this stain always works. It feels soft and invisible on the lip, doesn’t bleed and is not drying.

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer: Another Hourglass bit of genius. Again, the review for this is upcoming. I will say this much: this concealer is very close to the famous/famously expensive Cle de Peau Concealer. A replacement? Not sure yet, but it’s pretty darn amazing. Stay tuned.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Malice: Honestly, just one of the most beautiful vampy shimmer colours that exists in nail polish. The most subtle shimmer, that only Chanel can do, and the perfect tone of crimson/burgundy. It wears very well too, with chip wear only after several days. I will always love this.

ICON India 24k Richly Exotic Mask: If you have dry, coarse, processed, fried or damaged hair, you need this stuff. It is miraculous and transforms your hair from dead to devastatingly gorgeous. It is my number one deep conditioner, tied for first place with L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Conditioner. Cheating a little as I haven’t reviewed that one either yet. So much good reading to look forward to, people! Both of these conditioners smell incredible. The ICON smells like spicy woods, and the L’Occitane like almond candy. Divine.

What are some of your Top Products you discovered in 2012?

Daly Lippy Love: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur

Daly Lippy Love: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur


I love my Chanel Rouge Coco Shines. They are moisturizing as well as sheer, which means they can be applied without a mirror ie. foolproof. This really appeals to the colour shy lip product lover in me, but there is the benefit of a gradual introduction to wearing colour on the lips. I don’t think there will ever come a time when I will go for a full on opaque intense lip color, but, never say never. At this point though, the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines are just perfect.

My daughter recently got a Rouge Coco Shine that was such a lovely fuschia/pink tone that I decided I needed it for myself. It’s Bonheur, which translated from French means “happiness”, and that sounds pretty lovely to me. I tried it, loved it, bought it. I think it will get a lot of wear this season. Again, please excuse the iPhone photos. Hopefully soon I will figure out how to use a real camera….


Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur is available at Chanel counters.


Dupe Alert! Chanel Rouge Coco Shine vs L’Oreal Color Riche Balm

Dupe Alert! Chanel Rouge Coco Shine vs L’Oreal Color Riche Balm

I had a funny feeling the other day while I was sharing my love for the L’Oreal Color Riche Balms to the the world aka via Twitter. I have been meaning to do a post on the L’Oreal Rose Elixir shade but haven’t managed to take photos of the swatches yet- bad beauty blogger!. I have, however, recommended it to friends. Everyone who tries it loves it and is obviously thrilled with a gorgeous conditioning lip balm with a touch of colour for under $10. The Color Riche Balms smooth and moisturize the lips, have SPF15, and really add a subtle yet brightening pop of colour. Rose Elixir really adds a just bitten glow to the lips. I also love Pink Satin for more of a baby pink lip.
However. I had a creeping suspicion the other day as I was playing around with the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines at the Chanel counter that they reminded me of something. Yep – you got it. The L’Oreal Color Riche Balm. They have an almost identical luxe balm feel, impart a  Your Lips But Better tint that sticks around for a little while, and leave a wee stain effect behind. Seriously? A drugstore cheapie vs a $38 department store luxe product. I actually did a little running between the pharmacy and the Chanel counter to be sure I wasn’t cray. Ok well, that I wasn’t “completely” cray. I wish I had been able to photograph swatches but the comparisons were on the fly with only my iPhone and crappy mall lighting. Plus as usual I was running late. For something. Even thought this was a lippy emergency.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boy = A cross between L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Heavenly Berry and Rose Elixir. Depending on your natural lip tone, one reads a little bluer than the other so play with the testers to see which is best. Or, buy both. And a treat from Starbucks, you will still have money left over with what you would have paid for the Chanel.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bel Ami = this lovely grape tone which is So Perfect for fall is basically the same L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Plush Plum on me. Swatched on my arm, Bel Ami is a teensy touch redder, with Plush Plum being slightly more on the, well, plum end of the spectrum. But on my lips (fairly pigmented) it is hardly noticeable.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Chance = this pale and sheer baby pink that I have been tempted to buy is so close to L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Pink Satin that I won’t bother now may buy it later when I’ve forgotten and get all impulse-y at the Chanel counter. Pink Satin has been a summer go-to staple for me this year. So beachy and casual. It’s a pale pink with a blue tone that is sheer enough that I don’t look washed out, and it goes beautifully to night with a smoky eye. I’d even say that Pink Satin is close to Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Royallieu, just slightly pinker vs nude.
Now, one would think that with such glaring similarities that I would be discouraged from buying any more high end lippies. But one would be wrong, because I LOVE THEM ALL!
Do you have any high-low dupes to share? I’d love the scoop!
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Royallieu Is The Perfect Nude Lip

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Royallieu Is The Perfect Nude Lip

The best part of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks is the balm aspect. No other lipstick feels as soft, silky and conditioning as the Rouge Coco Shine line thanks to the built in balm. I adore them, and am grateful for an elegant and sheer lipstick that has a case as beautiful as what is inside. I’m a sucker for that Chanel packaging, I admit it.

My last trip to the Chanel counter had me trying Royallieu. I really need to replace the Boy that my youngest daughter swiped but I always end up getting distracted….Chanel Royallieu is a dusty taupe pink, and a perfect your lips but better shade, with some added shine. It has some wee tiny micro shimmer, but like the magic shimmer in Chanel Le Vernis nail polishes, it doesn’t show on the lip as shimmer. If you click on the photo of the tube of lipstick at the top of the post, you can see the shimmery bits on the lipstick. But, not on my lips. Like most Rouge Coco Shines, it can be applied without a mirror, which I love. It feels like a balm, and smooths on like buttah. And, it is The Perfect Nude Lip.

Right – Chanel Glossimer Amour 166 Left – Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Royallieu

I read a review of Chanel Glossimer in Amour 166, and decided I Had To Have It. Turns out the two go perfectly together! The Glossimers are lovely glosses, not too sticky and not overly pigmented, with better than average lasting power. Pretty pink lips are just that easy. 1-2 and go!


Next Chanel review coming is the new Le Vernis for Fall 2012, Frenzy, which is the Most Beautiful Nude I have evah seen….

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Glossimers are available on their website and at Chanel cosmetic counters.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Bel Ami – Perfect For The Lipstick Challenged (like me!)

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Bel Ami – Perfect For The Lipstick Challenged (like me!)

I was in a beauty conundrum. I wanted a lip colour that looked like, well, a colour. I am a YLBB (Your Lips But Better) woman at the best of times so this was indeed a challenge. My daughters are so brave and always sporting bright fun lippies and while I love colour, I just felt like they made me look old, weird and clownish. Not for moi. Chanel came to the rescue awhile back with their Rouge Coco Shine line, which is balm-like and basically gorgeous. All colours can be applied without a mirror (check), don’t settle into lines or bleed (check) and condition your lips (check). So I wandered up to the Chanel counter with high hopes and was not disappointed.

I had seen the pic above from Carolina Herrera on Beauty Editor  and had become obsessed with a slightly grape-y lip. Clinique Black Honey, you’re thinking! For some reason, that shade just doesn’t work on me. A tad too dark? I dunno, but it’s not me. As soon as I said SLIGHTLY grape-y, the Chanel SA grabbed Bel Ami. I recoiled as it looks so dark and suspiciously like ACTUAL LIPSTICK in the tube but, lo and behold, I loved it. It is perfect. I feel like a real laydee now, with a (sort of) lipstick to call my very own.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Bel Ami


Bel Ami swatched lightly on lower left, more heavily on upper right

I love the lipstick and Chanel trivia behind the name Bel Ami. Coco Chanel’s modiste career started with her hat-making and really bloomed when theatre actress Gabrielle Dorziat wore her designs in the Noziere play “Bel Ami” in 1912. If you haven’t seen the movie “Coco Avant Chanel” with the divine Audrey Tatou, you simply must.

Gabrielle Dorziat in “Bel Ami” and her Chanel chapeau…