Oh, Chanel. And oh, Ommorphia (she’s a horrible/woderful enabler). I blame the two of them for making me get Chanel’s latest and most beautiful red nail polish, Rouge Rubis, from the Collection Nuit Infini de Chanel 2103. I have several red nail polishes, and while they might be similar, they are not the same. Really. I think Rouge Rubis is the glowiest of them all. It radiates and glows and compliments my skin tone perfectly. The SA at the Chanel counter is a brunette with olive skin and she was wearing it – it looked just as gorgeous on her. The formula was brilliant, and if I’d been in a hurry, I could almost have got away with 1 coat! I used the Revlon Colorstay Base Coat, two coats of Rouge Rubis, and one coat of China Glaze Quick Dry Top Coat.
Let’s let the photos speak for themselves, shall we?
Chanel Rouge Rubis is available online and at Chanel counters and boutiques.
Warning: pedicure/toes photo ahead! I’ve recently heard from people who are freaked out by foot photos, so I thought I would offer a warning. Although if you’re here it’s likely too late. Ooops.
I recently became obsessed with some Chanel Le Vernis shades from their summer 2012 collection. That would be the hot pink Tentation, the coral Distraction and shimmery pink Frisson. There was a white pearl, but since I have the gorgeous Dior Lady, I did not feel like I needed the white one.
Chanel Tentation is a stunning fuschia/red with an bluish- purple shimmer. It is not as “secret” as Chanel’s shimmers usually are, instead, the nature of this colour combination makes both the base and shimmer glow. I feel like a demented magpie when I wear Tentation on my fingers because I cannot stop staring at it. The formula is flawless and I get full coverage in two coats.
Chanel Distraction is hand’s down my new favourite coral nail polish. It is simply beyond gorgeous, and the shimmer in Distraction is a fuschia-purple. It’s more subtle than the shimmer in Tentation, but it still glows with a magic only Chanel could create. It is my pedi colour of the summer so far. I find that pretty much every other colour in my collection matches the coral tone of Distraction, so it’s versatile as well as beautiful. Also a perfect formula, not too thick or thin, and two coats is opaque enough for me.
Channel Frisson (“thrill” in French!) is a soft semi sheer pink with gold iridescent shimmer that shows up *just* enough to make this more interesting than a simple sheer. It’s the perfect pretty in pink shade, and even though 2 coats isn’t completely opaque, I prefer it to three, which is opaque. It is soft and elegant but the gold shimmer adds a sparkle to your fingertips. Another gorgeous smooth formula in Frisson. Chanel’s Mica Rose is a bit pinker with a silvery white shimmer. Chanel Jade Rose is more of a peachy nude pink with a pinkish shimmer. So Frisson is obviously different enough that I needed it for my pink Chanel collection.
If you want to have your mind blown by incredible photos of this collection, sashay on over to this post on Ommorphia Beauty Bar and get your wallet out.
This Chanel collection appears to be available (separately) online and at select Chanel counters and boutiqes.
Whoa. Just, whoa. Vertigo is a gorgeous Chanel nail polish in every possible way. Colour – the perfect not quite black but not grey so lets call it “light black”, with the famous Chanel hidden shimmer. And the shimmer is a soft purple! Again, the shimmer is hidden, is doesn’t really show on the nails but by being there adds a subtle tone that adds a dimension to the colour. Yes, it’s a cream, but it’s rich and not remotely “flat”. The formula- perfection! I got full coverage in, wait for it, one coat!
When I first saw Vertigo I thought it was similar to Paradoxal and that I didn’t need it. Silly me. Of course, Paradoxal is much more grey with the purple tone being a little more obvious. Vertigo is perfect if you want a dark nail, but don’t want a vampy red and aren’t ready to commit to black. Verdict? Love.
Chanel Le Vernis nail polish in Vertigo is available at Chanel counters and boutiques, as well as online
Just wanted to post a quick post on my recent Fall 2012 faves. I finally took the plunge and got Clé de Peau Concealer- what kind of beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t? It is all I dreamt of and more. Applies like a dream, gives impeccable coverage and lasts all day without caking or wearing. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? When I look at my pile of concealers that have not lived up to their promises, I’d say yes. Plus a little goes a long way so the CPU (Cost Per Use) numbers make sense as well. I got a chance to try the Becca Beach Tint cheek colour while perusing the lovely beauty offerings at Portofino Tanning in Beverly Hills while my girlfriend got a spray tan. FYI- best and most natural spray tan I have ever seen, by the way. Wow. Anyways, the gorgeous girls at the salon recommended this blush gel, and I LOVE it. Grapefruit is the perfect pinky coral tone for medium skin tone blondes, and it looks GORGEOUS on the lips too. I layer the Sara Happ Lip Slip on top. Ok- how did I not know about this product? Soft, cushy kissable lips that look full and gorgeous, with no plumping ingredients or actions? Wow. It’s the perfect pink lip balm/gloss. Not too sticky and with the perfect amount of sheen. I grabbed the California Tan bronzing powder as well. It is the *perfect* tan shade for my face without adding shimmer or a too baked look. A new staple in my make up collection. I’ve waxed poetically about Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy and Suspicious here…
Skincare for fall is important. Our skin is adjusting to changing temperatures and moisture/humidity levels, and is recovering from sun and wind. Even a judicious applier of sunscreen (like me!) needs to treat our skin kindly after summer. My skin is soaking up every drop of Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, creating a perfect base for my standard Vichy PROeven during the day, and my NeoStrata Level 3 Lotion is exfoliating all the dry dead skin cells left over from summer while keeping my pores squeaky clean at night. A simple glycolic acid exfoliator, the NeoStrata also reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores. Ok- Rodin Olio Lusso- can we talk? This stuff is divine and more importantly, it works, despite my concerns that it was all hype. I am using the face oil at night on my neck and wake up with moist dewy skin. It is a thick rich oil that leaves only the most lovely skin behind. I bought a perfect little Rodin travel set at Gee Beauty in Toronto and have a large sized bottle of the Rodin Olio Lusso in my future.
I grabbed a little bottle of Malin & Goetz Synthesized Musk and am seriously in love with this subtle and soft skin scent. It is similar to Kiehl’s Musk, but softer and a bit soapier or cleaner. It stays very close to the skin, and adds a sexy delicious sweetness to any perfume you might want to layer with it. The 30 ml bottle is perfect for the purse, and I love the clean white design of the Malin & Goetz line.
What are your fall faves…so far?
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.