Driven To Distraction by Thrills and Tentation – Oh, Chanel.

Driven To Distraction by Thrills and Tentation – Oh, Chanel.

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.

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Chanel Le Vernis Tentation, two coats, daylight

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.

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Chanel Le Vernis Distraction, two coats, daylight

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.

Chanel Le Vernis Frisson, two coats, in direct sunlight

Chanel Le Vernis Frisson, two coats, in direct sunlight

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.

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo Is Making Me Dizzy

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo Is Making Me Dizzy

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo

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!

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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.

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Chanel Le Vernis nail polish in Vertigo is available at Chanel counters and boutiques, as well as online 

Its Raining Red Hot Nails Up In Here

Its Raining Red Hot Nails Up In Here



 We all need a red nail polish. Some of need more red nail polishes than others. Because, as you likely know if you are reading this, every red is different. Some lean towards the orange end of the spectrum. Some are more blue. Some are dark, dramatic & vampy, and some are sheer and yummy jellies. Somehow, Deborah Lippmann It’s Raining Men manages to straddle all of these categories and make itself The Perfect Red. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not The Only Red, as I don’t believe that exists. There are many Perfect Reds, and quite often how a particular shade of red works on one depends on skin tone and personal style.


Check out the geranium in the background…glowing red!

These days, I am enjoying a cheery red. A nice yummy bright red, with a little orange to brighten it up for warmer weather, but with enough blue in it that it doesn’t wash me out. Pure orange is not a good colour for me, but a rich Chinese red or vermillion has just enough orange to make the red pop and give it a glow. The closest dupe for this colour would be OPI Red My Fortune Cookie but Lippmann It’s Raining Men is just a wee bit bluer. A base of Lippmann Rehydrating Base coat, two coats of It’s Raining Men and finish off the mani with a coat of Lippmann Addicted To Speed and voila! A shiny juicy red!


What is sexier than a red mani or red pedi? A deep vampy shade comes close I suppose, but for now, I am vamping around in my deliciously bright red It’s Raining Men…