10 Things I Love About Chanel

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10 Things I Love About Chanel

10 Things I Love About Chanel

1. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Parfum

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Parfum

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Parfum ($110, 0.25-oz. bottle)

With notes of bergamot, orange, jasmine, rose, patchouli, vetiver, white musks and vanilla), Coco is classified as a fresh oriental fragrance, but I just think of it as a perfect date night outfit in fragrance form — elegant, yet playful, with one of those sexy winks.

Here’s a fun fact: in coming up with this famous fragrance, Coco Mademoiselle creator Jacques Polge tried to envision a scent that Coco herself might have worn had she celebrated her 21st birthday bash right at the dawn of the 21st century.

2. Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice ($45)

Scary name. Awesome blush.

If you’ve always liked the idea of NARS Orgasm but were kept away by its sparkly golden shimmer, then try the following: 1) pick up a pan of Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice, and 2) write yourself a note to remember to send me an invitation to the wedding, because you + this blush = lifetime of peachy pink happiness. :)

Chanel Malice Swatch

Chanel Malice Blush

That’s Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Malice on mah cheeks

3. Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion

Chanel Pink Explosion

Chanel Pink Explosion ($45)

Malice all day errrday…except when I’m wearing Chanel Pink Explosion.

Boom.

This one’s a fireworks display of straight-up pink. Great for going all-out pink with pink lipsticks and glosses, and it looks killer with bright hot pinks or fuchsias.

4. The Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Chanel New Moon

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in New Moon ($36)

It’s safe to assume that I have one of these jars of creamy goodness somewhere on my person or in my hotel room whenever I’m anywhere on a trip.

Most of the time it’s shimmery, bronzy golden Mirage or coppery reddish bronze New Moon.

All of them are easy to apply (just pat ‘em on your lids with a finger). Plus they last all day.

Gosh, I love these… So many of them fall into my everyday makeup category. You can even wear the super glittery ones like Fantasme on top of other eye products as a glittery eyeshadow top coat.

5. Chanel Poudres Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder

chanel natural finish loose powder

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in 040 Dore ($52)

Dore is my champion in the ongoing battle of Karen Versus Her Pores.

Seriously, this loose powder’s skin-smoothing powers are surreal. The grains are imbued with pore-blurring powder-puffing magic that creates a hazy soft focus effect.
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An Elegant, Everyday Makeup Look With Coral Lips, Golden Brown Eyes and Lots of Chanel

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Chanel Rouge Allure in 152 Insaisissable

That’s Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in 152 Insaisissable on my lips…

Gotta buy cat food? Need to get some French fries? Always take advantage of any opportunity to wear Chanel.

Even if it involves tracking down (at your employer’s request) a can of special cat food that just so happens to be the most impossible wet food to find in the U.S. because it’s imported all the way from New Zealand.

I’m sorry, what was I saying…? Oh, yeah! — any opportunity to wear Chanel. :)

I derive great joy from wearing Chanel to run everyday errands. It makes otherwise uninspiring activities immensely more bearable.

Here’s one of my everyday makeup looks, this time featuring Chanel spring 2015 goodness. Soft coral lips with warm golden tones on the eyes, and lots of liner and lashes. No false lashes, though, or sparkling glitter, so it’s not too cra-zay-zy or outlandish, and there aren’t a ton of eyeshadows up in my sauce. It’s pretty simple, and I feel elegant when I wear it.

You could also skip the lashes and liner to make it even more casual, and I do that sometimes.

Chanel Rouge Allure in 152 Insaisissable

Tisse Vendome on my lids, Chanel Jade on my tips and Chanel Insaisissable on my lips!

That’s Chanel Tisse Vendome (so my jam these days) on my lids and the Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose from the spring collection on my cheeks.

Chanel Rouge Allure in 152 Insaisissable

Rouge Allure in 152 Insaisissable

Other products I’m wearing from the Chanel spring collection…

Vibrant creamy reddish coral Rouge Allure Lipstick in 152 Insaisissable, a permanent collection shade currently being re-promoted with the spring launch.

I actually started snapping the pics in this post wearing Insaisissable but eventually swapped it for Rouge Coco Shine in 97 Desinvolte (another permanent shade currently being re-promoted in the spring launch) because my lips were feeling a little dry.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 97 Desinvolte

Rouge Coco Shine in 97 Desinvolte


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5 Fine Ways to Introduce a Little Chanel Spring Into Your Step

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Clockwise from the upper left: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ardoise, Jardin de Chanel Blush Camerlia Rose, Chanel No. 19 Poudre and Les 4 Ombres Mluti-Effect Quara Eyeshadow in in Tisse Rivoli

Clockwise from the upper left: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ardoise, Jardin de Chanel Blush Camerlia Rose, Chanel No. 19 Poudre and Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quara Eyeshadow in Tisse Rivoli

At any given second of any given day you’re likely to find at least one or two pieces of Chanel in my makeup bag.

What can I say? I worship at the altar of the double CCs.

Chanel is always (always) a good idea, and to that end, here are five fine ways to introduce a little Chanel into your life this spring.

1. Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose ($55)

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose ($55)

Let’s be real. The last thing on this earth I needed was to fall in love with another pricey Chanel blush, but I have. The flower pattern on the pan always brings a smile to my face (and it isn’t just brushed away after the first few swipes).

Technically, it’s a pinkish peachy mauve with a dash of plum and a finish somewhere in the heavenly ether between matte and satin. Un-technically, it’s like blasting Taylor Swift and dancing around your room first thing in the morning. :)

This is one of those Chanel blushes that I’m sure I’ll remember years from now and think of fondly with a sparkle in my eye…

Wearing Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Rivoli on my eyes, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Longn-Lasting Eyeliner in Ardoise on my lash lines, Chanel Jardin de Chanel BLush Camelia Rose on my cheeks and Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque on my lips

Wearing Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Rivoli on my eyes, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ardoise on my lash lines, Chanel Jardin de Chanel BLush Camelia Rose on my cheeks and Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque on my lips

Availability: Limited edition, and available now at Chanel counters and online at chanel.com.

2. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque ($35)

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Romanesque ($35)

In The World According to K-Dawg (publication date: soon), hot pink lips are always a good idea, and La Romanesque is a fresh take on the concept.

While in tune with the current matte lipstick revival, it has a velvety matte finish, so it isn’t as flat as most mattes. It has the faintest whisper of shine, which makes it kinder and more approachable.

Whenever I wear it, I like to blur the edges. First, I’ll apply it directly from the tube, smack my lips a few times to disperse the color, then I’ll push it out to the edges of my lips with a lip brush, and pat a few times with a finger for a casual, barely-there edge, effortless and ladylike.

Availability: Permanent, and currently being re-promoted as part of the Chanel Spring 2015 Reverie Parisienne collection. Available now at Chanel counters and online.

3. Chanel Quadra Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Tissé Rivoli ($61)

Chanel Quadra Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Tissé Rivoli

Chanel Quadra Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Tissé Rivoli ($61)

A satin finish and a dash of plum spice up Tissé Rivoli’s shimmery golden taupes.

Whenever I wear this quad, which is one of the permanent collection quads in the recently revamped baked eyeshadow fam, on my lids, I’m sure I have a little extra spring in my step.

I think it’s one of the most universally flattering Chanel quads, and its mix of shimmery golden taupes and plums suit a wide range of skin tones because they aren’t excessively cool-toned or warm, so I have free rein over the cheek and lip colors I wear them with.

I like to do a soft wash of color with one of the lighter shades and mix one the darker or mid-toned shades for a hazy, smokey eye.

If you’re tired of the pastels that typically dominate shelves for spring, try Tissé Rivoli.

No rush though. It’s in the permanent collection, so it isn’t going anywhere.

Availability: Permanent, and available now at Chanel counters and online.

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion

Published in: Chanel, Makeup, Unsung Heroes

Chanel Pink Explosion

10 reasons why Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion will blow your mind…

  1. It’s an explosion! Of Pink! Seriously — Pink Explosion — how could you not love that name?
  2. Looks so lovely with Hourglass Fever lipstick. (I’m just saying…)
  3. Also goes great with NARS Angelika Lip Gloss, which is what I’m wearing in these pics.
  4. Actually…now that I think about it, it goes great with errrthing. I’ve been wearing it regularly for the past month in a bunch of different eye/lip combos, and I can’t remember ever thinking that it didn’t work well with a look.
  5. The secret squirrel micro-glitter (you can only see it if you get up really close) will make you feel like you’re getting an extra large scoop of Chanel special sauce.
  6. If you’re feeling extra crabby with a side of cranky, Pink Explosion will make you look like you don’t have a care in the world, so maybe then somebody nice and cute will walk up to you and start a conversation about something light and fun, and then you’ll temporarily forget your crabbiness. :)
  7. It smells like roses! — so you’ll be reminded of the last time someone surprised you with a huge bouquet of flowers (hopefully it wasn’t too long ago).
  8. It’s so powerfully pretty that it can even cancel out the memory of needing the Jaws of Life to get into your skinny jeans this morning.
  9. And not having to spend a ton of time carefully blending out any edges means you’ll have time left over to look for a purr-fect faux leopard-print Christmas coat.
  10. Did I mention it’s Chanel?
Chanel Pink Explosion

Chanel Pink Explosion

Chanel Pink Explosion
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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Makeup, Unsung Heroes

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme ($36)

Party ready in less than 30 seconds! Wearing Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme ($36)

Fantasme…

Why did I just picture Penelope Cruz saying that, like from one of those Nespresso commercials?

“Nespresso!”

Are we really almost at the end of November? I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only a week away, but it reminds me that now is the time for holiday makeup.

There’s Thanksgiving next week, and then a couple get-togethers around Christmas, so I’m trying to think of ways to look dressed up that don’t require a lot of effort, like by using products I can layer on top of whatever other makeup I may have started the day wearing.

Say “happy holidays!” to Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme. This sheer, glittery white cream wunderkind ($36) makes getting party-ready looks as easy as three pats of a finger.

Well…three or four.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Fantasme

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Fantasme ($36)

Wait — don’t walk away just because I said glitter! This is Chanel glitter, so it’s classy and refined (think: expensive chandelier), and it’s precisely the kind of glitter I imagine Choupette the cat leaves in her wake when she prances around her mansion. :)

Fantasme is one of those deceptively fantastic pieces… It pretends to be boring and nondescript in swatches, but it turns into a concert violinist on lids.

The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.

What I like to do is pat Fantasme in the inner corners of my lids with a finger.

Sure, you could use a brush, but I like using my fingers because it seems to cut down on the fallout…not that there’s very much of it anyway.

I just pat on top of whatever eye makeup I happen to be wearing. Doesn’t matter what colors or kind of look it is, either. Fantasme cranks it up.

Here I’m wearing it on top of teals and blues from the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

Chanel Fantasme Swatch
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