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.
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. 🙂
Malice all day errrday…except when I’m wearing Chanel Pink Explosion.
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
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.
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.
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.
Cue exasperated sigh! The Rouge Allure Velvet Matte Lip colors are so comfortable, and so bewilderingly lightweight, that I really do forget that I’m wearing them sometimes, which is freaky considering that they’re mattes — you know, which are usually annoyingly heavy and thick.
There’s something about the finish… They aren’t 100% pure matte. The finish has a very faint, almost imperceptible sheen, but that’s the special sauce right there.
My favorite one these days has been springy, hot pink La Romanesque!
7. The brushes…
[Gulp] I say this a lot, but “the last thing I need in my life is…” another Chanel obsession. In this case a brush obsession, but I got a couple of travel-sized Chanel brushes (a cheek brush and an eyeshadow brush) for Christmas, and they are so freaking soft that I was doomed to become obsessed with them.
I’ve told myself that I can start with one of the full-sized ones, and then we’ll see where it goes… For now, major, MAJOR brush lust happening.
8. The limited edition-ness (yes, today this is a real word)
Fas as I’m concerned, Chanel’s right up there with MAC in terms of how well they dress up their limited edition pans.
Gosh, remember the feathers on Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder in Platine from the holiday launch, or the floral design on Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose?
Hello, you adorable little works of art. 🙂
9. Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Vert Khaki
Vert is the wert! It’s also my summertime khaki jam. A golden khaki with Chanel’s secret shimmer, it releases essence of warm grayish taupe (goes so well with smokey looks) when you buff it out.
Try this someday because you won’t regret it: Vert Khaki on your lids with Malice on your cheeks and a coral lip.
10. Chanel Jade Nail Colour
This color… Agh!
Even after — I don’t know how many years — Jade takes my breath away.
I have yet to find anything in the jadeite color family that stacks up to it in my estimation, and it is guaranteed to put a little extra spring in my step whenever I see it on my tips or peeking up at me from my toes when I’m wearing sandals.
It will probably always and forever be my number one top Chanel nail lacquer love of all time.
Of course, I don’t have a backup [INSERT PANIC]…
But if they ever release Jade again, people better look out. I’ll be all over that like caramel on popcorn.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,