Letters to Coco and Reflections on a Chanel Summer, Part 3: Bronze BFFs Forever! Mirage Illusion D’Ombre, Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ambre Dore, and Tutti Frutti Le Vernis Nail Colour

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Wearing the new Chanel Reflets D’Ete De Chanel summer collection

Letters to Coco

What follows is the final installment of a three-part series of posts titled “Letters to Coco,” a series of letters written in the summer of 2014 from me to my best friend (in my head), Coco Chanel. In this third letter, which features summer collection standouts Mirage Illusion D’Ombre, Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ambre Dor and Le Vernis Nail Colour in Tutti Frutti, it’s the end of the summer, a few weeks after our trip. 🙂

My dearest Coco,

You know what they say. Tans fade, but friendships last forever. And you, my friend, are my girl for life.



I can’t believe the summer is almost over. It’s seems like just yesterday we were boarding the plane to the Maldives.

Ah, the Maldives…

I can’t even think about that trip without smiling!

The beach, the waves… Thank you for being such a good sport and getting up at the crack of dawn to go surfing with me. Oh, and uh, also thank you for not telling anybody that I lost my bikini top when I dropped in on that wave.

Whoops! Half-naked surfing. Everyone’s gotta do it at least once in their life, haha.

Geez, barely two weeks back from vacation, and I feel like I need another one. It’s been super stressful (but what else is new?). Tabs is already gearing up for fall — fall! — and I’ve been working cray-cray long hours, but whenever I’m about to lose my sh*t, I just close my eyes and pretend we’re back on the beach with our towels, digging our toes into the sand.

Chanel Mirage and Ambre Dore

Mirage and Ambre Dore

You’re probably going to laugh this, but I’m still wearing your summer collection. In August! I know!

By this time of year, I’m usually hitting up the Trader Joe’s in matte berry lips and full-on smokey eyes.

Chanel Mirage

Illusion D’Ombre Loong Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage, a bronze ($36)

But I’m just not ready to say goodbye to summer yet.

NO! I still have a tan from our trip (tears!), so I’ve been wearing your bronze cream eyeshadow, Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage; and your shimmery gold liner, Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ambre Dore, in an attempt to cling to my memories of our best summer ever.

Chanel Ambre Dore

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Ambre Dore, a shimmery gold ($32)

Chanel Ambre Dore

Ambre Dore, a shimmery gold

You know, sometimes, Coco, I feel like you just get me. You get my makeup style. Especially with this cream eyeshadow.

My goodness! It’s like the most perfect shimmery bronze I’ve ever worn — or rather, the most perfect buttery bronze, because I think it’s different than a regular orangey bronze, and I love how it works with my caramel coloring.

Chanel Ambre Dore

Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage on my lids and Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner on my lower lash and water lines

And the finish? It’s off the hook, girl! Did you make it this way — so soft and satiny and scintillating — because of that time I complained about how frosty eyeshadows settle into my fine lines? Because the way this catches the light is absolutely perfect.

I’ve been wearing Mirage all over my lids with Ambre Dore Eyeliner on my lower lash and water lines. The warm, shimmery golden tones in Ambre Dore play off the bronze in Mirage really well — no clashing of metallics here!

Chanel Mirage and Ambre Dore

Mirage (left) and Ambre Dore (right)

I’d go so far as to call the Mirage + Ambre Dore combo the best metallic summer eye look of 2014. It’s easy, elegant and I swear to gawd, makes me look 10 years younger.

So, of course, this would not be one of my trademark rambling letters without a nail update. Well, I’ve been wearing Tutti Fruitt Le Vernis Nail Colour, also from your summer collection, to go with my shimmery bronze and gold eyes.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Tutti Frutti, a soft coral ($27)

Le Vernis Nail Colour in Tutti Frutti, a soft coral ($27)


I like how it can look like a creamy coral one minute…but then you step outside in the sun, and it’s a golden secret shimmer party!

Chanel Tutti Frutti Swatch

Two coats of Tutti Frutti

Chanel Tutti Frutti Swatch

See the secret golden shimmer?

Anywho, just wanted to say hi and let you know that I miss you terribly. I’ll be in Paris for the fall shows with Tabs in a couple weeks. Hopefully we can connect out there.

Chanel Mirage

Additional makeup worn in this look: MAC Style Blush on my cheeks and Chanel Glossimer in 166 Amour on my lips

Let’s make a date to visit Laduree, ‘K? My muffin top has been craving macarons like CRAZY.

Love ya, always,



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  1. Sarah says:

    Hey Karen- loved this post as usual. You don’t just sit there like “so this product is good…” you’re ENTERTAINING lol! I love the eye combo, wondering how it would look on my fair skin- ill have to give it a try! thanks 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    Absolutely amazing post as always! Honestly your blog is just such a highlight of my day – I check in every couple hours to see if you’ve posted something new, to check out your amazing pictures and to read your inspiring posts! Honestly you have no idea how much of a positive impact you’ve had on me!
    I was just scrolling through your YouTube channel and noticed that you liked one of my videos…you have no idea how much that means to me!!! Honestly I have looked up to you for so long, it really touches me so much that you’d take the time to watch my stuff. Ok…tears in my eyes now. Just want to say thank you for the daily inspiration, and for your amazing support!

    Much love!

  3. Sylirael says:

    OK, the polish and the eyeliner totally need to be in my life right now… 0_o Seriously, the colours in this collection!

    I love your posts so much Karen – your creativity always makes me smile! 🙂
    Sylirael recently posted … A Toxically Beautiful Kiss: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom

  4. Lena says:

    you crazy girl!
    btw, maldives and then paris! you rockin’ the jest set life!
    Lena recently posted … Review and Swatches: Milani Lip Intense in Pink Rave, Fiery Coral, Violet Addict and Red Extreme

  5. May says:

    Karen, was the Illusion D’Ombre Loong Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage like that when you opened it? If so, return it and get a new one. That one has dried out. Make sure you close the lid nice and tight.

  6. Ashleigh says:

    This look is stunning. So summer! I especially love that nail color.

  7. Nicole says:

    Mirage looks dreamy on lids and I knew instantly I needed whatever is on your lips. Turns out I own Amour! No wonder I like it so much on you too.
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  8. Chelsea says:

    This polish is perfection – love the subtle shimmer! The liner is gorgeous, I’ll have to check it out – I love the Stylo Waterproof liners.

  9. Erin says:

    Tutti Fruitti is sweet!
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  10. Megan Joy says:

    Anything that resembles the colour Rose Gold is good by me 🙂 Such lovely shimmery eye colours!

  11. The coc hue in eye shaodw looks lobvely.. vbut I liked nail paint the best.. such a prettyy shade.. 😀
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  12. Kim says:

    Holy swear word, swear word. This is one of the most stunning eye looks ever. I am completely blown away (especially since it seems easy to recreate). I just added 2 more items to my Chanel list (yes Le Volume and Daydream are still on it). I’m trying not to think of the kazillions this will cost me. 🙂

  13. Mimi says:

    This is the most gorgeous look I’ve ever seen on you. Absolutely fabulous, all of it.

  14. Leila says:

    The Mirage and Ambre Dore look beautiful on you!

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