Way to stay ahead of the curve, Team Chanel! The three new Chanel Palette Essentielles from the Travel Diary Fall 2017 Collection go against the grain of the “more is more” trend taking over the mainstream makeup world right now.
They strip face makeup down to the bare essentials — a cream concealer, cream blush and a cream highlighter. That’s it. As a makeup junkie who now wholeheartedly embraces minimal looks, I like it.
Travel Diary is Chanel’s LE fall collection, and it’s inspired by a California road trip that Chanel Makeup Designer Lucia Pica took with her friends up the California coast.
Based on these face palettes alone, even though I’ve also liked everything else I’ve tried from this collection, I can tell that Lucia totally gets me. I mean, did homegirl peek into my makeup bag?? Because these palettes are exactly the kind of palettes I’d want to bring if I were road-tripping.
There are three of them — a light, medium and darker option — and they’re all available now with the rest of the collection at Chanel counters and online.
Peach-toned concealer obliterates dark circles! NEWS AT 11!
There’s so much I love about these palettes, starting with the peach-toned concealer… It OBLITERATES dark circles. It’s brilliant.
I was a little concerned about the texture at first, because it feels dry — similar to Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, which I’ve never had great luck with (looks heavy on my skin and settle into my lines), but this version looks much more natural. I can’t tell where the concealer stops and my skin begins.
If you have yellow undertones in your skin like I do, I would probably stick to using the concealer under your eyes, because the peach can look very stark when worn elsewhere. It’s not impossible to use it on other areas, but I like it best under my eyes.
Yeah, that’s a little limiting, and it’s annoying, considering that the palette costs $61, but it fits the minimal aesthetic of Travel Diary.
Scary blush looks shockingly natural
Oh, and that hella scary-looking blush? Shockingly, it looks natural on the skin. It’s pigmented, for sure, but with a light tap-tap-tap, you’ll look kissed by the sun, as if you’ve been cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway with your best babes for hours.
Like the concealer, the creams are long-lasting. Um…totally important, right? Yeah, I probably should’ve mentioned it earlier! All of the creams in the palettes last a long time. I can apply them in the morning on my combo dry/oily skin, and they last all day. Of course, there is some fading after 6-7 hours, but that’s to be expected with creams sitting on bare skin.
Is Lucia Pica a MAC CCB fan?
The highlighter is so much YES! I have a sneaking suspicion that Lucia Pica is a secret fan of the MAC Cream Colour Bases, because the highlighters feel and look just like them. They have a similarly subtle sheen and glow that are just perfect for laid-back looks.
I really like these a lot, but I encourage you to try them first, if you can, because there are only three versions available, and you’ll want to pick the one with the right peach-toned concealer for your skin. For reference, I’m about an NC42 in MAC, and the 170 Beige Intense Palette works best for me.
Easiest chicken bake EVER
I made this really delicious and easy chicken bake last night from a recipe I found on Recipe Tin Eats, which is a fantastic food blog, BTW, with zillions of recipes that I use and love.
This one takes five minutes to prep. Then you throw it in the oven. The main ingredients are chicken, broccoli, spiral pasta, garlic, flour, milk, broth, garlic (haha! garlic twice), spices, salt and pepper, and you literally throw everything into a baking pan, and shove it into the oven. Seriously, it’s that easy.
Last night I substituted the chicken breast for ground chicken, and the chicken stock for vegetable stock. Basically, I used what I had on hand, and it turned out great! I should’ve taken a picture, but it’s already mostly gone, LOL. Even the baby loved it.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,