New perfumes quick reviews

New perfumes quick reviews

There has been a slew of new releases – most of them flankers – and I’m just doing some real quick reviews of first impressions in no particular order.

Guerlain Mon Guerlain Florale: I literally can’t smell the difference between this and the original one??? Not necessary to own both.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Intense: bland, lifeless patchouli and uninspired flowers. Also very similar to original, except stronger.

Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori: now I love, love, love the original Gucci Bloom, so I eagerly grab the bottle from the shelf and – WHAT IS THIS??? It smells nothing like Bloom, which okay, I was just complaining about flankers that are too similar but, this! It’s completely green and fresh and not bad, but where’s the sweet creaminess of Bloom? It’s a galbanum bomb, check it out if that’s what you’re looking for. If you want pompous flowers, stick with original Bloom.

Valentino Donna Rosa Verde: green tea perfume. vair good. Just a bit of citrus and ginger. Good enough to drink all day long. Bvlgari has similar stuff so you probably don’t need both. Best of the new releases methinks. Excuse me while I’ll fix myself a cup of tea.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Passiflora: fruity shampoo from expensive hair salon. My sis went through the whole lot of Aqua Allegorias and chose last year’s Bergamote Calabria to buy instead. She was right to do so.

Thierry Mugler Aura: starts out green and minty, turns vanillic orange blossom later on. Certainly different, not as intense as Alien or Angel. Probably a love or hate thing, as often with Mugler. I like it, but not enough for a bottle.

Dior Posion Girl Unexpected: Flanker of a flanker. Sweet with salty note in the beginning. Everything I should hate. But I kinda really like it? The start has a cinnamon swing to it as well, or something that smells a bit like winter cookies. Sadly, later on it becomes a very generic sweet perfume. Could as well be Christina Aguilera. Also the new 20ml bottles have a roll-on instead of a sprayer! That’s terrible! I’d love to buy 20ml bottles, but not without spray!!!

 

And that’s all for todays real quick reviews. Hope you enjoyed, see you later.

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Chanel Coco EdT

Chanel Coco EdT

Just like No 5, Coco is a massive pillar in Chanel‘s perfume catalogue. It was released in 1984, perfumer is Jacques Polge. I suppose Coco was a smash hit because it’s still going pretty strong. Even if you don’t know what it smells like, you’ve probably smelled it without noticing. The lasting power of it is near endless. On skin you’ll wash it off but if you get it on a scarf or a jacket you’ll smell it the whole winter season. This is why from time to time you’ll pass a person and they’ll be in a cloud of Coco and probably not even know it themselves.

Coco is a massive eighties thing, just like Dior’s Poison, as ‘small’ as the hair used to be and as ‘subtle’ as the makeup used to be. It’s a spicy oriental and extremely different from everything else Chanel offers. There are two flankers to date, Coco Mademoiselle and Coco Noir. The flankers smell absolutely nothing like Coco, at all. I see a slight similarity between Mademoiselle (2001) and Noir (2012), but they are products of their time just like Coco is an eighties baby.

As always when I’m gearing up for a perfume review I’ve been wearing it several days in succession and I noticed that I’ve been smelling it less and less. This is not because it got truly weaker, but because it’s so intense and my brain started to tune it out after a while. This is also why I said you might meet people in a cloud of Coco who might not even know they smell like it. So my recommendation would be to not use it every day to give your nose and brain a break so you can get the full assault every time you spray it. Coco is not for the weak.

So it’s loud and obnoxious and naturally I love it. I just wish they sold their EdT’s in smaller bottles than 50 ml, because as I meantioned you can’t wear it evey day and it’ll take forever to use up. The EdP’s come in 35 ml but I fell in love with the EdT and I feel like they do not smell exactly alike.

I’m not even going to bother describing notes or how it smells like exactly as I can’t really pick any notes out and you’ve probably smelled it before anyway. It does have a bit of an oldtimer touch, since those who fell in love with it in the eighties and never stopped using it are now in their fifties/sixties and so that’s an association you might have. It’s funny because No 5, which is much older doesn’t have that sort of touch anymore – it was old when my parents were young so they’d never have worn it and nowadays you mostly get perfumistas and young girls wearing it. In 30 years there’ll be all those middle aged ladies wearing LVEB.

So in conclusion Coco is amazing and I love it and I’ve spent most of this fall being annoyed their newest release doesn’t have any of it’s charm or power. But then I guess they don’t need to remake Coco, as it already exists.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Pacific Green

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Pacific Green

This little tip belongs to a Chanel eyeliner, the Stylo Yeux Waterproof 925 Pacific Green. I think it was part of a past Spring Collection, but can still be found in stores today. I am generally a fan of the Stylo Yeux Waterproof, because they really are waterproof, they are easy to put on and the color range is big.

Two swatches. The color is sooo pretty, but despite the name I consider it to be more blue than green. It’s a greenish blue with multi colored cool toned shimmer. The mine is very soft which makes it hard to get a thin line. But with a color like that, do you even want a thin line? The liner works both on skin and on the waterline. You can also use it as an eyeshadow, you just gotta be careful because it’s so soft. Don’t press too hard.

Overall, this brings the usual Stylo Yeux Waterproof quality and lasts on skin until I take it off. On the waterline it lasts about four hours, maybe a bit less. It does not smudge but the bigger shimmer particles do wander around some.

A problem I have with my Stylo Yeux Waterproof collection (I have ten) is that some of them break off at the base. Like, the mine as such is whole, but it comes out of the casing. I tend to push it back gently and they’re still usable but they never reattach to the packaging. I used to store them upside down so I could see the color stripe (example shown here), but now I store them horizontally to avoid further breakage. This also sometimes happens with my Rouge Allure & Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks. I had a similar problem with a thin Estee Lauder lipstick from an LE (not their usual lipstick design) and an old MAC shadestick, but unlike the Chanel items which are still like new those two makeup items were also dried up so I chucked them out. I don’t understand why my Chanel things don’t like to stay properly in their packaging.

But the above is just a general observation. It has not yet happened with Pacific Green, which is a lovely eyeliner if you want the thicker, less crisp design of a soft pencil.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Beige Doré

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Beige Doré

This is Beige Doré Rouge Coco Shine from Chanel‘s Spring 2017 LE. Yes I know it’s the end of October right now, but you’ll see you didn’t miss much.

Swatch. It doesn’t get any more intense than that. It’s a very light gold color with some gold shimmer. Sadly, there is really only very little shimmer. I mean Rouge Coco Shines are supposed to be sheer, but usually they pack a  little more punch than that. If only it had more shimmer, it would have been right on trend! But… nah. On the lips you basically don’t see much color; you see the glossiness. It’s a glorified lip balm. I mean if you love Rouge Coco Shines you know what you’re getting into and I’ve actually used it quite a bit for no make up make up and such, but… you didn’t really miss much if you din’t get this one.

For comparison, here’s what the Maybelline Metallic Pure Gold looks like (lower swatch):

And this one isn’t opaque either!

And this is how I got a Chanel lipstick for 70% off. No, Chanel don’t do reductions usually. The vendor just really, really wanted this one gone. And if I wasn’t the sort of decadent person who likes using Rouge Coco Shines as lip balm I’d have still been ripped off.

Tune in next week when there will probably be another lipstick review with some visible color and real shimmer!

Chanel Rouge Allure Ultraberry

Chanel Rouge Allure Ultraberry

As I mentioned in my monday post I picked up two older Chanel lipsticks on sale. Today I’ll talk about the Rouge Allure lipstick in Ultraberry.

Ultraberry was part of last year’s Holiday Collection. That collection didn’t sell well at all. It felt disjointed and not very Holiday at all. It was one of the few years where I didn’t pick up anything from Chanel. But when I saw Ultraberry on sale I decided that the color on it’s own is actually quite pretty.

Swatches! So the good news is that while Ultraberry was limited edition and may be sold out now, MAC Diva isn’t all that far from it. The difference is that Diva is a matte lipstick and opaque. Ultraberry has a creamy finish and is a bit see through. This makes for a very lush and beautiful finish. I swatched La Sensuelle next to it, but it’s lighter and also a Rouge Allure Velvet – so it has a luminous matte finish. Last I swatched one of my few other Rouge Allures – Maniac. Of course the color is quite different. You can also see that Ultraberry applies a lot more even.

So I think the dark red/berry of Ultraberry is super pretty when worn and a great color for fall. It feels creamy against the lips, does turn drying after five/six hours though. Lasting power is quite good, six to seven hours. It wears off on the inside of the lip when eating a bit, not too visibly. I simply reapplied regularly – after a while it stains the lips.

So overall a wonderful lipstick and I like it a lot. Worth a try if you can stil find it. And if you can’t and want something similar, go for Diva.

Best of 2016

Best of 2016

It’s that time of the year again! I didn’t feel much like doing a best of beauty products last year, but this year I have enough product loves to make a list:

  1. best lipstick: 2016 was my purple pink year. I bought probably too many similar shades, but my absolute fav this year was MAC‘s Ariana Grande 2.
  2. best new perfume release: There are so many releases each year I usually only discover them later on. But of the new ones I smelled this year, Chanel N°5 L’Eau was the best. Even if I can’t smell the drydown, it so good while it lasts.
  3. best bottle: Moschino Eau Fresh. The smell is boring but the bottle is hilarious.
  4. best mascara: essence forbidden volume top coat. The plain mascara of this line is good, too, but the top coat rocks everything.
  5. best cheek product: I’m still on the fence with the blush part of the Zoeva rose golden palette, but everytime I put it in storage I missed the highlighter so much I had to get it out again.
  6. best foundation: Chanel Les Beiges (although essence camouflage is a strong contender here)

I don’t have a best nail polish because I loved pretty much everything I put on this year. Go to the tag and take your own pick. 🙂

 

Products most used that I didn’t purchase in 2016:

  1. lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Precieuse
  2. base: Urban Decay primers. Still a life saver.
  3. perfume: Chanel N°5, probably.
  4. eyeliner: Chanel Santal. Sadly, my Chanel liners are slowly falling apart, they’re not as sturdy as I want them to be.
  5. eyeshadow: Dior quads, surprisingly. They have the most interesting color combinations in my stash.
  6. nail polish: Essie nourish me basecoat goes under everything I put on.

 

Some picture impressions:

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Moschino Fresh

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Urban Decay Sin 1

So, it seems a little Chanel heavy. Funny, but I guess I only buy Chanel items when I really love them also they are decorative and so most often out of storage* compared to other brands…

 

*storage being a desk drawer.

So, that concludes 2016 for me, next post will be in the new year. 😀

What were your favorites this year?

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo Khaki Discret

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo Khaki Discret

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I found this pretty duo eyeshadow from Chanel, the Ombres Contraste Duo in Khaki Discret. I have to admit I never really noticed their duos before – and now they seem to be discontinuing them! You can still find them in some places, but not everywhere.

I’m a huge lover of khaki on the eyes. I think it always looks great, no matter what skin tone. It’s not too green, it’s dark enough and usually comes with pretty golden shimmer. Yet somehow all my fav khaki products seem to be discontinued – why???

Well, here’s the quick lowdown in case you guys also want to grab it before it’s gone:

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The swatches. There’s a darker color, a brownish greeney bronze with very subtle shimmer. The lighter color is a very light pastel green.

Both colors are very soft and smooth. While they seem soft I had no noticeable fallout. Both colors sheer out quite a bit so I had to pack it on but it worked out. While this is almost the perfect khaki duo, for me the lighter color needs to be darker or stronger. I don’t like lid colors that are too light and it’s too green to really use it as a highlighter.

Honestly if you don’t have this, you’re probably not missing much, but I do like using it. Since all my khaki eyeshadows are discontinued I can’t back them up, so I just… pick up new ones when I see them… XD

So while you don’t need this one here in particular, I totally think everyone should at least own one shadow in this murky green color. Because it looks awesome I promise.

Chanel Fall 2016: Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eros

Chanel Fall 2016: Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eros

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It’s no secret: I love Stylos by Chanel. XD I also feel like the quality of their eyeliners has gone up in the last few years. Before, some colors were great and some were meh. But now, every color I try is consistent and creamy.

This color here, 928 Eros, is part of their Le Rouge collection for fall, all red items. I think the collection is absolutely amazing, and if I had enough money I’d buy the whole thing. But as money does not grow on trees, for now I limited myself to the red liner.

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Eros is red, but it’s not primary red. No, it’s a burgundy color, very elegant and wearable. With Chanel you can always be sure it ends up elegant and wearable, no matter how outlandish it sounds at first.

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Color swatch in direct sunlight. There is very light shimmer in it and the texture is creamy.

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Same swatch in the shade. On the eyes, with mascara and everything it ends up looking a bit darker. So it gives proper definition (no additional dark liner needed) while still being edgy and colorful. It looks stunning against blue eyes. I wore this liner both on top and lower lid and on the waterline. On the waterline it survived a few hours, four maybe. On skin it lasted the whole day and you do need waterproof makeup remover to get it off.

Huge recommendation! Don’t be afraid of wearing red on the eyes!

So far I always paired it with a nude lip though. Sometimes I copy the look on Chanel ads, but this one is really a whole lot of red. XD

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Rose Petale

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Rose Petale

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When Chanel produces something in stick form, chances are high I like it. XD

This year there was another Collection with stick Eyeshadows. I have purchased at least one from every Collection that had them so far, and was never disappointed. In fact, they got better every year. At first they were mostly glitter, like a stick version of the Illusion d’Ombres, but they became more and more opaque.

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This year they released lots of great colors, but the one I needed was the Stylo Eyeshadow in 177 Rose Petale. I’ve been wanting a soft pink for a long time, somehow this color is harder to come by than you’d think. Anyway this collection isn’t new, so I apologize if you can’t get them anymore. But if you find some, I can recommend all the colors.

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Swatch of Rose Petale in the shade.

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Swatch of Rose Petale in sunlight. The color is a light pink, lighter and less salmon than the one from the last collection. But there’s still a clear yellow undertone to it. The color contains soft shimmer, but no sparkle.

As ususal, the color is easy to apply, but you need to be quick with blending. It lasts extremely well on my lids, eight hours for sure (of course with such a light color often you simply don’t notice the creasing).

I remain a fan of these Stylo Eyeshadows.

Chanel No 5 L’Eau

Chanel No 5 L’Eau

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I was able to get a sniff of the newest Chanel No 5 flanker, called Chanel No 5 L’Eau. This perfume will be in stores in late September. I was anxious because it was supposed to be the No 5 for the young ones, lighter and sweeter and who knows if there would even be anything left of the real No 5? Why do we even need another flanker? Eau Premiere is good and will hopefully not be replaced with this one here.

Alright these were my thoughts prior to smelling it. I can tell you that it opens with a dose of sparkling aldehydes, just like it should. So yes, it is recognizably a No 5. However, compared to my No 5, this is lighter. Sometimes the aldehydes in my No 5 smell almost dirty, not just soapy. This did not happen with L’Eau. Overall, the impression is lighter and also faster. Only minutes later the aldehydes are gone and replaced by a strong citrus impression (grapefruit? lime? orange?). This part also lasts only maybe 15 minutes, if even. And then we get to the part that makes No 5 such a lovely perfume. You know, the flowery, ambery, musky part that is just pure heaven. Compared to the original, L’Eau is sweeter, but I think it’s really just as good. I think it is sweeter because of Ylang Ylang, which I don’t remember being in the others?

I can see where L’Eau might be able to pull in the crowd that doesn’t usually like No 5, because the aldehydes are gone quickly and then you get the nice stuff. Many people don’t even know there is something other than aldehydes to No 5, because the development of the perfume is so slow and they wash it off before it happens because they don’t like the aldehydes. With L’Eau, you’ll get there much faster.

This is also the downside of L’Eau because it develops so quickly that the longevity suffers. While the original takes many hours to develop and lasts up to 12 hours or more on me, L’Eau shoots all its bullets in the first two hours and then sizzles out quietly. The basenotes stay with me a bit longer, very softly. It’s mostly musk.

But this is all just a first impression – I haven’t gotten a sample big enough to test several days yet. What I can tell you is that I think this perfume is really, really good and absolutely worth a try both for fans of No 5 (although you might find it too light or sweet) and those who dislike it.

I kinda want a bottle. I think it might also be interesting to layer it with the others…

Chanel Allure EdP

Chanel Allure EdP

Chanel Allure

If you ask me, Allure is what I consider Chanel‘s most ladylike perfume. Forget Nr 5, which is all about chilly glaciers. Allure is cashemere and pearls and elegant lipstick.

This review is for the EdP version of this perfume. The EdT smells noticeably different (but good, too) and there are also a couple of flankers available.

Allure is one of those perfumes where I can barely pick out a single note. It all goes together to form a whole that is more than its parts, really. Allure is a flowery, powdery perfume. To me, it is very much a typical ‘perfume’ smell, but not in a bad way. In a very, very good way, in fact.

I get a teensy bit of citrus in the beginning, but the more sweet variant, not like harsh bergamot on zesty lemon. More sweet mandarin. But that’s extremely short, seconds really, and then the flowers bloom. Sometimes I can pick out jasmin, but mostly it’s just a bouquet. There’s a good helping of vanilla, too. I get no real scent pyramid in the scent after the start. It just stays flowery and powdery until the end, sometimes more this note and sometimes more that note, depending on what I can pick out. The end takes a while to arrive, this perfume is pretty long lasting on me. I get about nine hours of wear on my skin.

I don’t think it projects widely, though. I think sillage is medium to close to the skin. (Don’t quote me on this though, other people might notice it more than I do!)

Allure is very yummy imho, just not in a gourmand way. It’s not modern or hip and not really old enough to be a classic either (released in 1999). But I guess it’s just old enough to smell of elegant lady to me. 🙂

Allure EdP was created by Jacques Polge.

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Histoire and Roman

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Histoire and Roman

I love the Stylo Eyeshadows from Chanel. When they released a Stylo lipstick (full name: Rouge Coco Stylo Complete Care Lipshine) I knew I wanted one, but I had a hard time choosing a color. They are all so great.

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In the end I chose the two most intense colors. On top we’ve got the berry color 208 Roman, and bottom the bright red 206 Histoire.

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And here we see my first mistake: I put out a bit of the bullet for the sake of taking pics. Which resulted in…

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These swatches (top Roman, bottom Histoire), where I accidentally smushed out wayyyy too much product. I knew these were going to be very soft and I was still taken by surprise. This stuff just melts onto you. I made the same mistake on my lips once and looked like a clown. In addition to a very soft and nourishing formula, these are heavily pigmented and stain immediately! Good luck getting anything off. So, live and learn, I started putting it on with a lip brush. That way I can get the lines precise and not waste any product. Afterwards I pat on a little from the bullet. Not even swipe, just a short touch. Seriously, this stuff is so pigmented.

The colors are pretty, juicy and a little jelly-like. On the lips it doesn’t even feel like lipstick, it feels like high-quality balm. I have lip balms that give less moisture. Lasting power is okay. In the middle of the lips it does not really survive a meal, so it has to be reaplied with a gentle pad (I make a single touch in the middle, then press and move my lips around to spread the color. Need to be very fast.) It still stains the lips and that stain stays all day, but if you want the intense color of a fresh swatch, it needs to be reapplied sometimes.

These Stylos are so great, the biggest downside is the steep price. It’s the reason I have only two instead of all. But, at least for now, these are not limited, so there’s no hurry to get them right now.

Chanel N°5 EdP

Chanel N°5 EdP

Alright, today I’m to tackle it:

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Chanel N°5 EdP was released in 1986. The Parfum and the EdT are much older than that, although of course today they have all been reformulated due to ingredient restrictions. My review is for the EdP currently available. I also have the EdT, but I don’t want to tackle them both in the same post.

N°5 is somewhat intimidating. It’s a huge bestseller, yet lots of non-perfumistas (muggles?) don’t like it. It’s been popular for a long time, leading to it smelling sort of old fashioned today. Specifically, the aldehydes are hard to get into. In my opinion these are, like hot food and coffee, an acquired taste. Eau Premiere helped me get into them, then I went on to Commes des Garcons 2 and now I can deal with them.

The soapy aldehydes that the EdP starts with are still not my favorite. But after an hour or so they are gone and that is when the magic starts. The heart is made of flowery notes such as rose, lily of the valley, iris, but I can’t make them out individually. It is simply a cloud of cozy wonders. About two or three hours later we get to the dry down: vanilla, amber, sandalwood. Again, not individually, just a complex all encompassing sweetness.

To me, the EdP starts harsh and then smoothes into the most gentle, most elegant composition possible. I love smelling it, it just gives off a vibe of quality. On my skin it lasts for about ten hours, sometimes more. On clothes it lasts longer.

I recommend it for everyone who can deal with the aldehydes. Please note that the different concentrations (Parfum, EdP, EdT) differ somewhat in how they develop. Some people can be pretty snobby about which concentration is the “right” one. I don’t agree with that view. Every version you like is obviously the right one for you.

If you want to try this perfume, but can’t get past the soapy opening, try to spray and not smell it until hours later. Everyone I met who claimed to dislike N°5 liked it when I let them sniff on my wrist without telling them what they were smelling. 🙂 And if you still don’t like it, that’s perfectly okay, too.

The Dandy Perfume Wish List

The Dandy Perfume Wish List

No perfume review today as I am suffering a head cold and can’t smell properly. Instead I decided I’d do a list of amazing perfumes that I would like to own one day.

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In alphabetical order:

Bottega Veneta

  • Knot

Cartier

  • La Panthere Legere

Chanel

  • Nr 5 Eau Premiere

Comme des Garcons

  • 2

Dior

  • Diorissimo
  • Dior Homme Intense
  • Eau Sauvage Cologne
  • Poison

Guerlain

  • Jicky (for Collector’s purposes)
  • Shalimar
  • Shalimar Cologne
  • Shalimar Ode a la Vanille (Shalimar is awesome, ok. You can’t have too many)
  • Shalimar Parfum Initial EdP (the original only, not L’Eau!)
  • Vetiver

Maison Martin Margiela

  • Replica Jazz Club

Narciso Rodriguez

  • Narciso

Tom Ford

  • Black Orchid
  • Jasmin Rouge
  • Neroli Portofino
  • Noir Femme
  • Oud Wood
  • Violet Blonde

YSL

  • Baby Doll
  • Cinema

…this list turned out longer than I thought. Oh, my. Also, I am still looking for the perfect perfume that smells like wonderfully roasted coffee beans.

Edit 13.05.2017: wow how my tastes/wishes have changed in such a short time. XD Some of these I own by now (Black Orchid, Shalimar PI) others I’m somehow not that interested anymore (Baby Doll, Replica Jazz Club, La Panthere Legere). My current wish list is too short to warrant its own post, so let me put it here: Chanel Coco, Dior Poison, Guerlain Shalimar. End of story. XD

Chanel Black Pearl

Chanel Black Pearl

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Hands down, this is my favorite Chanel polish ever. Black Pearl, two coats, no top coat. It’s also the only Chanel polish I own with acceptable quality. I hear they are going to change them up this year. Well, finally, I say. I hope the new ones are better.

Back to Black Pearl: color is a gunmetal grey with fine green shimmer. Very pretty, very elegant. My mum has a set of pearls that actually look like this! In case the old polishes get replaced this one might be a color to snag up before it’s gone.

 

All Used Up January 2016

All Used Up January 2016

Here’s what I ran out of last month:

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A sample of Chanel Nr 5 Eau Premiere EdP: Eau Premiere is the one and only flanker to Nr 5. It was supposed to catch the attention of younger clientele and be an entryway to Nr 5. And well, I don’t know if it is a hit with the young ones, but it was certainly my introduction to aldehyde-heavy perfumes and what got me into Nr 5. Aldehydes is an acquired taste, if you ask me. At first I was like, what is this? No, thanks. Then I came back to the sample and came back again and the more often I smelled it, the more I liked it. Once you get past the aldehyde top notes, it gets flowery, but in an elegant subtle way, not over the top and loud. And much, much later you get to the base, which is a bit of vanilla and sandalwood. Again, these are elegant and subtle. The whole scent feels like it’s more than the sum of its parts.  Along with Nr 5, Eau Premiere has the greatest longevity I have experienced in a perfume. I get about 20 hours of wear time on my skin. The scent is also very calming, I liked using it when I had a headache. It’s also great to fall asleep to.

In a nutshell: I need a full bottle of this!

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Balea Handcreme Pflege & Maske: this is a rich handcream. It says it can be used as a mask, too, but I only applied it the normal way. It has a soft, sweet scent and it is rich. It takes a bit longer to sink in than the normal Balea hand creams. It’s good to use before bed. It worked for my very dry hands.

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List of ingredients for the hand cream. Click to enlarge pic.

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Clinique Moisture Surge gel-creme: This is a face cream with gel texture. Very light, very moisturizing, no perfume. It doesn’t do anything other than give moisture, but it doesn’t promise to do anything else either. I think it’s a great cream for people who want a no fuss regime, and just as good for those who have a many steps regime. I used it both ways, completely on it’s own or as an in between step. (If you layer several face products you would go from lightest to heaviest texture, so this would land somewhere in the middle.) This one was a freebie, but I have bought this cream before and will likely buy it again.

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Last item: Alessandro pedix feet heel rescue balm: This is my second one. It has a nice light mint scent, a rich texture and it does help keep my feet soft.

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Ingredients of the foot cream. Click pic to make it bigger (and hopeflly more readable).

So, these were my empties last month. Since the post took a while to write I can already say the post for next month will include a Clinique eye cream and a Nivea shampoo. 🙂

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation

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Chanel recently released a new foundation, the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation. I have never tested Chanel foundations before because the lightest available color here was 20, which is way too dark for me. With this release, there is also a 10 so I had to try it! I got myself a sample and long story short, before I even got to write this review I went and bought a bottle of it! So, spoiler: I like it.

The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle. It claims to have SPF 25/PA++.

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The glass bottle has a pump. I am always annoyed when bottles like that come without one, since you’re already paying enough and then they want you to buy an extra pump, too? But not Chanel Les Beiges, it comes ready to use.

Chanel Swatch

Alright, the swatches. On top Maybelline Fit Me in 105, then MAC Mineralize Compact in NC15 and last Chanel Les Beiges in 10. The top two foundations used to be my best color match, but then I got even paler thanks to lots of sun care. You can see Les Beiges 10 is even lighter and pretty much a perfect match. I have no blended swatch, you would not see it.

You can also see in the swatch pic that Les Beiges has a less shiny finish than the other two. I wouldn’t call it a matte, but satin. It does give a wonderful lit from within finish, similar to the Les Beiges powder. It also has one hell of a blurring effect. Like, you look almost photo shopped with it. I would call the coverage medium. You can build it up a little by carefully patting more on.

Applicationwise, I prefer fingers. The foundation has a creamy texture and can be best worked in gently with a finger.

It lasts pretty much all day on me, but I do have to powder my nose in between. But this is normal. I always have to do that. Despite the finish this is not drying at all. My skin is combination, but on the dry side in winter and my cheeks were okay with wearing it. So this is okay for those with dry skin and does not emphasize dry patches. I can’t promise how well it will work with oily skin, though.

The only downside I found in this foundation is that it can emphasize large pores, it settles down in them after a while. You probably only notice that with a magnifying mirror, but for those who have a problem with it, test it out before purchasing.

Other reviews have pointed out the perfume. It smells like the Les Beiges Powder, maybe a bit stronger, but the scent evaporates in a minute so I can live with it, even if I generally prefer unscented face products.

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Here’s a list of the ingredients for those interested.

I loved it and so I bought it. My mum has also tested it on her mature skin and she is very pleased, too. She claims that it did not settle in wrinkles, but I can’t 100% promise that. Edit: 13.02.2016: upon repeated use, mum finds it too dry. For me it still works so far.

Also, I am so glad there is a good shade for the fair ones! However, when I bought my bottle, the SA put the shade 10 tester away. Apparently I bought the last one. So either there was already a run on it or they didn’t have much of a stock. So if you’re also very fair, it could be that they don’t have it. But since it’s not limited, it’ll be back in stock eventually.

For everyone else, there are some in between shades also, like 22, 23 etc.

In a nutshell: worth a look.

2015 in review

2015 in review

It’s the end of the year and time to look back! This is the post WordPress prepared, in case anyone is interested in the stats:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Plans for next year

Yay, stats! 😀 it’s not an awful lot of views, but okay. Interesting is that my posting pattern changed completely over the year, when I went from posting every other day to posting on Mo-Wed-Fri. Then my pattern dropped off in the summer as usual and then it turned a little eclectic as my life changed a lot from October to now. The good news is, it’s getting stable again and my goal for 2016 is blogging more regularly again. I will aim for Mo-Wed-Fri again, and if that won’t work, I’ll go for two days a week.

The most popular posts

Last year my five most popular posts were all about lipstick. This year, a post about eyeshadows snuck in! And one about Lip Liners…

These are the most viewed posts of 2015:

YSL Rouge Pur Couture the Mats Fuchsia Fetiche – This was already a favorite post in 2014 and rightfully so.

MAC Lip Liner Rosy Rim and Ruby Woo – This is a new post and gets lots of google hits. Many people want to know which lip liner to wear with Ruby Woo!

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet L’Exuberante and La Diva – Another hit from back in 2014.

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow Laurier Rose and Caroube – sometimes you do want to see stuff other than lipstick.

Flormar Revolution Perfect lipstick – people pin this on Pinterest sometimes, which is why this post from 2014 still gets views I think.

Which posts to expect in the new year:

More perfume, more lipstick. 😀

How is your year in review? What are your plans for 2016? Is there anything you would like to see on this blog?

Have fun today everybody and see you in the new year!