Fragrances -Chanel - Gabrielle

on 9/9/2017 12:04:00 PM

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For me one of the best Chanel fragrances. I remember my mom wearing No. 5 when I was a kid. I always wanted to be able to enjoy a Chanel fragrance but, none ever did anything for me. This one is really great. Pricey but, worth it.

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Cleansers -Chanel - LAIT CONFORT creamy cleansing milk confort+Anti pollution-Face and eyes

on 9/8/2017 4:17:00 PM

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Oh my god. I don't even know where to start with this.

Somehow, miraculously, I was born with perfect skin. No blemishes, no moles or strange marks, and it always looks healthy and glowy. I've used this for a week, morning and night, and my forehead is absolutely COVERED in bumps. Normally, on the rare occasion I do get a pimple, there's only one and it's virtually unnoticeable until it goes away a few days later. Now i have five big, red, angry pimples surrounded by smaller clogged pores. Not only that, but it no longer looks hydrated or healthy.

I have NEVER seen my skin like this, and the only thing I have changed about my skincare/lifestyle is using this product.

This is going right in the trash, which is seriously disappointing considering the price tag.

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Fragrances -Chanel - Coco Noir

on 9/8/2017 1:37:00 PM

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I love this captivating, seductive fragrance. In the beginning of wear its creaminess reminds me of Coco Mlle, but the drydown is a subtle call to the Wonder Woman of Perfumes, Coco. I LOVE Coco, but I don't wear her it often because it tends to wear me. Coco Noir, however, makes me enjoy my own presence wherever I am. Coco Noir has all my favorite Chanel moods and accords, but it personalizes to my skin more than Coco or even Coco Mlle. For example, I think Coco Mlle is one of the most beautiful perfumes ever created; but there's no mistaking it, no matter who wears it. Since one of my closest friends wear Coco Mlle every single day, and has worn it for years, I hardly get the chance to wear it anymore! Plus, it doesn't smell like "me" because it's so popular. I had the unfortunate experience of having a student in a class who wore far, far too much Coco Mlle and it was clear when students came in the room that no one wanted to sit next to her. Frankly, she gave me a headache, and I adore Coco Mlle! Strangely, I wear La Vie Est Belle quite often, along with millions of others, yet I get compliments on how beautiful I smell. Coco Noir's vanilla-patchouli, like La Vie Est Belle's, doesn't seem to blend into the "white noise" of fragrances as much as Coco Mlle, despite their shared overwhelming popularity. Coco Noir smells incredibly beautiful, but it's mysterious, and only those who know what it is can positively identify it on a wearer. I am head-over-heels for the bottle, too.

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Foundations -Chanel - Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Foundation

on 9/8/2017 2:56:00 AM

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I am on my 2nd bottle, for me this works well.

I like to use a blender or a brush to apply. The effect is lovely and natural.

No complaints other than price. I don't wear it every day to make it stretch.


Fragrances -Chanel - Gabrielle

on 9/7/2017 9:27:00 PM

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My husband, who complains incessantly about perfume, COMPLIMENTS Gabrielle. He loves this one! After trying this on skin from a tester, then carrying around for a day a paper strip generously soaked with Gabrielle, I didn't buy it. I thought I couldn't smell it. I thought it seemed slightly weak and slightly generic. I woke up this morning and noticed the most beautiful scent in the air. I followed my nose straight to the test strip that was still in my bag. Then when I was dressing, that glorious aroma wafted from my hamper...yesterday's clothing had absorbed the fragrance when I'd sprayed it on my arms. I don't know what happened, but overnight this magically transformed into what I'd hoped it would be. Give this one some time! And don't try to find the fragrance....let it come to you. I swear this is engineered in some special way that when you "try" to smell it, it is vague, but then when you're not thinking about it, you "sense" it... like another part of the brain is tapping into the nasal passages. Two other fragrances that have this ultra-light, sheer, haunting quality are No. 5 L'eau and Florabotanica. After one test I'm thinking the new Gucci Bloom has this quality as well, and it fascinates me. So an hour ago I bought a bottle of Gabrielle and happily doused myself with it, in my car. You know how spraying fragrance in your car, with windows closed, is generally a bad idea? (I think I have brain stem burns from my sister and Angel). Gabrielle is like a soft, warm wind. There's no sharpness, and no overwhelming assault of fragrance chemicals and alcohol. I am in Phoenix, and it is 103 degrees as I sit here writing this. Gabrielle smells magical in a hot car, and ethereal as the air conditioning kicks in. I feel like scent is glowing from me, but if I sniff my arms, I don't detect any concentration of notes. In fact, Gabrielle smells much more nuanced and interesting when my nose is far from my arms. The fragrance softly floats in the air and its personality is revealed in layers. There is definitely a memory of Coco Mlle here, and a tiny hint here and there of No. 5 l'eau, but overall Gabrielle does come across as an imaginary flower. I am so used to aldehydes and patchouli in Chanels that I'm tempted to think this doesn't seem like a Chanel...and then it suddenly calls to mind other Chanels. It's incredible! Don't abandon Gabrielle too quickly. Give her some time to become the modern, interesting and lovely fragrance that she can be.

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Mascara -Chanel - Mascara Base

on 9/6/2017 11:56:00 AM

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I had used it years ago but then decided to try less expensive lash primers. I just bought this again and I really like it. I'm not switching again.


Lipstick -Chanel - Rouge Coco

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Chanel definitely rocks my world the most in the makeup department (en pair with Dior I must admit). I love their foundations and eyeshadows and I think Lucia Pica is doing an amazing job with the brand.

My latest chouchou as the French say is a Rouge Coco lipstick in 468 Michele - a LE (of course!) from SS 2017 collection. It is a creamy bright medium warm coral red without shimmer. My husband basically described it as BROWN lol but I would call it a warm nude - imho it is a more opaque and non shimmery version of my beloved Dior colour called Bobo (no 530).

It immediately brightens my face (I'm quite pale with olive undertones, in Chanel foundations I wear colour 020) while beautifully hydrating lips with no pink in sight.

The packaging is classic black plastic and quite small, so easy to pop into a pocket and does not get scratched. Unfortunately it does not have the 'click' mechanism that other lipsticks now have but I'm ready to forgive it because of its unique colour. It is sooooo difficult to find colour like that, like there is a wide gap in the market and now I've found it but it is of course LE! I will need to get at least 3 tubes before they are sold out. Should get me through at least 2 years and by that time some brand might finally get a colour like that into their permanent lineup. Not cheap either at £28.

Formula is very comfortable on the lips, almost feels like lip balm. I did not noted any fragrance although 'Perfume' is listed in the ingredients.

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Lipstick -Chanel - Rouge Coco Shine #128 Noir Moderne

on 9/5/2017 9:33:00 AM

How could I have possibly guessed that today, which had initially promised to be somewhat unpropitious, would in fact be the day I found my Saint Graal (as we call HG in France)?

Me: petite, cropped hair, dark eyes. Somewhere between 40 and 50. In my distant youth (mid-nineties) I dabbled extensively in the dark arts of Chanel, when I could afford it. It was Rouge Noir or nothing - on lips and nails. Dear Lord how I loved that shade. Until I had daughters, who now, with their youthful complexions and bright eyes, are its rightful and incontestable heirs. Although I still wear #18 Rouge Noir Vernis on my nails occasionally, the lipstick is just too much hard work now.

Why so much chitchat about Rouge Noir? Well, because #128 Noir Moderne is the ageing ex-goth's dream come true. This manages to be a far more forgiving version of Rouge Noir, with a nod to Uma and Winona, but far more modern and unconsciously chic. It's satiny without being greasy, a cinch to apply, even with tragically failing eyesight, and hints at my "dark past" without my having to try so hard. I intend to buy large stockpiles of this, so consider yourself warned.

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Liquid -Chanel - Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15

on 9/1/2017 10:55:00 AM

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This is a strange one - it has the coverage of a tinted moisturiser/Bb cream but feels like a foundation (not heavy, but certainly not 'barely there'). It does have a gorgeous natural finish and the packaging is very practical, however it just does not to last. After 3-4 hours I need constant touch ups otherwise it looks very shiny and unflattering. Wanted to love this but it's not right for me

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Bronzers -Chanel - Soleil Tan de Chanel - Bronzing Makeup Base

on 8/29/2017 12:18:00 AM

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I hate how much I love this. This is an absolutely beautiful bronzer. It has more yellow than orange undertones, which is great because it'll be very hard for you to look like an oompa loompa, it's just so much more natural. It may sound weird, but I personally prefer applying this product with a stippling brush instead of the usual fluffy brush, since it's a cream product. I find it gives a really precise yet natural application. It's definitely an expensive product, but for the amount you get, as well as the quality of what you get, I would say it's totally worth it.

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Liquid -Chanel - Vitalumiere Fluide De Teint Moisture Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup spf 15

on 8/28/2017 5:49:00 PM

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I have been using this product for nearly a month and I really like it. I'm using 35 soft bisque, intensity 2.5 and it is a great match for my somewhat summer darkened skin tone. It comes in a glass pump applicator that you can use to get a good amount per application without waste. So I cleanse and use my c serum, moisturizer and spf before applying. The product melts in and honestly finger application works best for me and you have a bit of time to blend before it sets. Once it sets there is no transfer which is another reason to love the product. It doesn't sit in or accentuate lines, just a nice smooth application. It has a nice dewy finish which my somewhat dry mature skin loves. It's been staying on throughout the day even on the hottest of days. On occasion I will powder my nose afterward, not out of necessity just because I'm adjusting to the dewy finish. I'm not one to use a primer so I can't speak to that but I do occasionally use a concealer on a broken cap, other than that it's hiding my flaws well. No irritation on my eyes which is rare (blepharitis and ocular rosacea). I prefer the Chanel to the Lancôme Renergie Lift I've been using this past year as the coverage is better and lasts much longer. I would say this is a medium coverage that can go to full if desired.

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Fragrances -Chanel - Allure for women

on 8/28/2017 5:12:00 PM

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This perfume smells like heaven


Eye Shadow -Chanel - Long wear shadow - Desert Rose Metallic

on 8/28/2017 4:22:00 PM

A new formula shadow for Chanel which is extremely buttery and has great staying power. Desert Rose is a bronze cranberry metallic - very intense and not for everyone. It's an artsy look but can be adapted for instance just in the crease. I did an overall halo and it was stunning with my eyes which are blue with a slight green undertone. Just a smidge of brown liner is all it needed. This also works well with a soft lilac on the outer edges. The rest of the line looks pretty good too, Talpa being my next target. That one is a grey/taupe with golden shimmer. So very well created.


Liquid -Chanel - Perfection Lumiere Velvet

on 8/26/2017 8:51:00 PM

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I love that this foundation is lightweight, but me having acne i can build it up to be quite covering, looks like skin once on.. the only thing that my nose got oily :/ but thats after not touching up face for 9 hours or more... really a nice foundation

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Foundations -Chanel - Lift Lumiere Fluid

on 8/26/2017 11:03:00 AM

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I am 61 with dry, mature, fair skin. Always in the search for a great foundation that dries to a natural looking finish, lasts throughout the day and doesn't suck the moisture from my skin.

I normally stay away from Chanel foundations as the reviews speak to minimal coverage. I prefer a medium coverage. The Chanel description of Lift Lumiere claims medium to full coverage with a luminous finish. I get a medium finish and can go back and cover my spots to a high medium coverage. I wouldn't call this full coverage.

This is an odd foundation as it takes forever to dry down. It seems like the tackiness will never go away and then it's dry. For my skin, this has been the only non greasy formula that keeps a bit of a glow. All the other foundations that claim to be luminous ended up either disappearing or turn matte on me.

The SA matched me to 14 Ivoire. When I initially put it on my skin, it looks way too yellow for me. But when I blend it on with a brush, my complexion looks like a brighter neutral. So I guess it's actually canceling out my pink under tone.

This foundation lasts very nicely and doesn't transfer too badly.

This is a lovely foundation and definitely in my top 5.

My other favorites are:

Estée Lauder ReNutriv creme in Ecru
Lancome stick in 110 Cool
Giorgio Armani Crema Nuda in shade 2
Estée Lauder Double Wear Light in shade 1

Update: The more I use this the more I like it. Right now I would put it up there with a tie with my EL ReNutriv.

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