Moisturizers -Chanel - Hydra Beauty Creme

on 7/19/2017 11:28:00 PM

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I was so excited to get this cream in the mail, but like the reviews from Makeup Alley and other places, it was quite disappointing. I found the perfume in the cream at first to be nice but then it got a bit annoying. I also found that the hydration mentioned on the web and on the package didn't really "happen" when I put it on my face. My face was still a little dry. On continuous use I found this product to be really harsh on my skin so I stopped using it midway.


Powder -Chanel - Vitalumiere Loose Powder

on 7/19/2017 10:21:00 PM

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I can't imagine I'll ever stop using this powder <3 With the soft kabuki brush, the powder applies effortlessly giving me a photoshop-like finish. It's incredibly natural and light, and it keeps my shine in check although I do need to blot by the afternoon. A little powder goes a long way so even though it's pricey, it does last quite a while.


Mascara -Chanel - Le Volume De Chanel

on 7/18/2017 11:34:00 PM

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If I could afford this mascara on a regular basis -- it would be my everyday mascara!! It's that good ( and then some). I've used over four tubes of it now and it has never let me down. It's very rich, very black - and with it's special "snowflake" applicator -- it lengthens, separates every lash, volumizes, holds the curl - never flakes or smudges --- I cannot say enough about this mascara formula. I am a mascara snob - and I've tried just about every kind out there.... and I just love Le Volume. My lashes are quite long, I must admit - but this makes them super long - extremely black, and they POP like crazy. I have absolutely nothing negative to say pertaining to this product ... but the price. However - we do get what we pay for. I love splurging on it, and when I do use it, I feel like it's a special product - and I know without a doubt I'm going to have a fab lash day!!! The brush seems to be the main factor - the formula too - but the applicator lifts and separates - for a wide eyed - doe eye'd look of complete perfection!!! Treat your self --- and purchase a tube - and you'll never look back!!! I just feel so special when I have it, and wear it ...and you should treat yourself accordingly!!! Enjoy!!!

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Foundations -Chanel - Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation

on 7/18/2017 5:44:00 PM

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I have been using this foundation for over a year now after trying everything from minerals to MAC and I love it!

Details:

This foundation is not very heavy. I would describe the coverage as light-medium depending on how much you use. 1 pump is enough for my entire face and then I follow up with some spot correction if needed by putting a little on my finder and tapping it in. I don't really use concealer anymore since this can also be used in that way. It has a creamy, almost mousse-like texture and spreads easily with a brush, fingers, or a beauty blender. After you buff if in it has a 'dry down' period where it sets after a minute or two. It does not seperate or oxidize on me.

I have pretty good skin to begin with so I don't need a lot from my foundation. I mainly look for it to help conceal pores, even my skintone, and add a little luminosity. This foundation does all of that. The 'healthy glow' description of it is true and I often find that around mid-day I need to blot or powder my forehead to keep the shine at bay. I'm 32 and just starting to get a few minor forehead lines and this doesn't emphasize or settle into those. I love that this has SPF in it too. While I have decent skin it is sensitive and prone to breakouts if I use products with too many chemicals in them, but this does not break me out or cause any skin issues.

My only gripe with this foundation is the packaging. While the glass is heavy and luxe feeling there is no way to get the top off. Even after the pump won't bring up any more product I can see that there is still foundation in it stuck to the sides. I hate wasting things so it irks me that there is no way to get the rest out.

I received a generous sample of this from the SA at Nordstroms, so if you're interested in the product I'd recommend trying it out first to see if you like it as much as I do!

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Liquid -Chanel - Perfection Lumiere Velvet

on 7/18/2017 3:59:00 PM

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Absolute perfection in a bottle. Covers everything I need to, matches me perfectly, natural as hell. You can't see I'm wearing foundation but it still looks like I have perfect skin. Satin finish, light-medium coverage, worth the pricetag. Have tried a lot of high-end (along with mid-end and drug-store) in search for my HG but nothing comes close to this. Will forever repurchase

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Fragrances -Chanel - Gardenia

on 7/17/2017 12:29:00 PM

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This is a timid floral with none of the sharpness or green notes that I appreciate in a white floral. It's sweet and light, (yet without any zing or sparkle), and it just falls flat for me.

In fact, I find it quite tropical. It's creamy, jasmin-y banana-coconut, fruity. When I wear it, I get much more of the banana, some citrus, and coconut. It's too sweet.
For a tropical floral, if that's what it's trying to be, it lacks any of the spice, woods or musk that makes beachy scents pop and linger. This has no weight. There is absolutely no sexiness in this fragrance. I actually prefer Bronze Goddess or Soleil Blanc to this if I want a beach scent. And there are many white florals I'd rather wear, including the uber-inexpensive Malachite. I'm wishing I spent the money on something else.
This stuff has such poor longevity and weak projection. It's completely gone from my skin in an hour at most.
And of course, it's just an approximation of Gardenia using Jasmine, Tuberose and whatever else. I don't find it even close to real Gardenia, it's almost all Jasmine. Blue for women by RL is a much more realistic, (and much less expensive), Gardenia to me.

I own a few Chanels, have sampled almost all of their current offerings, (Cuir de Russie is my hands down favorite from the Exclusifs). Gardenia is, to me, the lamest and least 'Chanel' I've ever tried. No strength, no longevity, no stink and no gusto. I have the EDP, and it's as fleeting and light as a skin scent. And forgettably boring to me.
I tested it in Greece and bought it at the airport later on another trip. I regret it. It's just not for me, and rather disappointing for a Chanel, never mind an Exclusif.


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Foundations -Chanel - sublimage le teint foundation

on 7/16/2017 8:55:00 PM

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PREFACE: Ugghhh....damn these expensive foundations that end up feeling and looking so good! I normally wouldn't even bat an eye at a Chanel foundation because I've had very little luck with their foundations in the past. This little jar of extremely expensive heaven, however, just worked. I like it...I hate that I like it, but I do. It is a gel/cream consistency that comes with its own little mediocre brush that is, again, in a jar (which I loathe). It also comes with the Chanel embossed little scoop, I'm guessing that cost me $25 out of the $135..LOL.

THE PRODUCT: Okay, done with my rant....the product itself is quite beautiful and unique. As I had mentioned, in the past I haven't had the best of luck with their foundations, but this one is different. It is very "your skin, but better" and it's probably one of the few out there that make that claim that actually works that way on my skin. I have some old acne scarring and some pigmentation, my skin is combo/dehydrated/acne prone if provoked and this formula sits beautifully. At first I used way too much, just way too much, because I was trying to achieve an actual "make-up" look with it, but then I figured out pretty quickly that this is a weekend/light make-up day product and it is just perfect for that. I am unsure of the "skin care" type ingredients or if they work because I use it mainly on the weekends or an occasional Friday at work if I don't have a ton of patients or meetings. I prefer to use a brush to apply it. Again, it comes with a little brush, which does work, but it's fairly small. I do use it, but I prefer using one of my other foundation brushes for quicker application because of the size. I use a primer and set it very lightly with powder and it just looks pretty. I can't think of any other way to explain it...it is really that simple. It also has some serious staying power for a lighter coverage product. If I set it with powder and wear a little concealer, I can get a good six hours plus out of it, however, I don't always "set it". It does not oxidize on my skin. The craziest thing with this foundation is that I will leave my bathroom thinking I'm having a decent face day and then glance in the mirror later and it looks better than it did when I applied it. Sounds crazy, I know, but it just does. Hence the "your skin, but better" claim, I guess it gets better with time throughout the day....I don't know why or how, I just like that it does it! It has a satin/dewy-ish finish....I guess that's how I can explain it. It looks glowy without looking too glowy!! Again, it's in a class of its own and is simply beautiful.

CONS: The shade selection is very minimal, and that is one of the biggest negatives for me (aside from the astronomical price tag . It does run a little "pinky", as do all Chanel foundations in my opinion. I have the shade #30 and I balance it out by using Laura Mercier Setting Powder (it has a slight yellow tint to it) or I will use the RCMA, which seems to help take away some of the "extra pink". It smells as all Chanel products do, which does not bother me at all. For whatever reason (and I'm pretty sure it's subliminal) I actually quite enjoy the smell of Chanel products. Some complain that it's too intense of a smell, but that isn't the case for me.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the cost as a con. It IS EXPENSIVE, just as all Chanel products are. We are paying for the name and extremely well-made/beautiful packaging that just reeks I'm expensive all day long.

If I were to do it over again, I would probably get some to test from a high end store counter, however, because I am weak...so weak... I broke my ultimate rule of "do not buy foundation online without a color-match" AGAIN (I've actually done it several times lately...damn marketing and reviews). While I am quite enjoying it, I'm on the fence if I would repurchase it. I am enjoying the ITCosmetics CC cream right now, too, which is similar, BUT OH SO DIFFERENT! I definitely don't have any other product like it, which makes me think that I would probably take the plunge again....I am weak....I know.

SUMMARY: If you're looking for a very unique "your skin, but better" product that actually delivers and you love high-end products, by all means take the plunge. If you're looking for a full-coverage/make my skin a blank canvas type product...I would pass because this isn't your one.

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

on 7/16/2017 9:54:00 AM

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Stunning bronzer! Will not part from this one! Buildable semi-rich colour that blends into the skin subtly and naturally without being too intense!! Perfect for normal to dry skin and combo! No problems with my oily t zone!

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Liquid -Chanel - Perfection Lumiere

on 7/14/2017 8:47:00 AM

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Who's the twat who discontinued this masterpiece? WHO? How can you discontinue this holy grail of foundations? If you've got oily skin and pale skin, this is your go-to product. Scour every shop and mall for the remaining bottles of this beauty. It's too good to miss. With this foundation, you don't need powder. Apply it very quickly and watch it transform into a pearly and powdery finish. It's utterly gorgeous. I'm very disappointed in Chanel for discontinuing it.

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Fragrances -Chanel - No 5 l'eau

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This is the freshest smell I've tried! It not too sweet or erotic. I use it everyday but for the price it quite expensive (chanel produce are always expensive lol)

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Lip Gloss -Chanel - Lumieres D' Artifices (Holiday Collection-Shimmering Lip Gloss)

on 7/12/2017 9:24:00 PM

This Chanel lipgloss in Prism is an oldie but goodie I found in my stash when moving. It is a lovely slightly pink but lifelike gloss with shimmer, but no gross sparkles. I could wear it lightly to the office just to enhance the liveliness of my lips with a bit of shimmer and moistness, but nothing out of place. Applied more heavily, it is party time! Upon looking at other reviews, it may have been part of the 2007 Think Pink gloss palette. Highly recommended

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Blush -Chanel - Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 72 Rose Initiale

on 7/12/2017 9:33:00 AM

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I just love love love this blush. Its adds a touch of sophistication to my face. My husband got this one for me as a surprise which makes it more special :) I will definitely re-purchase whenever I run out of it!


Fragrances -Chanel - Chance Eau Fraiche

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This perfume was always a huge compliment earner for me. It is bright, and oh my goodness it has a lot of throw. I tended to wear this a lot when I wanted to feel happy and energetic, because to me that's exactly how this perfume smells. I didn't like the original Chance very much, but I love the freshness and the effervescence of the Eau Fraiche version. My bottle is sadly empty, but I would repurchase another because this is a great scent for days when I need a little pep in my step.


Blush -Chanel - Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 72 Rose Initiale

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It's a good blush. Blendable and gives a just-came-from-the- cold-weather flushed look. But there are similar blushes out there that cost less.


Eyeliner -Chanel - Stylo Yeux Waterproof - Santal

on 7/9/2017 8:48:00 AM

I have bought this color many times. I am pretty fair neutral with greenish hazel eyes. I only use it to define my lower lash line where my lashes are almost invisible. Very subtle. Beautiful medium brown gold color. Lasts all day, no matter the situation. The actual tube doesn't last long enough in my opinion, but for such excellent quality, I'm willing to pay the price.


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