This fragrance is delicious!!! It's definitely a fruity floral and something in it reminds me slightly of a men's cologne (in a good way). I sprayed a spritz of the perfume on my wrist one day testing it out and it just radiated beautiful scent all day til I washed it off. I bought the body spray and even that (despite the much lower concentration) lasts on me all day, albeit a lighter version of the fragrance. It smells great on my skin and doesn't turn spicy on me like many others do. The body splash/spray has enough scent for me but I'd easily buy the fragrance too. One of a kind scent in my book, and I've smelled a lot. It smells nothing like Sexy Little Things Noir--I have that one too and they are completely different!
I just bought this shade as my first Rouge Allure cream lip color. Imperial is the darkest shade among the offerings, and yet it doesn't go on scary dark. It's a brown-based berry shade, that is wearable and yet polished. I bought it to wear for formal/evening events, because it's not red, like the other reviewer said, but is pretty and elegant enough. I also do feel that it requires a lip liner when applied full-on; I also like just smudging a little color on my lips with my finger and topping it with a gloss or lip balm for just a nice, long-lasting tint. I'm always very pleased with Chanel's lipsticks and glosses--they are definitely some of the best out there! Even if you don't buy this shade, the formulation of this lip color is just amazingly smooth and comfortable, and deserves a chance! (PS. I'm a 4.5 in Chanel fdtn, or MAC NC42, and this color is one of the few in the range that had a significant color on me. Many of the others are very nude/natural.)
This is my first Slimshine, and I love it! Scant is a neutral plummy rose with very subtle golden shimmer. It goes on as a semi-sheer, glossy, creamy lipcolor and feels very moisturizing on your lips. I do have to reapply often, as it wears like a gloss, but I don't mind. I love the dark metallic packaging, and will definitely be looking into more colors! Highly recommend!!!
Black Tulipe (#34) is a lovely dark shade for fall/winter season(s). It looks dark purple in the bottle, but goes on as a deep, vampy, red-based eggplant purple. It definitely needs a minimum of two coats for a glossy, shimmer-free, opaque finish. Topped it off with YSL's clear topcoat. Absolutely beautiful. A lot more expensive than I wish to spend on a nail polish, so I'll probably try to find a similar shade.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - CHANTELLE Eau de Desir EDT
lenah 9/26/2008 11:42:00 PM
I received a 1.0 oz of this fragrance as a GWP at Neiman Marcus. It's described as follows:
A sensual, ultra-glamorous eau de toilette in which a chocolate flower is blended with incense and jasmine over an amber and patchouli base as the mirabelle-mandarin top notes gradually evanesce."
It sounded like I would love it, but alas, it's not my cup of tea. It smells to me like a very powdery, sweet incense aroma with hints of cocoa -- a very Eastern, smoky, mystic scent. Normally I like Oriental and spicy scents, but this one finishes too powdery sweet for my taste. Good try though, and at least I didn't pay for it.
Sigh. I purchased 545 for my medium olive skin (MAC NC42, Chanel Teint Innocence liquid in Naturel). Color goes on smooth, blends well, and gives great medium buildable coverage. Conceals uneven skin tone and redness and blotchiness. It gets shiny on my very oily skin, but nothing a little MAC blot couldn't remedy. The MAJOR problem, however, is that this broke me out bad!!! I'm talking cystic acne on my cheeks and and about a half a dozen blemishes! Nothing has ever broken me out like this (except that horrid Kiehl's Blue Cleanser crap). I'm returning this. Alas, the search continues for a compact foundation... PS. This fits into Shu's 4-pan e/s compact. There's a little bit of space left, but I didn't mind. I just wanted a mirrored compact! But since I'm returning the fdtn, back the compact goes too. :(
Treatments (Eye) -Amore Pacific - Intensive Vitalizing Eye Complex
lenah 8/22/2008 12:41:00 AM
I just received samples from NM today, and having tried it for the first time, here are my thoughts. PROS: Lightweight texture that my skin quickly drank up, cool and refreshing upon application, doesn't leave a greasy or sticky feeling behind like some other heavier eye creams. CONS: Very expensive ($125!), not "intensive" or as hydrating as one might expect. I agree that this feels much more like a serum. Will update soon with any changes or results (or the lack thereof).
Ok. I had reviewed this product based on the original formulation, which was pretty much perfection in a powder foundation compact, BUT I'm forced to rewrite it because Chanel decided to "reformulate" it basically into crap. The reformulated compact is more like a super-drying translucent powder -- NOT what I paid for! Even on my very oily skin, even after moisturizer, this powder dried me out! It's horrible!!!! The old formulation had velvety smooth application, medium coverage, and kept my skin balanced. I hate to give anything Chanel a bad review, but I was just so upset that they changed this! I wouldn't recommend wasting $50 on this (unless they go back to the old formula).
Toners -Chanel - Activateur Purete Oil Controling Purifying Lotion
lenah 6/9/2008 3:21:00 AM
This toner leaves your skin feeling so clean and fresh and smooth! It smells wonderful and is very efficient at removing every last trace of makeup, dirt, sweat, whatever. I gave up using toners until this one because they were either too watery or too sticky; this one is fabulous because it just does its job and doesn't leave behind any residue. It just gives that "ahhhhh" feeling to your skin. :) Way overpriced though ($38 for a toner!?!!?!??!) but I'd definitely buy it again when it runs out (and I have extra cash).
This is a beautiful, light cleanser that's perfect for oily skin. I only use a dime-size squirt to wash away all my makeup (including eye makeup!) and leaves my skin smooth and fresh, not uncomfortably tight. I use the purifying toner afterwards if I was wearing foundation or had a long day, but it usually comes clean (as in the cleanser removes pretty much everything). It's overpriced, but that's Chanel for you. It's worth it though because their cleansers last me a minimum of 3 months each, usually 4, and I wash my face about 2-3 times a day! I use the Purifying Deep-Cleansing Foam (the one with the blue beads) if I want a good scrubby clean; otherwise, this is my normal-use cleanser.
I recently received a makeover with a Chanel makeup artist (national artist event) and told them I was looking for a new foundation. The MA recommended this foundation, and while I would have never picked it out for myself, this is perfect! It glides on nice and smooth, gives sheer buildable coverage, doesn't feel heavy or look cakey, and the color is a perfect match (I'm MAC NC42 and I got Naturel 4.5, which actually looks better than the MAC!). I love that it has SPF in it, although I do wish it was higher, like at least 20. But at least it has some! The price is decent for the quality and quantity that you get, so no complaints there. At first I did get 2 pimples, but that was more likely the timing that I tried it (during my monthly :/), because now it's completely gone and I haven't had any breakouts since. It holds up to Texas heat, looks totally natural and polished (not like I'm wearing makeup) and paired with MAC Blot dusted over it to set, this Teint Innocence is pure perfection!!!
I actually bought this for myself. This is my first pregnancy, and no one ever told me you sweat this much!!! LOL. This powder is not as silky in texture as others (it's a bit chalky), but I find it to be somewhat more effective in minimizing sweat and moisture. It has a pleasant light fragrance and comes in a good size container. I expect I will use this on my son (when he gets here!!!) and will continue to use it on myself.
Received a sample of this at Neiman Marcus, whose website describes it as "a floral, woody, voluptuous scent." I agree it is a floral and voluptuous indeed, and it's nice because it's heavy enough to last but light enough to not give you a headache. It reminds me of YSL Babydoll without the spicy notes (this one is all floral) and also reminds me of Hermes Kelly Caleche, but without the leather notes. This one is almost fruity...altogether I like it a lot. Very feminine. I would recommend it. :)
Eye Makeup Remover -Chanel - Gentle BiPhase Eye Makeup Remover
lenah 9/3/2007 5:55:00 PM
Between this and Lancome's BiFacils, I prefer this one simply because it doesn't leave a greasy residue afterwards. Both work equally well at removing all kinds and depths of eye makeup and even long-lasting lip color; however, BiFacils leaves my eyes feeling oily and I find myself having to wipe my eyes dry with a tissue before applying my eye cream. The Chanel remover is gentle and moisturizing on my eyes without the greasiness. One lippie off however because like everything Chanel, it is overpriced. Still would recommend it though! :)
I first purchased the spray body oil in this line, and fell in love with the scent. It feels great when using it as a moisturizer and also as a massage oil. So I thought I'd try the lotion -- love it! Goes on smooth and absorbs quickly and the bottle is a good size. I got it at 50% off, so it is a great value. The only reason I give it one lippie less is because the scent is a little stronger than I'd hoped for. All in all though, I'd buy it again!!!