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I Love Chanel Spring 14 Collection

At the recent Chanel launch for the new Spring 14 make up collection we got to have a look at all the beautiful colours and textures and got to take 4 products away with us. I took the pink’s because its a current trend now but was also a trend in SS14 shows. The collection itself is beautiful with pinks, reds and plum shades so perfect for all skin tones and where looks can be taken from day to night.

I got my hands on the Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in Diva a bright pink shade, the lip pencil in Sonic Pink, the bright blush Chamade which is a pink/red shade and the Illusion D’Ombre in Impulsion which is a pretty light pink shimmery eye shadow.

So here is a pretty look which encompasses all things Spring and Summer:

I Love Chanel Spring 14 Collection

For the lips I applied the lip liner and lipstick, I applied the blush with my fingers onto the apples of my cheeks you only need a tiny amount and for the eyes I applied the Illusion D’Ombre in the inner corner of my eyes just to give a little pop and not take away from the pink lips. As you can see I kept the rest of my face really clean and contoured and lots of mascara.

As you all know I love all things Chanel. I love the packaging especially the lipsticks and I absoloutely love the quality. Yes it is expensive but its Chanel right? With me I know I am not going to be let down by the quality and I will get the finish I need. The products are also amazing to use on a shoot and look beutiful in front of the camera. There is something really special when you pull out your Chanel products and I know the models are always happy to see me using it on them too.

The rest of the collection consists a 4 eyeshadow palette which is R645 and a duo palette at R485, 6 beautiful lipsticks in different textures priced at R395, lip glosses are R335, an Illusion D’Ombre eye shadows in a deep purple they are R380, 3 nail polish colours at R290, 2 cream blushes at R440, and a finishing powder to illuminate the skin at R510.

Chanel Spring 14 Collection

 

Out 27th January 14 in selected Edgars stores so if you love Chanel then you need to get your hands on the collection.

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The collection launches 27th January 14 so if you love Chanel as much as I do then you will want to get your hands on some of the beautiful collection.

So some of you may know I went overseas for a month and as I am totally beauty obsessed and addicted , so of course I was going to make some purchases. Did I need all of them probably not but I just couldn’t help myself. Here are my latest purchases:

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: I have been wanting to try this out for ages and add more foundations to my kit. Its light weight and feels amazing on the skin leaving a beautiful glow and silky smooth, and you can build up covearge from sheer to medium. Its not cheap but definitely worth it for me.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette: I have been wanting to buy this palette for ages but for some reason I kept deciding against it. However, I thought on this trip why not and I always hear such great reviews. I love it, there are some matt colours but mostly shimmery. The palette is perfect for a natural look or creating a bronze to smokey evening look. I love the quality of the shadows and the colours and it came with a brush and an eye primer!

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Revlon Matt Lipsticks – Normally I automatically go for Mac lipsticks that have a sheen. I did have matt lipsticks but not a huge amount. I really like these matt lipsticks and I love the quality as they have a creamy texture and don’t dry your lips plus they are not too pricey. I used Nude Attitude  on my Women’s Health shoot this morning so a definite for my kit.

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Yu-Be Moisturiser – I was watching a Pixiwoo Youtube video a few weeks ago and one of the makeup artists mentioned Yu-Be sold at Boots and how amazing this Japenese product was and that it was only 19.99 pounds. Of course I had to try it especially as the Japenese  are amazing when it comes to skincare. Its best applied at night after removing your makeup. It is really thick so you don’t have to apply too much and it smells like Tee Tree Oil. All I can say is I love it because when I wake up in the morning my skin looks amazing and is really smooth and I was aksed the other day had I had a skin peel. So there you go a definite winner. Its available at Boots so if you not in the UK find someone who can get it for you!

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Maybelline 14 Hour Superstay Lipstick

I received the Maybelline Infinitely Fushia lipstick in a big box wrapped  and the lipstick was wrapped around a pink scarf. This lipstick is a long wearing lipstick that is supposed to be a light weight lipstick with superstay colour promises not to drag or dry.

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I love this colour there is nothing like a bright lipstick to brighten up your complexion and of course is very on trend right now. The colour is very pigmented as you can see on my lips.

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(Excuse the terrible pic)

The lipstick did feel a bit dry for me I normally go for more hydrating lipsticks that have a sheen. However to combat this dab carmex before you apply and a little over the lipstick it keeps your lips feeling hydrated and gives it a little sheen and more pop. After 6 hours and drinking 2 cups of tea, eating lunch and having another drink with lunch the majority of the colour is still there but it has definitely faded on the inside of my lips so you will probably have to apply another coat after lunch. However that is pretty good staying power as most lipsticks I have tried fade pretty quickly and this definitely makes it much more cost effective. Another thing I liked about the lipstick is that when I  pressed my lips onto the back of my hand it barely any came off!

Definitely one to try and see if it works for you and combining it with Carmex definitely takes away any dry feeling on the lips and there is a great selection of colours!

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Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Concealer

I heard about the new concealer Benefit introduced, Fake Up and of course wanted to try it out as I heard such good things about it. I have been wanting to add new concealer’s to my kit, and to find a concealer for myself as I always suffer from dryness under my eyes when I am really tired. The great thing about this concealer is that its really hydrating and  I haven’t come across a concealer like this

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There are 3 shades light, medium, and deep. Sadly there isn’t a shade for the darker skin girls so hopefully they will introduce at some point. What I really love about this concealer is that on the outside is a hydrating balm containing Vitamin E and apple seed extract  and in the middle is the concealer.

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When I applied the concealer my skin under my eyes came to life plus it didn’t crease which is a big plus for me! The concealer felt really light on my skin and so soft because of the soothing balm around the concealer plus it took the darkness away which I have a lot these days! So many concealers on the market crease and leave the skin feeling really dry. The Fake Up Concealer for me is amazing! (It won’t suit everyone but if you suffer from dry skin then this is a must)

Sadly this brand was taken out of South Africa(boohoo) but good news you can still purchase Benefit from www.asos.com.

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Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation

I have been waiting to try this foundation for quite a while and never got round to it. The reason I was so keen to try it was because its made by the same cosmestics house that makes Chanel cosmetics.

When I went to buy it and review it Edgar’s in South Africa no longer sold it so felt very frustrated because yet again another brand of make up has not been successful in South Africa. But happy days I found out that Clicks will be selling the Bourjois Foundations. Will keep you posted when. I am currently in London on holiday and went to Boots today and bought the Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation in no 56.

The foundation is supposed to give you skin a boost of radiance because its vitamin rich with a fruit therapy formula giving an even complexion and anti-fatigue result. So I put this to the test.

I love that the foundation is a pump so you don’t waste any. I applied the foundation after moisturising with my Real Techniques buffing brush. I have to say I love it. It definitely evened out my complexion and left my skin glowing and definitely looking radiant and I only had to use a tiny bit of concealer so it has good coverage. Not sure if it will last 16 hrs but I love it all the same. Plus it didn’t leave my skin looking really shiney. I am always tired because I have 2 small kids but it defnitely gave me a lift and I would definitely use this in my make up kit! There is not a full range of colours there are only 8 so sadly the ladies with darker skin complexions won’t be able to use this foundation.

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Continuing the hunt for a drug store/high street foundation I thought I would try out the Revlon photoready collection. I was sent by their PR in South Africa the foundation, concealer and pressed powder.

The foundation says that is gives “perfected airbrushed skin in any light with complete coverage”. Its oil free and has an SPF of 20 so that’s a bonus. “With photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw and leaving a soft luminous finish”. There are 9 shades so it won’t cover all skin tones especially the darker skin tones. In South Africa the foundation is R225 and in the UK is 12.99 pounds.

Firstly I am really happy this bottle as it has a pump to avoid any wastage. Before applying the foundation I applied my moisturiser. I didn’t need much foundation at all to cover all of my face and I blended the foundation in with my Real Techniques face brush. My skin definitely felt smooth and had a slight dewy finish so my skin wasn’t left really shiney like some foundations do. The Photoready foundation is one of the more expensive drugstore foundations but its definitely one of the better ones. It has a medium coverage where I find a lot of the cheaper foundations are very sheer and do not cover the imperfections and you need to keep applying. As most liquid foundations they don’t last all day but to keep it on longer make sure you apply the powder or apply again half way through the day.

To finish off the look I used the concealer to cover any redness on my cheeks and under my eyes. The concealer comes in a stick and is really easy to apply leaving the skin feeling smooth. Then I dusted the pressed powder onto the T-Zone to avoid any shine and creasing under the eyes.

The real test for me will be on a photoshoot and see how the foundations works against harsh light so will keep you posted!

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Fit Me Maybelline Foundation and L’Oreal Mascara Review

I am currently trying out all the drugstore/high street foundations and Mascara’s. Coming from London we are spoilt for choice but living in Cape Town my choices are limited. So I am on the hunt for foundations I can reccomend to people without them having to break the bank. S I thought I would try out the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation.

PR for Maybelline kindly sent me the foundation to try. Sadly it doesn’t have a pump so you have to carefully add some to the back of your hand. I applied the foundation with a my Real techniques brush and blended in. The foundation has a sheer coverage so if you have pigmentation or bad skin you will need a foundation with a heavier coverage. I liked the finish on my skin, it is very light and doesn’t feel like you are wearing anything at all and my skin felt smooth. It has a dewy finish but not too much so I didn’t need to add powder. However, it doesn’t last for hours so you wil need to reapply in the day.

The L’Oreal Volume Million Excess Lashes mascara has a long wand and its really bendy so its great for getting into the root of the lashes. For someone like me who doesn’t have much lashes it definitely gave me more volume!

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Here is a look I created for a shoot I recently did. The styling was leather and gold so I wanted the skin to look flawless, the berry lips was used beacuse of her pale skin and the eyes finished the look. I used my Stilla natural eye palette and Mac Paint Pot in Groundwork.

Eyes: I applied Mac Paint Pot in Groundwork and then with my Mac 217 Blending Brush I applied from the Stila palette Bliss into the crease and up to the eyebrow and under the eyes to add more intensity, and then Sandstone on the outer corner of the crease and the inner corner by the nose. On the lid I then applied sunset to make the eye pop and catch the sunlight. I applied          Benefit They’re Real mascara. I filled the brows with Benefit Browzing in light.

Face: I applied Estee Lauder Day Wear Cream and then buffed Benefit Oxygen Wow Oh So Flawless foundation into the skin, under the eyes I blended in Clinique Airbrush concealer.

Highlight and Contour: I contoured with Chanel Soleil De Tan and for the highlight above the cheek bone with Mac Irridescent Loose Powder in Silver Dusk.

Lips: I applied Dark side by Mac.

Nails: Inglot nail polish in no 714.

I am absoloutely the YSL Pure Chromatic Eyeshadow quads. I have no 1 and 10 and am drfinitely going to invest in more colours. I have used the no 10 which is the green shades with a silver shade that I use by the tear duct on recent photoshoots.

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I love the colours and the texture and the colours blend beautifully creating a stunning smokey eye plus it lasts for hours. The packaging and the product is really luxurious. I recently did a green smokey eye video using this palette so go have a look. As well as using the shadows dry you can also apply wet creating an even more dramatic eye. Same as using a pigment wet the brush and apply the shadow to the centre of the lid to really make the eye pop.

Here are some of the colours that are available:

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Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder

I have never been a fan of pressed powder for myself or when I am on a job because it looks to heavy. But there is a new Chanel powder that has hit the market and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Chanel has introduced a new Hi Tech powder. It was designed to create a healthy glow and comes in 7 shades.  For those of you who don’t like using foundation this product can be applied straight onto clean skin by gently buffing it in. It has other different uses which is great so can be used as a blusher, bronzer, sculptor (contouring) or an illuminator (highlighter).

Watch this space for a product review!

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