Chanel Nail Polish Giveaway: The Winner is…

Congratulations! You won:
1 Chanel Nail Polish in Peridot
1 Chanel Nail Polish in Graphite
1 Chanel Nail Polish in Quartz
1 Patent Chanel Makeup Bag
Vanessa, you have 48 hours to respond to my email with your mailing address (send it to, and I’ll get your prize right out to you! Congrats again!

Chanel Sophisticated Eye Collection: Lagons & Vanities

Choosing between the Lagons and Vanities quads from Chanel’s ‘Sophisticated Eye’ collection proved to be an exercise in futility. I thought about it, swatched both, walked away, thought about it some more…

And ended up with both. They are, each in their own right, completely stunning. Both are flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Vanities is more universally wearable than Lagons, but the beauty of the latter simply cannot be denied.


Vanities consists of two pinks and two purples, one cool and one shot through with a healthy dose of gold. The golden purple color reminds me a lot of MAC Trax… without the fallout. All of the colors are silky to the touch, and easy to apply.

Every single color shows up on me without going too cool or ashy. I’m particularly fond on the warmer colors, but I can’t wait to mix them up and see what happens.


Lagons is a series of blues, each of which seems to be ‘cooled down’ with a healthy shot of grey. Despite it’s cool nature, I think Lagons will look stunning on just about any skin tone… it just matters how you place and blend the color. I really tried to leave this quad behind, but simply could not. It’s not the most practical, but it is quite beautiful.

This picture truly does not do the quad justice. I shot it in natural light, to try and pick up the ‘sparkle’ from the darkest color. It’s there, trust me. Like Vanities, the formula of these shadows is silky and easy to blend.

I love them both. I tried to pick a favorite… and that didn’t work out too well for me. If you MUST choose just one, I think you’ll probably get a lot more use out of Vanities.

You can get  both Holiday 2011 quads from the Chanel website:

Lip Service: Guerlain Autumn 2011

There has been much in the way of reviews, hauls, and swatches of the new Guerlain Autumn 2011 makeup collection. I have to say, most of the collection left me flat. I was not moved by the eyeshadow quads at all. What DID impress me were the new lipsticks:

I think the formulations of these new lippies are even better than the originals (which are pretty darned good, by the way). The texture is richer, and the color really ‘grabs’ your lips.

I ended up with the lipstick in #70, which is a rich berry color:

 This is one of those times to blame the flash; the color is actually even deeper than that in person. It does take a little effort to put it on (much drier than, say, YSL Rouge Volupte), but the color payoff and staying power is totally worth it:

At $45 a pop, these lipsticks are NOT cheap. There’s a lovely selection of colors though… one to complement every skin tone. I really like it… but I’m going to have to re-evaluate my budget if  I intend to make a habit of purchasing them.

Chanel Sophisticated Eye Collection: Tools and Twilight

So  here are my first two loves from the new Chanel ‘Sophisticated Eye’ collection…

I’m admitting to a ‘frivolous’ purchase — for I broke down and got the eyelash curler.

Why? I have no sane reason. I just wanted it. That’s it and that’s all. I LOVE the way it comes packaged… only Chanel. lol

I also got the single eyeshadow in Twilight, which I feel is the sleeper hit among the singles. It’s pink, but it’s got a warm dimension that I absolutely love. It really complements my warm skin tone… which can sometimes be a challenge with pink.

I really love this shadow. I’m so glad I tried it at the counter, because in the pot it just looks… pedestrian. But it really warmed up on my skin, and I was totally impressed by that.

Lashing Out: Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara

Okay… I needed to see what was up with this mascara:

 The promo pic will have you thinking that this mascara will give you the look of falsies… like a doll. So I bought one to see for myself.

And the test…

It doesn’t do much for me in terms of volume, but I LOVE that the formula is so clean. No clumping… and it really does add length to your lashes. You won’t look like a ‘doll’ — but you can get pretty dolled up using this lovely little tube of mascara.

I like it. Keeper.

You can get Lancome Doll Lashes mascara here:

C’mon… VOGUE!

I got called to do a Vogue ‘request’ recently (which means that the magazine is interested/has asked for it/will consider it… but may not use it). Naturally, I said yes! I can’t show any actual photos of the shoot itself (Grace Coddington gets first crack)… but I can leak a little background and some of the makeup specifics:

 The designer asked for strong smoky eyes and a strong lip.
Heading out to the ‘set.’
The incomparable Kevin Kidder (photographer)
I had to crop the hell out of this picture. Sorry guys… but rules are rules.
That’s it for now! If something happens (or nothing happens), I’m sure I’ll get cleared to show you the actual set up and ‘fashion story’ behind this shoot. I had a blast doing it… even in the hot Southern California sun!

Here’s hoping that Vogue loves it and decides to use it!

FOTD: Sheer Coral

It’s hot as Hades outside… and I just wanted to work ‘with’ my skin. Any kind of fancy makeup would end up just sliding off me. So I’m not fighting nature today…

Illamasqua Skin Base (sheered out) in #15
Armani Blushing Fabric in #1
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Maowi (brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Coral Crepe (all over)
MAC Pigment in Electric Coral (on lids/under waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Underground
Smoke & Mirrors New York City Lash
MAC Opulash (bottom lashes)
YSL Gloss Pur in #8

Lip Service: NARS Afghan Red

It’s not a new color, but I really wanted to try the NARS Afghan Red lipstick because… well… it’s not red. Such simple things shouldn’t fascinate me so, but on occasion they do. lol

It’s more of a rich reddish-rose color. I love the formula too… not super shiny but not matte either. Just really rich and creamy.

It’s a lovely full coverage color. It reminds me of Kat Von D’s Prayer lipstick, with more of a reddish hue. Really nice. Now I just have to figure out what to pair it with…

You can get this color (and a bunch of other colors/formulas) at

Downtown Shopping

I spent the weekend in Downtown LA… helping out a girlfriend who wanted to do some real bargain shopping. You can get a bunch of things for cheap, but it’s a double edged sword. In some cases, you REALLY get what you pay for.

I was blown away by the amount of counterfeit MAC they are hocking down there… like EVERY OTHER STAND has a bunch of ‘MAC’ products stacked up in the hot sun! I’d heard that some of the brands were really cracking down on that sort of thing… I guess they’re not cracking down fast enough.

In any case, I took the opportunity to get a few lashes… because they’re incredibly cheap and the cut is what I normally get from Namies for about a dollar more:

The jury is still out on performance because I haven’t actually tried them yet. But if they work out, I’ll definitely head back downtown for more.

Getting Organized

Okay, you guys know that I have more makeup than anyone should ever have in 7 lifetimes. It’s a sad fact… but it’s my reality. I also have a tendency to let stuff just pile up until I freak out and can’t take it anymore! I have two makeup kits… one that I store extras in and one that I travel with for work (I used to take both, but that got real old real fast). So I finally broke down and did something about the piles of madness that I call my makeup kits:

I bought two of these stackable storage containers (which are conveniently on wheels). I think to be truly organized, I’m going to need two more. The makeup currently in these containers are just what had piled up in the corner of my bedroom (much to my husband’s dismay). That little situation had to be addressed STAT.

These are just the lipglosses that I kept stored in a shopping bag in the corner. SMH! Damn shame. But I’m trying to do better.

I haven’t even looked at the kits yet. That’s next weekend’s project. I packed up a bunch of stuff for my sisters and a few friends… and a couple of people who emailed me wanting to know if I had any ‘overflow.’ Once I go through the kits, I’m sure I can prioritize even more. It’s typical for me to have repeat ‘colors’ of things, but from different brands… and honestly that’s just wasteful.

I, like my kits, really am a work in progress… lol. I am going to get organized… one lip gloss at a time!