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Wednesday
Nov202013

Holiday 2013: Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette.

Clarins has launched The Essentials Eye Palette, a holiday eye palette that will not only have you creating beautiful neutral eye looks all season long, but all year long. This is Clarins’ blockbuster natural eye palette and it couldn’t be more beautiful.

Holiday 2013: Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette

The Essentials Eye Palette contains 10 mineral eye shadows in beige, taupe and brown tones that can be mixed, matched and layered to create a variety of looks. The shadows have matte, satin and pearl finishes and all are very pigmented so looks can take you from day to night with ease. The shadows are silky soft and wear well all day long. I definitely have no problem playing up the drama with the variety of colors. Don't let the natural shades fool you, because browns are never boring.

The palette includes a mirror and double ended brush made with cruelty free natural pony hair. It is great for blending the shadows out.

Holiday 2013: Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette

Holiday 2013: Clarins The Essentials Eye Palette

As this is a limited edition holiday palette, Clarins is supporting a great cause and there is no better time than the holidays to give back. By purchasing the Essentials Eye Palette you are supporting Clarins initiative to perserve the Kuntanawa culture and ecosystem. In partnership with the PurProject organization, Clarins is dedicated to preserving the Kuntanawa culture by planting 10,000 trees known for their medical and cosmetic properties, allowing them the means to live in total independence and in harmony with nature.

The Essentials Eye Palette sells for $45.00 and will be available this month at Clarins counters and on clarins.com.

Tuesday
Nov192013

Top 10 Concealers.

Ahh, concealers. I am picky about mine. I use various concealers to cover dark circles, dark spots and imperfections. I also use them to even out my skin tone and to highlight my face. I have a few concealers that I depend on and use different concealers depending on the season. Coming up with a list of my top ten concealers was easy actually, because I do use a lot of them on a regular basis.

Top 10 Concealers

I have a a major concealer trick that I swear by. It seems simple, but once you try it, you will thank me for it. Mix your undereye concealer with a dab of eye cream. This not only helps to make your concealer go on more smooth and even, it prevents your concealer from settling into your fine lines around your eyes. Try it and let me know what you think.

Now, onto my favorite concealers.

Top 10 Concealers

1. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - This concealer is not just for undereye circles, it is designed to be used anywhere you need a little cover up or even-ing out too. It is very easy to blend and it's buildable to get custom coverage.

2. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye - If you need to hide a multitude of flaws, this long lasting highly pigmented concealer will do the trick. If offers full coverage so even the darkest of circles and age spots are covered with ease.

3. Benefit Fake Up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer - Fake Up instantly hides dark circles as it diffuses those creases (fine lines) for silky smooth, long-lasting coverage.

4. Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener - This creamy peach-tinted iridescent makeup perks up the undereye area making it look lighter, brighter, and over-all fresh. Just a few dabs under the eye does the trick, and it even works well on the inside corners of the eyes.

5. MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer - This HD formula gives medium coverage that is nearly invisible to the eyes. It goes on very evenly and covers everything from blemishes to undereye circles in seconds.

6. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - A blendable, all-over concealer that provides full coverage, this creates a beautiful natural, matte finish that lasts up to 15 hours.

7. YSL Touche Éclat - This magic wand simply illuminates light and radiance, just where I need it. This is not just a concealer; it is a highlighting pen for the face. It can banish all signs of fatigue as it lights up the eyes and areas of the face with a few simple swipes of the built in brush.

8. MAC Studio Finish Concealer - This very lightweight concealer offers very opaque coverage for the most hard to cover areas.It is water resistant, yet blendable.

9. COVERGIRL and Olay Simply Ageless Concealer - Mixed with a serum, this concealer stay suspended over skin, so like my trick above, this one never settles into fines lines and stays put under eyes.

10. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer - This yellow based concealer covers dark circles better than any other concealer I have tried. I blend it out with a brush so it looks very natural and makes circles disappear.

Monday
Nov182013

Holiday 2013: Collection Nuit Infinie de CHANEL.

The CHANEL holiday collection is the ultimate in luxury. It is not just rich and bold, it is refined in every way possible. I look forward to this collection every year and find myself amazed at how beautiful each one is. This year is no exception. Just look how beautiful it is.

Collection Nuit Infinie de CHANEL Holiday Collection

Setting a captivating tone for Holiday, a new makeup collection expresses the magic and mystery of an endless night. The refinement of beige is emboldened by a sweep of bronze on the eyes. Deep ruby red lingers alluringly on lips, for a seductive invitation to the season. Experience the pleasure of intense colour and glamour that is revealed from within.

The collection focuses around the eyes, particularly the stunning limited edition Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette, a beautiful metallic bronze liner and a sparkling mascara top coat, which together create a look that is not only perfect for the holidays, but for the entire winter season. The eyeshadow palette contains five shades, from a soft beige to a rich purple in both matte and pearlized formulas, that can be layered to create a variety of looks. I am reserving this collection for my best holiday looks.

The complete Collection Nuit Infinie de CHANEL:

OMBRES MATELASSÉES Eyeshadow Palette - $80.00
This limited-edition eyeshadow unveils a shade spectrum for the season’s most striking eye looks. From soft beige to rich purple, matte and pearlized shadows create glamorous effects alone or offer endless opportunities for custom blending. The emblematic quilted motif of CHANEL embosses the silky shadows for an added touch of elegance.

  • Charming - Soft Beige, Metallic Beige, Bronze Khaki, Bronze Brown, Dark Matte Purple

MASCARA GEL IRISÉ Sparkling Mascara Top Coat - $30.00
This top coat was designed to be worn either alone or over a black mascara. It is a beautiful shimmering bronze-platinum shade that catches the light as it enhance lashes. I like it over mascara for an extra special holiday look. 

  • Bronze Platine - Platinum Bronze

JOUES CONTRASTE Powder Blush - $43.00
Cheeks are flushed with a muted pink blush shade with hints of shimmer. This is perfect for either day or night and I've been wearing it since I received it. I think it is flattering for all skin tones.

  • Accent - Luminous Pink Beige

POUDRE UNIVERSELLE LIBRE Natural Finish Loose Powder - $52.00
This glowing peach beige powder offers the perfect finishing touch that lights up the skin for a subtle glow. Not only do I like to dust this all over my face as a final touch, I dip it in a large shadow brush and dust it over my eyes after my shadow is finished to further blend out and give my shadow an airbrushed glowy look.

  • Moon Light - Luminous Peach Beige

ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - $36.00
Two metallic tone, platinum bronze and silver purple, dress the lids with decadence. I am loving the platinum bronze and pair it with a vanilla matte shadow for a simple, yet understated elegant and easy eye look.

  • Initiation - Platinum Bronze
  • Fatal - Silver Purple

LIGNE GRAPHIQUE DE CHANEL Liquid Eyeliner Intensity-Definition - $34.00
For a bold eye look, this liquid metallic bronze shade enhances the eyes. I like to use it over a deep brown pencil to add just a hint of bronze as a finishing touch to a holiday smokey eye.

  • Bronze - Bronze Khaki

ROUGE ALLURE Luminous Intense Lip Colour - $34.00
From a delicate beige to a dramatic brown, lips reveal their powers of seduction.

  • Radieuse - Blue Pink
  • Indécise - Shimmering Pink Beige
  • Farouche - Shimmering Chocolate Brown

ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lip Colour - $34.00
Bold but versatile these two red shades, both ideal for the season, they dress lips with allure. Nothing says the holidays more than a bold, matte red lip and these both do that in the most elegant way possible.

  • La Précieuse - Vivid Red
  • La Désirée - Burgundy Red

LE VERNIS Nail Colour - $27.00
Fingertips are ready for revelry in two gorgeous creamy holiday shades. Rouge Rubis will be on my nails througout the holiday season.

  • Rouge Rubis - Vivid Red
  • Accessoire - Deep Red Brown

Collection Nuit Infinie de CHANEL Holiday Collection

Collection Nuit Infinie de CHANEL Holiday Collection

Collection Nuit Infinie de CHANEL Holiday Collection

Collection Nuit Infinie de CHANEL Holiday Collection

The Collection Nuit Infinie de CHANEL is available at CHANEL counters and online at chanel.com now.