The sales are almost coming towards the end with more and more stock continuously being marked down, so I thought I’ll share another round of what I have found and bought lately.

I tend to buy clothes at full price (criteria is if I really love them) on a regular basis as I always have this fear that my size would be all sold out once it goes on sale. Case in point is this beautiful flowy silk Parker dress which has been discounted now – I bought this as soon as I saw it online and I literally wore it to death over the entire summer. Parker (as well as Tibi and Theory..) are my go to brands for affordable and not too over-the-top dresses in good quality fabrics. This dress is soft and slightly drapey with an asymmetrical hem which makes it unique, and the fact that it’s made of 100% silk makes the dress sit and flow on your body beautifully.

parker-ziyan-dressOutnet is my favorite online shop to find some good deals, and this fall I picked up two great items from them. One is the DKNY leopard print sweater in pink. I have a soft spot for anything in cheetah or leopard print done in a cute and funky way, and I just absolutely adore this sweater.

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I am currently going through a Jacket/Coat phase, and the Milly Chloe wool blend and leather coat is my newest addition. It’s a timeless-with-an-edge coat that I would totally buy at full price. The quality and the tailoring of this coat is amazing, so I am very happy with this ‘bargain pick’! And just letting you know that The Outnet is currently offering free shipping to Australia on orders over £200 with promotion automatically applied at the checkout.milly-chloe-wool-and-leather-coat

 

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On my nails this week is the Chanel Le Vernis Mirabella 623. It’s such a bright and happy neon orange color (has a hint of coral tone in some angles) that is perfect for both hand and feet. Swatch below is with 2 coats and a topcoat.  With nail polishes the most important criteria for me is whether the color is flattering against my skintone, and Mirabella certainly gets a big tick for that. It’s such a flattering color that I would wear on a regular basis.  And we all know that the quality of Chanel won’t let you down. This one is also of standard Chanel Le Vernis – smooth to apply to a streak free finish with 2 coats in a glossy cream finish.

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I’ve been wearing this beautiful Jennifer Zeuner Chelsea Horizontal Bar Necklace with diamond a lot lately (bought here and it always arrives in an impeccably packaged box!). It’s a delicate yet sturdy horizontal bar gold necklace that adds an effortless chic spin to every outfit . I am not really a bold necklace person as it just takes too much time to find an outfit that matches, and this one is my favorite recent addition to my dainty necklaces collection. It is an everyday necklace that looks uber cool wearing it alone, as well as great for layering it with others. I am a big ban of Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry as their craftsmanship is superb for the price you pay, and they don’t look worn-out over time. Love love love!

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This is a more detailed review for the new reformulated Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Tisse Mademoiselle 214 (see this post for general review). I have been playing with this quad for several days, and I absolutely love it. It is such a unique and subtle neutral quad with complex undertones. I’d like to emphasize again that the reformulated eye shadows are extremely creamy – certainly the creamiest powder eye shadows I have ever owned and you can almost apply them with your fingers for a wash of color. For precise application it is best to use brushes that tend to pick up more pigments. All shades go on very smooth and they adhere nicely to the skin without aging the eyes, and that’s what differs a good quality high-end eye shadow to the drugstore brands.

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Except for the darkest shade in the quad, the rest of the shades are very neutral and quite light so you might not like this if you are into bold colors. The shades might only serve you as a wash of color if you have medium to dark skin tone. As for me they work really well together for illuminating as well as adding some depth. As you can see from the below swatch, the colors show up differently depending on the angles. They can pull slightly muddy on yellow toned skin because of the tinge of olive undertone, so I like to prep my eye lids with foundation first.

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In the below tutorial, I also included the new Chanel Stylo Yeux in Marron Glace 906 , which is  a lovely shimmery dark brown color. Other products used include the Chanel Cream Blush Intonation, and Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Nectar (absolutely love this one!).

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My new all season shoes Aquazzura Sloane Cutout Sandals (part bootie) which goes well with literally everything. They can be teamed up with leather or denim for a classic off duty look, or they can be mixed with floral prints to add softness and glamour. There is a reason that they are selling like hotcakes..I had to wait for months to get my size in stock. I’ll let the picture do the talking and by the way they are just incredibly comfortable.I bought mine here which is still quite low in stock, and if you don’t like the 4 inches heel there is the mid heel version here.

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Chanel has released 8 new reformulated Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadows (available at Nordstrom online now!), with some old ones being discontinued. I picked up 226 Tisse Rivoli and 214 Tisse Mademoiselle yesterday at the Chanel Makeup Studio. As usual I gravitated towards the neutral palettes, and I thought I’d do a comparison review on these new quads.

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QUALITY

The texture of the reformulated eye shadows are pretty phenomenal – they are the creamiest powder eye shadows I have ever seen from Chanel. Trust me I have a fair share of them in my makeup stash – ranging from the US formula, to the exclusive seasonal limited edition palettes. The texture of these feel like ‘creamy jelly’ -  they are so buttery soft with a slight cushiony touch, and smooth like velvet. The pigmentation is also richer than the old formula, and easier to glide on to the skin. I find it much easier to swatch these new palettes (with only 1 -2 swipes to get full intensity), whereas for some old mediocre quads I had to swept several times. In terms of finish, they still retain the soft and subtle sheen that Chanel eye shadows are known for.

In short, my conclusion from comparison in terms of texture is as follows:

Softness of reformulated quads > US version > Limited Edition palettes such as Topaki and Harmonie de Soir > Euro/Asia baked version

Pigmentation of reformulated quads are identical to US version/LE palettes

COLORS

I pulled out some Chanel quads that I think are similar for comparison.

Close up of Tisse Rivoli

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226 Tisse Rivoli is very similar to Raffinement but more warm.

214 Tisse Mademoiselle is the closest to Dune but more warm with a hint of very light olive tinge.

On a side note, according to the Chanel SA, Lagoon,  Eclosion, Raffinement, will be discontinued along with several others which I can’t remember.

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I bought the Chanel eye shadow quads in Australia for AUD$90 each. Also available at Nordstrom online (link here).

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Bobbi Brown is the queen of neutrals, and I love her eye shadow palette if the colors are done right for me. My last palette from BB was from 2 years ago, and finally she released this Nectar and Nude Eye Palette from her recent Nudes in Bloom Collection that captured my heart again. It retails for $95 in Australia (I bought here) which is double the price than in the States, and I made sure I absolutely wanted it so I dropped by the counter 3 times to swatch the colors!

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The palette contains 4 matte and 2 shimmery/sparkly eye shadows, with the latter two being the standout for me. They are very smooth to apply and blend, and complement any matte neutral shades for a multi-dimensional look. They bring the matte shades to life, and in my opinion without these two this would be quite a boring palette!
Pale Cream (new shade and matte) – exactly the same color as my skin so it doesn’t show on my skin in the swatch below. It’s excellent for using it as a base color.
Soft Buff (new shade and matte) – matte taupe with mauve undertone. It’s relatively smooth for a matte shade and easy to blend.
Golden Bronze (new shade and metalic) – shimmery pale golden bronze. It’s the most buttery soft and smooth shade out of the palette. Stunning!
Pink Bellini (new shade and sparkly) – very smooth with pink micro glitter for a fine sparkle
Earth (new shade and matte) – a true medium brown shade which would be the most used color out of this palette for me.
Rich Cavair (new shade and matte) – goes on dark chocolate brown. Not as pigmented as the other shade, and it is dry and not easy for blending.

bobbi-brown-nectar-nude-eye-palette-review-swatch2Here is a tutorial of how I would use this palette for a natural eye makeup.

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Overall this is a classic neutral and very versatile eye palette and will be a staple in my makeup rotation. My next Bobbi Brown will definitely be this new stunning palette!

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Hi everyone, I am  finally on Instagram! Follow me @FrontRowBeautyBlog. Looking forward to interacting with all of you on different platforms, and I am sure I will be posting regularly!

Secondly, I have finally changed my blog design after a few late nights! It’s been on my mind for a long time, and I finally got around to doing it. I hope my new site is more aesthetically pleasing, and easier to navigate. There will be more content being posted in addition to beauty (of course it will remain primarily as a beauty blog!). I figured that in order to keep my motivation up for blogging, I need to broaden my subjects and just talk about what I am passionate about.

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