CHANEL

Chanel La Crème Main Review

October 18, 2017

The much highly anticipated Chanel La Crème Main Hand Cream is finally available online (you can find it here in Australia). It was love at first sight for me when I first spotted it online, and I knew I would just get it for the sake of its look! The design of this hand cream is definitely making it special and would make it a perfect handbag accessory.

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The hand cream is housed in a cute egg with a cap. You just need to gently squeeze the egg to dispense the product. Apart from its innovative look, the highlight of the product is that the design is much more friendly and hygienic to use than the conventional “tooth paste” tube. Because of the ball-shape it has an air suction so it doesn’t over squeeze and the product also doesn’t flow out by itself and get stuck everywhere around the cap which always bugs me. The packaging also doesn’t change its shape over time, and the cap will never accidentally come off when you keep it in your handbag!

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The formula is very lightweight and completely grease-free. The product is instantly absorbed into the skin, and provides instant hydration and protection without any sticky residue. The skin also appears more plumped and noticeably brightened and even-toned. It has a soft floral scent that is not overwhelming. Chanel also claims that it also helps to strengthen the nails by 70%. I have dry hands, and I like to use a heavy-duty hand cream before bed such as my HG Jurlique Rose Hand Cream, but during the day, this cream has the perfect on-the-go formula for keeping my hands hydrated, soft and crease-free for hours. It also looks way too cute to be kept at home, so it makes perfect sense to carry it around in your handbag!

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Ever since Chanel reformulated their nail polishes (yes the new formula is wayyy better!), they are re-promoting some of their most popular colors in the seasonal collections. In their latest release I was more than happy to spot one of my all-time favorite colors – Rose Confidentiel 491 in the new formula. Rose Confidential in 2 coats translates to a muted rosey brown color – it’s very elegant and classy (yet not looking so mature) because of the muted brown tone that adds an edge to it. The new formula is very easy to apply in streak-free high shine gel finish, and best of all, it lasts for at least 5 days without chipping!

It appears that the Rose Confidential is currently only exclusive to Australia. I bought mine here, and it is also available here online.

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So, I haven’t bought any Chanel eyeshadows for a very long time, until I saw the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Eyeshadow Palette (bought here) which was released more than a month ago in Australia. I picked it up before my holiday to Japan, and I finally started breaking into this beautiful palette. Along with the eyeshadow, I also picked up their latest Stylo Sourcils Waterproof Longwear Eyebrow Pencil (available here in Australia). Chanel’s eyebrow products are quite under the radar until you have personally used it. I got hooked onto Chanel’s brow products from a celeb recommendation, and their latest brow pencil is the best I have used so far (yep it’s officially my HG pencil)!!

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The Les Beiges eyeshadow inherits the highly popular Les Beiges packaging which I absolutely adore with 3 applicators and a large mirror. This palette has the same concept as the entire Les Beiges line – they represent a new simple and intuitive makeup approach with five harmonious neutral shades that are easy to wear for a variety of looks. There is nothing bold and dramatic about it, but it’s one of those fool-proof palettes that you will always reach out to on a daily basis and you will never look overdone with your eye makeup. I don’t wear heavy eye makeup so this palette is right up my alley, and both the finish and the effect reminded me of the iconic Lunasol Beige Beige.

The texture is buttery to the touch (even for the matte shades!) and they are easy to blend without being powdery.  One to 2 swipes with a fluffy eyeshadow brush gives the perfect color payoff. The powder applies without looking cakey.

Indoor lighting

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Natural lighting

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Shade Description:

Top: Semi-matte ivory color that serves as a great base color. It evens out the eyelid color and makes the eye makeup look fresh and clean.

Second Left: Medium taupe brown in satin finish

Second Right: Medium soft brown in satin finish

Bottom Left: Semi-matte charcoal

Bottom Right: Shimmer ivory

Swatch:

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I did a post about my favorite brow products a while back, and I definitely need to update my HG list because the Chanel Stylo Sourcils Longwear Eyebrow Pencil has made it to the top which I will repurchase over and over! Love the sleek and retractable twist-up pencil packaging (as opposed to the conventional pencil type), as it just feels very sturdy and expensive in the hand.

It has a medium to hard formula that glides on smoothly with just the right amount of pigments with a single stroke. I particularly love the slanted tapered tip that allows for an adjustable thin or thick line. You can draw a super thin and sharp line with this pencil which makes a big difference for defining the brow shape. The color is also near perfection – I picked up 808 Brun Clair which is medium brown ash tone without looking too red, warm and harsh.

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Always in Black & White

September 26, 2017

The long-awaited Shopbop Big Sale Event has begun again for 3 days only (offer ends on the 29th Sep). Use code EOTS17 for early access for discount up to 25% off on all orders! In this ootd, I am wearing the ALC Kyle Pants that I bought from Shopbop a while back and I am totally loving the style and fit. It has a slim fit with legs slightly cropped, and the high waist with the lace-up closure gives a corset effect for an hourglass silhouette. It’s super chic, unique, and goes with everything.

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Sunglasses – Victoria Beckham

Top – ALC  (also loving this similar style by Anna Sui that is on sale at Shopbop now)

Pants – ALC

Shoes – Valentino

Bag – Chanel Coco Handle in small

Lipstick – By Terry Velvet Rouge in Dream Bloom (reviewed here)

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Champion

June 19, 2017

I am very much in love with lots of items I am wearing in this OOTD today, so I have to share them on my blog as these pictures were originally intended for my instagram only. First of all, it’s my pink Champion Hoodie. It’s very affordable as it’s not the x Vetement version and it looks just as chic. Pairing it with my beloved Burberry trench coat which I have had for a very long time. There is the same Burberry trench in the iconic camel beige which is currently on sale here now!  Accessories are my go-to Victoria Beckham Aviator and my latest favorite sock boots by Tony Bianco (more pictures in this post).

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Sunglasses – Victoria Beckham in gold

Hoodie – Champion Premium (similar styles here in lots of different colors)

Trench – Burberry (the same style here in camel beige is on sale here)

Skirt – Topshop

Shoes – Tony Bianco

Bag – Chanel Reissue

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My obsession with nude nail colors continues – sharing a quick swatch post for my current favorite nail color – the Chanel Le Vernis Beige Beige 556 (bought here in Australia). It’s a classic true beige color with a peachy pink undertone in gel finish. If the look of muted blush, beige and soft brown tone is your thing, then this color is right up your alley!

The consistency of this particular color is slightly too thick for my liking as I always prefer applying multiple thin coats. I need to add a few drops of nail polish thinner so it applies beautifully with 3 coats in a streak-free finish. The reformulated formula stays chip-free on me for at least 5-6 days.

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The Perfect Black Blazer

April 12, 2017

I recently bought the highly coveted SMYTHE Duchess Blazer and I couldn’t be more impressed. To me, a black blazer is a perennial wardrobe staple that every girl should have at least a couple of in their wardrobe. The SMYTHE Duchess style is made and cut in absolute perfection and I could not pick a flaw. Love the 100% wool material that makes the blazer look expensive in real life, and the material is quite durable and not prone to creasing. The tailoring is on another level compared to other blazers I own in the same price range include Rag and Bone and Theory. I am of standard size small, and this jacket feels like it is tailor made for me. I love the slightly padded shoulder (not as over the top as the heavily padded Balmain like Jackets) which gives you a sharp silhouette. The gold buttons are also super on trend. I thought I’d share my review with you now as it is on special with Shopbop’s current promotion (up to 25% off on all orders use code EVENT17) at the moment.

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Victoria Beckham Sunglasses / Acne Studios Pump / SMYTHE Blazer / Cropped Pants / Chanel Reissue Bag

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Monthly Favorites

March 27, 2017

I can’t believe it’s nearly the end of March as I haven’t updated my blog as I planned. I have been having rounds of flu lately so not in the perfect condition for swatching new products, but I thought I’d share some of my favorite and most-used products of the month.

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MAKEUP

1. I’ve been using the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette Seductive Beauty almost every day ever since I got my hands on it. Thumbs up for its practicality and easy to wear, and they just look flattering without looking like you have too much makeup on. Detailed review for both palettes here.

2. My skin has been looking ok lately, so I am opting for a very natural foundation. The Tom Ford Traceless Foundation gives the dewiest and most natural finish that is completely traceless as the name suggests. The low-down is that the coverage is very sheer and the ultra dewiness will not work for oily skin. The highlight is that it is very hydrating for dry and aging skin, and you can easily fake the most glowing editorial-like complexion with this foundation! FYI my shade is Albaster that is similar to NC15-20.

3. The exclusive Chanel Le Blanc Compact Foundation is one of the best the powder foundations I have used for its buttery texture, good coverage, and feels quite moisturizing for a powder-based foundation. Detailed review here.

4. Switching to bright coral lips lately after being on brown lips for months! My favorites are the MAC Retro Matte Rich & Restless (swatched here) and Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick Berlin (swatched here).

SKINCARE & HAIRCARE

5. I prefer washing powder more than paste these days, and the Kose Sekkisei White Powder Washing Powder forms into the most creamy lather that deeply cleans and gently exfoliates your skin. It also helps to clarify and brighten your skin after each wash that you can see the difference.

6. I have been resisting Oribe haircare line for a while as it’s a very expensive line and I knew I would be loving it. Finally bought the Oribe Signature Conditioner travel-sized to give it a try when I was on holiday and I was blown away! It’s not easy to transform my overly processed dry hair to the best hair condition, and this conditioner did it after only 1 wash! Will definitely be getting the full-size set soon.

LIFESTYLE

7. I am a big fan of home fragrance, and as a result, I am obsessed with Diptyque. I have pretty much used most of their home fragrances, and my all time favorite will always be the Baies. I have it in Candle, Room Spray as well as the Scented Oval (reviewed here)!

8. Received a lot of questions about this beautiful crystal and gold coaster when I posted it on my instagram lately. They are from the brand RABLABS (I bought it here and also available here worldwide). They are beyond beautiful in real life when it gleams under different angles, and make your vanity/coffee table instantly more expensive and glamourous!

9. Here is another accessory that I have been wearing a lot. The Celine Shadows Flattop sunglasses that is seen on every fashionista! Currently on sale at 40% off here!

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