CHANEL

Club Monaco

December 28, 2017

I received a lot of questions about this top so I thought I’d share it on my blog because it is currently on sale for under $50! It’s from one of my favorite affordable brands called Club Monaco and every season they never fail to deliver some great trendy but not-over-the-top pieces of decent quality (much better than Zara and Topshop).  You can find the brand on Shopbop, Neiman Marcus, or from their website directly which ships worldwide for free. On a side note, Shopbop is having the additional 25% off on all sale items with code JOY25,I have just added this pair of boots to my shopping cart…yay!


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Top – Club Monaco

Jeans – Camilla and Marc (very similar styles here and here)

Shoes – Paul Andrew (another color is on sale)

Bag – Hermes Birkin 25 Gris Asphalt

Sunnies – Chanel

Necklace – Van Cleef & Arpels

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Current Favorite Makeup

December 19, 2017

Rounding up some of my favorite makeups this month! A lot of the items in this post are not easy to get due to their popularity and they are often sold-out worldwide, and the thrill of being able to get hold of them is just surreal. I always tell my friends that buying beautiful luxury makeup is the entry point of indulging in retail therapy. They are relatively much cheaper than any luxury fashion goods, but the thrill and happiness are no less.

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Tom Ford Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette Violet Argent (available here in Australia) – To me, the Tom Ford Soleil is the most beautiful collection he releases every year. Every piece is exquisite and is like a collectible-item. The Violet Argent has all the wearable shades in the most stunning packaging. I bought mine here with worldwide shipping. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am shifting my shopping sites to mainly UK-based, as I find the currency exchange rate is much more favorable than the US sites, and Selfridges is my top favorite site for all the best beauty products. I have also subscribed to their annual $65 unlimited international shipping!

Pat McGrath MatteTrance OMI Lipstick – Must must-have lippie of the year! (swatched here)

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Lipstick (refillable)- The newest lip color range from Hourglass. If you could get your hands on the shades I Can’t Live Without, or At Night, you should snatch one straight away because they are both stunning and extremely hard to get. Review to come soon. I bought mine here.

Chanel Longwear Color Corrector/Concealer– Chanel has recently reformulated their concealer. It now comes in two color ranges – color correcting and concealers. I love the lightweight, super hydrating creamy gel consistency that melds into the delicate skin around the eyes, and it covers my mild dark circles perfectly without creasing over time, nor enhancing any dry lines. I bought mine here in Australia.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Foundation – This is the first cushion-like foundation from Chanel! Apparently, one is sold every 2 seconds, and the lighter shades are out-of-stock at most department stores in Australia. It is also called the Jelly Cushion foundation because it is slightly different to the conventional cushion foundation. The consistency is very watery and it gives an instant cooling sensation when applied. It feels so fresh on the skin and perfect for the summer and gives a satiny dewy finish with a sheer coverage. The color is about 1 shade lighter than usual. Will give a detailed review soon. Available on Chanel.com in the US, Selfridges, Cosme-de, and David Jones in Australia.

 

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Chanel has released some pretty colors lately. The first item that caught my eye was the stunning Joues Contraste Blush ROSE PÉTILLANT. Also swatching the beautiful Le Vernis Nail color 586 ROSE PRODIGIOUS. I am so obsessed with this color that I have been wearing this color repeatedly! Both items appear to be exclusive shades that you can only find on Chanel online or some Chanel Makeup Studios in Australia.
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The blush ROSE PÉTILLANT is the most perfect flattering peachy pink with gold shimmer I have ever seen. It’s not the most unique shade ever since Nars introduced his iconic Orgasm blush (aka the universally flattering peachy pink shade), but this color still has the ‘wow’ factor and stands out from every other brand I have seen. The texture is also amazing – it feels creamier and it’s super pigmented and opaque that is different to the regular JC blushes. It is silky smooth to apply and blend, with just a single swipe that is enough to give a  flush of color on the cheeks for fair to medium skin. The rose gold shimmer adds a glow and dimension to the cheeks but it is not visible on the skin and will not enlarge pores.

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Close-up

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Swatch

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Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color 586 Rose Prodigious is a beautiful pink rose with gold shimmer. Flawless and streak-free consistency in high shine gel finish. Swatched with 2 coats.chanel-le-vernis-longwear-nail-color-ROSE-PRODIGIOUS-586-review-swatch chanel-le-vernis-longwear-nail-color-ROSE-PRODIGIOUS-586-review-swatch-1 chanel-le-vernis-longwear-nail-color-ROSE-PRODIGIOUS-586-review-swatch-2

 

 

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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.

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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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