Friday, October 28, 2011

Chanel Ombre Essentielle 417 Beige Lame Swatches and Reviews

I am a Chanel Ombre Essentielle virgin. This is my very first Chanel single eye shadow. I was hemming and hawing over getting this, honestly it does not look very interesting in the pan until you really look at it closely.

It looks kinda blah right? I was turning Beige Lame this way and that, trying to catch the multi coloured shimmer without much success. Under lights, Beige Lame sparkles and twinkles is a soft subtle way. I got sucked in immediately.

Top and bottom: Without primer and with Urban Decay Primer Potion

I'm kinda on a fence on Beige Lame. On my eye lids,  I'm not exactly wowed by it. The sparkles don't show up much, only under certain lighting I am able to see the sparkles. I took out my Burberry Gold Trench eye shadow for a comparison.

Left to right: Chanel Beige Lame and Burberry Gold Trench
Gold Trench has more warmth and gold in it without the sparkles. I prefer the texture of Gold Trench. Even though Beige Lame is pigmented and soft, it doesn't apply like butter unlike Gold Trench.

I paid SGD $48 for Beige Lame. It is $2 more than Burberry eye shadows and has slightly less product. I'm sure Chanel has eye shadows are stunning but this isn't one of them for me.

Edited to add:

It has been raining every day for the last week, the sun is finally out and I have a little time to show you how Beige Lame looks on my lids. The sparkles on Beige Lame are very subtle so it isn't obvious in pictures.

Beige Lame all over lids and the dark brown from the Chanel Tokapi quad.

Ratings: 2 lipsticks

Edited to add: I think I am going to up my ratings for Beige Lame. It is definitely a night time eye shadow. The multi-coloured sparkles show up better under artificial light and looks wonderful with a great red lip. I'm beginning to fall in love with it.

Ratings: 3 lipsticks

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Burberry Beauty Workshop 26 October 2011

I had the honor and pleasure to be invited to Burberry Beauty's Beauty Workshop today. It was a truly enjoyable session full a laughs and informative tips with Celestine Sng, International Make Up Artist helming the session.

It was a very up close and personal session with about 8 participants attending. It is my virgin  beauty workshop so I am so glad that Burberry was my first. My jaws dropped at all the new make up every participant had to play with. We also had a whole set of  new make up tools. So many things to fiddle and swatch and all brand new! I found out that for hygiene purposes they replace all make up items after each beauty work shop, they then use the pieces that have been used as testers at their counters.

We viewed a short video about how Chief Creative Officer for Burberry Beauty Christopher Bailey got his inspiration for the whole Burberry Beauty concept. Basically his inspiration was from the classic Burberry trench coat and the unpredictable British weather.

Celestine showed us how to do a natural look. She cracked us up with her quips and useful titbits. She featured Burberry's Fresh Glow which arrived at the counter recently. I have a bottle of this little piece of heaven and will do a detailed review and swatches of it soon (I have to say this though, it is so so good!). She applied Fresh Glow and the Sheer Foundation just like how we would apply moisturiser. This provides sheer coverage that does not mask your face but enhances it. I tried this method of application during our hands on session. BFF and I agreed that this method provided a sheer and natural finish. Me loves! The model's eyes were softly accentuated with a sheer wash of No. 04 Gold Trench and the Eye Definer in No. 02 Midnight Brown. Using soft feathery strokes to line the eyes, smudging it with an eye brush and setting it with Gold Trench again. Celestine encouraged us to ask questions during her demonstration and I got some of my burning questions answered. 

My natural look


During our hands on session, we had Burberry Beauty Ambassadors to help us out. BFF and I had the bubbly Mindy to guide us along. I learned how to apply blush properly. All this while I have been applying it too high on my cheeks. Using the middle of the ear as a guide, I apply blush towards my cheeks and blend, blend, blend! 

For my natural look I used Fresh Glow and Sheer Foundation in No. 05. I got to try the new Sheer Concealer in No. 02 Soft Beige. For my cheeks, I used No. 04 Peony blush. I used sheer eye shadows in No. 10 Antique Rose, No. 11 Tea Rose, eye definer and mascara in No. 01 Midnight Black. For lips I used lip definer in No. 01 Nude Beige, Lip Cover in No. 11 Antique Rose and Lip Glow in No. 05 Tea Rose.

Not only did I get to try out shades that I did not have in my growing eye shadow collection, I also located my crease! (I know, I'm such a noob!)

After our hands on session, Celestine proceeded to show us how to create a festive look. She used Fresh Glow on top of eye shadow for a soft glowly look. It can also be used as a highlighter for the brow bones and cheeks which she did for the model. (I must try this the next time I apply Fresh Glow.) She used Lip Mist in No. 206 Blueberry on the model and a Lip Glow, unfortunately I forgot which one she used!

I am honoured and humbled to meet Celestine. She is super friendly and animated. Her passion shows through in her work. You should check out her work, amazing! She came over during our hands on session to give me some pointers. With her deft hands, she created a super easy soft smoky look.  I tried my best to copy it on the other eye but it just did not look as good! 

I was star struck. At the end of the session, even though I was a little tongue tied and super shy, I forced myself to go up to her to say hi and shake hands. I asked if I could take a picture with her, she was so nice to agree. I am a happy happy girl.

Celestine Sng and me!

Group photo!
The Burberry Beauty Workshop is one of the highlights of my week. If you ever get a chance to attend one, you must. You will learn so so much! If I'm not mistaken, there is still 3 sessions to be held tomorrow.

Did I go home with anything? Of course! All participants were gifted with a Lip Mist sampler. I also bought the Sheer Concealer in Soft Beige, Sheer Eye Shadows in Antique Rose and Tea Rose and a Lip Glow in Tea Rose. Reviews soon!

Chanel Lumière Sculptée De Chanel Swatches and Reviews

I am honestly not a highlighter fiend. The few liquid highlighters have served me well and I doubt I will ever run out of them. But lately Chanel have been releasing very pretty face powders in amazing designs. Check out my Brompton Rose here! It is hard to resist even with a hefty price tag of SGD$100. This is one item there is no excuse for, I had to have it, just because.

It comes in the standard luxe black casing with an extremely plush velvet pouch.

I must say that the brush enclosed is amazingly soft and works extremely well at picking up the powder and depositing a sheer wash of highlight on my cheeks.

I must apologise, my camera does not do the highlight powder justice. It is the prettiest highlighter palette ever.

The swatches below are made with the brush enclosed. I swept the brush over the powder a few times and brushed it onto my arm. I am glad it isn't overly sparkly. 

It kicks up a fair bit of powder when I run the given brush over it. I specially bought my Hakuhodo Highlighter brush to use with this. It helps me apply the highlighter with a light touch. It does not kick up any powder and it deposits just the right amount of glow onto my cheek bones. Loves!

I am loving the subtle glow it gives me. It is not overly shimmery and sparkly. In the words of Lisa Eldridge, you don't want to look like a disco dolly. 

The Lumière Sculptée works well for my NC30-35 skin tone. It gives me a pearly beige glow. I'm not  sure it will work on darker skin tones though. 

It is not long lasting. The highlighter stayed put for about half a day before it faded away. For long lasting glow, I still think liquid highlighters are the best. Nothing beats my Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheer No. 2

I bet there are many cheaper highlighters around that will probably do the same or better job but I'm treating my highlighter as a collector's piece to cherish dearly. Do you have to have it? Well if you are a Chanel collector or a highlighter fiend, this little treasure is a must have.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Anyway, here is a very useful video on how best to use liquid/cream highlighters. I find it very informative and useful and it is from my favourite make up guru Lisa Eldridge. 

If you want to know how to apply powder highlighters, check out this site. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet L'Exuberante Swatches and Reviews

L'Exuberante is the older and more fun sister of L'Elegante. It is a bold blue pink.

I used my Burberry lip liner in Dusty Rose to line my lips before applying L'Exuberante.

Here are some of the bold pinks I have in my collection. Left to right: L'Exuberante, Insolente, Guerlain Shalimar and Lancome Wannabe.

Finally all my pretty Rouge Allure Velvets in a row. Left to right: L'Elegante, L'Exuberante and La Facinante.

Ratings: 4 lipsticks