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Chanel Beauté

A little vintage Chanel for you…

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Currently Channeling: Léa Seydoux

Today I turn your attention to the stunning natural beauty that is Léa Seydoux. She may have caught your eye in the recent advertisement for Prada Candy or in her appearance in Midnight in Paris, either way I think that she is here to stay.

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In Review: RMS Living Luminizer

RMS Living Luminizer is the only luminizer I will ever use again.

I have tried an innumerable amount of luminzers, highlighters, illuminators, in all forms and each and every one promised the same lofty thing; a perfect, glowing complexion. I am such a sucker for this particular scheme that I have tried virtually every one on the market; from Smashbox Artificial Light, NARS Copacabana, Benefit High Beam, Laura Mercier Illuminating Tint, NARS Highlighting Powder, Fresh High Noon, to Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat (former front-runner). They were all (Touch Eclat aside which I will still use under my eyes) either too metallic, too shimmery, too cakey, or generally too artificial looking.

RMS Living Luminizer truly is a game changer, I have a serious obsession with this product. It gives the most realistic, sheen-y, lit-from-within-glow; no fake looking glittery particles (and I would not mislead you, as I have been so many times before). I usually apply living luminzer over my other make-up to my brow bones, the top of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, and a bit on my cupid’s bow and voila; pretty, glowing complexion. This product will be particularly perfect for dull winter skin.

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Bare

What’s not to love about a clean, bare face and a glossy red lip?

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What I’m Into Right Now:

I apologize for the lack of posts as of recent, my end-of-summer schedule got the best of me. So, I thought I’d do a little post about what I’m into right now in the realms of skincare, literature, etc. Enjoy!

Embryolisse Cream: I now understand why everyone sings such high praises for Embryolisse Creme Concentre. It is truly the perfect day or night moisturizer. I mix a little with my Arcona Peptide Hydrating Complex (which wasn’t emoillent enough for my skin as a moisturizer although I adore it as a treatment) and voila, perfect dewy, hydrated skin; no breakouts, no mid-day oil slick. I’ll definitely alternate this with Creme de la Mer come wintertime. (PS: It’s only $24 a tube, which could last quite some time!)

 

Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote: I love a good collection of short stories and essays, these in particular are quite flawless. I haven’t had the to delve into a good novel lately so Music for Chameleons has made the perfect summer read, easy to pick up whenever.

Harvey & Sons Paris Tea: Paris is perfect for a blck tea lover like myself. It is slightly fruity with hints of lemon, bergamont, and vanilla. It’s becoming a new favorite of mine.

Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil: I let a sample of this treatment sit amongst other discarded freebies for months before I decided to give it a go. I do not know much about Alterna, I tried the Caviar Overnight Repair treatment over the winter but that has been my only experience with the brand. Anyways, my dried out summer strands needed some help. I decided to out a few drops in my hair one evening, I fell in love with the fresh scent immediately. Then, in the morning I awoke to surprisingly smooth, managable, shiny hair. I’ve been in love ever since.

By Terry Browth Booster Mascara: There are tons of lash growth gimmicks on the market right now, I hadn’t given into one until this came along. I figured that if I can trust anyone, it’s probably Terry de Gunzberg, founder of By Terry and creator of Yves Saint Laurent’s cult-status miracle Touch Eclat. The formula is filled with glycoproteins and collagen to boost growth and give you stronger silkier lashes. I have noticed a difference in length and volume (I guess my boyfriend did too, last night after I took off my makeup he said the my eyelashes looked really long, so there you go).

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In Review: Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm

BB cream or “beauty balm” is just making it’s way to the US, by way of Korea, and I could not resist trying this new skincare/make-up hybrid. BB Cream was started by dermatologists as a protectant for people who has just recieved laser skin treatments; hence the high SPF, healing & anti-aging properties, tint, and brightening properties. Dr Jart offers two variations of the cream, one called “Water Fuse Beauty Balm”and the other entitled “Premium Beauty Balm”. I couldn’t resist trying both.

I applied the Water Fuse Beauty Balm to my dry depleted skin the morning after a particularly late night out and my skin felt instantly more refreshed, hydrated, and glowing. It feels very watery and light when you apply the cream but it does stay put and offer really natural coverage. I can already tell that this one will be my favorite of the two and probably become a staple in my routine.

The Premium Beauty Balm is a bit more heavy duty. It’s chock full of anti aging peptides, adenosine (environmental protectant), and SPF 45. The formula is denser than it’s Water Fuse counterpart but still incredibly light. It too provides natural coverage like that of a tinted moisturizer. I liked the Premium BB as well but it doesn’t have that same “drink of water for the skin” feeling as the Water Fuse Balm did. One of the things that I loved about both balms is that the color is light enough to work on my super fair skin, I was quite worried as they did not offer a shade option.

Overall, BB Cream is an incredibly convienant product (sunscreen + treatment serum + coverage) and I’m so excited to see more pop up in the states (Boscia has put one on the market as well).

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