Dreamy Picks October 2013

Happy Halloween lovelies…

Halloween is a holiday that I personally can’t get into. So, instead I am posting my October Favorites. A combination of new loves, as well as some old reliable products have been making regular appearances in my routine this month. The cold has come to stay, making my skin drier than usual. That, along with a recent bout of eczema has made me reach for skin-soothing balms and oils.


Kahina Argan Oil performs miracles on dry skin. I’m grateful for this oil and use it head-to-toe. (review)

Weleda Skin Food is an oldie but a goodie. This is what I have been using to treat my eczema. It’s mixture of natural botanicals work well to calm and soothe irritated skin. (review)

RMS Buriti Bronzer has been giving me a natural bronzed glow long after summer has gone. This skin healthy makeup has been my go-to, alone, with under eye cover-up while my skin heals. (review)

Ellovi Butter is an incredible all-natural moisturizer. As seen in my recent review.

Chanel Taboo is an exquisite shade for fall. The invisible shimmer is irresistible. (review)

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover – Its a mouthful, but cleansers don’t get any better than this non-drying and exfoliating oil. A cold season must! (review)

ROHTO ICE Eye Drops soothe my itchy, allergy-induced red eyes. I will warn you that it feels as though your pouring peppermint oil into your eyes, which I have grown to enjoy.

What’s on your list of monthly favorites?

CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Polish in #583 Taboo – swatches & review

Chanel did it! They took all the stars in the sky, bottled them up and called it Taboo. This ‘limited edition’ shade is out of this world, with irresistible shimmer that only the people behind Chanel can deliver. The galaxy is now at the ends of our fingertips.


Chanel Taboo is a deep red-toned metallic purple loaded with blue and reddish-copper micro-shimmer. In the bottle, Chanel Taboo is mind-blowing, with a magnitude of multi-colored shimmer. Taboo does not have quite the same effect once applied to the nail, however the look still remains absolutely stunning. In most lighting Taboo is a deep vampy purple with a high-shine and iridescent quality. Taboo’s true beauty really shines in bright sunlight where the shimmer is most visible.


Taboo applies flawlessly and covers in one coat, although two is definitely the recommended. The formula leaves a high-shine finish. The only gripes I have is the tip wear on the second day, followed by some chipping on the third. I am still searching for the perfect top coat for Chanel polishes to extend its wear.

chanel-taboo-1(photo taken in bright sunlight)
chanel-taboo-2(photo taken indoors, in natural light)

Chanel Taboo is a ‘limited-edition’ shade $27

available at chanel.com, nordstrom.com


Summer Nail Polish Picks

This season our favorite classic summer shades have gotten a makeover with the addition of shimmer. Dior’s summer collection featured four must-have sparkling hues and Chanel released some exceptionally reflective shades. Nudes are still on trend, while white has made a comeback.


Here are my carefully selected round-up of summer polishes that have seen the most wear from me this season. Chanel’s classic, Holiday and Illamsqua Lament, are two brights that make a bold and bright statement. A vampy shade is a great pick year-round and Chanel’s new shade Taboo is a mind-blowing choice. Last year’s must-have was Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaids Dream and this year I crown Chanel Azure as the polish of the year!


nail polish seance

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Chanel Holiday , Dior Delice, Dior Diablotine, Illamasqua Lament

photo 3-3RGB Punch, Deborah Lippmann Amazing Grace, Chanel Taboo

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Essie Naughty Nautical, Essie Butler Please, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream, Chanel Azure

What are your top polish picks this season?

Chanel Azure #657 Nail Polish: L’Ete Papillon de Chanel Collection (review and swatches)

Chanel has released three nail polish shades in their new Summer Collection, L’Ete Papillon de Chanel. Azure instantly captivated my attention in promo images and I ultimately stalked its online release. Chanel must have a hand at magic in creating their polishes, Azure is exquisite and transformative.


Azure is the shade compared to the sky on a clear summer’s day…


Azure is a complex shade with many dimensions. It is a metallic duo-chrome shade that transitions from a royal blue to an aqua green. In sunlight and bright artificial light, Azure’s micro-shimmering particles sparkle with great intensity. No matter what the light Azure is incredibly vibrant and will demand a lot of attention.

chanel-azure-2(in natural light)

Azure cover’s in one coat, although I would recommend two for extra vibrancy. The formula is a dream to apply and perhaps for its metallic properties, it lasts a bit longer than traditional Chanel Polishes.

chanel-azure-3(in sunlight)

Chanel Azure is a must for your collection and a true standout this summer!

This Limited Edition shade is $27 (chanel.com)

Chanel Malice

Malice 637 Le Vernis is part of Chanel’s Holiday 2012 Collection and is a Limited Edition. I had completely passed up this shade when viewing it online. It wasnt until a recent trip to my local Chanel counter (with the intent of picking up Accessoire Le Vernis from the Spring 2013 Collection) that I caught sight of its beauty. Malice had me do a double take and I quickly swapped out one for the other.


Chanel Malice is a deep vampy burgundy with red shimmer. Malice has a great amount of depth to it, so allow yourself some time to truly consider it. In some lighting it’s incredibly deep, the shimmer slight. In other lighting its lighter, with a great amount of red shimmer. I keep peaking at my nails to see what personality they’re taking on next. In any light it is truly magnificent, a shade you would fancy to find on a luxury sports vehicle. The shade seems original due to of its transformative quality and the finish is incredibly luxe.


Chanel Malice covers well in one coat, although two is prefered. The formula is marvelous and a dream to apply. The finish is smooth and intensely shiny, no bumping from the shimmer. I had some bad chipping on my third day, although I am a very hands-on person. I am very hard on my manicure, even though it’s something to consider. My toes have remained completely free of any signs of wear after several weeks.

Chanel Malice is Limited Addition although still available here.

October Favorites

As I write this post we are having our first snow fall here in New York. It doesn’t seem that we are going to catch a break just yet. October has passed in great speed and November has come bringing the long cold nights. I miss the daylight and loathe the sensible coats but welcome the change. I have lots of new loves this past month. Although, new to me, I can see some becoming staples in my collection.  I have been using these five items religiously, and would undoubtedly recommend everything.

  1. Chanel Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base – I have been with this product for about two months now. I love the amount of warmth this bronzer provides to my skin and am crazy for its texture. I use it just about every day for an all over tan or for creating contour to my cheekbones. This product is easy to build, from subtle color to a deeper tan. See my review here.
  2. Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Billionaire – As a departure to your typical dark vampy shades for fall, I love this deep hunter-green from Deborah Lippmann. It is a very wearable and sophisticated color. Like all of DL’s polishes, it goes on like a dream.
  3. Becca Balearic Love Palette – I have been using this trio of shades daily to create a variety of looks, from a natural day-time look to a dramatic night-time look. The color’s are very flattering and very easy to create a smokey-eye look with. The shadows are easy to use and blend beautifully. I also use the lightest shade to fill in my brows. I will absolutely be checking out other Becca eye palettes in the future.
  4. YSL Rouge Volupte in #30 (Faubourg Peach) – I have a great weakness for YSL’s Rouge Volupte Formula. This gorgeous nude-peach has been my go-to shade. I find it very wearable. See my review.
  5. Becca Mineral Blush in Songbird – I picked up this blush slong with the Balearic Love Palette. Becca’s Mineral Blushes are absolutely divine. I would place it among my top 3 favorites just for formula. It provides intense color that lasts all day. Songbird is a peachy-pink shade that brings my complexion back to life.

What are some of your favorite products this past month?


Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

I would like to introduce you to what I have deemed “the ultimate bronzer”. Leave it to Chanel to knock it out of the park in the bronzing category. Soleil Tan De Chanel makeup base has taken the place of all my previous bronzers. This “base” is a cream/gel formula that is buttery smooth and glides on skin with perfection. The look is a natural sun-kissed glow, in part due to the cream formula. The color is universal and just works. You get a hefty 1 oz amount of product for $48 US price tag which is quite reasonable, especially for a Chanel. This jar will last you some amount of time.

The consistency is was makes this product truly unique, it is hard not to fall in love. When pulling product it is not dissimilar to dipping your fingertips into a vat of butter. The formula remains creamy as you blend for a flawless and radiant finish. I suggest starting slow and building your color, although it is incredibly user-friendly. This base can be used over or under makeup. I prefer to use it on top of my foundation and under any powder products. The base works well applied to the area’s of the face where the sun would naturally hit. It also works well as a contour. I prefer to apply this product to the skin using a foundation brush then blending it in with a medium-sized buffing brush. Your finger’s as well as a sponge will give you nothing less than an utterly seamless application.

Product in image above is heavily swatched and true to color. There is the slightest amount of shimmer in this bronzer that is hardly noticeable. I would certainly refer to this as a sheer and matte bronzer. While the formula is creamy it does not really provide an amount of moisture to skin. I think that those with oily complexions need not fear this cream formulation. There is a fruity scent to this, as well as clay scent, familiar to Chanel makeup and quick to fade.

wearing Soleil Tan de Chanel
(also wearing YSL Teint Radiance in 07 and TheBalm Time Balm Concealer in light/medium on face)

Have you tried Chanel’s Makeup Base? Any thoughts?