Thursday, November 24, 2016

CHANEL: Emeraude - nail polish swatch

I saw this shade a few months back... it was released for Summer 2016... but all I could think is, this is a perfect Christmas tree shade :) I bought it on the spot, because in my collection this one is one of a kind... a gorgeous forest green with gold shimmer.

Mani lineup:

NailsInc - NailKale Superfood - base coat (1 coat)
CHANEL - Emeraude - color (2 coats)
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat (1 coat)
Deborah Lippmann - Boom Boom Pow - accent (1 coat) on my ring finger
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops (1 drop per nail)

The day I decided to wear this (Nov 20, 2016)... was our first true "winter is here" day... freezing, cloudy, with snow flurries... no sunshine to show the gold, but that's what Google is for :)

Love the shade, hate the brush. It was thin, long, and flimsy.... seriously for what CHANEL polish sells for (it has gone up in price) I found this lack of quality disappointing.
I am not sure if this summer release was limited edition. If it was, then this post of mine is a tad cruel... but then again anyone who reads this blog, probably stumbled upon it by accident... and this is not a resource for the latest beauty news :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Burberry: Ash Rose (103) - nail polish swatch

I'm back to nail painting; and the first shade to make it onto my nails is my newest addition, acquired during the Nov. VIB Rouge sale. This is one of those "YouTube made me buy it"... because I watched a favorites video and the praise for this shade was endless... I just didn't want to deny myself.

In order of application:
NailsInc - NailKale Superfood - base coat (1 coat) - I like it, I like it a lot
Burberry - Ash Rose - color (2 coats)
Deborah Lippmann - On A Clear Day - topcoat (1 coat)
Zoya - Hurry Up - drying drops (1 drop per nail)
The shade is gorgeous and unremarkable at the same time :) a hear stopping nude-neutrals lovers must have. I love the formula and the brush... I wore it for 4 days straight with no chipping just some gentle tip wear... after which I decided to take it off and let my nail breathe for a couple of days before I paint them again.
My cuticles need some tlc because they are looking dry and a bit ragged.... apologies :)
It's a lovely shade, in lovely packaging... with a price tag that's not so lovely :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Project Make a Dent (MaD 2016 - 3rd quarter update)

Oooopsie this update was supposed to happen at the beginning of October. I totally forgot about it. So Q3 update is happening a month later.

What I started with, here

Q1 check in, here

Q2 check in, here

And now 10 months later here is where I stand.  Picture taken around 3pm... light is getting yelloooow. Good thing this post isn't about swatches.
1. Guerlain Météorites Powder For The Face in Teint Rosé 01 - The special edition packaging each holiday season is so beautiful, but I just can't justify a purchase, since after 10 months of daily use, it looks as if I hadn't used it much at all. Plus I don't really think it does anything for me, I love the packaging, and scent of the product, and the sound the spheres make as I swirl my brush in the container... but as for my skin, I don't think I'd miss it if I didn't own it.

2. CHANEL SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL - In my original post in 2012 I wrote "I don't see myself repurchasing this for at least 5 years"... words becoming truth :) More of the bottom has been exposed, but not nearly enough to call this done. This might be included in next year's MaD project.

3. Burberry Eye Liner in Midnight Blue - Next year if I decide to include a pencil in my MaD project, I'll have a progress bar of some kind. Because I made a some effort to use it up, but definitely not enough to seriously notice. Makeup sure last a long while.

4. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill  #7 Sweet Fire - we are where we were... my brush just doesn't navigate to this pot.

5. CHANEL Illusion D'Ombre - Illusoire (83) - same here... I might have worn this once in the last 3 4 months.

6. CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine - Rebelle 63 - Ughhh made myself a promise to use this and didn't keep it. I've reached for it only a handful of times. Placing this front and centre on my "wear daily" list. It'd be nice to use it up by the end of 2016... I think I can do it.

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills: Brow Ex-press - I feel a weird sense of accomplishment. Had this since 2010; so long gone from Sephora shelves. This set included brow templates (none fit mine), brush (love it, use it daily), and 4 products: wax, cream hi-light, 2 different powder colours. I used up the wax and cream hi-light years ago; and now have only a tiny bit of the light taupe shadow left, that is too light for my brows but lovely in the crease.