Spring 2012 makeup trends

2012 January 6, Friday

Spring is coming right up and Chanel, Dior and Shu Uemura have some nice offerings!  So please allow me to share with you some of my faves here.

Chanel’s Spring Harmony collection is all about radiance and glow with either peachy warmth or rosiness.  The star product, Blush Horizon de Chanel, gives you rosy cheeks or peachy radiance all in one compact.  Fans of Rouge Coco Shine will also be happy to get their hands on the new Rouge Coco Baume.  A silky smooth lip balm made with cane sugar known for its restorative properties.

Dior’s Garden Party collection is, like the name suggests, about a blooming garden in Spring.  Hues of pinks and violets to represent the flora in bloom and greens for the greenery all around.  The 5 Couleurs palette is oh so pretty with the with flower motif embossed eye shadows.  And exciting nail colours make it fun and cheerful!

Meanwhile, another garden is in full bloom at Shu Uemura.  Celestial Garden is the house’s 134th Mode Makeup collection and it is a very colourful one.  With shades of green, blue, yellow, pink etc. it’s gonna make you spoilt for choice.  I especially like the Creamy Dome Cheek for it’s easy-to-use and natural finish.  Just run the dome effortlessly on the cheeks and circle around with your fingertips and voila!  And to make your eyes prettier without overdoing it, you can put on these limited edition falsies.  Angel Wink is a set of not so long falsies for you to add accent to your upper lashes for a fairy like wink.  But if you want more drama, you can wear them on the lower lash line to widen those eyes…

Have fun exploring these Spring sensations!

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Le Fleurs d’Été de Chanel

2011 April 29, Friday

Summer gardens were the inspiration for Chanel‘s Summer makeup collection this year.  Think flowers, greens and corals.  Colours that make you happy. 

Introducing, Chanel’s Summer Flowers.  Among the collection is Soleil Tan de Chanel.  A bronzing compact with a nice rose or coral shade to be used as a blush too.  So it gives you the flexibility of bronzing your complexion and adding some blush at the same time.

le sac MADEMOISELLE de CHANEL

2011 January 26, Wednesday

Chanel launches a new iconic bag, MADEMOISELLE.  Created by Karl Lagerfeld with modernity, luxury and practicality in mind.

In five sizes, there’ll be a “Mademoiselle” for all you girls and probably some bolder boys out there.  The big ones can be for work and the tiniest one can be used as a clutch for ladies who are not into those bling bling clutches at gala events.

I’ve picked out 4 styles that I kinda like to let you guys have a preview.  And yes, it will come in the classic black lambskin quilt that many will adore of course.

Kaiser Karl has picked Gossip Girl star Blake Lively to front the campaign so look out for it!

 

allure-ing lips

2010 August 26, Thursday

Fans of Chanel makeup will remember Rouge Allure lipsticks which was launched in 2006.  Its lightweight texture paired with the sophisticated packaging that releases the lipstick in a click won many fans.  In 2009, the full coloured yet comfortable to wear Rouge Allure Laque was launched.  This September, Chanel introduces Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss with yet another Polish model, Jac Jagaciak.  (trivia: shot an Elle cover with her when she was here after she was shot in an Hermès campaign in 2008 and she was such a little girl then)

In six shades from nude to vibrant, it’s a  product with the comfort of a gloss and the colour intensity of a lipstick.  And the applicator tip is designed with a soft curve that caresses your lips as you put it on.

Rouge Coco by Chanel

2010 March 10, Wednesday

And Chanel recently launched Rouge Coco with the ultra sexy Vanessa Paradis.

The wide variety of shades are grouped into shades of Beiges, Pinks, Reds and Browns.

It looks just like the house’s Rouge Hydrabase from a distance but pick it up, and you’d think that it is a Chanel No.5 pure spray.  The whole case is made of metal now, hence the glamourous feel.  Besides the new material used, engineers who worked on this new product.  The closure has gone through countless trials to obtain the perfection of a nice click shut with a soft push.  And to add to that luxurious touch, the famous double C logo is embossed inside the base of the cap.

Meadowfoam oil extract protects surface of lips while natural esters retain moisture and hydrate lips.  And  phyto-ceramides imitate the natural function of the skin barrier and lips become suppler and softer with continued use.

Here’s the making of video for Coco Rouge.

Chanel tattoos!

2010 February 25, Thursday

Trust Peter Philips to come up with this.  For Chanel‘s Spring 2010 show, he decorated the models’ limbs with temporary “tattoos”.   These tattoos come in designs of Chanel’s signature leather interlaced chains and strings of pearls.  As well as the famous double C logo amongst others.

Hong Kong singer Kelly Chen had her left thigh decorated with them in her new music video too!

Use your imagination and make bracelets, necklaces or garters out of them.

At SGD105 for a pack of 5 sheets, they’ll be available in March 2010 exclusively at Chanel counters in Metro Paragon and Takashimaya Department Stores and the boutique at Ngee Ann City.

For Spring 2010, Chanel launches Les Impressions de Chanel.  A classic and timeless collection inspired by the imprints left by Madamoiselle Chanel.  All shades in this collection are with nuances of beige, with touches of brown, khaki and gold.

And the face of the campaign is once again the classy Malgosia Bela.

As we all know, gravity is one of our skin’s worst enemy.  It makes our skin sag.  And as we age, our skin slackens and become more prone to aging.  So what do we do?  Fret not.  There are 2 skin care lines in the market that will help our skin maintain its youth.

Let me first talk about Chanel‘s Ultra Correction Lift line.  It uses the principle of “tensegrity“.  A “system” whereby the skin is being “held together” with an efficient distribution of tension forces to optimize biological activity, recreating firmness and restoring its youth by restoring skin’s level of volume.

And recently, Bvlgari launches a wonderful (Merveilleuse = wonderful) line.  This line has a face-sculpting ability to also lift, and plump up the skin with refined ingredients and their secret “intelligent” complex: The Nutri-Restore Complex.  A powerful and unique capacity to reprogram keratinocytes to the ceramides the skin needs.  A remedy for dry skin.

Some of the more easily understandable ingredients in laymen terms are Camelina Oil (containing Omega 3, 6 & 9), Macadamia Oil ( a strong source of Omage 9 which has a composition similar to our natural sebum) and Sahku Butter (rich in Omega 3, 6 & 7 and forms a veritale cocoon on the skin to protect it.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque

2009 November 18, Wednesday

Have you tried the Rouge Allure Laque yet?  An extension of the Rouge Allure lipsticks, it’s got a smooth and very-easy-to-apply texture softer than a lip gloss’ yet possesses high opacity.  In 8 shades, ranging from soft nude and pink to deep red, I’m sure you can find one that you’ll like.

This collection was inspired by a little golden cage which is amongst Mademoiselle Coco‘s personal objects left behind in her apartment in Rue Cambon.  An exquisite miniature set with turquoise and emerald stones holding two birdies with teardrop shaped pearls as bodies.

I’d like to think that this collection is very suitable for Xmas in tropical South-East Asia.  The eye colours are somewhat more exotic than Xmas-y.  Pretty unusual, no?  As long as they make you look good, who cares.

Les 4 Ombres comes in an exotic mix of turquoise, coppery, yellow and light khaki tones.  Create more intensity with La Ligne.  An eyeliner compact that that comes in a mat and satiny combination of a dark, Celadon green, which can be used wet, for more intensity, and dry, for a softer effect.

Lips shine in 4 Aqualumière lipstick shades :  Grenada, a light fruity red, Tasmania, a rosy peach, Gapalagos, a soft pink, and Maldives, a coral.

A complementary nice, warm all over glow is easily achieved with Les Tissages.  A compact of soft warm gold tones in Chanel’s famous tweed style.

And nail colour in this collection is in a soft shade of champagne toned shimmer.  Probably so as not to steal the show from the eyes.