Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014! Nail Art feat. Cult Nails & Chanel!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!!! This post is just going to be a quickie of some simple St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art. I don’t really do anything super festive for this holiday but I thought it’d be fun to use these cute little nail decals ($1.99) that I found at Walgreen’s the other day.

St. Patrick's Day Nail ArtFor this mani I simply used Cult Nails Coveted Nail Polish on all of my nails except the ring finger. For the ring finger I used Chanel Gold Fingers Le Vernis. On top of the Cult Nails Coveted fingers I added one coat of Cult Nails Feedback. To finish up I took a little shamrock decal with a rhinestone center (so cute!) and put it on the corner of the ring finger nail.

St. Patrick's Day Manicure Nail Art Cult Nails Coveted Feedback Chanel Gold FingersUnfortunately, you get what you pay for? Those shamrock decals don’t stick for squat and peeled up… but I guess for a one day affair who cares… =\

Cult Nails Coveted Feedback Nail Polish Swatches macroHow do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Special treats? Maybe a night out? Let me know in the comments!

Top 10 Red Lipsticks – Designer Edition

When you’re something of a red lipstick hoarder collector, picking your Top 10 will have you on the floor either weeping uncontrollably or laughing hysterically (in the manic sense).  Do you know I seriously felt bad about not including my other reds?!  Who has feelings like that?!

For this weeks Top 10 Tuesday I broke down and chose my Top 10 High-End Red Lipsticks.

Top 10 Red LipsticksIn no particular order…

  1. Cle de Peau Beaute 311 Extra Rich Lipstick Velvet.  So this one… is ridiculously expensive.  More-so than I thought when I purchased.  The lipstick itself is $40 then you have to buy the casing which is $25.  I never (and I mean never) finish a lipstick, so, while the casing is refillable, that’s just not economical for me.  That being said… I don’t regret this purchase in any way, shape or form.  It’s a stunning shade of excellent quality and if I had to pick my top 3 red lippies this would, without a moments hesitation, be in that group.
  2. Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque.  This was actually featured as my favorite red lipstick in Makeup Wars circa 2012 and it’s still in my top 3 to this day.  There’s something so perfect about the color that makes it an unstoppable, power red.
  3. NARS Future Red Cinematic Lipstick.  Cinematic is a new formula for NARS and it’s basically 10,000 shades of awesome.  Highly pigmented and so glossy!  Future Red was a part of the controversial Holiday 2013 Guy Bourdin Collection.
  4. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick.  I just recently reviewed this one, but of course it landed on my faves!  A frost finish that doesn’t look icy or trashy?!  Sign me up!
  5. MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick.  RiRi Woo is based off of Ruby Woo but in an even better Retro Matte formula.  It released several times throughout 2013 within the Rihanna Collections and it was a huge favorite each time.  What this means is that Rihanna can do no wrong in terms of a red lip from collections she collaborates on.
  6. Dior Lady Lipstick.  While there were three beautiful red shades that I purchased from the Dior 2012 Holiday Collection, Lady is my favorite.  She’s a muted, dusty red that carries oodles of pigment and is wonderfully wearable.
  7. LUSH Santa Baby Lip Tint.  Maybe this one isn’t really a “lipstick” or “designer” per se, but it’s beautiful and gives my lips that perfect red tint without going pink.  Love it, couldn’t leave it out!
  8. Cailyn Big Apple Tinted Lip Balm.  I got this one in my September 2013 ipsy Glam Bag.  Again, not exactly a “lipstick” but a great tint!  It’s a little deeper than Santa Baby and just as beautiful!
  9. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Enamel Glossy Stain.  This is a lovely, warm red that is completely opaque and stains the lips so well it’ll seem like you reapplied your lipstick all day!
  10. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 8 Iconic Red.  When something is made in collaboration with Madonna’s makeup artist, Gina Brooke, you know it’s good.  Aqua Rouge does.not.budge.  You’ll be hard pressed to get it off with even a hard core makeup remover.  Love this line!

And, as per usual on a Top 10 Tuesday, I cheated and managed to smuggle in my Top 5 High-End Red Lip Glosses as well.  Just kidding, no idea how these got here, I swear.

Top 5 Red Lip Gloss

  1. Marc Jacobs No Regrets Lust for Lacquer.  A juicy, strawberry red that works perfect alone or on top of any red shade that needs a little shine.  If there were such a thing as a neutral red, this would be it.
  2. NARS 413 BLKR Larger Than Life Lipgloss.  This is a fiery, siren red that features a teeny, tiny brush to get that precise application that you need for all red lip shades.  Super pigmented and super glossy!
  3. Lise Watier Rouge Catwalk Haute Couleur.  I got my first Lise Watier products in my August 2013 Wantable Box.  I’d been dying to try out the brand and was not disappointed!  This shade is another juicy sort of red that is almost opaque and has an awesome shine.
  4. Le Metier de Beaute Red Velvet Lip Creme.  This was actually a GWP item back in 2012.  It’s an extremely vibrant and opaque fire engine red cream.  It just melts onto the lips and even leaves behind a nice stain after eating/drinking.
  5. MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass.  While this red isn’t opaque by any means, the shimmer gives off a great dimension to any creamy red lipsticks that you feel might be falling flat or just need funned up!

What Red Lipstick (or Lip Gloss!) is your favorite?  Click the links below to see what the other Top 10 Bloggers have listed!

Chanel 605 TAPAGE Le Vernis Nail Colour Swatches & Review – Notes de Printemps Spring 2014

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The Spring 2014 Chanel Notes de Printemps Collection features two beautiful Le Vernis Nail Colour shades – Charivari and todays post of Tapage.  These two nail polishes may look ordinary, but they’re both sinfully exquisite on the nail!

Chanel 605 TAPAGE Le Vernis Nail Colour ReviewWhat Nordstrom says about Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour:

Brilliance to your fingertips with must-have colours from the runways of Paris. State-of-the-art formula strengthens and moisturizes nails. Unique patented non-spill bottle with wiping action for easy application.

Chanel 605 TAPAGE Le Vernis Nail Colour SwatchesTapage is a very vibrant, hot pinkish-red cream.  This polish applied to the nail beautifully and evenly, with a flawless, glossy finish.  I used two coats for the swatch photo, but if you go a little thicker upon application you might be able to get away with one.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour retails for $27.00 and is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave, Macy’s and chanel.com.

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Chanel 67 CHAMADE Le Blush Creme de Chanel Swatches, Review & FOTD – Notes de Printemps Spring 2014

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For the Spring 2014 Notes de Printemps Collection Chanel has released two shades of Le Blush Creme de Chanel in Intonation and today’s post of Chamade.

Chanel 67 CHAMADE Le Blush Creme de ChanelWhat Nordstrom says about Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel:

An innovative powder-cream formula offers an enticing new way to blush with sheer yet vibrant pigments for instant luminosity. The silky texture offers a long-wear satin finish—soft and comfortable for every skin type—and is simple to apply with fingertips or brush.

Chanel 67 CHAMADE Le Blush Creme de Chanel boxThe packaging is your usual sleek black compact with the white Chanel symbol and housed in a small velvet pouch.  As you open the compact up there is a full mirror on the top side.

Chanel 67 CHAMADE Le Blush Creme de Chanel compactChanel 67 CHAMADE Le Blush Creme de Chanel back67 CHAMADE Le Blush Creme de Chanel ReviewChamade is a very intimidating looking shade of poppy.  Seriously… you look at it in the pan and you might feel a slight hit of anxiety.  Clearly, it’s pigmented, but it sheers out like an absolute dream.  Dab your stippling brush lightly in the color and blend onto the apples of the cheeks, adding more as needed.  If you don’t have a stippling brush on hand you can always dab and sheer out with your finger tips, just tread lightly so you don’t go overboard on color and make sure you’re blending well.

This blush is one of my faves for spring.  It almost looks like a stain but it’s so creamy and much easier to use.  It dries as a powder and lasts a full day on me (around 8 hours or so).

Chanel 67 CHAMADE Le Blush Creme de Chanel SwatchesIn the photo below I have Chanel Chamade Le Blush Creme de Chanel on my cheeks and I also dusted Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Preface all over my face to set the look.

Chanel 67 CHAMADE Le Blush Creme de Chanel Swatches, Review & FOTDThe Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder retails for $38.00 and is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and chanel.com.

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Chanel 160 PREFACE Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder Swatches & Review – Notes de Printemps Spring 2014

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For the Spring 2014 Notes de Printemps Collection Chanel has released a limited edition shade of Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Preface.

Chanel 160 PREFACE Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder Swatches ReviewWhat Nordstrom says about the Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder:

CHANEL POUDRE UNIVERSELLE COMPACTE pressed powder covers your skin in a translucent, natural matte finish while setting your makeup or providing you with an easy touch-up. The ultrafine, lightweight formula features light-reflecting pigments and a luxurious soft feel to give you a beautiful, radiant look.

Chanel 160 PREFACE Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder boxThe packaging is your usual sleek black compact with the white Chanel symbol and housed in a small velvet pouch.  As you open the compact up there is a full mirror on the top side.

Chanel 160 PREFACE Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder caseChanel 160 PREFACE Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder backChanel 160 PREFACE Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder reviewPreface is a sheer, soft peach powder.  This powder is wonderful at providing a slightly matte finish to your face and keeping shine at bay.  I also found it helped to set my face makeup and kept the blush I was wearing safe from fading.  The texture is light and soft, the perfect finishing touch!

The slim sponge that it comes with can be pitched.  With products like this I like to get a fluffy brush to apply them.  I feel like with a sponge you’d just wipe off the other makeup underneath.  I personally need that makeup underneath, since Preface is just a finishing powder and isn’t meant to conceal.

In the photo below Preface is swatched heavily to the left and blended out on the right.

Chanel 160 PREFACE Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder SwatchesIs it weird I wish this would have had some sort of fancy design etched into the powder?  It’s limited edition, show me the pretty!

The Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder retails for $45.00 and is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and chanel.com.

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