Chanel 537 QUADRILLE Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review & EOTD – Notes de Printemps Spring 2014

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For the Spring 2014 Notes de Printemps Collection Chanel has a lovely pink and purple (and not horribly pastel) Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette in Quadrille.  Yes, it’s limited edition.

Chanel 537 QUADRILLE Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow PaletteWhat Nordstrom says about the Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow:

One essential compact offers unlimited eye looks, with shade combinations ranging from matte to frost to satin for multiple looks, contrasting or complementary. The versatile formula can be applied dry for subtle shadowing, or dampened for more intense color. Dermatologist tested. Organic polymer derivatives ensure smudge-proof long wear, particularly in high temperature or humidity.

Chanel 537 Quadrille Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette box Chanel 537 Quadrille Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette frontChanel 537 Quadrille Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette back Chanel 537 Quadrille Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette open Chanel 537 QUADRILLE Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette SwatchesQuadrille is the perfect blend of warm pink and purple for spring.  This quartet has coordinating shades of mauve, ivory, browned eggplant and a peachy-pink for you to create simple and also more dramatic looks.  Above I swatched these shades on my arm (sans primer) with the included sponge applicators.

This quad lasted the day (around 8 hours for me) and I found the texture of the shadows to be smooth and easy to blend into each other.  I only experienced minor fall-out with the browned eggplant shade.  When used dry these shades give off a decent amount of color, enough for me to use day or even at night.  If you’re looking to enhance the pigment dampen your brush before use.

For the EOTD I began by priming the eye with Urban Decay Primer Potion.  Using Quadrille I applied the mauve shade (top left) all over the lid, the browned eggplant shade (bottom right) in the outer V, the peachy-pink shade (bottom left) above the crease and the ivory shade (top right) to highlight and enhance the inner corners of the eyes.  The liner is MAC Past Twilight Fluidline and the mascara is Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant and Too Faced Better Than Sex layered.

Chanel 537 QUADRILLE Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette Look 1 Chanel 537 QUADRILLE Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette Look 2The Chanel Quadrille Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow Palette retails for $59.00 and is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and chanel.com.

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Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras

No matter how much makeup you put on your face, mascara is one of those products that finishes off not only your eye look, but completes your entire face as well.

Below I’ve compiled my Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras.  These are the products and wands that work the best for me and my particular lashes.  Some of these I’ve used consistently for over three years or more (replacing the actual mascara itself, of course!).  Check them out and see if any of your faves made my list!

Top 10 Must-Have Mascaras

  1. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.  $10 gets you amazing bottom lashes to match your high-voltage upper lashes that you’ll get by using the rest of the mascaras on this list ;) Bottom Lash is awesome because the brush is tiny and gets all of those hard to reach lash areas on the top and bottom of your lids.
  2. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel.  In one coat this “snowflake brush” thickens, lengthens and curls!
  3. Too Faced Better Than Sex.  This one thickens and curls to make eyes pop!  I love to layer it over MUFE Smoky Extravagant.
  4. Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant.  If you ever needed the perfect lengthening mascara, you’ve found it right here.  This looks great on it’s own, but when you put Too Faced Better Than Sex on top the effect is amazing!
  5. MAC Plushlash in PlushBlack.  Separates, curls, thickens and lengthens.  No matter how many mascaras I love, this one always ends up being the mascara I go back to for daily use.
  6. MAC False Lashes Extreme Black.  Lengthens and curls and also looks amazing under Plushlash!
  7. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill.  The brush is thick, giving lashes a lot of oomph.  I love that this one never flakes or smudges all day.  Very long lasting!  There are several versions of this mascara, but I’ve found I like the original one the best.
  8. CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher.  It just does not clump.  When this came out bloggers even tried THIRTY coats!  Not only will it keep your lashes clump-free, but they’ll look awesome too!
  9. Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara.  I discovered this one when I was in the 2012 Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year competition.  For the purposes of the competition we were sent a huge box of products to assist in the challenges.  This mascara is one I still use to this day!
  10. Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam.  My first Rimmel product!  This came in an Influenster VoxBox and is now a staple for me.  The brush is in an hourglass shape and just does amazing things to my lashes.  Coating well for thickening, but doesn’t go clump crazy.

What is your holy grail mascara?  See what the other bloggers are loving and click the icons below!

Chanel 603 CHARIVARI Le Vernis Nail Colour Swatches & Review – Notes de Printemps Spring 2014

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

Chanel Charivari Le Vernis Nail Colour SpringWhat 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 Charivari Le Vernis Nail Colour swatches Chanel Charivari Nail Polish SwatchesCharivari might just look like an every day deep purple cream but it’s so glossy and lovely it’s special to me.  It’s listed as a soft purple/mauve, but as you can see it’s much a deeper shade of purple, like a blackened eggplant.  You may have a similar shade in your stash, but if not you’ll love how easily this one applies.  It’s opaque in two coats.

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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Top 10 Gilded & Glittery Nail Polish – Designer Edition

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday I was sort of stuck.  Not that I don’t have anything glittery and shimmery… the problem is I love glittery and shimmery.  I basically had to break it down and chose nail polish (because I have less of that than sparkly eye shadow… which is kind of scary).

I pulled out all of the shimmery shades.  From looking at those I decided that Chanel and Dior make some seriously awesome gilded, gold and glittery shades – especially around the holidays.  I decided to feature them and threw in a new one from Bobbi Brown, since it’s the only one still readily available in store.

Top 10 Gilded & Glittery Nail PolishClick the links for swatches!

  1. Chanel Diwali.  From 2012 Bombay Express de Chanel.  One of my fave bright metallic golds!
  2. Chanel Gold Fingers.  From 2012 Las Vegas de Chanel.  I couldn’t get my hands (fingers?) on this complex 24K gold fast enough!
  3. Dior Golden Light.  From Golden Jungle 2012.  This collection as a whole was pretty awesome.. it had a leopard palette, so… winner!  Golden Light is a sheer gold that is buildable to opaque in 3-4 coats.
  4. Dior Exquis.  From 2011 Les Rouges Or.  A golden khaki shade that is so popular on the eyes also looks fabulous on the nails.
  5. Dior Timeless Gold.  From Holiday 2010.  A lovely, silvered gold (platinum?).  I lucked out finding this one hiding behind a stash of other nail polish shades!
  6. Dior Gold Nugget.  From Holiday 2008.  A beautiful golden bronze metallic.  It’s almost embarrassing to link the swatch to this, but I guess it’s okay to see how I’ve developed as a blogger/swatcher over the years.  Be kind =P
  7. Dior Czarina Gold.  From Holiday 2010.  I almost missed this one, but got lucky with a bunch of frantic calls around the US.  I lucked out and this deep browned olive with gold shimmer became mine in August 2011!
  8. Dior Apparat.  From 2011 Les Rouges Or.  A gorgeous burgundy laced with fine gold shimmer.
  9. Dior Merveille.  From 2011 Les Rouges Or.  The perfect bright red laced with gold dust.  I really should update the swatches on this one to reflect the gold.  It’s truly stunning.
  10. Bobbi Brown Chrome Glitter.  From 2013 Old Hollywood.  This nail polish is the only one of the lot you can still get your hands on, but you better hurry – it’s limited edition!  It’s a must-have polish with a clear base and loaded with gold and holo glitters.

What is your favorite gilded or glittery nail polish?  See how the other bloggers like to shine by clicking their icons below!

Chanel CHARMING 5 Colours Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review & EOTD – Nuit Infinie de Chanel Holiday 2013

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The Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection Nuit Infinie de Chanel may not have had a quad, but it features an amazing (and limited edition) 5 Colours Eyeshadow Palette, where every shade is a winner.  For your drooling pleasure – Charming!

Chanel Charming PaletteWhat Nordstrom says about the Chanel Charming 5 Colours Eyeshadow Palette:

A limited-edition eyeshadow palette unveils a seductive shade spectrum for the season’s most striking eye looks. From soft beige to rich purple, matte and pearlized shadows create glamorous effects and offer endless opportunities for custom blending. The emblematic quilted motif of CHANEL embosses the silky shadows for an added touch of elegance.

Chanel charming palette boxchanel charming palette box backChanel Charming Palette frontChanel Charming Palette backChanel Charming Eye Shadow PaletteChanel Charming Palette swatchesCharming 5 Colours Eyeshadow Palette features shades in pearled beige, satiny caramel, shimmering bronze, chocolate brown and deep eggplant.

This is a luxe and smokey take on what could have been a very neutral palette.  The shadows are soft and very pigmented, blending with ease and wearing well throughout the day over-top of a primer.  You probably have your fair share of brown eye shadows, but if you’re looking for a Chanel palette that you’ll use often between day and night looks, this one is it.

For this EOTD I prepped the eye using Urban Decay Primer Potion.  I placed the bronze shade all over the lid, the chocolate brown shade in the crease and the eggplant shade in the outer V.  The satiny beige shade is at the inner corners and to highlight.  I also mixed that shade with the caramel shade to blend out the crease and refine it a bit.  The liner is Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Hustle and I put a bit of MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl underneath the outer part of the lower waterline.  The mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex & Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant layered.

Chanel Charming Palette EOTD Chanel Charming Palette EOTD 2 Chanel Charming Palette EOTD 3The Chanel Charming 5 Colours Eyeshadow Palette retails for $80.00 and is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and chanel.com.

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