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My Picks For Christmas 2012

Christmas, along with all its celebrations and gift-giving, is around the corner. Which means that most makeup brands are now advertising their Holiday specials. I’ve tried my best to stay away from their luring adds, but still, as always, I find myself devoting a lot of time to dream-shopping. Here are a few of the items that come up recurrently on my mind. Most of them are actually not Christmas specials, but they are gorgeous all the same:

 

1. At the top of my list is Burberry Makeup and accessories. All of this comes from spending a lot of time mystified in front of the Burberry Youtube Channel watching and re-watching their makeup tutorials. It all looks so clean and simple and the result is always spectacular. Of course, it helps that they take one of the most fashionable models out there to have their makeup done. But still, it looks so luxurious and professional. My personal picks are first the new Complete Eye Palette, and more specifically # 01 Smokey Grey, then there is their “Fresh Glow” Luminous Fluid Base which looks fantastic (by the way, on one of the videos posted on their Youtube channel, the makeup artist uses it over eyeshadow to give a sheen to a normally matte eye. A must-try!). While I’m not a fan of dark lips, their “Lip Mist” Natural Sheer Lipstick in # 06 Blueberry is featured in one of the videos and, once again, I’m totally smitten. Finally, their # 09 Socket Line Brush seems to be a good staple to own for sheer, easy eye makeup.

2. Even though I’ve been using less nail polish lately, and kept my nails more or less au naturel, I still believe that no-one can ever own too many polishes. And it is especially true when it comes to polished loaded with sparkles! Now, some sparkly polished disappoint because they just don’t have enough shimmer/sparkles/base color in them. The Deborah Lippman ones, on the other hand, always look perfect on pictures. I’ve never owned any, and they don’t sell over here, but I’ve always been curious to try them. Who know, maybe after I’ve received some money at Christmas I’ll order one. The tricky part will be to choose between all the different colors. I’ve done my best to restrained myself and I’ve come up with 5 picks: “Let’s Go Crazy” (the purple one), “I Love the Nightlife” (the white one), “Boom Boom Pow” (the gold one), “Today Was a Fairytale” (the silver one), and “Cleopatra in New York” (the gold and black one).

Oh, and there is also the new Chanel nail polish 637 Malice in my picks. As you’ve seen before, I really love Chanel nail polishes in classic colors, because they apply really well and last a long time. This dark red is perfect for fall and winter and it is a color that never goes out of trend!

3. Last year, I went crazy for eyeshadow palettes. I got the Naked 2 palette, the Stilla Christmas palette and the Bobbi Brown shimmer block Christmas palette. This year, however, I don’t seem to find as many interesting ones as back then. When it comes strictly to Christmas, or at least winter collection palettes, I find myself luring on the new Dior Night Golds  (the one on the left). If I think about it, I probably already own similar colors, though… Then, there is another palette which is not new at all and which is not Christmassy-wintery either: the Estee Lauder Island Oasis Palette which dates back from a year and a half ago. It was a summer special, but it’s still available on some websites.

I can’t decide if I had too much last year, or if 2012 is just not a good year for Christmas palettes…

What about you, what’s on your list??

 

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How I Got Nailed This Week

One Good Surprise

This DEBBY nailpolish is cheap, but looks like big bucks!

 

Sometimes, there are expensive beauty products or tools that disappoint. When it comes to nails, I feel that one really can’t know if the new polish they buy will be a winner or a loser. Expensive polishes are not necessarily better. I’ve always had good experiences with Chanel ones (as you can see here, here, or here) , but I find the Dior ones simply horrible.

Conversely, sometimes really cheap polished can have the most amazing opacity, durability and shine. It sometimes happens, but it’s rare… And the best, don’t you find, is when you score one, even though you had no expectation at all. This is what happened to me with this beauty, which is a Debby nail polish that I bought in Italy about a year and a half ago. It doesn’t seem to have a name, so I guess the color code must be C350, which appears on the front sticker on the bottle. The color is perfect for winter. It is a shimmery red, but it is a dark red, which means it doesn’t look overly Christmassy. It applies on like a breeze and it is very shiny! In fact, much shinier than any other I own. Plus, the opacity is really great: On this picture, I only wear 1 coat!

Unfortunately, I’ve had it for so long that I’m almost out of it. I guess a trip to Italy is on my to-do list!

How I Got Nailed This Week:

Chanel 495 Mica Rose

 

In a previous post, I shared with you my terrible experience with a pink Dior nail polish. Now, I’ve found the same beautiful color which made me purchase the Dior polish in the first place, except this one is actually easy to apply and gives beautiful results!

May I introduce you to this beautiful find, the Chanel Nail Color nail polish in 495 Mica Rose! Its opacity is optimal, which means that I am done with only 2 coats. The consistency of the polish is very fluid and is very easy to apply! Overall, a real winner if you are looking for a light pink shade!

 

So, if I may ask, how did you get nailed this week?

How I Got Nailed This Week

Intergalactic Nude Nails

 

Hey everyone! Ever got bored with a nude manicure after a couple days? Are you too lazy/busy to wipe off your nude nail polish and start anew with a bolder color? Well, I have a perfect solution for you : a special effect top coat!

I love using a special effect top coat on nude nails, because nude colors always have me yawning a couple of hours after the polish has dried. I always start with lots of optimism and good-will, thinking that nude nail polish will make me look sophisticated and grown-up. But this mood doesn’t last long…

I must say, however, that this particular nude nail polish, which is Chanel 567 Beige Petale, is just beautiful! It is the perfect nude for fair to medium skin gals. It applies easily and 3 thin coats will give you a very good result. Plus, as I told you last week, Chanel nail polish lasts for ever, so buying one in a nude shade is a good investment.

 

While this shade is very elegant and I would definitely wear it to a work interview or any situation when I have to present a polished and proper appearance, I seriously wanted to mix things up after a couple days.

Enters Shine of the Times, one of Essie’s Luxeeffects limited edition nail polishes. It is a top coat which contains little light reflective particles. The “shimmers” change colors depending on the light, and look at times neon green-yellow and other times neon orange-pink.

 

The result on nude nails is amazing! I loved it so much I kept staring at my nails and moving them around to see the spectrum of color change. I have also put this top coat on bare nails when I was on vacation, and I find it’s a good alternative to bare nails when you want to be very low maintenance, but still show you care about your appearance and want to have fun. I do prefer the result on nude nail polish, though.

Oh, and by the way, don’t you think it would look amazing as a top coat for a “galaxy” mani?

 

What’s your mani of the week? Please, share with us!

 

How I Got Nailed This Week

V … for Vandeta

A swatch of Chanel’s Vandeta.

I can’t believe how lucky I was on Saturday! I went to a flea market and found a few Chanel nail polish for a ridiculously low price! The one I was most excited about was 483 Vandeta. It is a very dark purple which looks almost black, depending on the light. I wish it could look more purple, because it is one of my favorite colors and I think it is so perfect for autumn.

As I have experienced with other Chanel nail polishes, it was extremely easy to put on. The texture is great, not sticky at all. It has a really good opacity and coloration. I only had to put on 2 coats, whereas I normally put on 3 coats to get an even finish. Chanel nail polishes are definitely a splurge, but if you like sticking to the same shades, I highly recommend them, because they give beautiful results.

These past few days, I have really been drawn to darker, richer colors. I guess it’s fall fashion getting me excited for colder weather. I can’t wait to get my boots out, even though I haven’t gotten sick at all of my Minnetonka Mocassins, my official footwear of summer 2012.

What about you, are you excited for fall yet?