Sunday, April 21, 2019

Chanel Rouge Coco Flash

There's nothing like a new lippie from Chanel , right ?

Rouge Coco Flash is the newest addition.

These are similar to Rouge Coco Shine but at the same time a little different.  I think these are a tiny bit drier feeling than the earlier versions but these seem to have more pigment payoff.  The coverage is semi sheer to medium. For me it hits the  sweet spot between not too much but not too little, some days that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Boy, Contraste, Instinct , Jour

The feel on lips is lightweight, they have a good bit of shine  and they add some moisture making them perfect for Summer when we usually want something light and also easy. Apply on the fly and go. I've been wearing these a lot since they arrived, especially Jour which is an everyday nude peachy pink.

Also of note is the see through cap. A first for Chanel.

Chanel Rouge Coco Flash is $ 38 and comes in 27 shades.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dolce Peony Perfume

I have to say the new Dolce Peony purple bottle variation has totally got me. It just says SPRING and is such a beautiful color. It's funny how just something as simple as a color change can make such a difference. The Dolce bottle was always cute but generally I don't do much that's cutesy frou frou. Here we have an exception. 

The scent is a pretty, light floral  that is very different from last year's Dolce Garden.  It begins with lots of citrus in the form of bergamot and nashi pear. Rose , peony and freesia are the prominent florals to my nose with the peony definitely being the top flower here.   Honey adds warmth and some sweetness while plum, amber and patchouli bring the drydown. It's a fruitchouli type of scent but not too sweet  . 

Sillage is medium as is lasting time. It wears pretty well through the bulk of the day.  I'm quite  liking it and have been wearing it all week.  And did I mention how cute the bottle is ?  Ready to jump into your Easter basket. 

Dolce Peony is $ 76 for 1 oz, $ 94 for 1.6 oz and $ 120 for 2.5 oz 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Chanel 1957 Les Exclusifs

Chanel 1957 is the  Chanel I almost didn't try. I'm not really a fan of musky fragrances at all so I had my reservations about this new Les Exclusif. But hello, it's Chanel so not only did I have to try it I also should have known better than to doubt them . Now I can't stop wearing it. 

1957 is a beauty. It starts out more aldehydic than I expected (that's a good thing ) and sparkles with bergamot and an indolic neroli . Iris lends a dry powder and a brief old school vibe, honey adds warmth without over sweetening and a barely there cedar grounds things.  Throughout are the carefully built layers of 8 white musks that Olivier Polge used in the creation of the fragrance.  They waft and wrap softly around you , lingering  all day  with the bright florals. 

Longevity here is long. 10 + hours easily on me and it lingers longer on clothes. For a fragrance that leans lighter, that's wonderful lasting time. 

While 1957 doesn't reinvent the fragrance wheel it is unique to Chanel's oeuvre , is simply pretty and definitely worth a sniff and spritz. 

Chanel 1957 is $ 200 for 2.5 oz and $ 350 for 6.8 oz at 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau De Parfum Florale

Spring has sprung and this starts to turn our nose to the pretty florals of the season.

Guerlain's Mon Guerlain Florale fits the bill perfectly.  Softer than it's predecessor Mon Guerlain,  this is light and floaty with jasmine , dewy peony and lavender with vanilla and patchouli giving a bit of sweetness , warmth and a slight gourmand feeling. The notes all play well with each other making this an easy , every day  fragrance.

The original Mon Guerlain , if you haven't tried it, is a bit richer with a deeper, drier lavender note,  less light florals and more vanilla. Quite pretty as well but more gourmand and sweet where Florale is airy and flowery. I will say , I like Florale better, but that's my personal taste as I can be so so with gourmands.

Of course it comes in that beautiful , iconic Guerlain Baccarat inspired bottle . It's a great pick for an Easter basket extra or for Mother's Day gifting.

Guerlain Mon Guerlain Florale is $ 124 for 3.3 oz at Saks, Neimans and Sephora.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Eucerin Roughness Relief Spot

Does your skin sometimes feel like sandpaper ? After all Winter's cold  air I know my fingers and knuckles no matter how much hand cream I use are still very dry as is one elbow. The one I lean on most I guess.

Eucerin's new  Roughness Relief Spot  has urea and lactic acid to help smooth out the roughness and ceramides and sunflower oil to add moisture.

The tube ends in a pointy tip so you can squeeze out as much or little as you need for spot treating  or to cover a larger area.

As with any urea based lotions I've used this can be a little tacky feeling at first, but that goes away pretty quickly. It's definitely helped those knuckles and elbows within 2 uses and works nicely on heels of feet too.

The tube is large at 2.5 oz so it's going to last awhile  and there is also a matching lotion. 

Eucerin Roughness Relief Spot  is $ 6.99

Sunday, March 17, 2019

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Foundation

IT Cosmetics Spring launches have landed and as always they are really good.

There's a new foundation, Confidence  In A Foundation and we all know IT gives good face.

Confidence in A Foundation is full coverage, very full coverage. This will cover most any spots, blemishes, etc. It's a bit thick out of the bottle but it doesn't feel that way once applied. It feels light and breathable on skin .

Moisturize , as you usually would and you may feel you want to blend and sheer it out with a blender or IT's neat new angled brush that's made for applying foundation and getting into our face's contours, curves and angles. I mostly use fingers , and for me that works .

The formula is a radiant matte. It's matte but doesn't look  flat and gives you a bit of a non shimmering glow. There are no iridescent particles that I can see, but you look brightened.  It also hasn't seemed to settle into any lines or creases but I do get oil breakthrough on my nose midday , more so that with other mattes.   It's said to have long lasting hydration features built in with hyaluronic acid, squalene  and glycerin. It can feel a little dry at first so you'll want to moisturize accordingly but the hydration factor kicks in pretty quick on my combo skin  and ends being quite moisturizing for a matte formula.

There are 48 wide ranging shades to choose from and other good for skin ingredients include aloe juice, ceramides, licorice root extract and colloidal oatmeal.

It Cosmetics Confidence  In A Foundation is $ 32

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Essie Treat, Love ,Color Metallics

keen on sheen, laced up lilac, got it golding on, glow the distance, finish line fuel, pep in your rep
New from essie  in their Treat Love and Color line is  a selection  of icy  metallic shades.

This is the first time I've tried this line and I was  excited  to do so as I have very dry nails that peel easily, almost  every time I polish them.  Treat Love and Color is supposed to help with this.  According to the brand they " deliver 65% less peeling and 35% less breakage in a breathable formula with collagen and camellia extract "

It's a 3in 1 formula, meaning top, color and bottom coat alltogether. So you know, time saving too. Plus I love metallics, so it's  a win win.

There are  8 shades in all. I love all of them but the bronzes are my favs. They  all go on lighter than the bottle color and need 2 coats for best coverage.  So these aren't the boldest, most molten metallics. More subtle and muted with a soft focus look that's very pretty.

I've done my nails twice  with a TLC,once each week and came away very happy with the results.  First week I had no peeling or breaking. Second week one nail peeled a little. That's much better than usual. The color holds up well too. I had only  minor tip wear the end of 6 days and for me that's very good. I am very hard on  my nail tips. And they dry and set pretty fast so combine that with the 3 in 1 makes these great for quick manis. 

 Essie treat love and color nail polishes are $ 10 at and wherever the brand is sold. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

C.O. Bigelow Bergamot Body Cream

If it's bergamot scented I'm in so this body cream from C.O. Bigelow is right up my scented alley. 

The cream is part of the new-ish Iconic collection from the NYC based institution.  There are several scents in the line across multiple products. 

This is is thick and rich but not heavy or greasy with a luxe, creamy whipped feel.  It goes on and sinks in adding light fragrance and a lot of hydration with shea butter, glycerin  and coconut oils.  There is nothing bold about the fragrance, it stays close to the skin but is very pretty with the bright citrus and green bergamot.  

Other scents include Musk and West Village Rose the name of which reminds me of the first time I visited the NYC flagship long ago. What a store. I bought a tin of Le Clerc powder . 

It's good to see some newness from Bigelow. . I miss seeing the line  be easily available at Bath and Body Works stores . Were/are you a fan too ?   The new Iconic collection is definitely worth a look.  

C. O. Bigelow Bergamot Body Cream is $ 30 for 8 fl. oz at

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nivea Creme City Tins

Nivea's blue tins are a beauty product that can truly be called iconic.   This season they're getting a very cute update.

For a limited time, there are 4 different US cities represented on the lids- Miami, Chicago, New York and San Francisco .

Each is cute and I haven't been able to pick a fav yet but I'm leaning towards Chicago because it's not a city that gets featured a lot on products  , so it's a bit more unusual.

The super moisturizing Nivea Creme is the same inside making these the perfect purse/ bag or travel companion. Bonus points if you take yours to the city featured on the lid.

Nivea City Creme Tins are .99 cents and LE .

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Guerlain Meteorites Compact Spring 2019

Do you love Meteorites ? Not the ones in the sky, although those are pretty awesome too, but the multi colored powders from Guerlain.

They've got a new compact for Spring called Meteorites Compact - Colour Correcting , Blotting and Lighting Powder.

It comes in 3 depth of shades , I've got the lightest  in color combo 2 Clair /Light . There are  4 separate shades to be swirled together  or used alone . As one they offer brightening ( they  work great when your foundation looks a bit darker than you'd like, acting as a slight lightener) , setting, finishing , perfecting and blotting. While the green will also cancel redness.

The 2 other shade combos look good too. I wouldn't mind a wardrobe of Meteorites. One for brightening, finishing, one for blush , one for bronzing.

If you're familiar with Guerlain you know the features, if you're not, these are finely milled powders. They don't sit on skin but blend right in with no heaviness. They do add instant brightness and perfecting. Subtle but definitely there . There's a reason these are a perennial favorite , they're beautiful to look at and work well.

This season's compact on the outside is all silver with an engraved looking swirl motif and the Guerlain name.  Pretty elegant to whip out of your bag for a midday touch up.

Guerlain Meteorites Compact is $ 62

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation

New from  Chanel is Ultra Le Teint - Ultrawear All Day Comfort  Flawless Foundation . The old saying it's  all in a name and in this case, that's the truth. The box copy doesn't lie. 

Ultra Le Teint is one fab foundation, no surprise  really, since Chanel's always are.  An update to older formulas , this is a luminous, soft focus matte.  Coverage is medium to full and easily buildable . It blends and sets well for a more natural looking foundation but one that also perfects.  According to Chanel the formula uses Luminous Perfection soft-focus powder for correcting and illuminating but this has no shimmer, shine or pearlescence. Just you , more flawless.

The foundation does feel weightless on as well. Not heavy, cakey or tight and stays that way . Makeup tends to wear off on me faster than I'd like so I'm glad that lives up to the longwear claim. When I  got home in the early evening it still looked really good.  I barely even needed a T Zone touch up midday and I really loved that. 

There have been similar foundations from Chanel in the past  and I have the older Le Teint Ultra Tenue . The difference? I find the newer one less dry, even more comfy on skin than the previous version which I did like very much.  I use light moisture underneath and I'm good to go. As with most things Chanel it's C'est Magnifique.

Chanel  Ultra Le Teint Foundation is $ 60 and comes in 30 shades. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Chanel Les 9 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette -Quintessance

For Spring Chanel has upped the ante on their well loved eye quads. This time we get a nine shade palette.

I can't recall a large eye palette from them before, I could just not remember but I do have a large back collection of older makeup to check .

Edition No 2 Quintessance 's shades  are mostly all easy to wear and you've got plenty of color combos right in one palette with both shimmer and matte formulas.  I am loving the sparkling metallic green in the bottom center pan. It's  a muted olive with flashes of silvery taupe. Hard to describe but very pretty. 

The deep chocolate matte brown and two lighter highlight shades will get a lot of use from me as well as the light tan matte in the upper right corner. It's an everyday shade.  I don't personally wear blue a lot and dark green while I love it, again I don't wear a lot . I like having them both here though, it's make for a well rounded palette and when I do want to wear green I don't have to dig through individual pans to find one.

Chanel  9 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette -Quintessance is $ 70 and available now.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Olfactory NYC Custom Fragrance

I recently was offered the chance to create my own fragrance from  Olfactory NYC. 

Olfactory NYC is a new concept brand that allows you to have a semi custom scent blended for you by picking from one of their numerous core fragrances and adding an accord scent . All of their base or core fragrances have been created by top perfumers including Frank Voelkl and Honorine Blanc , the nose behind my choice- Taylor.

Taylor is comprised of two jasmines - sambac and absolute. I added the smoky mate tea and lemon accord. The result is a soft, airy jasmine with bright not sharp lemon and wafts of the tea note here and there for depth. It's very sunny and lifting but light , wearing close to the skin.  That just allows for more liberal spritzing . It's very Spring in a bottle. 

I admit I played it safe with my blend but I couldn't resist a creamy jasmine, lemon and tea mix and it is lovely if not overly unique . There were many other combos that appealed to me and it took me awhile to make my choices . 

Olfactory NYC has a NYC studio you can hit up in person or do as I did and go online. It's a pretty straightforward ,fun process. A discovery Tinkerers Box   or Explorer Box is also available , you can play with blends then order your creation.  

A custom scent is $ 75 for a 1.7 oz bottle and the Tinkerers or Explorer Boxes are $18 and include a discount code. 

Create or learn more at


Sunday, February 3, 2019

L'Oreal Signature Lasting Matte Lipsticks

I'm not the biggest matte lipstick fan, I've said that many times. They're just too dry and flat . I wear them sometimes but always topped with a balm or gloss. I love the richer pigments but not the feel.

L'Oreal's newest Signature matte is a different (lip) story.  These are really comfy on lips. They feel barely there and not dry.  I don't even need a balm topper. I'd call them a liquid lipstick/stain hybrid.

These have good pigment but I do need two coats for full coverage. First application gave medium pigment, 2nd was full coverage/pigment. It's not as heavy/bold color as most liquid mattes I've tried and is more buildable. I like that.

The wand is a bent doe foot that applies the color easily. It's thin but not runny . Wear time is long and once it begins to fade you have a stain left behind.

Props too , for the nice, rather luxe looking packaging. The tube has a weighted, higher end feel.

Colors shown are I Rule ( rosey pink), I Am Worth It ( red) and I Explore ( medium nude brown) an everday fav. for me.