Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Chanel Glossimer Fleur D'Eau- Spring 2015

One Chanel's new Spring collection  Glossimers  is Fleur D'Eau from Reverie Parisienne.

Fleur D'Eau is a light , sheerer gloss and Chanel calls it a Jelly Coral but it's not quite as  sheer as Summer 2012's Calypso . It's also more coral where Calypso is more orange.  The color is a pretty medium coral for a nice pop of color with very slight bits of gold shimmer.

This will work now but also in Summer. It's a great vacation shade too ,if you happen to be hitting the tropics this winter. Cruise wear for the lips.

Chanel Fleur D'Eau is $ 30 and available now.

Monday, December 29, 2014

YSL Volupte Tint In Oil

The New Year brings loads of new launches , some hit right at Christmas . Definitely my favorite new item so far is  YSL's new Volupte Tint In Oil.

Volupte Tint In Oil is just what it says,  color in a mix of oils for moisture, comfort, gloss and tint . These type of lip oils look to be a trend this year.

This functions as both a balm and lipcolor .The tint is  good. It's sheer but not a light wash, there is definite color to the lips, at least with my shade Peach Me Love. There are lighter shades that may be less colored.

Then there is the feel. This glides on lips , is super smooth and very moisturizing. While it has some sheen it's not sticky or tacky. For Winter and dry lips it's such a winner.

Something to note, the color tints also react with your lips so the color you get may be different than the wand  , or from another wearing. Peach Me Love usually looks peach coral on me, but today it looked a little pinker .

The color lasts well , leaving a stain behind,  as the does the moisture.

There is new technology here acc. to YSL.
"Colour Link Infuser  is an ultra-stabilizing technology developed by YSL Beauté for its ability to disperse and homogeneously solubilize colour particles in oil to create a hybrid formula. The colour pigments are captured within the oils to dispense an ever-evolving
burst of liquid lip colour.The oils slowly disappear but the pop of colour stays true."

Ingredients include five oils- Apricot, Macadamia, Coriander, Jojoba and Passion Flower.

YSL Volupte Tint In Oil comes in 8 shades and is $ 32 at  Sephora  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Chanel Paradiso & Tenderly Le Vernis Nail Colour- Spring 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is enjoying the rest of the holiday season.

I've got more newness from Chanel, this time two of the three Le Vernis from Spring's collection- Paradiso and Tenderly.

I love both of these shades, as neither are exactly like anything I have.

Paradiso is a pearlescent , iridescent pale green. It's almost white but not quite , and that bit of green gives it some character. A lovely icy shade for Winter and early Spring.  Two coats did well here.

Tenderly is a mauve-y purple creme . Not pale but not dark and I did need three coats for best coverage.  It's  a Spring/ Easter shade gone moody.

Both polishes are part of Spring 2015 Reverie Parisienne and are available now. They are $ 27 and LE.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chanel Tissé Paris Les 4 Ombres Eye Quad- Spring 2015

 Chanel Spring , yes Spring, arrives shortly. It's a lovely collection filled with deep pinks and corals .

 Tissé Paris Les 2 Ombres  is one of two new Eye Quads in Reverie Parisienne.

Chanel labels the shades Soft Rosewood, Delicate Ivory, Intense Rosewood and Intense Slate Grey.  They are all pretty if not the easiest to wear. Soft and Intense Rosewood are the hardest to work with.

Soft Rosewood leans pink, and is very pale while Intense has a bit of red in there. With my red hair and pale complexion I can make them work but it's still a tough sell. The Slate Grey on the other hand is beautiful and has a hint of taupe to it while the Ivory shimmers with gold.

Chanel Spring 2015 is online now

Tissé Paris Les 4 Ombres is $ 68

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Calvin Klein Reveal

Calvin Klein Reveal is  a scent that you won't smell everywhere. It's different and not like anything else out there.

The brand says it's a play on both masculine and feminine and I can see where they're going. It's not quite unisex, but it isn't a overly feminine scent either. It's cool and modern  but a little sexy as well.

As Reveal opens it's dry with the bite of pepper then quickly the orris( iris) is there . As it goes along you begin to get the touch of salt accord,  , it's an airy note and fits in with the dry feel but is hard to pout your nose on.

The middle notes are very dominant,  the iris as I mentioned along with the ambergris are at the front.  As it dries down there's a little spice from the sandalwood , and the pepper which comes back and a touch of green  from vetiver  .

I love the bottle here as well. While it looks as though it will only lay flat, it does stand up   for a simple but bold design.

TOP: raw salt signature, pink pepper, black pepper, white pepper
HEART: orris, ambergris, solar accord
DRY: sandalwood, cashmeran, vetiver

EDP  $90 (3.4 oz), $70 (1.7 oz) and $50 (1 oz)
Sensual Body Lotion ($38)
Sensual Shower Gel ($30)
Rollerball ($24) 
Gift Set $ 95

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Josie by Josie Natori Fragrance

Josie Natori's lingerie and clothing has always exuded a quiet elegance. I've had the privilege of attending one of her runway shows , seeing the fashions in person. She showed that season on the circular stairway of a museum which set the scene perfectly.

New this season is Josie , the fragrance.  As a companion to her Josie line, she went with very bold graphic packaging here not on just the box but bottle as well.

The scent is modern clean and light . A green floral  that begins with   dewy green notes of pear and bergamot , then the  florals with freesia most prominent  and a touch of the signature note here, Sampaguita or Sambac Jasmine.  Sampaguita is the national flower of Natori's home, The Philippines.  As the drydown comes along  you get the white musk note along with the sandalwood .

Josie is sold at Bloomingdales and Dillards.

 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum                   $  95.00
 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum                   $  75.00
 .25 oz Eau de Parfum Rollerball   $  22.00
 6.8 oz Body Cream                           $  58.00
 6.8 oz Body Lotion                           $  45.00
 Gift set                                                 $105.00

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q

Today's post is brought to you by Beautystat. They've got a great look at the new Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q Hair Dryer.  I've been eyeing this dryer myself. It looks good and would make a great gift this Christmas.

We've got something to share with you. It’s the next best thing in the haircare industry from Conair (pretty much the masters when it comes to creating haircare tools, right?). Introducing the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™, the next evolution of hair dryer technology. What does the 3 Qs stand for? Well, those 3 Qs make up the key qualities found in this new hair dryer that sets it apart from the rest.

Its brushless motor technology provides Quick airflow to reduce drying time by up to 70%*; a patent pending noise reduction technology makes it 40% more Quiet using the patent pending noise reduction technology***; magnets and electronics power the motor, which extends the life of the dryer by up to 10X — equivalent to up to 5,000 hours of life!**** Talk about Quality.

The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™is priced at $119.99, slated to hit stores in September 2014 and will launch in more than 15,000 U.S. doors, including Target, Walgreens, Ulta, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS and Bed, Bath And Beyond. 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Chanel Double Infidelity Lipstick & Nail Set

How about a little luxury for Monday ? Leave it to Chanel to really amp up the gift set game. If you've got a lot of extra $$$ around you can snap up this set of seven lipsticks and nail lacquers.

The Double Infidelity Set comes in at $ 450 and includes matched set of lip and nail shades in an LE case.   

Shades are : 

Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipcolour in Indecise, Seduisante, Exaltee, Melodieuse, Coromandel , Pirate and Envoutante

Le Vernis Nail Color in Ballerina, May , Rose Exhuberant , Tapage, Coromandel , Pirate and Charivari

PS- Chanel has  several lovely , smaller gift sets as well . 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Beauty.com X EDUN Sample Bag GWP

Beauty.com's newest gift with purchase sampler bag is a collab with EDUN. The products come tucked in a wool felt drawstring pouch created by EDUN's partners in Kenya.

The bag is really nice, not exactly a makeup type bag but soft, well made  and useable for storing other things.

Inside the bag is a trove of top beauty products , many full sized.  Not only are these great for getting, but you can easily share some in your holiday gifting.  In stockings, gift bags or tucked in another present.

To get the EDUN sampler bag you need to spend 150 $ or more at Beauty.com ( while supplies last.)

Included :

 1. PHYTO Phytodéfrisant ( full size)
2. Alterna Caviar CC Cream
3. Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Leave-In Thickening Creme Conditioner
4. H2O+ Night Oasis Overnight Eye Complex
5. bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow SPF 15 Barely Nude
6. Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Wash
7. Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Shampoo
8. Go Smile AM Toothpaste ( full size)
9. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer
10. Nuxellence Jeunesse Youth and Radiance Revealing Anti-Aging Care
11. Jurlique Hand Cream ( full size)
12. Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish Hyde Park Place
13. Caswell-Massey Soap ( full size)
14. Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner
15. Bliss Deluxe Mini Lemon Sage Body Butter
16. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish
17. Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream
18. An offer for you from the Beauty.com site ( $ 10 off next $ 50 )

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The $5 & $10 Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It's time for my budget buy post.  There are more potential gifts out there in the $10 range than you might think. I've rounded up a few to keep gift giving budgets in check and help find that little something you might need to pick up. (Two come in a smidge more at $12  )

Iman Deja Vu Palette . For $5 dollars, yes just  $5 , you can get this lip color palette  filled with five classic Iman shades , a mirror and lip brush. ( Walgreens, Duane Reade , select CVS).

Burt's Bees- Burt's makes  many great gift sets . All are priced well but for $4.99 you can get Hive Favorites with lotion and balm. For $9.99 there's the  Essential Burt's Bees kit .

Ahava  Wish Upon A Star Ornaments- Your choice of  a Hibiscus Fig or Mineral Hand & Body Lotion Duo packed in a  ready to give ornament box. $12 at Ulta , Nordstrom.

 Bliss Lemony Trinkets-  1 oz each of Bliss Lemon +Sage Body Butter and Soapy Suds for $ 10 . Mistletoe Gems combines High Intensity Hand Cream & Fabulips for $12 at Sephora and blissworld.com

e.l.f  Nail Set - 10 nail polishes boxed up for $ 10 at Target in store & online.

Olay Exhilarate Orchid Holiday Set- I love these sets every year for offering so much product at a great price. This has two body washes and a lotion for $9.99 . Stores should have other varieties at the same price .

Happy Gifting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RoC $ 200 Visa Card & Skincare Giveaway

*** Contest is over. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Want an even merrier Christmas ? RoC wants  to give one of my readers a $ 200 Visa gift card along with a huge basket of RoC skincare.  That's the way to celebrate the holidays and begin the  New Year . While you're deciding how to spend your $$$, your skin is primed and ready for winter winds , snow glare and drier air.

The basket is shown here and has all the RoC greats including my favorites Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Eye Cream and Daily Resurfacing Disks.

To enter , just leave a comment ( with contact info pls) letting me know what you think you'd use the $200 for along with your favorite RoC product , if you have one.  Inquiring minds want to know.

The contest begins today and will run through Dec. 17th at midnight.

The rules and disclaimers :

Only one winner will be chosen randomly
One entry per person
Must be in USA
Fulfillment is by RoC, The Beauty Alchemist is not responsible for supplying gift card /prizes
Not responsible for incomplete or lost entries

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

L'Occitane L'Occibox Sample Box

Sample boxes hust got better , at least in my opinion, with the introduction of the L'Occibox from L'Occitane.

It's no secret I love this brand and to get a box  full of their top notch, luxe skin & bodycare for $ 15 is quite a deal.

A  new box will be released seasonally , have no subscription , feature a partner brand  and costs $15.

The holiday/winter box available now is partnered with Elle and comes wrapped.

The box lists at $59 online, use code DISCOVER here to get the $ 15 pricing. Available in stores as well.

The L'Occibox  box contains :

- Precious Cleansing Foam 1.7 fl.oz 
- Shea Butter Body Milk 1.7 .oz 
- Arlésienne Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.5 fl.oz 
- Immortelle Sample Divine Cream 0.05 .oz x2 
- L'OcciBox Box 
- Shea ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- Cherry Blossom ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- Verbena ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- Almond ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- ELLE Pouch 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cookie Lee Jewelry

** There has been a name change in 2015- it's now Vivi , at www.bevivi.com

Looking for some new arm candy ( and aren't we always? ) or something sparkly for a gift? Jewelry line Cookie Lee has you covered .

Cookie Lee is a home party line that has recently gone to online sales as well, so you can buy from your home, no party required.  And while the line is beautiful and I've come away really impressed, it's most likely a  brand your giftee may not have heard of .Time to change that.

All of the pieces  I have are well crafted and heavy while looking very rich and come in at $34 each.

The Pretty Tough Bracelet is a style I love, large oval links. Each link is  burnished metal with crystals and a toggle clasp .  It goes with tees and jeans to an LBD  and is 7 1/2 -8 " adjustable with the ovals 1".

High Style Pearl Cuff is the New Year's Eve party look.  It's a large piece with a hinge opening. The  pearl and crystal trim make this a showstopper  and I love that it has a bit of an '80s vibe. The width at the crystals is just under 3/4 " .

Luxurious Two Tone Toggle has a lot going on. Two metal colors, chains , a  crystal trimmed center piece and scroll detail on the sides. It's adjustable from 7 1/2 - 8 " and is 1" wide at center.

I'll be wearing my new jewelry all season long and then some, plus sharing with The Mom as she loves it too.

Cookie Lee has a huge line across many styles, hit www.cookielee.com to see more and shop.