3 Favorite Glosses

Today’s post will be about my 3 favorite glosses (as noted in the title). Granted, my “favorites collection” is quite small – I think I owe it to myself to buy glosses sparingly since Chanel glosses are $28.50 a pop. Normally, I don’t wear anything on my lips except for chapstick, which I put on lightly because I hate that thick, filmy texture most lip products leave behind. Also, I’ve been convinced in the past (through bad experiences) that lip products make my lips peel.

And, you guessed right. I’ve placed my cherished glosses in a bowl that my mom has no idea I’m using. It’s not a super cheap bowl, but I figured no one would miss it. It’s a great way to store something you want to also have on display!

Colors shown here: “Petite Peche,” “Rose Dilemma,” and “Nakkar.” Note that Chanel products are French; and, the names of their products reflect that.

I would say that Chanel products are pretty much always worth the price, but of course, not always. More than anything, with high-end products, I believe that it’s all about personal preference. For me, I like to have a few staple shades that I can go to without thinking about and wondering if it’s going to work or not. I find that buying products this way and investing in them turns out to be be more worthwhile than buying low-end ones over and over again – frequently throwing them away or being unable to return something that didn’t end up working. Basically, as always, it’s up to you on how you want to spend your residual income.

Chanel glosses are pigmented and are fairly long-wearing for a semi-sticky lip gloss. It’s also very shiny, but in a sophisticated way – not in a “wet looking” way. I’ve learned that glosses that slick on too easily are normally thin and non-sticky, which means in about 30 minutes you’ve eaten up or licked your gloss off.

Funnily enough, these are the only three shades of Chanel lip glosses I own (as of right now). As you can see, I have one pink, one peach, and on reddish pink. I wouldn’t wear any other color scheme so I wouldn’t waste my money on them; and, all three glosses posses a sense of practicality since I can wear them to work and when I’m out on the town.

To each their own!

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation & the Pump

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation has been on the market for some time now and I’m only recently jumping on the band wagon. I write this post because this foundation, although branded “high end,” comes with no pump and we need a solution for that. The online reviews for this foundation are superb – from what I’ve researched, very small amounts of people actually dislike the foundation for its formula and texture. In fact, the main turn-off is that there’s no pump, which can lead to unwanted mess, and in some cases, waste of foundation when you accidentally pour out too much. Oh, and god forbid you spill the darn thing.

To some, the pump may not be a big deal, but for many – it’s a design flaw and a deal breaker. It doesn’t help that only the testers at the NARS counter and Sephora have the pumps; and, it also isn’t helpful that you can’t even get one separately anywhere (not even the NARS counters).

After much searching, the NARS foundation pump can be found at the Barneys New York website for $6. There’s no shipping fee and mine arrived in about a week. I was impressed to see that it came heavily wrapped in tissue paper and bubble wrap since it isn’t necessary with a plastic foundation pump, but the effort definitely earned points with me.

The pump is well-made and locks and unlocks by turning the nozzle. The “squirt mechanism” functions well, as it doesn’t clog and get unmanageable, and you can control the amount of foundation to dispense. Even a half a squirt is achievable with this pump. Unfortunately, the original cap that comes with the foundation can no longer be used after you’ve placed the pump in its place. In fact, with the pump, you don’t have an option to cover it with a cap like Chanel’s foundations. You just need to be sure that the pump is locked after each use; and, when traveling, to be extra careful to transport it in an upright position.

I know it’s a lot of trouble to go through. For me, the foundation is totally worth it and it’s not that big of a deal. But with the information provided above, I hope it’s of some help if you’re on the fence about this foundation.

Bottom line: NARS Sheer Glow retails for $42 + $6 pump = $48.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*First image (left aligned) extracted from sephora.com
[As always, click on picture to enlarge if you wish.]

Retail Therapy Confession: Chanel Nail Polish

As an avid beauty product hoarder, I confess that I do have some boundaries. For instance, I don’t think twice about shelling out major money for skin care items – but for cleansers, I like to stick with my Cetaphil, which you can find at a local drugstore for less than $10. I’ll spend ridiculous amounts of money on Chanel foundation and powder, but will wear blush from an Asian drugstore line. So yes, I guess there needs to be some balance to the madness, right?

For the most part, I rarely had any requirements or expectations for nail polish. Mainly, it’s because in my personal opinion, wearing glittery or brightly colored nail polishes come across as unprofessional in the work atmosphere. For that reason, I leave my nails bare and when I would remember – I would file them (very rarely). Since my Chanel kick, I admit I’ve been lusting after item after item – but quite frankly, I didn’t care much for the nail polish because of its price. At times I indulge in OPI, Essie, or Orly polishes at about $8 a bottle; occasionally, I’d get some Revlon polish at the drugstore for a little less than that (but not that much). If the occasion truly called for going beyond the $10 mark, I would find my way over to the Butter London and Deborah Lippmann polishes at Nordstrom – however, this is quite rare.

So you can imagine why I stayed away from Chanel’s nail polish selection – at a whopping $25 a bottle, I expect miracles.

Needless to say, I caved when I saw this particular polish released with Fall 2010’s recent collection – the color “Graphite” was so tempting and alluring, I bought it without even trying it out.

I love it and I have to say that this is the longest time I’ve gone wearing a particular color. Normally after about 2 days or a day and half, I get bored. I confess I want more Chanel nail polishes. In fact, I want to go back to the counters and look at the rest of the released polishes for this season – and I also confess, that I will be on the look out for additional upcoming nail polish releases in the future (along with everything else – which will mean I will need to seriously budget myself).

At this point, perhaps I need help.

*Picture taken on my Blackberry Bold in natural day light.
*Click picture to enlarge, so you can see all the sparkles!

New Treasure

What I mean by “new treasure” is finding something cute and durable at a good price. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a zip-around wallet — which, sadly, I was unable to find at a decent price. The ones that would catch my attention were hundreds of dollars; and, the ones that were readily available were cheap looking with a very short life span.

Surprisingly, when I stopped by Urban Outfitters on a whim, I randomly found this wallet that did exactly what I wanted. It was soft leather, zipped all the way around, had good amount of slots/compartments, and it looked pretty. It feels like good quality — definitely durable…all for $20.

The brand is KIMCHI BLUE, which is exclusively for Urban Outfitters. While it is named after a popular Korean side dish, I admit, maybe I was a teeny bit biased because of the name! Other than that, the inside stitching is simple and well-kept, with no loose threads (which could lead to potential disaster). The inside is cloth so it doesn’t stretch much, but I figured as long as it’s not overstuffed, we’re good to go.

The back has a sizeable pocket. It’s not designed to hold much, but it’s good to have just in case. Overall, I’m impressed with the quality and price of the wallet. I like that I can shove things into it and then just zip it up.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
[As always, click on picture to enlarge if you wish.]

Tuesday’s Face

Started the day off with:*
DIOR’s Diorsnow UV Shield Protection SPF 50 PA+++
CLE DE PEAU’s Refining Fluid Foundation in I10
NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
CHANEL’s foundation brush (#16)
CHANEL’s blush in Rose Ecrin

For the most part, today was a rather chill day. I didn’t want anything too heavy for another hot summer day, but wanted enough to feel secure. Just another day of looking natural and fresh (as usual).

*Pictures taken on my Blackberry Bold