Current Favorites – What I’m Loving Lately

I’ve been loving a lot of my newly discovered products lately; but, some of the products mentioned in today’s posts are products that have remained staple items in my collection.

As always, face products are on a constant rotation. However, the Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation is still in my #1 winner’s spot.

Normally in the mornings, my mind is debating which foundation to use, and much of this thought process is dependent upon what my day is going to be like/where I’m going to be. With the Future Skin foundation, it’s my trusty automatic go-to product – it’s my favorite right now and forever – unless that’s just too dramatic. :) It’s the perfect blend between the dewy look and semi-matte look. LOVE.

I’ve noticed that I’m still loving the wear-time of this foundation. It doesn’t wear off or melt away as I’ve previously read in reviews. Even with the growing humidity in Texas, I haven’t noticed any difficulties wearing this foundation. Also, my shade – “Alabaster” – is the best color match I’ve ever experienced in a foundation. I realize this is not the case for many since the color selection in Chantecaille’s range is so limited. I should remind you that the foundation is made in Japan, and perhaps I love this foundation because I’ve had a long, long love affair with Japanese foundations. Either way, if you get a chance to give this product a try – DO IT.

Along with the Future Skin foundation, I’m obsessed with my Chanel luminous bronzing powder in #907 Sable Beige, MAC blush in “Pink Tea,” and setting everything very lightly with the Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” A few weeks ago, I skipped powdering my t-zone because I didn’t really need to. Unfortunately, the Texas heat is coming on strong now since we’re heading into the summer months with full force. ICK.

Lazy days – like Sundays – require minimal effort for getting ready. Because I reserve Sundays for my face mask and bubble bath routine, I try to allow my skin to take the day off from makeup. On days like this, I quickly dab on my Clé de Peau concealer in “Ivory” and dust a light layer of Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” If I’m in the mood, I’ll add some blush to give my skin some life. But most of the time, I skip it because I’m feeling lazy.

Eye makeup has remained basic but I’ve been “shopping my stash” lately. I’ve re-discovered my past favorite MAC eyeshadow in “Hypnotizing” and paired it with my long-time favorite shade in “Handwritten.” I still curl my lashes with my KOJI lash curler and use my Shiseido mascara base with my trusty majolica majorca expander frame plus mascara.

I’ve been skipping liner and anything else complicated. I have added something new – which is the MAC brow set. As a mascara for the brows, it’s easy to use this on days when you don’t want to meticulously draw in/pencil in/shade in your brows. A few quick swipes and you’re good to go – I use the shade “Beguile” which is a dark brown shade.

Favorite lip products as of late includes an oldie but goodie – the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01, which is a light pink shade that’s glossy and moisturizing (and non-sticky). When I’m wanting a bit of color on the lips, I’ve been reaching for my MAC lipstick in the shade “Lovelorn.”

What are your current products?

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

Soleil Tan de Chanel Luminous Bronzing Powder – Summer 2012

Recently, I stopped by the Chanel counter to see their summer collection. This time around, a few key items stood out, but I decided to purchase the yearly favorite: the luminous bronzing powder in #907 Sable Beige. This is a first for me because normally, I tend to gravitate towards the nailpolishes and lipglosses.

As always, the product comes in its own velvet pouch. I like to keep all my Chanel products in their original “homes” so that the compacts don’t get scratched or ugly. Notice the bronze colored Chanel logo on top of the case; only the bronzers have this colored logo, as all the other products come with the traditional white colored logo.

“This unique powder formula lends subtle hints of warmth and shimmer to every complexion. It is comprised of seven unique shades — including a luminous gold — which can be applied separately to highlight and sculpt facial contours or blended together to achieve an overall bronzing effect that replicates the natural glow of sunbathed skin.”

Last year, I didn’t gravitate toward the bronzers released; and, in fact, I have purchased bronzers in the past only to return them later (from various brands). After awhile, I gave up because I could never find one that I felt suited my fair skin tone. Although I don’t go out of my way to look tanned or sunkissed, a hint of a bronzey glow has always been considered beautiful and healthy during the summer months.

I was quite surprised by this product because it suited my skintone very well when it was applied on me at the counter. The colors all mixed together compliment each other; and, because of the golden hues, it doesn’t go on brown and muddy on my face. For me, I wear this almost as a blush (since I don’t apply it all over my face). The result is exquisite – a golden, peachy glow with hints of a rosey tone that imitates sunlight and gives you a fresh look.

I suspect other single colored bronzers didn’t work for me because it was quite restrictive. AFterall, it’s not often you see such a multi-dimensional product like this one. With this bronzer, there’s various tones that can even be used separately, which I like – in case I want to skip over the brown color. Of course, I like to use it all swirled together – it’s a just the perfect amount of sunkissed-ness I like.

My shade of choice, Sable Beige, is the lighter option of the two. The darker bronzer, Sabe Rose, has more “bronzer qualities” as it shows up more bronze and would look lovely on those with darker skintones. The brush is comes with doesn’t bother me. I’ve never had a problem with the brushes that Chanel includes in their products. Although it’s not the first option for me, when traveling, it does its job.

There’s a few other items from the collection that have been tugging at my heartstrings. Perhaps I’ll cave soon and go get them (haha), but out of everything I saw, I highly recommend you get this. Anything you’ve purchased from Chanel’s summer collection that you would recommend?

Made in France.
Retails for $60.00.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)