Everyday Beauty Essentials for Spring

Spring is just around the corner and I was reminded of this when we suddenly hit 80 degrees yesterday. I suppose it’s about time – after all, I admit I was in need of a little pick-me-up. My winter fashion has been leggings, Ugg boots, and oversized sweaters (pretty much like every one else). As for makeup, I did dabble in experimenting with foundations and cooler toned colors; I was enjoying the hydration my skin needed rather than fighting the oil; and, I’ve been itching to paint my nails something hideously bright and obnoxious. :)

I was playing with polyvore.com and created a collage of the upcoming Spring essentials. Other than bright colors and pastel tones, I like to keep things quite minimal in the beauty department since my clothes tend to be brighter in the Spring months. Also, since we’re heading into summer months, I tend to avoid wearing liquid foundations as it gets hotter because it’s going to melt and run down my face any way.

Are you thinking about Spring, too? What changes do you plan to make?

Every day Beauty Essentials for Spring

Dior Addict Lip Glow
$30 – lordandtaylor.com

Revlon Vernis à Ongles Couleur N°004 Sheer Nude
€11 – placedestendances.com

CHANEL Small Eyeshadow Brush 15
€24 – pret-a-beaute.com

REVIEW: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

To fulfill a reader’s request, I’ve decided to post my own review of the newest Chanel foundation: Perfection Lumiere. Much like all the Chanel foundations (besides Vitalumiere Aqua), Perfection Lumiere comes in a sleek, frosted, glass bottle; included is a black cap with the Chanel emblem on top, and a sturdy pump that is easy to control. Its label says that it is a “long-wear flawless fluid makeup” with SPF 10 (instead of SPF 15 featured in Chanel’s Pro Lumiere foundation).

Side note: Pro Lumiere foundation has been phasing out at various Chanel counters. I’ve been told by a Chanel representative that Perfection Lumiere, will in fact, take the place of Pro Lumiere in the very near future.

According to Chanel’s website, it indicates that this formula is “effortless to apply with seamless blendability for a naturally flawless effect.” They claim that this “breakthrough foundation” is ideal for every day for all-day wear. Also, the most important aspect of this new launch is that this collection of foundations features 20 shades – 10 in the “beige” range and 10 in the “beige rose” range. For those with yellow/golden undertones, the “beige” range will be more suitable; as for those with pink/reddish undertones, the “beige rose” range will be more suitable.

My thoughts: The claims that Chanel makes are actually met well, and the product surprisingly exceeded my expectations. In the past, I was disappointed with Chanel’s color range, as it was very limiting to those with paler skin tones and those with darker skin tones. It was impressive to see them come out with more than 10 shades this time around. It does provide a flawless and natural application, since its texture is light and pillowy. Though the formula is quite creamy, it feels gel-like at the same time allowing it to blend effortlessly into the skin. The coverage is medium to full, although it is quite buildable without getting cakey. However, for those who wish for lighter coverage, I recommend using a lighter hand with the application.

My only gripe is that it dries quicker than other Chanel foundations, so it’s best to work quickly in sections. Don’t put blobs of it all over your face and take your time blending out each cheek, nose, chin, and forehead. Work separately – otherwise the foundation will dry in a blob-like shape, which is obviously unflattering. No skin irritations, no oiliness, no overly matte-ness, and no oxidation either. I would say that this foundation wears beautifully for anywhere between 8-12 hours, depending on how much you’ve been sweating/out in the heat/out and about. For me, personally, I powder my t-zone if it’s going to be a long day; but, most days, I can skip the powder because I prefer the dewy look.

Pictured above is the shade B10, which is the lightest shade available in the “beige” range. I do not use MAC foundations, but for reference, I’m an NC15. In Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua, I’m a B10 as well, which is also the lightest “beige” range shade. Unfortunately, I don’t think that Vitalumiere Aqua’s shades and Perfection Lumiere’s shades correspond. It’s best to get matched at the counter – just in case.

I hope this has helped. Because this foundation has just launched, many counters don’t even carry it yet. I went to Nordstrom for my purchase, but call around and see if you’re interested.

Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Foundation retails for $55.00 for 1 fluid ounce.

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