There are few things in life that excite me more than a good cleanser. What few things? It's coffee, climbing and cats - all good things seem to begin with a 'C'. What's good cleanser is totally personal, but to me it's a sum of efficiency, enjoyment and great ingredients. As much as I love applying my make up I equally love taking it off; the good 5-10 minutes of "me time" properly cleansing and massaging my face. To me it's anything but a chore. Josh Rosebrook team kindly sent me a couple of his products to try and I already raved about his Active Infusion Serum (review here), which I've been loving in my current skincare routine. Today I'm reviewing you his Complete Moisture Cleanse.Read More
Chanel cosmetics had never intrigued me, something so fine and classy seemed so out of reach. Thinking back I can't remember any of Chanel's past collections, except for the impossible to get LE contouring blush called Notorious. Then came the new creative makeup director Lucia Pica and the eyeshadow quad with only matte browns and a red. It was a stunner. I didn't end up purchasing the quad, but I was mesmerized with the red eyeshadow and suddenly Chanel was on my radar. You can see my recreation of Chanel's le Rouge in this post. When the promo pictures for the Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony were released I fell in hard love and was ready to take the plunge.
Coco Code Blush Harmony
To my knowledge the Spring 2017 collection reinterprets and celebrates Chanel's iconic beauty and colors. Quoting Lucia Pica: "Red, black, gold, white, beige: these are 'the secret codes' of Chanel beauty". Indeed, all of these colors are featured in Coco Code blush (except black just for the packaging), contrasted cleverly in promo images next to Rubik's cube and crossword puzzles. The blush is made in France and comes with a velvet pouch and a mini natural hair brush. There's a massive 11g/~0,38oz of product for 57€/$70.
This blush is excellent. The powder is smooth, not "buttery", but finely milled with a good balance of firmness and softness. I have used the blush several times and the embossing is not yet ruined. What I've swatched the regular Chanel blushes, the Coco Code Blush Harmony doesn't feel as hard. The pigmentation is medium-buildable and the product is easy to pick up and blend. The blush wears good 8 hours on my skin.
What I love the most about this blush is you're able to customise the finish by swirling the brush focusing on beige-gold-red or any other combination you like. You won't get a 4-in-one product as the squares are too small to use individually with larger brushes like a bronzer brush, but you can adjust the amount of red, beige or shimmer in your blush. I find the highlight shade easy to pick up separately with a candle shaped highlighter such as Hakuhodo B 5521 or a large eyeshadow brush. To decrease the amount of shimmer I mix all shades but white equally for a beautiful summery blush. On me it's a red flush with coral and golden undertones while the white works beautifully as a shimmery highlighter.
'White' is a pinky champagne with silver flecks of shimmer, beautiful highlighter shade
'Beige' is a red based matte bronze
'Gold' is a patinated yellow gold with golden microshimmer
'Red' is a matte fire engine red
All four mixed is a warm red coral shade with flecks of shimmer
Make up of the day
ADDICTION tinted moisturizer on the top of Rouge Bunny Rouge Aqua Primer. Brows RBR long-lasting brow liner in Antimony (review here). I wear a mix of RBR mattes with Surratt's Bien Cuit eyeshadow on my lids. The blush is obviously Coco Code: I mixed 3 deeper shades as my blush and added the white a cheek bone highlight. Lipstick is SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick in 07 Syunake. Mascara Heroine Make Long&Curl (film type), which btw is also excellent and wears during working out without smudging.
I know this blush is quite an investment piece at one go, but if the colors speak to you I can warmly recommend Coco Code Blush Harmony. I saw it's still available online and on the Finnish Chanel counters. I think you get your money's worth in both quality and 11 grams/0.38oz of product (less than ~0.2 grams more expensive than Tarte for example). You can nicely adjust the amount of each shade to customize your blush and get a beautiful highlighter shade as well. I think for deeper skin tones the gold would also work as a subtle highlighter on its own or mixed with the white.
How do you like the blush, would you spend the $$$ at one go? I'm also curious to hear what are your thoughts on reviewing limited edition items? Would you still read the posts although the product was no longer available?
While Asian skincare brands are getting more hyped here in West, I discovered an intriguing US brand promising to combine Asian wisdom with advance French cosmeceuticals. I've always had an appreciation for both French pharmacy and adoration for East-Asian skincare, so you can believe how curious I was of Pur~lisse. Thanks to the Pur~lisse team I got a generous chance to test and review some of their products for you. I have a bit mixed feelings of the line, which I'm trying to open with my best effort.Read More
Let me first say I'm no model or a make up artist, just a gal who likes to play and paint her face. For New Years I did my interpretation of a Rouge Bunny Rouge look, the Rebel Princess Rhapsody, which was a lot of fun and something far from my comfort zone. I thought I would continue the series by experimenting with another look that I loved. When I saw the actress Kristen Steward modelling for Chanel Fall 2016 I was immediately sold. The eye kohl and cream shadow Kristen wore went to the top of my shopping list and with the help of my dear friend I was able to purchase them.
Make up worn
Eyes: Viseart neutral mattes palette with CHANEL Illusion D'ombre 128 Rouge Brûlé, Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Eros and Heroine Make mascara (film type, long and curl)
Brows: Viseart Structure palette, Rouge Bunny Rouge Earthshine Brow Expert gel
Skin: ADDICTION Skincare Foundation (01) and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Vanilla), no blush
Lips: MAC Cherry lip pencil and ADDICTION Tokyo Story lipstick
I kept the overall look rather simple, focusing on the sultry eyes and red lip. I added some smokyness and dimension to the eyes with the medium brown shades from Viseart 01 Neutral Mattes palette and liberally dabbed Rouge Brûlé on the top with a flat natural hair brush. This is my first and only Illusion D'ombre and I'm so impressed with the ease of application, the wear time on my hooded lids is also pretty good. I'm obsessed with the plummy burgundy eye stylo in Eros. For the lips I went with my old MAC lip pencil in cherry and my go-to classic red lipstick: Tokyo Story by ADDICTION. The brows I brushed upwards and applied a lot of defining mascara on my lashes. I love Japanese drug store mascaras and Heroine Make is just as good as everyone says!
I know I look nothing like beautiful Kristen, not even with my hair slick back, but let's ignore that. Looking back at these pictures, my eyes could've been more intense to match Kristen's. Perhaps the Chanel make up artist had used more matte shadows on her eyes? I had similarly applied Eros stylo on my waterline, but I'm not very comfortable with wearing kohl liner in the waterline and ended up taking it off. It looks pretty on other people, I just don't like the feeling. All in all I'm happy with my purchases and will continue experimenting with this look as I can't stop staring the shot.
What make up picture were you last inspired by? Would you pull off red eyes plus red lip look?