In Canada, one of our largest national drugstore chains, Shoppers Drug Mart, has a rewards program called Optimum points. The points you earn have a cash value and can be redeemed for most any items in the store for up to a maximum of $170 CAD. My favourite way to redeem my points is at their beautyBOUTIQUE, which carries high-end brands. There are lots of beautyBOUTIQUE locations in Canada, like the big one in the Eaton’s Centre, but just not near where I live. Luckily you can order online! They’re changing the Optimum program and merging it with another points program this month, so last month there were “spend your points” events, probably to entice people into redeeming their points prior to the merge. I was able to redeem my 50,000 points for $105 CAD (an extra $20). Here are the high-end goodies I got for my points. Continue reading
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Summertime is when you need your feet to look their best. During Canadian winters, I literally don’t see my feet for months on end, but they emerge in the summer to peek out of cute open-toed shoes. I’m a big fan of going for the occasional professional pedicure, but I also really like doing my own at home. The thing I love most about a pedi is that although my skin is generally pretty sensitive to fragrance, the one exception are my feet. Its the one time I can indulge in that luxurious spa-like experience of using lovely scented skincare products like a normal girl! Here are my fav skincare products that I’ve been using for summertime feet, and the polishes I have been loving the most on my toes. Continue reading
When I read that Chanel was coming out with a holiday collection inspired by their iconic 1990s shade Vamp, I was so excited! According to Chanel “In 1994, a uniquely striking Le Vernis shade was revealed on the Chanel Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear runway, and a legend was born. This year, a gleaming Holiday colour collection celebrates the rebellious black-red, ‘Vamp’ — the shade that became an icon.” I have ranted about my coming-of-age in the 1990s love of Vamp nail polish previously. I knew I needed the lipstick and nail polish in the Vamp-inspired shade Rouge Noir.
While I was in Ottawa for work just before Christmas, I went to the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique in the Rideau Centre and I was so happy that they had both the lipstick and the nail polish in stock. Both are LE. Continue reading
I’m back with another entry in my High-End Lipstick Review Series. Remember, at the end of the series, I am going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.
I have two of the Chanel Rouge Coco “Hydrating Color Lipshines”, which Chanel describes as “sheer, shiny” and “effortlessly chic.” I have #4 Parfait, a pale, cool-toned, peachy-pink and #66 Bel-Ami, a brownish, berry-plum. Parfait is perfect for a subtle, barely there nude that is very flattering on fair skin. Bel-Ami is more on the vampy side and is very buildable for a sheer lipstick. I love both shades!
The Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are available at the Bay and Murale for $39.00 CND.
The Chanel packaging exudes luxury and chicness. As far as glamorous packaging goes, this is darn near perfection. The sleek, square, black and gold tube with the iconic Chanel logo? Sigh, so dreamy. The tube gently slides shut with a perfectly engineered and reassuring “click” and stays on while rolling around in your purse. 3/3 Duchess points.
I love the formula. My favourite MAC lipstick finish are the Lustres, and the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are very, very similar. I really enjoy a more sheer lipstick that has a bit of a “luscious” finish. They just look really pretty and flattering. The Chanel lipsticks are very hydrating and feel like butter. If my lips are dry, in a pinch I can actually pop this lipstick on instead of lip balm, and I don’t even need a mirror to apply it. Definitely one of my favourite formulas! 3/3 Duchess points
For a sheer lipstick, they’re actually quite long-wearing (and don’t require a lipliner) and wear off really nicely too. 3/3 Duchess points
Chanel lipsticks are scented, but surprisingly, I LOVE the signature scent, which is really unusual for me. I normally prefer unscented makeup products. but there is just something about that Chanel fragrance. It smells…expensive! A little bit like rose water, a little bit like vanilla? the scent is hard to describe precisely, but – like the MAC lipsticks – is very distinctive. Whereas scented drugstore lipsticks often smell cheap and chemical-ish to me, I think because Chanel uses perfume quality fragrances (hence the much higher price tag) it smells all classy 🙂 3/3 Duchess points
I have never found that these lipsticks irritated my lips. They are very comfortable to wear and totally pass the sensitive skin test.
As much as I love the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick, I don’t know if I love it MORE than MAC. I would say I like it the same amount as my beloved MAC lipstick. This counts as neutral in terms of duchess points.
Absolutely! The only thing that saves me from financial ruin is that there is no way for me to get my hands on any Chanel makeup anywhere near where I live. I would have to order online, which for me, for a an expensive lipstick, I’m reluctant to do without seeing/swatching in person. I picked up each of these lipsticks while in Montreal and Toronto. However, I would buy another one. I think they are worth the splurge. But maybe that’s my makeup addiction talking? +1 Duchess point
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Total: 13/14
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Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. Its the end of semester so work has been very busy. I thought I would share my blush recommendations for fair skin. This post is my top five high-end blushes. I will do my drugstore blush picks soon though!
These are in no particular order:
I have several NARS blushes and they have such an enormous shade range its easy to find one that works for you. My favourite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a peachy-pink that is similar to NARS Orgasm, but a lot less shimmery. ($33.00 CAD)
I mentioned this in a recent post, and I am totally in love with Chanel In Love. I think anyone with fair skin will like this natural, peachy-coral blush with a subtle shimmer that gives you the perfect glow. ($48.00 CAD)
The deepest of the five shades, theBalm’s FratBoy is a completely matte, corally-pink. I consider theBalm a “high-end” line because its difficult to find in Canada (most drug stores don’t carry it) and the price point is higher than what I consider “drugstore” ($24.00 CAD).
Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed is a favourite of LisaLisaD1‘s and bought this one from her online shop actually. Despite its name, this blush is NOT matte; it has a beautiful (not too shimmery) sheen. I often use it as a highlight for the tops of my cheeks over another blush. Its fabulous on its own too. This peachy-pink blush is one of my all time favourites. If you’re searching for LORAC in Canada, try the Nordstrom’s site which has reasonable shipping and no additional customs charges. ($27.70 CAD)
I have three of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. My Dollface is the “baby” sized version, but its available in the full-size. Dollface is a light, cool-toned, matte pink. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and is super long-wearing. ($31.00)
Here they are swatched in natural daylight:
For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. I’ll be back soon with my top five drugstore blushes!
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I’d love to hear what your favourite blushes are for fair skin!
I was recently in Toronto and had a chance to go to the new Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE in the Eaton’s Centre. Its beautiful! Check out Toronto Shopkeeper for a great review and some photos of the swanky new space. I also really like the new beautyBOUTIQUE store locator site where you can search by brand, because not all of the locations carry certain brands.
The best part of going to a beautyBOUTIQUE is that you can redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points there! I had $170.00 CND worth of points to redeem, and unlike some other points programs, you get to choose the products you would like to spend your points on. I headed straight for the Chanel…
Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love
Let’s start with my favourite. This is my first Chanel blush. I got the shade In Love, a light, corally-peachy shade with slight shimmer. I knew I wanted this shade after seeing actress Rose Byrne wearing it in this pic.
Everyone always talks about the scent of Chanel blushes, so I was a bit nervous that I might find it too strongly scented or that it might irritate my sensitive skin. No worries there. The blush is very lightly scented and once applied, you don’t notice it at all. I really like the scent. It doesn’t smell like anything else. Just a lovely, sophisticated this-is-probably-really-expensive smell. So far, it hasn’t bothered my skin at all.
The blush has the same scent as the Chanel lipsticks. I already had a Rouge Coco Shine in 74 Parfait (a light shimmery pink) that I love. I picked up another Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami, and a Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle.
Mademoiselle is a popular shade (it’s the one Vanessa Paradis is wearing in the original ad!) and I can see why. It’s a flattering, deep rosy neutral that would look great on many skin tones. The lipstick is very creamy and, like the description says, very hydrating.
Bel-Ami is beautiful mauvey, plumey shade. The Coco Shines remind me of the Revlon Lip Butters. They are super moisturizing, sheer, and can be swiped on quickly without needing a mirror. I’ve worn this one non-stop since I got it.
The most interesting and unique Chanel product for me was the Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire. Whenever you see a celebrity on the red carpet or a magazine cover and read which products their MUA used, you often see the Illusion d’Ombres mentioned.
The Illusion d’Ombre goes on smooth and creamy and then dries to more of a powder finish. It’s a bit more shimmery than I normally wear, but that’s the “luminous” part I guess 🙂 The shade Illusoire is a beautiful, rich, cool taupe. I have worn it on its own and as a base for eyeshadow quad.
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude: This is the only thing that I was a little bit disappointed in. Although I love the colours, for a high-end brand, the pigmentation and staying power of these shadows are somewhat lacking. After the Burberry eyeshadow (think: buttery, richly pigmented, long wearing) the Chanel quad seemed sheer and definitely didn’t wear as well as my other eyeshadows, even with a primer. I will still wear them and enjoy them, but unlike the other items I got, I don’t think it’s quite worth the price.
So here is a breakdown of what I WOULD have paid, if I hadn’t had all of those sweet, sweet Optimum Points:
Joues Contraste Powder Blush: $48.00 CND
Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick: $39.00 CND
Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour: $39.00 CND
Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow: $38.00 CND
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow: $62.00 CND
In Canada, Chanel is available in stores at The Bay, Murale, and some Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUES.
As far as I know, there are no websites that ship Chanel makeup to Canada. UPDATE: You can order online through The Bay!