Summer Products to Bring out your South Beach Glow

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Suddenly it’s summer. London is definitely in the peak of the hot weather and it’s making me think of ice creams, and beaches, and holidays and fresh watermelon eaten in the sun.

Since my ACTUAL summer holidays are a little while away, I need to make do with cheering myself up with some new summer makeup. Which luckily is easy as I’ve had a bunch of gorgeous new things arrive recently. It’s not your typical summer fare either – oh sure there are bronzers, and fresh apricot shine lipsticks and blush the colour of fresh papaya, but there are also sparkling highlighters, candy coloured liners, shimmery obsidian dark eyeshadow and jungle green mascara for when you feel like taking the tropical vibe to – well, your lashes, actually.

Here’s my pick of the summer crop so far:

NARS Bord de Plage Highlighting and Bronzing Palette – this is heaven in a makeup compact. The new summer collection from NARS reformulates their classic bronzers, Laguna and Casino (which are ALWAYS in my kit), and the new version has no shimmer. Which I’m pretty excited by, as sometimes, like when doing male grooming, you don’t want shimmer when you bronze someone up. Contouring is also a zero shimmer proposition (I do believe we have discussed this before on MM  – contouring in general is something that needs to be handled with extreme care).

This NARS palette not only has the two new bronzers, but four delicious new powder highlighters in shades ranging from peach to gold to copper. You will literally never need to buy another highlighter again. And let’s discuss the packaging shall we? It’s tortoiseshell. Metallic tortoiseshell print. Gorgey-worgey and super chic.

Sisley’s Phytoblush Twist in number 3
The sweetest, domed stick blush in a wind up, zebra print case – it’s the colour of a ripe rockmelon and is guaranteed to make you feel like Brigitte Bardot lounging beachside in the South of France (instead of sweating on the tube in rush hour, which, let’s be real is more likely where you’ll be wearing it). I love the feel of it as it melts into the skin and gives a just touched by the sun hint of colour. Perfect to complement my (soon to be) new back from the beach tan!

Sisley’s Phytoblush Twist in number 3

Chanel Ombre Première eyeshadow range – The Chanel eyeshadow range has just been totally reformulated and it’s an extensive collection of cream and powder eyeshadows that you can layer or wear alone. I’m currently obsessed with the Silver Pink cream one in this range, and was thrilled to see a new black cream version (816 Obscur), an update on my favourite but discontinued Mirifique from my beloved Chanel’s Ombre d’Illusion range. This is what you want when you’re doing a super glam smoky eye. The powder shadows come in an incredible range with golds, shimmering purples and cobalts as well as the more traditional flattering browns.

Chanel Ombre Première eyeshadow range

Kiko Milano Eyeliners – I’m totally obsessed with Kiko Milano’s range of cheap, amazing makeup and I’ve been using their coloured eyeliners at work. A few weeks ago on a summer beauty shoot I used Kiko Smart Eyepencil in 805 Violet, and I also love their Lasting Precision Automatic Eyeliner in Turquoise 08 for just a jolt of colour on the eye with sheer skin and  nude lips. Best of all, Kiko is so reasonably priced you can grab a basket and start collecting new kit products like candy! They’re a life saver right before beauty shoots, let me tell you.

Kiko Smart Eyepencil in 805

 

Chanel Inimitable waterproof mascara in 87 – it’s green, hunter green. It’s not too bright, or scary but it’s definitely there, and it brings out every eye colour. Plus it’s waterproof so ideal for long days of swimming as well as pool party nights. For some reason it makes me think of J Lo videos c 2001 (maybe because secretly I’d like to live in a J Lo video c. 2001.)

Chanel Inimitable waterproof mascara in 87

NARS Laguna Body Tint – another all-star winner from NARS’ summer collection, this one is going straight in my kit. It has a slight amount of shimmer to it but not enough to make you feel like YOU should be in that J Lo video – it’s not that tacky over blingy shimmer look of yore. It’s also got a good tint to it, taking my pasta coloured legs to a believable shade of bronze in as long as it takes to rub it in, and it’s scented with NARS’ signature Mono de Tahiti scent. It has an SPF of 30 so not only does it give you a Haitian goddess colour, it protects you from the sun. This is definitely going with me on holidays.

NARS Laguna Body Tint

Let’s have some J Lo inspo, ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing’ from her 2001 album, ‘On the 6’. If I can’t get to Miami, Miami will have to come to me. I’m going to self tan myself now with my NARS Laguna Body Tint whilst imagining I’m in a Miami mega mansion wearing ridiculously oversized Gucci aviators, some major hair extensions and peach coloured lip gloss. BRB.

 

In My Makeup Kit: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

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I think you all know by now how much I love Chanel Vitalumiere foundation – it’s been one of my kit staples for years as it just melts into the skin, covers what you want it to cover and leaves a dewy, hydrated finish. It’s perfect for shoots and shows as it has a buildable coverage so you can manipulate it as you want, but for everyday life, I personally prefer something lighter for myself.

Enter Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua which came out ages ago and I’ve been using it on myself every day for at least a year. So I know it’s good. It has all the delicious skin-enhancing properties of Chanel Vitalumiere, but dials down the coverage so it’s perfect for daytime.

It’s oil-free, and nice in the warmer summer months when one is producing enough sweat and oil on one’s own, thank you very much. It’s one of those shakeable bi-phase foundations, so you shake it to mix it.  I like to apply with fingers. It leaves the same gorgeous finish of Vitalumiere but is quicker and easier to apply – since you don’t need brushes or sponges, it’s also great for holidays (something very much on my mind at present as the weather warms up!)

Vitalumiere Aqua has more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not as much as the traditional VL formula. It comes in 10 shades, but do check at the counter before you buy as I do find that the Chanel range of foundations is not a perfect match for everyone. I so wish it was as I wouldn’t need any other foundations in my kit, but more yellow and golden toned people are not always covered in the Chanel shades.

Also it comes in a teeny little lightweight plastic bottle (which weirdly is like the Tardis of foundations as that bottle seems to last FOREVER) thus making it a front runner for the next new foundation range for my kit – makeup artists love things that don’t come in glass!

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In My Makeup Kit: Chanel New Moon

Keira Knightley wearing Chanel

In My Head – The Soundtrack to ‘Babe’

Although right, I admit it – it’s not in there yet. BUT IT WILL BE. I have been waiting for this gorgeous soft coppery shade to hit counters ever since it started turning up on the red carpet (like on the likes of Keira Knightley – see above for some soft buttery eyeshadow deliciousness!)

Chanel’s New Moon is the latest addition to their Ombre d’Illusion line, which I would have to say is probably my favourite line of eyeshadows ever (oh be quiet Tom Ford – it’s a close call but Chanel win this round.) I hestitae to call them creams since they’re a new technology which is really a mousse more than a cream, and most makeup lines now do them, from Maybelline to Armani. But it’s the colours of the Chanel Ombres that make this line so special, and the new Summer offerings, on counter in Oz this weekend, are no exception.

New Moon is the one that I have to have, but I may also pick up Mirage, which is a golden bronze (so perfect for the big beach beauty shoot I have coming up), and Utopia is a soft lavender. And I’m a sucker for a soft lavender since it looks good on every eye colour.

And now for what else New Moon has inspired, which is not very Chanel(but I can’t help it) – it’s the end of the kids’ movie Babe, when the three mice sing “Blue Moon”. Every time I think “New Moon” this is what pops in my head:

 It’s not that chic, but it’s definitely sweet. As long as I don’t start singing it at the Chanel counter, I should be fine.

Video – Chanel Fall 2014 Backstage

Chanel Suprmarket

Aah Karl – such a genius. Only he could create an entire Chanel SUPERMARKET (complete with aisles and aisles of divine double-C products) to showcase his latest Fall collection. This is a fabulous look at the show with an interview with Karl and commentary from the fash pack on how social media is changing the landscape of fashion shows. As always, Karl is ahead of the field and right on the money.

 

New Beauty Breakdown! Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014

Ah the couture. Magical clothes that are made by the world’s most skilled artisans, and designed by the greatest fashion minds of our time, with price as no object. Could there be anything more beautiful?

The redoubtable Karl Lagerfeld has done it again at the Chanel Haute Couture show last week, creating a dazzling collection that culminated in Cara Delevigne as the bride, wearing trainers. Which sounds like so many shades of wrong until you see it, when you realise it captures fashion’s current mood perfectly.

And the makeup! Peter Philips has done it again with a simple, ethereal gorgeous makeup featuring a silver glitter liner under the eye. Here’s the Chanel products he used:

COMPLEXION

  • Perfection Lumiere Velvet New Foundation Collection (available in April)
  • Eclat Lumiere concealer
  • Poudre Universelle Libre

THE EYES

  • Ligne Graphique de Chanel “Noir-Noir” (N°10)
  • Le Crayon Khol “Clair” (N°69)
  • Mascara Volume de Chanel “Black” (N°10)
  • Eyelash Curler de Chanel
  • Crayon Sourcils
  • Le Sourcil de Chanel

THE CHEEKS

  • Blush Joues Contraste “Espiègle” (N°65)

 THE LIPS

  • Rouge Coco Shine “Satisfaction” (N°89) – (from the “Variation” Collection available March)

THE NAILS

  • Le Vernis “Frisson” (N°543)

PS If you want to get your paws on that silver glitter, MAC do a fabulous range of glitters, or a theatrical makeup store should be able to help you find something just as gorgeous. I like Screenface, Charles Fox or Guru Makeup when I’m in London, or in Sydney you could try my favourite makeup artist store, Scotty’s Makeup on Broadway.