Crushing On: L’Été Papillon de Chanel Summer 2013 Collection

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I haven’t reviewed many beauty products on this site in the past (most of my reviews are on Full Time Ford). It’s not because I am not a beauty product junkieI totally ambut we all know that isn’t where my passion truly lies. However, if I am being completely honest I have to admit that the real reason I don’t do more product reviews is because of the photography. Can we take a second to acknowledge how f@#!ing difficult it is to capture TRUE colors for beauty product reviews? I don’t know how beauty bloggers do this day in and day out.

Nevertheless, I just couldn’t help myself todayI had to share my love for Chanel’s Limited-Edition L’Été Papillon de Chanel Summer 2013 Beauty Collection with you. You know it’s gotta be good when it bumps my beloved TOM FORD Beauty products from the rotation!

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According to the official press release: “The dazzling colours of butterfly wings inspire a joyful look for Summer, with the enchanting collection L’ÉTÉ PAPILLON DE CHANEL. Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup Peter Philips envisions electric shades of gold, pink and platinum to set eyelids aglow, with lashes fluttering in whimsical aqua, lime and blue hues. Crisp peach and bright raspberry grace the lips, while nails finish the fleeting mood in glimmering shades of intense coral, deep blue-green and heavenly blue.”

Let’s see how that translates to my eyes!

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow/Fresh Effect Eyeshadow ($34)

One of the highlights of the limited-edition L’Été Papillon Collection are the new eyeshadow pens.

I. Love. Them.

They simplify my makeup routine because I don’t need a brush to blend the colorsa finger works just fine. The lightweight formula is buildable, goes on smooth and lasts a good 8 hours (possibly longer but I had to take mine off for bed).  As an added bonus, they go on with a fabulous wet/cooling effect that feels great on the lids. The stylos are available in 6 colors: Moon River, Cool Gold, Pink Lagoon, Jade Shore, Blue Bay and Black Stream.

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On my lids: Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Jade Shore (all over the lid) and Cool Gold (inner corners).

As you can see, Jade Shore looks almost silver on me in certain light.  In actuality, it’s a stunning seafoam green with a touch of sparkle… you can build it up so it is more green or blend it out so it is more iridescent (which is what I did).  I also purchased Pink Lagoon, which is pictured and swatched below, but it wasn’t a part of this look.

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Buy It Now: Bergdorf Goodman / Neiman Marcus / Saks Fifth Avenue

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Multi-Dimensional Mascara ($30)

I’ve been looking for a new waterproof mascara for the summer months and this one delivers. Volume, length, curl… it’s all there and the formula is smudge-proof (yes, please!). As an added bonus, it contains pro-Vitamin B5 so it hydrates and conditions lashes to keep them supple and healthy-looking. As for the colors, Noir is a permanent offering but the other 4 shades are limited-edition: Zest, Lime Light, Aqua Blue and Blue Note.

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On my lashes:  Noir (upper lashes), Blue Note (tips of upper lashes) and Aqua Blue (lower lashes)

When they say its waterproof they aren’t kidding. It took multiple applications of my trusty Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup remover to get these layers off!

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Buy It Now: Bergdorf Goodman / Neiman Marcus / Saks Fifth Avenue

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($30)

This became one of my favorite eyeliners a couple of years ago. It glides on smoothly without pulling at your lids, is long-lasting and has an excellent color payoff. Waterproof and smudgeproof perfection. True Blue is the new limited-edition Summer shade.

On my eyes: Noir Intense (outer corner of eyes) and True Blue (lower lash line)

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Buy It Now: Neiman Marcus / Saks Fifth Avenue

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Are you loving it?  Do you need some ideas for looks?

I have a few more items from this collection to review for you later, but I am dying to get my hands on the other Stylo Eyeshadow Pens.

What about you?

Anything calling your name?

What other products are you loving right now?

 

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Fashion Blogging: It’s Not Just About Pretty Pictures

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It’s not that I don’t enjoy personal and street style blogs. I do.

Some of my favorite bloggers are personal and street style bloggers and I adore their content—but this post isn’t about them. They don’t need me to laud their virtues when hundreds upon hundreds of other have already done so. They don’t need me to defend them from potentially scathing articles when they watch each other’s backs and respond with intelligent commentary. They already have  a voice in the fashion blogging community. Hell, they are the voice (and face) of the fashion blogging community.

This post is about something someone else entirely.

This post is about the invisible fashion bloggers.

Unsure who I mean?

They aren’t street style bloggers. They aren’t personal style bloggers. They don’t fit into any budget, luxury, DIY, plus-size or accessory niche. And they aren’t lifestyle bloggers.

They are fashion bloggers. Plain and simple.

The Definition of a Fashion Blogger

In recent years, the popularity of fashion bloggers of the personal and street style ilk has reached record heights. The success of the “super bloggers”—The Man Repeller’s, Garance Dore’s  and Glamourai’s of the fashion world—has changed the very essence of fashion PR and media and it seems like someone, somewhere, is always talking about one of them. But all too often we forget that these “super bloggers” weren’t overnight successes. They are intelligent, hard-working, business savvy individuals who made a name for themselves in a time when the fashion blogosphere was searching for its stars.

And now…

Not only have they become the benchmarks by which we measure our own success…

They have also become what defines us.

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