How I came to own this travel brush set is amusing, as I actually bought it on my return journey after I spent a month abroad. I did not get to enjoy the Les Mini de Chanel Travel Brush Set while travelling, but as soon as I saw it on that airport shop I knew that it was a pretty nice set to add to my collection and that it would be really useful in the future.
The first thing that I noticed was that some of the brushes had shapes that one does not see that often in travel sets and that they would nicely complement my Laura Mercier Travel set. I also noticed that these brushes are really small, even for travel brushes, and that they have really soft bristles.
The set has five brushes, of which two are face brushes and three are eye brushes. It came in a a round mesh black toiletries bag which also contained a round mirror (both not pictured here).
I really loved the theme of the Chanel Holiday 2015 Rouge Noir collection: sparkly, gold and vampy. It was a slight twist on the usual red and gold theme that comes back every Christmas, and I couldn’t be more happy to have been able to browse it.
I was so tempted that I bought a few items, which are pictured above: the three nail polishes and the pencil liner. I was also very tempted by the cream eyeshadow and the lipsticks, but in the end I tried to be a good girl and not pillage the shop like a viking looking for bounty!
Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Or Saffron is quite a mouthfull for what is basically a gold eye liner.
Here is a product that I had been coveting since it was launched this winter and that I finally succumbed to.
Not only is the Chanel Camélia de Plumes Highlighting Powder a gorgeous thing to look at, but it also was an unusual highlighting shade for me as I tend to go for the more golden tones, so I simply welcomed it into my stash.
The compact comes in a velvet pouch and that also contains a slanted brush. The compact is your traditional black background with the Chanel logo in white.
The embossed motif is really beautiful and detailed and it works very well with the name of the powder.
As I have explained before, my skin can be a bit tricky when shopping for foundations, so that might be an explanation as to why I have accumulated so many of them.
First of all, I have oily skin and I live in a place where it is very hot and humid in summer so it is a tricky combination as most foundations melt off my face. Also, my skin is sensitive, yellow toned but with redness on the centre of the face. And finally, I don’t really like mask like foundations.
All this means that many times I have been matched to a cool toned foundation or a darker foundation or one with high coverage only to apply it once I am home and cringe.
Let me tell you about my foundation journey below.
Aaaah Sundays! That day of the week you get to walk the dog, read your book or paint your nails. Or do anything that it is that you do not have time for during the week. At least it is for many people. Me? I am one of those that works so that others enjoy their free time so it is indeed a rare Sunday that I get to have a free day.
Perhaps it is because today I was free to be lazy that this week’s summary is longer than I tend to.
In the “upcoming releases I am excited about” we have MAC’s Prolongwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation which hasn’t arrived yet to my store but should be arriving really soon.
Also, I loved the Ombre Matte cream eyeshadows that Clarins released a few months back, so I am really excited to hear that there will be three new Ombre Iridiscent LE shades (heard here).
This is the story of a very pigheaded perseverant girl wanting to try the latest sheer powder fabled to give the wearer a unified complexion and a healthy look.
The object of her quest was Chanel Les Beiges, a cream compact containing a very finely milled and smooth pressed powder (or so all the other beautyaddicts said). Unfortunately for our girl, the powers that be decided that the women in her country were all medium skin toned and so the fairest shade available in her country was 30.
Actually, this is a for now perfect match, until I try other primers, as I’ve only tried the combination that includes Le Blanc de Chanel underneath MAC Prolongwear foundation mixed with some Face and Body and applied with Wayne Goss brush 01.
For some time now I have not been liking my MAC Prolongwear. Despite this, I am on my second bottle: I felt as if I could not find a foundation that could survive my combination skin and the stifling summer temperatures and not look cakey. Such a thing simply did not exist! So I made do with Prolongwear.
I would try applying more and less powder, this and that brush, but by the time I ended my work day, after having had to blot a couple times during the day, I would look in the mirror and cringe.
I have tried mixing it with MAC Face and Body and with Studio Moisturize Tint, and those lighter textures made it quite better. But today I decided that I had to finally try my Wayne Goss 01 and which foundation should I use but the one that looks worst on me! If the 01 could work wonders with Prolongwear then I could throw anything its way.