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September, 2011

  1. MUG SHOT: Seeing (leopard) spots with Camel and Ebony from Dior’s Mitzah Collection

    September 20, 2011 by pam

    One of my favorite things in the world is getting mail – nail mail.

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    And yesterday, a fantastic FedEx package arrived from Petah, my awesome polish elf.

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    You know how he got me my Les Jeans De Chanel at this year’s Fashion Night Out. But that’s not all Petah sent.

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    He also sent this lovely bag from Sephora.

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    And the bag contained two very special polish bottles.

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    Two bottles I’ve been lemming for months.

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    Two bottles I’ve been drooling over.

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    Two bottles I had almost given up on.

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    And they’re finally here.

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    Dior Camel and Ebony.

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    The two shades from Dior’s Mitzah Collection.

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    The collection was inspired by Mitzah Bricard, Christian Dior’s muse.

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    Mitzah Bricard was a leopard print-loving hat designer.

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    And Dior honored her with a leopard print-inspired makeup collection that I just love.

    This is Ebony.

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    Ebony is a gorgeous gray brown.

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    The formula was lovely, like most of the Diors in my collection.

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    Super smooth, glossy and opaque in two coats.

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    Ebony is a bit lighter than Underground and doesn’t have Underground’s purple tones.

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    This one is dusky and has a lot of gray in it.

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    I love it.

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    I think it’s gorgeous.

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    Naturally, even though I suck at nail art, I had to try leopard print nails using Ebony as the base.

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    It’s messy, yes.

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    But I was surprised at how much I liked it.

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    I used Dior Camel to make the spots before outlining them with Etude House’s black nail art pen.

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    My mistake was using Dior’s gigantic brush to make the spots.

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    It was easier to do with an orange stick – but I discovered that later.

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    Still, I like it.

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    And now, Dior Camel.

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    Now I had really high hopes for this polish.

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    But oh my god, it was so thick and streaky I almost cried.

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    I’m pretty sure I got a bad bottle because everyone else had nothing but great things to say about Camel’s formula.

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    And I’ve never seen a streaky Dior polish and I have quite a few. I’m so tempted to write to Dior about this.

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    I’m normally really careful about watering down my polish with thinner (I’ve only done it once – and to a Seche Vite top coat and not an actual polish) but this time I had no choice. And even though Sparitual recommended that I only use two drops of their thinner, I ended up using ten to make this work.

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    Sigh, Camel. Why did you have to break my heart?

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    Of course, even though Camel was stubborn, I knew I had to do leopard print nails using her as the base.

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    This time I used an orange stick to make the Ebony spots.

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    It was way easier because I had more control.

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    I have so much respect for nail artists. What they do is so not easy. (You rock, Sophy Robson. You’re awesome, Rina Alcantara.)

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    Originally I wanted to use Konad.

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    Now I’m glad I couldn’t find my plate with the leopard print design.

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    It forced me to do this freehand.

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    I am not good at it but I still had fun.

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    And while you will not see any leopard prints in my wardrobe,

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    this is a look I can totally rock – at least on my nails.

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    I liked how this turned out so much that I can almost forgive Camel for being streak city.

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    I love you, Petah.

    You can find Dior’s Mitzah Collection at Sephora now.


  2. MUG SHOT: The allure of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet (Rose Cache, Rose Exuberant, Pirate + Top Coat Velvet)

    September 19, 2011 by pam

    Next month, Chanel will be launching a new range of sexy matte lipsticks called Rouge Allure Velvet.

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    But that’s not why I’m up at 3 in the morning, unable to sleep because I am to excited for you to see these.

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    And by these I mean a big dose of Chanel love.

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    Thanks to the awesome awesome Daphne of Rustan’s, I can now show you the shades from the Rouge Allure Velvet collection.

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    There are three colors and a special top coat.

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    A matte top coat.

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    The three colors are Rose Cache, Rose Exuberant and Pirate.

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    A beige, a pink and a red.

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    Pretty, pretty, pretty.

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    This is Rose Cache.

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    Chanel describes this as a “rose beige.”

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    Yup, pretty accurate.

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    Rose Cache is way more pink in the bottle than on my nails.

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    My skin tone brings out the beige and not the pink in this shade.

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    This is another shade with Chanel’s secret shimmer.

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    The formula was nice and smooth. I used two coats.

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    This is Rose Cache with flash.

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    This is Beaute Des Ongles Top Coat Velvet. It can turn any polish matte – but you already know that.

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    This is Rose Cache with Top Coat Velvet.

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    I love that this top coat gives my polish a velvety feel.

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    It’s not chalky at all.

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    I saw Sophy Robson post a mannequin nails photo using this polish.

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    I wish this shade was as pretty on me too.

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    This is Rose Exuberant.

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    Chanel describes it as “intense pink.”

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    And yes, that’s accurate too.

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    Now that is a serious pink.

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    I love how bright this pink is.

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    It’s such a happy color.

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    I have a lot of pink Chanels but I still really love this one.

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    It’s so pretty.

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    Again, lovely formula.

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    I used two coats.

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    And I love Rose Exuberant matte too.

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    Crazy pretty.

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    And it felt so smooth I couldn’t stop touching it.

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    Love love love.

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    There’s no other word for this.

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    Love.

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    And finally, Pirate.

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    Chanel describes this as “deep red.”

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    Pirate is a deep red.

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    A deep red jelly.

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    And because it’s a jelly, I used three coats.

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    I love this too.

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    I love how glossy this color is.

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    It’s sexy.

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    Matte Pirate is sexy too.

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    Really sexy.

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    I love how Peter Philips rereleased this old shade but updated the look with the matte top coat.

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    Love love love.

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    I love how vibrant this red is.

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    In fact, I loved this so much that I kept it on after swatching.

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    And yes, I couldn’t stop touching my nails.

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    Chanel fever once again. And I don’t think it will ever go away.

    This won’t be the last time you will be seeing these shades. I have plenty of plans to play with them. I will post comparison swatches soon. I also can’t wait to see how other Chanel shades look with Top Coat Velvet.

    Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet will be available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source in October.