Monday, July 28, 2014

MOTW: The Chanel Series - Raffinement


The Chanel Series continues with Raffinement quad, which must be one of the most-used quad in my collection. The colors aren't unique or dupe-able, but the quality of the shades are that of Chanel: sparkly without being over the top, shimmery without being too frosty, pigmented without being too chalky, in short un raffinement

The inspiration of the look for this week comes courtesy of magazine sale from local Kinokuniya. Here, I found Maquia of past months half-priced; easy on the wallet and still useful for those of us who are not following trend.


One of the article features past Maquia cover-girl and their most sought-after facial feature. This one features Nozomi Sasaki, apparently a popular model/actress/songstress in Japan. 

Rough translation: please be aware that the color used in this tutorial is based on Sofina Aube Couture Designing Impression Eyes palette no 552. Other products used: Aube Couture Desinging Eyeliner BK701, Chanel Inimitable Extreme Mascara.
1. Medium-brown shade on the movable eye lids, layer more on the center of the eyes
2. Brown-beige shade over the width of the double-eye lid. 
3. Blend the eyelids with fingertips.
4. Tight-line upper lash line.
5. Extend the outer corner of the lash line.
6. Highlight the inner corner of the eyes.
7. Use the peachy-beige color on the outer 1/3 of the lower lid.
8. Apply mascara in fan-shape manner.
  • Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer in Bliss to give a sheer, luminous canvas. I found that as I age, I no longer go darker during the summer, despite of numerous daily trip to the local park with the Tod. Maybe because I've gotten very careful with my sun protection? I found Bliss still suits my skin quite well without looking pasty.
  • Chanel Quad Raffinement for eye look adapted loosely based on the above tutorial. I have hooded lids with somewhat deep-set eyes, so what I did was to sweep the sparkly champagne mid-tone all over the lid (no 1), then use the darker mid-tone to focus near the lash line (no 2). Light shimmery peach to highlight inner-corner of lower lids (no 6) and darkest shade to deepen the outer corner (no 7).
  • By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quarts added to the inner corner of the eyes as well.
  • Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Audrey eye powder pencil; which I love, love, evident by the size of it, to tightline the upper lash line. This is, by the way, a total dupe of Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil. Don't take my word for it, simply copy & paste these first four ingredients of CT eye pencil on Google search and see what pops out:
    Ethylhexyl Isostearate, Nylon-12, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera), ...
  • Le Volume de Chanel mascara, still going strong.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow blush to lend that hint-of-peach on the cheeks.
  • NYX Butter Gloss in -- what else? -- Peaches and Cream. The scent is atrocious but the color is lovely, especially for a drug-store gloss.


Speaking of eye makeup, I've only been using one brush for the past month or so to do my eye makeup; the Tom Ford eye shadow contour brush. It is super fast and effective as a lay-down brush, the tip is sharp enough as a smudger or for lining the bottom lids/along the lash line. I'd use one side of the brush for one color, the other for the next, then swipe the tip on the light highlighter color first before finally swiping it on the darkest shade for the bottom lid. If you can only get one Tom Ford brush, I highly recommend this one.


I wish you a happy, safe, productive week.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Homemade Sew Along Day 5


Well, not much to write on Day 5. I was getting tired that this project drags on to more than a full-week instead of 5-day ordeal. In any case, day 5 was a bit uneventful. I sew the hems and inserted the drawstring, and voila, we have a hoodie.

I love that it is made out of shirting flannel; it is soft yet warm at the same time, perfect for those chilly Summer nights or transitioning into Fall. That also means the Tod can wear it right away, he actually cannot wait!

I wasn't sure how the Tod going to receive it, but he loves it. I think he was amazed that I made something out of a piece of fabric. Of course, he didn't see my work, otherwise, he would have want to sew it himself, but I told him that if he wants to learn how to sew, he can. In fact, some of the best designers are men: Karl, Valentino..



Monday, July 21, 2014

MOTW: The Chanel Series - Kaska Beige


First of all, I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart from an outpouring support over my last post. There are so many of you who reach out to me personally and I can feel the goodness of life all around me. Thank you, thank you. You are all an affirmation that life is abundant in kindness and in love.

Now that the weather is not as hot, I slowly go back to my MOTW prep. This time around, I saw lots and lots and lots of reviews of the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad.... Tisée Camelia... Tisée Rivoli... Tisée Cambon... almost every single blogger feature one shade or the other. 

These posts inspire me to give the oldies but goodies Chanel quads the love they deserve. If everything goes as planned, I will feature weekly MOTW using all of the Chanel quads that I owned, starting from this post today.
  • Chanel Kaska Beige Quad is perhaps one of the warmest quad in the collection. I don't know why it used to be my fave when the coloration definitely clashed with my skin tone. But, with the help of our friend Chanel Bronzing Base and a bit of coral cheek, it comes alive, accentuating the greenish bits of my eyes.
    I follow this diagram from Chanel for application on the "Intense Look," C = pearlescent bronzy shade, B = the matte shade and D = dark-mauve-brown shade. Don't forget A = the light gold shade on the inner corner. It is a lovely combo indeed!


  • Burberry Trench eye shadow as a base.
  • Le Volume de Chanel mascara sample -- still loving this one.
  • Chanel Bronzing Base, my fave bronzer, evah!
  • Still testing the Hada-Labo UV SPF 50 PA+++. This one has great potential, but not for someone with oily skin, I should warn.
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation, a nice wash of color that is a notch above tinted moisturizer in coverage.
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya: a milky coral.
  • Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Poppy Paradise: a recent rave, can't help to get a mini of this ridiculously juicy, flattering shade of coral pink.
Not shown is the BB for Lips in Flush by BiteBeauty, another recent rave, which usually lives in my purse.


Have you used up any eye shadow quads? How long does it take? Is it something you use daily? I wish everyone a happy, healthy, wonderful week!