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Check Me Out – What I’ve Been Up To

26 Jan

So I mentioned in this post that I’m super busy with my hands in EVERYTHING lately. There was one thing that I wanted to keep under wraps for a little while. I wanted to really settle in and feel comfortable where I was before I shared it with you all. I’mguest writing somewhere else on the internet! However, if any of my readers are super sleuths, which I’m sure some of you are, you might have figured it out already —

I’m currently a beauty intern for Refinery29!

I am loving my new role – I have so many writing opportunities (which is unusual for an intern!), am surrounded by so many creative, fashionable, and friendly people, and am working with a really wonderful editor. I am very happy and very, very lucky to be in such an amazing environment. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a chance to return to editorial and I’m delighted (enthralled, really) to be back.

Another reason I waited to let you guys know about this is because I wanted to be able to have a post that I was really proud of that I could share with you – today is a weird day, because not only was an article that I am SO happy with posted, but a street style slideshow with me in the lineup happened to go live as well.

Without any further ado, me via Refinery29: Chanel’s Spring 2012 runway makeup and Street Style Winter Coats (I’m slides #18 and #19)!

PS – does that nail polish look familiar in the second link? 🙂

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Chanel Graphite

20 Jan

Hey, y’all. I warn you now, this is going to be a long little doggie of a post. I know, I’ve not been around that much. I have my fingers in a little bit of everything, but those fingers are wearing Chanel. Chanel Graphite, if we’re being specific. I’ll explain later what that everything is, but for now, just check this out:

Chanel Graphite Nail Polish

Chanel Graphite Nail Polish

So this is Chanel Graphite, which came out this fall (to bated breath, typical of any Peter Philips production). I didn’t get when it came out because I swore that after Paradoxal chipped after four days that I’d never spend $26 on Chanel’s polish again. Of course, I ended up impulse buying it while Christmas shopping. I’m weak. The worst part was that once I got home, I realized that I had Revlon‘s dupe of it (Carbonite) sitting untested on my vanity. I felt like a real putz over this (still do!) but I thought, “hey, maybe it will be my dream pewter!

Chanel Graphite Nail Polish

Chanel Graphite Nail Polish

It was not. (I’ve been on this pewter quest for a specific reason – and it doesn’t match my purse! *stomps like a toddler*) The SA at Bloomingdale’s warned me that it has a lot of green undertones, which you can see from my swatch, but his warning fell on deaf ears. If you can imagine a cartoon version of me, I had interlocking Chanel C’s for eyes popping out of my head, spring noises and all, and there was no turning back. Sigh.

At any rate…it’s a foil, but not your average foil. Predominantly dark silver, with gold and green mixed in, to give it that sea-green cast. It’s definitely stunning.

Pros: The wear has been, to my surprise, pretty great. Three smooth coats. No chipping, no cracking – it’s pretty gorgeous overall, and unique (save for the decent dupe in Revlon‘s Carbonite).

Cons: Dude. It’s $26. That kind of money is for blush, lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, half a good foundation (ha!), brushes – pretty much anything but mascara (drugstore, guys. Drugstore is where it’s at) and nail polish. ALL NAIL POLISHES ARE THE SAME. I’m paying for the packaging, the name, and for the innovative color – and the color thing is a stretch. The ingredients are basically all the same for all makeup except skincare – and often, not even then.

That all being said, I enjoyed wearing it this week. If you’d like to buy it, you can buy it directly from Chanel‘s website (I’ve never ordered from them, but I’d expect some pretty fancy packaging in the mail), or you could get it here from Bloomingdale’s, like I did.

A NOTE on SOPA: This is a very, very important issue for our generation, especially for anyone involved in social media. SOPA would bring blogging to a screeching halt. Say a multi-billion dollar company saw one of my BRILLIANT AND SCINTILLATING (kidding!) blog posts – and say they didn’t like it because I said that it looked cheap. Or it didn’t wear well. Or that another company’s was better. You know – #sh*tbeautybloggerssay. That would be enough to totally shut down my blog. I am going to bust out my Elle Woods voice and say, “Hello?! Freedom of speech?!” And that is just not right.

One of my awesome readers and commenters, Derek, asked if I had a list (or knew of one in existence) compiling beauty companies who DON’T support these bills. Unfortunately, I don’t, but I’d love to know who out there in the beauty world is against this stuff! I checked the official list of who does support SOPA, and it seems like the biggest names in beauty, fashion, and publishing are all backing this. I doubt that smaller, more independent beauty companies would be behind anything like SOPA because blogs help get their names out there, but who can say? I’d love to know for sure. As for the bigger companies I was talking about?

Let’s just say this particular post would be shut down in a post-SOPA world.

On a less apocalyptic note! I’m not around as much because I’m going back to school in a few weeks! I’m starting a graduate program in something completely unrelated to beauty. I’m a little anxious but excited about this new endeavor. However, just because I’m a new student again doesn’t mean I’ll neglect you guys! I’ll still be here.

If anything, the reason I’m not here as much is because I’m going to be a guest somewhere else on the internet for a while. It has been an AWESOME experience so far and I can only expect it to get even greater! More on this soon.

So what do you guys think about Graphite? Chanel polishes in general? Or about SOPA? Do any of my readers support it? I’d be curious to hear why.

(Drop Dead) Beautiful – Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

21 Sep

Call me shallow, but I’m a sucker for looks.

Isn’t that how human beings work? Isn’t natural selection based on seeking out desirable traits?

Honestly, though, I don’t think Darwin had me and Dolce and Gabbana in mind…

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick tube

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick tube

Dolce & Gabbana has some seriously hot packaging going on. There’s a nice amount of weight to the shiny gold tube, giving the product the luxurious feel it should have for a $30 lipstick. The metal is engraved, but it doesn’t stop there…

Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst lipstick

Dolce and Gabbana Amethyst lipstick

Stamping the lipstick bullet with the brand logo has become almost commonplace among prestige brands – I believe Chanel was the first to do it, and then Urban Decay, Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry and other companies started following them like trendy little sheep. Even though it’s nothing too special, I still value it.

It may be clear to you by now that I’m a sucker for packaging – a majorly minor detail that I absolutely love is the box. These are the little things that I look for and cherish. Check it out:

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick box

Dolce and Gabbana lipstick box

The exterior of the box has a glossy black finish with gold writing – the interior of the box has a glossy gold finish. You have no idea – these are the things I live for. When I bought this product, I actually said out loud, “please have a contrasting interior!” as I opened it (I am sick). MAC will do this kind of thing once in a while with limited edition releases. My personal favorite was the Heatherette collection – hot pink boxes, matte black interior! Argh!

Moving along…

So I may have started this post out in a rather vain fashion, but I’m not all about appearances…it’s really what’s on the inside that counts. This is true of men and makeup, okay? We all forget this from time to time…it can’t be helped.

Luckily Dolce and Gabbana Cream Lipstick in Amethyst is Patrick Dempsey in the movie Enchanted (yeah, I know) – dark and brooding, but really pretty wonderful when it comes down to it. And absolutely PERFECT for fall (though I imagine Patrick – Patrick, can I call you that? – would be perfect all year round).

Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

Me wearing Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst

The deep burgundy/bordeaux color is strikingly similar to Essie Wicked nail polish, which you already know I like. Since it’s a cream lipstick, Amethyst is not as drying as I thought it would be, but it’s not particularly moisturizing either. As a result, it lasts for at least six hours and wears incredibly evenly. It also leaves a stark line of lipstick on your inner lip – hard to explain, but not the biggest deal.

Clearly I’m wearing next to no makeup in this picture (stressful moment for me), so you can see how truly pale I am – but I think this lipstick is pretty flattering! My teeth look particularly great (though I did get a cleaning recently – thanks, Dr. G!). I think it would look wonderful on medium and darker skin tones as well. You can find Dolce and Gabbana beauty products, including Classic Cream Lipstick in Amethyst, exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue.

OPI Ski Teal We Drop

30 Aug

Hey readers! It’s such a nice afternoon here in New York City – I hope it is wherever you are!

I’ve made my opinion on fall perfectly clear – it needs to get here stat. It feels like the weather is starting to cool off somewhat (or maybe that’s just psychosomatic on my part), so I’ve started to bust out the fall nail shades! The one I’m sharing with you today is one of my favorite nail polishes of all time, so I’ve mentioned it on the blog before in my top ten favorite nail polishes post.

OPI Ski Teal We Drop nail polish

OPI Ski Teal We Drop nail polish

OPI Ski Teal We Drop is a beautiful teal creme that looks wonderful against my pale skin, but I can see it looking fabulous against any skin tones. It pairs as well with the rich fabrics of fall as it does with denim, which makes me curious…could it be a dupe for Les Jeans de Chanel?

Les Jeans de Chanel

Les Jeans de Chanel polishes, picture courtesy of temptalia.com

In the first picture, Ski Teal We Drop takes on such a strong green cast that I didn’t think it was likely. But on the nail, it’s far more blue.

OPI Ski Teal We Drop swatch

OPI Ski Teal We Drop swatch, direct sunlight

There were no swatches of Les Jeans de Chanel available when I wrote this post, but it looks like that Ski Teal We Drop could be a possible dupe for Chanel‘s Blue Rebel. Peter Philips and Chanel have created some awesome, lustworthy nail polish shades in the past (I am still furious at myself for missing out on Jade), and I own a few bottles myself – but I’ve found the quality of the nail polish to be embarrassingly poor. Sure, it’s a great way to get in on the designer action, but I expect no chipping in the first few days of wear for a price tag of $25. I won’t be buying any of Les Jeans de Chanel – not just because of the poor formula quality, but because the colors aren’t terribly innovative this time around.

But Chanel isn’t who is on trial in this post – it’s OPI Ski Teal We Drop!

Pros: I have practically no complaints about this polish. It’s nearly a one-coater, but I did two. Dries beautifully, the color is unique in my collection, and is shiny without a topcoat!

Cons: My only gripe would be that if you leave it on too long (because it doesn’t chip easily), it can stain your nails – I seem to have the most trouble with blues/greens and discoloration. I really wouldn’t recommend leaving it on for more than a week.

OPI Ski Teal We Drop nail polish

OPI Ski Teal We Drop nail polish swatch, indirect sunlight

Though this nail polish came out last year in OPI‘s Swiss Collection, they must have made it permanent as it’s available to “try on” on their website. You can also get it here on drugstore.com (they show the wrong polish in the picture there – don’t worry, it’s frost-free)!

Do you have this one? (If you don’t, I recommend you pick it up!) What do you think – is it a dupe?

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