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Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

3 Feb

Well well well. If it isn’t little miss…. okay let’s just cut to the chase, I don’t have much time.


So pretty! I was sucked in by both the name (Coconut Gelée? YUM!) and the colors. Then I bought some, and found myself unsure of how I was supposed to apply it. It’s blush… but it’s in a pot. Do I use my fingers? A sponge? A brush? I finally googled it and was rewarded with a bunch of how-to Youtube videos. The consensus seemed to be fingers, so I went at it.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée
-Fairly easy to apply, if a little confusing at first
-Very sheer
-Super natural looking – really gives that dewy look

-There was a lot of talk about how it was “buildable,” but I found that hard. It goes on SO sheer that I felt like I had to cake it on to get any real color.
-Messy fingers
-Not as intuitive (for me) as powder blush

End result? I switched back to NARS Orgasm, which it appears I have never written a review for, but really, do I need to? I mean if you have read a beauty blog or magazine in the past ten years you have surely heard of THE BEST BLUSH IN THE WORLD OMG IT’S SO GOOD THEY MADE ANOTHER ONE WITH GLITTER AND CALLED IT SUPER ORGASM AND THEN THEY MADE MATCHING LIPGLOSS AND NAIL POLISH TOO OH NARS PLEASE MARRY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Their words, not mine – I do love the blush but frankly find all other NARS products overrated and unimpressive.) Sorry for the digression. Basically the work was not worth the result for me. It’s a nice blush and if you’re into a super sheer blush, a cream blush, or a dewy look, this very well might be the blush for you. I don’t really need/want any of those things, so for me… not so much.

I swear I am going to try to blog again later this week about an eyeshadow that is my new fave. Stay tuned.

PS. I’m pregnant again, so that is part of the reason I am so slow.

Chantecaille New Classic Palette

29 Mar

One of the items I bought during Frenchy’s Chantecaille day was this palette. At $85, Chantecaille’s New Classic Palette doesn’t come cheap, but surprisingly, I have so far found it worth every penny.

What you see above is: top left, eye shadow base; top right, eye shadow contour; bottom left, eye liner; and bottom right, blush. I find it unusual to purchase a palette where I like every single color, but this palette has succeeded in an area where so many others have failed. The blush is lovely and looks so natural that it doesn’t even look like I’m wearing blush. For a very natural, no-makeup look, I’ll dust a bit of the base only on my lids. For a little more sophisticated look, I’ll use just a hint of the contour. And for a night out, I’ll really play up the contour color and use the eye liner. I almost can’t believe a palette exists that can take me seamlessly from dog walker to dinner at Canlis, but here it is.

That said, I have one gripe, and one tip.

The gripe is that apparently all of Chantecaille’s palettes are limited edition. This one is sold out on their website and presumably won’t be available again, so get it while you can at places like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus (or Frenchy’s in Madison Park). This also means that if you fall in love with any of these colors, when you run out, you’re going to be relegated to combing ebay for a replacement. I really hate when companies do that – don’t get me addicted to something then pull the rug out from under me. Uncool. And I don’t mean you just can’t get this palette again, either; I mean THEY DON’T MAKE THESE COLORS. So annoying.

The tip is that the colors in this palette are in metal pans that are magnetized to the base. This is nice because when you run out you can replace them (with other colors, of course, since the ones in the palette are obnoxiously no longer available), and also nice because you can move them around. I found that when I was using my blush brush on the palette, I was sometimes picking up a little of the eye liner color on the edge of my brush and unwittingly sweeping it onto my cheek before I realized it. I swapped the places of the eye shadow base with the eye liner, however, and that no longer happens. Very convenient!

This palette is fantastic and if you’re looking for the ultimate all-in-one, day-to-night makeup color accessory, this is it.