Tag Archives: Chantecaille


31 Oct

I have been trying different mascaras lately. I don’t know why. Boredom? I just thought, there are so many out there, why not? Largely a disappointing experience, but here are my findings anyhow, in a very short, succinct format.

Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
When I bought this, she told me it doesn’t smudge. That is a lie. It does. A lot. It smells like roses and it’s not the worst of the smudgers, but it does end up under my eyes after a long day. Good color, good consistency, easy application, good volume. Too expensive to smudge that way.
3/5 lashes

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara
I like the logo for this brand, and I think we all know I’m a sucker for anything pretty or gimmicky. I’m not sure what the thought process was in naming any mascara “skinny” anything, because that seems pretty counterintuitive, but this mascara is actually awesome. I literally just took a nap in it and it looks exactly the same as when I applied it. I have had no smudging issues with it; when it comes off it actually just seems to flake a little, which is way easier to remove than smudging. Color is good, lashes look thick and long. A tiny bit clumpier than I’d prefer but not too bad, and might thicken up with repeated usage. One coat is enough. Only complaint – hard to get off. Really had to scrub it off my eyes.
4.5/5 lashes

Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara in 6 (Purple)
Great mascara. I picked this up at Sephora because I had a hankering for some purple eyelashes. Great application, great staying power, easy to remove, little to no smudging, BUT (isn’t there always something?) doesn’t look very purply on. If you look VERY carefully it’s purple, but it’s not jumping off my face purple. The only reason to wear purple mascara is so that people are like, Hey, look at those wild lashes! This doesn’t accomplish that. I may as well just use the black. So as a mascara, 5/5 lashes. As a purple mascara…
3.5/5 lashes

Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara
The definite winner of the bunch, and a reader/friend submission at that! Wendy F. recommended I try this brand after one of my other mascara posts, so I did. It’s great! Color is good, application is easy, nice thick lashes with no clumping, one coat does it, easy to remove, minimal smudging, meets pretty much every requirement I have! I am at the end of the tube now, hence my exploration into other types, but if you’re not in the mood to explore and simply want a reliable, standard mascara, I don’t think you can go wrong with this one.
5/5 lashes

On a related note, the first person to tell me what the hell mascara and flagellation have in common wins a prize. EVERY time I write about mascara, WordPress suggests I tag my post with flagellation. I must know why.

Chantecaille Future Skin

2 May

I’m 34 now, and although my whole life I have shied away from “foundation,” it seems like my time has come. I have always used spot concealer and powder, but my skin tone is becoming more uneven, I have more wrinkles, and when you combine these things with my vitiligo, it seems like it’s time to start using a makeup that gives me some decent coverage.

I am particular, though. This is my first foray into foundation, and I want it to be LIGHT. I don’t want “full coverage,” I don’t want it sticking to my currently invisible moustache hairs, I don’t want every inch of my face to be an identical shade of unrealistic. I want to look young, and human, and yes, slightly flawed.

When I went to that Chantecaille event at Frenchy’s, one of the items I bought was Chantecaille’s Future Skin foundation. The crazy sales lady did quite the hard sell, telling me there was no celebrity on TV or in magazines seen without this stuff on, blah blah blah. Whatever, honestly? I don’t really give a crap. All I care about is that it’s kind to my skin and that it works. And Future Skin fits the bill.

This stuff is light and translucent, so if you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation, keep looking. But if you’re looking for a crazy light (like, you won’t even feel it on your skin after you’ve applied it), super blendable, botanical foundation to even out your skin tone and give you a little glow, then BING BING BING! Jackpot!

This is from their site:

Future Skin
An oil-free gel foundation that has the unique ability to transfer water into the skin without the use of any oil. Natto gum, a soybean-derived phyto-collagen is a natural emulsifier used in this process. Clinical evidence shows that after consistent 7-day usage, there is a 26% reduction in sebum production.

Aloe, Chamomile and Arnica work to calm irritation and soothe sensitive skin. Rosemary, Green Tea and Rice Bran boost the immune system and help prevent oxidation. The formula provides adjustable coverage (medium to full) thanks to light-reflective circular pigment that eases the appearance of flaws.

So according to them, the coverage is “buildable,” and maybe it is… I am just not into building yet. One thin layer is all I need.

I follow with their Loose Powder and also really like that.

The down side is that this stuff costs a pretty penny. It does, however, seem to last a pretty good long time (both on your face and in the jar), so in the long run, may very well prove to be worth it.

GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask

1 May

After my subpar experience with the Chantecaille clay mask on Sunday, I decided to give GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask a shot this afternoon.

WHAM! POW! Holy Jesus, the difference! First thing I noticed is the color is more of a green clay-like color than the Chantecaille pearlescent dark gray mask. Second thing is it’s fragrant. I like the fragrance – it smells like green tea, or at least what perfumes that smell like green tea smell like – but it made me dubious about the content. I don’t really need a perfumed clay mask, I just need it to do its job.

I smoothed it on and could feel the little bits of tea leaf and pumice in the formula – delightful! And as soon as I got it on, it started to tingle. And yes, burn. But burning means it’s working, right? RIGHT?!? Anyhow even with the burn it felt better than rubbing the Chantecaille oil slick on my face, so I was already sold.

It dried in about 15 minutes to the delightful, flaky clay consistency I like in a mask. I looked like Universal’s version of Frankenstein’s monster before I cleaned it off – another positive in my book. The cleanup was about as messy as any other clay mask, which is to say I used one side of one hand towel, and was able to easily wash all residue down the sink.

It was a bit painful to get off – the little bits of pumice dry into the clay and then when I wiped my face, they were very scrapey. Once I was done though I just used the other side of the towel to give my face a cool wipe down and it was fine.

It’s hard to say yet the long-term effects, since I just finished, but my face actually feels SUPER cleansed and exfoliated, like every bit of debris and dead skin is gone. My face is not overly red, which is a good sign, because my skin is pretty sensitive to abrasion.

Overall I’d say so far, GlamGlow – in spite of its silly name – is a keeper. The only real question is – Is it really better than Queen Helene’s super cheap alternative? Time will tell. But I’m glad the Chantecaille can go to make room for this.

Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask

30 Apr

My skin has been feeling extra grody lately, and I have found that nothing perks it up like a good clay mask after my morning shower. I have had some good clay mask experiences lately, AND I have had some good Chantecaille cosmetics experiences lately, so I decided to splurge on Chantecaille’s Detox Clay Mask at Nordy’s.

Although I have switched almost exclusively to Caudalie skin care (and with awesome results – Shanda at Elaia Spa couldn’t say enough about how great and hydrated my skin looks last time I got a facial from her), I am a princess and like that Chantecaille is a “luxury” skin care brand, so I thought I’d treat myself to a mask from them. (Note: I’m also still addicted to the Kate Somerville exfoliant and it’s still incredible.)

Let me preface this by saying that although estheticians almost ALWAYS tell me my skin is on the dry side, it never feels dry to me. It always feels slightly greasy, especially around my nose and on my chin. So I really like a good drying clay mask that makes my face feel super cleansed and dried out before I apply lotion. (Another note: I think this most recent facial is the first one I have had where the esthetician said nothing about dry skin – again, thank you Caudalie.) So I am reviewing this mask based on the fact that I like a good, drying mud mask.

I never know what to make of these masks that are super dark, but it’s supposed to be made of clay, right? And sometimes clay is dark. I started smoothing this on and noticed immediately that it is pretty greasy. I covered my face, dutifully trying to avoid my eyes and hairline, which I am always terrible at, especially since I have short, completely spiral curly curls around my face that insist on being involved in everything. I finished and sought my husband out, making spoooooky souuuunds. He knew what I was up to and wasn’t impressed (although he soon forgot, left the room, and when returning, jumped upon seeing my face – HEE). I left the mask on for the recommended ten minutes, and when it wasn’t anywhere near “dry,” left it on another ten. That did nothing – it was still gooey and sticky to the touch. I got a towel and started wiping it off and let me say this stuff is MESSY. It took an entire large hand towel – not a wash cloth, a real hand towel – to even start cleaning it off, and any time the hand towel brushed the sink, it left behind dark gray smudges. I ended up getting most of it off but having to finish with wet paper towels and wiping off the sink with a separate wash cloth. (The towel goes in the wash later today – I’ll update if there are any issues with staining fabric.) In the end, I was seriously disappointed. My face felt no different. It was still greasy-feeling, it didn’t feel “detoxed” at all, my pores looked the same, I didn’t have any kind of glow. I gave it a day to be sure – I didn’t even apply any makeup yesterday – but it’s no better today.

Blah, total waste of money. I just can’t recommend this product at all. I see and feel no difference – not even in hydration. I stand by my previous recommendation of Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque for a nice, detoxifying, drying mud mask (super cheap, too). For a little more moolah, try Ummelina’s Sea Mud Mask at $11.00, which I also really like.

I’ll try to review some Caudalie products later this week – ce sont magnifiques.

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.


13 Mar

So today, I went to Frenchy’s Chantecaille event. I arrived like 20 minutes early, but there were no other appointments, so they took right away. The Chantecaille representative, Connie, was super nice and well informed, but boy, was she a talker. It was meant to be a 30-minute mini-makeover, so I planned for that. I arrived at about 11:40; I didn’t get out of there until 12:50. Unfortunately, she was so well informed and so intent on imparting all the information about the brand on me, it felt a bit like a hard sell, which was kind of a turn off.

I also thought I’d go in there and she’d suggest a few different types of makeup for my complexion, I’d buy maybe some powder, blush, and eyeshadow, and be on my merry way. Again, not so. Chantecaille also does luxury skincare, and Connie was determined to give her one client a sample of everything.

Here’s an interesting little something about me: I like symmetry. I cannot and will not ever wear two different socks. I wanted to get my nostril pierced but never did, because I can’t just do one side. If my symmetry is not aligned, I feel off-balance, off-kilter, and incredibly uncomfortable. Remember those “Shoulda hadda V8” commercials? Like that.

Connie decided the best way to approach my skin was to try different skin care products on each side of my face. ACCCCCK. I didn’t say no – I realize my symmetry thing is weird. But I did not like it, not one bit! Then she kept asking if I could feel the difference! If they truly feel different/have different effects, she DEFINITELY shouldn’t have been putting some on one side, some on the other! Maybe two-face is her thing, but it’s not mine. Anyhow this went on for some time with me biting my tongue to keep from screaming. Finally she moved on to makeup, and I couldn’t have been more relieved.

The makeup was really light and lovely. She did a good job applying it, and I looked natural and pretty when she was done. I liked everything so much that I decided to get quite a bit of the makeup, and after I had listed all the things I want, Connie said, “What about skincare?”

FAIL. I felt so uncomfortable, and so forced, and so put on the spot. I’d just had this fairly relaxing, nice experience with this woman, agreed to buy a BUNCH of stuff, and then that? I hurriedly agreed to an eye roller she suggested and went to check out.

My total was astounding, I was too embarrassed to say no, and I left feeling guilty for spending so much, especially since at least one of the items I not only didn’t need, but also didn’t even WANT. I initially calculated in my head how many paychecks I’ll need to put towards my credit card to pay this off, until I just saw THIS:

Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum

That is the thing I bought. The thing I felt forced into buying. The thing Connie casually suggested I add onto my already not insubstantial order. LOOK AT THE EFFING PRICE ON THAT THING. If there is ONE of you, JUST ONE OF YOU, who can justify to me paying that much for an eye roller, and make me believe it, I will keep it. If not – and I very much doubt any of you can convince me otherwise – I am taking that atrocity back to Frenchy’s tomorrow and asking for my money back. TWO HUNDRED TEN DOLLARS! Are you out of your bloody MIND?!? Unless this thing literally takes 10 years off my life – I don’t mean off my face, either, I mean makes me 24 years old again – then that price is absolutely insane. Good God, are there people who can drop that amount of money without a care? I almost want to return everything on principle but I really do like the makeup.

As for the Frenchy’s employees, they were friendly, helpful, and honest. I didn’t feel cornered by them, and I’ll happily go back there, especially since Connie’s only in from out of town.

Two hundred ten dollars my ass.

Chantecaille Event at Frenchy’s!

12 Mar

Have any of you used Chantecaille? (No, not Chanticleer; that’s something else, although it’s really all I can think of when I see Chantecaille.) I have heard amazing things, but never actually used them myself. Which is why I am SO psyched that Frenchy’s in Madison Park is having a Chantecaille Mini-Makeover event tomorrow! If you have also wondered about this botanical makeup and skincare line, give Frenchy’s a call to book your mini-makeover tomorrow – I’ll be stopping by around noon!