Chanel Rouge Noir

March 21, 2014

The Rouge Allure and the Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks by Chanel are my absolute favorites when it comes to lip products. Where a lot of other brands always tend to either bleed or sink into my lip lines, Chanel doesn’t do any of these things. These lipsticks apply like a dream, don’t dry out and have amazing pigmentation. I’ve collected a few different shades by now and I will probably do a post on them soon. For now, I’d like to focus on the very popular, very dramatic but also timeless classic, Rouge Noir.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick and Precision Lip Definer in Rouge Noir

Rouge Noir has been around since 1998 and there’s a range of products you can find in this color, including a nail polish, a lip liner, and through the years there have been several different formulas of lipsticks in this color as well (previously under the name Vamp). Rouge Noir is a very deep, blackened burgundy, almost an opaque black but not just quite.

I purchased the Rouge Allure Lipstick in number 109, and the Precision Lip Definer in number 09. On its own, the lipstick is quite tricky to apply. It’s a bit of a hassle to get it applied evenly. I highly recommend getting the lip liner in combination with the lipstick, as this makes application easier and makes the color look deeper and more beautiful. Other than that, these products are the usual high quality you can expect from Chanel. Very long lasting, and a gorgeous shade for those who don’t shy away from a dark vampy lip.

Alexander McQueen Butterfly Pendant Necklace

March 17, 2014

I don’t buy jewelry often, but every once in a while I fall head over heels in love with a piece, and I allow myself to splurge a little bit. Alexander McQueen’s current jewelry collection contains a few butterfly themed items, and I couldn’t resist the butterfly skull pendant necklace.

Alexander McQueen Butterfly Skull Pendant Necklace

The butterfly pendant is made of brass hardware with a silver finish, and the skull has Swarovski crystal eyes. The butterfly is 2 inches or 5 cm wide, and the chain is 34 inches or 86 cm long. I think I’m going to hang the pendant from a slightly longer chain, so it will dangle at about belly height. I think it’ll look really great paired with a little black dress and high heels. This is a somewhat more feminine looking necklace than I usually wear, but I quite love the delicate and fragile look.

O.P.I. Alice in Wonderland Collection

March 16, 2014

Ever since I first read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland when I was much younger, I’ve always had a great fascination with the story. What a lot of people don’t know, is that Lewis Carroll used familiar things, places and people as a starting point for his most famous fantasy novel. While I lived in Oxfordshire in the UK for a few years in my mid twenties, I regularly visited Christ Church in Oxford which is one of these places that plays an important role in the book. I was also a loyal visitor of Alice’s Shop, which is the real site of the old Sheep Shop which appears in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The real Alice Liddell used to come in and buy sweets in this shop, so as soon as the stories became well known it was dubbed Alice’s Shop locally, and started selling Alice in Wonderland souvenirs soon after.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is still one of my favorite books to this day, and I still find myself being attracted to anything Alice themed I come across. So when I learned that O.P.I. had released an Alice in Wonderland nail polish collection back in 2010, my quest began.

O.P.I. Nail Polish in Absolutely Alice

Absolutely Alice was a birthday gift that I received from my brother and sister-in-law last year. This is a bright blue glitter polish, with some gold glitter mixed in. You need three coats to get full coverage and it’s so pretty and sparkly. The pictures really don’t do it justice. Over the course of the past year I have tried capturing it accurately on numerous occasions (hence the late post), but this is just one hell of a tricky polish to photograph.

O.P.I. Nail Polish in Mad as a Hatter and Absolutely Alice

The entire Alice in Wonderland collection was discontinued by O.P.I., and especially Mad as a Hatter became a hard to find collector’s item. These days, you can only find it on Ebay occasionally, for a very hefty price. But I didn’t care, I had my mind set on it and eventually I found it. Mad as a Hatter is a whole bunch of different colored glitters. Predominantly silver and purple, but when you look closer there is also orange, green, blue, pink, and probably much more. Again this one was a nightmare to photograph, so all I have is a closeup. Mad as a Hatter also needs three coats for full coverage, and is stunning in person.

Iris van Herpen – RTW 2014 Fall

March 5, 2014

Gareth Pugh – RTW 2014 Fall

February 27, 2014