Few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with CHANEL’s beauty department and their head make up artist Najete Ezzarqui. Prior to the launch of their autumn hues I was given the opportunity to learn a few application techniques using the latest products as well as work around the shades that suit my colouring.
The collection consists of a spectrum of muted purples, burgundies and taupes – as expected from a fall range. As I am a sun kissed – olive skinned – green eyed strawberry blonde this was very much a complimentary palette for my colouring.
We opted for a rendition of the smokey eye in deep cold purple; something I have had done on me by many make up artists and thaw is my ”go to” editorial photoshoot look.
Najette helped me with visually reshaping my eyes – I happen to have what make up artists refer to as the Asian framing and a hooded eyelid. In other words there isn’t a lot of eye lid space to work with and application is the key not to close off my squinty eyes any further. Sideways / upwards application of eyeshadow blended thoroughly towards the crease tends to do the trick.
Whilst old skool beauty tips always emphasised the importance o balancing out either a heavy eye or lip but never both together; I have seen throughout my line of work whilst watching make up artists on set that it’s just an urban legend. As a stylist I can only compare it to nonsense tips like ”horizontal stripes make you look bigger”. I asked Najette to translate one of my favourite editorial beauty looks (which is a purple lid and a statement red lip) to my facial features and really loved the result. If your colouring is similar to mine I suggest that you give it a try!
Now let’s talk products:
New and permanent additions to my make up bag from this collections are the above seen Les Ombres in 204 (Poesie), Ombre Essentielle in 104 (Palpitation) and 106 (Hesitation). P.S Don’t you just love the romanticism of the French names?
I have also recently developed the habit of wearing a dark lip – how very goth of me. Whilst a saturated high pigment dark lippy is something I reserve for nocturnal outings CHANEL’s Rouge Coco Shine in 96 (Aura) is great for the daytime. Whilst it looks dark and heavy in the image (could be due to my photography and retouching) it glides on semi transparent and feels more like a glossy lip tint.
The last priceless tip I picked up and have been relying on ever since is using the illuminating base (Le Blanc De CHANEL, link HERE) on top of my make up. This has worked wonders when applied halfway thought a day and prolonged the dewiness of a base applied in wee morning hours. / Teresa XXX
Anyone who has followed me and my blog for more than a week will in an instant realise that I have an undying love for CHANEL that I only share with anything related to surf. Seeing the previews of the new CHANEL N5 campaign (directed by Baz Luhrmann) which clearly are about Giselle surfing have left me gasping for air. In blogger lingo: like I cannot even.
Over the next few days I will be sharing more of behind the scenes imagery and video previews here as well as on my Instagram and FB page. Stay tuned as it’s going to be a CHANEL kind of week.
I have put together a little shopping edit based on my love for the new Byredo release which is the Mojave Ghost.
- Rough Rugs (link HERE) create dresses from the Keffiyeh fabric. They have been loved and featured by most style bloggers on Instagram and whilst currently sold out I am hoping that they will replenish their stock soon so I can lay my hands on one.
- Paula Mendoza (link HERE) has caught my eye with her signature snake creations. I don’t really do statement pieces as such and prefer layering of dainty separates but her cuffs in both gold and silver are truly unique.
- Swedish / Danish Anine Bing (link HERE) has made it with a bang in my favourite city Los Angeles. Her urban / boho collection mainly consists of leather, denim and killer biker boots but I have just seen the addition of these dreamy woven ballerinas. LIKE.
- Michael Kors isn’t a brand that usually catches my interest but when browsing thought the Netaporter feed I was pleasantly surprised to see this fringed beauty amongst the brands new releases. It feels current yet timeless and the taupe shade would go with most colours in my closet. (Link HERE).
- Obsessed with the Insolent Plum hue from Estee Lauder and their new range of lip pies which is the Pure Colour Envy. (link HERE)
Before the term NORMCORE was founded by a bunch of American hipsters I struggled to find that one word that would define my how I feel about my day to day style. I have always felt that a lot of non significant pieces can make up a multitude of interesting combos that can be varied endlessly.
Currently living in what gets referred to as a pair of ”jeggings” (although I strongly dislike that word). What looks like jeans but feels like a pair of leggings in saturated black colour, this particular pair has been worn frequently enough for me to contemplate getting a second pair.
Currently in GAP stores nationwide; make sure to buy one size down. X
Technical site issues resolved; there seems to be a hosting problem related to the steadily increasing amount of followers. This is way too complicated for my creative self but apparently the more of you that read the site (yay), the more it overloads the server capacity.
On a blog note: a few snaps from my recent staycation and a modest outfit post. Currently living in cropped white dungarees and Ganni boots. I have below posted shopping links if you were to look for similar items. Loads of LOVE xxx
P.S I blurred my face out on purpose (before anyone get’s a chance to comment ). I was rocking a sleepy make up free face for 3 days; well deserved break for my skin.
The brilliant concept behind KINI Swimwear (link HERE) means that you get to design your own swimwear and have it conveniently shipped to your doorstep.
Now I took for granted that having a rather firm take on taste I would have no issues coming up with a design of my own. Turns out that when the opportunities are endless it’s a lot harder than you’d think.
My two piece took me almost 3 days to finalise and I ended up for Breton stripes; having said that I already have two other designs / colour combos in mind that I can’t wait to execute.
P.S the pieces are rather affordable considering that your piece is unique and entirely custom-made and the order to doorstep took a mere 4 days. What’s there not to love. XXX
After a long month of TV production and an eventful surprise birthday party I have treated myself to a desert resort staycation. Sandy outfit posts and poolside sunsets en masse are coming your way. XXX
There is no denying that this dress worn by Karolina Kurkova in the Roland Mouret for Banana Republic collection campaign was my favourite. Today I am wearing it with a pair of Adidas sneakers (because of the 14 h day ahead) but I can’t wait to wear it with a pair of strappy sandals for a night out. (I compensated for the sneakers with my favourite Tom Ford lipstick, does it count?)
Apologies for posing like a Kardashian but I wanted to demonstrate that this dress hugs ALL the right places if you know what I’m sayin’. XXX