The Parisienne’s Classic Must Haves

With a penchant for black, navy blue and white sprinkled with gold, silver and red, the typical Parisienne’s wardrobe is still highly influenced by Coco Chanel. With our pick of 15 timeless styles that embrace discrete elegance, seduction and smart femininity, we show you how a few key pieces can give you a French chic wardrobe wherever you are in the world.

Black Ballerina Flats

Repetto BB ballerina flats in black leather, €175

Black slims

Topshop Moto skinny jeans in cotton, €49

Mariner stripes

Petit Bateau mariner stripes in cotton, €50

Blazer

Balmain Blazer in velvet and silk, €1,759

Handbag

Chanel Boybag in black leather with a metal chain, €2,250

Veiled hat

Victoria Grant Black Diamond veiled hat, €450

Beige trench

Burberry Trench in cotton twill, €800

Pearls

Chanel sautoir in silver, pearls and gemstones, price on demand

White t-shirt

Theskens’ Theory white cotton t-shirt, €91, available on thecorner.com

Leather jacket

Iro jacket in lambskin, €755

Rolled up jeans

Current/Elliott The Rolled skinny jeans, €255

Little black dress

Lanvin one-shoulder dress in silk and cotton, around €1,300

Red lipstick

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick, €27

Patent leather heels

Christian Louboutin Pigalle heels in patent leather, €425

Rose gold watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duetto watch in rose gold and black leather, €12,400

By Eugénie Trochu, translated by Quinn Connors (via Vogue FR)

Obsession du Jour: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

I’m back from my mini blogging break and starting with a post on the much talked about Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain by Revlon, which are being hailed as a dupe for the Clinique Chubby Stick (but at half the price).

As per Revlon website: It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula  comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood.

Honey is like “my lips but better” color. When this color fades, it leaves a light pink stain on my lips.

This product lasts for hours without needing to reapply. Unlike most stains it is not drying and goes on with a nice even color. The crayon applicator is pretty quirky yet actually really practical, as it makes the balm so easy to apply. The balm glides on smoothly and feels really moisturizing. I love this color and it’s surprisingly pigmented considering it’s probably the most subtle shade in the range.

What I love:

  • Lightweight Lip stain + Moisturizing Balm
  • Lips were instantly moisturized with a soft stain of color
  • Retractable chubby crayon, no sharpener required

Overall, this great everyday product and by far the best lip stain I have ever used.

To view the other shades in the range, please click here.

Have you picked up one of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stains? Which is your favorite?

Obsession du Jour: Idylle, a love dream by Guerlain

Idylle… Light and airy, an unforgettable love affair, an impulse, an ecstasy. It is waking up with a smile and going to sleep with a memory, it is a thousand details, words, kisses, it is ardour and intensity. It is the hand putting a drop of perfume behind your ear, your ear that strains, listens for the breath of a kiss.

The Eau de Toilette, a reorchestration of the Eau de Parfun essential notes, preserves the floral chypre signature with a fresher and greener interpretation that highlights the floral bouquet. Lily-of-the-valley, white lilac, a touch of peony and freesia, the purest jasmine.

The heart of the fragrance is a blend of Bulgarian Roses hand-picked in the Bulgarian valleys at dawn, when their scent is at its height, then selected one by one by Thierry Wasser, the Guerlain Perfumer

These roses mark the Idylle Eau de Toilette as a Guerlain fragrance, from top to base, body and soul.

via Guerlain

Go Buy Now: Voluspa Candles

Not only do they smell lovely, they come in a pretty tin and are going on sale in packs of 3 for $29 (normally $40)—a great deal.

Trio includes: Champagne, in which brut champagne mingles with hints of vanilla and barrel oak. Pomegranate Patchouli, featuring scents of ripe pomegranate mixed with spicy earth-rich patchouli. Coeur de Cassis, with a heart of berry cassis surrounded by leaves, plum and twigs.

via Nordstrom

What’s New: Beauty

Viva La Juicy La Fleur ($70) – I’m excited to try this!

Inspired by the blushing aura of first love, Viva la Juicy La Fleur is a breathtaking fragrance that embodies modern femininity. Strong yet vulnerable, sultry and soft, La Fleur is multifaceted and alluring. Add La Fleur to your world and celebrate the Couture in the everyday.

The woman who wears Viva la Juicy La Fleur is confidently sexy, eclectic, and effortless, exuberant and self-reflecting. A bit of a heartbreaker, she’s secretly a hopeless romantic—she lives for today.

Viva la Juicy La Fleur is a sheer veil of sparkling mandarin and wild berries, combined with luminous florals of lush honeysuckle, gardenia petals, and soft jasmine. A whisper of creamy gourmand reminiscent of the Classic Viva la Juicy elicits an addiction that envelops the skin.

Notes:
Wild Berries, Mandarin, Honeysuckle, Gardenia Petals, Soft Jasmine, Vanilla, Caramel, Sandalwood.

Style:
Sheer. Modern. Addictive.

Benefit x Sephora How to look Best At Everything ($30)

Benefit’s custom skin perfectors come together in this convenient kit to give you an even, luminous complexion. Blend away imperfections and minimize the appearance of pores with the must-haves in this collection.

Too Faced La Crème ($21)

Indulge lips with luxurious color and super moisturizers including white lotus flower and power peptides. This rich formula comes in abundant shades in four essential color ranges: nudes, spices, pinks, and reds. Edited to only the most fashionable shades, it’s impossible to pick just one.

DKNY Be Delicious Heart London ($65)

Get ready to take off on a scent-sational journey. DKNY’s Be Delicious Heart London promises to transport you to the chicest city one spritz at a time. This ultra-mod fragrance features a delicious apple essence complimented with a blend of sweet rose and delicate white woods—surrounding everything that makes the country-meets-city scene of London unique.

DKNY loves London, rich in history, the most visited city of any in the world.

Notes:
Blackcurrant Buds, Spring Hyacinth, Neroli, Apple, Rose Essence, Honeysuckle, Orange Flower, White Woods, Amber, Vetiver.

Style:
Chic. Unique. Rich.

Clarisonic Mia2™ Sonic Skin Cleansing With Boscia Set ($149)

Clarisonic’s professional sonic technology is guaranteed to reveal softer, smoother, more radiant skin. This exclusive set features the Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head ideal for oily skin and large pores and Boscia’s trio of skincare products specifically designed to brighten skin clarity and minimize the appearance of pores. Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind—cleansing six times better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, the sonic action removes impurities from pores so creams, serums, and moisturizers absorb better. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.

Here are some of the features this revolutionary skincare tool delivers:
– 2 speeds for added cleansing customization
– Pulsing T-Timer for 60-second cleanse
– Improved user interface indicating speed and charge functions
– 2 year warranty

This set contains:
– Mia2™ Sonic Skin Cleansing Device in White
– 1 oz Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser
– 1 oz Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel
– 100 x Boscia Blotting Linens
– Power cord
– Sensitive Cleansing Brush Head
– Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head
– Protective travel case

Sephora Intensive Instant Moisturizer ($20)

This light, non-greasy cream provides instant, long-lasting moisture with HydroSenn+™, an exclusive plant-derived active ingredient that ensures ultimate hydration. The light-reflecting pigments give skin an instant glow, while the powerful antioxidants help prevent the first signs of aging. Non-comedogenic, oil-free, and suitable for all skin types, skin will feel refreshed, nourished, and soft to the touch.

Hermès Un Jardin en Mediterranée ($90)

Inspired by annual themes at Hermès, this fragrance is an olfactory stroll, in situ creation, in the footsteps of the in-house perfumer.

Jardin en Mediterranée is a narrative novel, a travel log that tells the spirit of a Mediterranean secret garden where trees and flowers – a mosaic of warm and soft scents – abound. A fragrance of light and shadow, enveloping and sensual.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire ($80)

An absolutely essential and utterly irresistible perfumed creation. The legendary heart-shaped bottle has been boldly reinterpreted with a modern touch. Its crystalline transparency, fading from black to powdery pink, reveals the silhouette of the little, black dress.

Its simple signature enhances and romances several exceptional materials in a bold overdose—black cherry blinks the first wink. It is illustrated by a clever blend that extends exquisite almond and delicious berries. The second wink takes place as rose enters the stage. Finally, the shadowy temptations of licorice and smoky black tea are ever-so-revealing and lead to irresistible seduction. For the ultimate temptation, the entire creation is wrapped in Guerlinade—fresh, enigmatic, and exhilarating, mischievous and captivating.

Style:
Fresh. Enigmatic. Exhilarating

Sephora Breast Cancer Awareness Lookin’ Flawless Brush Set ($39)

Give back and get pretty with this shimmering pink brush set. The collection of five brushes will cover all your needs for creating a full face and the stylish, hard pouch with a protective front flap makes it extra easy to tote.

This set contains:
– Angled Liner brush
– Smudge brush
– Angled eye shadow brush
– Foundation brush
– Flat powder brush

And for our men (here’s something Stan would like):

Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Cologne Gingembre ($72)
L’Homme Cologne Gingembre has an increased zesty and spicy freshness that is pleasantly addicting. The attractive force of Chinese ginger combines with the sensuality of modern woody accents, creating an enthralling fragrance for men.
Notes:
Bergamot, Aquatic Accord, Chinese Ginger, White Pepper, Violet Leaves, Basil, Cedar Wood, Oakmoss, Vetiver, Musk.
Style:
Gripping. Spicy. Sensual.

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia Di Capri Body Lotion ($68)

A symbol of the Italian Mediterranean and the island of Capri, this fragrance is sunny, relaxing, and carefree. In the air, hints of Italian citrus and the warm aroma of caramel blend together to create a pure moment of bliss, just like being on vacation.

A universally appealing fragrance, this scent features notes of sweet orange and mandarin mixed with creamy caramel and musk.

Notes:
Orange, Mandarin, Lemon, Petit Grain, Cardamom, Caramel, Musk.

Style:
Sunny. Relaxing. Carefree.

Mini MAC Haul

MAC Powder Blush in Well Dressed (Satin)

For years I’ve heard so many amazing things about this blush but never picked it up. I guess in the back of my mind I thought it would be too light and just wouldn’t look right on me (since I’m NC20-25). Turned about to be one of my all time favorite pink blushes. Ever.

MAC Lipstick in Lovelorn (Lustre)

This is a gorgeous wearable shade of everyday pink and would suit an array of skin tones.

MAC Lipstick in Jubilee (Lustre)

It’s the perfect “your lips but better” lipcolor!

Coco Noir, the new fragrance from Chanel

Mysterious, elegant and lush, Coco Noir floats on a dark cloud of Venetian memories. Chanel announces a new fragrance.

Gabrielle Chanel had a propensity for the city of luminous canals and baroque palaces, and Venice, Italy inspires Chanel’s latest fragrance which combines notes of citrus, rose, incense and patchouli conjuring the contrast between the glow of a chandelier and the  and profound darkness of opulent draperies in Venetian palazzos. This velvety scent sits in a more somber version of the iconic Coco flacon.

Coco Noir Eau de Parfum, 50ml, €92, Chanel (available from August 17).

By T.A, translated by Quinn Connors

via Vogue

My Undying Love for Monsieur Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture 6 Rose Bergamasque is stunning glossy creamy nude with peachy pink tones that is perfect for me as an everyday lip color.

I really like the way Rose Bergamasque feels and looks on me, and despite the higher price tag it is something I would repurchase. I love YSL as a brand and I find that the products are high quality (from the things I’ve tried) and worth the price tag.

I am fair and I wear shade NC15 in MAC, 20 Clair – Translucent 1 in Chanel so keep that in mind when I mention how much this shade suits me. Having said that, I can see this working beautifully on darker skin tones as well.

So much beauty! I can’t stop swooning!

YSL Rouge Pur Couture retails for $32 USD. Available from Sephora, Nordstrom and anywhere else you find a YSL counter.

Have you tried the YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick? What’s your favorite?

This product was purchased by me and I am in no way affiliated with the YSL brand, though I would love to be 🙂 Special thanks to my friend, Beth, for buying this for me in the US.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo and Stockholm

They are applied like a lip gloss, pigmented like a lipstick and dry completely matte. They are difficult to define, to say the least, but are great for us matte look lovers.

I had the hardest time deciding what colors to get (being San Paulo as my first favorite), so I decided to go for a sexy red (Monte Carlo) and a neutral color that I figured would match my skin (Stockholm).

Stockholm is a pink brown nudy shade. I find it very flattering on me (For reference, I’m NC15-20)

Monte Carlo is a raspberry red shade. (Almost like MAC Ruby Woo)

Both are very creamy in texture and glide onto the lips. After application they dry to a velvet looking matte finish. They are incredibly long lasting, with around 4 hours wear time before needing touching up. One thing to note before wearing them is they will accentuate any dryness, so exfoliating and moisturizing the lips before applying is advisable.

NYX Soft Matte lip creams retail for P280 each. I strongly suggest that everyone try at least one of these lip creams. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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