CHANEL LOOSE POWDER: MAC MSFN’S CLASSY OLDER SISTER

I love MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, but despite its best efforts, it doesn’t keep me shine-free for long during the Summer. Blot, blot, powder is not something I like to do a lot of. While searching for something that would last longer I whittled my loose powder wishlist down to Laura Mercier, Guerlain & Chanel. I chose Chanel, obviously – I’ve become a bit of a Chanel fangirl recently.

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL CLOSE UP

Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder – 30 Naturel (30g/£31.50) is described as a “natural sheer matte finish” powder, that “through the inclusion of photo-reflective pigments” helps to “disguise fine lines and skin blemishes.” For me, it’s slightly matte, looks natural, yet it leaves a beautiful glow to the skin – very similar to MSFN. It feels much silkier than MSFN though, & gives a more brightened & luminous finish.

The jar is bulky (not something I’d carry around for touch ups) so after blotting during the day, I’ll apply a little MSFN if needed. I only have to blot once instead of 3-4 times with MSFN alone – quite the achievement for a combination/oily skinned girl + Summer!

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL SIGMA TAPERED FACE F25

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL SWATCH

I like to apply it with my Sigma F25 Tapered Face brush (my favourite brush so far for powder & bronzer, mostly because of the shape. I much prefer it to traditional paddle brushes.) I usually pat it lightly into the powder, swirl it in the lid & apply it all over my face after foundation & concealer. It doesn’t look cakey, it doesn’t feel heavy & although it looks very light against my skin when swatched heavily, it blends away into nothing. Because of this I don’t think it provides much, if any, coverage.

I wanted to see if I could capture the ‘photo-reflective pigments’, (tiny shimmer), so applied a few layers to my arm. If you look veryclosely & are looking for them, you can see a few. When applied on my face I don’t detect them but I do notice that my skin has the aforementioned glow to it. The powder has a slightly sweet, Soleil de Tan scent to it, but is much lighter – I love it, but I know not everyone would appreciate it.

CHANEL NATURAL FINISH LOOSE POWDER 30 NATUREL MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL MEDIUM DARK

The main thing I love is that it sets my make up but doesn’t make me look too matte. Other powders I’ve tried felt like a compromise – they didn’t give me the MSFN glow.

Overall, would I recommend it? Yes. I think that loose powder is often overlooked but it makes a hell of a difference to the overall look & lasting power of a made up face. Is it worth the price? Yes. Comparatively speaking, MAC MSFN (10g/£18.50) works out at £1.85 p/g, & Chanel at £1.05 p/g. Despite the initial higher cost, you’re getting a lot more for your money, & for me it works better especially during the Summer.

78) Continuing with my Chanel-fangirl-ness, I can’t wait to see the Topkapi eye shadow palette in person! Especially the taupe shade. & Rouge Blush. & Plumetis lipstick, Illusoire & Epatant Illusion d’Ombre.. Check out The Beauty Look Book & Café Makeup for great swatches, comparisons & photographs of Chanel Fall 2011.

BOURJOIS BLUSHES – BURNING ROSES

I’m going to get the main negative out of the way at the start: Bourjois blushes smell like burning roses. Which is quite unfortunate for me as the scent lasts for a long time on my cheeks, & I really, really hate it. Am I the only one that thinks this?! I’m curious. Personally I prefer to smell my perfume, not my cheeks.

BOURJOIS BLUSH BRUN CUIVRE ROSE DE JASPE LILAS D'OR

BOURJOIS BLUSH BRUN CUIVRE ROSE DE JASPE LILAS D'OR PACKAGING

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush, Brun Cuivre, Rose de Jaspe & Lilas D’or (2.5g/£7.49) come in small, plastic, colour coordinated compacts. I quite like that I can easily differentiate the shades without opening the pots. They have a mirror inside the lid which I’ve never used, it’s just too small to be able to see your face/where you’re applying blush comfortably. There’s also a curved brush included (mine didn’t make it to the photography stage) which is an indication of how good they are, haha.

The blushes have an unfortunate habit of coming loose in the pots, so I pressed mine down lightly after Rose de Jaspe almost flung itself across the room as I opened it. Putting aside my annoyances, I really like these. For baked blushes, they’re not rock hard or soft & crumbly. What you see in the pan is what you will get on the cheek, Bourjois aren’t messing around with pigmentation.

BOURJOIS BLUSH BRUN CUIVRE

03 Brun Cuivre is a smooth, shimmery (very, very fine shimmer) glowy warm nude. I’d say it’s a shade or two darker than Dior Aurora with a huge amount of shimmer in comparison. It has a slight orange undertone, also similar to Aurora, but doesn’t translate as such on my cheeks. It has a harder texture than the other two. I like to use it as an everyday blush in a neutral yet healthy & bronzed look.

BOURJOIS BLUSH ROSE DE JASPE

95 Rose de Jaspe (featured in my Loves of April/May) is my favourite by far. It’s the silkiest of the three I own as well as being the one with the least shimmer & most sheen. I like that it can be used as a blush/highlighter combo – it makes for a quick cheek look & is one of the reasons I like it so much. I love the colour, it’s a slightly cool silvery pink with a blue sheen – quite beautiful.

BOURJOIS BLUSH LILAS D'OR

33 Lilas D’or is a plummy deep pink, laced with gold shimmer & a golden sheen. The particles are much more apparent in this than the first two. I think all of the blushes in the range that end with ‘D’or’ contain them. It isn’t as smooth as Rose de Jaspe, but not as hard as Brun Cuivre. Out of the three, it reminds me the most of an MSF. I think I’ll get more use of of it in A/W because it is a little darker. I use it occasionally when I want to focus on my cheeks, but I forgo a highlighter when I do.

BOURJOIS BLUSH BRUN CUIVRE ROSE DE JASPE LILAS D'OR SWATCHES
(L-R: Brun Cuivre, Rose de Jaspe, Lilas D’or)

A quick note on the price, Bourjois blushes work out at £2.99p/g (if bought at full price – I got mine during a 3-for-2 offer in Superdrug) while MAC blushes work out at £2.83 p/g, or £2.33 if you buy the refill pan. So, they’re not the cheapest in comparison. I can never be sure if the rumours that Bourjois is a baby Chanel are true. Even if it is, I can honestly say that the scent, coupled with the fact that they randomly fall out of the pots means that I don’t think they’re worth the full price, but they’re definitely worth it if you grab them on offer! I doubt that many of us pay full price for drugstore/highstreet anymore anyway?

76) I have thought about leaving one open for a couple of days to see if the scent dissipates, but I can only assume it would die an untimely blush-death. One cat will definitely try to lick/eat it, one will attempt to play & end up smashing it on the floor & the other will probably just sleep on it. Hm, what to do?

YESTERDAY I.. (KIMCHEE & CARLUCCIO’S)

03 CARLUCCIO'S CANARY WHARF BREAD

02 CARLUCCIO'S CANARY WHARF OLIVES
Bread & olives

04 CARLUCCIO'S CANARY WHARF GNOCCHI DI PATATE CON SPINACI E GORGONZOLA

05 CARLUCCIO'S CANARY WHARF RISOTTO AL FRUTTI DI MARE

07 CARLUCCIO'S CANARY WHARF DINNER EATEN
Gnocchi di Patate con Spinici e Gorgonzola & Risotto al Frutti di Mare

08 CARLUCCIO'S CANARY WHARF PANNA COTTA

09 CARLUCCIO'S CANARY WHARF STRAWBERRY TART & ICE CREAM

10 CARLUCCIO'S CANARY WHARF STRAWBERRY TART & ICE CREAM DEMOLISHED
Panna Cotta & Strawberry Tart with Ice Cream

Carlucchio’s, Canary Wharf. I don’t normally like gorgonzola as it is, but it’s so tasty in the gnocchi plus spinach combo! I had to have some help finishing it though, it’s really rich.  The tart was lovely & the base freshly baked because they’d just run out.

11 CANARY WHARF PARK WATER FEATURE

13 CANARY WHARF PARK

14 CANARY WHARF PARK 2

15 CANARY WHARF JUBILEE PLACE SHOPPING MALL

16 CANARY WHARF JUBILEE PLACE SHOPPING MALL 2

Jubilee Palace Shopping Mall & park, Canary Wharf. I would never have thought there would be little park behind Canary Wharf station, it was a good place to sit & recover from lunch.

17 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN

19 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN MENU

20 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN S

21 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN SETTING
Kimchee Restaurant, Holborn

22 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN RASPBERRY MAKOLEA COCKTAIL

24 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN DUKBOKI

25 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN BUDAE JJIGAE

26 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN BEEF DOLSOT BIBIMBAP
Raspberry Makolea Cocktail (Korean alcohol with raspberry liquer & crushed raspberries), Dukboki (rice cakes in red pepper sauce), Budae Jjigae (kimchi soup with sausages), Beef Bulgalbi (marinated beef), Beef Dolsot Bibimbab (rice, vegetables, beef & egg in a hot pot)

23 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN PARTITION

18 KIMCHEE RESTAURANT HOLBORN LANTERN

Kimchee Restaurant, Holborn. Tastiest Korean food I’ve had outside of Korea! The beef bulgalbi that my friend ordered was delicious, I’ll be ordering it the next time I’m there. Dukboki is sold as street food in Korea, so it reminded me of the stalls that I used to visit. Dolsot Bibimbab is my fall-back food when I have no idea what to eat!

27 WETHERSPOONS HOLBORN, KOPPARBERG STRAWBERRY & LIME CIDER PERONI BEER

28 HOLBORN BUS
Peroni, Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime Cider.

Wetherspoons, Holborn. Shockingly cheap for the location, cider was a new discovery!

77) Editing these pictures made me hungry.

WHAT’S IN MY BAG

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I love to look at what’s in other peoples bags – it’s a nice little excuse to be nosy. Who’d have thought so much stuff would fit into such a small bag?

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Rhodia notebook & fluorescent yellow Parker pen for taking notes, Nivea Milk & Honey lip balm, Victorinox penknife/keychain with keys (very handy because it contain a mini tweezer, scissors, etc), loose change (need a change purse), hair band, Clean & Clear oil control film, Nivea deo & Muji spray bottle filled with Victoria’s Secret Amber Romance body mist, umbrella (essential in the UK), Antenna Shop turquoise leather card holder (got in Korea) with my Oyster travel card, money & bank cards (I don’t carry a proper purse/wallet), B&BW Twilight hand sanitizer.

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MAC Prep & Prime powder & Stila retractable brush (mislaid my MSF Natural, can’t fit my Chanel loose powder in my bag), NC35 Studio Finish concealer for touch ups, Orly Rage (didn’t have a chance to apply it at home), rose mirror, Barry M Toffee lip gloss, Beguiled Haus of Gloi pumpkin butter mini (my favourite scent of body butter ever, it’s beautiful.)

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Sony 16GB (I have a habit of carrying it around because of Uni) with vending machine toy that I got in Korea, mini lint roller (3 cats = a lot of cat hair), B&BW Shea Cashmere hand cream, Carmex Moisture Plus Peach, Clarins Instant Lip Perfector & 17 Belle Mirror Shine lipstick (because I *need* 3 of the same shade of sheer lip product..)

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Ticket stub from the European American football final (the team my boyfriend used to play for won!), necklace & ring (I wore it to the game the day before, didn’t want to wear them again the next day), random cat nail scissors that I picked back up from the boyfriend’s house, my friend/flatmates Panasonic Lumix LX-5 camera that I borrowed – didn’t want to carry my huge DSLR, 3D glasses & ticket from Transformers 3, Zaza stamp card from eating delicious Biscotti gelato.

What’s missing: hair pins, Tic Tacs, gum, & my phone.

I honestly don’t know how I can fit so much in one little bag! Or why I need to carry so much around. One day my featured bag will be a Balenciaga, but for now this £4 one from Primark will do! I actually really love it. (If you’ve got a W.I.M.B post, link it in the comments below – I’m curious!)

79) I’m missing Summer – it’s been around for only the odd few days here & there in the UK, so whenever it drops by the BBQ gets whipped out!

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SPRING: BRIGHT NAILS, (& #WINNING)

If Spring brings anything other than two full days of sunshine in London, it’s the unveiling of sun deprived legs, frantic attempts to join the gym, & not knowing whether or not to take out an umbrella. & bright nails 😀

I’ve whipped a few old favourites out of hibernation in anticipation of sunny days to come. (Today was piping hot, so I wore Barry M Pink Flamingo on my nails. It looks great with the slight tan I’m developing!)

SPARKLE & FADE UNNAMED BARRY M MINT GREEN BARRY M TURQUOISE BARIELLE DARING DAHLIA

BARIELLE DARING DAHLIA BARRY M TURQUOISE BARRY M MINT GREEN SPARKLE & FADE UNNAMED SWATCH

Sparkle & Fade Unknown Shade (14ml) I bought this shade last Summer (or the one before) from Urban Outfitters. There’s no name on it, but it’s an opaque, creamy chartreuse. I don’t think it’s available anymore. If you like it, it reminds me of Illamasqua Radium – minus the shimmer.

Barry M Mint Green (10ml/£2.99) I don’t really think of this as a minty green – it leans a little too blue for that. I do like the shade, but this particular colour has a watery/slightly streaky formula. It has a cream finish & takes a few coats to become opaque. 

Barry M Turquoise (10ml/£2.99) Like Mint Green, I don’t think this shade is a true turquoise. It lacks enough green, so I’d class it as a darker sky blue. The formula is easier to work with & goes opaque in two coats.

Barielle Daring Dahlia (14ml/£8.00) Is a beautiful fuchsia with fine fuchsia & silver shimmer. It has a jelly like texture, but is surprisingly opaque.  Like most Barielle polishes, I find that shimmer sinks to the bottom of the bottle between each use & the colours tends to separate, so it needs a good shake before use.

17 MIAMI RIMMEL CORALICIOUS RIMMEL TANGERINE BARIELLE BLOSSOM SWATCH

17 Miami (12ml/£2.99) I think this range has been discontinued, but I love this bright hot pink shade. It has a cream finish, & is very opaque & glossy. It lasts a surprisingly long time on me before chipping (everything else averages 2-3 days, this can last up to 5) so I’m disappointed that this range has gone!

Rimmel Tangerine Queen (8ml/£2.99) Is a true bright orange with a cream finish. It’s pretty much fully opaque in one coat, but I find that the formula gets thick very quickly & becomes difficult to work with. 

Rimmel Coralicious (8ml/£2.99) This was my favourite shade to wear last Summer. It’s a beautiful deep coral with no shimmer. Like Tangerine Queen, the formula thickens significantly after a couple of months, but it’s a nice opaque shade & easy to apply before it becomes gloopy.

Barielle Blossom (14ml/£8.00) Is a bright peach shade. Its slightly streaky on the first coat, but recovers on the second. I find the formula to be a little thin, & the yellow in the shade often separates to the top. It’s a beautiful colour so I’m willing to work with it, but only just.

SPARKLE & FADE UNNAMED BARRY M MINT GREEN BARRY M TURQUOISE BARIELLE DARING DAHLIA 17 MIAMI RIMMEL CORALICIOUS RIMMEL TANGERINE BARIELLE BLOSSOM

Is there anything you’d recommend I try next? I don’t have easy access to Zoya, so I’d appreciate recommendations before I eBay!

62) & finally, I’m happy to announce that the winners of my recent giveaway are: OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy goes to Yu of MakeYuUp, & Chanel Jersey Rose goes to Arianne of GlitterGeek! Drop me an email with your details, & I’ll send them out to you as soon as I can 😀

RESURRECTION OF A BROKEN MSF & MAKE UP MEMORY

I have tonsillitis. It’s a good excuse to be lazy, but no excuse is big enough to watch Jeremy Kyle, Loose Women & Sally Jessy Raphael consecutively.. Pulling myself away from Sally, I decided to experiment with my shattered Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish.

(It was smashed to pieces by this culprit. I’d just brought it back from my trip to South Korea, had only used it twice, & it was the first thing I’d ever bought from MAC for myself. AHH.)

SOFT & GENTLE MINERALIZE SKINFINISH BROKEN

I’ve seen tutorials on how to press pigments & broken eye shadows, but nothing for broken MSF’s. The usual suggestion is to put the broken pieces into a sifter for use as a powder highlighter, which I did, & didn’t use once.

I generally dislike loose powder products – they’re messy & take more time to use.

SOFT & GENTLE MINERALIZE SKINFINISH BROKEN ALCOHOL TOOLS CASE

I kept the cats out of the room, disinfected the desk, & wiped the tools down with alcohol. In my Back2MAC pile I found an empty blot powder compact. It has a mirror, no dodgy clear plastic lid, & a large pan, perfect to re-press a MSF.

SOFT & GENTLE MINERALIZED SKINFINISH BROKEN RE-PRESSING PROCESS

The pictures probably make it obvious, but I:

1. Put the MSF chunks into the cup.
2. Broke them down into a powder using the spoon.
3. Mixed in alcohol until it reached a smooth paste consistency, like softened butter.
4. Scooped the paste into the empty pan.

SOFT & GENTLE MINERALIZED SKINFINISH BROKEN V RE-PRESSED

After spreading the paste out with the spoon, I waited for it to dry.. 10mins later, I got bored of waiting, so dried it with a hairdryer. I then pressed the product down with some fabric (pre-boiled & dried) wrapped around a disinfected cuticle cream tin lid. Hygiene all the way.

The pressed powder looks lighter than the broken MSF, but in the swatch below they look pretty similar. The unpressed powder is softer & powdery, which may or may not result in the small difference in colour.

SOFT & GENTLE MINERALIZED SKINFINISH BROKEN V RE-PRESSED SWATCH
TOP: PRESSED SOFT & GENTLE, BOTTOM: LOOSE SOFT & GENTLE

I think it worked out pretty well. It ended up looking like a beauty powder because of the format & packaging, which I prefer. The whole process reminded me of baking, which was pretty odd considering I was ‘cooking’ cosmetics.

29) I have a thing for men with tattoos.

QUESTION TIME!

If you haven’t already noticed, or are not already reading the lovely Tiffany’s blog, Will Work For Makeup (you should, one of my favourite blogs!) then you wouldn’t know that I’ve been featured in her blogger interrogation series

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I’m proud to say that I could only find one spelling/grammatical error (I wrote ‘there’ instead of ‘their’, oops! Explainable through late nights & a lot of Uni work..) but if you find more, feel free to say ‘:D

While on the subject of questions, I received a Stylish Blogger award from the wonderful Aseya of Pretty in the Desert, another great blog/lady! So I have to divulge 7 things about myself. & have a think & pass it on to other bloggers soon.

1. My favourite number is the number 7, I’m oddly drawn to it.
2. I’ve never broken a bone, but did have an appendectomy. When I was under, I dreamt about a cheese factory with a conveyor belt that mannequins with beach wear were riding. & the farmer was growing the cheese on sticks.. There were sheep wandering around & he cultivated the cheese by wrapping their wool around the stick, & then pouring milk onto it. Hm.
3. I have a really odd sense of humour.
4. I love taking photographs! Which is really weird, because I hated my camera in December. I couldn’t work it out, & the controls/options intimidated me.
5. If I could change anything about myself, I’d wish for a flatter stomach. Time to hit the gym.
6. I love blogging, even if I don’t post everyday. I’m working on posting more often!
7. & finally, I’m late to everything. It’s usually on the ‘5 minutes late, so it’s more annoying that I didn’t just set off 5 minutes earlier’ scale, but I’ve been known to be much worse. Really bad habit.

Well.. after all the sudden bulk of personal information, if you have anything else you want to ask me (could be about anything!) then feel free to in the comments. This is question time, after all 😀 & thank you to Tiffany & Aseya!

71) Question for you: Do you take a blog more seriously if it has a lot of followers? Are you more likely to pay attention to what the person is saying?