Beauty Musings & Rogue Ramblings


The Duchess… Chloe + Isabel Spring 2013

Hi lovelies!

I can’t believe February is almost over! Spring is just around the corner and I thought I would share the gorgeousness that is the Chloe + Isabel Spring 2013 Collection > The Duchess.

The inspirations for the Spring line are truly regal and different. With ornate filigree, delicate crystals, rosary linked beading, unique designs and sophisticated shimmer, The Duchess collection has some truly stunning  pieces – I have already bought my fair share and still want more!

The 2013 Duchess collection also includes the Whimsical Briar Rose, Delicate Petite Fleur, the Garden Bellflower, the Semi Precious Honeycomb, and the Luxe Lilypond lines. Plus a few additions to our Modern Metals and Signature Styles.

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Beauty Splurge: Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Cream Compact Foundation

Happy Friday loves!

I hope at least some of you have some exciting weekend plans? I don’t, I’m probably just going to be boring (okay, its not actually that boring, more relaxing and low key) and stay in, cuddling with my Kindle or one of the 5 unread paperbacks I have sitting next to me.

So last week, I splurged – like really did. Now normally, I can justify my beauty spending pretty easily, but even this product would have been pushing it on a normal day. But, thanks to a little thing called my income tax refund, I was able to knock a couple things off my lust list!! 😀

The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh & Hydrating Cream Compact (with SPF 15) Foundation being one of those things.

Now, I have tested the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Liquid Foundation, which after all the hype it was getting, I had high hopes for; but it simply turned out to be a disappointing product – to me at least – and I have normal skin, with rarely any issues!

It was shit for what it was, and I wouldn’t recommend it personally, not worth the hype or the price tag for a water logged wannabe tinted moisturizer. In fact, I would not even put it in the foundation category.

Simply put, there are better (and cheaper) products out there to achieve the same look it gives you.

Okay, now back to the real point of this post, the cream version of Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua line. 

ArtsyArchitette Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Cream Compact Foundation ReviewNow full disclosure here, I don’t even remember the claims of this foundation, that’s how long it has been on my lust list, but I knew that I loved how it felt when I tested it then, when I tested it last week and now that I have been using it. So, I’m going to offer up my thoughts first and then hunt down and paste the claims at the end.

ArtsyArchitette Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Cream Compact Foundation Review2Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Cream Compact Foundation comes with a whopping $58 price tag, plus tax in the U.S., so you may be able to see why I was hesitant from a monetary standpoint to just go off an purchase it – even after testing it.

Now that I have, I don’t regret it one bit! It is definitely one of the best foundations I have tried, guaranteed.

ArtsyArchitette Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Cream Compact Foundation Review3The compact itself is simply gorgeous, simple and consistently chic Chanel. Packaged in a box, then inside a soft open pouch. The compact is a rather chunky one, with two sections. One being when you first open the lid, with a mirror and cosmetic sponge. I personally have not used the sponge, as I always feel these types of sponges soak up too much product. But the sponge is nice to have, in case of a wanted/needed touch-up.

ArtsyArchitette Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Cream Compact Foundation Review4Followed by the actual cream foundation, under its own lid.

Minor flaw here: You have to really press down and ensure the foundation lid is securely closed, it pops open quite easily. Leaving it that way can endanger the foundation and it can dry out (nothing I have experienced – yet anyways).

ArtsyArchitette Chanel VITALUMIÈRE AQUA Cream Compact Foundation Review5The cream foundation pack also pops out of the compact. Clearly designed to accommodate a refill, which would be great, considering the refill would be slightly less expensive; BUT I have been unable to locate a store (or U.S. Chanel website) in the U.S. that sells the refills.

I have discovered that they did/do offer refills in other countries, strange that the U.S. is not included in that lot. I also spoke to multiple Chanel sales women, who have not heard of the refill being offered anytime soon, if at all, either.

What’s up Chanel? Why are you discriminating here?! If anyone knows more on this refill situation, let me know.

So onto the foundation itself. 

It is brilliant. Really, it is oil-free, water-based and I would definitely say that it is meant for dry to normal skin types. I say that considering it is so emollient, in that it really does melt into your skin beautifully as you apply it. Sorry, oily girls (and guys).

It leaves a very natural skin look, like a glowing-gorgeous-are-you-wearing-make-up-? natural finish.

Sexy man staring at you in the sunlight?  No problem 😉

It is certainly not a foundation that I will choose for the Texas summer, but Fall through Spring, and a top off with a little powder for staying power, no problem.

It is a light to medium coverage, very easy to work with and very buildable. Though, the best thing I want to say is that it feels like nothing is on your skin!

It is a wonderful feeling. It is light, extremely so, and your skin can still breathe, even at medium coverage. My skin feels hydrated and fresh all day, and by all day I’m talking about 7 hours – I haven’t really tested it much longer than that yet.

As for staying power, I would say it ranges from 5 to 8 hours, depending on your skin type, daily activities, if you choose to touch up and if you choose to powder your skin or not.

It does wear off, as all foundations do eventually, but it does so gradually and naturally. I would say that it melts away, just as it melts into your skin when you apply it, it melts away slowly, with no separation nor blotchy areas.

It does have broad spectrum SPF, and I have not tested it with flash photography yet (sorry!).

The main flaw, but not uncommon, unfortunately, is their shade range. I am on the lighter side of the spectrum, wearing Beige 30 (for reference, I am a tiny bit dark for my MAC NC25 right now and I am SB7.5 in Illamasqua Skin Base), with me being in the middle of their range.

They do offer a Beige range, for yellow undertones, and Beige Rose for pink undertones; but still they lack shades for darker and deep tones.

Overall though, I would definitely recommend it!  

Okay – now for what Chanel claims – pause for 2 minutes of web browsing and package reading: 

This water-based formula blends effortlessly and offers the lightness and radiance of a fluid with the ease and convenience of a compact format. The complexion is immediately hydrated and smoothed, with a look of natural, flawless radiance and a comfortable feel that lasts all day.

Feel the delightful moisture sensation.

From the very first application, you will succumb to the watery sensation of Vitalumiere Aqua. The fine water-rich emulsion texture gently melts onto the skin, bringing instantaneous freshness for a dewy complexion. Specifically adapted to normal to dry skin, the secret of the formula lies in the right balance between water and emollient ingredients. Moisture and long-term comfort are guaranteed.

Regain the radiance of a rested complexion.

Vitalumiere Aqua revives your dull, stressed and tired complexion. Skin imperfections are optically erased with the Soft Focus pigments and their excellent light-diffusion qualities. Plumped, flawless and perfectly even, the complexion glows with natural radiance all day long. Endowed with a mineral screen and a UVB sun filter, the skin is protected from damaging sun rays to help preserve its original radiance.

Oil-free. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging).

So there you have it! Sorry this went way longer than I had initially thought… so if you’re still reading. I love you. And you’re awesome. You should get a prize, but I spent my money on Chanel. Oops.  

Oh, any similarity in wording to the Chanel claims was pure coincidence.

I love it! Now I’m scared to use it so much – I don’t want to pay for a full compact again 😦 Granted, reusing the Chanel compact would be handy 🙂


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Influenster Review: Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal +

Hi loves!

So, I received this as part of my Influenster Holiday VoxBox, which you can read more about here.

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Quaker Real Medley’s Oatmeal + in “Apple Walnut”

What can I really say about this, it’s oatmeal! If you like oatmeal, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

It is that nice balance between plain and hearty, but the best part is it is packaged perfectly for travel or simply on-the-go, with no need for a separate bowl/cup.

My only complaints: They suggest too much water for my liking in the directions and then the flavor, it was missing just a little something – a little extra spice perhaps, to make it perfect.

Final Verdict: I’d buy it! In fact, if I didn’t have a giant tub of oatmeal already, I would probably add this to my grocery list.

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Influenster Review: Goody QuikStyle Brush

Hi loves!

So, I received this as part of my Influenster Holiday VoxBox, which you can read more about here.

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Goody QuikStyle Brush – Half Round Styler

Okay, this was probably not the best brush for me to receive. I am not a round brush using girl, in fact I hardly ever use heat on my hair, but since I was sent this one complimentary from Influenster, I wanted to give it an honest try.

Unfortunately, I’m not able to say that I loved it. In fact, it was bordering on an unpleasant experience.

First, the brush is plastic and hollow, and it just felt “cheap” for lack of a better word. The kind of “cheap” that makes you a little wary of using your blow dryer on high heat.

This was a bit of let down considering I’m a fan of many Goody products.

Then you have the strange “microfiber” bristles that act like a towel to your hair, which are not really bristles at all – as they have no inner support, so they simply get squished down as soon as you rake it through your hair.

I will say this though, the microfiber bits did help eliminate some of the moisture in my hair. Supporting that claim.

This brush also comes with its own maintenance of sorts. You need a comb to help you remove the hair stuck in the brush and around the microfiber bits. You can let the brush air dry if you want, or use your hair dryer to dry the microfiber. You will also need to shampoo the brush to maintain its cleanliness.

Final Verdict: I will be gifting this brush along to a curious friend or family member willing to try it out.