The Inside Scoop: Chanel Cosmetics

 

The other day, I went to the mall to find some new products to try out, and ended up at the Chanel counter. I met a woman who has worked for Lancôme, Chanel, and Dior cosmetics. We spent about two hours together discussing the history of Chanel as well as the products, and I learned so much that I had to write about it!

The History of Chanel Cosmetics 

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born in August of 1883 in Saumer, France, and was abandoned by her father at an orphanage after the death of her mother. The orphanage was at a convent and called the, “Abbey of Aubazine”. The romanesque style of the convent inspired both the Chanel logo and her love for black and white. When she became old enough she worked as a café singer where she received the nickname ‘Coco’ because she often sang the song, ” Who has seen Coco”. She made contacts with many wealthy men at the café who gave her the financial help to open a millinery shop. During this time clothes were uncomfortable, and Chanel thought that “luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” She created a clothing line made out of jersey knit fabric, which was quite masculine at the time. She designed hats and clothing that were very simple, and people began to catch on. Coco Chanel totally transformed the fashion industry single handedly by cutting her hair, shortening hemlines, eliminating corsets, and tanning her skin. She is most famous for creating the “little black dress” that is still a staple in all closets today.  These changes led her to create a fragrance that would change the world.

In 1922, she introduced the iconic Chanel No. 5 with the help of Ernst Beaux. The creation of Chanel No.5 led to the birth of Chanel Cosmetics in 1924 when she introduced lip colors and face powders to her brand which was unlike other cosmetic brands at the time. The lipsticks that were created were ultra pigmented, which was different from the colors most women wore. The brands’ best selling lipstick is named ‘Boy’. The lipstick is named after her lover, Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel. He was the man who gave her the finances to begin her first shop. They were together for nine years despite his unfaithfulness to her. He ended up dying in a car accident which devastated Chanel. This was the only time people had ever seen her cry. Chanel passed away in 1971 at the age of 87 while working on the spring catalogue.

Chanel Beauty Essentials: 

 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect “Quadra Eyes”: This is by far the best eyeshadow I have tried. It actually shows up, and stays on all day. The Chanel palettes will last forever because you do not need much. They go on very smooth and look amazing!

Joues Contraste Powder Blush in “Rose Ecrin”: I am totally a NARS blush kind of girl, but I found this blush and fell in love. It is very understated and natural looking.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Boy” – This color of lipstick truly looks good on all lips. It has a little bit of shine and is the perfect pink. The name also has a story to go along with it, as mentioned above, which I find neat!

 Chanel Chance Eau Tendre- I have put this fragrance in a couple of my other articles, which should explain how much I love it! This is one fragrance that will always stay on my shelf. I have had it for about 5 years now, and have never regretted it!!!

 

 

Thanks for reading! P.S. sorry it’s been awhile since my last post… It is hard to balance blogging amongst summer classes and work!

xoxo Steph

Blonde Hair Must-Haves

Hello to all my fellow blondies! Isn’t the saying: “blondes have more fun”? Well, I can’t deny that we definitely have more fun, however, the upkeep for our hair is not. Dark roots, salon appointments every 4-6 weeks, lots of money, and brassy colors are just a few things blondes constantly worry about. There are a few products that will make your life a whole lot easier if you are a blonde.

Purple Shampoo

If you are blonde, I would hope you already use purple shampoo! Purple shampoo is a lifesaver when your hair turns that dull, brassy color between retouches. How it works: yellow and purple are color compliments, which means they are on opposite sides of the color wheel, and when combined they neutralize into a white color. So, those unwanted yellow tones in your hair become a white color when purple shampoo is used. It takes a couple washes in order for there to be a visible difference, but it is a godsend if used regularly. Usage depends on your hair color, texture, thickness, etc. My hair experiences those brassy tones very easily, and I like keeping a white-ashy tone so using purple shampoo regularly works for me.

What I Recommend:

Clairol “Shimmer Lights” Silver Shampoo: I know in my last post I said most drugstore shampoos are not good, however, this Clairol shampoo is the OG of purple shampoos. I noticed a difference in my color after one use. I’ll be honest: this shampoo does not smell very good. I normally use a different conditioner so my hair will smell nice. The other downside: if you do not rinse the shower curtain and tub after use it will stain!

Rating: 7/10

Available $7.49 (8 oz) on Amazon : Clairol Silver Shampoo

Joico “Color Balance Purple”: I absolutely love this shampoo/conditioner line! It smells great and works great too! I was introduced to this brand through a friend, and I am so grateful! This product is not as strong as the Clairol so it does not stain (still wash it off the curtains and tub though!!). It also doesn’t have a chemical smell either. It has a nice light fragrance, and leaves your hair looking amazing! 

Rating: 10/10

It is currently on sale at Ulta for $14.99 for a 33 oz bottle! Ulta Joico Shampoo

Lush “Daddy-O”: Let me begin by praising this company. Lush is 100% vegetarian, they fight against animal testing, everything is handmade, all products are through ethical buying (bought through local/small farmers), 100% recycled packaging, and they have products that “give back”. You have probably heard of Lush because of their famous bath bombs, but they also have shampoos, conditioners, face/body wash, and hair products! This company is truly amazing. Although their products are a bit pricey, but are worth it when reading all they do for communities.

Rating: 10/10

Available at Lush for $21.95 (8.4 oz) Lush Daddy-O

Milk_shake “Silver Shine”: My hair stylist has introduced me to this brand. Milkshake is a new brand to hit the US. The company is apart of Z One Concept which is an Italian company, and known to be “the most innovative emerging brand of the latest years”, according to their website.  Their philosophy is to, “use the power and beauty of nature to get healthy, gorgeous & vibrant hair.” Their products are cruelty free and a good price point. My only critique is that many of their products have a very strong, sweet smell. The silver shampoo,in particular, is blueberry scented, which I can’t stand! If you like sweet smells you will love this brand!

Rating: 7/10

Available at Milk Shake US for $22 (10.1 oz)

Deep Conditioner: 

Colored-blonde hair is more prone to damage and breakage, so a deep conditioning treatment every couple weeks is a must, especially if you heat style your hair. Deep conditioning can provide dry and damaged hair with moisture making it silky smooth. 

What I Recommend:

When hair seems beyond repair, turn to Olaplex No. 3, suggests stylist Kristen Heitkotter. This at-home version of what seems to be every stylist's favorite in-salon hair healer is "magic in a bottle that not only protects against heat elements, such as curling and flat irons, but also rebuilds damaged bonds in your hair, restoring hair from the inside out."
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, prices vary, olaplex.com for salons
Olaplex Hair Perfector: This treatment is a bond builder, not a conditioner per say. Olaplex re-links the broken broke disulfide bonds which provides structural repair from within the strands. This treatments should be applied once a week between salon appointments. This is 500% worth the money. After using this treatment a couple times my hair felt completely different. After one usage it protects your hair from further damage.

Rating: 10/10

Available at Olaplex for $28 (3.3 oz)

Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstuctor: I found this product at my local beauty supply store in packets for only $2.50 and couldn’t resist trying! I do not think this product works from the “inside-out”, but it sure does leave my hair feeling silky smooth. I use this product when my hair is extra frizzy and needs a bit of taming. For the price tag you can’t beat it!

Rating: 8/10

Available at Amazon for $11.88 (16 oz)

Bumble and Bumble “Quenching Masque”: I love this masque because it is hydrating, but not greasy! BB is always a bit pricey, but I have found most of their products to be worth the money. This product actually strengthens the hair and leaves incredible shine!

Rating: 10/10

Available at Sephora for $38 (5 oz)

Oils:

Last, but not least: oils. I spoke briefly about this in my last post. Oils are essential for blonde, damaged hair! Putting oil into your hair nourishes, softens, silkens, tames, de-frizzes, detangles, strengthens, heat/UV protects, and adds shine to your hair! With all these benefits why wouldn’t you use an oil?!

What I Recommend: 

Bumble and Bumble “Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil”: This oil is a lightweight oil that works miracles for hair. I put a little dab in my hair every morning and night. This oil does not make the hair greasy and makes your hair feel silky smooth. If put in damp hair it penetrates the hair follicles treating damage more than if put in dry hair. The bottle lasts forever. I have seriously had mine for about a year. Well worth the money!!

Rating: 10/10

Available at Sephora for $40 (3.4 oz)

Moroccanoil Treatment: This oil is argan infused that is light and smells awesome! This treatment detangles, boosts drying time, increases shine, strengthens, and controls frizz. After using this product you will be able to brush with no issues and run your fingers through your hair it will be so soft. This is also a brand that I am very fond of, but is very expensive.

Rating: 10/10

Available at Sephora for $34 (1.7 oz)

milk-shake-incredible-milk-150-mlMilk_Shake “Incredible Milk”: Once again, I really like this brand, and like the results of their products, but hate the smell. This smells like birthday cake and is very sweet smelling. However, this treatment has numerous benefits. It repairs hair, protects from UV rays and heat, maintains color, detangles, maintains hair style, adds shine, body, and volume,controls frizz, prevents/treats split ends, helps styling, and smoothes the cuticle of the hair. This product is amazing for the price… if you can stand the smell.

Rating: 7/10

Available at Milk Shake for $22 (5.1 oz)

 

That is it for today! I hope, by trying some of these products, your blonde hair will be blonder and healthier than ever before! Thanks for reading 🙂

XOXO Steph ❤

 

 

 

Sheet Mask Do’s and Don’ts

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Hi everyone! For those of you who do not know: my favorite thing to do before bed is relax with a sheet mask on my face. A sheet mask is a face shaped fabric soaked in a serum. Traditional clay masks are often messy to apply and dry the skin out whereas sheet masks are mess free and hydrating! These masks come in individual packaging, and are extremely easy to use! Just put the mask on your face, relax for about 15-30 mins, then take it off.. no rinsing! These masks have numerous benefits that can change your skin over night! No wonder they are so popular!

Do’s

DO use sheet masks 1-3 times a week

DO look for masks with hylaronic acid, aloe, and/or vitamin c

DO wash your face before applying the mask

DO pat the excess serum into your face until it is fully absorbed

DO put a little bit of moisturizer on after using your mask

Don’ts

DON’T use moisturizer before putting your mask on

DON’T wash your face after taking your mask off

DON’T buy masks with parabens, sulphates, phathalates, fragrance, and alcohols.

Sheet masks are important to use because the serum can hydrate and revitalize the skin. Formula’s with hylaronic acid, aloe vera, and vitamin c are very good because they hydrate and firm the skin without drying it out. Formula’s with parabens and sulfates can often irritate the skin causing rashes and/or break-outs so stay clear of those! Make sure to wash your face before using the masks because #1 the warm water from washing your face will open the pores allowing the serum to penetrate the pores and #2  if you do not wash your face, the serum will mix with the dirt on your face and cause breakouts! After applying, sit back and relax for about 20-30 mins! After removing the mask, it is a good idea to pat the excess serum so your skin fully absorbs it and gets all the benefits. It is often unnecessary to apply moisturizer after using a mask (especially if you have oily skin), however, if you have dry skin I would advise using just a dab of moisturizer.

Brands I Love : 

tony molyTony Moly:  Tony Moly is a South Korean cosmetics brand that means, “putting style into packaging”. The brand name is a perfect title for them due to the adorable packaging their products come in. The masks are not only inexpensive, but effective as well! I have tried all of the sheet masks offered by this company, and my personal favorites include the “red wine pore care” mask, “avocado nutrition” mask, and the “clear skin rice milk” mask. These masks are awesome for the price!

pur-lisse-face-mask-two_rsPūr-lisse:  This mask has a great smell, and is a steal for the price. This mask nourishes, moisturizes, and renews the skin giving it a fresh spa glow.

sephora.jpegSephora: My go-to for anything beauty is Sephora. I feel like that store has absolutely everything! Their new masks work wonders. I love the sheet masks, as well as the sleeping masks.  By the time you wake up in the morning you feel like a new woman!

epielle.JPGEpielle: The packaging for Epielle’s masks may not be as cute as the Tony Moly, but for $1 a treatment you can’t beat it! I picked up about 10 because ‘hey, why not?’ Leaving your skin hydrated and plump, they are a must have for the price tag!

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo

Steph ❤

Should I Splurge?

The question I ask myself 100 times while in Sephora is, “Is this worth splurging on?” There are many products worth splurging on to get that luxury brand, but many items are the same quality as the cheap drugstore brand. Sometimes getting that Tom Ford lipstick instead of the Revlon is nice, but a lot of the time you can find dupes of your favorite luxury brand lipstick color at the drugstore for 1/3 of the price! Personally, I will treat myself to a Nars, Tom Ford, or other luxury lipstick if it’s an everyday color that I will wear often. If I find a color that I really like, but I know I will end up here wearing 5x, then I’ll find the generic dupe at the drugstore. So the big question: What products are worth the splurge?!

Foundation 

Personally, I think foundation is one of those items you must spend a little more money on. Foundations are the key to natural, flawless looking make up. A lot of drugstore brand foundations do not correctly match a persons skin tone. It is very hard to find the perfect match when looking at drugstore make up. If the foundation is too light/dark of a color it makes it more noticeable, and unnatural looking. You can go to Sephora (my personal favorite) and they will do the Color IQ test and find your perfect match! Your color expert will also take into  account what your skin is like. I.e if it’s oily, normal,dry, or combo. Knowing this is a key component to finding the perfect foundation because some foundations have added moisture for people with dry skin and some have salicylic acid for problem skin. You can’t get this kind of personalization by using drugstore foundation. My personal favorites are: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream, Tarte Tarteguard Tinted Moisturizer, Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect, and Boscia BB Cream. 

Currently I have Make Up For Ever and  Peter Thomas Roth on my shelf.

I use Peter Thomas Roth as an everyday foundation because it is a complexion corrector. It is loaded with vitamin C which helps even out the skin tone and supports natural collagen which creates the appearance of firmer, brighter, younger looking skin over time. I love this foundation because it treats your skin while you’re wearing it!

Make Up Forever Ultra HD is what I wear on special occasions. This foundation goes on so smoothly and looks flawless in pictures. It is also long-lasting, and stays on all day long.

Blush

Many people don’t think of blush as an item to splurge on, but finding the right blush is essential to having a complete look. I am sure that there are good blushes at Target or Walgreens, but I can assure you that those blushes do not have anything on a NARS, Bobbi Brown, or Chanel. My personal favorite is the orgasm blush by NARS. They offer this blush in a liquid, stick, and powder version. My personal favorite is the powder because you can build the color if need be and you can control how much goes on. I also feel like the powder blush lasts a lot longer than the others. The orgasm blush is the holy grail of blushes. It looks amazing on every skin tone. It is a peachy-pink color with added shimmer which gives the cheekbones a little highlight.

Fragrance

Once you hit the age of 20, it’s time to ditch that $10 body spray from Victoria’s Secret and find yourself the perfect perfume. I have found that fresh, clean smelling scents work the best with my body type. It is often difficult to find that perfect fragrance, but once you find what works with your skin, etc. you’ll know which ones will/will not work. If you like a fresh scent like me I recommend: Chanel Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette (the pink one), Chloe “Chloe Eau de Parfume, Maison Margiela “Replica” Beach Walk, Bond No. 9 “The Hamptons”, Marc Jacobs “Daisy”,  Leila “The Essence of Norway”, or Hermes “Un Jardin sur le Toit”.

My personal favorite is Bond No. 9. They have a ton of perfumes to choose from and they are truly a splurge, but the scents are very distinct and like none other I have tried. If you have the money to treat yourself, I would 100% try out Bond no. 9. It is available at Saks Fifth or online.

Hair Treatments

If you have dry, colored, damaged hair like me then you know hair treatments are essential to your routine. Most people do not think of buying luxury brands when looking for shampoo, conditioner, oils, and product, but buying good brands makes a huge difference in the consistency of your hair! What do I splurge on?

Oil:  Putting hairdresser’s oil is a must ladies!!!! I can’t believe how many people do not use oil in their hair! Putting oil into your hair nourishes, softens, silkens, tames, de-frizzes, detangles, and heat/UV protects your locks! What do I use? I recommend Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Oil. It comes in a 3.4 oz bottle and lasts forever. I have had the same bottle for about a year!!! 100% worth the splurge. I also recommend the Moroccanoil brand. Their moroccan oil treatment works wonders, and the smell is to die for. Although a bit expensive, it is totally worth it.

Blow Dry Cream: This is another product that too often goes unnoticed. Using a blow dry cream heat protects your hair as well as gives professional looking results! My personal favorite is Bumble and Bumble “Straight Blow Dry”. This product is awesome. Just squeeze a dime sized amount into your hand and work into damp hair, then blow dry! I use this product whenever I am going to blow out my hair then straighten, and the look will last for days! PSA: if you use too much of this product your hair will get greasy! However, if you use only a little then your hairstyle will stay for days.

Shampoo/Conditioner: I have to stress this way too often to people… DO NOT USE CHEAP SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER! Did you know that Suave, Pantene, Fructis, etc. put  lot of additives into their products that make your hair feel silky smooth in the short term, but will eventually cause a product build up on your hair causing tangled, rough hair? Invest in a good shampoo/conditioner. I would highly recommend Milkshake, Redken, Joico, Briogeo, Bumble and Bumble, and Pureology.  Joico is one of the shampoos I recommend for blonde hair. After one use, those brassy, orange looking pieces of hair will be that white blonde color you want!

 

Xoxo Steph ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Necessities

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for visiting! As I stated in the “about” section: I began this blog to help those beauty gurus find the perfect products to try! This first post will be dedicated to “Summer Necessities”. These products are an absolute god send for these hot summer months.

St. Tropez Self-Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse

The bronzing mousse by St. Tropez is definitely a summer staple if you work during the summer like me. This mousse gives you instant color and looks flawless. I would recommend buying a tanning mitt as the mousse will stain your hands. It lasts about 3-4 days if you take quick showers. I have noticed if I shower a lot, and/or take long showers the longevity of the tan decreases.

Tarteguard Tinted Moisturizer With SPF: 

This tinted moisturizer is a must have in these sunny summer months. I use this as a foundation, and it is awesome! It is light-weight and has more of a sheer coverage which is perfect for a day at the pool. It lasts all day long, and looks great!

NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo: 

I use this product year-round, but it looks especially good in the summertime. I use the orgasm/laguna combo. The Orgasm blush is a peachy-pink with shimmer, which gives your cheeks some color with a nice glow. The Laguna bronzer is a sheer light brown with shimmer. I love this bronzer because it isn’t too dark, and is buildable if you feel you need more color. Both the blush and bronzer give the skin a nice glow that looks amazing during the summer months!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser: 

This product is perfect for summer because it is super gentle on the skin, yet soaks up all that excess oil. It also gets all your make up off (including your eye make up!!), which is an amazing bonus so you don’t have to buy make up remover wipes + a cleanser.

Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil: 

I use this product all year round because of the damage caused by coloring my hair. This product is amazing during the summer months because it protects your hair against heat and UV damage. This product is the holy grail of hair products. It lasts forever. I have seriously had my bottle for over a year. I only use 2-3 pumps a day: one after I get out of the shower and one in the morning if my hair is extra frizzy. This oil nourishes your hair and instantly softens, de-frizzes, and detangles. It is a little on the expensive side, but because of the longevity of the product I would definitely recommend!

L’Occitane Cleansing & Softening Shower Oil: 

This is a versatile product which I love. I use this as a shaving “cream” as well as a cleanser. During the summer months I have been using this as more of a shaving cream. It leaves your legs silky smooth and gets a closer shave than normal shaving cream which is definitely a necessity during the summer!

Verb Dry Shampoo: 

This dry shampoo is the best I have ever tried, and at the price point of $14 it is a steal! Most dry shampoos I have tried have come in an aerosol can, but Verb is a powder that comes in a little squeeze bottle. You can control how much comes out, which I love. The bottle seems tiny, but you get more uses out of the powder than the brands in aerosol sprays. Dry shampoo is a necessity during the summer months as our hair tends to be a little more on the oily side! Rating: 10/10

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre: 

This fragrance is a clean, fresh scent and is very light. It is not overbearing whatsoever, and lasts all day long. Chanel is always one of my go-to’s for fragrance, but Chance is my favorite for the summers! Try it out!

 

These products are just a few of my favorites. There are many more where these came from! Thanks for reading! ❤