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Thursday 2 February 2017


Although last week was bitterly cold and it was difficult to imagine that Spring might be on its way, there were glimmers of hope from CHANEL.  

It was Haute Couture week in Paris and Karl Lagerfeld presented his CHANEL Spring/Summer 2017 Couture Collection at the Grand Palais. There was a return to retro elegance in the art deco style mirrored background and traditional little jackets in tweed and pretty pastel colours.  Significant touches of shimmer and glitter were added to the clothes - metallic belts round higher waistlines, silvery high heeled shoes and glitter eye makeup worn by the models.  Finally, there were some beautiful evening dresses, followed by Lily-Rose Depp modelling a pink wedding gown.

On a more accessible and affordable note, CHANEL's new Spring Makeup Collection, COCO CODES, is now on the beauty counters.  A palette of Black, White, Beige, Gold and Red, these are unusual colours for Spring makeup.  The idea is to use them in a personal way for either a vibrant or a more subtle effect.  Again, I think this is a return to a more elegant look.

I always love the lightweight, shiny and moisturising texture of CHANEL'S ROUGE COCO SHINE (Hydrating Colour Lipshine).  There are two new lovely shades this season:-

126 Beige Doré, (golden beige)
128 Noir Moderne, (plum)

I chose Noir Moderne for me.  Although this shade looks like dark chocolate in the stick, on the lips it becomes quite a subtle plum gloss.


Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner is also one of my favourite CHANEL products. It has a retractable tip and its own integrated little pencil sharpener.  I find it very easy to apply and it really doesn't run or smudge.  Two new brown shades for Spring are:-

931 Noir Pétrole
932 Mat Taupe

I bought Noir Pétrole, the darker brown, as I thought it suited me and gave my eyes more definition.


My other favourites from this collection are the Les 4 Ombres Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow palette 274 Codes Élégants, containing 4 shades - pale gold, gold, silver and brown - and a nail polish, Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 546 Rouge Red. These are both definitely on my wish list but I bought the lipstick and eyeliner quickly as they were selling out very fast.

I think it will be some time before Spring really arrives but there's no harm in being positive and planning ahead.  I'm getting into the mood of the new season and I like the idea of one or two small metallic accessories and also adding some elegant little touches to my usual athleisure/street style look.  I have already seen some lovely bags, purses, belts and shoes in silver, gold or copper!