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Tuesday 12 September 2017


September seemed to come round so fast. It's time to think about Autumn and makeup is always a gentle way to ease into the mood of a new season. Lucia Pica's new Autumn/Winter 2017 makeup collection for CHANEL is called "Travel Diary" and was inspired by her road trip to the Californian coast. 

The warm, sunny West Coast of America may not sound like an obvious theme for an Autumn makeup collection but colours reflecting the ocean, the Californian skies and sunsets, the sandy beaches and the city lights have actually created a beautiful autumnal palette.  Dark blues and greens and sandy or pink tinged bronzes for eyes combine with orangey reds, wine or peachey pinks for lips. 

As with their Coco Codes Spring 2017 makeup collection, CHANEL give the option of creating a personal look which can be either dramatic or subtle.  On their website, they feature two very good tutorials demonstrating how to use the new products and shades in these two different ways.  

For me personally, I wanted to achieve a more subtle effect and I was most interested in new eye makeup at the moment. Impressed by the "subtle" tutorial, I bought LES 4 OMBRES Multi-effect Quadra Eyeshadow in CITY LIGHTS (286), a black lacquered palette with a mirror, containing 4 lovely eyeshadows, (soft pale pink, rosy bronze-brown, bronzy taupe and a deep plummy brown, all with a sheen), as in the photograph below:-

I followed the tutorial and applied the pink (top right) below the brow, the rosy bronze (top left) to the eyelid, the bronzy taupe (bottom right) in the socket and the deep plummy brown (bottom left) around the eye close to both the upper and lower lashes to define the eyes. I found these eyeshadows easy to apply with their soft, creamy texture and I was really pleased with the result.  A diagram was enclosed with the palette showing how to do this look - please see the photograph below:-

The tutorial also featured the new STYLO SOURCILS WATERPROOF Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil.  

Double-ended, STYLO SOURCILS WATERPROOF has a retractable tapered tip pencil at one end and spiral brush for grooming at the other. The pencil is designed so that the side of the tip can be used to define the line and then the flat side is for filling in and intensifying the colour. Using little strokes, a natural or more intense effect can be achieved. Then, the spiral brush can be used for blending the colour. There are 6 good shades to choose from, varying from lighter browns to dark brown, auburn and black:-

806 Blond Tendre
804 Blond Doré
808 Brun Clair
810 Brun Profond
802 Auburn
812 Ebène

I wanted a natural look and finally chose BLOND TENDRE (806), which is actually a subtle light brown shade and blended in well with my eyebrows.

For now, this is about eyes but I will mention my favourite lipsticks from the TRAVEL DIARY collection:

ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lip Colour in NIGHTFALL (63), a wine shade that goes really well with my CITY LIGHTS eyeshadows;
ROUGE COCO Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in EXPÉRIMENTAL (472), a bright orangey red;
ROUGE ALLURE INK Matte Liquid Lip Colour in HIGHWAY (158), a peachy pink.