I missed my monthly favorites for June and as I love to write and read these types of posts I thought I would share some of my current summer loves! I am deep in summer mode so despite all the new Fall releases I have mostly stayed away, finding it hard to be tempted by the deeper tones. Somehow this resolve hasn't translated into savings for my wallet!
Loving right now all things Chantecaille! I honestly can not say enough good things about every single item I have tried from this brand! The skin care and base products are divine and truly worth the price tag! I love the brand's philosophy and botanical ingredients. I use my Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer almost daily, and find this to give a beautiful finish and just the right amount of coverage for the summer months. The latest addition to my collection is the Radiance Gel Bronzer which I was tempted to purchase by all those Bergdorf Goodman Beauty Week tweets! This is a gorgeous lightweight sheer bronzer suitable for all complexions! I use it under the tinted moisturizer on the high points of my face for an added warmth and glow. I am also still obsessed with the Chantecaille Compact Makeup which is hands down the best powder foundation I have ever come across!
Summer time for me is all about coral. Orange corals, pink corals, or any other type of coral I can get my hands on, I am down! I still love the Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint in Coral Nymph which is the most natural coral blush. Cream blush really looks young, fresh and natural in a way that I don't think you can achieve with powders. That being said, I still have been wearing my Tom Ford Love Lust blush regularly this summer! Perhaps the best and most exciting discovery this summer is something I recently found in my stash! Nars Lipstick in Barbarella. If you have not seen or swatched this color, I highly recommend you go to Sephora or a counter TODAY and have a look! This is a gorgeous, sheer, and natural orange coral shade that I think would suit most skin tones. I forgot how much I like the feel of Nars lipsticks.
Speaking of coral, the most luxurious addition to my collection is the Cle de Peau Enriched Lip Luminizer. I think this is shade 206 (see Karla Sugar's swatches here). This is a pink coral with tiny silver shimmer. The feel of these lipsticks is probably the best I have ever come across. The formula is pigmented but still sheer and natural (I'm not sure if that makes sense) and has a glossy finish. They are ultra-moisturizing and are far, far superior to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines. Once you make the initial investment for the case ($25) and the lip color (35$), the price is not too bad for refills when compared to a Chanel Rouge Coco Shine. I might have to devote a whole post to this gem in the future.
Finally I am still loving Chanel's Summer collection! My favorite piece by far is the eyeshadow duo in Sable-Emouvant. I highly recommend you pick this up if it is still available! This duo has been my go to all summer for both day and night. For day I use the lighter color all over the lid (look at that dip!) and the darker shade lightly in the outer corner and crease. At night I just add more of the darker shade in the outer corner and lower lash line for a smokey effect. It is truly stunning. I am also loving the Chanel Le Vernis in Holiday and Delight. Holiday has been on my toes all summer (I just love the name) and looks amazing with tanned skin and all types of summer strappy sandals! Delight is the perfect not- your-average boring neutral shade for hands. I also love the Glossimer in Calypso but can't seem to find it at the moment (I will cry if that is truly gone)! Other great basic finds from Chanel are the Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Ebene, which actually lasts on my waterline, and the lip liner in Natural which is the perfect pink. I am intrigued by the new Chanel Noir Intense but after seeing swatches on The Beauty Look Book maybe I'll pass.
Other things I am loving right now are warm summer nights, summer holidays, Current Elliott boyfriend floral print shorts, TKEES, my YSL arty ring, Hermes H bracelet, Diptyque candles, Louis Vuitton Damier Azur speedy, reconnecting with old friends, a glass of chilled Sancerre, strawberry bananna smoothies, The MMandL show, ToneitUp, Channing Tatum, and shopping today for a birthday present to myself! What are you loving right now?