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Chanel Le Vernis Delight 607 nail polish – UPDATE with matte June 21, 2012

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Chanel Le Vernis Delight 607nail polish

Chanel Le Vernis Delight 607 with Poshe (gloss) top coat

Something strange happened to me on my way to the Chanel counter.

I had passed on Chanel Le Vernis Delight 607 when it first came out as part of the 2012 Summertime de Chanel collection. I thought it was too “blingy” for me, and I thought Island was too frosty, so I only ended up with Holiday 617, which is a beautiful, summery orange jelly.

Then rumors of Le Vernis Diwali were bandied about, a pale shimmery gold metallic as part of the “Bombay Express” collection, that is just now starting to appear in very limited boutiques in certain countries. I was captivated by this pale gold polish and knew I would need to get it when I could.

THEN the comparison shots of Diwali and Delight started appearing and I saw that Diwali and Delight are sisters of a sort – both gold-based metallics, but Delight is definitely more rose-colored, kind of the bronze-gold sister to what appears to be Diwali’s pale gold glow.

Which then of course made me reconsider Delight. And I am glad I did. Photos really don’t do a polish like this justice. It looks so over-the-top (to my eyes anyway) and showy in photographs, which is not my style. But in person, well, in person it’s just a subtle, beautiful, bronze-gold glow on my fingertips. I can’t stop looking at it, but it doesn’t scream “look at me” either.

In classic Chanel form, the formula is flawless. I am a complete novice with nail polish application and this polish (as with most all Chanel polishes) made my job very, very easy. This photo is two coats over Barielle’s Moisturizing Ridge Filler base coat, topped with Poshe top coat. No streaks, no pooling, tons of control during the application.

Chanel has done it again, and made a convert out of a skeptic. Coco you sly minx you. Chanel Le Vernis Delight 607 is a limited edition color as part of the Summertime de Chanel collection, US $26 on or Chanel counters worldwide.


UPDATE – In an effort to extend and change up my manicure this week, I decided to add the Chanel Top Coat Velvet to my Delight mani, to see how it looked.

It’s still glowy, but with matte-ing it it definitely looks velvety and I think a bit richer in real life. You be the judge. Enjoy!

Chanel Le Vernis Delight with Chanel Top Coat Velvet matte top coat





















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Anticipation June 20, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 2:48 pm
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Angel Kisses

Angel Kisses by under Creative Commons License.

I have a polish fairy! Isn’t that amazing! There are some great stories on the web about nail polish fanatics’ various polish fairies, perhaps none more famous than Pam’s at I would read with utter envy about how Pam’s great polish fairies, Petah and James, would send her all kinds of rare and lovely nail polish beauties from all over the world, and think how lovely it would be to have my own polish fairy.

Now, there is no one in real life that I know who even really knows about my nascent Chanel nail polish obsession or who even cares one whit about nail polish. So my raves and hopes and dreams all get poured out on the interweb, with you lovely folks.

And as I was browsing the Purse Forum Nail Care board the other day, I noted how a few of my neighbors to the north in Canada were getting Diwali, which is the new light gold Le Vernis that is part of the Bombay Express collection this summer. I hadn’t heard of anyone getting it in the US yet, so I checked with the store up in Toronto that the poster said they got it from and confirmed they had it, and they also had 3 of the other Chanel beauties that I was wishing for but are not available in the US (unless you want to pay crazy prices … as if $26 for a bottle of polish wasn’t crazy enough) – Coco Blue, Blue Boy and Lilac Sky. I was excited, and I asked the sales associate if she would ship to the US. And that’s when I cued the “waah waah” music because she said they couldn’t – nail polish is (apparently) flammable and they (apparently) had nail polish explode(!) when they tried to ship it to the US, so they weren’t allowed to do that anymore.

So, dejected, I poured my heart out on the nail board and wouldn’t you know it, not one, but TWO lovely Canadians offered to ship the polish to me!

Back to the store, I placed an order for the polish, which is now ready and waiting to ship. If all goes well they should arrive next week! All thanks to the kindness of strangers, I will be able to make my Chanel Le Vernis dreams come true. If that isn’t fairy magic I don’t know what is.


Chanel Nail Art for Paris-Bombay Collection June 18, 2012

Filed under: beauty,fashion & style — Deborah @ 9:14 am
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Chanel Windows courtesy of Cafe Makeup

Photo by Cafe Makeup

The amazing team at Cafe Makeup recently took photographs of the windows at the Chanel boutique on Rue Cambon in Paris (lucky!).  Be sure to check out their full post – the photos of the clothes and accessories in the window are just stunning. Most importantly for me, though, is the beautiful manicure on the mannequins – a delicate gold polish with red diagonal tips.

I am not one for most nail art but this is something I could get away with. Since it’s the Paris-Bombay collection I am assuming the gold polish is the new Diwali Le Vernis, currently only available in a few boutiques in the US and elsewhere.  The red appears to be Dragon Le Vernis, which is a beautiful true red creme in the permanent Chanel Le Vernis collection. As always, Chanel is classic, beautiful and just a tiny bit edgy. Love it!


Nekkid nails and Seche Retain Nail Treatment June 12, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 3:58 pm
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As sometimes happens, even though I love to have my nails painted ALL THE TIME, sometimes my schedule Seche Retain Nail Treatmentjust won’t allow for me to do my usual mani. However, if I don’t put something on to protect my nails, I find that they start peeling and breaking off almost immediately. When I find myself in these situations I usually pull out my trusty white pencil (to run under the tips) and an easy-to-slap on nail treatment product.

Up until now, my go-to product for this type of situation has always been OPI’s Nail Envy. It goes on nearly clear, just provides a slight shine to the nails, and helps protect them, especially if you reapply the product every day.

I happened to pick up a bottle of Seche Retain Nail Treatment at Sally Beauty Supply last week (I got it free with the purchase of 2 China Glaze nail colors that I bought for my daughter’s last day of school), and thought I’d give it a go. I have to say I’m impressed, and I like this even more than Nail Envy.

Initially it is much shinier than Nail Envy on the nail, and I also found that it was much more protective. With Nail Envy, I really WOULD have to reapply it every day, and even then it would “wear off” fairly quickly, leaving my nails somewhat exposed. With Seche Retain, however, I put on one coat and found that I was able to wash dishes, garden, cook, do laundry and all the things I usually do over the weekend and the coating didn’t even budge. No chips, no wear, no peeling nails.

The Seche nail treatment line does have other treatments, including one to help strengthen weak nails. Retain is meant to help generally strong nails “retain” their strength – get it? Um, yes, you should. Sally Beauty’s buy 2 China Glaze and get a free Seche treatment sale continues through the end of June, but in the US only. Normally retails for $8.99, and is well worth every penny (even the free kind!).


Clinique Chubby Sticks June 5, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 4:22 pm
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Clinique Chubby StickI’ve always been a big fan of Clinique’s various lip colors. From their Long Last Lipstick (with my favorite shade for literally the last 20 years, Vintage Wine), to their Almost Lipsticks and everything in between, I’ve found that they make a very nice lipstick, in great colors, for a reasonable price. I got started with them because I found I was very sensitive to fragrance on my lipstick. Most of the cheaper drugstore brands have fairly strong (read, fake) scents, that, since your lips generally sit right beneath your nose, would drive me batty.

I stopped by the Clinique counter a few months ago looking for a few new shades for spring – something pinkish and something coral, and was introduced to the Chubby Stick.

Exactly as the name implies, it has a heft and feel not unlike your toddler’s favorite chubby crayons. In fact they really look, and behave, like a crayon, only much nicer on your lips. As to be expected with a sheer color like this, they don’t wear terribly well, but I also don’t care. The application couldn’t be easier, the colors couldn’t be more flattering, and the price couldn’t be better (US $16). They are glossy without being a goopy gloss. Just sheer, shiny color. I solved some of the wear issue by lightly penciling in a complementary color underneath. I also imagine these would layer quite beautifully over a more matte or long-wear lipstick.

These are available online at and at Clinique counters, and certainly worth checking out!


Chanel Le Vernis Frisson 543 Nail Polish review and photo June 3, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 9:44 pm
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I actually didn’t like Chanel Le Vernis Frisson 543 nail polish the first time I put it on. Seemed a little fussy, a little bit too much like a frilly frou-frou skirt, and not like a workaday neutral that I could just Chanel Le Vernis Frisson 543 nail polishslap on and depend upon during my hectic workweek. It’s a sheer pink jelly polish with a gold shimmer in it, and this is an obvious gold shimmer not the usual “subtle” Chanel shimmer that’s in the bottle but barely visible on the nail.

I have to admit that while I love the look of jelly nail polish, I don’t have the time or patience for 3 or 4 coats of color in order to get the opacity I prefer. The solution to my problem was a ridge-filling base coat. I’m currently using Orly RidgeFiller, although there are a number of others  that would fit the bill. Ridge-filling base coats are typically slightly off-white upon application, and that provided just enough of a boost to opacity that I could get away with 2 coats of Frisson in this photo. Instant LOVE. No fuss, no muss, just beautiful sheer pink and gold delicousness.

I am a big fan of Chanel’s formula generally, and Frisson is no disappointment. It’s a jelly that glides on effortlessly with minimal to no pooling, even with the thicker coats you often need with jelly polishes. The gold shimmer is well distributed throughout, no clumping just even, beautiful gold shimmer.

In all, this is a beautiful, elegant, work-ready polish that goes just a bit above your ordinary sheer pink.

Chanel Le Vernis Frisson 543 is part of the Spring 2012 Roses Ultimes de Chanel Collection (along with Attraction, Distraction and Tentation) and is available now for US $26 at Chanel counters and on