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*Experiment* of the day – Chanel nail art July 19, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 10:57 am
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Chanel nail art experiment Diwali DragonI am not a fan of much nail art – I can appreciate the artistry and skill that goes into a lot of what’s seen on the web, but I don’t have the time, patience, skill or office environment that would allow me to try it myself.

A month or so ago, Cafe Makeup took photos of the windows at the Chanel Rue Cambon boutique in Paris highlighting the Bombay Express de Chanel collection for the summer. I jumped all over the nail art that Chanel showed there, which was a platinum gold Diwali Le Vernis base topped with a true red diagonal. Unknown what the red is, but I had a hunch that the one-coat beauty that is Dragon Le Vernis would work beautifully here.

As my Diwali manicure needed to be removed anyway, I thought I would take a few minutes and try my hand at the Bombay nail art. This literally was just one coat of Dragon Le Vernis drawn freehand over two coats of Diwali as the gold base. I am sure you could get a much sharper, nicer edge if you used tape. I just wanted to do a quick test to see how it looked.

I really like it, and I am definitely going to do this for a special event or the holidays. I think when I do it again I’ll leave more of the gold showing. For my office, it’s a bit too *flash,* but I think it’s a classic yet unique way to spice up an ordinary manicure.


Chanel Le Vernis Diwali nail polish July 17, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 8:44 am
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Chanel Le Vernis Diwali

Notwithstanding my craptastic application as noted on the photo at right (WTH happened to my ring finger?? And what happened to the cleanup on my index? This is what I get for over-40 eyesight!), Chanel Le Vernis Diwali nail polish is a nail newbie’s metallic foil polish DREAM.

I know, I know, I know that there are 8,000 dupes of Chanel polishes, yet I keep coming back to Chanel because (1) they’re usually, not always, but usually, the first with a beautiful, unique color, and (2) their formula is AWESOME. Diwali is no exception.

You would expect a metallic foil like Diwali to be difficult to manage, but with Chanel Le Vernis, it’s just like an ordinary, day-in-the-park creme in terms of application. Not too thin, not too thick. Just glides on and perfectly coats the nail. I could have actually gotten away with one coat, but did two because that’s just what I do (with the exception of Dragon, but more on that in a different post).

I’ve found Diwali to be a very wearable gold metallic, with significant silver in it to not make it too yellow. Put up next to Chanel Le Vernis Delight, it’s definitely the pale gold sister to Delight’s bronzy, coppery, red-headed gold first cousin. I’m not big on bling on my nails, but Diwali (and Delight) are just perfect glowy neutrals for the summer heat.

Finally, my DH, who barely tolerates my nail polish habit, (1) noticed my nails, and (2) said “they look like Cleopatra,” which to him, is a good thing. So GO Diwali!

Chanel Le Vernis Diwali is a limited edition nail polish as part of the Bombay Express de Chanel collection, and is available at select Chanel boutiques and for a limited time for US$30 at

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Killing the lemmings, one polish fairy at a time July 9, 2012

Filed under: beauty — Deborah @ 7:40 pm
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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I found myself with a Canadian polish fairy. And today, my friends, the package arrived, and boy did she ever deliver! I was literally able to kill 4 of my major Chanel lemmings all at once, and my dear polish fairy even included a present of RBL Teal, my very first Rescue Beauty Lounge polish EVER! How cool is that?!

For those of you not in the States, Coco Blue, Blue Boy and Lilac Sky are all NOT available here, unless you want to pay nutty Izzy’s or Ebay prices. So scoring these for RETAIL is just crazy, I tell you, CRAZY!

But now, to the important stuff – the unwrapping!

Package from Polish Fairy

After undoing all the bubble wrap, I found this pretty striped tissue paper.

Chanel Boxes from Polish Fairy

Then these beauties jumped out!

Beautiful Chanel colors!

OMG, look at these BEAUTIFUL colors!

Box for RBL polish

Oh yeah, and this beauty just “happened” to jump into the box too! Needed a new home in the States I guess!

RBL Teal

Hey, I’m happy to pick up polish hitchhikers like this ANY day!

With one fell swoop, my lovely Canadian polish fairy Shayna has successfully knocked off all 3 of my non-US available lemmings, all at retail prices.

I will never cease to be amazed at the kindness of strangers. Now my biggest issue is WHAT to put on first?!


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!