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CHANEL Beauty: Blue Rhythm de Chanel Nail Polish and Mascara

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I was recently at my favorite store, Neiman Marcus for a charity fashion show, but, of course, I made my way to the beauty counter. After perusing a few of the new fall products, I fell hard for Chanel’s Blue Rhythm de Chanel Fall Beauty Line. I saw the nail polish ad in the magazines, but I knew the nail polish needed to be seen in person. I didn’t even look at the eyeshadows because I still have nightmares about blue eyeshadow from the 80s.

I was so happy that when my friend and beauty junkie Sydelle talked me into the sparkly mascara I knew I needed to add them to the beauty arsenal. Fortissimo is a stunning deep navy with a slight shimmer and perfect for fall and winter. I cannot get enough. The mascara is sparkly and fun to wear. I like to feather it on the out lashes to make my eyes really pop.

I will say I have fallen back in love with Chanel polishes. Over the past few months, I have realized the quality of my beloved Essie polishes has gone down hill. Every bottle is streaky, patchy, and takes way too many coats. Especially since I polish my nails at least twice a week. I have been seriously disappointed. This has allowed me to focus on polishes that bring the beauty and are worth the investment like Chanel.

I have my eye on the Chanel Écorce Sanguine Nail Polish too. It has just enough sparkle where I know I’m not wearing a polish with shimmer, but creamy enough to add to my red nail polish collection.

{The photo shows the polish in two different lights. Stunning.}

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Four Fall Scents You Need in Your Beauty Arsenal

Four Fall Scents

Every season I look forward to the scents that will be added to the beauty arsenal. This fall I have been waiting for a few to be released and now since they have arrived I am in deep passionate fragrance love. I love to wear alone and then layer until the right combination fills my senses and makes me happy every time I get a whiff of myself. Yes, I need to smell the fragrance on me.

I don’t adhere to the “signature” scent motto. Some people do, but it’s like a handbag or a pair of shoes. Fragrance is an accessory and I like to be a different woman through scent every day.

Alaïa. I have waited many moons for this scent. When I first heard the legendary designer was creating a scent I put the date in my calendar. I needed to know when it hit the shelves. The email came and I found myself at Saks and the rest is beauty girl history. It’s dark and brooding with lots of musk.

Norell. If you ask a lady of a certain age like myself they remember Norell. This reboot is just as good as the original and brings back so many memories of a young girl playing at the beauty counter of Neiman Marcus. Now, I’m a big girl playing at the beauty counter at I can’t get enough.

Creed’s Royal Mayfair. First off this is considered a man’s scent. I. Don’t. Care. It smells so delicious on me that I couldn’t bear not to have it in my life. I paired this with Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom and it was so divine men were asking me what I was wearing. One guy asked for the combination to buy for his wife. I hope she enjoys it as much as me.

Gardenia de Robert Piguet. Piguet is known for Fracas. The classic and legendary scent tuberose-based scent. This is classic gardenia and deserves a standing beauty ovation because this scent is out of this world for us gardenia lovers.

Clinique Chubby Lash™ Fattening Mascara

Clinique Chubby Mascara

I didn’t expect to wake up to chilly temperatures this morning. Seriously. I get up early and wanted to enjoy the quiet on my patio with a cup of hot water & lemon. I immediately had to run inside and grab a warm and fluffy robe to put on. Brrrr. I’m not ready for cooler weather.

I’m kicking and screaming like I always do. But, in order to roll with the fall-like weather I decided to play with my new mascara to add some fun to my beauty routine. Clinique’s Chubby Lash™ Fattening Mascara in Portly Plum is divine. It gives my lashes my lashes tons of length and volume and I love it so much that I have added Jumbo Jet to the beauty to-do list. If I’m going to complain at least my lashes will look good.

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Saving Face with Origins Retexturizing Mask

Origins Rose Mask

I hope you weekend was lovely. Mine was great. The weather was perfect. Not too hot and not too humid. Although I’m a woman that loves the heat, I was happy during my 5K on yesterday there was a breeze and while I plowed through September magazines on the porch. I started on Saturday and tried to get through a few of the smaller ones first, then the big ones. Whoo! Lots of work.

During the time of my magazine absorption I decided my face needed some TLC. After the normal facial routine of cleansing, steaming, etc., etc., I decided to try Origins Original Skin™ Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay. Ladies let me tell you I’m in love. A few years ago I decided to apply my mask with a large foundation brush. It makes it go on evenly, I don’t have the product under my nails, and it makes me feel I’m actually getting a real facial in a spa.

I let it sit for a good twenty minutes even though the directions said 10. What can I say? I was sipping my favorite Vihno Vehde Rosé. I’m hooked; so hooked. My skin felt great, I looked refreshed, and I loved the subtle rose smell. My face was starting to look dull and this brightened it up. I plan to use this twice a week over the next month. This is some beauty goodness right here.

ESCADA Turquoise Summer Fragrance

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I’m not letting summer go. Yes, I know everyone is saying summer is almost over. Well, in my mind summer isn’t over until September 23 which is the first day of fall and the equinox. I’m going to be kicking and screaming when fall arrives, but until then I’m going to embrace the sun, pools, rose wine spritzers, flowly maxi dresses, and limited-edition summer scents such as Escada Turquoise Summer.

Turquoise Summer represents everything I love in a summer fragrance – it’s light with notes of berry, violet, orange and sandalwood. I have been spritzing and loved it so much I bought the travel size because I need to always be reminded of summer even during my fall travels.

The beautiful turquoise and blue bottle reminds me of the beach and is perfectly captured in the scent.

Dove Go Fresh

Dove Go FreshIt’s been hot and humid here in DC and I love every single minute of it. I know so many people hate the humidity and what it does to their hair, but my goodness it’s good for your skin. I detest winter and since I can’t move back to Texas just yet I have to endure them for a few more years. In the meantime I am soaking up all that summer has to offer – fresh fruit, long hot days and nights, and being able to wash the day away with Dove Go Fresh.

The mandarin and tiare flower scents are perfect after my morning workouts when I’m a hot and sweaty mess. Another good thing about summer is not having to be inside to workout. As Outkast would say “so fresh and so clean, clean.”

NUXE PRODIGIEUX SHOWER OIL

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One of my favorite French beauty lines Nuxe has just come out with their shower oil. I’ve been obsessed with shower oils for awhile and now to have a new one to add to the collection makes me a very happy girl. I also pair it post-shower with their multi-purpose oil and it’s making me smile this week. I have the regular and the shimmer oil and both are just simply divine. I’m always about being bronzed beyond belief and this trifecta is perfect for the summer heat. If you really want to up the beauty ante, I suggest purchasing the perfume as well. You will not be disappointed.

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Simple Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water Should Be in Your Gym Bag

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I have been working out four mornings a week and it’s been great. I realized I needed a little more cardio in my life and it has been great. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still all about yoga and sometimes that means two workouts a day. What hasn’t been so great is trying to figure out my gym bag situation. I wash my face every morning and night, but after sweating it out with my workout buddy, I really don’t want to “re-wash” my face, but I know I have to get the sweat off. I decided to try Simple Skincare’s Micellar Cleansing Water.

Cleansing waters have become very popular in the U.S., but they have been used in other countries for years. Most makeup artists believe in them and I’ve been a fan since I first discovered them in Paris years ago. I normally use them to take my makeup off before I actually wash my face at night.

I really love the feel, the smell, and everything about this cleansing water.It gets all the sweaty, salty mess off your skin and keeps it soft and supple.  I’m on my second bottle for my gym bag and I think it will be a great compliment to your beauty routine in your gym bag and your beauty shelf.

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