Christian Audette x Beauty Professor

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As a true lipstick enthusiast, I often want to start my posts expressing how excited I am to be writing about yet another amazing tube of lipstick, but honestly, it couldn’t be more true right now. When I got Beauty Professor’s collaboration with Christian Audette in the mail I let out a little scream followed by “OMG RACHEL!”

For those who don’t know Rachel Anise is the beauty writer behind one of my favourite sites, Beauty Professor. She is a public speaker, model, actress, all around lover of luxury beauty, and fellow beauty blogger. She’s also happens to be new mother and when I held her three piece lipstick collaboration in my hands I have to admit that I teared up a little and thought “This is your year, Rachel.”

Mushy feelings and well wishes aside, let’s dive into the collaboration between Beauty Professor x Christian Audette, a brand that is admittedly new to me.

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Christian Audette is a cosmetics brand that specializes in producing vegan and cruelty free products. Their formulas are rich, creamy, and intensely pigmented, antioxidant rich and paraben-free.

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For her collaboration with Christian Audette, Rachel stayed true to her voice and created three nude shades that range from pink (Elle), to more neutral (Johanna), to peach (Golightly). The lipsticks come in a keepsake cosmetics bag bearing the CA x BP logo. The lipsticks are long lasting and I was pleasantly surprised to see it still on even after I had been snacking and drinking coffee.

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CHRISTIAN AUDETTE x BEAUTY PROFESSOR

JOHANNA: A quintessential pinky nude cream, named after Rachel’s baby daughter.

GOLIGHTLY: The exact shade of opaque peachy beige with a satin finish that Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

ELLE: A universally flattering and buildable cool baby pink with a touch of luminosity. The name has special significance for both her mom and daughter and thus is an homage to women of all generations.

$60 USD, exclusive to christianaudette.com
*Above shade descriptions as per the website.

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The CA x BP collection is beautiful and while I can see it working well for those who love nudes. I have a preference towards nudes that are more towards the medium end of the shade spectrum so I’ll be wearing a medium nude pencil underneath my lipstick. That way I can enjoy the collection while having it cater to my shade preference. Never under estimate the colour of a good lip pencil!

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Congratulations Rachel for creating such a beautiful collection. I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next! Thank you for including me on the launch. I’m beyond honoured and flattered.

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Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipsticks

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing and GIF: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing and GIF: Nathalie Martin

I have a special place in my heart for Armani lipsticks seeing as they were one of my first luxury beauty splurges. Even back in those days, I’d carry numerous tubes of red lipsticks with me at all times because god forbid I be caught not wearing lipstick. #highmaintenance

These days I’m more chill about my approach to beauty but regardless, anytime I see a tube of Armani, I know I’ll be getting something special.

The new Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipsticks are no exception. Lightweight, silky smooth, highly pigmented, and never drying, these mattes are super comfortable to wear.

Considering I’ve been living in Saint Laurent sneakers and sweats these days, comfort is key in my life. I’ve even simplified my makeup routine to a swipe of CHANEL mascara, rosy pink cheeks, and a bold lipstick. If it’s gonna dry out lips, I don’t want it in my life. If it’s too complicated to apply, no thanks.

These days I’m more inclined to bring just a single tube of lipstick with me when I’m out. The me from years ago wouldn’t even know what hit her.

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

SHOP THE LOOK

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

There are 18 shades in the Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick collection, from a pretty antique rose pink (shade 102) to a mocha brown with a hint of shimmer (shade 200) and the brands iconic universally flattering true red (shade 400), there’s something here for everyone!

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick

102 Androgino - antique rose pink
200 Diva - mocha brown
400 Four Hundred - universally flattering true red
506 Maharajah - vibrant medium-dark pink

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Nathalie Martin

Disclaimer: Products featured in this post are a PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.


CHANEL SS18 Neapolis Collection: Part One

CHANEL POUDRE À LÈVRES LIP BALM AND POWDER DUO in ROSSO POMPEIANO, NAIL POLISH in 634 ARANCIO VIBRANTE, ROUGE ALLURE LUMINOUS INTENSE LIP COLOUR in 182 VIBRANTE, ROUGE ALLURE INK MATTE LIQUID LIP COLOUR in 164 ENTUSIASTA-lipsick.me_6274.jpg

I'm pretty loyal to the brands I love, but I'm even more loyal to the people breathing life into a collection season after season. Enter Lucia Pica, CHANEL's Global Creative Makeup Artist and Colour Designer.

I first learned about Pica early last year, but I was already familiar with her work from her debut collection at CHANEL, Le Rouge, which launched in August of 2016. The line up of red eyeshadows, red eyeliners, red lipsticks, and yes, red nail polishes had me weak in the knees but I was silly and ended up only buying a single bottle of nail polish. Seeing how much I love red, I still think about that collection to this day. 

Pica's boldness and artistry is what drove me to fall in love with CHANEL Beauty all over again, and for the latest CHANEL Spring/Summer 2018 collection, called Neapolis: New City, I knew I didn't want to miss out on anything so I bought a few pieces to play with - all in vibrant orange-red of course, because there is no other colour that makes me happier. 

 
Lucia Pica, CHANEL's Global Creative Makeup Artist and Colour Designer Photo: chanel.com

Lucia Pica, CHANEL's Global Creative Makeup Artist and Colour Designer
Photo: chanel.com

 

The Neapolis collection was inspired by Pica's birthplace of Naples, Italy. 

"When I close my eyes and think of Naples, these are the colours I see..."

- Lucia Pica

The full collection line spans eleven pieces and twenty-three limited edition shades; from blush to eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, cream eye colour, nail polish, lipstick, lip gloss, and the brands most talked about product right now, the lip powder/lip balm duo called Poudré À Lévres.

In this blog post, we'll be reviewing and swatching CHANEL's Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour, Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour, Poudré À Lévres Lip Balm and Powder Duo, and Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour.

Stay tuned for a future post featuring more of CHANEL's SS18 collection, Neapolis: New City.

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I've heard amazing things about CHANEL's liquid lipsticks and when I saw shade 164 Entusiasta, a vibrant orange-red shade, I knew I needed it.

It's not a traditional red by any means and it has a much more playful air to it while still maintaining its elegance.

That's one of the reasons I love red so much because I always feel put together, and like I can conquer anything while wearing it. 

The liquid lipstick itself isn't the drying matte formula we've seen from other makeup brands. It's creamy in texture, lightweight, and hydrating. The colour is intense, and I love how it leaves a natural sheen on my lips. 

What I love about CHANEL's Spring/Summer 2018 collection is the ability to really play around with the formulas and be your own makeup artist. For example, their new lip powder layers beautifully on to top if their lipsticks if you want to achieve a matte look. 

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Something special. Something new.

CHANEL's Poudré À Lévres lip balm/powder duo is the product I was most excited to try from the SS18 collection.

Inspired by Lucia Pica's travels back to her birthplace of Naples and the traditional tempera techniques to create ancient frescoes. 

Start by applying the balm to the lips and then adding the powder over top. You have to apply the balm first otherwise the powder won't work its magic.
 

It's like mixing your own lipstick, fresh each time.

You can really control the intensity by adding a lot of powdered colour, or just a little to get that natural, just-bitten look. 


Best of all, the product is versatile and can be applied to the cheeks like a blush. The colour is intense, so go in with a light hand.

Poudré À Lévres is limited edition and comes in three shades - 418 Rosa Tempera (medium pink), 410 Rosso Pompeiano (orange-red poppy, pictured here), and 415 Rosso Parthenope (deep raspberry).

SWATCHES from left to right: 
CHANEL Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in 182 Vibrante
CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 164 Entusiasta
CHANEL Poudré À Lévres Lip Balm and Powder Duo in 410 Rosso Pompeiano
CHANEL Nail Polish worn throughout in 634 Arancio Vibranté

 
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The perfect red nail polish is hard to find when your skin has yellow undertones. CHANEL's Global Creative Makeup Artist and Colour Designer, Lucia Pica, did an outstanding job with this one called 634 Arancio Vibranté. It's an intense bright orange that leans towards red. I can't wait for warm sandal weather because this shade will look phenomenal on toes. 

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Red is classic and elegant and can make even the simplest look standout. A red lip, red nails, a touch of blush, and mascara is all you need to look put together in five minutes or less. 

What I'm Wearing: 

CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 164 Entusiasta (limited edition) // CHANEL Powder Blush in 380 So Close (limited edition) //  CHANEL Nail Polish worn throughout in 634 Arancio Vibranté (limited edition) // CHANEL Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in Noir // NARS Wanted palette on the eyes // LISBETH Jewelry delicate necklaces and earrings // DAVID YURMAN cable bracelet // TIFFANY & CO bracelet // HILBERG & BERK x TESSA VIRTUE ring on index finger // IRO Paris t-shirt // Star tattoo by JonBoy  

CHANEL POUDRE À LÈVRES LIP BALM AND POWDER DUO in ROSSO POMPEIANO, NAIL POLISH in 634 ARANCIO VIBRANTE, ROUGE ALLURE LUMINOUS INTENSE LIP COLOUR in 182 VIBRANTE, ROUGE ALLURE INK MATTE LIQUID LIP COLOUR in 164 ENTUSIASTA-lipsick.me_6275.jpg
CHANEL POUDRE À LÈVRES LIP BALM AND POWDER DUO in ROSSO POMPEIANO, NAIL POLISH in 634 ARANCIO VIBRANTE, ROUGE ALLURE LUMINOUS INTENSE LIP COLOUR in 182 VIBRANTE, ROUGE ALLURE INK MATTE LIQUID LIP COLOUR in 164 ENTUSIASTA-lipsick.me_6300.jpg

CHANEL Neapolis: New City, Spring/Summer 2018 collection, is in stores now at authorized Chanel Beauty counters and chanel.com