What's In Your Bag Nathalie? "An obscene amount of red lipstick."

 
What's in my   pink Glossier makeup bag   - lots and lots of orange-red lipsticks and Armani's new   SÌ Passione scent  . 

What's in my pink Glossier makeup bag - lots and lots of orange-red lipsticks and Armani's new SÌ Passione scent

 

When Diana and I started the What’s In My Bag series I thought; A) it would be a cute and fun way to show you guys what we actually use in our lives, and B) it would be interesting to see how our lip products change month to month and season to season. 

What I’m most surprised about is B.

In January I was all about neutrals and nudes.

In February I started to introduce reds back into rotation.

Now in March, I don’t seem to want to wear any other shade than red. Whether it’s fully pigmented colour or a sheer wash on the lips, red is the clear winner for me this month. 

 
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WHAT'S IN MY BAG

CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Blush in 412 Orange Explosif; sheer orange-red lip blush that can also be applied as blush.
CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in 63 Rebel (Discontinued. See Rouge Coco Shine 138 Orange Poppy for similar shade); sheer orange-red.
GIVENCHY Le Rouge Lipstick in 304 Mandarine Boléro; semi-matte orange-red.
FRESH Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Punch (new shade); sheer red-orange.
FRESH Sugar Advanced Therapy Tinted Lip Treatment in Dream (new shade); sheer rosy pink
CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink in 164 Entusiasta; semi-matte red-orange liquid lip ink.
GIVENCHY Rouge Interdit (old packaging. Similar shade, 14 Redlight); sheer orange-red.
GLOSSIER Birthday Balm Dotcom; a clear hydrating universal salve with bits of shimmer. 
NYX Pin-Up Pout in 12 Fiery; saturated orange-red lipstick.
BITE BEAUTY Agave Lip Mask, original clear formula. Excellent for keeping lips hydrated.

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The best pairing for a red-orange lip: CHANEL nail polish in 634 Arancio Vibrante | CHANEL blush in 380 So Close | Giorgio Armani in SÌ Passione | Milani Luminoso blush | NARS x Man Ray Fetishized blush

 
 

HOW TO WEAR RED LIPSTICK WHILE LOOKING EFFORTLESS

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To bring a red lip to life and make it look effortless and less precious, I like to add a pop of red to the fats of my cheeks. I do this by first applying my blush as normal. Milani’s Luminoso is an all-around flattering peachy shade that flatters most skintones. Then I take a bright orange-red blush, like Chanel’s 380 So Close and I apply it only to the center of my cheeks. It brightens my complexion instantly and pulls together a red lip.  Finally, I like to keep my eye makeup to a minimum by only using mascara. This keeps the vibe more casual and not at all overdone.
 
 
 
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Coo-coo for CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Blush

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CHANEL’s new ROUGE COCO LIP BLUSH is the latest from the luxury beauty brand. It’s a multi-purpose product which features a soft and silky gel formula that melts into cheekbones to leave a caress of colour so fine, soft and supple that you will forget that it’s even there.

We recently visited CHANEL’s latest beauty pop-up, the COCO Game Centre at Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street in Toronto. We were treated to a quick makeup application session and were able to see the 18 new shades dreamed up by Lucia Pica, including 6 new shades of ROUGE COCO LIP BLUSH.

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Freedom. Creativity. Personality. This is a line that encourages spontaneity and writes its own rules. We can’t rave enough about these. After the event, we had dinner and several drinks, and the LIP BLUSH barely budged.

CHANEL ROUGE COCO LIP BLUSHES retail for $37 each and are available at your local CHANEL counter.

 
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CHANEL ROUGE COCO LIP BLUSH

Available in six shades, $37 each

410 Corail Naturel - peachy pink (not pictured)
412 Orange Explosif - radiant and vibrant orange
414 Tender Rose - universal rosy nude
416 Teasing Pink - intense pink touched with fuchsia
418 Rouge Captivant - the ultimate red (not pictured)
420 Burning Berry - chocolate purple

 
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What's in my bag: Chanel double mirror compact, Rouge Coco Lip Blush, and Le Vernis in shades 626 Exquisite Pink and 628 Prune Dramatique (both new shades).

 
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Photo courtesy of CHANEL.

Photo courtesy of CHANEL.

If you’re interested visiting the COCO Game Centre, it’s open to the public until April 15, 2018 at:

HOLT RENFREW
50 Bloor St. West, Concourse Level
Toronto, ON M4W 1A1


Diana Aldea

The name might be new to you, but Diana’s has been developing content for major brands for over a decade. She’s worked in advertising, ecommerce, broadcast TV and the public sector. That’s nice and all, but what does she know about lipstick? Aside from wearing it since the tender age of 11, she’s been a beauty contributor to WoahStyle since its inception, and actually pushed Nathalie to create the brand. She’s also real AF, so she ain’t gonna lie to you about products and how they work.

CHANEL SS18 Neapolis Collection: Part One

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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. 

 
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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  

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

 

The Perfect Holiday Reds

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With Christmas only two sleeps away, I thought it would be fun to gather the best festive red shades for the holidays. These shades are bright, bold, playful, and perfect for puckering up under the mistletoe. 

Red lipstick goes with everything, from that little black dress to a cozy knit and a pair of jeans but no doubt you'll always look chic. 

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From mattes, sheers, liquid lipsticks, cream formulas and shiny lip gloss, we've gathered up the perfect red lipsticks for the holiday season and beyond. I should also mention that my skin tone is light-medium with a yellow undertone and all of these shades work for me. 

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The Perfect Red Lipsticks For The Holidays

From left, top to bottom: 

CHANEL Rouge Coco #19 Gabrielle. Hydrating, cream formula. Warm, True red with golden shimmer.
M.A.C MAC Red. Satin formula. Vivid blue red.
M.A.C Retro Matte Ruby Woo. Very matte Formula. Vivid blue red.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats Lipstick  #203 Rouge Rock. Semi-matte, creamy formula with intense colour pay off. Vibrant red.
Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine #400. Sheer, hydrating formula. Pink-red.
Guerlain KissKiss Creamy Satin Finish Lipstick #325 Rouge Kiss. Warm, orange-red. 
L'Oréal Paris x Balmain
Lipstick in Domination (limited edition). Matte formula. Fiery red.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red. Creamy matte formula. True ruby red. 
M.A.C Hooray For The Holiday! (part of a limited edition set for Holiday 2017). Matte Formula. True red.
NARSAudacious Lipstick in Rita. Creamy matte formula. True scarlet red.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana. Creamy matte formula. Vivid orange-red. 
Givenchy Le Rouge #304 Mandarine Boléro. Creamy formula. Muted red-orange.  
Shiseido
Rouge Rouge #RD308 Toffee Apple.
Creamy satin formula. Muted red-brown.


From right, top to bottom: 

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman. Matte liquid lipstick. Vivid blue red.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Rock With You. Matte liquid lipstick. Deep mulberry.
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #400. Creamy semi-matte liquid lipstick. True red.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet #18 It's Redding Men! Sheer, buildable matte liquid lipstick. Cool, red-pink.
M.A.C Lipglass Joy To Enjoy (part of a limited edition set for Holiday 2017). Shiny lip gloss. Intense red. 
Revlon Matte Balm #250 Standout. Light-weight matte formula. Red-brown.

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For extra staying power during the holidays, make sure you line and fill in your lips with the same shade of lip liner first and trust me, that lipstick isn't going anywhere.  

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Bad & Bougie: The Best Luxury Lip Balms

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What was your initiation into lip balm? Mine was Lip Smackers at age 10, which always came in fun flavours, but never provided enough moisture.

Now that I’m a little older and a little wiser (and ya, a little richer), I find myself straight up splurging on Lip Balms. Sure, there are cheap and cheerful options, but these are the crème de la crème which are totally worth the hype.

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BITE BEAUTY Agave Lip Mask - $30 CAD
http://bitebeauty.com/agave/
I use this every night, it’s magical. It’s made with a blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla co2 extract, and triple the amount of the antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine. Perfect for prepping your lips for matte lipsticks.

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BUXOM Powerplump Lip Balm - $21 CAD
https://www.buxomcosmetics.com/lipbalm/powerplump-lip-balm-US836.html
Envy Kylie’s lips but don’t want the surgery? This lip balm isn’t going to increase your pout size ten-fold, but it does provide noticeable volume and a custom shade is created by reacting with the pH level of your lips.

DIOR Addict Lip Glow Pomade - $41 CAD
https://www.dior.com/beauty/en_us/fragrance-beauty/makeup/lips/lips-primers/pr-lipprimers-y0027080-color-reviver-instant-oil-gel-care.html
If you need deep nourishment and protection, Dior’s Lip Glow Pomade is gonna be your jam. It’s enriched with a melt-in gel that transforms into a shiny, rosy oil for immediately smooth, plump and radiant lips.

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DIOR Crème de Rose Lip Balm - $35 CAD
https://www.dior.com/beauty/en_gb/fragrance-beauty/makeup/lips/lips-primers/pr-lipprimers-y0026470-smoothing-plumping-lip-balm.html
If you’re obsessed with the smell of rose that isn’t too “perfumey”, you’ll love this balm from Dior. It’s also one of those balms that you’ll love taking out of your bag and applying, as the packing is on point. 

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RODIN olio lusso Lip Balm - $45.83 CAD
https://www.rodinoliolusso.com/product/19152/48227/products/lip-balm
Castor oil, beeswax and shea butter are the key ingredients in this ultra-hydrating balm that’s great for both day and overnight treatment.
 

 

Diana Aldea

The name might be new to you, but Diana’s has been developing content for major brands for over a decade. She’s worked in advertising, ecommerce, broadcast TV and the public sector. That’s nice and all, but what does she know about lipstick? Aside from wearing it since the tender age of 11, she’s been a beauty contributor to WoahStyle since its inception, and actually pushed Nathalie to create the brand. She’s also real AF, so she ain’t gonna lie to you about products and how they work.

What's In Your Bag This December: 14 Lipsticks Nathalie Loves

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As the founder of a blog 100% dedicated to lipstick, it’s no surprise that I’m usually carrying at least six lipsticks on my person. It’s not at all on purpose and in fact, it’s more of a comfort thing. I’d hate to be caught in a situation where I don’t have what I need - let’s say a lip balm for hydration, a matte lipstick for longevity or a creme lipstick for colour and hydration. I know. It’s insane. 

Using my lipstick neurosis as inspiration, Diana and I thought it would be great to start a “What’s In My Bag Series” each month. We’ll take turns of course as we ask one another, “Hey, what’s in your bag?”

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I always carry around a compact in my cosmetics bag and it's not always powder. This NARS compact is the limited edition Orgasm packaging and it's particularly special to me because I did a project with them at the start of this year for their Facebook page for the Orgasam anniversary collection. This blush is also the first high-end blush I ever bought when I was in my teens. 

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Current lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners currently sitting in my TUMI leather makeup bag. 

Top, from left to right:

  • Bite Beauty lip liner in 022
  • Bite Beauty lip liner in 040
  • NARS Precision lip liner in Lérins
  • Too Faced Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Gingerbread Man (limited edition for holiday 2017)

Bottom, from left to right:

  • CHANEL Rouge Coco gloss in 754
  • CHANEL Rouge Coco gloss in 752
  • NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Get It On
  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip in Braised
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Too Bad I'm Bad
  • Bobbi Brown Nourishing Lip Color in Black Plum
  • MAC Lustre Lipstick in See Sheer 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Hot Emily
  • Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in True (limited edition)
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Other items in my TUMI makeup bag include Urban Decay's Trouble Maker mascara and my NARS Orgasm blush. Pictured here are also my Felony Case marble iPhone case (made with real marble btw!), my quilted patent leather CHANEL cardholder and a random bottle of nail polish. This one here is called Jealous Boyfriend, flattering green-blue, from their Miracle Gel collection. I'm currently super obsessed with these polishes because they last a week before they start chipping.

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Marble table top from HomeSense on top of an old iron plant holder. The sheepskin rug is IKEA, the silver boots are from Zara, and my eyeglasses are Alexander McQueen.