Accessory Wednesday: Chanel Sunglasses

Vestiaire Collective Chanel Sunglasses

Vestiaire Collective Chanel Sunglasses

It’s a vice, I know, but I’ve got more pairs of Chanel sunglasses than I can count – over the years, I’ve kept every single pair and can still remember the horror of leaving my first pair in a changing room and then the relief that they had been picked up by staff who had them safe and sound (thank you Debenhams!). But, there’s no getting round the fact that they’re expensive. I’ve been using Vestiaire Collective for a while now – it’s a French site where you can buy used designer products (my first ever Dior bag came for there for about £350 I think, and I use it non-stop). The way they stop fakes is that everything is checked for authenticity by Vestiaire before it’s sent out to you. This means you wait a little longer for your products, but at least you know you haven’t been taken for a ride. So, I’m picking out some pairs for you to peruse – there is only one pair because they’re sold by individual sellers. The pair above costs £106 HERE.

Chanel Sunglasses 2

Chanel Sunglasses 2

Personally, I think if you’re splashing out then bells and whistles is a good thing – I love the detail on these which cost £171.05 HERE.

Chanel Sunglasses

Chanel Sunglasses

Not sure how wrong you can go with these! They’re gorgeous and a classic style in Tortoiseshell for £86.30  HERE. Everything I’ve had from Vestiaire has lived up to expectation, but with any pre-used item, get all the facts before you buy.

I’m including a link on how to spot fake Chanel Sunglasses HERE.

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Dove Self Warming Mask

Dove Self Warming Mask

Dove Self Warming Mask

Don’t ask me why, but I was prepared to be underwhelmed by the Dove Self Warming Mask – I chucked it in my holiday wash bag as a last minute thought and didn’t really think I’d bother to use it. However, it’s something of a phenomenon and a very happy surprise. You pop on the sachet of conditioner post wash and then open up the capsule to add that over the top – the capsule contains the warming element (or, as Dove likes to call it, the Heat Activating Serum – god knows what’s in it). Sure enough, it does make your hair go very temporarily hot but its such a brief moment that I really can’t think that it’s the heat alone that makes the difference.

It only takes three minutes to do its work, and then you rinse off in the shower. One of my dislikes about hair masks is the amount of time it takes to rinse properly but I was under a mega-shower thanks to the hotel and it rinsed away without difficulty. I don’t know if it’s because I was in a soft water area, but my hair was incredibly soft – maybe even a bit too soft – it was a little bit flyaway after I’d dried it. By day 2, it had calmed down! The Dove Self Warming Mask also gave mega shine  – quite amazing and a snip at £3.99 for a single go. It’s a brilliant thing to have in the beauty cupboard for days when glossy locks will make the difference to your day – shiny hair is always a confidence boost. Dove Self Warming Mask is sold out currently almost everywhere.. I haven’t managed to track it down (and it’s been going for nearly double the price on Ebay) so if you spot some, snap it up.

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Shu Uemura Ultimate Makeup Palette

Shu Uemura Ultimate Makeup Palette

Hold on to your beauty hats! This is a very sneaky peek of the mega palette from Shu, the Shu Uemura Ultimate Makeup Palette. I don’t have a lot of information on it yet (and I know there is another exciting bumper product coming, too, which I’ll post about asap) but can tell you that it goes on sale in Harrods in June.

If you’ve got your eye on this, you’ll have to start saving (well, I would, anyway) because it’s a very cool £792! It’s absolutely a make-up lover’s dream with 80 shades.

NB: #mathsfail @joannajana spotted there are in fact, 72 shades! #bloggerfail

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Get the Look: Spring Fling

The flowers are blooming, the sun is out and the bright colors of spring are inspiring us to refresh our look in the best pink, poppy possible way. Using just a few Benefit staples, this look is perfect for a park picnic or spring day date.

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Here’s how to get fresh for spring!

Step 1: Our new multi-balancing complexion profector, big easy, provides SPF 25 to make sure the sun doesn’t get the best of your skin! We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your skin moisturized and protected as we head into the warmer months.

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Step 2: Nothing screams spring like pops of pink! Tint those cheeks with posietint, and if you’re feeling frisky layer a few coats on your lips for a pink pop!

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Step 3: This sheer ballerina pink face powder, dandelion, takes your complexion from dull to radiant with buildable color and just a hint of shimmer.

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Step 4:  Last, but definitely not least, finish your look with a little gloss, go outside & enjoy that sunshine!

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Chanel No.5 Eau Premiere

Chanel No5 Eau Premiere

Rebottling an iconic fragrance isn’t exactly huge news, but there’s some activity going on around the new glass bottle inspired by the Place Vendome in Paris, that is something quite exciting. If you’re in and around London at Chanel in Covent Garden or at Bluewater, Birmingham Bullring or Westfield London, then you might spot an enticing installation.

Chanel No5 Eau Premiere

I popped along to a Chanel tea-party in Covent Garden, and to enter the store you go through a Chanel No.5 Eau Premiere shaped gateway that gives you a little waft of the scent as you pass through. These bottle shaped installations, called The Mystery Bottle, are at all the above mentioned locations and well worth a little walk-through just for the experience. Like The Fragrance Lab in Selfridges, it’s another sign that fragrance is becoming as much about the experience as the perfume.

It’s wrong, isn’t it, that I love the little ceramic blotter above more than the actual perfume? It’s going straight in my Chanel collections box as soon as I can stop looking at it! The Mystery Bottles are around until 5th May.

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