In the mood for…Chanel

As today is International Women’s day, it seemed only fitting to feature Chanel.  Not only is the brand’s namesake, Coco Chanel, credited with freeing us all from our corsets and encouraging us to man up, but their Paris Fashion Week A/W ’13 show was all about world domination and there are few images more empowering than a stampede of women encircling the globe.
For next Autumn, Chanel has us hankering after silver lids again.  This time platinum sequins were used to line the lids to dazzling effect; a look I will definitely be trying albeit with a shabbier result.
However it is not quite next autumn yet, and for those of you in need of some summer guidance, there is plenty to lust after.

It isn’t often that I veer away from my trusty M.A.C blusher but as soon as I saw this colour, it had to be done.
 Chanel devotees will know that the packaging makes buying Chanel an ever in itself. Upon freeing my beautiful black compact from its velvet sleeve, I was instantly turned into a little girl, when faced with this vibrant apricot and it’s cute little brush lying alongside it. 

Chanel’s spring blush, Frivole, is understandably it’s only spring offering because it can’t be bettered,  you can use it as a contouring tool, but a small dab on the apples of cheeks, ensures the perfect spring boost. 
Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole. Available at Selfridges, priced £31.

Even though we’ll all be channeling Courtney Love next season thanks to Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, black eyeliner can look a bit heavy for summer, especially in the day, so I was beyond happy when Chanel added Santal, a subtle brown, to their eyeliner collection. 
Perfect for taking on holiday or keeping in your handbag, Chanel’s Stylo Yeux is waterproof and retractable, so you’ll never need a sharpener, or a tissue. The ultra-resistant liner allows precise application, is build-able and most importantly, subtle.
Chanel, Stylo Yeux in Santal; Available at Harrods, priced £19.

Chanel has released 3 new lipstick shades for Spring, but their Rouge Allure in Captivante is definitely the most Springy, and versatile. 
As always, encased in the signature black press-and-pull case, Captivante looks pretty brown on first glance, but once applied is a nude rosy colour. Officially, it is brown enhanced with flickers of amber and copper, which give the rich pigment depth. Although it would make a pricey lip balm, it is the most moisturising lipstick I’ve tried, and lasts for hours so needs no re-application; making this a very cost-effective and perennially chic buy.
Available at Harrods, priced £25.

As this sunday is Mother’s day, treat yourself to a summer reboot before you’ve blown all of your wages on flowers and chocolates.
 Happy Women’s day everyone!


Jamila xx



Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London

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