29 October 2010

Dior Czarina Gold Vernis

What to say, what to say?  I hate starting every. freaking. post. with, "OMGGGGG, this color is sooooo amazingggggg!!!!!!"  But, well, see previous statement.  I appear to be not so much with the words today, so instead, I'll just post lots of pretty pictures.  That seems to work well.

More pictures and a description after the jump!

25 October 2010

Dior Timeless Gold Vernis

No, I did not fall off the face of the Earth.  I'm still adjusting to being back at work.  And we're still painting the damn house!!  That is what is really taking up all my time.  Right now I have a fabulous work schedule that will actually work quite well for swatching and blogging, so if we could just finish that painting!

I did have an opportunity to paint my nails this weekend and, since so many of you were chomping at the bit like I was, I opted for one of my new pretty Diors, Timeless Gold.

More swatches and my idle musings after the jump.

18 October 2010

Congratulatory Haul

Why might I be getting a congratulatory haul, you may ask?  Because I got a job!!  After many months of looking, I am employed!  Great reason to celebrate, right?!  Right!  (Although, if I'm being honest, I'd have made the purchase anyway, and had I not gotten the job, it would've been a consolatory haul...but since I got the job, that's neither here nor there, so yay me!!)  This is not the only haul I have coming my way, but these goodies were on my doorstep when I arrived home.

Burberry Taupe Brown (L) & Rosewood (R) Sheer Eye Shadows
Burberry Rosewood Lip Cover (Lipstick)
Burberry Nude Beige Lip Glow (Lipgloss)
Chanel Rouge Fatal Le Vernis
Dior Timeless Gold (L) & Czarina Gold (R) Vernis
Chanel Enigma Quadra Eye Shadow

More hauls to come and swatches to follow (as soon as I get myself into a schedule).

14 October 2010

As promised, the time-consuming project...

...we are painting the exterior of our house!  At long last, after 7 1/2 years of needing to paint, Mr. swatchcat and I are finally doing it!

Before, we had the ugly white house on the block.  We were pretty certain the neighbors were getting ready to vote us off the island.

Click the jump to see the after!

13 October 2010

Promises, promises...

I promise I am not a lazy blogger.  I promise that tomorrow I will post what has been keeping me so busy these past 10 days.  I appreciate all my readers for sticking with me.

08 October 2010

Chanel Rouge Allure - Naive

I recently picked up Naive, which is in the Rouge Allure formula.  If you haven't tried the Rouge Allure formula, it is very moisturizing and the colors go on opaque with just a couple of swipes.  Naive is a natural, baby mauve-pink with a bit of golden shimmer.  On me, Naive is just a bit lighter than my natural lip color, making it perfect to wear with most makeup, and especially for an easy-going, natural look.

I couldn't find Naive anywhere but on Chanel.com, so it may not be a permanent color.  If you're looking for a light, natural pink, then you'd better get Naive while you can.  Rouge Allures retail for $30, and through November 1st, you can get free shipping from Chanel online with code 0910GLOSS.

05 October 2010

Chanel Soho Collection - Stunning Rouge Coco & Stupendous Quad

After seeing all the swatches of Stunning Rouge Coco and the Stupendous Quad I was smitten.  Uh, too bad they both were sold out when I order Star Glossimer.  I was willing to wait until Soho launched at department store counters, but luckily, I didn't have to.  Chanel online restocked!  (yeah, yeah, it was the highlight of my day, what of it?)  You want pretty swatches?  Of course you do.

Stunning Rouge Coco is a gorgeous neutral pink with golden shimmer.  It's a my lips, but better color...just a bit deeper, and I love it.  It's so much prettier than I imagined.  It is pigmented and the color just melts into my lips.

Check out Stupendous after the jump.

04 October 2010

Rosy Brown and Khaki Brown Comparisons

An exclusive release by Chanel means many people are looking for duplicates to avoid having to track down limited items.  This last release of Les Khakis is no exception.  Pretty, muted polishes just begging to be purchased.  But, can you get the same look for cheaper?  Ahh, yes, the $100,000 question.  Let's see, shall we?

Up first, Khaki Brun.  I dug out my two other deep taupey brown polishes, Barielle Cowl of the Wild and OPI You Don't Know Jacques, to see if they were a match.

Nope, not even close.  You can really see the green undertones of Khaki Brun, and the purple undertones of You Don't Know Jacques also stand out.  Cowl of the Wild stands out as a true neutral taupe, no warm or cool undertones whatsoever.

Next, Khaki Rose.  I pulled out Barielle Cashmere or Loose Me and Zoya Dea since they are both warm, medium browns.

I thought Cashmere or Loose Me might be close, especially since the shimmer is pretty subtle.  However it much more rosy than Khaki Rose.  Same for Dea, which I had pegged as being a latte color.  Sandwiched between Cashmere or Loose Me and Dea, Khaki Rose comes off a quite brown and well, khaki.  Those rosy undertones just disappear.

That leaves Khaki Vert for last...and I've got nothin' for  ya.  Sorry!