A Chanel Moment

"Chance is my soul."

"To be irreplaceable, you have to be different."

"True elegance is not luxury, but simplicity."

"Always remove, never add."

These are some of the philosophies of the Chanel empire. Chanel has always been a brand that makes me feel more elegant than I perceive myself to be. Even if it's only with a swipe of their lipgloss, I feel a bit more sophisticated having something with the famous double C logo on it.

Sure, there are other luxury brands out there, but "Chanel" and "glamorous woman" seem to go hand in hand, even when it involves people outside of the fashion world. I recently found a fantastic blog called La Chanelphile. One of her posts is about buying into the "Chanel fantasy" through their cosmetics line. I couldn't agree more with the sentiments she expresses in her post. I feel the same way when I use any of the Chanel makeup products or fragrances--the only Chanel I can afford.

I'm the kind of person that idolizes actresses for their glamour, charm, talent and style--not necessarily their popularity. These actresses and luxury brands all represent ideals I think a lot of women would like to have. When it comes to Chanel, my idea of the epitome of elegance and class, my idolization continues. I have a big imagination and often dream of what it would be like to live a glamorous life where, after all these years, I finally feel like someone OTHER girls would look up to. I guess it all depends on whether or not you believe dreams come true...and how hard you work at trying to achieve them.

Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows

Clinique's automatic and affordable (at $13 USD) brow pencil has become my favorite way to shape my brows, beating out more expensive brands like Anastasia (the brow experts) and even Shu Uemura. This slim pencil lets you fill in your brows as natural or as dramatic as you would like and lasts quite awhile. The texture isn't so creamy that it slides off your brows but it's not so dry you feel like you're scraping your brows off. Even better? The soft brown shade does NOT turn red on the skin! Ladies, especially if you're pale, you know how important this is with your brow pencils. The next time you're at the Clinique counter, try this winner out for yourself.

Safe Sun: Preventing Wrinkles

(The ONLY sunscreen I can wear on my face & decollete...the best!)

I've noticed something at work that I felt warranted a blog post. Women will come to me with tanned skin, some with pinkish sunburn, some with white patches amongst the tanned skin, others with brown spots from sun damage--and ask me to sell them a cream that will take that all away.

Now, I could sell you a cream that might help, but absolutely nothing will take away years of unprotected sun exposure. NOTHING.

I know it's cool to be tan and all (at least here in the West) but if you want to look young for as long as possible, ladies, stay the heck out of the sun as much as you can. If you're going to the beach, wear a high SPF and get your color from a spray tan. The amount a spray tan will cost will probably save you hundreds in the creams you will have to spend later on in life to repair the destruction UVA/UVB rays have done to your skin.

Do you have to wear high SPF all of the time? That is debatable, since there is research that says anything about SPF 15 doesn't really work. However, I can tell you I will burn if I don't wear SPF higher than 50 so I don't know much about that research.

I think people only think of sun protection when they're going to be outside...but even while you drive or just sitting by a large window, you'll be exposed to the rays. I can tell you your hands are always going to be a dead giveaway to your age...it's hard to get plastic surgery there! I recommend, along with your usual sunscreen routine, a hand cream with SPF in it. I usually keep a tube in my purse, put some on and bring it up my forearms if I forgot to put sunscreen that day. I love the Mission cream despite the "sunscreen" smell. The SPF (and price) is better than the Shiseido hand cream. But for face and body? Nothing beats Shiseido's sunscreen.

Cheap Selection: Mission Energizing Hand and Body Moisturizer (SPF 18) ~$9.99 USD

Luxe Selection: Shiseido Benefiance Protective Hand Revitalizer (SPF 8) ~$39 USD

Just remember prevention is easier than correction. Get started with sunscreen now and go faux for a golden glow ;)


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