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December 05, 2011


It's been a eventful year of Chanel for me.. with their many beautiful releases and wonderful products.  I feel it is appropriate that I dedicate an entry to my favourite Chanel purchases for the year to share with you, and also make my Chanel wishlist for the near future! :)

Also if you check out Chanel Confidential you can watch Lisa Eldridge's favourite Chanel products for 2011 too.

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Click here to go to Chanel Makeup Confidential

The Nail Polishes

The most outstanding beauty products for me personally.  From Black Pearl, Mimosa, to Graphite, to the Les Jeans collection... I have collected quite a stash of Chanel polishes from just this year alone.  Not mentioning the Matte topcoat, of which I even got a back up of.

All the colors are beautiful, some more unique than the others.. but all has that exclusive allure which totally sucks me in everytime.  If you don't know what to get for a nail polish junkie, I must say a bottle of Chanel nail polish (in the classic shades of Dragon, or Black Satin) would do the trick.

I don't foresee myself running to buy their upcoming SS2012 nail polish releases, perhaps it's time for me to take a break and venture more into their classic and permanent range of colors.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

The lightest easy to wear foundation that feels like second skin on my face.  It is buildable, it smells fantastic, and it's easy to travel with.  I have raved about this foundation previously, click here for full review.

Chanel Lipsticks

2011 is also a great year of new lipsticks releases, the Rouge Coco Shine and the Rouge Allure Velvet.  Love both the textures, even though they are nothing alike.


Chanel Bronzers

I love both the summer bronzers so much that I purchased both of them.  I find they are a great combination of blush and bronzer,  and they look way too pretty in the pan for me to pass up.   Link to the entry here.


And who could forget about the Chanel Illusion d' Ombres?  I only got one, seeing as I have a whole stash of similar products in this category (perhaps that warrant another separate entry, this also seems to be a year of the gorgeous little pots from most of the different makeup houses).   I only purchased one... but I look forward to adding more to the list.  Perhaps the black one in Myrifique, and the Epatant.

Link to entry here


Chanel Skincare

My most luxe skincare routine must be this tub of cream - the sublimage essential regenerating mask -  which I use once a fortnight or when my skin needs that extra nourishment and treat.

Link to review entry here

and another link here

it gives overnight results:

Chanel's service

This year is also a high and low for me in terms of their service...I didn't expect that my little rant of my unpleasant shopping experience at their ION store to be read by them at all (and mind you, I did not send out any nasty emails) and they responded to me swiftly and personally, with a thoughtful gesture of a bouquet of lilies sent right to my house.

I always enjoyed great service at their MBS store, and even spend one afternoon there having a makeover session by one of their regional makeup artist specially flown in for the event.  It was certainly a great experience, that also introduce me to their skincare range.

Link to the makeover session here.


There are many more Chanel goodies which I passed up on, noticeably the Topaki quad from their Byzantine collection, the Beiges palette, and also their Christmas Noel collection...It is difficult to resist, but I think I did quite good!   I usually find it easier to stay away from their glosses, blushes and quads, beautiful and divine as they are.  :)


Really enjoyed all my Chanel purchases for 2011, and I look forward to more to come!

In particular, the following items:

  1. Perfection Lumiere foundation
  2. Owning one more Rouge Allure Lacque
  3. Nail polishes from their permanent collection
  4. Illusion d' ombres
  5. Les Exclusifs de Chanel in Jersey



Hope this entry has been helpful (in tempting anyone?) and a concise recollection of my year in Chanel shopping! :)



p/s Just booked my impulsive flight to HK for a few days next week.  Excited much!


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Ohh you booked the flight in the end! That's very exciting indeed :D

posted by

Hey Sophia, you featured all the lovely Chanel items. The nail polishes are gorgeous I must not be tempted! It has been a good Chanel year for me too, they have been coming out with many gorgeous items. I'm looking forward to getting the two new eye shadows from the Spring collection.

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Perfection Lumiere! Have you tried? None of our local SA heard about it. Some even told me it might only be available in June 2012. How sad!

I ordered from Nordstrom anyway. Highly recommend it for ladies with oily skin - it gives off a really nice matte finish.

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My name is Sophia, and I am in my early 30s. I am from Singapore and I am the sole writer of this blog.

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I started this blog in 2006, I like to use a wide range of brands though I seem to have a growing preference for higher-end brands in recent years. I also like to share interesting things I have come across about makeup and beauty.

Currently The Makeup Blogette receives 39,000 unique views monthly or 2,238,932 views and counting.

My Makeup Style

I like classic looks (neutral tones on eyes, anything goes for lips & cheeks), though occasionally I try out dramatic/ statement looks.  I believe that a flawless base is the key to achieving great makeup looks.  I also believe that if you don't have great skin to start with, fake it with a good foundation routine, and even greater skincare.  I am currently loving Clarins & Lancome skincare products, and Vichy NormaDerm for tackling with breakouts.

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Most of the pictures you see in post 2010 entries are taken with my Canon G-11.  Previously I was using Canon Ixus 80.  I do post some pictures which are taken with my iphone4 which I will state in that particular entry.  I have stopped watermarking my pictures as of 2011, because I think watermarks are ugly in general, and does not prevent people from stealing my pictures if they wish to.  I just take it as a compliment that my pictures are even worth stealing in the first place. I might look into getting a Canon EOS next year, not just for blogging purposes, but I also like photography in general.

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It is hard to name just one, but I like NARS, Chanel, Illamasqua and the ocasional Guerlain, Dior & Urban Decay item.  I own quite a stash of MAC items, but recently I have stopped catching up with their collections, and I much prefer to splurge on a few really outstanding items.

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