France, pastis, Chanel and free perfume samples
I was so excited when I purchased the latest Chanel nail polish Paradoxal on my recent visit. As always in France there were free samples thrown in. One each for Mr EM and me. Time for a relaxing sit down in the sunshine in the town square to enjoy a pre-prandial pastis.
But all I could think of was the name of other Chanel colour I saw - Vendetta! How great a name is that - whatever the colour. I realised that I just had to have it as well. So as soon as my feet touched the ground in Blighty, I rushed round to my local parfumerie which I shall call Debenhams. Cleverly flashing my Beauty Card for more points, I grabbed a bottle of Vendetta as quickly as I could from the sales adviser who was anxious to demonstrate that Paradoxal was a cross between Particuliere and Vendetta. I KNOW! I have them both. But they are all equally and maniacally desirable. What was she trying to say - "buy one and save yourself"? Thank goodness Mr EM was not around. But just as she dropped the tiny bottle into a wonderful white and black Chanel carrier bag, I realised that no free samples were to be offered. But I had spied a display of the new men's fragrance 'Bleu' by Chanel, and asked if a sample was possible? Yes! Actually it's quite classy without the awful chemical undertones of many other 'designer' male fragrances, which was just as well as it lasted overnight after I had sprayed it behind Mr EM's ears on my return. I was then chuffed to see that The Sunday Times Style mag had Bleu listed in it's 'Going Up' column last weekend.
Anyway back to the meat of this blog.
Paradoxal, Base coat, Vendetta
I love Paradoxal (left) - it's a sort of mole grey with a lovely sheen and hint of purple in certain lights. Very flattering to medium skin tones. Vendetta on the other (right) hand is a crushed blackberry - deep and dangerous. But not a bit 'Goth'. The only problem, sadly as usual with Chanel, is that they flake off quite quickly even if you have a dishwasher! Vendetta was the worst. You can't quite see in the photo but it's quite 'chippy' on my index finger. Yet I had used Chanel base coat first on both hands. I am thinking of checking out Boots 17 Lasting Fix varnishes to see if they have a similar colour to Vendetta in their autumn range as I find that they go on much easier and last much longer than Chanel. My summer fave was Boots 17 Parma Violet (yum) which did almost last five days as claimed. Sigh. So why do I chase and pay for Chanel? Gotta have it baby!
Oh - and if you would like a chance to try Paradoxal for free - nip over to Make Do Style (http://makedostyle.blogspot.com/2010/08/chanel-509-giveaway.html) where she is very generously offering a giveaway. To enter you just have to become a follower and give your 'make do' tip on fashion, beauty etc. Easy peasy as I shan't be entering of course, though I do love her blog.