Le Coton

Chanel, it looks like we are entering into a very complicated relationship.

I love and trust you (I think), but $20 for cotton face wipes?

Here’s what the description says:

CHANEL brings the highest-quality cosmetic cotton pads to the U.S., lending pure luxury to a woman’s daily cleansing and toning ritual. LE COTON is an exquisitely soft tri-layer pad developed in Japan: its outer lining, made from delicate, handpicked Egyptian cotton, and its inner filling, comprised of lightly entwined, elastic Australian fibers. Combined, this ultra-absorbent, lint-free composition increases the effectiveness of CHANEL Cleansers and Toners, treating even the most sensitive skin to unparalleled gentleness. Each LE COTON pad is generously sized and delicately embossed with the world-renowned CHANEL logo.

Oh My Gah. I just CAN’T with you right now, Chanel! I’m not sure if I’m horrified or turned on. Do I need handpicked Egyptian cotton wiping off my makeup every night? Do I need unparalleled gentleness getting very familiar with every pore? Do I need lightly entwined, elastic Australian fibers caressing each stubborn blackhead I collect?  (Sidebar: what are you DOING to me, Chanel?!)

Logically, the answer should be “no”, but my inner goddess is screaming at me to buy this and try it out. Will I? Can I? SHALL I?

YSL.

Did my heart love til now? Forswear it, sight!

For I ne’er saw true beauty til this night.

Many incorrectly assume that Romeo uttered these words upon his first sight of Juliet, but these words were actually written by Shakespeare upon seeing this exact tube of YSL lipstick in “Le Rouge”. And I don’t blame him. Look how beautiful she is.

Tis the season to TREAT YO’SELF to some fine lipstick. I’ve always been the biggest fan of MAC, Chanel, Benefit, Clinique, et cetera, but now that every dollar counts, I’m a fan of stocking up on drugstore brands for certain items. No matter who you are, you do not need to be wearing $30 lipstick every day.

Not even you, Biebs.

However, it’s a very worthwhile splurge. With YSL, you’re definitely paying for the pomp and circumstance that comes along with any of their products: fancy gold box, fancy gold case, fancy “YSL” impression on the lipstick, intoxicating rose smell. You’re also paying to be better than everyone else, obbbbbbbbbviously!

#Winning...oh, is that "not cool" anymore?

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture | Pure Colour Satiny Radiance Lipstick SPF 15 | http://www.ysl.com| $30

Nails Nails Nails

I am downright obsessed with nail polish. Years ago, when I was a fool, I would buy nail polish full-price from MAC, Macys, Ulta, OPI, you name it. I even spent $50 bidding on the it-color of the season: Chanel Black Satin nail polish.

You don't even want to know what I had to do to afford this in college...or do you?!

But those days have gone and now I find myself perfectly content with brushing off-brand polishes onto my nails. I’ve found a way around paying full price too, usually by buying polish and supplies directly from suppliers. I made quite a good haul this weekend so I thought I’d share my most recent manicure.

ULTA "Little Black Dress"

First, I painted a sparkly black polish onto my nails.

Bright blue sparkle polish

Then I added a bright blue glitter, concentrating its sparkly powers at the top of the nail, and then, with a lighter hand, painting some glitter going down the nail towards the cuticle. The effect I was going for was kind of like a falling star effect. I think it turned out pretty nice and subtle, and just in time for gloomy fall.

Here’s a clearer pic:

I’ll be sharing my DIY manicures weekly, just like I how do with my friends and our recently formed “Nail Club.” It’s like a book club, but with nail polish and no books and no club. What kind of DIY manicures are you hoping to try this fall?

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