We all know I’m a Chanel snob by now, right? Not, like, Chanel clothing. Or even Chanel perfume. I’m not a millionaire. But I am a Chanel makeup guru. It’s sad that the ladies at the Chanel counter in Norman know my first and last name and can even pronounce it correctly. Today, when I stopped by to pick up a couple of items, I had to show one of the new gals around the counter. I knew exactly what it was I wanted. My regular makeup gal, Brittni, and I were talking a few weeks ago about how glamorous Chanel makes us feel. She said how she could leave the house in a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt, but have her Chanel makeup on and still feel like a queen. It’s so true.
I have gotten a few comments on how expensive Chanel is and how I possibly afford all of my makeup. Here’s the deal: I’m not big on clothes shopping. I have a lot of clothes in my closet, but most of them are hand-me-downs. However, I do make sure to set some money aside every month for something Chanel. It’s been a long process and a test of my patience (mostly because I wish I could just buy everything I wanted at one time), but here’s finally what my makeup repertoire looks like and I’m so proud of it:
I really just don’t think there can possibly be a price on beauty. A couple of weeks ago, I finally got the money together to afford a few items from Chanel’s skincare line. I have never, ever been one for skincare. Thankfully, I’ve never really had bad skin. I’ve never had skin that’s too oily, or skin that’s too dry, or even skin that’s too pimply. It’s always been average. Freckly, with some unevenness in my skin tone color. It’s the kind of skin that can’t really be seen in public without makeup, but it wasn’t horrible. I didn’t have much of a beauty regime. I’d typically just wash my face once a day in the shower with Noxzema face wash, then clean up my eyes with some Neutrogena face wipes, slap on some lotion, and then put some makeup on.
However, last week I went to a Chanel seminar that taught me how I was doing everything wrong. And these ladies aren’t just telling me that I’m doing everything wrong to make a quick buck on me. They are truly invested in their clients’ skin. Everyone teaching the seminar had beautiful, flawless skin. They were proof that the products worked. Since I realized I knew so little about skincare, I told the Chanel ladies that I’d share some of their skincare tricks with my blog’s readers. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Insight #1: Use a makeup remover AND a face wash.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m lazy. Like I said, I’d wash my face with just Noxzema in the mornings, thinking that it removed my makeup. It didn’t at all. So here’s the dealio: Make sure you’re removing all of your makeup AND then wash your face. Don’t just choose one or the other, like my lazy self did. Because I am the laziest person on the planet, I decided to invest in Chanel’s Lait Confort Cleansing Milk, which serves as both a makeup remover AND a face wash and an anti-pollutant (which is my favorite part). The atmosphere and air is fucking disgusting and I don’t want that shit clogging up my pores. To use: simply rub some of that stuff all over your face and eyes and wipe off with either a warm wash cloth OR follow up with Chanel’s Lotion Confort Toner. I just bought the toner today. After using it last week at the Chanel beauty seminar, I fell in love and had to have the duo. The pair costs $90 together ($45 each), but they are freaking HUGE. I bet both will probably last me a year, if not longer.
Insight #2: You’re probably scrubbing too damn hard.
Probably the most embarrassing part of the seminar is when we were all told to remove our makeup. I took some of the Lait Confort Cleansing Milk and rubbed the shit out of my face and eyes. The seminar’s leader looked at me in horror then said, “JESSICA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOUR EYES?!” Oh, I was just scrubbing the hell out of them to remove my eye makeup. Yeah, that’s not necessary. And chances are, if I’m doing it, you’re probably doing it, too. Let’s face it, I’m trying to get ready in the mornings as quick as I possibly can. Taking time to gently remove yesterday’s eye makeup isn’t really an option if I need to get out the door in 20 mins.
However, the skin under your eyes is way thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. Every time I tugged and scrubbed my poor little eye sockets, I was making that skin looser and looser. I’m SO glad I learned fairly early in live that I need to be more gentle.
Insight #3: Treat yo-self to some good eye cream.
Did you know that your eyes really can’t handle the same moisturizer that you put on the rest of your face? Since the skin under your eyes is so much thinner and much more sensitive, it requires special care. I mean, really, what’s the first part on a woman’s face that signals she is aging? It’s her eyes, isn’t it? If we 20-something year olds start treating our eyes with much more respect, they’ll keep us younger looking for years to come.
Surprise, surprise, I went ahead and got Chanel’s eye cream, the Ultra Correction Line Repair for Eyes. This shit does run about $85 bucks, but I was told it lasts forever. And it really should because I only use a tiny amount every day.
Insight #4: Face cream is freaking important.
I’m 26-years-old and I’m seeing the first signs of aging on my face. Age spots, lines on my forehead, and tiny little wrinkles on the outside of my eyes. To be honest, this whole aging thing is scaring the shit out of me. The fact that I can look in the mirror every single day and seem to look the same really freaks me out. Then I’ll compare pictures of myself today to pictures in high school and I can definitely tell a change in my skin. It’s terrifying. High school doesn’t seem that far off.
So, I decided to invest in some really terrific skin cream. I’ve been using samples of the stuff for about 2 weeks now and I’m a different person. I’m actually very excited since I’m one of the first people to actually own the product because it was in limited supply. I should be getting my full-sized jar tomorrow.
What is this miracle face cream? It’s called Le Lift by Chanel. The stinkin’ cool part about it is that it caters to every woman’s individual skin care needs. Whatever mad scientist invented this stuff was genius because it is somehow a “smart” product, meaning it figures out your skin’s firming needs and it adjusts appropriately. All sorts of different-aged women can use this product and it’ll work for everyone.
Don’t believe me? Here’s what my skin looks like after two weeks of having a real skin care routine and using the Le Lift. The first picture is me AFTER using the products, and the second picture is the BEFORE. Sorry to switch these around like a moron. But seriously, now I really will go out in public without makeup!
Insight #5: Don’t forget your neck.
Ever see those really young-looking women with turkey necks? That’s my worst nightmare. Neck care is SO important. Be sure to include your neck in your face wash routine, then wipe some toner on it and some face cream. I don’t really care to use my $165 Le Lift cream on my neck, but I will use my left-over lifting cream.
The Bottom Line
Making sure you start with a nice, clean palette really does make a difference on how your makeup will appear. Not only do I use less makeup now because my skin is perfect and primed for the product, but I appear flawless and airbrushed. It doesn’t have to be Chanel, but I’d really recommend you take time to figure out a good beauty regime for you. Life is too short to look old and haggard. Look fabulous instead!
I can’t wait to share with you new makeup tricks I learned at the seminar. Here are a couple of examples. The first look I learned below was a soft, subtle, smokey-eye for every day and the second was a bold lip. Stay tuned!