This week in beauty: Chanel pre-fall ’12, I try exfoliation with a blade (yes: BLADE) and why you might want to re-think twirling your hair

Chanel pre fall 2012

Oh look! It’s Daphne Groeneveld. You know, the model with the LIPS. This pic is from Chanel’s pre-fall show the other day, which had a Bombay-meets-Paris theme. I don’t need to be the one to tell you that as per usual everything was utterly gorgeous in that special Chanel way. They even have a new nail shade! (Hint: metallics are still going strong.)

More on that in a sec, as well as a bunch of other beauty news from this week. The great Pat McGrath was in town, I got a bunch of beauty services (including one that was a tad… shall we say… “unusual”) and the blogosphere was a-buzz about a brave vlogger with acne and a guy who reads messages into hair-twirling. Oh yes, it’s been an interesting week….

… Meet Diwali, Chanel’s next nail shade!

Chanel Diwali This week in beauty: Chanel pre fall 12, I try exfoliation with a blade (yes: BLADE) and why you might want to re think twirling your hair

So we’ve already talked about April, May and June—the spring ’12 nail shades that Chanel is introducing in Feb. But shortly after that, come summer, THIS will be the shade to have: a gold called Diwali. I’ll definitely get on board with this one, since I’m already loving this rose gold from Deborah Lippmann. Besides the nails, the makeup was pretty fab as well: heavily lined eyes with fresh peachy cheeks and lips. The dreadlocks though? Karl NO.

Here’s a vid if you wanna check it out:

… On the topic of nails, I think Cherries in the Snow might be my signature colour.

Revlon Cherries in the Snow2 This week in beauty: Chanel pre fall 12, I try exfoliation with a blade (yes: BLADE) and why you might want to re think twirling your hair

Was it Elle Woods who introduced me to the idea of signature colours? I think so. And we know Essie is all about them too. Anyway, Revlon had a beauty event the other day where we all got to choose a colour for our manicures. And I’m either a) completely boring or b) totally classic, because once again I reverted to Cherries in the Snow. It’s vintage! It’s industrial-strength (i.e. takes ages to chip)! And I just can’t get enough of the colour… although I should also mention that Revlon has tons of other fab polishes coming out soon, including the Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel that I talked about here. The shade Red Carpet will be gracing my fingernails once Cherries comes off, so stay tuned!

… So yesterday, I got the dead skin scraped off my face with a BLADE.

Apparently this is called dermaplaning. And no, I’m not kidding: the esthetician literally had a knife that she passed all over my skin. Comme ça:

dermaplaning This week in beauty: Chanel pre fall 12, I try exfoliation with a blade (yes: BLADE) and why you might want to re think twirling your hair

The whole thing went down at plastic surgeon Frank Lista’s office in Toronto, which you may recall is where I got set up with my beloved Miracle10 regimen. I was invited back for a glycolic peel, and the dermaplaning happens before they apply the acid (I hear they’re one of the few places that does it in Canada). It looks/sounds a lot scarier than it actually is, although the esthetician does warn you not to talk or move during the treatment, since that could get, um, bloody. But you really don’t feel a thing during the treatment, and it helps the acid penetrate so much better to have all of that dead skin taken off. (Apparently even my now twice-a-day Clarisonic routine wasn’t enough to banish it.)

After it’s done, your skin feels crazy smooth… and then you realize that you’ve basically had a SHAVE. Because the blade also removes all your peach fuzz. This is the weird beauty shiz I live for.

… Speaking of skin stuff, you’ve GOT to check out this vlogger’s before and after video on covering acne with makeup.

Cassandra Bankson before and after This week in beauty: Chanel pre fall 12, I try exfoliation with a blade (yes: BLADE) and why you might want to re think twirling your hair

Cassandra Bankson is a 19-year-old vlogger whose video showing how she covers her acne with makeup suddenly went viral this week. My mom was actually the one to alert me to her story. And OMG—if you ever doubted the power of makeup, this will blow you away.

 Seriously, how brave was that to go bare-faced in front of millions? Love this girl.

… Makeup royalty Pat McGrath wuz here!

Pat McGrath This week in beauty: Chanel pre fall 12, I try exfoliation with a blade (yes: BLADE) and why you might want to re think twirling your hair

Beauty eds in Canada were SOOPER excited to have Pat in town on Monday (she’s the global creative design director for P&G Beauty and the woman behind most of the Fashion Week beauty looks we covet). She gave us a run-through of all the spring trends, but I also picked up a couple of tippity tips:

  • If you’re not sure about wearing red lipstick, don’t worry too much about cool versus warm shades—just go with the shade you’re the most drawn to, and start by using it as a stain (i.e., blotted) for “a red mouth without the mess.” Fun fact: Pat herself only started wearing a red lip for the first time last year!
  • Not great with false lashes? Before you put them on, apply a liquid liner or shadow (you want to close up any gaps of skin between eyes and lashes by painting the entire lash line black). Then, use a black adhesive, and once you have the lashes on pull them down a little to adjust them before they stick. Don’t be afraid to use two pairs: one full set and then layer on the outer corners.
  • Her five-minute makeup advice: Put on your foundation as you would a moisturizer, blending it well into your skin with your fingers. Then, apply tons of mascara, a little bit of blush, a tiny bit of eyeshadow, and give your brows a quick check before you run out the door with a lip gloss.

… I stole Amy Adams’ hair.

Amy Adams strawberry blonde This week in beauty: Chanel pre fall 12, I try exfoliation with a blade (yes: BLADE) and why you might want to re think twirling your hair

As you probably noticed, I’m beauty-stalking Amy Adams lately… and yesterday I finally took the plunge and upped the red in my hair. Pics forthcoming, because there was too much alcohol around at the Christmas party I attended last night to remember… and today I’m writing (and therefore not putting on makeup or any clothes with zippers or buttons). My colourist, Tony Chaar, told me I needed to commit to more frequent visits, so I have to go back for a toner in three weeks, and then a root touch-up probably in five. I’ve also got to get over my need for volumizing shampoos and stick with colour lines like Pureology and/or Kérastase. Sigh. This feels like work already… but I do love the colour! Tony was so happy with himself he made gang signs.

… Maybe you should think twice before you twirl your hair.

woman twirling hair This week in beauty: Chanel pre fall 12, I try exfoliation with a blade (yes: BLADE) and why you might want to re think twirling your hair

At least if you’re going on a date with this guy. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really need to head over here to read the post-first date email that’s making the rounds of the Interwebs this week. It is 1,600 words of insanity and the beauty-related part is this (presented without comment): “You played with your hair a lot. A woman playing with her hair is a common sign of flirtation. You can even do a Google search on it. When a woman plays with her hair, she is preening. I’ve never had a date where a woman played with her hair as much as you did. In addition, it didn’t look like you were playing with your hair out of nervousness.”

So much to discuss…

Do you think you might like Chanel Diwali or are you with me on this Cherries in the Snow business?
Are you terrified, grossed out or intrigued by the idea of dermaplaning?
What do you make of the guy who was “led on” by hair-twirling? Looney. Tunes.


Friday, December 9/2011 at 3:25 pm

Daphne is really gorgeous, but I just want to wipe away that hair stuck to her lips. It makes my lips tickle just looking at it. I’m not particularly interested in the gold nail polish, I don’t like gold tones.

Dermaplaning is definitely terrifying, but not as terrifying as the crazy hair-twirling guy’s letter. Yikes!


Friday, December 9/2011 at 4:41 pm

I used to always wear Cherries in the Snow! I guess the new shade is much more pink, I remember it being a lot more red when I wore it. How that girl lasted a whole date is beyond me.


Elaine R
Friday, December 9/2011 at 4:41 pm

I actually twirl my hair quite a lot and a psychologist told me that it’s a form of self-soothing. I do it when I’m particularly nervous or stressed, so a date would fit right in with that.

On less of a rant, how gorgeous is Diwali! Fesitival of lights :)

And that vlogger is SO brave. Amazing!


ana p
Friday, December 9/2011 at 5:13 pm

Sorry but that blade shiz is crazy. The likelyhood of it creating tiny cuts to your skin is so high, which may lead to infections and damage. To put an AHA on top of that is eek-y! Your skin just goes into shock to repair the wounds, and that stimulates “rejuvenation”….but really, those steps aren’t necessary.


Saturday, December 10/2011 at 7:38 am

The thought of scraping twice a day Clarisonic-ed skin with a blade then applying acid gives me the shivers. Harsh. I feel like that kind of treatment could hurt in the long run. Gentle is better.

Cherries in The Snow was a fave of mine in the 80s, and now my daughter wears and loves it. It is so cheery & pretty! I always said Revlon formulas were the longest wearing out there- at least they used to be! They were the only polish I used!


Sunday, December 11/2011 at 3:22 am

oh goodness that letter…makes me what to hide from men forever lol

I love the nail polish, I will be keeping a look out for that!

I can’t even hardly look at a razor without feeling squeamish and afraid of cutting myself, I can’t imagine having a blade run across my face aha


Sunday, December 11/2011 at 9:51 am

I was told that removing peach fuzz will cause fuzz to turn into strong dark hair.

love cherries in the snow!!


Monday, December 12/2011 at 12:17 am

Oh god that vlogger… What a courage and a hard situation!! And i want to appologize to her and all people that have difficult skin, cause i have good skin, but i’m just obsessed with popping or scraching what may look like a pimple or black heads… wich leads me to have wounds and scratches on my face when otherwise i would have pretty good skin… Ah feels good to let go of my beauty sins…. Will have to go see a shrink to stop doing that!
BTW you told us in a recent post to never put on a colored powderfoundation, only translucid one, when she did just that (in fact she used 2 colors + setting powder). Could that be good for only people who are in need of more coverage or it may be good for all of us? Thx for your response


Monday, December 12/2011 at 4:41 pm

Gosh that guy is such a crazy, let it be man!


The Baker
Tuesday, December 13/2011 at 6:41 pm

I absolutely loved that Chanel collection, that beauty/details photo was great. And the letter about the hair, it might make me second guess some of the things I do around men.


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