Sometimes in life, sad, unexplainable things happen. We can’t always put our fingers on why, or how, we can’t always get the closure we so desperately crave. Loss is such a terrible thing and each and every one of us deals with it in or own different ways.
I was confronted with those feelings this week.
R.I.P Laguna, you’ve served me well!
First I cried (pure exaggeration, although I wasn’t far off) then I got angry (slight exaggeration, although the tight arse in me does not appreciate expensive products coming to an end) and then I pulled myself together, got my still not Beyonce sized arse in gear and got myself to the shops within the hour (no exaggeration at all. My face – Nars Laguna = Corpse-like skin. Sexy…)
Now, as much as I love my Nars Laguna an embarrassing amount, there are just so many bronzers out there and the natural
shopaholic, superficial cow, beauty junkie beauty blogger in me had to branch out and try something new. I mean, it would be rude – to all the other brands out there – not to wouldn’t it? Yep, that’s exactly what I thought too.
This week I have also played tour guide for one of my Canadian family members that has come over to visit and of course, no good tour guide would leave out a trip to Oxford St – and more specifically Selfridges, House of Fraser and John Lewis – would they? No, they wouldn’t. So, all in the name of trying to be a good tour guide, we took a trip to
my mecca, my second homes, my happy place ‘the power three’ just to finish off the whole tourist experience. And obviously it had nothing to do with the fact that my bronzer died on me and I didn’t fancy looking like a ghost/corpse for much longer. Nothing at all…
After much browsing of just about every beauty counter, a hand so caked in Bronzer swatches that I looked like I’d been gardening and many dirty looks from many beauty assistants – am I the only one who gets the ‘my s**t don’t smell’ vibe? – I ended up at Chanel.
Welcome to ‘the Elle next door’ Soleil Tan de Chanel…where have you been all my life?
I’ve never tried this bronzer before, or any cream bronzer like this as it goes so I was a bit dubious to begin with – which isn’t the best feeling when you’ve just forked out £31 *faints on the floor for the second time* – but thank the lord, I had no reason to be. Because I absolutely love this bad boy. Why? Well, give me a bloody chance and I’ll tell you 😉
The texture and application – probably one of my favourite things about the product is the texture. It really is so creamy – not that you’d ever guess, you know, with it being a cream bronzer and all that… – which in turn, makes it so blendable and easy to work with and coming from a clumsy tit like myself, that can make hard work of the easiest things, that really does say something! I use it with either a Real Techniques buffing brush (more for overall bronzing) or a Real Techniques countour brush (if I fancy a bit more of ‘Kim Kardashian chiselled cheek effect. Who am I kidding? It’s a bronzer, not a miracle worker. *Sighs*)
Colour and longevity – I’m not gonna lie, when I first twisted off the – beautifully designed – lid (which just makes you feel classy by the way doesn’t it? not that I will ever be considered classy. Ever!) my first thoughts were “I wonder if Willy Wonka’s got room for another Oompa Loompa in his chocolate factory?” Yeah, I had a horrible feeling this bad boy was going to make me resemble a muddy carrot but, do you know what? Chanel pulled it out the bag with this one. Natural, even, dark enough to make a difference (on my nc25-nc30 skin) but not too dark that you’re bordering on Katie Price. Also a massive thumbs up for the longevity, 9hours later and it genuinely looked no different to how it did when I first applied it. Score!!
So, I reckon that’s about it when it comes to my
embarrassing gushes review for this product. I suppose all that’s left is to show you a picture of on it, you know, so you can really get an idea of just what the product does. I know I find that really useful when I’m reading other bloggers reviews of certain products so I hope it’s the same for you too. Here’s Soleil tan de Chanel in it’s full glory…