@Chanel: I found love in a bottle
I have a love story to tell and even though it does not involve a man, it is a relationship perhaps only more sweeter and gladdening to the heart. It is called 'Chanel: I found Love in a Bottle', and it has so resurrected my life that it is difficult to pen down all that I feel and I can only say, "I love you Chanel".
When I first discovered Chanel, I was still struggling with a perfect skincare solution for my skin. The human skin has essentially three layers and it seemed to me that whatever product I applied to my face only moisturized the first layer and did not penetrate the second and the third layers, leaving my face really dry and 'stretchy' from within, so that whenever I looked at my moisture-decked face in the mirror, it would remind me of a cracked, greasy oil-pan and trust me this is not the kind of feeling a young lady ought to have! (Young ladies ought to feel like princesses and dream of fine clothes and carriages.:))
Some may argue about the price but I defy it by saying that when carefully used the Chanel products actually last you a very long time and indeed you might be able to save a few dollars by not spending on less-expensive products; and the wonderful, uplifting feeling you have in your heart every time somebody compliments you on your glowing skin, leaves you just a little more in love with Chanel. I daresay that Chanel for me is no longer a luxury but a genuine necessity--one I can hardly live without.
Here are 5 Chanel products that even if I was left alone on Mars, I would have to have them! They not only contribute to my daily Chanel skincare regime of keeping the skin looking young and healthy but have also done me the benefit of enriching my life to an extent that people actually stop by and say, 'hey, what did you do to yourself?! You look ten years younger!' :)
Tip: It is perhaps advisable to get free samples of the products to test them out before buying-these are expensive purchases and you don't want to regret what you bought!
1. Face Wash
For face-wash, I normally use Chanel Mousse Confort ($45) a rich foaming cream cleanser from the Chanel Hydration Range for dehydrated and sensitive skin. It works well for my combination skin--oily on the nose and dry all over but it probably does work for all normal skin-types; I have friends using the same product regularly and not all of us have the same skin-type.
For removing make-up, Sublimage Comfort Cleanser ($100) is excellent which also works great as a face-wash. It comes in the form of an oil and you don't need more than a couple of drops at one time (this one will last you forever!). Gently massage the oil on the face with the tip of your fingers and before rinsing cover the face with a cloth that has been rinsed in hot steamy water-a Chanel cloth comes with the face-wash for the purpose. The steam-effect helps the oil to penetrate better, leaving the skin feeling absolutely rejuvenated and luxurious. This is the Sublimage Face Spa great for weekends and retreat days or whenever you have the time!
Tip: I would normally use an alcohol swab to disinfect my fingers before massaging the oil on the face.
2. Toner and Cleanser
After washing the face, it is highly recommended to clean the face with Lotion Confort ($45), a silky, soothing toner. Also from the Chanel Hydration Range, it has the depolluting power of Tulip Tree Extract and the hydrating properties of Arum Lily Extract, ideal for cleaning dry and sensitive skin. I love this part-it's just so satisfying to at last get rid of all the dirt on your face that still remains even after using the face-wash! It really does clean the pores--the only days I don't use it is when I run out of cotton swabs....good to stock them up...huh!
3. The Sublimage Cream
This cream is really what has kept me committed to Chanel year after year and forms an integral part of every other Chanel product I use. If I could use only one of their products, it would be without denying the Sublimage cream ($390) from the Chanel Sublimage Range--it intensely regenerates and deeply revitalizes the complexion for a most youthful appearance. 60,000 green fruits and 14,000 fresh flowers are hand cultivated in the island of Madagascar, to produce 1 kg of Vanilla Planifolia, the natural active ingredient of Sublimage. The cream helps to control wrinkles, loss of firmness and radiance and unevenness of skin-tone. It comes in two textures-Supreme and Fine and has a beautiful, subtle fragrance.
Application: The cream comes with a small spatula and before applying it to the face, one may want to disinfect the fingers and the spatula with an alcohol swab and then use the spatula to put the cream on the fingertips which is then applied to the face. A friend commented (which is something worth considering) that when she was directly putting her finger in the cream, after some time due to the bacteria from the fingers, the cream actually lost it's fragrance.
Tip: If you are transiting through Frankfurt, Germany, the Sublimage Cream is available for €250 at the duty-free shops. For a discount of 20% on the cream, buy it from Heinemann duty free. You can sign up for a free membership card at the airport and avail a 20% discount on your highest priced purchase once a month. Besides, Heinemann also gifts you a €10 gift card on your birthday so the cost of the cream with the gift card and the 20% discount is really reduced to €190 tax-free, quite a deal from the regular $390 (+tax depending on your state of residence).
I usually end my skin-care regime with the Chanel sunscreen SPF 50 (it also comes in SPF 30) but my only concern is that if you apply a lot of it then the face actually starts looking white. So I just use a tiny bit which is sufficient for me. I know my friends who are airline pilots can't live without this one!
The last time I was at the Chanel store, I was introduced to the newly launched Chanel Sublimage Sunscreen that had me totally flipped! It left no whiteness on the skin and got absorbed beautifully just like the Sublimage cream; it is definitely going to be my next sunscreen!
Note: All photos have been clicked by me with a macro lens at f2 stop and are not photoshopped except the first one which has been made only slightly lighter. :)