Can you spare 15 minutes?

 Hello.

Hello.

This is me approximately 15 minutes before heading over to the new Chanel Beauty Boutique, (which just so happens to be conveniently located in my backyard -- I smell trouble) for a flash 15 minute makeover.

As you can see, I'm not wearing a heck of a lot in the photo above.

 Hi again.

Hi again.

 The key players

The key players

The products..

  • Les Beiges in Shade 20 to freshen up and minimise shine
  • Les Beiges in Shade 30 to contour
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Malice (watermelon red)
  • Les 4 Ombres Quadre Eyeshadow in Eclosion - three of the four shades were used as follows:
    • Garnet Purple was applied all over my eye lid and blended out just above my crease to create a purple smoky eye
    • Champagne Shimmer was used to highlight my brow bone
    • Pearlescent Melon was used to break up the Garnet Purple at the inner corners
  • Stylo Yeux Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Grenat (a heavy leaning purple merlot) to line along the lower and upper lash line
  • Inimitable Waterproof Volume Mascara in Noir
  • Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Satisfaction (nude-ish brown-y pink)

The experience was nice enough, granted it was on the Saturday before Mother's Day -- it was clear selling perfume was their focus. As soon as my 15 minutes were up I was asked what I liked, which I fully expected. When I finally blurted out I was waiting for the Summer 2014 release (btw, it hit shelves earlier this week in Australia) the makeup artist abandoned me. At least she did me a solid by painting my whole face.

The two standouts for me were the Les Beiges Powders and the brushes, especially Powder Brush No. 1 (far right).

This was a free service Chanel offers in all of their boutiques. If you're not after a flash 15 minute makeover you could indulge yourself by opting for a mini facial, a luxury hand treatment, an express hand massage and nail polish or even a fragrance journey.

And if you do visit the Chanel Boutique in Melbourne's Emporium, be sure to ask for Melissa -- she's my favourite.