Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Limited Edition Chanel Give Away




Having the latest beauty products is essential to my life, and I prepare myself well for launches of must-have items. I am on first name terms with the women and men at my favourite stores who keep me informed of what's coming in and when and they happily put items aside for me. However, I have encountered the waiting list problem with only one item. Nail Varnish. When I did finally get hold of the Jade coloured varnish from Chanel last summer, having paid far more than I should have on Ebay I was bitterly disappointed as the colour did not work for me at all. So when I learnt about the newest colour from Chanel 505 Particuliere, which was launched at the end of January, I rang the Bond Street store and spoke to the woman who is the keeper of all things glossy there and was told that absolutely no polishes would be held for anyone it was non-negotiable. So unless you are the editor of a magazine where you can demand your beauty editor hand over the sample that was sent in months ago, it's not going to be easy getting hold of a pot.

Why do I care, you may ask, well this particular colour is the colour I have been searching for my entire life and I want it desperately. I had asked all my London girlfriends to do everything they can to get me one, I just can't bear having to pay £45 on Ebay again, for something that should only cost £16.50, fundamentally there is something wrong with this. So you can imagine my delight, joy and excitement when I found one of these gorgeous varnishes in a town about 11 miles from here that I was visiting on one of my weekly visits I have been making for research purposes. I am compiling a small booklet for my guests of places to visit when they come to stay and I can only give my seal of approval if I have called in on these places and spent a little time there.
The pot sat proudly on display of this small store and when I approached the counter I felt the surge of love pour over me as I knew the colour was perfect. I picked it up and casually asked if this colour was in stock and gulped as the overly, but expertly made-up woman behind the counter told me she had lots. So trying to hide my excitement I purchased a bottle and as I was leaving the store I thought of all the women out there desperately trying to find a small bottle of this liquid joy, so I popped back to the counter and bought another and have decided that I would give it away to one of you in order to spread some goodwill around the world.
To win simply tell me what should be on every woman or mans must have item list, and please be kind and fair and pass on the news of this give away to whomever you feel would love to have a go. I shall pick the winner on the 15th February, with the help of handsome husband.

43 comments:

French Fancy said...

Oh you sophisticated thing - you are so in a different league to me. I'm going to tell you something that will horrify you - I bite my nails and they are disgusting. When London-based and London-working I would regularly go to a nail salon in St. John's Wood for my acrylics to be put on. Out here in the sticks (and French sticks is proper country, no Hunter wellies here) the nearest nail bar is about a long drive away.

What was that? Oh? A tear shed on my behalf. Well, I could always stop biting them (which I do periodically) and put hardener on.

Anyway I am delighted for you with finding this colour and at such a reasonable price. It's funny being out here - you would think it reasonably easy to find French macquillage - but it is not. For my Chanel eyebrow pencil I still use the Covent Garden pharmacy website.

French Fancy said...

p.s. Suspicious creature that I am, I am beginning to wonder if you are Mrs Pouncer in disguise. Forgive me if I am way off here - it is just that she has not been around for ages and your writing style and savoir faire are very similar to hers.

In case you think I am way off - have a little look at her blog:

http://mrspouncer.blogspot.com/2009/11/forever-autumn.html#comments

Helena Halme said...

I've also fallen for this colour and managed to get my hands on a bottle of it, so will withdraw myself from your (very generous) competition.

Plus I cannot begin to answer your question...!

Helena xx

Good to be a Queen said...

Dearest North West London Girl,
Thanks so much for stopping by on " my side of town". Your blog is simply fabulous, and once I saw your "magic cupcakes" post I knew I had to follow(cupcakes are my weakness). Good luck with the laundry detergent.
Angie

Author in the making: said...

oh what a lovely colour,
i must say that i really like your blog, you seem like a lovely woman. congratulations on finally finding the colour of your dreams lol :) thank u for the comment on my blog by the way. Something that i think every woman should have is............. a very good foundation!

daisychain said...

thank you for dropping by my blog :) love yours.


a musthave for every man or woman...
I'm simplistic

clean underwear ;)

Leia said...

Hmm... a must have? For a girl: red lipstick. :)

Kate said...

Something every woman needs. A spare pair of pants and pretty shoes

Small Burst said...

Love this color. An absolute must have? Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder. This product has been around for almost 30 years and many swear by it, including yours truly.

Couture Carrie said...

So fabulous!
Every woman should have an arsenal of fabulous shoes and handbags and also this amazing nail polish!!

xoxox,
CC

E is for Eleanor said...

Wow! Definitely the best giveaway I have seen since I started blogging!

A taupe-coloured bottle of nail polish probably isn't the highest priority of make-up must-haves, but it is pretty and sought-after and I have decided I need this little piece of Chanel in my life!

And my answer to your question- what must woman have in her bag of tricks? I would suggest some rose-tinted sunglasses- maybe even some Chanel- monogrammed ones- to make even the most hideous of days seem a little cheerier and hide those late-night eyes!

Wildernesschic said...

What a lovely thing to do and what a lovely thing to happen ..
As I am the owner of very hard working hands I must decline I think I would be the worst advert for Chanel they could ever have xx looks fab on Helena and you thoughxx

Metropolitan Mum said...

Must have: shu uemura cleansing oil. It's divine!!

Am I in know? Please, please!

Tiffany said...

I think what the top must have items a woman must have as her arsenal are blush maybe Nars - Orgasm and a tube of very good with a perfect wand mascara. Why!? So that she can have some wonderful bright eyes even on the worst of days and a glowy lush look to her complexion.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Ahhh, I sooo know what you mean about the perfect nail polish color! Have had such troubles in the past too, and unfortunately, not all of my searches ended up b eing rewardred with the reasured purchase... So I'm honetsly very happy for you!! Yay, congratulations, dear!! :) To answer your question, I'd say that every woman should have the right type and shade of blush. This one make up item can really transfrom the way you look and feel, yet if you apply it knowingly, I guarantee you a lot of people wouldn't even notice you have it on. The right blush can make your face look rested and healthy even if you're not, and you can totally use it both with other make up and with no other make up on at all. AS for a man's must have item... It may sound weird to some, but I am a firm believer that every man should have a good facial cream with SPF AND use it. Do I even have to explain it? :) Would love to enter your give away, as I really like this color - somehow I've always liked the idea of a black nail polish but the color never looked right on me, but not so long ago I discovered that if I wore dark purples or shades of grays it did the thing for me - in some way it is still in the black category (as in not too colorful) yet it brings out the best in my skin shade and compliments me, rather than making me appear dull.

Eternally Distracted said...

oooo I so wish I was girly! ;)

joei said...

oh wow! it's so nice of you to share something so limited. i mean, really! :)

anyway, something every woman should have are the following: a hair brush, concealer and red lipstick (mine is chanel rouge allure in lover). because as long as your hair is in order and you have a little color in your lips and no undereye circles, for me, you're good to go!

joei
http://i.am/joei

Belle de Ville said...

I could have a manicure, pedicure a blow dry for my hair and a giant latte for the price of that bottle of Chanel nail polish....I love that color but I'm way too thrifty to be that chic.
What every woman needs in her bag of tricks, Crest white strips of course! When all else fails a great smile works.

Ashley said...

You are so sweet with this giveaway! Well, for women I would say a must have would be a signature perfume and lip gloss. For men... oh gosh, men are hard! Oooo, ok, men must have the ability to cook! Haha, well, that's something my ideal man must have :)

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Susu Paris Chic said...

Oh, I'd love to have a pot of this liquid joy! You know, I went hunting for the same hue here in Paris and could find one which is very charming but on several layers turn more chocolaty. Delish' sure but not exactly the wanted effect. How far from London are you located? Some day I'd love to visit the English countryside, not just my fave' city;)

Susu Paris Chic said...

Oops, got a bit carried away dreaming about the English country side pleasures and forgot "the assignment"... Every woman should own a sweet lipstick. It spruces up any gloomy day and makes you feel like a real sensual mademoiselle!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I think a great investment piece of bag, a signature scent & a humble attitude!
Lovely weekend darling~
xo

farfalla said...

Wooow! I like your perfect nail polish color too! Many greetings from Germany

MsBabyPlan said...

I love your blog and I am a follower. I found you on SITs.

My nails are appalling, when I don't bit them they slipt and when they slipt I bit them. This is my story with my nails for ages. Country life must be a bliss, London is hectic, but I really enjoy it.

Danielle said...

I absolutely LOVE that color!!!

Stoppin' by from SITS!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Oh I so totally understand this situation. You see I had an OPI polish put on me during a manicure about 10 yrs ago called Concorde Grape and it was LOVE. Well then they discontinued it and I was gutted. It was a purple but with a pewter tone to it, not the usual rad tone.

Finally this past winter I found it's match, or as close as possible and it was by Dior!
So I drive a 6 hour round trip to get to my nearest Sephora (no joke) and buy the only 2 bottles they have at $20 each! They are now safely ensconced in my fridge.

I so get this, plus it's a gorgeous shade!

My item every woman should have would be either a pstyle (I think you know what I mean) or Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

English Rose ♥ said...

Gorgeous colour - congrats on tracking it down - i know how frustrating it is, my favourite purple nail varnish is running out and im already panicking!

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I love , love this colour!.Fabulous!!!
Hope your day is a good one so far!
Betty xxxx

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Beach Vintage said...

Well you were meant to have it my friend. Well done.

Karls said...

Great autumny-winter colour! Nice track down!

ThatGirl39 said...

Well this is fate! Just found you via Wildernesschic's blog (another lovely lady) and you're having a Chanel polish giveaway... with the shade I rambled on about last week on my blog! Before I toodle off to add you to my reading list, my must have item would be my YSL Top Secret radiance serum. Great to have found you x

Patricia said...

Wow! My guess is that every woman/man must have is deodorant! it´s just so disgusting to smell or have someone smelly around!
I would so much love to have this!
Thanks!!!

Elaine said...

The most important thing a man/woman should have is a nice pair of fitted jeans!

elainehearn@live.com
clothedmuch.blogspot.com

elchan said...

Nice color! Glad you were able to find it.
Must have for either a man or a woman: comfortable yet stylish shoes.

Sidewalk Chalk said...

Thanks for doing this giveaway -- it really is a gorgeous shade. So nice of you to spread the goodwill.
A must have I think every man or woman should have: a good interview outfit for when that dream job comes calling.


- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk
childhood.chalk@gmail.com
childhoodchalk.blogspot.com

Vittoria said...

A girl must have a pair of really tall stilettos in black...they are the must have fashion accessory...come to think of it, they'd match this polish perfectly!

DolphinV27@aol.com

Ashley E said...

Every man & woman should have a pair of nice, tailored trousers.
And a good lip balm! No chapped lips :)

I have been dying for this nail polish ever since I saw it as well :) I don't know if you mail to the US, where I live? It's worth a shot :)

Semi Expat said...

Oooh how exciting - what a great colour - now kicking myself I did not ask Mr SE to pick me up a bottle when he was in France.... But lo and behold a chance to win one on your great blog - thank you so much for the opportunity...

Terence Sambo said...

i absolutely adore ur blog header and all d other illustrations on ur blog...my first time on here and i'm lovin it already :o]

P.S: i wld like to swap links wit u, do drop by my blog and check it out, drop some love too :o]

Sarah said...

Black wrap dress. Definitely

Surge said...

thats AMAZING!. I wouldn't even think about it. That just shows what kind of person I am ;)

I'm thinking a must have women is an amazing pair of shoes. Jimmy Choos if you will.
Or rip offs.

Elaine Bernstein said...

Must have for a man and a woman is a great sense of humour - does wonders for one's complexion!

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